Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27763
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
I probably took longer than I should have to solve this puzzle because when I’d finished I couldn’t see why I’d been held up. I put it all down to a night of little sleep including getting up to check that the loud noises from outside were just dustbins and other bits and pieces being blown around rather than my roof being torn off. There’s not a lot to complain about (in the crossword, that is) except perhaps the sunburn. Do let us know your thoughts.
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1a Inexpensive pile acquired by company (6)
CHEAPO – to get this informal adjective meaning inexpensive and of low quality insert a pile or stack into the abbreviation for company.
4a Guide unhappy in moment of truth (8)
SHOWDOWN – charade of a verb to guide or usher and an adjective meaning unhappy or depressed.
10a Materials used to portray pond plant (5-4)
MARE’S TAIL – an anagram (used) of MATERIALS.
11a Greek character faithfully reproduced songs? (5)
MUSIC – the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet followed by the Latin word appearing in brackets after something written that’s incorrect or dubious to show that the writer has faithfully reproduced it and hasn’t made an error in transcription, e.g. a menu offering pasta’s, jacket potato’s and panini’s (***).
12a Hellish poorly? No end, having caught a sunburn (7)
SATANIC – an adjective meaning poorly without its last letter (no end) contains (having caught) A (from the clue) and sunburn (? – This word normally means a shade less red than sunburn).
13a To cool food, such may be blown (7)
FANFARE – charade of a verb to cool and a word for food or provisions.
14a Understood tense account given by Italian (5)
TACIT – string together three abbreviations – the first for tense (in the grammatical sense), the second for an account or invoice and the third for Italian.
15a In document, called mad (8)
DERANGED – inside a legal document we have to place a verb meaning called on the phone.
18a Sweet spot at the centre? (5-3)
BULL’S-EYE – double definition, the first a hard peppermint sweet.
20a ‘Twelfth Night’ character explosive? Not half, involving leader in Illyria (5)
VIOLA – having laboured through Twelfth Night for a whole term for English ‘O’-level I can’t say that it’s a play I ever want to see or read again, but I do remember the name of the female heroine. Start with an adjective meaning explosive or subject to rapid and unpredictable changes and drop the second half. Now insert the leading letter of Illyria.
23a Employed by national paper? Now and then (2,5)
AT TIMES – this could meaning working for one of the Murdoch papers.
25a Writer cast lots in play (7)
TOLSTOY – insert an anagram (cast) of LOTS into a verb meaning to play or trifle.
26a Ear, perhaps, for what’s played in church (5)
ORGAN – double definition – I don’t think I need to say more.
27a US artifacts ace airman transported (9)
AMERICANA – rather appropriately we have the US spelling of artefacts in the clue. We need an anagram (transported) of ACE AIRMAN.
28a Behind everyone else, in spite of everything (5,3)
AFTER ALL – literally this phrase could mean lagging behind the others.
29a Rise when clubs close (6)
ASCEND – string together a conjunction meaning when, the abbreviation for the card suit clubs and a word meaning close or finish.
1d Many a holidaymaker here affected by said vision? (8)
CAMPSITE – charade of an adjective meaning affected or effeminate and what sounds like (said) the sense of vision.
2d Odd quote about a bishop keeling over (7)
ERRATIC – a verb to quote contains A (from the clue) and the 2-letter abbreviation of the title used for a bishop. Having assembled it we now need to reverse it all (keeling over).
3d After giving birth, plan a tot’s needs to have development (9)
POSTNATAL – an anagram (needs to have development) of PLAN A TOT’S.
5d Agony over boundary reportedly hit very hard and extremely fast (4,3,7)
HELL FOR LEATHER – start with a word for agony or torment and add (over, in a down clue) what sounds like a shot reaching the boundary in cricket and a verb to hit hard with a strap.
6d Female has week visiting country (5)
WOMAN – the single-letter abbreviation for week precedes a country in the Middle East.
7d Performing in two legs (2,5)
ON STAGE – the first leg relates to one side of a cricket pitch and the second is a distinct part of a longer journey.
8d Steal the Spanish piece (6)
NICKEL – an informal verb to steal followed by one of the Spanish definite articles.
9d ‘Masquerade: class band’, flyer broadcast (5,5,4)
FANCY DRESS BALL – an anagram (broadcast) of CLASS BAND FLYER.
16d What a stall on the pier may sell — book matches? (9)
NOVELTIES – charade of the type of book you’d find in the fiction department of your local bookshop and matches or sporting contests in a knockout competition.
17d Arrive after month crossing heart of large US state (8)
MARYLAND – a verb to arrive by air or sea follows a month containing the middle letter of large.
19d Out of bed, drunk is on edge (7)
UPTIGHT – charade of an adverb meaning out of bed and an informal adjective meaning drunk.
21d Eccentric hoarding silver? Shock horror! (7)
OUTRAGE – an adjective (of French origin) meaning beyond the normal standards of behaviour contains (hoarding) the chemical symbol for silver.
22d Savoury from Greek island area (6)
SAMOSA – this spicy savoury comes from the name of a Greek island followed by A(rea).
24d Landed estate‘s custom, we hear (5)
MANOR – this sounds like (we hear) a custom or way of behaviour.
My pick of the clues today were 11a and 16d. Which ones tickled your fancy?
Today’s Quickie Pun: PALACE + AIDE = PALISADE