Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27761
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th March 2015
A fairly average Saturday puzzle as far as I can recall – the main source of comments being the problems people had with16a.
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1a Combining two illegal drugs makes one crazy (8)
CRACKPOT – Combine two drugs – CRACK and POT
6a Spot daughter with fruit (6)
DAPPLE – D (daughter) with APPLE (fruit)
9a Drive home in brougham merrily (6)
HAMMER is hidden in brougHAM MERrily.
10a Excited to get in live coverage after a dip (8)
BATHROBE – ATHROB (excited) put in BE (live).
11a Suave type, one captivated by some hot dancing (8)
SMOOTHIE – An anagram (dancing) of SOME HOT plus I (one = I – captivated).
12a Hard men trap insect (6)
HORNET – H (hard) OR (ordinary ranks, men) NET (trap).
13a Imprison lawyer in gambling organisation that’s state of the art (4,2-2-4)
BANG UP-TO-DATE – BANG UP (slang term for to imprison) and DA (District Attorney, lawyer) inserted into the TOTE (gambling organization).
16a French art links two fish — a point used in the main (7-5)
MARLINE-SPIKE – Never in the history of crossword blogging has one clue caused so much fuss. A spelling I didn’t know for a spike used to separate strands of a rope is obtained by ‘linking’ a MARLIN and a PIKE with the French word meaning art – ES – as in Thou art…. Tu es.
19a Visually tired by keeping king in play (6)
BLEARY – BY (from the clue) keeps King LEAR (from Shakespeare’s play).
21a Chemical compound produced from aluminium and potassium mixed with other metals we hear (8)
ALKALOID – Chemical symbols for aluminium – AL – and potassium – K – followed with a homophone (we hear) of ALLOYED (mixed with other metals).
23a An ant kit adapted for use against armoured vehicles (4-4)
ANTI-TANK – An anagram (adapted) of AN ANT KIT.
24a Provoke to riot, perhaps, able to be seen when broadcast (6)
INCITE – Another homophone (when broadcast) of IN SIGHT (able to be seen).
25a Physicist showing unaccustomed weight (6)
NEWTON – NEW (unaccustomed) and TON (weight).
26a Government books supplying lot of soldiers (8)
REGIMENT – REGIME (government) NT (New Testament, books).
2d Subjects of genuine document (6)
REALMS – REAL (genuine) MS (document, manuscript).
3d Appeared ordinary in small part (5)
CAMEO – CAME (appeared) O (ordinary).
4d Classic venue for women entertained by country music queen (9)
PARTHENON – HEN (for women) entertained by [Dolly] PARTON.
5d Pictorial representation accomplished with gold after time (7)
TABLEAU – ABLE (accomplished) and AU (chemical symbol for gold) put after T (time).
6d Germany long in depression (5)
DITCH – D (IVR code for German) and ITCH (long).
7d Tiger and pard shot as sort of game (9)
PARTRIDGE – An anagram (shot) of TIGER and PARD.
8d Trio belt out words from opera (8)
LIBRETTO – An anagram (out) of TRIO BELT.
13d Traditional singer of considerable weight embracing girl briefly (9)
BALLADIST – BALLAST (considerable weight) embracing DI (abbreviated [briefly] girl’s name).
14d Left enthralled by lookalike monarch for brief moment (9)
TWINKLING – L (left) inserted into (enthralled by) TWIN (lookalike) KING (monarch).
15d Standard way to get round initially common manner of speaking (8)
PARLANCE – PAR (standard) and LANE (way) put round the initial letter of Common.
17d Strike sovereign or pound (7)
SMACKER – SMACK (strike) ER (the cipher of our current Queen) – a SPANKER being an informal term for a pound sterling.
18d Youngster with knowledge about one set of races (6)
KITTEN – KEN (knowledge) put round I (one) and TT (Tourist Trophy races).
20d Desire indefinite time in history? (5)
YEARN – YEAR N might be a way of describing an indefinite time in history.
22d Doctor upset Greek character with pass (5)
LOCUM – A reversal (upset) of MU (Greek character) and COL (mountain pass).
Gnomey’s started his ‘week off’ a little early …. I’ll be back next week with reviews of both weekend puzzles.