Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27769
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This is a pretty straightforward puzzle from the Tuesday Mr Ron who is keen on American names and references. Do let us know your thoughts.
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1a What may be said on meeting difficult situation? (3-2-3-2)
HOW-DO-YOU-DO – without the hyphens this is a formal greeting in the form of a question (although the last thing expected in response is a list of minor ailments!).
6a A young woman lacking finish, unfortunately (4)
ALAS – A (from the clue) followed by a young woman without her last letter (lacking finish).
9a Turned over winner’s medal — it’s not 22 carat (6,4)
ROLLED GOLD – a verb meaning turned over or rotated and the colour of the medal awarded to the winner.
10a Ruler from east, on edge going west (4)
EMIR – this Middle Eastern ruler comes from E(ast) followed by the reversal (going west, in an across clue) of an edge or lip.
12a Considerably old Portuguese port (4)
FARO – an adverb meaning considerably or significantly is followed by O(ld).
13a Difficult experience seeing cavalier heading off on horse (9)
NIGHTMARE – a cavalier (one at King Arthur’s court, possibly) loses his initial letter (heading off) and that’s followed by a female horse.
15a Charged boy the Parisian court’s imprisoned (8)
ELECTRIC – a boy’s name with a French definite article (the Parisian) and the abbreviation for court held inside it.
16a Finally book foremost of trips (2,4)
AT LAST – a book of maps followed by the first letter (foremost) of trips.
18a Picked up stole (6)
LIFTED – double definition, the second an informal verb meaning stole or nicked.
20a Most of natural talent displayed on Caribbean island mountain (3,5)
BEN NEVIS – a word for a natural talent or inclination without its final T (most of) is followed by the name of the small Caribbean island which is in a federation with the larger island of St. Kitts.
23a Drink associated with Victorian tramp? (9)
SUNDOWNER – double definition – Victorian here refers to the Australian state and this is an Australian term for a tramp who arrives somewhere in time for an evening meal but too late to do any work.
24a Painful, my leaving Indian city (4)
SORE – remove the MY from the start of the name of a city in the Indian state of Karnataka.
26a A practice on the opponents’ ground (4)
AWAY – A (from the clue) followed by a practice or custom.
27a Plays with barking Alpine dog (3,7)
TOY SPANIEL – a verb meaning plays or trifles is followed by an anagram (barking) of ALPINE.
28a Organ — new make (4)
EARN – a bodily organ followed by N(ew).
29a Sometimes won hand with ten, after twisting (3,3,4)
NOW AND THEN – the surface relates to the card game pontoon or vingt-et-un. It’s an anagram (after twisting) of WON HAND and TEN.
1d Injure top of head and limb (4)
HARM – the top letter of head is followed by one of your limbs.
2d Fence associated with brilliant crime writer (7)
WALLACE – a fence or barrier followed by an adjective meaning brilliant or excellent. The English crime writer (forename Edgar) has gone out of fashion but he produced a large variety of books including The Four Just Men. After his death one of his books was turned into the film King Kong.
3d What a tea drinker often says is a farce? (3,3,3,3)
ONE FOR THE POT – double definition, the second being the name of one of the Whitehall farces of the 1960s starring Brian Rix.
4d Dress material in orange I’d ordered (8)
ORGANDIE – an anagram (ordered) of ORANGE I’D.
5d Tug sunk in river flood (6)
DELUGE – a verb to tug or drag goes down inside the name of several rivers in the UK, including one flowing through North Wales into Cheshire.
7d Greek character holding a dance (7)
LAMBADA – this is an old chestnut (or return of an old friend, depending on your point of view). The eleventh letter of the Greek alphabet contains A.
8d Guard on Hampshire river in trial filming (6,4)
SCREEN TEST – a verb to guard or protect (one’s skin from harmful sunlight, for example) precedes (on, in a down clue) the name of the river that flows through Southampton.
11d Borough, region close to Manhattan, is alight (6,6)
STATEN ISLAND – this is one of the five boroughs of the Big Apple. Start with a region or part of a federation, then add the closing letter of (Manhatta)N, IS (from the clue) and a verb to alight or come to ground.
14d Property not supposed to be put on top of car (4,6)
REAL ESTATE – an adjective meaning the opposite of supposed or imaginary is followed by (on top of, in a down clue) a type of load-carrying car.
17d Break ranks? Abe Lincoln’s here (8)
NEBRASKA – an anagram (break) of RANKS ABE.
19d Centre in Telford, not just a pleasure ground (7)
FUNFAIR – the central letter of Telford precedes an adjective meaning not just or inequitable.
21d Disappear after pinching king’s shiny coat (7)
VARNISH – a verb to disappear contains (after pinching) a single-letter abbreviation for king.
22d Completely at home, toddler with duck (2,4)
IN TOTO – string together an adverb meaning at home, a young child and the letter that resembles the score of zero (duck) at cricket.
25d Is able to house large family (4)
CLAN – a verb meaning ‘is able’ contains (to house) L(arge).
My pick of the clues today were 1a and 17d. Which ones did it for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: COME + OCEAN = COMMOTION