Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27775
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I thought that this was a fairly typical Tuesday puzzle with nothing too tricky or too exciting. Do let us have your verdict.
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1a Declining money poor director hoards in retirement (6)
DROOPY – hidden (hoards) and reversed (in retirement) in the clue is what sounds like it ought to be (but isn’t) the name of one of the seven dwarfs.
4a Cooking over with a new set of casseroles? (8)
OVENWARE – an anagram (cooking) of OVER and A NEW.
10a Slip when manoeuvring round vehicle’s rear? It’s a driving problem (5,4)
WHEEL SPIN – an anagram (manoeuvring) of SLIP WHEN containing the rear letter of (vehicl)E.
11a End around middle of July for flower (5)
TULIP – an end or extremity goes around the middle two letters of July.
12a Hot sauce found in key course mainly (7)
TABASCO – start with the name of a key on a standard keyboard (the one normally sitting above ‘caps lock’ which is used to move the cursor to the next field when entering data into a template) and add the name of a royal racecourse without its last letter (mainly).
13a Peacekeeping outfit seen in strip (7)
UNDRESS – as 2,5 this could be the outfit or uniform worn by the world’s peacekeepers.
14a Artist starts to display increasingly indistinct lines (5)
RADII – the abbreviation for a recognised artist (a member of the Royal Academy) followed by the initial letters (starts) of three words in the clue.
15a Sameness? It could be shown by card (8)
IDENTITY – double definition, the second what may be established by an official card.
18a A tune number put first, a thing that’s hated (8)
ANATHEMA – string together A (from the clue), a tune of a rousing or patriotic nature and a further A. Hang on – we haven’t finished, because within the tune we have to move the single-letter abbreviation for number to the front (put first).
20a King with a yen to wander in country (5)
KENYA – the abbreviation used for king in chess notation is followed by an anagram (to wander) of A YEN.
23a Level dish supplied by a university (7)
PLATEAU – a type of dish followed by A (from the clue) and U(niversity).
25a I had limited Greek character in charge being asinine (7)
IDIOTIC – string together the contracted form of ‘I had’, a Greek letter without its final A (limited) and the abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
26a City is in front of competition, we’re told (5)
LEEDS – this sounds like (we’re told) ‘is ahead of the competition’.
27a Type of band that is covering Queen in restaurant (9)
BRASSERIE – a type of musical band and the abbreviation for ‘that is’ contain (covering) our Queen’s regnal cipher.
28a Show more cleverness than son in public place of trade (8)
OUTSMART – insert S(on) between an adverb meaning in public or in the open and a place where goods are bought and sold.
29a Actor cited cathedral location (6)
WELLES – a homophone (cited) of a small cathedral city in Somerset.
1d Deterioration of performer in part of NI? (8)
DOWNTURN – split as 4,4 this could be a performer or stage act in a county of Northern Ireland.
2d Unduly high offer completed to get book and papers (7)
OVERBID – put together an adverb meaning completed or at an end, the single-letter abbreviation for book and the abbreviation for the sort of papers we encountered at 15a.
3d Learner wearing this poor tattered garment (4,5)
POLO SHIRT – the letter identifying a learner on the road goes inside (wearing) an anagram (tattered) of THIS POOR.
5d Opening on river by Paris, say, for speculative funding (7,7)
VENTURE CAPITAL – an opening or outlet is followed by (on, in a down clue) the name of a North Yorkshire river and what Paris is an example of.
6d Famous plea to bar rebel of yesteryear? (5)
NOTED – split the answer 2,3 and you could (just about) have a plea to bar a well-dressed rebel of the 1950s.
7d Fine lieutenant protecting soldiers in disorder (7)
AILMENT – start with what looks like an abbreviation meaning fine or first-class (originally derived from the categorisation of vessels by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping) and follow that with the abbreviation for lieutenant containing ordinary soldiers.
8d Show up with former model (6)
EXPOSE – charade of a prefix meaning former and a verb to model.
9d Work poet is developing with song for a counterpart (8,6)
OPPOSITE NUMBER – assemble the abbreviation for an artistic work, an anagram (developing) of POET IS and another word for a song.
16d Grab children and enter into dispute (4,5)
TAKE ISSUE – a verb to grab or get hold of is followed by a legal word for children.
17d Criticise scare that’s whipped up in part of body (8)
PANCREAS – a verb to criticise or slate is followed by an anagram (that’s whipped up) of SCARE.
19d A teen’s organised before time — most unlike a teen? (7)
NEATEST – an anagram (organised) of A TEEN’S precedes T(ime).
21d Spontaneous type of note? (7)
NATURAL – double definition, the first an adjective meaning spontaneous or unselfconscious.
22d A vote with nothing finally for revered figure (6)
APOLLO – string together A (from the clue), a word for a vote and the letter that resembles zero or nothing.
24d Surrey town some reps omitted (5)
EPSOM – hidden (some) in the clue.
The clue I liked best (for its meaningful surface) was 10a. Which one(s) appealed to you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: STRAY + TOFF = STRAIGHT OFF