Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27776
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Winter has arrived here with attitude. A cold southerly front moved up over the country a couple of days ago bringing wide-spread snow in the South Island and even snow on the hills to the east of us. Unheard of in April! Our daily walk went from light shirt, shorts and sandals one day to long trousers, thick jackets and woolly hats the next. Whatever happened to Autumn?
Jay, by contrast, has been much less changeable and given us another entertaining puzzle to blog.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Feminine, ash-blonde, old, mad — but family (5,3,5)
FLESH AND BLOOD : Start with F(eminine) then an anagram (mad) of ASH-BLONDE OLD.
9a Got back with insurance, after evacuating Rome (9)
RECOVERED : Rome is evacuated by removing the middle two letters, then a word describing what you are when you have a valid insurance policy.
10a Nuisance taking first portion of onion sauce (5)
PESTO: A word for a nusiance is followed by the first letter of onion.
13a Dull brown flatfish swimming across river (4)
DRAB : The abbreviation for river is found inside a type of small flatfish.
15a Large ugly tear with a line on the side (7)
LATERAL : The abbreviation for large, then an anagram (ugly) of TEAR, next A from the clue and L(ine).
18a Supplied personnel and stopped replacing students with females (7)
STAFFED : Take a word that means stopped and replace the two letters that mean students with two letters that mean females.
20a Lobster served as this on a bed? (7)
BOLSTER : An anagram (served as) of LOBSTER.
21a Question source of water (4)
PUMP : Double definition.
22a Title held by the Mirror (4)
EMIR : This Middle Eastern title is hiding in the clue.
26a Found television well-informed (3,2)
SET UP : Found here means establish. A common synonym for television and a word meaning well-informed that is often used in association with ‘with’.
27a Progress with daughter meeting standard set by hospital department sponsor (9)
GODPARENT : A short word meaning progress or move forward, then D(aughter), a word meaning standard (often used in golf) and a three letter hospital department.
1d Letters offering a good job (5-5,4)
FIRST-CLASS POST : An expression for good, or maybe even A1, and then a word for a job or an employment situation.
2d Do better in former prison accommodation, being cut off (5)
EXCEL : The prison accommodation has its last letter removed and follows a prefix meaning former.
5d Fast traveller that no one welcomes (3,4)
BAD NEWS : We are looking for something that proverbially travels fast. (It is neither bed bugs nor bad eggs which were our first guesses!)
6d Dearie me! Top’s come off chicken enclosures (4)
OOPS : Remove the first letter from a place where chickens may be kept.
7d Germany? First to accept coach’s seizure ordered by court (9)
DISTRAINT : IVR code for Germany, then ‘first’ written as an abbreviated ordinal number, includes a synonym for coach.
8d A jacket like this needs new blue beret, as odd (6-8)
DOUBLE-BREASTED : An anagram (new) of BLUE BERET AS ODD.
14d Many labels must be wrong, of course (2,3,5)
BY ALL MEANS : An anagram (must be wrong) of MANY LABELS.
16d Distressing illusion, mostly about gold rug (9)
TRAUMATIC : An illusion or deception loses its last letter and encloses the chemical symbol for gold and a small floor covering.
19d A long time after mother’s court award (7)
DAMAGES : A short word for mother but not the one used in 23a, precedes a word for a long time.
20d The tedium of showing embarrassment during sudden prosperity? (7)
BOREDOM : The colour one goes when embarrassed is included in a word meaning sudden prosperity.
25d Refuse with contempt, lacking new incentive (4)
SPUR : Take a word that means refuse with contempt and remove from it N(ew).
5d and 12a were the last two that we worked out and we are prepared to risk the consequences of naming them equal favourites.
Quickie pun stay + can + hale = steak and ale