Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27781
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
I thought that this was a bit meatier than we usually get on Tuesdays and I enjoyed it (or possibly I’m just in a good mood because of the lovely weather we’re enjoying). Do let us have your verdict.
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1a A Lib Dem grandee welcoming American jolly (7)
AMUSING – A (from the clue) and the familiar name of an elder statesman (and one-time leader) of the Liberal Democrats contain (welcoming) a two-letter abbreviation for American.
5a One who denounces account about drug addict (7)
ACCUSER – start with an abbreviation for an account or invoice and add an abbreviation meaning about or approximately and a drug addict.
9a Farm labourer‘s lovely, large shed (7)
PEASANT – drop the L (large shed) from an adjective meaning lovely or agreeable.
10a Guy I’m regularly with tipped over beer — dress will be needed (3,4)
GYM SLIP – regular letters from “Guy I’m” are followed by the reversal (tipped over) of a type of lager.
11a Madness to ignore first son’s stupidity (9)
INANENESS – start with another word for madness and remove the first of the three S(ons) from it.
12a Up a trail (5)
AWAKE – A (from the clue) and the trail left behind a boat travelling through water.
13a Landscape viewed from the sound (5)
SCENE – this sounds like a past participle meaning viewed.
15a In front of judge, I’m unhesitating (9)
IMMEDIATE – a verb to judge or arbitrate has I’M placed in front of it.
17a Firm hug can end upset (9)
UNCHANGED – an anagram (upset) of HUG CAN END.
19a Shot radical outside church (5)
RACED – the abbreviation for a radical in politics goes round one of the abbreviations for church.
22a It could be about to go on vessel (5)
CARGO – this is a semi-all-in-one. The single-letter abbreviation for about or approximately (the same one that was used in 5a) is followed by the name of Jason’s ship in Greek mythology.
23a Small outburst initially — that is after Conservative joins clubs (9)
SOCIETIES – there are lots of little bits to assemble here. Join together S(mall), the initial letter of outburst, C(onservative), the abbreviation for ‘that is’ and a verb meaning joins or connects.
25a Left in very old tin, old type of firework (7)
VOLCANO – insert L(eft) into the abbreviations for very and old and another word for a tin. Finally add the same abbreviation for old once more.
26a Holding head in irritation, I snore unfortunately louder (7)
NOISIER – an anagram (unfortunately) of I SNORE contains the leading (head) letter of irritation.
27a Show esteem to relation (7)
RESPECT – two meanings, the second meaning relation or applicability as in the phrase ‘in relation to’.
28a Please explain about broken fist (7)
SATISFY – a verb to explain or articulate contains an anagram (broken) of FIST.
1d Servants to the French couples (2,5)
AU PAIRS – ‘to the’ (masculine singular) in French and couples.
2d A Parisian with things for sale crossing area in the dark (7)
UNAWARE – an indefinite article in French (a Parisian) and a word for things for sale of a specific type (e.g. kitchen****) contain (crossing) A(rea).
3d Picture that is in magazine? On the contrary (5)
IMAGE – on the contrary means that, rather than ‘that is’ being in a magazine, the abbreviation for magazine goes inside the abbreviation meaning ‘that is’.
4d Meeting Georgia with the piece of jewellery (9)
GATHERING – the standard abbreviation for Georgia (the US state, not the European country) is followed by THE (from the clue) and a piece of jewellery.
5d Head of army, for example, is giving protection (5)
AEGIS – string together the first letter (head) of army, the abbreviation meaning ‘for example’ and IS (from the clue).
6d Officer in charge removing Ecstasy from pocket for military use (9)
COMMANDER – remove one of the abbreviations for the drug Ecstasy (it doesn’t matter which one) from a verb to pocket or appropriate for military use.
7d Middle Eastern ruler a bit of a fruitcake? (7)
SULTANA – a Middle Eastern ruler is followed by A.
8d Full theatre allowed me to ignore money (7)
REPLETE – string together the abbreviation for a type of theatre in which a permanent company of actors puts on different plays, a verb meaning allowed and ME. Finally, remove (ignore) the abbreviation for money.
14d Fancy picking up package of goods before lecture? (9)
ELABORATE – reverse (picking up, in a down clue) a bundle or package of goods (a word more often used for a bundle of hay or cotton) and follow that with a verb to lecture.
16d Since I’m sick, editor gets in remedies (9)
MEDICINES – an anagram (sick) of SINCE I’M containing the abbreviation for editor.
17d Run to cook holding chap’s grub out (7)
UNCOVER – an anagram (to cook) of RUN contains a dated informal word for a chap or bloke.
18d Rings groups of people sharing an interest (7)
CIRCLES – double definition, the second being groups of people with a shared interest (e.g. sewing) who meet regularly.
20d Signs of nerves, perhaps, after crime’s cut by 50%; they’ll no doubt find faults (7)
CRITICS – nervous twitches follow just 50% of “crime’s”.
21d Best dry toes at sea (7)
DESTROY – best here is a verb meaning to defeat or trounce. It’s an anagram (at sea) of DRY TOES.
23d Quiet, exposed bay (5) (online clue)
23d Quiet before drunk’s scream (5) (paper clue)
SHOUT – an injunction to keep quiet is followed by an adverb meaning exposed or divulged. Bay is a verb meaning to roar or clamour. The clue in the paper has the same request to keep mum followed by an adverb meaning drunk (*** of one’s skull, perhaps).
24d Live in flat six — endeavour coming up? (5)
EXIST – hidden (in) and reversed (coming up, in a down clue) in the clue.
The clues I liked best were 9a and 19a. Which one(s) appealed to you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: BAR + BEE + QUEUE = BARBECUE