Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27784
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a bright sunny morning.
A couple of less common words from Giovanni this morning, but otherwise I found it not too difficult, hence only ** difficulty for me.
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1a Bit of food all mixed up with sour herb inside (7,4)
SAUSAGE ROLL – Anagram (mixed up ) of ALL and SOUR, wrapped around a herb often combined with onion.
8a Critical factor put off worker — pit almost falling in (11)
DETERMINANT – Another word for ‘put off’ and one of the usual crossword workers, placed either side of a pit with its last letter removed (almost).
11a Way to see English being knocked out in defeat (4)
ROUT – Remove the English from the end of a way or set of directions.
12a Water that’s brown spreading across river (4)
TARN – River inside the sort of brown you get from sunbathing, giving a mountain lake.
13a One struggling to establish line in attack (7)
BATTLER – Put an abbreviation for Line inside a verb meaning to attack physically.
15a Seats become rotten aboard ship (7)
SADDLES – A word for ‘become rotten’, as in eggs, placed inside the usual crossword ship.
16a Strong piece of material that may be disposable (5)
NAPPY – Double definition, the first being an obscure term for strong, frothy ale; the second is something that every one of us will have worn at some point in our lives.
17a On edge of plate mother’s placed cheese (4)
EDAM – The last letter (edge) of platE followed by a horse’s mother.
18a Trim old man getting about (4)
PARE – Another word for one’s old man followed by the Latin word for about or concerning.
19a Old buffoon opposing the first hint of change (5)
ANTIC – A word for opposing or against, followed by the first letter of Change.
21a Helps foolish person — is crossing street (7)
ASSISTS – A fool followed by IS (from the clue) wrapped around the abbreviation for street.
22a Brilliant hit — hooked? (7)
LAMBENT – Another word for hit followed by an adjective describing something hook-shaped.
23a Romantic couple despite marriage fraying at the edges (4)
ITEM – Hidden in the clue. Remove (fraying) the outsides of ‘despite marriage’ to find the answer.
26a Insect that is loud by meadow (4)
FLEA – The musical symbol for loud followed by the meadow the lowing herd winds slowly o’er in Gray’s Elegy.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
27a Like well-worn sofa OK for retrieving from skip? (11)
RECOVERABLE – I think this is two cryptic definitions, though you may also think it an all-in-one. What you might do to refurbish a worn sofa; or how you might get hold of one.
28a Later on I spy zany celebrity (11)
PERSONALITY – Anagram (zany) of LATER ON I SPY.
2d Help half of all the characters (4)
ABET– Take a word describing all the letters , and remove half of it.
3d Man to walk ahead of gossipy female (7)
STEPHEN – A man’s name is made up of a synonym for walk followed by a clucking chicken or, by extension, a gossipy female.
4d Somehow disabled in sport (4)
GAME – Double definition, the first being a description of a physical infirmity, as in ‘he’s got a xxxx leg’.
5d Go on a road as fugitive (7)
RUNAWAY – Another word for ‘go’ when talking about an engine functioning for example, followed by A (from the clue) and a road.
6d Hard mineral, not fine material (4)
LINT – Remove the initial F (not fine) from a hard stone to get a soft fabric used in dressings, or the fluff that has to be extracted from your washing machine..
7d Injured climber, a top becoming tricky (11)
PROBLEMATIC – Anagram (injured) of CLIMBER A TOP.
8d Rudest yawn’s nastily given as unhelpful response (5,6)
DUSTY ANSWER – Anagram (nastily) of RUDEST YAWN’S.
9d Ribbons and label on dog upset the French female (11)
TAGLIATELLE – To get these pasta ribbons put together a word for label, the reversal (upset) of a word for dog or follow, and a French female pronoun.
10d Unnecessary seats in line to be shifted (11)
INESSENTIAL – Anagram (to be shifted) of SEATS IN LINE.
14d Wet season is predominant, reportedly (5)
RAINS – This sounds like (reportedly) ‘is predominant’, in the way a monarch is.
15d Ruin ground with introduction of parking (5)
SPOIL – The abbreviation for Parking inside some ground or earth.
19d A project in which a learner appears perplexed (2,1,4)
AT A LOSS – A (from the clue) followed by a verb meaning ‘project’ (a projectile) with the second A from the clue and Learner inside.
20d Bad act and more or less everybody could make it (7)
CATCALL – Put together an anagram (bad) of ACT, a Latin abbreviation for about or ‘more or less’, and a word for everybody, and you get something that a bad variety act might attract from the audience.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
24d Measure that sounds suitable (4)
Paper version: Suitable encounter from what we hear (4)
METE – A somewhat archaic word for measure – still seen in the expression ‘xxxx out justice’, which sounds like a somewhat archaic word for suitable or fitting. The paper version has ‘suitable’ as the definition, and we’re told that it sounds like a word for ‘encounter’. The problem with that is that Chambers does not give that spelling of the word for ‘suitable’.
25d Slight rest (4)
LEAN – Double definition: an adjective describing physical slightness; or a verb describing resting against something.
26d Featureless accommodation (4)
FLAT – Double definition: a description of a featureless landscape; or a type of living accommodation.
The Quick Crossword pun HEWN + ANIMUS = UNANIMOUS