Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27787
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This shouldn’t be too strenuous or stressful – do let us know what you made of it and how you got on. If you’re a long-term, or even short-term, lurker and haven’t yet plucked up the courage to introduce yourself, today would be an excellent day to take the bull by the horns and make a comment – on the whole we’re a pretty friendly lot and we won’t bite.
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4a Like some magazines including detailed art index (8)
GLOSSARY – the appearance of magazines printed on shiny paper contains art without its final letter (de-tailed).
8a Writer finding soldiers in sound condition (6)
ORWELL – charade of the abbreviation for ordinary soldiers and an adverb meaning in sound condition. If Prolixic were writing this review he’d probably say that strictly speaking it should be wordplay finding or leading to definition, rather than definition finding wordplay.
9a Exercise? It is embraced by poet mostly for fitness (8)
APTITUDE – an abbreviation for physical exercise or drill and IT (from the clue) are contained in the surname of a 20th century Anglo-American poet without the final N (mostly).
10a Breakdown — and what might resolve it? (8)
ANALYSIS – double definition – a) a detailed breakdown of something (the chemical constituents of a substance, for example) and b) treatment for someone who’s suffered a mental breakdown.
11a Influence unsettling camp hosted by Italian (6)
IMPACT – an anagram (unsettling) of CAMP is contained inside the abbreviation for Italian vermouth.
12a Note chap devised for memorial site (8)
CENOTAPH – an anagram (devised) of NOTE CHAP.
13a Set aside bowling regulation? (8)
OVERRULE – cryptically, when split 4,4, this could form part of the laws of cricket.
16a Rigid boat in difficulty (8)
HARDSHIP – join together an adjective meaning rigid or firm and a large boat.
19a English politician, one going into old drink shop (8)
EMPORIUM – start with E(nglish) and our usual elected politician then insert the Roman numeral for one into O(ld) and an alcoholic drink.
21a It’s carried out smoothly in bars (6)
LEGATO – we usually see this word as an adverb but here it’s a noun – it’s a passage of music which is marked to be performed in a smooth manner.
23a Second collection of teachers surrounding fellows in Tube station (8)
MONUMENT – start with the abbreviation for a short period of time (second) and follow this with one of the teachers’ unions containing fellows.
24a Trail of paper shredded for union? (8)
CONFETTI – a gentle cryptic definition. This union is a wedding ceremony.
25a Something soothing in a car being convertible (6)
ARNICA – an anagram (being convertible) of IN A CAR.
26a Educated lawyer led astray with yen to quit (4-4)
WELL-READ – an anagram (astray) of LAW(y)ER LED after the Y(en) has done a runner.
1d Ornament, new, carried by vehicle ridden on time (7)
TRINKET – N(ew) is inserted into (carried by) a vehicle ridden (often by a young child). That precedes (on, in a down clue) T(ime).
2d Diplomat will chase after infernal creature (9)
HELLHOUND – charade of the contracted form of ‘diplomat will’ (where the diplomat is the abbreviation of the title used for an ambassador) and a verb to chase after or hunt down.
3d State unfortunately close to risk area (6)
ALASKA – string together an exclamation meaning unfortunately, the closing letter of risk and A(rea).
4d Object to cricket? The reverse — it shows limited focus (11,4)
GRASSHOPPER MIND – a verb meaning object to or disapprove of and a cricket (not the noble game but a chirping insect). The reverse indicates a change in the order – the cricket comes first.
5d Foreign party unconscious on drink, we hear (8)
OUTSIDER – an adverb meaning unconscious or dead to the world is followed by what sounds like an alcoholic drink made from apples.
6d Arrange shot in film (3-2)
SET-UP – this is the bringing together of everything required for part of a scene to be shot on film. As 3,2 (with no hyphen) it’s a phrasal verb meaning to arrange or organise. These are the verb and noun forms of pretty much the same thing.
7d Progressive artist caught in ring (7)
RADICAL – start with the usual abbreviation for a Royal Academician (artist) then insert the single-letter cricketing abbreviation for caught in a verb to ring or telephone.
14d Slate prudish article penned by socialist (9)
REPRIMAND – an adjective meaning prudish or proper and an indefinite article are put inside (penned by) a socialist or communist.
15d Put hands round device in saloon? (8)
THROTTLE – double definition, the second a device in a saloon (or possibly a hatchback).
17d Exotic name individual gives plant (7)
ANEMONE – an anagram (exotic) of NAME is followed by an adjective meaning individual or single.
18d Vessel in front that generates heat? (7)
FURNACE – insert a vessel (one used to hold ashes or even The Ashes, say) into a front or facade.
20d Evidence of wit, that might prevent disorder in Asian border region (6)
PUNJAB – charade of a witticism and what you may be given to provide immunity against a disease or infection.
22d A wife’s offence — lacking love. Terrible! (5)
AWFUL – string together A, W(ife) and the sort of offence that may lead to a yellow or red card without the letter that resembles love or zero.
The clues I liked best were 4d and 20d. Which one(s) got you excited?
Today’s Quickie Pun: CELL + DUMB = SELDOM