Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27793
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This is pretty straightforward and would be a good introduction for anyone starting out on cryptic crosswords. The only clue which held me up a bit was 17d where I needed all the checking letters. Do let us know what you made of it.
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3a Bonus for each is accepted by all (10)
PERQUISITE – a preposition meaning ‘for each’ is followed by an adverb meaning all or completely with IS (from the clue) inserted.
8a Arrived ahead of artist, producer of pictures (6)
CAMERA – a verb meaning arrived followed by the usual abbreviation for a recognised artist.
9a Delicious food in bar? I am so mistaken (8)
AMBROSIA – an anagram (mistaken) of BAR I AM SO gives us the food of the gods.
10a Following each one in spite of everything (5,3)
AFTER ALL – charade of a preposition meaning following and a word meaning each or every one.
11a Meet in battle and swear to marry? (6)
ENGAGE – double definition, both possibly risky enterprises.
12a More or less charming mineral spring (6,4)
PRETTY WELL – join together an adjective meaning charming or attractive and a mineral spring or source.
14a Patriotic song, Arne air Butlin’s broadcast (4,9)
RULE BRITANNIA – an anagram (broadcast) of ARNE AIR BUTLIN.
20a Wife with male, more attractive in retirement, in the fashionable place to be (5,3,2)
WHERE IT’S AT – string together W(ife), a male pronoun and the reversal (in retirement) of a comparative meaning more attractive or more appetising.
22a Told stories recalled about volunteers, soldiers given a special task (6)
DETAIL – reverse (recalled) a verb meaning told (untrue) stories and insert the abbreviation for the (now superseded) name of our part-time soldiers.
23a Weight of importance? No end, since eating Italian (8)
GRAVITAS – an adjective meaning of importance or profound loses its final E (no end) and is followed by a conjunction meaning since or because. Finally insert (eating) the abbreviation for Italian vermouth.
24a Where’s the penthouse suite of the highest office? (3-5)
TOP-LEVEL – this describes the most senior people in an organisation or government. Literally, with a space rather than hyphen, it could be the position in a building of the penthouse suite.
25a Musical composition person at auditorium includes (6)
SONATA – hidden (includes) in the clue.
26a This may help protect castle in game following stalemate (10)
DRAWBRIDGE – a card game follows a stalemate.
1d Consider more passable, say, for traveller (8)
WAYFARER – we need two homophones (say) here – first what sounds like a verb to consider or assess the importance of and, second, a homophone of a comparative meaning more passable or more satisfactory.
2d Pals teed off in base (8)
PEDESTAL – an anagram (off) of PALS TEED.
3d Father’s breaking fast in pope’s office (6)
PAPACY – an affectionate term for father goes inside (breaking) an adjective meaning fast or speedy.
4d Genuine old coin, Spanish (4)
REAL – this just seems to be a double definition, though I can’t see why the clue has ‘old coin, Spanish’ rather than ‘old Spanish coin’.
5d What may have been held up if ‘Rain stopped play’? (8)
UMBRELLA – a pretty weak cryptic definition.
6d Cast off, beginning to sail on Irish lake (6)
SLOUGH – the first letter of sail precedes (on, in a down clue) the Irish equivalent of loch.
7d Article close to my doodah (6)
THINGY – an article or object followed by the closing letter of (m)Y.
13d Best English, low in calories (5)
ELITE – E(nglish) and advertiser-speak for low in calories.
15d Astound boyfriend, said partner in affair (4,4)
BOWL OVER – start with a sound-alike (said) of an old-fashioned word for a boyfriend or male admirer, then add a sexual partner.
16d In tune, possibly, about right time to give a nourishing substance (8)
NUTRIENT – make an anagram (possibly) of IN TUNE containing R(ight). Finally, add T(ime).
17d Olympic Games host accommodating a fast runner (8)
ATALANTA – the name of the US city which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996 contains A to make the name of a fleet-footed huntress in Greek mythology.
18d In US wedding centre, Irish artist (6)
RENOIR – ‘In’ here is not an insertion indicator. We can rearrange the clue a bit to read ‘Artist (can be found) in US wedding centre, Irish’. So we need a charade of the name of the city in Nevada where it’s quick, easy and cheap to get married and the abbreviation for Irish.
19d Everything eaten by female elephant is green (6)
CALLOW – a word for everything is contained inside (eaten by) a female elephant.
21d Go by the Spanish church recess (6)
ELAPSE – a Spanish definite article followed by a semicircular recess in a church.
23d Good boy, eager (4)
GLAD – G(ood) is followed by a young boy to make an adjective that can mean eager, as in “I’d be **** to help”.
The clue I liked best was 15d. Which one(s) did it for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: CANNER + PEAS = CANOPIES