Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27799
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Good morning from South Staffs. I’m not available on Friday this week, so Gazza has kindly agreed to swap, leaving me with this pretty straightforward puzzle from the Tuesday Mysteron.
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1a Taking meal when touring a flat — useful start? (9-3)
LAUNCHING-PAD – A (from the clue) inserted into a word for eating a midday meal, followed by an informal word for a flat or other accommodation.
8a Endless time OAP’s spent in type of painting (7)
IMPASTO – Anagram (spent) of TIM (endless time) and OAP’S.
9a Advice from local authority reportedly (7)
COUNSEL – A homophone (reportedly) of a local authority.
11a Modelled a toga — it is done in a ruffled style (7)
AGITATO – This musical term is an anagram (modelled) of A TOGA IT.
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12a Religious class on island for one having finished work (7)
RETIREE – The initials by which religion classes in school are often known, followed by an island in the Inner Hebrides which features in the reports from coastal stations in the shipping forecast.
13a Victor fit? It’s far from clear (5)
VAGUE – The letter represented by Victor in the NATO alphabet, and a shivering fit.
14a Hint is in a tune that’s off-key (9)
INSINUATE – Anagram (off-key) of IS IN A TUNE.
16a One selling in the rag trade? (9)
NEWSAGENT – Cryptic definition of someone who sells rags (like the Sun, the Daily Mirror or the Times).
19a Elevated position in game but bowled out first (5)
RIDGE – Remove the abbreviation for bowled in a cricket scorecard from the beginning of a card game
21a Criminal seizing power in America and Peru possibly? Right (7)
USURPER – Put together an abbreviation for America, an anagram (possibly) of PERU, and Right.
23a Fuss among two notes in computer data (4-3)
READ-OUT – A word for fuss or bother placed between two notes of the sol-fa musical scale, the second being an archaic form of what is now known as doh.
24a Leading journalist on way out in a turbulent state? (7)
EDDYING – The usual crossword journalist followed by ‘on the way out’ (of this life).
25a Medical device in hospital curtailed alarm (7)
INHALER – Put together IN (form the clue), Hospital, and a word for alarm with its last letter removed (curtailed).
26a White gel twerp spilt after removing onset of pain for boxer (12)
WELTERWEIGHT – Anagram (spilt) of WHITE GEL TWER(p), leaving out the first letter (onset) of Pain.
1d Bird having a plaintive warble initially in heather (7)
LAPWING – A (from the clue) and the first letters of Plaintive Warble, placed inside a word for heather.
2d Winning part of cycling race is put in the shade (7)
UPSTAGE – A word for winning or being ahead in the score, followed by a part of a cycle race like the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France.
3d Group of pupils on walk to find powerful animal (9)
CROCODILE – Double definition.
4d At home leaders of company under review suffer (5)
INCUR – A word for ‘at home’ followed by the initial letters of Company Under Review.
5d One overly full of cheer? (7)
GLUTTON – Cryptic definition of one who feasts too much.
6d American tenor featuring in song in country (7)
AUSTRIA – An operatic song wrapped around an abbreviation for American and Tenor.
7d I’m getting over second season on river bringing bad luck (12)
MISADVENTURE – Put together the reverse (getting over) of I’M, Second, a liturgical season which precedes Christmas, and a river in Yorkshire.
10d They reveal specialists in invention? (3,9)
LIE DETECTORS – Cryptic definition of machines that find out people who are not telling the truth.
15d Gloomy figure after part of weekend with university rector, in short (9)
SATURNINE – Put together an abbreviation for one of the days of the weekend, University, Rector, and a numerical figure.
17d Aspiring blue down, having left North, for training (5-2)
WOULD-BE – Anagram (for training) of BLUE DOW(n), leaving out the abbreviation for North.
18d Place in office getting a purpose, we’re told (7)
APPOINT – A (from the clue) and something which sounds like (we’re told) a purpose or aim.
19d Selfish type in an estate? (4,3)
ROAD HOG – Cryptic definition: the estate here has four wheels.
20d Abandon rental property in tiny amount of rain (7)
DROPLET – A word for abandon followed by a rental property.
22d Jolly character’s word of acknowledgement (5)
ROGER – This is a word used to acknowledge a radio message. When preceded by Jolly it becomes a pirate flag.
The Quick Crossword pun MAIL + STRUM = MAELSTROM