Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27797
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 9th May 2015
I was hoping that my 400th post would coincide with the fifth anniversary of the email ‘conversation’ that Big Dave and I had on 21st May 2010, where we agreed that I didn’t really have time to be a blogger (!) or failing that, on the fifth anniversary of my first review published on the 27th May 2010. Still one week before the first of the two is close enough. I wonder how many blog posts I’d have done by now if I had had time?!
I took a bit longer than usual to solve this Saturday puzzle, mainly because I was held up by two intersecting clues, although looking at them both now I have no idea why I couldn’t solve them much earlier than I did.
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1a Cheated with young lady somewhere in Ireland (7)
DONEGAL – DONE (cheated) GAL (young lady).
5a Weapon — make violent raids with me? (7)
SIDEARM – An anagram (make violent) RAIDS with ME.
9a Seed showing sign of life (5)
PULSE – Double definition.
10a and 11: He wrote of crimes involving horrendous carnality (3,6,5,5)
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE – A splendid anagram (involving) of HORRENDOUS CARNALITY.
11a See 10
12a Supplier of food for TV cook mostly (4)
DELIA – Almost all of (mostly) DELIA (Smith).
14a Body Shop’s task producing puffs about German flower aroma primarily (5,7)
PANEL BEATING – PANTING (producing puffs) put round ELBE (German river [flower]) and A (the ‘primary’ letter of aroma).
18a Art category unusual in retro company (12)
CONTEMPORARY – An anagram (unusual) of RETRO COMPANY.
21a Dance around making lecherous look (4)
LEER – Reverse (around) a REEL (dance) to get a lecherous look.
22a Show consisting of a musical instrument (10)
CONCERTINA – CONCERT (show) IN (consisting of) and A (from the clue).
25a Where ships sail mostly (2,3,4)
IN THE MAIN – An expression meaning for the most part describes where ships sail, main being another word for the high sea.
26a Tip that’s acceptable to be expected (2-3)
UP-END – U (acceptable) and PEND (to be expected).
27a Contested election returns deserve recount (7)
NARRATE – A reversal (returns) of RAN (contested election) followed by RATE (deserve).
28a An old poet using leisurely pace (7)
ANDANTE – AN (from the clue) and the old Italian poet whose name is so useful for crossword setters – DANTE.
1d Present from French tribesman north of the border (6)
DEPICT – Present here being a verb. DE (the French word for from) and PICT (tribesman north of the border between England and Scotland).
2d Hose sprayed on sly catching indefinite number (6)
NYLONS – An anagram (sprayed) of ON SLY and N (indefinite number).
3d Anger peer terribly to accept soft government proposal (5,5)
GREEN PAPER – An anagram (terribly) of ANGER PEER plus P – the musical instruction to play softly.
4d Rope in old girl first (5)
LASSO – O (old) goes after LASS (girl).
5d Sandwich bishop found with trace of damage round it — mouse may have moved it (6,3)
SCROLL BAR – Insert into a SCAR (trace of damage) ROLL (sandwich) and B (Bishop).
6d Spiteful gossip that needs cleaning up (4)
DIRT – Spiteful gossip or any filthy substance that needs cleaning up.
7d Call up for one from Irish city good at sport (8)
ATHLETIC – Remove the ONE from the Irish city of ATHLONE and replace it with a reversal (up in a down clue) of CITE (call).
8d After strike’s over, see red keeping one in union (8)
MARRIAGE – A reversal (over) of RAM (strike) is followed by I (one) inserted into RAGE (see red).
13d It may be amusing to expose King George among cast (10)
FAIRGROUND – FOUND (cast) into which is inserted AIR (expose) and GR (George Rex, King George).
15d Secretly watching sea pigeon flying (9)
ESPIONAGE – An anagram (flying) of SEA PIGEON.
16d One gets into row about servant (8)
SCULLION – SCULL (row) I (one) ON (about).
17d Electrical device more inactive without volts (8)
INVERTER – This can be read in two ways with the same result – an adjective meaning more inactive around (without) Volts) or an INVERTER (electrical device) becomes INERTER (more inactive) without the V for Volts.
19d Succeed bagging George for a duck (6)
WIGEON – WIN (succeed) ‘bags’ GEO (George).
20d Theologian in market for lumber (6)
SADDLE – DD (Doctor of Divinity, theologian) inserted into SALE (market).
23d African country cut short a dance (5)
CONGA – Remove the O from the CONGO and replace with A from the clue
24d Odd characters in Boeotia, or one of them (4)
BETA – A Greek character is obtained by taking the odd letters of BoEoTiA, which just happens to be a region of Greece.