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DT 27797

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.


6 comments on “DT 27797

  1. A big welcome for crypticsue to the very exclusive ‘400 club’ (you’ll now be allowed to add CD to your name tag!).
    Thanks to Mr Ron for the enjoyable puzzle – my most vivid memory of it is the d’oh moment when I realised that 14a was nothing to do with Anita Roddick, so that one will have to be my favourite.

    1. Congratulations to crypticsue – wot, only 400? – thought it would have been far more than that!

      But will she ever catch up with gazza (852) and Big Dave (1670) ?

      Thanks to all the Bloggers (aka Contributors) – always much appreciated!

  2. Hi There,

    Two comments:

    7d: Being Irish, I know that Athlone is not a city, just a large town. Actually, I thought ‘athlectic’ was the answer, being close to an anagram for Ath Cliath, the Gaelic name of Dublin, definitely an Irish city.

    28a: Surely I can’t be the only one to have concluded (wrongly) that the answer was ‘Pootled’, an anagram of old poet?

    Richard L

  3. Congratulations Sue for yet another brilliant blog which fortunately I did not need. Looking at my notes (which I always make for the weekend) I found that 14a had stumped me for a while but when the penny dropped it made me smile. I am just re-reading some 10a and 11a which I found on my Kindle when looking for something else. Here’s to the next 400. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gifhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

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