Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27802
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After the stunning performance of the Oxford United team yesterday we’re back to single-blogger mode today. I’m making a temporary return to my old Friday stamping-ground having done a swap with Deep Threat this week.
Giovanni is in a particularly generous mood today – I can’t remember when we had a more straightforward puzzle from him. Perhaps he feels the need to be compassionate because this grid leaves a lot of initial letters unchecked. Do share your solving experience with the rest of us.
If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.
7a Singer in pub, one having vocal expression (8)
BARITONE – string together a word meaning pub, one in Roman numerals and vocal expression or modulation.
9a Essex town not totally tough and mean! (6)
HARLOW – an adjective meaning tough or arduous without its final letter (not totally) is followed by another adjective meaning despicable or mean.
10a Man by the briny in a deck chair, say? (6)
SEATED – an abbreviated male name follows the briny.
11a Improper posturing where mountaineers gather (4,4)
BASE CAMP – an adjective meaning improper or ignoble precedes an adjective meaning posturing or affected in manner.
12a There is apparel specially designed for artists (3-11)
PRE-RAPHAELITES – an anagram (specially designed) of THERE IS APPAREL gives us the name used for a group of 19th century English artists.
15a To move house is appropriate when lake encroaches (4)
FLIT – the verb to move house (traditionally taking place under moonlight) comes from an adjective meaning appropriate or suitable with L(ake) inserted.
17a Move sack (5)
SHIFT – double definition, the second a sort of loose woman’s dress (it’s the dress that’s loose, not the woman!).
19a Frame awkwardly rigid I removed (4)
GRID – an anagram (awkwardly) of RIG(i)D with one I removed.
20a Firm’s reputation? Distinct danger that will be ruined (6,8)
CREDIT STANDING – an anagram (that will be ruined) of DISTINCT DANGER produces the measure of a firm’s financial reputation.
23a Short piece delivered to the world is uncompromising (8)
STUBBORN – charade of a short piece (of a pencil or cigarette, say) and a past participle meaning brought into the world.
25a Virtuous husband, individual type to be given halo (6)
HONEST – string together the abbreviation for husband, an individual and the abbreviation for the type of person often depicted with a halo.
27a Stick together at this place having joined company (6)
COHERE – an adverb meaning at this place follows the abbreviation for company.
28a Fellows count without using pencil and paper? (8)
MENTALLY – charade of fellows or male persons and a verb to count or add up.
1d Power with which great performer’s gained speed (4)
PACE – the abbreviation for power has a great performer or expert added.
2d Model that may get someone easily caught out (6)
SITTER – double definition, the second being a batsman’s shot which gives a very easy catch to a fielder.
3d Rosemary maybe wants some other boy (4)
HERB – hidden (some) in the clue.
4d Meeting the Spanish, Greek characters cheat (6)
CHISEL – this is a slang verb meaning to obtain by cheating. One of the Spanish definite articles is preceded (meeting) by the (English) plural of a Greek letter.
5d An attachment to what money will buy (5,3)
PRICE TAG – cryptic definition of what’s physically attached to something offered for sale.
6d Order money to be paid to agent (10)
COMMISSION – double definition, the second being a percentage paid to an agent.
8d See tragic king die horribly in classical work (7)
OEDIPUS – an anagram (horribly) of DIE goes inside our usual word for an artistic work (classical because it’s a Latin word).
13d Member of family carries nothing around? Big van can do that job (10)
RELOCATION – a member of one’s family contains (carries) the letter that resembles zero or nothing and the single-letter abbreviation meaning about or approximately.
14d A deceiver’s no right to get assumed 24 (5)
ALIAS – the 24 refers to the answer to 24d. Bring together A (from the clue), a deceiver or porky-teller and the ‘S. Then remove the R(ight).
16d Outside entrance to minster more than one choirboy shakes (8)
TREMBLES – choirboys (defined by their high-pitched voices) contain the first letter (entrance) of M(inster).
18d Session of instruction a prominent feature after meal (5-2)
TEACH-IN – a prominent facial feature follows an afternoon or early evening meal.
21d Evening worker (6)
IRONER – cryptic definition of someone who evens out the creases.
22d Rejection of agreement restricting one part of UK (6)
DENIAL – an agreement or contract contains (restricting) the abbreviation for a UK province.
24d Celebrity having an upset, this particular writer (4)
NAME – reverse (upset) AN and add how the setter refers to himself.
26d One and only fish in sea area (4)
SOLE – triple definition (I think). I did consider whether it was meant to be a quadruple definition, but I don’t think there’s much difference between the answer used to mean ‘one’ and ‘only’.
The clue I liked best was 5d. Which one(s) rang your bell?
Today’s Quickie Pun: MILLIE + SECOND = MILLISECOND