Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27811
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Today’s grid is tailor-made for a Nina around the periphery but as far as I can see there isn’t one (unless you are better at spotting them than I am). Its effect is to give us lots of answers with unchecked first letters, making it slightly more difficult.
I would have given this ** for difficulty but my last answer (7a) held me up for some time so I’ve upped the stars to three. I thought it was enjoyable without producing any great hoots of laughter.
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 A ploy to alter trailer for valuable cargo (7)
PAYLOAD – an anagram (to alter) of A PLOY followed by the abbreviated word for the sort of trailer that is designed to whet one’s appetite for a forthcoming film, say. This was my last answer and I spent some time thinking that I needed some sort of ploy with its last (trailing) letter altered – eventually the penny dropped.
8a Sign of a healthy elder? (7)
FOLIAGE – this elder is not an aged human.
10a Ride party arranged boarded by quiet short-term visitor (10) [(3,7) in the paper version]
DAYTRIPPER – an anagram (arranged) of RIDE PARTY has the musical abbreviation for quiet inserted (boarded by). This is more usually seen as 3-7 (Chambers) or 3,7 (other dictionaries and the Beatles and in the paper).
11a Archbishop once in skirt (4)
TUTU – double definition, the first the name of a retired South African archbishop (whose forename is commonly used as rhyming slang for a lower-second degree).
12a Film producer‘s healthy cheer (8)
BROCCOLI – another double definition, the second being potentially one of your recommended ‘five a day’.
14a Throw off course queen in foreign parliament (6)
DERAIL – insert the cipher of our current Queen in the lower-house of the Irish parliament.
15a Financial prudence shown by good people a consoling factor (6,5)
SAVING GRACE – string together a word for financial prudence (what one may be doing for a rainy day), G(ood) and a people or ethnic group.
19a What organised rebel leader might say getting ticket (6)
COUPON – split the answer 4,2 to get what the rebel leader may text, say, to his followers to tell them that the preparations are in place for the attempt to overthrow the government.
20a Old boy with single note that’s outdated (8)
OBSOLETE – string together the abbreviation for old boy, an adjective meaning single or only and a musical note from tonic sol-fa.
22a Reportedly money is generated (4)
BRED – this sounds like (reportedly) an informal word for money.
23a Terrible torpor in leaderless TUC showing decay (10)
CORRUPTION – an anagram (terrible) of TORPOR IN and (T)UC.
25a Real dope, one taken in by French article (7)
GENUINE – an informal word for dope or information is followed by the Roman numeral for one contained inside (taken in by) a French indefinite article.
26a In secure drill, Greek character shows source of notes (7)
BAGPIPE – put together a verb to secure or capture and the abbreviation for drill or a physical workout and insert (in) a Greek letter. I like the definition of a gentleman as someone who can play the bagpipes, but doesn’t.
1d Gruesome Scot taken with a lot of drink (7)
MACABRE – start with the name of a Scot (it’s a well-known fact that in Scotland all men who are not called Ian or Jock must be called this) and add A (from the clue) and all but the last letter of a drink which may be either beer or tea.
2d Small group getting place on programme (4)
SLOT – S(mall) followed by a group or gang.
3d A pride, maybe, harboured by firm in risk-taking venue (6)
CASINO – pride here is nothing to do with lions. A (from the clue) and what pride is an example of (one of seven, possibly) go inside the abbreviation for a firm or business.
4d A hundred men on both sides of free territorial strip (8)
CORRIDOR – we start with the Roman numeral for a hundred then add the abbreviation for ordinary soldiers twice with a verb to free or clear between the two occurrences.
5d Lost chair I restored belonging to the past (10)
HISTORICAL – an anagram (re-stored) of LOST CHAIR I.
6d Self-indulgent bout, say, with trio playing piano (3,4) [(3-4) in the paper]
EGO TRIP – the abbreviation for say or ‘for example’ is followed by an anagram (playing) of TRIO. We finish with the abbreviation for piano (as a musical instruction). The BRB has this as 3-4 (as does the paper version).
9d Executives in early stage of year in launch site? (11)
SPRINGBOARD – cryptically, as (6,5), this could be the executives who are in charge of a company during an early season of the year.
13d Of no more use like actors in an encore? (7-3)
CLAPPED-OUT – after a good performance actors may be called back on stage then applauded off.
16d Lodge reviewed note about head of catering having clean hands (8)
INNOCENT – a lodging place is followed by an anagram (reviewed) of NOTE containing the top letter of catering.
17d Fruit mostly satisfied connoisseur (7)
GOURMET – a fleshy fruit with a hard rind loses its last letter (mostly) and that’s followed by a verb meaning satisfied or fulfilled.
18d Bad-tempered, indisciplined sport discontented plenty (7)
STROPPY – an anagram (indisciplined) of SPORT is followed by what’s left of plenty after its inner letters or contents have been taken away.
21d During burlesque, a keen one takes peep (6)
SQUEAK – hidden (during) in the clue is a peep or high-pitched cry.
24d Record end of track event? (4)
TAPE – double definition, the second what the winner of a track race breasts (or, at least, used to before the introduction of electronic timing).
My favourite clue was 9d for the nice definition (launch site). Which one(s) made you sit up?
Today’s Quickie Pun: PEER + SINGLY = PIERCINGLY