Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27812
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Home again. Winter has arrived while we have been away. It will be warm clothing and fires in the grate for the next couple of months for us while most of you will be basking in the sunshine of a Northern hemisphere summer.
It was great to be away and do all the things we did and meet all the people we met but it still feels good to be back to a normal Wednesday with a Jay puzzle to solve, blog and enjoy.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Besieged by left of centre, cowered (7)
CRINGED : The left of centre is its first letter. This is followed by a word for besieged or surrounded.
5a Companies that perform use port for processing (7)
TROUPES : An anagram (for processing) of USE PORT. The performance is usually on stage.
9a An unsociable person like this must welcome a couple of daughters (5)
SADDO : A two letter word meaning ‘like this’ surrounds A from the clue and the abbreviation for daughter twice.
11a Rise includes state benefit for juvenile (10)
ADOLESCENT : A four letter word used to describe the unemployment benefit is included in a word for a rise or climb.
12a Crowns for men with no teeth at last! (4)
CAPS : Take a synonym for men and remove from inside it the last letter of teeth.
14a The best unemployed ringside assistant? (6-2-4)
SECOND-TO-NONE : The person who helps a boxer has nobody who needs him.
18a Is clothed simply in petticoats? (12)
UNDERDRESSES : How somebody wearing a petticoat could be described.
21a How to attach collar? (4)
NAIL : How to attach, possibly using a hammer.
25a Lacking purpose, so slept around, ringing home (9)
POINTLESS : An anagram (around) of SO SLEPT surrounds the short word meaning at home.
26a Fool mostly getting millions for a turn of phrase (5)
IDIOM : Take a synonym for fool, remove its last letter and replace it with the abbreviation for millions.
27a When to get working in miserly environment? (7)
TONIGHT : The answer is one of myriad possible answers to the question ‘When?’ Insert a two letter synonym for working into a word for miserly.
28a Stress is reversed in joint projection (7)
TENSION : Reverse the word ‘is’ inside a type of joint made by woodworkers.
1d Accidental case of toxicity rejected by A&E (6)
CASUAL : The alternative name for an A & E department has its last two letters, which are the first and last letters of toxicity, removed.
2d Popular affair with men over the threshold (6)
INDOOR : A charade of a word for popular, another common word for affair , and lowly army men.
5d Beef dish done badly during trips? (9)
TOURNEDOS : An anagram (badly) of DONE is included in a synonym of trips.
6d The likelihood of finding double D in outsize? (4)
ODDS : The double D is not a bra size, just the two letters, and they are inside a label for large sized clothing.
7d Carry on raising a sound of disapproval for game (8)
PEEKABOO : A word for carry on or continue is reversed (raising in a down clue), then A from the clue and the call one makes when disapproving.
13d Self-control of Government department on European limit (10)
MODERATION : The government department that looks after the armed forces, the abbreviation for European and a verb meaning to limit.
15d Countries regularly suppressing mission when needed (2,7)
ON REQUEST : Alternate letters from the word ‘countries’ precede a synonym for a mission.
17d Dependence with no source of codeine supplement (8)
ADDITION : A word for drug dependence has the first letter of codeine removed from it.
19d Book on family wearing football team gear for beach (6)
BIKINI : The abbreviation for book, then a word for family is surrounded by by the number of people in a football team expressed in numeric form.
20d Reporter‘s line, for example, on staff (3-3)
LEG-MAN : The abbreviation for line, an abbreviation for ‘for example’, and a verb meaning to staff.
23d Agree dropping name is a plus (5)
ASSET : Take a word that means agree and remove the abbreviation for name from inside it.
Disagreement on favourite today. She went for 10a. He went for 16d. What’s your choice?
Quickie pun ferry + swill = Ferris wheel