Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27814
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Bonjour from Camping Le Soleil at Argelès-sur-Mer on the Mediterannean coast of France on a beautiful sunny morning.
I haven’t been getting my usual fix of crosswords this week, being away from the paper, and having had less access to the internet than usual. Having said that, I found this a remarkably gentle offering from the Friday maestro. I’m told he has a significant birthday next week, so perhaps he’s saving something up for us.
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1a Pal is hot, ill — doctor may be here (8)
HOSPITAL – Anagram (ill) of PAL IS HOT.
6a Humble way followed by saint (6)
MODEST – A way of procedding followed by an abbreviation for saint.
9a Counsellor taking fellows to eminence in Devon? (6)
MENTOR – Put together some fellows and one of the rocky hills seen in Devon.
10a Representative of death in play? (8)
SALESMAN – A commercial representative, one whose death is reported in the title of a play by Arthur Miller.
11a Vehicle taking hundred to match, first to leave (8)
CARRIAGE – The Roman numeral for hundred followed by a match or union with its first letter removed (first to leave).
12a Pimple at side of leg? You’ve got it! (4,2)
SPOT ON – Another word for a pimple followed by another word for the leg side at cricket.
13a Procedural matter that is troubling to poor friend (5,2,5)
POINT OF ORDER – ~Anagram (troubling) of TO POOR FRIEND.
16a Component of birthday tea? That’s very easy! (1,5,2,4)
A PIECE OF CAKE – Double definition, the first being something you get at a birthday party.
19a Olympic event brings endless debate (6)
DISCUS – Remove the final S from a debate to get an Olympic field event.
21a Much less solitary with others being brought in (3,5)
LET ALONE – The Latin abbreviation for with or and others, placed inside a word for solitary.
23a Private home, the thing gone round by friend (8)
INTIMATE – Put together a word for ‘at home’, the reversal of a pronoun for ‘the thing’, and a friend.
24a Saturn maybe in lecture (6)
ROCKET – This lecture or telling-off is also the name of the object that a Saturn V is or was.
25a Bishop has amusing setback (6)
BLIGHT – The chess notation for a bishop, followed by a word for amusing, the opposite of serious or heavy.
26a Waters flowing back — chaps collected sludge (8)
SEDIMENT – Reverse (back) a word for the flowing of sea waters, and put some chaps inside.
2d Zero quiet periods in staged entertainments (6)
OPERAS – Put together the letter which looks like a zero, the musical symbol for quiet, and some geological periods.
3d Disciple repentant finally, embraced by Lord (5)
PETER – A lovely all-in-one clue describing the apostle who denied Christ, then repented. The last letter of repentanT inside one of the members of the House of Lords.
4d Avert the face from performance with a team going under (4,5)
TURN ASIDE – A stage act or performance followed by A (from the clue) and another word for a sports team.
5d Most juicy book about powerful female — desire to get hold of it (7)
LUSHEST – The title of a novel by H Rider Haggard (or Mrs Rumpole in Rumpole of the Bailey) inside a word for desire.
6d A long way for Davis, the jazz musician (5)
MILES – A gentle double definition, the second being the first name of the American jazz trumpeter.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
7d Head of Department is leading programme of study, giving lecture (9)
DISCOURSE – An academic lecture this time, rather than the telling-off in 24a. The first letter of Department followed by IS (from the clue) and a programme of study.
8d Experienced diner may want food thus enhanced (8)
SEASONED – A word for experienced which is also what you get when you add salt and pepper to your dinner.
13d Power coming to pulpit activity (9)
PREACHING – An abbreviation for Power followed by a verb meaning ‘coming to’ or ‘arriving at’.
14d Female over coffee looking embarrassed to be buttered up (9)
FLATTERED – Put together Female, a variety of coffee drink, and the colour you go when embarrassed.
15d Voluntary work gets a lot in after training (8)
OPTIONAL – A Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work followed by an anagram (after training) of A LOT IN.
17d Shows hesitation, fine changes being needed (7)
FALTERS – An abbreviation for Fine followed by a verb meaning ‘changes’.
18d One who may be looking for a permanent job involving some winter nights (6)
INTERN – Hidden in the clue.
20d Good-looking products finally taken to market (5)
SMART – The final letter of productS followed by a market.
22d See copper, male who may be standing in for colleague? (5)
LOCUM – Put together a word meaning ‘See!’ or ‘Behold!’, the chemical symbol for copper, and Male.
The Quick Crossword pun PARR + TEPEES = PARTY PIECE