Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27817
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Good morning from North Devon on what is another dark, cold, wet and thoroughly miserable June day. My mood wasn’t lightened much by this puzzle. It has a plethora of proper nouns, including a mini Poets’ Corner in the SW quadrant. It’s also a pangram. Do let us know how you got on and give us your verdict on the puzzle.
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7a First name for Arnold‘s proclamation on Scottish peak (8)
BENEDICT – so, which Mr Arnold do we need? It’s not Thomas or Matthew but the American general who switched sides during the American War of Independence to join the British army. A proclamation or decree follows a Scottish word for a high mountain.
9a Tigress in river? (6)
AMAZON – double definition, the first being a cryptic description of a powerful female fighter. Ideally the question mark should be next to the tigress – the river is a straight definition, it’s the tigress which is cryptic.
10a Make a mistake getting backing of students (4,2)
SLIP UP – reverse some students.
11a Avoid, therefore, winning film (4,4)
DUCK SOUP – to build the name of this Marx Brothers’ film we have to string together a verb to avoid or dodge, a conjunction meaning therefore and an adverb meaning winning or in the lead.
12a Article penned by blues musician, to make things more confusing (5,3,6)
MUDDY THE WATERS – a definite article is inserted (penned) into the stage name of an American blues musician.
15a Horse circling male groom (4)
COMB – a powerful short-legged horse contains M(ale).
17a Stubborn son spat (5)
STIFF – the abbreviation for son is followed by a spat or minor quarrel.
19a Helpful hint about river excursion (4)
TRIP – a helpful hint contains the abbreviation for river.
20a Problems ahead for company that makes beer? (7,7)
TROUBLE BREWING – cryptic definition of a phrase indicating that problems are developing.
23a Complete game of golf away (5,3)
ROUND OFF – charade of a game of golf and an adverb meaning away or absent.
25a Organ at the side of hot fireplace (6)
HEARTH – a bodily organ is placed next to H(ot).
27a Got into English poet, foremost of Dadaists (6)
DONNED – the surname of an English poet followed by the foremost letter of Dadaists.
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
28a Garment bound to fit (8)
JUMPSUIT – charade of a bound or leap and a verb to fit or be appropriate for.
1d Screen showing part of festive illuminations (4)
VEIL – hidden (showing part of) in the clue.
2d Remote, perhaps essential, placed on cushion (6)
KEYPAD – remote here is a noun, being the device that you can never find when you want to change channels. An adjective meaning essential or fundamental is followed (placed on, in a down clue) by a cushion or piece of soft material.
3d Examine clipped earring (4)
STUD – clip off the final letter of a verb to examine closely.
4d Intrigued, not half, over a panel (6)
FASCIA – the first half of a past participle meaning intrigued or enthralled precedes A (from the clue).
5d Knock male in group with criminal record (3,5)
RAP SHEET – this is an informal US term for a criminal record. Start with a verb to knock or tap, then insert a male pronoun into a group or gang.
6d Small number to interrogate? Undoubtedly (2,8)
NO QUESTION – the 2-letter abbreviation for number is followed by a verb to interrogate.
8d Representative put in cracking suite, as an incentive (7)
IMPETUS – insert the usual abbreviation for one of our elected representatives into an anagram (cracking) of SUITE.
13d Bridge player, old, in duo trained by eccentric (10)
UNORTHODOX – the name for one of the players at a bridge table (the full name, not the usual abbreviation) and O(ld) go inside an anagram (trained) of DUO. We finish with the letter used to indicate that one quantity is to be multiplied ‘by’ another.
14d Pick of the Spanish, Italian, and English (5)
ELITE – string together a Spanish definite article, the abbreviation for Italian vermouth and E(nglish).
16d Bishop having argument about Northern poet (8)
BROWNING – the poet could be either Robert or his wife Elizabeth. The abbreviation for bishop in chess notation is followed by a present participle meaning having an argument containing N(orthern).
18d Get on with poor actor in Hants town (7)
FAREHAM – charade of a verb to get on or cope and an informal term for a poor actor.
21d Meditative, family close to bankruptcy (6)
BROODY – a family (of young chicks, for example) followed by the closing letter of bankruptcy.
22d Swears, cooking fish (6)
WRASSE – an anagram (cooking) of SWEARS.
24d Fellow judge and I touring independent country (4)
FIJI – the abbreviations for fellow and judge are followed by I (from the clue) and contain the abbreviation for independent.
26d Dapper tenor on edge (4)
TRIM – the abbreviation for tenor precedes an edge or lip.
I don’t have a favourite clue today. Do you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: BLOC + AIDE = BLOCKADE