Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27815
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 30th May 2015
A straightforward Saturday offering – ideal for lovers of anagrams, of which there are nine.
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1a Uncensored clip circulated during leave (8)
EXPLICIT – An anagram (circulated) of CLIP inserted into EXIT (leave).
5a Class mostly argue, giving one grief (6)
SORROW – Most of SORT (class) and ROW (argue).
10a Valets have first orders in service (7,8)
HARVEST FESTIVAL – An anagram (orders)of VALETS HAVE FIRST.
11a Dish is too much in centre of St-Tropez (7)
RISOTTO – OTT (over the top, too much) put between the two letters found in the middle of St TROpez.
12a Long letter from learner having entered English course (7)
EPISTLE – E (English) and PISTE (course) the latter having L (learner) inserted.
13a Detergent son used inside daily (8)
CLEANSER – S (son) inserted into CLEANER (daily).
15a Alacrity shown by the man crossing a street (5)
HASTE – HE (the man) going round (crossing) A (from the clue) and ST (street).
18a A great number outside uranium plant (5)
LOTUS – LOTS (a great number) goes round U, the abbreviation for uranium.
20a At university, have stimulated a liberal revolution (8)
UPHEAVAL – UP (at university), an anagram (stimulated) of HAVE, A (from the clue) and L (Liberal).
23a New leader, fiery type (7)
HOTHEAD – HOT (new, the latest thing) and HEAD (leader).
25a Attend service with other ranks on liner, perhaps (7)
WORSHIP – W (with) OR (Other Ranks) SHIP (liner, perhaps).
26a Plain and pistachio nuts ordered by editor (15)
UNSOPHISTICATED – An anagram (ordered) of PISTACHIO NUTS followed by ED (editor).
27a Starving in country area disregarded (6)
HUNGRY – Remove the A (area disregarded) from the country of HUNGARY.
28a Poet, more humorous, capturing hearts (8)
WHITTIER – H (hearts) captured by WITTIER (more humorous).
1d Strongly advise her to, if upset about kiss (6)
EXHORT – An anagram (if upset) of HER TO put round an X (about kiss).
2d Cheese and wine celebration cut short (4,5)
PORT SALUT – PORT (wine) and almost all (cut short) of a SALUTE (celebration).
3d Lethargy in a tie arranged round end of year (7)
INERTIA – An anagram (arranged) of IN A TIE put round R (the ‘end’ of year).
4d Opening bars from Barbarin, trombonist (5)
INTRO – Hidden in BarbarIN TROmbonist.
6d East German — wealthy person who refuses to recognise reality (7)
OSTRICH – OST (the German word for East) and RICH (wealthy)
7d Bolt, foremost of runners I check out (5)
RIVET – R (the ‘foremost’ letter of runners) I (from the clue) VET (check out).
8d Irish writer, the old dramatist, initially staring in a demented way (4-4)
WILD-EYED – WILDE (Oscar, the Irish writer) YE (an archaic way of saying the) and the initial letter of Dramatist, split 4-4.
9d Inquiry about small new care home’s beginning (8)
RESEARCH – RE (about) S (small) an anagram (new) of CARE, and H (the ‘beginning’ of home).
14d Private side subtly restricts one sibling in four (8)
SQUADDIE – QUAD (one sibling in four born at the same time) inserted into an anagram (subtly) of SIDE.
16d What one may wind up eating? (9)
SPAGHETTI – This cryptic definition made me smile.
17d Notwithstanding some original thoughts (8)
ALTHOUGH – Hidden in some originAL THOUGHts
19d Night train agent, inactive (7)
SLEEPER – Double definition, the second one being an inactive spy.
21d Fruit pair stupidly put on bed (7)
APRICOT – An anagram (stupidly) of PAIR put on or followed by a COT (bed).
22d Spinner quietly stopping team getting runs (6)
SPIDER – P (piano, quietly) goes inside (stopping) SIDE (team) and is followed by R (runs)
24d Heartless Teddy boy becomes boxing champ (5)
TYSON – Remove the middle letters (heartless) from TeddY and follow with SON (boy).
25d Keep an eye on wife at church (5)
WATCH – W(wife) AT (from the clue) CH (church).