Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27839
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This puzzle was published on 27th June 2015
The perfect crossword for a very busy day – I don’t think I noticed when I was solving but it becomes apparent when preparing the review that nine of the clues require the insertion of something into another word.
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1a Exchange bit of grass for flick-knife (11)
SWITCHBLADE – SWITCH (exchange) BLADE (of grass).
7a Also enthralling doctor, the French kind of lottery (7)
TOMBOLA – Insert (enthralling) MB (Bachelor of Medicine, doctor) into TOO (also) and follow with LA (the French feminine definite article).
8a Shorts with English tonic (7)
GINSENG – GINS (short can mean an alcoholic drink such as gin, when undiluted with water) and ENG (English).
10a Individual tucked into my bread (5)
MONEY – ONE (individual) ‘tucked into’ MY (from the clue) – bread being a slang term for money.
11a One who reprimands hunter grabbing its back (9)
CHASTISER – CHASER (hunter) grabbing a reversal (back) of ITS.
12a Friendly drink (7)
CORDIAL – Double definition, the second being a soft drink with a fruit base.
14a Agent taking in band that’s bouncy (7)
SPRINGY – Another insertion – this time a SPY (agent) takes in a RING (band).
15a Cockney’s feet getting to grips with one system of exercises (7)
PILATES – In Cockney rhyming slang, feet are PLATES of meat, so knowing this, it was easy to insert (getting to grips with) I (one).
18a Bachelor girl in Spanish-speaking country (7)
BOLIVIA – B (bachelor) OLIVIA (girl).
20a A nice turn in variety? Not sure (9)
UNCERTAIN – An anagram (in variety) of A NICE TURN.
21a Not very bright Italian, retiring, shy (5)
TIMID – A reversal (retiring) of DIM (not very bright) IT (Italian).
22a Piles showered on Greek character (7)
EPSILON – An anagram (showered) of PILES followed by ON (from the clue).
23a Character left wearing support (7)
FLAVOUR – FAVOUR (support) is wearing (or goes on the outside of) L (left).
24a Pay for a guy in order to relax (5,2,4)
STAND AT EASE – STAND (pay for) A (from the clue) TEASE (guy meaning to make fun of).
1d Group studying ruined remains (7)
SEMINAR – An anagram (ruined) of REMAINS.
2d Cream trailer containing gold (5)
IVORY – OR (the heraldic term for gold) inserted into IVY (trailing plant).
3d Unexpected over large part of church (7)
CHANCEL – CHANCE (unexpected) goes ‘over’ or before L (large).
4d Brownie stands to embrace soldier back inside (3,4)
BIG EARS – I always thought Noddy’s friend was a gnome or an elf but apparently he’s a friendly brownie. BEARS (stands) embraces a reversal (back inside) of GI (American soldier).
5d Without dressing, served up as a rule, tuna (2,7)
AU NATUREL – An anagram (served up as) of A RULE TUNA.
6d American poet and essayist’s first sermon in new compilation (7)
EMERSON – E (the first letter of essayist) followed by an anagram (in new compilation) of SERMON.
7d Site map clue must be solved to show buried receptacle? (4,7)
TIME CAPSULE – Another anagram (must be solved) this time of SITE MAP CLUE.
9d Railway staff in Germany supported by article there to rig vote (11)
GERRYMANDER – GER (Germany) RY (railway) MAN (staff) DER (German definite article).
13d Printer a liability? To some extent, among other things (5,4)
INTER ALIA – Hidden in (to some extent) prINTER A LIAbility.
16d Insects found in place across street (7)
LOCUSTS – LOCUS (place) with (yes another insertion) ST (street) inserted.
17d Examined son, drunk (7)
SCANNED – S (son) CANNED (a slang term for being drunk).
18d Jonson, perhaps — electronic image good (7)
BENEFIT – BEN (Jonson perhaps) E FIT (electronic image).
19d Leave Virginia with American beast (7)
VAMOOSE – VA (the abbreviation for the State of Virginia) and MOOSE (American beast).
21d What a pope may wear in a short ceremony round area to the north (5)
TIARA – The Pope’s triple crown. ‘To the north’ indicates the need to reverse (in a down clue) A (from the clue)A (area) RIT
e (short ceremony).