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DT 27839

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)   RITe (short ceremony).


2 comments on “DT 27839

  1. There were quite a few things I found out when doing this puzzle – exactly what sort of creature Big Ears is (we’ll find out one day what sort of animal Goofy is meant to be), that the Pope wears a tiara, that gerrymander is the correct spelling rather than jerrymander and that the ‘Gerry’ bit comes from the name of a governor of Massachusetts. But all were clued in such a straightforward way that they presented no problems.
    I’d actually like a ‘prize’ crossword to be a bit more of a challenge but the Telegraph’s not going to change its policy after all these years so there’s no point in complaining.
    Thanks to Mr Ron for the puzzle and CS for the write-up. My favourite clue was 24a.

  2. Thank you for the review, CS, this must be the easiest Prize Puzzle I’ve done in the short time I’ve been solving. I didn’t know what Big Ears was, either….

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