Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27847
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I thought that this was pretty straightforward but there may be a couple of problems lurking if you don’t know your England cricket captains or have never read Morte D’Arthur. Do let us know how you got on and give us your thumbs up or thumbs down.
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1a Something simple to do in ‘Pinocchio’, say, when staged (6,4)
CHILD’S PLAY – double definition. The second defines the target audience for a drama about Pinocchio, for example.
6a Finish second, then first (4)
STOP – the abbreviation for second followed by an adjective meaning first (in a league table, say).
10a Moon having brownish colour around it (5)
TITAN – a moon of Saturn comes from a brownish colour containing IT.
11a Later, adorn part of ship (9)
AFTERDECK – charade of an adverb meaning later and a verb to adorn or decorate.
12a Cricketer, in awful heat, getting runs — 100 (8)
ATHERTON – this is an England cricket captain of the 1990s who is currently a television commentator and journalist. Start with an anagram (awful) of HEAT, then add the abbreviation for runs and an informal word for 100.
13a Type of printer seen over in hardware sale (5)
LASER – hidden (seen … in) and reversed (over) in the clue.
15a Distinguished each sportsman originally on pitch (3-4)
ALL-STAR – bring together a synonym for each or every, the first (originally) letter of sportsman and pitch (the sticky, black stuff).
17a Dye master spy’s employed (7)
MAGENTA – the degree of a master of arts with a spy inserted (employed, in the sense of retained).
18a Throwing away doughy piece of food left out (7)
DUMPING – a doughy lump of food without the L(eft).
21a Golden syrup from tin initially put on flaky cereal (7)
TREACLE – the initial letter of tin followed by an anagram (flaky) of CEREAL.
23a Composer from Hanover discovered (5)
VERDI – hidden (from) in the clue. Isn’t it time that this composer was given some time off?
24a Group of characters from Bath, pale in resort (8)
ALPHABET – an anagram (in re-sort) of BATH PALE.
27a Somewhat slow, Republican to enter US city slum area (9)
LARGHETTO – this is a musical instruction to play somewhat slowly. Insert R(epublican) between the abbreviation for a US city on the west coast and a slum area in a city.
28a Fight in shed (5)
SCRAP – double definition, the second to shed or discard.
29a Toy not starting — current is needed (4)
EDDY – drop the initial T from a child’s toy.
30a Request, daily, a note of Westminster schedule (5,5)
ORDER PAPER – this is a document produced daily which lists what’s scheduled for that day at Westminster in terms of debates, committee meetings, etc. Separate ones are produced for the Commons and the Lords. It’s a charade of a request or demand and a daily (such as the Telegraph).
1d Sweet tea finally polished off by copper (4)
CUTE – tea without its last letter (finally polished off) comes after the chemical symbol for copper.
2d Altogether fashionable lot at broadcast (2,5)
IN TOTAL – an adverb meaning fashionable or trendy followed by an anagram (broadcast) of LOT AT.
3d Maybe reel in fish, indefinite number caught (5)
DANCE – a small, freshwater fish with the letter used to mean an indefinite number caught inside it.
4d Adhesive material I stripped from column (7)
PLASTER – a rectangular column attached to a wall has its I stripped out.
5d An American theatre award presented to male opposite (7)
ANTONYM – string together AN (from the clue), the common name for a theatre award in New York and M(ale).
7d Logic behind Throckmorton’s capital crime (7)
TREASON – this Throckmorton is Sir Francis who in 1583 led a Roman Catholic plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and put Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne. A word meaning logic or rationality follows the first (capital) letter of Throckmorton.
8d Fire-raiser confronted is giving nothing away (5-5)
POKER-FACED – charade of an implement used to stir up a fire and a past participle meaning confronted or met head-on.
9d Foreword for the record, we hear (8)
PROLOGUE – a prefix meaning for (in support of) is followed by what sounds like the record (of a ship’s journey, for example).
14d For all to see, wicked person in farewell show (10)
VAUDEVILLE – the letter indicating that a film can be seen by all ages and an evil person or fiend go inside the Latin word (singular version) for farewell.
16d Mean to go round with one on lake in the gloaming (8)
TWILIGHT – an adjective meaning mean or miserly goes round W(ith), the Roman numeral for one and L(ake).
19d Again, reportedly fear disposing of a rebellious knight (7)
MORDRED – this is the name of a traitor at the court of King Arthur. What sounds like (reportedly) an adverb meaning again or in addition is followed by a word for fear or terror without its A.
20d Greek looking for hard worker (7)
GRAFTER – the abbreviation for Greek and a preposition meaning looking for or in pursuit of. They need more of a miracle worker at the moment.
21d First-class spinner opening (3-4)
TOP-HOLE – charade of a child’s toy that spins and an opening.
22d Poor Clare, raised and put in order (5,2)
CLEAR UP – an anagram (poor) of CLARE is followed by an adverb meaning raised.
25d A model upset satirist (5)
AESOP – A (from the clue) followed by the reversal (upset, in a down clue) of a verb to model or sit.
26d Pole, not required, finished early (4)
SPAR – an adjective meaning not required or surplus without its last letter (finished early).
My clue of the day is 8d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: TAY + LAW + MADE = TAILOR-MADE