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DT 27845

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27845

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This puzzle was published on 4th July 2015

I expect only a few of the people who commented on Saturday will read this review to find out that I disagree with the majority of them because I thought it was a nice easy solve (it probably helps that I love words such as the commotion in 3d). 2d did make me laugh,  but it doesn’t quite work (see below).

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1a           For instance horse running round pound got much bigger (10)
QUADRUPLED –   A horse is an example of a QUADRUPED into which an L (£, pound) should be inserted (running round)

6a           Nothing more than a lake (4)
MERE –   This ‘old friend of the cryptic solver’ is a fairly obvious double definition.

9a           Fashionable novels, when about fifty, can be an imposition (10)
INFLICTION –   Another chance to insert an L (this time the Roman numeral for 50) – start with IN (fashionable) and then put the L inside FICTION (novels).

10a         Inclination to use jargon (4)
CANT – An inclination from the horizontal or vertical plane; vocabulary or language peculiar to a particular group or sect.   I particularly like the BRB’s description of this word as a verb “To use the specialized vocabulary or jargon of thieves, politicians, lawyers etc”.   An interesting grouping!

12a         Sportsman at university is dirty (4)
BLUE – A sportsman at Oxford, Cambridge, Harrow or Eton, is known as a BLUE; alternatively the word can be used to describe something dirty in the sense of obscene.

13a         Company playing to Archers fans (9)
ORCHESTRA –   An anagram (fans) of TO ARCHERS.

15a         Husband gripped by pagan bird on moor (5-3)
HEATH-HEN –   H (husband) is inserted into (gripped by) HEATHEN (pagan).

16a         One starting to develop sacked by Rome (6)
EMBRYO –   An anagram (sacked) of BY ROME.

18a         Rule of legislator in Irish Republic (6)
EMPIRE – MP (Member of Parliament, legislator) inserted into EIRE (Irish Republic).

20a         Good-looking things added in house (8)
HANDSOME –   AND SOME (things added) inserted into HOME (house).

23a         Is cabinet minister engaged by Mr Cameron finally to rule badly? (9)
MISGOVERN – IS (from the clue) and   GOVE (Michael, the current Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice) inserted into MR and the result finished off by the final letter of CameroN. Interesting surface reading!!   I’ve also seen Mr Gove appear in a couple of clues in other crosswords recently – perhaps he’s the new Crosswordland MP of choice now Mr Cable has lost his seat.

24a         Stay in Sunset Blvd maybe (4)
LAST –   Sunset Boulevard is a Los Angeles – LA – ST (street, abbreviated just as Boulevard is in the clue).

26a         Time to embrace hooligan (4)
THUG – T (time) HUG (embrace).

27a         Resentment of female marsh bird apparently (10)
BITTERNESS –   A female bittern (marsh bird) could apparently be referred to as a BITTERN ESS.

28a         Team  was exultant (4)
CREW –   A team, gang or ship’s company; or  the past participle of a verb meaning to shout out triumphantly (was exultant).

29a         Live with migraine possibly on high cliff (6,4)
BEACHY HEAD –   BE (live) ACHY HEAD (migraine possibly).


1d           Leave fairly shortly (4)
QUIT –   ‘Shortly’ tells you to truncate QUITE (fairly).

2d           Fodder area covered by an ‘ole, conceivably (7)
ALFALFA – A (area) is covered by or goes after two ‘ALF’s because two [h]ALFs, conceivably, make a [h]OLE.   If you  look at this clue you laugh and then think, hang on a minute, two  halves actually make a WHOLE so the clue doesn’t really work  I did have one thought, however, that a golfer  can score ‘half a hole’ in a golf match, in which case  two ‘alfs might make a ‘ole.

3d           Create a commotion to make building taller (5,3,4)
RAISE THE ROOF – An expression meaning to make a commotion could describe a way of making a building taller.

4d           See, coming up amid turmoil, underground explorer (8)
POTHOLER –   LO (see) is reversed and inserted into POTHER (turmoil).

5d           A heart is lifted taking in one piece by Beethoven (6)
EROICA –   Reverse (is lifted) A CORE (a heart) and insert (taking in) I (one).

7d           One demands payment directly from member of the cast (7)
EXACTOR –   EX (directly from) ACTOR (member of the cast).

8d           Fielder, wide perhaps, caught series of balls (5,5)
EXTRA COVER –   EXTRA (a wide is an example of an extra in a cricket game) C (caught) OVER (series of balls).

11d         Cromwell’s force making mark in terrible war with old enemy (3,5,4)
NEW MODEL ARMY –   M (mark) inserted into an anagram (terrible)of WAR OLD ENEMY.

14d         Precarious plight came without emotion (10)
PHLEGMATIC –   An anagram (precarious) of PLIGHT CAME.

17d         Having a spell without web is attractive (8)
MAGNETIC – MAGIC (having a spell) goes outside (without) NET (internet, interweb).

19d         Grassland beyond river (7)
PASTURE – PAST (beyond) URE (river).

21d         Old boy’s place, filthy (7)
OBSCENE – OB (old boy) SCENE (place)

22d         Live on the edge (6)
RESIDE –   RE (on the subject of) SIDE (edge).

25d         American pressman not new (4)
USED – US (American) ED (editor, pressman).

I’ve submitted the correct pink form to Kath and so, by the time you read this review, I will be enjoying my second day of a visit to Northern Ireland and far too busy playing with my lovely grandson to correct any errors, deliberate or otherwise, until I return next Wednesday.


5 comments on “DT 27845

  1. I love this one, I laughed out loud when I solved 1a, there were far too many super clues to pick a favourite, thank you CS and hope that you had a splendid well-earned break with your family.

  2. I thought that this was the best Saturday puzzle for some time with some innovative clues and great surface readings. I particularly liked 1a, 13a and 23a but my favourite is the excellent 11d. Thanks to Mr Ron and CS (I hope you’re enjoying an Ulster Fry this morning).
    In 20a the ‘things added’ are ANDS, not AND SOME.

  3. I remember finding this one quite tricky.
    I didn’t know 11d – history is yet another thing I’m not great on – and needless to say 8d caused a spot of bother.
    Even though it seems really stupid now I couldn’t get 24a for ages – it was, quite literally, my “LAST” answer.
    Thanks to Mr Ron and to CS – have fun in NI with Alfie – the pink form is safely filed.

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