Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27859
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This is the type of puzzle that turns up regularly on a Tuesday. It’s straightforward, the clues are all fair and most of the surfaces are meaningful but it all seems a bit mechanical and I end up feeling that there’s something missing – it’s like eating naan bread without a curry. Do let us know how you got on and give us your rating.
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1a Row as spaceship advanced for oxygen (6)
RACKET – start with a spaceship, or more properly the carrier that takes it out of the Earth’s orbit, and replace the chemical symbol for oxygen with the abbreviation for advanced.
4a Page in small book shows butter knife, for example (8)
SPREADER – insert the abbreviation for page between S(mall) and a book used by students.
9a Shrewd to include an early king of England (6)
CANUTE – an adjective meaning shrewd or astute contains AN (from the clue).
10a Sprang up to deliver receptacle for flowers, as trophy? (8)
ROSEBOWL – a charade of a verb meaning sprang up and a verb to deliver (at cricket)
a receptacle for displaying cut flowers. I did at first think that the trophy referred to the annual American Football extravaganza but that seems to be spelt 4,4, so I think that this is just an example (hence the question mark) of a trophy awarded for success. (Thanks to oddjob for correcting the wordplay) The definition is ‘receptacle for flowers’ and it can also be used as a trophy.
11a Chap, one I transported across island in ancient land (9)
PHOENICIA – an anagram (transported) of CHAP ONE I goes round I(sland).
13a Correspond with supporter after end of test (5)
TALLY – a supporter or colleague follows the end letter of test.
14a Put off speech about one in decline (13)
DETERIORATION – a verb to put off or dissuade and a formal speech contain the Roman numeral for one.
17a Learn about what is going on round a track and avoid being caught (3,4,4,2)
GET AWAY WITH IT – start with an informal phrase (3,4,2) meaning to learn about what is going on or bring oneself up-to-date with the latest trends and insert A (from the clue) and a track or route.
21a Some from a hallowed place in Nebraska (5)
OMAHA – hidden in the clue.
23a Ran estate in eccentric way breeding aardvarks, say (9)
ANTEATERS – an anagram (in eccentric way) of RAN ESTATE.
24a One who judges animals, tailless kind (8)
ASSESSOR – hoofed animals followed by a word meaning kind or type without its tail letter.
25a Put a stop to hoax? Endless nonsense (6)
KIBOSH – a verb to hoax or tease without its final letter is followed by an informal word for nonsense or foolish talk.
26a Wall hanging records trial (8)
TAPESTRY – a verb meaning records on an old-fashioned medium is followed by a trial or test.
27a Free Turkish commander back in Moroccan port (6)
AGADIR – string together a verb to free or purge and a Turkish commander then reverse (back) it all.
1d Instructions: put boiled rice on edges of plate (6)
RECIPE – an anagram (boiled) of RICE precedes (on, in a down clue) the outer letters of plate.
2d A leader in Turkey supporting deception over line in pact (9)
CONCORDAT – A and the leading letter of Turkey follow (supporting, in a down clue) a deception or hoax and a line or string.
3d Put out mischievous text about elected Conservative (7)
EXTINCT – the answer is an adjective meaning put out or no longer alight. It’s an anagram (mischievous) of TEXT containing an adverb meaning elected and C(onservative).
5d Leading player waving to organist after start of pastorale (11)
PROTAGONIST – an anagram (waving) of TO ORGANIST follows the starting letter of pastorale.
6d Choose artist to portray complex Greek girl (7)
ELECTRA – string together a verb to choose or pick and the usual abbreviation for a recognised artist to get the name of a princess from Greek mythology who had a complicated family life.
7d Funny turn after onset of dizziness (5)
DROLL – a verb to turn or rotate follows the first letter of dizziness.
8d Broadcasting about egg production? (8)
RELAYING – a preposition meaning about or concerning followed by the process of egg production from the viewpoint of the bird.
12d Ingratiate oneself to groom with act of kindness (5,6)
CURRY FAVOUR – charade of a verb to groom a horse and an act of kindness or ‘good turn’.
15d Up for a swing instrumental? (2,3,4)
IN THE MOOD – double definition, the first meaning ready and keen to get involved.
16d Rating on manoeuvres in the dark (8)
IGNORANT – an anagram (manoeuvres) of RATING ON.
18d Swears violently catching second fish (7)
WRASSES – the plural of fish can be fishes but it can also be fish. An anagram (violently) of SWEARS contains (catching) S(econd).
19d Male circle welcoming a trial (7)
HEARING – a male pronoun and a circle contain (welcoming) A.
20d Queen of Persia protected by Xerxes there (6)
ESTHER – according to Jewish belief this was the queen of the Persian king Xerxes. Her name is hidden (protected) in the clue.
22d Old author a model set up (5)
AESOP – we finish with a very old chestnut. Start with A (from the clue) then reverse (set up, in a down clue) a verb to model or sit.
The clues which I liked best were 17a and 12d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: BEAST + ROSE = BISTROS