Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27862
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment **
Fans of mechanical puzzles, where you read the clue and then insert the answer, will love this one – but I’m not one of them.
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1a Love very evident in pleasant young monk? (6)
NOVICE: O (love) and V(ery) inside an adjective meaning pleasant
4a Pound made of metal almost entirely, right? (6)
NICKER: this somewhat dated slang term for a pound sterling is derived from most of a metallic element followed by R(ight)
8a Getting stale and falling asleep? (5,3)
GOING OFF: two definitions
10a Arrogant knight enters covered in muck (6)
SNOOTY: the chess notation for a knight inside an adjective meaning covered in muck from a fire
11a Foul and wicked, beginning to end (4)
VILE: start with an adjective meaning wicked and move the first letter to the end of the word
12a Rodent running around poet’s sheets (10)
TARPAULINS: the reversal (running around) of a three-letter rodent followed by a Northern Irish poet and the S from ‘S – have you ever heard of this poet? Or have I missed something
Is this really poetry?
Our aim – no mine –
was to slash the badger
(that’s such bad language)
but we hit a real one
on the road to Drumquin…
13a Area east of city or town in which one may sit (12)
CHESTERFIELD: – an area of land to the right (east) of an English city gives a town which gives its name to a heavily padded sofa
16a They may examine houses, say, going into each toilet (6,6)
ESTATE AGENTS: a verb meaning to say inside EA(ch) and a male toilet
20a Sweetheart having fling — I’d err terribly (10)
GIRLFRIEND: an anagram (terribly) of FLING I’D ERR
21a Prod sack — one with pig in? (4)
POKE: two definitions – a verb meaning to prod and a dialect word for a sack or bag, usually only seen in the expression “a pig in a ****”
22a Island to leave by boat possibly (6)
TOBAGO: a two-letter verb meaning to leave preceded by an anagram (possibly) of BOAT
23a Threatened punishment? Son accepts it can upset (8)
SANCTION: SON around (accepts) an anagram (upset) of IT CAN
24a Tamper with instrument (6)
FIDDLE: two definitions
25a Change one’s mind with respect to hypocritical talk (6)
RECANT: A two-letter word meaning with respect to followed by some hypocritical talk
1d Primitive tools abandoned in hostel (8)
NEOLITHS: an anagram (abandoned) of IN HOSTEL
2d Way to avoid a scene of action (5)
VENUE: – a way or road without (to avoid) the initial letter A (from the clue)
3d Laugh and talk regularly during dull task (7)
CHORTLE: the odd letters (regularly) of T[a]L[k] inside (during) a dull task
5d Establish home overlooking country (7)
INSTATE: the usual two-letter word meaning home followed by (overlooking) a country or nation
6d Information pack’s final component currently on shelf (9)
KNOWLEDGE: the final letter of [pac]K followed by a word meaning currently and a shelf
Especially for Miffypops, a quote from Frank Zappa:
“Information is not [insert the answer].
[insert the answer] is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST.”
7d Reprimand baddie (one no good) (6)
RATING: a baddie followed by I (one) and NG (no good)
9d The fears for discarded predecessors (11)
FOREFATHERS: an anagram (discarded) of THE FEARS FOR
14d Musicians need blast to be blasted (5,4)
STEEL BAND: an anagram (to be blasted) of NEED BLAST
15d Post elsewhere for police job (5-3)
STAKE-OUT: a post or pole followed by a word meaning elsewhere
17d Disturbance in posh room with work going on outside (7)
TURMOIL: the usual single-letter for posh and R(oo)M with some work around it
18d A daughter in time of fast — ultimately she hardly cooked at all! (2,5)
AL DENTE: the A from the clue followed by D(aughter) inside a period of fasting and then the final letter (ultimately) of [sh]E
19d Why is snooker player having a problem? Inside info here (3-3)
TIP-OFF: this would be a problem if it happened to the cue of a snooker player
21d Ex-PM requires a particular sort of bread (5)
PITTA: the surname of an old Prime Minister, whose father held an equivalent post before him, followed by the A from the clue
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