Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27863
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This puzzle was published on 25th July 2015
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7a Leading at home with assurance (2,5)
IN FRONT – IN (at home) FRONT (assurance, boldness or impudence).
9a Military unit ordered to install equipment (7)
BRIGADE – RIG (equipment) installed in BADE (ordered)
10a Turn of phrase fool almost used facing Bond’s boss (5)
IDIOM – Almost all of an IDIOt (fool) followed by M (James Bond’s boss is known as M).
11a Hoax victim taken from pool, frail, shivering (5,4)
APRIL FOOL – An anagram (shivering) of POOL FRAIL.
12a Gent in best hotel resolved to live more frugally (7,4,4)
TIGHTEN ONES BELT – An anagram (resolved) of GENT IN BEST HOTEL.
13a Keep back, quietly avoiding jam (7)
RESERVE – Remove the P (musical instruction piano to play quietly) from PRESERVE (jam).
16a Opening of these centres is what interests a culture vulture (3,4)
THE ARTS – The ‘opening’ of These followed by HEARTS (centres).
19a Factors, perhaps abroad, restricting daughter much in need of money (8,3,4)
STRAPPED FOR CASH – An anagram (abroad) of FACTORS PERHAPS into which is inserted D (restricting Daughter).
23a Excellent food fish –- a tin unexpectedly produced (9)
BRILLIANT – BRILL (food fish) followed by an anagram (unexpectedly produced) of A TIN.
24a Old boy with beaker returned for soup (5)
GUMBO – A reversal (returned) of MUG (beaker) and OB (old boy).
25a Trendy? That girl must be with it to succeed (7)
INHERIT – IN (trendy) HER (that girl) with IT (from the clue).
26a Late series of deliveries? Exactly (7)
OVERDUE – OVER (series of deliveries in a game of cricket) and DUE (an adverb meaning exactly).
1d Left its reins flapping (8)
SINISTER – An anagram (flapping) of ITS REINS.
2d One may train each day before and after work (8)
COMMUTER – A cryptic definition of someone who uses the train to get to and from work.
3d Separate line of descent (6)
STRAIN – To separate by squeezing, or a breed, race or line of descent.
4d Musical instruments belonging to a ‘Twelfth Night’ character (6)
VIOLAS – Musical instruments which, if an apostrophe was inserted – VIOLA’S , it would mean belonging to one of the characters in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
5d Destroyer worried boat user (8)
SABOTEUR – An anagram (worried) of BOAT USER.
6d Small pill the Parisian found in shower (6)
PELLET – LE (French, as used in Paris word for ‘the’) inserted into PELT (shower).
8d Cast having fish after starter of figs (5)
FLING – F (the ‘starter’ of figs) followed by LING (fish).
9d Titled man, right individual to be accepted by club (7)
BARONET – R (right) and ONE (individual) accepted by or inserted into BAT (club).
14d Conventional poker hand (8)
STRAIGHT – Conventional, or a hand in a game of poker with a sequence of five cards regardless of suit.
15d Beginning to egg on worker showing class (7)
ELEGANT – The ‘beginning’ of Egg, LEG (the ‘on’ side in a game of cricket) and ANT (worker).
17d Tea eagerly ordered round middle of afternoon (4,4)
EARL GREY – An anagram (ordered) of EAGERLY and R (the middle letter of afteRnoon).
18d Check into earlier vessel (8)
SCHOONER – As I said in my Sunday puzzle review yesterday, variations on this ‘old friend’ in various places definitely make this chestnut of the month – CH (check) inserted into SOONER (earlier).
19d Present doctor turned up in case (6)
SUBMIT – A reversal (turned up in a down clue) of MB (Bachelor of Medicine, doctor) inserted into SUIT (law case).
20d Poor mate shot (6)
PALTRY – PAL (mate) TRY (shot).
21d Plump domestic, not quite sound (6)
FATHOM – Sound here being a verb meaning to measure depth – FAT (plump) and HOM (not quite all of HOME – domestic).
22d Intended to help me inside (5)
AIMED – ME (from the clue) inserted into AID (help).