Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27871
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Today’s Mr Ron is the one who usually incorporates a few ‘North Americanisms’ in his puzzles. This one isn’t too tricky and, for me, it doesn’t have a lot of sparkle. Do let us know how you got on and give us your rating.
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1a A second, so great in itself (2,4)
AS SUCH – join together A (from the clue), the abbreviation for second and a word meaning so great (as in ‘**** was her intellect that she was a member of Mensa’).
4a Piece of writing found in small underground chapel, we’re told (6)
SCRIPT – the abbreviation for small and what sounds like an underground chapel.
8a Against modelling after work (8)
OPPOSING – modelling or sitting follows the abbreviation for an artistic work.
10a One from Tripoli, perhaps hidden in Tripoli by another (6)
LIBYAN – hidden, as we’re explicitly told, in the clue.
11a Decorative bow tie (4)
KNOT – I think that this is supposed to be a double definition but as far as I can see it’s just the noun and verb forms of the same word.
12a Best place for a surfer, out in the open (5-5)
ABOVE BOARD – cryptically where you’d expect to see a competent surfer.
13a Be extremely logical after fight evokes nursery rhyme (4,4,4)
DING DONG BELL – BE (from the clue) and the outer (extremely) letters of logical follow an informal word (4-4) for a fight or argument. This is probably not the RSPCA’s favourite nursery rhyme.
16a Ill-natured individual, most cruel guy when upset (4,8)
UGLY CUSTOMER – an anagram (when upset) of MOST CRUEL GUY.
20a Seeing off rum, becomes awkward (10)
CUMBERSOME – this is an anagram (off) of RUM BECOMES. I think that the anagram indicator here must be just ‘off’ because I can’t see how ‘seeing off’ works, so I presume the wordplay is saying ‘If you make an anagram (off) of RUM BECOMES you’ll be seeing a word meaning awkward’. However you interpret it, the clue seems to match the answer.
21a Clothes son obtained in recession (4)
TOGS – the abbreviation for son and a verb meaning obtained are put together and then it’s all reversed (in recession).
22a Beeswax, for example, from one of the EU countries (6)
POLISH – double definition, relying on two different pronunciations of the answer. Chestnuts don’t come much older than this.
23a Excellent Brazilian city toured by American caretaker (8)
SUPERIOR – the usual Brazilian carnival city goes inside the short form of a building superintendent in North America.
24a Guess shape (6)
FIGURE – double definition, the first (another North American usage) is a verb meaning to guess or suppose.
25a On purpose, making motto (6)
LEGEND – another word for the ‘on’ side in cricket is followed by a purpose or target.
1d Supplementary material inserted that may have to be taken out? (8)
APPENDIX – double definition, the second what you may need to have removed by a surgeon.
2d Curt type round hospital (5)
SHORT – a word meaning type or kind contains the abbreviation for hospital.
3d Elegant, a turn in show (7)
CHICAGO – string together an adjective meaning elegant or stylish, A (from the clue) and a turn (in a board game, for example).
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5d Old king circling stage in Worcester, perhaps (7)
COLLEGE – this Worcester is a constituent part of Oxford University. The merry old king contains (circling) a stage or section of a journey or competition.
6d Run out in big limo abroad causes complicated situation (9)
IMBROGLIO – the abbreviation for ‘run out’ in cricket goes inside an anagram (abroad) of BIG LIMO.
7d Samovar‘s odd nature (3,3)
TEA URN – an anagram (odd) of NATURE.
9d First in emergency to enter ravine over bridge gets bravery award (6,5)
GEORGE CROSS – the first letter of emergency goes inside a ravine or canyon and that precedes (over, in a down clue) a verb to bridge.
14d Complaining, leader of gang on unmasking (9)
GRUMBLING – the leading letter of gang followed by (on, in a down clue) the present participle of an informal verb meaning unmasking or discovering the truth.
15d Potter married suitable wife inside (8)
WEDGWOOD – another word for married is followed by an adjective meaning suitable or satisfactory containing W(ife).
17d Dog taken from pitch, about to be brought over (7)
LURCHER – a verb to pitch or list is followed by the reversal (to be brought over) of a preposition meaning about or concerning.
18d Sheer, the Parisian church tower (7)
STEEPLE – fix together an adjective meaning sheer or precipitous and one of the words used for ‘the’ in Paris.
19d Postpone draw? About to (3,3)
PUT OFF – a verb to draw (on a cigarette, for example) goes round TO.
21d Short in toaster’s electrics (5)
TERSE – another word hidden in the clue. It’s a bit odd that the definition here is the answer (with the same meaning) to a previous clue.
The clue which I liked best was 9d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: SELL + DUMB + HERD = SELDOM HEARD
and at the bottom of the Quickie we have CELL + DOME + SEEN = SELDOM SEEN