Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27877
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I would have finished this more speedily if I hadn’t initially put the wrong ending on 1a (I assumed that ‘figure’ was the Roman numeral for fifty) which had me scratching my head about 5d until the penny dropped. Apart from that it was fairly plain sailing though probably a bit trickier than we normally get on Tuesdays (and none the worse for that). Do let us know how you got on and give us your rating.
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1a Pass very large southern American figure of epic size (8)
COLOSSUS – string together a mountain pass, the abbreviation for very large in clothing sizes, S(outhern) and an abbreviation for American.
6a Heading west, shooter needs to grab some gold (6)
NUGGET – reverse (heading west, in an across clue) a shooter and follow that with a verb to grab or obtain.
9a Current group of pupils (6)
STREAM – two meanings, the second a group of pupils of similar academic ability.
10a A comment found about largely neat remedy (8)
ANTIDOTE – A (from the clue) and a comment or explanation contain an adjective meaning neat without its final Y (largely).
11a Poor clot that’s violated etiquette (8)
PROTOCOL – an anagram (violated) of POOR CLOT.
12a Footballing action in item at top of page (6)
HEADER – double definition, the first a type of pass or shot in football.
13a Show command as a decisive photographer does? (4,3,5)
CALL THE SHOTS – what a film photographer may do on set to ensure that everyone is aware of how a scene is to be captured.
16a Side’s visit taking in hotel twice very late? (8-4)
ELEVENTH-HOUR – a cricket or football side followed by a visit or expedition containing repeated instances of the letter that hotel is used to represent in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
19a Revered figure, a Spanish chicken? (6)
APOLLO – A (from the clue) and the Spanish word for chicken.
21a Good soldier stuck in liquid mud, slow-moving (8)
SLUGGISH – insert G(ood) and the abbreviation for a US soldier into liquid mud or melting snow.
23a Best support, we’re told, for calorific meal (5,3)
CREAM TEA – a noun meaning the best or the elite is followed by what sounds like a supporting peg.
24a Course in French service, perhaps (6)
ENTRÉE – the French word for in is followed by what service is a wooden example of.
25a Circle note at end of letter to return present (6)
SPHERE – reverse the abbreviation for an afterthought at the end of a letter and add an adverb meaning present or in attendance. I don’t like circle, which is two-dimensional, as a definition for this three-dimensional figure.
26a Set off to make school in time (8)
DETONATE – insert our usual public school in a specific time.
2d On strike about railway, getting public disapproval (6)
OUTCRY – string together an adverb meaning on strike, a single letter meaning about or approximately and the abbreviation for railway.
3d In Dover, terminal is open (5)
OVERT – hidden.
4d Mark left in some coin that’s reproduced (9)
SEMICOLON – insert the abbreviation for left in an anagram (re-produced) of SOME COIN.
5d Note liberal expression of annoyance upset young celebrity (7)
STARLET – string together a note from tonic sol-fa, the abbreviation for the Liberal Party and a mild expression of annoyance. Now reverse (upset) it all.
6d Nick books put in Northern church (5)
NOTCH – insert the abbreviation for some books of the Bible between N(orthern) and an abbreviation for church.
7d Follow retired fellow with dodgy heart, criminal mastermind (9)
GODFATHER – reverse (retired) a verb to follow or tail and add F(ellow) and an anagram (dodgy) of HEART.
8d Request Eastern feast in US city (8)
ENTREATY – start with E(astern) then insert a feast or free entertainment in the abbreviation for an east coast US city.
13d Sparkling wine left by trainee short of time in procession (9)
CAVALCADE – join together a Spanish sparkling wine, L(eft) and a trainee (in the armed forces or police, say) without the final T.
14d Menu motel devised for profit (9)
EMOLUMENT – this profit comes from one’s employment. We want an anagram (devised) of MENU MOTEL.
15d Leave friend with cold on reflection? That’s nonsense (8)
CLAPTRAP – string together a verb to leave or go separate ways, a friend and the abbreviation for cold. Finish by reversing it all (on reflection).
17d Save partner in match (7)
HUSBAND – double definition, the first a verb to save or conserve one’s resources.
18d Face pressure entering a schismatic religious group (6)
ASPECT – insert the abbreviation for pressure into A and a group of religious dissenters.
20d Revealed note that’s rather shocking (5)
OUTRÉ – charade of an adverb meaning revealed or in the public domain and a note from tonic sol-fa.
22d Manage board (3,2)
GET ON – double definition, the second meaning to board (a train, say).
I have to pick out 1a for the way it fooled me – other clues which I liked were 7d and 22d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: POLLY + SEIZE = POLICIES