Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27878
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This is the first blog we have done since having Windows 10 installed on our computer so hope that it all behaves itself. The installation process supplied all sorts of dramas over the weekend. Eventually the matter was sorted out for us by a retired IT wizard who lives quite close to us and we found via a friend. Now we have gratefully added Bas to our list of respected IT wizards. The other two on the list are of course Big Dave and Gazza. Where would we mere mortals be without them!
A very pleasant offering from Jay once again, with just a couple of lurking fish-hooks.
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1a Increase favouring prisoner with a case of these (11)
PROLIFERATE : A three letter prefix for favouring, a prisoner serving a long sentence, A from the clue and then the first and last letters of ‘these’.
9a In the chair, begging with leader to be dismissed (7)
LEADING : The person in control of a meeting perhaps, comes from a word meaning begging after its first letter is dismissed.
12a Person getting on from Dorset, moving across West of Liskeard (7)
OLDSTER : An anagram (moving) of DORSET with the first letter (most Westerly) of Liskeard included. (When we first read this we did a slight groan, thinking it was going to be obscure geography)
14a One entering King George is one doomed (5)
GONER : The two letter cypher for King George surrounds ‘one’ from the clue.
17a Half seen prior to bar meeting (9)
ENCOUNTER : The last two letters of se(EN) precede a word for a bar or serving surface.
20a English surrounded in worst attack on all sides (5)
BESET : Take a synonym for worst which could also be an antonym and insert E(nglish).
22a Problem for one with BO (7)
STINKER : Double definition. The first is a difficult conundrum.
24a Pressure working on site with nitrogen (7)
TENSION : An anagram (working) of ON SITE plus the chemical symbol for nitrogen.
25a Beer fans will be back on time, landing here (6)
TARMAC : A five letter acronym for a specific group of beer fans and the abbreviation for time are all reversed. (We had to look up this acronym).
27a Presence of poet set girl off (11)
POLTERGEIST : This supernatural presence is an anagram (off) of POET SET GIRL.
2d Celebrate wildly, seeing Independent in list of names (7)
ROISTER : A list of names or a schedule has I(ndependent) inserted.
3d Convict to rule over boozer (5,4)
LAGER LOUT : This laddish boozer has one of the informal words for a convict preceding an anagram (over) of TO RULE.
4d Last of Marmite used in quick spread (5)
FEAST : A synonym for quick or rapid encloses the last letter of Marmite.
7d Lubrication needed after joint effort? (5-6)
ELBOW-GREASE : The joint is the main one in the arm and the lubrication is the one used in the 70’s musical.
8d Forgive what? (6)
PARDON : Double definition. For the second meaning ‘what’? is often followed by ‘did you say’?
11d Rude material suppressed by films regularly (11)
IMPERTINENT : A word for material or ‘germane to’, follows alternate letters from ‘films’.
16d Short-tempered Blairite worried about right (9)
IRRITABLE : An anagram (worried) of BLAIRITE with an extra R(ight) included.
19d Scruffy and chaotic mate (punk) abandoning area (7)
UNKEMPT : An anagram (chaotic) of MATE PUNK after the A(rea) has been dropped.
20d Advantages of working in public transport? (7)
BONUSES : A two letter word meaning working is inside some public transport vehicles.
21d Diamonds, say, and gold might win him his girl! (6)
SUITOR : A description of what diamonds (or hearts even) are an example of, then the heraldic description of gold, gives us this person.
23d Expert in an expensive car? Possibly (5)
RACER : An all in one. The three letter expert is inside the abbreviation for a brand of expensive car.
27a was our favourite this week. Even though it is an anagram we still needed all of the checkers before we twigged the answer.
Quickie pun purse + heaved = perceived