Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27883
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1a One enters this dirty city, only to come back (7)
BATHTUB – a city in Somerset followed by the reversal of an adverb meaning only or ‘no more than’.
5a Husband in game met by wounding remark? Nonsense (7)
RHUBARB – insert the abbreviation for husband into the abbreviation for the 15-a-side game and add a wounding remark or put-down.
9a Sob quietly and tremble — it’s this crossword! (7)
CRYPTIC – string together a verb to sob, the musical abbreviation meaning quietly and a tremble or convulsive twitch.
10a Strike by head of governors hurt school (7)
GRAMMAR – a verb to strike or crash into follows the first letter (head) of governors. After that we want a verb to hurt or damage.
11a Ravel — put in a grave next to the French church (9)
INTERLACE – a verb to put in a grave or tomb is followed by one of the French definite articles and the abbreviation for the established church in England.
12a Arab maybe right about stockings? On the contrary (5)
HORSE – not right about stockings but stockings or other legwear containing R(ight).
13a Information concerned with style (5)
GENRE – charade of an informal word for information and a preposition meaning concerned with or about.
15a Passing me her pale pants (9)
EPHEMERAL – an anagram (pants) of ME HER PALE.
17a Tommy about to keep going (7,2)
SOLDIER ON – a military man for whom Tommy (Atkins) became a generic name is followed by a preposition meaning about or concerning.
19a United over unknown god (5)
DEITY – reverse (over) a verb meaning united or linked and add one of the algebraic unknowns.
22a Put up with a bass (fish) (5)
ABIDE – A (from the clue) is followed by the abbreviation for a bass singer and the silvery freshwater fish that is so useful to crossword setters.
23a Speaker woe for us, unfortunately — keeping Bercow initially (9)
SUBWOOFER – an anagram (unfortunately) of WOE FOR US contains (keeping) the initial letter of Bercow. John Bercow is the Speaker of the House of Commons, in the news a lot both for his marital difficulties and his extravagant expense claims.
25a Renovated street around university — one might be in charge of all the property (7)
TRUSTEE – an anagram (renovated) of STREET contains U(niversity).
26a Flower from South America with fine leaf, practically (7)
SAFFRON – string together the abbreviation for South America, the abbreviation for fine (in relation to pencils) and the leaf of a palm or fern without its final D (practically).
27a Shy creature‘s eggs expensive, we hear (3,4)
ROE DEER – fish eggs followed by what sounds like an adjective meaning expensive.
28a Roman emperor imprisoning five, getting us apprehensive (7)
NERVOUS – a Roman emperor (the one who, allegedly, fiddled) contains the letter that he would have used for five. Finally add US (from the clue).
1d Trams will become smart after this support (7)
BACKING – the operation necessary to turn the word trams into smart.
2d What one should do in tailor’s — be audacious (3,2,2)
TRY IT ON – it’s advisable to check that the tailor has made your suit in a fitting manner before handing over your credit card.
3d Teacher‘s exclamation of impatience for missing opening (5)
TUTOR – an exclamation of impatience or disapproval followed by the word ‘for’ without its opening letter.
4d Criminal can be cured? Not quite: one robs in the main (9)
BUCCANEER – an anagram (criminal) of CAN BE CURE[d].
5d Rake pins tail of long rat (5)
ROGUE – a rake or libertine contains (pins) the last letter of long.
6d Brazen editor goes after United Nations with a hoax (9)
UNASHAMED – the abbreviation for United Nations, A (from the clue) and a hoax or deception all precede the usual abbreviation for editor.
7d Harry married fan (7)
ADMIRER – an anagram (harry, in the sense of disturb) of MARRIED.
8d Fish on line — it builds arm muscles (7)
BARBELL – a freshwater fish followed by (on, in a down clue) the abbreviation for line.
14d Impressive hospital department note showing where the shakes first occurred? (9)
EPICENTRE – string together an adjective meaning impressive or monumental, the abbreviation for one of the departments in a hospital and the second note of tonic sol-fa.
16d Worker’s holding top half of baby in sink (4,5)
HAND BASIN – a manual worker and the ‘S contain the first half of baby. After that we need the IN from the clue.
17d South — they’re oddly following sailor’s course (7)
STARTER – join together S(outh), an informal word for a sailor and the odd letters of they’re.
18d Time off that is left over? Yes (7)
LEISURE – the abbreviation for ‘that is’ is followed by the abbreviation for left. Now reverse that (over) and add an informal response meaning yes or certainly.
20d In plant, oxygen creates huge fire (7)
INFERNO – string together IN (from the clue), a leafy plant and the chemical symbol for oxygen.
21d Female right to wear Tony’s tight underwear (1-6)
Y-FRONTS – the abbreviations for female and right go inside an anagram (tight, i.e. drunk) of TONY’S.
23d Box containing Eastern weapon (5)
SPEAR – a verb to box contains E(astern).
24d Attempt to remove clubs from chest (5)
OFFER – attempt here is used in the sense of ‘to attempt resistance’. Remove the abbreviation for the card suit clubs from a chest or strongbox.
My favourite today was 21d. Which one(s) rocked for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: BAR + BEE + DOLES = BARBIE DOLLS