Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27889
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I found this one somewhat lacklustre. Do let us know how you got on and give us your rating.
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1a Bias shown by writer with song (8)
PENCHANT – charade of a writing implement and a repetitive song.
9a Unsuccessful trio pulled apart by a book have to take a 50 per cent cut (8)
ABORTIVE – an anagram (pulled apart) of TRIO follows A and B(ook) and is followed by 50% of the word ‘have’.
10a Check vertical part of glass (4)
STEM – double definition, the second being the part of a wine glass that you hold.
11a Steadfastness needed for each retired priest entering spiritual meeting (12)
PERSEVERANCE – such is the influence of Mary that I had to hold myself back from writing ‘perservation’ here. Start with a preposition meaning ‘for each’ then reverse (retired) the abbreviated title for a priest inside a meeting called to summon spirits.
13a Three notes about misbehaving class — it’s seen by staff? (4,4)
BASS CLEF – staff here is another word for stave. Three musical notes surround an anagram (misbehaving) of CLASS.
15a Purse is genuine, we’re told (6)
PUCKER – this is a write-in if you’ve seen it before, otherwise it may require a bit of thought. Purse here is a verb meaning to screw up or tighten (one’s lips, say) and the answer sounds like an adjective (imported into English during the time of the Raj) that means genuine or authentic.
16a Body of water in summer enlarged (4)
MERE – hidden.
17a Intellectual support following fashion (5)
BRAIN – intellectual here is a noun. The usual female support garment precedes an adjective meaning ‘following fashion’ or trendy.
18a Painful sensation in field with pressure gone (4)
ITCH – a playing field without the abbreviation for pressure.
20a Brood — and refuse? (6)
LITTER – double definition.
21a Salesman in ground cited as feeble (8)
DECREPIT – the abbreviation for a salesman goes inside an anagram (ground) of CITED.
23a A cost to a Scot moving throughout the country (5-2-5)
COAST-TO-COAST – an anagram (moving) of A COST TO A SCOT.
26a Russian river in country with source obscured (4)
URAL – an adjective meaning country (as opposed to town) with the first letter (source) deleted.
27a Group of people put back golf feature — a legal omission? (8)
LOOPHOLE – reverse (put back) a group of people (in the past they may have been typists) and follow this with a feature of a golf course.
28a Comedian present with degree showing age (8)
WITHERED – start with a comedian or humorist and add an adverb meaning present or in attendance and the abbreviation for degree.
2d Judge having crooked ties with friend (8)
ESTIMATE – an anagram (crooked) of TIES followed by a friend.
3d MPs’ incomes to get reformed? That’s sound (6,6)
COMPOS MENTIS – an anagram (get reformed) of MPS’ INCOMES TO.
4d Welsh politician facing test without scruples (6)
AMORAL – the abbreviation for a member of the Welsh Assembly is followed by a viva voce examination.
5d Uninspiring volunteers on edges of marquee (4)
TAME – the abbreviation for the old name for our part-time soldiers precedes (on, in a down clue) the outer letters of marquee.
6d Find entry form limits this writer (4,4)
COME UPON – an entry form (the sort that you might cut out of a newspaper and fill in with the hope of winning a prize) contains the objective pronoun that the writer may use for himself or herself.
7d Token panel announcing trade? (4)
SIGN – I spent some time on this one, thinking that there was a homophone but I decided eventually that the second definition is just an advertisement panel… unless you know differently.
8d Investigation — or probe by religious class? (8)
RESEARCH – a verb to probe or delve into follows the abbreviation for a lesson involving the study of religions.
12d Teach recruit changes in style of building (12)
ARCHITECTURE – an anagram (changes) of TEACH RECRUIT.
14d German woman supported by daughter in crime (5)
FRAUD – a German married woman is followed (supported, in a down clue) by the abbreviation for daughter.
16d Spot change required in clue for ‘tiny amount’ (8)
MOLECULE – a spot or blemish on one’s skin is followed by an anagram (change required in) of CLUE.
17d Place for drinking and music, with money turning over (3,5)
BAR STOOL – written music (4) followed by the reversal (turning over) of money (possibly stolen).
19d Guy beginning to bet in confined area in card game (8)
CRIBBAGE – a verb to guy or ridicule and the first letter of bet go inside a confined area or enclosure. It is mandatory to wear a hat when playing this game.
22d Artist very enthralled by, say, Persian neckwear (6)
CRAVAT – the usual abbreviation for a recognised artist and V(ery) are contained inside what a Persian is an example of in the animal world.
24d Acknowledge a set of five letters (not half) (4)
AVOW – start with A (from the clue) and add just half of the word we use for the set of five non-consonants in our alphabet.
25d Staff in Cheshire town reportedly (4)
CREW – this sounds like a town in Cheshire most famous for its railway junction.
None of the clues really got me excited today. Which one(s) did it for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: FIZZY + CALL = PHYSICAL