Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27895
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It’s a bit depressing to have reached the official start of Autumn without having had much of a Summer. As for today’s crossword I can’t imagine that much help is going to be required from the blog. I know that the back-page puzzles at the start of a week are meant to be on the easy side but this did seem to be an extreme example. The only difficulty I had was in trying to work out how Happy Valley in 29a fitted the answer. Do let us know how you got on and give us your rating.
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1a High-flier up for trial? (4,5)
TEST PILOT – we have a cryptic definition to start – ‘up for trial’ means up in the air to carry out an assessment.
6a Self-satisfied son, sucker (4)
SMUG – the abbreviation for son followed by an informal word for a sucker or gullible person.
10a Dull ending of secret ceremony (5)
TRITE – the final letter of secret and a ceremony.
11a Supposing that, entering important round of cup (4-5)
SEMI-FINAL – a conjunction meaning ‘supposing that’ or ‘in the event that’ goes inside an adjective meaning important or groundbreaking.
12a Long and complicated procedure investing millions in capital function (9)
RIGMAROLE – insert the abbreviation for millions into the capital of one of the Baltic states then add a function or duty.
14a A wing that’s out of the way (5)
ASIDE – A (from the clue) and another word for a wing (of a large building, for example).
15a One in clear case (7)
PATIENT – insert the Roman numeral for one into an adjective meaning clear or obvious.
16a Tout upset priest after Towcester’s first (7)
TIPSTER – Towcester has a racecourse so ‘Towcester’s first’ in the surface means the first race at a meeting there. An anagram (upset) of PRIEST follows the first letter of Towcester.
18a Awful threat involving English playhouse (7)
THEATRE – an anagram (awful) of THREAT contains E(nglish).
20a Duck taken from shopping precinct -– charge wife denied (7)
MALLARD – start with a shopping precinct and add a charge or dependant after the W(ife) has been removed.
21a Start working with group (5)
ONSET – charade of an adverb meaning working or in operation and a group or clique.
23a Bravery of everyone locked in tower (9)
GALLANTRY – a word meaning everyone goes inside a tower or supporting structure (e.g. one beside a rocket on the launch pad).
25a Customers tell niece off (9)
CLIENTELE – an anagram (off) of TELL NIECE.
26a Publish thin paper once time runs out (5)
ISSUE – a type of thin soft paper loses the T(ime).
28a Part of film is true, reportedly (4)
REEL – sounds like (reportedly) an adjective meaning true or authentic.
29a Sleep in Happy Valley? (9)
DREAMLAND – I spent longer on this clue than on the whole of the rest of the crossword – not to get the answer, which is pretty obvious, but in trying to find references to Happy Valley with this meaning. The answer is a word used both for sleep and for an idyllic place or Utopia, but I can’t find any definition (in the BRB or elsewhere) where Happy Valley has this meaning. It’s the name of a TV Series based in Calderdale and the term is what local police there call the area because of its drug problems – but is that relevant to the clue? Let me know your thoughts.
1d Coach tour arranged, crossing heart of Montana (5)
TUTOR – an anagram (arranged) of TOUR contains (crossing) the central letter of Montana.
2d Piece of sports equipment found in dumpster, incomplete (3)
SKI – start with our term for what North Americans call a dumpster (a container for refuse) and drop the last letter.
3d Having a litre in bar is common (9)
PREVALENT – insert A and L(itre) in a verb meaning to bar or block.
4d Endure the French drink (4,3)
LAST OUT – one of the French definite articles is followed by a strong, dark beer.
5d Violent storm encountered on the way up –- bother! (7)
TEMPEST – reverse (on the way up, in a down clue) a verb meaning encountered and add a bother or troublesome person.
7d Welsh channel broadcast a minister holding a first in theology (5,6)
MENAI STRAIT – an anagram (broadcast) of A MINISTER contains A. Finally we need the first letter of theology.
8d Info attached to cane carrying mature plant (9)
GOLDENROD – this plant seems to be turning up more and more. String together an informal word for info and another word for a cane then insert (carrying) an adjective meaning mature or long in the tooth.
9d To kill a king (4)
OFFA – a US slang verb meaning to kill followed by A gives us a king of Mercia.
13d Urchin, for example, raised to pocket absolute bargain (11)
GUTTERSNIPE – reverse (raised) the abbreviation meaning ‘for example’ and insert (to pocket) an adjective meaning absolute or complete and an informal word for a bargain.
15d Father caught in lot with RR, a suspect vehicle (6,3)
PATROL CAR – start with an affectionate name for father then insert the cricketing abbreviation for caught into an anagram (suspect) of LOT RR A.
17d London theatre element (9)
PALLADIUM – double definition – the second is a rare silvery-white metal.
19d Bit of breakfast with chief boffin (7)
EGGHEAD – charade of one of the constituents of a traditional fry-up and a chief or leader.
20d French dramatist‘s further entertaining story (7)
MOLIÈRE – an adverb meaning further or to a greater extent contains (entertaining) a fabricated story.
22d Quality of sound from saxophonist on euphonium? (4)
TONE – it’s skulking in the clue.
24d Return from investment unknown, criminal lied (5)
YIELD – one of the mathematical unknowns followed by an anagram (criminal) of LIED.
27d Quarrel briefly in hydro (3)
SPA – a minor quarrel without its last letter (briefly).
The top clue for me was 1a. Which one(s) did it for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: HEIR + WAIVES = AIRWAVES