Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27896
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
We are having computer problems again. Our number 1 laptop with Windows 10 keeps turning itself off after about 5 minutes operating. The very nice Hazel on Microsoft Help Desk could not sort it out in 2 hours yesterday so we have a booked session with a Microsoft engineer tomorrow. In the meantime we are working on our clunky old slower PC and keeping our fingers crossed.
The usual high quality Jay puzzle once again today with a good level of difficulty and enjoyment.
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1a Uproar caused by American chasing tail (6)
RUMPUS : The two letter abbreviation for American follows a word for the tail or behind part.
5a Note about counselling organisation for senior churchmen (8)
PRELATES : The notation for an afterthought note surrounds a UK marriage counselling organisation. We had to check this in BRB.
10a District where most of public disorder comes after the pub? (6)
BARRIO : This is a Spanish district. A word meaning public disorder loses its last letter and follows a drinking establishment.
11a Versatile employee‘s bill to corporation following fine (8)
FACTOTUM : The abbreviation for fine, the abbreviation for bill or account, then the corporation associated with middle age spread.
12a The ultimate in daylight robbery for a believer (6)
THEIST : The last letter of daylight and a word for a robbery or hold up.
13a Company originally using mostly Liverpudlian dish (8)
COUSCOUS : The two letter abbreviation for company, the first letter (originally) of using, then an informal word for Liverpudlian, but without its last letter.
17a Second lieutenant locking up a seasoned sailor (4)
SALT : The abbreviation for a second, then the one for lieutenant with A from the clue separating them.
19a Fuel regularly pinched by favourite worker getting irritable (8)
PETULANT : A synonym for favourite and an insect worker are split by the second and fourth letters of fuel.
21a Manxman perhaps making one defamatory remark (8)
ISLANDER : The Roman numeral for one and a defamatory remark.
23a Deviant from sprawling capital city ultimately needs to be accommodated (8)
ATYPICAL : An anagram (sprawling) of CAPITAL that includes (accommodates) the last letter of city.
24a Recognises English branch of the Armed Forces in records (8)
DISCERNS : What music records used to be called has inside it E(nglish) and the maritime branch of the armed forces.
25a Determined to follow good editor (6)
DOGGED : A word meaning follow, G(ood) then the abbreviation for editor.
2d A foreign area with goods for sale, unexpectedly (8)
UNAWARES : The French indefinite article, the abbreviation for area and what Simple Simon requested of the Pieman.
3d Materials most recently found in photographs (8)
PLASTICS : An informal word for photographs contains a word meaning most recently.
4d Others worried about endless trouble and irascibility (5,4)
SHORT FUSE : An anagram (worried) of OTHERS contains a word meaning trouble with its last letter deleted.
5d Drugs capitals are much busted (15)
PHARMACEUTICALS : An anagram (busted) of CAPITALS ARE MUCH.
6d Smile as he struggles to release restraints (7)
LEASHES : There had to be one. It’s hiding in the clue.
8d Too upset in call for armed combat (5-3)
SHOOT-OUT : Invert the first word of the clue inside a loud call.
14d Pure uranium — only deal is off! (9)
UNALLOYED : The chemical symbol for uranium and an anagram (is off) of ONLY DEAL.
15d Left suet in shop going north. Unfortunate! (3-5)
ILL-FATED : L(eft) and what suet consists of, is found inside the inversion of the short form of a specialty food shop.
16d People not happy with fires burning here? (8)
INGRATES : Split 2,6 this could be where you light fires.
17d Reputation‘s up! (8)
STANDING : Double definition, the second means on one’s feet.
19d Writing about work offer (7)
PROPOSE : Non-poetic writing surrounds the two letter creative work abbreviation.
We liked 15d, or perhaps 18d for the misdirection.
Quickie pun sure + tans + wheat = short and sweet