Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27893
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This puzzle was published on 29th August 2015
Fairly average Saturday puzzle – well I thought so anyway.
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1a Note sum charged in unauthorised occupation of quantity of floor space (6,4)
SQUARE FEET – RE (musical note) and FEE (sum charged) inserted into SQUAT (unauthorised occupation).
6a Fraud from flipping computers (4)
SCAM – A reversal (flipping) of MACS (computers).
9a Dandy to get fat (5)
SWELL – A slang term for a fashionably dressed person (dandy) or a verb meaning to expand or increase in volume.
10a Eccentric directors of stiff material (9)
CARDBOARD – CARD (eccentric person) BOARD (directors).
12a The woman records trial wherein some get fleeced (5-8)
SHEEP SHEARING – SHE (the woman) EPS (records) HEARING (trial).
14a In support, learner left with care of plumbing item (8)
BALLCOCK – Insert into BACK (support) L (learner) L (left) CO (care of).
15a Artist has entry cut short (6)
INGRES – A regular in Crosswordland – this artist’s name is obtained by cutting short or leaving off the last letter of INGRESS (entry).
17a Austen novel to get from office (6)
UNSEAT – An anagram (novel) of AUSTEN.
19a Ecstasy gets a hip roue smashed (8)
EUPHORIA – An anagram (smashed) of A HIP ROUE.
21a Where one’s tried to get round report of royals (5,8)
COURT CIRCULAR – COURT (where one’s tried) CIRCULAR (round).
24a An elector undermined liberal position (9)
TOLERANCE – An anagram (undermined) of AN ELECTOR.
25a Detective on public transport (5)
REBUS – RE (on the subject of) BUS (public transport).
26a Rejected love that produces pain (4)
SORE – A reversal (rejected) of EROS, the Greek god of love.
27a Estimate on repairing starter home? (10)
MAISONETTE – An anagram (repairing) of ESTIMATE ON
1d Window frame made by son, with wood (4)
SASH – S (son) ASH (wood).
2d Able to take a stretch briefly after university, one’s employed in the kitchen (7)
UTENSIL – U (university) followed by TENSILe (briefly indicating that you need nearly all the adjective meaning stretchable.
3d Bloomer after posh car company gives scary ride (6-7)
ROLLER-COASTER – ROLLER (posh car) CO (company) ASTER (bloomer, flower).
4d Oppose rugby forwards getting cosmetic treatment (4,4)
FACE PACK – FACE (oppose) PACK (rugby forwards).
5d Make electrics safe in underground shelter (5)
EARTH – Make an electrical device safe or an underground shelter for a wild animal.
7d Caught old tennis star pocketing one keyboard (7)
CLAVIER – C(caught) LAVER (Rod the tennis player) into which is inserted (pocketing) I (one).
8d Island bananas to be put on old Turkish officer’s vehicle (10)
MADAGASCAR – MAD (bananas) AGAS (old Turkish officer’s) CAR (vehicle).
11d Original ideas from hit issue (13)
BRAINCHILDREN – BRAIN (hit on the head) CHILDREN (issue).
13d Arranges a best focus? Not at all! (10)
OBFUSCATES – An anagram (arranges) of A BEST FOCUS.
16d More masculine, given second look (8)
BUTCHERS – Cockney rhyming slang – BUTCHERS HOOK = look: BUTCHER (more masculine) S (second).
18d One has a row in kitchen mostly (7)
SCULLER – Almost all (mostly) of a SCULLERy
20d Snack, lightly cooked — something boring (7)
RAREBIT – RARE (lightly cooked) BIT (part of a drill, something boring).
22d Vacation I arrange includes ancient region of Eastern Mediterranean (5)
IONIA – Hidden in (includes) vacatION I Arrange.
23d Man perhaps that follows Carl in Northern city (4)
ISLE – My favourite clue – the Northern city being, of course, CARLISLE.