Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27910
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on an autumn morning which started misty but is now beautifully sunny.
A fair workout from Giovanni this morning, with some nice penny-drop moments. 14a was the last one in for me.
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1a Fluid duct drained, fixed in advance (3,3,5)
CUT AND DRIED – Anagram (fluid) of DUCT DRAINED
7a Form of advertisement bad, put in rubbish container, not much good (7)
BILLING – Another word for bad put inside a rubbish container, followed by an abbreviated form (not much) of Good.
8a Police department brings in lots — all about to become vigorous (7)
DYNAMIC – Put a word for lots inside the acronym for the police department which investigates crime, then reverse the lot (all about).
10a Pick out some in bunch as terrorists, immoral (8)
UNCHASTE – Hidden (pick out some) in the clue.
11a Soft corrosion on something tiny (6)
PROTON – Put together the musical symbol for soft, a form of corrosion, and ON (from the clue) to get a subatomic particle.
13a Periods of hold-ups with elevated railroad sealed off (4)
DAYS – Remove the nickname given to an elevated railroad in the US from a word for hold-ups.
14a Pole swinging close by flower? (7-3)
FISHING-ROD – A cryptic definition of the sort of pole which might be wielded next to a flowing river.
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16a Teacher comes to fancy hotel — a place for buns (6,4)
RABBIT HOLE – A Jewish teacher followed by an anagram (fancy) of HOTEL. The buns in question are furry, with long ears and a fluffy tail.
18a Get a divining rod (4)
TWIG – Double definition: an informal word for get or understand; and the literal description of a divining rod.
21a Latest report to give time when Oxford term will start? (6)
UPDATE – Given that students come down from Oxford at the end of term, this could be the day that term starts.
22a Coffee offering energy, thus crowd’s imbibed (8)
ESPRESSO – Energy, followed by a word for thus wrapped around a crowd or throng.
24a Men on street taking time to find safe accommodation (7)
STORAGE – Put together an abbreviation for STreet, the acronym for soldiers who are not officers, and a long period of time.
25a Fashionable to have very limited language? The opposite (7)
INVERSE – The usual crossword term for fashionable, followed by Very, and an alternative name for Scots or Irish Gaelic.
26a Awfully tired intellectual becomes harmful (11)
DETRIMENTAL – Anagram (awfully) of TIRED followed by another word for intellectual, as opposed to physical.
1d Reticent to swallow drop of liquid? It’s producing flatulence (7)
COLICKY – A small amount of liquid, often used in conjunction with ‘of paint’, inside a word for reticent or shy.
2d Time to get foul-mouthed briefly, being in the clan (6)
TRIBAL – Time, followed by a word for foul-mouthed with the final D removed.
3d Man on board reportedly not heavy — a wicked type in the dark? (5-5)
NIGHT-LIGHT – A homophone (reportedly) of a chess piece followed by ‘not heavy’, giving something with a wick.
4d Daughter hugged by proper dandy (4)
DUDE – An abbreviation for Daughter inside a word for proper or fitting.
5d Uneducated drunk ranting about nothing (8)
IGNORANT – Anagram (drunk) of RANTING rapped around the letter which looks like zero.
6d Goddess encountered in grass, rolling over (7)
DEMETER – Reverse (rolling over) a type of grass, and insert a word for ‘encountered’, to get the Greek goddess of the harvest.
7d Mistake over kiss? One would have been shot! (11)
BLUNDERBUSS – A mistake or gaffe, followed by an archaic word for a kiss, giving a variety of firearm.
9d Is lady able to travel round and see tailless bird? (6,5)
CANADA GOOSE – Put together ‘is able’, a woman’s name, ‘travel’, a round letter, and SE(e).
12d Little fellow with one stone in battle ultimately accounting for him? (10)
PHILISTINE – The whole clue refers to the story of David and Goliath, and the answer is the tribe or people that Goliath belonged to. Put together a shortened form of a man’s name, the Roman numeral for one, an abbreviation for STone, IN (from the clue), and the last letter (ultimately) of battlE.
15d Divert a short distance round overturned vehicle (8)
DISTRACT – Reverse (overturned) an agricultural vehicle and insert it into an abbreviation for DISTance.
17d English town has plot to get car manufacturer (7)
BEDFORD – A garden plot followed by a make of car.
19d Walter’s terrible idler (7)
WASTREL – Anagam (terribly) of WALTER’S.
20d Cold artist against a tie — that is unwanted item of neckwear (6)
CRAVAT – Put together Cold, the usual crossword artist, the letter which means ‘against’ in a list of football fixtures, A (from the clue), and T(ie) with the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ removed.
23d One in street sharing something with a neighbour (4)
SEMI – A cryptic definition of a property which is not entirely separate from its neighbour.
The Quick Crossword pun SIKH + WHENCE = SEQUENCE