Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27911
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This puzzle was published on 19th September 2015
I feel very sorry for the poor postman who has to lug all the entries for the Prize Puzzle this week into Telegraph Towers, as it was so straightforward that the number of hopeful entrants must have gone through the roof. (Before anyone says that ‘it’s just you’, I have emails which prove that it isn’t.)
I had also made the mistake of looking at a post on the Comments page before I went out to buy the paper, which meant that instead of wondering as I went along if it was going to be ‘one of them’ – a Pangram – I knew I’d need all the letters of the alphabet before I’d even read a single clue.
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1a English girl after fine felt hat (6)
FEDORA – F (fine) E (English) DORA (girl).
5a Choose randomly from all the players, a great many (4,4)
CAST LOTS – CAST (all the players in a theatrical production) LOTS (a great many).
9a Arrived a short time ago with patient, as a precaution (4,2,4)
JUST IN CASE – JUST IN (arrived a short time ago) CASE (medical patient).
10a Departs with peculiar revolving cylinder (4)
DRUM – D (abbreviation for departs) RUM (peculiar).
11a One inhibited by noisy petitioner (8)
CLAIMANT – I (one) inhibited by or inserted into CLAMANT (noisy).
12a German writer leaves short article (6)
GOETHE – GOE (almost all (short) of GOES (leaves) ) THE (definite article).
13a Strength of character seen in ‘Educating Rita’ (4)
GRIT – Hidden (seen) in educatinG RITa
15a Granddaughter, perhaps, beginning to read? Joy (8)
RELATION – R (the beginning of Read) ELATION (joy).
18a Cicero, unexpectedly concerned with government by force (8)
COERCION – An anagram (unexpectedly) of CICERO (crosswordland’s orator of the month) followed by ON (concerned with).
19a Cross about new flirtatious woman (4)
MINX – MIX (cross) ‘goes about’ N (new).
21a Provoke pointer (6)
NEEDLE – A verb meaning to provoke or a type of pointer.
23a Explosive article penned by unbalanced evil lot (8)
VOLATILE – A (indefinite article) penned by or inserted into an anagram (unbalanced) of EVIL LOT.
25a Element unknown in Cape (4)
ZINC – Z (mathematical unknown) IN (from the clue) C (cape).
26a A brown rat scuttled across old vessel (10)
NARROWBOAT – An anagram (scuttled) of A BROWN RAT goes ‘across’ O (old).
27a Commercial during flight conveys adventure (8)
ESCAPADE – AD (advertisement, commercial) inserted into (during) ESCAPE (flight).
28a Deal with adversary, ultimately making pact (6)
TREATY – TREAT (deal with) plus the ‘ultimate’ letter of adversarY.
2d Peer in uniform (5)
EQUAL – A peer or person of the same ability or status or an adverb meaning uniform.
3d Clothing supplier elsewhere more suitable (9)
OUTFITTER – OUT (elsewhere) FITTER (more suitable).
4d Regular publication by university breaking record (6)
ANNUAL – U (university) breaking ANNAL (record).
5d Servant preached, possibly giving one this? (7,3,5)
CHAPTER AND VERSE – An anagram (possibly) of SERVANT PREACHED.
6d Son leaving out du Maurier character (8)
SVENGALI – No, not Daphne, but her grandfather George du Maurier, whose novel Trilby includes the character SVENGALI – S (son) followed by an anagram (out) of LEAVING.
7d Shelf where there’s incomplete book of accounts (5)
LEDGE – Almost all of (incomplete) a LEDGER (book of accounts).
8d Try to land (9)
TOUCHDOWN – Given that there is rugby everywhere at the moment, I suppose one clue had to reference it. Touching of the ball to the ground by a player behind the try-line or the act of landing of an air or spacecraft.
14d Castles surrounding lake where birds nest (9)
ROOKERIES – ROOKS (the chess pieces that look like little castles) surrounding Lake ERIE.
16d Programme I came across in piece of furniture (9)
TIMETABLE – Insert I MET (I came across) into TABLE (piece of furniture).
17d Hot part of Europe, including Northern Ireland once? (8)
HIBERNIA – H (hot) IBERIA (part of Europe) with N (including Northern) inserted.
20d Capone has greatest following? Not quite (6)
ALMOST – AL (Mr Capone the gangster) followed by MOST (greatest).
22d Holiday home in Grenada, charming (5)
DACHA – A Russian country house or cottage is found inside Grena DA CHArming.
24d Smallest tail of mice put in at the end (5)
LEAST – The ‘tail’ of mice – E – inserted into LAST (at the end).
3 comments on “DT 27911”
If the Prize Puzzle is meant to allow the greatest possible number of solvers to complete it then this was probably very successful. However, I do think that a broadsheet newspaper’s Prize Puzzle should pose a bit more of a challenge. That doesn’t mean that it has to be a Toughie but a puzzle such as the ones that Jay gives us every Wednesday, say, would surely be a bit more interesting, not just for solvers but for crypticsue and Gnomethang who produce the full reviews.
Thanks to Mr Ron and to CS for the write-up. Best clue for me was 9a.
I’m running well behind on the prize crossword its March 2016 and I’m only doing a September 2015 crossword so I think any comments will be safe. This is the hardest prize crossword I’ve done for ages. I don’t know how it could be rated at point 5 of a percent. Anyway keep up the good work.
Welcome to the blog Bazza
The rating given by Crypticsue is 0.5 out of 5, which is not quite the same as 0.5 out of 100!
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