Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27919
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
I’m still in a state of euphoria (and shock) after the magnificent performance by Wales on Saturday evening – bring on the Fijians next!
The bottom half of today’s puzzle seemed easier than the top (although I was handicapped by misreading ‘bottle’ as ‘battle’ in 7a – it really is time for a visit to Specsavers). This is not just a pangram, it actually has at least two of each letter of the alphabet – does that make it a double pangram? Let us know your thoughts.
If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.
7a Major, OBE, lost bottle (8)
JEROBOAM – an anagram (lost) of MAJOR OBE. In the picture below is the smallest bottle really labelled a ‘girly’? I’ve never heard that term used – isn’t it a bit sexist?
9a Used at sea to carry ten over in mass migration (6)
EXODUS – an anagram (at sea) of USED contains the Roman numeral for ten and the abbreviation for an over in cricket.
10a Ornamental stone jardiniere initially manufactured, first off (4)
JADE – the initial letter of jardinière is followed by a verb meaning manufactured without its first letter.
11a Lorry can be deployed to deliver grain (10)
BARLEYCORN – an anagram (deployed) of LORRY CAN BE.
12a Fate of king is settled (6)
KISMET – bring together the chess abbreviation for king, IS (from the clue) and a past participle meaning settled or discharged (an amount due, say).
14a Remove a restriction on a French band on the radio (8)
UNFREEZE – one of the French words for ‘a’ is followed by what sounds like (on the radio) a decorative horizontal band on a wall.
15a Hold and name the Spanish boy (6)
NELSON – string together the abbreviation for name, a Spanish definite article and a young male relative.
17a Searches for people who’ll clean a chimney (6)
SWEEPS – double definition, the first a verb meaning searches (a room for bugging devices, for example).
20a With group on Scottish river, start on a journey (3,5)
SET FORTH – a group or circle is followed by a major Scottish river. In an across clue ‘a on b’ should really mean that a follows b (i.e. a is added on to b).
22a Get back control across Georgia (6)
REGAIN – a verb to control or curb containing (across) the abbreviation for the US state of Georgia.
23a Indication of disapproval mostly shown by one next to a police van (5,5)
BLACK MARIA – an informal phrase for a note or record of a misdemeanour or discreditable action put against someone’s name (5,4) loses its last letter (mostly) and has the Roman numeral for one and A (from the clue) appended to it.
24a Long account by ambassador (4)
ACHE – the abbreviation for an account or invoice followed by the abbreviated title awarded to an ambassador.
25a Deny any connection with row about pig (6)
DISOWN – a row or loud noise contains a female pig.
26a General behaviour in Manhattan thoroughfare (8)
BROADWAY – split the answer 5,3 and we have an adjective meaning general or non-specific and a word meaning behaviour or manner.
1d Source of annoyance to a vixen, possibly (8)
VEXATION – an anagram (possibly) of TO A VIXEN.
2d Close to Cadiz, unique area (4)
ZONE – the closing letter of Cadiz is followed by an adjective meaning unique or single.
3d Action film doctor’s got into (6)
COMBAT – a film or surface layer has one of the abbreviations for a medical doctor inserted.
4d There’s always hardly any after fine plant (8)
FEVERFEW – this is a plant of the daisy family (not one that I’d recognise, but my knowledge of plants could be written on a rose petal). A synonym for always and a small number or handful follow the abbreviation for fine (used to categorise lead pencils).
5d Stole fish, say, before beginning to grill something for breakfast, perhaps? (7,3)
POACHED EGG – a verb meaning caught fish illegally is followed by the abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’ and the first letter of grill.
6d Mineral and two pints, followed by unknown quantity (6)
QUARTZ – a unit of capacity equal to two pints is followed by one of the algebraic unknowns.
8d Make most of large tent (6)
MARQUE – a large tent without its last letter.
13d Man in play perhaps trapping female criminal (10)
MALEFACTOR – a man who could be appearing on stage (4,5) contains (trapping) F(emale).
16d Daughter, after working over staff, is held pending a hearing (2,6)
ON REMAND – the abbreviation for daughter follows an adverb meaning working (i.e. in operation), a preposition meaning over or concerning and a verb to staff or provide personnel.
18d Pelt nut, anti-establishment type (8)
SKINHEAD – charade of a word for a pelt or hide and a part of the body (above the waist!) that nut is an informal word for.
19d Inexperienced reporter interrupted by that girl, an angelic being (6)
CHERUB – a trainee reporter contains (is interrupted by) a feminine pronoun. This is obviously the word of the week – what are the odds that we’ll see it again tomorrow?
21d No time for article about cake (6)
ECLAIR – an anagram (about) of AR[t]ICLE without the abbreviation for time.
22d Motive in serious crime leader’s denied (6)
REASON – a serious crime without its leading letter. Either an old chestnut or a hardy perennial depending on your point of view.
24d Assistant in a team, no saint (4)
AIDE – a team (1,4) without the single-character abbreviation for saint.
None of the clues really stood out for me today. What did you think?
Today’s Quickie Pun: JUNK + SHUN = JUNCTION