Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27932
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Just one Kiwi doing the blog today. Culture has got in the way. New Zealand Opera and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are performing TOSCA, and while the principals move from venue to venue, the chorus is cast separately at each centre. One of our grandsons, Ollie, is making his opera debut as a choir boy. We saw the Wellington opening night at the weekend, just superb. “Grandma holding the fort” duties are needed for this week while the show is on, hence a solo blogger.
Jay up to scratch as usual.
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1a Deteriorates, but manages to understand before doctor starts (4,2,4)
RUNS TO SEED : The first word means manages, then TO from the clue and a word meaning understand or observe and lastly, the first letter of doctor.
6a One fashionable old star of the silver screen (4)
IDOL : The Roman numeral one then an anagram (fashionable) able to be fashioned of OLD.
10a Chop? That is a dish (5)
CUTIE : This dish is to be looked at rather than eaten. A synonym for chop and the abbreviation for the Latin ‘that is’.
12a Get rid of rotting cargo (7)
OFFLOAD : Split the answer 3,4 to get synonyms for rotting and cargo.
14a Little air covering for the earth? (5,7)
SMALL FORTUNE : Another way of saying that something cost a lot of money. A word meaning little, then FOR from the clue, and an air or song.
18a Earnings of men working with Eurotrain (12)
REMUNERATION : An anagram (working) of MEN and EUROTRAIN.
21a Fellow anticipating full-scale quarrel (4,3)
FALL OUT : F(ellow) then a two word phrase meaning full-scale.
24a Journalist in fracas gets cut (9)
REDUCTION : The abbreviation for a senior journalist is inside a word for a fracas that is usually seem in its plural form.
25a Period of lost hope encompassing century (5)
EPOCH : An anagram (lost) of HOPE includes C(entury).
27a Soldiers advanced without being persistent (10)
RELENTLESS : Engineering soldiers, then ‘advanced money’, and a word meaning without or missing.
1d Minister‘s time invested in incomplete log (6)
RECTOR : A word meaning a log or chronicle loses its last letter and has T(ime) included.
2d Advise on it, possibly fairly heartlessly (6)
NOTIFY : An anagram (possibly) of ON IT and then the first and last letters of fairly.
3d Article on green skill and ability to empathise (3,6,5)
THE COMMON TOUCH : English definite article, green is another name for the grassed area found in many villages, and then a word for a skill or particular ability.
4d Wild cheers engulf mostly boring planner (9)
SCHEDULER : A four letter word meaning boring loses its last letter and is included in an anagram (wild) of CHEERS.
7d Motor City, America, rejects old rubbish (8)
DETRITUS : A famous motor car city loses O(ld) from its name and then the abbreviation for The States.
9d Go through my name and split cost of accommodation (10,4)
PEPPERCORN RENT : Three three letter words are strung together, ‘go’ ‘through’ and ‘my!’. Next is N(ame) and a word meaning split or torn.
15d Remote possibility to get drunk — fetch a can! (3,6)
FAT CHANCE : An anagram (drunk) of FETCH A CAN.
16d Invoice from a poorly expert taking precedence (3,5)
PRO FORMA : An expert or professional and then an anagram (poorly) of FROM A.
17d Simple and modest without guards, but collapses (8)
IMPLODES : Remove the first and last letters from two words in the clue.
19d Independent Nationalist covered in blood is cut (6)
IGNORE : The single letter abbreviation for independent, then a word for blood includes the abbreviation for N(ationalist).
20d Makes slow progress since changes around hotel (6)
INCHES : An anagram (changes) of SINCE includes H(otel).
22d String quartet’s last to get drink (5)
TWINE : The last letter of quartet and drink made from grapes.
I have ticks beside 14a and 9d but will vote for 9d for its wonderful Lego-esque-ness.
Quickie pun doors + elfin = dorsal fin