Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27934
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where we’re safely back after our Rome trip last week. We visited the restaurant that Salty Dog mentioned last week, but sadly found them on an off day. Here’s a link to one we rather preferred.
Pretty standard fare from Giovanni this week, I thought, with the usual obscure words discoverable from clear wordplay, so ** for difficulty.
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1a Fish in position around island (6)
PLAICE – Another word for position wrapped around Island.
4a Stops if shine’s going off (8)
FINISHES – Anagram (going off) of IF SHINE’S.
9a Attempt by friend not worth considering (6)
PALTRY – Another word for a friend followed by another word for an attempt.
10a Wasted material is soft — dirt taking time to be put outside (8)
SPOILAGE – Put together the English word for what the Americans call dirt and a long period of time, then insert the musical symbol for soft.
11a Door-to-door operator is able to upset savers (9)
CANVASSER – A word for ‘is able to’ followed by an anagram (upset) of SAVERS.
13a Plant festival beginning to take off (5)
ASTER – Remove the initial letter from a major Christian festival to get a plant name.
14a Cooked food takes age with hob and griddle broken (4-6,3)
HARD-BOILED EGG – Anagram (broken) of AGE, HOB and GRIDDLE.
17a Strong-willed behaviour being slammed as severest sin (13)
ASSERTIVENESS – Anagram (slammed) of AS SEVEREST SIN.
21a Gets rid of Democrat, politician in America (5)
DUMPS – Start with an abbreviation for Democrat, then add an abbreviation for America with the usual politician placed inside it.
23a Big drinker with enormous height, as you might say (2,2,5)
SO TO SPEAK – Split (3,2,4) this would be a heavy drinker, an abbreviation for very large clothing, and a mountain or height.
24a String attached to your new material (8)
CORDUROY – A strong piece of string followed by an anagram (new) of YOUR.
25a Sealed record containing name of old Queen (6)
CANNED – A music disc wrapped around the last Stuart monarch.
26a Significant star and mate ultimately put into separate camps (8)
POLARISE – The Latin name of a fixed star in the Northern Hemisphere sky, followed byt eh last letter (ultimately) of matE.
27a Unknown number meeting ahead of time intimately (6)
NEARLY – An algebraic symbol for any given number followed by ‘ahead of time’.
1d Clerical assistant moving quickly in holy office (6)
PAPACY – The initials denoting an office assistant, followed by an adverb for ‘moving quickly, giving a holy office of which we were much reminded when in Rome last week.
2d Tree in trouble and stunted in this manner (9)
AILANTHUS – Put together a word for trouble in mind or body, AN(d) from the clue with its last letter emoved (stunted), and a word for ‘in this manner’, to get an Asiatic tree also known as ‘tree of heaven’.
3d Gosh, gentleman is hugging a pirate! (7)
CORSAIR – A synonym of ‘gosh’ followed by the form of address for a gentleman wrapped around A (from the clue).
5d Cheeky troublemaker has abused internet (11)
IMPERTINENT – A small troublemaker followed by an anagram (abused) of INTERNET.
6d I am getting the thing put away that’s seen to be copy (7)
IMITATE – Put together a contracted form of ‘I am’, the pronoun for ‘the thing’, and a verb meaning ‘put away’ (food).
7d Ace maybe showing enthusiasm (5)
HEART – … or a King, 9 or 4 of this suit.
8d ‘Cheap’ accommodation almost too expensive? Get angry! (8)
STEERAGE – This was the cheap accommodation on board ship. Remove the final letter froma word for ‘too expensive’ (usually seen as ‘that’s a bit xxxxx’), then add a word for ‘get angry’.
12d Presentations of expeditions below the waves? (11)
SUBMISSIONS – How journeys in a boat made to travel underwater might be described (3,8).
15d Head of empire, a more forbidding Bostonian perhaps (9)
EASTERNER – The first letter (head) of Empire, followed by A (from the clue) and ‘more forbidding’, getting a geographical reference to the part of the US where Boston is to be found.
16d Worker, one with something on head in bar (8)
HANDICAP – Put together a factory worker, the Roman numeral for one, and a piece of headgear.
18d Reserve copper has little hesitation to be one helping hostages? (7)
RESCUER – Put together an abbreviation for ‘reserve’, the chemical symbol for copper, and a small hesitation in speech.
19d Name of man in European Union taking position? Name’s forgotten (7)
EUSTACE – Start with the initials of the European Union, then add a position with N(ame) removed.
20d Son, small child appearing to be slippery (6)
SKIDDY – An abbreviation for Son, followed by an informal word for a small child.
22d Initially master has spoken in lesson (5)
MORAL – The first letter of Master followed by ‘spoken’ (as opposed to written).
The Quick Crossword pun DECK + ORATIONS = DECORATIONS