Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27943
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Thanks to BD for stepping in at short notice to produce last Tuesday’s blog. I don’t usually like to be an early adopter but I thought that it was safe enough to upgrade to BT’s Infinity product since apparently it now covers over 80% of the UK. Alas, it has only very recently arrived in my neck of the woods and more training is obviously required – the result was that I was without any internet access for almost a week.
As for today’s puzzle there’s nothing to terrify the nags and not too much sparkle. Let us know what you thought of it and how you fared.
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1a Two bulls shared equally? (5-5)
FIFTY-FIFTY – what do you score for getting a bull or bull’s-eye at darts?
6a Touch head of freshwater fish (4)
FEEL – the first letter of freshwater followed by a type of fish.
10a A European king must go to give assent (5)
AGREE – A (from the clue) is followed by a native European without the letter used for a king in chess notation.
11a Completely boycotts international team (3,6)
ALL BLACKS – an adverb meaning completely is followed by a verb meaning boycotts to make one of the teams that have reached the Rugby World Cup final next weekend. The Welsh narrowly missed out this time and we have to console ourselves with having the best stadium and the best referee.
12a Criminal activity by pop group, I hear (8)
BANDITRY – string together a musical group, I (from the clue) and a verb to hear (in court).
13a Sing version with new opening (5)
YODEL – a version or design with its opening letter changed.
15a Argue after small child leads one to squalid part of city (4,3)
SKID ROW – a verb to argue or quarrel follows S(mall) and an informal word for a child.
17a Instrument installed in radio car in avenue (7)
OCARINA – it’s lurking in the clue.
19a Farm owner fled, heading for Cheyenne with that woman (7)
RANCHER – bring together a verb meaning fled or legged it, the first letter of Cheyenne and a feminine pronoun.
21a Board allowed to block head (7)
PALETTE – a past participle meaning allowed or permitted goes inside (to block) an archaic word for a person’s head.
22a New elected judge, a martial art expert (5)
NINJA – string together N(ew), an adverb meaning elected, the abbreviation for judge and A (from the clue).
24a Away team’s kit is better (8)
OUTSTRIP – charade of an adverb meaning away from home and a word for a sporting team’s kit or uniform.
27a Temporary movement following fashion (9)
MAKESHIFT – a movement or variation follows a verb meaning to fashion or construct.
28a Turn of phrase fool shortened on mobile (5)
IDIOM – a word meaning fool loses its last letter and gains the abbreviation for mobile.
29a Last in queue after free travel (4)
RIDE – the last letter of queue comes after a verb to free or purge.
30a Publicity must have appropriate look, it’s said (10)
PROPAGANDA – this sounds like an adjective meaning appropriate or suitable followed by a homophone of a slang word for a look or peek. Apparently the word for a look originally meant an over-inquisitive look from someone rubbernecking – and the bird in question has a long and flexible neck.
1d Defect in platform, reportedly (4)
FLAW – to some people (but definitely not to me) this sounds like a platform or storey.
2d Structure of class at independent applied to (9)
FORMATION – start with a class or school group and add AT, I(ndependent) and an adverb meaning ‘applied to’. The surface only makes sense if independent as a noun can mean ‘independent school’ and Chambers doesn’t list this meaning.
3d Give way to bear (5)
YIELD – double definition, the second a verb meaning to produce or bring forth.
4d Concerned and upset at home, sweat pouring (2,1,4)
IN A STEW – an adverb meaning at home is followed by an anagram (pouring?) of SWEAT.
5d Sporting call from friend in hot pants (5-2)
TALLY-HO – insert a friend or comrade into an anagram (pants) of HOT to get the call of the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
7d Medieval hero unfortunately lied about first of conquests (2,3)
EL CID – an anagram (unfortunately) of LIED contains the first letter of conquests.
8d Speculate to accumulate with such a do seller’s organised (4-6)
LOSS-LEADER – for our fourth anagram in a row we have to organise A DO SELLER’S.
9d Song and dance after foremost of people show willing (4,4)
PLAY BALL – a literary word for a song and a formal gathering for dancing both come after the foremost letter of people.
14d Who might observe rarest moon excitedly? (10)
ASTRONOMER – this is a semi-all-in-one clue where the whole clue is the definition. It’s an anagram (excitedly) of RAREST MOON.
16d Go over tries again, against English (8)
REHEARSE – a verb meaning tries again (as a judge may do) followed by E(nglish).
18d Sixth sense in teaching (9)
INTUITION – IN (from the clue) followed by another word for teaching.
20d Offering more space? More, or I misinterpreted (7)
ROOMIER – an anagram (misinterpreted) of MORE OR I.
23d Exposed, corrupt Dane importing kilo … (5)
NAKED – an anagram (corrupt) of DANE contains the letter that kilo represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
25d … poor and good quality (5)
THING – an adjective meaning poor or meagre followed by G(ood).
26d Girl from Harlem, Manhattan (4)
EMMA – the name of the girl comes from within the clue.
The clue I liked best was 24a. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: BLEW + BELLE = BLUEBELL