Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27941
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty */**– Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 24th October 2015
It is a good job I quite enjoyed solving this crossword as I was called in as a last minute Saturday Hint Giver which means that I actually had to look at it three times – once to solve it, once to sort out some hints and finally to prepare this review.
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1a Chased snipers having blown hole in the wall (4,9)
CASH DISPENSER – An anagram (having blown) of CHASED SNIPERS
9a Ban expert writer (9)
PROSCRIBE – PRO (expert) SCRIBE (writer)
10a Indian mystic travelled through water to reach island (5)
SWAMI – SWAM (travelled through water) I (island).
11a It can put out article about Queen? On the contrary (5)
ETHER – I did like the definition – On the contrary tells you that THE (definite article) goes inside ER (the cipher of our current Queen).
12a Fool told to join up (4)
KNIT – A homophone (told) of NIT (fool)l
13a Report on one late old item (4)
OBIT – O (old) BIT (item) produces a short form of obituary (report on one ‘late’)
15a Support son beset by one running out of control (7)
BOLSTER – S (son) is beset by or inserted into BOLTER (one running out of control).
17a Old rogue on TV’s energy to write (7)
COMPOSE – COMPOS (old rogue on TV S) plus E (energy).
18a High-spirited girl almost reaching US city means to gamble (7)
TOMBOLA – Almost all of a TOMBOY (high-spirited girl) and LA (US city).
20a Match perhaps for attacking footballer (7)
STRIKER – Fairly obvious double definition
21a Ordinary writer, quite accessible (4)
OPEN – O (ordinary) PEN (writer).
22a Murphy gets Northern Irish party’s backing (4)
SPUD – A reversal (backing) of DUPS (Democratic Unionist Party’s).
23a Plant from south facing border (5)
SEDGE – S (south) EDGE (border).
26a Grand works using Oriental images (5)
EPICS – E(Eastern, oriental) PICS (images).
27a Rare ombu tree initially cultivated here? (9)
ARBORETUM – An anagram (cultivated) of RARE OMBU T (the last letter being Tree ‘initially’)
28a Trade no longer carried out in conurbation (7,6)
GREATER LONDON – An anagram (carried out) of TRADE NO LONGER.
1d Reliable policeman prospered keeping clear of drink (6-8)
COPPER-BOTTOMED – COPPER (policeman) and TT (teetotal, clear of drink) inserted into BOOMED (prospered). Putting a copper-bottom on a ship would also keep the timbers clear of the ‘drink’.
2d Vice of heartless Lothario (5)
SLOTH – Hidden in heartlessS LOTHario
3d Award for end-of-year speech (10)
DECORATION – An end of year speech might be a DEC (December) ORATION.
4d Some fishing equipment catching trout finally, a hard problem (7)
STINKER – The final letter of trouT inserted into SINKER (fishing weight).
5d Like some verse, say, Alice gets excited about (7)
ELEGIAC – EG (say, for example) inserted into an anagram (gets excited) of ALICE.
6d Special forces — hard band (4)
SASH – SAS (special forces) H (hard).
7d Police barrier catches a bold criminal in possession of precious stone (9)
ROAD BLOCK – An anagram (criminal) of A BOLD inserted into (in possession of) ROCK (precious stone).
8d Aliens enter telling me to get knotted (6,5,3)
LITTLE GREEN MEN – If this hadn’t been such an obvious anagram, I’d have included it in my hints on Saturday, not least because then I could have added a picture! An anagram (get knotted) of ENTER TELLING ME.
14d I put on a show with one Italian character entertaining president (10)
IMPRESARIO – I (one) PRES (president) MARIO (Italian character)
16d Failing to start sleeping, being clumsy (9)
LUMBERING – Failing to start means you remove the first letter from SLUMBERING (sleeping)
19d Road material, a tar spread round both ends of path (7)
ASPHALT – A (from the clue) SALT (like tar, another word for sailor)put round both ‘ends’ of PatH
20d Short article shows team meeting lawyers (7)
SIDEBAR – SIDE (team) BAR (lawyers).
24d Went out with American lawyer then Irish priest (5)
DATED – DA (District Attorney, American lawyer) TED (the Irish priest in the comedy series).
25d A female Wimbledon champion once (4)
ASHE – A (from the clue) SHE (female).
I’m going to hope that Kath is still not reading my reviews (I’ve got away with several transgressions in the last week or so) and so I can safely say that my top you-know-what’s were 11a, 22a, 3d and 8d.