Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27950
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Another rainy Spring day here. Just the weather for sitting inside and solving and blogging crosswords.
We found this one a little trickier than some have been lately so have upped the difficulty rating to ***. Plenty to enjoy too.
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1a A flat tablet may have this (6)
KEYPAD : What A might be in musical terms and another word for a flat or apartment.
9a Exciting times crop up on benefit (6,7)
INCOME SUPPORT : An anagram (exciting ) of TIMES CROP UP ON.
11a Warning you’ll have not so much to do (6)
LESSON : When the answer is split 4,2 you will have a reason why you’ll have not so much to do.
14a This may be served in a pub — one’s ordered (8)
SUBPOENA : An anagram (ordered) of A PUB ONES.
16a Virtue in expression of surprise? (8)
GOODNESS : Double definition, the second meaning is often followed with ‘gracious me’.
19a Women work after everybody gets beer (6)
WALLOP : The one letter abbreviation for women, then a word meaning everybody and the abbreviation for a usually musical work.
21a Smells nothing serious and leaves without permission (6)
ODOURS : The number that signifies nothing, a synonym for serious and then the letter that is left after a word meaning permission is removed from ‘leaves’.
25a Arguing for a time with lumberjack bosses (2,11)
AT LOGGERHEADS : A from the clue then T(ime). Follow this with a word that, when split 6,5 could mean lumberjack bosses.
26a Forestall the rest, keeping alert (3,5)
ALL THERE : It’s hiding in the clue.
27a Strength of one fresh on board (6)
SINEWS : The Roman numeral one and a word meaning fresh are inside the abbreviation for a steamship.
2d Unfinished heroic book is perfect example (7)
EPITOME : A word meaning heroic loses its last letter and then a large book.
3d Takes steps, seeing note added about service (5)
PACES : The two letter abbreviation for an added note surrounds an unreturnable tennis serve.
5d People taking exams put up supporters of course (7)
TESTEES : Reverse a word that can mean put or place, then the supporters used on a golf course.
6d Student‘s dog seen with girl regularly (5)
PUPIL : A young dog, then the second and fourth letters of girl.
8d Share drink and consume less (3,4)
CUT DOWN : A share or portion and a verb meaning to drink or swallow.
13d Revolutionary hairstyle that may be held in a net (3,6)
RED MULLET : A left wing revolutionary and then a hairstyle. (The BRB definition of this hairstyle is worth reading).
15d Workers protecting women long to make entrances (9)
BEWITCHES : Entrances here is a verb. These workers that go buzz surround W(omen) and long or yearn for.
17d Rum delivery? That’s eccentric (7)
ODDBALL : A synonym for rum and a cricket delivery.
20d Managed part of show as revolutionary turned up (7)
OVERSAW : The answer is reversed and hiding itself inside the clue.
22d Go to court holding for example instruction to proceed (5)
SEGUE : The abbreviation meaning ‘for example’ is inside a word meaning to take legal proceedings against.
24d A win? Encore! (5)
AGAIN : A from the clue and a word meaning win.
Our last one to get and unpick the wordplay was 1a so we will call that our favourite for today.
Quickie pun decks + terrors = dexterous