Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27955
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We have what is pretty much a read and write puzzle today with only the two cryptic clues (10a and 26a) requiring a bit of thought on my part. There’s only one anagram but, as I found when writing the review, there are an awful lot of clues which are variously described as charades, word sums or lego-types. Your thoughts, as always, are most welcome.
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1a A listening device brought into school in sling (8)
CATAPULT – insert A (from the clue) and an illegally attached listening device into a school or sect.
5a Fleet member with palindromic name (6)
ARMADA – a bodily member followed by a palindromic forename.
10a They had significant effect, benefiting Kingsley’s Tom? (8,7)
SWEEPING CHANGES – this is a cryptic definition of the effect of the Factory Acts introduced in the UK in the 19th century to prohibit the use of child labour, including the sending of young boys up chimneys. A fictional example of the latter was young Tom in Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies.
11a Seaman, unaccompanied, finds shellfish (7)
ABALONE – charade of one of the usual abbreviations for a seaman and an adverb meaning unaccompanied.
12a Finished ride in storm (7)
OVERRUN – charade of an adverb meaning finished or in the past and a short ride in a car for pleasure.
13a Cheerful working in coastal resort (8)
BRIGHTON – string together an adjective meaning cheerful or lively and an adverb meaning working or in operation.
15a Band receiving millions for very successful hit (5)
SMASH – insert the abbreviation for millions into a band or belt.
18a Plus point when fixed (5)
ASSET – a conjunction meaning when followed by a past participle meaning fixed or hard and fast.
20a Shield quickly attached to vehicle (8)
CARAPACE – append an adverb meaning quickly to a motor vehicle to make a shield or outer shell.
23a Not on strike? That’s unusual! (7)
OFFBEAT – string together the opposite of ‘on’ and a verb to strike or hit.
25a Offer in favour of model (7)
PROPOSE – a preposition meaning ‘in favour of’ is followed by a verb to model.
26a Follower of news? (7,8)
WEATHER FORECAST – gentle cryptic definition of what may follow the news on TV or radio. The question mark is there to indicate that this is not always the right order.
27a Go round gallery after run out (6)
ROTATE – the name of an art gallery follows the cricketing abbreviation for ‘run out’.
28a Try to listen to words of approval (4,4)
HEAR HEAR – a verb to try (a case in court) followed by a verb to listen.
1d One about to leave Central American country to top the bill with someone else (2-4)
CO-STAR – start with a Central American country (5,4) and remove the Roman numeral for one and the 2-letter abbreviation meaning about or approximately.
2d Reference book he’s taken into house (9)
THESAURUS – HE’S gets inserted into one of the twelve divisions of the celestial sphere which are deemed to be so important by the purveyors of gobbledegook.
3d The old man’s performing -– good hit record, perhaps (3,4)
POP SONG – string together an affectionate name for one’s old man or father, the ‘S from the clue, an adverb meaning performing (in the theatre, for example) and G(ood).
4d Fabric wrapped round knight’s weapon (5)
LANCE – a delicate fabric contains the chess abbreviation for a knight.
6d Lecturer’s books (7)
READERS – double definition, the first a senior lecturer plus the ‘S.
7d Park officer blowing top in rage (5)
ANGER – drop the top letter from a park officer.
8d Article supporting a bishop’s popular drink (8)
ABSINTHE – a definite article follows (supporting, in a down clue) A (from the clue), the chess abbreviation for bishop, the ‘S and an adjective meaning popular or trendy.
9d Glass sailing ship (8)
SCHOONER – double definition and old chestnut, the glass being of a size suitable for a large sherry.
14d Unforthcoming, soldiers about one revolution (8)
TACITURN – bring together the outdated abbreviation for our part-time soldiers, a one-letter abbreviation meaning about or approximately, the Roman numeral for one and a revolution or twirl.
16d A new job, loading a galleon initially, in port (9)
ANCHORAGE – A (from the clue), N(ew) and a routine job contain A and the initial letter of galleon. This could be either a general term for a port or a specific port in Alaska.
17d Armed vessel from afar, now scuttled after onset of mutiny (3-2-3)
MAN-OF-WAR – our one and only anagram (scuttled) of AFAR NOW comes after the first letter of mutiny.
19d Small house in River Terrace, originally Drive? (3,4)
TEE SHOT – the abbreviation for house goes between the name of a river in North-East England and the original letter of terrace.
21d One ushered in support for early settler (7)
PIONEER – ONE gets inserted (ushered) in a support or pillar.
22d Stagger up gripping teetotal character (6)
LETTER – a reversal (up, in a down clue) of a verb to stagger contains the abbreviation for teetotal.
24d Fine quarter for banquet (5)
FEAST – the abbreviation for fine (as a classification for lead pencils) is followed by one of the quarters of the compass.
25d Examine advertising order (5)
PROBE – the abbreviation for advertising or spin is followed by an order or award.
The clue I liked best was 10a. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: ROUX + LARD = ROULADE