Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27959
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 14th November 2015
When I’d finished solving the crossword, I decided this would be an ideal puzzle for anyone new to cryptic crosswords (or a newspaper hoping to increase the number of people entering the prize competition), but judging from a few of the comments on the day, perhaps I was wrong.
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7a Charge independent politician separately (7)
IMPEACH – I (independent) MP (politician) EACH (separately)
9a Tree maintenance (7)
SERVICE – Double definition.
10a Conservative inclined towards socialism is divided (5)
CLEFT – C (Conservative) LEFT (inclined towards socialism)
11a Complain and put down joiner (9)
CARPENTER – CARP (complain) ENTER (put down).
12a Confined below, lay, knocked out (5,4,3,3)
UNDER LOCK AND KEY – UNDER (below) followed by an anagram (out) of LAY KNOCKED.
13a Followed across river, being towed (7)
TRAILED – TAILED (followed) goes across (or has inserted) R (river).
16a Income steady in Parisian’s street (7)
REVENUE – EVEN (steady) inserted into a French (Parisian’s) street or RUE.
19a The Express newspaper’s report? (8,7)
DEFINITE ARTICLE – DEFINITE (express, specific) ARTICLE (newspaper report).
23a Dessert with my new vegetable (9)
SWEETCORN – SWEET (dessert, pudding) COR (my!) N (new).
24a Shows the way in speech in English city (5)
LEEDS – A homophone (in speech) of LEADS (shows the way).
25a Right about returned item — proof of purchase required (7)
RECEIPT – RT (right) put ‘about’ a reversal (returned) of PIECE (item).
26a Mechanic, in part, is answerable (7)
ARTISAN – Hidden in pART IS ANswerable
1d Volume is to include nobleman (8)
VISCOUNT – V (volume) IS (from the clue) COUNT (include).
2d Former exam relating to the countryside (8)
PASTORAL – PAST (former) ORAL (exam)
3d Decisively beat Oscar? Jolly good! (6)
WHACKO – WHACK (decisively beat) O (Oscar in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet).
4d Encourage operator to release latest of numbers (4,2)
URGE ON – ‘Release’ or remove the latest letter of numberS from a SURGEON (operator).
5d Male elected to keep investment, in error (8)
MISTAKEN – Insert (to keep) STAKE (investment) between M (male) and IN (elected).
6d Back with fish to sell down the river (6)
BETRAY – BET (back) RAY (fish).
8d Appeal of polytechnic’s first principal (5)
PLEAD – P (the ‘first’ of Polytechnic) LEAD (principal).
9d Attacker in match (7)
STRIKER – Another double definition.
14d Caught wearing muddy loafers outside (8)
ALFRESCO – C (caught) put inside (wearing) an anagram (muddy) of LOAFERS.
15d Tried to set off for US city (7)
DETROIT – An anagram (set off) of TRIED TO.
17d Go against country importing it (8)
VITALITY – V (versus, against) and ITALY (country) the latter ‘importing’ IT from the clue.
18d Regular air service (8)
EVENSONG – EVEN (regular) SONG (air)
19d Abandon in wilderness (6)
DESERT – And another double definition
20d Can appearing upside down humour blockhead? (6)
NITWIT – A reversal (appearing upside down) of TIN (can) followed by WIT (humour).
21d Declare invalid must be taken round area once a year (6)
ANNUAL – ANNUL (declare invalid) ‘taken round’ A (area).
22d Musical game (5)
CHESS – And to finish, a final double definition