Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27974
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
One kiwi only again this week. The traveller gets home tomorrow so it will be back to normal next Wednesday.
Jay has supplied us with an enjoyable puzzle once again. Not too taxing this week.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts.
1a A theatre emptied by prudish church leader (7)
PRIMATE : Start with a four letter word meaning ‘prudish’, then A from the clue and the first and last letters of theatre.
5a Senior churchman accepts notice quietly, with a straight face (7)
DEADPAN : The abbreviation for a notice or advert is followed by the musical symbol for quietly. All this is put inside a senior church official.
9a The French framing a note in error (5)
LAPSE : One of the French definite articles surrounds A from the clue and a note added at the end of a letter.
10a Criminally obtained title long challenged (3-6)
ILL-GOTTEN : An anagram (challenged) of TITLE LONG.
11a Drunk chased by partner, initially with popular item of kitchenalia (7,3)
ROLLING PIN : Another of the many synonyms for drunk, the first letter of partner, and the little word that can mean popular.
12a Give up, as chef does on and off (4)
CEDE : Alternate letters from two words in the clue.
14a Greece, in debt to Spain, possibly having teething problems (7,5)
GROWING PAINS : The IVR code for Greece, then a word meaning having money outstanding, followed by an anagram (possibly) of SPAIN.
18a Quite attractive? Maybe too twee (6-6)
PRETTY-PRETTY : The first two words of the clue have a common synonym that, when repeated, gives the answer.
22a Troubled, as it is then quite the contrary? (10)
ANTITHESIS : An anagram (troubled) of AS IT IS THEN.
26a Stop patient eating last of cheese (5)
CEASE : Another word for a patient or someone receiving medical attention includes the last letter of cheese.
27a Admittedly bound to change (2,5)
NO DOUBT : An anagram (to change) of BOUND TO.
1d Miserable friend — Conservative losing love (6)
PALTRY : A three letter friend and then a word for a Conservative with an O removed from it.
2d Simple manoeuvres for forces (6)
IMPELS : An anagram (manoeuvres) of SIMPLE.
3d Better make a speech after running a mile (10)
AMELIORATE : A word meaning ‘make a speech’ follows an anagram (running) of A MILE.
5d Brief affair of union supporting Germany (9)
DALLIANCE : The IVR code for Germany goes in front of a synonym for a union or combining of resources.
6d Second to interrupt when showing book (4)
AMOS : A word that means ‘when’ surrounds an abbreviation for a short period of time.
7d Sorry, seeing quote put up after course (8)
PATHETIC : A course or track precedes the reversal of a verb meaning to quote.
8d Absence of touch, for example, is baloney! (8)
NONSENSE : A prefix that implies ‘the absence of’ and then something that ‘touch’ can be an example of.
13d Places outside European-sounding inspections (4,6)
SPOT CHECKS : A word for places or sites surrounds something that sounds like an inhabitant of a particular European country.
15d Getting rid of branch employing Greek character abroad (6,3)
WIPING OUT : A branch or limb includes a Greek letter (3.14….) and then abroad or ‘not at home’.
17d Secret society avoided getting caught inside (8)
SECLUDED : The abbreviation for S(ociety), then a word meaning avoided or dodged, with the cricket abbreviation for caught inserted.
19d What might be left by Eastern nation? (6)
ESTATE : The abbreviation for Eastern and a nation or country.
20d The girl’s supporting American guides (6)
USHERS : The feminine possessive pronoun follows the two letter abbreviation for American.
23d Incompetent writer held up by it (5)
INEPT : IT from the clue surrounds the reversal of a writing instrument.
24d Biblical character taken in by apples — a usurper? (4)
ESAU : And last of all, a lurker, hiding in the clue.
No particular favourite for me today. I’ll just wait and see what others choose.
Quickie pun Mars + hoop + heals = marsupials