Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27971
A full review by crypticsue
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th November 2015
Gnomethang’s been delayed so here’s quickly bashed out review of last Saturday’s prize puzzle about which I remember little apart from the fact that it didn’t take me long to solve and explaining it in a hurry has been equally straightforward. Now all I’ve got to do is persuade the site to work!
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3a Labour crushed on the left, as preliminary task (10)
GROUNDWORK – GROUND (crushed) goes on the left of WORK (labour).
8a Make beloved finish feature (6)
ENDEAR – END (finish) EAR (feature)
9a Elusive to describe it in translation on screen (8)
SUBTITLE – SUBTLE (elusive) ‘describes’ or goes round IT (from the clue).
10a Part of shoe damaged — blow! (8)
UPPERCUT – A boxing ‘blow’ UPPER (part of shoe) CUT (damaged).
11a Help animal first (6)
ASSIST – ASS (animal) IST (first).
12a Winning man promises to pay (10)
VICTORIOUS – VICTOR (man) IOUS (promises to pay)
14a Old form of radar in place of wireless? (13)
RADIOLOCATION – Split your solution 5, 8 and you’ll see the “place of wireless”.
20a Believe knave perhaps means to pay (6,4)
CREDIT CARD – CREDIT (believe) CARD (knave perhaps).
22a Hilda cultivated a perennial (6)
DAHLIA – An anagram (cultivated) of HILDA followed by A (from the clue).
23a Decorative carpeting with no name or cost (5,3)
PRICE TAG – An anagram (decorative) of CARPETING once you have removed the N (no name).
24a Dignity of elderly relative and daughter beside French street, going the wrong way (8)
GRANDEUR – GRAN (elderly relative) D (daughter) and a reversal (going the wrong way) of RUE (French street).
25a Instruction to get partially undressed? (6)
LESSON – Another ‘split the solution’ clue – This time you need to look at it as 4, 2.
26a Releases sufficiently large promotional gambit (4,6)
FREE SAMPLE – FREES(releases) AMPLE (sufficiently large).
1d Photograph seaside landmark that could be more stylish (8)
SNAPPIER – SNAP (photograph) PIER (seaside landmark).
2d Declined resistance and took quick exit from plane (8)
REJECTED – R (resistance) and EJECTED (took quick exit from plane).
3d Shopkeeper pronouncedly less refined (6)
GROCER – A homophone (pronouncedly) of GROSSER (less refined).
4d Overthrow involves upset to welcoming American (4)
OUST – ‘upset’ TO (from the clue) and insert (welcoming) US (American).
5d State a banker’s orders (8)
NEBRASKA – An anagram (orders) of BANKERS.
6d Why put about one manuscript? It’s an impulsive notion (6)
WHIMSY – WHY (from the clue) put round I (one) MS (manuscript).
7d What’s essential to flavour Eli’s hotdog? (6)
RELISH – Hidden in (essential to) flavouR ELIS Hotdog.
13d One underweight? Invigorating air needed (5)
OZONE – OZ (ounce weight) ONE
15d Excitedly a romance is being filmed (2,6)
ON CAMERA – An anagram (excitedly) of A ROMANCE.
16d Advance in line (8)
INCREASE – IN (from the clue) CREASE (line)
17d One tells of Scottish island going up over rocky height (8)
NARRATOR – A reversal (going up in a Down clue) of ARRAN (Scottish island) ‘over’ TOR (rocky height).
18d A long way to carry one about — should be lighter (6)
FAIRER – Insert into FAR (a long way) I (one) RE (about).
19d Dive, having breather in physical education (6)
PLUNGE – LUNG (breather) inserted into PE.
21d Frozen dripping (6)
ICICLE – I liked this cryptic definition.
23d Stay for start of party (4)
PROP – PRO (for) P (the ‘start’ of Party).
Gnomey should be back next week with his review of tomorrow’s Prize Puzzle