Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27997
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Our thoughts go out to all of you who are affected by the weather conditions that are making the news here. Meanwhile, since before Christmas, we have been having gloriously fine summer weather. Temperatures in the mid twenties and clear blue skies just at the time when the whole country is on holiday.
Jay has increased the difficulty a little from last week we thought, and is as enjoyable as ever.
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5a Funds set aside for wife most cunning (3,5)
WAR CHEST : The abbreviation for wife and then a word meaning most cunning or crafty.
9a Businessman first to follow river Test (13)
INDUSTRIALIST : The river is a significant Indian one and is followed by a synonym of ‘test’ and then the three letters that represent first.
10a A match official in Wellington? Definitely not! (8)
BAREFOOT : An all in one. The Wellington here is not our capital city but something much more down to earth, and includes A from the clue and a three letter sports official.
12a Friendly spirit mainly found on a lake (6)
GENIAL : The spirit we associate with Aladdin’s lamp loses its last letter, then A from the clue and L(ake).
14a Edict protecting a source of silicon means reduction (8)
DECREASE : Inside another word for an edict we find A from the clue and the first letter of silicon.
16a Calmed down, seeing volunteers back in situ before start of day (8)
PLACATED : The two letter volunteer soldiers are reversed inside a word meaning position and, finally, the first letter of day..
19a A French flirt has no time for worry (6)
UNEASE : The French indefinite article and a word meaning to flirt with its initial T removed.
23a Hesitation in a complex trial of major routes (8)
ARTERIAL : A from the clue, then an anagram (complex) of TRIAL which includes a two letter hesitation in speech.
25a Technologically up to date, but that setter oaf is wrong (5-2-3-3)
STATE-OF-THE-ART : An anagram (is wrong) of THAT SETTER OAF.
26a Popular opening journalist came up with (8)
INVENTED : A short word meaning popular, then a type of opening and a senior journalist.
27a Quiet, say, for the man playing on the green (6)
PUTTER : The musical symbol for quiet and a word meaning to say.
2d Worry, seeing it in a portal (7)
AGITATE : ‘It’ is inside A from the clue and an entrance way.
3d Mineral vein containing good deposit (5)
LODGE : The geological word for a mineral vein has G(ood) inside it.
4d Person in suit with temperature — something to eat required (9)
CASSOULET : This word for a person is a metaphorical use of the immortal aspect of one. It is inside a legal suit. Lastly, the abbreviation for temperature.
5d Defeated by hard-wearing material (7)
WORSTED : Double definition, the second a woollen fabric often used for suits.
6d Burn carpet? (5)
ROAST : Double definition, the second meaning being to punish.
7d Deceptive addition to capital growth (9)
HAIRPIECE : A cryptic definition. The capital here is the head.
8d Anger during school tests for such literary compositions (7)
SATIRES : A three letter word for anger is inside an acronym for certain aptitude tests.
13d Typified certain changes including new article (9)
INCARNATE : An anagram (changes) of CERTAIN which includes N(ew) and an indefinite article (English this time).
15d Activity for lovers of royal house transport (9)
COURTSHIP : The royal house here could be the one that goes with Hampton and the transport is a large maritime vessel.
17d Affair gives rise to trouble with one lad (7)
LIAISON : Reverse a three letter word for trouble, then the Roman numeral One and a male offspring.
20d Look around Italy, regularly getting surprise (7)
STARTLE : Look intensely at surrounds the second and fourth letters of Italy.
22d Result of effort getting women to occupy chair (5)
SWEAT : The effort doesn’t quite stretch to blood or tears. A word for a chair contains the abbreviation for women.
24d Respond to soldiers and behave (5)
REACT : Engineering soldiers and then behave or perform.
Nice to see our capital, even if it wasn’t, so will go with 10a as favourite.
Quickie pun mince + horse = mint sauce