Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28006
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 9thJanuary 2016
One for fans of anagrams and/or double definitions
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7a Discover pens an Anglican church paid for (8)
FINANCED – Pens indicates the need to put inside FIND (discover) AN (from the clue) and CE (Church of England, Anglican)
9a Given somewhere to live in Provence, where sheltering in untidy shed (6)
HOUSED – The French (as used in Provence) word for where – OU – put inside an anagram (untidy) of SHED.
10a Came first, second or third and rested (6)
PLACED – The first of several double definition clues
11a Put up with varied role in gallery (8)
TOLERATE – An anagram (varied) of ROLE inserted into TATE (gallery).
12a Where a koala’s likely to be in a fix (2,1,3,4)
UP A GUM TREE – A cryptic definition; and in a difficult situation.
14a Men seen going west and east for winter festival (4)
NOEL – Reverse the man’s name (going west and east) and you get another man’s name.
15a Captain’s gloom — after manoeuvres he rings the changes (13)
CAMPANOLOGIST – An anagram (after manoeuvres) of CAPTAINS GLOOM. Once again, I’d like to point out that bellringers can be female too.
17a Man that offers a car lift (4)
JACK – A man’s name or a device used to lift a car.
18a Maybe get out of first dress again? (6,4)
CHANGE GEAR – And another double definition.
20a Naughty kiss by ace before evening of entertainments (5-3)
APRES-SKI – An anagram (naughty) of KISS goes after A (ace) and PRE (before).
21a Suffering trance? You need a drink (6)
NECTAR – An anagram (suffering) of TRANCE
23a Work to rule (6)
GOVERN – No, not industrial action, but ruling a country.
24a Plant droop reversed with grafts (8)
GASWORKS – A moment’s pause to make sure I wasn’t after a garden plant – As the clue helpfully says, SAG (droop) is reversed and followed with WORKS (graft being an informal term for hard work).
1d Mentioned man’s incentive (6)
FILLIP – A homophone (mentioned) of PHILIP
2d The French female in command is not clerical (4)
LAIC – LA (French female definite article) and I C (In Command)
3d Scholastic community needs an accountant, with media circling (8)
ACADEMIA – Associated Chartered Accountant followed by an anagram (circling) of MEDIA.
4d Slope away, being put off (6)
SHELVE – And another double definition – lots of people didn’t know the first one but it is easily found by consulting a dictionary.
5d Gnu foolishly galloping in life-threatening traffic? (10)
GUNRUNNING – An anagram (foolishly) of GNU followed by GALLOPING (running).
6d Thing that’s almost as good in texts Ben amended (4,4)
NEXT BEST – An anagram (amended) of TEXTS BEN.
8d Stop one old sailor getting worse (13)
DETERIORATING – DETER (stop) i (one) O (old) RATING (sailor).
13d Plucky sportsman who works on the estate? (10)
GAMEKEEPER – GAME (plucky) KEEPER (sportsman).
15d Second winner (8)
CHAMPION – To back someone/something or a winner.
16d It groans discordantly if he plays badly (8)
ORGANIST – An anagram (discordantly) of IT GROANS.
18d Ring will go after most of money in gaming room (6)
CASINO – O (the letter that looks after a ring) goes after most of CASh (money) and IN (from the clue).
19d Make inquiries in Alabama or another state (6)
ALASKA – ASK (make inquiries) inserted into ALA (the abbreviation for Alabama).
22d Work following credit being cut (4
CROP – CR (credit) OP (work).