Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28012
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 16th January 2016
I took a much longer time than usual to get to grips with this particular Prize Puzzle – had the cold weather made my brain freeze? did the dental references put me off ? (I don’t like going to the dentist) or was it that it had been so long since I’d had one of those ‘bars’ in 9a that I’d forgotten all about them?
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1a Mourns epic broadcast in part of theatre (10)
PROSCENIUM – An anagram (broadcast) of MOURNS EPIC
6a Bubbly essential for post-Christmas tipple (4)
ASTI – Essential not least because it forms part of ChristmAS TIpple
9a Doing stunts on high bar, one caught cracking nuts (10)
AEROBATICS – AERO (chocolate bar) and I (one) and C (caught) ‘cracking’ or going inside BATS (nuts).
10a Dishes half smashed? Little reptile! (4)
CROC – Obtained by removing (smashed) half of CROC
12a One with equal role upset actors (2-4)
CO-STAR – An anagram (upset) of ACTORS
13a Stop meeting professional villain (8)
PROROGUE – PRO (professional) ROGUE (villain)
15a Opted to work with incisor, as part of dentistry (12)
PERIODONTICS – An anagram (to work) of OPTED with INCISOR.
18a Orchestra‘s man arranged main orch. (12)
PHILHARMONIC – PHIL (man) followed by an anagram (arranged) of MAIN ORCH
21a Extra work performed in the long run (8)
OVERTIME – Split 4, 4 to see the ‘in the long run’ bit.
22a Sir Tim recalled eating the French cake (6)
ÉCLAIR – A reversal (recalled) of RICE (Sir Tim’s surname) into which is inserted the French female word for ‘the’
24a Look back and observe (4)
KEEP – A reversal (back) of PEEK (look)
25a People in a series of races have not commonly achieved goal (10)
ATTAINMENT – A TT (a series of races) and AINT (have not commonly) the latter having MEN (people) inserted.
26a Count as Swiss hero (4)
TELL – A verb or a Swiss folk hero, take your pick.
27a Shakespeare role American’s doing well (10)
PROSPEROUS – Prospero (from The Tempest) and US (American)
1d Fish I displayed in position (6)
PLAICE – I ‘displayed’ in PLACE (position)
2d Quiet after performing rugger forward surge (6)
ONRUSH – SH (quiet) goes after ON (performing) RU (rugger – Rugby Union)
3d Savoy perhaps with unusual end to Madame Butterfly (7-5)
CABBAGE WHITE – CABBAGE (Savoy being, perhaps, one type of cabbage), an anagram (unusual) of WITH and the end of madamE.
4d Clear visitor from the heavens appears in holy books (4)
NETT – ET (Extra Terrestrial, visitor from the heavens) appears in NT (New Testament, holy books)
5d Neglected racer found wandering (7-3)
UNCARED FOR – An anagram (wandering) of RACER FOUND
7d Two types of fuel sent up to house the Queen in women’s quarters (8)
SERAGLIO – Reverse (sent up in a Down clue) OIL and GAS and insert ER (the regnal cipher of our current Queen).
8d Appreciate batsman’s position (8)
INCREASE – Split 2, 6 and then you can start to discuss the finer points of cricket terminology (see Saturday’s comments!!)
11d Smelly stuff gives fellow utter outrage (12)
FRANKINCENSE – F (fellow) RANK (utter) INCENSE
14d Around start of concert there’s more merit playing sensitive instrument (10)
MICROMETER – An anagram (playing) of MORE MERIT put round C (the start of concert).
16d Tooth present briefly in place where it should be (8)
SPROCKET – The abbreviation (briefly) for present inserted into a hollow into which something such as a tooth fits
17d Pack mainly containing revolt, warning things are too hot (4,4)
FIRE BELL – Insert REBEL (revolt) into FIL (most of FILL = pack)
19d Manage model party (4,2)
MAKE DO – MAKE (model) DO (party)
20d We hear of Alfred and Alexander, perhaps, in scrapes (6)
GRATES – Alfred and Alexander were both known as GREATS so the solution (we hear) is a homophone of ‘greats’.
23d Clear flirtatious move (4)
PASS – A double definition to finish with, the first one meaning clear or sanction, the second one I leave up to your imagination