Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28052
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where spring seems to have arrived. Makes a change from having the proverbials frozen off in England last weekend – brrrr!
I’m pretty sure that this one is a RayT puzzle as all the indicators are there. However, not much in the way of innuendo and there are six anagrams which is unusual. There are a few tricky bits but enough gimmes to get you going so I don’t think it will frighten any horses too much.
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1a Pass cost United a thrashing (11)
OUTDISTANCE: Anagram (thrashing) of COST UNITED A.
9a You French scoff over large dishes (7)
TUREENS: A French word meaning you followed by a word meaning scoff or look down on but it’s reversed (over).
10a Ship so overturned by man-eating monster (6)
OGRESS: Take the usual two letters for a (steam) ship and the Latin for so or therefore and reverse the lot (overturned). I didn’t know about the man-eating bit before but here’s the definition from Collins – ‘a giant, usually given to eating human flesh’. Shows Shrek in a new light methinks!
13a Officer roughly put leader of terrorists in torment (7)
CAPTAIN: A two letter abbreviation meaning roughly or about is followed by a word for torment with a T (leader of Terrorists) inserted (in).
14a Once capsized crossing a body of water (5)
OCEAN: Anagram (capsized) of ONCE placed around (crossing) the A from the clue.
15a Money that is admitting Queen supporter (9)
BRASSIERE: A northern slang word for money is followed by the Latin abbreviation meaning that is with the usual letters for the Queen inserted (admitting).
17a Most macabre secret unfolded about meat dish? (9)
CREEPIEST: Anagram (unfolded) of SECRET placed around (about) something which might be a meat dish but could contain just about anything, hence the ? on the end.
20a Dull sandwich has a French filling (5)
BLUNT: Dull meaning not sharp. It’s the French indefinite article placed inside (filling) a type of sandwich. The sandwich involves crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise – I had one for lunch yesterday.
22a Span on prize bird’s feathers (7)
PLUMAGE: Span as in life span is placed after a word meaning prize or excellent.
24a Part of calf or elegant part of limb (7)
FORELEG: A lurker. The answer is hidden (part of) in CALF OR ELEGANT. Not sure that the second ‘part of’ is strictly necessary.
25a Stroke initially soothing after worries (6)
CARESS: An S (initially Soothing) goes after some worries.
26a Show criminal’s almost expected before court … (7)
CONDUCT: Crosswordland’s favourite criminal (3) is followed by a word meaning expected without its last letter (almost) and then an abbreviation of court.
27a … villain’s given time by judge for show (11)
DEMONSTRATE: A charade of a villain or monster, the S from the clue, T(ime) and lastly a word meaning to judge or value. Unusual to have the same definition in consecutive clues.
2d Last of ormolu trim left on plate (7)
UNEATEN: U (last or ormolU) followed by a word meaning to trim or tidy up.
3d Alluring birds with ale, drunk, on Ecstasy (9)
DESIRABLE: Anagram (drunk) of BIRDS ALE followed by E(cstacy).
4d With no parking, stay in charge of patient (5)
STOIC: A word meaning stay or cease with the P removed (no Parking) followed by the usual letters for In Charge.
5d Relevant support in Apple’s first operating system (7)
APROPOS: Start with A (Apples first) and the abbreviation for an operating system and insert a support, not a 15a but another one.
6d Falls about when about half dead (7)
CASCADE: Falls as in waterfalls. It’s one letter for about followed by a word meaning when (2) and then two letters for about and then the first half of DEad.
11d Lay out one on door search (11)
INVESTIGATE: To lay out or venture some money followed by I (one) and then a door or entrance.
16d A terrific oily mechanic (9)
ARTIFICER: Anagram (oily) of A TERRIFIC.
18d Teach English University course beginning in time (7)
EDUCATE: Start with E(nglish) and then time as is a specific day. After that insert (in) U(niversity) and a C (Course beginning).
19d Plant with unpleasant odour produces fake medicine (7)
PLACEBO: A word meaning to plant or to position followed by an unpleasant bodily smell.
20d Aristocrat, apart from old lace (7)
BARONET: A word for ‘apart from’ as in excluding (3) followed by O(ld) and then some lace, curtains perhaps.
21d Top mark in German? (6)
UMLAUT: Cryptic definition of a mark placed over a vowel in German.
23d Stops losing head and relaxes (5)
EASES: A word meaning stops loses its first letter (losing head). I’ve used the word for stop in the hint for 4d and now I’ve used the word you need in 4d here.
Some good stuff here but 21d does it for me. How about you?
The Quick Crossword pun: beau+dear+seer=Boadicea