Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28086
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This is a pangram and it’s somewhat easier than the puzzle we had last Tuesday which seemed to cause some solvers a lot of problems. Do let us know how you got on and how well you liked this one.
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7a Substitute corded cotton fabric with delicate one (7)
REPLACE – charade of two fabrics, the first having a ribbed surface and the second being delicate.
9a Curt, British queen taken in by trick (7)
BRUSQUE – start with a single-letter abbreviation for British then insert a two-letter abbreviation for queen into a trick or ploy.
10a Inside taverna, a fine place to eat (5)
NAAFI – an acronym for the place where servicemen eat is hidden inside the clue.
11a Produce young ape 20 trained (9)
PROCREATE – an anagram (trained) of APE and the answer to 20d.
12a Something memorable said in passing? (6,4,5)
FAMOUS LAST WORDS – cryptic definition of final remarks left for posterity. Humphrey Bogart’s were apparently “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis” and those of the French grammarian Dominique Bouhours were “I am about to — or I am going to — die: either expression is correct”.
13a Love to tell extravagant lies (7)
ROMANCE – double definition, the second a verb to come out with porkies.
16a The old lady ringing rep for dyestuff (7)
MAGENTA – an affectionate term for one’s mother contains a representative or go-between.
19a Possible decision in higher court involving Italian composer you initially put inside (8,7)
MAJORITY VERDICT – an adjective meaning higher or greater and the abbreviation for court contain the abbreviation for Italian vermouth and a classical composer. We still haven’t finished because into all that we have to insert the initial letter of Y(ou).
23a Piece of cake for the professor? It helps one relax (4,5)
EASY CHAIR – an adjective meaning ‘a piece of cake’ is followed by the seat associated with a professor.
24a Failure in comic roles (5)
LOSER – an anagram (comic) of ROLES.
25a Ruffian nicking article and papers is knocked unconscious (4,3)
LAID OUT – a ruffian or yob contains an indefinite article and the sort of papers needed to prove who you are.
26a No trouble, it’s said, landing on net from swing (7)
TRAPEZE – what sounds like a lack of trouble or difficulty follows (landing on, in an across clue) a verb to net or capture.
1d Extremely stiff in coach, I must get out — shift! (8)
TRANSFER – insert the outer (extremely) letters of stiff into a coach or instructor without the letter I.
2d Tight-lipped, showing sensitivity about one ashes vase (8)
TACITURN – a word meaning sensitivity or diplomacy contains the Roman numeral for one. After that we need a vase used for ashes.
3d Foreign correspondent perhaps having little power over troubled Nepal (3,3)
PEN PAL – the abbreviation for power precedes (over, in a down clue) an anagram (troubled) of NEPAL.
4d Top of hill outside ancient city provides hidden shelter (6)
BURROW – the top or crest of a hill goes outside our usual ancient Biblical city.
5d Small bike runs over large group of people (8)
SQUADRON – join together the abbreviation for small, a type of bike for off-road use, the cricket abbreviation for runs and a preposition meaning over or above.
6d Time off in bay (6)
RECESS – double definition, the first a period of time off work (especially one for our politicians, giving them plenty of time to organise their off-shore investments).
8d Sacred song — short sample stirred (5)
PSALM – an anagram (stirred) of SAMPL[e] without its last letter (short).
9d Flower order placed after bishop’s bereavement (7)
BLOSSOM – the 2-letter abbreviation for a distinguished order or decoration (one that is bestowed personally by the sovereign) follows the chess abbreviation for bishop and a bereavement.
14d First to mention a joke, one about royal (8)
MAJESTIC – this 8-letter word is made up of no less than five individual bits. So, assemble the first letter of mention, A (from the clue), a joke or gag, the Roman numeral for one and the single letter abbreviation meaning about or approximately.
15d Pull out leaflet supporting former partner (7)
EXTRACT – a leaflet or short treatise in pamphlet form follows (supporting, in a down clue) the short word for a former partner.
17d See thugs in restaurant as leader of outfit is arrested (8)
GORILLAS – a non-vegetarian type of restaurant is followed by AS (from the clue) and the leading letter of outfit is put inside (arrested).
18d Ratty, one criminal lawyer (8)
ATTORNEY – an anagram (criminal) of RATTY ONE.
19d Male publication wife’s left out deferentially (6)
MEEKLY – the abbreviation for male is followed by a regularly appearing publication with the abbreviation for wife omitted.
20d Page on king and clergyman (6)
RECTOR – a word for the right-hand page of an open book precedes an abbreviation for king.
21d ‘Pretty’ describes it, in truth (6)
VERITY – pretty here is a modifying adverb meaning rather or extremely (as in “he’s pretty fit”). A synonym for that goes round (describes) IT (from the clue).
22d Circulate matter for debate (5)
ISSUE – double definition, the first a verb to circulate or publish.
I liked 23a and 17d but my favourite clue today was 12a. Which one(s) did it for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: TUSKER + KNEE = TUSCANY