Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28087
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One of us has just returned from a routine visit to the dentist. We are sure that this is not the sort of topic that people would enjoy as an introduction to the blog so we’ll just put that behind us and get on with solving and enjoying this puzzle. Sometimes Jay gives us a gentle puzzle and occasionally he gives us a very gentle puzzle. We found this to be one of the latter.
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1a Charles and his mother must supply drink after drink (6)
CHASER : The shortened form of our Crown Prince’s name and his mother’s title.
5a Working on the sly? Really! (8)
HONESTLY : An anagram (working) of ON THE SLY.
9a Dismay — poor Tories cannot win without Women’s Institute (13)
CONSTERNATION : An anagram (poor) of TORIES CANNOT wiN after the abbreviation for Women’s Institute has been removed.
10a Play one’s part quietly, subject to law (8)
UNDERACT : Split the answer 5,3 to get a word meaning ‘subject to’ and a law in the process of being formulated.
11a Two females beam after a disturbance of the peace (6)
AFFRAY : A from the clue, then the repeated abbreviation for female and a word meaning a beam of light.
12a Hard taskmaster thereby disheartened with harangue (6)
TYRANT : The first and last letters of ‘thereby’ and a word for harangue.
14a Puts together company, before making simple change (8)
COMPILES : The abbreviation for company and then an anagram (change) of SIMPLE.
19a Vegetable bowl depicted by artist (6)
RADISH : The artist belongs to the Royal Academy and then a synonym for a bowl.
23a Dish produced by American company absorbed by another being switched (8)
COUSCOUS : The abbreviation for United States and company appear inside the same abbreviations in reversed order.
25a Very funny team breaking up (4-9)
SIDE-SPLITTING : A word for a team and one that means breaking up.
27a Nodding acquaintances? They’re most agreeable (3-3)
YES-MEN : Nodding is how these male acquaintances might express acquiescence.
2d Rising currency supporting poor writer in part of London (7)
HACKNEY : The Japanese unit of currency is reversed and appears below a word for a poor writer.
3d Feel both poles should be in view (5)
SENSE : The letters for both magnetic poles are inside a word meaning to view.
4d Instrument of terror deployed to limit parliamentary bill (9)
RETRACTOR : An anagram (deployed) of TERROR surrounds a parliamentary bill.
5d Apostate‘s nervous twitch after present (7)
HERETIC : Present or at this place, and then a word for a nervous twitch.
7d Prison food initially dire, badly cooked (4-5)
STIR-FRIED : One of the informal words for prison, the first letter of food and an anagram (badly) of DIRE.
8d Queue long time for descent (7)
LINEAGE : A word for a queue and then one meaning a long time.
13d A Tax Officer in sudden revising caused amazement (9)
ASTOUNDED : A from the clue and then an anagram (revising) of SUDDEN includes the abbreviation for Tax Officer.
17d The setter’s old-fashioned situation offering no way out (7)
IMPASSE : A short way that the setter could express his identity and a word from French meaning old-fashioned.
18d Choice left editor merry (7)
PICKLED : A word meaning choice is followed by the abbreviations for ‘left’ and ‘editor’.
22d Dish from southern States — hot one (5)
SUSHI : Lots of little bits to this dish. The abbreviation for Southern, the United States, the abbreviation for hot, and the Roman numeral One.
We started off looking for an insurance meaning for 16a so will pick that as our favourite today.
Quickie pun creche + doubt = crashed out