Daily Telegraph No 28138
A full review by gnomethang
This puzzle was published on 11th June 2016
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! I found this a reasonably solid puzzle with some good looking clues
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5a Secrets spilled about power and emblems of authority (8)
SCEPTRES – An anagram (spilled) of SECRETS around/about P for Power.
8a Ailing popular company (6)
INFIRM – A charade of IN/popular and FIRM/company/business.
10a Reportedly rough passage (6)
COURSE – A homophone (audibly) of COARSE.
11a Charming volunteers repaired flutes (8)
TASTEFUL – TA – the usual crossword abb. for Territorial Army or volunteers followed by an anagram (repaired) of FLUTES.
12a Male in desperation shakily took off (12)
IMPERSONATED – Place M for Male inside a shaky anagram of DESPERATION.
15a Cheek given about maiden over being tired (4)
LIMP – LIP or cheek around/about M for a Maiden over in cricket scoring notation.
17a Female wearing article, very pale (5)
ASHEN – SHE is the female and she is surrounded by/wearing the article AN.
18a Seldom viewed artist, extremely reclusive (4)
RARE – RA for the Royal Academician/artist folloed by the extreme letters in R(eclusiv)E.
19a Continually elected? Clearly (12)
INDEFINITELY – If you are elected you are IN. Add DEFINITELY for clearly.
22a Safe to slate boyish man? (5,3)
PETER PAN – A charade of PETER – an old word for a safe box followed by to PAN or slate.
24a In favour of international currency unit (6)
FORINT – The Monetary unit in Hungary (Now you know!). A charade of FOR (in favour of) and INT, the abb. for INTernational.
25a A jolly woman in navy (6)
ARMADA – A then RM (Royal Marine/jolly/jack/tar/sailor) followed by the woman ADA.
26a Old celebrity on French street, returning for train (8)
EUROSTAR – Place O(ld) and a STAR/celebrity after the reversal (returning) of the French street or RUE – EUR O STAR.
1d Meagre sum originally held in reserve (6)
SPARSE – Place S – the original letter in S(um) inside SPARE or reserve.
2d Electoral area undermining environmentalists is common (10)
GREENSWARD – A WARD or electoral area underneath (undermining) the GREENS/environmentalists.
3d Audible disapproval in church is sacrilegious (4)
HISS – A hidden word (in) churcH IS Sacreligious.
4d Volunteer to house complete delinquent (8)
OFFENDER – To OFFER or volunteer containing (housing) END or complete (as a verb).
6d Fried noodles, food I must feed soldiers (4,4)
CHOW MEIN – CHOW for food then I is inside (feeding) MEN for soldiers.
7d Turning honest about it, criminal is to avoid being committed (3,2,3,5)
SIT ON THE FENCE – Place an anagram (turning) of HONEST around/about IT from the clue then add a FENCE of criminal.
9d Last character to wear striking clobber (4)
ROUT – The last character/letter of (wea)R followed bu OUT for striking/on strike.
13d Finn and Turk go out to get a musical instrument? (6,4)
TUNING FORK – An anagram (out) of FINN and TURK GO.
14d Dilapidated kraals in country (3,5)
SRI LANKA – A dilapidated anagram of KRAALS IN.
16d Rate game? This should show its worth (5,3)
PRICE TAG – A simple charade of PRICE/rate and the children’s game of TAG.
20d Wipe the floor with this? Is to be scrubbed ahead of series (6)
THRASH – Remove (to be scrubbed) IS from TH(is) and then add a RASH or flurry/series.
21d Period of time, long, endless? (4)
YEAR – All but the last letter (endless) of YEAR(n) or long.
23d E.g. 22 take part in a game (4)
PLAY – Peter Pan, the answer to 22a is a PLAY and the rest is a straight definition.