Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28155
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Having arrived home late from helping to run Henfield’s commemoration of the Battles of Jutland and the Somme centenary, an email from the Gaffer asking me to do today’s blog, and therefore an early rise, wasn’t exactly what I needed. Then I thought about what it must have been like 100 years ago today, and told myself to get a grip.
So here we are at dawn having completed this challenge from Giovanni, which actually fell into place quite quickly, with the bottom half putting a bit more of a fight than the top.
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1a Strike restricting a corporation (6)
PAUNCH A blow with the fist with A from the clue inserted (restricted)
4a Somehow happier having penned grand words at front of book? (8)
EPIGRAPH Today’s first anagram (somehow) of HAPPIER around (penned) G(rand)
9a See hundred drink in this place (6)
LOCALE A two-letter synonym for see + C(entury) + a drink typically served in tankards
10a Daughter with us in the beginning seen as magical (8)
STARDUST Insert D(aughter) and US in another word for beginning
11a Gosh — bet the French tucking in will get fat! (9)
CORPULENT Start with a 3-letter exclamation, then insert (tucking in) the French definite article into a synonym for a bet
13a Notice record time — it’s very good (5)
ADEPT The usual abbreviations for a notice and a record followed by T(ime)
14a A freeness lost? It becomes tricky to state opinions boldly (6,7)
ASSERT ONESELF An anagram (it becomes tricky) of the first three words
17a A ton? Hang on, we say, it’s a lot less than a ton! (13)
HUNDREDWEIGHT Combine the score when a batsman reaches their ton with a word that sounds like (we say) “hang on”
21a Field left with a lot of paper around (5)
REALM A quantity of paper wrapped around L(eft)
23a Breaker for ship of the desert? (4,5)
LAST STRAW This is anecdotally said to be what breaks the back of the 4-legged ship of the desert. My “penny-drop” moment.
24a Sovereign put at risk has head of army brought in (8)
IMPERIAL A word meaning to endanger containing (brought in) head of A(rmy)
25a First bit of icing in last bit of decoration (6)
FINIAL Another word for last containing (in) the first letter of icing. Not a word in my everyday vocabulary, but a smooth surface reading.
26a Artist put in the box Irish cross (8)
TRAVERSE Insert the R(oyal) A(cademian) into the 2-letter abbreviation for what we call the Idiot’s Lantern and follow this with a term for Irish
27a Money paid for capturing knight and member of royal family (6)
PRINCE What you pay for your purchases with the chess notation for k(N)ight inserted (captured)
1d Friend with brilliant home — a big expensive one (6)
PALACE Split 3,3 with synonyms for friend and brilliant. Where 27a might reside
2d Nicer aunt sadly in a dither? (9)
UNCERTAIN Anagram (sadly) of the first 2 words. Conjures up images of a dear auntie, now sadly departed
3d Flags? Officer comes with yours and mine (7)
COLOURS These flags are presented to squadrons, ships etc. Start with a senior army officer (3) and then the summation of yours and mine
5d Folk making request? No respite, it could possibly appear (11)
PETITIONERS Anagram time again (possibly) of the 3 words following the definition
6d Place for car containing black stuff in bins? (7)
GARBAGE Where some folk leave their car containing B(lack)
7d A male needs employment, please (5)
AMUSE A (from the clue) + M(ale) + to employ something
8d Vindaloo for a remarkable person? (3,5)
HOT STUFF Double definition, the first being at the top end of the Scoville Scale
12d Our lad’s role could be making money (4-7)
EURO-DOLLARS The last of today’s anagrams (could be) of the 3 initial words. These have become more expensive over the last week – a lot has changed since last Friday morning !!
15d Old lover with the action of a twister said to be taking too much money (9)
EXTORTION Our familiar old lover, followed what sounds like (said) a word describing the action of a twister, in particular twisting that interrupts the blood supply to an organ,
16d Social reformer in church, one painting a picture maybe (8)
CHARTIST 2-letter abbreviation for CHurch and a synonym for painter.
18d Regret about one responsible for coded messages (7)
REMORSE One of our abbreviations for about, then the original form of sending text messages
19d Good American row — it’s becoming stormier (7)
GUSTIER G(ood) + 2-letter America + a synonym for row
20d Two loveless mischief-makers shortly appearing in middle of the day? (6)
TWELVE Drop the love (O) from two, the add a word for mischief makers minus (shortly) the final letter, and AM becomes PM
22d Top character gets record with cry of surprise going round (5)
ALPHA The first (top) Greek character is made up of a 33⅓ rpm disc with, perhaps, an expression for that penny drop moment going round
A good and relatively gentle mix of clues, though no lurkers today. 23a just about shaded it as my favourite.
Quickie Pun: MISSAL + HEINOUS = MISCELLANEOUS