Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28235
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Having travelled abroad twice in September (Scotland and Wales) Saint Sharon and I have no wish to leave Warwickshire again this year with the exception of a trip to Nottingham to see Sir Van Morrison.
I had no problems with today’s offering from Rufus which all fell together nicely. We have been transported back in time with 6ac, 21ac and 18d all of which offer musical opportunities.
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1a Compelled to use pressure in extremity (8)
ENFORCED: Place a noun meaning coercion inside an example of what an extremity might be
6a Dramatist‘s method of payment without conflict (6)
COWARD: Place the initial letters of a type of payment (cash on delivery) outside a word meaning a conflict usually between countries to find the name of this vain playwright from the last century. Arthur and Violet’s lad.
9a Prudence West is on Benedictine (6)
WISDOM: W(est) and IS straight from the clue and the name of a Benedictine. Dom is an honorific prefixed to the given name. It derives from the Latin Dominus. It is used in English for certain Benedictine (including some communities which follow the Rule of St. Benedict) and Carthusian monks, and for members of certain communities of Canons Regular. So now we know.
10a Oil catch freely, being liberal (8)
CATHOLIC: Anagram (freely) of OIL CATCH
11a Went back over and copied again (8)
RETRACED: To have gone back over the same route as before or to have copied something for a second time
12a You can’t be sure when nursing them (6)
DOUBTS: A cryptic definition of feelings of uncertainty as felt by the apostle Thomas
13a Supporters of family life waving weird banners (12)
BREADWINNERS: Anagram (waving) of WIERD BANNERS
16a Conclusion is to include North Carolina for criticism (12)
DENOUNCEMENT: Place the initial letters of North Carolina inside a noun meaning the outcome of a situation, when something is decided or made clear.
19a Support in reverse (4-2)
BACK-UP: With a space instead of the hyphen it gives a phrasal verb meaning to reverse a vehicle
21a Confined space where those inside call out (5,3)
PHONE BOX: A cryptic definition of a public utility used to make calls in the olden days. These large red boxes were all over the place and were a good source of income for the juvenile delinquent that today’s blogger used to be.
23a Sneak attending class with hesitation (8)
INFORMER: split 2,4,2 we begin with two words meaning to be attending a class followed by one of our usual hesitations. Not um. The other one.
24a US state taking a right from another (6)
KANSAS: Find an American state and remove the letters A and R to leave another state. The first state is mentioned in Biblical tale of Noah. He looked out of the ark and saw the waters ebbing away.
25a They’re for putting on for party people (6)
GREENS: In golf they are for putting on and it is the name attached to the political section of the ecology party.
26a Pen catalogues for elegant writers (8)
STYLISTS: A pigpen is followed by a verb meaning catalogues.
2d Is included amongst those who are against rackets (6)
NOISES: Those against are the opposite to the ayes. Place the word IS from the clue in amongst them
3d Alternative supported by the German command (5)
ORDER: A conjunction used to link alternatives is followed by the German word for the.
4d Arrive with fresh request to give admission (4,5)
COME CLEAN: a word meaning to arrive is followed by a word meaning fresh to find this term meaning to admit one’s guilt.
5d Determined detectives in action (7)
DECIDED: Place the initial letters of the Criminal Investigation Department inside a word meaning an action
6d Located, we hear, and named (5)
CITED: A homophone based upon a word meaning located and indicated by the words we hear
7d I hunt down suspect in murder mystery (9)
WHODUNNIT: Anagram (suspect) of I HUNT DOWN
8d Resort is to arrange revels (8)
ROISTERS: Anagram (to arrange) of RESORT IS
13d City area veto’s damaged proportional representation? (5,4)
BLOCK VOTE: An example of an area in a city particularly in America is followed by an anagram (damaged) of VETO. The letter S here in veto’s is superfluous and is only there to help the surface read
14d Chill wine to go with last bits of turkey and cold game (3,6)
ICE HOCKEY: Chill here means to freeze. We then need a type of dry white German wine and the last two letters (last bits) of the word Turkey.
15d Payment made for an old servant? (8)
RETAINER: A double definition.
17d Wrong premise for making rules (7)
EMPIRES: Anagram (wrong) of PREMISE
18d Mr A to Z in composing? (6)
MOZART: Anagram (in composing) of MR A TO Z. I have been listening to this geezer quite a lot lately particularly this piece.
20d Turn up with mother’s cats (5)
PUMAS: these large black cats can be found by reversing (turns) the word UP and adding a word meaning mothers similar to pa’s for fathers
22d Lack of excitement, yet Eastern nun is disturbed, I must conclude (5)
ENNUI: Take the E from eastern. Add an anagram (is disturbed) of NUN and finish off with the letter I, again from the clue.
Reviewed to the fine singing of Mr Bob Dylan and his album John Wesley Hardin’.
The Quick Crossword pun: high+tree+sun=high treason