A Puzzle by Jaffa
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A quick review – off to lead two services and then to celebrate a belated Christmas.
1 Undressed Scot before the Queen is not in good shape (3,2,6)
OUT OF KILTER – A phrase 3,24 suggesting that Scot is not wearing an tradition item of clothing followed by the two-letter regnal cipher of the current Queen.
8 Unrestricted menu leads to seventh heaven – bon appetit! (5)
ENJOY – The inner letters (unrestricted) of menu followed by a three-letter word meaning seventh heaven.
10 Clairvoyancy reportedly can be a question of paternity (9)
PALMISTRY – A homophone (reportedly) of PA MYSTERY (question of paternity).
11 Almost replete after old Spanish wine – Santa’s ready for work (7)
SACKFUL – A four-letter word meaning replete without its last letter (almost) after a four-letter word for an old Spanish wine.
12 Hoods, not northern – Morecambe & Wise perhaps (8)
GAGSTERS – A nine-letter word for organised criminals without (not) the abbreviation for Northern.
13 Onesie worn by one on trunk route? (7)
UNITARD – A four-letter word meaning one followed by an abbreviation of A Road (trunk route).
14 Dilapidated pitiable decor in the chemistry lab. (8,5)
PERIODIC TABLE – An anagram (dilapidated) of PITIABLE DECOR.
18 Hot dance scores one and leads to greater rewards? (3,4)
RED BALL – A three-letter word meaning hot followed by a four-letter word for a dance.
22 Hear a gun shot? It’s a loud rocket (8)
HARANGUE – An anagram (shot) of HEAR A GUN.
23 Changing trousers – no right for Scottish cobblers (7)
SOUTERS – An anagram (changing) of TROUSERS without the abbreviation for right.
25 I correct manic son who is perhaps too woke (9)
INSOMNIAC – The I from the clue followed by an anagram (three in row!) (correct) of MANIC SON.
26 Seaside ale bottling perfection (5)
IDEAL – The answer is hidden (bottling) inside the first two words of the clue.
27 Order ignored by the Titanic’s musicians? (7,4)
ABANDON SHIP – Split 1,4,2,4, this would describe the musicians on the Titanic.
1 Criticize by putting up poster with rebellious content (6)
OPPUGN – The answer is hidden (content) and reversed (rebellious) in the third to fifth words of the clue.
2 Damage to exit requires a payment to proceed (8)
TOLLGATE – A four-letter word meaning damage followed by a four-letter word for an exit.
3 Hard rocks found in lease free Welsh county (6)
FLINTS – The ten-letter name of a Welsh county without (free) a four-letter word meaning to lease.
4 Neither up nor down in the main (10)
INTERTIDAL – A word meaning the point between the tide coming in and going out.
5 Alternatively say nowt about boys’ gadgets (4)
TOYS – The odd letter (alternatively) in the second and third words of the clue reversed (about).
6 Revolutionary read hiding feature of the People’s Republic (3,5)
RED CHINA – An anagram (revolutionary) of READ includes (hiding) a four-letter word for a facial feature.
7 Can those able to bat also control good and bad light? (7)
EYELIDS – Cryptic definition of the covering for the organ of vision.
9 Orange ball seen at Lord‘s (5)
JAFFA – Double definition, the second being a well-bowled cricket ball.
13 Relative, having scaled rocky Andes, had not bathed (10)
UNCLEANSED – A five-letter word for a male relative followed by an anagram (rocky) of ANDES.
15 Is third man the French girl from Spain? (8)
ISABELLA – The IS from the the clue followed by the name of the third man in the story of creation in the book of Genesis and the French feminine singular form of the.
16 Faint from agony following last ball (8)
LANGUISH – A seven-letter word meaning anguish after (following) the last letter of ball.
17 Club that is after money (7)
BRASSIE – A five-letter word for money followed by the abbreviation for that is (id est).
19 Fourscore divided evenly for the Devil (5)
DEUCE – Fourscore is 80. Divided evenly gives 40-40. The answer is how this is referred to in a game of tennis.
20 Gutless Oval opener is found in service (6)
BATMAN – A seven-letter word for a person who opens in a game of cricket without the central letter (gutless).
21 Verbal support for scrumpy regularly sampled in China? (6)
TEACUP – A homophone (verbal) of TEE (support) followed by the even letters (regularly sampled) of scrumpy.
24 Deity is upset, when lavish surroundings are lost (4)
SIVA – A reversal (upset) of lavish without the outer letters (surroundings are lost).