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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27894

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The nights are drawing in, children across the land are sharpening their pencils as their parents count down the days on one hand, and here the rain is lashing down over the weekend which heralds the end of summer. The spiders have taken note, and shortly before starting this review I encountered one such fearsome beast. Shudder.

The crossword, however, contained nothing too scary which was a big relief after last week.

It s just Rufus doing what Rufus does best. (Excepting anything he does better, of course.)

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1a Passages from bands without style (8)
GANGWAYS: Bands of people (delinquents perhaps) outside (without) a three-letter word meaning manner or method

6a Work hard with an advertising jingle (6)
SLOGAN: A verb meaning work very hard followed by the AN from the clue

9a Complete clothing for touring around, but not the North (3-3)
RIG-OUT: Rearrange TOURING without the N(orth)

10a It s under and over a country s jurisdiction (8)
AIRSPACE: An area of atmosphere which is over a land but under its authority

11a Escort s car phone broken (8)
CHAPERON: Anagram (broken) of CAR PHONE

12a Polite request to cheer up (6)
PLEASE: This word used to make a request can also mean to give pleasure to

13a Instruct the class and show up previous foolishness (5,1,6)
TEACH A LESSON: The first definition is what a teacher tries to do to a group of pupils. The second is to bring home to a person or people their folly

16a Start to speak or dance (4,3,5)
TAKE THE FLOOR: To rise to address a meeting or to take part in a dance. There are a few double definitions today which I m struggling to find anything to add to

19a Wells starts writing in sudden bursts of activity (6)
SPASMS: Wells not H.G., but mineral springs. After these, a two-letter abbreviation for some writing

21a Start to teach (8)
INITIATE: To begin or to introduce someone to new knowledge, perhaps with a ritual

23a Giving a prize for a fantastic drawing (8)
AWARDING: The A from the clue and then an anagram (fantastic) of DRAWING. Do you remember when a man tried to get a prize of a kind for this drawing1?

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24a How one feels, left in the dark? (6)
GROPES: I spent ages trying to put an L in here.

Grr. The answer is more straightforward: it is simply how someone feels their way when there is no light to see by. I m usually quite happy to wander about in darkness at home but under terror of the eight-legged menace, it s all lights on and eyes peeled for the foreseeable future

25a Crunchy and unusually spicy? That s about right (6)
CRISPY: Anagram (unusually) of SPICY about R(ight). I am so jittery that even the answer to this clue seems to be describing those creatures. What it usually brings instantly to mind however is duck.

Delicious duck

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26a They may be left in river beds or banks (8)
DEPOSITS: The first definition is of residues left in a river bed. The answer can also be things left in bank accounts, but I ve gone for the second definition being a verb meaning puts money into a bank account

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2d Settle a solution in the crossword (6)
ALIGHT: To come to rest: the A from the clue and then a crossword answer, as referenced in Big Dave s tagline above

3d Clique grow up out West (5)
GROUP: Remove (out) W(est) from the remaining part of the clue

4d Consequences of working at the farm (9)
AFTERMATH: Anagram (working) of AT THE FARM. Did you know that the last four letters are a dialect word meaning a mowing?

You learn these things when you miss an easy anagram!

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5d Reliable act to stop bleeding (7)
STAUNCH: With the two definitions underlined you shouldn t need extra verbiage from me

6d Security device breaks up (5)
STRAP: A word for breaks or separates is reversed (up, in a down clue) to give a strip of material used to secure or fasten

7d In Tempest, Prospero s a tyrant (9)
OPPRESSOR: In Tempest here is an anagram indicator. PROSPERO S is the fodder. Go find that tyrant

8d Get used to current practice (8)
ACCUSTOM: A type of electric current (that which you get from the mains rather than a cell) followed by a usual usage or practice

13d Values a rest and rues being disturbed (9)
TREASURE: A REST and RUES are anagrammed (being disturbed) to form a verb meaning prize or esteem

14d What is a star-gazer doing using a reference book? (7,2)
LOOKING UP: Again, with the two definitions given there s not much I can add

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15d Workforce of isle authority (8)
MANPOWER: Follow crosswordland s favourite three-letter isle with an authority

17d Bang on in style? (7)
FRINGED: The style of wearing a bang (I d have said bangs, but Chambers is happy for it to be used in the singular)

18d Confirm where cricket fans may be found (6)
ATTEST: Affirm or bear witness too.

Split the answer (2,4) to find those cricket fans

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20d Shy about being popular, but bright (5)
SHINY: Another instance where most of the letters can be lifted straight from the clue.

The first word in the clue around (about) a word meaning popular

22d One studies images (5)
ICONS: The roman numeral for one followed by a verb meaning studies.

Thanks to Rufus for this ray of sunshine which the clouds could not obscure.

I hope you are having a lovely bank holiday weekend, wherever you are and whatever you re doing.

Do leave a comment with your thoughts on the crossword or anything else!

The Quick Crossword pun: cygnet+wring=signet ring


  1. ^ when a man tried to get a prize of a kind for this drawing (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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