The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,379 – Dec 13 2017

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Boatman’s officer behind reported alternative to reduce manpower AUTOMATE
Charge boy that hides heart of stone LOAD
Clue for g-giant piece of rock GOBSTOPPER
Contribute less in fragment of rock? CHIP
Eccentric part for outspoken drag queen crusader CAMPAIGNER
Even empty fragments of rock change direction for print worker ENGRAVER
First Lord? That’s one way EARLIEST
Fragments of rock etc falling for long, long time, identity sinister at first LEONIDS
Fragments of rock found in Ireland CORK
Fragments of rock in broken English SHINGLE
Gloomy rapper with role in record company DREAR
Key change to fragments of rock found in Scotland PEEBLES
Look around for first signs of fragments of rock and stone, perhaps FORAGE
Look smart! 20 might, if depicting Morse CUTADASH
One’s used to temper as Hammers play? PIANOTUNER
Party flowing? Rock on, John LAVATORY
Peril in rock garden DANGER
Regularly sneak in and ask for nymphs NAIADS
Restore defectors removed without penalty! SCOTFREE
Rock fissure CRACK
Rock tearing asunder GRANITE
See 10 LABOUR
Sold with shop’s label, drab first two sent back and despoiled OWNBRANDED
Tactful signal in Morse about loose rock DISCREET
They conclude jokes about genitals must be cut TAGLINES
They take terrible risks, taking on ultimate incline SKIERS
Tiring party, breaking rocks perhaps HARD
Wooden feature seen in wharf or estuary FOREST

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,378 – Dec 12 2017

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‘My soldiers, my companions’ (The Queen) CORGIS
‘Who is Zoë Ball?’ starts reverberating where she works SHOWBIZ
A 19’s baby’s toys RATTLES
Actor’s way-out and eccentric, so great when holding party STAGEDOOR
Air traffic controller that’s first leaving 20? AUTOPILOT
An excellent conductor of energy in a storm, perhaps MAESTRO
Article by monk, one deduced APRIORI
Book, the last written in a long time EZRA
Boot the filth found by chance, we hear MUKLUK
Bring to an end, removing the head! TOP
Covers fish up TARPS
Encountered some turbulent air MET
Farm animals changed direction, with rain starting to hit area just south of London STOCKBROKERBELT
Female, first of two ladies in extra large clothing OVERALLS
Finish your meal with some Costa espressos EATUP
Former prime minister’s missing a head of uniformed force out EXTRUDE
Found cold tea horrible LOCATED
Group filming soldier coming down hill PARAMOUNT
He sees Trump bad for women as a group THESUPREMES
Like 3, 13 and 17, in first of poems by Frost PRIME
Line gut with ale, missing last bits of speech LINGUAL
Male who’s on the up as a speculator THEORISER
Model to order online in great volume TOME
Most smutty erotica’s sadly loveless RACIEST
Paper round gets Puck into Telegraph? That’s significant APPRECIABLE
Pilot, one who ran over time getting to airport GEORGEBEST
Short version of the greatest piece for former boy band member MALIK
Springer? He might add some spice SEASONER
Try harder to draw nose broken by punches before winning PULLONESSOCKSUP
Wave excessively, shortly before getting it on with a fresher UNDULATION

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,377 – Dec 11 2017

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A sick benefit prescription? EMETIC
Action station? BATTLEGROUND
Actor’s arrival on stage produces delight ENTRANCE
An end of greed perhaps? Paradise! GARDENOFEDEN
Be of one mind about being in time AGREE
Big cats make less noise LIONESSES
Big drop in US/Canadian liquidity NIAGARAFALLS
Brief support ADVOCATE
Deploring sort of turn in a circus? RUING
Dismantle collapsing ruin at midnight UNRIG
Evil article on place of conflict CRIMEA
Fishing boats that go with the tide? DRIFTERS
Footballers out on bail? ALBION
Frozen, like eels, say GELID
Identify and approve RECOGNISE
Junior officer found on the staff ENSIGN
Label in new seed bed DESCRIBE
One taking steps in time DANCER
Return help before the race — and get a stream of abuse! DIATRIBE
Scot came up with one single undergarment CAMISOLE
Silver rig-out on girl is wrong AGGRIEVE
Soldiers embark in aircraft, one carrying cargo FREIGHTER
Stick a number in this place ADHERE
Stop to prepare a plan? DRAWUP
Strict clergyman is elevated in diocese SEVERE
The family’s failure makes a wretched story POORRELATION
Think twice about seas breaking over ship REASSESS
Whistler earned potential votes REFERENDA

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,374 – Dec 7 2017

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12 words with king’s 17 PUNK
17 man stops breaking off to do nothing THEFOODOFLOVE
17 to 12 trumpets from devotees accepting cost FANFARES
17 to accompany a German exchange TRADEIN
17, something a child might 12 SWING
9, perhaps, fancy sort? Yes! OYSTERS
A hint about possessing skill for some 17 PARTITA
Adjust some 17 for the audience ATTUNE
After treatment, your nurses record medical specialism UROLOGY
Ally in war zone’s weapon there NAPALM
Both sides gathering round English linesman LANDOR
Deal with Bill, needing bandage ADDRESS
Government backer, round lunchtime, seen in streets STATIST
Hacker’s tool, escalating bleak conflict TROJANWAR
Impressed with vessel by English port BOWLEDOVER
Just beat monarch’s 17 maker PIPER
Labour to protect right country, one in 12 7 TROILUS
Male member of Apostles JOHNTHOMAS
Message from character turning up clutching arm EPISTOLET
Outspoken solver intends to tour deserted hilly region UPLANDS
People making 17 FOLK
Piano used with party game SOFTBALL
Power to provide what follows 9 PLAYON
Related to nice North Korean? KINDRED
Roman commander’s extremely snide, a two-faced fellow SEJANUS
Score century, after current problem recedes MUSIC
Slur like individual admitting onset of inebriation ASPERSION
Sweet stuff wife’s taken from mature people making 17 ROCKGROUP
Tea picked up and fine wine TOKAY

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,373 – Dec 6 2017

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A country boy turned up to welcome American Buddhist DALAILAMA
Abrasive doctor appears extremely narked SANDPAPER
Ageing yodeller dropping round, unfortunately ELDERLY
Are sick of blighter with shed RETCH
Behold Shakespearean heroine with retrograde moon VOILA
Blush, stuck GORED
Charlie grew old behind bars CAGED
Cordial setter’s absorbed in short newspaper article LIMEADE
Dotty pants a lot after giving birth POSTNATAL
Find FIFA banning all females in Asian country INDIA
Half-hearted hostility and dismal dazzle SPLENDOUR
Half-inch fairy kindles revolt SNAFFLE
Help the French ban kind of moustache HANDLEBAR
Institution raising issue of defunct generators ORPHANAGE
Jet set romps regularly in bar ESTOP
Leaves Gillette founders with millions LITTLEGEM
Mates saunter about surrounding bit of property ASSET
Miniature bears puff and creep TOADY
Not so dense, spelling ‘bum’ right SPARSER
Oddly dismissing Carnegie Hall’s backer and investor ANGEL
Perhaps Guinness works to eliminate boundaries? ACTOR
Provide grub, but not support CATER
Radical change to sport’s corporate image FIREBRAND
Say obscene words about substandard game PARTRIDGE
Scramble and vault on walls of Eton ENCRYPT
Scratching head, expecting ruling REGNANT
Travelling to the pole, in need of pap TELEPHOTO
Unruly leaders of Viking hordes often cause absolute chaos HAVOC
Vocal work of Mercury inspiring boy band at first TORCHSONG
Will supplement of fish oil initially improve capacity for love? CODICIL
Wise fool ignoring content of inane books SAPIENT
Write on sex with variable confidence AUTHORITY

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,372 – Dec 5 2017

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‘O joy’, leader expressed, on island’s remoteness ISOLATION
A warmer kiss and cuddle that holds up the game? POLONECK
An interminable case in courts ATRIA
Bash sash and strip zip BELT
Brothers greatly welcoming sacred teaching on Sunday FRIARS
Browned dish — stuff with posh filling SAUTE
Consider what cashiers do with banked cash? TAKEINTOACCOUNT
Elf to fix protector to boot HOBNAIL
Event giving rise to Liberal party BALL
Extract with ease? Yes and no WREST
Foods unhappy men trust in NUTRIMENTS
Frail UK citizen is going to broadcast BRITTLE
Frisk roughly five or ten at first CAVORT
Fruit spread with snappy packaging CURRANT
Hospital doctor perkily penning note: ‘site access here’ HYPERLINK
How Irish lady regularly displays cunning? WILY
Legal officer’s trapped here in France LICIT
Missionary pursues sailor wearing his hat TARPAULIN
One form of water runs into another STREAM
Pants from North America in exotic blue UNUSABLE
Paying again for making withdrawal RETREATING
Provoke and mock bishop coming in for mass IRRITATE
Restraint that’s surprising after company stops one retiring ECONOMY
Royal knight in charge PRINCE
Spray dazed rebel in US NEBULISER
Supply lab with kitchen solvent INTHEBLACK
Type of acid Spooner’s delivered to prevent wind CARBOLIC
What could delay paper? One’s spelling! TIMESWITCH
Wind: constant feature of 19 CURL

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,371 – Dec 4 2017

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‘Yield’ as against ‘surrender’ CONCEDE
A male delegate? AGENT
A number try out the French shrub MYRTLE
A sitting target for disgruntled shareholders? CHAIRPERSON
A trial leading to the noose? LARIAT
Brown’s competence as a gardener CAPABILITY
Draw a small amount TRACE
Enthusiastic, still supporting City ECSTATIC
Expedition set off TRIP
Fellow in a sheltered place COVE
Fuss after Kipling’s work is turned into opera MIKADO
Girl held up by minders, those employed to look after her? CARETAKERS
Green plan to recycle CHARTREUSE
Incline to drive quietly RAMP
It may work wonders in Malta’s new constit­ution TALISMAN
Native American about to enter the Anglican Church CREE
NCO set about constructing range SERGEANT
Near riot breaks out towards the front ANTERIOR
Not suitable in a part INAPT
One of a dozen who swears JUROR
People of the same calling NAMESAKES
Procrastinate when it’s time to get up TEMPORISE
Recognised a criminal perhaps but denied it, if found out IDENTIFIED
Roughly appropriate greeting to a sailor HIJACK
Skilled worker in force OPERATIVE
Sold at auction or demolished KNOCKEDDOWN
Spiteful person — he will shortly act badly HELLCAT
Two points about unusual Roman invaders of Britain NORMANS
Two scholars put into reform school ALMAMATER
Young creature to plead insanity TADPOLE

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,369 – Dec 1 2017

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‘Ban porn and chess!’, I raged CENSORSHIP
‘Muslim leaders reject onion’ — sure that’s the answer? AYATOLLAHS
1980 pop song, sung to grandmother BABUSHKA
Cancel book — it’s missing second page ANNUL
Criminal act caught out after strong drink FAGIN
Disco suit CLUB
Father is cheater, surprisingly, but not at board game PARCHEESI
Get up — finally Christmas! Too busy to play with toys YOYOS
Great deliveries of oranges JAFFAS
Indian flower scared to travel a great deal with us SACREDLOTUS
Joe wanders around lavish old city JERICHO
Keen to pirouette over good music REGGAE
Like a cup, Mr, of icy lacquer? Some sent back CALYCIFORM
Maybe too much salt is dangerous UNHEALTHY
Most awful new wine is French NASTIEST
No 1 church in France? NICE
Noble’s wayward cousin hugged by retired transvestite VISCOUNT
One walking, one talking without end AMBLER
Original one gave a mint to chew around lunchtime IMAGINATIVE
Poet not at home to have fun LARK
Prior calculations of stars orbiting around Earth by the 100 FORECASTS
Quality tea time during a competition run CHARACTER
Short newspaper item on blown-up air-beds SIDEBAR
Social climbers at college have quiche during the weekend UPSTARTS
Swimmer to open Guinness bottles PENGUIN
Team follows reserves by car TAXI
To socialise, tramp hugs knight and bishop HOBNOB
Trouble brewing not to get one group honour BLUERIBAND
US labour leader once blowing his top over large amount of waste OFFAL
Vehicle reverses by king, queen and huntsman TRACKER

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,368 – Nov 30 2017

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15 characters in Pride and Prejudice DEAN
Church office worker lied regularly TEMPLE
Cynic ruffled top Irishman, Patrick perhaps MISANTHROPIST
Daughter spoke out about tense work­station DESKTOP
Dope turns up all right in bust DULLARD
Endless urban street party growing in volume CRESCENDO
Fellow feeling round government office for ruler KINGSHIP
First person to settle in South Sea archipelago ISLANDS
Fly plane over Germany and Spain MIDGE
Flyer in posh part of London paper SWIFT
Girl associated with stars briefly STELLA
Golden reefs flanking northern 5 ORKNEYS
He abandons charities in trouble, taking off SATIRIC
How come bar’s cutting noise from 11? WHINNY
Journalist goes up to present warrant DESERVE
Lock worker’s increase in scale FRISEUR
Minister nearly left Germany devastated CLERGYMAN
Nationalist conveniently hosts group PATRIOT
North-west town’s lost rare items in soup kitchen STOCKPOTS
Order fool to withdraw article in Times DIKTAT
Pages and pages of articles of faith on board SCREEDS
Personal repair kit on display in the Tuileries ETUI
Preacher’s small sin involving suspect monies SERMONISER
Present side at Old Trafford starts to earn respect OFFER
Record poem about island event EPISODE
Rent hotel or school in south-east Clydesdale, for one SHIREHORSE
Right-angled triangle has one next to it ALONGSIDE
Snide remarks set back great art in Paris GIBES
Utterly base and gruesome moral tale ALLEGORY

The Guardian – Cryptic Crossword Answers No 27,367 – Nov 29 2017

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No difficulty in this riddle, initially? Au contraire! TEASER
Academic sinecure? It supports one comfortably EASY
Alternative to piece of cake as epitome of ease PIE
Awful swindle turned up evidence of debts ODIOUS
Awfully silly chap hiding bad mark in trivial task CHILDSPLAY
Be amorous, giving ring with love in romantic light? CANOODLE
Club, maybe, that footballer tries to avoid CARD
Composed arrangement for cello etc, then died COLLECTED
Confused, as the Queen’s Navee leader never was ATSEA
Discarded queen, perhaps, retaining spades CAST
Don’t hold up surgeon, say, over one’s work DROOP
Dreadful summer with minimal temperature — most odd RUMMEST
Grave indications for dogs CAIRNS
Like some old Americans captured on film? INCAN
Person who handles notes son kept in notebook CASHIER
Player’s challenge? I sympathise HARD
Point ace secured in superlative finish EAST
Prepare to fire two or three, for instance PRIME
Princess attached to rock stars in group ANDROMEDA
Request lowly worker to hold it up twice PETITION
See 1 LINES
See 27 CHAIR
Some features of a sitting room SOFAS
Something tough, mostly appropriate, repeated about work NOPICNIC
State payment split by daughters for basic job DODDLE
Subtle charm of a city for the natives AROMA
They produce pictures, as in pilot broadcast OILPAINTS
Trade outside preserve of church dignitary DECANAL
Transform from 1 to 27 — second hint provided inside SIMPLIFY
Transform from 27 to 1 as unusually polemic act COMPLICATE
Vehicle trapped by one tramcar after another CART
Winter driving problem, a mixture of wind and frost SNOWDRIFT
Works out what’s 500 in twos DEDUCES