Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27562
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning all – it looks as if it’s going to be a lovely day in Oxford – maybe the Met men have got it wrong! Archy is busy, Mehitabel has said if he won’t play then she won’t either so it’s just me, with BD doing the bits that I still can’t do! I’m quite sure that this is a Ray T crossword.
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1a Lucky devil on a trip abroad (12)
PROVIDENTIAL — An anagram (abroad) of DEVIL ON A TRIP. It’s so good for the morale to have a great big long anagram right the way across the top to get you started!
9a Supporter’s order unfinished in bar (9)
BRASSERIE — This bar is a simple restaurant. Start off with a woman’s undergarment (supporter) with the ‘S and follow that with an order or sequence without the final letter (unfinished).
10a Cold sponge, toe to head (5)
ALOOF — The sponge is rough and scratchy and made from natural material – it has three alternative spellings – if you pick the right one and put its last letter at the beginning (toe to head) with a bit of luck you’ll end up with a word meaning cold or detached.
11a Inside restrains a neurotic lunatic (6)
INSANE — Here we go – it’s one of the hidden lurking ones! I found this without too much trouble but can’t help wondering how many more there will be.
12a Facing work with flower plot (8)
OPPOSITE — Start with the usual two letter abbreviation for a musical work, follow them with a two letter Italian river (flower) and finish off with another word for a plot or place.
13a Better to accept advice finally from doctor (6)
HEALER — The better here means stronger or in better health and contains the last letter of advice (finally).
15a Turn small pan over for vegetables (8)
PARSNIPS — Start off with a four letter word meaning turn or rotate, the one letter abbreviation for S(mall) and another word for pan – not a container but a word meaning criticise – and then turn it all round. I do hope you all understand that – not sure that I’ve explained it very well.
18a Appearance by Queen lavishly ends earlier (8)
FORMERLY — Begin with a four letter word meaning appearance or structure, add the two usual letters for our Queen and finish off with the first and last letters (ends) of lavishly.
19a Animals issued with large back of humps (6)
CAMELS — Another word for issued or flowed out, then L(arge) and the last letter (back of) humps. What a brilliant clue!
21a Literal account given by minister (8)
ACCURATE — This adjective means to the letter or word for word. The usual two letter abbreviation for account comes before a minister who assists a vicar or rector.
23a Shameless, to need love before noon, in short (6)
WANTON — A word used to describe a shameless, immodest or brazen appearance is made up from a need or desire followed by the letter that looks like a zero (a love score in a game of tennis) and then the one letter abbreviation for noon (in short).
26a Bear, Mohawk’s original symbol (5)
TOTEM — A verb meaning to bear or carry followed by the first letter (original) of Mohawk.
27a Nuisance embracing single girl upset killjoy (9)
PESSIMIST — This killjoy is someone who never looks on the bright side of life! He (or she) is made up from another word for a nuisance or troublesome thing or person containing (embracing) a reversal (upset) of the letter that looks like a one and a girl or young unmarried woman.
28a Bloke’s scream approaching unending stretch for killing (12)
MANSLAUGHTER — Begin with another word for a bloke or chap, with the ‘s, then the kind of scream that is induced by something funny and finish off with a stretch or length of time without the final letter (unending).
1d Left one’s husband by bar to circulate (7)
PUBLISH – I spent far too long trying to make this begin with ‘port’ (left) – it doesn’t! The circulate means to make available to the public – start with a bar or place serving drinks and follow it with L(eft), the letter that looks like a one, again with the ‘s, and finish off with the single letter abbreviation for H(usband).
2d Stones featuring old sidekick Watts’ finale (5)
OPALS — The one letter abbreviation for old, a sidekick or mate and the last letter (finale) of Watts.
3d Unfaithful siren, nice in a bad way (9)
INSINCERE — An anagram (in a bad way) of SIREN NICE.
4d The woman’s commonly spoken mistakes (4)
ERRS — This is how you would say that something belongs to the woman but the commonly spoken bit means that you drop your H.
5d Pie hasn’t splattered actor (8)
THESPIAN — An anagram (splattered) of PIE HASN’T.
6d Awfully long, awful massacre often starts battle (5)
ALAMO — This battle was during the Texas Revolution against Mexican rule and Davy Crockett, among others, was killed in it. It’s a Ray T special and comes from the first letters (starts) of the first five words in the clue. Anyone who says that you don’t learn stuff from crosswords is wrong.
7d The setter’s raised with obedience outside home (8)
DOMICILE — This home or place of residence comes from two letters for how the setter might refer to himself (the setter’s / the setter is) reversed (raised) with a word meaning obedient or tame and easy to control around them (outside).
8d Consumed case of raspberries eating fine dessert (6)
AFTERS — A slightly slangy word for a dessert or pud is a word meaning consumed or taken in followed by the first and last letters (case of) raspberries and containing (eating) F(ine).
14d Outrage seeing altar boy oddly on town (8)
ATROCITY — The odd letters (oddly) of altar boy and then another word for a large town.
16d Marine‘s a force in extreme environment (9)
SEAFARING — A word meaning extreme which could be applied to temperature or a withering comment contains (environment) the A from the clue and F(orce).
17d Animal act taking time with tailless cat (8)
PLATYPUS — This animal is an aquatic burrowing one that lives in Australia. Another word for act or take the role of contains (taking) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime) and followed by a cat or moggy without the final letter (tailless).
18d Starves consuming last of sustenance? Hardly! (6)
FEASTS — A word meaning starves or eats nothing contains (consuming) the last letter of sustenance and the answer means the exact opposite (hardly!).
20d Belonging to ‘chosen’, a Tory politician (7)
SENATOR — An American politician is lurking in the middle of clue. It was the one that nearly got away from me – oh dear!
22d Drink followed by endless pole dance (5)
RUMBA — A spirit made from fermented sugar-cane juice or molasses is followed by the first two letters of a three letter word for a pole or rod (endless).
24d Idiot swallowing Sun’s spin (5)
TWIST — An idiot or nincompoop contains (swallowing) the one letter abbreviation for S(un).
25d Area covering Thailand formerly — mass in excess? (4)
ASIA —This area is a large continent. Begin with the one letter abbreviation for A(rea) and follow it with what Thailand was called until 1949 then remove the M – M(ass) in excess.
I thought all the clues were so good that it’s almost impossible to pick out any in particular, let alone one favourite but I’ll have a go – 1 and 19a and 2 and 17d. Any one of those could be my favourite.
The Quick Crossword pun: hang + run + aid = hand grenade