Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27566
Hints and tips by Gazza
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I didn’t know the play at 13a but the wordplay is pretty clear. Other than that I had a slight hold-up in the NW corner but that was quickly resolved once I’d twigged that ‘stroke’ was a verb rather than a noun. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought.
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1a Stroke is worried about onset of squall (6)
CARESS – a verb meaning is worried or feels concerned containing the first letter (onset) of squall.
4a Maiden, 20 — will this bring her good luck? (6)
MASCOT – the abbreviation for a maiden in cricket followed by the name of a 20a in Berkshire.
8a Former examination based on livestock raising (8)
PASTORAL – a charade of former or one-time and a spoken examination.
10a Slowly stocking a shed, perhaps (4-2)
LEAN-TO – the musical direction to play slowly contains (stocking) A.
11a OT character captured by Grandma Moses (4)
AMOS – hidden in the clue.
12a Offer to pay inexperienced beginner (10)
TENDERFOOT – an offer to carry out work at a fixed price is followed by an informal verb to pay (the bill).
13a Play a Saviour in musical (4,8)
ANNA CHRISTIE – this is a play by Eugene O’Neill recently revived in London. Insert A and the name of the Christian “Saviour” inside the name of a musical about a young orphan girl.
16a One must have been in variety with fine female actor as fairy godmother (12)
BENEFACTRESS – to solve this clue you must have an anagram (in variety) of BEEN followed by F(ine) and a female actor.
20a People attending curriculum in York, maybe (10)
RACECOURSE – a charade of a people or ethnic group and a curriculum or syllabus.
21a Small, Whittington’s cat, say, turned back on stage (4)
STEP – S(mall) with the reversal (turned back) of what Whittington’s cat is an example of following (on) it. Whittington’s is a bit of a red herring (it fits in well with ‘turned back’ in the surface) but the clue works without it.
22a Colas I ordered for party (6)
SOCIAL – an anagram (ordered) of COLAS I.
23a Difficult to understand coteries breaking up (8)
ESOTERIC – another anagram (breaking up) of COTERIES.
24a Film Greek facility (6)
GREASE – the abbreviation for Greek followed by facility or effortlessness.
25a Sat awkwardly with ex-con in prison camp (6)
STALAG – this is a German word for a POW camp. It’s an anagram (awkwardly) of SAT followed by an informal word for an (often old) habitual criminal.
1d Petitioner, one inside demanding attention (8)
CLAIMANT – insert the Roman numeral for one inside an adjective meaning calling urgently for attention.
2d Artist put up prices (5)
RATES – the usual abbreviation for a recognised artist followed by the reversal (up, in a down clue) of a verb to put or place.
3d Withdraw money (7)
SCRATCH – double definition – to pull out of a competition and an informal word for ready money.
5d Complaint got from working in metal (7)
AILMENT – an anagram (working) of IN METAL.
6d Paid driver to point out coniferous tree, reportedly (9)
CHAUFFEUR – I’ll bet that opinions will be divided on this one. It’s a pair of homophones (reportedly) – firstly what sounds like a verb to point out or identify and then a homophone of a coniferous tree. So what do you think?
7d Display tawdry articles as well (6)
TATTOO – a military display of the type currently being staged nightly in Edinburgh is a charade of a word for tawdry or shoddy articles and an adverb meaning as well.
9d Ran infidels off Holy Island (11)
LINDISFARNE – an anagram (off) of RAN INFIDELS.
14d Stroll, leading team, in part of the Lake District (9)
AMBLESIDE – a charade of a verb to stroll and a sporting team.
15d Escorting female into upper-class circle (8)
USHERING – insert a female pronoun between the letter used for upper-class or posh and a circle.
17d Chinese food in new bags (7)
NOODLES – N(ew) followed by an informal word meaning bags (e.g. ‘she had bags of talent’).
18d Silly person hiding her cigar (7)
CHEROOT – this is obviously the word of the week (though I prefer yesterday’s clue). A stupid person (often prefixed by ‘old’) contains (hiding) HER.
19d Adult, for short time, appearing in mighty loose garment (6)
SARONG – start with an adjective meaning mighty or powerful and replace the T(ime) with A(dult).
21d Turn Indian sign (5)
SPELL – two meanings. The first is a turn or tour of duty and the second a curse or jinx bringing continued bad luck. The ‘Indian’ relates to Native Americans rather those in the sub-continent and I understand that the term ‘Indian sign’ is sometimes considered offensive in the USA – perhaps Expat Chris or another of our transatlantic correspondents could expand on this?
I liked 16a and 9d. Let us know what you liked.
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