Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27592
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment *****
Good morning everyone. It looks as if it’s going to be another lovely day in Oxford once the early morning mist has gone. Now on to the crossword. I don’t think that this is a Ray T production – it doesn’t feel quite right, the Quickie clues don’t look like his and anyway it’s not his week. I could easily be wrong! I loved it and was laughing all the time I was doing it – for that reason I’ve given it 5* for enjoyment which is something that I’ve never done before. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
The bit that says “click here” before the hint is not an instruction that has to be obeyed – you only need to do it if my hint isn’t clear enough and you want to see the answer!
1a Intense blow wrought sporting injury (6,5)
TENNIS ELBOW: — An anagram (wrought) of INTENSE BLOW. A nice long anagram across the top is such a good start.
9a Bank facility is put back in store by a titled figure reportedly (7,7)
DEPOSIT ACCOUNT: — the reversal (put back) of IS inside a store is followed by the A from the clue and a homophone (reportedly) of person with a title equal in rank to an Earl.
11a Speed of car at event (4)
RATE: — As a child playing hide-and-seek never appealed much – it still doesn’t and it’s one of them!
12a Archdeacon facing American space traveller (5)
VENUS: — This space traveller is a planet. It comes from the abbreviation of an Archdeacon followed by (facing) the usual two letters used for American.
13a Preserve part of castle (4)
KEEP: — This is a double definition.
16a Foreigner largely full of hypocritical talk in Spanish city (8)
ALICANTE: — The first four of a five letter word (largely) meaning a foreigner or stranger contains (full of) some overused or hypocritical talk often used by politicians.
17a Neat queue to get soup (6)
OXTAIL: — Don’t start imagining an orderly line – the neat here is an animal and he needs to be followed by another word for a queue or train.
19a Persuasive man in business? (6)
COGENT: — The usual two letters for business come before a posh chap.
20a House no type built as a centre of attraction (8)
HONEYPOT: — An anagram (built) of HO(use) NO TYPE.
22a Army division kept back by government in unrest (4)
UNIT: — Hidden (kept) and reversed (back) in the middle of the last three words of the clue. I really nearly didn’t find this one although the answer was obvious. Oh dear!
23a Nervous characteristic of cricket? (5)
JUMPY: — The cricket here isn’t the game that I don’t understand – he’s a chirpy little insect. When he’s not busy rubbing his forewings together to make his noise he’s hopping around.
24a Musical group finding port after time (4)
TRIO: — T(ime) followed by a Brazilian sea port.
27a Slippery customer that’ll give you a squeeze and take you out? (3,11)
BOA CONSTRICTOR: — The slippery customer is a large non-venomous snake from South America which kills its prey by strangulation.
28a Trap a couple that’s disrupted legal body (6,5)
APPEAL COURT: — An anagram (that’s disrupted) of TRAP A COUPLE.
2d Urge late critic developed to get instrument (8,6)
ELECTRIC GUITAR: — Another anagram (developed) of URGE LATE CRITIC.
3d Idea with time I abandoned in middle of day (4)
NOON: — A six letter word for an idea or thought has its two central letters – T(ime) and I – taken out (abandoned).
4d Dagger, note, left in fight (8)
STILETTO: — Start with a fight or scrap (3,2) containing (in) the seventh note of a musical scale and L(eft).
5d Measure taken at sea in alliance (6)
LEAGUE: — A double definition – the first is a nautical distance and the second an alliance or union of countries.
6d In the past, a circle joined by Northern Anglicans (4)
ONCE: — A letter that looks like a circle followed by N(orthern) and two letters for the Anglican church.
7d Place requiring stiff observance? (7,7)
FUNERAL PARLOUR: — The ‘stiff’ in this case is a noun. The clue is a cryptic definition of where a dead person is taken after death and before the burial or cremation so that members of the family may visit.
8d One with a lot of influence in Victoria, say, gets contract (11)
STIPULATION: — Victoria is an example (say). It’s not a carriage, an Australian state, or a plum but a bus and rail terminus in London. It contains (in) the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one and most of (a lot of) a word meaning to influence or persuade. I was doubtful about this – I thought it was more a condition in a contract than a contract itself but the BRB doesn’t agree with me.
10d Bits of food generated outspoken surprised expression (11)
BREADCRUMBS: — These bits of food tend to accumulate around your toaster. You need to split the answer into two words. The first is a homophone of a word meaning generated or produced offspring. The second is a surprised expression like blimey or cor.
14d Sweltering area undressed Nordics appreciate principally (5)
SAUNA: — This hot steamy room comes from the first letters (principally) of the first five words of the clue. For no obvious reason this was my last answer – I don’t know how I missed it, but I did.
15d Top Forty in Rome on radio (5)
EXCEL: — A homophone (on radio). Imagine what Forty looks like in Roman numerals and then say it to yourself
18d Soldier finding two rivers entering part of sea? (8)
CORPORAL: — The soldier is a non-commissioned officer ranking below a sergeant. The sea is a region of the South Pacific Ocean containing the Great Barrier Reef. Inside this sea (entering) we need two rivers – the first one is the one letter abbreviation for R(iver) and the second is Italy’s longest river.
21d Follow holder of money around university (6)
PURSUE: — Something found in most women’s handbags to hold coins contains (around) the abbreviation for U(niversity).
25d John Prescott’s first circular manoeuvre (4)
LOOP: — John may look like a name to you but this time it’s a slang term for a lavatory followed by the first letter of P(rescott).
26d Resounding noise that may introduce foxtrot? (4)
ECHO: — We’re talking about the NATO or phonetic alphabet here – I probably need to say no more.
A bit spoilt for choice with good clues today but to keep it brief I’ll go for 27a and 7, 10 and 15d with the favourite spot going to 23a because I know that I’m going to be giggling about it all day – isn’t there something about little things pleasing little minds . . . ?!
The Quick Crossword pun: grate+Nice=great-niece