Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27610
Hints and tips by Kath
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating — Difficulty ***/**** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone. One of the things that I like about Thursday crosswords is their unpredictability – it’s also one of the things that makes me nervous about doing the hints. I’m sure that this one is a Ray T and I found it fairly tricky – unless I’ve missed some there are only three anagrams which may have contributed to the difficulty, for me anyway.
If you want to see an answer you need to click on the bit that says ‘click here’ – if you don’t want to see it then don’t press ‘click here’.
Please let us know how you got on by leaving a comment. Good luck!
1a Shock vote for way to trap Conservative (11)
ELECTROCUTE: — Begin with a word meaning vote for or choose an MP for example. Follow that with a five letter word for a way or something a satnav might sort out for your journey containing (to trap) the one letter abbreviation for C(onservative).
10a Tender chest, topless (5)
OFFER: — A chest, often containing money or treasure, without its first letter (topless).
11a Quiz show preceding ‘The Ascent of Man’? (9)
COUNTDOWN: — This is a quiz show that I’ve never seen so can’t tell you anything about it – I think it’s a day time programme. The ‘Ascent of Man’ is blasting someone into space. This one caused me some grief!
12a Struggle on exercise about to cover cut (9)
PERSEVERE: — Start off with the usual two letters for physical training, then another two letter abbreviation meaning about or concerning containing (to cover) another word for cut or separate.
13a Avoid a homicide around American state (5)
IDAHO: — Here we go – this was the first of these sweet little things – it’s hidden in the first three words of the clue.
14a One periodical with endless bare pictures (6)
IMAGES: — I’m a bit stuck with this one. Begin with the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one then an abbreviation of a periodical or colour supplement. After that we need two more letters and I have to confess that I have absolutely no idea where they come from. I’m clearly missing something. Over to you . . . [Well, do you? I think I do. BD]
16a Runs batter over vegetables (8)
PARSNIPS: — Begin with a word for runs – not cricket this time but short trips out in a car – then another word for batter or knock. You now need to reverse the whole lot (over) to find these root vegetables.
18a Guts involves embracing redhead (8)
ENTRAILS: — Another word for involves or necessitates containing (embracing) the first letter of R(ed) (head).
20a High sound quality obtained by Sabbath died (6)
STONED: — This kind of high is the result of drugs or too much alcohol. You need a one letter abbreviation for S(abbath) and another one letter for D(ied) containing (obtained) a word meaning the quality or character of a sound.
23a Start to tour America taking in large city (5)
TULSA: — Begin with the first letter (start to) of T(our) and follow that with the three letters for the United States containing (taking in) L(arge. With a bit of luck you’ll end up with the city that Gene Pitney was so close to when he was rather side-tracked by a floozy in a motel!
24a One touring time before composer left Queen (9)
TRAVELLER: — Start with the usual one letter for T(ime) follow that with the French composer who wrote, among other things, the Bolero, another abbreviation for L(eft) and then the usual two letters for our Queen.
26a Top up Pilsner — he is drunk (9)
REPLENISH: — An anagram (drunk) of PILSNER HE.
27a Hawk eating head of raw fish (5)
TROUT: — The hawk isn’t a bird. It isn’t even a noun. It’s a verb meaning sell and it contains (eating) the first letter (head of) R(aw).
28a Mundane temporary head blunders penning English test (11)
TERRESTRIAL: — Start with the first letter of T(emporary) (head) then a four letter word meaning blunders or sins containing (penning) E(nglish) and follow that with a test or ordeal.
2d Man with inexhaustible bird? (5)
LIFER: — This chap has committed a terrible crime – if something is inexhaustible it never runs out or finishes and bird is a slang word for a prison sentence.
3d Acquire backing in centre for procession (7)
CORTEGE: — A four letter word meaning the centre or heart of something contains a reversal (backing in) of a short word meaning acquire or obtain.
4d Possibly metal case of Exocet missile (6)
ROCKET: — I think, and I have to confess that I only think that the metal here is a kind of music and usually has ‘heavy’ before it – follow that with the first and last letters (case of) Exocet.
5d Caught out catching exhaust in raised road (8)
CAUSEWAY: — This raised road is a way across marshy land or water. Begin with the one letter cricket abbreviation for C(aught) then a word meaning out or not at home containing (catching) a three letter word for exhaust.
6d Scraps bird pecked on top of sill (7)
TITBITS: — These scraps are little morsels of food, or gossip. Begin with a very small bird and follow that with another word for pecked or nibbled then the first letter (top of) sill.
7d Free permit only came about without sweetheart once (13)
COMPLIMENTARY: — An anagram (about) of PERMIT ONLY CAME but without one of the E’s (without sweetheart once). In other words missing out the middle letter (heart) of swEet.
8d Party with people present (8)
DONATION: — The usual two letter crossword land party is followed by some people or a race.
9d Cretins with no idea turning rude (13)
INCONSIDERATE: — An anagram (turning) of CRETINS and NO IDEA.
15d Bound to have stake put on African runner (8)
ANTELOPE: — The stake is a bet or wager followed by another word for bound or run with a long stride.
17d Fool the woman employing one who makes dresses? (8)
CLOTHIER: — Begin with a fool or nitwit and then a three letter word for the woman containing (employing) the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one.
19d Seemed a campus holds back university life (7)
ACADEME: — Another one and this one really is so well hidden that I missed it for ages – probably because it’s not just hidden but it’s reversed (holds back) as well.
21d Social networker‘s precious phrase cut short (7)
TWEETER: — This social networker is someone sending very short messages via the internet. A four letter word meaning precious in the sense of affectedly cute or pretty is followed by the first three letters (cut short) off a four letter word for a phrase or name.
22d Way to surmount enormous sadness (6)
PATHOS: — A narrow track (way) comes before (surmounts) a two letter abbreviation for outsize.
25d Sponge in a dessert rising (5)
LOOFA: —This isn’t a sponge that you’d eat – at least I hope it isn’t. It’s a rough scratchy one that some people use in the bath or shower. You need the A from the clue and then a dessert made from fruit which has been mushed up with cream or custard. Then you need to reverse it all (rising).
I liked 11 and 28a and 6 and 21d. My favourite was 2d.
The Quick crossword pun: wreck+wee+hem=requiem