Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27613
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One moment we are singing and the next we cry with pain.
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1a Determined to get result of hunt put in pot (7)
SKILLET: Here we go. Take a three letter word meaning determined or established (or about a million other definitions) and put the appalling result of a foxhunt inside.
5a Income from flat in Parisian street (7)
REVENUE: Place an adjective meaning flat and smooth inside the French word for street
9a Get ecstatic with Northern bird (5)
RAVEN: Nevermore Quoth this bird – a verb meaning to get ecstatic followed by N(orthern)
10a An off-break (4,5)
SICK LEAVE: Time taken away from work or school when ill or when pretending to be ill. I am pleased to say that I have not taken much of this in my life.
11a Convincing vice-consul is complicated (10)
CONCLUSIVE: Golly. An anagram. All of the components are there. The indicator is rather obvious. The fodder or the letters that will be used in the anagram are there. There are ten of them and as always they either immediately precede or immediately follow the indicator. Finally we have a definition which in this case would work perfectly as a single clue in The Quickie. Off you go then.
12a Name has to be changed? So be it (4)
AMEN: I am tempted to write “see above” and leave it at that. As long as Big Dave is happy with that I will do so. [Golly an anagram … BD]
14a Untimely errors made by chairman’s son (12)
ANACHRONISMS: I hang my head in shame. This anagram (see both clues above) needed pen and paper to solve even though I had all of the checking letters in. My clue of the day. See the above two hints
18a A treat for spectators — no support being required (4-8)
FREE STANDING: The first word in the answer is indicated by the word treat and means at no cost. The whole phrase means not attached to or supported.
21a One’s QC material (4)
SILK: A material or a Queen’s Counsel until she dies and Charlie boy takes over, then they will be King’s counsel which will mean that a great deal of stationery will have to be changed and they can put their punitive fees up even more. My careers officer failed to tell me about this gravy train. How do I sue him for loss of earnings?
22a Female supporter at the match (10)
BRIDESMAID: A lovely clue with a good surface read and misdirection aplenty. The match is a wedding and the female supporter who will be looking after the lucky lady standing at the altar. The illustration is Saint Sharon and my Niece Sophie. June 2003. Our wedding day.
25a Insulting attack (9)
OFFENSIVE: A double definition. I could help more but once the checking letters are in it will become obvious
26a Consumers requiring faultless service in United States (5)
USERS: I like this clue. One of the seven deadly sins makes an appearance albeit well hidden. The word faultless is telling us to take it away. We are then told to put the remaining letters into the U(nited) S(tates). The result will mean consumers. The more I write this stuff the more I am convinced of the benefits of Quickie Crossword solving to Cryptic Crossword solvers.
27a Everyone is in to try for the highest qualification (7)
TALLEST: Our regular three letter word for everyone needs to be placed into our regular four letter word for try. The result will provide an adjective referring to those of the highest stature
28a Stand up, showing refinement — one has to receive the sweep (7)
DUSTPAN: Anagram (showing refinement) of STAND UP
1d Smart deal (6)
SPRUCE: A double definition. The second being a type of timber
2d In a hole? Use your ingenuity (6)
INVENT: IN followed by a hole – to create or design something that has not existed before.
3d One illness to suffer in isolation (10)
LONELINESS: I do find blogging anagrams boring. This is an anagram. (to suffer) of ONE ILLNESS
4d There’s initial demand to get second jobs (5)
TASKS: Take the initial or first letter of T(here’s) and add a verb meaning demand or to say something in order to obtain an answer and S(econd)
5d Well, now (9)
RECOVERED: To have rallied after an illness for which you may have needed some 10ac
6d Goodbye depression! (4)
VALE: This is a clever double definition. The first word of which is used more commonly in The USA than it is here in The UK [and even more so in Ancient Rome! BD]
7d Narrow escape from mean girl (4,4)
NEAR MISS: The word “mean” in the wordplay means tight or miserly.
8d All the same, head makes a regular appearance (8)
EVENNESS: Regular, level or smooth followed by a geographical term for a headland
13d Where coffees are served and drunk (2,4,4)
IN ONE’S CUPS: A term meaning to be drunk and quite literally where coffees are served.
15d What skiers may need to reach their peak (9)
CHAIRLIFT: The means by which a skier might travel to reach the upper slopes of a mountain
16d Branch is not on fire (8)
OFFSHOOT: The opposite of on followed by a term used in oikball meaning to kick a ball with intent to score a goal
17d Appetite satisfied? One’s more than enough! (8)
BELLYFUL: A rather coarse term for a quantity of food sufficient to fill ones stomach
19d Compensate with cosmetics? (4-2)
MAKE UP: A double definition. The second referring to the slap women use to enhance their appearance
20d Inventor is done for misrepresentation (6)
EDISON: This is our final anagram today. The answer is a bloke we all know as an inventor but he didn’t really invent much at all. He improved a lot of other people’s inventions and was very good at commercial exploitation of a good idea. His first two names were Thomas Alva.
23d Daily leader studied in awe (5)
DREAD: D(aily) leader gives us our start letter and “studied” gives a clue to the rest. Studied at university perhaps.
24d Part of link needing a joint (4)
KNEE: This a lurker. A type of clue I particularly like. They hide away within the clue tempting us to find them. The words “part of” indicate the hidden word.
Karen Lawson. Best before 5th October 2014 My beautiful Sister-in-law.
The Quick Crossword pun: court+arise=cauterise