Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27621
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
One of the things that we really look forward to in the Spring is eating the first asparagus of the season. We have a huge bunch sitting in the fridge ready for tonight’s dinner. YUM.
Jay has given us another enjoyable puzzle this week, with plenty of picture opportunities too.
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1a A rep’s new role as potential replacement (5,4)
SPARE PART : An anagram (new) of A REP’S plus a synonym for a role on stage perhaps.
6a Fifty per cent of cost doubled with a drink (5)
COCOA : Half of the word cost, twice, then A from the clue.
9a Low points for the elk? (5)
MOOSE : What a cow might do then two compass points.
10a Source of crude pictures? (3,6)
OIL PAINTS : A cryptic definition of a common medium used by artists.
11a Gets very angry about expensive car crushers (5-7)
STEAM-ROLLERS : A word for ‘gets very angry’ around (about) a luxury car.
16a Perfect state of vehicle found in revolutionary Iran (7)
NIRVANA : Three letter vehicle is found inside an anagram (revolutionary) of IRAN.
17a Very nearly returned for a coat (3)
MAC : Find a (4,4) phrase meaning returned and remove the last letter of the first word (nearly). This was the last one for us to sort out and by far the most difficult to hint.
18a Two-faced drunk, dismissing women actually (2,5)
DE FACTO : Anagram (drunk) of TWO-FACED with W(omen) removed.
20a Save to cover river passage (7)
EXCERPT : A word meaning save or put aside with R(iver) included.
22a Watch kept on potential nuclear evils? (12)
SURVEILLANCE : Anagram (potential) of NUCLEAR EVILS.
26a Decoration for navy chaps after trouble west of Taiwan (9)
ADORNMENT : Word for trouble, then two letter ‘navy’, word for ‘chaps’ and first letter (west) of Taiwan.
27a Ring area supplying gas (5)
OZONE : The round letter then a word for area or region.
28a Given medicine, does drunk do without love? (5)
DOSED : Anagram (drunk) of DOES then DO without the round letter.
29a Heir‘s triumph, with York defenceless (9)
SUCCESSOR : A word meaning triumph followed by middle two letters of York (defenceless).
1d Total paid initially for oil deposit (4)
SUMP : Word for total then P(aid).
2d Looking amazed by a good turn around (4)
AGOG : A from the clue, G(ood) then the reversal of a word for a turn.
3d English go in to support victory for this horse! (7)
EVENTER : E(nglish) V(ictory) then a word to ‘go in’.
4d Two answers about memory evoking smell (5)
AROMA : The memory is in your computer and is preceded and followed by A(nswer).
5d Forbearance to messy cleaner? (9)
TOLERANCE : TO from the clue then an anagram (messy) of CLEANER.
6d Creep caught fishing boat losing time (7)
CRAWLER : Replace the first letter of a fishing boat with C(aught).
7d Bearers of light are able to read freely about party (10)
CANDELABRA : Word meaning ‘able to’, anagram (freely) of READ with a political party included.
8d Idiot workers must accept first people who help (10)
ASSISTANTS : Word for ‘idiot’, abbreviation for ‘first’ then six-legged workers.
12d Girl holding up train? (10)
BRIDESMAID : Cryptic definition of a ‘match’ assistant.
13d Stick jumper and manuscript in teachers’ quarters (10)
STAFFROOMS : Synonym for a stick, jumper from across the Tasman and abbreviation for manuscript.
15d Burns rot on board ship (9)
SMOULDERS : A word for decay inside two letter abbreviation for a ship.
19d Polished and inclined to support Conservative (7)
CLEANED : C(onservative) then inclined like the Tower at Pisa.
21d Revolution covering working with meteorological phenomenon (7)
CYCLONE : A two letter word for working inside a word meaning turning (revolution).
23d A heartless tyrant in charge of Greece! (5)
ATTIC : A from the clue, first and last letters (heartless) of tyrant then abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
24d Weapons which are put in violin cases? (4)
BOWS : Things that go with arrows and violins.
25d Energy required in pitch and run (4)
TEAR : E(nergy) inside synonym for pitch as found on roads.
The ones we liked best today were 11a and 20a.
The Quick Crossword pun: dare+reef+harm=dairy farm