Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27628
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
Three weeks ago I remember saying that by today I would have learnt how to put pictures in – somehow that hasn’t quite happened so apologies if there aren’t any and thanks to BD if there are. Moving on to the crossword as quickly as possible, I found this pretty tricky – I enjoyed it too – I’m more than happy for anyone to disagree with me.
The answers are hidden where it says “click here” so only do that if you want the answer to be revealed.
1a Sham trial (5)
DUMMY: — A double definition.
4a Frank reveals personal facts about writer without permission (9)
OUTSPOKEN: — Begin with a word meaning reveals personal facts about, often something that a person would prefer to keep secret, then you need a three letter word for a writer, maybe a biro, containing (without) two letters giving permission in an informal way.
9a Beastly creatures emerge in a cast (9)
MENAGERIE: — An anagram (cast) of EMERGE IN A.
10a Unusual time Lawrence’s initially spent making bouquet (5)
ODOUR: — I hope you’re all concentrating here – start with a three letter word for unusual or a bit peculiar, then think of a unit of time – there are twenty four of these in a day. Now think of an author whose surname was Lawrence and remove the initials of his christian names (initially spent) or got rid of. This one really caused me a whole load of trouble although the answer was fairly obvious.
11a A centre for Libyans in poor housing, offering places of refuge (7)
ASYLUMS: — The A from the clue and then some poor housing or a deprived area containing (in) the central letter of Lib(Y)ans.
12a Particular keys jamming lever (7)
PRECISE: — A verb meaning to lever, or force open, containing (jamming) a couple of musical keys.
13a ‘Narcotic composition,’ I scoffed (6)
OPIATE: — A two letter musical composition is followed by the I from the clue and a word meaning scoffed or gobbled.
15a Bouncer, perhaps, quick to stand by dance (4,4)
FAST BALL: — The first part is a word meaning quick or rapid and the second is a formal dance. Oh dear – cricket – if I managed it so can any other cricket phobics.
18a Trout teem by fronts of boats (8)
RAINBOWS: — This a particular kind of trout. A word meaning teem or wet stuff coming from the clouds is followed by the nautical term for the fronts of boats.
20a Stall interminable craving for needle (6)
STYLUS: — This needle is something that used to be used to play vinyl records. Begin with a stall, maybe for housing pigs, and follow it with a four letter word for craving or strong desire without its last letter (interminable).
23a Breaks apart and becomes weepy (5,2)
TEARS UP: — Breaks apart or rips into bits can also be used as a description of how a person’s eyes may look if they’re about to cry.
24a Note learner blocking ski slope gets the message (7)
EPISTLE: — A musical note comes before the beaten track of a ski run containing (blocking) the usual one letter abbreviation for a L(earner).
26a Forgot lines and flopped getting to grips with Romeo (5)
DRIED: — Something every actor and actress dreads – a word meaning flopped or collapsed (pretty permanently) contains (getting to grips with) the letter that Romeo represents in the phonetic alphabet.
27a Nude photographs? (9)
EXPOSURES: — A double definition – the photographs are sections of film that have had access to light. I think you’re probably all capable of working out the nude bit!
28a Getting on, sent scene with alternative endings (9)
SENESCENT: — I suppose this is technically an anagram but not one that should send any of us scurrying for our pens and paper as that’s not how the setter wants us to solve the clue. All you need to do is follow the instructions – follow the first three letters of sent with the last letter of scene then the first four letters of scene with the last one of sent (alternative endings). Hopefully you end up with a word that I for one have never met before.
29a Bloodthirsty Sonny, boxing champion once (5)
TYSON: — Here we go again – not only a hidden answer (boxing) but to do with boxing too.
1d English intend to put on austere air (9)
DEMEANOUR: — This air, or manner or appearance, comes from the abbreviation for E(nglish), another word for intend or plan to do – all of that is contained in (put on) a word meaning austere or grim.
2d One checking one’s finances (5)
MONEY: — The ‘One’ from the clue is contained by (checking) the two letters for how the setter may refer to something belonging to him or her (one’s).
3d Hog roast held in tent is a cultural production (7)
YOGHURT: — Don’t be fooled into thinking that the cultural production is a play or an opera – it isn’t – it’s something you eat which is a fermented milk product. A tent used by nomads in Siberia and Mongolia contains (held in) an anagram (roast) of HOG.
4d Adjusted hours to secure new career (6)
ONRUSH: — Not the kind of career like teaching or medicine. It’s an anagram (adjusted) of HOURS containing (to secure) the one letter abbreviation for N(ew).
5d Articles about singular sanctimonious luvvie (8)
THESPIAN: — The definite article and the indefinite article (articles) contain (about) S(ingular) and a two letter word meaning sanctimonious or obtrusively religious.
6d Take care of deterioration in muscle temperature (7)
PROTECT: — An abbreviation for the muscles responsible for arm and shoulder movement contains (in) a word meaning deterioration or going off and all that is followed by T(emperature).
7d Clever clogs will endlessly talk on, sadly (4-2-3)
KNOW-IT-ALL: — An anagram (sadly) of WIL (will endlessly) and TALK ON.
8d Sauce bottle (5)
NERVE: — A double definition. Cheek or sauce, as in “You’ve got a ******” and bottle as in bravery.
14d Mock shortcoming Labour’s leader’s overlooked (9)
IMITATION: — This ‘mock’ is not a verb meaning tease or ridicule it’s an adjective describing a substitute. A word beginning with an L meaning a shortcoming or lacking in ability (such as my being able to put pictures in the hints!) without the first letter of L(abour). (Labour leader’s overlooked).
16d Pay attention — stray bugs! (7,2)
LISTENS IN: — A word meaning to pay attention or take notice of what is being said is followed by a verb meaning to stray or do wrong.
17d Suit or suite? We cope with it somehow (3-5)
TWO-PIECE: — An anagram (somehow) of WE COPE and IT.
19d Departs coming from where hospital visits take place too (7)
BESIDES: — Where do people sit when visiting someone in hospital? Remove (coming from) one of the abbreviations for D(eparts) seen at a station.
21d Fool assuming North, South and East may make co-ordinates (7)
TWINSET: — These co-ordinates are items of clothing. A four letter word meaning fool or silly billy contain (assuming) the abbreviations for N(orth), S(outh) and E(ast).
22d This is spouted to tape garbled (6)
TEAPOT: — An anagram (garbled) of TO TAPE.
23d Also charged with marking on snooker table and small disturbances (2-3)
TO-DOS: —. . . and just to finish me off completely we have snooker! A three letter word meaning also, or as well as, contains (charged with) a marking on a snooker table – the marking looks like a letter and, as far as I can work out, is fairly well up to one end of the table – follow that with the one letter abbreviation for S(mall).
25d Thug raps occasionally with singular spirit (5)
TURPS: —This spirit is not one that you would drink – well, I do hope not anyway as it would do your insides a load of no good! It’s used to thin paint or clean paint brushes. Take the odd letters (occasionally) of Thug raps and follow them with the abbreviation for S(ingular).
I liked 11 and 26a and 3 and 21d. My favourite was 7d. What did you all think? Please leave a comment with your opinions.
The Quick Crossword pun: cap+tin+slog=Captain’s log