Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27632
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
We have a fairly solid puzzle today – no great laughs but nothing to complain about (I’ve stopped complaining about the use of ‘on’ to mean ‘precedes’ in across clues such as 10a because it occurs so frequently). Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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1a Trinkets from Beirut Joe and I distributed (10)
BIJOUTERIE – an anagram (distributed) of BEIRUT JOE and I. Easy if you know the French word for a jewel, a bit trickier otherwise.
6a Voice of inferior quality? Sounds like it (4)
BASS – this sounds like an adjective meaning of inferior quality or shoddy.
9a I must be bound by discretion, that’s understood (5)
TACIT – I goes inside (bound by) a word meaning discretion.
10a Restore control on land (9)
REINSTATE – a verb to control or restrain (a horse, for example) is followed by a land or nation.
12a One who’s practical about belonging to the most famous group (7)
REALIST – a preposition meaning about or concerning followed by the description (1-4) used to describe a top-level celeb.
13a Gather organic fuel round lake (5)
PLEAT – this gather is a fold in cloth. Vegetable matter which can be used as fuel contains L(ake).
15a Royal house to deliver missing diamonds (7)
HANOVER – our royal house from 1714 to 1901 comes from a phrasal verb to deliver or pass across (4,4) without the abbreviation used for diamonds in card games. We never covered this royal house in history lessons at school, our history master maintaining that anything after 1714 was ‘current affairs’.
17a Check light in assembly room (7)
CHAMBER – the abbreviation for check in chess followed by one of the lights used to control the flow of traffic.
19a Framework of church, where Umbrian saint was born, incomplete (7)
CHASSIS – an abbreviation for church is followed by the name of the place in Umbria where the patron saint of animals was born, without its final I (incomplete).
21a Military governor, crossing sort of square, produces weapon (7)
SHOTGUN – a military ruler in feudal Japan contains (crossing) the (single letter) square used in technical drawing.
22a Money from draw club’s leader invested (5)
LUCRE – this money (often described as filthy) comes from a verb to draw or entice with the leading letter of club inserted (invested).
24a Single out hard school subject (7)
ENGLISH – an anagram (out) of SINGLE followed by the abbreviation used for hard (in categorising pencils).
27a Put in different words, one leaving school’s behind schedule (9)
TRANSLATE – remove the I (one in Roman numerals) from a verb to school or coach and add the ‘S and an adjective meaning behind schedule.
28a Man seizing Ecstasy easily obtained (5)
CHEAP – an informal word for a man contains (seizing) E(cstasy).
29a New love left abandoned for goddess (4)
NIKE – The winged goddess of victory in Greek mythology comes from N(ew) followed by a verb to love or be partial to with the L(eft) taken away.
30a Shout in pub from darts loser, possibly (4,6)
LAST ORDERS – an anagram (possibly) of DARTS LOSER.
1d Stooge, nevertheless last to protest (4)
BUTT – in a comedy duo one of the pair is often the stooge, the straight one who is the object of the other’s jokes. A conjunction meaning nevertheless is followed by the last letter of protest.
2d Shake with anger, initially, ringing about tree (9)
JACARANDA – the tree was fairly obvious from the first letter but the wordplay required a bit of thought. We need to string together a verb to shake or jolt, a conjunction meaning with and the initial letter of A(nger). That all goes round (ringing) a two-letter abbreviation meaning about or approximately.
3d Extremist based in Kabul, trafficking (5)
ULTRA – hidden (based) in the clue.
4d Previous invention featured in rare broadcast (7)
EARLIER – a fictitious invention is contained (featured) in an anagram (broadcast) of RARE.
5d I do it wrongly, in charge, being foolish (7)
IDIOTIC – a very simple anagram (wrongly) of I DO IT followed by the abbreviation for in charge.
7d Saw commercial decline (5)
ADAGE – a charade of the abbreviation for a commercial and a verb to decline or wither.
8d Carol holds mixed-up mass for baking (10)
SWELTERING – this sort of baking generally leads to tabloid headlines like ‘What a scorcher!’. A verb to carol or trill contains (holds) a word meaning a confused unordered mass.
11d Parson surprisingly accompanying old singer (7)
SOPRANO – an anagram (surprisingly) of PARSON followed by O(ld).
14d Explorer in hut spilled the beans (10)
SHACKLETON – charade of a hut or rudimentary cabin and a phrasal verb (3,2) meaning spilled the beans.
16d Odd verses, beginning of prayer included, in evensong (7)
VESPERS – an anagram (odd) of VERSES with the beginning letter of prayer inserted.
18d Boss from Lancashire, perhaps popular at first (3,6)
BIG CHEESE – Lancashire here is an example (perhaps) – the setter could have used Cheshire or even Caerphilly. Precede that (at first) with an adjective meaning popular or commercially successful.
20d Composer bad at names (7)
SMETANA – the name of the Czech composer of operas such as ‘The Bartered Bride’ is an anagram (bad) of AT NAMES.
21d Part of street housing e.g. soldiers (7)
SEGMENT – the abbreviation of street houses EG (from the clue) and ordinary soldiers.
23d Conservative standing is eccentric (5)
CRANK – the single-letter abbreviation for Conservative followed by a standing or grade.
25d Suffer at home, remedy falling short (5)
INCUR – an adverb meaning at home is followed by a remedy without its last letter (falling short).
26d Work in shop, usually (4)
OPUS – hidden.
I liked 8d and 18d but my favourite today was 2d. Which one(s) did you like?
Today’s Quickie Pun: JAMB + PACT = JAM-PACKED