Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27643
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I thought this a little bland until I started to parse the clues and realised just how many clever clues and misdirections there are. I have waited a while for the chance to include the video clip at 10 across and the reference to Alice gave me the opportunity. Thank you Rufus for that. As we have a few musical references in the puzzle today I have gone with a musical theme to the blog. I hope you like it.
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1a Animal with a head for heights (7)
GIRAFFE: I think that this clue only just creeps into cryptic territory. If you are having trouble, think tall animals with long necks and if you still cannot solve the clue – give up.
5a With air-conditioning being installed, wise to find peace and quiet? (7)
PRIVACY: This is more like it, possibly my favourite clue today. Obvious from the checking letters and the definition at the end. Place (installed) the initial letters of A(ir) C(onditioning) inside an adjective meaning wise or sharing in the knowledge of something secret or private.
9a New car is on account, but capital is required (5)
ACCRA: The capital city of Ghana formed by an anagram (new) of CAR after our usual suspect AC(count)
10a Alice pops out of the church (9)
EPISCOPAL: Anagram (out) of ALICE POPS. Thank you Rufus for the opportunity to show the attached video clip. It is well worth the watching.
11a One bound to learn his craft (10)
APPRENTICE: A clever all in one clue referring to the practice of being indentured to a trade and the title of one so bound. Mine was in Precision Engineering and has been invaluable despite leaving engineering shortly after my time was served.
12a Quietly fish in Isle of Man port (4)
PEEL: Place a long thin slithery snakelike fish after the musical notation for piano. Incidentally did you know that PP is pianissimo and PPP is pianississimo. Now there is a word.
14a Go-ahead to join low-key revolution (12)
ENTERPRISING: And straight away we again get the musical term for piano indicated by the word low-key. Stick it after a verb meaning to join an organisation and before an armed protest or revolt against authority.
18a Token expletive in defiant response (12)
COUNTERBLAST: A token as might be used in Ludo or Snakes and ladders followed by an exclamation expressing annoyance
21a Orchestral piece initially written on back of envelope (4)
OBOE: The initial letters of the last four words of the clue will reveal an instrument which is used to tune an orchestra. I tried so hard to justify OPUS for this clue thanks to the excellent misdirection Orchestral piece initially giving the OP
22a Type of agent having insurance? (10)
UNDERCOVER: This clandestine secret agent could be split 5,5 to have valid insurance policies in place
25a They have telling parts in play (9)
NARRATORS: Those whose speaking parts in a play help to move the story along
26a Trouble caused by a small number in New York (5)
ANNOY: A charade of A from the clue and the abbreviation for number inside the initial letters of New York
27a Seamen can put forth in tattered clothing (7)
RATINGS: Non-commissioned sailors in the navy. Place another word for a can inside a word for tattered clothing
28a Caught girl taking dictionary (7)
LASSOED: A term for a girl followed by the initials for the Oxford English Dictionary
1d Leave for a holiday and get lost (2,4)
GO AWAY: A double definition here. The second being rather derogatory
2d Take Latin (6)
RECIPE: The Latin word for Take. Rather unfair I think. Thank you Big Dave
3d Brothers terrify ant in play (10)
FRATERNITY: Anagram (in play) of TERRIFY ANT.
4d Key-hole operation? (5)
EVENT: Our musical theme continues with the key here being a musical key followed by a hole or opening.
5d A head for capital investment? (9)
PRINCIPAL: Another double definition. The head of a college perhaps.
6d Move slowly in church (4)
INCH: The answer here is included in the clue but I am not sure that is intentional.
7d Perfect order for dessert (5-3)
APPLE PIE: I always think that this expression for perfect order is more commonly used in America. As a dessert it is one of those that my late mother did so much better than Saint Sharon probably because my late mother overdosed us on sugar.
8d Noel’s pieces of firewood? (4,4)
YULE LOGS: The firewood burned at Christmas.
13d Those in primary education, say, showing excellent form (5-5)
FIRST CLASS: Although we have eight words in the clue this is still a double definition.
15d To slip up 1-0 against us is wrong (9)
ERRONEOUS: A clever charade here. Take a three letter word meaning to go wrong (slip up). Then ONE (1), O and US.
16d Drinking vessel (8)
SCHOONER: Although this is an old chestnut I didn’t get it until late in the solve. A sailing ship with two or more masts and a glass for drinking large measures of sherry.
17d His word is law at a court building (8)
AUTOCRAT: A cleverly hidden anagram (building) of AT A COURT
19d Still rings up, nevertheless (4,2)
EVEN SO: No stir in the air, No stir in the sea, The ship was still as she could be. Her sails from heaven received no motion. Her keel was steady on the ocean. Take a word meaning still and add some rings. In this case it’s the round letter and it’s plural and reversed (up).
20d Extremely ragged (6)
FRAYED: Torn at the edges.
23d One means of support for an artist (5)
EASEL: Is this the oldest and most used chestnut of all? The frame upon which an artist might support his canvas
24d Fine stuff that you can sit on in summer (4)
LAWN: A fine linen or fabric. A sward.
Still listening to Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes. Much to Saint Sharons’ chagrin.
The Quick Crossword pun: court+arise=cauterise