Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27658
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone – it’s a real November morning in Oxford. On the plus side I’m sure we have a Ray T crossword. It has all his trademarks – short clues, a bit of innuendo although not as much as sometimes and the Queen puts in an appearance. I found some of it quite tricky.
We have some pictures! Thanks to those who have encouraged and helped me – they know who they are.
The answers are hidden where it says “click here” so try not to do it by mistake.
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1a Run off with single girlfriend? It’s lawful (10)
LEGITIMATE — Begin with a slangy way of saying run off or make a quick escape (3,2) then the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one (single) and follow that with a girlfriend (or a boyfriend).
6a Slip looking both ways (4)
BOOB — This slip or mistake is a palindrome.
9a Ray‘s male adult, thank you very much! (5)
MANTA — This Ray is not our setter – it’s a gigantic fish or sea vampire. A male adult is followed by a two letter slang word for thank you.
10a A rotter’s case in domestic tale (9)
NARRATIVE — The A from the clue and the first and last letters of R(otte)R are contained in a word meaning domestic or belonging naturally.
12a Girl is someone, at heart, flexible (7)
LISSOME — Off we go – here is the first ‘lurker’ and when I found it hiding in the clue I was quite pleased with myself.
13a Quick beer, right? (5)
ALERT — A three letter word for a kind of beer, (apparently made without hops being used as flavouring) followed by the two letter abbreviation for right.
15a Cheeky impressions? (7)
DIMPLES — These small hollows or impressions are seen on a person’s face when they smile.
17a One reproduces a design made by awkward clients (7)
STENCIL — An anagram (awkward) of CLIENTS
19a Lethargy of Liberal facing sound of wrath (7)
LANGUOR — The one letter abbreviation for L(iberal) is followed by (facing) a homonym (sound of) of a word meaning wrath or fury.
21a Glows seen around opening of religious tombs (7)
SHRINES — Another word for glows or gleams contains (seen around opening of) the first letter of R(eligious).
22a Thus cover is given for stable (5)
SOLID — Two letters meaning thus or because are followed by a word meaning cover or top.
24a In this we’re together — and on stage! (7)
CONCERT — I think this is a bit tricky to give a hint for, specially as I’m not even sure that I’m right. If two, or more, people are in it they are in agreement. Another meaning is a musical performance. Sorry folk – not the best hint in the world.
27a Understanding former wife, saucy one’s sweetheart (9)
EXPERTISE — The usual two letters for a former wife, a word for saucy or cheeky, the letter that looks like ONE, with the ‘S and followed the middle letter or heart of sweet (sweetheart).
28a More than close squeeze? (5)
EXACT — A guess at something could be pretty close – this word means closer than that. It also means squeeze in the sense of extort money from someone.
29a Tense annoyance creates fatigue (4)
TIRE — T(ense) followed by annoyance or irritation.
30a Why person ice-skating circles very fast? (10)
HYPERSONIC — The answer is hidden in the clue! Is it me . . . ?
1d Appliance needing large unit of current? (4)
LAMP — This domestic lighting appliance comes from L(arge) and an abbreviation for a unit of electric current.
2d Name oddly associated with elegant refined chap (9)
GENTLEMAN — An anagram (refined) of ELEGANT and the odd letters of NaMe (oddly associated with.
3d Catches second character up (5)
TRAPS — Start with the abbreviation for S(econd) and a character, or a role in a play and then reverse the whole thing (up).
4d No term’s complicated for teachers (7)
MENTORS — An anagram (complicated) of NO TERM’S.
5d Mariner acquires objectives (7)
TARGETS — One of the more common crossword words for a mariner or sailor is followed by another word for acquires or obtains.
7d Declare over deal (5)
OPINE — The cricket abbreviation for O(ver) and a kind of deal, or wood.
8d She lets bra loose getting excited (10)
BREATHLESS — An anagram (loose) of SHE LETS BRA.
11d Ace partner, pure at heart, in buff (7)
AMATEUR — Buff here doesn’t mean naked or polish – it means an enthusiast or fan. Begin with A(ce) follow it with a partner or chum and then the middle two letters (at heart) of pURe.
14d Juvenile teen’s a clod, misbehaving (10)
ADOLESCENT — An anagram (misbehaving) of TEEN’S A CLOD.
16d The French with less than clean clothes (7)
LAUNDER — The French word for ‘the’ followed by less than, or beneath.
18d Force swindle on mark without resistance (9)
CONSTRAIN — The usual three letters meaning swindle or cheat and a word for a mark that could be difficult to remove by washing containing (without) R(esistance).
20d It’s correct if you look inside (7)
RECTIFY — Another hidden answer. I really think someone is out to get me today!
21d Devout following catching Queen (7)
SINCERE — A five letter word meaning following, or after, containing the two letters for our Queen.
23d Revolt rising for social outcast (5)
LEPER — To revolt or disgust reversed (rising) gives you this social outcast or pariah.
25d Quits from business, never to return (5)
EVENS — I really am giving up now. Another hidden answer and, just to cap it all, this time its reversed (to return).
26d Spot missing outside of the ear (4)
OTIC — A six letter verb meaning to spot or pay attention to without its first and last letters (missing outside).
I liked 1 and 28a and 4 and 16d. My favourite was either 15 or 21a
The Quick Crossword pun: cur+dull+aeon=Coeur de Lion