Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27663
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Radio New Zealand told us a couple of days ago that summer has officially started. Doesn’t really feel like it yet as we have had more than our share of cold windy days lately. Today however is calm, clear and warmish so we can feel optimistic of more to come.
Jay has served up another of his tasty delights today, slightly in the gentler range.
Please leave a comment telling us what you think of today’s puzzle.
1a Worriedly describes lacking credit in any case (7)
BESIDES : Anagram (worriedly) of DEScrIBES with the abbreviation fro credit removed.
9a To put one’s foot down is a duty of sorts (5)
STAMP : Double definition.
10a Lead, say from corrupt copper? (4,5)
BASE METAL : A word for corrupt and a word for what copper is, (not the one on the beat.)
11a Torrent causing rambling group to lose leader during day trip (10)
OUTPOURING : Anagram (rambling) of g(ROUP) without its first letter inside a description of a day trip.
12a Request that cuts enjoyment by half (4)
PLEA : Take an eight letter synonym for enjoyment and chop off the second half.
14a Short acts perhaps rewritten with depth (4-8)
CASH-STRAPPED : Anagram (rewritten) of ACTS PERHAPS with (D)epth added.
18a On form demographic group? (7,5)
WORKING CLASS : A synonym for on, or in operation, and a word for form usually used in a school setting.
21a Reality produced by fine performance (4)
FACT : (F)ine and a word for performance.
25a Dish for bad loser in lawsuit? (9)
CASSEROLE : Anagram (bad) of LOSER inside a word for a lawsuit.
26a Name for savings scheme account? (5)
ISAAC : The abbreviation for account follows an acronym for a savings scheme. We had to check this in BRB.
27a Talk about seconds on field event (7)
DISCUSS : A field event where a flying saucer is used, with an extra (S)econds.
28a People who understand Australians? (7)
DIGGERS : Double definition.
2d Feels hurt seeing pictures included in text message (6)
SMARTS : Three letter acronym for a text message includes a collective term for painted pictures.
3d Tactful service might follow this (10)
DIPLOMATIC : When service is added to the answer you get a government department.
4d Weep over unprotected Nero’s grave (5)
SOBER : Short word for weep then middle letters (unprotected) of Nero.
5d Care following delivery of mail to part of South Africa? (9)
POSTNATAL : A word for mail and a region of South Africa.
6d Crown service protecting millions (4)
ACME : The crown is a peak or pinnacle, the service can be a tennis one around (M)illions.
8d Boring, when crossing road for slow people (8)
DULLARDS : Synonym for boring, synonym for when and abbreviation for road between these.
13d Wiping out call after service bill (10)
MASSACRING : The service is in a church, a two letter abbreviation for a bill, then a word to telephone.
15d Mysterious ghost ship’s most interesting parts (4,5)
HIGH SPOTS : Anagram (mysterious) of GHOST SHIP.
19d Entertain disheartened rabble with good beer (6)
REGALE : First and last letters of rabble, then (G)ood and a type of beer.
20d Cuts due to arrest on board ship (6)
SNICKS : A slang word for arrest goes inside the abbreviation for steamship.
23d Completely turn Jude’s heart, capturing writer (5)
UPEND : The middle two letters of Jude surround a writing instrument.
24d Nation secured by future prospects on the rise (4)
PERU : It’s in there written backwards. There had to be one for Kath.
23d was the clue that appealed most to us today. Which ones did you like?
Quickie pun Pour + Keep + Highs = Porky-pies