Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27670
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/**** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone. Oxford seems to have escaped the extreme weather that was forecast. It’s windy but nothing worse than average for a stormy patch in the middle of December. I hope that all of you, particularly those further north and west, are safe and warm.
This is a Ray T crossword and I thought it was quite difficult. I imagine it will be his last one this year so let’s make the most of it, thank him for all the entertainment that he provides and wish him a very happy Christmas.
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1a He organises room with satchels scattered (12)
SCHOOLMASTER — An anagram (scattered) of ROOM with SATCHELS. A nice long and not too difficult anagram across the top is always such a good start.
9a One showing skill that’s welcome in booze-up (9)
BARTENDER — This is a person who is necessary in a pub. An informal way of saying booze-up or drunken spree contains (in) the usual short word meaning skill.
10a Amphitheatre gripped by warfare, naturally (5)
ARENA — The first of these little hidden horrors designed to confuse us. Found him without too much trouble.
11a Oust terrible aunts, embracing Bertie finally (6)
UNSEAT — An anagram (terrible) of AUNTS containing (embracing) the last letter (finally) of Bertie.
12a One floats along ocean, capsizing first? (8)
CANOEIST — Another anagram (capsizing) of OCEAN followed by the three letters for first. This one took me a long time to see.
13a Hypocrisy of Church restrained by infinite divinity (6)
DECEIT — One of the two-letter abbreviations for Church is contained in (restrained by) another word for a divinity or god without its final letter (infinite).
15a Break into a sweat for each peak (8)
PERSPIRE — Three letters meaning for each is followed by a peak, of a church maybe.
18a Former wife cool about man endlessly in need (8)
EXIGENCE — Begin with the usual two letters for a former wife (or husband just to keep you chaps on your toes) and follow them with a verb meaning to cool or chill containing (about) a shortened word (endlessly) for a man without its last letter
19a Erotic passage containing start of rumpy-pumpy (6)
CARNAL — The passage here is an artificial waterway containing the first letter (start of) R(umpy-pumpy).
21a Going outside, catching cold, causing fever? (8)
EXCITING — Another word for going outside or leaving, often used in the theatre, containing (catching) C(old).
23a Stones like to include entrance (6)
AGATES — These stones are out to fool us – they’re nothing to do with a rock band – they are semi-precious gems. The capitalisation of ‘Stones’ is because it’s the first word of the sentence rather than a proper noun. Two letters for like, or in the same way, contain (to include) an entrance or way into.
26a Taken on board and left port (5)
LADEN — L(eft) followed by the chief port of Yemen.
27a Stopped and hovered, smart bombs inside (9)
HAMSTRUNG — This kind of ‘stopped’ means to have made lame or powerless. Begin with another word for hovered or suspended. This contains (inside) an anagram (bombs) of SMART.
28a Great band, close I fancy, covering Queen (12)
CONSIDERABLE — An anagram (fancy) of BAND CLOSE I containing (covering) the usual two letters for our Queen.
1d Crushed broken transport, hoisted grabbing vehicle’s rear (7)
SUBDUED — Start with a word meaning broken or useless, carry on with short word for a means of transporting lots of people, bung in an E (the rear, or last letter of vehicle) and then turn it all upside down (hoisted).
2d Employs and reportedly gives raises (5)
HIRES — A homonym (reportedly) of a verb meaning raises or lifts up.
3d Plump compiler’s taking time to get working (9)
OPERATIVE — I hope you’re all really concentrating. A short word meaning plump for or choose, a way that the compiler might say he has, all containing a time or an age.
4d Flash of French fashion (4)
MODE — A flash or short space of time is followed by the French word for of.
5d Flag‘s raised initially on board ship (8)
STREAMER — One of the more common crossword ships contains (on board) the first letter (initially) of raised.
6d Muse captured by painter at opening (5)
ERATO — The muse of lyric poetry is hidden in the clue. Our second little blighter – I found it – there are no flies on me today!
7d ‘Sun’ issue creating agitation (8)
SEDITION — The one letter abbreviation for S(un) is followed by an issue or publication. My last answer – don’t know why.
8d ‘Fight Club’ title, losing it (6)
BATTLE — A club or the thing used to hit the ball in cricket is followed by t(it)le – title losing it.
14d Copper joining detectives to oversee English match (8)
COINCIDE — This copper is not CU – it’s a small bit of loose change, followed by the three letter abbreviation for detectives in the police force and lastly (to oversee) E(nglish).
16d Fall about in almost relentless defeat (9)
SLAUGHTER — This kind of ‘fall about’ is what you might do if someone told you something very funny. It’s contained in (in) another word for relentless or inflexible without the final letter (almost).
17d A receptacle like this produces plant (8)
ACANTHUS — A from the clue is followed by a receptacle or container and then a word meaning like this, or so.
18d First woman barely topless with equanimity (6)
EVENLY — The first woman who got up to a load of no good with Adam followed by a word meaning barely, or just about, without its first letter (topless).
20d The French gossip over practically new dish (7)
LASAGNE — The French definite article is followed by a reversal (over) a short informal word meaning gossip or natter and the first couple of letters (practically) of new.
22d Beat topping lead in ballroom dance (5)
TANGO — A three letter word meaning beat or whack followed by another word for lead or advance.
24d Digit‘s hit with end turning black (5)
THUMB — An informal word for punch or hit has its last letter (end, a P) swapped (turning) for a B(lack)
25d Surrounded in a feeble uprising (4)
AMID — A from the clue is followed by a reversal (uprising) of a word meaning feeble or faint.
I liked 1 and 12a and 14 and 16d. My favourite was 3d.
Today’s Quickie pun: Sly + Suck + Ache = Slice of cake