Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27674
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
It’s always good practice for a setter to get his or her best clue in early because it gives the solver a warm feeling for the rest of the puzzle. Today’s setter certainly achieves that with 1a. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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1a Harassment in MI6 HQ? (11)
MOLESTATION – the MI6 HQ is, of course, where our spooks are based – split the answer (4,7) to get a cryptic definition of this location.
7a Basil, say, among group getting drink (7)
SHERBET – insert what basil is an example of into a group or gang.
8a Italian staple put in apricot tart (7)
RICOTTA – hidden (put) in the clue.
10a Mention of wrinkle being genuine (5)
PUKKA – this sounds like wrinkle, as may one’s lips in anticipation of a kiss.
11a Sign of the self? (9)
AUTOGRAPH – cryptic definition of what gets signed as a personal memento. Hmm – does this work for you?
12a The sliding in ice venue is deliberate again (7)
RETHINK – insert an anagram (sliding) of THE inside an enclosed area of ice.
14a Ambition followed by inexperienced driver in the German car (7)
DAIMLER – insert an ambition or goal and the sign displayed by an inexperienced driver inside one of the German definite articles.
15a A large restrictive area holding soft drink for teenagers (7)
ALCOPOP – string together A, L(arge) and a caged area for chickens, then insert (holding) the musical abbreviation for soft.
18a Short time in Lancashire town almost producing laugh (7)
CHORTLE – start with a town in Lancashire just off the M61 and drop its final Y (almost). Now insert T(ime). The town has given its name to a type of cake which is a somewhat flatter version of its cousin from Eccles.
20a Unpleasant sensation is in chest possibly (9)
ITCHINESS – an anagram (possibly) of IS IN CHEST.
21a Walk proudly in part of framework? (5)
STRUT – double definition, the first a verb to walk proudly and arrogantly, like a model on a catwalk.
22a Account for former partner left in agony (7)
EXPLAIN – the usual short word for a former partner is followed by agony or suffering into which L(eft) is inserted.
23a Skill I kindled in a boy, nothing less (7)
ABILITY – insert I (from the clue) and a verb meaning kindled into A (from the clue) and B(o)Y without the letter that resembles zero.
24a One initiating rage? (11)
TRENDSETTER – cryptic definition. Rage here is the current fashion or “in thing”.
1d Privilege after starter’s gone to tuck into flesh in animal (7)
MEERKAT – insert an informal word for a privilege or fringe benefit without its initial letter (starter’s gone) into another word for flesh.
2d Country invested in, say, billions after revolution (5)
LIBYA – hidden (invested) and reversed (after revolution) in the clue.
3d Place for filming footballer is a disappointment (7)
SETBACK – charade of a place where filming occurs and a defensively-minded footballer.
4d After a time, Fifties rocker’s rattled (7)
AERATED – after A we need a long period of time and the shortened name for a rocker of the 1950’s (so-called because they wore Edwardian-style clothes).
5d Unidentified fool blocking work to support trendy firm (9)
INCOGNITO – insert an informal word for a fool into a verb to work or function. Now put all that after (to support , in a down clue) an adverb meaning trendy and the abbreviation for a firm.
6d Two features of tennis in another game (7)
NETBALL – put together two things that you’d see on a tennis court.
7d Best travel is arranged, needing to cover up, going to Spain (11)
SUPERLATIVE – an anagram (arranged) of TRAVEL IS with UP inserted (needing to cover) and finishing with the IVR code for España.
9d Broth nearly spilt in a repugnant way (11)
ABHORRENTLY – an anagram (spilt) of BROTH NEARLY.
13d Reveal involvement of brat with deceit about pet (9)
IMPLICATE – start with a brat or young devil and add a deceit or fabrication containing a domestic pet.
16d Put up with dirty place, home for fliers? (7)
COCKPIT – charade of a verb to put up (e.g. one’s finger when taking tea in genteel company) and a slang term for a dirty or untidy place.
17d Groomed European enters before finale (7)
PREENED – string together a prefix meaning before and the last part or finale, then insert E(uropean).
18d Fall of dishonourable type in action (7)
CASCADE – a dishonourable type or rotter goes inside an action or judicial proceedings.
19d Volunteer, one that could be given lead? (7)
TERRIER – double definition. The first is an informal term for a part-time soldier in the Territorial Army. Presumably this word will drop out of use now that the Territorial Army has become the Army Reserve.
21d Garment that’s right in humorous show (5)
SKIRT – insert R(ight) into a humorous show or sketch.
My clue of the day is 1a. Which ones gave you an 18a?
Today’s Quickie Pun: PURSE + WADE = PERSUADE