Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27698
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
There seems to be a benevolent anticyclone that has decided to spend a prolonged period sitting over New Zealand. Perfect weather for the thousands of people who are taking their annual summer holiday.
Jay has broken this week’s pattern of more difficult puzzles with this enjoyable offering.
Please leave a comment telling us what you think of today’s puzzle.
8a Fail to stress carpet fitter’s requirement, incorporating small change (9)
UNDERPLAY : The stuff that a carpet fitter will place beneath the carpet has the smallest UK coin inserted into it.
10a Alert for what a ship may leave behind (5)
AWAKE : The little waves that are formed behind a moving vessel.
13a Bits of organ loaded on board (7)
SLIVERS : A large abdominal organ is inserted inside the abbreviation for a steamship.
15a Reckless progress, apparently mirage? (8,7)
MOTORWAY MADNESS : To get the wordplay for this one you have to split the last word in the clue 2,4. Very clever we thought.
19a Scheduled exam in theory (2,5)
ON PAPER : A two letter word meaning scheduled or working, then a synonym for an exam.
24a Freudian technique offered by Liberal club (4,11)
FREE ASSOCIATION : A synonym for liberal followed by one for a club or society.
26a Article includes it showing 10 per cent levy (5)
TITHE : The definite article includes IT from the clue.
27a To what point is a man used for renovation on area? (2,7)
AD NAUSEAM : The abbreviation for area precedes an anagram (for renovation) of A MAN USED. We had trouble deciding what to underline for the definition here as the clue asks a question that is answered by the solution.
1d Supply cash for entertainment on date (4)
FUND : A word for entertainment then D(ate).
2d Oxford accent? (6)
BROGUE : Double definition, the first being footwear.
3d Large number must find half of pleasure embracing god (8)
PLETHORA : Take the first four letters of pleasure, split them 3,1 and insert a Norse god.
5d Twist added to story on the radio is a help to pilot (4,4)
TAIL WIND : A verb meaning to twist is placed after a homophone for story.
6d Led off bearing unhappy burden (6)
SADDLE : A word for unhappy precedes an anagram (off) of LED.
7d Perhaps fallow type of grass on the rise (4)
DEER : A type of swamp grass is reversed.
12d Beat up in barbershop, metaphorically (5)
TEMPO : It’s hiding, upside down, in the clue.
16d Continual red tape involved protecting Spain (8)
REPEATED : An anagram (involved) of RED TAPE includes the IVR code for Spain.
17d Blokes getting a hole in one must be threatening (8)
MENACING : Synonym for blokes then a word that means getting a hole in one in golf or delivering a perfect serve in tennis. We’ve made this one easier for the sports haters.
18d Highly-charged rationale to support source of energy (7)
EMOTIVE : Start off with the first letter (source) of energy and add a word meaning rationale.
20d Fairly small-minded? About right (6)
PRETTY : Take a word for small-minded and put an R into it. Fairly here means almost.
21d Naughty boy, a learner after crashing cars (6)
RASCAL : A from the clue and L(earner) follow an anagram (crashing) of CARS.
23d Routinely stuck at home with car out, lacking company (2,1,3)
IN A RUT : The usual two letter at home, then the letters of ‘car out’ after you have removed the abbreviation for company.
24d Able seaman’s beginning attacks (4)
FITS : Forget all of your nautical abbreviations this one is a synonym for able and then the first letter of seaman’s.
25d Married in centre, feeling nothing (4)
NUMB : Take a three letter word meaning centre and then insert M(arried)
The one we liked best was 15a with its clever word play.
Next Wednesday we will be otherwise engaged so you can start a guessing competition as to who the mystery blogger might be.
Here is the Pohutukawa photo that we promised last week.
The Quickie pun whelp + laid = well played