Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27699
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone. I’ve already been right twice today. I thought it was going to be wet and windy – it is. I didn’t think it would be a Ray T crossword today – it isn’t. I hope it’s not going to go downhill from now. I thought this was of average difficulty and enjoyment so I’ve gone for three stars for each but I’m more than happy for people to disagree with me as I’m sure some will.
If you click on any of the bits that say ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the answer so only do that as a last resort.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Somewhat inferior new Manchester United whizz kid? (6-4)
SECOND BEST — The first word is what comes after first. The next is the surname of a famous Northern Irish footballer who died in 2005, played as a winger for Manchester United and was well known for his riotous life style. I don’t imagine that anyone is fooled into thinking that I knew all that so thanks to Mr Google – not a good clue for me to see first of all!
9a Make a record (4)
FORM — A double definition – the record is often preceded by ‘previous’ and is to do with a criminal.
10a Assesses pans — for roasts? (10)
CRITICISES — I think this is a triple definition. It took me ages and apart from a couple of the four letter answers was my main problem.
11a Tantrum shown by office worker about over (6)
TEMPER — Begin with an office worker who doesn’t have a permanent job but is standing in for someone and follow that with a reversal (over) of one of the common abbreviations meaning about.
12a Shoots the messengers? (7)
RUNNERS — This is another double definition and has nothing to do with guns. The first one is what some plants put out as a means of propagation and the second is people working in theatres who fetch and carry things.
15a Upper-class original Bond girl having taken top off is déshabillé (7)
UNDRESS — Start with the usual crosswordland one letter for ‘upper’ class and follow that with the surname, without the first letter (having taken top off) of a Swiss actress who played Honey Ryder in the first of the James Bond films – Doctor No.
16a Wildebeest sent back after good man’s bitten (5)
STUNG — Another word for a wildebeest is reversed (sent back) after the normal two letter ‘good man’.
17a As many as before (2,2)
UP TO — Another double definition. I’ve been trying to come up with a good hint for this one but seem to have failed.
18a Resoundingly proud streak (4)
VEIN — This is a ‘sounds like’ one (resoundingly). The streak is a seam of a different mineral running through a rock, or a mark in some wood.
19a One having meal in American restaurant (5)
DINER — Another double definition . . .
21a Umpire in crucial match? (7)
DECIDER — . . . and another.
22a Cast altered and recounted (7)
RELATED — An anagram (cast) of ALTERED.
24a Some pop a question that’s hard to understand (6)
OPAQUE — Just for once I managed to spot this answer hiding in the middle of the clue.
27a No resistance to cavalry getting uniform replacement — it sends a warning (10)
LIGHTHOUSE — Begin with a word that often precedes ‘cavalry’. Then take out the R(no resistance) and put in a U instead (getting uniform replacement.)
28a India’s Dravid initially at short leg with nothing to do (4)
IDLE — The first letters of the first two words in the clue (initially) are followed by most of (short) the sixth word.
29a Propel canoe or larger craft (6,4)
PADDLE BOAT — A means of propelling or moving a floating vessel is followed by another word of which a canoe is an example. I can’t help wondering what the occupants of this are up to – I expect they’ve gone for a little walk . . . !
2d Organs appearing during rehearsals (4)
EARS — Another hidden answer and I found him too.
3d Take possession of renegade bastion without head of security (6)
OBTAIN — An anagram (renegade) of BASTION without the S (without head of security).
4d Cooks for consultants (7)
DOCTORS — Another double definition. Cooks here is a verb and means to fiddle something.
5d Stand for work, not getting left in comfort (4)
EASE — The stand is one that an artist may use to prop up his work. Just remove the L from that word (not getting left in).
6d Lawrence: smart but tiresome (7)
TESTING — This Lawrence is not the author with the initials D.H. – it’s Lawrence of Arabia so you need his initials followed by another word for smart or a sharp pain.
7d Companion ticket that’s free allowed people to come in (10)
COMPLEMENT — Start with an abbreviation for a free ticket or maybe a perk of a job, follow that with another word for allowed or given permission to do something containing (to come in) some people or male adults.
8d Put away demon fiddle rosined (10)
IMPRISONED — Begin this one with a three letter word for demon or a little devil and follow it with an anagram (fiddle) of ROSINED.
12d Plump bird that’s become part of Christmas for some (5,5)
ROUND ROBIN — The first word is another way of saying plump or rotund and the bird is a small song bird with a red breast. The answer is the beastly kind of letter that some people put inside their Christmas cards to show off just how well their entire family is doing.
13d Dancing albeit once is impressive (10)
NOTICEABLE — An anagram (dancing) of ALBEIT ONCE.
14d Step in which Fred shows no limits (5)
STAIR — Fred was a dancer and actor who lived from 1899-1987. You just need to remove the first and last letters of his surname (shows no limits).
15d Milk producer without a dairy originally — insert name below (5)
UNDER — The bit of anatomy where a cow’s or goat’s milk comes out of – remove one of the D’s (without a dairy originally), and replace it with the one letter abbreviation for name (insert name.)
19d Five found in river by dock making progress (7)
DEVELOP — Start off with a three letter river in NE Scotland and put in the Roman numeral for five (five found in) and follow that with another word for dock or make shorter.
20d Article about concert (7)
RECITAL — An anagram (about) of ARTICLE
23d Understand brother’s degree is rescinded (6)
ABSORB — A three letter abbreviation for ‘brother’ with the ‘S and a two letter abbreviation for an Arts degree and then turn the whole thing upside down (rescinded).
25d Old artist coming up short (4)
AGED — The artist was a French painter and sculptor known for his paintings of ballet dancers. Remove the last letter of his surname (short) and then reverse what’s left (coming up).
26d Warship now and then confronts a whole continent (4)
ASIA — The even letters of Warship (now and then) are followed by (confronts) the A from the clue.
I liked 12a and 12 and 14d. My favourite was 4d. What about you?
Quickie Pun Wile+Aweigh+Yaw+Daze=While away your days