Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27704
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone from a chilly Oxford. What a funny week it’s been – Monday felt like Tuesday with gazza doing the hints, yesterday felt like Monday and I haven’t really decided what today feels like yet. Oh yes – it’s Wednesday and I’m doing the hints for the 2Kiwis who are otherwise occupied this week – just 1K today masquerading as 2K’s. Am I the only one who’s in a muddle? I always like Jay’s crosswords but I’ve never done the hints for one before so I do hope that these are OK – I thought it was reasonably straightforward and very enjoyable.
Please let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.
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1a Veto decision thus? (7,4)
CASTING VOTE — This is what a chairman has in event of a deadlock. The first word in the answer indicates that an anagram of the second results in VETO
9a Name adopted by red China strangely becomes an obstacle (9)
HINDRANCE — An anagram (strangely) of RED CHINA around N(ame) (name adopted).
10a Politician wanting information about boundaries of Rye (5)
GREEN — This politician represents one of the smaller parties. A short word for information, or the low-down on something, contains (about) the first and last letters (boundaries) of Rye.
11a Colour of old cooker? (6)
ORANGE — Begin with O(ld) and follow that with a type of cooker often, but not necessarily, run on solid fuel. We seem to be getting very colourful!
12a Secret regularly concealed in a perfect opening (8)
APERTURE — The A from the clue is followed by another word meaning perfect or clean containing the alternate letters (regularly concealed) of sEcReT.
13a Leading actor pious man reviewed reacts in surprise (6)
STARTS — The leading actor, or the one who has the main part in a drama, is followed by a reversal (reviewed) of crossword land’s favourite pious or good man.
15a Ready to go after shopping? (8)
CASHBACK — The ready here is money. When you’ve finished your shopping, probably in a supermarket, and are paying with a debit or credit card if you ask the cashier nicely he or she will add a certain amount on to your bill and give some money to you with your till receipt. This was my last answer and I couldn’t do it for ages – was nearly having a nervous breakdown!
18a Exhibit new receiver given to supporter (8)
BRANDISH — Begin with the supporter – a piece of women’s underwear – follow that with (given to) N(ew) and the kind of receiver that enables people to get satellite TV or radio.
19a Make a mess of protecting student spot (6)
BLOTCH — Another word meaning to make a mess of something or finish a piece of work very badly contains (protecting) one letter for a student or learner.
21a Decorated journalist attached to military display (8)
TATTOOED — A military display or entertainment is followed by (attached to) our usual two letter journalist. I’m really not keen on these decorations!
23a Settled for a good source of venison on the way back (6)
AGREED — The A from the clue and the abbreviation for G(ood) is followed by a reversal (on the way back) of the animal that venison comes from.
26a Severe reduction in atomic energy (5)
ACUTE — A three letter word meaning a reduction or stoppage (of power maybe) is contained in A(tomic) and E(nergy).
27a Marine area — one in Asia to be developed (6,3)
IONIAN SEA — An anagram (to be developed) of ONE IN ASIA.
28a Admit the truth of learning on account (11)
ACKNOWLEDGE — The usual two letters for account is followed by another word for learning or enlightenment.
1d Collusion — accountant sounds warning (7)
CAHOOTS — The two letter abbreviation for C(hartered) A(ccountant) is followed by what he might do if some twit walks out in front of his car.
2d None, oddly, found in Mediterranean plant (5)
SENNA — The odd letters of NoNe are contained in what the Mediterranean is an example of.
3d Washed out and cross, losing time for golf (9)
IRRIGATED — Begin with a word meaning cross or mildly annoyed – remove its middle T (losing time) and replace it with the letter represented by golf in the phonetic alphabet.
4d Weapons offered comfortable returns (4)
GUNS — A word meaning comfortable, or cosy or as **** as a bug in a rug, is reversed (returns) to give you some weapons or firearms.
5d Sort of office represented in golf championship scheme? (4-4)
OPEN-PLAN — This sort of office is one where there are several desks in a large room.The first word is a golf championship which even I have heard of – this is followed by another word for a scheme or a project.
6d Longing for English beer with no top (5)
EAGER — Begin with the one letter abbreviation for E(nglish) and follow that with a kind of pale beer (my Dad would have called it gnat’s piss) without its first letter (with no top).
7d Outside area in which poor dunce’s book’s ending (3,4)
SUN DECK — An anagram (poor) of DUNCE’S and K (the last letter or ending of book).
8d Reversing Aussie utility vehicle into factory, becomes irritable (8)
PETULANT — Start off with another word for a factory – not depot but the other one – and put in a reversal of a three-letter abbreviation for an Australian utility vehicle or small open backed van.
14d Growth of hypocrisy and end of faith in Australia (8)
ACANTHUS — This growth is a plant also known as Bear’s breeches although I’ve never quite understood why. Start with the three letter IVR for Australia – this contains (in) a word meaning hypocritical talk or jargon often spoken by politicians and the last letter (end of) faith.
16d Object of search for lost glory in winter fall (4,5)
HOLY GRAIL — This object of search is supposed to be a platter or cup used by Christ at the last supper – King Arthur’s Knights, Indiana Jones and the Monty Python crew were always looking for it. An anagram (lost) of GLORY is contained in a kind of fall, or precipitation, that we may get in winter (or summer come to that).
17d Seat reserved — take a chance on star (8)
ASTERISK — An anagram (reserved but better seen as re-served) of SEAT followed by another word for a chance or danger.
18d Act as bearers for shops (7)
BETRAYS — Shops here is a verb meaning to inform on someone. If you split your answer 2,5 it also means to act as bearers or flat boards used to carry things such as crockery or food.
20d Supply liquid, beating dry heat (7)
HYDRATE — An anagram (beating) of DRY HEAT
22d Home games must include end of series (5)
OMEGA — The series is the Greek alphabet and its last letter (end of series) is hidden in the clue. Just one of these little brutes today.
24d Relaxed, wiped out with no end of war (5)
EASED — A word meaning wiped out, rubbed out, or in some other way got rid of without the R (no end of waR).
25d Keen on independent books on love (4)
INTO — I(ndependent) is followed by the two letter abbreviation for the second part of the Bible and followed by the letter that looks like a zero or love score in a game of tennis.
I liked 15 and 23a and 18d. My favourite was 1d.
Quickie pun:- Camera+Derry=Camaraderie