Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27715
Hints and tips by Gazza
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This shouldn’t really cause many problems – I can’t remember ever having blogged a puzzle which fell quite as much into the ‘read and write’ category. On the plus side all the wordplay is clear and fair and the puzzle should appeal to anyone starting out in cryptic solving. However, I thought that we could have done with more variety in the clues – many seemed a bit ‘samey’. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.
If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.
1a Unexpectedly published, ring fellow livid about article (3,2,3,4)
OUT OF THE BLUE – there are lots of little bits to assemble. Start with an adverb meaning published or in print and add the letter that’s round (ring), F(ellow) and the colour that livid describes. Finally put all that around a definite article.
9a Formal meeting in Bury to contend with (9)
INTERVIEW – bury is falsely capitalised here. What we want is a verb to bury followed by a verb to contend or struggle and W(ith).
10a Italian river miles away from wood (5)
TIBER – remove the abbreviation for miles from wood that’s been prepared for use in building or carpentry.
11a So sad, broadcast about English port (6)
ODESSA – an anagram (broadcast) of SO SAD goes round E(nglish) to make a port on the Black Sea.
12a Shorts all the rage? Nonsense (3,5)
HOT PANTS – a charade of an adjective meaning all the rage or in vogue and an informal word for nonsense.
13a Trying experience in old wood across river (6)
ORDEAL – the abbreviation for old and a type of soft wood containing (across) R(iver).
15a Part of speech on one period of history is waffle (8)
VERBIAGE – a part of speech followed by the Roman numeral for one and a period of history (identified with Stone, Bronze or Iron, for example).
18a Female injured diarist gets immediate treatment (5,3)
FIRST AID – F(emale) precedes an anagram (injured) of DIARIST.
19a Watchword of chap painting in retirement (6)
MANTRA – an adult male followed by the reversal (in retirement) of painting.
21a Rose playing ancient instrument in set (8)
RESOLUTE – an anagram (playing) of ROSE and an old stringed instrument.
23a Drawing of small sailing vessel (6)
SKETCH – S(mall) followed by a two-masted sailing boat. Chestnuts don’t come much older than this one.
26a Bird, yellow, heading off (5)
RAVEN – remove the first letter (heading off) from an adjective meaning yellow or cowardly.
27a Awfully pleased about a new walkway (9)
ESPLANADE – an anagram (awfully) of PLEASED contains A (from the clue) and N(ew).
28a Statement to media and crowd regarding charter (5,7)
PRESS RELEASE – charade of a verb to crowd or push forward, a preposition meaning about or concerning and a verb to charter or hire.
1d Rings about fabulous bird outside in river (7)
ORINOCO – two letters that are ring-shaped (the same letter that was also a ring in 1a) contain an enormous mythological bird which in turn contains IN (from the clue).
2d Name in headline? (5)
TITLE – double definition, the second a headline or caption.
3d To begin with, keep hugging a celebrity (3,1,5)
FOR A START – a keep or stronghold contains (hugging) A (from the clue) and a celebrity or leading performer.
4d What may be hard to dry? (4)
HAIR – the abbreviation for hard (as a category of lead pencil) followed by a verb to dry (clothes, for example).
5d Thoroughly impress dandy, reportedly, and live-in partner (4,4)
BOWL OVER – what sounds like (reportedly) a dandy or fashionable young man is followed by a sexual partner.
6d At university, superior by way of intelligence (2,3)
UP TOP – charade of an adverb meaning at university and an adjective meaning superior or unparalleled. One of Joan Collins’s many partners was known as Bungalow Bill because he was short in the intelligence department or didn’t have much ** ***.
7d A worker having eaten roll, departs full (8)
ABUNDANT – A (from the clue) and our usual working insect contain (having eaten) a kind of sweet roll and the single-letter abbreviation for departs (on a train timetable, say).
8d Wife sears fresh fish (6)
WRASSE – W(ife) followed by an anagram (fresh) of SEARS.
14d Mocking father over in seedy bar (8)
DERISIVE – reverse (over, in a down clue) a father (especially the father of a racehorse) and insert it in a seedy bar or club.
16d Chess player’s letters causing offence (9)
BLACKMAIL – charade of one of the two chess players and letters or post.
17d The other woman may be married, I emphasise (8)
MISTRESS – string together M(arried), I (from the clue) and a verb to emphasise.
18d Warning call about ancient city in uproar (6)
FURORE – a warning call on a golf course goes round our usual ancient Biblical city.
20d A permit held by the runner (7)
ATHLETE – start with A, then insert a verb to permit or allow into THE (from the clue).
22d No mixer, single, introduced to both sides? (5)
LONER – a cardinal number (single) comes between the abbreviations for the two sides.
24d Piece from Tahiti, a rare jewelled headdress (5)
TIARA – hidden (piece from) in the clue.
25d Pole with no excess fat? Not quite (4)
SPAR – start with an adjective meaning thin or without excess fat and remove the last letter (not quite).
The clues I liked best were 12a and 17d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: GILL + TEA PARTY = GUILTY PARTY