Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27717
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja on a cold but sunny morning. Maybe I’m being a bit grumpy this morning but this RayT puzzle didn’t quite hit the spot for me so only 3* for enjoyment. As for difficulty it should only be 1* based on my time but I was lucky to spot the two eleven letter anagrams instantly so I’ve given it 2*. I’ll be interested to hear what you make of it.
As usual the ones I like most are in blue and the definitions are underlined in the clues. Answers are hidden under the “click here” buttons so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Show fanatical holy man before judge (11)
DEMONSTRATE: A slang term used to describe someone who’s fanatical about something (5) followed by the usual holy man (2) and a word meaning to judge (4). I know I’ve said it before but I likes it when 1a goes straight in.
9a Attend lessons, some boring (7)
ENDLESS: It’s hidden (some) in the first two words.
10a Outdo former wife with children, say (6)
EXCEED: The usual former wife followed by four letters which aren’t a word but if pronounced would sound like a word for children. Not sure I like homophone clues where the letters don’t make a proper word.
13a Spirit of honour about to end (7)
SPECTRE: Take a word for to honour or think highly of and move the RE (about) from the beginning to the end. Easy to fill in the answer but it took a while for the penny to drop on how it works.
15a Fakes the compiler’s blog contributors (9)
IMPOSTERS: How the compiler might say “he is” followed by what us lot are.
17a Fluid mechanics causing accident (9)
MISCHANCE: Anagram (fluid) of MECHANICS.
20a Pile of stones roughly hard, not round (5)
CAIRN: Roughly as in about. Take one of the abbreviations for about and follow with a word often used to describe something that’s hard but with its O removed (not round).
22a Fantasise mentally, embracing return of vengeance (7)
NEMESIS: The answer’s hidden in the first two words (embracing) but this time it’s backwards (return of).
24a Do maiden over in length of material? (7)
REMODEL: This could be to do anything over not just a maiden. It’s DO (from the clue) and M(aiden) reversed (over) in a length of material. I think I’ve got that right but it’s not very satisfactory so if anyone has a better idea I’ll be pleased to hear it.
25a Clubs set out for Open (6)
CLEAVE: C(lubs) followed by a word for set out as in go away.
27a Remained top, affected to be superior (11)
PREDOMINATE: Anagram (affected) of REMAINED TOP. This is one I spotted instantly which is strange as I’m the world’s worst at cracking anagrams of more than about seven letters.
2d Quits purchasing gutless League teams (7)
ELEVENS: Take a word meaning quits as in on an equal footing and insert (purchasing) an LE (gutless L(eagu)E)
3d Phobia of old boy going to meeting (9)
OBSESSION: Take the abbreviation for Old Boy and follow with a meeting, of a court or even musicians.
5d Disease caught off insects (7)
RICKETS: Remove C(aught) from some chirpy insects and you get a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin D.
6d In that place, catching a tragedy’s opening? (7)
THEATRE: An all-in-one. Take a word for “in that place” as opposed to here and insert A (from the clue) and T (Tragedy’s opening) and you get a place where you may indeed see the opening of a tragedy, or a comedy for that matter.
7d Queen record left brilliant players time for ‘Substitute‘ (11)
REPLACEMENT: This is a long charade of, wait for it . . . R(egina), an old type of record, L(eft), a word meaning brilliant, some players and T(ime). Phew!
8d Featuring old lino, pub’s oddly unpleasant (6)
ODIOUS: It’s alternate letters (oddly) from old lino pub’s. I sincerely hope this isn’t alluding to “The Green Man”!
11d Make one’s own series on lap dancing (11)
PERSONALISE: Anagram (dancing) of SERIES ON LAP. I’ll resist the temptation!
16d De Niro part almost recast for ‘Doom‘ (9)
PREORDAIN: Another anagram (recast) of DE NIRO and PAR (part almost).
19d Consort with hard American group (7)
HUSBAND: H(ard) followed by two letters for American and then a group as in pop group.
20d Satisfaction from varying in bed (7)
COMFORT: Anagram (varying) of FROM in a child’s bed.
21d Raised in brood, nightjar’s covered (6)
INDOOR: It’s another hidden reversal (raised in, in a down clue) and it’s backwards in brood nightjar.
23d Second squad showing enthusiasm (5)
STEAM: S(econd) followed by a squad.
We seem to have had a bit of an animal theme in the piccies today. Purely accidental I assure you but it makes a change from racing cars and boats.
No stand out favourite for me today but, if pushed, I’d probably go for 13a or perhaps 5d.
The Quick Crossword pun: meant+hurl+list=mentalist