Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27723
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **/*** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone. Cold and grey today – that’s me but the weather is too! I never know how many stars to give for difficulty – I don’t time myself but just go on general feeling. Today I had two different general feelings – when I first looked I thought that it was going to be tricky so that’s where the three * bit came from but then, once I got started, it all fell into place reasonably well so that’s how the two* got in there! Whatever – I enjoyed it very much and thought there were some good clues. Ray T didn’t set this one – I have an idea who might have done but think I’ll keep quiet for the moment . . .
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1a A prisoner released with greeting inside for church member (11)
PARISHIONER — An anagram (released) of A PRISONER containing (inside) a short greeting or an informal way of saying hello.
7a Dispose of actor lastly in cast (5)
SHRED — Another word for cast or get rid of containing (in) the last letter of (acto)R.
8a Busy at work? (9)
DETECTIVE — This ‘busy’ isn’t an adjective it’s a noun – it’s a slang word which I’ve either never heard of or have forgotten. I’m slightly worried that I’ve missed something here but if I have I’m sure someone will tell me!
10a Devise trick before cold short month? (7)
CONCOCT — A short word for trick or deceive is followed by the usual abbreviation for C(old) and then another abbreviation, this time of a month in the autumn.
11a Fruit grew in front of joint (7)
ROSEHIP — A word meaning grew or increased in size is followed by the joint that attaches your leg to your pelvis.
12a Remove antique Victorian bottles (5)
EVICT — The answer is hiding between the second and third words of the clue – as usual I took a while to find it.
13a Lead a number with a very revolutionary dance (5,4)
BOSSA NOVA — String together a noun meaning the lead or head of something, the A from the clue, the abbreviation for number and then follow that lot with a reversal (revolutionary) of the second A in the clue and another abbreviation, this time of V(ery).
16a Many aimed, we’re told, for growing area? (9)
ALLOTMENT — A homonym of many aimed – another way of saying many or a large number of is followed by another homonym which sounds like aimed or intended to.
18a Rule backed in part usually (5)
SUTRA — . . . and another hidden one – this time to confuse me still further it’s reversed (backed) and hidden between the fifth and fourth words of the clue. They really are out to get me today!
19a One found in a Latin setting? (7)
ITALIAN — An anagram (setting) of A LATIN and the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one.
22a Learner in step with old student recalled part of experiment (7)
PLACEBO — The usual one letter for L(earner) is contained in a word meaning step or walk and then a reversal (recalled) of an abbreviation for someone who went to a school.
23a Peer on river for sporting event (4,5)
TEST MATCH — A peer or equal is preceded by (on) a river in southern England.
24a White trailer carrying soldiers (5)
IVORY — A plant with a trailing (or climbing but not in this case) way of growing contains (carrying) some members of the armed services who don’t hold commissions.
25a Commercial arena creating ample racket (11)
MARKETPLACE — An anagram (creating) of AMPLE RACKET.
1d Plan Irene devised is never failing (9)
PERENNIAL — Another anagram (devised) of PLAN IRENE to get us started off nicely with the down clues.
2d Entertainment organiser getting wine before film (7)
REDCOAT — A general term for some wine – it’s not white and it’s not rose so it’s . . . – followed by another word for film or layer.
3d Best deal I arranged for furniture item (4,5)
SIDE TABLE — An anagram (arranged) of BEST DEAL I.
4d Place in ground for Italian team? (5)
INTER — And now we have football but it didn’t freak me out for too long as even I’ve heard of it and anyway it also means to place in the ground or bury.
5d Capital of three islands in North America (7)
NICOSIA — Begin with N(orth) A(merica). Inside those two letters (in) you want a one letter abbreviaton for I(sland), a Greek island and then another one letter, the same as the first one. I ran away from this one for a long time – geography is not one of my strong points!
6d Bouquet in hearing for BBC DG (5)
REITH — A homonym (in hearing) of a bouquet or ring of flowers or foliage will give you the name of the first Director General of the BBC – this one was my last answer.
7d Body once dictated to? (11)
SECRETARIAT — This body or administrative department is also an office for a PA – she (or he but more usually she) used to take down shorthand so was ‘once dictated to’.
9d Old scheme supported by a right-winger is illustrative (11)
EXPLANATORY — Time to get out the lego bricks and start building – string together the usual two letters meaning old or no longer in existence, a scheme or idea, the A from the clue and a supporter of the Conservative party (right winger).
14d Group rises before spring to begin operations (3,2,4)
SET UP SHOP — If you split this 3, 3, 3 all will become clear. A three letter word for a group or gang of people, another three letter word meaning rises or becomes higher and then a short word for spring or a little jump.
15d Exactly in America characteristic of glasses? (2,3,4)
ON THE NOSE — I suppose this is probably a double definition.
17d More clean-cut person of dubious loyalties (7)
TRIMMER — Another double definition. The person of dubious loyalties is a bit of a chameleon and changes his opinions whenever he feels like it – he’s a new one on me, or yet another thing that I’ve forgotten.
18d Good man with morning in area showing resilience (7)
STAMINA — Begin with the usual two letter good man, the abbreviation for the latin term meaning in the morning, the IN from the clue and a one letter abbreviation for A(rea).
20d Leaves to get in hot water in Asian area? (5)
ASSAM — These leaves belong in a pot and the water should be not just hot but boiling. It’s also an area in India.
21d Fool about to get explosive (5)
NITRE – A three letter fool or twit is followed by the usual two letters meaning on or about.
Quickie pun Tied+Marc=Tide mark
I liked 16 and 24a and 15 and 17d. My favourite was 5d. What did you think?