Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27729
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s a beautiful Spring morning. I think this is probably a RayT production but Her Majesty is AWOL. All the other signs are there though. No clue of more than eight words, just the right level of innuendo and all single word clues in the Quickie so I’ll stick my neck out and say it is.
I don’t think it will rattle anyone’s cage as there are six anagrams of eight letters or more so you’ve got loads of checkers on tap. I was just out of one star time, probably because I’m so slow at unravelling anagrams, but it was a very enjoyable solve and it got better as I was writing the review. I will be interested to hear your comments.
As usual the definitions are underlined in the clue and the ones I like most are in blue. The answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Planted one’s plant OK (12)
SATISFACTORY: A word for planted or positioned (3) followed by IS (ones) and then another word for an industrial plant. That’s two blogs running where 1a has gone straight in.
8a Scruffs sleep best without cover (5)
NAPES: Scruff as in the back of the neck. It’s a word for a short sleep followed by the central two letters from bESt (without cover).
9a Dogged mongrel’s first to get docked (9)
CURTAILED: Nothing to do with boats docking. It’s docked as in shortened. Start with (first) the usual three letter mongrel (dog) and follow with a word meaning dogged or followed. If the answer were split (3,6) it could be read as a way of saying the doggy mongrel has been docked!
12a Angles for fish on board ship (5)
SIDES: This is angle as in position or opinion, nothing to do with geometry. Take an aquarium fish popular with crossword setters for its useful letters and insert into SS (on board ship). My neighbour used to have loads of these fish in her garden pond but she used their other name of SILVER ORFE.
13a Place set out around clubs for performance (9)
SPECTACLE: Anagram (out) of PLACE SET around C(lubs).
18a Swears a volume with expressions of pain (5)
AVOWS: A (from the clue again), V(olume) and what you says when something hurts, but put an S on the end because it’s plural.
19a Performers about flipped before ‘Hair’ (9)
ACTRESSES: These performers are female. Reverse (flipped) one of the abbreviations for about and follow with another word for hair.
20a Handle the continental bird to start (5)
TITLE: Your handle is a continental definite article but with a small bird placed first (to start).
22a Outgoing former husband sober embracing pet? (9)
EXTROVERT: The usual former husband (or wife) followed by the two letters for someone who doesn’t drink (sober) placed around (embracing) what might be the name of the family pet, happen it’s a dog. Personally I’ve never met a dog called this.
25a Extremely cerebral peak of superlative brilliance (9)
CLEVEREST: CL (extremely CerebraL) followed by a very high peak as in mountain.
26a Maradona, say, with pass after pass (5)
DIEGO: Two words meaning to pass away, fall off the perch, meet ones maker, kick the bucket, pop one’s clogs etc. placed one after the other. Think we’d better have some dead parrot after that . . .
27a Feeling quietly hurt taking in Independent (12)
PRESENTIMENT: Start with the musical annotation for quietly and follow with a word for hurt or bitterness and insert I(ndependent).
2d Demands to support Tory leader’s charges (5)
TASKS: T (Tory leader) followed by a word meaning demand or requests.
3d Painting of dry French commmanding officer (5)
SECCO: A type of wall painting is the French for dry followed by two letters for commanding officer.
4d A salute keeping soldiers in conformity (9)
AGREEMENT: Take the A from the clue and follow with a word meaning to salute or say hello and insert (keeping in) a crosswordland word for soldiers.
5d Time went slow catching second shift (9)
TRANSLATE: Start with T(ime) and then what a train did if it went slow (3,4) and insert (catching) S(econd). Hope that helps. It’s one of those that’s far easier to solve than hint.
6d Regretted admitting Left governed (5)
RULED: A word for regretted with L(eft) inserted (admitting).
10d Pansies don’t flourish outside current allotment (12)
DISPENSATION: Anagram (flourish) of PANSIES DONT placed around (outside) the letter used for electrical current in physics.
14d Bland mousse? Let’s attempt to eat it up (9)
TASTELESS: The answer’s hiding in MOUSSE LET’S ATTEMPT (to eat it) but it’s hard to spot because it’s reversed (up, in a down clue).
17d Dirtiest old boy’s oddly clean bedsit (9)
OBSCENEST: Dirtiest as in rudest. Start with old boy (don’t forget the ‘S) and follow with the odd letters from CLEAN BEDSIT.
21d The Conservatives possibly including ‘one of them‘ (5)
THEIR: THE (from the cue) followed by R(ight) (Conservatives possibly) with I (one) inserted (including).
23d All players show disapproving expression by half-time (5)
TUTTI: This is a musical term meaning the music should be played by the whole orchestra. It’s a mild expression of disapproval followed by TI (half TIme).
24d Love died in fiction of classic film perhaps (5)
OLDIE: O (love) followed by D(ied) inserted into an untrue story.
Some nice stuff here but my favourite is 17d closely followed by 26a and 7d. What about you?
Quick crossword pun: REACH + HERD + GEAR = RICHARD GERE