Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27733
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Well, last Tuesday’s plea for the setter to reveal his or her identity fell on deaf ears. Today’s puzzle has a different feel so perhaps we’ll be lucky this week. I enjoyed it and it put up a bit more of a struggle than we normally get on Tuesdays (though that may have been down to my interrupted sleep due to the gales outside). There are a few usages which may confuse newish solvers (e.g. saw in 21d and Man in 25d) but they’re worth remembering because they crop up again and again. 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 Border cut off in fog that swirls? It’s ominous (10)
FOREBODING – we start with an anagram (that swirls) of BORDE(r) IN FOG.
6a Crawling son, small (4)
SLOW – the abbreviation for son followed by an adjective meaning small or short.
9a Aggression of copper facing short man, interrupting suspension of hostilities (10)
TRUCULENCE – the chemical symbol for copper and a short male name go inside (interrupting) a suspension of hostilities or ceasefire.
10a Part of boom anticipated in ME state (4)
OMAN – hidden (part of) in the clue.
12a Aspect of sea recalled? That’s correct (4)
EDIT – reverse (recalled) the regular movement of the sea.
13a A port that’s dilapidated with new decline in custom (9)
PATRONAGE – an anagram (that’s dilapidated) of A PORT is followed by N(ew) and a verb to decline or grow old.
15a Mobile accessory in county is precious item (8)
SAPPHIRE – a piece of software for your mobile goes inside a traditional word for an English county.
16a Call for dog to follow directions (6)
ENTAIL – a verb to dog or shadow follows two cardinal points.
18a Smooth day leaving SA city to east (6)
URBANE – remove the abbreviation for day from the front of a South African city and add E(ast) to its end.
20a Aquatic creature wrongly put, say, behind empty pool (8)
PLATYPUS – an anagram (wrongly) of PUT SAY comes after P(oo)L without its inner letters.
23a People in general who succeed? (9)
POSTERITY – gentle cryptic definition of our descendants or succeeding generations.
24a Work painstakingly — is it ‘PC’? (4)
PLOD – PC here is Police Constable rather than politically correct. This is the name of the policeman in Enid Blyton’s Noddy books which has come to be a derogatory slang term for police officers in general.
26a Instant judge barred suspect (4)
IFFY – start with an informal term for an instant or moment and remove (barred) the J(udge) from its front.
27a European wearing sequins as fashionable? Uncomfortable feeling (10)
QUEASINESS – the abbreviation for E(uropean) has around it (wearing) an anagram (fashionable) of SEQUINS AS.
28a A German returns to cross lake and river (4)
NILE – one of the words for ‘a’ (i.e. an indefinite article) in German is reversed and contains (to cross) L(ake).
29a Lovely daughter with quality needed for a popular party (10)
DELECTABLE – D(aughter) is followed by the quality needed by a popular political party for it to form a government.
1d Thick English lot (4)
FATE – an adjective meaning thick or chunky is followed by E(nglish).
2d Series of calls ahead for collection of data (5-2)
ROUND-UP – charade of the series of calls made by a postman, for example, and an adverb meaning ahead or in the lead.
3d Mercenary lawman in mutinous ship, on watch (6,6)
BOUNTY HUNTER – Captain Bligh’s ship is followed by (on, in a down clue) a type of watch having a hinged cover to protect its glass face.
4d Does might dominate in this area? (4-4)
DEER-PARK – does here rhymes with foes or toes.
5d Finesse diamonds in no trumps play finally (6)
NICETY – insert an informal word for diamonds (the sparkling sort, not the card suit) into the abbreviation (in the game of bridge) for no trumps. Finish by appending the final letter of play.
7d Greek character hosting a dance (7)
LAMBADA – today’s real old chestnut. The eleventh letter of the Greek alphabet contains (hosting) A.
8d It shows with roaming around lands? True (10)
WANDERLUST – a semi-all-in-one. Start with W(ith) and add an anagram (roaming around) of LANDS TRUE.
11d Precise moment to indicate cross-country event (5-2-5)
POINT-TO-POINT – string together a precise moment in time, TO (from the clue) and a verb to indicate with one’s finger.
14d Claim in Catholic feast (10)
ASSUMPTION – double definition, the second being the Roman Catholic feast day (15th August) celebrating the supposed taking up into heaven of the Virgin Mary.
17d False pay suspected? Act cautiously (4,4)
PLAY SAFE – an anagram (suspected) of FALSE PAY.
19d Party almost packed for one among celebrated seven (7)
BASHFUL – an informal word for a party or social event is followed by an adjective meaning packed or congested without its final letter. Heigh-ho!
21d Saw car in lead (7)
PROVERB – this saw is a maxim or saying. Insert an old British make of car into the chemical symbol for lead.
22d Very little in official memorandum (6)
MINUTE – double definition. This is a heteronym, i.e. the spelling’s the same but the pronunciation and meaning are different.
25d Man perhaps deceived having left tips (4)
ISLE – Man has to be the first word of the clue to disguise its need for a capital letter. A past participle meaning deceived or put on the wrong track loses its first and last letters (having left tips).
My top clues today were 29a and 19d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: WEAL + WRITE = WHEELWRIGHT