Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27734
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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This week we are writing from Wellington. We have been inveigled into being grandchildren minders for a few days. As we are technophobes, we arrived here nice and early to be sure we could connect up the Wi-Fi and printer as we like them. Whew, it all worked as we hoped and we’re sure that we can cope with the interruption when we have to collect Milly from Kindergarten mid-afternoon too.
Good stuff again from Jay that should keep all the regulars happy as it did us. Don’t forget the Quickie pun too. It’s an absolute groaner!
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1a Drink, and gather one’s entry may be barred by this (10)
PORTCULLIS : An alcoholic drink originally from Portugal is followed by a word meaning gather or select, then the Roman one and ‘S from the clue.
6a Cornish sailor’s mop? (4)
SWAB : Where Cornwall is in England and one of the abbreviations for sailor.
9a Head honcho more worried by son getting out of bed (7)
SUPREMO : Start with S(on), a two letter word meaning out of bed, and an anagram (worried) of MORE.
10a Blocks put on spy’s cover and methods (7)
SYSTEMS : First and last letters (cover) of spy and a word for blocks or staunches.
14a Vacant home in estate redesigned for arty type (8)
AESTHETE : An anagram (redesigned) of ESTATE contains the first and last letters (vacant) of home.
15a American farm butter? (6)
SPREAD : Double definition. The first definition is what an American might call his farm when he doesn’t call it a ranch.
17a Pole in wages spoof (6)
PARODY : A synonym for pole is included in what wages or salary might be called.
19a Toast feature applied to most of country (4-4)
CHIN-CHIN : This toast is with a glass and is a facial feature followed by a large Asian country with the last letter removed.
21a Sound advice — forty per cent of hotel employs rented accommodation (7,6)
COUNCIL HOUSES : The first word is a homophone of a word meaning advice, then the first two letters (40%) of hotel and a word meaning employs.
24a Cut poor decisions — not so! (7)
INCISED: An anagram (poor) of DECISIoNs with SO removed.
25a Stepped across line and the French caused bother on the internet (7)
TROLLED : A four letter word meaning stepped includes L(ine) and French definite article.
27a Vote‘s close, amid signs of hesitation by adjudicator (10)
REFERENDUM : Start with a three letter word for a sports adjudicator, then two different two letter words implying hesitation, surround a synonym for close or finish.
1d Trophy wives ultimately accepted job (4)
POST : A colloquial word for a trophy includes the last letter of wives.
2d The acts of a con man on holiday in tears (3-4)
RIP-OFFS : A three letter word for on holiday is included in a word meaning tears (tears has to rhyme with bears, not beers).
3d Declares ketch must be renovated to get ready for action (5,3,5)
CLEAR THE DECKS : An anagram (renovated) of DECLARES KETCH.
4d Get better tho’ losing heart and respect (4,2,2)
LOOK UP TO : A phrase that means get better or improve and then the first and last letters of tho’.
5d Children? A bone of contention (5)
ISSUE : A double definition.
8d Dominating prime equestrian activity? (10)
BESTRIDING : Split the answer 4,6 to give a word meaning prime and then a general word for equestrian activity.
16d Choke, getting most of the rubbish left out with no end of grief (8)
THROTTLE : Start with most of TH(e) then a short word for rubbish and an anagram (out) of LEfT excluding the last letter of grief.
18d Coarse fish covering late-starting meal (7)
RAUNCHY : A three letter fish has a word for a midday meal, lacking its first letter, included. (The included word, when doubled, could also be a crossword solver’s pet hate.)
20d Bothered, but is in possession of transport in the north (7)
HASSLED : A word meaning in possession of is followed by a means of transport in the frozen North.
22d A step away from so-called gerrymandering (5)
LEDGE : It’s hiding inside the clue.
23d A horse’s name for a man (4)
ADAM : A from the clue and a mother horse.
27a was favourite today because of the two different hesitations.
Quickie pun eschew + hairy = estuary