Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27742
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a dry but slightly overcast day.
It took me a little while to get a foothold in today’s Giovanni, and there are one or two answers which are fairly obscure, so *** difficulty for me.
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1a Published plan for parking inside school presented to us (10)
PROSPECTUS – Start with a Latin word for ‘for’, then add a school of thought with Parking inside it, and finish with US (from the clue).
6a Biblical father in group (4)
ABBA – Double definition, the first being the Hebrew diminutive for father seen in the New Testament, the second being a 1970s pop group.
9a Worker, one probing ingenious mechanical device (10)
CANTILEVER – Another word for ingenious wrapped around one of the usual crossword workers and the Roman numeral for one.
10a Emperor in fine robes (4)
NERO – A Roman emperor is hidden in the clue.
13a Document dear in France includes drawings maybe (7)
CHARTER – Drawings, or paintings or sculpture, inside the French word for dear.
15a Sadly maybe one dumped fortified wine and strong beer (6)
EXPORT – A familiar term for a former lover, followed by a fortified wine from the Douro region, giving a strong beer originally brewed to be shipped to the colonies.
16a Group of students with each admitting a feeling of disgust (6)
NAUSEA – Put A (from the clue) inside the initials of a group representing the interests of students and add an abbreviation for ‘each’.
17a Author, when wild with enmity, rages (6,9)
ERNEST HEMINGWAY – Anagram (wild) of
WITH WHEN ENMITY RAGES. Thanks to all those who pointed out the mistake in the original hint.
18a Thief in small room starts to take everything regardless (6)
LOOTER – A small (indeed the smallest) room, followed by the initial letters (starts) of the last three words in the clue.
20a Temptations? Any number are to be found aboard ship (6)
SNARES – The usual crossword ship wrapped around an algebraic term for ‘any number’ and ARE (from the clue).
21a Piece of cloth unusually garish presented to duke (7)
DISHRAG – Duke followed by an anagram (unusually) of GARISH.
22a Nannies maybe doing without good breakfast food? (4)
OATS – Nannies or billies with the initial Good removed.
25a What trainspotter looks for? Crazy reason! (10)
LOCOMOTIVE – An American (or Spanish) word for crazy, followed by a reason for doing something.
26a Safe old city in Home Counties (4)
SURE – The usual ancient city inside the geographical location of the Home Counties.
27a Capital of Latvia bars drunk (10)
BRATISLAVA – Anagram (drunk) of LATVIA BARS, giving the capital of Slovakia.
1d Speed with which fifty will leave location (4)
PACE – Remove the Roman numeral for fifty from a word for location.
2d Squeal from duck floating on black liquid maybe (4)
OINK – The letter which looks like a duck at cricket, followed by a liquid which may be black, blue or a variety of other colours.
3d Pledge in difficult situation (6)
PLIGHT – Double definition, the first being a promis, as in ‘xxxx one’s troth’.
4d Saloon chatterer having a break to prepare for further conversation? (5,4,6)
CLEAR ONE’S THROAT – Anagram (having a break) of SALOON CHATTERER.
5d Like a bumpy road that’s odd (6)
UNEVEN – If a number is odd it’s …
7d What a cosmetic surgeon may do to offer a sort of defence (10)
BREASTWORK – Split (6,4) this could be a form of plastic surgery. As one word it’s a hastily erected rampart.
8d Disclosure from devious spy, a place with nothing hidden (10)
APOCALYPSE – Anagram of SPY A PLACE with the letter that looks like zero inside it, giving a disclosure or Biblical Revelation.
11d Problem about ‘orrible place — I love being defiant (10)
REBELLIOUS – A problem or puzzle where pictures represent component parts of words, wrapped around an ‘orrible place (the opposite of ‘eaven), I from the clue and the letter which looks like a love score at tennis.
12d PR person wants drop in cost organised (4,6)
SPIN DOCTOR – Anagram (organised) of DROP IN COST.
13d Ruined vintage got rid of (7)
CRUSHED – The French word for a vintage or growth, followed by a verb meaning ‘got rid of’.
14d Coming down as a monarch, we hear, (7)
RAINING – A homophone (we hear) of what the Queen has been doing since 1952.
19d Equipment needs our scrupulous attention (6)
RIGOUR – Another word for equipment followed by OUR (from the clue).
20d Disciple’s bearing a cross for German people (6)
SAXONS – A (from the clue) and a cross-shaped letter inside another word for disciple’s.
23d Utterance of prophet? It’s usually transparent (4)
MICA – This transparent mineral sounds like (utterance of) a minor Old Testament prophet.
24d Queen came ahead of others, leading character (4)
LEDA – A verb describing what someone ahead of others in a race did, followed by the first or leading character of the alphabet, giving the name of the mythical queen of Sparta who was seduced by Zeus in the guise of a swan.
The Quick Crossword pun PARIS + EATER + MOLLS = PARACETAMOLS