Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27747
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where I’m running a little late due to oversleeping, oops. I blame the final glass of vino collapso!
This is a pretty good puzzle which was comfortably in 2* time until I got to the SW corner which refused to reveal itself easily so 3* it will have to be. I found it fun as it has one or two rather off-the-wall definitions. I know some of you will complain because only seven of the twenty six answers have their first letters checked.
As usual the ones I like most are in blue and the definitions are underlined in the clues. The answers are under the click here buttons so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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8a Run out with me, almost as a favour (7)
ROSETTE: The letters denoting Run Out in cricket followed by what the person writing the clue is but without its last letter (me, almost).
10a Foreign money set out before ride in unreliable outlet (6,4)
BUCKET SHOP: A word for some foreign money, American perhaps, followed by an anagram (out) of SET and then a slang term for a short ride. Put that lot together and split (6,4).
12a Source of wheeze by teachers becoming a cliche (8)
CHESTNUT: The part of the body which may wheeze followed by the National Union of Teachers gives a word for a cliche that’s used on this site to describe clues which ought to be in the rest home for tired crossword clues. I think 7a is one of these.
14a Exile having two keys left (6)
DEPORT: Exile as a verb is two musical keys followed by a word meaning left.
15a Communicative in the near future? (11)
FORTHCOMING: Double definition.
19a Reserve player runs round for each ace (6)
SUPERB: Ace as in very good. An abbreviation for a reserve in a football team goes around a word meaning for each.
20a Small room European’s holding in hotel — means of escape needed (8)
LOOPHOLE: Start with the smallest room and follow with our favourite European around (holding in) an H(otel).
22a Quarrel is historical with son foremost (4)
A word for historical (?) as in remembered but with an S at the start S(on) foremost. Historical is PAST – then move S(on) to the front. – Thanks Gazza.
23a Red agenda is to agitate about married woman of status (6,4)
GRANDE DAME: Anagram (is to agitate) of RED AGENDA about M(arried).
25a Critical of vintage spy agency making contact with student (7)
CRUCIAL: A word for a vintage (think French wine) followed by the US spies and then the usual letter for a student.
26a Present favourably mum’s stuffing ingredient? (7)
MASSAGE: What you might do to some figure in order to present them favourably. Its mother’s (3) followed by a herb commonly used in stuffing for the roast chicken. For some reason I really wanted the answer to this one to be SAUSAGE! Well, it fits the checkers and it’s often found in stuffing.
1d Consideration despite the fact that time’s short (7)
THOUGHT: A word for meaning despite the fact followed by T(ime).
3d No pits can supply what’s needed in engine (6)
PISTON: This bit of an engine is an anagram (can supply) of NO PITS.
4d Father twice meeting daughter — Greek character’s served up Indian snack (8)
POPPADUM: Two different words for father followed by D(aughter) and the reversal of a Greek letter.
5d Woman on quiet island gets to be miserly (5-5)
PENNY PINCH: What you do to be miserly is a womans name followed by the letter for quiet in music notation and then a Scottish word for a small island. Don’t know about you guys but I don’t like it when the setter uses “woman” or “man” to clue a proper name as there’s hundreds of them to choose from.
6d Waiter set wrong charge (7)
STEWARD: This waiter, in a private club perhaps, is an anagram (wrong) of SET followed by charge as in a young child in your care.
9d Low lie chart reproduced describing some crime? (5-6)
WHITE COLLAR: Anagram (reproduced) of LOW LIE CHART.
13d A fuming column? (10)
SMOKESTACK: Cryptic definition of something on the top of your house which fumes. The penny resolutely refused to drop on this one and it’s probably to blame for the difficulty third star.
16d Awkwardly got bag on winter vehicle (8)
TOBOGGAN: Anagram of GOT BAG ON.
17d Significance of claim (7)
PURPORT: Double definition.
21d Bowler, say, getting past it (3,3)
OLD HAT: A bowler might be one of these. Not a cricketer but that thing on your head.
24d Medicine held up by nurses oddly (4)
DOSE: It’s hidden (held) but backwards (up, in a down clue) in NURSES ODDLY.
No real favourite in this one but, if pushed, I’d probably go for 17d, or maybe 20a.
The Quick Crossword pun: crew+sibyl=crucible