Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27752
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Our news has been dominated this last week by tropical cyclone Pam. She was a very severe, force 5, storm that developed way north of us and caused huge devastation and some loss of life in Vanuatu a few days ago. She then headed south towards New Zealand, but following the usual pattern, lost some intensity as she moved out of the tropics and passed just to the east of NZ. On the way, she did take a back-handed swipe at some of the coastal areas in the NE but no major damage resulted. We, on the SW coast of the North Island hardly noticed a thing.
Today’s puzzle from Jay we found a little breezier than normal, and it brought us loads of fun.
Please leave a comment telling us what you think of today’s puzzle.
4a Supplied last of tableware, cracked (8)
EQUIPPED : The last letter of tableware is followed by a word meaning made a joke.
10a Snappy technique from corrupt email pest (4-5)
TIME-LAPSE : The snappy refers to a camera lens and is an anagram (corrupt) of EMAIL PEST
11a Picture young lad hides at home? (3-2)
PIN-UP : A word for young lad or young dog includes the usual two letter at home.
12a Quick — a couple of lines, say, with rope cut in half (7)
ALLEGRO : A from the clue, two LLs for lines, the abbreviation for say or ‘for example’ and the first two letters of rope.
13a Huge credit almost taking in Italian article (7)
TITANIC : Take a slang word for credit, remove its last letter and into this put the abbreviation for Italian and then English indefinite article.
15a Elementary variants to posies after arrangement (8)
ISOTOPES : An anagram (after arrangement) of TO POSIES.
18a Fantasise mother is about ready with changes (8)
DAYDREAM : One of the possible three letter variations for a mother surrounds an anagram (with changes) of READY.
20a They must lose regulars, and not drift (5)
TENOR : Start off with the first and third letters of they and add a word meaning ‘and not’.
25a Drinking game’s beginning after son gets 11 tipsy (7)
SUPPING : Start with S(on), add an anagram (tipsy) of 11 across and finish with the first letter of game.
26a Shocking — very nearly draw one day (5)
LURID : Take a word meaning draw or entice, remove the last letter and add the Roman one and D(ay).
27a Analyse collapse (9)
BREAKDOWN : Double definition.
29a Girl with a Latin temper (6)
ANNEAL : A girl’s name, then A from the clue and L(atin).
1d Inadequate payment for bread once with no end of aggro (8)
PITTANCE : A type of
Italian Middle Eastern bread is followed by once with the last letter of aggro removed.
2d Discovered the truth and growled (7)
RUMBLED : Double definition. The second might be what distant thunder did.
3d Pleased with action taken to include illumination (9)
DELIGHTED : A four letter synonym for an action includes a word for illumination.
6d Data is not proven under trial, for starters (5)
INPUT : The answer is made from the initial letter of five words in the clue.
7d Writer to risk ignoring church act of atonement (7)
PENANCE : A writing implement is followed by a verb meaning to risk with an abbreviation for church removed from its start.
8d Show disheartened Dane and old Scot (6)
DEPICT : The first and last letters of Dane and an ancient Scottish tribesman.
9d Counterpart to Pope is converted, supported by cardinal (8,6)
OPPOSITE NUMBER : An anagram (converted) of TO POPE IS is followed by what a cardinal or perhaps an ordinal might be.
16d Blunt stunned — small fine in prison! (9)
OUTSPOKEN : The conscious state of one who is stunned is followed by S(mall), then a two letter abbreviation for fine or satisfactory inside a synonym for prison.
17d Novel railing violently against love (8)
ORIGINAL : Not a book this time. An anagram (violently) of RAILING follows the tennis love.
19d Possibly posted to depots as an example (7)
ANAGRAM : The answer is how two of the words in the clue relate to each other.
21d Offensive racket around the heart of home (7)
NOISOME : A word for an audible racket surrounds the two letters in the middle of home.
We’ll make our favourite the one that took us longest to parse, 20a.
Quickie pun talk + armada = Torquemada