Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27770
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Over Easter our clocks moved back to GMT plus 12 hours where they will stay for the winter. This means for us that it is not so dark in the early morning, but more importantly, we get access to the puzzles for solving and blogging at 11am instead of the summer timetable of 1pm.
Jay seems to have thrown in a couple of curve balls this week to keep us on our toes, but good fun as ever.
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1a Annoyed Britain had turned? (7,3)
BROWNED OFF : Two letter abbreviation for Britain, then a word meaning had or possessed, and then a word that might describe food that has been kept too long.
6a Advantage given by most of soft luxurious fabric (4)
PLUS : Take a word for a soft luxurious fabric and remove its last letter.
10a Bored FBI agent, dupe at heart? (3,2)
FED UP : A colloquial expression for an FBI agent is followed by the middle letters of dupe.
11a Specially planned meals if in later stage of competition (9)
SEMIFINAL : An anagram (specially planned) of MEALS IF IN.
13a Give up the ghost on popular music genre (5)
INDIE : Start with the two letter word for popular, then a word for give up the ghost.
15a Booster from European work jaunt (3-4)
EGO-TRIP : The abbreviation for E(uropean), a word for work or be in operation and a synonym for a jaunt.
17a Affected by illness after fifty, help will be falling short (4,3)
LAID LOW : Roman number 50, another word for help, plus a word meaning down or falling short.
19a Orders nothing new for shops (5,2)
TELLS ON : Shops here is a verb. A word for orders or informs is followed by the letter implying nothing and then N(ew).
21a Mate, say, making a fuss (7)
PALAVER : A synonym for a mate, then a verb meaning say or state.
24a Glosses over clothes that are worn out? (8)
TOPCOATS : A description of a type of clothes that are worn as outer garments.
27a Leader suffering ordeal — it must consume one (9)
EDITORIAL : An anagram (suffering ) of ORDEAL IT with an extra I (one) included.
28a Heading for the championship? (5)
TITLE : Double definition.
29a Substantial order (4)
TIDY : Double definition. The first definition is often used to describe an amount of money. The second means in a proper condition.
1d Altogether a knowledgeable enthusiast (4)
BUFF : Double definition. The first definition relates nicely to the picture we chose for 30a.
2d Traditional tie may follow this (3-6)
OLD-SCHOOL : As the clue says, the word tie is often used to follow this expression.
4d PC unhappily posted to protect king (7)
DESKTOP : An anagram (unhappily) of POSTED includes the chess notation for king.
5d Wild about doctor concerned with thigh (7)
FEMORAL : A word that describes non-domesticated animals, or people who behave like them, has one of the many possible abbreviations for doctor included.
7d Creased up in denial, with no answer (5)
LINED : It’s included in the clue, reversed, (up in a down clue), after the abbreviation for answer has been removed.
9d Refuse to accept former chemical company being authorised (8)
OFFICIAL : A word for refuse that is usually applied to the non muscle part of an animal carcass includes the acronym for a former chemical company.
14d Payment agreed from small outpost (10)
SETTLEMENT : A double definition. We tried to make this a triple definition but it didn’t quite work that way for us.
16d Carpenter’s requirement is opening up, going over assorted woes (8)
ROSEWOOD : A word for an opening or way into a house is inverted (up) and surrounds an anagram (assorted) of WOES to give a material that a carpenter might work with.
20d Terrible twins grabbing computers, etc, and mugs (7)
NITWITS : The collective acronym for computers etc is included in an anagram (terrible) of TWINS.
21d Common tree found around west of Urals (7)
POPULAR : A type of tree, best known by its tall slender variety, has the first letter (west) of Urals included.
23d Front line in tie (5)
BLIND : Take a synonym for tie or wrap tightly and include the abbreviation for L(ine). It is what a hunter or bird watcher might hide behind.
26d Fix term’s ultimate objective (4)
MEND : Take the ultimate or last letter of term and add a word for an objective or goal.
30a gets our vote for favourite today.
Quickie pun calf + hilly = Caerphilly