Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27782
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
The cold weather that we wrote about last week turned out to be just a warning shot across the bows. The woolly hats and long trousers have been put back in the drawer for the meantime and the wood container for the fire put back in the shed.
A few clues today had us beak scratching. Overall, we found the puzzle pleasantly challenging and amusing.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Undercover family intended losing tail (11)
CLANDESTINE : A possibly Scottish family group is followed by a word meaning intended or ‘fated to be’, with its last letter removed.
11a NCO losing Post Office pen (6)
CORRAL : The NCO who usually has two stripes has the abbreviation for Post Office removed.
12a I have a partner that’s spoilt (8)
IMPAIRED : When the answer is split (1’1,6) we get an expression that says I have a partner.
15a Callous beast must keep profit for this kind of woman (8)
BRUNETTE : The profit is what is left after expenses and taxes are paid, and is inserted into a description for a callous beast.
18a Public officials required to take stiff examinations? (8)
CORONERS : A cryptic definition. The stiff mentioned here could be in a mortuary.
19a Tied up unprotected crew in temper (6)
MOORED : The middle two letters (unprotected) of crew are included in a word for state of mind.
21a Determined plunge to accept European Community rise at core (8)
DECISIVE : To plunge into a swimming pool perhaps, surrounds E(uropean) C(ommunity) and middle letters of rise.
23a Screen type for blood? (6)
PLASMA : Double definition. The blood here is that part left after cellular matter is no longer there.
27a Hanging around back of these must be punitive (9)
SWINGEING : A synonym for hanging has the last letter of these included.
2d Pair erring keeping kind of horse? (5)
AIRER : This horse is likely to be indoors, in front of the fire, and is hiding in the clue.
3d Oh dear, it’s a matriarchy! (9)
DAMNATION : This mild expletive is made from a three letter word for a mother, and a word for a country.
4d Bread and water? (4)
SODA : This answer can be used adjectivally with both of the substances in the clue. Nothing to do with prison rations.
5d Immigrants pay heartless runners (8)
INCOMERS : A synonym for remuneration is followed by the first and last letters of runners.
6d Girl from the United States missing mother on the way up (5)
ERICA : Take the other word that describes the United States and remove from it a reversal of the two letter colloquial word for mother.
7d A helping of porridge, or diet for a northerner (7)
GEORDIE : There he is, in the clue, hiding under the breakfast table perhaps.
8d Who said new arrival shortly gets a rise? (8)
NARRATOR : N(ew) then the abbreviation for arrival, A from the clue, and a rise or small hill. (It took us a while to spot the definition in this clue).
14d Singer’s home in Cambridge, adaptable with no end of room (8)
BIRDCAGE : An anagram (adaptable) of CAMBRIDGE after you have removed the last letter of room.
16d Darkness surrounding weirdly lone source of illumination (4,5)
NEON LIGHT : A word describing the daily period of darkness has an anagram (weirdly) of LONE included.
18d Beats BBC bigwig in resolving clues (7)
Paper version: Director-General taken in by poor clues for ‘Beats’
CUDGELS : An anagram (resolving) of CLUES has the two letter abbreviation for the head of the BBC included.
20d Current amount of water required to float ship (7)
DRAUGHT : Double definition. The first one could describe the current of air that may come under an ill-fitting door.
22d Support for the girl left with no alternative options? (5)
SHELF : A feminine personal pronoun is followed by the first and third (alternative) letters of left. There is also an all-in-one quality here as this could be where a girl with no alternative options might end up.
25d Element of last letter home kept on carbon (4)
ZINC : The last letter of our alphabet, then the two letter word for home and the chemical symbol for carbon.
We wouldn’t dare choose more than one favourite again, so our vote goes to 3d this week, with just a brief nod to 8d in passing.
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