Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27783
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***/****
Good morning everyone – no sun in Oxford, but there’s still time although it’s not looking particularly hopeful at the moment. I thought this crossword was fairly straightforward. When I first started it I wasn’t quite sure what to think about it but it’s grown on me and I think it was good fun – as always, please feel free to disagree with me. It’s certainly not a Ray T but I don’t have the first idea about who the setter might be.
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1a Say something tactless and lose a real friend (4,1,5)
DROP A BRICK — I think this is probably a double definition – a colloquialism for saying or doing something tactless or horrifying could literally mean to shun a supportive friend.
6a Lie alongside a capsized unwieldy vessel (4)
ABUT — The A from the clue is followed by a reversal (capsized) of a clumsy ship or boat.
10a Gusset in cardigan and jumper Terry Wogan originally let out (5)
INSET — The kind of jumper and cardigan worn together, and often by old ladies with a string of pearls, has the first letters of T(erry) and W(ogan) removed (originally let out).
11a Delinquent pedals around an English seafront (9)
ESPLANADE — An anagram (delinquent) of PEDALS goes outside (around) the AN from the clue and is then followed by E(nglish).
12a Stout turned cheese into silky stuff (7)
TAFFETA — A reversal (turned) of a word meaning stout or if not actually obese then certainly a touch on the chubby side is followed by some yummy crumbly Greek cheese.
13a Bird dips into quantity of money that’s hidden in chest (7)
STERNUM — An aquatic bird is contained in (dips into) an amount of money.
14a Author’s head failing to generate ideas (7,5)
WRITER’S BLOCK — Another word for an author – any old author, not one in particular and don’t forget the ‘S, – is followed by a slang word for a head, often used as, “If you do that again I’ll knock your ***** off”.
18a Memorably observe eminent person pinching contents of till (12)
NOTEWORTHILY — Begin with a verb meaning observe or become aware of, follow that with an eminent person or VIP which contains (pinching) the middle two letters (contents of) t(IL)l. Oh dear – that looks a bit odd – hope you all get the idea.
21a Reserves support look good (7)
BACKLOG — A word for support or advocate is followed by a two letter archaic word to look or behold and then G(ood).
23a Very loud seaman in the drink? Gracious! (7)
AFFABLE — The two letter musical abbreviation for very loud and another two letter abbreviation for a seaman or sailor contained in (in) another word for beer.
24a One’s got it all over with tragic demise (RIP) (9)
EPIDERMIS — We’re all covered in this – it’s the outer layer of the largest organ of your body. It’s an anagram (tragic) of DEMISE and (RIP).
25a Chick might settle on this jumper with short sleeves (5)
ROOST — Begin with a “jumper” – not the kind that we had in 10a but another one – he’s a marsupial and he lives in Oz – follow him with the first and last letters (sleeves) of S(hor)T. The last two letters gave me a bit of a headache for a while . . .
26a Characters in Tokyo gangs attaining spiritual discipline (4)
YOGA — . . . but strangely, and just for once, this hidden answer (characters in) didn’t!
27a Give up present title for 24 hours? (4,2,1,3)
CALL IT A DAY — A double definition, I think, a bit like 1a. A colloquial expression used when you’ve had enough and want to stop doing something, “Let’s **** ** * *** and carry on tomorrow”. Literally it means the second of the definitions.
1d Delicacy isn’t commonly penetrating outskirts of Dudley (6)
DAINTY — How someone who didn’t know any better (commonly) might says isn’t is put inside (penetrating outskirts) the first and last letters of D(udle)Y.
2d Rouse stiffly off and on and become rigid (6)
OSSIFY — The odd letters (off and on) of the first two words of the clue.
3d Welsh factories redeveloped directly (2,3,4,5)
AS THE CROW FLIES — An anagram (redeveloped) of WELSH FACTORIES.
4d Civil War soldier perhaps or a recent revolutionary (2-7)
RE-ENACTOR — Another anagram (revolutionary) of OR A RECENT.
5d Policeman points and carries on (5)
COPES — A short slang word for a policeman is followed by two points of the compass.
7d Clever clogs support popular TV (8)
BRAINBOX — Begin with the usual bit of women’s undies (support) follow that with the usual two letters meaning popular and end with a slang word for a TV. I just couldn’t resist the piccy for this one!
8d This lot going about in a frenzy, heading off for London (3,5)
THE SMOKE — THIS lot (as opposed to THAT lot) contains a word meaning in a frenzy or running riot without its first letter (heading off).
9d Skip how to find use for a nut? (4,1,4,3,2)
MAKE A BOLT FOR IT — This kind of ‘skip’ isn’t what children do in a playground – it means to leg it, escape or do a runner. The nut isn’t a slang term for your head – it’s something that might be bought in a DIY store or hardware shop.
15d Production of Lear outside picks up in run-through (9)
REHEARSAL — An anagram (production of) of LEAR contains a word that means picks up (with your ears). I seem to remember doing a hint for the same answer in last week’s Thursday crossword.
16d Pride drooling — lion’s first to go out and last to tuck in (8)
SNOBBERY — Think of another adjective for drooling or dribbling – it has an L as its second letter which needs to be removed – L(ion’s) first to go out. Replace the L with the last letter of (lio)N (last to tuck in). Oh dear – I’ve made a bit of a mess of that – it’s one of those that’s easier to solve than give a hint for.
17d Carrying hose (8)
STOCKING — A simple double definition – the hose isn’t the kind that you’d use to water plants in the garden.
19d ‘Une route secondaire’ in France maybe (6)
ABROAD — Or in Spain, or Italy, or anywhere other than where you live – translate the first three words in the clue.
20d One fat fly starts off smartly (6)
NEATLY — Remove the first letters from the first three words of the clue (starts off).
22d School waiving rights for third grade (5)
GAMMA —A secondary school in which academic subjects predominate has an R as its second letter and as its last letter – take both of them out (waiving rights). I’m not sure that this kind of school exists any more but I could very easily be wrong.
I liked 1 and 25a and 8 and 20d. My favourite was 19d.
The quickie pun (Rob)+(Inns)+(Honk)+(Rousseau)=(Robinson Crusoe)