Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27786
Hints and tips by Miffypops and Kitty
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Good Morning one and all. We have our usual dose of deep joy from Rufus today which Kitty and I will attempt to unravel for you all. We hope you get your 1ac. It is nice to see some food at 20d and to be given plenty of picture opportunities.
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Across by Miffypops
1a Full value that’s reduced by inflation (6-5)
MONEY’S WORTH: To receive full value for something bought but which not be quite as much after a round of monetary inflation
9a Soldiers get together to reminisce (9)
RECOLLECT: The R(oyal) E(ngineers) followed by a verb meaning to bring or gather together a number of things
10a End of the line for an old criminal? (5)
NOOSE: A clever cryptic definition of a loop with a running knot, tightening as the rope or wire is pulled and used to trap animals or hang people.
11a Have an inferior berth, but remain quiet? (3,3)
LIE LOW: A very cryptic definition of how or where you would be sleeping in steerage or third class on a ship. The definition meaning (especially of a criminal) keep out of sight; avoid detection or attention. The checkers are a great help here.
12a Director harassed by person who’s owed money (8)
CREDITOR: Anagram (harassed) of DIRECTOR
13a Strain to find way about ship (6)
STRESS: Take a way or ST(reet) add our usual crosswordland suspect for about and the nautical abbreviation for S(team) S(hip)
15a Notorious for being on friendly terms with the celebrated (8)
INFAMOUS: To be in with the in crowd followed by a word meaning celebrated or well known
18a Resort to a lever to provide lift (8)
ELEVATOR: Anagram (resort) of TO A LEVER
ARVE Error: need id and provider
19a Follow a series of races to finish (6)
ATTEND: A from the clue followed by the T(ourist) T(rophy) races from The Isle Of Man and a verb meaning to bring to a final point or finish.
21a Independent airs of Ned’s cats, perhaps (8)
DESCANTS: Anagram (perhaps) of NEDS CATS
23a Writing about examination principles (6)
MORALS: Place the abbreviation for Manuscript around a verbal examination.
26a Note on qualified dockyard job (5)
REFIT: Place our usual crosswordland two letters meaning about or concerning before a word meaning suitable for purpose
27a Cut off reggae set with different running order (9)
SEGREGRATE: Anagram (with different running order) of REGGAE SET
28a Attack with rope may result in a criminal record (11)
CHARGESHEET: To attack in the fashion of The Light Infantry followed by a rope attached to the lower corner of a sail for securing or extending the sail or for altering its direction.
Down by Kitty
1d The Rolling Stones? (7)
MARBLES: Nothing to do with music. Traditionally made of this type of stone, now more usually glass, these are rolled in play. Kath often claims to have lost hers, but we know she hasn’t!
2d Recess in pleasant hospital (5)
NICHE: Put on your best Yoda voice and read the second part of the clue as in pleasant: hospital. H(ospital) is actually the thing to insert into a four letter adjective meaning pleasant.
3d Allow eyes to wander somewhere between Korea and China (6,3)
YELLOW SEA: An anagram (to wander) of ALLOW EYES. This is the colourful (but not black red or white) name given to the northern part of the East China Sea.
4d Cry, having very little money (4)
WEEP: Take a Scottish word for little or tiny and add the letter denoting one hundredth of a pound.
5d Leaving the job, as very shy (8)
RETIRING: Double definition. Maybe reserved more than shy and if leaving, having served one’s time at work.
6d Put on edge (5)
HONED: A cryptic definition. To have put an edge on something. Perhaps one’s skills or maybe physically sharpened a blade using a smooth stone. (My penultimate in, before 10a which left me hanging for a while.)
7d New rises involving Royal Academy – sharp rises (7)
SIERRAS: New indicates an anagram of RISES into which is inserted (involving) the abbreviation for R(oyal) A(cademy).
8d Shelve mail – possibly open later (8)
POSTPONE: Put aside for later. A four letter word for letters or parcels and then an anagram (possibly) of OPEN.
14d Says something quickly and staggers away (5,3)
REELS OFF: Utters rapidly and fluently. The first word of our answer also means lurches or wobbles and the second means absent.
16d Writer shares out novel development (9)
AUTHORESS: This is not a specific writer but we do know something about her. She is an anagram (novel / new development) of SHARES OUT.
17d Our gas main? (5,3)
NORTH SEA: A cryptic definition of a main or body of water near to us – if you live in the UK, that is. Natural gas was discovered there in 1910 and has been mined since the 1960s.
Since this is the second marine clue, here is a song which tells a salty story:
ARVE Error: need id and provider
18d Tree reaching second half of July is looking rather old (7)
ELDERLY: A small deciduous tree, native to the UK and much of Europe, is followed by the second half of (Ju)LY.
20d Leave without second course (7)
DESSERT: Without here means outside, which foxed some people a couple of days ago. Take a verb meaning to abandon and insert S(econd), to create the course that comes at the end of the meal (unless the cheese course does).
22d Greek for ‘upper room‘ (5)
ATTIC: Double definition. The first is the main Greek dialect that was spoken by the ancient Athenians and the chief literary form of classical Greek. The second definition is easier.
24d Conscious respect surrounding rising artist (5)
AWARE: Not just respect but reverential wonder or fear, outside (surrounding) our usual artist from the institution which featured in 7d.
25d Eager for silver turn-over (4)
AGOG: The chemical symbol for silver, then a word for turn (perhaps in a game) reversed (over).
I enjoyed that and I hope you did too. Do let us know in the comments how you got on.
The Quick Crossword pun: main+tenants=maintenance