Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27794
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Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once. The 2Kiwis aren’t here this week. Actually I don’t think they’ve ever been here as they’re usually there but today they’re neither here nor there because they’re where most of you guys are. That means they can’t do the blog so a substitute was organsied but he’s had to cry off so I’ve moved from my slot tomorrow to do today’s and said substitute for today has moved to tomorrow to cover for me who’s doing today. Simples!
I’ve been looking forward to this as it’s been quite a while since I last blogged a Jay puzzle and I always enjoy them. This was no exception as the Wednesday Wizard has come up trumps again. Perhaps a tad trickier than some of his puzzles have been recently or is that just me being a bit slow this morning?
Answers are under the click here buttons so don’t click if you don’t want to see them. As usual the definitions are underlined in the clues and the ones I like most are in blue. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.
1a Ship of comparatively fit women must come first (6)
WHALER: The comparative of a word meaning fit or healthy with a W(omen) at the beginning (must come first) gives a type of ship, the Pequod perhaps.
5a Key employed by Rolling Stones right for crooner? (8)
SONGSTER: This is an anagram (rolling) of STONES with a musical key inserted (employed by) and followed by R(ight).
9a Self-centred new Conservative team enveloped by anger (13)
INCONSIDERATE: Start with N(ew), an abbreviation for Conservative and a word for a team and then put a word meaning angry around it all (enveloped by). I’m not sure that this clue quite works as the word needed means angry and not anger.
10a Piece of music on-line monitor cut short? (8)
MODERATO: This is a piece of music played at a steady pace. It’s also the guy who monitors the posts on an on-line message board or blog for bad language, inappropriate content, etc without his last letter (cut short).
12a Grounds given by judge dismissing firm regularly (6)
ESTATE: Grounds as in a large piece of land. You need a word meaning judge or reckon and the remove IM from it, (dismissing fIrM regularly).
14a Somehow rely on social behaviour, for once (8)
FORMERLY: Once as in earlier or before. It’s an anagram (somehow) of RELY after a word meaning social behaviour as in etiquette or custom.
16a Story about international doctor and southern dishes (8)
TIMBALES: Start with I(nternational) and one of the usual doctors. Around it (about) put a story and then finish with S(outhern). A steak and kidney pudding is an example of one of these dishes. It’s also the French word for Timpani which is what came up when I keyed the answer into Google images.
19a Experiences discrimination, say, initially (6)
TASTES: A word for discrimination followed by an S (Say initially).
21a The way things are when one’s cramming Italian (2,2,2)
AS IT IS: Start with a word meaning when, IS (one’s) and insert (cramming) the abbreviation for Italian vermouth and then split it all (2,2,2).
23a Farmworker cast in drama, sweeping up yard (8)
DAIRYMAN: Make an anagram (cast) of IN DRAMA and insert (sweeping up) a Y(ard).
25a She, say, needs to make firm declaration (13)
PRONOUNCEMENT: The part of speech of which SHE is an example followed by a word meaning to make firm.
26a Long journeys — nobody miss me, guys? Just latterly! (8)
ODYSSEYS: “Just latterly” tells you that you need the second half only of the previous four words of the clue. Don’t believe that I’ve ever come across that construction before.
27a Entice mandarin mostly held in regard (6)
SEDUCE: You need the sort of bird of which a mandarin is an example but without its last letter (mostly) and insert into (held in) a word meaning regard or notice. The ornithologists among you probably solved this a lot faster than I did. I was too busy thinking fruit or Sir Humphrey to realize it was a bird that was required!
2d Despicable criminal in house (7)
HEINOUS: Anagram (criminal) of IN HOUSE. I’m not usually a great fan of anagram clues but this one I like.
3d Cash obtained from clubs in draw (5)
LUCRE: This sort of cash is often called “filthy” and it’s C(lubs) inserted into a draw or bait.
4d What visitors do sound familiar? (4,1,4)
RING A BELL: This is what visitors do when they arrive on your doorstep.
5d By-product of political bias being absent? (4-3)
SPIN OFF: A word for political bias or slant followed by a word for absent or not on.
6d Demands nothing except energy, dedication and stamina at first (5)
NEEDS: First letters (at first) of five words of the clue.
7d Perhaps Mediterranean ranchers losing millions could become sailors (9)
SEAFARERS: What the Med is an example of followed by some ranchers without the M(illions).
13d Burden that golfer with a hole in one might register? (9)
ALBATROSS: This burden is also three under par in golf so almost certainly a hole in one.
15d Case of rare trouble during disturbed rest for shopkeepers (9)
RETAILERS: Start with RE (case of RarE) and follow with a word for trouble inserted into an anagram (disturbed) of REST.
17d Popular drink with endless kids is lacking taste (7)
INSIPID: A charade of the usual word for popular, a word meaning to drink slowly and then ID (endless kIDs)
18d Spurs going on-line? (7)
SIDINGS: Cryptic definition of spurs on a system of railway lines. Is this yet another attempt to curry favour with Big Dave? The Spurs have had quite a few outings recently.
20d Material like this gives bands a chance to stretch out and play? (7)
ELASTIC: Double definition. I’m not sure about this but I think it’s a double definition but if anyone has a better idea . . . ?
Paper version (thanks Jane):-
Material for bands such as these? (7)
Cryptic definition. This works much better methinks.
22d Second quality diamond, say (5)
STONE: S(econd) followed by a word for quality or style.
24d Submit return on capital (5)
YIELD: Double definition.
Some nice stuff here but my favourite is 26a. What floated your boat?
The Quick Crossword pun: Mars+hoop+yells=marsupials
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