Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27801
Hints and tips by Kath et al.
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone. Today’s hints are brought to you by the combined efforts of the four K’s. Kath has been joined by Kitty from Surrey and the 2Kiwis who have come all the way from New Zealand. We are unanimous in thinking that this is a Ray T crossword which gave us a lot of fun in our rather chaotic joint solve which we started about a minute after midnight! We found it almost impossible to judge the difficulty and so have given it an average rating of 3*.
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1a Fan‘s total thrills in the Centre Court (6)
ADDICT — Begin with a verb meaning total or tot up, follow that with the middle letter (centre) of thr(I)ll and finish off with the two letter abbreviation for court. One of us thought that the capitalisation of Centre was a bit 22a.
4a Marriage plan with suit ordered (8)
NUPTIALS — An anagram (ordered) of PLAN and SUIT
9a Thrilled editor’s about overdue (6)
ELATED — The usual two letter abbreviation for editor contains (about) another word for overdue or running rather behind yourself.
10a Paid for cold dish, oddly ruined inside (8)
SALARIED — A cold dish, lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables, often raw ones, contains the alternate letters (oddly) of ruined.
12a Sabbath performance capturing new support (8)
SANCTION — A one letter abbreviation for S(abbath) and then a word meaning performance or deed containing (capturing) another abbreviation, this time for N(ew).
13a Belief is embraced by those people (6)
THEISM — The ‘is’ from the clue is contained by (embraced) a way of saying those people, or that lot over there.
15a Throttling, flashing a signal to turn (13)
STRANGULATION — An anagram (flashing) of A SIGNAL TO TURN
18a Resistant antibodies run amok (13)
INSUBORDINATE — Another anagram (amok) of ANTIBODIES RUN
22a Sly call, pinching behind (6)
CRAFTY — A call or scream contains (pinching) the behind or rear of a boat.
24a Fawning succeeding in case of flunkey (8)
FLATTERY — The first and last letters (case of ) F(lunke)Y contains (in) another way of saying succeeding or coming after.
26a Wild cat, lithe and powerful (8)
ATHLETIC — An anagram (wild) of CAT and LITHE
27a Obliquely like the French, not without love (6)
ASLANT — A two letter word meaning like, or similar to, a French definite article and then end up with the ‘not’ from the clue without the letter that looks like a zero (love).
28a Possibly one employed by cathedral … (8)
MINISTER — A large church or cathedral contains (employed by) the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one.
29a … Church officer in charge, sort of cross (6)
CELTIC — One of the several abbreviations for church, another abbreviation for an officer in the army ranking under captain and then yet another abbreviation for in charge.
1d Swears with energy becoming hostile (6)
AVERSE — Swears or states vehemently followed by E(nergy).
2d Agonised missing sweetheart changing one’s opinion (9)
DIAGNOSIS — An anagram (changing) of AGONISED) without the middle letter (heart) of sw(E)et and then the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one, with the ‘S.
3d He fiddles with cold radiator (7)
CHEATER — Nothing at all to do with musical instruments – the letter that signifies cold on a tap is followed by a heating device.
5d Stetson perhaps raised supporting United States? Just one (4)
UTAH — Something of which a Stetson is an example and the one letter abbreviation for U(nited) is all tipped upside down (raised)
6d Pain in mouth not closing windpipe (7)
TRACHEA — A common word meaning mouth loses its final letter (not closing) and surrounds a synonym for pain.
7d Excuse to hold old-style party in first-class (5)
ALIBI — A political party which no longer exists is contained in (to hold) the two letters meaning first class or best.
8d Deposit posted containing bit of money (8)
SEDIMENT — A small American coin is contained in (containing) a word meaning posted or despatched.
11d Mill located by railway (7)
FOUNDRY — Located or spotted is followed by the two letter abbreviation for R(ailwa)Y
14d Making sound car, unevenly bolted below (7)
AUDIBLE — A German car precedes the alternate letters (unevenly) of bolted.
16d Divine leg? Antony keeps it hidden — unlike Cleopatra? (9)
INELEGANT — Here we go – the answer is hidden in the middle of the clue. At this point everyone else chanted, “Kath, here’s one for you!”
17d Reject record hit penning single (8)
DISCLAIM — A record described by its shape is followed by a synonym for hit or bash which contains (penning) the letter that looks like a one.
19d Disturbs rest under banyan initially (7)
BOTHERS — The first letter (initially) of B(anyan) is followed by (under) another word for the rest or the remainder.
20d Performer in part is televised (7)
ARTISTE — And here is our second lurker of the day – it’s another hidden answer (in). Guess who was the first to spot this one?
21d Cryptic compiler’s above endless criticism (6)
MYSTIC — How the setter might say that something belongs to him is followed by a slang word meaning criticism or disapproval with its final letter (endless).
23d Article about female getting livid (5)
ASHEN — One of the indefinite articles contains (about) a female personal pronoun. We were all doubtful that the definition fitted with the answer – we were also all wrong!
25d Queen provided rising excitement (4)
FIRE — Here she is at last – the Queen has arrived to crown the crossword. We need the two letters denoting our Queen and another word meaning provided or on condition that and then reverse (rising) the whole lot.
Between the four of us we liked almost all of these clues so we’re not going to mention any in particular – we will leave that bit to the rest of you. Only one favourite per person, please!
Quickie pun (Freeze)+(Ample)=(Free sample)