Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27805
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
An early posting from me today as I’m off to get the train to London, where I hope to see many of you at the S&B gathering later on.
This was all going swimmingly until I had a bit of a hold-up in the SE corner. I did find it enjoyable, with some rather good anagrams – how about you?
If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.
1a Scattered boxes close to store (6)
SPARSE – a verb meaning boxes (in the ring, say) followed by the closing letter of store.
4a Weapon-holder in small taxi, driven initially round block (8)
SCABBARD – S(mall), a taxi and the initial letter of D(riven) contain a verb to block or obstruct.
9a At sea in a launch (6)
AFLOAT – A (from the clue) followed by a verb to launch (a company on the stock market, for example).
10a Where a golfer may be seen heading in the right direction (2,6)
ON COURSE – where a golfer may be seen before heading for the nineteenth hole.
11a Quickly pass to the suspect (9)
POSTHASTE – an anagram (suspect) of PASS TO THE.
13a Conveys object on board steamship (5)
SENDS – an object or goal goes inside (on board) the usual abbreviation for steamship.
14a Getting beneath station (13)
UNDERSTANDING – a preposition meaning beneath is followed by a word meaning station or rank.
17a Telephoned by a drunk? That’s unacceptable (6,3,4)
BEYOND THE PALE – an anagram (drunk) of TELEPHONED BY A.
21a Squabbles caused by dogs mother’s abandoned (5)
TIFFS – start with dogs of a large, strong breed then drop (abandoned) the affectionate term for mother and the ‘S.
23a Success with single is a sort of accident (3-3-3)
HIT-AND-RUN – string together a success (in the charts, say), a conjunction meaning with and a single at cricket.
24a ‘Blind alley’, possibly clued as ‘Close’, originally (3-2-3)
CUL-DE-SAC – an anagram (possibly) of CLUED AS followed by the original letter of C(lose).
25a English country manor (6)
ESTATE – E(nglish) followed by a country or nation.
26a What may be evident to east in the latter part of the day? (8)
EVENTIDE – an anagram (what may be) of EVIDENT followed by E(ast).
27a Evergreen tree with crack in it, set back (6)
MYRTLE – a deciduous tree contains a crack or attempt. Now reverse the lot (set back).
1d Is coming over about affected seafood (6)
SCAMPI – reverse (coming over) IS and insert an adjective meaning affected or theatrical.
2d County town may be busy early, surprisingly (9)
AYLESBURY – an anagram (surprisingly) of BUSY EARLY gives us the county town of Buckinghamshire.
3d Completely intoxicated son’s given ground (7)
SMASHED – S(on) is followed by (given) a past participle meaning ground or pulped.
5d Cheerfulness shown by soldiers after short time under canvas below bluff (11)
CONTENTMENT – pay attention, this is complicated. A word for ordinary soldiers follows T(ime) and that’s put under canvas (i.e. in a ****). Finally that all goes after (below, in a down clue) a verb to bluff or hoax.
6d US actor and actress Eleanor accompanying boy (7)
BRONSON – the surname of comedy actress Eleanor goes with a young male relative. I’m not sure how many people under fifty will remember the actress.
7d Professional wearing article, protective garment (5)
APRON – the abbreviation for a professional goes inside (wearing) an indefinite article.
8d Groom ahead of time in equestrian event (8)
DRESSAGE – a verb to groom or style precedes a period of time.
12d Pull out queen, say — this may win you instant cash (7,4)
SCRATCH CARD – a verb to pull out or withdraw (from a race, for example) is followed by what a queen is an example of.
15d Beer, for example, at inn — ‘bier’ abroad (9)
INEBRIANT – this is something that can get you 3d. It’s an anagram (abroad) of AT INN BIER.
16d Old boy’s story about opening of cocktail bar (8)
OBSTACLE – start with the abbreviation for old boy then add a story containing the opening letter of cocktail.
18d Budding number on climb (7)
NASCENT – the single-letter abbreviation for number precedes (on, in a down clue) a climb or upward slope.
19d Girl ringing home for forgiveness (7)
AMNESTY – the name of a girl (one of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, for example) goes round (ringing) a comfy home.
20d Queen describing former extension (6)
ANNEXE – the name of the last Stuart monarch contains (describing) a prefix meaning former.
22d River, south-eastern? Wrong (5)
FALSE – a river in Cornwall is followed by the abbreviation for south-eastern. Rather clever, because the river is not south-eastern, it’s south-western.
The clues I liked best were 17a, 24a and 22d. Which one(s) had you cheering?
Today’s Quickie Pun: PRIMER + SEIZE = PRIMACIES