Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27816
Hints and tips by Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
One of Monday’s blogging team has been hard at work this weekend, the other hard at play. As the latter, it falls to me to do the hints today.
Rufus has done his thing once again. It’s a Kitty-friendly puzzle, what with answers like 12a and 23d. As such I hope you will indulge me in a rather feline blog. I found it easy going, but slowed down somewhat at the end.
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1a Awakening of love in Laura’s unexpected (7)
AROUSAL: Insert the letter that looks like zero (love, in tennis) into an anagram (unexpected) of LAURA’S.
5a Tommy’s upset about parking warning sign (7)
SYMPTOM: A second clue to match the first. An anagram of TOMMY’S around the abbreviation for P(arking).
9a Teacher‘s expression of disgust with our skipping university (5)
TUTOR: A clicky sound of disapproval followed by OUR from the clue without (skipping) U(niversity).
10a Stores periodically issued? (9)
MAGAZINES: Stores of ammunition, or periodicals.
11a Business residence (10)
OCCUPATION: A job or profession, or the act of living in a building or place.
12a How to express satisfaction at a stroke? (4)
PURR: The stroke is a caress, and in this case it produces the sound of a happy cat. A quick introduction to Cole and Marmalade – you’ll be seeing them again!
ARVE Error: need id and provider
14a Possibly she dreams it’s a principal post (12)
HEADMISTRESS: This school principal is an anagram (possibly) of SHE DREAMS IT’S.
18a I accept order mistakenly went to and fro (12)
RECIPROCATED: An anagram (mistakenly) of I ACCEPT ORDER. Given quid pro quo.
21a Constantly right (4)
TRUE: Right or genuine. The answer also means constant or faithful.
22a Our respect will be misplaced for such an oppressor (10)
PERSECUTOR: OUR RESPECT will be anagrammed (misplaced) to form a tyrant. Here are two – I said you’d be seeing them again!
ARVE Error: need id and provider
25a Freely able to speak with added detail (9)
ELABORATE: An anagram (freely) of ABLE and then to make a formal declarative speech.
26a Oil producer under pressure has a heart of stone (5)
OLIVE: A cryptic definition that is nicely misleading. Put all thoughts of crude oil out of your mind. This fruit, which has a stone at its centre, is pressed to make oil.
27a It provides backing for actors (7)
SCENERY: The backdrop in a theatre.
28a One in no hurry to leave the hospital? (7)
PATIENT: Someone undergoing medical treatment might be this when suffering delays without complaint.
1d Gesture that produces a lawsuit (6)
ACTION: Behaviour. Or court proceedings.
2d Fresh topics for study by light-minded scientists (6)
OPTICS: An anagram (fresh) of TOPICS gives the branch of physics to do with light.
3d Squabble a great deal? Rubbish! (10)
SCRAPHEAPS: Piles of rubbish, formed from a quarrel or fight followed by a great deal, as in lots or oodles.
4d I’m fired about restrictive practice (5)
LIMIT: A word meaning set fire to around (about) the I’M from the clue in a rather Yoda-like construction. To restrict or confine within bounds.
5d Foreign girl who drops in after marriage (9)
SIGNORINA: The Italian for an unmarried lady, where dropping the IN would give her title when married.
6d It has misleading passages (4)
MAZE: Some passages or paths in this lead to a dead end.
7d Hairstyles for 16? (8)
TONSURES: Not very cryptic if your first thought is that 16 refers to 16d. Shaven crowns.
8d Spray coat produced by damp suspect (8)
MISTRUST: A fine spray of liquid and then a (usually highly unwelcome) coat produced when iron reacts with water and oxygen. Suspect in this case is a verb.
13d Extend an invitation to sleep on the floor? (7,3)
STRETCH OUT: To elongate. If you said this to someone you could be inviting them to lay at full length.
15d Variety of odder army transport (9)
DROMEDARY: An anagram (variety) of ODDER ARMY gives a creature one might use to cross a desert. One hump, not two.
16d Relatives in a religious order (8)
BROTHERS: Not sisters … not nuns. The male counterparts.
17d True account supported by cleric (8)
ACCURATE: The abbreviation for account precedes (supported by, in a down clue) a clergyman in the Church of England.
19d A way to travel is to walk (6)
STRIDE: Two letters for a type of road followed by a word meaning to travel on an animal or vehicle (or a broomstick, which Chambers also specifies in its definition!).
20d Passionate study in art (6)
ARDENT: A room in a house inside the ART from the clue.
23d Old Prime Minister’s going up to rest (5)
SLEEP: Reverse the first Conservative prime minister together with the ‘S from the clue. To take rest by surrendering consciousness. I could use a little more of this right now!
24d Intended to go to Eastern Front (4)
FORE: The first three letters of our final answer (and my last in) are defined by the first four words of the clue. Follow this with E(astern) to get the front part of something, especially a ship.
My favourite clue today was – surprise, surprise – 12a. What was yours?
The Quick Crossword pun: PURSE+PYRE=PERSPIRE