Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27818
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Despite the difference in seasons, it seems that the weather in UK at present is very similar to what we are having here. Thick jackets and woolly hats were needed for our regular beach walk this morning but at least we did not need umbrellas.
No significant blog birthdays today that we know of, so lets just settle back and enjoy what Jay has given us today.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Verification of company land occupied by business (12)
CONFIRMATION : Start with the abbreviation for company, then take a word for a land or a country and interrupt it to insert a synonym for a business.
10a A word of comfort leaving artist her easel (5)
THERE : It’s hiding in the clue.
11a Guarantee sent without cover, of course, to American (6)
ENSURE : Take the middle two letters of sent and add a word that an American might use meaning ‘of course’.
13a Governor‘s painful punishment touring Austria (6)
SATRAP : This painful punishment was used in schools in our young days and has the IVR code for Austria included.
19a Sun journalist looked without blinking (6)
STARED : The type of celestial body that our sun is an example of precedes the abbreviation for a senior journalist.
21a The disadvantage of inexperienced defender against Germany? (8)
DRAWBACK : The IVR code for Germany, comes before a word meaning inexperienced, and then a defender in various team sports.
26a Rare quality possessing peer (5)
EQUAL : Another lurker hiding in the clue.
27a Loose salt found in shifting dunes (9)
UNSECURED : A verb meaning to preserve with salt is found inside an anagram (shifting) of DUNES.
28a Pages of newspaper with focus on food? (6,6)
CENTRE SPREAD : A focus or pivotal point is followed by a general description of a food presentation.
1d Chests of people who mock going topless? (7)
COFFERS : Take a word for people who mock and remove the first letter.
2d Lacking permission, finally takes corners (5)
NOOKS : Lacking permission is expressed as 2,2 then add the last letter of takes.
3d Source of prison record held by home worker (9)
INFORMANT : Start with the two letter word for at home, then the slang word for a prison record and a worker insect.
4d Timid person ignoring son’s pout (4)
MOUE : Take a murine description of a timid person and remove S(on’s).
5d Came to and groggily told tale (8)
TOTALLED : The definition could mean ‘added up to’ and is an anagram (groggily) of TOLD TALE.
7d Ties, for example, chaps promise? (8)
MENSWEAR : Split 3,5 to give chaps pledge.
8d Moves quickly in the morning, getting stuff thrown out (6)
JETSAM : Moves quickly, perhaps in a fast plane, and then the abbreviation for morning.
17d Brush aside reduction in price (8)
DISCOUNT : Double definition.
18d Flats accommodating soldiers or clergymen (6)
PADRES : A common word often used for student flats contains one of our soldier abbreviations.
20d Mocked Act that gives free housing (7)
DERIDED : A verb meaning to free is housed inside a synonym for an act.
22d There’s good in rancour? Rubbish! (5)
BILGE : A word for rancour or gall contains G(ood).
24d Border official in church must finish early (5)
VERGE : Take the last letter away from a minor church official.
25d Man, for example, saying ‘I will’? (4)
ISLE : A homophone of I will gives something that Man is an example of.
Jay must have been watching for our perpetual stumbling blocks. That place in 25d and the dreaded IVR codes. Not a problem today though.
Today we liked the cleverness of 2d and the misdirection towards an insect in 16d.
Quickie pun belief + lops = belly-flops