Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27819
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone. What a beautiful morning it is in Oxford – it feels like summer at last. Now on to the crossword – I confess that my first feelings were those of total panic! Once I’d got over that I thought it was quite tricky and and a bit wacky – I loved it. Over to the rest of you now – what did you all think?
The answers are hidden under the bits that say “Click here” so only do that if you need to see them.
1a Quote work both contrary and lyrical (6)
POETIC — Begin with a verb to quote or name and follow that with our usual two letter musical work – then reverse it all (both contrary)
5a Sweet Delia ultimately did wrong stuffing prune (4,4)
ACID DROP — I hope you’re all concentrating here. Start off with the last letter (ultimately) of Delia and follow that with a four letter word meaning prune (absolutely nothing to do with dried fruit but a verb meaning to reduce in size) which contains (stuffing) an anagram (wrong) of DID
9a Exercising swallows at flying display (10)
AEROBATICS — A form of fast and vigorous exercise contains (swallows) the AT from the clue
10a Stack endless bricks (4)
RICK — Remove the first and last letters (endless) of b(RICK)s. Not the most difficult clue in the crossword, in fact probably one of the easier ones, but it was my last answer.
11a V&A library originally next to foyer — a blissful spot (8)
VALHALLA — This is very much a case of doing exactly what we’re told to do. Begin with the first two letters of the clue (you can ignore the &) follow those with the first letter (originally) of L(ibrary), then you need a foyer or reception area and finish off with the A, again from the clue.
12a Spooner’s brown horse passed resting place (3,3)
DAY BED — How the Reverend Spooner might describe a brown horse (one that has brown body with a black mane and tail) who has gone to meet his maker (passed).
13a Assistant gets Queen away from attacker — twice (4)
AIDE — This attacker begins and ends with the one letter abbreviation of the Latin word for Queen (or King) – remove both of those (gets Queen away from – twice). This is one of those that is easier to solve than give a hint for – the attacker is not a robber – think Indiana Jones!
15a Present song lacks core evidence of pedigree (8)
HEREDITY — To be present at, or in this place, is followed by a five letter song or ballad without its central letter (lacks core).
18a Charlie is mainly sore wearing smalls providing grip for legs (8)
SCISSORS — The letter that ‘Charlie’ represents in the Nato alphabet, the IS from the clue, most of the word (mainly) SOR(e) – having got that lot all you need to do now is put the one letter abbreviation for S(mall) at the beginning and end (wearing ie IN smalls). Yet another one that’s tricky to give a decent hint for.
19a Timothy and Rafe shedding pounds in health resorts (4)
SPAS — Timothy and Rafe are father and son actors – their surname ends with a double letter, the one used to denote pounds sterling – remove both of those letters (shedding pounds). I was at a disadvantage here as I’d never heard of either of the actors.
21a Shy bridesmaid’s content to be cross (6)
HYBRID — A lurker, or an answer that’s hidden in the middle of the first two words of the clue, indicated by the word ‘content’.
23a A rat and mice dissected — it’s educational (8)
ACADEMIC — The A from the clue is followed by another word for rat or despicable person and then you need an anagram (dissected) of MICE. Unless I can’t count this is our one and only anagram today – and even this is only a partial anagram.
25a Fine due over brawl (4)
FEUD — Begin with the one letter abbreviation for F(ine) and follow it with a reversal (over) of the second word in the clue.
26a Cliff pursuing hit ideally neither intellectual nor downmarket (10)
MIDDLEBROW — To hit a cricket ball with the right bit of the bat (hit ideally) is followed by (pursuing) a cliff or top of a hill. The capitalisation of ‘Cliff’ is a bit of a red herring cunningly disguised as it’s the first word of the clue.
27a A time to regret initially pining over lawyer (8)
ATTORNEY — The A from the clue is followed by the one letter abbreviation for T(ime), the TO from the clue, the first letter (initially) of R(egret) and then a reversal (over) of another word for pining or longing. I think the last three letters which are reversed is a noun – I can’t make ‘pining’ into a noun – any better ideas anyone?
28a Harvesters may do this run in the small hours (6)
THRESH — Begin with the THE from the clue, put the one letter cricketing abbreviation for R(un) in it and follow the result with another one letter abbreviation, this time for S(mall) and then yet another one, this time for H(ours). Phew!
2d Musical compositions are humourless in retrospect (5)
OPERA — A short word meaning humourless, which is usually followed by “faced” and the word ARE from the clue are reversed (in retrospect).
3d Ineffective and also extremely tough? Not as much (9)
TOOTHLESS — Start off with a short word for also or as well as, follow that with the outside letters (extremely) of T(oug)H and then another way of saying not as much or fewer.
4d Birthplace of rock? (6)
CRADLE — I think this is a double definition. I could be missing something here.
5d Some farming can be brutal — with onset of rain disrupting better half year (6,9)
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY — Begin with a synonym for brutal or inhumane. That’s the first word of your answer. Then you need a word for ones “better half” (if you’re a woman) followed by the one letter abbreviation for Y(ear) containing the first letter (onset of) R(ain.
6d Fashionable drinks by the sound of it — these could have an edge (8)
INSIDERS — The usual crossword land two letters meaning fashionable is followed by a homonym (by the sound of it) of some alcoholic drinks that are made from apples and guaranteed to produce the worst hangover ever!
7d Fanny Cradock’s heart almost flipped for Austen hero (5)
DARCY — Another lurker (heart) but this time it’s reversed as well (flipped)
8d Band of men with revolutionary talents on the rise (9)
ORCHESTRA — Start off with the men. These are members of the armed forces not holding commissions, follow them with the name of crossword land’s favourite revolutionary and then a reversal (on the rise) of another word for talents or abilities.
14d A longing to travel given ticklish verbal undertaking (5,4)
ITCHY FEET — A word meaning ticklish or sensitive is followed by a homonym (verbal) of an undertaking or exploit.
16d Tony Hancock’s sidekick, returned MP? Pull the other leg (or both) (9)
DISMEMBER — A reversal (returned) of the first name of Tony Hancock’s sidekick or other half (on stage) is followed by a person who sits in the House of Commons
17d Expression of surprise in the wake of ‘Rolling Stone Ron’s outdoor type!‘ (8)
WOODSMAN — The surname of a member of the Rolling Stones with the Christian name Ron – don’t forget the ‘S – is followed by (in the wake of) an expression of surprise or admiration.
20d One must be soft in the head to play the xylophone (6)
MALLET — A cryptic definition of the soft hammer that is used to play the xylophone.
22d Right how-d’ye-do now and then where western types compete (5)
RODEO — Begin with R(ight) and follow that with the even letters (now and then) of the next three bits of the clue.
24d Characters presented by critic on silent pictures (5)
ICONS — And finally here is our third and last lurking answer – it’s hidden in the middle of the fourth, fifth and sixth words in the clue.
I liked 5 and 23a and 17 and 22d. My favourite was 7d.
Quickie pun Beehive+Eeyore+Pattens=Behaviour patterns