Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27823
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This was more of a sprint than a marathon but I enjoyed it and thought it was pretty good for a Tuesday. No pangram, no theme, no Nina – just a straight cryptic crossword. Do let us know how you got on and give us your verdict.
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1a Father’s leading wise man’s lobby (7)
PASSAGE – an affectionate word for father and the ‘S precede a wise man.
5a Moves involving kings — and where they might move to? (7)
CASTLES – double definition, the first being special moves in chess involving the king and one of the rooks.
9a Important Wilde character goes round a grave (7)
EARNEST – the adopted name of the male lead in Oscar Wilde’s most well-known play contains A.
10a Sounds like where campers are concentrated? (7)
INTENSE – an old chestnut – this sounds like where you might find people on a campsite.
11a Broadcast? Shocked about title, oddly (9)
SCATTERED – a past participle meaning shocked or alarmed contains the odd letters of title.
12a Rover’s perhaps going west across Spain, dear? (5)
STEEP – what Rover (or Tiddles, possibly) is an example of, together with the ‘S, get reversed (going west or left, in an across clue) around the IVR code for Spain.
13a Abandon urge to go after diamonds (5)
DITCH – an urge or craving follows the abbreviation for the card suit diamonds.
15a A page — keen — is given the job (9)
APPOINTED – string together A (from the clue), the abbreviation for page and an adjective meaning keen or sharp.
17a Mechanisms in clocks have briefly to divide short periods of time (9)
MOVEMENTS – the contracted form of have (as seen in a phrase such as “you’ve got to be joking”) goes inside (to divide) brief periods of time.
19a Good to cut dreadful song at the end (5)
DIRGE – the abbreviation for good is inserted (to cut) in an adjective meaning dreadful or appalling.
22a Nick Nolte regularly portrays mechanical man (5)
ROBOT – we need to do a bit of lifting and separating on Nick Nolte. Nick is an informal verb to steal and after that we need the even (regularly) letters of Nolte.
23a Going back over last character for Alan Turing to pen (9)
RETURNING – start with a preposition meaning over or concerning then insert (to pen) the last letter of (Ala)N inside Turing.
25a Running after Carol after tea (7)
CHASING – a verb to carol (ignore the false capitalisation) comes after an informal word for tea.
26a Alluring woman with anger — that could give one a pain in the neck (7)
VAMPIRE – charade of a temptress who seduces men and anger or rage.
27a Third in Premiership? United, it’s been revealed (7)
EMERGED – the third letter of Premiership is followed by a verb meaning united or amalgamated.
28a Caught second horse with ends of strong rope? Splendid! (7)
SNAGGED – string together (S)econd, an old horse and the end letters of the last three words in the clue.
1d Ironed clothes in a hurry (7)
PRESSED – double definition, the second meaning strapped for time.
2d Man‘s small expression of hesitation with very small insect (7)
SERVANT – start with S(mall) and an expression of hesitation and add V(ery) and a small insect (alternatively, this could be a small version of very and an insect).
3d Fresh beer right on time (5)
ALERT – another word for beer and R(ight) come before (on, in a down clue) T(ime).
4d Please, host, provide amusement (9)
ENTERTAIN – triple definition, though there’s not a great deal of difference between the first and third meanings.
5d ‘Boiled rice!’ daughter screamed (5)
CRIED – an anagram (boiled) of RICE followed by D(aughter).
6d Upset, ‘It’s safe,’ I’d answered (9)
SATISFIED – an anagram (upset) of IT’S SAFE I’D.
7d Biggest ten logs chopped up (7)
LONGEST – this is a bit like the proverbial buses – you don’t see an anagram for twenty clues then three come along in quick succession. This is an anagram (chopped up) of TEN LOGS.
8d Walked very softly around horse? On the contrary (7)
STEPPED – on the contrary means that, instead of very softly going around a horse, an old word for a horse goes around the musical abbreviation for very softly or pianissimo.
14d Thread to go under amateur athlete’s vulnerable tendon (9)
HAMSTRING – a thread or twine follows (to go under, in a down clue) an adjective meaning amateur or inexpert (often used of a stage performer).
16d Good things I have in premises (9)
POSITIVES – premises here is a verb meaning puts forward as an argument or proposition. The contracted form of ‘I have’ goes inside it.
17d Getting into three-wheel car I measured up is a marvel (7)
MIRACLE – hidden (getting into) and reversed (up, in a down clue). As has been mentioned before the string of letters to be found are not actually going up, they’re going from right to left because they’re in the clue, but it’s a convention that ‘up’ is allowed because this is a down clue.
18d Shake spoilt child in struggle (7)
VIBRATE – insert a spoilt or badly behaved child in a verb to struggle or compete.
20d Working out — temperature’s boosted — showering (7)
RAINING – start with a present participle meaning working out (in the gym, for example) then take away (boosted) the T(emperature). In North America boost is an informal verb meaning to steal or shoplift.
21d Brain? Mine is on top (7)
EGGHEAD – an informal word for a mine or bomb precedes a verb to top or lead.
23d Outfit I had to make with no bending (5)
RIGID – an outfit or costume is followed by the contracted form of ‘I had’.
24d Alcohol leads to Bill’s awful dance (5)
RUMBA – an alcoholic spirit and the leading letters of two words in the clue.
Top clues for me were 22a and 16d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: PAR + TEA + PEACE = PARTY PIECE