Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27829
Hints and tips by Gazza
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1a Part of roof subsided? Must be monitored (12)
EAVESDROPPED – split the answer 5,7 and it means that the part of a roof that overhangs the walls has fallen down.
9a That’s all right at the moment, wagons failing to start (2,7)
NO WORRIES – an adverb meaning at the moment or currently followed by large road vehicles without their first letter.
10a Sound made by Virginia with pan’s separate cover? (5)
VALID – the abbreviation for the State (or Commonwealth) of Virginia and the separate cover of a pan.
11a Song and dance, to a degree (6)
BALLAD – a formal dance followed by A (from the clue) and D(egree).
12a Headache caused by rig collapsing in US state (8)
MIGRAINE – an anagram (collapsing) of RIG goes inside a north-eastern US state.
13a Plantation in eastern part of federation (6)
ESTATE – E(astern) followed by an area or community (of which we’ve had two examples in the clues above) forming part of a federation.
15a Parisian institute, sensitive about German university (8)
SORBONNE – an adjective meaning sensitive or tender contains the name of a university in Germany (and the one-time capital of West Germany). I presume that ‘university’ is there just to try to mislead us as to the clue’s definition, because every city of this size has a university these days.
18a Pelt, after revolution, one who changed sides (8)
TURNCOAT – a pelt or hide follows a revolution or rotation.
19a Throw aunts, nervous about ending in ‘Marnie’ (6)
UNSEAT – an anagram (nervous) of AUNTS containing the end letter of Marnie. I’m not sure what the surface is all about.
21a Sluggish, one inhabitant having caught cold (8)
INACTIVE – the Roman numeral for one and an inhabitant or indigenous resident containing (having caught) C(old).
23a Composition from Bliss on at auditorium (6)
SONATA – hidden (from) in the clue.
26a Furry creature, small in every detail (5)
STOAT – S(mall) and a phrase (2,1,1) meaning exactly or in every detail. Did you know that the young of this animal is called a kit?
27a Italian, in Indian state, left individual to proceed without help (2,2,5)
GO IT ALONE – if you see Indian state in a clue it’s nearly always the 3-letter one which was once a Portuguese territory. Insert the abbreviation for Italian vermouth in it, then append L(eft) and a word meaning individual or single.
28a Crowd largely out of control in area set aside for reporters (5,7)
PRESS GALLERY – a verb to crowd or throng is followed by an anagram (out of control) of LARGELY.
1d Greek leaving French city having received new honour (7)
ENNOBLE – start with a city in south-eastern France at the foot of the Alps and remove the 2-letter abbreviation for Greek. Finally insert (having received) N(ew).
2d This could be a pledge by the Spanish (5)
VOWEL – charade of a pledge or oath and one of the Spanish definite articles. This, or a similar, clue has appeared many times in the past but it always catches me out on first reading.
3d Mocking actors in Indian dress, beginning to chant (9)
SARCASTIC – a word for all the actors in a production goes inside an Indian dress. We finish with the first letter of chant.
4d Charge head of racket, and assistant, from what we hear (4)
RAID – the first letter (head) of racket is followed by what sounds like an assistant. Does FIFA spring to mind?
5d Act I put on for Greek god (8)
POSEIDON – string together an act or pretence, I (from the clue) and a verb to put on (an item of clothing, say).
6d Young fish perpetually circling lake (5)
ELVER – an adverb meaning perpetually or constantly contains L(ake).
7d Everyone intended getting rid of female in partnership (8)
ALLIANCE – a word for everyone is followed by an intended or prospective husband without the F(emale).
8d Stick notice at this point (6)
ADHERE – charade of the short form of a notice or announcement and an adverb meaning at this point in time.
14d Herb found in most of Spanish province (8)
TARRAGON – the name of a province on the Mediterranean coast of Spain without its final A (most of).
16d Just the building for a house-hunter? (5,4)
BINGO HALL – cryptic definition of a place where people congregate to play games of chance.
17d Star hooked by young woman in gambling centre (3,5)
LAS VEGAS – the name of the brightest star in the constellation Lyra goes inside (hooked or captured by) a young woman. Many games of chance are played here, including those featured in the previous clue.
18d Long crumpled T-shirt (6)
THIRST – an anagram (crumpled) of T-SHIRT.
20d Essay about old play — ‘King Lear’, perhaps (7)
TRAGEDY – a verb to essay or attempt contains an adjective meaning old.
22d Teacher tickled trout (5)
TUTOR – an anagram (tickled) of TROUT.
24d A note about worship (5)
ADORE – string together A (from the clue), a note from tonic sol-fa and a preposition meaning about or concerning.
25d Call round (4)
RING – double definition. Round here is a noun.
Top clues for me were 26a and 2d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: SERVE + AISLE = SERVILE