Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27830
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
We awoke this morning to find our world covered in a crisp white icing of frost. The hills in the distance, to the east of us, have fresh snow and look like mountains again. Now the sun is up and shining from a clear blue sky. Winter at its best.
Jay has his gentler hat on today we thought.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Hurried across central London, getting pinched (6)
SWIPED : The post code for central London is included in a word for hurried.
5a Enter, then leave females getting high (5,3)
GOING OFF : A 2,2 expression meaning to enter, then a two letter word meaning to leave and the abbreviation for female twice.
9a How a boxer might win agreement to divorce? (5,8)
SPLIT DECISION : What an agreement to divorce could be considered to be.
10a Daughter with independent attitude and degree of separation (8)
DISTANCE : D(aughter) then I(ndependent) and a synonym for attitude or way of standing.
11a Eccentric maids oddly in good shape (6)
MISFIT : Eccentric here is a noun. Alternate letters in maids, then a word meaning in good physical shape.
12a Tate’s first Young British Artist showing desire (6)
THIRST : The first letter of T(ate’s) is followed by a well known British artist. Although he is no longer young (born in 1965) we did learn about the YBA group of artists.
23a Take steps, concerned with such a victory (8)
WALKOVER : What you do when you take steps by moving your legs, and then a word meaning concerned with.
25a Enjoyable city work is a deception (5,8)
FUNNY BUSINESS : Enjoyable or amusing is followed by the activities covered by work in the city.
26a Bursary about to expire for degree in banking (8)
GRADIENT : This degree in banking is the amount of slope. A word to expire is inside a bursary or financial award.
27a Acquisitive editor in dull surroundings (6)
GREEDY : The colour associated with dull includes the abbreviation for editor.
2d Irritable desire to eat snake (7)
WASPISH : A three letter snake finds its way into a synonym for desire.
4d One sets off to trade on explosive (9)
DETONATOR : An anagram (explosive) of TO TRADE ON. With this one it almost works as well by transposing the indicator with the definition. It gives the same answer either way.
5d Blokes making good for France in cold stores? (7)
GEEZERS : Substitute G(ood) for FR(ance) in a word for cold stores.
6d Expression of one gloomy about love? (5)
IDIOM : The Roman numeral one, then a word meaning gloomy or not bright with the tennis love included.
7d Lass doing badly gets instruction for playing (9)
GLISSANDO : A musical instruction. An anagram (badly) of LASS DOING.
8d More elaborate lover (7)
FANCIER : Double definition.
13d Coach in rush taught new skills (9)
RETRAINED : The rush is a swamp plant and is split by a word meaning to coach.
15d Offensive sign — until redesigned (9)
INSULTING : An anagram (redesigned) of SIGN UNTIL.
20d Doctor sees chaotic day with bandages (7)
DRESSED : One of the abbreviations for doctor, then an anagram (chaotic) of SEES, and finish with D(ay).
22d Video call from broadcaster on Pope that requires no work (5)
SKYPE : The broadcaster that brings many channels to our TV screens is followed by Pope after you have removed the abbreviation for a work.
Our favourite this week is 5a.
Quickie pun butter + Knowles = buttonholes