Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27835
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
When I’m blogging I normally work out the Quickie pun first as a warm-up for the main event and today’s pun gave me hope that we were getting something a bit different in the back-page cryptic department. I don’t expect that all (or indeed most) of those commenting will agree with me but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I suspect I know who Mr Ron is and 25d may be a hint that we need a slightly mad hat on to solve the puzzle. Do let us know what you thought but please don’t call it horrid – it may be somewhat more difficult than a normal Tuesday puzzle but it’s not horrid.
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5a For instance, going about a quiet walk in a showy way (6)
SASHAY – a word meaning ‘for instance’ contains A (from the clue) and an exhortation to be quiet.
8a Rosy is sober having downed half of stout (8)
SANGUINE – the answer literally means rosy or bloody like a rare steak but it has evolved to mean optimistic or upbeat. An adjective meaning sober or sensible contains (having downed or taken in) half of the stout that is a major export of Ireland.
9a Chorale needs arrangement that’s extremely infectious (7)
CHOLERA – an anagram (needs arrangement) of CHORALE.
10a Celebrate making it out of Essex to Lancashire (5)
EXTOL – hidden (making it out of) in the clue.
11a Ideas came free in places of learning (9)
ACADEMIES – an anagram (free) of IDEAS CAME.
13a Spanish red wine poured over bit of cereal — attack with vigour (4,4)
TEAR INTO – a word for Spanish red wine (or as pommers would say ‘vino collapso’) contains (poured over) the part of a cereal plant that contains the seeds.
14a Wail for guys being muscle-bound (6)
LAMENT – males are contained (bound) inside the abbreviated word for a muscle in the lower back.
17a Old man is missing by centre (3)
HUB – start with how a married woman might refer to her partner (old man) and take away the BY.
19a Dismiss the odds of friend becoming communist (3)
RED – remove the odd letters from friend.
20a Beginnings of Rolling Stones (6)
ONSETS – an anagram (rolling) of STONES.
23a I am explosive, with discontented night approaching (8)
IMMINENT – string together the contracted form of ‘I am’, an explosive or bomb and the outer letters (discontented, i.e. without the contents) of N(igh)T.
26a Prince briefly holding back-to-back recordings — on one there’s hot stuff (9)
PEPPERONI – the 2-letter abbreviation for prince contains an old vinyl recording twice, with the second being reversed (so, back-to-back). Complete the answer with ON (from the clue) and the Roman numeral for one.
28a Message, small, delivered in double time (5)
TWEET – a semi-all-in-one. Insert an adjective meaning small between two occurrences (double) of T(ime).
29a Third-rank rugby players bet on racket (4,3)
BACK ROW – in a rugby union set scrum the forwards pack down in three tiers – what we need here is the name given to the three players (with numbers 6, 8 and 7) in the rearmost tier. A verb to ‘bet on’ or put money on (a horse, say) is followed by a racket or noise.
30a Farah to increase power (8)
MOTORISE – string together the forename of Mr Farah the athlete and double Olympic champion, TO (from the clue) and a verb to increase or go up.
31a Nice pad — downsized chez Lynam? (3,3)
DES RES – estate agents’ jargon for a sought-after dwelling could also be a cryptic abbreviation (downsized) for Mr Lynam’s abode.
1d Lock up after a protest (6)
ASSERT – reverse (up, in a down clue) a lock or strand of hair and place it after A (from the clue).
2d Rather badly stained (7)
INSTEAD – an anagram (badly) of STAINED.
3d Controversial engagement event one might expect in Birmingham shopping centre? (9)
BULLFIGHT – think of the name of the major shopping centre in Birmingham then think of what abhorrent activity might take place there if it were transported to Spain, say.
4d Throw buns — eating the majority (6)
UNSEAT – part (the majority in fact) of two words in the clue.
5d Some say ‘Scrap Christmas programming‘ (8)
SCHEDULE – this sounds like a proposal (4,4) to scrap or drop Christmas.
6d Males tormented witches once here (5)
SALEM – an anagram (tormented) of MALES.
7d On the same wavelength — and about to be accepted by getting on (8)
AGREEING – insert a preposition meaning about or concerning into a word meaning getting on or getting older.
12d Demure lure of French is absent (3)
COY – a word for a lure or bait used by hunters to entice birds or animals into a trap without the French word for ‘of’.
15d Reckoning guards caught habit (9)
ADDICTION – a reckoning or summation contains (guards) the cricket abbreviation for caught.
16d Too young to be pinching booty, ignoring personal boundaries (5-3)
UNDER-AGE – a word for the stealing or pillaging of goods with the first two letters taken away (these letters being the outer letters of P(ersona)L). I was surprised, on consulting the BRB, to find that this stealing applies specifically to goods on board a ship.
18d Mercenary Conservative avoids American questioning (8)
USURIOUS – join together a two-letter abbreviation for American (the country, not the continent) and an adjective meaning questioning or inquisitive then remove the single-letter abbreviation for Conservative.
21d Eat interminably, making loud noise (3)
DIN – a verb to eat formally without its last letter (interminably).
22d With slight disorder, been getting healthy — that’s a perk (7)
BENEFIT – make a minor adjustment (slight disorder) to BEEN by reversing two letters and follow this with an adjective meaning healthy or in good condition.
24d Daily Echo (6)
MIRROR – double definition, the first being a newspaper.
25d Hat — no tat! (6)
TITFER – this is Cockney rhyming slang for a hat. It comes from a phrase meaning retaliation in kind (3,3,3) but as is usual with rhyming slang the last bit is suppressed, so there’s no tat!
27d Ashes could be reinvigorated with this game (5)
POKER – double definition, the first what you might wield to bring some life back to the dying embers of an open fire.
Top clues for me were 26a, 6d and 25d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: RIM + SKI + CORSA + COUGH = RIMSKY-KORSAKOV