Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27837
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ****
Hello all from a warm and sunny Oxford. This is, without any doubt, a Ray T crossword. It has all his trademarks – short clues, a mention of the Queen, all single word answers, all single word clues and answers in the Quickie and a fair bit of innuendo thrown in for good measure – he’s definitely wearing his naughty hat today! I thought there were some tricky clues – I really enjoyed it. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
If you press on the things that say (Click here) you’ll see the actual answer so try not to do that by mistake.
7a A pitch then a strike turning in curve (8)
PARABOLA — Begin with the first A from the clue, follow that with pitch or fling, then the next A from the clue and finish off with a strike or knock – then all you need to do is reverse (turning) the whole lot. Phew – that was a bit of a mission for the first clue!
9a Start to seem worried and anxious (6)
SCARED — The first letter (start to) of S(eem) and then a word meaning worried or concerned about.
10a Neck and part of cheek is snogged (4)
KISS — Here is the first ‘lurker’ (an answer that’s hidden in the middle of the clue). The words ‘part of’ tell us that this is what it is.
11a Put off by revolting material in set (10)
DETERMINED — A word meaning put off or discourage is followed by a reversal (revolting) of a kind of material. I could see what the answer had to be but understanding why it had to be it took rather a long time.
12a Flop, failing in amorous situation could occur initially … (6)
FIASCO — Take the first letters (initially) of six of the words in the clue.
14a … guys agree, it’s in the mind (8)
MENTALLY — Some guys or blokes are followed by a verb meaning agree or correspond.
15a Role’s to agitate circling new recruits (6)
ENROLS — An anagram (to agitate) of ROLE’S which contains (circling) the one letter abbreviation for N(ew).
17a Snooze hiding one’s face (6)
RESIST — A snooze or a bit of time off from whatever you’re doing contains (hiding) the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one, with the ‘S.
20a Bury and United almost clashing (8)
INUNDATE — An anagram (clashing) of AND and all but the last letter (almost) of UNITE(d). I missed the anagram indicator here so ended up messing around with it for ages – anyway it sounded suspiciously like football to me!
22a Sign of stomach upset — doctor in practice needed? (6)
RUMBLE — A word meaning practice in the sense of custom or protocol contains (in) one of the many two letter abbreviations for a doctor – not Dr, or MO or GP but one that is an abbreviation for his or her first degree.
23a Greek leader in Europe perhaps produces division (10)
CONTINGENT — The first letter (leader) of G(reek) is contained in something of which Europe is an example.
24a Saucy redhead held in caress (4)
PERT — The first letter (head) of R(ed) inside (held in) caress or cuddle.
25a Humble of French chap to embrace sweetheart (6)
DEMEAN — A verb meaning to humble or cut down to size in a not very nice way comes from the French word for ‘of’ followed by a chap or guy containing (to embrace) the middle letter of ‘sweet’ (sweetHEART).
26a Excellent Eighties singer covering Queen live opening (8)
STERLING — An Eighties singer who started out as the lead singer of Police contains (covering) the two letters for our Queen and the first letter (opening) of L(ive). If I was clever enough to know how to do it I’d have put a clip of him singing “Shape of my Heart” but I’m not!
1d Naval force set up before current era (8)
MARITIME — A reversal (set up) of a word for force or drive, the one letter meaning electric current in physics and then an era or age.
2d Fish sailor lifted on ship (4)
BASS — A reversal (lifted up) of a two letter abbreviation for a sailor followed by another two letter abbreviation, this time it’s the one for a steamship.
3d For the audience, which people perform magic? (6)
HOODOO — Two homonyms here – the first is one of how you could say ‘what person’ or ‘which people’ and the second is a verb meaning perform or act.
4d Slowest ran gently, some being split up (8)
ESTRANGE — Our second lurker (some) – it’s hidden in the first, second and third words in the clue.
5d Is in trauma being treated in hospital (10)
SANITARIUM — An anagram (being treated) of IS IN TRAUMA. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m more used to a different way of spelling this.
6d Cancel physical, taking exercise (6)
REPEAL — A word meaning physical or tangible contains (taking) a two letter abbreviation for exercise. It’s what we used to call “games” at school.
8d Fall for Brad Pitt? (6)
AUTUMN — Have a little think about Brad Pitt’s nationality – he would call three of the four seasons of the year the same as we do on this side of the pond – he would call the fourth one something different.
13d Run inside Gents, bursting — afterwards, rally (10)
STRENGTHEN — An anagram (bursting) of GENTS which contains the one letter cricketing abbreviation for a run – this is followed by a word meaning afterwards or a bit later.
16d Study line drawing? (8)
LEARNING — A noun meaning study or knowledge is made up from the one letter abbreviation for L(ine) which is followed by a word meaning drawing, as in drawing a salary.
18d Learn to let loose, with time, becoming indulgent (8)
TOLERANT — An anagram (let loose) of LEARN TO and the one letter abbreviation for T(ime).
19d Attacks England overcome by defeats (6)
BESETS — A verb meaning defeats or conquers contains (overcome) the one letter for E(ngland).
21d Beak’s employing old means of execution (6)
NOOSES — This beak is a snout rather than a teacher or a magistrate – it contains (employing) the one letter abbreviation for O(ld).
22d Cur’s resistance to meet animal (6)
ROTTER — The one letter for electrical resistance is followed by (to meet) an aquatic fish-eating animal of the weasel family.
24d Male supports mate, giving hand (4)
PALM — The abbreviation for M(ale) follows (supports) a mate or friend.
I thought there were some brilliant clues. I particularly liked 22 and 26a and 3 and 8d. My favourite was the combination of 12 and 14a.
Quickie pun (Press)+(Apiece)=(Precipice)