Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27838
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Edit 27 June 2015. This is the rough version of the hints for 27838 which appeared briefly before the site crashed yesterday. I’m afraid you’ll have to manage without the pictures.
Good morning from South Staffs, a grey morning with a touch of drizzle welcoming us back from our French trip.
Giovanni is in quite religious mood this morning, and there are several less common words. *** difficulty for me, and I look forward to seeing the comments.
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1a A series of calls here and there (6)
AROUND – A (from the clue) followed by a seies of calls made by a postman or milkman, for example.
5a Garden of Eden is presented in display (8)
PARADISE – IS (from the clue) inside a verb for display or show off.
9a Clean mince contained meat (13)
DECONTAMINATE Anagram (mince) of CONTAINED MEAT.
10a Firm at this place not losing heart, sticking together (8)
COHERENT – Put together an abbreviation for a firm, an adverb meaning ‘at this place’, and N(o)T from the clue with its central letter removed (losing heart).
11a Offered up as a spheroid (6)
OBLATE – Double definition: a somewhat archaic term for dedicated or offered up, mainly seen in a religious context; and the sort of spheroid which the planet Earth is.
12a Strong drink bursting old bottles (6)
STINGO – Hidden in (bottles) the clue.
14a Dissenter sure can’t change (8)
RECUSANT – anagram (change) of SURE CAN’T
16a Group without brain but with plenty of brawn (8)
THICKSET – Split (5,3) this could be a rather dim group of people. As one word it describes a single muscly one.
19a In household fellows can’t be like Peter Pan (6)
MENAGE – Peter Pan famously never grew up. Split (3,3) this French word for a household describes chaps who are not Peter Pan.
21a Mistakes awfully rare? Thank you! (6)
ERRATA – Anagram (awfully) of RARE followed by ‘thank you’.
23a Very hard material found in two clubs (8)
IRONWOOD – Two varieties of golf club placed one after the other.
25a Athletes who’d like to have pounds more than their competitors (13)
WEIGHTLIFTERS – Cryptic definition of competitors in events involving raising large masses overhead.
26a What’s offered at a lower price than a piece of sirloin? (8)
UNDERCUT – Double definition: the first is the past tense of the verb, though the present tense would look the same.
27a In time split with last member of family (6)
TRENDY – Put together Time, a verb meaning to spit or tear, and the last letter of familY.
2d Survive first half of journey? (4,3)
RIDE OUT – This describes a ship surviving a storm, but could also be the first half of a trip on horseback starting and finishing at home.
3d Two French articles about to be accepted — by this moneylender? (5)
UNCLE – A Latin abbreviation for about or approximately placed between a French indefinite article and a French definite article, giving an informal term for a pawnbroker.
4d Menacing American appears at the end of party full of rage (9)
DANGEROUS – A word for rage inside one of the usual crossword parties, followed by an abbreviation for American.
5d Smooth leader of people finally meeting monarch (7)
PLASTER – Put together the first letter of People, an adverb meaning ‘finally’, and the regnal cypher of Her Majesty, to get the action of applying a smooth coat to a rough surface.
6d Beast with a thick skin making money (5)
RHINO – Double definition, the second being a slang term for money.
7d Sidney, lad on the rampage, one of seven baddies (6,3)
DEADLY SIN – Anagram (on the rampage) of SIDNEY LAD.
8d Son of primary school age should consume little sugar (7)
SWEETEN – The definition is a verb. Put a word for ‘little’ between Son and one of the ages at which he would be in primary school.
13d Shambolic canteen in which there is semi-ripe fruit (9)
NECTARINE – Put the first half of RI(pe) inside an anagram (shambolic) of CANTEEN.
15d Prove successful with modern technology? Don’t be daft! (4,3,2)
COME OFF IT – The first two words of the answer are a phrase which means ‘prove successful’. The third is also an acronym commonly applied to computer technology.
17d Answer being not easily got now had solver finally going mad (4-3)
HARD WON – Anagram (going mad) of NOW HAD and the last letter of (solve)R.
18d Poem of love in litter cast to the winds (7)
TRIOLET – Anagram (cast to the winds) of LITTER, with the letter that looks like a love score at tennis inside it, giving an eight-lined poem rhymed ab aa abab, with lines 4 and 7 repeating 1, and 8 repeating 2.
20d Guy, initially woken up, grumbled (7)
GROUSED – The first letter of Guy followed by ‘woken up’.
22d Unplanned house in a district of Washington (2,3)
AD HOC – A (from the clue) followed by a short form of ‘house’ placed inside the initials of the district which holds the US capital.
24d Question of location — somewhere in Herts, do we hear? (5)
WHERE – An interrogative adverb: ‘In what location?’. The answer sounds like (we hear) a town in Hertfordshire, or it does in Southern English, anyway.
The Quick Crossword pun DEEP + ARCHER = DEPARTURE