Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27842
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Our regular morning walk takes us past a series of small ponds. Today, the behaviour of the resident ducks seems to indicate that Spring is not too far away for us. As we were recently unjustly accused of posting pictures of fornicating frogs, perhaps we should not elaborate further and just concentrate on this Jay puzzle.
The one that gave us most trouble today and pushed our solving time to the top of our three star range was 7d, and there are several others that required a bit of extra work too.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Soap needed by heavy drinker getting this at teatime? (6,4)
SPONGE CAKE : ‘Soap’ is the description of what you call a block of it, and the heavy drinker which precedes it refers to something capable of soaking up a lot of liquid.
6a Place restrictions on dog beginning to bark (4)
CURB : This worthless dog or scoundrel is followed by the first letter of bark.
11a Build an exciting picture of a girl some fancy (9)
GLAMORISE : An anagram (fancy) of A GIRL SOME.
13a Attack yobbo hugging tree (4,3)
LASH OUT : A three letter tree with hard white wood is surrounded by a synonym for a yobbo.
14a Make a speech on safeguard for controlled state (12)
PROTECTORATE : Safeguard here is a verb and is followed by a word meaning make a speech.
18a Risk losing advantage as punk slouches around (4,4,4)
PUSH ONES LUCK : An anagram (around) of PUNK SLOUCHES.
21a Hidden problems of contracts (7)
CATCHES : Double definition, the second is a verb meaning gets infected by.
23a Laughable claim thrown out by company (7)
COMICAL : The abbreviation for company is followed by an anagram (thrown out) of CLAIM.
24a Greeting by head giving sudden inspiration (9)
BRAINWAVE : The greeting is usually given by a hand and follows a word for a head or controlling entity.
26a Disregarding danger of collision, failing to start (4)
RASH : Find a word meaning a collision and remove its first letter.
27a Licence given for each delegation (10)
PERMISSION : A three letter word meaning ‘for each’ and then a synonym for a delegation.
1d Emphasise end of holidays, and lock (6)
STRESS : The last letter of holidays and a lock of hair.
2d Address that’s familiar for a school leaver? (3,3)
OLD BOY : The form of address that we associate with stuffy London clubs also describes a male ex-student.
3d Going north, food gets cooked for a useless lump (4-3-7)
GOOD-FOR-NOTHING : An anagram (gets cooked) of GOING NORTH FOOD.
4d Not a patch on wanting one? (9)
CIGARETTE : An all in one clue. To understand the wordplay, split the clue after the word on to find what the writer will want if he is not wearing a nicotine patch. Looking at this one and 17d we wondered if Jay is in the process of trying to kick a habit.
7d This type of disorder in our pal is rampant (8)
UNIPOLAR : An anagram (is rampant) of IN OUR PAL. This psychiatric disorder is much less well known than its equivalent with a ‘bi-‘ prefix. This answer was our biggest hold-up and took some investigation.
8d Rest for swimmer crossing inside of area? (8)
BREATHER : This time we need the middle two letters of area to be inserted inside a word for a swimmer. For a change, the swimmer is not a fish.
9d Windsor, say, held by Greens for this chamber? (5,2,7)
HOUSE OF COMMONS : What Windsor, or possibly Hanover or Stuart, is an example of, then a two letter word meaning held by and a word for what village greens or other open areas might be.
15d Application to join aloof elite? (4,5)
COLD CREAM : Combine (join) words meaning aloof and elite to discover this cosmetic application.
16d Speed in small pub is key (5,3)
SPACE BAR : Put together the abbreviation for S(mall), a synonym for speed and a drinking place to get this computer or typewriter key.
17d Shy Rasta’s complicated requisites for smoking (8)
ASHTRAYS : An anagram (‘s complicated) of SHY RASTA.
19d Second affected international dish (6)
SCAMPI : S(econd) plus affected or stagey then I(nternational) to get this seafood dish.
Our vote for favourite goes to 7d as it was our biggest challenge.
Quickie pun. Here is what we think it must be. If you have a better suggestion, please leave a comment.
hacker + putty = a cup of tea