Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27843
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where the heat wave continues as indeed it seems to be doing in the UK. I don’t know the setter of this one but I have my suspicions which, with my track record, I’ll keep to myself. I found some of it a bit “off the wall” but I really enjoyed it and it all slotted together neatly in ** time. I think some of you will disagree.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons.
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1a Poor type for mixing after introductions to people at receptions? (5-6)
PARTY POOPER: An all-in-one to start us off. Start with the first letters (introductions to) of the last three words of the clue and follow (after) with an anagram (for mixing) of POOR TYPE.
9a Study limitations of tenor singer — or another? (9)
CONTRALTO: A charade of one of the usual crosswordland words for study, the outer letters (limitations) of TenoR and a singer will give you another singer. This is quite clever as the first singer is also known as a countertenor.
10a Comparatively clean river in jungle of Peru (5)
PURER: The comparative form of a word meaning clean or uncontaminated is made by inserting R(iver) into an anagram (jungle of) PERU.
11a Reluctant rock explorers heading off East (6)
AVERSE: These rock explorers actually explore down potholes in rock. Remove the first letter (heading off) and follow with E(ast).
12a Restraint shown in duke’s bash? (8)
HANDCUFF: Duke here is an old slang term for a fist, as in “Put up your dukes!”, so start with what makes a fist and follow with a bash or clip round the ear.
13a Pastry from London financier’s den (6)
ECLAIR: The two letters for the financial area of London followed by a den. The BRB has the following splendid definition of this pastry: “A cake, long in shape but short in duration”.
15a Distribute drink around pub largely before time (8)
ALLOCATE: Take a word for your nearest pub and remove the last letter (largely) and follow with T(ime). Around this put one of the usual drinks beloved of crossword setters, Big Dave and me.
18a A thin figure enthralled by cat, say, and exotic bird (8)
PARAKEET: A (from the clue) and a word for a thin person (or a roué) is inserted into (enthralled by) what a cat or dog is an example of. I seem to remember CS saying that these things have gone feral in the South East of the UK.
19a A kid relaxing (2,4)
AT EASE: Take A (from the clue) followed by a verb meaning to kid and split it (2,5). Chestnut alert ringing loudly!
21a Ultimate race, say, for two initially banned (8)
EVENTUAL: A word for a race or any other sporting contest followed by a word meaning for two, but without its first letter (initially banned).
23a A servant about to attend hospital once more (6)
AFRESH: A (from the clue again) followed by a reversal (about) of a medieval type of servant, especially one bound to the land, and then H(ospital).
26a Speed maintained by launch astern (5)
HASTE: A lurker! It’s lurking in (maintained by) the last two words of the clue.
27a Rash drive round old university (9)
IMPETUOUS: Another word for drive or stimulus placed around O(ld) and U(niversity).
28a Yard priest tidied accommodating parking for brief visitors (3-8)
DAY TRIPPERS: These visitors who don’t stay long are an anagram (tidied) of YARD PRIEST with P(arking) inserted (accomodating).
1d Some rugby players decline combined deal (7)
PACKAGE: This combined deal might be a holiday where flight, airport transfer and accommodation are all included. It’s a rugby team’s forwards followed by a word meaning to decline as in get older.
2d Order variety in field (5)
RANGE: Triple definition. IMHO the first def is pushing it but all three are listed as synonyms of the answer in Collins thesaurus so it’s OK by me.
4d Smooth topsoil — yucca provides cover (4)
OILY: Another lurker. This one’s in topsoil — yucca (provides cover).
5d Likely corrupt lab is covered by investigation (8)
PROBABLE: Anagram (corrupt) of LAB inserted into (covered by) a word for an investigation or to pry into.
6d Hurried, locating a noted number in road (5)
RAPID: A (from the clue yet again) and a noted number which is also the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet are inserted (locating ___ in) the abbreviation for road.
7d Private draw overlooking lake — one with lofty perspective (7)
GIRAFFE: Start with an American private soldier and follow with a draw or lottery but without the L (overlooking L(ake)). I like the definition in this one. This little chap will have a lofty perspective when he grows up.
8d Wasted hour defended by retired captain in uproar (8)
BROUHAHA: Anagram (wasted) of HOUR inserted into (defended by) a reversal (retired) of a famous captain in a novel by Herman Melville.
14d Generosity? Samaritan shows this reportedly (8)
LARGESSE: This is a homophone clue (reportedly). The answer sounds like something in the word Samaritan. If Samaritan was all in lower case the clue wouldn’t work.
16d Not conforming as pest might be? (3,2,4)
OUT OF STEP: It’s a sort of reverse anagram. The answer could be a clue for the word PEST. Hope that made sense! It’s one of those that’s more difficult to hint than solve.
17d Crave terribly object close to jewellery? That’s the truth (8)
VERACITY: Anagram (terribly) of CRAVE followed by a way of referring to an object or thing and then Y (close to jewellerY).
18d Investigator hopes to reform food outlet (3-4)
PIE SHOP: Two letters for an investigator (Magnum perhaps) followed by an anagram (to reform) of HOPES.
20d European tavern outwardly entices American in ancient city (7)
EPHESUS: This ancient city was on the western coast of what’s now Turkey. It’s a charade of E(uropean), two letters for a tavern or pub, ES (outwardly EnticeS) and then two letters for American. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Makes a change from Troy or Ur.
22d Affectedly pretty daughter in river (5)
TWEED: A word meaning affectedly pretty or cute followed by D(aughter) gives a river which forms part of the border between England and Scotland. Apparantly it’s one of the best rivers for salmon fishing.
24d Elicit approval in first woman (5)
EVOKE: Two letters for approval inserted into the first woman. Think Garden of Eden not the President’s wife.
Quite a lot of blue but 1a gets my vote. Also on the podium are 16d and 7d for it’s great definition.
The Quick Crossword pun: dire+armour=diorama