Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27848
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
The heading that says 2Kiwis is not quite correct as there is only one of us today. Grandchildren minding duties in Wellington being the reason. Next week it will be no Kiwis as we will both be away in the South Island, so a surprise Mr Ron blogger to look forward to.
With only one solver, I found it hard to judge the relative difficulty but it did seem to be pretty typical for a Wednesday Jay puzzle, maybe towards the gentler end of the spectrum, and the Quickie pun was certainly gentler than last week.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Visitor and partner must accept independent judge (10)
GUESTIMATE : A word for a visitor and a word for a partner (or perhaps a pal) have I(ndependent) placed between.
6a Demands barrels be topped (4)
ASKS : Remove the first letter from a synonym for barrels.
10a Colour of bedroom with no central heating (5)
AMBER : Take the two letter abbreviation for central heating from the beginning of an old-fashioned word for a bedroom.
12a A role played by church in infectious disease (7)
CHOLERA : An anagram (played) of A ROLE is placed after an abbreviation for church.
14a Dialogue that’s a source of tension in Metamorphosis (12)
CONVERSATION : A word meaning metamorphosis or change has A from the clue and the first letter of tension (source) inserted.
18a Police outfit pins the local criminal (12)
PLAINCLOTHES : An anagram (criminal) of PINS THE LOCAL.
21a Land recently vacated by European nobleman (7)
COUNTRY : A European nobleman equivalent to an earl is followed by the first and last letters (vacated), of recently.
23a Barge in, twisting under it (7)
INTRUDE : An anagram (twisting) of UNDER IT.
24a Wonderful book left in Madeira, possibly (9)
ADMIRABLE : The abbreviations for B(ook) and L(eft) are both included in an anagram (possibly) of MADEIRA.
25a Absent peer regularly making bid (5)
OFFER : Absent or away is followed by the second and fourth letters (regularly) of peer.
26a Starts to eat — needs drink, so finishes (4)
ENDS : the first letters of four consecutive words in the clue.
1d Grand knight in fancy material gets sideways look (6)
GLANCE : First the abbreviation for grand, then the chess notation for a knight is placed inside a delicate ornamental fabric.
2d All together, once resolved to accept cover for bail (2,4)
EN BLOC : An expression borrowed from French. An anagram (resolved) of ONCE has the first and last letters of bail included.
3d A crowd maybe indicate performance is a test of skill on the road (5-5,4)
THREE-POINT TURN : The first word comes from the expression “If two is company………”. Next a synonym for indicate and then one for a performance on stage perhaps.
4d Leave maid to work, being old-fashioned! (9)
MEDIAEVAL : An anagram (to work) of LEAVE MAID.
5d Woods, for example, has row about golf (5)
TIGER : Golf in the clue gives a very broad hint in the right direction but here it is the radio communication code word for G which is inserted in a word for a row or rank.
7d Grand lost initially in outlay I put on diamonds (8)
SPLENDID : The first letter of lost is put inside a word to outlay money, then ‘I’ from the clue and D(iamonds).
8d Officer‘s gear sent for repair (8)
SERGEANT : An anagram (for repair) of GEAR SENT. And in anticipation of all the comments, I am sure Jay meant a police one rather than the military one.
9d Offences of formal assemblies holding pictures up (14)
CONTRAVENTIONS : A three letter word that can describe pictures generally in reversed and inserted into a word for formal discussion gatherings.
15d A barrister’s fees for servants (9)
RETAINERS : Double definition.
16d Technologically-advanced step adopted by green (5-3)
SPACE-AGE : A step or stride is inside a colour named after a herb.
17d Cleaned up in short holiday with United (twice) on the sea (8)
VACUUMED : A short word for a holiday, usually from university, is followed by the repeated abbreviation for united, then that ‘middle of the world’ sea.
20d Extent to which order’s good for cold? (6)
DEGREE : Take a word that means an order and replace the C(old) inside it with G(ood).
22d Lout‘s blog oddly coming after setting up youth (5)
YOBBO : The first and third letters of ‘blog’ are placed after the inversion of a synonym for a youth.
Favourite vote this week goes to 3d.
Quickie pun millet + hairy = military