Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27849
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning all. My nightmare has finally happened. We have more than our fair share of power cuts – ever since I started doing the hints I’ve wondered what I’d do if the two co-incided. Yesterday at about 5.00pm the electricity went off – apparently a tree came down in the woods behind our house. To cut a very long story very short our power was restored at 1.30am. This is a Ray T crossword – I don’t think that doing it on husband’s iPad by candlelight added much. I thought it was fairly straightforward for one of his but I’m sure that some of you will disagree.
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The answers are hidden behind the bits that say “Click here” so only do that as a last resort.
1a Primarily short and stout? Indeed (6)
STUBBY — The first letter (primarily) of S(hort) is followed by a word meaning stout or a touch on the rounded side.
4a The old lady’s bag about to create carnage (8)
MASSACRE — An affectionate term for your old lady or your Mum with the ‘S, then a word for a bag or pouch and finish off with two letter abbreviation that mean about or concerning.
9a Last return of Queen chap penning single (6)
REMAIN — The two letters for our Queen are reversed (return of) and then a chap or bloke containing (penning) the letter the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one (single).
10a With look inside, madly dashed for great deal (8)
SHEDLOAD — An anagram (madly) of DASHED containing (inside) a two letter archaism meaning look or behold.
12a Extra drink opening involves sailor getting plastered (8)
MORTARED — A word for extra or additional contains (involves) one of our usual sailors and is followed by the first letter (opening) of D(rink).
13a Cut new flower (6)
SEVERN — A verb to cut or divide is followed by the abbreviation for N(ew) to get this river that rises in Wales and flows to the Bristol channel. More like Upton-IN-Severn when it’s like this.
15a Vital hip damage straddling fences (13)
INDISPENSABLE — Right – I hope everyone’s concentrating here. Begin with a short word that means up-to-date or hip (and is nothing to do with a large joint). Follow that with another word for damage or handicap which contains (straddling) some fences or enclosures.
18a Dismiss United with resident team playing (13)
UNDERESTIMATE — An anagram (playing) of U(nited) and RESIDENT TEAM.
22a Constructions assembled in rough natural stone initially (6)
CAIRNS — A Ray T special – take the first letters (initially) of the first six words in the clue.
24a Theatre craft even occasionally produces wit (8)
REPARTEE — Begin with an abbreviation for a theatre, follow that with a word meaning craft or skill and end with the alternate letters (occasionally) of EvEn.
26a With spade, hole almost prepared for plant (8)
ASPHODEL — An anagram (prepared) of SPADE and the first three letters (almost) of HOL(e).
27a More drunk but upright after party (6)
DOPIER — Start with the usual crossword land two letters for a party and follow them with a noun meaning an upright or pillar.
28a Sum being ’round about’ (8)
ENTIRETY — A being or individual contains (round) the two letter abbreviation meaning about or concerning. This one caused me a few problems.
29a Bum support covers horse, it’s said (6)
BEGGAR — A verb to support or carry contains (covers) the two letters that sound like (it’s said) what a small child might call a horse. One of those ‘oh dear’ – easier to solve than hint answers.
1d Pinch middle of muscle on bottom (6)
SCRUMP — This kind of ‘pinch’ means to steal something, usually apples. Begin with the central two letters (middle) of muSCle and follow them with a word meaning bottom or backside.
2d Single man, ruder possibly, maintaining ego (9)
UNMARRIED — An anagram (possibly) of MAN RUDER containing (maintaining) one letter meaning ego or self.
3d Criminal gang fencing fake (7)
BRIGAND — A gang or group of people around (fencing) a verb to fake or fiddle.
5d Pain from stomach eases (4)
ACHE — A hidden answer (from) – it’s in between the third and fourth words of the clue.
6d A post promoted on board creating grief (7)
SADNESS — The A from the clue and a reversal (promoted) of a word meaning post or dispatch are all inside the two letters that we associate with a large ship (on board).
7d Bay containing large aromatic bud (5)
CLOVE — A bay or inlet around (containing) the one letter abbreviation for L(arge).
8d Risk of grenade exploding holding end of pin (8)
ENDANGER — An anagram (exploding) of GRENADE around (holding) the last letter (end) of piN.
11d Extract from newspapers is Times’ last (7)
PERSIST — . . . and a bit like buses that turn up together here is another lurker or hidden answer – it’s hiding in the middle of the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue.
14d ‘Firm‘ detectives caught in act (7)
DECIDED — The three letter abbreviation for one of the better known police departments are inside (caught in) an act or achievement.
16d Sighing, supporter accepts England weakness (9)
BREATHING — Begin with the usual crossword land ‘supporter’ ie a piece of underwear worn by women which contains (accepts) the one letter for E(ngland) and follow that with a weakness or fondness as in, “He (or she) has a bit of a ***** about it”.
17d Tea in small bag’s secure (8)
PURCHASE — An informal word for tea is contained in (in) a small bag for carrying coins.
19d Hate being charged before endless tribunal (7)
RANCOUR — Begin with another way of saying charged or hurried and follow that with a word meaning a tribunal or hearing without its final letter (endless).
20d A sailor brought up detached shellfish (7)
ABALONE — The A from the clue is followed by a reversal (brought up) of one of the two letter crosswordland sailors and then follow that with a word meaning detached or solitary.
21d Alarm producing time lapse (6)
TERROR — The abbreviation for T(ime) is followed by a lapse or mistake.
23d Load carried north in boat up Nile (5)
INPUT — Just when I thought I was safe – here comes another bus!! Our third hidden answer of the day (carried) and this time, just to complicate things, it’s reversed too (north) in the middle of the seventh, sixth and fifth words of the clue.
25d Left in flutter seeing strip (4)
BELT — A nice simple one to end up with. A flutter or gamble around (in) the abbreviation for L(eft).
I liked 12 and 28a and 1 and 3d. My favourite was 19d.
Quickie pun (Dub)+(Hulk)+(Lick)=(Double click)