Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27865
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
I’ve got a pretty good idea as to the identity of today’s compiler (though I’m not going to spell it out in case I’m wrong). I thought this was quite tricky in places but I did enjoy it a lot. Do let us know how you got on and give us your rating.
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1a Month with retired salesman in Irish county in holiday vehicle (6,3)
CAMPER VAN – the abbreviation for month is followed by the reverse (retired) of a short word for a salesman and all that goes inside a county which is in Ulster but which is not part of Northern Ireland.
8a What’s needed for morning, afternoon, evening? (5,2,3,3)
ORDER OF THE DAY – cryptically this could describe the sequence of morning, afternoon, evening. The definition means ‘something necessary’ as in ‘On Sundays a black suit used to be the ***** ** *** ***’.
11a Irritating glitch youngster concealed (5)
ITCHY – you can’t ask for a much clearer hint than the word ‘concealed’.
12a Characterising a current note young man turned over (5)
TIDAL – a note from tonic sol-fa followed by a young man reversed.
13a Spirit of gloom (5)
SHADE – two meanings, the first a literary term for a spirit or ghost.
16a Show off note about article from Dior, peut-être? (6)
FLAUNT –a musical note contains an indefinite article from the language of Christian Dior, for example.
17a A shoe anklet’s behind showing charm (6)
AMULET – string together A (from the clue), a backless shoe or slipper and the rear letter of anklet.
18a Local worthy chopping man’s tree (5)
ALDER – start with an elected or appointed local official in various jurisdictions (the title is still used in the City of London but no longer in most of the UK) and chop out MAN.
19a Particular military group (6)
DETAIL – double definition, the second being a small detachment of troops given a special duty.
20a Discover boxing name in dazed state (6)
TRANCE – a verb to discover or unearth contains (boxing) the abbreviation for name.
21a Opening means in flat changed (5)
LATCH – our second hidden word.
24a Indian side needlessly discontented child’s guardian (5)
NANNY – side here is being used in its North American sense of a side order. Follow what you may order to accompany your Tandoori chicken with the outer (dis-contented) letters of needlessly.
26a Protrusion in horn after some internal adjustment (5)
BULGE – start with a 26d instrument and swap the order of two internal letters.
27a Normal conversation in place of business? (5,8)
STOCK EXCHANGE – charade of an adjective meaning normal or standard and a conversation or dialogue.
28a Reduce declaration describing refugee (9)
STATELESS – split 5,4 the answer could mean to reduce one’s verbal output.
2d Imitation of a set of exercises on tracks (5)
APERY – A followed by the abbreviations for physical exercises and tracks.
3d Cut a way through group of stars (6)
PLOUGH – double definition, the second a group of seven stars also known as the Big Dipper.
4d Chubby tailless fish netted by angling device (6)
ROTUND – an edible fish without its final A (tailless) goes inside what an angler may use on the riverbank.
5d Watchful consort barring bachelor (5)
ALERT – drop the B(achelor) from the name of a Victorian consort.
6d A port’s certain to undergo change in delay (13)
PROCRASTINATE – an anagram (to undergo a change) of A PORT’S CERTAIN.
7d Pop star’s first to acquire position in field and fly (5-4-4)
DADDY-LONG-LEGS – start with another term for the individual that a child may call pop and the first letter of S(tar), then insert (to acquire) a cricket fielding position far from the wicket on the ‘on’ side.
9d Reserved daughter taken with famous poem I study in paper (9)
DIFFIDENT – the abbreviation for daughter is followed by the title of a famous poem by Kipling. After that we have to insert I and a study into the pink newspaper.
10d Mixed herb later required by one with partiality to rabbit? (9)
BLATHERER – an anagram (mixed) of HERB LATER.
13d Halt vehicle accidentally in part of market (5)
STALL – double definition, the first a verb to cause an engine to stop running accidentally (when trying to pull away from traffic lights, for example).
14d A Buddhist oddly avoided investigation (5)
AUDIT – A (from the clue) and the even (oddly avoided) letters of Buddhist.
15d Symbol of home hard to avoid in ground (5)
EARTH – remove the initial H(ard) from the area in front of a fireplace which is used as a symbol of one’s home.
22d View taken by a group of onlookers? Not half (6)
ASPECT – A and the first half of a group of onlookers (at a sporting event, for instance).
23d Abandon section of church overlooking hotel (6)
CANCEL – the bit of a church near the altar without (overlooking) the letter that Hotel is used for in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
25d In which one could cruise with unknown rowers on Rhine? (5)
YACHT – a mathematical unknown followed by the German word (on Rhine) for the number in a full rowing crew.
26d Nerve of some players! (5)
BRASS – double definition, the second being one of the sections of an orchestra.
The clues which I liked best were 8a, 27a and 7d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: AFRO + DYE + TEA = APHRODITE