Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27867
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning all. This isn’t a Ray T crossword but it’s certainly the week for difficult ones. I have absolutely no idea who the setter is – after my failure to spot Shamus on Tuesday I wouldn’t say even if I had! To me at least it has a rather wacky and off the wall feel to it and some unusual anagram indicators. I’ll be interested to hear what others think.
The answers are hidden under the bits that say “Click here” so only do that if you need to see them.
1a Going out once temperature’s dropped for run is foolhardy (6)
DARING — Begin with a word that means going out with or seeing someone, probably in a romantic way, then swap a T for an R – T(emperature) dropped for R(un).
4a Dreadful odds, with expert missing a figure out (6)
DEDUCE — Take the odd letters (odds) of the first word in the clue and follow them with a short word for expert – not ‘pro’ but the other one – without its first letter (missing A).
8a Overlook in accounts numberless Irn-Brus pinched in a hotel (8)
AIRBRUSH — Remove the one letter abbreviation for number (numberless) from ‘Irn-brus’ and put the remaining letters inside (pinched) the A from the clue and H(otel).
10a Hat with dent in crown felt soft? (6)
FEDORA — I’ve looked at this all ends up but can’t see anything more than it being a very thorough description of a particular kind of hat! Does anyone have any better ideas – have I missed something?
11a Sour man who painted Parliament but not the Queen (4)
TURN — Sour is a verb here. Think of a well known British artist who painted, among other things, a picture of the Houses of Parliament going up in smoke and remove the last two letters of his surname which are the letters by which our Queen is known (not the Queen).
12a Notice tautology? (10)
REDUNDANCY — A rather tricky double definition – the notice is what someone would receive if they were being told to pack their bags and leave their job!
13a Coming down due to an unexpected bug perhaps fall asleep by the top of the stairs (5-7)
CRASH-LANDING — A slang word for going to sleep is followed by the level part of a staircase between flights of steps. I’m not quite sure how the ‘bug’ got in there – any ideas, anyone?
16a Tempo flagging according to Spooner in activity that takes place against the clock (4-8)
FACE-PAINTING — This activity is one that is usually enjoyed by children and can get pretty messy. Begin with a word meaning tempo or speed and then another one meaning flagging or passing out – then swap the first letters of each of those two words – how the Reverend Spooner might have said it.
20a Instruction at the Bournville factory how to safeguard recipe? (4,2,4)
KEEP IT DARK — The Bournville factory in Birmingham makes chocolate – there are two main kinds of chocolate and one of them is milk chocolate. Lots of people prefer the other kind so the people working there might be given the instruction to only make that kind. I’m not doing too well here . . .
21a Top dog announced (4)
PEAK — The top of a mountain is a homophone of an abbreviation for a small fluffy dog that originally came from China.
22a Thingummybob emerging from back-to-back parties –- oh dear (6)
DOODAH — The usual two letter crossword land party followed by a reversal of the same two letters (back to back parties) and then an interjection meaning ‘oh dear’ expressing surprise or pity.
23a Gnomes and imps rage away with the fairies (8)
EPIGRAMS — An anagram (away with the fairies) of IMPS RAGE. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this anagram indicator before and although I think I have heard of these ‘gnomes’ it took me ages to remember.
24a Hose only sprinkled borders of nasturtiums (6)
NYLONS — An anagram (sprinkled) of ONLY is followed by the first and last letters (borders of) N(asturtium)S. Another fairly unusual anagram indicator.
25a A longing to get settled (6)
AGREED — The A from the clue followed by a longing or hunger.
1d Opening half of Dame Kiri in recital is spirited stuff (8)
DAIQUIRI — This ‘spirited stuff’ is a cocktail. Begin with the first two letters (opening half) of DA(me) and follow them with a homophone (in recital) of Kiri. I would have found this one easier if I’d known how to pronounce the drink.
2d Fancy dressing no good for this bird (5)
ROBIN — The fancy dressing is a trimming on a gown – forget its final letter (no Good) and hopefully you’ll end up with a small bird with a red breast – apparently the most popular bird in Britain.
3d Dull time aboard to do with nerves (7)
NEUTRAL — An adjective meaning relating to nerves or the central nervous system contains (aboard) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime).
5d East Fife surprisingly overwhelming noted sides to secure title (7)
EFFENDI — The title is a former one for civil officials in Turkey. An anagram (surprisingly) of E(ast) FIFE contains (overwhelming) the first and last letters (sides) of N(ote)D.
6d Well-informed and bitter? It’s probably hot air (2-7)
UP-DRAUGHT — A two letter word meaning well- informed, often followed by ‘in’, and then some bitter or beer from a cask which is sold in lots of pubs.
7d Grace, initially, Henry and I leave his German counterpart (6)
ENRICH — This ‘grace’ is a verb and means to enhance or embellish. Begin with the German form of the name Henry. Remove the H(enry) and one of the I’s (Henry and I leave). With very grateful thanks and a to the 2Kiwis for their help with this one.
9d Battering fish is said to provide protective cover (6-5)
HIDING-PLACE — A battering or thrashing is followed by a homophone (is said) of a brown flatfish.
14d Gently does it with piano part (4-5)
SOFT-PEDAL — A double definition.
15d Hard breaking into defenceless safe (8)
UNHARMED — The one letter abbreviation for H(ard) is contained in (breaking into) a word meaning defenceless or without any weapons.
17d Get big problem with leg (5,2)
CATCH ON — A problem or snag is followed by a two letter cricket term that I don’t understand – oh dear!
18d Clue is second missing first couple of twists (7)
INKLING — A second or instant or very short bit of time without the first two letters (missing first couple) of TW(ists).
19d In retrospect some boffin won erudite fame (6)
RENOWN — A hidden and reversed answer (in retrospect). It’s ‘lurking’ backwards between the seventh and fifth words of the clue.
21d Break down as per projected (5)
PARSE — An anagram (projected) of AS PER. This word meaning ‘break down’ is used a lot in ‘crossword speak’ and is something that I’ve had trouble with today.
I think I enjoyed this one a lot but now I need to lie down in a dark room!
I liked 12 and 22a and 1d. My favourite was 24a.
Quickie pun:- (Oat)+(Coot)+(Ewer)=(Haute couture)