Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27868
Hints and tips by Shropshirelad
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone from a warm and sunny Shropshire. Today BD has given me the opportunity to blog a Giovanni and what a benign mood the Don is in. No obscurities and a fine selection of clue types. I do hope that my attempt at blogging today aids anyone requiring additional help. Happy solving.
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7a A vehicle’s following another — and some others (8)
CARAVANS: Take 2 types of vehicles sandwiching ‘A’ and then the ‘s from the clue to find heartbreak for holiday motorists – especially on the A38 after Plymouth.
9a Instrument for shaping clay bed (6)
PALLET: Double definition
10a Discharge energy (4)
FIRE: Another double definition. As they said in Blackadder ‘Ready, Aim…..’ – but much quicker.
11a Remark about exercise involving fifty members of crew (10)
COMPLEMENT: How did Giovanni know that I was in the RN? A sandwich clue consisting of ‘the Roman 50’ in ‘exercise’ in ‘make a statement’
12a Favouring dull layout (6)
FORMAT: If you’re not against… and a lot of The DT cartoonist
14a Honoured person deceased, having swallowed chemical compound (8)
LAUREATE: The usual word for deceased containing (having swallowed) a chemical compound – CO(NH2)2
15a A thing without love, miserable (6)
ABJECT: A from the clue and a 6 letter word for a ‘thing’ removing (without) the usual letter meaning nil in tennis.
17a Something precious in one group of stars (6)
GEMINI: I was born on the 1st of June, so these stars mean something to me.
20a Good person to encourage Scottish politician (8)
STURGEON: A charade of a good person and split (4,2) to encourage.
22a Bird publication with bits half missing (6)
MAGPIE: Glossy periodical with another 6 letter word for bits, missing the latter half.
23a President in the bathroom? Not to be disturbed (10)
WASHINGTON: A function you would doing in the bathroom (No.. not that one!) and an anagram (to be disturbed) of NOT.
24a Rugby home a wreck (4)
RUIN: The usual abbreviation of the game that men with odd shaped balls play and to be at home.
25a More beloved member embraced by the German (6)
DEARER: A human organ (member) in (embraced by) ‘the’ in German.
26a The fellow overdue comes round in the afternoon to be companion (8)
HELPMATE: 2 letter pronoun of the fellow plus, overdue containing (comes round) the 2 letter abbreviation for the afternoon.
1d Nipping one flower spoils a plant (8)
MARIPOSA: A 4 letter word for spoils contains (nipping) one and Crosswordland’s favourite 2 letter river (flower) followed with the ‘A’ from the clue.
2d Ordered famous airman to finish prematurely (4)
BADE: A shortened (prematurely) name of that famous WW2 fighter pilot come golfer.
3d Line worker put around church window (6)
LANCET: Abbreviation for line plus a worker insect containing (put around) abbreviation for church.
4d Fruit around Australia gets praise (8)
APPLAUSE: A type of fruit containing (around) the shortened version of Australia (no, not Oz)
5d Asleep, Carol is interrupted by awful rumble (10)
SLUMBERING: To carol at Christmas containing (is interrupted by) an anagram (awful) of RUMBLE.
6d Bit of food woman served up for dog maybe to eat (6)
PEANUT: A woman’s name (Miss Stubbs perhaps) reversed (served up) contained in (maybe to eat) what you would call a dog, cat etc. I don’t particularly like this type of clue as the name could be anything.
8d Representative and politician engaged in commercial activity (6)
SAMPLE: The usual term for a politician contained by (engaged in) a commercial activity which is now not restricted to Boxing Day.
13d Ex-PM following two others in musical interval (5,5)
MAJOR THIRD: Ex PM who was Edwina’s secret squeeze plus where you are placed for a Bronze medal (following two others).
16d What’s less productive in Civil Service? They shouldn’t sweep things under the carpet! (8)
CLEANERS: What a company becomes when it downsizes, in a common abbreviation for the Civil Service.
18d Greek character and I can turn up after one in institute (8)
INITIATE: 3 letter Greek character and ‘I’ from the clue plus a container, all reversed (turn up in a down clue) after ‘one’
19d Heartless son longing to be a telltale (6)
SNITCH: S(o)N (heartless) plus something that needs to be scratched.
21d London banker (6)
22d Covering of long hair hiding end bits of tail (6)
MANTLE: A name for long hair on a horse containing (hiding) end bits of (T)ai(L).
24d It’s odd having parking behind (4)
RUMP: A 3 letter word for odd plus (P)arking
I need a secretary as this took about 3 times longer to type than it did to complete. I hope it all makes sense to you. My favourite is 1d, which one(s) tickled your fancy?
The Quick Crossword pun: stake+haulm=stay calm