Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27873
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone. It’s not a very nice one in Oxford – its grey and drizzly but the crossword will soon brighten things up. This is a Ray T Thursday without any doubt at all. Good luck, keep calm and carry on to all of you who find them difficult and I hope that the rest of you enjoy it. I thought it was quite difficult – I’ll be interested to hear what everyone thinks so please leave a comment.
The answers are hidden under the things that say “Click here” so only do that if you need to see them.
Thanks to the 2Kiwis for their ‘ecompany’ and moral support at silly o’clock last night. Unlike last week I didn’t need their help this time but it was nice to know it was there if I got stuck.
1a Bolted, say, ordinary passable rubbish (12)
GOBBLEDEGOOK — Time to get out the lego and put some bits together. Start off with a word meaning bolted or ate very fast, then the two letters that mean say or for example, follow that with O(rdinary) and finish off with the two letters that is a way of saying passable or fair.
9a Partisan guerrilla manoeuvres, deposing left for right (9)
IRREGULAR — An anagram (manoeuvres) of GUERRILLA but you need to swap one of the L’s for an R (deposing left for right).
10a Open pastry dish empty on stove (5)
AGAPE — A stove, a big one that sometimes has four ovens and is typically found in large country houses, is followed by a three letter pastry dish without its middle letter (empty).
11a Blunt? Sharpen and sculpt edges (6)
HONEST — A word meaning sharpen or grind down with the first and last letters (edges) of S(culp)T.
12a Means to save one trapped by large cat (8)
LIFELINE — Begin with the one letter abbreviation for L(arge) then the letter that looks like the Roman number one and follow that with an adjective that describes any of the cat family (one trapped by large cat).
13a Run naked with redhead in small wood (6)
STREAK — The one letter abbreviation for S(mall) and the first letter of R(edhead) ie the ‘head’ of R(ed) are followed by a hard durable wood that is grown in India and Malaya. Just for a change I decided to give a miss to the piccy that often accompanies this answer!
15a Criminal’s priors oddly preceding Ecstasy scheme (8)
CONSPIRE — Begin with one of the usual crossword criminals – don’t forget the ‘S – then you need the odd letters (oddly) of priors and finish that off with E(cstasy).
18a Watched range, as some say it’s for cooking (8)
SAUCEPAN — Two homophones here (as some say) – the first is one meaning watched or observed and then another meaning range or extent. I can’t think of any other way of pronouncing either of them but quite often when we have a clue like this someone will say that it doesn’t sound right at all – regional variations, I suppose.
19a Make attractive rear prominent feature (6)
ENDEAR — A short word for rear or back is followed by a ‘prominent feature’ – ie it’s one of the two sticky outy bits (prominent) that are on either side of your head.
21a In club, let her speak — talks nonsense (8)
BLETHERS — One of my dreaded ‘lurkers’ (a hidden answer) that I so often miss. The answer is in the middle of the clue (in) and spans the second, third, fourth and fifth words.
23a Thrown round? (6)
DISCUS — This ‘round’ is heavy and wooden and is ‘thrown’ as far as possible in athletic contests. It was my last answer – by the time I got it I could happily have thrown it at anyone.
26a Consumed tuck in school, reportedly (5)
EATEN — A homophone (reportedly) of an expensive private school for boys.
27a Drunk takes in beer, half cut — mixed drink (9)
SNAKEBITE — An anagram (drunk) of TAKES IN and the first two letters of BE(er) – (half cut). It’s a drink made from equal quantities of cider and lager. If I’d ‘met’ this one before I’d forgotten it and I’m not sorry about that – it sounds absolutely ghastly.
28a Changing usual partner is weird (12)
SUPERNATURAL — An anagram (changing) of USUAL PARTNER.
1d Girls engaged in some hosting and serving initially (7)
GEISHAS — Take the first letters (initially) of the rest of the words in the clue.
2d Heraldic symbol concerning noble (5)
BARON — A horizontal band across a shield in heraldry is followed by a short preposition meaning concerning or about.
3d Member arrives behindhand to pass law (9)
LEGISLATE — A member or limb is followed by what could be split as 2,4 meaning arrives behindhand or has become delayed.
4d Last of Highland drink in glen (4)
DALE — The last letter of (highlan)D – (last of) – is followed by an alcoholic drink of the beery kind.
5d Train roaring around second station (8)
GARRISON — An anagram (train) of ROARING which contains (around) the one letter abbreviation for S(econd). This one took me a while as I messed up which was the definition and which was the anagram indicator.
6d Harangue over tax (5)
ORATE — The one letter cricketing abbreviation for O(ver) is followed by a word meaning tax or charge.
7d Clean horrible stain on one’s evening top (8)
SANITISE — An anagram (horrible) of STAIN is followed by (on) the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one, with the ‘S and then the first letter (top) of E(vening).
8d Honour always pinned by Queen getting elevated (6)
REVERE — A reversal (getting elevated) of the two letters for our Queen contains (pinned by) another word for always or permanently.
14d Run without hindrance in game involving chance (8)
ROULETTE — This run is a noun and means a course or a way. It contains (without) a short word that, in tennis, means a service is cancelled because of an obstruction or hindrance.
16d Feeling thrilled over blokes consumed by sex (9)
SENTIMENT — A word meaning thrilled or enraptured is followed by (over) two letters that mean sex appeal which contain some blokes or chaps (blokes consumed by sex).
17d Almost loose pass before England game (8)
LACROSSE — The first two letters of a three letter word (almost) that means loose or careless, then a word for pass or travel over and finish off with E(ngland).
18d Cried terribly putting blonde head on mattress (6)
SOBBED — A two letter word meaning terribly or very much are followed by the first letter (head) of B(londe) and follow that with a mattress or somewhere to sleep.
20d Soldiers raised balloon creating UFO scare here? (7)
ROSWELL — A reversal (raised) of the two letters for members of the armed forces not holding commissions and a verb to balloon or increase in size rapidly. My ignorance meant I didn’t know that in 1947 a USAF surveillance balloon crashed at a ranch in *******, New Mexico, prompting claims of a military cover up but the rest of you probably knew all that!
22d Person of faith indulged, essentially (5)
HINDU — Our second lurker or hidden answer (essentially).
24d Heartless cricketer that is getting runs, he declares (5)
CRIER — The first and last letters (heartless) of C(rickete)R, followed by another two letters meaning ‘that is’ and the one letter cricketing abbreviation for R(uns) gives you an official maker of proclamations.
25d Chief of staff welcoming number one (4)
MAIN — A nice straightforward one to finish up with. A short word meaning staff or crew contains (welcoming) the letter that looks like a one.
I liked 1 and 12a and 3 and 7d. My favourite was 20d.
The Quickie Pun:- SAKE + RID + ART = SACRED HEART