Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27880
Hints and tips by Shropshirelad
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a wet and windy Shropshire – as I’m sure is the case for the rest of you in the UK (I do hope you are all well). I got off to a flying start with today’s puzzle only to get bogged down in the SW corner, but with a little help from my friends – I got there. I’m really not sure if this is the Don as it has none of his trademark clues and I only had one to check (11a) to see if I had the right answer. I will no doubt be proven wrong.
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4a Boring period in which to get sore troubled (8)
TIRESOME: Something we’re all pressed for (especially for me with my one finger typing) containing (in which to get) an anagram (troubled) of SORE.
8a Huff and puff about editor being a dogmatic person? (6)
PEDANT: A four letter word meaning to ‘huff & puff’ containing (about) Crosswordland’s usual abbreviation for editor.
9a Small number entertained by English comedian being cheap (8)
ECONOMIC: Two-letter abbreviation (small) for number contained in (entertained by) the standard abbreviation for England and a type of comedian.
10a Element that’s faulty in lamp unit (8)
PLATINUM: An anagram (faulty) of LAMP UNIT
11a Mildness of one in austere period beginning to yield (6)
LENITY: The letter ‘I’ (one) contained by (in) a period of fasting + beginning to (y)ield.
12a Thief has grabbed second dog (8)
PINSCHER: Another name for a thief containing (grabbed) the abbreviation of second.
13a One helps get a horse strapped and bones will be broken (8)
NOSEBAND: Anagram of (will be broken) AND BONES.
16a Number I catch — even or odd number? (8)
NINETEEN: N(umber) + I from the clue + a verb meaning to catch + a shortened version of ‘even’
19a Grower finds sources of delight everywhere in harvest (8)
GARDENER: Finds sources of D[elight] E[verywhere] contained by (in) a word to gather (harvest).
21a Distance travelled at sea creates bond (6)
LEAGUE: I see this as a double definition, but I have been known to be wrong.
23a Supporter on bench following proper style (8)
FORMALLY: A type of supporter (especially during war) preceded by (on) a bench. This type of bench is used in Parliamentary terms to decide where you sit according to BRB.
24a One participates in matches with divided loyalties (8)
BIGAMIST: A person who has more than one wife.
25a Draw boat by sea’s edge (6)
SKETCH: a 2-masted sailing vessel (boat) after (by) S[ea’s] edge
26a One may help someone who finds it hard to hear gun (8)
REPEATER: I can’t make my mind up if this is a double definition. I’m sure someone will point me in the right direction.
1d Give a talk: ‘Medical changes’ (7)
DECLAIM: An anagram (changes) of MEDICAL. There are a couple to choose from.
2d Discarded actors leading a faction (4,5)
CAST ASIDE: A charade of: performers in a play + A from the clue + a faction
3d Number in school creating a stink (6)
STENCH: A number in (surrounded) the usual 3 letter abbreviation for SCH(ool)
4d What’s threatening from having got drunk? (3,7,5)
THE MORNING AFTER: That feeling you have the next day having had one over the eight is an anagram (having got drunk) of THREATENING FROM
5d Unsettled pigs relatively well fed will do this? (8)
ROOTLESS: Split as (4,4) this could be a term for how pigs search for food, but don’t need too as they are well fed.
6d His ultimately old-fashioned stuff brings derision (5)
SCORN: A charade of: [hi]S ultimately + a term for something hackneyed.
7d Nasty mist with one getting damp (7)
MOISTEN: Anagram (nasty) of MIST ONE
14d Last character in pub always — long time needed for drinks (9)
BEVERAGES: A charade of last character in [pu[B + a term for ‘always’ + a long time.
15d Edward gets upset about historical object being abandoned (8)
DERELICT: Shortened version on Edward turned up (gets upset) containing (about) and old object from the past.
17d Some contrary names I met in list (7)
ITEMISE: Lurker (some) in names I met in, reversed (contrary).
18d Substitute one type of material with another (7)
REPLACE: Put together 2 materials (split 3,4).
20d Most unusual member of academy needing support (6)
RAREST: Usual abbreviation for the school of artists and something you take after a bout of hard work.
22d Kind of pit with small stones left for removal (5)
GRAVE: Small stones you would find on a driveway without (for removal) L(eft).
Well, that’s me done. I do hope you find the hints helpful and (again) I’m sorry that I did not find the time for any pictures. No real stand out favourites today, but an enjoyable enough solve. Have a safe weekend.
The Quick Crossword pun: decks+truss=dexterous