Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27884
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For the next couple of weeks we are staying in Wellington minding three of our grandchildren. During the day, once 5yr old Milly has been delivered to school, we are free to do visitor things in the city or, on Wednesdays, write the blog. It is pouring with rain at present so the latter is a very good option. As usual, we have good fun from Jay to keep us occupied.
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1a Draw on this to make a reservation on second boat (10)
SKETCHBOOK : Start with the abbreviation for second, then a two masted sailing boat and then a word meaning make a reservation.
6a Northern type‘s place with charge initially for parking (4)
SCOT : Substitute the first letter of charge for the abbreviation for parking in a word that means a place.
11a Badger in a woolly coat (9)
GABARDINE : An anagram (woolly) of BADGER IN A.
12a Drunk restricts working when stars are out (7)
TONIGHT : One of the many words that are used to indicate drunkenness includes a two letter word meaning working.
14a Screens student in predicament, swamped by waves (12)
ROLLERBLINDS : Take a four letter word for a predicament or a tight spot, include the abbreviation for a student or learner in this, and surround the whole lot with another word for ocean waves.
21a Revolutionary American runs out looking pale (7)
ANAEMIC : An anagram (revolutionary) of AMErICAN after R(uns) has been removed.
23a European reticent to accept record for environmental matters (7)
ECOLOGY : E(uropean), then a three letter word meaning reticient has inside it a record, possibly kept on a ship.
24a One tells of cut on rear going bad (9)
RACONTEUR : An anagram (going bad) of CUT ON REAR.
26a Appointment that’s kept in pied-a-terre? (4)
DATE : Another one hiding within the clue.
27a Prepared volunteers returning with people embracing study (2,3,5)
AT THE READY : Volunteer soldiers reversed, then a third person plural pronoun around a word meaning to study at university.
1d Greeting the start of summer on a musical instrument (6)
SALUTE : The first letter of summer, A from the clue and an early stringed instrument.
2d Currency needed to support the Queen’s mission (6)
ERRAND : Her Majesty and then the South African monetary unit.
3d Revise decision on denims, possibly? (6,4,4)
CHANGE ONE’S MIND : The first word of the answer tells you what to do with ON DENIMS.
4d Reserve a counter mainly for a game in the pub (9)
BAGATELLE : A three letter word for reserve or save for yourself, then A from the clue and a word for a person who counts things with the last letter removed.
5d Compass of soldiers on part of drill (5)
ORBIT : Two letter lowest ranking soldiers, then the part of a drill that actually makes the hole.
8d Written study of peace accords ultimately promoted (8)
TREATISE : A synonym for peace accords is altered by its last letter being moved up one place.
9d Fixer who’s corrupt to others protecting currency? (14)
TROUBLESHOOTER : A monetary unit in Russia is inside an anagram (corrupt) of TO OTHERS.
15d Little-known planet producing oxide (4,5)
RARE EARTH : A synonym for little known and our home planet.
16d I’ve got a twin that’s spoilt (8)
IMPAIRED : The answer split 1’1,6 is another way of saying ‘I’ve got a twin’.
17d Easy to understand character in tragedy with copper in court (5-3)
CLEAR-CUT : A Shakespearian king is followed by the chemical symbol for copper all within the abbreviation for court.
19d Taboo developing about end of working capital (6)
BOGOTA : An anagram (developing) of TABOO with the last letter of working included (We bet we won’t be the only people to start off with a Caribbean island here.)
20d Times remuneration includes pound for subordinate action (2-4)
BY-PLAY : Times or multiply is followed by a word for remuneration with the cypher for pound sterling included.
22d Split in Conservative wets? (5)
CLEFT : The one letter abbreviation for Conservative and then the end of the political spectrum that Mrs Thatcher referred to as ‘wets’.
Our favourite today was 14a.
Quickie pun foreign + arrow = Four in a row
If you are still confused Four in a Row is another name for the game we know as Connect Four
Many thanks Gazza for sorting this one for us.