Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27890
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Just a couple of hours before writing this we had the privilege of walking our youngest grand-daughter Milly to school. This is just her third week there and she happily skips along beside us holding our hands. Yesterday she proudly brought home the Totally Terrific Me Bag that she had been awarded. Ah, the joys of being grandparents. We will miss them all when we go home again at the weekend.
Another fine puzzle from Jay once again, the solving time was right at the top end of *** difficulty for us today. Thankfully, a much easier Quickie pun to cope with than last week’s one.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a A line from subject welcoming king (6)
TROPIC : This line on a map is found by putting one of the abbreviations for a king inside a word for a subject.
5a Fare available in Chinese boat? (4,4)
JUNK FOOD : A cryptic definition. The first word of the answer is a type of Chinese boat.
9a The best nuts and biscuits (5,8)
CREAM CRACKERS : A synonym for nuts or slightly insane follows a word that describes the best.
10a Permitted nieces to play in lido, oddly (8)
LICENSED : Lido oddly means the first and third letters, and inside this is an anagram (to play) of NIECES.
11a Remains of empire award kept by Queen with courtiers, ultimately (6)
EMBERS : A three letter award or honour is inside the usual cipher for our queen, and lastly, the final letter of courtiers.
12a Lass on mountain in part of Asia (6)
BENGAL The Gaelic word for a mountain is followed by an informal word for a girl or woman.
19a Dates and lemons originally stocked by fruit seller (6)
PEDLAR : A type of pipfruit includes the original letters from D(ates) and L(emons).
23a Asks for searches on empty residence (8)
REQUESTS : Empty residence means its first and last letters and then a synonym for searches.
25a Bighead lodger’s cooked breakfast? (4-6,3)
HARD-BOILED EGG : An anagram (cooked) of BIGHEAD LODGER.
27a Track designed to hold one vehicle (3-3)
KIT-CAR : This self-assembled vehicle is an anagram (designed) of TRACK with a Roman one included.
2d Relax, seeing right European Community approach (7)
RECLINE : R(ight) E(uropean) C(ommunity), then a word meaning approach or strategy.
3d Bit tart — cake with no filling (5)
PIECE : A word for a closed top tart and then the first and last letters of cake.
4d A solecism, being dressed in such undergarments (9)
CAMISOLES : An anagram (being dressed) of A SOLECISM.
5d Power mostly keeps clear of the law (7)
JURIDIC : A three letter word meaning clear or remove is inside an informal word for power with its last letter removed.
6d Hospital in French resort aimed at specialist market (5)
NICHE : A Mediterranean city includes H(ospital).
7d A shipping term for complimentary meals? (9)
FREEBOARD : Complimentary or costing nothing and the word that goes with ‘and lodgings’ for all-inclusive accommodation.
8d Pay close attention to verbose drunk (7)
OBSERVE : An anagram (drunk) of VERBOSE.
15d Upstart‘s joke’s high point, according to Spooner? (9)
PIPSQUEAK : The jokes are short clever remarks and the high points could be mountains. Then do the Spooner thing.
17d The girl’s after some underwear that’s more assertive (7)
BRASHER : The third person singular female possessive pronoun follows some supportive underwear.
18d Makes an effort to load coach on board ship (7)
STRAINS : Coach here is a verb meaning to teach and is inside the steamship abbreviation.
20d Drivers must repress dodgy gut in island (7)
ANTIGUA : A two letter motorists’ organisation is outside an anagram (dodgy) of GUT IN.
24d Proficient, but with no power to wield (5
EXERT : Find a word that means proficient or very capable and remove P from it.
We thought we were going to have a pangram. We do not know why (yes, pun intended) Jay didn’t finish it.
19a was our last to sort out and gets our vote for favourite.
Quick crossword pun prone + hounds = pronouns