Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27891
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
Hola from the Vega Baja again. It’s not often I do two weeks in a row nowadays but I’ve swapped with Kath as I’m at a bit of a loose end this week. Pommette is in the UK helping her Mum move to a new care home and she said it’s too hot for me to do anything so hasn’t left the usual list of jobs. Result or what?
On to the crossword and I’m not sure what to make of it. It took me nearly into 4* time but that wasn’t because of tricky wordplay but more because some of the definitions and synonyms are stretching things a step too far IMHO. Consequently I didn’t find it a lot of fun, more “what?” moments rather than “d’oh!” moments. I’ll be interested to see your views.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.
1a Irish broadcaster’s brogue ultimately wearing thin – this may be considered unlucky (8)
THIRTEEN: Take the initials of the Irish radio and TV broadcaster and follow with E (broguE ultimately) and around that (wearing) you need to put THIN (from the clue). If you don’t know the Irish broadcaster just Radio Telefis Éireann
5a Check then decline cost (6)
DAMAGE: A charade of a word meaning check, a stream perhaps, and a word for decline as in get old.
9a Was jumper found in H&M loo? (8)
WASHROOM: Start with WAS (from the clue) and follow with the usual Australian jumper inserted into HM.
10a Call work flipping imaginative (6)
POETIC: A word meaning call or quote and the usual crosswordland work but it’s all reversed (flipping).
12a Masculine minced pork pies (9)
CALUMNIES: Anagram (minced) of MASCULINE.
14a Deal with company to get record when retiring (4)
COPE: The usual company followed by one of the usual records but but the record’s reversed (retiring).
16a Skippers first in fitting boom (7)
PROSPER: Take a word meaning fitting or seemly and insert an S (Skipper’s first).
19a Beyond reproach, Brandreth I calculate’s content (7)
ETHICAL: A lurker. It’s hidden in (content) Brandreth I calculate.
21a Performer who’s likely to return a high score (4)
BASS: This performer is a singer and he’s likely to return a score that’s full of high notes.
24a Evergreen rock idol, with energy (5)
OLDIE: Anagram (rock) of IDOL followed by E(nergy).
25a See other arrangement constricting male trio (9)
THREESOME: Anagram (arrangement) of SEE OTHER with M(ale) inserted (constricting).
27a Demonstration rearranged for everyone there (2,4)
IN SITU: Here you need a type of demonstration or protest (3,2) and rearrange the two words so it’s (2,3) and then follow with the letter which indicates that a movie is OK to be viewed by everyone. Isn’t this straying into secondary anagram territory?
28a Jam and whipped creme bun (8)
ENCUMBER: Anagram (whipped) of CREME BUN. I’m not sure that jam and the answer really mean the same thing.
29a Roughly means to restrict a matelot (6)
SEAMAN: Anagram (roughly) of MEANS placed around (to restrict) A (from the clue).
1d Finish off roast chop sandwiches with buffet (6)
THWACK: You need the T from roast (finish off?) and follow with another word for chop, with an axe perhaps placed around (sandwiches) W(ith). I don’t think this works, Finish off should mean take the last letter off and use what’s left. To indicate using the last letter it should be finish of. I wonder whether this is a misprint as similar wordplay is used correctly in 26d.
2d Avoiding A&E, bandage injury (6)
INSULT: Start with a word which can just about mean bandage, as in bandaging water pipes to stop them freezing, and then remove the A and the E (avoiding A & E). The word you need and bandage don’t come up as synonyms in my thesaurus but they do have synonyms in common so I guess it works, but this is what I meant by a step too far.
3d Sound of ‘The Chain’ in umpteenth ‘Rumours’ (6)
THRUM: Another lurker. It’s in umpteenth rumours. I guess you were all expecting this one . . .
4d Volume is turned up — one has to get sensitive (7)
EMOTIVE: Reverse (turned up in a down clue) a word for a large book and follow with an abbreviation for one has or I have.
6d Nothing in a loan sum that’s out of order or exeptional (9)
ANOMALOUS: Anagram (that’s out of order) of A LOAN SUM with O inserted (nothing in).
7d Soldier to run away, secretly timid creature (8)
ANTELOPE: One of crosswordland’s soldiers, but not a military man, followed by a word meaning to run away secretly. The “run away secretly” bit is neatly confused by having the comma.
8d Latin and so on (2,6)
ET CETERA: This isn’t really cryptic. It’s simply the Latin phrase meaning “and so on”.
11d Like a P in PDQ (4)
ASAP: A word meaning like followed by the A and P from the clue gives an acronym of a phase meaning “Pretty Damn Quick”. I thought this should be enumerated (1,1,1,1) as per Collins but I see it’s in the BRB as a word.
15d Band‘s trunk carried by soldiers and gunners (9)
ORCHESTRA: Take some soldiers (2) and follow with a trunk or large case and then the usual gunners or artillerymen.
17d Exercises a drag to set up, in charge of Seconds (8)
AEROBICS: A (from the clue) followed by a reversal (to set up in a down clue) of a word meaning a drag, then the two letters for in charge and lastly S(econds). I have no idea why Seconds is capitalised.
18d Cast adore his setting for ‘Cecil’s Place‘ (8)
RHODESIA: Anagram (cast) of ADORE HIS gives the old name for an African country which was named after Cecil whatsisname. He’s the one that said “Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life”.
20d Regularly flaunt electronic instrument (4)
LUTE: Alternate letters (regularly) from flaunt followed by the usual letter indicating something is electronic.
21d Broodingly romantic and persistent, by ousting companion (7)
BYRONIC: You need BY (from the clue) and then a word meaning persistent and remove (ousting) the abbreviation for Companion of Honour. Unless I’m missing something this clue doesn’t work. Persistent and by are the wrong way round.
Take a word meaning persistant and remove the Companion of Honour from the beginning and replace it with BY (BY ousting). Told you I was missing something – thanks Gazza.
22d Doctor cuts through plaster in battle (6)
COMBAT: Put one of the usual medics into (cuts through) a word which can mean to plaster as in cover.
23d Shred is what blubber under stress may do (4,2)
TEAR UP: Double definition. For the second to work you need to twig that a blubber is someone prone to crying.
26d Start off trick and escape (5)
ELUDE: Take a word for to trick or decieve and remove the first letter. See my comment on 1d. This time it’s done correctly.
No stand out favourite for me today but I did quite like “Cecil’s place” as the definition in 18d.
Not very good photo opportunities today!
The Quick Crossword pun: too+Bjorn+nod+tubby=to be or not to be