Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27897
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **** — Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone. Autumn seems to have arrived and so has Ray T. I imagine that some will be pleased by both, some by neither and the rest by one or the other. I found it quite difficult today – what did you think?
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden where it says “Click here” so only do that it you need to see them.
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1a Hit and stumped round end of over (6)
STRUCK — Nothing at all to do with cricket – it’s just pretending to be! A word for stumped or in a bit of a spot contains the last letter (end of) over.
4a Fought advance with daughter embracing darling (8)
COMPETED — A word meaning advance or move towards contains (embracing) an informal endearment (darling) and is followed by D(aughter).
9a Was first to admit slob was idle (6)
LOAFED — Was first or was ahead contains (to admit) a slob or a lout.
10a Terribly serious following new obsession (8)
NEUROSIS — The one letter abbreviation for N(ew) is followed by an anagram (terribly) of SERIOUS.
12a Court‘s central point overturned in court case (8)
TRIBUNAL — A court case or a hearing contains (in) a reversal (overturned) of a word meaning the central point or crux.
13a One’s back having taken in a distant expedition (6)
SAFARI — A reversal (back) of the letter that looks like a one, with the ‘S, contains (having taken in) the A from the clue and another word for distant or a long way from.
15a Cat litter’s loose blends keeping hot (13)
TORTOISESHELL — An anagram (blends) of LITTER’S LOOSE and (keeping) the one letter abbreviation for H(ot).
18a Offensive former husband can be polite, possibly (13)
EXCEPTIONABLE — The usual two letters that mean a former husband (or wife or any other kind of partner) are followed by an anagram (possibly) of CAN BE POLITE.
22a Insect originally circling field (6)
SECTOR — Our first hidden answer or lurker. It’s indicated quite clearly by the word circling and I still missed it – for ages.
24a Regimen broken eating acceptable dessert (8)
MERINGUE — An anagram (broken) of REGIMEN which contains (eating) the letter that means socially acceptable.
26a Anaesthetic with nitrogen and oxygen kept in cold (8)
NARCOTIC — Begin with the chemical symbol for N(itrogen) and follow that with an adjective meaning very cold or freezing which contains (kept in) the chemical symbol for O(xygen).
27a Hesitate, seeing female change (6)
FALTER — F(emale) is followed by a word that means change or modify.
28a Shifty about cooker left dirty (8)
SLOVENLY — Start off with a short word meaning shifty or wily. This contains (about) a cooker or stove with the one letter abbreviation for L(eft).
29a Polishes, accepting corporal’s first orders (6)
EDICTS — This kind of polish is the sort that would be done to a piece of work or writing before publication – it contains (accepting) the first letter of corporal.
1d Recognise sailor hugging upper-class European (6)
SALUTE — A sailor – there are quite a few to choose from in crosswordland but this time it’s not tar, jack, or AB so you’ll have to think of another one – contains (hugging) the letter that denotes upper-class and is followed by E(uropean).
2d Almost discover jerk’s unsentimental (9)
REALISTIC — A word meaning to discover or comprehend without its final letter (almost) is followed by an involuntary jerk or twitch.
3d Shout for joy, capturing Queen, guru’s last piece (7)
CHEQUER — A verb to shout for joy or applaud contains (capturing) the one letter abbreviation for Q(ueen) and the last letter of (gur)U. Sneaky or what – we’re all so used to the Queen being ER . . .
5d Harbinger literary mariner raised (4)
OMEN — A reversal (raised) of the name of a fictional sailor (literary mariner) created by Jules Verne.
6d Shot phaser suppressing power, maybe (7)
PERHAPS — An anagram (shot) of PHASER contains (suppressing) P(ower).
7d Aluminium sink set up for scientist (5)
TESLA — The scientist was a Croatian born U.S. electrical engineer and inventor. The two letter chemical symbol for Al(uminium) is reversed (sink) and then another one – set is also reversed (up). Sorry – that’s really not very clear but I can’t think of a better way of putting it – if anyone has a better idea . . .
8d Devotee getting record on impulse, oddly (8)
DISCIPLE — Start off with a record, the vinyl kind, and follow that with (on) the odd letters (oddly) of impulse.
11d Brief half of police catching a criminal (7)
LACONIC — Three of the six letters (half of) poLICe contain (catching) the A from the clue and one of our ‘usual suspects’ for a criminal.
14d A star rose rising up (7)
ASUNDER — The A from the clue, the star that is the source of light and heat to our planetary system and then a reversal (rising) of a colour of which ‘rose’ is a variety. Oh dear – yet another one I’m rather at sea with in trying to explain.
16d Tireless Tsipras initially dividing Greece in broadcast (9)
ENERGETIC — The first letter (initially) of T(sipras) is contained in (dividing) an anagram (broadcast) of GREECE IN.
17d Yokels in endless quiet among pines (8)
PEASANTS — Another word meaning pines or craves for contains (in) some quiet or comfort without its final letter (endless).
19d Tease is acceptable in show (7)
PROVOKE — A verb to show or demonstrate contains (in) two letters which are an informal way of saying that something is acceptable or all right.
20d Outlaw gang pinches gear (7)
BRIGAND — A gang or ring of people like Robin Hood’s merry men contains (pinches) some gear or equipment.
21d Wide bristles collecting rubbish (6)
DEBRIS — Our second hidden answer (collecting) – it’s lurking in between the first two words of the clue. I missed this one too – it was my last answer.
23d Freight vehicle on move (5)
CARGO — A motor vehicle is followed by a verb meaning to move or progress.
25d Pressure on unhealthy to get some medicine (4)
PILL — The one letter abbreviation for P(ressure) is followed by (on) a word meaning unhealthy or not well.
I liked 12 and 13a and 17 and 20d.
The Quickie pun – MASS + CUR + RAID = MASQUERADE