Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27903
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Good morning all. I don’t have any ideas about who set this one but it’s not Ray T. I quite enjoyed it and didn’t find it anywhere near as tricky as some we have had recently.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the things that say “Click here” so only do that if you need to see them.
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1a Rummage among model vegetables (5)
DELVE — The answer is hidden (among) in the middle of the last two words of the clue. Nice to get one of these little lurking beasts out of the way as early as possible.
4a Greek character detained by a drugs agent is lawless (8)
ANARCHIC — The X or twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet is contained (detained) by the A from the clue and a mainly US slang term for a drugs dealer.
10a Endurance in a short time shown among Southern volunteers (7)
STAMINA — Begin with S(outhern) and follow that with the usual two letters for some old volunteers which contain the A from the clue and an abbreviation of a very short time.
11a Unforced musical note (7)
NATURAL — A double definition.
12a Learner getting in way of French customary form (4)
RULE — The one letter meaning L(earner) is in the middle of (getting in) the French word for a way or road.
13a By the sound of it, considerable item in fireplace (5)
GRATE — A homophone (by the sound of it) of an adjective that means considerable or large.
14a African country takeaway? (4)
TOGO — If you split the name of an African country 2,2, you get an Americanism that means food or drink from a restaurant or café to be consumed off the premises.
17a After folding, knot sheet maybe in addition (2,3,4,5)
BY THE SAME TOKEN — An anagram (after folding) of KNOT SHEET MAYBE. This was so obviously an anagram but it took me ages and I needed lots of checking letters before I saw it.
19a Jack more than once showing inconsistency (6,8)
DOUBLE STANDARD — This Jack is a flag – you need two times one (more than once) and then another word for a flag.
22a Note house in bohemian London area (4)
SOHO — The fifth note of the scale in the sol-fa notation is followed by the two letter abbreviation for house.
23a Having overturned drink, discontented hubby is aggressively forceful (5)
PUSHY — A reversal (having overturned) of a verb meaning drink or swallow is followed by the first and last letters (discontented or the content taken out) of H(ubb)Y –
24a Musical group regularly appearing in star limos (4)
TRIO — You need the alternate letters (regularly) of star limos.
27a Free film? (7)
RELEASE — A double definition.
28a Plant liable possibly to retain oxygen (7)
LOBELIA — An anagram (possibly) of LIABLE which contains (to retain) O(xygen).
29a Magnificence in garden cultivated by old city (8)
GRANDEUR — An anagram (cultivated) of GARDEN is followed by an ancient city in Southern Mesopotamia.
30a Light brown wagon not previously seen bridging Scottish river (5)
TAWNY — The longest river in Scotland contains (bridging) the first and last letters of W(ago)N – ie take out (not) the three letters meaning previously. This is one of those that’s much easier to solve than give a hint for – maybe I’m doing you all a great injustice in thinking that you need a hint.
1d Bone in some French church getting label (8)
DESCRIBE — Begin with the plural of the French word for some and follow that with one of the two letter abbreviations for church which contains (in) one of the bones that curve round and forward from the backbone. I’m not too sure about the surface reading of this clue.
2d Flier in part of plane, perhaps, with permit (7)
LEAFLET — This plane is a tree – trees have lots of things (part of) that are about to start changing colour with the onset of Autumn. You want one of these things and then follow it with a word meaning permit or allow.
3d Arab ruler in semi-retirement (4)
EMIR — Another lurker, or hidden answer (in) – it’s well disguised by the hyphen.
5d Source of relief at the end of a course? (10,4)
NINETEENTH HOLE — This course is where people walk around on grass hitting little white balls with different kinds of sticks to see if they can make them go down holes in the ground – the source of relief is where they go afterwards.
6d Observance that’s hackneyed? Not at first (4)
RITE — An adjective meaning an expression that’s hackneyed or unoriginal without its first letter (not at first).
7d Chemical substance in hospital no more deployed (7)
HORMONE — An anagram (deployed) of the one letter for H(ospital) and NO MORE.
8d Lines penned by leading business figure for musical instrument (5)
CELLO — Two L(ines) are contained in (penned by) the three initials for the head of a large company (leading business figure)
9d Organisation offering access to matches? (8,6)
MARRIAGE BUREAU — These matches are between men and women.
15d In which local teams play in Midlands city (5)
DERBY — A double definition – matches played between neighbouring teams are also the name of a city at the foot of the Pennines.
16d Cut in knee, say (5)
JOINT — Another double definition – the knee is an example of this which is indicated by ‘say’.
18d Pleading woman blowing top around very old California college (8)
ADVOCACY — Start off with a word for a woman or adult female and remove the first letter (blowing top) – the remaining letters go round (around) lots of abbreviations – V(ery) O(ld) CA(lifornia) and C(ollege). Phew!
20d Tragic heroine excited hope before trouble mounts (7)
OPHELIA — This tragic heroine is in Hamlet – an anagram (excited) of HOPE is followed by (before) a reversal (mounts) of a word meaning trouble or afflict.
21d First person entering exotic RAF base — it’s passed by vehicle? (7)
AIRFLOW — The first personal pronoun is contained by (entering) an anagram (exotic) of RAF – after that you need a synonym for base or despicable.
22d Leap not new for young person (5)
SPRIG — Another word for leap, bound or vault without the one letter abbreviation for N(ew) (not new).
25d Female attendant is composed for audience (4)
MAID — A homophone (for audience) of a word meaning composed or manufactured.
26d Support Lincoln tipster principally (4)
ABET — The three letter abbreviation of the Christian name of the sixteenth president of the US is followed by the first letter (principally) of T(ipster).
I liked 4 and 23a and 5 and 15d. What about you?
The Quickie pun:- FISSION + SHIPS = FISH ‘N’ CHIPS