Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27915
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to be continuing into the autumn. The weather must have put me in a good mood as I really enjoyed this puzzle. Parts of it are a bit off-the-wall and there are a couple of references to Stones, which may or may not be rolling, so I suspect I know who the setter is. Unusually though I count no less than eleven clues which are all or part anagram. I reckon that will keep some of you very happy.
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 ‘The Samurai’ cast is unprofessional (10)
AMATEURISH: Anagram (cast) of THE SAMURAI. A fairly easy anagram to get you going.
6a A religious sitcom returning as a police TV drama (4)
VERA: Take A (from the clue) and a religious sitcom which was on BBC2 from 2010 to 2014 and reverse it all (returning) and you’ll get a police drama about a lady DCI set in the North East. Took a while for the penny to drop as I haven’t watched either of these programmes but at least I’ve heard of them.
9a Match award to be brought back? It’s a theme you might hear more than once (5)
MOTIF: Synonym for match (3) and an award or honour (2) all reversed (brought back).
10a No time to study arbitration (9)
MEDIATION: Start with a word for study or deep thought and remove a T (no Time). A purist might say there should be an indication of which T is to be removed but it works for me.
12a Nice point for a change in church — but means to quit? (8,5)
NICOTINE PATCH: Take an anagram (for a change) of NICE POINT and follow with a word which can mean in, as in attending, and then an abbreviation for church and you’ll get something which may help you quit smoking.
14a Article about Stones touring that is most unpleasant (8)
NASTIEST: Start with an indefinite article and reverse it (about). Then take two of the abbreviation for a stone (weight) and place them around (touring) the two letters for that is.
15a Peg gets left behind to prosper (2,4)
DO WELL: A wooden peg and L(eft) split (2,4).
17a Bass apparently quiet (3-3)
LOW KEY: Double definition.
21a Screen fitted to conceal washers (6,7)
SHOWER CURTAIN: A not very cryptic definition of something which hides someone having an all-over wash. At first I couldn’t believe there wasn’t more to this.
24a Endless botched instances (9)
INCESSANT: Anagram (botched) of INSTANCES.
25a It’s silly batting an eyelid to begin with (5)
INANE: A word to describe someone batting (2) followed by AN (from the clue) and E (Eyelid to begin with).
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out – Simples!
27a Rocky sent secret audition (6,4)
SCREEN TEST: Anagram (rocky) of SENT SECRET..
1d Swords and shield motif? (4)
ARMS: Swords are examples of these and it’s what a Knight in armour has on the front of his shield, usually described as a “coat of . . .”. Is it a bit careless to have the answer to one clue in the clue for another where the two answers cross?
2d Turns up at Tottenham initially to head goals (7)
ATTENDS: A charade of AT (from the clue), a T (Tottenham initially) and a popular crosswordland word for goals.
3d Note very loud Scene VI set out to provide potency (13)
EFFECTIVENESS: A musical note followed by the musical indication of “very loud” and then an anagram (out) of SCENE VI SET.
4d Metres to helter-skelter? Extremely far (8)
REMOTEST: Anagram (helter-skelter) of METRES TO.
7d Sleep it off is the message (7)
EPISTLE: Anagram (off) of SLEEP IT.
8d Rub out a thin line scrawled around answer (10)
ANNIHILATE: Anagram (scrawled) of A THIN LINE placed around A(nswer).
11d Secretary’s mounting support, helping to arrest one making embezzlement (13)
APPROPRIATION: Reverse (mounting in a down clue) a two letter abbreviation of a secretary and follow with a support. After that you need a word for a helping or share and insert (to arrest) an I (one).
13d Bold, but not highly coloured? (10)
UNBLUSHING: Slightly off-the-wall double definition. This was my LOI.
16d Use garter to strangle (8)
GARROTTE: Anagram (use?) of GARTER TO.
18d Stone Ron sculpted will make an impression (7)
WOODCUT: Take the surname of the Rolling Stone called Ron and follow with a word which could mean sculpted. Hands up those who thought SCULPTED was an anagram indicator.
20d Take care pursuing prisoner with depression (7)
CONCAVE: A word used to warn someone to take care or watch out placed after (pursuing) one of the usual prisoners, not a lag, the other one.
22d Ignore the odds to score first-class century for fun (5)
CRAIC: Take the even letters (ignore the odds) from sCoRe, follow with two letters for First-class and then a C(entury) and you get the Irish spelling of a good “crack”.
23d Criminal tendency (4)
BENT: Double definition. Bit of a chestnut but I still like it.
Some fun clues here but my favourite is 18d. How about you?
The Quick Crossword pun: hole+jaw+haw+sis=hold your horses