Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27920
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Last weekend we put our clocks forward 1 hour. The first Godwits arrived from Alaska a few days ago. There are clutches of new ducklings on the ponds beside our usual walking path. Spring has arrived!
Jay up to his usual high standard again today.
And we have had a very anxious few hours as we could not access the site to post this. Someone somewhere must have worked some magic and it all works again. Phew.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts.
6a Fare available for soldiers out without protection? (4)
MENU : A general term for non-commissioned soldiers and then the middle letter (without protection) of out.
9a Converted coach without one must get criticised (10)
TRANSLATED : Remove the Roman one from a synonym for coach and add a word meaning severely criticised.
10a British Standard applied to Golden Globes (4)
ORBS : The abbreviation for British Standard follows the heraldic word for golden.
12a Raise tail (4)
REAR : Double definition. The first could apply to a family perhaps.
13a Cool girl fans do badly with no end of potential (9)
SANGFROID : Cool here is a noun and is an anagram (badly) of GIRL FANS DO after the last letter of potential has been removed.
16a Inscription, say, included in loan (6)
LEGEND : The abbreviation of the Latin ‘say’ or ‘for example’ is inside a verb meaning to loan.
20a TV programme about bowlers, perhaps, who must develop (4,4)
CHAT SHOW : The one letter abbreviation of the Latin word meaning ‘about’, then what bowlers are an example of, followed by an anagram (must develop) of WHO.
26a Troubles caused by factories starting late (4)
ILLS : These could be ‘dark satanic’ factories without the first letter.
27a Visitor judged broadcast by theatre audience (5,5)
HOUSE GUEST : A word that sounds like a word meaning judged or made an estimate, follows how a theatre audience is often described.
28a Signify agreement and finally remove swelling (4)
NODE : What one does with one’s head to signify agreement and then the last letter of remove.
29a Maybe shares popular garb for the clergy (10)
INVESTMENT : The two letter word for popular and then ecclesiastical clothing.
1d Rank old car with the top off (4)
RATE : Rank here is a verb. Remove the first letter for a common word for an old car.
2d Outburst and terrible earful over parking (5-2)
FLARE-UP : An anagram (terrible) of EARFUL and then the abbreviation for parking.
3d Unfortunately adopted by European from a Pacific region (12)
AUSTRALASIAN : A synonym for unfortunately is inside a word for somebody from a specific European country.
4d Cost associated with football sticker (8)
TRANSFER : This football cost has to do with moving a player between clubs.
5d Old church has brief solution for a large amount (6)
OCEANS : The abbreviation for old, then the Anglican Church and the short version of a word meaning a solution.
7d Ring on this gong to support member of the Lords? (7)
EARLOBE : One of the ranks of the peerage precedes one of the awards given for outstanding public service.
8d Inverted and sad after leading team (6,4)
UPSIDE DOWN : Split the first word of the answer 2,4 to give you a leading team and add a word meaning sad.
11d Fatter, possibly eating whilst getting second opinion (12)
AFTERTHOUGHT : An anagram (possibly) of FATTER surrounds a synonym for whilst.
14d Restraint of newspapers in region with no golf (10)
REPRESSION : A collective word for newspapers in general is inside the word ‘region’ after the G has been removed.
21d Sanitation of hospital eyeing reforms (7)
HYGIENE : The abbreviation for hospital and then an anagram (reforms) of EYEING.
22d Rumoured seat of power for cast (6)
THROWN : Cast as a past participle is a homophone for a seat of royal power.
25d Waste time showing instruction to printer (4)
STET : And we finish with another lurker hiding in the clue.
We liked some of the longer answers today such as 1a, 11d, and 17d, but will opt for 3d for pretty obvious reasons.
Quickie pun waters + hilly + billy = what a silly-billy