Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27921
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone. It may be the 1st October but the last few days have been more like summer than summer was – today looks as if it’s going to be the same once the early mist has gone. This is a Ray T crossword – he’s at his most benign today so, hopefully, shouldn’t cause too many problems even for those of you who often struggle with his puzzles.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the bits that say “Click here” so only do that if you need to see them.
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1a Pleasure is fantastic, possibly embracing love (12)
SATISFACTION — An anagram (possibly) of PLEASURE IS which contains (embracing) the letter that looks like the love score in a game of tennis. A good start – a nice long anagram almost all the way across the top.
9a A soft extremity in leaf insect’s leg perhaps (9)
APPENDAGE — Begin with the A from the clue and follow that the one letter abbreviation for soft in musical terminology. Then you need a word meaning a leaf or a sheet of paper in a book which contains an extremity or a tip.
10a Good-for-nothing compiler had line with Queen (5)
IDLER — How the compiler would say he had is followed by the one letter abbreviation for line and then the two letters for our Queen.
11a Consent for each male before sex (6)
PERMIT — A short word for each or every is followed by the abbreviation for M(ale) and then another short slang way of saying sex or intimacy.
12a Wealth posh left in old money? (8)
OPULENCE — Start with O(ld) and follow that with some coins which contain (in) the one letter denoting posh and L(eft).
13a More agreeable pocketing a thousand pounds (6)
NICKER — Begin with a word meaning more agreeable or pleasant – this contains one of the two letters denoting a thousand – it’s not the M.
15a Bunny Girl, say, with first-class tail (8)
[Newspaper version: Bunny Girl, say, with fantastic tail (8)]
WAITRESS — The one letter abbreviation for W(ith) is followed by two letters meaning first class [fantastic] or best of all and then a tail, or some hair.
18a People circling grass by house briefly in race (8)
MARATHON — Start off with people or the human race – this contains (circling) a word for grass – not your average green stuff that needs cutting all the time but a verb that means to betray or spill the beans – and the two letter abbreviation for house.
19a Cases of retsina got among common people (6)
RAGTAG — The first and last letters (cases of) the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue.
21a Single female priest’s upset about nuns’ leader (8)
SPINSTER — An anagram (upset) of PRIEST’S which contains (about) the first letter (leader) of N(un’s).
23a Jersey, perhaps, one’s left with (6)
ISLAND — Jersey here is just an example indicated by the perhaps. Start with the letter that looks like a one in Roman numerals and don’t forget the ‘S. Follow that with L(eft) and then a short word meaning with or as well as.
26a Draw on a screen for the audience (5)
AVAIL — The A from the clue is followed by a homophone (for the audience) of screen or covering.
27a Save someone with ice almost melting (9)
ECONOMISE — An anagram (melting) of SOMEONE and the first two letters (almost) of IC(e).
28a Put on costume, turning arrogant (12)
CONTEMPTUOUS — An anagram (turning) of PUT ON COSTUME.
1d Hone small instrument tip, interminably … (7)
SHARPEN — Begin with S(mall) and follow that with a large stringed musical instrument – finish off with most of (interminably another word for tip or extremity.
2d … narrow to acute point, end reduced originally (5)
TAPER — The first letters (originally) of five words in the clue.
3d In dissent I’m entitled to opinion (9)
SENTIMENT — A lurker or an answer that’s hidden in the middle of the clue (in) – in this case the answer straddles three words.
4d First character with mother? No (4)
ADAM — The first character or letter of the alphabet is followed by another word for a mother which is often used of horses – the answer certainly wasn’t anyone’s mother hence the question mark and the ‘No’. I’m not quite sure what to underline as the definition here.
5d Piece from Mozart, he’s piano player (8)
THESPIAN — Another lurker (piece from) – the answer is again hidden in three words of the clue.
6d Fantastic Loire providing room with a view (5)
ORIEL — An anagram (fantastic) of LOIRE.
7d Noisy fellow supporting proposal (8)
PLANGENT — A fellow or chap comes after (supporting) another word for a proposal or scheme.
8d Some underwear shows outlines (6)
BRIEFS — This is a double definition – the first is pretty obvious and the second is a word meaning outlines or summaries.
14d Principal motor noise the French raised (8)
CARDINAL — Begin with a motor (vehicle), follow that with a noise or racket and then a reversal (raised) of the female form of the French word for ‘the’.
16d Charged in tars’ case then left in exile (9)
TRANSPORT — Exile here is a verb. A short word meaning charged – not as a fee but rushed towards. This is contained in (in) the first and last letters (case) of T(ar)S’. All that is followed by the nautical word for left.
17d Company present and correct finally about new orderly (8)
COHERENT — The usual two letter abbreviation for company is followed by another way of saying present or in attendance – then the last letter (finally) of (correc)T and before that last letter (about) you need the one letter for N(ew). Oh dear – that’s not a terribly ******** hint!
18d Following motorway exhaust’s hot inside creating accident (6)
MISHAP — Begin with one of the country’s main motorways – it starts north of London and I’m not quite sure where it runs out – follow that with a verb meaning to exhaust or drain of energy which contains (inside) the abbreviation for H(ot).
20d Deity moves around divine saint (7)
GODDESS — This deity is a female one. Start off with a verb meaning moves, as in a board game. Inside that (around) you need a two letter abbreviation for a divine or a theologian. Follow that with the one letter abbreviation for S(aint).
22d Outburst of universal vociferation (5)
SALVO — Another lurker (of) – it’s in the middle of the last two words of the clue. These hidden answers are often a complete blind spot for me – we’ve had three today and I’ve found all of them so I’m feeling quite smug!
24d Don Quixote’s sidekick? (5)
AMIGO — All you need to do is think about Don Quixote’s nationality. Then you translate a word for a sidekick, ally or friend into his language.
25d Spirit raised showing destiny (4)
DOOM — A reversal (raised) of another word for spirit or frame of mind.
I liked 11 and 15a and 5 and 8d. My favourite was 19a.
Now then – the Quickie pun. This has caused more grief than the whole of the cryptic crossword. I was fairly sure my answers for the first three across clues were right. Having stomped round the kitchen muttering them in as many different ways as I could think of I was still getting nowhere fast – a quick SOS email to the Kiwis sorted it out so thanks to them.
SOUP + REAR + ROWS = SUPERHEROES