Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27925
Hints and tips by Gazza
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This is very straightforward so I don’t anticipate that the hints will be required much today. Let us know what you thought of it and how you fared.
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1a Former lover was modelling, laid bare (7)
EXPOSED – the short word used for a former partner is followed by a verb meaning ‘was modelling’ (for an artist or photographer).
5a Embarrassed when actor initially exploits director (7)
ASHAMED – string together a conjunction meaning when, an informal word for an actor (normally one who overacts), the initial letter of exploits and D(irector).
9a Re stoop — it could make you most short (7)
POOREST – an anagram (could make) of RE STOOP gives you a superlative meaning most short (of money).
10a Turn to bat — proceeds to lose wicket (7)
INNINGS – drop the abbreviation for wicket from the proceeds (of a successful bet, for example).
11a Man in services seen with empty lorry on a frequent basis (9)
REGULARLY – a man (or woman?) in the armed services is followed by the outer letters (when empty) of lorry.
12a Be in crate that’s tossed north of the border? (5)
CABER – insert BE (from the clue) into what crate can be an informal word for (especially if it’s old and decrepit).
13a Grew small flowers (5)
ROSES – a verb meaning grew or moved up is followed by S(mall).
15a One thousand newspapers: editor’s overwhelmed (9)
IMPRESSED – to make the answer we have to stitch together the Roman numerals for one and a thousand, a word for newspapers viewed collectively and the abbreviation for editor.
17a Lingerie — two articles from abroad are ordered by women (9)
UNDERWEAR – articles (indefinite and definite respectively) from European languages are followed by W(omen) and an anagram (ordered) of ARE.
19a Rags made from loose dress, first to last (5)
MOCKS – the definition (rags) is a verb not a noun. Think of a plain, loose dress and move its first letter to the end.
22a Son visits gallery, showing discernment (5)
TASTE – not only does the S(on) visit this London gallery, he actually goes inside it.
23a In stress, I’d start to show blunders (9)
ACCIDENTS – insert I’D in a word meaning stress or emphasis then finish with the starting letter of S(how).
25a Judge from one American state impounding 1000 dollars (7)
IMAGINE – the Roman numeral for one followed by a North-Eastern US state contain the letter used as an abbreviation for $1,000.
26a Not informed United Nations has a battle with Spain (7)
UNAWARE – string together the abbreviation for United Nations, A from the clue, a battle or period of armed conflict and the IVR code for Spain.
27a Fancied lodger? Sounds like it (7)
GUESSED – this sounds like what a lodger is an example of in one’s house.
28a Nice text — unfortunately line finally goes dead (7)
EXTINCT – an anagram (unfortunately) of NICE T[e]XT without the final letter of line.
1d Rome ripe to be changed? One’s got rid of Caesar, perhaps (7)
EMPEROR – an anagram (to be changed) of ROME R[i]PE without the Roman numeral for one.
2d Sow plus hog — one finds them on a farm (7)
PLOUGHS – an anagram (sow) of PLUS HOG.
3d That woman will peel outside (5)
SHELL – a feminine pronoun (that woman) is followed by the abbreviated form of will.
4d Find out, from Parisian, word in English (9)
DETERMINE – paste together the French preposition meaning from, a synonym for word, IN (from the clue) and E(nglish).
5d Friendship from a year in American university? Just the opposite (5)
AMITY – instead of putting A and Y(ear) inside the university ‘just the opposite’ tells us to put the abbreviation for the Massachusetts university inside A and Y(ear).
6d Present: finest lotion (4,5)
HAND CREAM – a verb to present or pass across is followed by a word meaning the finest or elite.
7d Coach finds skirt almost ruined (7)
MINIBUS – a type of skirt followed by all but the final letter of an informal adjective meaning ruined or broken.
8d Wanted something done about gentleman (7)
DESIRED – an action or ‘something done’ contains the respectful way to address a gentleman.
14d Where one finds doctors rise up and rise anew (9)
SURGERIES – a verb to rise up or increase suddenly is followed by an anagram (anew) of RISE.
16d Drop safety equipment (9)
PARACHUTE – double definition, the first meaning to drop (supplies, say) from the air. I’m not keen on this clue – the two meanings are the verb and noun forms of the same word.
17d Aunty in gilet, pockets loosening (7)
UNTYING – hidden (pockets) in the clue.
18d Vicious punk rocker returned to get rest for illness (7)
DISEASE – the forename of Mr Vicious the punk rocker is reversed and after that we have a word for rest or tranquillity.
20d Continued briefly with article in house (7)
CONTAIN – the abbreviation for continued is followed by an indefinite article and IN (from the clue).
21d Mistrust religious school detaining us with pressure (7)
SUSPECT – a religious school or splinter group contains US and the abbreviation for pressure.
23d Winning as a captain? (5)
AHEAD – A (from the clue) followed by another word for captain or principal.
24d Sketch daughter on flat wooden boat (5)
DRAFT – D(aughter) is followed by (on, in a down clue) a flat wooden boat.
The clue I liked best was 27a. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: ART + TAN + SEOUL = HEART AND SOUL