Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27927
Hints and tips by Kath
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Hello everyone. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but I’ve been wrong far too many times to make any wild guesses – it’s not a Ray T. When I first started I thought it was going to be tricky but it did, eventually, all go together without much trouble apart from the last few answers. I only counted four anagrams and there were no hidden answers waiting to trip me up.
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1a Treat superficially books penned by Carry On actor (6)
DABBLE — Two abbreviations for B(ook) are contained in (penned by) the surname of one of the Carry On actors whose first name was Jim.
4a National institution operating amid protest ending in rally (8)
MONARCHY — A short word for operating or working are contained in (amid) a protest or demonstration and this is followed by the last letter (ending in) of (rall)Y.
10a Philosopher’s vocal character proving a heavy burden (9)
MILLSTONE — The surname of one of two British philosophers, with the ‘S, is followed by a vocal character or pitch.
11a Extra payment that’s good in France and America (5)
BONUS — The French word for good (good in France) is followed by one the two letter abbreviations for America.
12a Speciality shown by husband and father in ME city (7)
BAGHDAD — Begin with a speciality or particular interest, follow that with H(usband) and finish off with an affectionate way of referring to your father.
13a Soften a medium for artists (7)
TEMPERA — A verb to soften or moderate is followed by the A from the clue.
14a Smallest amount learner’s put down with bridge player (5)
LEAST — The letter displayed on a car that’s being driven by someone without a full driving licence is followed by one of the four players or positions in a game of bridge.
15a Wholesale responsibility of a street cleaner (8)
SWEEPING — A simple double definition.
18a Successful show perhaps with leading character keeping time up to now (8)
HITHERTO — Start off with a short word that means a successful show or something that has proved popular with an audience and follow that with the leading character or leading male role in a play which contains (keeping) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime).
20a Religious follower and a famous performer cycling (5)
RASTA — The A from the clue is followed by a famous performer or well-known actor or actress – having got that far take the last letter and put it at the beginning of the answer (cycling). I dithered a bit about this one. The answer is obvious and this is one way of interpreting the clue but then I wondered if the ‘cycling’ was an anagram indicator – an anagram of the A and the famous performer. What do you think?
23a Station that’s a centre of heat? (7)
COPSHOP — Heat is a US slang term for the police and the answer is another slang term for where the heat hang out! If I’ve met this one before I’ve forgotten it so it did cause a spot of bother.
25a Hours in ground showing support (7)
NOURISH — Our first anagram (ground) of HOURS IN.
26a Take on party in suitable surroundings (5)
ADOPT — The usual crossword land short word for party is contained in (in) another short word meaning suitable or proper.
27a I study note with equipment that’s formulaic (9)
IDENTIKIT — Time to get the Lego bricks out and start building – begin with the I from the clue, follow that with a noun that means a study or studio, then the seventh note of the scale in sol-fa notation and, finally, another word for equipment, gear or apparatus.
28a Neat help devised for one with trunk (8)
ELEPHANT — An anagram (devised) of NEAT HELP.
29a Relating to a post-imperial system? (6)
METRIC — Some time ago we had gallons, yards and pounds – now we have litres and metres – OK, so we still have pounds but the answer is an adjective that describes the newer system. I’m not sure how cryptic this is – am I missing something?
1d Stupid clanger? It’s raised in gym (4-4)
DUMB-BELL — A word meaning stupid or intellectually bankrupt is followed by something that makes a clanging noise when hit.
2d Record number in neckwear in Italian city (7)
BOLOGNA — Begin with the neckwear – this is a long coil of feathers or fur worn by women. Inside that (in) you need a written record or account and the one letter abbreviation for N(umber).
3d A good man with depression under 50 is desperate (4-5)
LAST-DITCH — Start with the Roman numeral for 50 – this is followed by (under in a down clue) the A from the beginning of the clue and the usual two letters for good man or saint – finish off with a depression or trench that often has water in it.
5d What’s up among public opposing how some drugs are sold? (4,3,7)
OVER THE COUNTER — A word meaning public or visible and then another meaning opposing or resisting – in between those two words you need a reversal (up) of a short interjection expressing a failure to hear (what).
6d A large, worthless musical collection (5)
ALBUM — The A from the clue, L(arge) and then something worthless, useless or no good.
7d Is youth able to dine here? (7)
CANTEEN — Split your answer as 3,4 – the first bit means is able to and the second is a young person, older than a child but not yet an adult.
8d Variable names devised for compliant figure (3-3)
YES-MAN — Start with one of the letters for a variable, unknown or yet to be ascertained quantity in maths and follow that with an anagram (devised) of NAMES. The same anagram indicator as was used in 28a.
9d Outline of a post (3,11)
JOB DESCRIPTION — The post is a position or employment done for payment. For no obvious reason, or none that I can see now, this one took me for ever to see.
16d Special number on course to take in alien dance movement (9)
PIROUETTE — This ‘special number’ is two letters that, when followed by N, is what you need to use your credit or debit card. Follow those two letters with a course or passage which contain (to take in) an alien who was the star of a film.
17d Poor footway with name displayed upside down (8)
PATHETIC — A footway or track is followed by a reversal (displayed upside down) of a verb meaning to name or refer to, often used in legal cases.
19d Dim Pole disorientated in collapse (7)
IMPLODE — An anagram (disorientated) of DIM POLE
21d Label son’s found on watch (7)
STICKER — The one letter abbreviation for S(on) is followed by (found on) a slang word for a watch or clock.
22d Bark in southern river cutting through headland (6)
SCRAPE — This kind of bark is not the noise made by a dog and neither is it the outer covering of the trunk of a tree – it’s what happens to your knees when you fall over. Begin with S(outhern) and follow that with a headland or promontory which contains (cutting through) the one letter abbreviation for R(iver).
24d Check under lid for opening in deck (5)
HATCH — The lid is an informal word for something you might wear on your head and it’s followed by (under) the abbreviation for CH(eck).
I liked 12 and 23a and 1 and 9d. My favourite was 18a.
The Quickie pun INDIE + CAJUN = INDICATION