Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27938
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Our team is back to full strength again. The Tosca season has now finished and was a huge success. We are pleased that Ollie was part of the chorus as the attrition rate for the principal characters in the opera was alarmingly high. A bit like Hamlet in this respect.
Jay in gentle mood this week we thought and still good fun.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts.
1a Tries tucking in top of trouser suit (6)
HEARTS : A synonym for tries in a court includes the first letter of trouser.
5a Carpet expert must be in contact (8)
REPROACH : Carpet here is a verb. An expert or professional is inside a word meaning to contact.
9a Blood group, say, identifies such a clumsy individual (13)
BUTTERFINGERS : A single letter blood group, a word meaning to say out loud and then identifies an offender perhaps.
11a Settle a guest’s alliance (6)
LEAGUE : It’s hiding in the clue.
14a Turns down ranges after the Christmas period (8)
DECLINES : The month when Christmas occurs and then a synonym for ranges used to describe goods held by a retailer perhaps.
16a Glove mostly carried by a theologian is allowed (8)
ADMITTED : A type of glove loses its last letter and is found inside A from the clue and the qualification of a theologian.
19a Hang around, discarding last two bits of underwear (6)
LINGER : Remove the last two letters from a term for frilly underwear.
21a Professional women wearing coat (6)
LAWYER : A coat or covering has the abbreviation for women included.
23a Away leg unavailable to the audience (3-5)
OFF-STAGE : A word meaning away or not on and then the leg or section of a race perhaps. We spent time trying to work out a homophone for this one.
25a Instruction from substitute with good system (8,5)
STANDING ORDER : A 5,2 phrase for a substitute, the abbreviation for good and a word meaning system.
26a Concluded popular female made a mistake (8)
INFERRED : The two letter popular, F(emale), and then made a mistake.
2d Became agitated about banker’s ultimate squeeze (7)
EMBRACE : An anagram (agitated) of BECAME includes the last letter of banker.
3d Valued time invested in costly reversal (5)
RATED : Reverse a word meaning costly and insert T(ime).
5d Polished broadcast of discovery by engineers (7)
REFINED : Army engineers, then a homophone of a word for a discovery.
6d Road up after parking — that’s punitive (5)
PENAL : The abbreviation for parking and the reversal of a narrow road.
7d Exercises incorporated into speech surgery (9)
OPERATION : Two letter physical exercises are found inside a word for a speech.
8d Dress some cut off (7)
COSTUME : An anagram (off) of SOME CUT.
13d Story from newspaper covering light beer (5,4)
FAIRY TALE : The pink newspaper surrounds a word meaning light or well ventilated, then a type of beer.
17d Makes use of lad to support raffle (5,2)
DRAWS ON : A male offspring follows a word for a raffle which describes how the winner is picked,
18d Doctor had to be overwhelmed (7)
DROWNED : The abbreviation for doctor and a word meaning had or possessed.
22d Cyclist‘s answer ignored by attacker (5)
RIDER : The one letter abbreviation for answer is removed for a word for an attacker.
24d Like some rivers — boy, it’s up! (5)
TIDAL : A word for a boy and IT from the clue are all reversed.
Favourite today is 23a because of its double misdirection towards cricket and a homophone.
Quickie pun thumb + arch + air = The March Hare