Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27945
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. I have no doubt that the setter of today’s crossword is Ray T – the clues have all his trademarks and anyway it’s his week. I didn’t think that it was one of his trickier ones but, as always, I’m perfectly happy for any of you to disagree with me.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say “Click here” so only do so if you need to see them.
1a Person, say, with a drinks outlet (6)
BODEGA — Start off with military slang for a person – any old person, man, woman or child – and follow that with the usual two letters that mean say, or for example, – finish off with the A from the clue.
4a Penniless, goes back to pick up penny (8)
STRAPPED — A reversal (back) of a word that means goes which contains (to pick up) P(enny).
9a Expression includes good acceptable language (6)
TONGUE — Begin with an expression or style of speaking which contains (includes) the one letter abbreviation for G(ood) and the letter that stands for socially acceptable.
10a Beat’s incorporating vintage blues (8)
DOLDRUMS — A verb meaning to beat or pulsate, with the ‘S, contains (incorporating) a word for vintage or something that’s been around for a while.
11a Scaremonger putting body part in a roll (8)
ALARMIST — The ‘A’ from the clue is followed by a verb meaning roll or tilt as a ship might do in a strong wind – this contains (putting in) a body part or a limb.
13a One keeps tabs on him! (6)
SMOKER — ‘Tabs’ are a slang word meaning cigarettes in Northern England – if you know this you’re fine but unfortunately for me I’d never heard of it.
15a Record corruption surrounds blokes in show business (13)
ENTERTAINMENT — Begin with a verb that means record or make note of. This is followed by a word that means corruption or smear which contains (surrounds) some blokes or chaps.
18a Rude bits on unaired broadcast (13)
INSUBORDINATE — An anagram (broadcast) of BITS ON UNAIRED
22a Bring out gun without any resistance (6)
EVOLVE — An eight letter hand gun or a pistol with a rotating magazine begins and ends with the one letter for R(esistance) – just remove (without any) both those letters.
24a Drunk on lager, imbibing one in local (8)
REGIONAL — An anagram (drunk) of ON LAGER and the letter that looks like a one (imbibing one).
26a Current time by more offensive burglar (8)
INTRUDER — A short word meaning current or up to date, the one letter abbreviation for T(ime) and another word for more offensive or less polite.
27a Stealthily follows small rabbits (6)
STALKS — Start with the one letter abbreviation for S(mall) and then deal with the rabbits – not burrowing mammals but a verb that means natters on at length – originally from Cockney rhyming slang, rabbit and pork.
28a Hit by scam in endless mail (8)
STRICKEN — A scam or swindle is contained in (in) a verb to mail or post without its final letter (endless).
29a Gently beam before Queen request (6)
PRAYER — The one letter musical abbreviation that is an instruction to play softly or gently is followed by a beam or a shaft of light and then the two letters for our Queen.
1d Stay with board with food in desert (6)
BETRAY — A short word meaning stay or remain is followed by a board or salver which is used to carry food (board with food).
2d Trailing manure a wise man turns up overalls (9)
DUNGAREES — Another word for manure or animal poo is followed by (trailing) the A from the clue and a reversal (turns up) of a wise man or prophet.
3d Diner with rigour, methodically eating? (7)
GOURMET — Our first lurker or answer that’s hidden in the clue, indicated by ‘eating’ – it’s hidden in the middle of the third and fourth words. Could I see it? No, of course I couldn’t!
5d Gadget raised toilet seat’s edge (4)
TOOL — A toilet or lavatory with the last letter (edge) of (sea)T are all flipped upside down (raised).
6d Corporation making salt head north (7)
ABDOMEN — The salt is a sailor so you need a two letter abbreviation for one. Follow that with another word for a head or a cover and finish with N(orth).
7d Play guitar or piano getting fortune (5)
PLUCK — The one letter musical abbreviation for the instruction to play something quietly, P(iano) is followed by a word that means fortune or fate.
8d Unattached girl with naughty secret (8)
DISCRETE — One of the very popular girls in crossword land is followed by (with) an anagram (naughty) of SECRET.
12d Socrates’ art really involves philosopher (6)
SARTRE — And here is the second lurker of the day – don’t be fooled by the apostrophe that gets in the way!
14d Glib providing account in case (6)
FACILE — A case or folder contains (in) the two letter abbreviation for AC(ount).
16d Nearly let off for all time (9)
ETERNALLY — An anagram (off) of NEARLY LET.
17d These bowled over in game? (8)
NINEPINS — The words ‘bowled’ and ‘over’ struck fear into me and then the light dawned – SKITTLES! Unfortunately wrong, but not far off!
19d Be in vast outdoors using alfresco camp initially (7)
BIVOUAC — The first letters (initially) of the rest of the words of the clue.
20d Pilot ace through until end of war (7)
AVIATOR — The one letter abbreviation for A(ce), the Latin word meaning through or by way of, a little word meaning until or till and the last letter (end of) waR.
21d More evenly matched, caught runner-up (6)
CLOSER — The cricketing abbreviation for C(aught) is followed by a runner-up, or someone who is not the winner.
23d Sort of fur that’s sexier topless (5)
OTTER — The comparative form of a word that means sexually attractive or lustful without its first letter (topless) gives the short smooth fur of an aquatic carnivore (or the animal itself). Tricky to do a decent hint for this one.
25d Present for the woman’s sweetheart (4)
HERE — Something belong to the woman is followed by the middle letter, or heart, of swEet (sweetheart).
I liked 4 and 18a and 17 and 23d. My favourite was 27a.
The Quickie pun:- VEER + JOKE + AIMS = VIDEO GAMES
Thanks to BD for the pun – I was never going to get this one and if I’d carried on walking round and muttering for much longer the men in the white coats would have carted me off!