Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27957
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. Today we have a not too tricky Ray T crossword so to those of you who struggle a bit with his puzzles I’d say keep calm and carry on – you can do this one. To everyone else just enjoy it.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the things that say “Click here” so only do that if you need to see them. I wonder if anyone will spot today’s deliberate mistake . . .
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
7a Fine Lady’s principal character in rustic embrace (8)
PLEASANT — Rustic here is a noun – just put the first letter of L(ady) (principal character) inside a rustic or yokel.
9a Sinew died in part of joint (6)
TENDON — The one letter abbreviation for d(ied) is contained in (in part of) a joint – this kind of joint is the kind found in woodwork.
10a Prison inmate’s over getting old inside (4)
GAOL — A reversal of (over) a slang word for a convict – not con this time but another one – contains (getting old inside) the abbreviation for O(ld).
11a Inflame former wife with perfect figure hugging bachelor (10)
EXACERBATE — Begin with the usual two letters for a former wife (or husband or partner), follow those with another word for perfect or first-class and then yet another word meaning figure or judge. In between the last two bits (hugging) you need the one letter abbreviation for B(achelor).
12a Labour possibly accepting idealists’ leader’s agreement (6)
PARITY — Labour here is just an example, indicated by the word ‘possibly’ – it could just as well be Conservative or lots of other things too. The word for what it is an example of contains (accepting) the first letter (leader) of I(dealist).
14a Bone tired, lacking resistance, turning docile (8)
OBEDIENT — An anagram (turning) of BONE TIRED without (lacking) the one letter abbreviation for R(esistance).
15a Sweetheart not heartless with cool allure (6)
ENTICE — Begin with the middle letter of swEet – sweetheart or the heart of sweet – and follow that with the outer letters (heartless) of NoT. Last of all you need a word meaning cool or freeze. Oh dear –too many hearts and heartlesses here – got into a bit of a muddle!
17a Fate could let out thread holding our origins (6)
CLOTHO — This ‘Fate’ isn’t what’s going to happen to you – it’s one of the three goddesses of fate in Greek mythology – take the first letters (origins) of the middle six words of the clue . . .
20a Muse about everything that is about work (8)
CALLIOPE — . . . and this ‘Muse’ doesn’t mean ponder or consider – it’s one of the nine goddesses of the liberal arts in Greek mythology. You need a one letter abbreviation meaning about, a word for everything or each and then the two letter abbreviation for ‘that is’ in Latin which contains (about) the usual two letters for a musical work. I do hope you’ve all managed to follow that lot because I’m not saying it again or in a different way.
22a Means stir facing time (6)
BUDGET — ‘Means’ is the wherewithal to pay. Begin with a verb meaning to stir or shift and follow that with the one letter abbreviation for T(ime)
23a Resign and go as ordered, causing hostility (10)
AGGRESSION — An anagram (ordered) of RESIGN and GO AS.
24a Queen with snake producing scratch (4)
RASP — The one letter abbreviation for the Latin word for Queen is followed by a snake. I know there are lots – this one is supposed to have been responsible for Cleopatra’s downfall.
25a Main Church holding new spiritualist meeting (6)
SEANCE — Begin with main or a body of water and follow that with the two letter abbreviation for the Church of England which contains (holding) N(ew).
26a Reportedly drink dram, nearly fully sober (8)
TEETOTAL — A homophone (reportedly) of a drink – a hot beverage that some people drink first thing in the morning – follow that with a dram or a small measure of booze and finish off with most of (nearly) a short word meaning fully or wholly.
1d This exciting vale in wired enclosure? (8)
CLEAVAGE — Not quite sure what to underline as the definition in this one but an anagram (exciting) of VALE is contained in (in) a wired enclosure or animal pen. Or maybe not in this case – whatever! I thought this piccy could illustrate the answer or just the last two words of the clue.
2d Sob, putting end of thumb on sharp tool (4)
BAWL — The last letter (end) of thumB is followed by (on) a sharp tool or pointed instrument used for boring small holes – hopefully NOT in your thumb!
3d Only just see after pub (6)
BARELY — See is a noun – it’s a diocese in East Anglia and is preceded by (after) a pub or a tavern
4d Light from planet, here aligned (8)
ETHEREAL — Our first lurker, or answer that’s hidden in the middle of the clue – this one is in the last three words of the clue – caught him before he caught me!
5d Tight in bar? I need it to unwind! (10)
INEBRIATED — An anagram (to unwind) of BAR I NEED IT.
6d Temper beginning to show frequently (6)
SOFTEN — The first letter (beginning to) of S(how) is followed by a word meaning frequently or repeatedly.
8d Leaves here for a drink? (6)
TEAPOT — A cryptic definition of where you may put some “leaves” (followed by some boiling water) to make the drink in 26a.
13d Extremist let on train unfortunately (10)
INTOLERANT — An anagram (unfortunately) of LET ON TRAIN
16d Dawdle around square at first under cold arcade (8)
CLOISTER — Begin with the one letter abbreviation for C(old) and follow that with (under) a word meaning dawdle or linger which contains (around) the first letter (at first) of S(quare).
18d Part of Dover’s east pointing to France perhaps (8)
OVERSEAS — Our second lurker of the day – it’s hidden in the middle of (part of) the third and fourth words in the clue. This one put up quite a fight but I got him in the end.
19d Chauvinist continues to take lowest for highest (6)
SEXIST — Begin with a verb that means continues or endures and then take the last letter and put it at the beginning (take lowest for highest).
21d One after gudgeon left in dudgeon? (6)
ANGLER — You need to know what a gudgeon is – it’s a fish. You also need to know what dudgeon means – it means temper or fury and is often preceded by ‘high’. Just think of another word for dudgeon and insert the one letter abbreviation for L(eft).
22d Counted and put money away? (6)
BANKED — This kind of counted isn’t one, two, three etc – it means relied on or depended on and the same word means paid some money in for safe-keeping (hopefully!)
24d Cross threshold turning up (4)
ROOD — A reversal (turning up) of a word meaning threshold or entrance.
I liked 1 and 25a and 1d. My favourite was either 2 or 3d.
The Quickie pun:- WAR + TERSE + KEY = WATER SKI