Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27964
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on another grey day.
I took a while to get onto Giovanni’s wavelength today, so firmly into *** territory for me. Some very easy clues, and others that took a bit of teasing out.
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1a Destroy source of energy, resulting in awkward situation (6)
SCRAPE – ‘To destroy’ – a redundant car, for instance – followed by the first letter (source) of Energy.
4a Craft put around by the German merchant (6)
TRADER – Reverse (put around) a craft or skill, and add a German definite article.
8a Doctor attending a mother twitching and full of excitement (8)
DRAMATIC – Put together an abbreviation for doctor, A (from the clue), a short word for mother, and a nervous twitch.
10a What’s provided in a flexible manner (6)
SUPPLY – Double definition: what’s provided in response to demand; and (with a different stress) in a bendy or flexible manner.
11a End of journey and we had returned a bit wet (4)
DEWY – The last letter of journeY followed by a shortened form of ‘we had’, the whole lot then reversed.
12a Approval for each to join religious campaign (10)
PERMISSION – The preposition meaning ‘for each’ followed by a religious campaign where clergy seek to preach the Gospel in parts of the world where it is unknown, or to revive religious fervour in their own country.
13a An imperial unit intended to be heard in this report (12)
ANNOUNCEMENT – This is a homophone clue (to be heard). The answer sounds like a string of three words: AN followed by an imperial unit of weight and a verb meaning ‘intended’.
16a Go up around edge of mountain with river all round — it’s somehow divine (12)
TRANSCENDENT – This is a Russian doll clue. On the outside we have a river in the English Midlands. Inside that is a word for ‘go up’, and inside that is the last letter (edge) of mountaiN.
20a Our pals ‘elp out, useful in every situation (3-7)
ALL-PURPOSE – Anagram (out) of OUR PALS ‘ELP.
21a Irish house cleaner finishing early (4)
DAIL – The lower house of the Irish Parliament, or a cleaner with the last letter removed.
22a Farm animal, one that’s disturbed bird (6)
PIGEON – A farm animal followed by an anagram (disturbed) of ONE.
23a Discharges that could be organised for men at sea (8)
EMANATES – Anagram (could be organised) of MEN AT SEA.
24a Son meeting snake is not so happy (6)
SADDER – The abbreviation for Son followed by a poisonous snake.
25a Alien in film follows map — to find this? (6)
PLANET – A map or chart followed by the usual film alien.
1d Officer and worker after a bit of work in the Kent area? (8)
SERGEANT – This is a non-commissioned officer. Put a unit of work inside the letters denoting the geographical location of Kent in the UK, then add one of the usual insect workers.
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2d Gosh — having a drink before card game! (5)
RUMMY – A variety of strong drink followed by an exclamation like ‘Gosh!’.
3d Used badly, as a table that gets covered with things? (3,4)
PUT UPON – A table covered with things has things — —- it.
5d Break in ceremony, allowing in thoughts from elsewhere (7)
RESPITE – The three-letter acronym denoting the ability to read someone else’s thoughts with a ceremony or ritual wrapped around it.
6d Put down achievement involving one in job (9)
DEPOSITED – another Russian doll: an achievement or action on the outside, wrapped around a job or situation, wrapped around the Roman numeral for one.
7d Oh, that we could soon have liquid deodorant! (4-2)
ROLL-ON – Double definition: an informal expression wishing for something to come soon; and a variety of dispenser for a liquid deodorant.
9d Type of crop, formerly one thing of prime importance (11)
CORNERSTONE – Split this (4,4,3) and you have a cereal crop, a word for ‘formerly’, and ONE (from the clue).
14d Extended, as a picnic meal, say? (9)
OUTSPREAD – Split (3,5) this could be a description of a meal not held indoors.
15d Very poor little woman wanting man — and home primarily (8)
INDIGENT – The two-letter expression for ‘at home’, followed by a short form of a woman’s name, followed by an informal term for a man.
17d Order given by a bishop, annoyance having no end (7)
ARRANGE – Put together A (from the clue), the letters indicating the honorific title given to a bishop, and annoyance or wrath with its final letter removed.
18d Sort of globe you spotted in English dance (7)
EYEBALL – English and a formal dance, placed either side of an archaic form of ‘you’.
19d Surprisingly lionised — the province’s departed veterans (6)
OLDIES – Anagram (surprisingly) of LIO(ni)SED, with the initials of the part of the UK which isn’t in Great Britain removed.
21d Tense as game finished without a winner (5)
DRAWN – Double definition, the second being a match where the two sides finish level, or in cricket where there is no time to finish the match.
The Quick Crossword pun WHELK + HUMMING = WELCOMING