Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27973
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
I quite enjoyed this one, especially the crown jewels (a bit cheeky for the Telegraph?). Do let us know what you thought and how you fared.
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8a Some admired a lively artist (4)
DALI – hidden (some) in the clue.
9a Contemplation after minute’s gone in exercise (3)
USE – start with a period of contemplation or reflection and take away the abbreviation for minute.
10a Pass drinks hidden in middle of beer (6)
ELAPSE – insert a verb meaning drinks, in the manner of a cat, between the middle two letters of beer.
11a Opening? It has developed around university (6)
HIATUS – an anagram (developed) of IT HAS goes round an abbreviation for university.
12a Object in collection, remarkable type (8)
SPECIMEN – double definition, the first what may be on display in a museum, for example. I’m not too keen on this one – the two definitions are pretty similar.
A deaf old man goes to the doctor, wife in tow. The doctor tells him ‘I need a urine sample, a stool sample and a sperm sample.’
The old man yells at his wife ‘ What did he say?’
She yells back ‘He wants your underwear’.
13a Source of legitimacy in post? (8-7)
FRANKING-MACHINE – cryptic definition of a device used to stamp outgoing mail to show that postage has been paid.
15a Set of bars showing good value (7)
GRATING – the abbreviation of good is followed by a value or assessment.
17a Lie back in park, beside path (7)
RECLINE – the abbreviation for a local park and a path or course of action.
20a Devise block to berserk development finally in well-to-do area (11,4)
STOCKBROKER BELT – make an anagram (devise) of BLOCK TO BERSERK and finish with the final letter of development.
23a Scoundrel sick to get bill for car (8)
CADILLAC – string together a scoundrel, an adjective meaning sick and the abbreviation for a bill or invoice.
25a Swollen gut? I’d fancy that’s about right (6)
TURGID – an anagram (fancy) of GUT I’D containing the abbreviation for right.
26a One with barely seen family jewels? (6)
NUDIST – cryptic definition of someone suffering from clothestrophobia.
27a Pair from union in function (3)
DUO – insert the abbreviation for union into a function or party.
28a Solicitor disclosed after beginning of trial (4)
TOUT – an adverb meaning disclosed or in the public domain follows the first letter of trial.
1d Item that’s thrust from artist on jetty (6)
RAPIER – the usual abbreviation for a recognised artist followed (on, in a down clue) by a jetty or landing stage.
2d Duke with natural inclination to avoid North once? That’s clear (8)
DISTINCT – the abbreviation for duke is followed by a word meaning natural inclination or inborn tendency without the first N(orth).
3d Poser with talent, suspect character (15)
QUESTIONABILITY – charade of a poser or something requiring an answer and a synonym for talent or expertise.
4d Dining area with time for communication (7)
MESSAGE – a dining area for members of the armed forces is followed by a period of time.
5d Occasion when crosses are placed countrywide? (7,8)
GENERAL ELECTION – cryptic definition of our regular opportunity to participate in the democratic process.
6d District with church that’s roughly normal? (6)
PARISH – the question mark indicates that ‘roughly normal’ is a made-up term which, if it existed, might mean ‘more or less standard’.
7d Dogs, maybe, in section of supermarket heard (4)
ISLE – Dogs is placed at the front of the clue to conceal the fact that it has to be capitalised – it is the last bit of the name of an area of London. The answer sounds like what you walk along in a supermarket.
14d Sister, not a person appearing in speech (3)
NUN – this sounds like a word meaning ‘not a single person’.
16d One starts in regularly undertaken tasks (3)
RUT – the starting letters of three words in the clue.
18d Free period in company supplying many lines in story (8)
LIBERATE – a ‘Russian doll’ clue. A long period of time goes inside a communications company (one supplying many lines) and all that goes inside an untrue story.
19d Give up trick with top player, we hear (7)
CONCEDE – join together a trick or scam and what sounds like a top player (at Wimbledon, possibly).
21d Appeal lies in more than 50 per cent of sport for reviewer (6)
CRITIC – a short informal word for sex appeal goes inside more than half the letters of a popular sport (though it’s not very popular with many readers of the blog).
22d Ring, conceivably, as bedridden? (4,2)
LAID UP – this is a reverse-type clue with the wordplay being in the answer rather than the clue itself. If you apply the second word of the answer to the first you end up with a verb to ring on the telephone.
24d Neighbour with instrument in lift (4)
ABUT – the definition here is a verb. We’re instructed to reverse (in lift, i.e. going up, in a down clue) a musical instrument. I’m not too sure about ‘in lift’ because you can go down as well as up in a lift – what do you think?
I liked best the clues which raised a smile – 26a and 6d. Which one(s) exercised your laughing muscles?
Today’s Quickie Pun: COWER + DISS = COWARDICE