Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27975
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. There’s a lot that I don’t know today so I’m going to start off with the one thing I am sure of – this is not a Ray T crossword. I don’t know who set it and although I could make a guess I’m keeping quiet for the moment. I think it was tricky in places and I think I enjoyed it very much but I find it difficult to judge both when I’m doing the hints. In other words over to you now.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see one.
1a Crab? Auntie had ordered steak (13)
CHATEAUBRIAND — An anagram (ordered) of CRAB AUNTIE HAD. I know I’ve said it before but a long anagram right across the top is a very encouraging start.
9a Carpool’s got lost taking one to old citadel (9)
ACROPOLIS — Hot on the heels of the previous clue we have another anagram (got lost) of CARPOOL’S which contains (taking) I (one).
10a Drive old Hillman to centre of Ashby-de-la-Zouch (5)
IMPEL — A small economy car of the 1960’s and 70’s that had a reputation for being unreliable is followed by the middle two letters of (centre of) Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
11a Grub from a camper van in Hollywood? (5)
LARVA — The two letters for the city where the US film industry is based are followed by what a camper van is called over there – i.e. in Hollywood. All I can find is that camper vans are called RV’s but they seem to come in different sizes – A, B and C – I think I need some help from one of our American commenters here.
12a See 6 Down
TEST — See 6d for the hint to both
13a Slight case of pins and needles (4)
ETUI — The pins and needles here are sewing implements rather than ‘fizzy feet’ and the ‘slight case’ is a small decorative case for holding them.
15a Dull rather like a mountain lake? (7)
TARNISH — A mountain lake or loch is followed by a suffix that signifies rather like or similar too. Anything ending with this suffix makes me laugh – I don’t know why.
17a Lost to Spurs in staggering circumstances? (7)
STUPORS — An anagram (lost – the same is used in 9a) of TO SPURS. I got into a terrible muddle with this one as I confused the definition and the anagram indicator which really wasn’t helpful.
18a Train voice (7)
EXPRESS — A double definition – a fast train and verb meaning to put into words.
20a Does as a favour cook big sole (7)
OBLIGES — An anagram (cook) of BIG SOLE.
21a University professor or thick noodle? (4)
UDON — The one letter abbreviation for U(niversity) is followed by a fellow of a university or college. I think a bit of ‘setter’s licence’ is being used here as a don is not necessarily a professor.
22a What harmonies do in ‘Gimme Shelter’ (4)
MESH — A lurker or answer that’s hidden in the clue – in this case it’s in between the last two words.
23a Soundly sited to keep moist (5)
BASTE — A homophone (soundly) of a word meaning sited or located.
26a Petty arguments like these about ankles! (5)
SPATS — A double definition – minor arguments or trivial bickers and cloth or leather gaiters coving the shoe uppers and ankles.
27a Sandwich for instance makes turnover for retail part of chain (4,5)
GOLF LINKS — In a crossword that has a lot of foody clues here we have a sandwich which is not anything to eat – it’s a place in Kent and the answer to the clue is something that this place is famous for. The first bit is a reversal (turnover) of a verb meaning to retail or sell and the second part are some loops in a chain – not one of my better hints . . .
28a Measure taken for boot? (8,5)
EVICTION ORDER — A legal term for a procedure or course of action (measure) which allows someone to be removed or booted out of somewhere.
1d Surpisingly a lecture’s short and sweet (9,5)
CHARLOTTE RUSSE — An anagram (surprisingly) of A LECTURE’S SHORT. This was much easier once I stopped trying to make the first word ‘chocolate’ – how could it be – there’s only one ‘C’.
2d Drier Queen melody transposed (5)
AIRER — Two parts here – the Queen and the melody but the two letters for our Queen and the melody or tune are in a different order (transposed) to the way they appear in the clue.
3d Insists on mince pies and mashes (10)
EMPHASISES — An anagram (mince) of PIES and MASHES.
4d Open buffet at lunch (7)
UNLATCH — Another anagram (buffet, as in bash around) of AT LUNCH.
5d Refuses Silk Cut during breaks (7)
RESISTS — The first two letters (cut) of SI(lk) are contained in (during) a word for breaks or short breathers. I spent quite a while thinking that I was missing something here but if I am I still can’t see it.
6d and 12 Across: Time to interrupt most ill-natured trial (4,4)
ACID TEST— The superlative form of a word meaning ill-natured or cutting contains (to interrupt) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime).
7d Swim? Husband’s put on G-string — it’s two tones in one (9)
DIPHTHONG — The tones are vowel sounds. Begin with a word meaning a short swim, follow that with the one letter abbreviation for H(usband) and finish off with a G-string or very small pants or bikini bottoms.
8d Seafood taster perhaps swallows one and he checks cover for cracks (6,8)
CLAIMS ASSESSOR — Some edible shellfish are followed by a word meaning taster or someone deciding the quality of something – the shellfish contain the letter that looks like the Roman numeral one (swallows one).
14d Uproar in eastern city with a second-rate potato found in curry (10)
HULLABALOO — A large industrial city in the NE of the UK is followed by the A from the clue, the letter indicating second-rate and, finally, the word for potato used in Indian cookery (curry).
16d Rogue about to go over copy of will (9)
REPROBATE — The usual two letters meaning about or concerning are followed by (to go over) an official copy of a will with the certificate of its having been proved.
19d Deceptive move from second crew circling lake (7)
SLEIGHT — The one letter abbreviation for S(econd) are followed by a rowing crew – the second and the crew are split by (circling) another one letter abbreviation, this time the one for L(ake).
20d Loves absorbing temperature where it’s hot in general in Venice (7)
OTHELLO — This general in Venice was a Moorish one in the Venetian army in a tragedy by Shakespeare. Two letters that look like a zeros or love scores in a game of tennis contain (absorbing) the one letter abbreviation for T(emperature) and a place that is reputed to be very hot.
24d Court controversy? Noddy Holder? (5)
SYNOD — Our final lurker or another hidden answer – it’s in between the middle two words of the clue. Well – oh dear, oh dear, oh dear – I know I’m bad at finding these but really . . . I know who Noddy Holder is but what with a question mark and a capital letter what hope did I have – thanks to Mr Google I am now almost a world expert on Noddy Holder in my effort to make sense of the clue.
25d Basis of soda’s it’s flipping bubbly (4)
ASTI — The last letter (basis of) soda is followed by a reversal (flipping) of IT’S.
I liked 10a and 7 and 14d. My favourite was 28a.
The Quickie pun:- WHIRLED + CHAMP + AEONS = WORLD CHAMPIONS