Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27980
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Summer really feels to have kicked in here. Today is a clear blue sky day with just a gentle breeze. Perfect early summer weather which we are enjoying.
Our team is back to full strength to tackle today’s Jay puzzle. Quite tricky in places and we did debate whether it was almost **** for difficulty.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts.
10a Rise and dress (3,2)
GET UP : Double definition. The first a verb, the second a noun.
11a At night, a student follows rap act on the radio (9)
NOCTURNAL : A from the clue and L(earner) follow a homophone of a word meaning rap as you would on a door, and an act or performance.
14a Spread that goes on freshly-made tea bun in golf club? (6,6)
PEANUT BUTTER : The golf club that is used on the greens surrounds an anagram (freshly made) of TEA BUN.
18a Holds tight, grabbing striker to get this dish (12)
CHITTERLINGS : A word for a striker is inside another word meaning holds tight. (The pics we found all looked too revolting to include here.)
21a Continuously do better after Nancy’s refusals (3-4)
NON-STOP : Nancy is the French city so we need negative responses heard here, then a word meaning do better than.
23a Ever so sorry about Black Watch! (7)
OBSERVE : The abbreviation for black is inside an anagram (sorry) of EVER SO.
24a Tricky situation created by a couple of toadstools added to stew (3,6)
HOT POTATO : A six letter word for a stew, then A from the clue and the first two letters of toadstools.
25a Get used to hurt? Not Jack! (5)
INURE : Take a word meaning to hurt and remove the abbreviation for Jack as a playing card.
26a Top player‘s pace, but no power (4)
SEED : Remove P(ower) from a word meaning pace or rate of movement.
27a Writing on ruin of new coach (4-2-4)
FOUR-IN-HAND : An anagram (new) of RUIN OF, then a word for writing as done with a pen.
1d Escapes with no end of managerial scraps (6)
FIGHTS : A word meaning escapes has the last letter of managerial taken away from it.
2d Bury North’s unpaid employee (6)
INTERN : A word meaning put under the ground and the compass direction.
3d Carrying out a limpet mine — not to be disturbed! (14)
IMPLEMENTATION : An anagram (to be disturbed) of A LIMPET MINE NOT.
4d Freeholder depressed with road around river (9)
LANDOWNER : A small roadway surrounds a word meaning depressed and then the abbreviation for a river.
5d Upsets those people who are steadfast (5)
ROCKS : Double definition. The second meaning describes those people who can always be relied on.
8d Pay must include university and time promoting health (8)
SALUTARY : U(niversity) and T(ime) are included inside a word meaning earnings.
9d Thought process provoked by a car salesman? (4-10)
AUTO-SUGGESTION : This sounds like an option proffered by a vehicle dealer.
17d Good profit in quick French sketch (8)
VIGNETTE : The French word for quick has inside it G(ood) and the profit that remains after all expenses have been deducted.
19d PSV rounding bend with a shock (6)
TRAUMA : A type of Public Service Vehicle surrounds the letter that is shaped like a bend, then A from the clue.
20d Left, for example, complete hero (6)
LEGEND : L(eft), then the abbreviation meaning for example and a verb meaning complete.
22d Instrument that’s played softly (5)
PIANO : Double definition, the second being a musical instruction.
We have two delightful sounding words in 1a and 18a and can’t decide which one we prefer as favourite.
Quickie pun purse + heaves = perceives