Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28027
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Our weather at the moment is hot, hot, hot. About 30C today which is quite exceptional for here and other parts of the country are expected to be even hotter. That’s just to make you all jealous. We’ve enjoyed looking at the photos and reading all the comments about the Birthday Bash, it sounds like a good time was had by all. Jay has given us a quicker solve than last week’s. It only just sneaked into 2* time for us.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts.
1a A role set by Europeans is very different (5,5)
POLES APART : These Europeans from a country with the capital Warsaw precede A from the clue and a role in a film or play.
6a Slight effect of drink on speech? (4)
SLUR : What might have crept into some people’s speech last Saturday .
10a Fifty per cent of outgoing people must get a bonus (5)
EXTRA : Take a word for outgoing people and remove the second half of it. (Not the usual spelling of this word for outgoing people, but BRB does support it.)
11a Fraudulent schemes of accommodation agents? (3-2,4)
PUT-UP JOBS : How you could describe the tasks performed by accommodation agents.
12a Thin line crossed by dispatcher (7)
SLENDER : The abbreviation for L(ine) is inside a word for a dispatcher.
14a Infection caused by poor state of hotel? (8,4)
ATHLETES FOOT : An anagram of STATE OF HOTEL.
18a Pictures inspired Scot to be moved (12)
DESCRIPTIONS : An anagram (to be moved) of INSPIRED SCOT.
23a Stuff including revised pay for student break (3,4)
GAP YEAR : An anagram (revised) of PAY is inside a word meaning stuff or equipment.
25a Answer anticipating return of Scandinavian’s shock (5)
APPAL : Reverse the name of a Scandinavian people and put it after the single letter abbreviation for answer.
27a Corrupt deal going bad? (4,6)
LEAD ASTRAY : The second word of the answer can be an instruction as to what to do with the word ‘deal’ in the clue.
1d Will beginning with possible rental agreement (6)
PLEASE : The first letter of possible and a word for a rental agreement.
2d The second of two races in genuine reversal (6)
LATTER : The races as held on the Isle of Man are inside the reversal of a word meaning genuine or true.
3d Gets up and works out, it’s logical to assume (6,2,6)
STANDS TO REASON : Comes to one’s feet and to work out by mental processes.
5d Proportion of allowance docked (5)
RATIO : A word meaning an allowance is docked by having its tail letter chopped off.
7d Considered working after dole adjusted to take in fine (6,2)
LOOKED ON : A two letter word meaning working or in operation follows an anagram (adjusted) of DOLE that includes fine or hunky-dory. Another chance for us to use hunky-dory.
8d Engineers like this instrument firm (8)
RESOLUTE : Military engineers, then a word meaning like this and an archaic stringed instrument.
15d Tense, fixer and journalist set off (9)
TRIGGERED : The abbreviation for tense, then a fixer or scaffolding erector followed by a senior journalist.
16d Admires groom’s response, less worried about independence (8)
IDOLISES : A groom’s response during a marriage ceremony, then an anagram (worried) of LESS which includes the abbreviation for independence.
17d A source of tension in rackets causes amazement (8)
ASTOUNDS : A from the clue, then the first letter of tension is inside a word for rackets or noises.
19d Moderate anger (6)
TEMPER : Double definition. The first one is a verb meaning to make less severe.
22d Judo exponent on church steps (5)
DANCE : A word from Japan for a martial arts exponent or a level of attainment, then the Anglican Church.
9d gets our vote for top of the pops.
Quickie pun rocker + fore = Roquefort