Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27553
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Almost a read and write today with a few clues only opening up once checking letters were in. The seven anagrams should assist newcomers to cryptics. Elsewhere we have a fine mix of double definitions, hidden words, charades and all in one clues. The usual paraphernalia associated with that funny little world we inhabit – Crosswordland. Happy birthday to Saint Sharon.
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1a A sitter becoming performer (7)
ARTISTE Let’s not hang about here. No point waiting. Bish Bosh straight in with an anagram. Fodder first. Indicator next. Definition last.
5a Part of the rigging works in the end (7)
TOPSAIL Let the clue guide you. Take the plural of the usual suspect for a musical work (works) and place it inside a noun meaning end. In this case the end is the hindmost part of an animal
9a We must invade hill fort (5)
TOWER Again do as you are told. Place WE (from the clue) inside a word commonly used in the west country for a hill.
10a Munitions produced by man and master (9)
ARMAMENTS Anagram (produced by) of MAN and MASTER
11a Rags to riches story recalled in new adaptation (10)
CINDERELLA A chestnut here. This is an old but lovely clue. The rags to riches story is known mostly to us as a pantomime and an early Walt Disney animation. The “rags to riches story” might be enough to lead some folk to the answer but just to confirm it there is an anagram involved (new adaptation) of RECALLED IN . This is the sort of clue that brings a smile.
12a Wine from Castile (4)
ASTI The answer is hidden away in the clue. Go find it.
14a Where strategies are devised for a chess match? (5,7)
BOARD MEETING At which the directors of a company make their decisions. This could be used to define a game of chess.
18a An overdrawn account (12)
EXAGGERATION The expansion and embellishment of detail in a narration.
21a Agreed it’s over (4)
DONE A double definition. The second meaning no longer happening or existing
22a Good man, and single, will get to outclass all rivals (5,5)
STAND ALONE Take our usual suspect for a good man and add “AND” from the clue to find the first of these two words. The second word is an adjective meaning to have no one else present or to be on one’s own.
25a In which somebody is travelling flat out? (9)
AMBULANCE A vehicle in which one may be conveyed to hospital, hence the “flat out”
26a What one may get from a maid easy on the eye? (5)
IDEAS Here is another hidden word. Both the clue and the answer could have been written about me and my barmaids.
27a Difficult choice to overthrow top woman (7)
DILEMMA Reverse (overthrow ) the top of a jar or similar container and add a girl’s name to find a word meaning a difficult situation.
28a Where man cuts adrift? (7)
SANCTUM A very clever all in one clue with an anagram very nicely indicated by the word (adrift) of MAN CUTS
1d New act with hat and stick (6)
ATTACH Anagram (New) of ACT and HAT
2d Pulling to side (6)
TOWING As a whole the answer is a verb meaning to pull along with a rope or chain. Split 2,4 we have TO from the clue followed by a word meaning side, usually used in the theatre
3d Not requiring further proof, as might be expected (4,6)
SURE ENOUGH What one might say when absolutely certain. The first word means certain and the second word means ample.
4d Girl needs two keys to escape (5)
EVADE A three letter girls name followed by two musical keys.
5d Spell-check ‘restriction‘ (4,5)
TIME LIMIT The first two words in this clue would work singly as clues in The Quickie. Together they suggest a period in which a task must be completed.
6d It may be worn and well-used (4)
PUMP Kids today wear these but they have evolved and are now known as trainers. “Well used” refers to mechanical appliances used to raise water from underground sources.
7d He doesn’t know what to believe (8)
AGNOSTIC Neither a believer in God nor an atheist. He used to be undecided, now he is not quite sure.
8d Lots of beatings (8)
LASHINGS According to The Enid Blyton Society this word meaning copious amounts was never used to describe the quantity of Ginger Beer consumed by the famous five. However it was used to describe quantities of Adders, (Five Have A Wonderful Time, Chapter Three) Hard Boiled Eggs (Five Go Down To Sea, Chapter Two) and Treacle ( Five Have A Mystery To Solve, Chapter Two) The second part of this excellent double definition describes a beating with a whip or stick.
13d Coordinate new colour scheme? (10)
DECORATION Did you know that the word coordinate made an anagram (new) of another word meaning colour scheme? Well it does.
15d Land of Hope (9)
RURITANIA I live and learn. I have seen and solved this clue before and never knew why the answer was what it was, it fit, and that suited me. The answer is a fictional country (Land) in Central Europe written about in three books by a bloke called Anthony Hope. The Prisoner Of Zenda, The Heart Of Princess Osra and Rupert of Hentzau are the books.
16d Outstanding part of the country (8)
HEADLAND A narrow piece of land that juts out from a coastline into the sea.
17d Consumer whose tastes are all too human (8)
CANNIBAL One who eats human flesh.
19d Very convincing businessman? (6)
COGENT In this clue we need to split business and man. The answer split 2,4 is an abbreviation for company followed by a noun suggesting a polite and refined man. Very convincing is the definition.
20d Goods thrown out from ships and planes in the morning (6)
JETSAM Split 4,2 we have fast aircraft followed by the Latin abbreviation for morning or ante meridian. The whole is a word for parts of a ship, its equipment or cargo purposely thrown overboard to lighten its load in times of distress.
23d Observed holding a number up, of necessity (5)
NEEDS Place the Roman numeral for 500 inside a word meaning to have observed. Invert it all as ordered by the word UP in the clue.
24d Shellfish 100 pounds a thousand (4)
CLAM This shellfish can be found by taking the Roman numeral for 100, The avoirdupois abbreviation for pounds, A from the clue and the Roman numeral for 1000.
Thanks to Mr Bob Dylan for the wonderful album Planet Waves and Mr Neil Young for Harvest Moon which calmed my mind as I wrote the drivel above. Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks also made an appearance.
The Quick crossword pun: holly + decamp = holiday camp