Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27559
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Rufus at his most sublime best. Creative clueing marvellous surface reads. Clever misdirections. A stand out favourite clue at 14d and highly commended to 18ac and 8d. The anagrams allow an easy start to puzzles and there are plenty here to set you off.
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1a Prepare to give orders — or receive one? (4,7)
TAKE COMMAND A clever double definition here. To give an order you need to do this first. If you receive an order you also do this.
9a Working steam mill of no great importance (5-4)
SMALL TIME Working is an obvious anagram indicator here. The two words that follow it are the anagram fodder.
10a Turn aside for inspiration (5)
IDEAS And the same again! Anagram (turn) of ASIDE
11a Stays with sailor on a date in Rome(6)
ABIDES Two usual suspects here. The abbreviation for Able Seaman and the Roman date 15th March.
12a Rubbish-holder in container ship (3-5)
BIN LINER The container holds rubbish. The ship is large, ocean going and carries passengers.
13a Acting as a unit providing some wooden blocks (2,4)
EN BLOC One of two hidden words today indicated by the word some. The answer is there lurking in the clue. If you have been lurking on here on this blog site and have used this hint to solve this clue, please come out and introduce yourself. It will be a pleasure to meet you.
15a Fifty per cent of wisecrackers may be fools (8)
HALFWITS Try using fifty percent as a fraction and add the plural of a word meaning one who is quick and inventive with words or ideas in a humorous way
18a It could result in deflation being on the way (8)
PUNCTURE The way is a road. The thing that might suffer deflation is black, round and rubbery. This is what caused the black, round rubbery thing to deflate.
19a Second best part in hilarious performance (6)
SCREAM Take the abbreviation for S(econd) add a word meaning the best part or elite to find an intensely funny person, thing or situation.
21a Cow appears as appropriate in marshland (8)
FRIGHTEN Place a word meaning correct into a word for marshland (used a lot in Lincolnshire) to find a rarely used word meaning to cow. One who cowers is cowed. I hope this helps.
23a 50 is 10? Pay attention! (6)
LISTEN A simple charade when you know how. One word. Two syllables. First letter. The Roman Numeral which represents 50. Next two letters. IS from the clue. That completes the first syllable. Second syllable. 10 written as a word.
26a Medium for broadcasting three dances (5)
ETHER A nicely worded clue with an anagram indicator right at the end. The answer refers to air being a medium for radio.
27a Definitely caught and bowled (3-3-3)
OUT AND OUT This phrase means absolutely or without doubt. It is made up using the cricketing terms for what you are if you are caught and what you are when you are bowled
28a A lover can be excited and lose equilibrium (11)
OVERBALANCE Anagram (excited) of A LOVER CAN BE
1d After exam tucked into meal with a will (7)
TESTATE Place the past tense of eat (tucked in) after another word for exam
2d Gurkha kit includes uniform of this colour (5)
KHAKI Our second hidden word today indicated by the word includes. The answer is there lurking in the clue. If you have been lurking on this blog site and used this hint to solve this clue, please come out and introduce yourself. It will be a pleasure to meet you.
3d Shouted as told to strike (6,3)
CALLED OUT A double definition. The first is straightforward. The second is rarely used nowadays but was prevalent in the seventies and used by the trade unions as a directive to down tools, go home and not be paid.
4d Graduate elected as principal (4)
MAIN One of the two abbreviations used by a graduate followed by what a political party is said to be after being successfully elected
5d A confused Crimean statesman, perhaps (8)
AMERICAN An anagram (confused) of A CRIMEAN will give you this resident of The United States
6d Boring bit of exercise (5)
DRILL The bit used to make circular holes is also a form of military parade ground exercise.
7d Places visited on holidays, or between holidays (7)
RESORTS The collective name for seaside holiday destinations found by placing the word OR into what holidays are.
8d For now it’s set at Greenwich (8)
MEANTIME For now refers to this precise moment in time. At the moment we are using British Summer Time. In October we will revert back to Greenwich **** **** It is well worth a trip to The Royal Greenwich Observatory for the views out over the river and the observatory itself. Particularly the story of Longitude and the clocks and chronometers made by John Harrison
14d Chelsea versus Bath? (3,5)
BUN FIGHT A headscratcher until the checkers went in and then a laugh out loud moment. We are nicely misdirected to sports teams but alas Chelsea play oikball whilst Bath play the finest team sport in the world. The answer is described in an online dictionary firstly as a tea party or other function, typically of a grand or official kind, and secondly as a heated argument or exchange. If you are still in any doubt the answer can be found in a cake shop.
16d It’s not true oil, in fact, needs changing (9)
FICTIONAL If it is not factual it is this. There is another anagram in here somewhere, possibly number six
17d Playboy lifestyle — but you get nothing for nothing? (4,4)
FREE LOVE Two words meaning nothing. The first meaning without charge or cost and the second used in tennis.
18d Trains for smokers? (7)
PUFFERS A childish term for railway trains also describes smokers
20d One who painted the heartless Dickensian doctor (7)
MANETTE You have to get the right painter here. Edouard not Claude. Then put the without the letter H (disheartened) to find the name of the doctor in Dickens tale Of Two Cities. A quick check on Wikipedia almost had me in tears. Poor bloke.
22d Silent comedy film star (5)
HARPO I am not sure if this is cryptic. The answer is one of the Marx Brothers. If you are under 98 you may struggle with this one [Harpo was the Marx Brother who never spoke! BD]
24d The point of growing roses (5)
THORN This point is what you may prick yourself upon.
25d Attempt to assassinate? (4)
STAB To have a go at or to murder using a blade
All done to Tom Waits with a short interruption by Annie Lennox who warbled away to good effect at 24d.
The Quick Crossword pun: universe + city = university