Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27565
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Every week I polish off Rufus’s puzzle at silly o clock whilst half asleep. Only when reviewing do I realise just how good these puzzles are. 20 down is exceptionally clever. Saint Sharon may have her kitchen finished by Friday, nine months after I started it. It is bright outside and all is good in my little world. I hope it is good in yours too.
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1a Camaraderie that a student may hope for (10)
FELLOWSHIP We have a nice double definition to get us going. The second part refers to the world of academia where such a group might work together to further knowledge
6a Boss has education cut short (4)
STUD This upright timber in a wall can be found by dropping (cut short) the last letter of a word meaning education
10a A wire 200 yards in length (5)
CABLE An antiquated nautical term for 200 yards is also a variant of the American terms for wires made from strands of metal and also electronically sent messages
11a Crude oil in a USA state (9)
LOUISIANA This American state is made up of an anagram (crude) of OIL IN A USA
12a East Russian bear is in wild (8)
SIBERIAN Another one for the anagram fans. Wild suggests the anagram. The definition is East Russian.
13a Ward off with shortened sword held by both hands (5)
REPEL Oooh I like this one. You have two hands one of either side of your body. Take the initial letter of these and insert (held) a duelling sword minus its last letter (cut short)
15a Issue helps to make one man a teacher (7)
EMANATE Kath and I have decided that hidden words will now be called lurkers. This is a lurker. Go find it.
17a Damp returns in place that’s for cooking (7)
STEWPOT Take a three letter word meaning damp and reverse it (returns). Dump it into a word meaning a place to find this cooking vessel used to make a winter warmer. Mmmm food.
19a Watch marksman getting optical range (7)
EYESHOT We often use the word for audible range. This is its close cousin but rarely used outside crosswordland. Split 3,4 the first two words of the clue would suit The Quickie and together they provide the answer here.
21a I will be imprisoned in stronghold somewhere in Spain (7)
CASTILE There are lots of these strongholds, they are all over the place. Kenilworth and Warwick are the nearest well known ones to me but The Tump at Brinklow is my favourite. (It is free, has great views, entertains the children and has good pubs nearby) Stick an I into the middle of one of these to find one of the kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula.
22a Father is getting through the Telegraph? (5)
PAPER Our usual two lettered father is followed by the Latin for through to find a definition of what The Daily Telegraph is.
24a Done — to death? (8)
EXECUTED A stand out clue for me. A double definition. The first meaning to have completed a task and the second to be put to death by order.
27a A pair of braces which are put together by the astute (3,3,3)
TWO AND TWO This pair of braces make four. It means to figure something out by means of the information available
28a Fully employ — an umbrella for example? (3,2)
USE UP To exhaust a supply of something or the way in which we use an umbrella. What goes up a chimney down but won’t go down a chimney up?
29a Has to get quiet door fastening (4)
HASP Take the first word of the clue and add the musical abbreviation for quietly or soft to find this door fastening.
30a Field dressing of growing importance (10)
FERTILISER What farmers use in abundance to encourage growth of crops.
1d Effrontery, more than cheek (4)
FACE This word for impertinence or cheek (or lip for that matter) describes the whole of ones visage
2d Built with care in a way to help to avoid friction (9)
LUBRICATE Anagram (in a way) of BUILT with CARE
3d Daisy is a neat looker! (2-3)
OX EYE This tall and rather pretty daisy is made from taking a two lettered word for cattle or neat which is popular in crosswordland and always foxes newcomers and those with short memories and adding a word for your organ of sight
4d Cross sailor gets over anger (7)
SALTIRE Take one of our usual suspects for sailor and add our regular word for anger to find this heraldic cross.
5d Tropical animals upset us again (7)
IGUANAS Anagram (upset) of US AGAIN
7d Go for a long walk — or take up afternoon painting (5)
TRAMP Another smiler of a clue. The first part is a straightforward definition. The wordplay suggests using the abbreviation for afternoon (post meridian) and adding the word for the creative activity using paints and inverting the whole lot (take up)
8d Uncalled-for correspondence (4,6)
DEAD LETTER An unsolicited letter. My online dictionary suggest an undeliverable letter. Those with The BRB may have the first definition.
9d They wrongly assume moneylenders must be carrying cash (8)
USURPERS Take those who lend at extortionate rates and insert (carrying)the abbreviation for our smallest coin to find those who try to take positions of power or trust that rightfully belong to others. Lambert Simnell springs to mind.
14d Bag holds writhing viper in agitated state (5,5)
FEVER PITCH Take a verb meaning to go for and bring back something and add an anagram Writhing of VIPER
16d Disciple has to stick to holy writ (8)
ADHERENT Add the second half of The Holy Bible to a verb meaning to stick
18d Highly esteemed? That’s hilarious! (9)
PRICELESS A double definition. A third might be so precious that its value cannot be determined.
20d Where he may be involved in diverting treat (7)
THEATRE This clever clue combines an all in one with a charade that contains an anagram. How clever is this? This diverting treat can be found by placing HE from the clue inside (may be involved in) an anagram (diverting) of TREAT
21d It’s smoked by the great man in bed (7)
CHEROOT The bed is that of a small child. The great man is one noted for courage or bravery. Put the great man in the bed to find this small cigar
23d Religious debt put in postscript (5)
PIOUS Place I Owe YoU inside a PostScript
25d Standard in American university depressing a student (5)
USUAL Take the initial letters of United States and University and add A from the clue and the initial letter of a student or Learner
26d Incentive to provide branch road (4)
SPUR We end as we began with a double definition. This one is rather easy to begin with and gets even easier with each checking letter.
Thanks to Kate Bush for singing to me this morning. Why oh why didn’t I buy tickets to your series of shows?
The Quick Crossword pun: antic + waited = antiquated