Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27571
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Note to Bloggers. A Sunday lunchtime session followed by a very pleasant Presidents day at the local cricket club necking an abundance of fine wine (Coronation Chicken sandwiches. Mmmm.) and a further session into the early hours may seem like a good idea at the time. However it is not likely to produce a review published by 11.00 am. For those who might be interested, the kitchen is fully functional and finished but for minor adjustments and the fitting of the kicker boards all of which may be done ……… tomorrow. Today’s crossword didn’t do a lot for me which probably has a fair bit to do with the shenanigans of yesterday. I should know better but I am pleased that I don’t.
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1a Disturb canary perhaps, in its nest here? (4,9)
BIRD SANCTUARY: Here we go two three four. Van Morrison is singing Domino to me. The horn section is rocking and rolling the sun is out, life is good and we have an amusing all-in-one clue which is also an amusing anagram (perhaps) of DISTURB CANARY
10a Available to customers, or about to arrive (2,5)
IN STORE: Our master delight us yet again with a superb double definition. The second of which describes what lies ahead for us
11a Some players will take a long time dressing (7)
BANDAGE: These players play music. The long time is not an era. The dressing will not dress with your food but might be put on by a nurse
12a Might it turn the tide for the overweight? (4)
DIET: Another all in one clue with an anagram. There are only two four letter words in the clue and one of those does not form an anagram any way up. Therefore it must be the other four letter word which when anagramaticised might benefit the overweight
13a Form of fungus (5)
MOULD: I have seen this one before but it was the last but one in for me. A form or pattern for a casting is also a type of fungus which favour damp conditions.
14a Heavy piece of wood, though it could be light (4)
BEAM: A double definition here which is also Ray T’s toughie alias.
17a Regret about arranging it en suite (7)
RETINUE: Anagram (arranging) of IT EN placed inside (about) a verb meaning to regret. I had no idea which part of this clue to underline as a definition until Big Dave pointed out the BRBs definition
18a Top gear from St Neots (7)
STETSON: Gear is clothing. Top is your head. There is an anagram (from) ST NEOTS and the result is a hat.
19a Bill, an aristocrat we hear (7)
ACCOUNT: A homophone (we hear) Dracula was one of these aristocrats
22a About to cut a prison stretch (7)
ACREAGE: Stretch is an unusual term for an amount of land. Take A form the clue and a four letter slang term for prison and place our usual suspect for about into this. My last one in and thanks to Big Dave for the solution
24a Right-minded man takes his from history (4)
TORY: Hardly the most cryptic of clues and although not directly a hidden word the answer is lurking away in the clue. Take away HIS from history to find a member of a political party which leans to the right.
25a Reason for which some people fight (5)
CAUSE: I like this clue. The answer is a noun. A principle aim or movement to which one is committed and which one is prepared to defend or advocate.
26a Prokofiev has no proof it’s a Ukrainian city (4)
KIEV: Take the letters of the word PROOF away from the word PROKOFIEV to reveal the only Ukranian city I have ever heard of.
29a Offensive rumour about retired doctor (7)
NOISOME: Place an unusual word meaning rumour around the reversal (retired) of one of our usual suspects for a doctor (medical orderly) to find an adjective meaning very unpleasant or objectionable
30a Having favourites, relatively speaking (7)
NEPOTIC: This word refers to favouritism in the issue of jobs, titles or political rank based on family relationship
31a The state of the fraternity — rows among monks (13)
BROTHERLINESS: Place another word for rows inside a word used to describe monks to find this word meaning fraternity
2d Study in group including party leader (7)
INSPECT: Take IN from the clue and a word for a group of like minded people, particularly used when referring to minor religious groups. Place the Party leader inside to get a word meaning to study
3d Terrible fate makes temper rise (4)
DOOM: Reverse a word meaning temper to find another word meaning terrible fate.
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4d Shocking in respect to certain individuals (7)
AWESOME: Split 3,4 The definitions of respect and certain individuals put together make an adjective meaning extremely impressive or daunting.
5d Repairs at last (7)
COBBLES: This last is a shoemakers model used for shaping or repairing shoes. This word describes what a shoe repairer does.
6d Runs out, but they may retain the Ashes (4)
URNS: Anagram (out) of RUNS
7d A newspaper’s success depends more on these than its writers (7)
READERS: Those who purchase newspapers and a description of what they do
8d Danger! Tinkers all over the place in these schools! (13)
KINDERGARTENS: Another long anagram (all over the place) of DANGER TINKERS
9d What the Beefeater renders? (6,7)
YEOMAN SERVICE: Take another word for Beefeater and add a verb meaning to provide or give a service
15d Putin ordered data (5)
INPUT: Anagram (Ordered) of PUTIN
16d Card showing where one’s home is? (5)
HEART: One of the four suits of cards
20d Naval ship that requires quarantine (7)
CARRIER: This ship is also one to transmits diseases such as Mary of typhoid fame.
21d Circus hanger-on? (7)
TRAPEZE: The swing in a cicus
22d Magazine for footballers (7)
ARSENAL: A collection of weapons is also one of London’s football clubs.
23d Flies east via resorts (7)
AVIATES: Our last anagram of the day. Resorts is the indicator. EAST VIA is the fodder and the definition is flies.
27d Left harbour (4)
PORT: A double definition. At our Rugby club dinners this is what is left after we have eaten and it foes nicely with the brandy that comes with it
28d Start work in French — at this university? (4)
OPEN: Our usual suspect for a musical work followed by the French for in will give the name of the university that Tilsit and I study at. There’s another definition in there as well!
Jeeps. That was a slog to review. Sorry it’s late.
The Quick Crossword pun: totally+clips=total eclipse