Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27577
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the heart of Downtown L.I. Although it is overcast the sun is still shining merrily away. Rufus shines today as well. He is in playful mood but very fair as usual.
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1a It’s possible a belief’s being shaken (8)
FEASIBLE: Todays first clue contains an anagram of A BELIEF’S. However both the words preceding (It’s possible) and the words following (being shaken) can be used as anagram indicators. So wily old Rufus sets a puzzle within a puzzle to decide which is the indicator and which is the definition. Once the anagram is solved it is obvious
6a People take pains to please him (6)
SADIST: Ooh er missus. A noun which describes a person who enjoys inflicting pain on others
9a Minister is to eat about six (6)
DIVINE: Take a verb meaning to eat and place it around (about) the roman numerals for the number six to find another verb meaning to attend to the needs of others.
10a Labour candidate? He’s admitting dirty money taken in return (8)
HERCULES: We are given HE’S from the clue. We then need to find a word for dirty money (usually preceded by the word filthy) reverse it (taken in return) and drop it (admitting) into HE’S. Altogether we are looking for the son of Zeus who was famed for his twelve labours
11a I’m sent back with money for betting slips (8)
MISTAKES: A simple reversal of I’M (sent back) followed by the plural noun for the amounts wagered or gambled on the outcome of a risky game or venture. This noun is often used by the horse racing fraternity.
12a Parking in Indian city — or Greek one (6)
DELPHI: Place the P from P(arking) inside one of Indias larger cities to find a Greek city.
13a Transport of delight? (8,4)
PLEASURE BOAT: This transport of delight floats upon the water and might offer trips around the bay
16a Masqueraded as dressing up predominates (12)
IMPERSONATED: Anagram (dressed up) of PREDOMINATES
19a Maximum effort at the end of the innings (3,3)
ALL OUT: Using all of one’s strength or resources will provide a term which is also used to describe a cricket team after the last wicket is taken
21a Got out of bed? (8)
UPROOTED: This bed can be found in the garden growing vegetables. The answer is a verb which means to have pulled a plant out of the ground
23a One shows the way in business (8)
DIRECTOR: One who sits upon the board of a company
24a He cometh in theatre or cinema production (6)
ICEMAN: An anagram (production) of CINEMA will give the name of what cometh in the title of a Eugene O’Neil play/film
25a Not off to visit, but ready to make one (2,4)
ON CALL: Take the opposite of on and a word for visit. Together they define a state of being where one could be asked to go to work at very short notice like a retained firefighter for example.
26a Not for heavy drinkers? (5,3)
LIGHT ALE: Take a word meaning not heavy and follow it with a word for beer to solve this nippy little all in one clue
2d Panacea for rising team in trouble (6)
ELIXIR: The team here is an eleven expressed in Roman Numerals. This eleven needs to be dropped into (in) a verb meaning to trouble or annoy someone and the whole lot inverted (rising)
3d Change dress (5)
SHIFT: A double definition. To change or alter position and an old fashioned word for a dress or nightgown
4d Low joints for workers? That’s ideal! (4,5)
BEES KNEES: Leg joints and one of the two the usual suspects for workers will lead to this term describing the cream of the crop also known as “The Dogs Doo Das”
5d Stray sheep seen by us in biblical city (7)
EPHESUS: An anagram (stray) of SHEEP followed by the word US from the clue will give us this biblical city from Ancient Greece
6d There’s a scrap when a communist is told to be quiet (5)
SHRED: Take a two letter word (oh yes it is a word) used when we want someone to be quiet. Add a three letter usual suspect for a communist to find another word describing a small piece or amount of something.
7d Basic support for sleeping partners? (6,3)
DOUBLE BED: I do hope these sleeping partners are married if they are together in this item of furniture
8d To visit a capital is 9 Across (3,5)
SEE AHEAD: To visit a capital is better split 3,1,4. Split 3,5 it will fit as a definition for 9 across as a verb meaning to have supernatural or magical insight into future events
13d Wonders when phone exchanges changed name (9)
PHENOMENA: These wonders can be find by solving the two anagrams in this clue. (exchanges) PHONE and (changed) NAME. How very clever is that?
14d Phone about disruption of trade causing delay (9)
RETARDING: We seem to have a few anagram insertion clues here today. We need our usual word for to phone with an anagram (disruption) of TRADE inserted
15d One slum I refurbished — with this? (8)
EMULSION: A very good all in one clue. Find the answer by solving an anagram (refurbished) of ONE SLUM I
17d No gear, so refusing to fight? (7)
NEUTRAL: A double definition. The first being the term used in motoring when your car is in no gear at all.
18d Happen to exist before autumn comes (6)
BEFALL: Take a two letter term meaning to exist and add the old English term for autumn now used more by Americans to find a verb meaning happen. The term for autumn was widely used in England and taken to America by the early settlers where it stuck. We hit on autumn and it too stuck. So my eldest daughter told me.
20d Sum for child, a beginner (5)
TOTAL: Take a three letter word for a small child and add A from the clue and our usual letter which represents a beginner or L(earner)
22d It’s obvious minister has been brought up in Old Testament (5)
OVERT: Reverse (brought up)an abbreviation of a term for minister and place it inside abbreviation for Old Testament
No music today. A line from the film Boyhood which we watched last night has struck a chord. “Arrivals and Departures lie side by side”. A really nice film.
Have a good bank holiday everybody.
The Quick Crossword pun: Lassie+chewed=lassitude