Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27589
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I found this easy to solve but tricky to review. 4d for instance. I now have a couple of hours sitting on the lawn tractor in the sunshine scarifying the camping field and collecting the thatch. Then it is off to the most beautiful farm buildings and gardens in Warwickshire with Saint Sharon. Happy days. I suppose there will be an error or two in this review. Please let me know otherwise I will begin to think that I am perfect again.
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1a ‘Ask me out to party’, so gets along (5,2)
MAKES DO: A nice beginning to a fun puzzle. Do what the clue says to find the answer. Take an anagram (out) of ASK ME. Add the usual two letter crosswordland word for party and there we have it.
5a Flashing lights bringing movement to a stop? (7)
STROBES: These flashing lights are often used in the theatre to provide a stop start effect. Hi fi buffs amongst you may remember using them to regulate turntable speed. Hands up if the word movement set you off looking at using the letters of TO A STOP as fodder for an anagram. Well it isn’t and they are not
9a A classic hat worn by Americans (5)
DERBY: The classic is a horse race which is also the name given to a bowler hat in the USA.
10a Non-stop passenger-carrying flight (9)
ESCALATOR: As my Mum used to say. “The moving stairs” The safety of the first “moving stairs” was demonstrated by a man with a wooden leg going up and down them.
11a Claim tax in crooked endeavour that ends in disappointment (10)
ANTICLIMAX: Anagram (crooked) of CLAIM TAX IN
12a Luggage in hold? (4)
GRIP: A double definition here. The first being a travelling bag
14a Local place for refreshing game (8,4)
WATERING HOLE: Your local pub is also an oasis where animals may take their refreshment
18a Unusual controversy about a school of music (12)
CONSERVATORY: Place an anagram (unusual) of CONTROVERSY about A from the clue
21a Observers usually working in pairs (4)
EYES: We have two each of these observers. Just above our noses.
22a Worker who is constantly striking (10)
BLACKSMITH: Under a spreading chestnut tree, A village smithy stands wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The chap who works here would be constantly striking hot metal
25a School rejected exam questions and corresponding material (9)
NOTEPAPER: Reverse (rejected) the name of a School near to Windsor and add a term for exam questions. The result give you what you would use to write your letters.
26a Children may be a contentious point (5)
ISSUE: A double definition often seen before in one way or another. Need I say more?
27a Lined up in uniform? (7)
DRESSED: To have drawn up the troops (those in uniform) into a proper alignment.
28a General protection away from the wind (7)
LEEWARD: The well known Confederate general is followed by an archaic word for protection to give a noun meaning the side sheltered from the wind.
1d Reckless general’s assistant involved in plan (6)
MADCAP: Place the abbreviation for Aide-De-camp (I think) inside a plan or a diagrammatical representation of a piece of land.
2d Take ground with artilleryman entering unarmed combat (6)
KARATE: Anagram (ground) of TAKE with the initials for Royal Artilleryman inside will give this form of martial art
3d Its constructors must meet high conditions (10)
SKYSCRAPER: This word was first used to describe very tall buildings in The Chicago Daily on February 25th 1883 as a subtitle to an article about high buildings in new York titled The High Building Craze.
4d Samuel’s teacher is after old boy with daggers drawn (5)
OBELI: The usual suspects for Old boy and Samuel’s teacher in the bible together give a very odd word (all confirmed by the checking letters) that I do not recall seeing before. As I do not have a BRB Google revealed this word to be the plural form of a symbol used as a reference mark in printed matter or to indicate that a person is deceased. This is the sign † It looks like a dagger so I suppose this is the visual equivalent of a homophone – now what is one of those called.
5d One with a political belief that’s not right (9)
SOCIALIST: A political person to the left of centre
6d One may call it a breakfast stand-by (4)
ROLL: Double definition. The first a list or roster. In the second this small piece of bread sits on a side plate at breakfast. Where I come from they are called Batches, you may know then as cobs, balm cakes, baps, nudgers etc, etc.
7d Barely used part of the house (8)
BATHROOM: Ooh er missus! The room in the house where you would use the facility in a state of undress. Gentlemen please avert your eyes.
8d Had a fight, getting thrown out (8)
SCRAPPED: A double definition. The first used by schoolboys and the second to have discarded or removed from service a redundant, old or inoperative vehicle for example.
13d Crashing gears gives feeling full of hostility (10)
AGGRESSIVE: Anagram (crashing of GIVES GEARS)
15d Wrapped up in unusually deep novel (9)
ENVELOPED: Anagram (unusually) of DEEP NOVEL
16d Filmed under cover (8)
SCREENED: A double definition. The first being to have shown a film or television programme
17d Trouble international group has to resolve (8)
UNSETTLE: Take our usual suspects for a peacekeeping group (Have they ever managed to keep the peace anywhere?) and add a verb meaning to find a solution to a problem or contentious matter
19d Feast set out around Italian capital for religious celebration (6)
FIESTA: Place an anagram (set out) of FEAST around ( as in the clue) the capital or first letter of I(talian)
20d Fly spitfire by day (6)
SHREWD: Last one in for me and using my “if it fits bung it in” system the word SHIELD went in. This was plainly incorrect. So I resorted to actually reading and parsing the clue. Which is what I advise you to do. This Shakespearean spitfire (Kate) is followed by the first letter of the word D(ay)
23d Fifty or a hundred will come up to sing (5)
CAROL: The Roman Numerals for Fifty and One hundred with OR A from the clue inserted will give another verb meaning to sing. When we do as the clue says and invert (will come up) the lot we will get this word
24d Pass taken out for health resorts (4)
SPAS: Anagram (out) of PASS
Thanks to Rufus for the entertainment. Thanks to Bob Dylan for Planet Waves. Thanks in advance for the comments.
The Quick Crossword pun: beat+route=beetroot