Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27595
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Nudging slightly into 3 star difficulty due to being successfully misdirected at 2d and 16d and having to use pen and paper for the anagram at 14d (cheating in my opinion and very rarely done). We have made it into The Camra Good Beer Guide yet again and Saint Sharon is taking me away to Shropshire for a three day break starting tomorrow. Life gets better as the years roll by.
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1a Cracked up, oddly enough (6,4)
BROKEN DOWN: A super little all in one clue. And an awkward one to parse. Take an adjective meaning cracked, smashed, shattered or burst and add the opposite of up to reveal the answer
6a Lower piece of iceberg? (4)
CALF: The lower here is one that Moos and has not yet reached maturity Thanks to Google I have learned the term that describes the breaking up of glaciers and which gives an alternative name for icebergs.
10a Works and plays to music (5)
OPERA: The plural of the Latin for a (musical) work and a drama set to music, popular at Glyndebourne.
11a Achievement of one who doesn’t miss a trick (5,4)
GRAND SLAM: This is the term that describes the taking of all thirteen tricks in a single hand of the card game Bridge. Love the game but find it hard to get on with the type that play it. Too stuffy by half.
12a Cause amazement to a holy man on his mobile (8)
ASTONISH: One of our regular contributors to the blog would call this a Lego clue where you stick all the bits together to build an answer. It is a nice charade of the A from the clue. Our usual suspect for a good man and an anagram (mobile) of ON HIS
13a Unfinished picture frame (5)
EASEL: The frame or stand an artist uses whilst painting or sketching
15a Regard Shaw plays as utter nonsense (7)
EYEWASH: Take a three lettered verb meaning to look closely or with interest and add an anagram (plays) of SHAW
17a Say something quickly and stagger away (4,3)
REEL OFF: A double definition here the first being to recite something quickly and accurately.
19a Relationship hit by drink (7)
RAPPORT: To strike quickly followed by the drink passed round after dinner
21a A muscle unaffected by being retracted (7)
ROTATOR: This group of muscles keep you upper arm bone firmly attached to your shoulder socket. The answer is a palindrome indicated by the words being retracted
22a Conservative-Labour rift (5)
CLEFT: C(onservative) followed by the side of politics the Labour Party lean towards
24a Loudmouthed female union member to use the rod first (8)
FISHWIFE: This derogatory term for a coarse woman prone to shouting can be found by putting the female partner in a marriage (union) after a verb meaning to angle with a rod and line.
27a Hate waiting? I’m open about one (9)
IMPATIENT: A charade (Lego clue) formed by taking I’M from the clue and a word meaning open or obvious into which we need to insert the letter I (about one)
28a Appearance of men, it is said (5)
GUISE: A homophone (sound like clue) of a noun describing a group of fellows, men, chaps or blokes.
29a Flower that’s 18 Down (4)
NILE: How clever is this clue? Find the answer to 18d and use it with the word Flower as the clue to 29 across. The flower here is not of the floral type but is a river formed by an anagram (out of) of LINE
30a What travellers, soldiers and clerics do (4,6)
TAKE ORDERS: A travelling salesman would do this. A soldier will do this in deference to those of higher rank. Priests do this before being let loose to preach.
1d Hollow sound of success in business (4)
BOOM: A loud deep resonant sound or a period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth
2d Fail to turn out as intended (9)
OVERSLEEP: My downfall today as I took this to be a driving reference. It isn’t. It refers to waking up after the time wanted.
3d Muse a long time on uplifting part of the Bible (5)
ERATO: One of the nine Muses of Ancient Greece. Take a three letter word meaning a long and distinct period in history and add the initials for the first part of the bible reversed (uplifting)
4d Trouble with fog in vessel seeking shark (7)
DOGFISH: Anagram (trouble with) of FOG inserted (in) into a vessel or bowl. One you would eat soup from, or breakfast cereal.
5d Come safely through the elements (7)
WEATHER: To last or endure a trial or the elements as in wind or rain.
7d Collected maps of African mountains (5)
ATLAS: A book of maps or a range of mountains in Africa. (If you needed help with this one I do not feel you have a future with cryptic crosswords)
8d It could be the concern of several generations (6,4)
FAMILY FIRM: The word CONCERN in a clue nearly always alludes to the second word in this clue. The answer is a business that has passed through several generations of ownership without changing hands. From father to son so to speak.
9d He will be embraced by wildly ardent fan (8)
ADHERENT: Take an anagram (wildly) of ARDENT and place HE inside (embraced)
14d Not a direct criminal slander (10)
DETRACTION: Woe is me. I used pen and paper for this anagram (criminal) of NOT A DIRECT. Many years ago I would sit with a dictionary a crossword list book (rivers ports mountains prophets etc, etc) an atlas and a notepad for anagrams. Now I use nothing. Maybe I should get a life.
16d He no longer believes in a teapot’s brewing (8)
APOSTATE: If like me you put Agnostic you will be as wrong as I was. Try an anagram (brewing) of A TEAPOT’S
18d Behaving badly, ejected from queue? (3,2,4)
OUT OF LINE: A double definition here. You are said to be this if you behave badly.
20d Staff head’s missed tea breaks to obtain material (7)
TAFFETA: Remove the first letter (Head’s missed) from the word [S]TAFF and add an anagram breaks of TEA to find this high end fabric
21d Favour shown to electorate (7)
ROSETTE: A circular decoration usually made from ribbon and awarded as a prize (favour) or worn by sports fans or political party members as a show of allegiance
23d One way to apply a finish to education (5)
EXPEL: To officially make someone leave a school or college. For the pedantic out there this would only finish ones education at that school or college. Education could still be continued elsewhere
25d It’s laid down by our betters (5)
WAGER: A gambling term indicated by the word betters. A more formal term for a bet.
26d Leonard’s telescope will have one (4)
LENS: That which belongs to Leonard will also be one of several pieces of glass in a telescope
A nice one to review to the sounds of outtakes from Exile On Main Street by The Rolling stones at their very best.
The Quick Crossword pun: crew+suffix=crucifix