Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27601
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Far too easy today, even for a Monday. There are two very weak anagrams and too many clues that can be answered from general knowledge. No stand out clues for me today.
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1a Insect family with extensive members (5-4-4)
DADDY-LONG-LEGS: As an Arachnid an Opilone commonly known as a Harvestman. As a flying insect a Crane Fly. We have had a plague of them this autumn
10a Incite it in a football crowd (7)
AGITATE: Take A from the clue then place the word IT from the clue inside a noun meaning the number of people who pay to enter a sports ground for an event
11a Warning — it’s a mock auction (7)
CAUTION: Anagram (mock) of AUCTION
12a Get a larger size (4)
GROW: Increase in size
13a Duplicator initially needs it to copy (5)
DITTO: Take the first (initially) letter of the word D(itto) and add (needs) IT and TO from the clue
14a Pen note that the doctor should look at (4)
STYE: This pen might contain pigs. The note is a musical one. The thing a doctor might look at would be an inflamed swelling on your eyelid.
17a A drifter of a coldly detached nature (7)
ICEBERG: These got a mention last week and caused a bit of a problem. They are large pieces of frozen water drifting or floating around in the sea
18a Nurse in bizarre sex case holds out (7)
EXTENDS: Place a verb meaning to nurse inside an anagram (bizarre) of SEX
19a I’m in favour yet show displeasure (7)
GRIMACE: Place the word I’M into a noun meaning the condition or fact of being favoured by someone.
22a Atlantic liner docked next to a Queen (7)
TITANIA: Take the final letter away (docked) from what is probably the world’s best known liner and replace it with the letter A from the clue to find the queen of the fairies in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
24a Role reversal that can let an actor down (4)
TRAP: Reverse the word which describes an actor’s role to find the name of the spring loaded door set into a stage floor. Here the clue states that it may let an actor down and it may be used for this when an actor needs to disappear suddenly. You will normally see it used in the pantomime Aladdin when the genie magically appears. The mechanism is shrouded in a puff of smoke. I used to dread testing this device when I worked at The Coventry Theatre
25a Snail that goes round and round and up and down (5)
HELIX: The last one in for me. The answer is descriptive of the shell of the snail. It is also the first part of its Latin name
26a Feedback for Miss Blyton? (4)
ENID: I like this clue. The word feedback indicates that you need to find a word meaning to feed and then reverse it whereupon you will find the first name of the authoress Miss (Mrs) Blyton. Using the name Blyton makes this clue all too easy. “Feedback for the girl” would have stumped me.
29a Unusual glee shown after getting a pass in school (7)
COLLEGE: Take an anagram (unusual) of GLEE and place it after a word for a pass in a mountain range for example.
30a Foreign Legion’s drink (4,3)
SLOE GIN: An anagram (Foreign) of LEGION’S will give this beautiful winter warmer of a drink
31a Tip some runners? Tell us! (5,3,5)
SPILL THE BEANS: To tip is to upset a liquid. The runners are leguminous. The whole phrase means to let out a secret or a surprise
2d Notice one model getting fat (7)
ADIPOSE: A charade. The notice is an AD(vertisement) one is the Roman numeral and to model is to POSE. The whole is a word I have only come across in crosswordland but it does make a regular appearance.
3d Squirrel’s home moving three feet up (4)
DRAY: Reverse (up) the word for three feet to find the name for a squirrels nest
4d Reeling, a little drunk giving the glad eye (7)
LEERING: Anagram (a little drunk) of REELING
5d Pet with a connection — one from the old school? (7)
NECKTIE: This article of clothing can be found by placing a three letter word meaning a connection or a thing that restricts someone’s freedom of action, (Pub Landlord to brewery for example) after a word meaning to kiss and caress amorously
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6d Celebrate when double comes up (4)
LAUD: Take a word meaning consisting of two parts, elements or aspects and reverse it.
7d It’s good to pay attention and look bright (7)
GLISTEN: Place a word meaning to pay attention or heed after the G(ood) to find a word meaning to shine with a sparkling light
8d Butt for the flower under the ha-ha (8,5)
LAUGHING STOCK: The butt of the joke. Formed by placing the common name of the flower Matthiola after what is you are doing when going Ha Ha
9d Getting compassionate (13)
UNDERSTANDING: A double definition easily solved from the checking letters
15d Started to plead over article (5)
BEGAN: To plead or ask for money or food as charity followed by the form of the indefinite article used before words beginning with a vowel sound
16d Speak for the whole people (5)
STATE: A double definition the second being the whole people as a country or republic
20d If a plan goes awry, you might be (2,1,4)
IN A FLAP: Anagram (goes awry) of IF A PLAN
21d Basic substance that’s used in heating (7)
ELEMENT: A primary constituent of matter or the unit that boils your electric kettle.
22d Attempts to reach high note somewhere in Italy (7)
TRIESTE: This city in North west Italy can be found by placing the seventh note of the diatonic scale after the plural form of try
23d Go on, Ann, develop a geometric figure (7)
NONAGON: This nine-sided geometric figure can be found by solving an anagram (develop) of GO ON ANN
27d Give players a hand (4)
DEAL: To distribute cards in readiness for play
28d Accomplished fellow with a certain bearing (4)
DONE: A teacher or senior fellow from a university followed by one of the four points of the compass
Even after reviewing this puzzle I can see very little in it. Perhaps it is just me.
The Quick Crossword pun: suite+hart=sweetheart