Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27625
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Our nine day thousand mile road trip involving two weddings and a funeral is over and will hopefully never be repeated. Today we have another excellent offering from Rufus with some odd twists on familiar words. Definitions are underlined and I hope you can understand my ramblings.
My favourite clue is 20 down and my thanks go out to pommers and Merusa for teaching me about Els, Ens and Ems. Thanks also to Tstrummer for the Nuts and Muttons.
1a Military force calling for withdrawal (10)
REVOCATION: The cancelling or annulment of something by some authority. Formed by taking the initial letters of Royal Engineers (Military force) and a word that might define a calling to the clergy for instance
6a I make an offer in place of a previous quotation (4)
IBID: I followed by an offer gives the abbreviation of the Latin word meaning “in the same place”
10a DNA unit takes time to find cat-like creature (5)
GENET: Could this be the simplest clue of the week? Take the only DNA unit most of us know and add a T(ime). Google will inform you that this is a cat like creature. It is a new one to be though.
11a The best parts of holidays in mountains? (4,5)
HIGH SPOTS: These will not be low points. The answer here should become obvious with the checking letters.
12a Reforged inferior poker, perhaps? (4,4)
FIRE IRON: Anagram (reforged) of INFERIOR
13a One may take longer when one travels without a hitch (5)
HIKER: This clue refers to a now seldom seen form of travel involving the use of a thumb and relying on the kindness and goodwill of drivers. Take the hitch away from one who travels in this way
15a I managed to name one from 4 Down (7)
IRANIAN: Take I from the clue. A three letter word meaning managed and a boy’s name to find the nationality of one born in 4 down
17a Director of river boats to keep locks in order? That’s dandy! (7)
COXCOMB: Simply do exactly what the clue suggests to find a word meaning a dandy. The director of riverboats could be the small person with the big voice who barks instructions to rowers twice their size. The locks which need to be kept in order are the hairs on your head and this is how you keep them in order
19a Is inclined to enter Church to absolve sins? (7)
CLEANSE: Place verb meaning is inclined from the perpendicular and place it inside the usual abbreviation for the Church of England.
21a Superlatively daring pieces of underwear (7)
BRAVEST: Join two pieces of upper body underwear, one usually only worn by females and one worn by either sex.
22a Pass one bill in ten after amendment (5)
ENACT: Place the usual abbreviation for a bill or account inside an anagram (after amendment of) TEN
24a Plucky player gets support following veto (8)
BANJOIST: Take a three letter verb meaning to legally prohibit and add a noun meaning a length of timber used as a support in a building to find a term describing one who frails a particular stringed instrument
27a He passes out at the back of the pack (5,4)
SCRUM HALF: The pack are Rugby Forwards and the passer out is the scrawny little chap who’s role at its most basic is to provide a link between the forwards and the backs. Do not let his size fool you. He is not to be messed with.
28a Where two sides come together to some degree (5)
ANGLE: The space (usually measured in degrees) between two intersecting lines or surfaces at or close to the point where they meet. (Thank you Google) This clue might have been easier with a fishing reference
29a A parson taken aback enough to swear (4)
AVER: A from the clue and a shortened form of title for a member of the clergy reversed (taken aback)
30a Limited form of credit provided after period of unemployment (10)
RESTRICTED: Anagram (form of) of CREDIT after a term meaning ease or relaxation
1d Pet that’s all the fashion (4)
RAGE: A double definition. The pet is more fury than furry.
2d Only a small number show support (9)
VINDICATE: Take the letter that represents the number five in Roman numerals and add a verb meaning to point out or show.
3d Smart girl that is after a share of the proceeds (5)
CUTIE: Take the Latin abbreviation for “that is” and place it after a division of money perhaps to get a word describing an attractive or endearing person, usually female.
4d Moving near the foreign capital (7)
TEHERAN: Anagram (moving) of NEAR THE
5d Such food is grown, naturally (7)
ORGANIC: I have a feeling that this clue is not very cryptic at all. It is descriptive of a method of any form of gardening that does not use chemicals or pesticides
7d Cake in hamper? (5)
BLOCK: A double definition. A slab of cake or soap may be described thus.
8d Share out is tried but in an alternative way (10)
DISTRIBUTE: Anagram (in an alternative way) of IS TRIED BUT
9d It really is a breathtaking experience (8)
ASPHYXIA: This clue is descriptive of a condition arising when the body is deprived of oxygen, causing unconsciousness or death.
14d Premier League team after victory in Sussex town (10)
WINCHELSEA: One of London’s football clubs founded on 10th March 1905 is placed after a three letter word meaning a victory to reveal the name of a small town in East Sussex located between The High Weald and The Romney Marsh
16d I mention changes straight away (2,2,4)
IN NO TIME: Anagram (changes) of I MENTION
18d Failure to notice surveillance (9)
OVERSIGHT: A double definition the first being an unintentional failure to notice or do something.
20d Typical measure by couple to show affection (7)
EMBRACE: The measure here is one I learned from this very blog on Monday May 12th 2014 puzzle number 27487. It is one of the printer’s measures used as spacings between words or letters. There are three such measures known as an EL, an EN and an EM. Place one of these measures before a word meaning a couple or a pair of something to end up with a cuddle which we all need now and again
21d Be born healthy, get an advantage (7)
BENEFIT: Take BE from the clue, a Latin word for born, and a three letter adjective meaning of good health
23d Be of one mind about being in time (5)
AGREE: Place our usual two letter suspect for about (not C for circa) inside a three letter word meaning Time or a particular period in history.
25d Initially agreed, a mixed-up type animal (5)
OKAPI: I can get agreed to be OK. I can steal the A from the clue but I needed Big Dave’s help with the PI. This is what he wrote. PI (also pie / pye) is mixed up printing type. Maybe a new “usual suspect”. I think it dates back to the time when letters were put into racks prior to printing (a bit like the old John Bull printing kits) and this was a box of assorted letters.
26d Kink in nautical knot (4)
BEND: A double definition. The second nautical reference is new to me but I am sure it will be there in your big red books.
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