Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27649
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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A mixed bag from Rufus today with nothing too strenuous. We do have rather a lot of strong alcoholic spirits but we can temper the effects of such with the water and food Rufus has kindly provided at 27 and 15 across.
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1a Vicissitudes rarely encountered in Holland (3,3,5)
UPS AND DOWNS: One of the definitions of vicissitude is “alternation between opposite or contrasting things” which might help towards the solution. A one letter change to that definition gives “altercation between opposite or contrasting things. Which might also help with solving. Either way Holland is a flat country so does not have many of these. I hope that helps. If not you can rely upon the checking letters and the fact that three letter words in long clues are usually either AND or THE. Vicissitudes in the clue is plural so at least one word will end in the letter S. Hopefully the rest of the puzzle will allow me to be more succinct
9a Relation seen in public performance (9)
OPERATION: Place a noun meaning the quantitative relation between two amounts showing the number of times one value contains or is contained within the other inside an adjective meaning in public
10a Partygoer in right state (5)
RAVER: Place the initial letter of R(ight) before a verb meaning to state or assert to be the case.
11a Resident at home, needing companion (6)
INMATE: Our usual suspect for at home followed by a word meaning chum or pal will reveal a resident, a guest of Her Majesty perhaps
12a Force acquiring thousands by way of business (8)
COMMERCE: I have seen this clue before and remember wrestling fiercely with it. It raised its cheeky head again today and got slapped quickly down. We need to start with a verb meaning to persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats, into which we add (acquiring) two of the Roman Numerals for thousand. We need two of these because the word thousands in the clue is plural
13a Fool that’s popular, backing another fool (6)
NITWIT: We are back with the crosswordland favourite word for popular but this time reversed (backing) apply another fool to this and amazingly we get another word meaning fool. This simple concise well written clue is a joy.
15a Nothing lost in getting every necessity provided (3,5)
ALL FOUND: The opposite of nothing lost means to have everything provided. Often used in hotels and guest houses but originally used in connection with wages for employment where food and lodging were provided.
18a Patient had to give up work (8)
RESIGNED: A double definition. The second meaning to have voluntarily given up work.
19a Mourn death of George, King and Emperor, the night before (6)
GRIEVE: With a small thank you to Big Dave. How one might abbreviate George, King and Emperor (Georgius Rex Imperator (Latin) – GRI) followed by a word indicating the night before Christmas perhaps.
21a This ruler won’t give an inch (8)
DICTATOR: This ruler is not used for measurement. This ruler will rule by total power.
23a Sound sort of artist (6)
STRAIT: Anagram (sort of) of ARTIST providing a watery sound,
26a Class or form taking English (5)
CASTE: To form or to mould followed by E(nglish)
27a Water for a mother pig (5,4)
ADAM’S WINE: Split 1,3,5, we have A from the clue. A word meaning Mother (Sire would be the father) and a word for pig or pigs in general. Split 5,4 they give us a term meaning water. More frequently seen with the second word replaced by ale
28a Go flat out to broadcast good golf score (6-5)
SPREADEAGLE: Take a word meaning broadcast and a golfing term meaning to score two under par to reveal a term meaning to stretch someone out with their arms and legs extended.
1d Upper-class chief Scotsman finds too good to be true (7)
UTOPIAN: Take our usual single letter suspect meaning Upper-class, a three letter word meaning chief and the name crosswordland has chosen for a Scotsman when it doesn’t want to use the word MAC. The answer is to do with a novel written by Sir Thomas More in 1516. It also describes my life with Saint Sharon but not her life with me.
2d South side, it’s hot and humid (5)
STEAM: S(outh) and a word for a side in sports such as cricket or Rugby
3d The gin ran out — almost a disaster (4,5)
NEAR THING: Anagram (out) of THE GIN RAN. I hope the gin never runs out, or the tonic, or the lemons.
4d Spot an ineffectual person (4)
DRIP: A double definition the first of which is slightly obscure and means to rain slightly
5d Express desire but in an irresponsible way (8)
WANTONLY: Split 4,4 – to express desire and a word meaning but. Combined it means to behave in a sexually immodest or promiscuous manner
6d Play in street to get drink (5)
STRUM: To play a guitar or similar instrument by sweeping the thumb up or down the strings. The abbreviation for street and an alcoholic drink made with sugar cane or molasses
7d Foreshadow an empty decanter? (7)
PORTEND: A sign of warning. Maybe that the after dinner drink has run out.
8d Proposal to provide public with running water (8)
OVERTURE: Public as in done or shown openly followed by a river which flows through the Yorkshire Dales until it reaches Cuddy Shaw Reach and changes its name to The Ouse
14d Match-box trial (4,4)
TEST CASE: This match is a sporting tie between two nations. The box might be used for luggage.
16d Anticipation of what might be set for tea (9)
FORETASTE: Only our third anagram of the day so far. It follows the order of definition, indicator, fodder.
17d Elegant braid one may make (8)
DEBONAIR: Anagram number four which is made up differently to the one above and is less obvious with a possible anagram indicator at either end which could misdirect. The order follows thus, definition, fodder, indicator
18d Politician, liar and cad needs to reform (7)
RADICAL: To complete a trio of anagrams we have an anagram (needs to reform) of LIAR and CAD
20d It’s the absolute end! (7)
EXTREME: Furthest from a given point
22d The regions are as follows (5)
AREAS: The answer here is given in the clue – ARE followed by AS
24d Maturing drink in silver container (5)
AGING: One of the aforementioned drinks inside the chemical element symbol for silver
25d American lawman given thanks for information (4)
DATA: A D(istrict) A(ttorney) and our shortened word of thanks.
On Saturday 28ac stumped me. I had four out of seven letters and stared and stared at the clue which refused to give up its secrets. I returned to the clue on Sunday and after an age worked out the second letter and why it must be so. I now had five out of seven letters and still the answer would not come I did my usual trick of going through the alphabet letter by letter and still nothing. Today I returned to it and the answer came. It is so obvious and so simple that it has made a complete 28ac of me. For those of you who are new to solving cryptic crossword puzzles take heart. Those of us who have been at it forever still fall down.
The Quick Crossword pun: brig+add+dear=brigadier