Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27655
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you can attend, come inside come inside. There are a couple of stand out brilliant clues here today but they are over shadowed by an abundance of anagrams hence the lowering of my enjoyment level. The double definition count is high too. A red level chestnut alert is also in place.
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1a Madrid is in her itinerary, but part can be cut off (10)
DISINHERIT: One of the longest hidden words I have ever seen. The answer is hidden in the clue as indicated by the words but part.
6a Mid-off on field in repulsive jumper (4)
FLEA: The central (mid letter) from the word oFf followed by our usual word for field or meadow will give you an insect that can jump vertically up to 7 inches (18 cm) and horizontally up to 13 inches (33 cm) (Wikipedia).
10a Summer danger (5)
ADDER: A clever double definition. Summer in this case means one who can calculate the total value of two or more numbers. As to the danger, If you think you see one of these here in Warwickshire you are mistaken. It is a grass snake. The last one I saw was in our church porch.
11a Daily signal (9)
TELEGRAPH: The daily you are reading right now. Or an early signalling system made possible by the widespread introduction of electricity.
12a Secret American manoeuvres (2,6)
IN CAMERA: Chestnut alert number one. Anagram (manoeuvres) of AMERICAN
13a Easily shattered by loud jeer (5)
FRAIL: A charade of the musical term indicating loud (the opposite of pianissimo) followed by a verb meaning to complain or protest strongly and persistently about
15a A big hit, poetry that is in fashion (1,2,4)
À LA MODE: Another charade. Do what it says on the tin and you will be fine. Here goes. A from the clue. A hit, three letters and slightly obscure but often used in crosswordland. Now we need a piece of lyrical poetry to finish with. Those of you who are over ninety years of age may remember a ridiculous programme in which a sleazy character called Cyril Fletcher read these out. Thank god television has moved on. Strictly? I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here? Unfortunately it has not!
17a The best government? Have a wry smile about it (7)
ELITISM: An anagram (wry) of SMILE placed around the word IT from the clue
19a Lamb, say, rambling is unfathomable (7)
ABYSMAL: My second to last one in. Instantly recognised as an anagram (rambling) of LAMB SAY but my stubborn refusal to use pencil and paper meant I had to wait for checkers.
21a Supporters set out for gripping ties (7)
FASTENS: The same as 17ac. This time the supporters are short for aficionados and they surround an anagram (out) of SET
22a Leave secretly for the match (5)
ELOPE: This match is a marriage to which our star-crossed lovers are running away to. I wish them all success and every happiness.
24a You never come to the end of this sort of ring (8)
ETERNITY: A very fine all in one clue. An infinite or unending time or a ring given as a symbol of lasting affection, typically set with an unbroken circle of gems.
27a Unwinds — and makes it all over again (9)
RECREATES: A well written double definition. What God would be doing if He made the universe again
28a Comes to parties (5)
WAKES: A double definition The second of which has a double definition in itself. The celebrations held after a funeral or annual festivals and holidays held in the north of England
29a A good but uncommon description (4)
RARE: Our fifth excellent DD. The first being an adjective meaning unusually good or remarkable and the second meaning not found in large numbers and so of interest or value. If you want a third think undercooked steak
30a Realise it’s about Biblical Hebrews (10)
ISRAELITES: Anagram (yawns) (about) of REALISE ITS
1d Expensive address (4)
DEAR: Double definition. The first being the easier to solve.
2d Often sitting in garden in street over a railway (9)
SEDENTARY: Lionel Blair’s Charade time. Stick God’s original garden into the abbreviation for s(tree)t and append A and another abbreviation, this time for R(ailwa)Y.
3d Mean to accompany a woman (5)
NORMA: Mean here equals average. Adding A from the clue will lead to a girl’s name. This one had a lucky escape unlike Saint Sharon
4d It’s the absolute end (7)
EXTREME: The answer to this clue appeared at 20d last week. I found it difficult to review then. This may not be any easier. A google for definitions includes this “the subject or predicate in a proposition, or the major or minor term in a syllogism (as contrasted with the middle term).” Whilst I hope that helps I doubt very much that it will do so. Your Toes, nose and fingers may be considered to be thus. Very severe or serious is another definition.
5d The notoriety only a hypochondriac would enjoy (3,4)
ILL FAME: The first word is what a hypochondriac always considers himself to be. The second word is a synonym for notoriety or being known by a large number of people.
7d Exotic creature going around in a shopping centre (5)
LLAMA: This South American mammal which mates for an extended period of time (20 – 40 minutes; Wikipedia) can be found by upturning (going around) the A from the clue and an Americanism for shopping centre.
8d Standard position for a passing-out parade? (2,4-4)
AT HALF-MAST: Clue of the day! The surface read is designed to misdirect and will almost certainly do so. The standard is a flag. The passing out refers to a death. The standard position refers to where the flag might be flown at such times. Delightful.
9d As hot drinks they take some beating (3-5)
EGG-FLIPS: One lives and learns. A flip is a class of mixed drinks. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term was first used in 1695 to describe a mixture of beer, rum, and sugar, heated with a red-hot iron (“Thus we live at sea; eat biscuit, and drink flip”). The iron caused the drink to froth, and this frothing (or “flipping”) engendered the name. Over time, eggs were added and the proportion of sugar increased, the beer was eliminated, and the drink ceased to be served hot.
Nanas Egg Flip
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk (skim or low fat)
- ¼ teaspoon Vanilla
- pinch (or 2) of ground Nutmeg
- Put all ingredients in a jug and mix with stab mixer (stick blender) of blend in a blender.
- Pour into a glass
- Garnish with a sprinkle of Nutmeg.
Ta Da!!! 30 seconds and breakfast is ready.
- Nana used a hand beater or fork to make these and there were always those slimy bits of egg white (chalzae) in the bottom of the drink – they added character but using an electric mixer will eliminate them.
- The vanilla and nutmeg provide natural sweetness
- If you are on a quest to gain weight – use full cream milk
All natural, tasty, quick, no special ingredients required, Nana’s special recipe.
14d Mistake one cannot make twice (5,5)
FATAL ERROR: This mistake cannot be made twice because it has led to ones death after which not much can be done once let alone twice.
16d It measures resistance old headmaster confronted with hesitation (8)
OHMMETER: Lionel is busy today. Take the first letters of O(ld) H(ead)M(aster) add the past participle of meet (encountered) then add our usual suspect for hesitation
18d Facial make-up used by the police (9)
IDENTIKIT: A picture of a person, especially one sought by the police, reconstructed from typical facial features according to witnesses’ descriptions.
20d ‘Lear’ in production set up with part of ‘Hamlet’ (7)
LAERTES: The son of Polonius and bother of Ophelia found by anagrammatising (in production) LEAR and appending the reverse (up) of SET
21d See fair play bloom (7)
FREESIA: Anagram (play) of SEE FAIR
23d Happen to come to mind (5)
OCCUR: A double definition, a third being exist or be found to be present in a place or under a particular set of conditions
25d Sounds like a strange letter in the post (5)
NEWEL: Sounds like new (strange) L (letter) – A stair post.
26d In the guise of an afterthought, they’re venomous (4)
ASPS: a two letter conjunction often indicated by the word “when” in Crosswordland followed by the abbreviation for postscript will lead to the cause of Cleopatra’s downfall.
Solved to the strains of Bellowhead whom I had the privilege of seeing in Leamington Spa on Saturday night. Is there a better live band in England today? I doubt it.
The Quick Crossword pun: rabbi+touch=rabbit hutch