Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27673
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Today is National Cat Herding Day. A day for those of us who feel like we’re tasked with the impossible, Cat Herders Day recognises the frustration of trying to manage the unmanageable. Whether it’s work, home, school or other areas of life, if it feels like herding cats, today’s your day. I rather hoped Rufus would have an answer with a feline slant today to fit with the video clip I have had to use at 25d
I dedicate this day to those amongst you who feel like that when solving cryptic crossword puzzles.
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Today’s puzzle by Rufus contains his signature dish of Anagrams with Double Defintions on the side. These are garnished with some nice charades, a couple of all in ones drizzled with a lurker and served with a delicious sauce.
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1a Pirate on S American river that may be seen on board (6,5)
SILVER PLATE: The Pirate is from Treasure Island and the river, as it states in the clue is in South America. As this river has only five letters it is not the Amazon or the Orinoco. It must therefore be the one with the football team named after it. The answer as a whole refers to a type of tableware
9a Game that’s bound to go with whisky (9)
HOPSCOTCH: A children’s playground game can be found by adding the name for whiskies made in Scotland to a verb meaning to move by jumping on one foot
10a Reserves bets on races (5)
BOOKS: A double definition. The second being records of bets made and monies paid out by Turf Accountants.
A tip for newcomers. There are three words in the plural in this clue which means that the answer will be also be in the plural. Therefore even without the answer to this clue it is reasonable to assume that its final letter will be an S which gives the third letter of 7 down
11a Nelly is confused about love, and without boyfriends? (6)
LONELY: Anagram (is confused) of NELLY and the letter O (Love in a tennis match)
12a Reptile brings back one young salmon in ten (8)
TERRAPIN: Charade time. (Do as you are told) This reptile can be found by reversing (brings back) the letter I (one) and the name for a young salmon and placing the result inside the number TEN which is given in the clue
13a Curiosity may make one tarry (6)
RARITY: A cheeky little anagram with a twist here. The one represents the letter I which we place with the word tarry and use as the fodder for the anagram which is suggested by the words may make. Anagram (may make) of I TARRY
15a Dead centre? (8)
CEMETERY: The place where we bury our dead. Note to self. The letter A is not used in this word. If I had used an E as is correct then 8 down would have been a whole lot easier to solve
18a Quasar exploding round one high-class constellation (8)
AQUARIUS: This constellation and sign of the Zodiac can be found by placing the letters I (one) and U (high class) into an anagram (exploding) of QUASAR
19a Back on board (6)
ASTERN: The answer here is an adverb referring to back or rear end of a boat or ship
21a Not very bright, so extra-shy (8)
OVERCAST: A double definition. The first being cloudy and the second being split into two words. One meaning more than required and one meaning to throw.
23a Their losses may get roundabout compensation (6)
SWINGS: What one loses on these pieces by playground equipment may be gained on the roundabouts.
26a He gets put out, becomes angry (3,2)
HET UP: He from the clue alongside an anagram (out) of PUT will give an adjective meaning angry or excited when split 3,2
27a Script one created for TV’s Morse? (9)
INSPECTOR: An anagram (created) of SCRIPT ONE will reveal the rank of a character called Morse played by John Thaw in a television series based upon the books written by Colin Dexter. This chap would have been quite happy with the real ales in The Green Man.
28a Seconds subside? (7,4)
RESERVE TEAM: Sporting jargon here. In sporting clubs these are the side below the firsts from which substitutes will be drawn to replace injured members hence sub side
1d Student involved in chorals (7)
SCHOLAR: Our first straightforward anagram of the day (involved) is the indicator. CHORALS is the fodder.
2d Flower some pull up inappropriately (5)
LUPIN: The answer is the name of a flower. The word SOME indicates that it is hiding away lurking about somewhere inside the clue, peeping cheekily out at us. Can you see it? I did
3d Cares a lot about powered flight (9)
ESCALATOR: This is an anagram (about) of CARES A LOT. The powered flight in the clue would be called the moving stairs by my mum
4d Past prime minister is the product of sanctimonious island race (4)
PITT: Our usual two letter word for sanctimonious is followed by the shortened name of The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Races. The whole is the name of a former Prime Minister
5d The tales bandied about by sportsmen (8)
ATHLETES: Anagram (bandied about) of THE TALES
6d It may retain warmth that will show at the end of three months (5)
EMBER: this small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire is also the last five letters of three of our months
7d Mary holding child featured in stonework (7)
MASONRY: Place a term for a male child inside the word MARY from the clue
8d Full make up? (8)
COMPLETE: A double definition, another being to finish doing as in a crossword puzzle
14d It takes a turn for the better (8)
ROULETTE: The better here is a gambler The thing taking a turn is a wheel. It is all taking place in a casino.
16d Place to be for an alibi (9)
ELSEWHERE: If you are not here then you must in some other place. This word is rather obvious once the checkers are in
17d Chases jobs (8)
PURSUITS: A double definition. A third might be hobbies.
18d One more convert on earth (7)
ANOTHER: Anagram (convert) of ON EARTH
20d This is no way to drink patent medicine (7)
NOSTRUM: A charade or a Lego clue which we can build bit by bit. Take NO from the clue. Add our regular abbreviation for street (way) and add a drink favoured by sailors
22d One’s saucy prank! (5)
CAPER: A jape or prank is also the name of a sauce most often used to accompany fish dishes.
24d Chemical, inert in another form (5)
NITRE: Anagram (in another form) of INERT
25d One employs American with hesitation (4)
USER: This employer can be found by putting our usual two letter word for hesitation after the abbreviation for United States
Today is the day I stuff the Cd players with Christmas Cds. I have put in 17 live Tom Waits concerts and Bob Dylans Christmas In The Heart. Saint Sharon is euphoric (I think).
The Quick Crossword pun: suite+hart=sweetheart