Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27679
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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This is one of the easiest
Rufus puzzles I have ever solved. In fact once the checkers were in it seemed to solve itself. There are rather a few too many old chestnuts for my liking but as one of our bloggers said recently “Old chestnuts to some are fresh fruit to others”.
Happy Christmas to one and all.
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3a Schubert’s fifth, with someone teaching conductor (10)
BANDMASTER: Take the fifth letter of the word Schubert, a conjunction and one who teaches to find the leader of a group of musicians
8a Daft jokes about parking in capital (6)
SKOPJE: Anagram (daft) of JOKES with the letter P from Parking with give the capital city of Macedonia
9a Token appointment for a guide (8)
SIGNPOST: This token is a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality, or feeling . The appointment is a job. Together they make a guide or indicator.
10a Everyone needs permission, OK? (3,5)
ALL RIGHT: Take our three letter word meaning everyone and add a moral or legal entitlement to have or do something to find a two word saying meaning OK
11a Tense — certainly not going over border (2,4)
ON EDGE: Reverse (going over) a two letter word meaning certainly not and place it before a word for a border or the outside limit of an object, area, or surface.
12a Mad as Humpty Dumpty in the end (3,3,4)
OFF THE WALL: This is a phrase meaning eccentric or unconventional. Think what Humpty Dumpty sat on and where he ended up.
14a Steam trains to Barking? One in charge there (13)
STATIONMASTER: Anagram (barking) of STEAM TRAINS TO.
20a One’s mean about musical girl entertaining masses (10)
CHEAPSKATE: This word for a skinflint or mean type of person can be found by taking our single initial meaning about or Circa The girl from the musical who was asked for a kiss and placing a word meaning masses or lots in between the two.
22a Airman out of place in yacht station (6)
MARINA: Anagram (out of place) of AIRMAN
23a Playwright protecting fellow Irish in sweeping conflagration (8)
WILDFIRE: Place an Irish playwright around Fellow and IRish
24a About to copy horror film (4,4)
CAPE FEAR: Again we have our initial for about or Circa a three letter word meaning to copy or imitate to give our first word of the answer. The second word suggested by the word horror means a deep intense feeling of dread. Together they give a film originally made in 1962 starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. Remade in 1991 starring Robert De Niro. My favourite version stars The Simpsons and was made in 1993
25a Commercial outlet in period leading up to Christmas (6)
ADVENT: The period leading up to Christmas? Does anyone need help with this one? I think not. The answer split 2,4 gives a shortened term for a commercial and an outlet which could be a pipe or hole where water or gas may escape
26a Difficult terms ahead for someone like Squeers? (10)
HEADMASTER: Anagram (Difficult) of TERMS AHEAD. Wackford Squeers was one of these based upon a real life brutal man named William Shaw. Unfortunately these monsters were still at large in the Nineteen Seventies.
1d What may help winter sports types reach their peaks? (3,5)
SKI LIFTS: What skiers use to make their way up the slopes
2d Silly to repeat ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, for example (8)
OPERETTA: Anagram (Silly) of TO REPEAT
3d Bird found by black hunting dog (6)
BEAGLE: A large bird of prey can be placed after the letter Black to find a breed of hunting dog
4d Comfortable residence in Marylebone street (4)
NEST: A hidden word indicated by the word IN. It is in there, inside the clue, lurking.
5d Periodical spillage of oil in North American plant (8)
MAGNOLIA: Take a three letter periodical or journal and place after it and anagram (spillage) of OIL inside the abbreviation for North America
6d Private papers forged (6)
SAPPER: Anagram (forged) of PAPERS will give you this Combat Engineer
7d Flag officer in the US Navy (6)
ENSIGN: A double definition. The flag can be red, white or blue.
13d Musical girl in Vienna, not very lively (5)
ANNIE: Anagram (Lively) of VIENNA minus the letter V (not very)
15d Cinerama building kept secret (2,6)
IN CAMERA: Anagram (Building) of CINERAMA meaning kept secret, usually in a court case.
16d Get hold of number, jazz number (4,4)
TAKE FIVE: To grab the fifth number. This Jazz number was written by Dave Brubeck
17d Coy going to bed (8)
RETIRING: A double definition
18d Bottle got by artist in inexpensive restaurant (6)
CARAFE: Place our well known Royal Acamedician inside an eating house at the lower end of the market
19d Part of an engine — data in order (3,3)
BIG END: In a piston engine, the larger end of the connecting rod, encircling the crankpin. This can be found by putting a three letter word for data or information inside another three letter word meaning an order
21d Mean to collect poorly supporter (6)
PILLAR: Place a word meaning poorly inside (collected by) a word meaning mean as in a golf score.
23d Warrant ingenuity is required to defend rook (4)
WRIT: This warrant or summons can be found by putting a three letter word meaning the capacity for inventive thought and quick understanding; keen intelligence around (defend) Rook
Thank you Van Morrison for your wonderful concert last night.
The Quick Crossword pun: sighed+weighs=sideways