Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27684
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning. I hope you all had a good time over Christmas and that those amongst you who tackled the Elgar Double Toughie on Christmas Day have recovered enough to have a go here at the gentler end of the cryptic crossword scale. Today’s puzzle offered a steady slog with the top right corner just pushing it into three star difficulty for me.
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1a Expect I will go before head after some horseplay (10)
ANTICIPATE: Do what the clue suggests. Place I (from the clue) before a noun meaning head (or the paste from which porcelain is made. Nothing to do with this clue but I thought I would throw it in anyway) and place both before some horseplay, in this case a prank, jape or caper.
6a Staunch good man the writer turns over (4)
STEM: Our usual two letter good man followed by the writer of the clue or the setter reversed (turns over)
10a Plane crashes somewhere in the Himalayas (5)
NEPAL: Anagram (crashes) of PLANE
11a In hospital, most would like to go like this tradesman (9)
OUTFITTER: The eureka clue which led to the fall of the top right hand corner. This tradesman who works in a shop selling men’s clothing can be split 3,6 to describe the state a patient would like to leave (to go) hospital as opposed to the state he entered it
12a Practical is ‘in’ — be less fancy (8)
SENSIBLE: Anagram (fancy) of IN BE LESS
13a It can be enthralling for a while (5)
SPELL: An enchantment which is also a short period of time
15a Hit back with a note before ten? It can be true (7)
PARADOX: Take a three lettered short sharp knock or blow and reverse it (back) Add an A from the clue and the musical note as sung by Julie Andrews and favoured by Homer Simpson, now add the Roman numeral for the number ten.
17a Long John Silver’s line (3,4)
SEA COOK: The occupation of Long John Silver
19a Less than 50 per cent? Certainly! (3,4)
NOT HALF: A very clever double definition. The first being a short measure and the second meaning very much so.
21a Find fee out of order for Turkish official (7)
EFFENDI: Anagram (out of order) of FIND FEE
22a Heavenly body, one seen in flight (5)
STAIR: Place an I as indicated by the number one in the clue inside a twinkling heavenly body.
24a Common title for Satan? (8)
NICKNAME: a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name. The Devil is often known as Old Nick
27a Pension for all directors? (4,5)
FULL BOARD: The provision of all meals and accommodation at a hotel or guesthouse might also refer to the total complement at a meeting of a company’s directors
28a Fitting end for a piece of wood (5)
TENON: A type of woodworking joint which usually goes with Mortice
29a Boat to swing off course to port (4)
YAWL: The things we learn! This boat is a two masted fore and aft rigged boat with the mizzen mast stepped far aft so the mizzen boom overhangs the stern. That in itself is interesting enough but there is more. Historically it is a ship’s jolly boat with four or six oars. Goodness only knows what a jolly boat is. To get the name of this boat we need a three letter term used to describe the twisting motion of an aeroplane or ship followed by the initial letter of the direction indicated by port as opposed to starboard
30a They provide poor accommodation (10)
ALMSHOUSES: these are dwelling places provided by charitable organisations for poor people.
1d Teenage trouble spots? (4)
ACNE: Spots, zits, blackheads or pimples. The bane of some teenagers lives.
2d It’s highly confidential (3,6)
TOP SECRET: Possibly todays easiest clue. Highly elevates the confidentiality.
3d Shouts out names (5)
CALLS: A double definition
4d Weak case made for charitable collection (4,3)
POOR BOX: A receptacle for donations to those less financially blessed than ourselves
5d Ties the rest in knots (7)
TETHERS: Anagram (In knots) of THE REST
7d Cut of the cloth? (5)
TITHE: A medieval tax of one tenth of income or crops given to the church
8d Much improved, that enjoys greater popularity (4,4,2)
MORE LIKE IT: This term may be used by a teacher to show a pupil that improvement has been made. It may also denote a greater number of people appreciating something. I feel this clue would have beaten me if it were not for the checking letters
9d Official bit of advice goes to teachers, say (8)
TIPSTAFF: This advice may help you choose which horse to back. Placed before a collective term for teachers it gives an officer of a court
14d Europeans travel by air to obtain a dubious aphrodisiac (7,3)
SPANISH FLY: These Europeans are not French or German but live further south and tend to like bullfighting. To travel by air is obvious and the whole gives an antiquated form of Viagra
16d Dreadful family heard in abusive outburst (8)
DIATRIBE: split 3,5 This rant can be found by placing a homophone (heard) of an adjective meaning dreadful before another word meaning family or clan
18d Welcoming start of treatment, mentions new remedies (9)
OINTMENTS: Anagram (new) of MENTIONS containing (welcoming) the letter T (start of Treatments)
20d Flier in a flat spin (7)
FANTAIL: Anagram (spin) of IN A FLAT
21d Creates a secret passage (7)
ENCODES: Converts into an encrypted form
23d Silver down but looking healthy (5)
AGLOW: Place a noun defining a difficult time in a person’s life after the chemical symbol for silver
25d Two Poles about to set up job centre? Untrue (3,2)
NOT SO: Place our usual two poles around (about) the word TO form the clue but inverted (set up) and add the middle letter of the word jOb
26d Numbers taken out of telephone service (4)
ONES: This is a hidden word, hidden within the clue itself.
Solved and blogged in silence.
The Quick Crossword pun: foe+net+tick=phonetic
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