Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27690
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Happy New Year to one and all. I don’t 28d to be 1ac but I do have a 12 ac for a 9d. I may be out of my 15d and it might take a 21d of your imagination but I need to take a 24ac at getting this down 11ac. I had taken my 17ac to the pub and spent it all on 13ac which is my 10ac but I am fighting a 8d against it. Feeling a little 22ac I decided to 22d and walk my 18ac dog in the 30ac along our local 19ac despite the fact that there was a 7d blowing at the time. Because its 27d I was 16d a 29ac which makes me look a bit of a 26ac but who cares. I had just passed the spot where they had demolished our 1960s college (20d) and was almost 31ac when I spotted a sailing ship with a 3d of 2d a frigging in the 4d. The 6d I thought to myself. I must say the sight of their 23ds wobbling away turned my stomach. There ought to be a 5d about this sort of thing I thought to myself as I rolled my 14ac home
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1a Paint or paper I ordered is not suitable (13)
INAPPROPRIATE: Anagram (ordered) of PAINT OR PAPER I. Who needs a pencil for anagrams like these?
10a Returning antelope occupied by kill gets coup de grace (7)
UNDOING: Oh dear! We need our three lettered African antelope (Blue , Black or White Tailed) reversed (returned) Inside this (occupied by) we need to put a phrase or saying which means to kill and is split 2,2
11a It’s to do with examination in theory (2,5)
ON PAPER: In theory rather than reality. How things are written or where things are written – a two-letter word meaning to do with and a written examination
12a It detects by smell and is aware by sound (4)
NOSE: A homophone (sound-alike clue) of the term to be aware of something is also the word for our olfactory organ
13a Cried out for a drink (5)
CIDER: Anagram (out) of CRIED. This was what started me off yesterday with my Sunday roast. Lots of London Pride followed and a lovely black stout followed that at the pub down the road. When I got home I took a glass of mulled wine to bed. At 4.07 I awoke and fired up the iPad and downloaded the crossword. The next thing I remember was waking properly just after 7.00am picking up the iPad and staring at a blank puzzle. Heigh Ho away we go.
14a Ring for house work (4)
HOOP: This ring can be found by using our usual shortened form of Ho(use) followed by our shortened musical work, OP(us)
17a Is it to encourage laying in a little money? (4,3)
NEST EGG: A sum of money saved for the future. Also a pot or ceramic artificial device used to induce hens to lay in a certain place
18a It normally lacks bark (7)
BASENJI: I thought this would be a dog that doesn’t bark but had no idea what that might be so I googled it and advise you to do the same. There now you have approval to use electronic help to find unusual breeds of dog. However you still have no approval to use pencils or pens so solve anagrams. Not on my shift.
19a Sideways? (7)
BYPATHS: Our odd word of the day. My google dictionary defines it as an indirect route and although it was what I initially thought, I wanted the checkers for confirmation. The checkers duly arrived and confirmed my thoughts.
22a Meaning to follow, being sheepish (7)
HANGDOG: Split 4,3 we first have a very obscure word for meaning which I am sure will be in the BRB but doesn’t show in my online definitions. To get the **** of something means to understand it. This is followed by a three letter word meaning to follow and the whole means having a dejected or guilty appearance. Shamefaced.
24a Be inclined to make a charge (4)
TILT: To be inclined like The Leaning Tower Of Pisa or to charge as Don Quixote did at a windmill
25a Rest that a billiards player wants as high as possible? (5)
BREAK: This rest period during the working day is also an accumulation of points scored in a single visit to a Billiard (or snooker) table
26a First sign of true intelligence in a fool (4)
TWIT: The first letter of T(rue) followed by a word meaning intelligence or the capacity for inventive thought or quick understanding
29a Support for a runner in St Leger? (3-4)
LEG REST: An inventively indicated anagram (A runner in) of ST LEDGER. I was well misdirected here into a dodgy world of horse racing and gambling peopled by gangsters with cut throat razors and sheepskin coats.
30a New opera in natural setting (4,3)
OPEN AIR: Anagram (new) (yawn) of OPERA IN
31a Not out of the running, after all (2,2,3,6)
IN AT THE FINISH: I think the running here is the batting order at cricket and the not out is a reference to where you are if you are NOT OUT. Please feel free to differ in the comments section of the blog. One of the joys of solving is to work out a solution from the checking letters and work backwards to understand why the answer fits the clue.
2d They are not suited for camp life (7)
NUDISTS: These people wear no clothes at their camps and are therefore not suited or booted. Ooh er missus.
3d Duet involving piano melody (4)
PAIR: This duet can be found by putting the musical abbreviation for piano before another musical term for a tune
4d Tackle some vote-manipulating (7)
RIGGING: A double definition, the first being the system of ropes or chains used to support a ships mast.
5d Adage showing preference for a word of action (7)
PROVERB: This adage or saw can be spilt 3,4 to satisfy the second part of the clue
6d ‘Children causing trouble are somewhat dim’ — psychologist (4)
IMPS: These little blighters are hiding away in the clue trying their hardest not to be seen. They are also my favourite liquorice confectionary. Hands up if you remember those little fellows
7d Conrad’s whirlwind romance? (7)
TYPHOON: This novel by Joseph Conrad was started in 1899 and published in 1902.
8d Marathon perhaps? (7,6)
RUNNING BATTLE: A cryptic definition of a major skirmish in 490BC between the Greeks and the Persians. They have made friends now. Did you know that the marathon is the only Olympic sport that has the heats in the morning and the final in the afternoon?
9d Plot associated with vice? (8,5)
GRIPPING STORY: This plot or story is one which firmly holds ones attention or interest in the way in which an engineering vice holds a component
15d Reports come back up when such charges are dropped (5)
DEPTH: These reports are the noises given off when these underwater explosive devices actually explode
16d Gun is dismantled for practice (5)
USING: Yet another anagram (dismantled) of GUN IS. I did like this indicator
20d Old educational establishment to work with new figure (7)
POLYGON: This multisided figure can be worked out by taking the shortened name of a 1960s educational establishment (now mostly given university status), a two letter adjective meaning to work or function properly and our usual suspect for n(ew)
21d Exercise period in prison (7)
STRETCH: A double definition. A third might be what elastic can be made to do
22d Intercept principal on holiday (4,3)
HEAD OFF: The main man in a college and an adverb meaning away from the place in question will give this term meaning to intercept. Commonly used in Westerns. Let’s intercept them at the pass doesn’t have the same ring to it.
23d They depend on cattle and some old folk (7)
DEWLAPS; The dangly bits at an elderly persons throat or the throats of cattle
27d Tendency to be dishonest (4)
BENT: A leaning towards criminality
28d Being near, aim (4)
MEAN: A double definition, the first meaning tight fisted. The second being to intend.
I though this puzzle was a lot of fun and a fine way to start the year.
The Quick Crossword pun: mirror+cull=miracle