Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27703
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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I think the seasoned withered old veterans of the cryptic world will find this a breeze. Less experienced solvers should get there with perseverance. The clueing is altogether fair and the checking letters assist throughout. If you falter, find words that fit, bung them in and work backwards to see why they do or do not work. Do not look for deviousness, go for the straightforward.
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On a lighter note it is always nice to see a bit of food and drink provided in a crossword but the fruit and drink here is a little on the feminine and light side. Could the setters please supply something a little more hearty?
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5a Round of applause before dance that’s kind of foul (8)
HANDBALL: Take an informal noun meaning a round of applause and add another noun meaning a social gathering for dancing to reveal a foul in association football punishable by a free kick or a penalty attempt. Those of you with little footballing knowledge should be able to solve this one from the wordplay.
8a Keen to embrace that woman in bright red (6)
CHERRY: Place a three letter word meaning to keen or weep and place it around (to embrace) a word meaning that woman to reveal a bright red colour
10a Little bit of dough adds about middle (6)
CENTRE: Dough is an informal term for money. Use the smallest (little bit) of American coinage and add our usual abbreviation for about. This will give a word meaning middle.
11a Bones from Wounded Knee? Lots (8)
SKELETON: Anagram (Wounded) of KNEE LOTS
12a Public school to plan residence welcoming the Queen (12)
CHARTERHOUSE: This plan appeared yesterday at 3d. It can be a map showing coastlines and water depths. The residence is what we all live in. The Queen pops in between these two words (welcoming) and very nice it is to see her too. Perhaps we should offer her a little 15ac and a bowl of 8ac
15a White wine — some bucellas tippled (4)
ASTI: A lurker. This white wine is hiding away in the clue. It will not be the winner of the hidden word championships.
17a Opinion expressed by soldiers evicted from apartment building (5)
TENET: This type of apartment building was common in the Glasgow of yesteryear. From this we need to remove (evicted from) the ordinary members of the armed forces as distinct from the officers.
18a Hear about old system of weights (4)
TROY: To hear as in sit in judgement in court around (about) the letter o(ld)
19a Splits up firm producing vehicle components? (5,7)
PARTS COMPANY: A double definition as indicated by my separation and underlining of the words in the clue above. I hope those of you who have been misdirected into thinking that the twelve letters of the words SPLITS UP FIRM were the fodder for an anagram as indicated by the word producing will hold your heads in shame at your great waste of the world’s resources
22a Dance enthusiast circling with energy (8)
FANDANGO: Place a three lettered conjunction inside a three letter word meaning enthusiast and follow that with a word meaning energy or drive.
24a Bishop with book in bed (6)
BORDER: Use the B(ishop) from the clue and add a word meaning to reserve something. The bed you find will not be in the bedroom, or for that matter in the house at all.
25a Capital city, captured by Cézanne, I viewed reflectively (6)
VIENNA: This capital city is our second hidden word of the day. It will be harder to spot because it is written backwards as indicated by the word reflectively
26a Unnecessary to sew fringes of skirts (8)
NEEDLESS: To sew as a verb is followed by the outside letters (fringes of) S(kirt)s
1d Journalist cycled over carrying it (6)
EDITOR: Take the past tense of a word meaning to sit on and control a bicycle and reverse it (over). Put the word IT inside (carrying)
2d Power shown by champion dog, race’s early leader (4-6)
PACE SETTER: P(ower) followed by a word meaning champion or a person who excels at a sport will give the first word to this answer. The second word is a breed of gundog. Together the give the name of the chappie who sets the speed of a race and then waits for the glory boy to overtake him at the last lap Well done Chris Brasher (yes, he of the boots) and Chris Chataway.
3d Spots name inside card (4)
ACNE: Place N(ame) inside the highest value playing card to find these spots mostly associated with one’s teenage years.
4d Strong macho types kept in check (8)
VEHEMENT: Place a word split 2,3 meaning macho types inside (kept in) a verb meaning to make a careful and critical examination of something.
6d Devious mate’s pocketing your old gemstone (8)
AMETHYST: Anagram (Devious) of MATES containing an old word for “your” but which can still be heard in regular use in the north of England.
7d Lots terribly low after workers suffered a heavy defeat (4,5,4)
LOST HANDS DOWN: The first word is an anagram (terribly) of LOTS. The second and third words can be found by placing a word meaning low, sad or depressed after another word for workers to find this term for a heavy defeat
9d Fleece man on board (4)
ROOK: A double definition, the second and easiest being a chess piece
13d Duel arranged — relaxed Burton’s kept calm (10)
UNTROUBLED: A clever double anagram with one anagram inside the other. DUAL (arranged) is one. BURTON (relaxed) is the other which fits inside (kept) the first. . You may treat the two together as one big anagram, the end result will be the same.
14d Deliveries for doormen (8)
BOUNCERS: This term for doormen is also the term for a cricketing delivery
16d Disrespectful, lacking foresight right away (8)
IMPUDENT: Remove the letter R R(ight away) from an adjective meaning not showing care for the consequence of an action.
20d Conditional release initially playing a part (6)
PAROLE: A term for release from prison under restriction (conditions) can be found by taking the P from P(laying) as indicated by the word initially and the A from the clue and adding a word for a part in a theatrical production.
21d Duty on one vehicle (4)
TAXI: A chestnut of a clue. Pace another word for a duty which may be levied upon earnings above (on) the roman numeral which looks like ONE to find a vehicle which plies for hire
23d Japanese drama about a Hebrew patriarch (4)
NOAH: This type of Japanese theatre rears its head all too often in crosswordland so it is well worth remembering. Place it around the letter A from the clue to find the geezer that built the ark.
Thanks to Stevie Winwood and the rest of the members of Traffic for their magnificent reproduction of their 1973 tour On The Road. I saw this tour on 20th March 1973 at Birmingham Town Hall and replay it regularly
RIP Dave Dingle. Best before 18/01/2015
The Quick Crossword pun: quire+buoy=choirboy