Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27714
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
I had a lovely time on Saturday at The Bridge in Little Venice. It was so nice to meet you all. Thanks to all who turned up and sorry to anybody I missed by selfishly going off to watch the egg chasers at Richmond Rugby Club (28 all if you are interested). Today’s puzzle delighted (13d) and disappointed (21ac) in about equal measure. What did you think?
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1a Better order meal before I make speech (10)
AMELIORATE: Rufus begins today with an a partial anagram (order) of MEAL followed by I from the clue and a verb which my online dictionary defines as “make a speech, especially pompously or at length.” I love the inclusion of the word pompously
9a It’s neckwear, say, for the dandy (4)
BEAU: Here we have a homophone or soundalike clue as indicated by the word “SAY”. The neckwear is as worn by Sir Robin Day (best before 6th August 2000, the youngsters, and possibly the foreigners will just have to google him). Also see the hint for 8d
10a Understanding why we need a compass (10)
FORBEARING: a double definition here. The second Split 3, 7 we have one of the many uses of a compass. A third definition might describe Big Dave and his toleration of the rubbish I write
11a Tearaway’s con trick (3-3)
RIP-OFF: A cryptic definition of a fraud or swindle especially something overpriced as indicated by splitting the first word of the clue 4,4 (ignoring the S)
12a Scottish man going it alone; was he wise? (7)
SOLOMON: This wise man was a king of Israel and a son of David. He can be found by putting a Scottish pronunciation of the word Man after a verb meaning to perform something alone
15a Completed fitting but not yet paid (7)
OVERDUE: What a debt becomes after the payment date.
16a Pearl’s mum seen in Northern area (5)
NACRE: Mother of pearl. N(orthern) and 4840 square yards or 0.405 hectares
17a Badly delivered over to knock about (4)
ROVE: Our first full anagram of the day has only four letters which are OVER. They are indicated by the words badly delivered and the definition is knock about. This clue does not float my boat. I “knocked about” Coventry in my youth but I would not say I “roved”. We do have the song I’ve been a wild rover and I suppose he knocked about a bit. I do so wish I had a BRB
18a Circle of musicians (4)
BAND: A double definition a third for the twitchers on here (Jane and Hanni) being put a **** on (a bird) for identification.
19a Goddess in chains reportedly (5)
CERES: With four checking letters this can only be the Roman Goddess of agriculture. The answer is also a minor planet which lies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter both of which are visible and spectacular in the night sky at the moment and almost perfectly diametrically opposed. Have a look, it’s well worth it. I waffle on because I have no idea what the chains are about, perhaps The Boss will elucidate [Sounds like (reportedly) chains or sequences. BD]
21a I shall and will show hostility (3-4)
ILL-WILL: Take a three letter abbreviation for I shall and add WILL from the clue. I kid you not.
22a Fifty-one line up endlessly on right for a drink (7)
LIQUEUR: Our first two letters are the Roman numerals for 51. Our next four letters come from a noun meaning a line of people awaiting their turn to be attended to but missing its last letter (endlessly) with an R(ight) This type of clue is known in the upper echelons of crosswordland as a charade. Those of us who lack pretension prefer to call it a Lego clue. Build it up bit by bit
24a They won’t top the bill, in any form (6)
EXTRAS: Those who fill out scenes in films or plays. [… or items added to the bottom of a bill. BD]
27a On the level? Yes and no (8,2)
STRAIGHT UP: A cryptic definition of the vertical and the truthful
28a Quits the day before new start is to be made (4)
EVEN: On level terms. The day before a religious festival such as Christmas and the Beginning (start) letter of the word N(ew)
29a Fruit that was loved by Churchill (10)
CLEMENTINE: The wife of Sir Winston Churchill is also a hybrid between a Mandarin and a sweet orange so named in 1902. You all knew that didn’t you?
2d Where Armstrong stood in crescent perhaps (4)
MOON: This celestial body was walked upon by Neil Armstrong on 20 July 1969. Our headmaster at the time advised us not to stay up to watch history in the making as school was so much more important. Idiot!
3d I’d boil uncontrollably in desire (6)
LIBIDO: Ooh er missus! With only one and a half anagrams in the across clues it is about time for another. This one has an excellent surface read too. I’D BOIL is the fodder. Uncontrollably serves as the indicator and also the first word of the definition. Very clever.
4d Nothing to share but words (7)
ORATION: Take the letter O (nothing) and add a verb meaning to allow each person to have only a fixed amount of (a commodity).
5d Drug found in a police department (4)
ACID: A from the clue and the initials of the Criminal Investigation
Department will give another name for a synthetic crystalline compound, lysergic acid diethylamide, which is a powerful hallucinogenic drug.
6d Impress deeply as an artist (7)
ENGRAVE: in artistic terms, to cut lines into a metal plate in preparation for printing. Another term for etching
7d Sixty to the minute? Not so good (6-4)
SECOND-RATE: A double definition. Need I say more?
8d He won’t catch you out in a silly position (10)
OUTFIELDER: A cricketing term. One who is not “in” ( Google only refers to baseball here. It is American though. I bet the BRB is a whole lot more English) Also if you have MID as the first three letters you are not going to solve 9ac
12d Reinstated after review, having financial difficulties (10)
STRAITENED: Anagram (after review) of REINSTATED . The answer looks like it ought to have a gh in there somewhere.
13d O? (4,6)
LOVE LETTER: Clue of the day. O represents a score in Tennis. It is also a character of the alphabet
14d Part of church left for contemplation? (5)
NAVEL: The central part of a church and L(eft) will give a bodily part which you might contemplate when preoccupied
15d Gold that is left for Oxford college (5)
ORIEL: This Oxford College (we go to Kings College Cambridge) can be found by taking our usual suspect for gold. The latin abbreviation for Id Est and L(eft)
19d Form shown by Olympic finalists in big race (7)
CLASSIC: A form of schoolchildren and the last two letters of (Olymp)IC will give a name for a horse race such as The Oaks, the Derby, The St Ledger, The 1,000 guineas and the 2,000 guineas
20d This chapel is inset elaborately (7)
SISTINE: This exquisite chapel in the Vatican is an anagram (elaborately) of IS INSET
23d Result is Leo leaving South Pole, devastated (6)
UPSHOT: Anagram (devastated) of SOUTH POLE minus (is leaving) LEO
25d The language of Somerset (4)
ERSE: Lurking away (of) in the word Somerset is this old irish language
26d Downfall of bear without capital (4)
RUIN: This Bear minus its first letter (without capital) gives a noun meaning physical destruction. ADDINGTON does not fit.
Solved and reviewed silently In The Wee Small Hours.
The Quick Crossword pun: Haydn+sikh=hide-and-seek