Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27720
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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The rules of completion according to Miffypops
Rule 1. There are no rules
Rule 2. See rule one
There is much satisfaction gained upon completion of a cryptic crossword puzzle whatever your level of competence. Grizzled old campaigners will need little or no help due to their expertise having been gained over many years. Newcomers may be baffled by the simplest of clues.
A completed grid is a completed grid and I don’t much care howsoever anybody gets there. The more experienced you are the less help you should need.
Beginners should feel free to use to anything and everything to achieve completion, dictionaries, encyclopaedia, an atlas, books of crossword lists, and of course the internet. I have spent a couple of hours looking with amazement at just how much help is out there on the World Wide Web including this very blog itself.
Scribble away in the newspaper margins or use a notepad. Make little circles of anagram fodder. Write a succession of dashes, put in your checkers and play with the clues to your hearts content
Regard these aids as crutches, helping you along. With time and experience and a good memory it should be possible to throw these crutches away little by little as one becomes more proficient. For example, once someone learns to recognise how anagrams work i.e. Indicator, fodder and definition they really ought to stop using the anagram solver and work them out for themselves. One by one the aids should fall away until you sit there pencil-less with a quickly self-completed puzzle and think “Now what shall I do” as you reach for the toughie and contemplate volunteering to review puzzles for Big Dave.
Happy solving to you all however you do it.
The hints and tips below are here to help and guide you. I hope they serve their purpose. Definitions are underlined. If you still need an answer after reading the hint then press click here and the answer will be revealed. If you do not want to see the answer – do not click.
Today’s puzzle felt a little workaday but raised a smile or two. I seem to have made an attempt on the world record for the number of brackets used in a review.
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1a Special band for the match (7,4)
WEDDING RING: This match is a marriage. This special band is what one or both of the opponents in that union wear to signify their marital status.
9a Accounts for all members of the family (9)
RELATIONS: A double definition which is easy enough from the elegant clueing. The checkers will either confirm your guess or give you the answer
10a Humble sailor confronts rough sea (5)
ABASE: Our usual two lettered A(ble) B(odied) seaman is followed by an anagram (rough) of SEA
11a Broken hearts may lead to lovers’ converse (6)
HATERS: An anagram (Broken) of HEARTS will give this opposite (converse) meaning of lovers.
12a Sure to be a song by drunk (8)
AIRTIGHT: A three letter usual suspect for a song is followed by a word meaning drunk will give an adjective meaning having no weaknesses or unassailable.
13a Pack up quietly and clear out (6)
PARCEL: An anagram (out) of CLEAR follows our musical abbreviation for quietly
15a Clears off temporary settler on board (8)
SCAMPERS: This temporary settler lives under canvass (or Ripstop Nylon these days) and needs to be placed between the letters that denote a steamship upon which he is supposedly “on board” The answer is what I would do if anybody tried to get me on a cruise on one of those ghastly huge floating tower blocks. Give me The Roseland anytime.
18a The rest of the players (4-4)
HALF-TIME: The break in the middle of a sports match such as Rugby Union. Speaking of which, Didn’t our boys do well on Friday night. I wonder if they still get oranges.
19a Notice opening in time (6)
ADVENT: This opening which allows gas air or liquid to escape from a confined space follows the abbreviated word for advertisement
21a What’s more it’s a sincere reforming (8)
INCREASE: Anagram (reforming) of A SINCERE
23a Outrageous articles about Western capital (6)
OTTAWA: Take a three letter word meaning excessive or exaggerated that is spoken by sounding each of the three letters that comprise the word (the same as we say ok, ok) Now add two single letter articles placed around the first (capital) letter of W(estern) The whole is a Capital City
26a Accept an inviting suggestion (5)
ENTER: An all in one clue. If we accept an invitation to come in, we do this.
27a Surliness I shall moderate (3,6)
ILL TEMPER: These words meaning irritability or anger can be found by taking the shortened form of I shall or I will and adding a verb meaning to act as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to (something).
28a Supplementary benefit for workers lacking security (6,5)
DANGER MONEY: An extra payment for working under dangerous conditions.
1d Line up on vessel for religious service (7)
WORSHIP: Take a word meaning a line and reverse it (up). Now add the vessel in 15 across to find a religious service.
2d Money comes in handy in China (5)
DELFT: This blue and white pottery (china) is named after the city in the Netherlands where it was originally made. The clue is parsed by putting the Latin abbreviation for our English pound inside an adjective meaning neatly skilful and quick in one’s movements. This clue is designed to misdirect. Did it?
3d Divide into parts and bury division (9)
INTERSECT: take a five letter word meaning to bury or entomb and add a word meaning a group that has separated from an established Church.
4d Get a larger size (4)
GROW: To increase in size. This clue appeared recently and led to a debate about its crypticity
5d Natural aptitude you’ll need this month in court (8)
INSTINCT: Take a four letter word meaning in or of the present month. Add IN from the clue and the abbreviation for the word court
6d Enormous soldier — a six-footer (5)
GIANT: An American serviceman is followed by one of the most numerous insects on the planet
7d You need inspiration to draw them (7)
BREATHS: These inspirations are drawn through the lungs. I wanted to illustrate this with the Carry On Doctor film clip where the doctor tells the girl whose lungs he is listening to “Big Breaths” to which she replies “Yeth and I’m only Thickthteen”
8d Mortification of girl attached to criminal band (8)
GANGRENE: This medical condition is caused by a severely restricted blood supply and can be found here by placing a girl who often crops up in crosswordland as a Frenchman (Allo Allo) after a word meaning an organised group of criminals. There is a picture opportunity here but the images found turned my stomach and none of you delightful people out there deserve that.
14d Engineers commanding officer returned amid recent move to new area (8)
RELOCATE: Get the Lego bricks out for this subtle charade. The R(oyal)E(ngineers) in the army are followed by their C(ommanding) O(fficer) who is standing on his head (returned) inside (amid) a noun meaning the most recent news or fashion or of most recent date. Now put those Lego bricks back in their box. I don’t want to tread on them with their sharp corners.
16d The farthest one will be from a bank (9)
MIDSTREAM: This bank is a riverbank and this term means the middle of a river.
17d Oriental girl that’s charged — it gets thrown out (8)
EMISSION: In crosswordland Oriental usually indicates the E of E(astern) or the word Eastern itself. The former is the case here. This is followed by a girl who is unmarried (Nothing tells us she is unmarried, she just is. She is very pretty and has a great sense of humour and an outgoing personality so I am sure she will be happily married in the fullness of time). To finish this clue off (if you are still interested) we need a charged particle e.g. an atom or molecule with a net electric charge due to the loss or gain of one or more electrons. Golly bongs. The things we need to know to solve a cryptic crossword puzzle.
18d She is expected to succeed (7)
HEIRESS: A female who will inherit whatever is left after the death of her parents.
20d A treaty involved with food transport (3,4)
TEA TRAY: this is an old chestnut of a clue which never fails to amuse. The answer is an anagram (involved) of A TREATY
22d Under redirection some of those letters went astray (5)
ERRED: A hidden word lurking away inside the words of the clue and indicated by the word some.
24d Tree in a small enclosure (5)
ASPEN: A from the clue S(mall) followed by a word meaning a small enclosure in which sheep, pigs, or other farm animals are kept.
25d Escape and feel different (4)
FLEE: Anagram (different) of FEEL
Today is National Confidentiality Day. Don’t tell anyone.
The Quick Crossword pun: con+fee+skate=confiscate