Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27726
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good day to one and all. Happy 1st birthday to my delightful grandson Harrison. Is it really a year? Where did that go? This calls for a little indulgence. I hope you enjoy today’s pictures. I thought Rufus was a little tougher than usual today, did you? Please comment below.
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1a Asian navies meet at sea (10)
VIETNAMESE: Heigh-Ho. We begin with an anagram. The indicator suggests we are on a cruise (I cannot see anybody getting me on one of those) There are only two words in the clue that add up to the ten letters of the answer so I suppose that they must be the fodder. The only word left (Asian) must therefore be the definition. Off you go find your pencils write out your little circles. Anything goes today.
6a Important people will turn to a shady character (4)
SPIV: The initials used for Very Important People (pluralised) and turned around will give you this person . Private Walker (The Late Jimmy Beck) of Dad’s Army springs to mind. So does Step Right Up by Tom Waits
10a Insertion of data is not out of place (5)
INPUT: Take the two letter opposite of out and add a three letter verb meaning to place or set in a particular position
11a Even the short-sighted could plainly see that it was dangerous (4,5)
NEAR THING: Something perilous that nearly happened would be described as such. The short sighted can see things that are close by. If anybody can explain this clue more clearly please do so in the comments. Here is Scratchy in our ash tree. He got up. He got scared. I got him down.
12a Policy that’s uncompromising is almost a shame (4,4)
HARD LINE: One of my last ones in. It is what we say to somebody when expressing sympathy or commiserations minus (almost) its last letter. If JLC gets this I will raise my hat to him. I have no doubt that he will get it. I am in awe
13a Worth millions, weary, needing to retire (5)
MERIT: The M of M(illions) is followed by the reversal of a verb meaning to feel the need for sleep
15a Forced to seek a new occupation (7)
EVICTED: This occupation is not a job but the place in which one lives. To be forced out in this manner would lead to the search for new accommodation.
17a One who treats wounds — in the chest? (7)
DRESSER: One who bandages is also a piece of furniture usually preceded by the word Welsh
19a Individual with sour disposition that is hard to bear (7)
ONEROUS: The lowest cardinal number (half of two) is followed by an anagram (disposition) of SOUR
21a Unusually, I earn it in doing nothing (7)
INERTIA: BANG Rufus hits us with another anagram! (unusually) of I EARN IT.
22a Girl has half-hour in a state (5)
IDAHO: A girls name is followed by the first half of HOur. Together they make up the 14th largest state of the USA. Remarkably this state is shaped like a potato which is its largest crop and co-incidentally most people from this state resemble this very crop.
24a Two girls that could be useful in the kitchen (8)
ROSEMARY: Two girls? My daughter has this name and she is only one girl. Here she is with her nephew. These two (or one girl) are the name of a herb which has a culinary use.
27a Calm and painless death (4-5)
EASY GOING: An unusual double definition. One who is relaxed and tolerant in attitude or manner would be described thus.
28a Understand it is a number less than ten (5)
DIGIT: Also a double definition. The first needs to be split (3,2). A third definition might be a finger or a toe.
29a First showing of estate agent’s notice (4)
ESPY: Take the first letter of E(state) (first showing) and add an agent or a person employed by a government or other organization to secretly obtain information on an enemy or competitor.
30a Fan of sickness benefit? (10)
VENTILATOR: This fan is also a piece of equipment used in a hospital to artificially respirate a patient.
1d One in leading position is full of himself (4)
VAIN: Place the Roman letter or numeral for one inside a noun meaning the foremost part of a group of people moving or preparing to move forwards, especially the foremost division of an advancing military force
2d Note hip seams split by stress (9)
EMPHASISE: This note is the third note of the diatonic scale of C major. It is followed by an anagram (split) of HIP SEAMS. Oh the joys of Google and cut and paste. You cannot really think I know all this stuff can you?
3d Well-known to have made a record (5)
NOTED: To be well known or famous or to have marked down for future reference. The clue says it all really.
4d The male sort — it includes females as well (7)
MANKIND: Human beings considered collectively as a race can be found by placing a noun for the adult human male before a noun meaning a category of things or people with a common feature; a typ ee. Here is an example. Mother with child.
5d Main plant producing wonder in children (7)
SEAWEED: In crosswordland main often refers to the seas and oceans and so it does here. This plant of the seas can be found by putting a noun meaning wonder or astonishment inside a noun which refers to one’s children or descendants.
7d Former holy man (5)
PRIOR: A double definition. The second being the male head of a religious order.
8d A number are eating fresh vegetables and fruit (10)
VEGETARIAN: Awkward clue of the day. A clever all in one with the Roman numeral for five (number) followed by an anagram (fresh) of ARE EATING. I am almost one of these but I do eat a very small amount of meat. So I’m not one of these am I?
9d Trampled on Oriental in mad rush (8)
STAMPEDE: take a synonym of the word trampled and add the oriental E(astern) as explained at 17d last week (you do remember don’t you)
14d This old boneshaker, strangely loved piece (10)
VELOCIPEDE: An anagram (strangely) of LOVED PIECE will yield an early form of bicycle propelled by working pedals on cranks fitted to the front axle.
16d Complete, from start to finish, hiding nothing (8)
THOROUGH: Take a preposition and an adverb meaning moving in one side and out of the other side of (an opening, channel, or location). And insert (hiding nothing) the roundest letter we have
18d Gels put on one side for repairs (4,5)
SETS RIGHT: Do what the clue tells you to do. Stop staring at it with bemusement like I did. Use the meaning of Gels as a verb and pertaining to liquids. Add one of the two sides, not east or west, try the opposite of left. This clue made me want to go off and bang my head against a wall.
20d Start of court proceedings (7)
SERVICE: The beginning of a tennis match which takes place on a tennis court My first thoughts were as follows. It’s a SUMMONS pure and simple. I have the S from 19ac. Such an easy clue I wondered how it got in there. SUMMONS. Hang on it’s not even cryptic. Of dear they will have a field day on the blog.
21d It’s reported to stimulate comprehension (7)
INSIGHT: An accurate and deep understanding is a homophone (reported) of incite
23d A bluff upstanding moral story-teller (5)
AESOP: A (from the clue) followed by a verb meaning try to deceive someone as to one’s abilities or intentions. (I don’t possess the BRB but I feel that this definition will sit about eighteenth in in the list) Our crosswordland favourite fable writer
25d Decoration badly made by learner (5)
MEDAL: Anagram (Badly) of MADE followed by the L of L(earner)
26d Produce disorder, wake up in prison (4)
STIR: A triple definition. A fourth would be to move a spoon round and round in a liquid.
Hotlips Haines Multi-instrumentalist with The Armpit Jug Band. Best before sometime last week. Thanks for the laughs Hotlips.
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