Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27732
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good Day to one and all. Today’s puzzle is a little cracker which I enjoyed very much. 10 across has had me smiling since I solved it. The sun is shining here in Downtown L I but the temperature is not high. I feel an outdoor day beckoning. Long Hawthorn hedges were made for days such as this. Billhooks, Slash hooks and Saws of all kinds were made for boys such as I. there may even be a fire. What joy.
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1a To suppress frauds they’ll be needed in court (6,7)
SQUASH RACKETS: These are long handled stringed bats used to play an indoor port which uses a little ball just the right size to cause terrible eye injuries. The first word is a verb meaning to subdue and the second is an illegal or dishonest scheme for stealing money
10a Dot three i’s in various places, many being silly (7)
IDIOTIC: The letter I inserted three times into the word DOT followed by a single letter which represent one hundred in Roman Numerals. A joyful and clever clue.
11a Photograph way-out couples (5-2)
CLOSE UP: This photograph taken at short range is an anagram (way-out) of COUPLES
12a Amphibians with feet going in two directions (4)
EFTS: Two points of the compass around the abbreviation for feet (12 inches) will give an alternative name for a Newt. I used to have a pet Newt which I named Tiny. Why did I call him Tiny? Because he was My Newt
13a Hit 150 before getting dismissed (5)
CLOUT: This heavy blow can be used as both a noun or a verb. Place a word meaning to be dismissed at cricket after the Roman numerals for 150
14a Duck! It’s Captain Hook’s bosun! (4)
SMEE: As the clue says Captain Hook’s Bosun in the novel Peter Pan by J M Barry. This is also the name of a type of Duck
17a Criticises VAT in speech? (7)
ATTACKS: Homophone time. A word that sounds like (in speech) what VAT is
18a It may appear as smart on the stern of a boat (7)
TRANSOM: Anagram cleverly indicated by the words (may appear as) of SMART ON
19a He got on in new form, being energetic (2,3,2)
ON THE GO: Anagram (in new form) of HE GOT ON
22a More changes put around by ruler (7)
EMPEROR: A partial anagram (changes) of MORE put around an archaic term meaning by means of
24a Romany loses my horse (4)
ROAN: Remove the letters MY from the word Romany to leave a type of horse
25a Muscular like some bully? (5)
BEEFY: Ian Botham’s nickname. Another word for a meat when salted or “corned”
26a A number remains — so hurry! (4)
DASH: The number here is the Roman Numeral for 500 followed by the remains of a fire. This reminded me of the time I visited the Samuel Morse museum and saw a note he left to his sister Dorothy. Dear Dot, must dash, Sam.
29a Convict dividing hoard and plunder (7)
PILLAGE: Crosswordland’s favourite three lettered convict is placed inside a hoard or a large amount of something to find this word meaning to rob using violence in a time of war
30a Study bill for dispatch (7)
CONSIGN: A simple construct. Take our usual suspect for study and add a word meaning an advertisement.
31a Paper clip that will to keep things secure (5,8)
PRESS FASTENER: The first of these two words collectively describes Newspapers and Journalists. The second is a hardware device that joins two objects together. I have not seen this term before. The second word has always been Stud. These are often used on items of clothing
2d Five players still not inwardly disheartened (7)
QUINTET: The collective noun for a five piece band. The word NOT loses its middle letter and is placed inside the word quiet (still). This clue does not work for me. What do you think?
3d Performs religious work (4)
ACTS: A double definition. The second being the fifth book of The New Testament
4d They may rise up in anger (7)
HACKLES: These are the erectile hairs along an animals back which rise when it is angry or alarmed
5d Bill, a relation (7)
ACCOUNT: A double definition
6d It may be tied for speed at sea (4)
KNOT: A double definition, the second being a measure of speed at sea.
7d It doesn’t normally contain mother’s ruin (7)
THERMOS: Anagram (ruin) of MOTHERS
8d It’s used to make pictures or compare a thing differently (13)
CINEMATOGRAPH: Anagram (differently) of COMPARE A THING
9d Fast-moving drug dealer (5,8)
SPEED MERCHANT: A double definition. A motorist who enjoys driving fast or a retailer of amphetamines. A third definition describes a fast bowler such as Bob Willis
15d Direction followed by ship’s complement that drives it (5)
SCREW: A ships propeller can be found by putting the collective term for a group of people who work on and operate a ship after one of the points of the compass
16d Sharp crooked instruments (5)
HARPS: Anagram (crooked) of SHARP
20d Advertisement that’s attached to back of vehicle (7)
TRAILER: This advertisement which is usually seen at the cinema an also be towed by a vehicle.
21d One’s naughty spirit as an individual (7)
ONESELF: ONES straight from the clue (as easy as that) followed by a supernatural creature of folk tales, typically represented as a small, delicate, elusive figure in human form with pointed ears, magical powers, and a capricious nature. Not a pixie. The other one. A goblin you say? No! The other other one
22d Carries out personal property (7)
EFFECTS: A double definition, the first being to cause something to happen or to bring about. The second being ones belongings
23d Become aware of the facts about a tissue of lies (7)
REALISE: A charade formed by placing Crosswordland’s usual suspect for about. A directly lifted from the clue and an anagram (a tissue of) of LIES
27d Don’t answer a question but have exam success (4)
PASS: To not answer a question as in the TV show Mastermind. The opposite of a fail in an exam.
28d Working with the Church in former times (4)
ONCE: A two lettered word meaning at work followed by the initial letters of the C(hurch) of E(ngland)
The Quick Crossword pun: count+acclaim=counterclaim