Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27738
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
I found this a little tougher than Monday’s usual offering with very few answers after the first pass. It fell slowly clue by clue. If lumberous is a word it fits this puzzle for me [It isn’t – but lumbersome is! BD]. The sun is out, as are the daffodils. Spring appears to have sprung. Ireland is celebrating a victory over England. They did have home advantage and spent the whole game trying to win unlike England who did not have home advantage and spent the whole game trying to lose.
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1a Not yet decided on flying? (2,3,3)
IN THE AIR: A very nice all in one clue which is also a double definition. If you are flying you are here.
6a Man on watch around Beachy Head (6)
ALBERT: This man’s name is the first name of King George the Sixth of England. It can be found by placing a noun meaning to be watchful for potential danger around the head of the word B(eachy)
9a Online clue. Needing a return, deposits gold in a daze (6)
Newspaper Clue. Translating proust may produce it
STUPOR: Online Clue The reverse (needing a return) of a word meaning deposits followed by one of our usual suspects for the gold
Newpaper Clue. Anagram (translating) of PROUST
10a Glowering milk producer’s cast out (8)
SCOWLING: I think all mammals produce milk so take your pick from any one of the 5,416 species that exist. (Wikipedia) To save you some time this milk producer might be found on a farm and is not a sheep or a goat or a cat or a dog or a pony or a horse. Think Bovine. Now place this mooing milk producer inside a word meaning to cast as David cast his stone towards Goliath. Simple
11a Inclination to fade away, in general (8)
GRADIENT: Generally in Crosswordland we have two generals to choose from and this one isn’t General Lee. It is the other one with the first name of Ulysses who became President of The United States of America once he had united them. Now that we have his name we need to insert (in) a word that means to fade away completely until all life is extinct
12a They may be spun — to make briefs? (6)
FIBRES: Golly an anagram. About time too. Of BRIEFS and indicated by the words “may be spun” I adore anagrams
13a Is most prominent, but badly impersonated (12)
PREDOMINATES: And another anagram (badly) of IMPERSONATED. Put your pencils down and work it out in your head. If you need more checkers be patient and wait for them.
16a Out of sight; out of mind? (5,3,4)
ROUND THE BEND: A double definition. The second is often said of me. Who am I to argue
19a It’s quickly torn asunder in Post Office (6)
PRONTO: A partial anagram (asunder) of TORN inside the initial letters of P(ost) O(ffice)
21a Deportment of unusual air and grace (8)
CARRIAGE: Anagram (unusual) of AIR and GRACE
23a Scale of air force taking fine French stronghold (8)
BEAUFORT: This scale, which is used in Met Office marine forecasts, is an empirical measure for describing wind intensity based on observed sea conditions. It can be found by putting the French word meaning fine and adding a stronghold like a castle
0 Calm 0 0 Smoke rises vertically.
1 Light Air 1-5 1-3 Direction shown by smoke drift but not by wind vanes.
2 Light Breeze 6-11 4-6 Wind felt on face; leaves rustle; wind vane moved by wind.
3 Gentle Breeze 12-19 7-10 Leaves and small twigs in constant motion; light flags extended.
4 Moderate Breeze 20-28 11-16 Raises dust and loose paper; small branches moved.
5 Fresh Breeze 29-39 17-21 Small trees in leaf begin to sway; crested wavelets form on inland waters.
6 Strong Breeze 40-50 22-27 Large branches in motion; whistling heard in telegraph wires; umbrellas used with difficulty.
7 Near Gale 51-61 28-33 Whole trees in motion; inconvenience felt when walking against the wind.
8 Gale 62-74 34-40 Twigs break off trees; generally impedes progress.
9 Strong Gale 75-88 41-47 Slight structural damage (chimney pots and slates removed).
10 Storm 89-102 48-55 Seldom experienced inland; trees uprooted; considerable structural damage.
11 Violent Storm 102-117 56-63 Very rarely experienced; accompanied by widespread damage.
12 Hurricane 118+ 64+ Devastation.
24a Attach and aim a listening device (6)
ENDEAR: A verb meaning to cause to be loved or liked can be found by placing an aim or final target before our own bodies organ of hearing.
25a Executor’s first to divulge what’s left in the will (6)
ESTATE: The first letter of E(xecutors) as indicated by the word first is followed by a verb meaning to express something definitely or clearly in speech
26a Couldn’t choose, and did without there (8)
DITHERED: A nod to those of you who comment and cannot chose a favourite clue. Place the word DID around (without) the word THERE. If you are in Scotland you may prefer to place the word DID outwith the word THERE.
2d Small number attempt to entertain a public official (6)
NOTARY: The small number here is the abbreviation of the word number. It is followed by a three letter word meaning an attempt which is place around (entertain) the letter A.
3d He’d put in little work, yet had expectations (5)
HOPED: Our usual crosswordland word for work OP(US) is placed inside the letters H,ED from the clue.
4d Enter game play, making contract (9)
AGREEMENT: Anagram (play) of ENTER GAME. I suggest a limit to the number of anagrams used. Four per year would be about right
5d Dish one has possibly to stir round (7)
RISOTTO: Here is yet another anagram. Forget the above comment. I had a moment of generosity. Anagrams should be outlawed altogether. Anagram (possibly) of TO STIR followed by the roundest of all letters
6d A look of being indifferent (5)
ALOOF: A (from the clue). Our usual suspect for the word LO(ok) and the word OF ( from the clue)
7d Bit of money firm’s directors may be hoarding (9)
BILLBOARD: A slang term for a dollar note in the USA followed by the collective term for a company’s directors will lead you to this advertisement hoarding.
8d Erred badly when about to finish, so gave up (8)
RENDERED: Anagram yawn yawn yawn (badly of ERRED around (about) the first three letters of 24ac (to finish)
13d 19th-century war zone writer almost isolated (9)
PENINSULA: A quick peep at Wikipedia shows this war with the R at the end. Interesting. I parsed the clue as a three lettered word meaning a writing implement followed by a word meaning related to or from an island without its final letter (almost). The answer is also a tract of land projecting out into a body of water. The Roseland is a fine example of one of these which I shall be visiting in May
14d One close to home no longer joking (2,7)
IN EARNEST: I (one) followed by a word meaning close by and another word for a birds home
15d They travel with others to work (8)
COURIERS: A cryptic definition of persons employed to guide and assist a group of tourists.
17d Former spouse called, in high spirits (7)
EXCITED: Our usual former spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend followed by a word meaning called, referred to, praised, or summoned.
18d In time, beat up relative (6)
AGNATE: Place the reverse (up) of a word meaning to beat repeatedly as a punishment inside a word meaning a distinct period in history . As an adjective this word means descended from the same male ancestor. If I had a pound for every time I have seen this word, I would have a pound.
20d Something in the air makes one put on weight? On the contrary (5)
OZONE: ONE as in the clue and the avoirdupois abbreviation for a 16th of a pound are reversed (on the contrary) to find afresh invigorating air, especially that blowing on to the shore from the sea. Or if you prefer a colourless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odour and powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light. It differs from normal oxygen (O2) in having three atoms in its molecule (O3)
22d I dine out in self-reliant company (5)
INDIE: An anagram (out) of I DINE.
Solved to the wonderful sounds of my favourite female artist. Sinead O’Connor and one song from Mr Van Morrison’s gig in London last night.
The Quick Crossword pun: penny+tense=penitence