Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27744
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Welcome to the home of the National Anagram Appreciation Society. Unfortunately today’s puzzle only has five anagrams that number 49 characters and yield a mere 30.25% completion rate of the 162 letters in today’s puzzle. Last week’s ratio was much more generous yielding 40.66%. Alarmingly this leaves six whole answers unchecked. Over one hundred anagram indicators were used by DT setters during the month of January alone. Today is also National Get Over It Day. If you can “Get over it” please do so but spare a thought for those who cannot “get over it” and suffer the invisible and awful illness that is depression. It is also national Crabmeat Day but I couldn’t wait and ate all of the crabmeat in a sandwich on Friday. I will make do with a small jar of Caviar instead
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1a Cloud cover is right in position (7)
STRATUS: Place the R(ight) inside a noun meaning one’s relative social or professional position or standing.
5a Let everybody marry with love at heart (7)
ALLOWED: What is your preference, Lego charades or simply doing what it say’s on the tin? Take our usual crosswordland word meaning everybody or the whole quantity and a verb meaning to marry. Now insert (at heart) the letter that represents the tennis score of zero points (love) Don’t put the Lego away just yet. You may need it later
9a It’s quite rough and ready, as a rule (5)
THUMB: The ‘rule of thumb’ has been said to derive from the belief that English law allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick so long as it is was no thicker than his thumb. In 1782, Judge Sir Francis Buller is reported as having made this legal ruling and in the following year James Gillray published a satirical cartoon attacking Buller and caricaturing him as ‘Judge Thumb’. The cartoon shows a man beating a fleeing woman and Buller carrying two bundles of sticks.
10a Openings for super rate of exchange (9)
APERTURES: Hurrah an anagram. Triggered by (of exchange) of SUPER RATE. I adore anagrams. They offer an easy entry into a cryptic puzzle and opportunity to doodle aplenty
11a One taking part in an emergency (10)
UNDERSTUDY: This part is theatrical and describes a performer who learns the lines of a regular actor or actress in a play in order to stand in should the regular performer be unable to take part.
12a Stop article by TV doctor (4)
WHOA: A word used to stop horses formed by putting the name of a well-known doctor in a long running BBC TV series before a single letter determiner. In the early episodes of this series the Tardis blended into the landscape that it landed in so took on different shapes. For some reason that ability failed and despite the efforts of Jon Pertwee and his sonic screwdriver could not be fixed. Not even if the polarity was reversed and so the Tardis remains in the guise of a 1960’s police box for evermore
14a Inevitable comment on hopeless case (4,2,6)
CAN’T BE HELPED: This phrase is used to say that an unpleasant or painful situation, or an unwanted duty cannot be avoided and must be accepted
18a Matches to be made if three girls go wild (12)
FIRELIGHTERS: Whoo Hooo. Anagram two. Here’s your clue. Anagram (go wild) of IF THREE GIRLS
21a Appear to observe many (4)
SEEM: take a verb meaning to perceive with the eyes (observe) and add the M of M(any). Not much Lego needed here.
22a Boat train being derailed (10)
BRIGANTINE: Here it be. Anagram three. Listen to me. This boat can be deduced by anagramatising the words TRAIN BEING as hinted by the word derailed. Bjork is singing her song “Oh it’s So quiet” which is pleasing me greatly
25a Make a sorry speech? (9)
APOLOGISE: Express regret for something that one has done wrong.
26a Breathe one’s last during a university farewell (5)
ADIEU: Insert (in) a word that means to fade away completely until all life is extinct (Breathe one’s last) into the A from the clue and the U of U(niversity. Last week at 11ac we inserted a word that meant to fade away completely until all life is extinct into the name of an American general. Will we get a hat trick next week?
27a Mouthful of water (7)
ESTUARY: A Delta or the tidal mouth of a river.
28a Objects about the French not finishing (7)
ENDLESS: Place a word meaning objects, aims, or targets around the French plural for the as in Victor Hugo’s Miserables which Saint Sharon and I went to see in London. The highlight of the show for me was the moment that the irritating little brat Gavroche got shot. Apparantly shouting “Yes good shot. Sorted” was inappropriate. I would happily have shot him myself
1d Begs to put off retirement? (4,2)
SITS UP: What a dog does when offered a treat and what we do if we go to bed late.
2d They’re made by those who deliver ammunition (6)
ROUNDS: The name given to delivery routes as used by paperboys or milkmen (remember those) which is also the name given to types of ammunition such as bullets
3d A celebrant seen around a place of worship (10)
TABERNACLE: It’s never a bore, anagram four. Let’s explore. The words seen around let us know that there is an anagram opportunity. The words A CELEBRANT appear to be the anagram fodder as they number 10 characters.
4d Is able in a way, but limited (5)
SCANT: Place a verb meaning to be able to inside our usual crosswordland abbreviation for street (way)
5d Troops appearing twice in a Daily Telegraph — initially it makes a change (9)
AMENDMENT: Lego time again. Place a word meaning troops or the ordinary members of the armed forces as distinct from the officers between the A from the clue and the D from D(aily Telegraph). Now place the same word (twice) between the D of D(aily) and the T of T(elegraph)
6d Departed after time (4)
LATE: A double definition., the first being dead.
7d The fighters’ craft (8)
WARSHIPS: Seagoing vessels intended for use in naval battles
8d Drops from one’s hand (8)
DISCARDS: To get rid of something no longer useful when playing a game like poker
13d It makes sound sense to those in need (7,3)
HEARING AID: A device used to help the partially deaf. The word sounds is usually used to indicate a sounds like clue or homophone but is included here as a misdirection
15d Presumably it shouldn’t have the lion’s share of the bed (5,4)
TIGER LILY: I am not sure how to describe this clue other than a very clever cryptic definition. The bed is in the garden. The reason it (in the clue) shouldn’t have the lion’s share of the bed is that it isn’t a lion but the other big cat. The answer as a whole is a flowering plant. Once all of the checkers are in the answer is obvious. It is clues like this that make me think “Why do I put myself through this?”
16d Geoff sat out in the wings (3-5)
OFF STAGE: Anagram Six. In the mix. Here’s the fix. Anagram (out) of GEOFF SAT. Possibly Geoffrey Palmer. I am sure he has sat in the wings more than once.
17d There’s no duty here and no charge for wine (4,4)
FREE PORT: A doubly defined clue. No more need be said
19d Guess what the poet Donne was by profession (6)
DIVINE: A double definition The first being discover (something) by guesswork or intuition. John Donne was a cleric as well as a poet. He wrote this
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Van Morrison sang this
20d Verbal critical reports of shows (6)
REVUES: This is a real homophone. A review is a critical report of a show. A show is also a word which sounds exactly the same as review but is spelled differently
23d Gosh! Southern European birds! (5)
GEESE: Take a mild expression, typically of surprise, enthusiasm, or sympathy and add the initial letters of S(outhern ) E(uropean)
24d British isle shortly to join a state of America? (4)
IOWA: The island known Vectis to the Romans and the letter A from the clue together form this Midwestern state.
Solved whilst listening to Bjork, Tom Waits, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan. You can clear the Lego away now.
The Quick Crossword pun: waiter+minute=wait a minute