Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27762
Hints and tips by Miffypops & Macavity
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Today I want to Introduce Macavity who helped a little last week but has provided hints to exactly half of today’s clues. I think Macavity has done very well indeed.
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Across by Miffypops
1a Graduates rejected a Baltic cruise in time off (10)
SABBATICAL: Add an anagram (cruise) of A BALTIC to our three letter abbreviation for Bachelors of Arts but reversed (rejected)
6a Slow-moving mice may get snapped up by them (4)
OWLS: A well misdirected anagram (moving) of SLOW. This is a lovely clue with a fine surface read
10a Calm retort? (5)
STILL: A double definition. The first is rather obvious. The second less so. Get your BRBs out and let me know what my online dictionary doesn’t
11a It normally has its contents back to front (9)
BOOKSHELF: An all in one clue which describes a repository for written or printed works consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. These are place with their spines facing outwards (back to front) so we can read the titles and authors printed on the spine.
12a Sort of parade where the innocent align themselves with the guilty (8)
IDENTITY: This kind of parade places a suspected criminal amongst a line of innocent people in order for a victim of a crime to pick him (or her) out. I am uncertain as to the crypticity of this clue. How about you?
13a Impromptu commercial by party member (2,3)
AD LIB: This quick off the cuff remark can be found by placing our shortened form of commercial or AD(vertisement) before a member of one of our political parties. Not Lab, not Con, Not Ukip, one of the other parties Nick Clegg’s lot.
15a Informed about enemy returning after a battle (5,2)
AWARE OF: Do what the clue tells you to do. Return the letters of your three letter enemy. Place them after A (from the clue) and another three letter word meaning battle. Split these seven letters 5,2 and you will become informed as to the workings of this clever little clue.
17a An order to stop amber changing to green? (7)
EMBARGO: This official trade ban can be found by placing what a green traffic light tells you to do after an anagram (changing) of AMBER. What a clever clue
19a Cover work that includes Ravel in reworked composition (7)
OVERLAP: Anagram (reworking) of RAVEL inside our usual suspect for a (musical) composition
21a Experimental growth as a way of life (7)
CULTURE: A double definition. The experimental growth may be found in a Petridish in a 14d. The way of life refers to the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.
22a Surrounded by some of team on goalscoring (5)
AMONG: The answer is a lurker. Hiding away sitting mysteriously across three of the words in the clue.
24a Said and done resolving source of complaint (8)
ADENOIDS: Anagram (resolving) of SAID and DONE. Does anybody know what these are, where these are and what they are for. We only ever hear of them when they are to be removed
27a Excessively fatigued by extravagant living? (9)
OVERSPENT: The cost of decadent living may leave your wallet light or put your bank balance into overdraft. The use of the words excessively fatigued here are deliberately chosen to misdirect towards tiredness. If you have OVERTIRED you are wrong.
28a It’s evident Trevor hasn’t finished making comeback (5)
OVERT This hidden word can be found by reversing (making comeback) the first five (unfinished) letters of the word TREVO(R)) Our third answer starting with the same four letters.
29a Jerk — but he wouldn’t like to be called one (4)
YANK: A sudden hard pull is also a slang term for an American.
30a He’s on the way to work (4-6)
ROADMENDER: This chappie works repairing our highways. Judging by the poor repair of some of them, he has too many holidays.
Down by Macavity
1d Part of a window dresser’s flamboyant attire (4)
SASH: A sliding window frame or a band or scarf worn around the waist or over the shoulder
2d An encounter with the unseen? (5,4)
BLIND DATE: A cryptic definition of a romantic encounter with someone one has not previously seen. Often organised by a well-meaning friend. (Who might then be put under suspicion of either being vindictive or completely clueless as to their friends’ tastes or character! Or maybe that’s just me…)
3d Exhausted, as a wrestler may be (3-2)
ALL-IN: Remove the hyphen for a colloquial term meaning exhausted. With hyphen in place it is a type of freestyle wrestling with no restrictions on holds. It could also mean everything included.
4d Shortly, where lawyer gets intelligence? (2,5)
IN BRIEF: Where intelligence in the form of a lawyer’s summary of a facts and legal points of a case may lie. Or concisely.
5d Annoyed, having to reorder painkiller (7)
ANODYNE: An anagram (having to reorder) of ANNOYED. This word may also describe anagram clues, according to those less enamoured of them.
7d A revolutionary invention the Incas never had (5)
WHEEL: This artefact literally revolves and was famously not invented by the otherwise technologically advanced Incas – who even built a network that would have been ideal for their use.
8d Secure phone provided for explosives expert (4-6)
SAFE-BLOWER: Take a word meaning free from danger and add an informal and rather outdated term for a telephone to find someone who forces the opening of secure metal boxes using explosives. A new one on me.
9d Sail, but arranged to take in northern port (8)
ISTANBUL: Anagram (arranged) of SAIL BUT with the insertion of a point of the compass. The one indicated in the clue.
14d Schoolroom where one experiments with Socialist rhetoric? (10)
LABORATORY: Take our socialist usual suspect and add some (spoken) rhetoric. We then find ourselves in a well-equipped educational space where if all goes right, curiosity should be piqued and the wonders of the universe explored. In reality gas taps may be played with, chemicals spilled and fires started. Comprehensive education! ( Hey Macavity, I too remember mischief in The Science Block. It is a wonder we are still alive )
16d European organisation’s lies go out as praise (8)
EULOGISE: The first two words in the clue give the first two letters of the answer. There follows and anagram (out) of LIES GO. The praise is often given too late for dearly departed recipient to enjoy.
18d Anti-Royalist has bit of a fight getting capital (9)
ROUNDHEAD: Supporter of parliament during the English civil war. Part of a boxing match (5) and a principal (4).
20d Identify unpleasant smell — but this won’t cure anything (7)
PLACEBO: Classify or pinpoint (5) followed by the usually less-than-fresh scents of a human or animal (2). A medicine or procedure consisting of no active ingredients or demonstrated value. I don’t much like the definition here, since these do have a significant effect – so much so that they are an integral part of any reputable medical trial.
21d He acted badly — was dishonest (7)
CHEATED: Anagram (badly) of HE ACTED.
23d Waves from canoe (5)
OCEAN: Anagram. The answer is found from the letters in CANOE. I smell something roasting.
25d Gas one’s found below Australia (5)
OZONE: Keep the ONE intact and place it after (below in a down clue) a short word for Australia. Mmm, delicious chestnuts.
26d Can make a move (4)
STIR: the can is a nick or a clink or a cooler. The answer also means to make a move. I rarely want to do this of a morning.
Macavity says: I spied all three main political parties in the answers today, and another one in the clues. My favourite clue was 14d. Miffypops says his favourite hint was to 14d. Well done Macavity.
The Quick Crossword pun: elfin+spectre=health inspector