Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27774
Hints and tips by Miffypops & Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Half of today’s review team is suffering aches and pains all over after a http://goape.co.uk/days-out/cannock day on Saturday. He should know better at his age but will not be told. Today’s puzzle should give a confidence boost to newer solvers. If you are a recent convert to Cryptic Puzzles, please pop in and say hello. We won’t bite. Today Miffypops has supplied the across hints. Kitty has taken on the down clues. Please do not mention the golf. I have strong negative opinions about the total sham that is The Masters. The piccies and musical clips have all been chosen with regular contributor Jane in mind.
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Across hints by Miffypops
1a Licensed carrier (5,3)
MOTOR CAR: A cryptic definition of whatever it is you drive. Mine is a Ford Focus. I am not so sure that the vehicle is licensed. Taxed and insured, yes. But surely it is the driver who is licensed
6a Support delay (4,2)
HOLD UP: A double definition. A third might be a stocking held up by an elasticated top rather than by suspenders. Here is my chance to use a suggestive picky. I hope you like it.
9a Trade organisation gets round start of strike agreement (6)
UNISON: Take an organized association of workers in a trade, group of trades, or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests and place this around the first letter (start) of S(trike) The answer to this clue is itself a trade organisation , Britain’s biggest with 1.3 million members
10a Trial with underground lab equipment (4,4)
TEST TUBE: A trial or examination is followed by a word used to describe The London Underground Transport System. Together they make a piece of laboratory equipment made out of glass and used to grow babies (it is how I imagined it all those years ago in 1978. Rack upon rack of glass wombs, each growing a baby
11a Finding fault may be crucial (8)
CRITICAL: Another double definition. The second, meaning of great importance.
12a Taking a chance, cutting up vegetables (6)
DICING: Double definition number three. Ideally the vegetables would end up as perfect cubes.
13a He is constructively employed in a supporting role (8,4)
BUILDERS MATE: An unskilled helper on a construction site
16a One whose pupils are encouraged to make notes (5,7)
MUSIC TEACHER: These notes may be written on a five barred stave and include crotchets and quavers
19a Bear right to enter London thoroughfare (6)
STRAND: This major thoroughfare in London stretches from Trafalgar Square into Fleet Street. It can be found by placing an informal verb meaning to be able to endure or tolerate around the letter R(ight) (to enter)
21a Giving instruction to change it, unfortunately (8)
TEACHING: An anagram (unfortunately) of CHANGE IT
23a A couple of pence increase in value (8)
APPRAISE: A charade or Lego clue. Do as you are asked to reveal the answer. Take the letter A from the clue and ad two letter Ps (a couple of pence). Now we need a word which means to increase in value. You may use this word to up the stakes in a poker game. Altogether we have the answer. Just by being good little children and doing as we are told
24a Veto is coming from old Russian council (6)
SOVIET: Anagram (coming from) of VETO IS
25a Highlight of historic communication (6)
BEACON: These fires atop high poles were used to spread a message across the land. Last used in England on 4th June 2012 to herald Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond jubilee. Emails are much quicker. And text messages. Unless you send them to me. I might not look at my phone for a couple of days.
26a Requests are allowable in distress-signal (8)
SOLICITS: Place a word meaning allowable or legal inside the international code signal of extreme distress, used especially by ships at sea. Morse code for Save Our Souls.
Thanks, Miffypops. Off we go with the downs then.
Down hints by Kitty
2d They admit they don’t have to pay the rent (6)
OWNERS: This word more commonly means ones who possess: they do not need to pay rent for it is their property. They also confess things to be true.
3d Beginning working as a film actor (5)
ONSET: Split (2,3) this is where an actor works.
4d NCO translated letters for soldier (9)
CONSCRIPT: The letters in NCO are rearranged (translated) and there follows a piece of writing. Perhaps handwriting. Possibly for use by the actor above. This soldier was enlisted compulsorily.
5d Disconcerted to be told secrets about a number (7)
RATTLED: Acted as an informer around the Roman numeral for fifty. Flustered, discombobulated – maybe by the conductor in the video for 14d!
6d Drenched with water so he’d have to change (5)
HOSED: The water comes from a flexible pipe. The answer comes from an anagram of two words in the clue, which have to change.
7d It’s clear to me, anyway, one will miss deadline (4-5)
LATE-COMER: Another anagram (anyway) of CLEAR TO ME. This person arrives after time. Chambers, the internet and my brain all have the enumeration as (9). I trust the first two sources.
8d Courtesy, a quality of the townsman? (8)
URBANITY: Civility or politeness. Smoothness and suavity. Also possessing the quality of relating to or being influenced by a city. If you’re having trouble it may help to think of the more common adjective and then “nounify” it. (There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity. MP)
13d Curiosities from barbaric organisation going over century (4-1-4)
BRIC-À-BRAC: We find these knick-knacks from an anagram (organisation) of BARBARIC around (going over) C(entury).
14d Trial from which the public is excluded (9)
REHEARSAL: A preparation or practice for a performance to which the public is not normally invited.
15d A combination of factors (8)
MULTIPLE: The key to unlocking the clue is to be found in mathematics. Factors are combined in one of the four main mathematical operations to produce one of these. As a mathematical lady I like this.
17d She plays with electricity switch (7)
ACTRESS: She plays – perhaps in plays. The type of electric current that is not DC and then a meaning of switch that I had long forgotten: a lock of hair.
18d Discontent in a French vacation (6)
UNREST: A French article is followed by a word for a holiday or break, resulting in some disquiet.
20d See fit to listen to Hamlet, for example? (5)
DEIGN: To condescend. Hamlet is indeed the Shakespearean prince, not a cheekily capitalised village. We want a homophone of (to listen to) his nationality.
22d Such a vocation is a source of ruin (5)
HAVOC: Destruction, devastation, chaos. The beginning of the clue is a source of the answer in that it is lurking there, contained within.
Not too many problems for me today, though I nearly tripped up over 8d and had to dig out definitions of switch. Hurrah for reference materials. The horses may be placidly munching in their stables but my runaway favourite, galloping away with the wind in its hair, is 15d.
May I also just take this opportunity to thank Miffypops for his encouragement and support. Thanks, MP – you’re a star.
The Quick Crossword pun: tore+pea+doe=torpedo