Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27780
Hints and tips by Kitty & Miffypops
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Hello from sunny Surrey where a bleary-eyed Kitty has endeavoured to provide you with some across hints before sending you a little way northwards and leaving you to the tender mercies of Miffypops. I hope today finds you well and happy.
It doesn’t get much more Rufus-y than this. As so often happens with him I started quickly, gained confidence, and then slowed down and started to lose it. I needed electronic help for 19d and 25a, so not the easiest Monday in my book.
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Across Clues by Kitty
1a Alterations in the bell-ringer’s programme (7)
CHANGES: A double definition to get the ball rolling. Or the bell ringing: these are the orders in which a peal of bells can be rung. The first definition should need no further explanation.
5a The last section to have a complaint in mind (4,3)
TAIL END: This final part is found by inserting a three letter word for trouble or indisposition (which Chambers assures me can be a noun) into one meaning take care of. Another definition could be the answer to 21a.
9a I complain when she comes over (5)
NAOMI: One of those more unusual clues where the definition is to be found in the middle. Take the I from the clue and a word for grumble or whinge. When this is reversed (comes over) we are left with a girl’s name. I wonder if the setter knows someone of this name and whether the surface reading is appropriate.
10a Radio users may get faulty set in ships (9)
LISTENERS: Put an anagram (faulty) of SET into some large passenger-carrying vessels. The radio users are employing one of their senses specifically.
‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
Of the forest’s ferny floor:
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the Traveller’s head:
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
‘Is there anybody there?’ he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners
That dwelt in the lone house then
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
That goes down to the empty hall,
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
By the lonely Traveller’s call.
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
‘Neath the starred and leafy sky;
For he suddenly smote on the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head:—
‘Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word,’ he said.
Never the least stir made the listeners,
Though every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
From the one man left awake:
Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
And the sound of iron on stone,
And how the silence surged softly backward,
When the plunging hoofs were gone.
11a Cliques in the Lords — they’ve much in common (4,6)
PEER GROUPS: A number of people equal in age, rank, merit, etc. If the sets of people are members of the House of Lords, they are literally these.
12a A student is after an alternative test (4)
ORAL: Place a word offering an alternative before A from the clue and the one letter abbreviation for L(earner) to give us an old friend.
14a Travels far and makes one’s mark in the world (4,1,4,3)
GOES A LONG WAY: A phrase for covers a lot of distance is also an idiom meaning is successful.
18a Professional comes in to introduce new generation (12)
REPRODUCTION: When an abbreviation for pro(fessional) is put inside (comes in) an anagram (new) of INTRODUCE, what comes out is breeding or spawning.
21a Barrel end of a gun (4)
BUTT: A double definition . A barrel for water and the end of a gun – but not the barrel end, the other one.
22a One’s put in by an attendant (10)
APPEARANCE: This attendant is not one who waits or serves but simply one who is present. If you put in one of these you have shown your face.
25a Put in a drink, it could knock Argonauts out (9)
ANGOSTURA: More things to put in, this time in a drink. An anagram (it could knock __ out) of ARGONAUTS produces an aromatic bitter bark used to flavour some bitters. But not the bitters of that name: the brand comes from the town in Venezuela where they were first produced. This fact got me very tangled up indeed when writing the hint. I might need a drink later!
26a A leading publication? (5)
GUIDE: This cryptic definition is easiest to twig if you put on a literal-minded hat. (The hat is only metaphorical. If you have a literal literal-minded hat please send in a photo because I would love to see it.) This publication will help to lead you. To conduct or direct you. It is a book you might take with you on your travels or perhaps to research good food or good pubs. Speaking of which, you will find The Green Man in CAMRA’s one of these.
27a Back possibly sore after final (7)
ENDORSE: Here we have an anagram (possibly) of SORE after a conclusion. The back is not a rear but a verb meaning support or advocate
28a Boring outside broadcast (7)
TEDIOUS: I was totally dim-witted here. I repeated the answer aloud several times trying to work out the homophone. Of course, broadcast is also a perfectly run-of-the-mill anagram indicator, and if you form an anagram of OUTSIDE you get the answer. Dull, monotonous, dreary.
Down by Miffypops the mere minion
1d Cover story with article inside (6)
CANOPY: In Journalistic terms matter to be printed around the form of the indefinite article a used before words beginning with a vowel sound.
2d Maintained a five-nil lead over United (6)
AVOWED: Lego time. Add together A from the clue. The Roman numeral used to indicate the number 5. The roundest letter we have that looks like nil and a verb meaning united in marriage
3d Deteriorating and becoming a drug-taker (5,2,3)
GOING TO POT: This term is a way of indicating that an item, person or machine is past its best and is failing rapidly. The drug is the last word and is another word for marijuana
4d Broadside written in colossal volume (5)
SALVO: I do like a lurker. This broadside is lurking away hidden across two words in the clue. I spotted him straight away. Can you see him?
5d One who is often up for trial (4,5)
TEST PILOT: These aviation trials take place up in the sky. This is the man or woman that flies the aircraft.
6d Beginning of last month turned very cold (4)
ICED: The date as written on the first day of the last month of our calendar is reversed here.
7d You may be surprised if they are arched (8)
EYEBROWS: We have two of these, one above each eye. Mine were last raised upon hearing Kitty’s alternative answer for 12ac. Naughty Kitty.
8d I spy lads going round in spectacles (8)
DISPLAYS: Our first anagram of the down clues. I SPY LADS is the fodder. Going round is the indicator.
13d In the finish bravery is cheered (10)
ENCOURAGED: Place a word meaning bravery, nerve, pluck, valour, daring or audacity inside (in) a short word meaning the finish
15d Solid achievement by an artist (9)
SCULPTURE: A three dimensional art form using solid materials which may be carved, cast or manipulated in some other way
16d Cheat to secure point in card game (8)
CRIBBAGE: This oldest of known card games can be found by adding together the three parts of the clue. This type of clue is known as a CHARADE by the long standing staid and stuffy crosswordland elite. The more modern street fighting guerrilla bloggers led ably by Miffypops Kath Kitty and pommers are redefining the language of the blogging fraternity and prefer to call these Lego clues or Do What It Says On the Tin clues. Lets do that then. Take a four letter word meaning to cheat by copying in an exam. Add a verb meaning to succeed in killing or catching an animal and finish off with a point of the compass. North South or West will not work. I do not think I have mentioned this before but The Green Man in Long Itchington have secured top place in The Harbury and District Crib League and cannot be beaten with two games left to play
As namechecked by Jane Austen No less. Mrs. Busby drinks tea and plays at cribbage here tomorrow; and on Friday, I believe, we go to the Chamberlaynes’. Last night we walked by the Canal.
17d Went back to secure an advantage over a fellow player? (8)
UPSTAGED: My last one in. A theatrical term used during dialogue when an actor or actress moves further back into the stage thus causing another actor or actress to turn their back to the audience. One lives and learns.
19d Duke Ellington’s mood? (6)
INDIGO: Duke Ellington, a giant of the jazz age died forty one years ago so is probably a little too young to be fairly mentioned in a cryptic puzzle. This mood refers to one of his most popular pieces. As this is more of a general knowledge clue I will allow you to type the words Duke Ellington Mood into your search engine of choice as a last resort but only if you cannot guess the answer from the checking letters.
20d Small containers which eliminate waste (6)
SEWERS: These containers are not small so watch out for Rufus’s misdirection here. Take the S(mall) and follow that with containers that are large jugs with wide mouths formally used for carrying water.
23d Demand and get payment absolutely right (5)
EXACT: A double definition
24d It’s sure to upset an employer (4)
USER: Anagram (to upset) of SURE
Phew. That took longer than normal. Excellent puzzle though from a master of excellent puzzles. Thanks Kitty.
The Quick Crossword pun: miss+cons+true=misconstrue