Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27792
Hints and tips by Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Happy Star Wars Day. We have been given a Bank Holiday and a lovely Rufus puzzle to enjoy. Since our favourite publican has much to do this weekend I’ve let him have a rest from doing the hints, but Miffypops fans do not despair: he will be back next week.
I didn’t encounter any problems with this, so I have only given it one star for difficulty. I do hope that is fair and hasn’t discouraged you if you thought it was harder.
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1a Refusal to compromise, Irene can’t sign anyway (13)
INTRANSIGENCE: Obstinacy, and an anagram (anyway) of IRENE CAN’T SIGN.
10a Nearer the circle, or back beneath (7)
ROUNDER: Closer to being of a circular or spherical shape. Reverse the OR from the clue and follow it with a word for beneath.
11a The girl turns out as substitute for the match (7)
LIGHTER: Not a sporting match but the kind used to make fire. An anagram (turns out) of THE GIRL. A lightsaber could perhaps also substitute for this.
12a Girl getting rave review (4)
VERA: Make an anagram (review) of RAVE to get a feminine name.
13a Put off Edward’s return with hesitation (5)
DETER: Dissuade or scare off. Reverse (return) a short form of the name Edward and, um, follow with a hesitation (not um).
14a Criticism that’s directed at flying machines? (4)
FLAK: Harsh and adverse criticism. Also anti-aircraft fire.
17a Girl brought in to have a go at leather-making (7)
TANNERY: A four letter girl’s name (we have a few girls in this puzzle) goes inside a word meaning attempt. Surely the answer is a place for leather-making, not the act itself?
18a New taps fitted as kitchen equipment (7)
STEWPAN: A type of cooking pot can be found by making an anagram (fitted) of NEW TAPS.
19a Supports inferior goods (7)
SECONDS: Two definitions which are hard to expand upon, so I will offer a third: an extra helping of food. Nom nom!
22a Firm follows new trade in old-fashioned style (3,4)
ART DECO: The abbreviation for company goes after (follows) an anagram (new) of TRADE to give a design style of the 1920s and 1930s.
24a A bit of a wag, even a joker maybe (4)
CARD: A comical or eccentric person, or part of a deck of which a joker might be an example.
25a Heroin that’s found in the gym? (5)
HORSE: A slang term for heroin or a piece of gymnastic equipment. And the anglicised surname of one or our regular commenters.
26a Enthralled by India, gracious setting for a famous sight (4)
AGRA: It’s lurking inside (enthralled by) INDIA GRACIOUS. This setting is indeed in India and is the site of a famous mausoleum.
29a Position right for military leader (7)
OFFICER: A position or service followed by R(ight).
30a Relatively favourable (7)
NEPOTIC: Favourable to one’s relatives.
31a Fagin’s pupils were members of it (8,5)
CRIMINAL CLASS: A lesson in pickpocketing may literally be one of these; it is also the section of society to which Fagin and the like belong.
2d It’s extremely small and free of charge (7)
NEUTRON: A tiny particle which has no electric charge.
3d Travel free over the Orient (4)
RIDE: Free or disencumber followed by (over, in a down clue) the point of the compass that denotes the Orient.
4d Two-year-olds may run in it — in two ways (7)
NURSERY: The definition can lead in two ways to the answer. A race for two-year-old horses or a place for children of a similar age.
5d Complaint one’s taken to head about two students (7)
ILLNESS: This ailment is formed of the Roman numeral for one and a word for a head or promontory around (about) two instances of the letter denoting L(earner).
6d Snick a boundary? (4)
EDGE: To snick a cricket ball is to deflect it off the side of the bat. I didn’t know that, but got the answer from the boundary. It’s a border or brink.
7d Entry of animal makes Tom panic (7)
CATFLAP: A means by which a type of animal who may share my name can enter or exit a house. Follow a male of the species with a word meaning panic or fluster.
8d Soldier escort arranged for individually-owned businesses (7,6)
PRIVATE SECTOR: The soldier is not the kind in 29a. After him comes an anagram (arranged) of ESCORT. This held me up longer than I care to admit because I wanted to put the S at the end.
9d You may get a ring back to confirm this (6,7)
BROKEN ROMANCE: No telephone calls need be made: the ring is of the engagement or wedding variety. Having it returned symbolises this shattered love.
15d Inclined to get slim before beginning to tan (5)
LEANT: A word for thin and the first letter of T(an) together produce a word meaning slanted.
16d Fast? Nothing! It’s slow (5)
LENTO: The kind of fast that you may do before Easter (if you haven’t succumbed to the modern practice of stuffing your face with chocolate eggs during this time), then the letter that looks like a zero. A musical term.
20d Be fond of nurse (4,3)
CARE FOR: To have affection for or to literally look after. Perhaps by rescuing from entrapment in carbonite:
21d Hanger-on holding money for a Scotsman (7)
SPORRAN: This ornamental pouch hangs in front of a Scotsman’s kilt and functions as a pocket or wallet. It may or may not contain money, and I’d be hesitant to check.
22d A London club magazine (7)
ARSENAL: This London football club is also a place for military stores.
23d Converted highest fractions (7)
EIGHTHS: An anagram (converted) of HIGHEST. Not halves or quarters but halves of quarters.
27d The lowest sort of people, that one always finds at the top (4)
SCUM: Matter on the surface of liquid lends its name to a derogatory term meaning lowlifes.
28d Stone work which is above a learner (4)
OPAL: An abbreviation for a musical work, the A from the clue, and the abbreviation for learner that we saw in 5d.
I do hope you enjoyed that. Tomorrow it is Revenge of The Fifth. If you want more puzzling, you could head over to Wookiee Corner. I will leave you with an undoctored* home photo. (*May contain traces of lie.)
May the fourth be with you.
The Quick Crossword pun: boss+Hanover=bossa nova