Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27798
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
A championship contender from Rufus today. Full of mischievous misdirection and great surface reads plus plenty of anagrams for those who need them to gain a way in to other clues. Miffypops is off on holiday to St Mawes on The Roseland Peninsula so Kitty will be providing the excitement next week.
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1a An officer gets this percentage (10)
COMMISSION: People in sales often get paid only this. The more they sell, the more they get. It is also a high ranking position in the armed forces. An artist might be offered one to paint a portrait, dog, cat or house for which he or she will receive a fee.
6a A direction to lower a boat (4)
SCOW: A point of the compass is followed by a word synonymous with all of the following, intimidate, daunt, browbeat, badger, dragoon, bludgeon, tyrannise, overawe, dismay, dishearten, unnerve, subdue, scare, terrorise, frighten or petrify. Experienced solvers ought to be familiar with the word. For newcomers it is a farm animal and a derogatory term for an unpleasant or disliked woman.
10a Disciplinary panel assembled (5)
PENAL: Anagram (Don’t ya just love them) of the word PANEL indicated by the word assembled.
11a I’m in a state — it’s excitement (9)
ANIMATION: Place the letters I’M from the clue inside a term meaning a state or a country to find a noun meaning the state of being full of life or vigour. A second definition of this word leads me cryptically to this clip which I have wanted to use for ages (In Frank McCourts book ‘Tis he used the words “the excitement” when referring to making love” )
12a Capital place to resettle when idle (3,5)
NEW DEHLI: This capital city can be found by rearranging (resettle) the letters WHEN IDLE
13a I’m a long time making a picture (5)
IMAGE: Once again we use the letters I’m from the clue. This time we put a three letter word meaning a long time after it to find a word meaning picture.
15a Uniformly gusty with initial change of direction (7)
EQUALLY: Take a word meaning gusty or blustery or breezy or blowy and alter the first (initial) letter from one point of the compass to another to find a word meaning uniformly.
17a It’s expected to be unaffected (7)
NATURAL: A double definition here. Both of which seem to fit the following: “in accordance with the nature of, or circumstances surrounding, someone or something.”
19a Sounds like a private bitterness that’s harboured (7)
RANCOUR: A nice sound alike or homophone starts off this clue. This private is serving in the armed services in the rank and file. Spelled to fit the grid we have the harboured bitterness.
21a Charles replaced trees (7)
LARCHES: Anagram (replaced) of CHARLES
22a City of Arabs (5)
BASRA: Anagram (OF) ARABS. Discussion opportunity. Is the word of an anagram indicator or not. Hand’s up if you did a bung it in and hope with MECCA
24a Fare-dodger ‘s stash (8)
STOWAWAY: A double definition of one who hides aboard ship without paying for his passage or fare and the act of hiding away or stashing something. By the time this clue came I was getting a little peckish so was misdirected by the word FARE and sent to the larder looking for an answer.
A young blonde woman was so depressed that she decided to end her life by throwing herself off Beachy Head. She was about to leap when a handsome young sailor saw her tottering on the edge crying. He took pity on her and said “Look, you have so much to live for. I’m off to Australia in the morning, and if you like, I can stow you away on my ship and you can start a new life there … I’ll take good care of you and bring you food everyday”.
“How can I repay you for such kindness” she asked.
“Just let me make love to you each night…” The blonde agreed.
That night, the sailor brought her aboard and hid her in a lifeboat. From then on, every night he brought her three sandwiches and a piece of fruit, and they made passionate love until dawn. Three weeks later, during a routine inspection, she was discovered by the captain.
“What are you doing here?” the captain asked.
“I have an arrangement with one of the sailors, who stowed me away” she explained. “I get food and free passage to Australia and he’s screwing me”.
“He certainly is”, the captain said. “This is the Isle of Wight ferry.”
27a Floods one sister with appointments (9)
INUNDATES: Lego time. Build it up bit by bit. Take the letter that looks like the number 1. Add a sister who wears a habit. Finally place a word meaning appointments (think boy meets girl)
28a Dad’s Army food (5)
PASTA: Take the plural of an endearing term for your father and add the initials of our usual suspect volunteer army . Having tempted me with non existent food Rufus now offers me flour and water. Why torture me with this stuff. I make no apology for repeating the finest recipe ever for this alleged food. Boil water in a pan. Add every piece of this that you have in the house. Season it if you feel inclined. Drain through a colander. Throw it in the bin and go down to the fish and chip shop or order up a curry.
29a Capture and shoot (4)
TAKE: A double definition. The second being what you may do to produce a film when using a cine or video camera.
30a Joint accompaniment? (10)
VEGETABLES: What accompanies your Sunday roast joint of beef, pork or lamb.
1d Get by with service dress? (4)
COPE: Double definition. The first being to deal effectively with something difficult. The second being a rope worn by a bishop during a religious service.
2d Model male, born one of five (9)
MANNEQUIN: More lego required. Take a three letter word meaning a male. Add a two letter word meaning born (often seen as a three letter word) and finally add a word which means what you are if born one of five
3d I had been in front, but became lazy (5)
IDLED: Place the shortened form of I had in front of the past and past participle of lead.
4d He went to see the doctor in Africa, lest any could be in doubt (7)
STANLEY: Anagram (could be in doubt) of LEST ANY
5d A view of duck on the wing (7)
OPINION: This view or judgement can be found by putting the letter that refers to a nil score in cricket before a word meaning the outer feathers of a bird’s wing
7d Tea service? (5)
CHINA: A fine white or translucent vitrified ceramic material is also a term for a beverage.
8d Dawn breaking with strange lustre gives one the travel bug (10)
WANDERLUST: It is buy one get one free with the anagrams here. First we have an anagram of DAWN (breaking) followed by an anagram of LUSTRE (strange)
9d Container crates in shambles (8)
CANISTER: And another anagram (Shambles) of CRATES IN
14d Thrown together in the war, German joining the Italian in bar (5-5)
GERRY/JERRY BUILT: Take a rarely used (but popular during the war and immediately after) slang term for a German for the first word. The second is formed by placing a preposition meaning except; apart from; other than around the Italian word for THE. Thanks to Vince and Rod for pointing out an earlier error to this hint. You may use either of the first words indicated in the click box [But the online site only accepts the second option. BD]
16d Old rates for exchange which are tight on people (8)
LEOTARDS: Anagram (for exchange) of OLD RATES
18d Tries to enter bona fide practice (9)
REHEARSAL: Place a legal term for tries (as in judges a case) inside a term meaning bona fide or genuine
20d Decoration for a party? (7)
ROSETTE: A favour worn by supporters of a party during last Thursday’s election.
21d Inspection of river rising in Cornish resort (4-3)
LOOK-SEE: Take a three letter river and turn it upside down (rising) and place it inside a Cornish holiday resort named after the river that divides it.
23d Narcotic drug for a smelly animal (5)
SKUNK: This black and white American mammal sprays out a foul smelling liquid when attacked is also the street name of some drugs. We don’t do drugs, do we?
25d It comes first in medical pharmacopoeia (5)
ALPHA: A lurker. Hiding away within the letters of the clue and indicated simply by the word IN
26d Childishly I claim the luggage (4)
BAGS: What your luggage consists of and a term used by children of all ages when claiming something ahead of others. We still do this regularly.
Solved to the lovely tunes and songs of the mighty Bellowhead. Happy birthday Ruth.
The Quick Crossword pun: knock+tern=nocturne