Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27804
Hints and tips by Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hi all. I hope you have had a good weekend. While Miffypops enjoys a well-earned holiday, I shall attempt to make myself useful with some hints.
I found the puzzle mostly gentle enough, but since I couldn’t untangle one of the clues (19a) I cannot give it a less than average difficulty rating. There was enjoyment aplenty. We have food, drink, music and entertainment for all. It appears I have used the word “anagram” eight times today which will be too many for some, but then again it is a Monday.
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1a Rip up crust in slices for a rider’s refreshment (7,3)
STIRRUP CUP: An anagram (in slices) of RIP UP CRUST produces a drink taken on horseback on departure or arrival. It is also the container for such:
9a The Spanish scholar’s about to be qualified (4)
ABLE: “The” in Spanish and then a Bachelor of Arts, all reversed (about).
10a Uncertain to request a loan with advance (5,3,2)
TOUCH AND GO: An informal term meaning to try to extract money from then a word for with followed by two letters meaning advance or make progress. I spent a while trying to work out why the middle six letters could mean “request a loan” before I had a big facepalm moment.
11a Fake rubies could cause skin discoloration (6)
BRUISE: This is an anagram (fake) of RUBIES.
12a Film scene (7)
PICTURE: An old word for a film also means an image. I shall take the opportunity to share this one that I found recently:
15a Substantially consisting of articles and paintings (2,5)
AT HEART: Two grammatical articles followed by some paintings etc.
16a Time, it’s not on our side? (5)
ENEMY: Time is known as this, as is a foe.
17a A picking-up point (4)
TINE: A spike such as that on a utensil for picking up food.
18a French girl will return if encored (4)
FIFI: Repeat (encore) the penultimate word in the clue and reverse (return) it to give a diminutive form of Josephine.
19a Neat drink? (5)
LOWER: Our neat is a mooer. Beyond that, I must confess to having a problem with DRINK. You can sink or down a drink but surely not the answer. I am utterly befuddled – please help! EDIT: Rod informs us confidently than one can lower a pint, so it is indeed a living expression. Not one I found in dictionaries or online, but moving onto the second page of search results, there it is. Thanks to Rod for putting us out of our misery!
21a School principal with system for progress (7)
HEADWAY: A school principal and a method or means.
22a Ron meets rough gent in the X-ray unit (7)
RÖNTGEN: Take Mr Ron straight from the clue and follow with an anagram (rough) of GENT to give a unit of exposure to ionising radiation.
24a Sound conductor of works by Schubert (6)
LIEDER: A word that sounds like one who conducts or guides is the plural of a type of German song which Schubert in particular was known for.
27a Takes smart evasion, seeing demanding employer (10)
TASKMASTER: Anagram (evasion) of TAKES SMART.
28a Crow may come after this bird (4)
COCK: Appending crow to the answer gives the call of this bird which may wake you up early in the morning.
29a Taking off show, providing drinks in the bar (10)
STRIPTEASE: A form of entertainment involving the removal of apparel is revealed by inserting some drinks (perhaps taken with cream) into a bar or band of colour.
2d Left-wing movement (4)
TROT: Very left wing or movement at a moderate pace, perhaps of a horse.
3d Early rail or space traveller (6)
ROCKET: The name for an early steam locomotive is also a spacecraft.
4d A French and a Western leader are in the dark (7)
UNAWARE: Take out your building blocks (any kind you like) and assemble: the French indefinite article, A from the clue, the first letter (leader) of W(estern) and the ARE from the clue.
5d Many a poem that’s hard to understand (4)
CODE: The Roman numeral for a hundred followed by a poem gives us a cipher.
6d Mug taken in by compassion and honesty (7)
PROBITY: To take forcibly from someone inside (taken in by) a word for compassion or sympathy.
7d Abandoning royal dignity (10)
ABDICATING: Renouncing or giving up royal office.
8d Train speed is reduced to walking-pace (10)
PEDESTRIAN: Anagram (reduced) of TRAIN SPEED.
12d Bowl last ball in the dark (5-5)
PITCH-BLACK: Bowl or throw is our first word. The second refers to the final ball to be potted in snooker. The whole is a different kind of in the dark to that in 4d.
13d Recover CV — enclose a reworking (10)
CONVALESCE: Anagram (reworking) of CV ENCLOSE A.
14d VIP taking part in maiden voyage (5)
ENVOY: This diplomatic representative is lurking (taking part) in the clue.
15d Colour halfway between green and red (5)
AMBER: Halfway in spectral terms between the other colours and also situated between them on a set of traffic lights.
19d Real trouble upset Ophelia’s brother (7)
LAERTES: An anagram of REAL (indicated by trouble) then the reversal (up, in a down clue) of SET.
20d It unfolds and gives way (4,3)
ROAD MAP: Unfold one of these to use it to aid you in planning or following a route. Unless yours is of the electronic kind.
23d Lets out American imprisoned in brawl (6)
TUSSLE: American is contained within (imprisoned in) an anagram (out) of LETS.
25d One employing some Hindu servants (4)
USER: It’s there in the clue.
26d See head of finance over charges (4)
FEES: The first word of the clue and then the first letter (head) of F(inance), all reversed (over).
My favourite clue has to be 28a because it raised a chuckle. What was yours?
The Quick Crossword pun: Venice+whaler=Venezuela