Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27822
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning one and all. The Sun has got his hat on today and once the blog is written I have nothing to do and all day to do it in. Once again our Monday wizard has set a puzzle to delight. Not too difficult but there are some pitfalls in there to test you. Today is National Best Friend day. Catch up with yours and chew the fat for a while. One day you may not be able to so take the chance while you can.
Just for Jane who comments regularly, here are
The 8 wonders of the Isle Of Wight
The Isle of Wight has its very own eight wonders (one more than the world!)…
- Cowes you cannot milk
- Freshwater you cannot drink
- Lake you can walk through and stay dry
- Needles you cannot thread
- Newport you cannot bottle
- Newtown which is old
- Ryde where you walk
- Winkle Street where there are no winkles
Last week Saint Sharon and I turned a quick shopping raid into a whole day out in Coventry. That day inspired the illustrations for this review. How many can you name?
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1a Successfully managed an abduction? (7,3)
CARRIED OFF: A double definition here. To have successfully done something or to have snatched and ran away with something. The good folk at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum have certainly done this with their exhibition based on the history of children’s television. The actual Muffin puppet is their first exhibit. Here he is.
9a A bird’s twittering, perhaps (4)
CHAT: This bird is a member of the thrush family. To twitter away is to talk informally.
10a Fail to honour the commitments of one’s class? (4,6)
PLAY TRUANT: To fail in your commitment to attend school. Your reviewer today preferred this option to being hit repeatedly with sticks by bullying schoolmasters. I wonder if it was possible to do this from Play School?
11a Fair game (4-2)
HOOP LA: A fairground game where prizes may be won by tossing a hoop successfully over the prize on offer.
12a Cafe serving hot peas (3,4)
TEA SHOP: There is an anagram at play here indicated unusually by the word serving. HOT PEAS give us the fodder. Whilst I would expect to see hot peas in a café, I would not expect to see then in the answer.
15a Supporting, though not coming forward (7)
BACKING: A double definition. The second usually used because one is moving away from something frightening like spiders. Eeeeugh!!!
16a Trade reforms going in step (5)
TREAD: Anagram (reforms) of TRADE
17a Yes — about to include parking spot (4)
ESPY: Make an an anagram (about) of the word YES Include as instructed the letter P from P(arking) The inclusion is instructed not the letter. In crosswordland the word parking nearly always denotes the letter P. It just does. We could start a new section alongside Usual Suspects called Ones To Remember
18a Failed test that undoes writer’s revision (4)
STET: Anagram (failed) of TEST – an instruction to ignore a marked alteration on a printed proof.
19a Girl’s name that is that of one on stage (5)
ANNIE: Take a three lettered girls name and add the latin abbreviation for id est (that is) to find yet another girls name and the title of a musical show I once wasted a couple of hour of my life watching.
21a It may help to preserve the ocean sailor (3,4)
SEA SALT: This old method of preserving food could also be used to describe an ancient mariner. The second word of this clue was used last week to denote the wore “cure” which held me up somewhat. Coleridge’s Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner is the only poem I know with the word Eftsoons in it.
22a Solve a mystery and become brighter (5,2)
CLEAR UP: Another double definition. A third might be said about spots after measles or chicken pox
24a Collect petition (6)
PRAYER: And another mighty fine double definition. Think religion for the first and request for help for the second.
27a Cover provided for Scottish furniture designer (10)
MACKINTOSH: Not Thomas. Charles Rennie.
28a A head that takes part in teaching (4)
EACH: The answer is hidden in the clue indicated by the words takes part in.
29a Cut off in this dire resort (10)
DISINHERIT: To cut off from a will. Anagram (resort) of IN THIS DIRE. The word Dire is the first word of a popular group. Here is a track from their first album
2d Skilled student in Lincoln (4)
ABLE: Place our usual suspect for a L(earner) inside the first name of the sixteenth president of The United States Of America. “But apart from that Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play”
3d Pronounced similarities (6)
RHYMES: These are words that sound like each other such as Jane and pain. They are used plentifully by poets. Here is a song that includes the answer. Just for you Jane.
4d Listeners burning to be in hearing distance (7)
EARSHOT: Split 4,3. What our organs of hearing would be if they were burning
5d Approve of American fashion (4)
OKAY: The American way of spelling a word of approval. I hope this hints gets your OK.
6d Fool in rage about uncontrolled heat (7)
FATHEAD: This rage is a fashion or craze that will quickly pass. An anagram (uncontrolled) of HEAT is placed inside.
7d Robber that holds up store? (10)
SHOPLIFTER: One who steals displayed goods from a store
8d Shortest way to the top, believe me (8,2)
STRAIGHT UP: Yet another double definition. A third might be No Messing. This answer perfectly describes the route to the summit of Scafell from Wast Water.
12d Religious theorist others hope may be converted (10)
THEOSOPHER: Anagram (may be converted) of OTHERS HOPE
13d One may turn up to put one in (10)
APPEARANCE: One of these is the act of turning up or participating in a public event. Can you name these two original puppets?
14d Photograph by which a crook is identified? (5)
PRINT: These identification marks are sometimes known as dabs, Dactyloscopy is your new word for today and should lead you to the answer if you are not already there.
15d Put graduates in charge — that’s fundamental (5)
BASIC: Take our usual abbreviation for Bachelors of arts before our usual abbreviation of in charge to reveal the answer which perfectly describes this type of clue and it sums up childrens TV from the fifties
19d Frightened by a number with guns (7)
ALARMED: A from the clue, the Roman Numeral for 50 and an adjective meaning to be equipped with guns
20d It alone can provide a sense of euphoria (7)
ELATION: Anagram easily solved using the words IT ALONE
23d A loose relation (6)
AUNTIE: A from the clue and a word meaning to loosen like a shoelace or a knot will give this female relation. Your Mum or Dads sister. Also the name of The BBC who gave us the work of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin.
25d Book some variety turns (4)
ACTS: This book is biblical and tells of The Apostles
26d Wine that sparkles as it rises (4)
ASTI: This sparkling Italian wine is formed by using AS directly from the clue and adding IT (also from the clue) but backwards as indicated by the word rising.
A little bit of Led Zeppelin aided and abetted today’s review.
The Quick Crossword pun: speck+tackle=spectacle