Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27834
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good day to you all. Welcome to the wonderful world of crypticity where all is not what it seems. Today is my daughter Joni’s birthday. I am 59 today. Remember you have entered the world of The Cryptic Crossword Puzzle where all is not as it seems. Who will be first to take the bait? Nice puzzle today from Rufus. Sorry the blog is late.
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1a Loathed new fashions, as slovenly (4,2,4)
DOWN AT HEEL: We love anagrams to begin with. Rearrange LOATHED NEW as indicated by the word fashions. No writing implements are necessary to solve this. Just keep looking at it playing with the letters in your mind. The solution will come.
6a Married expert joined staff (4)
MACE: M(arried) followed by a person who excels at a particular sport or other activity.
Do I smell chestnuts roasting?
10a Post back with little hesitation (5)
AFTER: This post means what comes later. Take a three letter word for the rear end of a ship and add our usual suspect for hesitation. Either um or er. You choose.
11a Blanket coverage (9)
BEDSPREAD: A cover for a bed. I have only ever see these in hotels nowadays. Harrison did not need one last Thursday.
12a Inferior article press chief turned down (8)
REJECTED: Take an item that might be sold cheaply because of minor flaws and add our usual shortened form for the head of a newspaper.
13a It locates aircraft coming or going (5)
RADAR: A palindrome indicated by the words coming or going. A system for detecting the presence, direction, distance, and speed of aircraft, ships, and other objects, by sending out pulses of radio waves which are reflected off the object back to the source. Pommers has an app which can do much the same.
15a Visible discernment? (7)
INSIGHT: You need to split the answer (2,5) to understand the first word.
17a He’s patronised by another (7)
PROTÉGÉ: a person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person. Not a mentor. That only has six letters
19a Cook sausage to satisfy hunger? (7)
ASSUAGE: Anagram (cook) of sausage. I like a bit of food in a puzzle. We can have these in a sandwich and wash them down with a glass of 8d
21a There’ll be friction as long as he’s at work (7)
MASSEUR: One who might give a rub down in a Turkish bath
22a Field the Royal Navy become proficient in (5)
LEARN: This field is a meadow with three letters. Place the initial letters of R(oyal) N(avy) after it
24a It may be parental — or not (8)
PATERNAL: Anagram of PARENTAL. Is the indicator (may be) or is it (or not). Either way this is a delicious all in one.
27a Show fight having provision for spectators (9)
WITHSTAND: Another double definition. The provision for supporters will need to be split (4,5)
28a I will gain knowledge about French river (5)
LOIRE: Place a noun meaning a body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group around I from the clue
29a Patch up agreement for Russian resistance to meet knight (4)
DARN: What my dear mother used to do to repair holes in my socks. The final letter is the letter used in chess notation to indicate the man on a horse. The first three letters elude me. Over to you lot
30a Exhibits salesman takes exception to (10)
REPRESENTS: Take our three letter usual suspect for a travelling salesman and add the plural noun meaning to feel bitterness or resentment towards
1d Timber transaction (4)
DEAL: A double definition. The first being Fir or Pine wood. Not Chestnut wood although the fruits of The sweet Chestnut tree are roasting away merrily.
2d Sees sense, possibly, within reason (9)
WITNESSES: Place an anagram (possibly) of SENSE inside (within) a word meaning ones capacity for inventive thought and quick understanding; keen intelligence.
3d About time to go round — OK? (5)
AGREE: Two usual suspects for the price of one. A three letter word meaning a long time is placed around our usual word implied by about. This clue should have been obvious but shied away from revealing itself until quite late.
4d Tabitha abandoned natural home (7)
HABITAT: Anagram (abandoned) of TABITHA
5d Arrived with tails in the air? (5,2)
ENDED UP: Not where we started from but where we (5,2)
7d Winning article on school principal (5)
AHEAD: The shortest article there is (a determiner) followed by the main teacher in a school.
8d More mature rock’n’roll singer that gets into wine (10)
ELDERBERRY: More mature means greater in age. This Rock n Roll singer and guitarist is possibly older than anyone else on planet earth. He wrote Johnny B Goode, Maybelline, Roll over Beethoven and many more great songs. Here is Ronnie Lane singing “You Never Can Tell”
ARVE Error: need id and provider
9d False credit note accepted by football team (8)
SPURIOUS: Take the nickname for Tottenham Hotspur and insert the initials of a signed document acknowledging a debt.
14d Did so well, a resitting is not permitted (10)
DISALLOWED: OOH an anagram (resitting) of DID SO WELL A. The word Anagram must be the most used word on Big Dave’s site. Who gets to use it the most. Miffypops. That is who. Now put those pencils down!!!
ARVE Error: need id and provider
16d Finish up having a drink outside for pleasure (8)
GLADNESS: Reverse (up in a down clue) a three lettered word meaning the finish. Now surround this (outside) with a word that can mean both a drink (of ale) or the receptacle it comes in. here is a song with this word in it.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
18d Architect’s plan for advancement (9)
ELEVATION: A double definition. The first being a scale drawing showing the vertical projection of one side of a building.
20d Former buccaneer loses right to do penance (7)
EXPIATE: One former husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend followed by a seafaring criminal minus (loses) his or her letter (R)ight
21d Ring fighter likely to produce a pass when charged (7)
MATADOR: This ring is a Bullring. This fighter wears a suit of lights. The fight is unfair and always results in the death of the bull. Entertainment. Not in Miffypops’ book.
23d Change later, or change now (5)
ALTER: Now here is a delightfully clued anagram. A perfect all in one clue. The answer contains five letters. There is only one five lettered word in the clue. You find it. You work it out. In your mind.
25d Draws the line at regulations (5)
RULES: A double definition the second being made to be broken.
26d Canteen litter (4)
MESS: And we end up with a double definition the second being a building or room providing meals and recreational facilities for members of the armed forces. The chestnuts are perfectly roasted and ready to eat.
Blogged to some early Bob Dylan and then some divine Amy Winehouse.
The Quick Crossword pun: plait+études=platitudes