Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27846
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
I suppose that Rufus has so much experience we should not be surprised when he delivers a corker of a puzzle like this one. A delight from sleepy start to wide awake finish. Saint Sharon and I are off to http://www.greyhoundinn.org/ for a nice canalside lunch with the outlaws.
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1a Where to begin trainspotting, free (8,5)
STARTING POINT: Anagram (free) of TRAINSPOTTING. It is always nice to begin crossword with a straight hit at one across. Anagrams are the easiest of clues once the anagram indicator (anagrind) is spotted. There are only 14,326 words that may possibly be used to indicate an anagram. Once they are learnt new solvers should have no problems!
10a Tie up an unusually attractive plant (7)
PETUNIA: Our second anagram of the day is indicated by the word unusually. The words TIE UP AN give the anagram fodder and by merely staring at them and thinking of the definition “attractive plant” it is easy to come up with this hanging basket favourite.
11a Free delivery (7)
RELEASE: A double definition. A regular favourite construct of Rufus. This one is quite straightforward particularly once a couple of checkers are in. Beware the four letter double definitions with obscure meanings from the depths of the BRB so beloved by Rufus.
12a Women prepared to follow orders (4)
NUNS: These sisters are very religious.
13a The first to introduce the golden handshake? (5)
MIDAS: The king of Phrygia who was granted the wish that everything he touched be turned to gold. Silly boy. That’s no more sex forever then. You didn’t think that one through did you.
14a Right time of life for passion (4)
RAGE: R(ight) followed by how old you might be (time of life) will give a word meaning passion or anger
17a Fashionable church feature to give one an idea (7)
INSPIRE: Use our usual suspect for fashionable and add the pointy feature some churches have. (Not the steeple, the other one)
18a Squeeze out just one more cent (7)
EXTRACT: An additional thing followed by an abbreviation for cent.
19a He’s not content with scoring a bull (7)
MATADOR: He’s not content with scoring a bull. Oh yes he is. He is happiest whatever he does to the bull. Prolonging its agony in a “fight” with only one possible outcome. This despicable chappie wears a suit of lights and murders innocent bulls. All in the name of entertainment. Not for me it isn’t. Rant over.
22a It doesn’t allow English doctor on Greek ship (7)
EMBARGO: A three part charade (Lego clue) build it up as instructed in the clue… E(nglish M(edicinae) B(accalaureatte) and The ship Jason sailed to search for the Golden Fleece. I know of one in York and one in Croxton, Leicestershire. Is there one near to you?
24a Highlanders may do so even when sober (4)
REEL: A Highland dance is also what the dancers might do after too many malt whiskies.
25a Some players make it, others read it (5)
SCORE: Sportsmen might do this, think footballers getting the ball into the net. Musicians need to read the dots to ensure they play the right notes in the right order.
26a The poker-players’ boss? (4)
STUD: A type of poker game is also a rivet on the centre of a shield
29a Sort of disease treated by district nurses? (7)
ENDEMIC: Of a disease or condition, regularly found among people of a certain area as opposed to Pan or Epi (Thanks Google)
30a Hail falling in layers in upper parts (7)
HEAVENS: Insert a greeting used to express good wishes on meeting or parting inside (in) layers, of eggs which we have at breakfast. No, not ducks.
31a Racehorse that’s sure to have the most life, paradoxically (4,9)
DEAD CERTAINTY: This racehorse is a guaranteed winner. You cannot lose if you bet on it. Like a dusty carpet it has never been beaten. The paradox is that the first word of the answer means lifeless. Fast women and slow horses have been the downfall of many a man.
2d Complaint of aunt finally in Austen novel (7)
TETANUS: Place the last letter of [aun]T (finally) inside an anagram (novel) of AUSTEN
3d Called for orange, peeled (4)
RANG: Peel the o[rang]e. Need I say more.
4d Picture to hold in fancy (7)
IMAGINE: Start with a picture and then insert the IN from the clue.
5d Refuse to boast about one’s years (7)
GARBAGE: Reverse (about) a word meaning to boast or crow and add the word used already in 14ac meaning how old one might be
6d Simply unique (4)
ONLY: A more difficult double definition. And no one or nothing more besides; solely
7d Falls for a redhead once more, getting uplifted (7)
NIAGARA: Take the A from the clue R(edhead) and an a verb meaning once more. Now reverse the lot (getting uplifted) This is a welcome chestnut of a clue which once solved by a newbie should have them grinning from ear to ear and hoping for lots more of the same.
8d Where all the goods will be sold out (4-3,6)
OPEN AIR MARKET: Out here means outdoors. Think Petticoat Lane.
9d Key point of a hotel? (9,4)
RECEPTION DESK: Where one receives and returns room keys in a hotel
15d Fearful sort of weather? (5)
WINDY: A double definition. A third might be suffering from an accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal
16d Drives point home in essays (5)
STABS: Another skilful double definition. The point driven home here is the sharp end of a knife
20d Its user may have to step on it to get through the work (7)
TREADLE: The foot pedal used to manually operate a sewing machine
21d In secrecy, cleverly reclaim materials (7)
RECYCLE: Your answer is lurking there right inside the clue. It is looking out at you, daring you to find it. The word IN lets us know that this is a hidden word. Now that is a subtle indicator. Blink and you will miss it. Top marks to Rufus for this one
22d Heart so affected, sounds can be heard within it (7)
EARSHOT: Anagram (affected) of HEART SO
23d Flight departure (7)
RETREAT: Another fine double definition. What an army might do when being beaten
27d Surrounded by a shadowy reflection (4)
AMID: A from the clue followed by the reversal (reflection) of a word meaning shadowy or of poor light
28d Laid out in Salvador (4)
DALI: Anagram (out) of LAID
Blogged to the sound of Bob Dylan in Newcastle 5th July 1984. My 4th Dylan gig and Saint Sharons first. 31 years ago. Where did the time go?
The Quick Crossword pun: Autumn+attic=automatic
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