Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27858
Hints and tips by Miffypops
with assistance from Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning everybody and welcome to today’s edition of Big Dave’s Crossword Blog.
Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 27,858 which will hopefully help you to solve the clues that you are finding difficult. Try the hint first and if you are still in the dark click on the greyed out box that says click here and the answer will be revealed.
Hopefully for beginners the more you learn the less you will click and you will soon be competent enough to be commenting on the toughie puzzles.
After the hints and tips is the comments section. If you want to ask about a clue please ask away. We are a friendly bunch. Somebody is bound to jump in with an extra tip or a clearer explanation than I have given. I am often amazed at the wisdom displayed. Please remember I am only a poorly schooled orphan boy.
In amongst the chat about crossword puzzles the following subjects (and others) have been discussed recently by those who comment:
Sailing, ornithology, popular music, children, grandchildren, lawn mowers, cartoons, James Thurber, boats, cats v dogs, Sloggers & Betters gatherings, how clean is your tantalus, the pros and cons of all sports, golf (not a sport), olives, weather chat, female tennis, MP’s crib league, hold-up stockings, the merits of pencils and daffodils and rather surprisingly grammer school girls playing Lacrosse, Hockey or Netball and their mums using their old gym knickers to clean windows.
Thanks to Tstrummer and Hanni for the lists and to Liz who has thankfully succumbed to the “blathering.”
Proceed with caution.
1a The first male worker in firm (7)
ADAMANT: Take our very first male from The Book Of Genesis and add one of crosswordland’s two workers (not the bee).
5a These describe Met lines, as Boris found out (7)
ISOBARS: This anagram (found out) of AS BORIS describes lines of equal pressure on a weather map perhaps published by The Met. The Metropolitan Police may or may not produce such maps. The Meteorological Office most certainly do.
9a Perfect one piece of business (5)
IDEAL: Take the letter that looks most like the number 1 and add a noun meaning an agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, especially in a business or political context.
10a Promised to go into a union (9)
AFFIANCED: A verb rarely used nowadays meaning to be engaged to be married.
11a Groundless rumour of busybody on the dole? (4,6)
IDLE GOSSIP: To be on the dole is to be out of work. Add a word for a busybody or a meddling or prying person who engages in casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details which are not confirmed as true. Here is what my research into this clue brought up. It is all true you know.
Mrs. Mary Caterham (GB) and Mrs. Marjorie Steele (GB) sat in a kitchen in Blackburn, Lancs. and talked about nothing whatsoever for four and a half months from 1st May to 7th August 1978, pausing only for coffee, cakes and toilet visits. Throughout the whole time, no information was exchanged and neither woman gained any new knowledge whatsoever. The outdoor record for talking about nothing is held by Mrs. Vera Etherington (GB) and her neighbour Mrs. Dolly Booth (GB) of Ipswich, who between 11th November 1983 and 12th January 1984 chuntered on over their fence in an unenlightening dialogue lasting almost 62 days until Mrs. Booth remembered she’d left the bath running.
On February 18th, 1992, Joyce Blatherwick, a close friend of Agnes Banbury popped round for a cup of tea and a chat, during the course of which she told Mrs. Banbury, in the strictest confidence, that she was having an affair with the butcher. After Mrs. Blatherwick left at 2.10pm, Mrs. Banbury immediately began to tell everyone, swearing them all to secrecy. By 2.30pm she had told 128 people of the news. By 2.50pm it had risen to 372 and by 4.00pm that afternoon, 2,774 knew of the affair, including the local Amateur Dramatic Society, several knitting circles, a coachload of American tourists she had flagged down and the butcher’s wife. When a tired Mrs. Banbury went to bed at 11.55pm that night, Mrs. Blatherwick’s affair was common knowledge to a staggering 75,338 people: enough to fill Wembley Stadium.
12a Girl starts to suspect criminal record (4)
DISC: Begin with a regular usual suspect crosswordland girls name and add the initial (starts to) letters of S(uspect) C(riminal).
14a He’s a fine script writer (12)
CALLIGRAPHER: One who practices the art of very fine writing.
18a Licensed eats may be ordered here (12)
DELICATESSEN: A clever anagram (may be ordered) of LICENSED EATS.
21a Some of them maybe will feature in Austen novel (4)
EMMA: This is a hidden word clue where the answer is lurking away somewhere in the clue. It is the title of a Jane Austen novel. I would think that most of us can only name two Jane Austen novels and The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall does not fit the grid so try the other one.
22a A fight, but nobody is charged (4-3-3)
FREE-FOR-ALL: Two definitions here. One of which is a disorganized or unrestricted situation or event in which everyone may take part, especially a fight, discussion, or trading market.
25a To succeed in business one must keep still (9)
DISTILLER: A rather cryptic definition of the trade followed by somebody who owns a still in order to make alcoholic spirits.
26a Country needs aid in getting into shape (5)
INDIA: Anagram (getting into shape) of AID IN. Please please please don’t tell me you used a pencil for this one.
27a Openly took advantage of the sunshine? (4,3)
MADE HAY: A reference to a proverb about drying grass in the sunshine because one cannot do so in the rain.
28a Jack will work on this ecclesiastical point (7)
STEEPLE: This is the tall pointy thing some churches have. The one at St Edithas in Monks Kirby collapsed in a gale on Christmas day 1701 The Jack is one such as Fred Dibnah.
1d Sharp detectives in US intelligence set-up (6)
ACIDIC: A very old but very nice clue. We have the UK Criminal Investigation Department and the US Central Intelligence Agency. Place the initial letters of our detectives inside the upside down (raised) initials of the American agency.
2d A ruined lodge that’s been around for centuries (3-3)
AGE-OLD: A from the clue followed by an anagram (ruined) of LODGE.
3d Support for Nigella, ace when cooking (10)
ALLEGIANCE: Anagram (when cooking) of NIGELLA ACE.
4d Rents and rates revised (5)
TEARS: Anagram (revised) of RATES
5d Breaks in and bangs on the head (9)
INFRINGES: Take the IN straight from the clue and add the bangs that are the front part of ones hair cut so as to hang over the forehead to find a verb meaning to actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.).
6d Arab state offering appeal to the masculine type (4)
OMAN: A single letter appeal (often spelled with an H) followed by a three letter word meaning one of the masculine type as opposed to one of the feminine type or woman.
7d Illumination provided by a half-moon? (3-5)
ARC-LIGHT: A three letter crescent followed by a word meaning illumination.
8d Fellow travellers may opt for these cocktails (8)
SIDECARS: A motorcle combination is also a cocktail made with cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Grand Gala or another triple sec), and lemon juice. Sounds awful to me.
13d I agree cost is incorporated in order (10)
CATEGORISE: Anagram (is incorporated) of I AGREE COST.
15d Really fired up congregation about end of service (9)
LITERALLY: Lego time. Just do as the clue asks. Take a three letter word meaning fired up as with a match. Take a five letter word meaning a congregation or a mass meeting of people making a political protest or showing support for a cause. Now place these two words either side (about) of the last (end) letter of the word (servic)e.
16d A literary supplement? (8)
ADDENDUM: An item of additional material added at the end of a book or other publication. If I remember rightly it is also an engineering term used to denote a measurement of cogwheels.
17d Had a second look at something? (8)
GLIMPSED: The word second here refers to time so we are looking for a word meaning to have momentarily caught sight of something.
19d Saved, but still confined to bed (4,2)
LAID UP: A double definition. To have stored something or to be indisposed and unable to work.
20d Delight in exercising round the fields (6)
PLEASE: Place our usual suspect for excersice as in the school timetable around a word meaning fields or meadows.
23d Noblemen going to court in London? (5)
EARLS: Place these noblemen before the word court from the clue to reveal an area of London which has a large exhibition centre.
24d Going off in great spirits (4)
HIGH: A double definition, the first describing something turning rancid.
Who will be the first? They really should know better!
The Quick Crossword pun: WREST+ARRANT=RESTAURANT