Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27864
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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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 27,864 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.
Some of you may enjoy the musical choices today. Apart from one track, I wont.
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1a Minimum of green space, by the way (5)
LEAST: Take our three lettered meadow and add our usual suspect abbreviation for a way or street. This word describes the degree of favouriteness of my musical (sic) choice
4a Sound of siren makes everybody jump (3-5)
ALL CLEAR: An air raid siren made two noises one to warn of impending attack and one to inform that it was now safe. We need a word which means everybody collectively. And a word meaning to successfully jump just as a showjumper might with a fence
8a Retire an eccentric old family servant (8)
RETAINER: Anagram (eccentric) of RETIRE AN.
9a All-inclusive cleaning operation (8)
SWEEPING: A double definition. The second may be done using a broom
11a Managed to be back before class to make report (7)
NARRATE: Take our crosswordland three letter favourite for managed and reverse it (to be back). Now add a verb meaning to assign or regard as belonging to a particular category.
13a Serviceman to offer information unasked (9)
VOLUNTEER: A double definition. The serviceman may belong to the Territorial Army
15a Safety first presumably prevents one from seizing opportunities (6,2,7)
TAKING NO CHANCES: A clever all in one meaning; Not risking anything, hedging ones bets, staying on the safe side and being a tad cautious. Here is a song that does just that
18a Recovered from seabed — top racing vessel (9)
SPEEDBOAT: Anagram (recovered from) of SEABED TOP
21a Boss went without head pupil (7)
STUDENT: Our usual suspect for Boss is followed by the word (w)ent minus it’s first letter (beheaded)
22a Best clothes in tatters after having left to wander around (4,4)
GLAD RAGS: Place a word meaning clothes in tatters after a word meaning to go from place to place in the pursuit of pleasure into which the letter L (left) is placed.
24a The making of Haydn’s oratorio (8)
CREATION: Described in The Book Of Genesis and set to music by Hayden
25a Break bread, even in Scotland (8)
ABERDEEN: The granite city is formed an anagram (break) of BREAD followed by the poetic form of the word even
26a Bird that is below par (5)
EAGLE: A golfing term for a score two under par. Golf is a pastime. Not a sport.
1d It may be a tiny girl’s reason for not singing (10)
LARYNGITIS: An anagram (may be) of A TINY GIRLS will show this medical condition
2d Seat breaks with danger for star (8)
ASTERISK: An anagram (breaks) of SEAT is followed by a noun meaning a hazard or danger
3d Irish island group supporting neat type of boat (8)
TRIMARAN: A word meaning neat, tidy, or shipshape is followed by a group of Irish Islands famous for their style of knitwear.
4d Pretentious songs? (4)
AIRS: A double definition the first often being followed by the words “and graces”
5d Hollow warning to sailors (6)
CAVERN: This four letter warning is only seen in crosswordland. It is followed by the sailors of the R(oyal) N(avy)
6d Tax being cut (6)
EXCISE: A double definition. Customs and ******
7d A step up the ladder is called for? (4)
RUNG: A step on a ladder is also a term used to have called somebody on the telephone
10d Ounces, say — they lack official backing (8)
WILDCATS: These ounces are feline but not tame.
12d Service is nevertheless no good (8)
EVENSONG: Find two words that are split 4,2 and mean Nevertheless. Now add the initial letters of n(o) g(ood) to find a church service.
14d Underground movement providing opposition (10)
RESISTANCE: Listen, I shall say this only once. The French had a group such as this during WW2. Incredibly brave folk
16d Precise bill supported by junior minister (8)
ACCURATE: Our two letter term for a bill or account is followed by a lowly church minister.
17d Get car in for repair — and service? (8)
CATERING: Anagram (for repair) of GET CAR IN
19d England’s first slip gets run out (6)
ELAPSE: As instructed take the first letter of English. Add a verb meaning a temporary failure of concentration to find a word that refers to time running out. The surface read of this clue misdirects nicely to a cricketing theme
20d Patched up and blooming (6)
DARNED: A double definition the first being what my Mum did to repair holes in socks. The second being very close to swearing which is not allowed here unless you are BD and you want to introduce one of John Cooper-Clark’s poems.
22d Miss a school fete? (4)
GALA: A young lady followed by the letter A directly lifted from the clue
23d Examination for some ambitious candidates (4)
SCAN: A hidden word. Go and find it. I did.
Welcome to the world Arthur Martin John Hawkins
The Quick Crossword pun: wreck+amend=recommend