Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27882
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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A typically Rufusish puzzle today. Lots of anagrams and double definitions. I believe Rufus reads dictionaries for pleasure. I found this at the easier end of the scale. The sun is shining here in the heart of Downtown L.I. Saint Sharon has gone shopping followed by a visit to the hairdressers. I feel I will go hungry until she returns. Such is my life
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 27,882 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.
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1a Policeman — one in the Flying Squad? (10)
BLUEBOTTLE: This informal and dated term for a police officer is also an unwanted ugly irritating visitor to your house (no not Miffypops)
6a Quietly unwell? It could be something you’ve taken (4)
PILL: The musical term for quietly is followed by a word meaning unwell or poorly
10a Meat company going short through prohibition (5)
BACON: The usual abbreviation for company is placed inside a word meaning to prohibit or to bar.
11a Hour being struck for close acquaintance (9)
NEIGHBOUR: An anagram (struck) of HOUR BEING will lead to somebody Jesus told us to love
12a Urgent job for a laundress (8)
PRESSING: A double definition. The second being done after the washing and drying but before the putting away.
13a Mother and boy who’s in the building trade (5)
MASON: I cannot see anybody needing help with this clue but if you do then here goes. Your Mother is your MA and the boy is her SON. Jude may have been obscure. This clue isn’t.
15a He has loads of energy (7)
COALMAN: This delivery driver’s load consists of a combustible black or dark brown rock consisting chiefly of carbonized plant matter, found mainly in underground seams and used as fuel. Rumour has it he was as busy with extracurricular affairs as the milkman. My second to last one in
17a Surely bound to come unstuck (2,5)
NO DOUBT: Until I wrote this up, an unspotted anagram (come unstuck) of BOUND TO
19a Made light of slipshod editing (7)
IGNITED: Anagram (slipshod) of EDITING
21a Criticise long dash (7)
PANACHE: Ones élan (dash) comes from a three letter verb meaning to criticise severely and another verb meaning to feel an intense desire for.
22a An invitation to stop being an outsider (5)
ENTER: A single word invitation to come into a room or building
24a Watering‘s always in season (8)
SPRAYING: Our poetic form of always inside the first of the four seasons
27a Southern islander is man with a tan, possibly (9)
TASMANIAN: Anagram (possibly) of IS MAN with A TAN
28a Trap in sub — ending in sight (1-4)
U-BEND: The answer is hidden within the words of the clue.
29a Is prone to untruths? (4)
LIES: A double definition.
30a Artificial intelligence? (10)
PROPAGANDA: Misleading information used to promote a point of view
1d Ducks often seen going after bits, getting odds and ends? (4)
BOBS: These bits and **** are odds and ends. I feel I could have sat for a million years looking at this clue without twigging the answer until the checking letters went in. Even then it took a while to see that the final letter had to be an S from the plural in the clue. The second letter vowel was then obvious. The parsing less so.
2d Indefinite truce in an outburst (9)
UNCERTAIN: anagram (outburst) of TRUCE IN AN
3d Compulsory premarital reading matter that may be objected to (5)
BANNS: These notices are read out on three successive Sundays in church and allow time for objections to a marriage to be raised.
4d Stress? One isn’t affected (7)
TENSION: Anagram (affected) of ONE ISN’T
5d Having a baby, but not coming out with the truth? (5-2)
LYING IN: Seclusion or confinement before or after childbirth. Or the telling of fibs but not outside
7d But they don’t make imprisonment any smoother (5)
IRONS: What we use for smoothing clothes at 12ac is also a word meaning fetters or handcuffs
8d Glasses with handles, but not tankards (10)
LORGNETTES: A pair of opera glasses with along handle at the side.
9d Added one’s ringing tones to the conversation? (6,2)
CHIMED IN: The sound of a bell might be used to describe how one Interrupted a conversation.
14d Colin acted badly in western (10)
OCCIDENTAL: Anagram (badly) of COLIN ACTED
16d Relevant information (8)
MATERIAL: A double definition.
18d Indifference shown for one French enterprise (9)
UNCONCERN: This indifference is formed by adding a word meaning a business to the French number one (masculine)
20d A brief sleep? That is right (7)
DOSSIER: To sleep in a rough or improvised bed followed by the Latin for that is and the R from R(ight)
21d Mean to cut vegetable (7)
PARSNIP: Mean or average as on a golf ( not a sport) course followed by a word meaning to cut, maybe with a pair of scissors
23d Sense that’s shown by people of culture? (5)
TASTE: One of the five senses said to show refinement. Incidentally Rory Gallagher’s early band. Here is a clip
25d Youthful Mormon pioneer (5)
YOUNG: The surname of the founder of the Mormons. He was known as The Modern Moses and The Lion of The Lord. I would have clapped him in 7ds
26d Fancy it could be perfect with student (4)
IDEA: By adding our usual suspect for learner to a fancy or a notion we would find a word meaning perfect.
My favourite clues were 15ac and 1d. My favourite singer is Bob Dylan. He is singing for me right now.
The Quick Crossword pun: purse+specs=Perspex®