Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27912
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Today’s Rufus puzzle has his usual mix of clever anagrams, superb double definitions and lovely all in one clues (21d is a joy ) but I do not think many of you will need my hints today (if I can remember how to write them).
Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 27912 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 Slavers sold or exchanged (6)
DROOLS: Let’s begin with an anagram (exchanged) of OR SOLD. As pommers rightly says it is always satisfying to slam one across in straight away.
4a Dictates new severe examination — involving litmus paper? (4,4)
ACID TEST: And let us follow an anagram with another anagram. This time the anagram indicator is (new) and the fodder consists of the word DICTATES
9a Does not arise from falsehood and evil (4,2)
LIES IN: Split 3,3 a fib and a noun meaning an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law give six letters which split 4,2 as the answer requires give a term meaning to have stayed in bed long after one should have arisen
10a Retired female retains worth as an honorary professor (8)
EMERITUS: Reverse (retired) the shortened form of my wonderful older sister’s name and insert a verb meaning to be worthy of reward punishment or attention
12a A gem of wine (4)
RUBY: A double definition.
13a Duck down? (5)
EIDER: The down of this duck is used to stuff an item of bedding
14a One may be ordered off for eating (4)
MENU: A list of foodstuffs on offer in a restaurant
17a Airline’s limo is reserved for rich people (12)
MILLIONAIRES: An anagram of AIRLINES LIMO as indicated by the words is reserved will give a word meaning rich people although I would say they are not so rich or so rare these days.
20a Aching, tinged with confusion — it will mean taking new courses (8,4)
CHANGING DIET: Yet another anagram here. Jumble up the letters of the words ACHING TINGED and make a description of what you would be doing if you completely revised your eating habits.
23a Woman of vision (4)
IRIS: This ladies name is also part of the eyeball. The song here is the word I originally wrote in.
24a Availing oneself of American gin slings (5)
USING: Take our initial letters of United States and add an anagram (slings) of GIN
25a When bulbs come to life? (4)
DUSK: The time of day when we turn on our lightbulbs. The darker stage of twilight apparently
28a Gift for people at party (8)
DONATION: A gift (usually monetary) made by adding a word meaning a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory after our usual crosswordland two letter word meaning a party, a bash, a hooly, or a shindig.
29a Colourless type free on bail (6)
ALBINO: Could this be an anagram. It could. The word free tells us so and the words immediately after are the ones to reform on a bit of paper, in a little circle, written with a Lakeland 2B pencil
30a Person or instrument making notes (8)
RECORDER: A double definition here. Many a parent and many a next door neighbour has been tortured by a small child learning to play this instrument. – Instrument of torture more like.
31a Abandon land too dry to raise crops (6)
DESERT: The land may be too dry to raise crops but cactus may grow there.
1d In depression, finally regained former spirits (8)
DOLDRUMS: Lego time. Take the last letter (finally) of regained. Add a word meaning former and the plural of the alcoholic spirit favoured by naval types to find a colloquial expression used to suggest depression but derived from historical maritime usage, in which it refers to those parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean affected by the Intertropical Convergence Zone, a low-pressure area around the equator where the prevailing winds are calm.
2d Too adventurous with series of deliveries completed, we hear (8)
OVERBOLD: Using a 4,6 split to define the completion of a cricketers delivery of six balls with the second word being a homophone (sounds like).
3d Deposited pounds when on benefit (4)
LAID: Take the latin initial used to denote the pound as in pounds shillings and pence and add a word meaning to assist
5d It comes top in rigged contests (12)
COMPETITIONS: Anagram (rigged) of IT COMES TOP IN
6d Top part of deck on old ship lacking lights (4)
DARK: Place the first letter (top part) of the word Deck onto the ship that Noah built
7d Old Testament figure among bravest heroines (6)
ESTHER: This biblical heroine is playing hide and seek with us. Can you find her. I did.
8d Telegraph’s first edition paper (6)
TISSUE: The first letter of Telegraph is followed by a word meaning edition or a particular form or version of a published text.
11d The best points of an attractive orchestration (7,5)
WINNING SCORE: England 35 – 11 Fiji. South Africa 32 – 34 Japan are both examples of the margins with which the victorious team bested their rivals. An adjective meaning attractive or popular followed by a musical orchestration
15d May, that makes one able to cast a clout? (5)
MIGHT: As a verb the past tense of the word MAY.
16d Sit on the fence, or something similar (5)
HEDGE: A line of bushes that have grown together.
18d Is untied maybe and split (8)
DISUNITE: Anagram (maybe) of IS UNTIED
19d Second murder results in police surveillance (8)
STAKEOUT: A phrase split 4,3 meaning to murder somebody is placed after the S of second. Altogether they form a word used to describe police surveillance
21d A successful one wants a lot more than his rivals (6)
BIDDER: My clue of the day. The lot is in an auction room. The answer describes one making offers to the auctioneer.
22d Fieldfare? (6)
PICNIC: split the clue 5,4 to get food (fare) eaten, with lashings of ginger beer, outdoors on a rug in a field
26d Produce disorder, wake up in prison (4)
STIR: A triple definition. The third being a slang term for prison
27d Looking extremely cold and depressed? (4)
BLUE: The colour of depression
The outrageously overpriced Rugby World Cup has started with a bang. Well done England Japan and Argentina.
The Quick Crossword pun: Abba+wrist+with=Aberystwyth