Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27918
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Phew! Weekends do not come much better than the one that has just passed. Beautiful weather. Seven Rugby matches to watch. Rugby Heaven and Rugby hell on Saturday night. Well worked Wales. Televisual heaven with Cider with Rosie last night. More of the same please. (I also enjoyed The Go Between last week.) The eclipse was wonderful to watch. Oh and there was beer aplenty. Two year old Sloe Gin was bottled and damson gin started. Life is so good.
Rufus today has set a rather easy puzzle, well-crafted as usual but my hints and tips may not be needed by many of you.
Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 27,918 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 Sit and canoodle, forming bond together (11)
CONSOLIDATE: Are you sitting comfortably? Then let us begin. This is an anagram (forming) of the words CANOODLE and SIT
9a Such trees are barely recognisable in winter (9)
DECIDUOUS: These trees lose their leaves in late autumn and so look different in their winter guises. The answer to this clue means “Falling off at maturity”. That sums me up very nicely indeed.
10a Indeed, all the odd bits will be perfect (5)
IDEAL: The odd numbered letters (odd bits) of the words Indeed all
11a High-spirited child? (6)
CHERUB: So high as to be heavenly. An angelically beautiful child.
12a A fashion editor’s heavenly body (8)
ASTEROID: Take the letter A straight from the clue and add an anagram (fashion) of EDITORS
13a Deposit covers new bid that’s reserved (4,2)
LAID BY: Take a three lettered verb meaning to deposit, as in a bet and place it around (covers) an anagram (new) of BID
15a I was told off for youthful indiscretions (4,4)
WILD OATS: An anagram here (off) of I WAS TOLD. Here’s Philip Larkin’s poem of the same title:
About twenty years ago
Two girls came in where I worked –
A bosomy English rose
And her friend in specs I could talk to.
Faces in those days sparked
The whole shooting-match off, and I doubt
If ever one had like hers:
But it was the friend I took out,
And in seven years after that
Wrote over four hundred letters,
Gave a ten-guinea ring
I got back in the end, and met
At numerous cathedral cities
Unknown to the clergy. I believe
I met beautiful twice. She was trying
Both times (so I thought) not to laugh.
Parting, after about five
Rehearsals, was an agreement
That I was too selfish, withdrawn
And easily bored to love.
Well, useful to get that learnt,
In my wallet are still two snaps,
Of bosomy rose with fur gloves on.
Unlucky charms, perhaps.
18a Not the same as put into proper order (8)
ASSORTED: Take the word AS straight from the clue and add an adjective meaning arranged, organised or dealt with satisfactorily
19a Bids for chests without a number (6)
OFFERS: The first letter of these strongboxes is also the Roman numeral which denotes the number 100. Remove that number and you are left with a bid or……….. I am talking away to myself here, am I not.
21a Theatre attendant (4-4)
PLAY-GOER: One who attends a drama at a theatre. Saint Sharon and I will qualify on Thursday when we go to see The Importance of Being Earnest.
23a Where most are bent on entering? (6)
PRISON: Dishonest or corrupt people might end up in one of Her Majesties three star hotels
26a Fashionable racecourse for a northerner (5)
ASCOT: A (from the clue) and one from north of the border make up this royal racecourse.
27a Chant a simple ditty (9)
PLAINSONG: This chant could be Gregorian to find it we need another word for simple and another word for a ditty. Here is a ditty as sung by Donovan
28a Merit good treatment, as hard-working oil-drillers do? (7,4)
DESERVE WELL: Awkward clue of the day. To thoroughly merit or earn something (in this case the oil riggers industriousness is what merits their successful discovery of what they are looking for) Here is Dylan’s masterful reply which was well deserved by Donovan
1d A willing rider (7)
CODICIL: an attachment to a will.
2d Panic, heading round concealed corner (5)
NICHE: A lurker of an answer. Lurking away hidden amongst the words in the clue teasing you to find him.
3d It’s not even considered mathematically (3,6)
ODD NUMBER: The alternative to even (not even) arithmetical values
4d I’d look up to this hero (4)
IDOL: I’D (again from the clue) followed by our usual crosswordland suspect for look, which is reversed (up). Thanks Big Dave for the correct answer and hint. Miffypops put ICON: I (again from the clue) followed by our usual crosswordland clue for look up or study. I am just a poorly schooled orphan boy as I have said before. Thanks again BD
5d He’ll kill animals in the end (8)
ASSASSIN: This killer is made up of two donkeys and the word IN lifted again from the clue
6d No longer lie about being an outcast (5)
EXILE: No longer as in a spouse, a lover or partner followed by an anagram ( about) of LIE
7d Deceives daughter and flees (7)
DELUDES: D(aughter) followed by a verb meaning to avoid capture. This needs an S on the end as per the clue. Somebody better schooled than me might suggest the third person present of a verb but I know nothing
8d Go off, taking girlfriend around school (8)
DETONATE: Go off or set off an explosive. Your girlfriend, squeeze, or soulmate is placed around that school in Berkshire. Is Berkshire Crosswordland?
14d Dissect an insect, for example (8)
INSTANCE: Anagram (dissect) of AN INSECT
16d Respect some hesitation in one’s excuses, perhaps … (9)
DEFERENCE: These excuses might be used in a court of law. Insert one of our Crosswordland hesitations (not um, the other one)
17d … respect I fancy they will show one’s paid (8)
RECEIPTS: Anagram (fancy) of RESPECT I
18d A couple of pages to praise and praise (7)
APPLAUD: A do as you are told type of clue. Take the letter A and add two (a couple of) letter Ps P(ages). Now add a verb meaning to praise highly. There now, just like Lego
20d Country seen differently by upset convict (7)
SENEGAL : This country is made up of an anagram (differently) of SEEN followed by the reversal (upset) of a word for a convict or prisoner
22d Attendance down, at first, restricted to college (5)
GATED: The number of people who pay to see a sporting event (attendance) followed by D(own) gives a verb meaning confined to school or college
24d An account to settle? (5)
SCORE: This account is an old fashioned bill which needs to be settled
25d Lovely article in wood (4)
FAIR: Place the letter A (article) inside a type of tree. Abies apparently.
The hurt of Saturday night will surely pass. On the plus side We are still in The Rugby World Cup. There are twenty-nine matches still to be played and I have tickets to see bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Bellowhead in the next two months.
The Quick Crossword pun: prophet+tier=profiteer