Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27924
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Miffypops has had to go out before he was able to finish his review – I’m sure he will be able to add a prologue on his return. BD
Too right I will BD. Many a tear has to fall, But it’s all in the game. My team won on Saturday afternoon and my other team lost on Saturday night. I had a very liquid day yesterday at The Argentina v Tonga game in Leicester. Saint Sharon really is a Saint. Rufus has upped the difficulty scale today. Not by much but I found the last couple tricky.>
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1a Taking money out for retirement (10)
WITHDRAWAL: The act of taking money out of one’s account or the ceasing of partaking in an activity.
6a Join me as ordered (4)
SEAM: Anagram number one. ME AS is the fodder. Ordered is the anagram indicator.
10a Had an inclination and worked in the garden (5)
RAKED: This clue sent me off down memory lane to my engineering apprenticeship and the angles used for cutting tools. Also to have used a gardening tool.
11a Willie Winkie’s running gear (9)
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Up stairs and down stairs in his night-gown,
Tapping at the window, crying at the lock,
Are the children in their bed, for it’s past ten o’clock?
Hey, Willie Winkie, are you coming in?
The cat is singing purring sounds to the sleeping hen,
The dog’s spread out on the floor, and doesn’t give a cheep,
But here’s a wakeful little boy who will not fall asleep!
Anything but sleep, you rogue! glowering like the moon,’
Rattling in an iron jug with an iron spoon,
Rumbling, tumbling round about, crowing like a cock,
Shrieking like I don’t know what, waking sleeping folk.
Hey, Willie Winkie – the child’s in a creel!
Wriggling from everyone’s knee like an eel,
Tugging at the cat’s ear, and confusing all her thrums
Hey, Willie Winkie – see, there he comes!”
Weary is the mother who has a dusty child,
A small short little child, who can’t run on his own,
Who always has a battle with sleep before he’ll close an eye
But a kiss from his rosy lips gives strength anew to me.
12a Co-operate in production of drama and dance (4,4)
PLAY BALL: A drama like the one what Ernie Wise wrote and a formal dance will give a phrase meaning to work willingly with others
13a Wide awake for a siren call (5)
ALERT: A double definition. Need I say more?
15a Scholar takes ages, with total backing (7)
ERASMUS: This scholar wrote in a pure Latin style and lived from 1466 to 1536 which is way before my time. To find him out use a four letter word that means ages or lots of years. Not EONS, the other one and add a three letter word that means the total amount resulting from the addition of two or more numbers but reversed as indicated by the word backing. Golly bongs. What a lot of words to hint at an answer consisting of only seven letters
17a Stuffy complaint (7)
CATARRH: This complaint is an excessive discharge or build-up of mucus in the nose or throat, associated with inflammation of the mucous membrane. Not really want we want to be thinking about on a Monday morning is it?
19a One about to settle in the country (7)
IRELAND: Use the letter that looks like the number 1, the usual crosswordland suspect for about ( there are two abouts, the circa one is not it this time ) then add a verb meaning to come down through the air and rest on the ground or another surface
21a Business worry (7)
CONCERN; another double definition.
22a Peg possibly owed a pound (5)
DOWEL: Anagram number two (possibly) of OWED with the initial letter of a pound as in LSD.
24a Direction to take off frock (8)
SUNDRESS: A point of the compass and the act of disrobing
27a Expect high tolls here (9)
CAMPANILE: A belltower. The one in Bruges is spectacular and well worth a visit
28a Not acute, but quite serious (5)
GRAVE: And another clever double definition.
29a Policy revealed in short note (4)
LINE: An agreed approach, of government for example or a memo
30a Sent off with a wave of the hand? (10)
HYPNOTISED: Even with all the checkers in I found this one difficult to solve. Maybe I was mesmerised by the setter. Maybe this will help you:
Last night a Hypnotist convinced me I was a soft, malleable metal with an atomic number of 82.
I’m easily lead.
1d Counsel is exhausted, we hear (4)
WARN: A homophone based on a verb meaning inform someone in advance of a possible danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation and an adjective meaning damaged and shabby as a result of much use. Did you get the second letter right?
2d Accept a holiday and say goodbye (4,5)
TAKE LEAVE: And again a double definition which should not give you too much trouble. If it does, please click to reveal the answer.
3d Father may be cleric within 24 hours (5)
DADDY: This cleric is a Doctor of Divinity who needs to be put inside (within) a period of 24 hours to give up one of your parents
4d Books which one enjoys in bed? (7)
ANNUALS: The beds are in the garden and these journals are also plants with a lifespan of one year.
5d Lace with gin in a way that’s divine! (7)
ANGELIC : Anagram (in a way) of LACE and GIN
7d Demoted at the centre, get all worked up (5)
EMOTE: The central five letters of the word DEMOTED
8d Meticulous employee that comes round on time (6,4)
MINUTE HAND: The first word here as indicated by the word Meticulous is defined thus in a google search (of an investigation or account) taking the smallest points into consideration; precise and meticulous. The second is our usual crosswordland suspect for a manual worker. Together they hint at one of the pointers on a watch or clock
9d Reform a crook reportedly put into difficulties (8)
STRAITEN: Sounds like (reportedly) a verb meaning to reform a crook
14d Timely sort of police raid (10)
PERIODICAL: Yippee another anagram. This time the indicator is (sort of) and the fodder is POLICE RAID
16d A meal oft served out cold? Yes (4,4)
MEAT LOAF: And just to amuse me even more we have yet another anagram (served out) of A MEAL OFT. Are we supposed to eat this cold. We don’t
18d They control ovens, cooking the roasts (9)
RHEOSTATS: Three in a row. I am so happy I could burst. Just wiggle up (cooking) the letters in the words THE ROASTS
20d Lot of the French money has variable support (7)
DESTINY: Take the French word for “of the” and add a slang term for money and an algebraic letter used to denote a variable number
21d It provides food or water (7)
CANTEEN: A water container is also a kitchen for the mass production of food. We had a poem at school about our dinners which ended with the lines:
Here comes the gravy, thick and still
If That don’t get you, The custard will.
23d West Country lady (5)
WOMAN: Take the initial letter of W(est) and add one of the Arabian sultanates
25d Appropriate ceremonial form in speech (5)
RIGHT: A word which means correct is also a homophone of a word meaning a a religious or other solemn ceremony or act.
26d Right conclusion? Tear it up (4)
REND: R(ight) and a word meaning the conclusion will give a verb that means to tear into pieces.
The Quick Crossword pun: lick+quid+ate=liquidate