Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27930
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning to one and all from the heart of Downtown LI where all is well with the world. If you are solving on iPads the four long clues around the periphery of the grid are all given as 13 characters. They are not. See below for the correct spacings. According to the timer on my iPad I solved this puzzle in 00.00.00 time. Beat that if you can.
If any of you play rugby for England can you please ignore the coaches and the captain and just play rugby. All of your natural talent and flair has been trained out of you. Also ignore anything said by anyone from the world of Rugby League. The two codes do not mix well.
It is October. Bob Dylan is visiting. I have tickets. Bring it on.
I owe Hanni an apology for saying last week that she was good at falling off horses. Hanni is an excellent horsewoman. She rides well, jumps well and trains horses well. She occasionally falls off them too. I look forward to meeting her in November
Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 27,930 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 Four on the fiddle? (6,7)
STRING QUARTET: A group of four musicians, two violinists (fiddlers) one viola player and a cellist. Are viola players and cellists fiddlers?
10a Serious listener sent astray (7)
EARNEST: The organ used for listening and an anagram (astray) of SENT.
11a Media must make stand about false statement (7)
DAILIES: The media here are your newspapers which can be made by placing a low platform or lectern around a fib or untruth
12a Place where cubs may be left warm and dry (4)
LAIR: L(eft) and a word meaning to warm laundry that had been washed in order to remove dampness
13a Beginner to make money and gain experience (5)
LEARN: The beginner here is a L(earner) which when combined with a verb meaning to make money in return for labour or services will give a word which means to gather knowledge
14a Liberal-approved party game (4)
LUDO: This game was derived from an Indian game called Pachisi. It was patented thus in 1896. In the late fifties and early sixties it was played regularly in our household. I had the green counters. The clue is a charade of three crosswordland usual suspects. Follow the instructions and it will fit into place nicely. The word L(iberal) gives us the letter L. The word approved strangely indicates the letter U from way back in time when there was a fashion for calling things U and Non U. A party is a “Do” put the three together to find a board game.
17a The loss-making accommodation for students (7)
HOSTELS: Anagram (Making) of THE LOSS
18a Odd, Bobby not on his round? (7)
OFFBEAT: The opposite of ON and a word describing a policeman’s regular patrol.
19a Idealistic Scotsman follows upper-class head (7)
UTOPIAN: For the first letter here see my hint for 14ac. Add a word meaning head or the upper echelons and follow both with one of our two regular Scotsmen. Not Mac, the other fellow
22a Doubly exclude a major Shaw character (7)
BARBARA: Use two (doubly) words meaning to exclude as I might do to prevent unruly customers coming into my pub and add the A from the clue to find this character from a play by George Bernard Shaw
24a Has old-fashioned style (4)
HATH: The old fashioned word for Has. Think scorned women, fury and hell.
25a In the current era, grasping chaps improve (5)
AMEND: Take the term meaning after the birth of Christ and insert a word for chaps, geezers or fellows. I find it amusing that Rufus has used the term “In the current era” because the world of academia no longer refers to the birth of Christ to denote historical time but uses CE (common Era) and BCE (Before common era) instead.
26a Gaze endlessly, seeing famous actor (4)
STAR: remove the last letter (endlessly) from a verb meaning to gaze to find a term used to denote anybody famous.
29a Stern-looking sport contestants (7)
OARSMEN: These sportsmen who include Sir Steven Redgrave amongst their ranks look towards the stern of their boats. Women can row too. Check this link to read about some inspirational women Saint Sharon and I met recently.
30a Main road? (3,4)
SEA LANE: a route at sea designated for use or regularly used by shipping. (Copied directly from google)
31a What it is is difficult to say (6-7)
TONGUE-TWISTER: An all in one clue which defines as a sequence of words or sounds, typically of an alliterative kind, that are difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly, as, for example:
I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.
2d Vegetables growing from vessel in rubbish dumps (7)
TURNIPS: place a three letter tall rounded vase inside the plural of your local council waste disposal site
3d Date that is timeless (4)
IDES: in the ancient Roman calendar) a day falling roughly in the middle of each month (the 15th day of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th of other months), from which other dates were calculated. That is in Latin is ID EST. The word timeless in the clue instructs us to remove the letter T. Thank you Big Dave for parsing that one for me.
4d Collects the rags after sorting (7)
GATHERS: Anagram (after sorting) of THE RAGS
5d Drug one’s made to experience (7)
UNDERGO: Anagram (made) of DRUG ONE
6d Sally is right to help (4)
RAID: R(ight) and a verb meaning to help or assist
7d Mince pie and preserve for a gourmet (7)
EPICURE: Anagram (mince) of PIE and a verb meaning to preserve a foodstuff. Mmm food. Kippers. Yay.
8d Highly regarded, with spring in mind? (4-7-2)
WELL-THOUGHT-OF: this phrase meaning commendable or laudable comes from a source of water and a term meaning brought to mind
9d Flying sector health risk in naval vessel (6,7)
ESCORT CARRIER: An anagram (flying) of SECTOR followed by one who transmits a disease but does not suffer from it. The doctor says that I have Hermes, just like Herpes but I am a carrier.
15d I will get a number to follow through danger (5)
PERIL: I from the clue. The letter denoting the roman numeral for fifty come after a word meaning through or by means of
16d Blazing with a loud anger (5)
AFIRE: A from the clue. The musical term for loud and a noun meaning anger
20d Oration rewritten for part of Canada (7)
ONTARIO: Anagram (rewritten) of ORATION
21d A man who’s proposed? (7)
NOMINEE: One who is nominated or proposed as a candidate
22d Group observed in cutter (4-3)
BANDSAW: A collective name for a group of musicians followed by the past tense of the word see.
23d Cut a tea break to get things moving (7)
ACTUATE: Anagram (break) of CUT A TEA
27d Sticks up for being self-satisfied (4)
SMUG: Reverse (up in a down clue) the acts of gluing or pasting
28d Crazy cricketers (4)
BATS: A double definition. These cricketers stand at the wicket
Solved whilst listening to Van Morrison who I get to see again in December.
The Quick Crossword pun: hangar+round=hang around