Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27942
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good morning everybody and welcome to today’s edition of Big Dave’s Crossword Blog brought to you by Miffypops.
Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 27,942 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.
I thought this at the easiest end of the easy scale today. Rufus at his most benign. The cluing is perfect though. The sun is shining here in Downtown LI and yet again it is a Dylan week. Miffypops is an excited little ball of euphoria.
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1a Carried infant, little Edward (5)
TOTED: A short word for an infant or toddler together with a shortened for of the name Edward will give a word meaning to have carried.
4a A rest for any living being (8)
BREATHER: This clever all in one clue can be solved by thinking of how living beings take in air and what we take when we take a rest.
8a Lazy head results in unemployment (8)
IDLENESS: Take a word meaning lazy and add our usual crosswordland word for a geopraphical feature such as a promontory
9a See terms properly organised for academic period (8)
SEMESTER: An anagram of the words SEE TERMS is suggested by the indicators properly organised
11a In general exit, one’s left something (7)
LEGATEE: This exit is a death and this person is a beneficiary of the will. For a far better and cleverer way to Parse this clue see Dutch’s comment at No 12 in the comments below. I never saw that at all.
13a Frightened about agent returning, did a bunk (9)
SCARPERED: Place the shortened term for a representative inside an adjective meaning afraid
15a As far as it goes, in a way (3,3,2,3,4)
THE END OF THE ROAD: Harry Lauder sang about this place, as did Gad.
Where all roads, streets and lanes go.
18a One’s contribution to knowledge is past understanding (9)
HISTORIAN: This chappy has a thorough knowledge of times gone by. Simon Schama is one.
21a It may be checked for drink and meat around midnight (7)
GINGHAM: Take the letter G (the middle letter of the word niGht) and place around it the drink known as Mothers Ruin and a cured pork joint. You should then have a checked material worn by all of the girls in films such as Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (or maybe not)
22a Dad’s backing Mum perhaps, that’s obvious (8)
APPARENT: Our two lettered word for Dad is reversed (backing) and placed next to what both your Mother and your Father are. As a poorly schooled orph……………………..blah blah blah!
24a First-class fare to Jupiter and Mars? (8)
AMBROSIA: Jupiter and Mars here are Gods and this fare is the food of the gods
25a Father flips about drunken kiss, socialising after sport (5-3)
APRES-SKI: As in 22 across we need to reverse your dad. Then add our usual suspect for about and add an anagram (drunken) of KISS
26a Spots of trouble over pupils? (5)
STYES: Inflamed swellings on the edge of an eyelid, caused by bacterial infection of the gland at the base of an eyelash. (Thank you Mr Google)
1d Game for an experimental marriage? (5,5)
TRIAL MATCH: These games are used to test players abilities before a final selection is made. The Possibles versus The Probables. It is also a term used when two people cohabit without getting married to test their suitability to each other.
2d It’s not for nothing you pass through it (8)
TOLLGATE: One has to pay to pass through this entrance
3d It’s presented by people after party (8)
DONATION: Our usual two lettered party is followed by people as a whole country to find a sum of money which may have been given to a charity.
4d Control knob (4)
BOSS: This clever double definition made me smile. A third definition might be the stud at the centre of a shield
5d Dormant fish turned into snake (6)
ASLEEP: Place the snake that killed Cleopatra around a slippery fish that has been reversed (turned)
6d Bully for him! (6)
HECTOR: This boys name can also mean to talk to somebody in a bullying way
7d Stern breed? (4)
REAR: The back end of something or to raise a family.
10d Agent in shambles without a number performing (8)
ENACTING: Anagram (in shambles) of AGENT IN around the Roman Numeral for 100
12d One comes from Eastern small nation, migrating? (8)
ESTONIAN: E(astern) S(mall) and an anagram (migrating) of NATION will give this persons nationality
14d Fair play for drivers (6,4)
DODGEM CARS: These vehicle can be found in a fairground. What fun they are too.
16d Traps near ness at sea (8)
ENSNARES: Anagram (at sea) of NEAR NESS
17d Honestly in distress, trying to avoid publicity (2,3,3)
ON THE SLY: Anagram (in distress)of HONESTLY
19d Parking in splendid setting for a meal (6)
SUPPER: Place the P of P(arking) inside an adjective meaning splendid, very good, pleasant or excellent
20d Monstrous woman makes advance without public relations (6)
OGRESS: The first of two successive chop off clues. Take a word meaning advance or forward or onward movement towards a destination and chop off the two letters that make the abbreviation for the public relations department.
22d Girl student leaves an atmosphere (4)
AURA: This time take a girl’s name and chop off the first letter which will be the abbreviation for a student or learner
23d One of rank, perhaps (4)
TAXI: This vehicle may be hailed in the street or it may wait in a designated place known as a rank.
I hope they get harder this week.
The Quick Crossword pun: con+tin+gent=contingent