Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27948
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Miffypops and his interpretation of today’s Daily Telegraph Cryptic Crossword Puzzle number 27,948. Below are some hints and tips to guide you through the process of solving the clues. If you cannot get the answer after reading the hint, then click on the greyed out box to reveal the answer.
I thought this Rufus puzzle a little trickier than usual but still not difficult. The daily battle with the iPad version of the puzzle is a far greater challenge, particularly when half of the clues go walkabout and the rest that remain use the extra space to dance around.
Congratulation to New Zealand (for that is the name of the team) upon their stunning win on Saturday. And total respect to Sonny Bill Wiliams for his generosity and kindness immediately after the game. Just watch the clip at 28 across to have the cockles of your hearts warmed and to see the rare occurrence of an Englishman making a tackle albeit on a little boy who disobeyed the rules and got a fantastic reward for doing so whilst all the good boys got nothing. There is a lesson for all the little goody two shoes there.
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1a It guides a ploughman (6)
TILLER: This part of a boats steering device can also be used to describe a ploughman although I thought it referred to the implement used for ploughing not the ploughman. BRB anyone?
4a Mother is composing a line to the weatherman (8)
ISOTHERM: We do not wait long for anagrams in Rufus puzzles and here is today’s first. MOTHER IS are the letters to juggle in your head as indicated by the anagram indicator composing. Pencils pens notepads and little letter circles are frowned upon on Mondays. Mondays are mental agility days where anagrams are concerned.
9a In retreat the general offers to withdraw (6)
RENEGE: This hidden word is indicated by the word IN. to make it harder to spot it reads from right to left as the word retreat suggests. Cor blimey I told you this was trickier than normal.
10a M Poirot has a point –- a strong one (8)
HERCULES: The fictional detective’s first name and a compass point will give the name of a Greek divine hero or Steptoe’s horse. Of the three most famous Belgians, TinTin, Poirot and Eddie Merckx, two are fictitious.
12a Food preparation that’s part of the service (4)
DISH: This is a double definition clue. The food prepared and served can also be a shallow, flat-bottomed container for cooking or serving food.
13a Test site –- no place for ladies (5)
LORDS: This cricket ground is the home of The MCC. Ladies were not allowed to be members until well into the nineties.
14a A complaint I’d not put in a guide (4)
AGUE: This fever can be found by removing (not put in) the letters I’D from the words A GUIDE.
17a Challenge whether goose is cooked (3,4,5)
WHO GOES THERE: Another clever anagram (is cooked) of WHETHER GOOSE which solves itself if you stare at the letters for a short while.
20a A question of double identity? (5,2,5)
WHICH IS WHICH: The question here is the question of choice. It might be asked in order to identify twins
23a It could contain jam but is certainly not jammed (4)
AJAR: Split 1,3 you get a glass container for jam. Altogether it describes a door not quite closed and therefore not jammed.
24a It’s an African language, but oddly includes English article (5)
BANTU: Ooh look, a partial anagram (oddly) of BUT with the form of the indefinite article used before words beginning with a vowel sound shoved inside (includes)
25a Stage favourite’s making a comeback (4)
STEP: Our favourites (people or domesticated animals) are reversed here to make a leg or stage in a gradual process.
28a Don’t cheat in two forms of leisure activity (4,4)
PLAY FAIR: To uphold the rules. The two leisure activities are 1. engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. And 2. a gathering of stalls and amusements for public entertainment. Here is an amazing clip showing Sonny Bill Williams doing just that.
29a Staff to support one who’s disabled (6)
CRUTCH: This staff might have been used by Long John Silver. Occasionally Rufus throws an old chestnut of a clue at us that was first written when Long John Silver had two legs and Captain Flint was an egg
30a It could be faster on the promenade (8)
SEAFRONT: This is an anagram (it could be) of FASTER ON. I missed the anagram indicator and this was my last one in. Silly me.
31a Allow to rest peacefully? Quite the opposite (3,3)
LET RIP: Place an initialled epitaph after a verb meaning to allow as in not forbid or prevent
1d Refuse to fold over the sheet? (4,4)
TURN DOWN: A double definition. The second referring to the sheets on a bed.
2d Cricketer of yore yearns to face spinner (4,4)
LONG STOP: This fielding position on a cricket pitch can be found by using a 5,3 split with a word meaning yearns or pines followed by a child’s toy which spins and sometimes hums as well. That isn’t to say that the toy smells (which it might) the hum is a noise. Sorry to waffle on here. Put it down to a lack of parental guidance and a lack of formal schooling. Anyway the cricketing position is a waste of a player and is unnecessary if the wicketkeeper is any good. I would not have a goalkeeper in a football eleven. The back four would prevent shots on goal and the goalie would be used as an extra striker.
3d A border we’d get trimmed at either end (4)
EDGE: as in 14 across this clue asks us to remove letters from a word or words in the clue. The words here are WE’D GET. Remove the letters at either end to reveal a border. You need to chuck out the apostrophe as well.
5d They have no saving graces (12)
SPENDTHRIFTS: These people use their money in an extravagant and irresponsible way.
6d Very little time for credit (4)
TICK: This double definition uses a noun meaning a moment and a rather old fashioned term for credit. A third definition might be the mark used by a teacher to indicate that an answer is correct.
7d It may be said to be highly complimentary (6)
EULOGY: This speech or piece of writing that praises somebody highly is often a tribute to somebody who has died.
8d Married Daisy, a teacher (6)
MASTER: This teacher can be found by using the abbreviation for M(arried) and a plant of the daisy family
11d Dedication to a concern is unusual (12)
CONSECRATION: Here we have another anagram which needs nothing other than a pair of eyes and a bit of a brain to solve. It jumped out at me almost immediately. So. Anagram (unusual) of TO A CONCERN IS
15d Fuss, making rounds between hospitals over area (3-2)
HOO-HA: This wonderful word can be got at by doing as the clue suggests. Building it up bit by bit. Place the rounds (two, because rounds is plural) perfectly round letters between two (because Hospitals is plural) abbreviations for H(ospital) and add the abbreviation for A(rea).
16d Father to confess and make headlines (5)
FROWN: The abbreviation for Father is followed by a verb meaning to confess.
18d Tyrant will appear day Riot Act is reformed (8)
DICTATOR: An anagram (reformed) of RIOT ACT follows the letter D from D(ay)
19d Fast repeated punches (4-4)
CHOP-CHOP: This punch is a sharp downward blow. Used twice as indicated by the word repeatedly it gives us a phrase which means quickly
21d The academic field (6)
CAMPUS: The grounds and buildings of a university
22d Two articles supporting embargo for fruit (6)
BANANA: A three letter word for embargo is followed by both forms of the article used in 24 across.
26d Some distance away from a service, heading north (4)
AFAR: A from the clue and the reversed (Heading north) initials of our airborne armed service.
27d Able to go where one likes for nothing (4)
FREE: A double definition. Need I say more
Is that it? Good. By this time last year Saint Sharon and I had lost several family members and close friends which drained us both. This year nobody close has died. We have had two super holidays and been on tour with Bob Dylan. We have both thoroughly enjoyed The Rugby World Cup. Life is very sweet at the moment. The word lush springs to mind.
The Quick Crossword pun: miss+cons+true=misconstrue