Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27954
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning. I think Rufus is in fine form today providing a puzzle that took more passes than usual to solve with the last four clues holding me up for some time. They were 21ac, 23ac, 18d and 24d. My Doh! Moment of the day going to 24d. Today is the day the Lord hath made. Rejoice and be glad in it. Or stop grizzling and enjoy what you have. Life is Yum.
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1a Didn’t succeed in crossing the ice? (4,7)
FELL THROUGH: This double definition is what happened to Amy in chapter eight of the novel at 28 across. Not that I have ever read it. Should I?
ARVE Error: need id and provider
9a Exact money? (9)
BLACKMAIL: As a noun – the action, treated as a criminal offence, of demanding money from someone in return for not revealing compromising information which one has about them. As a verb – demand money from (someone) in return for not revealing compromising information about them. Who needs a BRB when copy and paste works this well?
10a To save is difficult with nothing coming in (5)
HOARD: Take another word meaning difficult such as one might use about a cryptic crossword clue that you struggle to solve and drop in (coming in) the letter that resembles the numerical symbol for nothing. You know. The round one.
11a Available with deferred payment (2,4)
IN HAND: Ready for use if required.
12a He’s smart to order pets (8)
HAMSTERS: These rodents can be found y anagrammatising (to order) the words HES SMART
13a One’s in charge but sometimes has a leader (6)
EDITOR: This person is in charge of a newspaper. The Leader is a piece he may write.
15a Salad item — you can add it in haste (8)
CELERITY: Place the word IT inside a popular salad item of which it is said that more calories are burned off by eating it that it actually contains. It is also nice in stews
18a Provides soft soap and cloths for the cricket team? (8)
FLANNELS: The soft soap here is the use of bland fluent talk to play down something of importance. If relying on this part of the clue don’t forget to add the S from provides. These are also the name for a cricketer’s white trousers
19a He goes to clinic initially, twitching and feverish (6)
HECTIC: HE from the clue is followed by the first (initial) letter of C(linic). Follow that with a three letter word for a twitch or spasm to find a noun meaning feverish. This is a new meaning of this word for me. I am not happy with the cluing for the last three letters. If anybody has a better explanation I sure could use it right now.
21a It is backed in race to be beat (8)
CHASTISE: IT IS needs to be shortened here to ITS and reversed (backing) You can then drop it into a type of horse race of the type often seen at The Cheltenham Festival
23a Parliamentary official rising to arouse the House? (4,2)
WHIP UP: This parliamentarian ensures party member toe the party line and turn up to vote. He is followed by a two letter word meaning rising. I think the use of the word house in the clue refers to the theatre where a warm up act does this to excite the audience ready for the main act
26a Landowner has to ring back about river (5)
LAIRD: Take the name for the circular piece on the front of a very old fashioned telephone, (actually the act of using said implement) reverse it (back) and place it about the letter R(iver) from the clue to find this Scottish landowner.
27a Either rise quickly or don’t budge (5,4)
STAND FAST: A double definition. Need I say more?
28a Small ‘w’ on sign? That’s novel (6,5)
LITTLE WOMEN: Lego time. Build this answer from the blocks Rufus has given you. Take a very straightforward and obvious word meaning small to gain your first word of the answer. Now use the letter W from the clue and add a four letter word meaning a sign or portent. Together you will have the name of a novel about the pioneering days of the USA. The Little House On The Prairie as referred to in my hint for 1 across
1d Having broken rib, feel delirious (7)
FEBRILE: Anagram (broken) of RIB FEEL
2d Three animals in the lead (5)
LEASH: Other than the definition for the word LEAD in the clue I have no idea whatsoever what THREE ANIMALS has to do with this clue. My iPad tells me all answers are correct perhaps you can tell me why.
3d Recorded as having been dismantled (5,4)
TAKEN DOWN: To have demolished something is the same as having recorded something. Anything you say may be taken down and used in evidence against you.
4d Note in the morning papers (4)
REAM: Take the third note of the musical scale that begins with an expression favoured by Homer Simpson and add our abbreviation for morning that come from the Latin ante meridiem
5d Lacking weight, emptied the Chamber (8)
UNLOADED: A double definition. Emptied the chamber here refers to the removal of bullets from a revolver.
6d You could make a hash of onomatopoeic sounds of laughter (2-3)
HA-HAS: An anagram (could make) of A HASH. This is both an anagram and a wonderful all in one clue. Such style from the exalted Rufus. Nice one.
7d Reserve enclosure, after a fashion (7)
MODESTY: Place an enclosure for a pig after a word meaning fashion or manner
8d Brave pirate’s superficial improvement (8)
FACELIFT: To brave here is to confront and to pirate is to steal. Together they make a form of plastic surgery.
14d Very frightened, I take a short rest before I can set off (2,1,5)
IN A PANIC: Take the I from the clue, add a short sleep and an anagram (set off) of I CAN
16d Cosmetic watch-dog? (9)
EYESHADOW: This cosmetic can be found by placing a verb meaning to watch closely before another verb meaning to follow somebody closely and secretly.
17d Tightly packed Wimbledon crowd may well enjoy it (5-3)
CLOSE-SET: Two definition here. The Wimbledon reference being to a very well matched contest
18d Power is off — cold inside (7)
FACULTY: Place the letter C(old) into an adjective meaning not working or defective to find this mental or physical power Here is a clip of a man who has all of his.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
20d Catnaps — possibly that provides energy for the sailor (7)
CAPSTAN: Anagram (possibly) of CATNAPS
22d Moon-affected, in the main (5)
TIDAL: The ebb and flow of the oceans as affected by the moons gravitational pull.
24d New lamps that will be put into service (5)
PSALM: Anagram (New) of LAMPS. I knew this was an anagram of LAMPS and had the A and M in place but just took an age to mentally work this out.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
25d Follow, in the end (4)
TAIL: To As in 16 down to follow somebody closely and secretly is also the hindmost part of an animal such as a cat. Speaking of cats and especially for Kitty here is a Haiku by Helen Kenyon
Death on velvet paws.
Sleek assassin, razor clawed.
Purring by the fire
Thank you Mr Bob Dylan for singing away so nicely in the background as I wrote this. The 6cd set The Cutting Edge is a fine piece of work.
The Quick Crossword pun: consent+rate=concentrate