Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27967
Hints and tips by Hanni
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Today, thanks to some mentoring by Miffypops, we welcome Hanni with her maiden blog. It’s a pity that due to problems with the server on which this site is hosted it is appearing seven hours later than intended and this has also meant that there was no time for pictures or music clips (although I have now been able to add two suggestions from Miffypops). BD
Good morning from the moors on another cold and wet day.
Not the easiest of Tuesdays but that could just be me. Below are the hints that are hopefully there to help. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Someone will always point you in the right direction. Perhaps you have followed the blog and never commented before. Let this be your first day. It’s my first time blogging.
5a Piece of advice given by experienced writer (4,3)
FELT TIP: A verb meaning to have experienced something such as an emotion is followed by something piece of advice, the kind you might hear at the horse racing.
7a Accumulate a million as head of state (5)
AMASS: Lego time. Start with ‘A’ from the clue followed by an abbreviation for a million. To finish add the middle word of the clue and the first letter of State (head of).
9a Good packaging, reportedly, for brandy (6)
GRAPPA: ‘G’ to (Good) start, followed by a homophone of something you would take off a chocolate bar before eating it. If you eat chocolate that is. I don’t.
10a Desperately got bag on sledge (8)
TOBOGGAN: Pencils at the ready, anagram (desperately) of the middle three words.
11a Flier, untrained for battle (5,5)
GOOSE GREEN: Start with a ‘flier’ that is sometimes served on Christmas day followed by synonym for someone who is inexperienced. You should end up with a battle that was fought during the Falklands war.
13a Join forces, gathering right away (4)
ALLY: Another word for a gathering with the first letter removed (‘R’ / right away).
14a Article by newspaper on personality’s fraudulent practice (8,5)
IDENTITY THEFT: Begin with another word for one’s personality, how we think of ourselves. What makes us special. After that put together a three letter word for article plus an abbreviation for a pinkish coloured newspaper.
16a Chum after ring and gemstone (4)
OPAL: Here we begin with our usual one letter abbreviation for ‘ring’ followed by a three letter synonym for a chum…or mate…or?
17a Snake caught constricting flightless bird (10)
COPPER HEAD: Place the past tense of a verb meaning to catch or arrest around a South American flightless bird. The result is an utterly terrifying thing.
19a Fizzy thing — better bedtime drink (8)
NIGHTCAP: Split 5,3 this is an anagram of ‘THING’ (fizzy) followed by a three letter word meaning to outclass.
20a Some worship a god, attending temple (6)
PAGODA: Look carefully. The answer is hidden within.
22a Bird close to old gardening implement (5)
DRAKE: Take the final letter of the word olD (close to) followed by a gardening implement that gets a great deal of use at this time of year.
23a Pragmatic type on a roll (7)
REALIST: Not sure where the ‘re’ comes from here [it comes from the ON in the clue – BD]. But the definition is one who lives in the real world with the latter part of the clue meaning something we might write out before we go shopping.
1d Mates capsized in smack (4)
SLAP: The same ‘mates’ that were mentioned above are here reversed (capsized) to give a four letter word for a smack.
2d Fidgeting, sat Right Honourable (8)
STRAIGHT: Anagram (fidgeting) of SAT RIGHT. No pencils were harmed in the solving of this clue.
3d Flimsy element (6)
CARBON: Double definition. I struggled with this but you could think of the flimsy bit as being like a typewriter ribbon (ta MP) [it’s actually a ****** copy on thin paper, according to the BRB – BD]
4d Left in Aden, bags possibly heading for hilly Asian country (10)
BANGLADESH: Anagram time again. L (left) is inserted into ‘ADEN BAGS’ (possibly) plus ‘H’, the first letter of ‘hilly’. Jumble the letters up and you get an Asian country. My pencil was used for this clue.
5d Sacrifice, to the advantage of work (5)
FORGO: If we split this 3,2 you start with another word meaning advantage and follow this with a 2 letter word for work.
6d Wrote up Peter Pan merrily receiving crown (3,3,2,5)
PUT PEN TO PAPER: An anagram (merrily) of ‘UP PETER PAN’ around (receiving) a three letter word for ‘crown’.
8d Colour Zeiss perhaps introduced to series (7)
SCARLET: This was my last in and requires a thanks to Google. Begin with a three letter word for series and insert (introduce) the forename of a German inventor of microscopes and optical instruments who was born in 1816. That one was completely new to me.
12d Levy that could make Take That awfully cross? (7,3)
STEALTH TAX: Anagram time again. A 5 letter word for ‘take’ plus an anagram of ‘THAT’ (awfully) and X (cross). This will give a levy that is largely unnoticed.
14d Understood mischievous child was untruthful (7)
IMPLIED: Begin with a three letter word for a mischievous child. Follow that with a four letter word for a not telling the truth.
15d The turn involving a cast member (8)
THESPIAN: Is this Lego is this not? Another word for turn with ‘A’ inserted into it (involving), is all preceded by ‘THE’ from the clue.
17d Rides in circles (6)
CYCLES: Double definition.
18d Examination of accounts — part of fraud itself (5)
AUDIT: This took me awhile to spot even though the clue was clearly waving at me as to how to solve it. The answer is tucked up and neatly hidden within, (part of…)
21d First of games, a home win (4)
GAIN: Start with ‘G’ (first of games), add the ‘A’ from the clue and finish with another word for being at home.
My favourite clue is the lovely 11a. Yours may be different.
P.S Thanks to Miffypops for everything. What can I say? You’re unbelievable.
The Quick Crossword pun: nose+cord+roars=no-score draws