Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27972
Hints and tips by Miffypops. A good egg.
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Today’s puzzle is by Rufus. We know that because Rufus always sets the Monday puzzle and his style is consistent. Mondays puzzles are a gentle start to the puzzling week but they can contain a sting in their tail. Below are some hints and tips to help you if you need a bit of help. Clicking on the greyed out box will reveal the answer
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1a Purchase money always available on time (8)
LEVERAGE: Take a single letter for money as in pounds shillings and pence but not the shillings or the pence. Add a word meaning always and noun meaning the length of time a person or thing has existed
6a Temporary fault makes light go out around China’s capital (6)
GLITCH: This is an anagram (go out) of LIGHT around the capital letter of C(hina). A beautiful clue
9a They sit qualifications (6)
RIDERS: My last one in after a struggle to justify BIDETS or MINERS. These qualify a legal document. They also sit on horses. They fall off them occasionally too.
10a Head south for the big cities (8)
CAPITALS: A google search of the definition for HEAD drew up a list so long that I declined to search it for this hint. This is a chestnut clue seen many times before in various guises. Take a word meaning HEAD, PRINCIPLE, CHIEF (or the toilet on a ship or boat) and pluralise it with the S(outh) to give what are usually big cities, the most important cities.
11a Twelve-inch pace? (8)
FOOTSTEP: A word meaning twelve inches and a word meaning a pace will together nicely define this clue.
12a Longs for time with game partners (6)
YEARNS: The time here is a period of twelve months. The game is Bridge (a similar game to golf) and the partners are the opposite of East and West
13a Production line that’s quietly effective? (5,7)
STAGE WHISPER: This production takes place in a theatre and the line is a loud aside uttered by an actor, intended to be heard by the audience but supposedly unheard by other characters in the play.
16a Emphatic about corporal, say, being out of step (12)
INCONSISTENT: An adjective meaning demanding is placed around the abbreviation used to denote, say, a corporal in the army.
19a His cricket records still stand today (6)
WISDEN: This English cricketer who lived from 1826 until 1884 produced a cricketers almanac which is published annually to this day with a bright yellow cover. It can run to 1,500 pages and for me it compares with Bridge and Golf. I am ok with their existence but I want nothing to do with them. The publication that is. Not the game. Watching Cricket like watching Crown Green Bowling with a beer in hand is the finest way I know of wasting a perfect summers day.
21a Issued with name and date corrected (8)
EMANATED: Anagram alert. NAME and DATE are the fodder. Corrected is the indicator. Easy is the answer. Talking of dates (Don’t tell Saint Sharon) I went out on a date with a rather sweet dentist. I think it went well. She wants to see me again in six months.
23a Reserve short time in holiday place (3,5)
SET ASIDE: The place where we holiday the most with a beach, rock pools, a promenade and Oysters (mmm Oysters) is placed around the T of T(ime) and split 3,5 to suit the definition within the clue.
24a Embrace to really fix things (6)
CLINCH: A neat double definition. The first is simple, the second less so. Think of completing a deal.
25a Liberty, for example (6)
STATUE: Liberty is an example of one of these. Standing on Liberty Island in New York Harbour and designed by Gustave Eiffel. It was given by the people of France to the people of America. Possibly because it is hideous.
26a One starts with a high jump, then performs acrobatic feats (8)
SKYDIVER: A parachutist who enjoys the sport of jumping from an airplane at a moderate altitude and executing various body manoeuvers before pulling his or her rip cord
2d Predominant type found in newspaper production (6)
EDITOR: The head honcho of a newspaper.
3d Not inclined to build (5)
ERECT: A double definition that should be blindingly obvious to all. Google images has some frightening depictions
4d Dogs set about assailant (9)
ALSATIANS: An anagram (set about) of ASSAILANT will give this breed of dog which may well set about you.
5d Fugitive takes cover in English diocese (7)
ESCAPEE: A flat brimless hat is placed inside E(nglish) and a diocese or bishopric
6d Traveller in pain on small yacht’s prow (5)
GYPSY: A noun meaning pain or discomfort is followed by the initial letters of S(mall) and Y(achts). Interestingly we are expected to know that the word small indicates the letter S but we need the word prow to indicate the initial letter of the word Yacht
7d Broken-down train isn’t moving (2,7)
IN TRANSIT: Anagram (broken down) of TRAIN ISN’T
8d Pass — one is to be shown going round settlements (8)
COLONIES: HEY HO LEGO. Our usual crosswordland pass as in mountains is followed by an anagram (going round) of ONE IS
13d Got quickly to one’s feet — or didn’t make a move? (5,4)
STOOD FAST: See 27ac in puzzle 27,954. This is the same but in a different tense. A double definition that needs no more explanation
14d Classified government order (9)
HIERARCHY: This clue defines a system in which members of an organization or society are ranked according to relative status or authority. If anybody can parse this better please do so
15d Short of cash in inn, I’d get thrown out (8)
INDIGENT: Anagram (thrown out) of INN I’D GET
17d They get stuck into pieces of meat (7)
SKEWERS: Long pieces of wood or metal used for holding pieces of meat together during cooking
18d Make safe and secure, possibly (6)
RESCUE: Anagram (possibly) of SECURE
20d I pry about that racket (5)
NOISE: Take a verb meaning to look into or pry and insert the I from the beginning of the clue . The word that indicating the word I to put the PRY about (around). Now look at the perfection of the surface of that clue. Today’s finest
22d One wasn’t there to provide such a defence (5)
ALIBI: a claim or piece of evidence that one was elsewhere when an act, typically a criminal one, is alleged to have taken place. (Lazy copying and pasting)
Q. What is my favourite album of all time?
A. Astral Weeks. Sublime.
The Quick Crossword pun: diner+mite=dynamite