Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27978
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
A tidy puzzle from Rufus today which includes all of his usual trademarks and some very clever all in ones.
The hints and tips have been rushed out by Miffypops who has got one of December’s two vans out of his system. The Lady In The Van was watched last night and is a delight throughout. Van (the Man) Morrison is a treat in store.
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1a Sets of clothes awaiting deliveries (8)
LAYETTES: These delightful deliveries are babies and this is the name for their clothing sets which may also include bedding.
6a Appreciate notice before sticky situation (6)
ADMIRE: Our usual suspect for a notice or advertisement precedes (before) a noun meaning a situation from which it is difficult to extract oneself from, like a boggy swamp or marsh
9a One’s mastered the art of eating out (6)
ETCHER: This artist might use a technique that eats away glass or metal to produce a picture or maybe words.
10a Gallery gives girl tumultuous hand (8)
VERANDAH: A girls name (Lynn or Duckworth) is placed before an anagram (tumultuous) of HAND
11a New tune that’s invigorating (5,3)
FRESH AIR: A word meaning new followed by a tune
12a Sweet thing from the Far East turned on by Greek character (6)
LITCHI: Take a verb meaning to have turned on (flicked a switch) to brighten a dark room say and add one of goodness knows how many Greek letters. The result is both a Chinese fruit and the sapindaceous tree which produces them.
13a Task for a jester wasted effort (1,5,6)
A FOOL’S ERRAND: The answer here is an attempt to do something that has no chance of success. A fruitless mission.
They told him that it couldn’t be done
With a smile he went right to it
He tackled the thing that couldn’t be done
And found he couldn’t do it. (author unknown)
16a All the same, they’re evidently not routine presentations (7,5)
VARIETY SHOWS: These theatrical entertainments consist of a succession of performers each doing a different type of act from the others and usually fronted by a compere. My own experience of these is that they could range from the sublime to the truly awful
19a Air force (6)
STRAIN: A neat double definition.
21a They cut teeth (8)
CHOPPERS: And Pfff. Another double definition. This time another word for an axe or another word for teeth, particularly false ones.
23a End of drive? (8)
AMBITION: A typical Rufus all in one clue. The answer as a noun means a strong desire to do or achieve something. [I read it as a double definition BD]
24a Emphasise sin must be cast out — it’s wrong (6)
INSIST: Anagram (must be cut out) of SIN followed by a second anagram (wrong) of IT’S
25a Period for redemption states article by church (6)
USANCE: The states here are the united ones followed by the form of the indefinite article as used before words that begin with a vowel and finally the initial letter for the C(hurch) of E(ngland). Not a word I have ever heard of before.
26a Chairman‘s carved horn seat (8)
SHERATON; We have a man here who designed chairs. Lots of chairs. His name can be wrought out of an anagram (Carved) of HORN SEAT. As Van Gogh said “Do not sit upon that chair. I have just painted it”
2d Cast or cast out (6)
ACTORS: Anagram (out) of OR CAST
3d Those false beliefs (5)
ETHOS: Another anagram (false) of THOSE
4d Act, concerning a volte-face (9)
TURNABOUT: Another word for an act that might have appeared in one of the 16 across productions and a preposition meaning concerning
5d A few part with a pound (7)
SEVERAL: A verb meaning to part by cutting and the A from the clue are followed by the abbreviation for monetary pounds as in LSD
6d Losing sweetheart a danger this month (5)
APRIL: This month can be found by removing the letter E (The heart or middle of the word sweet) from another way of saying A danger but split 1,5
7d Supply smart name for old soldiers (3-2-4)
MEN AT ARMS: Anagram (Supply) of SMART NAME. If you want this indicator to work think of supply as being more supple or bendy
8d Contacting every one within call (8)
REACHING: Place a word meaning every one of a group inside a word meaning to telephone
13d Changing to it again creates trouble (9)
AGITATION: Anagram (changing) of TO IT AGAIN
14d Budget that could be useless in parts? (9)
ECONOMISE: Scrimp. To make this clue work split the word USELESS into two parts as you are told to do by the words IN PARTS. USE LESS. Thank you Big Dave
15d Leisure activities of father’s days (8)
PASTIMES: Split 3,5 we have an endearing word for father’s halcyon days
17d Extra helpings may be minute portions (7)
SECONDS: Extra helping of food after the first serving has been eaten or one sixtieth part of one minute
18d Irregular forces decoration (6)
FRESCO: Anagram (Irregular) of FORCES
20d Innocent one is found in part of the church (5)
NAÏVE: The letter that looks like the number one is placed inside the central part of a church building
22d Like getting in quiet word of thanks for the food (5)
PASTA: Like as in the word (as) in my next sentence between (getting in) Quiet as in piano. And Ta as in Thanks. Altogether they give this awful foodstuff. Not on my plate they don’t
The two long across clues 13 and 16 gave me problems today. How about you?
The Quick Crossword pun: Forth+rite=forthright