Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27984
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What more can I say? Today’s puzzle by Rufus contains all of his signature tricks. There are seven anagrams to help you along, some clever double definitions, charades, and mischief aplenty. The review contains two deliberate mistakes
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1a Contract, perhaps, for engineering work (6)
BRIDGE: Contract perhaps suggests a card game where players pair off in teams named after points of the compass. It somehow involves rubber and inquests are held regularly. Silence is essential during play (why oh why?) It rates as lowly as golf in my world. I am happy for others to take part but please do not invite me along. These engineering works on the other hand amaze me. I love them from the simple to the extreme they delight my very being. The one across the Forth has closed. The one by the Tower Of London has opened. The one named Stara in Cornwall is my all-time favourite
4a Made much of being under tension (8)
STRESSED: A double definition. Emphasised.
9a Get in boat somehow (6)
OBTAIN: Anagram no 1 (somehow) of IN BOAT
10a Inspired by Diana, met when out (8)
ANIMATED: And Pfff Anagram number 2 (when out) of DIANA MET
12a King appears to vex Church (4)
KIRK: A single letter abbreviation for King is followed by a short verb meaning to make someone feel annoyed worried or frustrated.
13a In a way age is some protection (5)
AEGIS: Anagram number three (In a way) of AGE IS
14a State obstruction provoking alliance (4)
BLOC: A homophone of a word meaning an obstruction is also an alliance or cartel
17a Fatal accuracy? (4,2,6)
DEAD ON TARGET: An all in one clue which I surprised myself by cracking without checkers. What you would be after fatality and two words meaning to have hit what you aimed at
20a Innocent chap in pile-up provides transport (12)
PANTECHNICON: Anagram numero fouro (in pile up) of INNOCENT CHAP. You would not want to be in a pile up with one of these
23a Unidentified girl accepts love (4)
ANON: A girls name containing (accepts) the letter that looks like the term used in tennis for no points. Which girls name? There is nothing in the clue to help.
Western Wind. Anon
Western wind, when will thou blow,
The small rain down can rain?
Christ! If my love were in my arms,
And I in my bed again!
24a In which rivals can hear a pin drop (5)
ALLEY: Ooh er tricky. A pin is also a skittle. Where might you play skittles or ninepins or tenpins?
25a Head boy’s first to go, in bygone era (4)
ONCE: Remove the first letter of B(oys) as instructed by the words first to go from a word meaning your head
28a Insurance allowed for a counterpane (8)
COVERLET: Join a word for insurance to a word meaning allowed to find a bedspread. When we were little we had a trenchcoat dad brought home after WW11
29a It’s bought by the metre but worn out by the foot (6)
CARPET: A woven woollen floor covering. Need I say more.
30a Very French to approve sin (8)
TRESPASS: The French word for very is followed by a word meaning the opposite of fail
31a Lower or upper garment (6)
JERSEY: Back in the day when I was a mere crosswording whippersnapper the word LOWER would always fool me. Not so now. Lowing is the noise a cow makes particularly when winding slowly o’er the lea. So we want the name of a breed of cow which is also the name of an upper garment. A sweater gansey or pullover. Preferably with a Christmas theme at this time of the year
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea,
The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
1d Ordered to introduce security, to prevent access (8)
BLOCKADE: Place a security device used mainly on doors inside a verb which is a command or order
2d In time, learn to unwind inside (8)
INTERNAL: A charade or Lego clue with anagram number five. In can be lifted straight from the clue. Add the T(ime) and an anagram (to unwind) of LEARN
3d Pedestrian walkway? (4)
GAIT: The way one walks. A person’s manner of walking.
5d What one needs when required for court service (6,6)
TENNIS RACKET: These courts can be found at Wimbledon and these are used to play the game that Wimbledon is most famous for. Croquet is the other game played at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Croquet Mallet is not the answer
6d She has them shortened by a degree (4)
EMMA: She denotes a girl’s name. A shortened form of THEM as in “go get ’em is followed by the initial letters of M(aster) of A(rts)
7d The bench is alight (6)
SETTLE: A double definition the second meaning to land
8d Conclude it’s a nasty deed, when copper’s admitted being upset (6)
DEDUCE: Anagram number six (nasty) of DEED with the reversed (upset) abbreviation for copper
11d Apparently they count every hole but skip the nineteenth? (12)
TEETOTALLERS: Golf. Oh dear! The nineteenth hole on a golf course is the clubhouse or the bar. These non drinkers supposedly do not enter it. They could go in for a tea or a coffee. Split the answer 3,9 for the hole counters
15d Just married, before the exam (5)
MORAL: M(arried) comes before a verbal examination
16d Has plans to make money (5)
MEANS: Another double definition a third is intends.
18d Extra comment following school game shows spirit (8)
SCHNAPPS: Add a P(ost) S(cript) to a card game resembling whist and an abbreviation for SCH(ool) to find this drink which did for me during Christmas in Denmark many years ago. Ouch.
The PS made me think of the B side to The Beatles first Number One single
19d Awkward ascent on railway line (8)
ANCESTRY: Our seventh and final anagram (awkward) of ASCENT followed by our crosswordland two lettered R(ailwa)Y
21d One’s lucky in races under mile (6)
MASCOT: This person or thing is supposed to bring good luck and can be found by placing a royal racecourse in Berkshire under the initial letter of the word M(ile)
22d Ventilator in a foreign gallery (6)
LOUVRE: This ventilation system consists of a set of angled slats set into a window or door to allow light, air or both through is also the art gallery in Paris where you might look at a copy of The Mona Lisa
26d Cut page or chapter up (4)
CROP: Place the initial letters of the words P(age) and C(hapter) around the word OR from the clue. The word UP suggests you should invert what you have. It is best to really as PORC is not a word and it will mess up both 18 and 30 across.
27d Lot of grease going on bearing (4)
FATE: Another word for Grease is followed by a point of the compass. I initially thought of Soil for this clue.
Reviewed whilst listening to the soundtrack of Funny Girl as sung by Barbara Streisand – a delight. We have tickets to see it in the West End in July.
The Quick Crossword pun: super+intend=superintend