Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29007
Hints and tips by Groundskeeper Willie
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
This puzzle took me a little longer than usual mainly because the four long clues were almost the last ones in which made for a shortage of helpful checking letters. All in all a fine puzzle for a Monday morning. The sun is shining here at the heart of Downtown LI. Saint Sharon has gone out for the day. I feel mischief coming on.
These hints and tips have been created lovingly to help those of you who may need help to solve a couple of clues or to understand why an answer is what it is. Usually a clue consists of two parts. 1. A definition, which is usually at the beginning or end of a clue. 2. Wordplay which tells to what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined. Some hints are illustrated. These illustrations may or may not have a bearing on understanding the clue.
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1a One daughter in French region making fortune (10)
PROVIDENCE: The letter that looks like the number one and the abbreviation for daughter sit nicely. Inside a region of France. Which region? The one written about by Peter Mayle.
6a Plans returning for canned meat (4)
SPAM: These plans that might be found in an atlas need to be reversed (returning) This is almost identical to the clue at 6 across in today’s Times newspaper which has the same answer.
10a Assign vote, bishop not being present (5)
ALLOT: A system of voting secretly has the abbreviation for Bishop removed
11a Unhappy after climb cut back (5,4)
SCALE DOWN: A synonym of unhappy sits after a synonym of the word climb
12a Defiant words, likewise, at that place (2,5)
SO THERE: These two words that make a phrase used to show defiance are a synonym for likewise and an adverb meaning in that place or position
13a Start shielding learner driver beginning to turn red (7)
SCARLET: We have an unusual sort of start here. Not a beginning but a fright or alarm. This contains the usual letter denoting a learner and is finished off with the initial letter of the word turn
14a Deceive misbehaving kid at rear of queue, ultimately (4,3,1,4)
TAKE FOR A RIDE: An anagram (misbehaving) of KID AT REAR OF is followed by the final letter (ultimately) of the word queue
18a One may get fed by the side of the road (7,5)
PARKING METER: What might be fed with cash in order to allow one to leaves one’s vehicle at the side of the road
21a Dose may upset Siberian dog (7)
SAMOYED: This breed of dog is an anagram (upset) of DOSE MAY
23a Picture of ‘wise men’ feeding in East (7)
IMAGINE: A term for the three wise men of the nativity sits inside the word in from the clue. The abbreviation for east follows
24a Love extremely avid speech (9)
ADORATION: The outer (extreme) letters of the word avid are followed by a formal speech
25a Rope in young woman, obliging initially (5)
LASSO: If a young man is a lad what is a young girl? Add the initial letter of obligingly
26a Level in competition? Not quite (4)
EVEN: A competition, one of many in a large gathering of sports such as the Olympic Games has its last letter removed (not quite)
27a Dig beneath platform (10)
UNDERSTAND: To dig here is nothing to do with spades and holes. It is to do with perception. A word meaning beneath is followed by a type of platform. No overthinking necessary
1d Commend power lift (6)
PRAISE: The abbreviation for power is followed by a verb meaning to lift. Just as the clue says really
2d Old fine, overdue recently (2,4)
OF LATE: Similarly to 1 down. The abbreviations for Old and Fine are followed by a word meaning overdue
3d Expecting relatives underfoot to go outside (2,3,6,3)
IN THE FAMILY WAY: The six-letter word in this answer is clued simply by the word relatives. Your most immediate relatives. The three other words in the clue need to surround this word. They are clued by the word underfoot. Think of how you describe it when small children gather around you and make it awkward for you to complete a task.
4d Seasonal gift of great geese almost cooked (6,3)
EASTER EGG: We have an anagram indicator here (cooked). We also have a deletion indicator (not quite) This makes the anagram fodder GREAT GEES
5d Lesson in style (5)
CLASS: A double definition. The lesson is one in school
7d Declare in favour of application (8)
PROCLAIM: Begin with a preposition meaning in favour of. Add a formal request
8d Troubadour Mrs let in, unwisely (8)
MINSTREL: Anagram (unwisely) of MRS LET IN
9d Play different charts (8,6)
SEPARATE TABLES: Actually, two one act plays by Terence Rattigan. Two synonyms are needed here. One meaning different or apart and one meaning charts or lists of numbers
15d Respect at one time shown round base, current base (9)
OBEDIENCE: Begin with a word meaning at one time. (The word used at the beginning of a Fairy tale) This word fits around a three-lettered base or foundation, the electrical abbreviation for current and the abbreviation for a logarithmic base.
Weatherby George Dupree
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
“Mother,” he said, said he;
“You must never go down
to the end of the town,
if you don’t go down with me.”
Put on a golden gown.
James James Morrison’s Mother
Drove to the end of the town.
James James Morrison’s Mother
Said to herself, said she:
“I can get right down
to the end of the town
and be back in time for tea.”
Put up a notice,
“LOST or STOLEN or STRAYED!
JAMES JAMES MORRISON’S MOTHER
SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MISLAID.
QUITE OF HER OWN ACCORD,
SHE TRIED TO GET DOWN
TO THE END OF THE TOWN –
FORTY SHILLINGS REWARD!”
(Commonly known as Jim)
Not to go blaming him.
Said to his Mother,
“Mother,” he said, said he:
“You must never go down to the end of the town
without consulting me.”
Hasn’t been heard of since.
King John said he was sorry,
So did the Queen and Prince.
(Somebody told me)
Said to a man he knew:
If people go down to the end of the town, well,
what can anyone do?”
(Now then, very softly)
C/O his M*****
Though he was only 3.
J.J. said to his M*****
“M*****,” he said, said he:
16d Renegade given a job at end of debate (8)
APOSTATE: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a word meaning a job. Add the word AT from the clue. Add the final letter of the word debate
17d Written work about border plant (8)
PRIMROSE: The written language surrounds a border or edge. Like that of a volcano
19d Afternoon nap in cosiest armchair (6)
SIESTA: The answer lies hidden amongst the words of the clue indicated by the word in. As this clue doesn’t ask us to do anything it is a prime candidate for a hidden word clue
20d Note about flex (6)
RECORD: Our usual two-lettered word meaning about is followed by a word meaning flex. Not flex as in flex ones muscles but a flexible insulated cable used for carrying electric current
22d Lower oneself: dine out entertaining leader of gangsters (5)
DEIGN: Anagram (out) of DINE which surrounds (entertaining) the first letter of the word gangsters
Quickie Pun: come+pewter=computer