Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28001
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Today’s hints and tips have been created with love and care by Miffypops, a man who has no beginning to his talents and is somewhat lacking in tact. Together with the underlined definitions they should lead you to the answers you may be struggling with. If you are completely bamboozled befuddled and bewildered click on the greyed out box to reveal the answer.
Although I did not find this particularly difficult it did take more passes than usual to complete but with more checking letters it all fell into place nicely.
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1a Demonstrating opposition to hunter’s movement? (13)
ANTICLOCKWISE: This hunter is a pocket watch with a lid that closes to protect its glass. The movement drives the hands of the watch in a certain direction. The clue asks us for the opposite direction.
10a Rawness can produce wrong ones (7)
ANSWERS: Anagram (can produce) of RAWNESS
11a Window the Spanish put back outside garret (7)
LATTICE: Place the reverse of the Spanish word meaning THE around a garret or roof space.
12a Doubtless, it follows plea for enjoyment (4)
SURE: This word meaning certain can be placed after the word plea to give another word meaning enjoyment or a feeling of happy satisfaction. Like the seven deadly sins there should be seven of these.
13a Subject to reduced choice (5)
TOPIC: TO from the clue and a verb meaning to choose minus (reduced) its final letter
14a Pole beats retreats (4)
SPAR: Reverse (retreats) a word meaning beats or knocks sharply to find a pole or beam. I used to struggle to see which way round these reversal words went and sometimes still do. Having a checking letter usually sorts the job
17a He may resort to clubs and bars, but should be fit (7)
GYMNAST: These clubs are Indian and the bars are parallel or asymmetric. You need the fit person who may be using them
18a Find something irritating and withdraw from event (7)
SCRATCH: A double definition.
19a Not on duty, worker is casual (7)
OFFHAND: The opposite of on followed by a manual worker will give this word meaning casual or blasé
22a Type of fiction unfamiliar with the French (7)
NOVELLA: Take an adjective meaning new (unfamiliar) and add the French word for the feminine the
24a Hail on the waters (4)
AHOY: What a sailor might shout out to attract attention.
25a Study on leave somewhere in Africa (5)
CONGO: This central African republic can be found by placing one of two of Crosswordland’s usual words meaning study before a word meaning to leave.
26a Wake up in the nick of time? (4)
STIR: To awaken or (I think) a slang term for prison.
29a Damp mines to put right (7)
MOISTEN: Anagram (put right) of MINES TO
30a Strangely, one isn’t showing stress (7)
TENSION: Anagram (strangely) of ONE ISN’T. Only one letter different from the anagram in the previous clue
31a The sauce of girl making a speech (5,8)
SALAD DRESSING: Split 3, 10 we have a girl making a speech to an assembly of people. There is nothing in the clue to help find the girls name and it isn’t actually a girl’s name but a shortened form of either of two girls names. The sauce is what we may pour over a meal mostly eaten during the summer.
2d Holy man in no spirit for a quack remedy (7)
NOSTRUM: Place our usual shortened abbreviation for a holy man in between the word NO directly from the clue and a spirit drink favoured by sailors.
3d Part of White Mountains seen in detail (4)
ITEM. This answer is hidden in the clue. Also known as a lurker
4d How to fight miserliness? (4,3)
LASH OUT: To spend extravagantly is also what one might do when fighting
5d Scale of clues compiled one’s put in upside down (7)
CELSIUS: This temperature scale can be found by solving an anagram (compiled) of CLUES with SI (ones upside down) inserted (put in)
6d Point put by a teetotal engineer (4)
WATT: A compass point is followed by the letter A lifted straight from the clue and the abbreviation for TeeTotal
7d Tacks up favourite piece of information (7)
SNIPPET: Reverse (up in a down clue) a word meaning tacks and add a word meaning favourite
8d Gunrunning, say, in conflict (7,2,4)
PASSAGE OF ARMS: A cryptic description of the journey weapons might undertake is actually an archaic term for a fight or dispute
9d Document the police may need to look over (6,7)
SEARCH WARRANT: The document authorised by a magistrate is what the police need in order to enter premises to nose around for drugs, stolen goods or illegal weapons
15d Boat‘s the same even when capsized (5)
KAYAK: This boat is a type of canoe. The term in the clue “the same even when capsized” indicates a palindrome
16d Boasting without publicity is well done (5)
BRAVO: Start with a word meaning boasting and remove (without) the AD (advert / publicity)
20d For about a pound, girl sees part of America (7)
FLORIDA: Lift the word FOR directly from the clue and place it around the abbreviation for our monetary pound and add a girl’s name to find a part of America known as The Sunshine State
21d Elevated road had flooded (7)
DROWNED: Reverse (elevated) the abbreviation for road and add a word meaning to have had possession of something
22d Unusual thing that is what ladies wear in retirement (7)
NIGHTIE: Anagram (unusual) of THING followed by the shortened form of the Latin term Id Est
23d Rearrange vital meeting with a North European (7)
LATVIAN: Anagram (rearrange) of VITAL with A from the clue and N(orth)
27d A feature of Sicily and French central Monaco (4)
ETNA: The French word meaning and is followed by the central two letters of the word MoNAco
28d Taverns in the capitals of Norway and Sweden (4)
INNS: IN from the clue and the first letters (capitals) of the words N(orway) and (Sweden)
Sad to hear that the man who invented predictive text has died. His funfair is a week on Monkey
The Quick Crossword pun: summer+rise=summarise