Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28019
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good morning from a dreary Downtown LI. We have a typical Rufus puzzle here today and I don’t think my hints will be much needed. I hope to see a good few of you at The Bridge House pub on Saturday for the Blog’s Birthday bash. Last year’s bash was great fun. More details can be found at the top of the home page and there is a comments box for those who wish to comment
Today’s hints and tips have been written by Miffypops. A bear of little brain and less common sense. You can access the answers by clickety clicking on the greyed out boxes.
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1a Place almost packed — parking in it is unpleasant (8)
SPITEFUL: Take a place (4 letters) and add a word meaning packed but minus its last letter (almost). Now find somewhere to insert the letter P(arking)
6a Present oneself with a soft fruit (6)
APPEAR: A from the clue. Our usual musical notation for soft and a fruit that might be picked from a tree with a partridge sitting in it.
9a Offer that is about right, or one below par? (6)
BIRDIE: Place the R(ight) inside an offer and add the Latin abbreviation for that is.
10a The settlement is due to him (8)
CREDITOR: The settlement here is a debt and this is the person it is owed to
11a Church manses converted for bishop, say (8)
CHESSMAN: An anagram (converted) of MANSES Follows an abbreviation of church
12a Relate minutely in dock? (6)
DETAIL: Split the answer as (2-4) and you get a verb that could mean to remove an extremity from an animal, usually a poor little puppy dog
13a What musicians should do before playing these (12)
MASTERPIECES: Split (6,6) these great musical works suggest that musicians should know the work well before attempting to play them. Do not practice until you get it right. Practice until you cannot get it wrong
16a Sounds suitable wear for an early funeral (7,5)
MORNING DRESS: A homophone based upon the similarity of what one may wear to a funeral before noon. Nobody will need to wonder what to wear to my funeral. I am not having one.
19a Check a word that is an anagram of itself (6)
STIFLE: Anagram (anagram) of ITSELF. This is a rare anagram indicator in cryptic puzzles
21a Part of cricket ground constrained by a railway (8)
BOUNDARY: Constrained or tied plus a from the clue and our usual abbreviation for a railway
23a Course of study by French department (8)
CONSOMMÉ: This thin dishwater soup can be found by adding the name of a French department to a verb meaning to study (cue discussion about how nice this dish can be)
24a One hangs about being super-cool (6)
ICICLE: A hanging drop of frozen water
25a Sally that assists in the laboratory (6)
RETORT: This quick reply is also a piece of laboratory equipment
26a Esther staggers around at entertainment venues (8)
THEATRES: Anagram (struggles) of ESTHER around AT
2d A sorry state, but showing promise (6)
PLIGHT: A double definition. I remember my sister and her husband doing this with their troths many years ago
3d Fashionable diets which change with the times (5)
TIDES: Anagram (fashionable) of DIETS
4d Unusual forenames for a lodger? (9)
FREEMASON : Anagram (unusual) of FORENAMES gives a member of a lodge.
5d Grant permission to break silence (7)
LICENSE: Anagram (break) of SILENCE
6d A capital forward (5)
AHEAD: A from the clue and capital as in your bonce or noddle
7d Trying to write with such a pencil would be (9)
POINTLESS: This all in one clue describes the futility of trying to write with such a pencil.
8d Elderly carrying on is to be suffered (8)
AGONISED: Take a word meaning elderly and insert (carrying) ON IS straight from the clue
13d Promises of party in show ring (9)
MANIFESTO: Take a verb meaning to show or demonstrate and add the letter that looks like a ring
14d Being biased, booked with pride? (9)
PREJUDICE: A double definition. The second referring to an ancient book whose main character is a rather wet Colin Firth
15d Additional information that an organist might provide (8)
FOOTNOTE : This additional piece of information might be printed at the bottom of the page
17d Peerage in which we see uncommon breed and race meeting (7)
DEBRETT: This guide to the British aristocracy can be found by placing a famous Isle Of Man race meeting after an anagram (uncommon) of BREED. Are they races or time trials?
18d Giving an alternative sort of threat (2,4)
OR ELSE: Two words uttered as a threat after an order, as in “you had better do as I say 2,4”
20d Worker encountered me coming up first (5)
EMMET: Reverse the word ME (coming up) and add a verb meaning encountered to find this Cornish word for an ant (worker) This word is also used by the Cornish to describe tourists in the same way that grockles is used in Devonshire
22d Don’t strive to get the meaning (5)
DRIFT: A double definition do you catch my meaning?
Solved whilst listening to Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance. Poor Ronnie passed away but Slim Chance will be playing at Nell’s club on Saturday night 30th January. What Joy and a perfect end to a great day.
The Quick Crossword pun: mud+ell+threw=muddle through