Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28037
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Miffy pops is not worthy. I hang my head in shame and admit to using the crossword solver at 23ac. I failed to notice the word doctor as an anagram indicator. I had all three checkers in and even asked Saint Sharon for help. Well done England and blooming heck Wasps.
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1a Correspondence made by accident? (11)
COINCIDENCE: A cryptic definition of a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
9a Will it shoot itself? (9)
AUTOMATIC: And another cryptic definition. This time of a type of gun
10a Make jet return excursions (5)
TRIPS: Reverse (return) and old fashioned spelling of a word meaning to gush out in a sudden and forceful stream.
11a Plate showing church beside Holy Father’s home (6)
CHROME: Place the city where the pope lives after our usual abbreviation for church to find this decorative or protective finish.
12a A sweet dog Bill Sikes had (5-3)
BULLS-EYE: The name of Bill Sykes dog is also a type of sweet
13a He is taken in by a girl — who fluttered them? (6)
LASHES: Place HE from the clue into a noun meaning a girl or young woman.
This young lady has fluttered hers rather too much.
15a Doing nothing on the front line? (8)
INACTION: A double definition the wordplay for On The Front Line needs to be split 2,6 to make sense.
18a Flowers required by company for shipping (8)
COASTERS: These ships can be found by placing the genus of flower that includes the Michaelmas Daisy after the usual shortened form of Company
19a Current classmates (6)
STREAM: A double definition of a small narrow river and a verb meaning to group schoolchildren according to age, ability or smell.
21a Tenacious advocate (8)
ADHERENT: A tough double definition. My second to last one in.
23a Blood making clot doctor assist (6)
STASIS: Anagram (doctor) of ASSIST. See my opening comment.
26a Licensed carrier (5)
LORRY: A juggernaut or heavy goods vehicle.
27a Not so busy types told to go — a busy type’s coming round (9)
ABSENTEES: begin with the A from the clue and then place a word meaning to be told to go inside those busy types who make honey. I am not sure about this one. I spent most of my senior schooldays absent from school but golly I kept myself busy.
28a One is admitted after this transport charge (8,3)
ENTRANCE FEE: a cryptic definition of the amount one pays for admission to an event
1d Opportunity to get money for part of the church (7)
CHANCEL: Place a noun meaning the possibility of something happening before the latin term for pound as in pounds shillings and pence.
2d Bury, in the meantime, I’m leaving (5)
INTER: Take the last two letters (I’M) from a word meaning meantime.
3d One in the club has whip-round for cheese (9)
CAMEMBERT: place a three letter word meaning whip around a noun meaning one who has joined an organisation such as a golf club
4d A little upset when given the facts (4)
DATA: reverse (upset) the letter A from the clue and a word meaning a small amount of somethimg
5d Turn once set to music (8)
NOCTURNE: Anagram with an unusual indicator (set) of ONCE TURN
6d Once article for sale comes up, applaud (5)
EXTOL: Take a word meaning once or former (think relationships) and add an auction item reversed (comes up)
7d We back a cowboy film (7)
WESTERN: Take WE straight from the clue and add a word meaning the back of something, usually a ship.
8d If given a rise, live somewhere warm (8)
FIRESIDE: Reverse (given a lift) the word IF and add a verb meaning to live somewhere
14d Beach shoes are adjusted for it (8)
SEASHORE: Anagram (adjusted) of SHOES ARE
16d Tom perhaps needs a pick-me-up, as in a coma (9)
CATATONIC: Tom here refers to a feline animal. The pick me up goes well with a gin
17d Can start out to do business (8)
TRANSACT: An anagram with the most often used indicator (out) of CAN START
18d Wine cash bill is incorrect — fifty short (7)
CHABLIS: Anagram (is incorrect) of CASH BILL with the Roman Numeral for fifty removed.
20d Meets us in transit for an essential event (4-3)
MUST-SEE: Anagram (in transit) of MEETS US
22d It does, with time (5)
RHYME: An all in one cryptic definition of the correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry.
may i feel said he
(i’ll squeal said she
just once said he)
it’s fun said she
(may i touch said he
how much said she
a lot said he)
why not said she
(let’s go said he
not too far said she
what’s too far said he
where you are said she)
may i stay said he
(which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she
may i move said he
is it love said she)
if you’re willing said he
(but you’re killing said she
but it’s life said he
but your wife said she
now said he)
ow said she
(tiptop said he
don’t stop said she
oh no said he)
go slow said she
(cccome? said he
ummm said she)
you’re divine! said he
(you are Mine said she)
24d Works are held up by it — one in 25, for instance, is continental (5)
SHELF: Works such as books may be placed upon one of these. The area of seabed around a large land mass (25d) where the sea is relatively shallow compared with the open ocean.
25d Somewhere in atlas, I assume it’s included (4)
ASIA:. An included word. The words It’s included tell you so
Tricky again today.
The Quick Crossword pun: elect+tree+cute=electrocute