Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28049
Hints and tips by Miffypops and Saint Sharon
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the frosty but sunny heart of Downtown LI. Your poorly educated little orphan boy is sat sitting here with an empty page, a completed puzzle and a glow of warm contentment following England’s win on Saturday. Jack Nowell’s try saving tackle on Robbie Henshaw has reminded me of my own playing days. He did exactly what I would have failed to do.
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1a The early morning air? (4,6)
DAWN CHORUS: The uplifting sound of birds singing as the sun rises. By golly they make a right old racket around these parts especially during the spring.
6a They give a better price (4)
ODDS: In gambling circles the ratio between the amounts staked by the parties to a bet, based on the expected probability either way. (Thank you google). The better her is a gambler
10a Country doctors are OK (5)
KOREA: An anagram (doctors) of ARE OK. Have I ever mentioned that anagrams can be solved mentally using no pens or pencils?
11a It teaches reforms in accordance with good taste (9)
AESTHETIC: Anagram (reforms) of IT TEACHES. Have I ever mentioned that anagrams can be solved mentally using no pens or pencils?
12a Where patients do little to make treatment effective? (4,4)
REST HOME: A cryptic definition of a residential home where old or frail people are cared for.
13a Lover‘s capital ring (5)
ROMEO: This Shakespearean lover said this. See how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek! In Coventry we would have said. I wish I was the cotton in her knickers. Shakespeare’s character can be found by placing the letter that looks like the tennis score representing zero after the capital city of Italy
15a Sweep employed by Charlotte Ryan (7)
LOTTERY: This sweep is a game of chance. It is lurking away within the letters of the clue and is suggested by the word employed. A quick google of Charlotte Ryan shows a New Zealander with a silky voice and a radio show.
17a Composition that calls for assurance of touch (7)
TOCCATA: A cryptic definition of a musical composition for a keyboard instrument designed to exhibit the performer’s touch and technique
19a Had a close shave? (7)
SCRAPED: Today’s first difficult clue of the day to explain. To have just got by or through something. To have barely managed to have succeeded in a particular undertaking. My advice here is to get the checking letters in and find one of the three words that fits. Two of which (syruped and stirred) will make no sense. Woolly mindedness will not help with this clue
21a Enormous disaster struck it (7)
TITANIC: A double definition. The second referring to an ocean liner which is actually quite tiny in comparison to today’s Butlins at sea floating apartment blocks.
22a Harry’s mother teased Nadia (5)
DIANA: An anagram (teased) od NADIA will give the name of a lady who has a son called Harry, or as I call him Hewitt’s lad. Have I ever mentioned that anagrams can be solved mentally using no pens or pencils?
24a Dog goes mad for dried fruit (8)
CURRANTS: Our regular crosswordland dog is followed by the plural of a verb meaning to speak or shout at length in an angry, impassioned way.
27a Essential part of music (9)
OBBLIGATO: A cryptic definition of an instrumental part, typically distinctive in effect, which is integral to a piece of music and should not be omitted in performance. The violin in this piece is an example.
28a Concern of painters about love — a thing from the heart (5)
AORTA: Golly. Another tricky one. No doubt our Friday reviewer Deep Threat would explain this one easily and concisely but this ain’t a Friday and you are stuck with this here eejit. The thing from the heart is the main artery of the body, supplying oxygenated blood to the circulatory system. In humans it passes over the heart from the left ventricle and runs down in front of the backbone. How do we find that from the wordplay in the clue? Well we have painters who are Royal Acamadecians. Which give us the R and the A. We have the word love which gives us the letter O (see 13ac) Maybe the initial letters of A T(hing) come into it. What I am going to say here is “over to you”, This poorly educated orphan boy needs help. Saint Sharon is questioning the Google definition.
[I have removed the underline from the A in the clue, which makes the wordplay, which does not involve the abbreviation for Royal Academicians, a little easier to untangle! However, I bet you are not the only one who had trouble with this one. BD]
The largest artery in the body, the aorta arises from the left ventricle of the heart, goes up (ascends) a little ways, bends over (arches), then goes down, this is a better one from google search. Saint Sharon.
29a Species of hawk that’s often highly strung (4)
KITE: A bird of prey with a forked tail often soars on updraughts of air in the same way that a toy with strings does.
30a Rich and of high standing? (4-6)
WELL-HEELED: This definition of the word wealthy comes from a term meaning properly shod.
1d Noble king in proper setting (4)
DUKE: Place an adjective meaning of the proper quality or extent around the initial letter of King
2d Secret row broadcast? What sauce! (9)
WORCESTER: The superlative of sauces made by Messer Lea and Perrins is an anagram (broadcast) of SECRET ROW. Have I ever mentioned that anagrams can be solved mentally using no pens or pencils? [This is one where I am going to be pedantic – it is Worcestershire sauce not Worcester sauce, just look on the bottle. BD]
3d Worker supporting church leaders in plainsong (5)
CHANT: We have several workers in crosswordland. The hand and the bee have been made redundant leaving a small insect which lives in a complex social colony. Place him (or her) after the first two letters (leaders) of CH(urch)
4d Where one may pray for eloquence of speech (7)
ORATORY: A double definition which should not trouble anybody too much.
5d News put out before being cleared (7)
UNSWEPT: Anagram (out) of NEWS PUT. Have I ever mentioned that anagrams can be solved mentally using no pens or pencils?
7d About time Maud reformed; that’s a fact (5)
DATUM: Anagram (reformed) of MAUD placed around the letter T(ime) Have I ever mentioned that anagrams can be solved mentally using no pens or pencils?
8d A cross can’t upset, being very holy (10)
SACROSANCT; Anagram (upset) of A CROSS CANT. Have I ever mentioned that anagrams can be solved mentally using no pens or pencils? This one surely proves that.
9d Quick way offers a slight shock (5,3)
SHORT CUT: The shock here is the hair on your head cut close to the scalp. The quick way is an alternative route that is shorter than the one usually taken
14d Stopped taking bets? I don’t understand it (6,4)
CLOSED BOOK: What a turf accountant has done after a race has started is also a subject about which one knows nothing
16d Impressive meat and chip stew (8)
EMPHATIC: And easily solved mental challenge. An anagram (stew) of MEAT and CHIP
18d Plainly cooked, a la francais? (2,7)
AU NATUREL: In cookery a French term meaning with no elaborate, treatment, decoration or preparation.
20d Bid to act as a tyrant (7)
DICTATE: To order or command. As in “You will do my bidding”
21d It’s hard work imbibing rum cocktail in storm (7)
TURMOIL: Insert an anagram (cocktail) of RUM into a verb meaning to work hard.
23d A doctor needs it, in a certain extent (5)
AMBIT: A from the clue. The letters a doctor may have after his name. (Medicinae Baccalaureus) and IT from the clue
25d An entrance in ornamental stone (5)
AGATE: cryptocrystalline variety of silica is also, when split (1,4) an entrance. To your garden perhaps.
26d Musicians’ circle (4)
BAND: This ring might describe a group of musicians.
Solved to the sweet strains of Amy Winehouse and the witty work of Billy Bragg.
The Quick Crossword pun: seek+quell=sequel