Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28055
Hints and tips by the mercurial Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good Morning from the heart of Downtown L I. The sun is shining in a clear blue sky. Life is good and Rufus has given us a playful and tricky puzzle today. It was certainly not a read and write but I managed it without any sort of help. Here is a tip. The BRB or Chambers dictionary is a tad cumbersome. If you break back the spine and cut down it with a Stanley knife you can reduce it to more manageable sizes which will weigh less. Do cut between letters though. Two cuts between E and F and P and R will produce three parts which will make this weighty tome much easier to handle.
Today’s hints and tips have been created with love and care by Miffypops, a slightly hungover man who lives in a strange land. Be thankful that you only get an occasional visit. Miffypops has to live there all of the time. 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.
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1a Can it broadcast a frolic? (5)
ANTIC: A gentle anagram (broadcast) of CAN IT gives an easy start to today’s mischief
4a Mother has to think deeply about perfume holder (8)
POMANDER: Place a verb meaning to think about carefully around a short word for your mum, mam, mother, old dear, mater, or mummy
8a Using exactly the same words in Latin (8)
VERBATIM: Loosely a cryptic definition. Actually a straightforward definition more suited to the quickie puzzle in my opinion.
9a Write quotation on military HQ (8)
PENTAGON: Split (3,3,2) we have a term meaning to use a writing implement to write an afterthought
11a In auditions, this vote will decide the issue (7)
CASTING: The word auditions misled me into looking for a homophone until the checkers arrived. The auditions might be for a theatrical role. In a meeting where a vote is tied the chairman may use this type of vote to decide the issue
13a Performed in a group that’s dissolute (9)
ABANDONED: The past participle of do (performed) is placed inside the A from the clue and the collective noun for a group of musicians for instance
15a Arresting society girl — given time, one should be repaid (11,4)
OUTSTANDING DEBT: An amount of money that is due for payment can be found by placing our regular society girl DEB(utant) and the initial letter of the word T(ime) after a word meaning arresting or exceptionally good
18a Free of charge (9)
EXONERATE: To free from blame or to release from a duty or obligation.
21a Grave words for those who are late (7)
EPITAPH: The words that might appear on a tombstone. Late here means dead.
I hope mine to be Died aged 95. Shot by a jealous husband.
22a A touch of exaltation (8)
ACCOLADE: The touch of a sword on the shoulders during a knighthood is also an award or privilege granted as a special honour or as an acknowledgement of merit.
24a Hard time obtaining dietary fibre (8)
ROUGHAGE: Split 5,3 we have a word meaning difficult or unpleasant followed by a word for time meaning the number of years one has been alive.
25a Points to case for a drug (8)
SEDATIVE: The points here are compass points. On a map or crossword the bottom right. These are followed by a word that as an adjective means (in Latin, Greek, German, and some other languages) denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, and words in grammatical agreement with them, indicating an indirect object or recipient. Or as a noun means a noun or other word in a grammatical case Well. We learn something new every day merely to forget it quickly. Thank you google for the definitions.
26a Leapt out from the crease (5)
PLEAT: A second gentle anagram (out) of LEAPT
1d I’ve acted on new indication of a deal (6,4)
ADVICE NOTE: Anagram number three (new) of I’VE ACTED ON. The apostrophe can be ignored as can most of the punctuation marks used by cryptic crossword puzzle compilers.
2d Publishes results? (5,3)
TURNS OUT: To have published a paper or how something ends up
3d Instrument certainly shorter when broken (8)
CLARINET: Anagram (when broken) of CERTAINL(y) minus its last letter as indicated by the word shorter
4d Footwear that may be well-used (4)
PUMP: This light shoe is also a device used to raise liquid from a well
5d Jack, given wrong date, lowered (6)
ABATED: Our usual suspect for a AB(le) seaman is followed by an anagram (wrong) of DATE
6d George’s rival shown as bore? (6)
DRAGON: The mythical beast that Saint George fought can be made to bore somebody if split 4,2
7d One in race to destruction (4)
RUIN: Place the letter that looks like the number one inside a verb meaning to move quickly. Golly Bongs there are so many definitions for this word.
10d He may pass on what he knows (8)
EXAMINEE: This person sitting a test could also fail if he or she didn’t know enough
12d Profit declared — but disputed (8)
GAINSAID: A word meaning net profit is followed by a word meaning to have spoken.
14d Indifference for detail (10)
DETACHMENT: Double definition. The first meaning aloofness
16d Stopping and surrendering (6,2)
GIVING UP: Another double definition which should not trouble anybody too much even with the double unch
17d Notice, in flight, a lark (8)
ESCAPADE: The shortened term for an AD(vertisement) is placed inside a verb meaning to break free from confinement or control.
19d Choir’s made a mess of number — blooming thing (6)
ORCHID: Anagram (made a mess of) of CHOIR followed by the roman numeral for 500
20d Join forces? (6)
ENLIST: To join up to the army navy or air force.
22d Bird must rear others (4)
AUKS: The answer is the plural of a black and white bird which swims and dives gracefully but has an awkward gait. If reversed we get a kleptoparasitic seabird
23d One of the Great Lakes up-country? (4)
ERIE: The old word for Ireland becomes one of the great lakes when reversed.
Solved to the strains of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen . Life is good. The sun is shining. The John Deere has fired up and I am off to top the field in the sunshine.
The Quick Crossword pun: con+fee+skate=confiscate