Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28067
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good Morning from the heart of Downtown L. I. What a week I have had. I attended the Cheltenham Festival and lined my pocket. I almost cried with delight watching Mary Poppins with my family in Birmingham. I watched Coventry beat Cinderford at Rugby on Saturday afternoon. We stood in my pub to belt out The National Anthem and then watched England’s win against the French to gain a well-deserved Grand Slam. To cap it all I and got an unexpected bonus free ticket to see Leicester beat Saracens in yesterday’s sunshine. Life is good if you make it so.
Today’s puzzle is a typical Rufus puzzle which I found on the gentle side and enjoyed the solve. Take care with 24ac.
Here is a tip which I gave two weeks ago when the site was having troubles. 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 then P and R will produce three parts which will make this weighty tome much easier to handle.
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1a Note smoker in pub is a musician (8)
BAGPIPER: Place the seventh musical note and a device used for smoking tobacco inside a word for a pub or the room in a pub where you might get served.
6a Hitherto, why boys may telephone girls (2,4)
TO DATE: Or indeed why girls may telephone boys. Who remembers nervously dialling all but the last number of a potential squeeze only to put the receiver down before dialling the last digit for fear of rebuttal? Oh teenaged angst
9a Mongrel dog sustained by meat (6)
MUTTON: This meat is that of a fully grown sheep. The first four letters are those used to describe a mongrel dog.
10a A quiet river location, well chosen (8)
APPOSITE: Lego time. Build this word using the instructions in the clue just like playing charades. Like this: Take the letter A from the clue. Add the single letter musical term for quiet. Add the regularly used Italian river and finally add a noun meaning location or position.
11a It’s instrumental in having wine around (8)
CLARINET: Place a type of red wine from Bordeaux around the word IN from the clue to find a musical instrument. Here is an interesting little clip. I would advise turning the sound down though.
12a It includes forms shown by group of fish (6)
SCHOOL: This educational institute which may contain forms or classes is also the collective noun for a large group of fish
13a It’s responsible for a boom in flying (5,7)
SOUND BARRIER: Flying at a speed faster than this will cause a sonic boom last heard in these parts on 12th April 2012. It pushed the door of the pub in.
16a Flag went up as a colourful garden feature (8,4)
STANDARD ROSE: This symbol of The England Rugby Team grows on a single erect stem. To find it take another word for a military or ceremonial flag and add a popular garden flower whose name means went up
19a He aims to be unseen by the enemy (6)
SNIPER: This cynical trained killer hides away and picks his enemy off without being seen. Bang, and that is that. No warning. One moment you are alive and chatting happily to your neighbour about the price of fish and the next – well it’s lights out I’m afraid. You are no more.
21a Celebrate about rise that was given to recruits in the past (8)
SHILLING: This twentieth part of an English Pound was given to those agreeing to serve as a soldier or sailor in the armed forces. The rise is a naturally raised piece of land. To celebrate is to carouse. Place the carousing around the raised piece of land to find the answer. That is my hint. DT would have done it so much more succinctly.
23a He works so that others may play (8)
COMPOSER: A cryptic definition of those such as Milton Babbitt, Giacinto Scelsi, Mauricio Kagel, Steve Martland, Michael Gordon, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Henryk Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Howard Skempton, Julian Anderson, Christopher Fox, Michael Nyman, Salvatore Sciarrino, Christian Wolff, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jo Kondo, Richard Barrett, Frederic Rzewski, Paavo Heininen who write musical scores so that others may play them.
24a Formed pictures one thousand years old (6)
IMAGED: Take the letter that looks like the number one and add the Roman Numeral which represents one thousand. Now add a word which means old. The one in OAP will do. Those who were misdirected by the two plurals in the clue and have the letter S at the end of their answer need to think again
25a Sorted, resorted and stocked (6)
STORED: This clue which reads so well is an anagram (resorted) of SORTED
26a A tray’s in liquid to get clean (8)
SANITARY: Anagram (liquid) of A TRAY’S IN
2d A quail freaks out, seeing eagle (6)
AQUILA: This Latin or Romance word for Eagle can be found by jumbling up the letters A QUAIL as indicated by the unusual anagram indicator (freaks out). It is also one of the 48 constellations documented by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy.
3d Quiet tear shed for father (5)
PATER: For the second time today we can use the single letter musical abbreviation for quiet. Then add an anagram (shed) of TEAR to get the Latin term for one’s old man.
4d Place some land projects in plan — use as revised (9)
PENINSULA: Anagram (as revised) of IN PLAN USE. Ok I solved this without a pencil but needed to write it out for the blog to see which three of the four words IN PLAN USE AS were needed.
5d Responded to stimulus and created troubles (7)
REACTED: Anagram (troubles) of CREATED
6d Drinks given highest points (5)
TOPES: Place two points of the compass after a word meaning the highest point
7d Perform for free? (9)
DISCHARGE: A tricky double definition, the first being the action of doing all that is required to fulfil a responsibility or perform a duty.
8d Having designs on one (8)
TATTOOED: To have been permanently marked. These designs are put upon one’s body by injecting ink into a person’s skin. A machine moves a solid needle up and down to puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. Not on me it doesn’t! (Well it did a long time ago. I have the word DYLAN inside my bottom lip)
13d It is rough, could be smoother (9)
SANDPAPER: This abrasive paper is used to smooth wooden surfaces
14d There’s no alibi to put out for cancellation (9)
ABOLITION: Anagram (put out) of NO ALIBI TO
15d Be prominent in project (5,3)
STAND OUT: A double definition. The first word is not stick.
17d Wastes rewards (7)
DESERTS: And yet another double definition. The first are the regions such as the Sahara described as wastes but with a rich degree of biodiversity as shown in the BBC Planet earth programmes. The second word works in a phrase such as “He will get his just deserts“
18d Charm listener — first aim (6)
ENDEAR: The name of the organ used for listening is placed after a goal or desired result which as the clue tells us comes first. So it’s the aim and then the listener.
20d Built with no one inside and demolished (5)
RASED: Remove the letter I (one) from a word meaning built to leave a verb meaning to have completely destroyed a building town or other settlement.
22d Inclined to have a fast round (5)
LEANT: Place the forty day long fast which we are enduring now around the letter A from the clue
Reviewed to the sweet strains of Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece album and then The Beatles White Album. The sun is out. I have nothing to do and all day to do it in.
The Quick Crossword pun: fought+knight=fortnight