Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28073
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Happy Easter and Good Morning from the wind and rain battered heart of Downtown L I. It is weather that we should have expected as today is a Bank Holiday. Here we have a fairly clued 32 piece puzzle from the world’s most prolific setter Rufus. Good luck with it. It yields with perseverance.
Today’s hints and tips have been created with love and care by Miffypops. A man sitting on top of the world following yesterday’s family news. 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 Girl and boy will get cured (6)
SALTED: A girl’s name followed by a boy’s name will give you this method of preserving food. Or not. These are the shortened forms of the two names probably indicated by the use of boy and girl rather than man and woman. But which boy and girl? Sally and Edward, That’s who.
4a A sign of wrong and right, we hear, in a puzzle (8)
ACROSTIC: A Construct Regularly Organising Sequential Themed Initial Characters. A from the clue followed by the signs used by teachers to indicate wrong and right answers but crafted slightly to suit the homophone (we hear) and give us the name of a letter puzzle.
9a Keep watch on this chap (6)
ALBERT: The name of this chap (not shortened this time) is also the name of a watch chain with a bar at one end for attaching to a buttonhole.
10a Bitter sweet (4,4)
ACID DROP: This popular sweet has a bitter taste.
12a Cunning, in the main (4)
DEEP: A double definition, the second meaning the open ocean.
13a Pounds should come in handy acquiring Dutch pottery (5)
DELFT: This type of Dutch pottery can be found by inserting the Latin abbreviation for monetary pounds into an adjective meaning demonstrating skill and cleverness.
14a Teacher has internal pain (4)
ACHE: This answer is a lurker. Hiding away within the clue. Actually he is hiding like a toddler who thinks he cannot be seen because he cannot see you. That is, sticking out like a sore thumb.
17a Gate-crasher (9-3)
BATTERING RAM: a cryptic definition of a heavy beam, originally with an end in the form of a carved ram’s head, formerly used in breaching fortifications. (Thank you Google)
20a Excited as bet is on ace runner (9,3)
SEBASTIAN COE: Anagram (Excited) of AS BET IS ON ACE will give the name of the winner of The Emsley Carr Mile in 1977 and some other races.
23a Warning sound that’s not given by the careless (4)
HOOT: A double definition. The first being a short sharp warning blast.
24a He has skill and courage (5)
HEART: He, lifted directly from the clue followed by a word meaning skill or craft.
25a Expected student to make a fight (4)
DUEL: This fight can be found by putting our usual suspect for a student or l(earner) after an adjective meaning expected
28a Is found hacking into phone — take action! (8)
MOBILISE: Place the word IS inside the common name for a cell phone.
29a One insect let out another (6)
BEETLE: Place an anagram (out) of the word LET onto a honey making insect to make another insect. We get lots of these in late spring
30a Small sum of money’s sent round as deposit (8)
SEDIMENT: Place the word SENT around a small American sum of money (ten cents)
31a Shape for rug (6)
FORMAT: Lift FOR from the clue and add a small rug or piece of carpet
1d Is supportive, but fails to intervene (6,2)
STANDS BY: To support in the way Tammy Wynette instructed or to fail to intervene when you probably ought to.
2d The book of a noted play (8)
LIBRETTO: The noted work is musical. These are the words.
3d Don’t work for nothing (4)
EARN: Work to merit ones wages.
5d Vicious combatants? They’re chicken (12)
COCKFIGHTERS: Male chickens unfortunately bred for combat by despicable people
6d They give better prices (4)
ODDS: The better is a gambler. These are the betting chances.
7d Three times provided by the head of Harrow in an instant (6)
THRICE: Place the head of H(arrow) inside a word meaning an instant to get another word which might follow once and twice
8d Firm support for some office equipment (6)
COPIER: Two crosswordland regulars here. The firm (two letters) and a support (four letters) will give this piece of office equipment famously used to reproduce images of bottoms during the office Christmas party.
11d Where to find licensed eats abroad? (12)
DELICATESSEN: this welcome source of fine cheese, olives and sun dried tomatoes can be discovered using an anagram (abroad) of LICENSED EATS
15d Up or down it is neither (5)
LEVEL: A palindrome (up and down) meaning flat or even. Like The Grand Old Duke of York. Neither up nor down.
16d Ex-Chinese leader holds bill for port (5)
MACAO: Place the shortened term for accounts into a Chinese leader. He of The Little Red Book. The result is port that I have never heard of but it is in China and has an alternative spelling
18d Sounds like a habit to get used to (8)
ACCUSTOM: Split 1,7 this would sound like a common practice.
19d Recklessly determined he will be new Tory leader (4-4)
HELL BENT: Lego time. Write the shortened form of He will (the one using an apostrophe) and add BE straight from the clue and the first letters of N(ew) T(ory)
21d In their own fields the French, they are unbeatable (6)
CHAMPS: The French word for fields. Deux Chevaux dans un champ or as we used to say Ducks chevucks dans un chomp.
22d ‘Be bold’ — foolishly aimed high (6)
LOBBED: Anagram (foolishly) of BE BOLD
26d Fruit that with age grows feathers (4)
PLUM: If the word age was appended to this fruit we would have a word meaning feathers. The reverse works too. Take a word meaning feathers and remove the age to leave the fruit.
27d Note from me to doctor (4)
MEMO: ME from the clue and a M(edical) O(orderly)
Nothing there to frighten Hanni’s horses.
The Quick Crossword pun: nought+tickle=nautical