Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28077
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone – it’s me. A week ago it was a bank holiday so it felt like a Saturday so Saturday felt like Sunday, then we changed from GMT to BST which complicated things still further – not only did we not know what day of the week it was but we didn’t know what time of day it was either. We might have coped with all this better if the ‘hinty’ people had stuck to their normal days but they haven’t – never mind, I’m sure all will return to normal pretty soon – we’ll see!
Here we have a fairly typical Giovanni crossword – nothing too tricky or obscure. I was a bit twitchy about doing the hints for one of his as I often find them quite difficult so thank you gazza, Cryptic Sue, Shropshirelad and Miffypops who all offered to help if I got completely stuck.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought of today’s crossword and how you got on with it.
The answers are hidden under the things that say (ANSWER) so only do that if you need to see one.
1a Notice a port with nothing leaving on time (6)
ADVERT — Begin with the A from the clue, follow it with one of the channel ports – the one that’s nearest to France – it has an O in it – take out that O (nothing leaving) and follow it (on) with T(ime).
4a A social event about five — daughter got on (8)
ADVANCED — The A from the clue is followed by a social event where everyone has a jolly good bop – this social event contains (about) the Roman numeral for five and is followed by (got on) D(aughter).
9a Number of important building — worker is one renting (6)
TENANT — This number is the number in Downing Street where the current Prime Minister lives and it’s followed by one of the usual crosswordland workers – not a bee, one of the others.
10a Do mend broken front and back of this — bits and bobs needed (8)
ODDMENTS — An anagram (broken) of DO MEND and the first and last letters (front and back of) T(hi)S.
11a Vehicle has all but come into contact with ornamental panel (9)
CARTOUCHE — A common four wheeled vehicle comes before a verb meaning has come into contact with or met without its final letter (all but).
13a Some underwear in separate wash (5)
RINSE — Our first lurker, or hidden answer (some) – not a very difficult hidden one but I still managed to miss it for ages.
14a Coral and gemstone possibly seen as types of rock (13)
CONGLOMERATES — Today’s second anagram (possibly) is of CORAL and GEMSTONE
17a What superior insurance company may have is honesty (3,4,6)
THE BEST POLICY — A proverb – ‘Honesty is *** **** ******* is also something that a decent insurance company could claim to have.
21a Animal having drink by English lake rolled over (5)
LEMUR — Begin with the drink – it’s a spirit made from fermented sugar-cane – then you need E(nglish) and L(ake). Finally just reverse the whole lot (rolled over).
23a Illegal delivery at the end of bowler’s sequence may be reason for extra run (9)
OVERTHROW — Right – here we go – I knew there’d be one! We all know by now what a bowler’s sequence of six balls is called and if we don’t then we just haven’t been paying attention so we want one of those and then after that (at the end of) we need an illegal delivery. I can’t see why this is illegal but apparently it is – to me it’s just another word meaning to chuck a ball at someone else which is what they’re doing all the time anyway. Oh dear!
24a This chemical could be deadly, eh? (8)
ALDEHYDE — An anagram (could be) of DEADLY, EH.
25a Novelist and poet would drink litre only with great difficulty (6)
HARDLY — The surname of a late nineteenth/early twentieth century British poet and novelist contains (would drink) the one letter abbreviation for L(itre).
26a Aspersions from one coming down to go aboard ship (8)
SLANDERS — Begin with a word meaning one coming down or coming into contact with the ground after a flight – this is contained in (going aboard) our usual two letter abbreviation for S(team) S(hip).
27a A post in which one may see Conservative rise (6)
ASCEND — The A from the clue is followed by a verb to post or dispatch which contains (in which one may see) the one letter abbreviation for C(onservative)
1d Atheist — he is going out, wanting a church to join! (6)
ATTACH — Begin with the first word of the clue and take out the third, fourth, fifth and sixth letters (‘he is’ going out). Follow the remaining letters with the A from the clue and one of the two letter abbreviations for church.
2d ‘Bit of a brain’? Somehow isn’t clever, not first in school (9)
VENTRICLE — An anagram (somehow) of ISN’T CLEVER without the first letter (not first in) of S(chool)
3d Analysis of something in poor shape (3-4)
RUN-DOWN — A double definition – the first being an analysis or a summary of the main points and the second just meaning generally tatty or dilapidated.
5d Midlands town with flighty Romeo who made many laugh? (6,5)
DUDLEY MOORE — A large town in the West Midlands is followed by (with) an anagram (flighty) of ROMEO. One of those that could cause problems for overseas solvers as the town isn’t a particularly well-known one – hopefully the second word of the answer will give it away.
6d Lover of a doctor admitting sticky situation (7)
ADMIRER — Begin with the A from the clue and follow that with one of the many two letters meaning a doctor – I’ll leave you to work out which ones – these contain (admitting) a sticky situation or a bog.
7d Minister in study digesting article (5)
CANON — One of the usual three letters meaning study – not den, the other one – contains (digesting) the two letter indefinite article.
8d Badly pressed, I vanish into thin air maybe (8)
DISPERSE — An anagram (badly) of PRESSED I.
12d Visit to tell someone at shop what is wanted — it’s open for business (4,2,5)
CALL TO ORDER — A verb to visit or drop by is followed by what someone may go to a shop to do – the whole thing means to begin a meeting so that the business of the meeting can go ahead. I’d never heard of this so it did cause a bit of grief – the answer was pretty obvious but . . .
15d Army climbing by narrow hilltop — many died in disaster here (3,6)
TAY BRIDGE — The old two letter abbreviation for the Army Reserve is followed by a reversal (climbing) of BY and then a narrow hilltop or escarpment. This was a rail bridge disaster in December 1879 which I’d never heard of but one of the good things about a Giovanni crossword is that as long as you keep calm and carry on it’s usually possible to work out the answer even if you don’t know it.
16d Europeans leaning forward endlessly to get answer (8)
ITALIANS — Begin with a style of writing which is leaning forward, or slanting, and remove the last letter (endlessly) – follow that (to get) with the three letter abbreviation of the word ANS(wer).
18d Consumed by fear, the deer’s gone to ground (7)
EARTHED — Our second lurker or hidden answer of the day (consumed by) is well concealed in the middle of the third, fourth and fifth words in the clue – just when it was all going so well too!
19d International receivers of news crying (2,5)
IN TEARS — The three letter abbreviation for INT(ernational) is followed by the thingies that stick out from the side of your head to take in sound (receivers of news)
20d It sounds like material was wobbly (6)
SWAYED — A homophone (sounds like) of a soft unglazed material often used for gloves. This one threw me for a long time – I hadn’t got the second letter which didn’t help – if in doubt just blame any cricket clue!
22d Help them briefly set up channels of communication (5)
MEDIA — A word meaning help or assist is followed by a slightly slangy abbreviation (briefly) of ‘them’ – then tip the whole thing upside down (set up).
I liked 1 and 17a and 20d. My favourite was, eventually, 18d.
The Quickie Pun:- (PLANES) + (AILING) = (PLAIN SAILING) When I first looked at the quick crossword it looked as if it had so few clues that I thought I must be missing half of it somehow.