Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28079
Today’s Hinty Person – Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Today’s Rufus puzzle is another little ripsnorter. Although The grid was still quite bare after the first reading of across clues enough downs went in to provide a solid basis to finish at a sprint. Last one in was 13ac. Did you fall for the sneaky double misdirection at 31 ac?
Well done to Coventry Rugby club on their win at Henley On Thames Where Saint Sharon and I enjoyed a lovely day out on Saturday in the sunshine. We had a top banana meal at The Square. A Portuguese seafood restaurant.
Below are some hints and tips to help unravel today’s cryptic clues Together with the underlined definitions they should lead you to the answers you may be struggling with. If you are completely bamboozled, befuddled or bewildered click on the greyed out box to reveal the answer.
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1a Doesn’t win seat, getting upset in state of utter perplexity (2,4,4,3)
AT ONE’S WIT’S END: Here we begin with an easy anagram (getting upset) of DOESN’T WIN SEAT.
10a American friend seen around university most of the time (7)
USUALLY: American here denotes U(nited) S(tates). This friend is more of an associate. Placed around the U(niversity) they give up a word meaning normally.
11a Calls to return to paths of virtue? (5,2)
DROPS IN: Split the answer 4,3 to suit the wordplay.
12a Quiet place for entertainment (4)
PLAY: This theatrical drama is produced by using a verb meaning to put something down carefully after our musical term for quiet.
13a Last in in the river (5)
FINAL: Place the word IN from the clue inside one of our many three lettered rivers. Which one? The one I can see from our holiday let in St Mawes. Cornwall.
14a Present the woman’s beginning to expect (4)
HERE: Place the initial (beginning letter) of expect after the female pronoun
17a Hint that reveals both experience and age (7)
WRINKLE: A useful piece of information or advice is also a line or crease in the skin due to age.
18a Shows rank subservience (7)
SALUTES: The raising of the hand to the head in usually used by the military to show respect towards senior officers
19a Allowed to be clever in denouement (7)
ENABLED: To have given somebody the means to achieve. Found by placing an adjective meaning intelligent inside a word meaning the final part.
22a Stalks out of the kitchen garden (7)
RHUBARB: These edible stalks which grow underneath very large green fleshy leaves can be cooked and eaten. Not anywhere near me they can’t.
24a Top dog, so to speak (4)
PEAK: This word meaning top as in mountains is also a homophone for the shortened name of the daft Chinese dog that makes an appearance in today’s quickie pun
25a Black mark that may be examined in the lab (5)
SMEAR: This black mark which may damage the reputation of somebody by false accusation or slander is also a sample of tissue or other material taken from the body and spread thinly onto a microscope slide for examination. Thanks to online definitions for help and assistance with this hint
26a After spring, run and box (4)
SPAR: place the R(un) after a mineral spring considered to have health giving properties
29a Trials or evidence of plea bargaining (7)
ORDEALS: OR from the clue and some evidence of plea bargaining
30a Fancy silver in one place of gold, perhaps (7)
IMAGINE: Place the chemical symbol for silver inside the letter that looks like the number one and the place that gold might be obtained from.
31a Silly Enid, stop being vague (13)
INDETERMINATE: Anagram (Silly) of ENID followed by a word meaning to end. We are misdirected by two anagram indicators here SILLY and VAGUE surrounding thirteen letters and giving just cause to assume we are to make an anagram out of ENID STOP and BEING and also causing us to wonder which word is the definition SILLY or VAGUE. Solving 22d put paid to that nonsense and none of the Earth’s finite resource of pencil lead or ink was wasted here in Downtown L I.
2d Chap turns up in new suit, gets big wave (7)
TSUNAMI: Reverse (turns up) a word for a chap inside an anagram (new) of SUIT
3d Wriggly line that’s seen on the map of Africa (4)
NILE: Anagram (Wriggly) of LINE
4d Like NY’s irregular silhouette? (7)
SKYLINE: Anagram (irregular) of LIKE NY’s
5d People coming from certain country pubs welcoming help standing up (7)
INDIANS: These natives of an Asian sub-continent can be found by reversing (coming up) a word meaning to help and placing it inside another word for pubs
6d Sort of posh business (4)
SHOP: Anagram (sort of) of POSH
7d Note was upsetting but presenting little difficulty (2,5)
NO SWEAT: Anagram (upsetting) of NOTE WAS
8d Intrigue following explosive magazine article that was aimed at Parliament (9,4)
GUNPOWDER PLOT: The shenanigans of November 1605 can be uncovered by placing a four letter noun meaning intrigue after the contents of an explosive 0device.
9d Holy smoke, it could be responsible! (7-6)
INCENSE-BURNER: A cryptic definition of device used in churches to produce scented smoke. The device is also called a Thurible and the geezer carrying it is known as a Thurifer
15d Ability that brings runner £50 (5)
SKILL: This runner runs on snow and is followed by the Latin abbreviation for Pound Sterling and the Roman Numeral for fifty
16d Book of stamps? (5)
ALBUM: The book which holds ones stamp collection.
20d A group of musicians on leave (7)
ABANDON: To leave or desert. A from the clue. a collective noun for a group of musicians and ON, again from the clue.
21d Send me around Eastern land (7)
DEMESNE: Only seen in crossword puzzles. Anagram (around) of SEND ME followed by the E(astern) gives a piece of land attached to a manor and retained by the owner for their own use.
22d Matter-of-fact doctrine is dividing kingdom (7)
REALISM: Place the word IS from the clue inside another word meaning Kingdom
23d Designate a quiet period (7)
APPOINT: A from the clue. The letter denoting quiet in music. And a North American full stop.
27d Container for suit (4)
CASE: A container for clothing when going on holiday or a course of legal action
28d Hock for man on board (4)
PAWN: To place an item with a moneylender as security for money lent or the lowliest piece (man) on a chessboard.
I always like to see food in crossword to snack on halfway through but please not 22ac. Not ever 22ac. There is nothing else I cannot eat but 22ac. I hate the darned stuff.
The Quick Crossword pun: peak+inn+ease=Pekinese