Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28085
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ****
I tried to pass today blogging chair off to anybody else but I feel that most of the reviewing team are lying in darkened rooms under heavy sedation after last week’s puzzling fun and games. Thanks to them (you know who you are) for their sterling efforts
Todays puzzle fell quite easily with only 18 across and 14 and 17 down providing any resistance. With reference to 17d if anybody out there wants to take on a poorly schooled but house trained orphan boy then Saint Sharon is willing to make me available.
Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 28,085 which will hopefully help you to solve the clues that you are finding difficult. Try the hint first and if you are still in the dark click on the greyed out box that says click here and the answer will be revealed.
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1a Drink for prison officer’s chauffeur? (11)
SCREWDRIVER: This cocktail made from Vodka and Orange Juice is made from an informal term for a prison officer and an example of what one’s chauffeur actually is.
9a Limit studies with tutor (9)
CONSTRAIN: Our usual suspect for studies is followed by a verb meaning to tutor or educate somebody.
10a Girl admired by servicemen, though stuck-up (3-2)
PIN-UP: A cryptic definition of a poster featuring a famous or attractive person usually in an alluring pose
11a A rule the British had (6)
EMPIRE : An extensive group of states or countries ruled over by a single monarch, an oligarchy, or a sovereign state. The British Empire was the bit coloured pink on our old school maps.
12a Young animals always restricted by permits (8)
LEVERETS: Place a four letter word meaning always inside another four letter word meaning permits or allows to find these young hares. There are plenty around here despite the intentions of many buzzards
13a Humble cleric covering Middle East (6)
DEMEAN: Place the head of a cathedral around the abbreviation of M(iddle) E(ast)
15a Current measure in beer and scotch (5,3)
STAMP OUT: Place the abbreviation for a unit of electric current equal to a flow of one coulomb per second inside a kind of strong, dark beer brewed with roasted malt or barley.
18a Wind up judge finally (8)
CONCLUDE: I will opt for a very clever double definition here. A comma after the second word of the clue might help. The first definition means to bring to an end. Not to take the mickey or do thinks to clocks or watches.
19a Batting with school cricket, for example (6)
INSECT: Take the two letter word used to describe the team at the wicket during a cricket match. Add a term meaning a school or a group of people with somewhat different religious beliefs (typically regarded as heretical) from those of a larger group to which they belong.
21a Spoil the mould dishing up pies and mash (8)
MISSHAPE: Anagram (dishing up) of PIES and MASH
23a A game on which the captain rules (6)
BRIDGE: A card game played by sociable people who do not speak to one another during play and the position on a ship where the captain might stand
26a More advanced as a teacher? (5)
AHEAD: A from the clue and the principle teacher in a school.
27a Unemployed crew which have mischievous potential (4,5)
IDLE HANDS: Take a word meaning lazy, indolent or slothful and add a second word meaning a person who engages in manual labour, especially in a factory, on a farm, or on board a ship to find these people for whom The Devil may find work
28a It helps strikers to see the delivery men (5-6)
SIGHT SCREEN: These strikers are the batsmen on the cricket field at 19 across. These are the white and placed near the boundary to help said batsman see the ball.
1d To get ahead, take another person’s place (7)
SUCCEED: A double definition.
2d Raise the standard in course at university (3,2)
RUN UP: A phrasal verb meaning to raise a flag on a flagpole. The word COURSE works the same as the blood coursing through your veins and is followed by a two-letter word meaning at university.
3d Sudden drop of current — flaw later rectified (9)
WATERFALL: Anagram (rectified) of FLOW LATER. There is an opportunity to illustrate this with a clip of TLC singing their hideous song of the same name. Unlikely methinks.
4d New pear crop (4)
REAP: Anagram (new) of PEAR
5d Deadly feud conducted with relative bitterness? (8)
VENDETTA: A cryptic definition of a blood feud in which the family of a murdered person seeks vengeance on the murderer or the murderer’s family.
6d Money for old record that’s turned up in French street (5)
RUPEE: Place the reversed (turned up) abbreviation for an old fashioned extended play record inside the French word for a street to find an Indian coin.
7d Down payment I posted off (7)
DEPOSIT: Anagram (off) of I POSTED
8d It runs up a volcano with long stride (8)
ANTELOPE: This swift running deer like ruminant can be found by reversing (up) Sicily’s volcano and adding a noun meaning a long bounding stride.
14d Tend to have little rest for recreation (8)
MINISTER: A word meaning little or small (skirts or cars) and an anagram (for recreation) of REST will give this verb meaning to attend to the needs of.
16d Roman building with style of kings (9)
MONARCHIC: An anagram (building) of ROMAN is followed by a word meaning style or fashionable.
17d Providing a home for a small charge (8)
ADOPTING: An cryptic definition that describes legally taking on a another person’s child and raising it as one’s own
18d Firm agreement (7)
COMPACT: Double Definition.
20d Turncoat’s first motive for crime (7)
TREASON: The initial letter of T(urncoat) followed by a word meaning motive will give up this crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government.
22d Cover point keeps a low profile (5)
HIDES: To cover as in to secrete something followed by one of the compass points
24d Ball — it could be a square one (5)
DANCE: A double definition. The second being performed by four couples facing one another in a square, with the steps and movements shouted out by a caller.
25d Ground for conspiracy (4)
PLOT: ground as in an allotment for example and a conspiracy such as the gunpowder one.
An enjoyable solve today blogged to the soothing sounds of the late Ronnie Lane.
The Quick Crossword pun: fizz+seek=physique