Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28091
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Today we have a typical Rufus puzzle. Elegant and fair clues with lovely surface readings. The old 18 downs amongst us should see this off quickly and the newer solvers should be able to get their teeth into it and gain in confidence.
Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 28,091 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 End of schooldays in America (8)
TERMINUS: The end of a railway or other transport route can be found by placing a word for one of the periods of a school year, IN from the clue and the initial letters of U(nited) S(tates)
6a Physical exercises I put off when on board (3-3)
SIT UPS: Anagram (off) of I PUT placed inside the two letters S and S (on board) which stand for Steamship and which perhaps should appear in BDs list of usual suspects.
9a Examine success right away (6)
WINNOW: Split 3,3, we need two words one meaning to succeed by beating any opposition and one meaning right away or at this very moment. This word may prompt a few visits to the BRB and the books mentioned at 26 across but it is perfectly fair.
10a Discuss business in express store (4,4)
TALK SHOP: To express verbally and a word meaning retail outlet
11a A leading light in the motorist’s world (8)
HEADLAMP: An all in one definition of what lights the way for a motorist at night.
12a Mother and child in a jam? (6)
DAMSON: The female parent of an animal is followed by what a boy is in relation to his parents. The resulting fruit is often used to make jam although I use it in the same way as sloes to make gin.
13a Being opposed to the building of seats for spectators? (6,1,5)
MAKING A STAND: A clever cryptic description which works for both definitions in the clue. The second describes the construction of the main covered seated area at a sports ground or racecourse
16a What one is encouraged to do on a psychiatrist’s couch (4,2,6)
TALK AT LENGTH: To chatter away whilst lying down.
19a Inventor having no team for back-up? (6)
EDISON: No, from the clue is followed by a word meaning a sports team and the whole lot is reversed (for back up) to find the surname of Thomas Alva.
21a Modernise old pub at first — tea breaks after five (8)
INNOVATE: Place another word for a pub before O(ld). Now add the Roman Numeral for number five and add an anagram (breaks) of TEA.
23a Poison counter (8)
ANTIDOTE: This counter is a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison.
24a Looking blue, I’d go in for treatment (6)
INDIGO: Anagram (for treatment) of I’D GO IN
25a Unwilling to be clad in Anglican dress (6)
CLOTHE: Place an adjective meaning reluctant or unwilling inside (clad) the C(hurch) of E(ngland) as indicated by the word Anglican and which does appear in Big Dave’s list of usual suspects.
26a Hear suit about writers’ needs when lacking an alternative (8)
THESAURI: Anagram (about) of HEAR SUIT. My last one in which held me up as I tried to make it end with the letter Y because a trial is a hearing therefore to hear is to try.
2d It is found in rediscovered deed and revised (6)
EDITED: Place the word IT inside an anagram (rediscovered) of the word DEED
3d Unearthed strong fabric to be taken up (5)
MINED: A word which means to have been dug from the earth is also a strong fabric used for making jeans when reversed (taken up)
4d It’s a card game, of course (9)
NEWMARKET: This card game is also the name of a racecourse in Suffolk. It is also the name of a close fitting overcoat used when riding.
5d Determined to attack (3,4)
SET UPON: A double definition
6d Firm one’s engaged by was traded (5)
SOLID: Place the letter that looks like the number one inside the past participle of sell (was traded)
7d Try out striker in international game (4,5)
TEST MATCH: To try something out to establish its reliability followed by a striker that when lit could be used to start a fire will give a term used for internationals in Cricket or Rugby of which there are far too many.
8d With great insight, golf club has filled coaching vacancy (8)
PROFOUND: A word meaning deep and meaningful needs to be split 3, 5 to suit the golfing reference in the clue.
13d Improvised fashion garment (9)
MAKESHIFT: To fashion or create followed by a long, loose-fitting undergarment.
14d Unexpectedly entering with a South American (9)
ARGENTINE: Anagram (unexpectedly) of ENTERING follows the A from the clue. It could precede it or include it as the word with is not specific.
15d Laird can set out to be chief (8)
CARDINAL: Anagram (set out) of LAIRD CAN
17d Hole in ten unusually high (7)
EMINENT: Take the hole referred to at the answer to three down and place it inside an anagram (unusually) of TEN
18d An old one will be experienced — in the theatre? (6)
STAGER: A cryptic definition of one who has trod the boards for a very long time.
20d Loop-line soon turns east (5)
NOOSE: Reverse (turns) the word SOON and add the letter E from E(ast).
22d It’s still produced in Russia (5)
VODKA: This Russian still makes spirits from Rye, Wheat or Potatos
I found this a pleasant way to start a chilly Monday Morning. Now I have nothing to do and all day long to do it.