Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28097
Hints and tips by selfless Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
I solved this at 2.15 am before bed and started reviewing at 7.15am. Such is Miffypop’s love for his Monday’s little angels that he sacrifices the joys and benefits that come with marriage to Saint Sharon in order to satisfy the great need for enlightenment that exists out there in crosswordland.
Well done to the strangely named Rugby team that managed to out tiger the tigers yesterday. What a joy that was to watch. Well done also to Coventry Rugby club who finished their home campaign with a win. That leaves a gap in my regular Saturday schedule. I shall miss the Rugby and also miss the regular phone calls I make on the way to the game. Roll on September.
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1a It enables farmers to make a good turnover (6)
PLOUGH: A cryptic definition of the tool used by a farmhand to turn land over to cut furrows in preparation for planting. Once the curfew tolls he then wearily plods homeward whilst the cattle wind slowly across the lee and darkness descends. Not these days he doesn’t. He is up all night on his giant beast of a tractor working to his overbright headlights. I wonder what Thomas Grey would make of that.
4a Give voice to Beethoven’s fifth (8)
ASPIRATE: My last one in today despite having seen it before in various guises. The fifth letter of the word Beethoven is the letter H. As a verb this is the sounding of that letter
9a The stretching around three identical points produces a titter (3-3)
TEE-HEE: Take the word THE from the clue and place it around three identical points of the compass to find a titter last seen in the pages of The Beano. The point of the compass you need will be found somewhere around Lowestoft and not at Ardnamurchan Point where I will be on holiday in September.
10a Imagined being ordered into uniform (6,2)
CALLED UP: A double definition which describes the process of imagination and also the request to participate in national service. Please comment on the blog with your national service stories if you are old enough to have served.
12a Bird in danger, nesting (4)
ERNE: The first lurker of the week. May there be many more. The answer to this clue is hidden inside the clue.
13a Located, we hear, and named (5)
CITED: A homophone (sound alike word) of a word meaning located
14a Charge made about mid-March, that’s clear (4)
FREE: A charge for services rendered is placed around the middle letter of the word March
17a Sportingly do the Highland Fling (4,3,5)
TOSS THE CABER: An all in one cryptic description of a traditional athletic traditional Scottish event in which a large tapered pole is thrown about.
20a Uncommonly tight (5,2,1,4)
DRUNK AS A LORD: Uncommonly here refers to the difference between the common people and the aristocracy. Tight refers to being under the influence of alcohol. The answer suggests that one might be as much under the influence as a certain member of the aristocracy.
23a No honours in such an amorous advance (4)
PASS: A basic success at university is also an amorous or sexual advance
24a Growth of monastery? (5)
ASTER: Our second lurker today which took me some time to notice.
25a A unit in Salvation Army east of Suez? (4)
ASIA: Use the A from the clue. The initial letters of The Sally Annies (God bless them) and throw in a letter that looks like a single number or unit to find a continental land mass that lies to the east of the Suez canal
28a He’s crazy to pocket ball at end of break (8)
CRACKPOT: Place a three letter word used to mean to pocket a ball at snooker perhaps (did I ever mention that I once won a pint of Guinness during a frame against the late Alex “Hurricane” Higgins) after a verb meaning to break something
29a Cause anger damaging a green (6)
ENRAGE: Anagram (damaging) of A GREEN
30a Smooth flow, perhaps, late in the day (8)
EVENTIDE: Place a word meaning smooth before a word that for the ebb and flow of seawater to find another word for the end of the day
31a Stays in company with right clique (6)
CORSET: Lego time. CO(mpany) R(ight) plus a group of like minded people. Does the result mean STAYS? Of corset does
1d The ill cared-for neckwear found among underwear (8)
PATIENTS: Place the usual gentleman’s neckwear inside his undergrunds to find those who may be in hospital
2d Candour shown by golf tournament head (8)
OPENNESS: Take the word used to describe the greatest of golf tournaments and add a word for a headland or a promontory.
3d Got a larger size (4)
GREW: The Rufus controversial clue of the day. A straightforward definition with no discernible wordplay. Please correct me in the unlikely circumstance that I am wrong
5d One behind the scenes playing a strange game (5,7)
STAGE MANAGER: Anagram (playing) of A STRANGE GAME.
6d Lied in order to be lazy (4)
IDLE: Anagram (in order) of LIED
7d They’re cold-blooded and calculating (6)
ADDERS: England’s only venomous snakes are also calculating machines
8d Noticed liquid is deep (6)
ESPIED: Anagram (liquid) of IS DEEP
11d Promise to present unit with weapon (4,4,4)
GIVE ONE’S WORD: Split 4,3,5 use a word meaning to present or donate, a singular unit, and a weapon with a long metal blade
15d Found sailor lying in street (5)
START: Place one of our usual suspects for a sailor (usual suspects can be found under the cryptic crosswords heading above) between the abbreviation for street
16d It’s perfectly right, for example, inside, all wrong outside (5)
LEGAL: Place an anagram (wrong) of ALL around (outside) the Latin abbreviation of Exempli Gratia (for example)
18d It’s champagne and high lights for these idols (3,5)
POP STARS: The first word is a fizzy alcoholic drink and the high lights refer to those twinkling away high in the sky at night. Altogether they refer to those who produce musical drivel. Queen for example. Here is a clip of some pop music which has been chosen to be sung before Scotland’s rugby matches instead of Flower of Scotland
19d It’s touching when a radio entertainer gets a little money (8)
ADJACENT: A from the clue. A spinner of discs. The other A from the clue. A small American coin. Job done.
21d Governor’s assistant imprisoned by a revolutionary member of tribe (6)
APACHE: A P(ersonal) A(ssistant) between the A from the clue and an Argentine Marxist revolutionary will give this native American from the southwestern states and Northern Mexico
22d Once you’ve made it, you’re out (6)
ESCAPE: A cryptic definition of the act of breaking free from control
26d One involves amusingly taking off garment right away (4)
SKIT: Remove the letter R from a ladies garment which fastens around the waist and hangs down around the legs
27d Little intelligence (4)
INFO: The shortened form of a word meaning intelligence or facts provided.
Written to the sweet sounds of Purple Rain and When Dove’s cry.
The Quick Crossword pun: carp+entry=carpentry