Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28103
Hints and tips by Myopic Miffypops and Harmonious Hanni
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
A delightful little puzzle full of fun and mischief compiled by our resident Monday Maestro Rufus. Due to the demands of The Long Itchington Beer Festival Miffypops has enlisted help from Hanni who has provided the hints and tips for the down clues. Thank you Hanni.
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Across hints and tips from Miffypops
1a Douglas’s pet? (4,3)
MANX CAT: Douglas is the capital of The Isle Of Man which I have seen many times from The Lake district but have never visited. The pet is from the Isle of Man and is tailless. I had one once that tried to climb up our chimney. Oh how I laughed at the state of the living room after he fell out. The Isle of Man was the home of the most fascinating man George Daniels . Have a read.
5a Bit of rough treatment for unseasoned wood (3,4)
RAW DEAL: A double definition the second being new fir or pine wood.
9a Heading west, nothing holds up one coming from the border? (5)
LUPIN: A three lettered word meaning nothing is reversed as indicated by the term heading west. This is then wrapped around the word UP lifted directly from the clue and indicated by the word holds. We have these flowers in our border and I am always pleased to see the sunshine reflecting off the dew that collects in the middle of the leaves and looks like diamonds.
10a Course — leading clubs perhaps put it on for training? (9)
TRACKSUIT: This garment used for sports training is gained from a word meaning course, as in a racecourse and a word that describes hearts clubs diamonds or spades
11a Doing without strong drink –- it’s discouraged (10)
SPIRITLESS: The strong drink could be a whisky or a gin. The whole is a double definition.
12a State of a hut that needs putting in order (4)
UTAH: Anagram (needs putting in order) of A HUT
14a Back heavyweight individual? That’s best (6,2,4)
SECOND TO NONE: Split 6,3,3. We have a backer (who actually might back a heavyweight boxer in his corner) a heavy weight (twenty stones) and the word ONE (individual) from the clue.
18a Means being out of employment? (6,6)
EARNED INCOME: One’s wages.
21a Get to travel free by horse, at last (4)
RIDE: A clue that should have been passed to Hannah who does this with thoroughbred horses. Place a verb meaning to relieve somebody of something as The Pied Piper did with the rats of Hamelin and add the final letter of the word (hors)e.
22a Fresh sand, please, to make seaside features (10)
ESPLANADES: Anagram (fresh) of SAND PLEASE
25a Writer takes exam without company in Whitsuntide (9)
PENTECOST: Put a word meaning an exam around our usual suspect or abbreviation of the word co(mpany) after an implement used for writing (not a pencil)
26a Banish in former French island (5)
EXILE: Our usual suspect for former as in girlfriends, boyfriends, wives or husbands before the French word for island.
27a Unnecessary loss of a point irritates (7)
NEEDLES: Take the final letter which is one of the points of the compass away from a word which means unnecessary.
28a Church item with red centre and unusual rose edging (7)
REREDOS: An old chestnut makes a welcome return. Place an anagram (unusual) of the word ROSE around the word RED directly from the clue.
Down hints and tips from Hanni
Hello from the N. York Moors where yesterday we saw the fantastic Tour de Yorkshire pass by. The bunting was out along with what seemed like half the county to watch. It was cold, it was wet, I didn’t understand the rules of it all but it was good fun, so long as you weren’t on a bike.
1d Interfere with doctor in case (6)
MOLEST: Start with a 2 letter abbreviation for doctor and follow that with a 4 letter word for in case.
2d A good bet one suggests relatives should follow as some protection (6)
NAPKIN: Start with a 3 letter word for a racing tip that professes to be a certainty and follow that with a another three letter word for relatives.
3d Thought one could also have respected another’s feelings (10)
CONSIDERED: A rather nice double definition.
4d Drink nearly everything? No, the whole lot (5)
TOTAL: Begin with a 3 letter word for a small drink and follow that with a word meaning ‘everything’ with its last letter removed (nearly).
5d Card shop I went round for something lyrical or romantic (9)
RHAPSODIC: Pencils at the ready…An anagram (went round) of CARD SHOP I. What a lovely word you are left with.
6d Come to some backwater (4)
WAKE: Double definition, the first being to come round from slumber.
7d Unusual quote in a line in a maths book? (8)
EQUATION: Gosh…I do like anagrams and here is another, (unusual ) of QUOTE IN A . This will leave you with something often found in a maths book. Much like Marmite you either love or hate the things.
8d Unfortunately, they lack an opener (8)
LATCHKEY: Golly…another anagram. This time is it is of THEY LACK (unfortunately), to leave you with something quite useful for opening a door. I lose mine on an alarmingly regular basis.
13d English naval officer is about to impress (10)
COMMANDEER: Start with the single letter abbreviation for E(nglish) and insert this (about) into a naval officer.
15d Some things have been left out — ring the visiting diplomats (9)
OMISSIONS: Here we begin with our usual single letter for ring and follow that with a 7 letter word for what diplomats go on.
16d Water creature is quiet when inland (8)
TERRAPIN: Start with a 7 letter word for ground or territory (inland) and insert a single letter abbreviation for quiet. Some people keep these as pets, although goodness knows why, you can’t exactly stroke them.
17d Nominally, she’s discretion itself (8)
PRUDENCE: This girls name is a synonym of the word discretion. She went on the pill in a long forgotten film from 1968
19d Went against the current trend? (6)
EDDIED: A cryptic definition of to go against the current.
20d They put you in your place! (6)
USHERS: A nice all in one to describe people who show you to your seat at venues. The mischievous side of me enjoys confusing the ones at weddings.
23d Some congratulate rivals after the event (5)
LATER: Hidden (some) in CONGRATULATE RIVALS.
24d Laze around, wanting enthusiasm? (4)
ZEAL: And finally another anagram. I used my pencil to solve this. Here the anagram indictor is ‘around’ and the fodder is LAZE.
< Acrosses solved to the lovely voice and saxophone playing of Sir Van Morrison.>
The Quick Crossword pun: penny+tense=penitence