Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28121
Hints and tips by Hanni and Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hello from the moors on a grey morning. Miffypops is on holiday in Cornwall and attempting to break a world record for consuming seafood and cider. Let’s hope the local fisherman can keep up with his shellfish demands. He might kill me for that a little bit. No matter.
On to the puzzle. As usual Rufus brings us a delightful start to the day with plenty of smiles…although you might feel differently.
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1a Where one’s likely to drive after the service (6,5)
TENNIS COURT: Let’s start with a nice cryptic definition of a place where one serves a ball to your opponent before they try and hit it back.
9a Too greatly tempted, resulting in being in the red (9)
OVERDRAWN: Start with a four letter word meaning too much and add a five letter word for being tempted.
10a Get in a tangle and express displeasure (5)
SNARL: Here we have a double definition, the latter, being something a grumpy puppy might do.
11a Moves that may result in unsound mate on board (6)
STEAMS: An anagram of MATE (unsound) between the two usual suspects that denote onboard.
12a Stopped and taken into custody (8)
ARRESTED: A double definition but a lovely all in one surface.
13a A binding affair is arranged (6)
RAFFIA: Here we have another anagram (is arranged) of AFFAIR, to leave you with type of palm that can be used to make bindings. Apparently their leaves are the longest in the plant kingdom growing up to 25m.
15a All women do (3,5)
HEN PARTY: An elegant cryptic definition to describe an occasion celebrated before a woman gets married where she drags all her female friends on a night out. I have never been to one I enjoyed.
18a Do remove from sit-in? (5,3)
CARRY OUT: A double definition the former meaning to complete something.
19a An infant rock-and-roller (6)
CRADLE: A cryptic definition describing something we place a baby in to soothe it to sleep. I like this clue.
21a Two things a swindler may do and court offence (8)
CONTEMPT: Split 3,5 we start with a word meaning to trick someone followed by one meaning to entice. The definition is to be disrespectful in a court of law.
23a Burning with an old love (6)
AFLAME: If we split this 1,5 it’s how we could describe a former lover.
26a Number one’s direction is sound (5)
NOISE: Start with a 2 letter abbreviation for number followed by a ‘I’ (one) and lastly add a two letter abbreviation for a compass direction.
27a Record membership for start of the student year (9)
ENROLMENT: A nice all in one describing when students register at the beginning of an academic year.
28a Tradesman may be a theatre-goer (11)
STALL HOLDER: This sort of tradesman is often found in a market place. Is this a double definition?
Down clues by Miffypops
Hello from Sunny St Mawes (Moonlit at the time of writing) where Miffypops and Saint Sharon are enjoying a 7d. Bliss. Pure bliss.
1d Epithet applied to press when our rest is disturbed (7)
TROUSER: Anagram (disturbed) of OUR REST. This word when used with press describes an item only ever found in hotel rooms and never ever used.
2d Relative drop in energy in French resort (5)
NIECE: Drop the E from E(nergy) into a popular French resort which belonged to Italy until 1860.
3d Guarantee compensation (9)
INDEMNITY: A trademark Rufus double definition
4d Flatter area fenced in by stern fellow (4)
COAX: This stern fellow sits at the back of a rowing boat barking out instructions to the crew. He needs wrapping (fenced in) around the A of a(rea)
5d Worries make seven run wild (8)
UNNERVES: Anagram (wild) of SEVEN RUN
6d Drop oral test (5)
TASTE: A clever definition with wordplay. The sensation of flavour perceived by the mouth
7d Time off with girl in divine setting (7)
HOLIDAY: Place a word meaning Divine around a three lettered girls name. Which girl? Any one you fancy. There is no way of knowing from the clue. Miss Thurman is not it.
8d Female getting changed hesitated (8)
FALTERED: Use the F(emale) and add a word meaning changed.
14d Forces in bust-up prepared for court action (8)
FORENSIC: Anagram (bust up) of FORCES IN
16d Opt for oil processing as a minister’s responsibility (9)
PORTFOLIO: Anagram (processing) of OPT FOR OIL.
17d Exotic bean soup that may be served legally (8)
SUBPOENA: Anagram (exotic) of BEAN SOUP.
18d The objective of the shy (7)
COCONUT: The object one shies or throws at and wins if knocked off its perch during a village carnival and fete day. Not in our village. The Fun Police have seen the carnival off.
20d Point to head of college as one responsible for a put-up job (7)
ERECTOR: A compass point precedes the head of certain colleges universities or schools.
22d Still beginning to shout the odds (5)
EVENS: Take a word meaning still and add the beginning of the word S(bout) to find a betting term denoting the ratio between the amounts staked by the parties to a bet, based on the expected probability either way
24d A principal in a winning position (5)
AHEAD: A (from the clue) and the principal or top banana in a school
25d A test said to be passed (4)
ORAL: A spoken test.
Nothing too difficult there. How did you find it today ?
The Quick Crossword pun: rest+tricked=restrict