Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28127
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Hello from the moors again. MP is wending his way back to rural Warwickshire after a holiday that included free beer so I am in the blogging chair.
As usual Rufus brings plenty of smiles and a couple of trickier definitions…well they were for me.
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1a Means hail storms may be seen (8)
AVERAGES: Split this 3,5 and begin with a Latin word used by the Romans to greet someone (hail) and follow it with a 5 letter word for storms or gets angry.
6a Club well-qualified people run (6)
MASHIE: A 3 letter abbreviations for a post grad degree followed by a 3 letter word for run. The definition is a type of club used to play golf.
9a A turbulent river reach (6)
ARRIVE: ‘A’ from the clue followed by an anagram (turbulent) of RIVER.
10a Publican’s profits — they’re cheap at the price (8)
BARGAINS: Split 3,5 it is how a pub owner (like Miffypops) could describe the money they make.
11a Recorder involved in test case (8)
CASSETTE: An anagram (involved in) of TEST CASE. You can solve anagrams however you like. In your head. With a pencil. Alone in a churchyard or Morris dancing at a BBQ. The choice is yours. I use a pencil.
12a Put in grave — wrong note given to doctor! (6)
ENTOMB: Another anagram (wrong) of NOTE followed by a 2 letter abbreviation for doctor.
13a Stunning, but also inspiring (12)
BREATHTAKING: A lovely double definition? The former being a view that you might find perfect to look at.
Just an opinion but I think this picture fits the definition!
16a Business figures showing what happens after slump (5,7)
TRADE RETURNS: After a slump this could be said as to what happens in business as your customers come back.
19a Fashions suitable to be shown in commercials (6)
ADAPTS: Place a 3 letter word for suitable into our usual 3 letter word for commercials.
21a Substantial list includes cocktail of gin (8)
TANGIBLE: A 5 letter word for a list containing an anagram (cocktail) of GIN.
23a Capital fellow from Greece (8)
ATHENIAN: Quite a nice all in one to describe someone who hails from one of the world’s oldest cities. The Parthenon there is stunning…to my mind anyway.
24a Buy tie to get dressed up, being in a particular place (6)
UBIETY: Pencils at the ready for another anagram. This time it is of BUY TIE (dressed up) to give you a word meaning the state of existing in a certain place. I have only come across this word once before.
25a It gives you a walkover in game (6)
BRIDGE: A double definition the latter being a rather tricky card game involving 4 players and compass points. No…I don’t know the rules. Poker I get.
26a A striking defeat that’s humiliating (8)
ABASHING: ‘A’ from the clue followed by a 6 letter word for striking.
2d Fresh meat sailors swallowed (6)
VERNAL: Insert (swallowed) one of the abbreviations for sailors into a 4 letter word for a sometimes controversial type of meat.
3d Tracks of birds (5)
RAILS: Double definition. Here we have something that trains run on and a type of bird. The latter being ground living birds with close to 110 extant examples of the genera. Guess how much I looked that up? Although I am sure I will be corrected as to the number. Regular followers of the blog will know how good I am at ‘birding’.
4d Huge beast that’s best seen through a telescope (5,4)
GREAT BEAR: A 5 letter word for ‘huge’ followed by a 4 letter word for ‘beast’ (Paddington is one). The whole thing describes a constellation that is seen the northern hemisphere. The Plough being one of the most recognisable features of it. I have a star somewhere near there.
5d Subordinate theme (7)
SUBJECT: Double definition the latter being the central idea in an exhibition or a piece of writing etc.
6d Means of communication for TV detective (5)
MORSE: Oh gosh I solved this and thought of the lovely Kath! Double definition again. This time of something with dots and dashes and a rather famous TV detective from Oxford.
7d Many Nazis were armed with these (9)
SWASTIKAS: A cryptic definition of a very recognisable symbol worn by members of the Nazi party. As I am sure many of you will know it’s origins are much older, dating back thousands of years and associated with many different religions and cultures.
8d Shame nothing’s admitted in disastrous mining year (8)
IGNOMINY: An anagram (disastrous) of MINING including the single letter abbreviations of ‘nothing’ and ‘year’.
13d Topping dormitory feast (9)
BEDSPREAD: Split 3,5 start with a place that you rest your head followed by a sumptuous impressive meal (at school ours involved Nutella? I hate the stuff).
14d Thanks to natural evolving, it has a maddening bite (9)
TARANTULA: Oh gosh. Begin with a 2 letter word for ‘thanks’ followed by an anagram (evolving) of NATURAL. My child type thing wants one as pet. Never going to happen nor is a picture of one.
15d New director, one yet to be paid (8)
CREDITOR: An anagram (new) of DIRECTOR.
17d Strong man, one wedded to a queen (7)
TITANIA: Start with a 5 letter ‘strong man’ from Greek mythology, followed by the usual abbreviation for ‘one’ and ‘A’ from the clue. The definition is of a fairy queen from Shakespeare who magically falls in love with a Bottom. As you do!
18d Key operators may strike against it (6)
PLATEN: This was completely new to me. It is a type of printing press and the ‘roller’ in a typewriter hence the fact that ‘keys’ may strike against it. I love learning new stuff.
20d One way to shoot game (5)
SNIPE: This solitary and hidden method of shooting to kill is also a bird with a long beak.
22d Flower head of hydrangea from Limerick, say (5)
IRISH: A name of a flower (and also the daughter of Thamus in Greek mythology), followed by ‘H’…head of H[ydrangea].
Plenty to like here. My favourite is 13d. What’s yours? A quick thank you to some Oxford-based people for their help recently.
The Quick Crossword pun: miss+bee+leaf=misbelief