Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28133
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Today’s hints and tips are offered by Miffypops. A bear of little brain who struggles with the difference between all-in-one clues and cryptic definitions. However he does his best and his little cotton socks deserve a blessing even though they are actually made from bamboo. If you need help with this slightly trickier puzzle from Rufus read the hints below. Definitions are underlined and there is an attempt to explain just how the clue works. If you still cannot work it out click on the greyed out box and the answer will be revealed. No external aids were used in the solving of this puzzle so the worlds stocks of ink and graphite have not been depleted by Miffypops.
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1a Funny business with amended claim (7)
COMICAL: Take our usual two lettered abbreviation for a CO(mpany) and add an anagram (Amended) of CLAIM.
5a Person on the make (7)
CREATOR: A person or thing that brings something into existence.
9a A quiet man gets protection (5)
APRON: A from the clue. Our musical symbol meaning quiet. A man’s name. Which man? We do not have a clue. Neither do we have a clue that it is not all of his name but the shortened form of it. So try your Tom Dick and Harry’s and eventually you should find the right bloke. He pops in every now and again so you will have met him before and I am sure you will meet him again lateR ON
10a Crossword addicts should be used to such setbacks (9)
REVERSALS: An all in one description of a technique used by crossword setters to instruct us to turn a set of letters back to front
11a Offensive description of a snowman? (10)
ABOMINABLE: This snowman might be the Yeti
12a Currency check (4)
WEIR: A cryptic definition of a low dam built across a river to raise the level of water upstream or regulate its flow.
14a This will remove tea stains — but one needs to verify (12)
SUBSTANTIATE: Anagram mentally solved of TEA STAINS BUT indicated by the words “this will remove”
18a So many miraculously catered for (4,8)
FIVE THOUSAND: The number fed by Jesus from loaves and fish
21a Aussie’s bag for loot (4)
SACK: A double definition the second being a term meaning to plunder or the goods plundered. I am sure the BRB has something to say about the Aussies bag but Google definitions have nothing antipodean to say
22a View of batsmen making runs, and a fielder (10)
STANDPOINT: Tricky Dicky. The position from which someone is able to view a scene or object. Split 5,5 we have for the first word a partnership between two batsmen making runs. For the second word we have what a batsman can see i.e. a fielding position on the off side near the batsman.
25a Rate balsa to be a smooth material (9)
ALABASTER: Anagram (to be) of RATE BALSA
26a Is a girl — or a boy (5)
ISSUE: Your sons or your daughters. Split 2,3 we have is from the clue and the shortened form of my sister Susan’s name. In days gone by Obituaries or biographies would often end with the number of offspring the deceased had and would be written thus – Issue. 1s 3d meaning 1 son 3 daughters. For years I read it as Issue. One shilling and threepence to my complete bafflement
27a Makes things balance and quits to eat a late meal (5,2)
EVENS UP: Quits here means level. Add a verb meaning to eat the last meal of the day
28a A gentle exercising, with style (7)
ELEGANT; Anagram (exercising) of A GENTLE
1d Stock form of car tax (6)
CRAVAT: A band of white material worn as a part of formal horse-riding dress is made from an anagram (form of) of CAR and the tax set at 20% which I so love paying
2d Dark red strand (6)
MAROON: A double definition the second as in the cheese loving Ben Gunn
3d Sequence that needs to be checked in a film studio (10)
CONTINUITY: The maintenance of continuous action and self-consistent detail in the various scenes of a film or broadcast.
4d Some popular variety grub (5)
LARVA: An Included word sometimes called a hidden word but mostly referred to on this blog as a lurker. The answer is lurking away hidden within the clue. The word “some” tells us so.
5d Very serious internal troubles? (5,4)
CIVIL WARS: This is a cryptic definition of strife between citizens of the same country. (here we go again. Perhaps Dutch will be so kind as to explain the difference between Cryptic definitions and all-in-ones)
6d A noble brew of ale that’s about right (4)
EARL: Anagram (brew of) of ALE around (about) the letter R(ight
7d The difference between imports and exports (5,3)
TRADE GAP: A straightforward definition of the financial deficit between imports and exports
8d Kept from retiring (8)
RESERVED: A double definition, the second (retiring) meaning bashful or shy.
13d Whatever the cost, it could make a nice party (2,3,5)
AT ANY PRICE: Anagram (it could make) of A NICE PARTY
15d Baseball fielder — in trunks and jumper? (9)
SHORTSTOP: Split 6,3 what we should all be wearing on a hot summers day.
16d Where prompt action is requested (3-5)
OFF-STAGE: The Prompt here is theatrical and used when an actor forgets their lines.
17d Girl and cleric having no right to withdraw (8)
EVACUATE: We need a girls name to begin with. The one illustrated will do. We then need a cleric. Choose the one with the egg but discard the letter R as indicated by the words right to withdraw. Together these words will give you the answer.
The photo shows your blogger in a white T shirt leaving Manchester United Football Stadium recently.
19d Light sleep? (6)
SIESTA: Sleep taken during the day usually by the Spanish.
20d Declare in cricket match (6)
ATTEST: Split 2,4 how one would describe oneself if at Lords or The Oval watching cricket being played between two nations
23d Railwaymen of yore with points to look after (5)
NURSE: N(ational) U(nion) of R(ailwaymen) followed by two points of the compass.
24d Very low perch (4)
BASS: A double definition. One a low singing voice and one a fish.
RIP Dave Swarbrick and Mohammed Ali. Thank you for gracing my life.
The Quick Crossword pun: comma+toes=comatose