Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28139
Hints and tips by Hanni
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Summer has finally arrived on the moors with epic fog, horsefly bites (painful) and some tourists who look permanently lost but happy. La dolce vita.
Your usual Monday blogger has been away at a wedding so I am in the chair again.
This was on the trickier side for a Monday with the odd clue that might cause a bit of head scratching.
1a Merrymaking includes a show (6)
REVEAL: A 5 letter word for merrymaking where one is usually happy and can often involve drinking and dancing, includes A from the clue.
4a School principal with aid to increase speed for bowler, say (8)
HEADGEAR: If we split this clue 4,4 we start with a four letter word for the top bod in a school, usually with a big scary office, not that I was ever sent there. Follow this with a word for a part of a car that helps us go faster, sometimes called the transmission.
9a Elegance of a foreign language (6)
POLISH: A lovely double definition, the former being to show refinement and class.
10a A clay pit dug out of the common (8)
ATYPICAL: An anagram (dug) of A CLAY PIT leaves you with something that is unorthodox or unusual, like it being sunny on the moors.
12a Give US intelligence a ring goodbye! (4)
CIAO: Our usual single letter for ‘ring’ is preceded by a 3 letter abbreviation for an American intelligence agency. The origin of the word is from the Venetian language.
13a Smokes when in prison (5)
SNOUT: These smokes are cigarettes and this is what those in prison call them.
14a Let it stand in toothpaste tube (4)
STET: A lurker! An instruction sometimes used by proofreaders to ignore a previous marked alteration is hidden (in) the last two words of the clue.
17a Stars get a breather when working (3,5,4)
THE GREAT BEAR: I have a strange feeling of déjà vu blogging this as it made an appearance in my last blog. Another anagram (working) of GET A BREATHER will leave you with the third largest constellation in the sky. I have a star near there.
20a For a time, it naturally puts us completely in the shade (5,7)
TOTAL ECLIPSE: This astronomical event happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and leaves those lucky enough to see it in ‘the shade’.
23a Erect as this tree (4)
UPAS: A 2 letter word for erect followed by AS. What is the convention for part of the answer directly appearing in the clue? Seeds from this tropical tree can made into Strychnine.
24a Show appreciation of that figure (5)
DIGIT: Split 3,2 it’s how we might say we understand, like or are ‘down’ with something, to leave you with another word for a number.
25a Actors, and what they want to be (4)
CAST: The actors here always hope to be selected (what they want) in the final production.
28a On the verge of alarming changes (8)
MARGINAL: Pencils at the ready for an anagram (changes) of ALARMING.
29a Guest for the bingo official (6)
CALLER: A double definition the latter being the person who shouts out the numbers at bingo. I did this once at pub type quiz night thing. Nobody got my humour when I said things like 4 and 3, 7!
30a Famous place for divorcees with West End set (8)
RENOWNED: Begin with a city in Nevada that was (is?) the divorce capital of the world, followed by W(est) and an anagram (set) of END.
31a When speaking, gathers crowds (6)
HORDES: What sounds like a verb meaning gathers or collects is actually a large group of people seen at football matches for example.
1d Censure a metropolis for greed (8)
RAPACITY: Lego time. Start with a 3 letter word to censure or tell off. Add to this A from the clue and a 4 letter word for metropolis.
2d Forces one may make light of (8)
VOLTAGES: This type of force can make electricity move through a wire to a lamp or torch to make it light.
3d It’s seen in perhaps every part of church (4)
APSE: Another lurker (seen) in PERHAPS EVERY.
5d To take a course like this is humiliating (3,6,3)
EAT HUMBLE PIE: A nice cryptic definition describing a phrase often used to show what we might have to do when we admit to being wrong. I think that originally the middle word lacked the first letter (something to do with offal) and I am hoping that one of the blogs wonderful pedants (RD?) can accurately explain the origin. I will gladly *** ****** *** if I am mistaken!
6d Fool wanting to be paid to admit parking (4)
DUPE: A three letter word for what is owed includes (to admit) the single letter abbreviation for P(arking).
7d Former name to cause a stir (6)
EXCITE: Our usual abbreviation for ‘former’ followed by a 4 letter word to attribute or refer to something.
8d Tell king to cheer up (6)
RELATE: A single letter abbreviation for king followed by a word meaning to make someone feel more cheerful and joyous.
11d Put out of action, worriedly anticipate bill coming in (12)
INCAPACITATE: An anagram (worriedly) of ANTICIPATE containing a 2 letter abbreviation for ‘bill’.
15d It shows the way to create a right rumpus (5)
ARROW: A 3 letter word for an argument or a brouhaha is preceded by A plus R(ight) from the clue.
16d Wire that may hold back a ship (5)
CABLE: This wire does double duty as an electronically sent message and a steel rope.
18d Moves ship that’s been raised and steered in an awkward position (8)
SPRAWLED: Gosh this is going to fun to explain…and Pommers would do it better. Reverse (raised) a 5 letter word for how to move a boat by hauling on a rope attached to, say, an anchor. This is followed by a nice easy 3 letter word for steered.
19d Achievement sure to be written about in newspaper articles (8)
FEATURES: Let’s break this up 4,4. Begin with a word meaning to accomplish or master something followed by an anagram (written about) of SURE.
21d Some powerful maritime bird (6)
FULMAR: Hidden (some) in the middle two words of the clue is a sea bird related to albatrosses that can come in two colour morphs. And Jane thinks I know nothing about birds! She’s right, I needed all the checkers and the RSPB site.
22d Two chaps, one customer (6)
PATRON: 2 boys names (no idea which from the clue) split 3,3 give us a supporter or benefactor of an establishment. Very reminiscent of the famous. “Two girls, one on each knee (6)” . I smiled.
26d Opinion survey? (4)
VIEW: Another double definition the latter being to look closely or examine something.
27d An overhead light (4)
HALO: A light that can be seen above the head of an angel or occasionally around the sun or moon. Mine slips frequently but is always recovered.
Thanks to Miffypops for his help on a couple of things, hope you’ve recovered from dancing to Queen and Beyonce at the wedding. Thanks also to Gazza. I liked 22d best. What about you?
The Quick Crossword pun: melon+collie=melancholy