Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28145
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Today’s blog is dedicated to my good friends Jeff Vaughan Craig Tom and Jan who completed Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk yesterday. They did it for themselves but set up a just giving page to raise money for the Birmingham Eye Hospital which has been treating a lad called Saul who has had eye problems since having a brain tumour. There is more information here.
Today’s puzzle from Rufus did not take a lot of cracking but was quite enjoyable nonetheless. Looking at the completed puzzle I noticed some interesting oddities. 18 and 19 across go together well and remind me of ECT Treatment as described in Ken Kesey’s book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 26 and 27 across are opposites as are 2 and 14 down…
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These here hints and tips are here to try to assist. Clicking on the greyed out box will reveal the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a. Satisfied with debts, but unlikely to reach agreement (11)
CONTENTIOUS: Place an adjective meaning in a state of peaceful happiness before Crosswordland’s usual debts
9a Spilled Brian’s tea — he won’t have a drink (9)
ABSTAINER: As James Crumley said “Son, Never trust a man who doesn’t drink”. This non-drinker is an anagram (spilled) of BRIANS TEA
10a Mischievous person joins the Spanish force (5)
IMPEL: A three lettered mischievous type is followed by the Spanish word for The to yield up a word meaning to drive forward
11a In radiography, sickness is given a cure (6)
PHYSIC: A lurker. Hidden in the clue as suggested by the word “in”
12a Hair-raising action by the brave (8)
SCALPING: This brave is a Native American Indian. The hair raising refers to the removal of the hair and skin from the top of the head. Hollywood should be ashamed of itself.
13a Go round to add note to list (6)
ROTATE: Place the seventh note of Guido d’Arezzo’s tonal scale after a noun meaning a list of jobs to be done and the names of those assigned to do them
15a Title that’s used in all-in wrestling? (8)
FREEHOLD: The title to the deeds of one’s house might be a term used in wrestling
18a Helped fool with nutty diets (8)
ASSISTED: Place an anagram (nutty) of DIETS after our usual crosswordland fool
19a Fits sergeant-major into health resorts (6)
SPASMS: Place the initial letters of Sergeant Major into a word for health resorts such as Champneys
21a It’s on the cards it may precede crisis (8)
IDENTITY: A double definition. The first being cards we may one day carry in order to prove who we are and the second a term invented by psychologist Erik Ericson
23a People will mind if you dump your kids here (6)
CRÈCHE: The word mind here means to look after. This is a place where one may leave one’s children to be looked after whilst one goes out to work to earn enough money to pay for someone else to look after one’s child. We have one in our village. It is heart-breaking to hear the little children crying out for their mummies in the afternoons. This answer also means a collision between two cars in Kensington
26a Round safety device that’s practicable (2,3)
OF USE: Take the round letter and add a safety device used in an electrical circuit. Split the result 2,3 to find your answer which links nicely with …
27a Communist and German worker no longer needed (9)
REDUNDANT: … A word meaning of no further use made from three three-letter words. Our usual communist, the German word for AND followed by one of our crosswordland workers. All three words should now be made redundant by setters
28a A jumper that rides up! (11)
PARATROOPER: This intrepid member of the armed forces rides up in an aeroplane before jumping out at height with a silken sheet packed upon his back which when opened will allow him to fall gracefully and safely to earth
1d One applauds the bell-ringer (7)
CLAPPER: One who applauds is also the striker or tongue of a bell. Thank you to the bell ringers at Roxanne’s wedding in Urswick last week.
2d No way to get in — that’s bad (5)
NASTY: The way here is a street. Use its shortened form inside an archaic word meaning no
3d Wastes time, a case for improvement (9)
EMACIATES: Anagram (for improvement ) of TIME A CASE
4d Bite from climbing insect (4)
TANG: Reverse (climbing) a tiny two winged fling insect that resembles a mosquito
5d Terrible crooner died, it’s official (2,6)
ON RECORD: Anagram (terrible) of CROONER and then the D from D(ied)
6d Good man and bad coming together, nevertheless (5)
STILL: Our regular good man combines with a word meaning bad poorly or sick
7d Maintained member has got into crooked deal (7)
ALLEGED: One of our members but not an arm is surrounded (has got into) an anagram (crooked) of DEAL
8d Almost a full month before beds will bear fruit (8)
APRICOTS: Almost all of the showery month (I know, that could be any or all of them) i.e. the showery month minus its last letter and a word for beds. Toddlers and babies beds usually with high barred sides
14d Stylish set with fault needs fixing (8)
TASTEFUL: How I love an anagram (needs fixing) of SET and FAULT
16d Artificial language providing neat prose (9)
ESPERANTO: Here is yet another anagram for us to love. This time it is indicated by the rather neat indicator (provided) and the fodder is NEAT PROSE. In my ideal world anagrams would be limited to one per year, be so cleverly indicated that it is almost impossible to recognise that the clue is actually an anagram and the use of any artificial aids whatsoever would be totally forbidden and punishable by the most severe means available.
17d Instructor is oddly curt, intercepting suggestive look (8)
LECTURER: An anagram (oddly) of CURT is placed within (intercepting) a suggestive or lascivious look
18d It may have to be paid after a union dispute is settled (7)
ALIMONY: A cryptic definition of a husband’s (or wife’s) provision for a spouse after separation or divorce. The union here being a marriage.
20d Officer shortly to penetrate clear harbour (7)
SHELTER: this officer is a lieutenant. His shortened form needs to be placed inside an adverb meaning completely, entirely, thoroughly wholly or totally
22d Secure link (3-2)
TIE-UP: A double definition. How you might secure a boat to a mooring.
24d Title-holder takes tea with politician (5)
CHAMP: A colloquial word for tea is followed by one of our members of parliament who I suspect will be campaigning for his or her seat in the near future whichever way Thursday’s vote turns out
25d Opening with a key, it is essential (4)
ADIT: Three Lego bricks are needed for this four letter answer. 1. A lifted from the clue. 2. One of the notes that form an octave. 3. It directly from the clue. We have been given three of the four letters in the clue and told where to put the fourth so which of the following do you think is an opening? AAIT. ABIT. ACIT. ADIT. AEIT. AFIT. AGIT.
Well done the coast2coasters.
The Quick Crossword pun: sir+veil+ants=surveillance