Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28157
Hints and tips by Minty Miffypops
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BD Rating [A bit of fun. Not a branch of mathematics.] – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from the heart of Downtown L I where the sun is shining down upon us. Rufus is once again at his glorious best with a clever puzzle that contains lots of different clue types for us to chew over. At Wimbledon we have Federer and Murray to watch later with a bit of Pat a cake, Pat a cake, Grunt, Grunt, Grunt, thrown in between.
The hints and tips below are my attempt to guide you through this puzzle and cut through the mystery that surrounds the cluing of cryptic crossword puzzles. If you are still bamboozled after reading the hints and tips then click on the greyed out box to reveal the answer.
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1a Trains — or parts of them (7)
COACHES: As a verb train somebody in a skill (Grunting perhaps?) As a plural noun another word for the carriages that make up a choo choo train
5a Company in a rush for strike (7)
SCOURGE: The usual abbreviation for company is placed inside(in) word meaning rush or as google definitions puts it, a sudden powerful forward or upward movement, especially by a crowd or by a natural force such as the tide.
9a Reveal permit to board (3,2)
LET ON: To reveal a secret perhaps or to allow a person to board a ship.
10a Bill joins detectives sent out following crashes (9)
ACCIDENTS: Our two lettered abbreviation for a bill or ac(count) is followed by some detectives from the C(riminal) I(nvestigation) D(epartment) and an anagram (out) of SENT
11a I can put back appearing before clergyman’s office, but it’s not right (10)
INACCURACY: I, from the clue is followed by the reversed word (put back) CAN. This is then followed by the name of a curate’s office. Not the curate himself. It is not what is asked for and it messes up 5 down
12a Big game shot (4)
MEGA: My last one in. I completely missed the anagram indicator (shot) which then caused me to miss the anagram fodder which was GAME.
14a Two residences become one for the Lord Mayor (7,5)
MANSION HOUSE: The two residencies, one smaller and one larger together give the address of The home and office of the Lord Mayor of London situated opposite The Bank Of England at Bank Junction
18a Cheese plates thrown in contest (12)
STEEPLECHASE: Anagram (thrown) of CHEESE PLATES
21a Novice learner coming from Austrian province (4)
TYRO: Remove the L of L(earner) from the only Austrian province I can name to leave a word meaning a novice. Both the area of Austria and the answer only exist in crosswordland.
22a School subject, possibly thematic, includes religious instruction (10)
ARITHMETIC: Place the two letters of the school subject R(eligious) I(nstruction) inside a simple anagram (possibly) of THEMATIC
25a Scattered once and never to get together again (9)
RECONVENE: Anagram (scattered) of ONCE and NEVER
26a Singer with only half a score getting nothing right (5)
TENOR: A score is twenty. Half it and add the round letter that looks like a zero (nothing) and the R from R(ight)
27a Actors went ahead and changed 13 positions (7)
CASTLED: A four letter word for a list of actors is followed by a word meaning went ahead. Together they refer to a move possible in the game that solves the clue for 13 down.
28a Erudite man or youngster in form (7)
SCHOLAR: A double definition. The second being a child in a classroom. I was one of the latter in my younger day. My O level results spelled out the word F.U.D.G.E.
1d Roughly manoeuvred sail in French port (6)
CALAIS: Roughly here means Circa and is abbreviated to Ca. This is one for newer solvers to learn and remember as it is used quite often. An anagram (manoeuvred) of SAIL follows.
2d In reality a cult’s converting around area (6)
ACTUAL: Anagram (converting) of A CULT around A(rea)
3d Worker embraces American’s greetings (10)
HANDCLASPS: Two definitions. A manual worker and a word meaning to embrace tightly with one’s hand will give the Americanism for our handshake.
4d Steps look sound (5)
STAIR: The word for one of the steps that take you from the ground floor of your house the first floor sounds like a word meaning to look at something fixedly. This is known as a homophone clue. Don’t you just love them? Double definitions with a sting. It could be worse though. It could have been a dreaded spoonerism.
5d Dismiss ministers, a sign of contrition (9)
SACKCLOTH: To dismiss as In fire from a job. Ministers as in Men of The Cloth.
6d They’re laid unevenly (4)
ODDS: A betting term used in horseracing.
7d One hoists a flag for a second (6-2)
RUNNER-UP: The chappie who sends the flag up the flagpole is also the chappie who comes in next after the winner in a race.
8d Caught up in new translation of Andersen (8)
ENSNARED: Anagram (new translation) of ANDERSEN
13d Board meeting? (5,5)
CHESS MATCH: An all in one definition of a game using Kings, Queens, Bishops, Horses (Gee Gees) and Castles. (Cue in depth discussion over the use of the word castle)
15d First in line for asparagus tip? (9)
SPEARHEAD: A double definition. The first being an individual or group chosen to lead an attack. The second being the delicious tip of the Asparagus plant that goes so well with a dippy egg.
16d Touching toes, exercising — man’s secret (8)
ESOTERIC: Anagram (exercising) of TOES followed (touching) by a man’s name. Which man? My Uncle. Auntie Nellies husband.
17d Caterers involved in domestic rows (8)
TERRACES: Anagram (involved) of CATERERS
19d An alto in composition lacking an established key (6)
ATONAL: Anagram (in composition) of AN ALTO
20d One making records gets the music right (6)
SCORER: The one recording the facts and figures during a cricket match can be found by putting the word for a written musical composition before the letter R(ight)
23d Checked garments for Scottish soldiers (5)
TREWS: The shortened form of the word trousers is also the word for close fitting tartan trousers as worn by some Scottish regiments.
24d A love for indigo (4)
ANIL: A from the clue and a word meaning nothing or love in a tennis match is also a shade of blue
Apart from 12 across this was all completed very quickly. Thanks to Rufus for inadvertently providing the musical excess.
The Quick Crossword pun: incense+sibyl=insensible