Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28163
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
Good Day to one and all. Congratulations to the Murray family upon their epic win yesterday. Congratulations too for Milos Raonic to whom the Wimbledon scoreboard does not do justice. The record books will not show the epic resistance Milos Raonic put up nor will it record what a gentleman he is. I never once witnessed Milos Raonic using foul language in front of his mother.
Today’s puzzle did not disturb my sleep for very long at all. Quite the most benign puzzle I have encountered for a long time. Mostly I did what the clues asked and lo and behold there was a solution. After the first pass some of the rest were obvious from the checkers but that does not always work. I was left in the Doldrums at 7 down until I read the actual clue. I liked the use if the word entertains in 16d. As usual no pens or pencils were used in solving this puzzle.
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 Member of the upper class (5-6)
SIXTH-FORMER: What a schoolchild would be during the year before university back in the old days. This would now be known as year 13 or 14
9a Came back with a diet designed for the undernourished (9)
EMACIATED: reverse the word CAME as indicated by the word back and add an anagram (designed) of A DIET
10a Isle everyone goes round to (5)
ATOLL: A word for everybody or everything is placed around the word TO from the clue to form this ring shaped island.
11a Fool it’s silly to help (6)
ASSIST: Our usual fool is followed by an anagram (silly) of IT’S
12a One who would lose status as union member (8)
BACHELOR: The union here is a marriage. One cannot be one of these if one is married.
13a Capacity to get on after bitterness? (6)
GALLON: Place the word ON from the clue after a noun meaning bile, acrimony, or sourness.
15a Freshly appointed person that will make a clean sweep? (3,5)
NEW BROOM: What sweeps clean in the old proverb?
18a Mystery involved number entering regular correspondence (8)
SYMMETRY: Anagram (involved) of MYSTERY and the Roman numeral (number) that denotes one thousand.
19a A French diet blended together (6)
UNITED; The French word for A is followed by an anagram (blended) of DIET
21a Attractive worker takes part (8)
HANDSOME: A manual worker takes a part or a piece of a thing but not the whole.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
23a They are employed in the theatre or in religious work (6)
ACTORS: players in a theatre can be found by placing the word OR inside one of the books of The New testament
26a Call for peace and quiet (5)
ORDER: A double definition. An easy double definition.
27a Leave out priest adaptable team should welcome in (9)
ELIMINATE: Our usual suspect for a crosswordland priest or prophet is followed by an anagram (adaptable) of TEAM wrapped around (welcomes) the word IN from the clue.
28a Eaten cold it could provide enjoyment (11)
DELECTATION: Anagram (could provide) of EATEN COLD IT
1d The female fringe in American business (7)
SHEBANG: The pronoun used to refer to a girl or a woman is placed before a word for a fringe of hair
2d They show you the bones of an unknown number of fish (1-4)
X-RAYS: This method of seeing through the skin to the bones of a skeleton can be found by using a geometric unknown and adding the plural of a type of fish known as Batoids
3d One part of a frozen waterfall? (9)
HAILSTONE: A singular pellet of frozen precipitation.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
4d Darn possibly visible in coat hem (4)
OATH: Like the beast hiding away in the clue for 24d this cussed swearword is hiding away within the words in the clue. Can you see him? I can.
5d Press, for example, set up referees (8)
MEDIATES: The collective word for the Press, TV or Radio precedes the reversal (up in a down clue) of the word SET
6d Arrive at straight stretch of river (5)
REACH: A double definition. The second being a continuous extent of water especially a stretch of river between two bends. Also a stretch of canal between two locks.
7d Rising impudence over dour traveller (7)
PILGRIM: This impudence is impertinence or backchat. Reverse it and place it over an adjective meaning dour or gloomy to find this traveller who progressed in John Bunyan’s novel
8d Firm needs a line going to Shanghai, say, in China (8)
COALPORT: Lego Time. Get the blocks out. Block one. Firm. Our usual two letter abbreviation for a CO(mpany). Block two. The letter A lifted straight form the clue. Block three. The letter L(ine). Block four. Shanghai, say. What is Shanghai? The same as Calais, Piraeus, Riga, Dover, or Grimsby. Put those blocks together to find a kind of porcelain (16d) made from clay mined within walking distance of our setters Ironbridge home.
14d French newspaper accepts article that’s refreshing (8)
LEMONADE: This cool refreshing summer drink can be found by putting the letter A (indefinite article) inside the title of the French daily newspaper which translates as The World
16d Graduate entertains a slimmer’s objective — eating off this? (4,5)
BONE CHINA: Our friend the Bachelor of Arts BA starts and finishes this answer as he entertains or involves that which a dieter wants. Split 3,4 that is to reduce a facial feature to a singular number.
17d Oliver sees worm wriggling in retreat (8)
CROMWELL: Anagram (wriggling) of WORM is placed inside (in) a retreat such as used by a monk
18d Trains groups of like-minded philosophers (7)
SCHOOLS: As a plural verb to educate (trains) As a group of philosophers likewise a group of fish.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
20d See Cinders in transformation (7)
DISCERN: Anagram (in transformation) of CINDERS
22d Ribbon of quiet deep colour (5)
SHRED: The two letter sound made when we want somebody to be quiet followed by one of the three cardinal colours.
24d Took a picture showing animal in the zoo (5)
OKAPI: A hidden word. A lurker, lurking away within the letters of the clue is an animal from the Congo which may be seen in a zoo but I would rather see it in the wild. The said animal is also lurking away in my illustration
25d The last character to join in Conservative element (4)
ZINC: The last character from our alphabet plus IN from the clue and C(onservative)
I don’t think many people will need my review today but I had fun writing it and listening to the Bob Dylan rehearsal tapes.
The Quick Crossword pun: mar+kin+thyme=marking time