Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28181
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good day to one and all.
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. Definitions are underlined. 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 Quick answer for invitation to return (8)
COMEBACK: A comedian’s reply to a heckler’s call could, if split 4,4, be an invitation to return.
6a Workers going to a Scottish island (6)
STAFFA: A noun for all of the people employed by a particular organisation is followed by the letter A lifted directly from the clue to give the name of an Inner Hebridean island. Fingals Cave is a feature of said island and that Mendelssohn geezer wrote this piece of music in 1832. For why? Best switched to anything by Tom Waits which is what I did
9a Jellyfish in sea to west of America (6)
MEDUSA: Last one in for me. Apparently there is a species of jellyfish (they are neither jelly nor fish) with this name. The abbreviated big sea to the north of Africa is placed to the left (west) of the United States of America
10a Union celebrations (8)
NUPTIALS: The union here is a wedding. These are the celebrations of such. A quick google for the definition of the answer provided this ‘A wedding’ How I love this job.
11a A payment covered by friend of mother perhaps (8)
PARENTAL: Wrap a term for a mate, chum, buddy, compadre, friend or oppo around A from the clue and a payment made when leasing a property
12a Ma’s hat might cause complaint (6)
ASTHMA: Anagram (might cause) of MAS HAT
13a Extract cruel newspaper article (5,7)
PRESS CUTTING: A belter of a clue. To extract as in extracting juice from apples to make cider followed by an adjective describing a hurtful remark capable of causing emotional pain.
16a Support life in the wild — it’s instinctive (6,6)
SECOND NATURE: To support as in those in a boxers corner followed by “the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations” Thanks to Google
19a A dandy, too (2,4)
AS WELL: Split 1,5 we have a fop, a beau, a rake, a bright young thing, a boulevardier, a toff or a dude
21a Take-away Chinese place? (8)
SHANGHAI: A double definition. The second being the most populous city and port in the world. After a visit to stinky London last week I realise just how much I much prefer village life
23a Turmoil and ferment heard before laughter (8)
BROUHAHA: A soundalike word for the fermenting of alcohol is followed by a childish term for laughter to produce this marvellous Miffypops favourite word synonymous with another favourite, kerfuffle. You may not be surprised that Miffypops has been involved in a few of these during his lifetime. Most recently on Friday night about salt. Salt. I ask you?
24a Legendary victim of soaring ambition (6)
ICARUS: This Cretan geezer’s dad made wings out of feathers and wax so he could fly. His poppa advised him not to fly too low nor to high but he ignored his dear father’s advice and flew so high that the sun melted his wings and he fell into the sea and drowned. We should all remember and act upon the advice of our fathers.
25a Nod when told to go (6)
ASSENT: Here we go two three four. Your answer needs to be split 2,4. The second word (told to go) is the past participle of send. It is also one hundredth of an Estonian Kroon just in case you needed to know. The first word of our 2,4 split is often used in crosswordland as a substitute for the word WHEN. I can see why from googling the definitions of both words but as a poorly schooled orphan boy I will pass it on to anybody who wants to explain further.
26a Number of bonds for a ten-year period (8)
NINETIES: A number (between one and ten) is followed by a word meaning bonds or shackles to get the name of the decade preceding the millennium.
2d Singular method of dealing with a traffic problem (3-3)
ONE-WAY: A word meaning singular and a method combine to give a traffic system.
3d Music study in France (5)
ÉTUDE: A short musical composition is also the French translation of the word school. Edit. A short musical composition is also the french translation for study. Thanks to those who pointed this out.
4d Colour scheme that’s properly out of date (9)
APARTHEID: Not the easiest to bung in from the checkers is it? This abhorrent colour system discriminates against those with darker skins. Protesting against this was the reason for my deportation from South Africa many years ago. I do not travel well. I don’t think I am welcome in the USA either
5d The French class must go over ways to read novels nowadays (7)
KINDLES: Place the French plural for the after a word meaning class sort or type to find a modern gizmo that can be used to read books.
6d Cuttlefish very good in its environment (5)
SEPIA: Place crosswordland favourite for very good Pi(ous) inside the environment that a cuttlefish lives in to find another name for a cuttlefish.
7d Philosopher is to alter in translation (9)
ARISTOTLE: Anagram (in translation) of IS TO ALTER
8d If mantle breaks, get part from an electric bulb (8)
FILAMENT: Anagram (breaks) of IF MANTLE
13d Reproduce new way to get things done (9)
PROCEDURE: Anagram (new way) of REPRODUCE
14d Woeful sound shows Lulu is up and getting into a shambles (9)
ULULATION: The reverse (getting up) of LULU followed by an anagram (shambles) of INTO A
15d Fruit and nuts, say, from wastelands around South (8)
DESSERTS: I don’t know about you but I cannot think of fruit and nuts being a pudding but you need to place a sandy wilderness around the compass point for south
17d Disgrace after sailor will not drink (7)
ABSTAIN: Place a blot upon one’s character after an A(ble) B(odied) seaman
18d Raise a hand to a superior? (6)
SALUTE: Make a gesture of respect or polite recognition, especially one made to or by a person when arriving or departing.
20d Inclined to have a fast round (5)
LEANT: Put a period of fasting around the A from the clue
22d Political corruption that’s done in the nursery? (5)
GRAFT: One lives and learns. A double definition. The first being bribery and other corrupt practices used to secure illicit advantages or gains in politics or business and the second, a shoot or twig inserted into a slit on the trunk or stem of a living plant, from which it receives sap.
Just when I thought we were safe from anagrams along came four in a row. Oh dear.
The Quick Crossword pun: cull+Dee+sack=cul-de-sac