Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28187
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ****
Today’s hints and tips have been prepared for you by Miffypops [but blame BD not Miffypops for the ratings!].
The solving of a cryptic crossword puzzle should be a pleasant experience overall. Filling in the last of the white squares is greatly satisfying. There may be some frustration and bewilderment along the way but this is offset by the ‘Doh’ or ‘penny drop’ moment when the mystery of the wordplay becomes clear and the answer reveals itself.
Big Dave’s site aims to help solvers of all abilities to complete their Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword puzzles and to explain in simple English how each and every clue works.
Just as Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword setters are recognisable from their individual style of setting so it is with Big Dave’s team of bloggers. Each of us writes in our own style to provide hints and tips and occasionally comment upon a clue or its answer. Often the comment is an attempt to inject humour into a blog that might be somewhat dull without it. I have looked at other sites which offer help with puzzles from other newspapers and found them very flat in comparison.
As far as I can see, this is the only site that provides illustrations and musical clips to sit alongside the hints to some clues. This provides a place for the odd bit of humour and can allow a blogger’s personality to shine through the hints.
All of the above has made Big Dave’s site the wonderful friendly place that it has become which can be clearly seen from reading through the comments left after the hints. So with the above in mind I will begin to provide hints and tips for today’s puzzle No 28,187 in a way which I hope will inform where necessary and amuse on occasion. No offence is meant to anybody but just in case, sorry in advance.
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 Friendly question of what I can do (7)
AMIABLE: Split 2,1,4 the answer asks if one can do something
5a Cut by instrument, doctor is cross (7)
SCISSOR: Todays first anagram (doctor) IS CROSS
9a Currency comes in handy getting Dutch pottery (5)
DELFT: The symbol which denotes our English pound is placed inside an adjective meaning demonstrating skill and cleverness.
10a Launched attack but he’d give in, beaten (9)
INVEIGHED: Anagram number two (beaten) of HE’D GIVE IN
11a He struggles to study before exam — exemplary worker (10)
CONTESTANT: Place three little words suggested by the clue together to find one who struggles. The words to look out for are STUDY 3, EXAM 4, and WORKER 3. I am not altogether happy about the definition here but feel that if was able to solve the clue then with a few checkers and a following wind, so should you.
12a Give aid to a Yankee (4)
ABET: A from the clue and a type of wager on four or more horses to win or be placed.
14a One puts things right at last (4-8)
SHOE REPAIRER: This last is a metal or wooden model used by a cobbler. The clue is asking for another name for the person who uses a last.
18a Wholly dedicated to remaining unmarried? (6-6)
SINGLE-MINDED: A cryptic definition of a person set or determined on one thing only.
21a Part of foot to move slowly (4)
INCH: A double definition. This foot is not at the end of your leg. It is a measurement which can be broken down into twelfths.
22a Night-watchman (10)
ASTRONOMER: A cryptic definition of one who gazes at the heavens.
25a Greatest respect for commercial delivery (9)
ADORATION: Our two lettered commercial is followed by a vocal delivery.
26a In modern times, consuming anger is publicly displayed (5)
AIRED: The abbreviation used to denote times after the birth of Christ contains (in) a noun meaning anger. The modern trend in academia is to use BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era) so maybe we will see those abbreviations creeping their way in to crosswordland.
27a Making uniform or sort of dress that’s formal (7)
EVENING: Another double definition. The first meaning ironing and the second Black Tie.
28a Frightful house — I’d move (7)
HIDEOUS: Anagram (move) of HOUSE and I’D
1d One may go to pot (6)
ADDICT: Pot here is a mind-altering substance and this describes one who is an enthusiastic devotee of it.
2d Having nothing particular to do, I would fish (6)
IDLING: “I would” in its shortened form is followed by Crosswordland’s favourite fish which can be found in the Usual Suspects section under the cryptic crosswords banner at the head of this blog. This will also tell you the shortened form of I would is also a fish.
3d Bet it’s the wife! (6,4)
BETTER HALF: A common term referring to our partners is the answer to this clue. Once we have the answer we can see that BET is a certain fraction of the answer. Further discussion is invited on this one. It seems we need the answer to get the clue.
4d Are no longer first (5)
EXIST: To Be. To live and breathe. A short term meaning no longer is placed before first as written as a symbol. Work backwards from 4th 3rd 2nd. Got it? Good.
5d Number observed to hold race, perhaps (9)
SEVENTEEN: Place a thing that happens or takes place such as a race inside a word meaning observed to reveal this number
6d Something missing from Irish flag (4)
IRIS: The something that is missing from IRIS[H] is the “H”.
7d A noted work of his remained unfinished (8)
SCHUBERT: The word noted here refers to a musical score. We are looking for a composer who wrote an unfinished symphony. The one that fits the bill came from Austria and lived from 1797 until 1928. This unfinished work would have been his Eighth Symphony had not death got in the way.
8d Flier makes Marxist jump (8)
REDSTART: Our usual communist precedes a jump of the kind one does when suddenly frightened.
13d Assume responsibility for fool employee (4,2,4)
TAKE IN HAND: Find a phrase meaning to fool (4,2) and add a manual worker.
15d Unhappy men she upset, spilling gin and getting engaged? (9)
ENMESHING: An anagram (unhappy) of MEN followed by another anagram (upset) of SHE followed by yet another anagram (spilling) of GIN.
16d Some folk carelessly drop this character in the middle of nowhere (8)
ASPIRATE: The sound that some folk carelessly drop is also the sound made by the middle letter/character of the word nowHere.
17d Account with date once rendered (8)
ANECDOTE: Anagram (rendered) of DATE ONCE
19d It needs to grow by more developing (6)
EMBRYO: Anagram (developing) of BY MORE
20d Sorts out degrees (6)
GRADES: A double definition
23d The US stock market depends on its products (5)
RANCH: Where stock such as cattle are raised in the good old USA
24d Vehicle to move before take-off (4)
TAXI: Another double definition, the second being the movement of an aeroplane before take-off.
Epilogue. A fairly easy solve today and a relatively easy blog.
The Quick Crossword pun: scent+tense=sentence