Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28193
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Today’s hints and tips have been prepared from a seated position inspired by Great Britain’s Olympians. The British are a nation who excel when seated. Just look at the medals we have amassed from a seated position in Rio De Janerio. Our rowers, cyclists, sailors and equestrian types have all decided to take up sedentary sports and have been very successful indeed. Sitting down is the new standing up so without further ado here is todays offering from sunny downtown LI.
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. Illustrations and musical clips may or may not have anything to do with the clue or the solution
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1a The cradle of the deep? (3,3)
SEABED: A cryptic definition of the ocean floor.
4a Old students better out of sight (8)
OBSCURED: Old students are O(ld) B(oy)s in the plural and they are followed by the past tense of a word meaning to have been made better from an illness. It is this sort of hint that makes me respect the brevity of Deep Threat’s Friday hints.
9a One stealing a pound? (6)
NICKER: A double definition here both slang terms for one who steals or one pound sterling.
10a Joint vote cast in Irish parliament (8)
DOVETAIL: An anagram (cast) of VOTE is to be slotted inside the Irish parliament to make this carpentry joint.
12a The same again and again the same as one that passed long ago (4)
DODO: A double ditto will give the name of this extinct flightless Mauritian bird.
13a One may turn over in bed (5)
SPADE: This is a gardening tool that may be used to turn the soil in a flower bed.
14a Don’t allow to contradict (4)
DENY: A double definition. Get the third letter right. It is not an F
17a Royal seat that offers commoners rear accommodation (7,5)
WINDSOR CHAIR: The location of one of the Queen’s castles is followed by what we sit upon to find a wooden dining chair with a semicircular back supported by upright rods. I have six of these and very nice they are too. Sitting down may lead to Olympic gold.
20a What postgraduates work for, to a greater extent? (6,6)
HIGHER DEGREE: Both undergraduates and postgraduates work towards these qualifications. The postgraduates are working towards a more superior one.
23a How five hundred initially must get sea transport (4)
DHOW: HOW directly from the clue is preceded by the roman numeral for five hundred
24a One object of alliance (5)
UNITY: A noun meaning one and the state of being united or joined as a whole.
25a Place where spinners will take a turn (4)
SPOT: These spinners are children’s toys. Reversed (will take a turn) they give a location
28a Plant in grade A ground (8)
GARDENIA: Anagram (ground) of IN GRADE A
29a Soldiers go and come back (6)
RETURN: The soldiers here are our R(oyal) E(ngineers). The go is an opportunity or obligation to do something that comes successively to each of a number of people perhaps during a card game for instance.
30a Works of poets are broadcast (8)
OPERATES: Anagram (broadcast) of POETS ARE
31a Card game — pontoon? (6)
BRIDGE: A double definition. We have two card games but only one structure carrying a road, path, railway, etc. across a river, road, or other obstacle.
1d Expelled from university and conveyed to prison (4,4)
SENT DOWN: Another double definition. Neither of which has been applied to me.
2d I’d given stress about something unintentional (8)
ACCIDENT: A noun meaning to place an emphasis upon is placed around I’D from the clue.
3d Some considered England paradise (4)
EDEN: A lurker, lurking away lurkily. For newcomers to this blog a lurker is a word that is hidden away within the clue.
5d Savage as Dracula (12)
BLOODTHIRSTY: A double definition. The second being a description of what a vampire might be.
6d A short cut for sailors (4)
CREW: The collective term for the workers on a ship is also a very short haircut.
7d Wandered with me in street (6)
ROAMED: Place the word ME from the clue within another name for a street.
8d Waits with the Spanish in enlightened times (6)
DELAYS: Place the Spanish word for the inside a term meaning enlightened times (as opposed to endarkened presumably)
11d Perhaps even I could be afraid here (12)
APPREHENSIVE: Anagram (could be) of PERHAPS EVEN I.
15d Moving out of bed (5)
ASTIR: A double definition. Need I say more?
16d Large cat making row about midnight (5)
TIGER: In Crosswordland the word midnight usually indicates the letter G which is the middle letter of the word niGht and so it is with this clue. Now place this letter G within a word meaning a row or one of a series of rows placed one upon another.
18d Put the case for sterling (8)
PROPOUND: A definition with wordplay. Place a word meaning in favour of before our unit of currency
19d Fine words? (8)
SENTENCE: This fine is a penalty for transgression of our laws. These words are
a set of words that is complete in itself, typically containing a subject and predicate, conveying a statement, question, exclamation, or command, and consisting of a main clause and sometimes one or more subordinate clauses
21d Commercial fee for money conversion follows slowly (6)
ADAGIO: One lives and learns. Our usual suspect for a commercial or AD(vertisement) is followed by a term used in commerce for an exchange rate. The whole is a musical instruction to play slowly
- the percentage charged on the exchange of one currency, or one form of money, into another that is more valuable.
22d Direction of sporting venue (6)
COURSE: The direction of a river perhaps is also a sporting venue where horses might race. Keep away from fast women and slow horses.
26d This woman, in truth, is at the head of a big place (4)
VERA: This woman can be found before (at the head of) the word city (a big place) to find a word meaning truth.
27d Animal’s shoulder — or stomach? (4)
BEAR: A rare triple definition. This animal’s name can also mean to carry, to support, to undergo or to endure.
A nice and easy start to the week. What did you think?
The Quick Crossword pun: prop+pore+shone=proportion