Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28199
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating. (Nowt to do with MP) – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
To all Olympians, a heartfelt round of applause. To all who helped them along the way, another heartfelt round of applause. Roll on Tokyo. I still think that the scheduling of The Marathon is harsh on the armchair viewer. Having the heats in the morning and the final in the same day might be fine for the athletes but is makes for boring television.
Today’s puzzle by Rufus has his usual mix of trickery made easier by the use of a couple of chestnuts so not too difficult a solve but I am sure a couple will stump enough people.
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 provision of a home for a small charge (8)
ADOPTION: This small charge is a child. The answer is the legal process by which means one provides a home for a child in need. God bless those who do so.
6a They are bound to hold different views, for instance (6)
ALBUMS: Bound books . The views are photographs.
9a Sailor girl, one with unmarried sisters in her care (6)
ABBESS: Our usual suspect for a sailor and then a girl, it could be any girl but this one was apparently a good queen. Together they provide the head of a nunnery
10a One having a row at end of day in the kitchen (8)
SCULLERY: A description of a rower who uses two oars is followed by the final letter (at the end) of the word day.
11a First course made clear study on WW1 battleground (8)
CONSOMMÉ: Our regular word for study is followed by one of the most famous of WW1 battles to provide a clear pale thin uninteresting soup. The only time I ate it back in the seventies it was as dull as dishwater. The last time this answer appeared I described the soup thus and several comments disagreed with me but none invited me to try their version so speaking from my own experience it is as pale thin and as uninteresting as Doom Bar bitter
12a Terribly chesty, cut down the weed? (6)
SCYTHE: Hey. My kind of anagram (terribly) of CHESTY.
13a From which to draw money for the meat? (5,7)
JOINT ACCOUNT: A cryptic description of a way of banking used by many couples. I have never been trusted with one by Saint Sharon.
16a Electrical fault that racing drivers should be able to get round quickly (5,7)
SHORT CIRCUIT: The definition of this electrical fault is also a description of a racetrack that only covers a small distance.
19a First form make a fuss? (6)
CREATE: A double definition. The first being as God did with the world.
21a Link accepted by spiteful female gossip (8)
CHITCHAT: This link is a knot used to attach a rope to something else. It is to be placed inside (accepted by) a word meaning a spiteful female
23a Murder — one group of detectives seen in house (8)
HOMICIDE: Take the letter that looks like one and add the initials of our criminal investigation department. Now place these letters inside a house or abode. Job done. Just do as you are told and the answer will come.
24a Cramped Northern shaft (6)
NARROW: N(orthern) is followed by a shaft. This time a weapon consisting of a thin, straight stick with a sharp point, designed to be shot from a bow.
25a Throw oneself into gym without a breather (6)
PLUNGE: Our usual suspect for gym or Physical Exercise is placed around (without) one of our breathing organs
26a Workers, perhaps none better, but all they make goes on horses (8)
SADDLERS: The clue describes those workers who make seats that go on the backs of horses. I cannot see what the words ‘perhaps none better’ are doing in the clue. Maybe just helping the surface read along.
2d He must have been given credit for something (6)
DEBTOR: This person who owes money must have been lent it (given credit) in the first place
3d Iron clasp (5)
PRESS: A double definition. The first meaning to smooth out creases in clothing using a hot flat metal plate.
4d It’s not easy for him to get off at night (9)
INSOMNIAC: A very playful clue that has been seen in a few different guises in the past. This person isn’t failing to get off work or failing to get off a bus. He or she isn’t failing to get off with a potential partner. No the failure is not getting off to sleep.
5d Beginning Northern climb (7)
NASCENT: N(orthern) followed by an example of what a climb is particularly applied to the climbing of mountains.
6d Joins a dog-end that’s picked up (5)
ABUTS: Turn around (picked up) what a fag end is known as and join it with the A from the clue.
7d William has attempt at making butter (5,4)
BILLY GOAT: Take the common name for William. Add a two lettered word meaning having an attempt and add the word AT from the clue to find this adult male animal that might butt you with its horns.
8d Stepping out for 31 days in Greece’s capital (8)
MARCHING: A month containing 31 days, in from the clue and capital letter from the word Greece
13d Arab girl rings doctor up in a novel (9)
JORDANIAN: Once again we have a girl, any girl as the wordplay gives no clues. She is to be placed around (rings) a reversed abbreviation for doctor indicated by the word up in a down clue. This is all followed by an anagram (novel) of IN A. The girl’s name in question is the name of my late mother and my youngest daughter who is always referred to as Joni.
14d Admonished as a result of bad education (9)
CAUTIONED: Anagram (bad) of EDUCATION
15d Partly burn solid fuel that draws well (8)
CHARCOAL: This sketching medium can be found by taking a word which means to partly burn so as to blacken the surface and a black solid fossil fuel
17d Noisy game? (7)
RACKETS: a ball game for two or four people played in a plain four-walled court, distinguished from squash in particular by the use of a solid, harder ball is also a right old din
18d Indication of support to approve (6)
FAVOUR: A double definition. The first being a thing such as a badge or knot of ribbons that is given or worn as a mark of liking or support.
20d Pick hat up and finally leave (5)
ELITE: Crosswordland’s favourite cockney hat is reversed (up) and the last letter (finally) of the word leave. If I were Deep Threat I would play a clip of “Where did you get that hat” but I am not DT so I won’t.
22d Strain of the present day (5)
CAROL: Present day is Christmas day. A strain is the sound of a piece of music. These are the pieces of music traditionally played on Christmas day.
Only 18 letters worth of anagrams today. That is better.
The Quick Crossword pun: infant+tree=infantry