Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28205
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good day from the heart of Downtown Long Itchington where all is well with the world. Rufus has beguiled again with a little treat of a puzzle. It is all fathomable from the very fair clueing.
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1a Cuts into two parts, taking half second (7)
BISECTS: A three letter word meaning parts or pieces has (takes) half of the word sec(ond) inserted
5a Bill is an aristocrat, it’s said (7)
ACCOUNT: split 1,5 the word for a bill sounds like (it’s said) a foreign nobleman whose rank equals that of an earl
9a A temple ornament? (5)
TIARA: This ornamental piece of jewellery is worn at the front of a woman’s hair. (on her temples)?
10a Fear capture (9)
APPREHEND: A double definition. The second meaning to take into captivity or arrest.
11a Letter-openers? (10)
ADDRESSEES: Those to whom correspondence is addressed
12a Beast left one with no going back (4)
LION: The king of the jungle (not Tarzan) can be found by using your solving skills and doing as Rufus bids. Left gives the letter L One gives the letter that looks like the number one. And NO going back is a simple instruction to reverse the word no.
14a It’s not in one’s own interest to display it (12)
SELFLESSNESS: This is a cryptic definition of a personal quality where kindness, generosity and dedication to others takes priority over one’s own needs
18a Mistakenly denounces art that’s now done without thinking (6,6)
SECOND NATURE: Anagram (mistakenly) of DENOUNCES ART
21a Articulates further and sums up (4)
ADDS: A rather clever double definition. To comment further upon something I did at school called sums.
22a Torch leaving burnt residue in passage (10)
Revised online version: Torch left burnt residue in passage (10)
FLASHLIGHT: L(eft) and the burnt residue left after a fire needs to be placed inside a word meaning a passage. The only passages I can think of that fit this answer are stepped as in stairs or a series of canal locks
25a Musters to call for drink (7,2)
SUMMONS UP: Split 6,3 we have a call or an order to be present or maybe attend a court hearing, followed by a verb meaning to take a drink
26a Gather information, alternating with the French (5)
GLEAN: The two letters of the feminine word for the in French are placed between the three letter word meaning information.
27a Uncle out to get us — that’s the heart of the matter (7)
NUCLEUS: Anagram (out) of UNCLE followed by US from the clue.
28a A game cut short (7)
ABRIDGE: A from the clue and a card game
1d Little girl with fish to sell down the river (6)
BETRAY: Little Elizabeth catches a member of the Batoid family
2d Drink that is mixed and cast around (6)
SHANDY: And from the clue has a verb meaning to cast wrapped around it. To cast in this instance means to throw. Think coconuts at a fete.
3d Changed circumstances may put a different complexion on them (10)
CHAMELEONS: Last one in and a tricky little blighter at that. These members of the lizard family change colour to blend in with their surroundings.
4d Checks foundation garments (5)
STAYS: A curb or check is also a corset made of two pieces laced together and stiffened by strips of whalebone. For why?
5d Sadly Pat and Ernest split up for now (2,7)
AT PRESENT: Anagram (sadly) of PAT and ERNEST
6d Signals and strikes the ball? (4)
CUES: A signal in the theatre perhaps is also how a snooker player addresses and hits the white ball
7d Tune died out, in need of revising (8)
UNEDITED: Anagram (out) of TUNE DIED. The second time out has been used today as an anagram indicator. It is possibly the oldest and most used anagram indicator ever used. It is very tired now and deserves a well earned retirement.
8d Insisted on getting amended order (8)
TIDINESS: Anagram (getting amended) of INSISTED
13d Having surveyed houses one may warn of future problems (10)
ASTROLOGER: These houses of the zodiac allow foolish people to believe that the alignment of the stars will affect their day to day lives. This is one who studies such alignments.
15d The last people you expect to see in knockout competitions (9)
FINALISTS: When all others have been eliminated from a knockout competition these two individuals or teams will contest the final tie
16d Two fools in killer combination (8)
ASSASSIN: A regular crosswordland fool is followed by the same crosswordland fool and the word IN lifted directly from the clue to find this murderous individual
17d One that’s learned what’s not practical (8)
ACADEMIC: One who has studied the arts and classics that have no use in a practical world where real men use hammers and tools to create stuff. Long live the arts. Long live the crafts.
19d Old guards about to get settled (6)
AGREED: Our usual suspect for about is placed inside a word meaning old as in OAP. The old guards the about in that it keeps it safe inside. (Clues explained in clear English? Well we do so when we can)
20d Attitude that a driver may take on a course (6)
STANCE: A double definition. The second being the way in which someone stands, especially when deliberately adopted usually in cricket or golf. In this case it is golf. The driver is the man teeing off and the course is the ruined piece of falsely manicured countryside
23d A shade sanctimonious in the main (5)
SEPIA: Our regular crosswordland shoe in for good or sanctimonious is placed in The Main as in the ocean. This little word meaning good or sanctimonious often causes comment on the blog from a usual suspect.
24d Manage to get note supporting policeman (4)
COPE: A slang term for a policeman is followed by one of the notes in a musical scale.
Reviewed to the wonderful sounds of Van Morrison and nobody else. It is a bank holiday today so please enjoy yourselves.
Quickie Pun: MINUTE + TOUR + WRIST = MINIATURIST