Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28211
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good day to you all from my home in the heart of Downtown LI. I watched Coventry Rugby Club run eight tries past Loughborough Students on Saturday in the wettest rainiest game I have ever seen. Saint Sharon and I are travelling to Scotland tomorrow to the shores of Loch Awe and onward to Ardnamurchan Point via The Isle of Mull. Ardnamurchan Point is the most westerly tip of The British mainland and I am hopeful that on a clear day we will be able to see The Statue of Liberty
Today Rufus has provided plenty of food and a drop of fine wine to enjoy as we clap our hands watching cricket and golf. The grid almost filled itself this morning with a couple of passes leaving a small bit of clearing up. The spelling of 21d causing the most difficulty – which one to choose?
Below are some hints and tips which should either
- Give you a push towards an answer you have trouble solving
- Explain the workings of the clue so that you know why your answer is correct
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1a Anticipates a guru’s breaking down (6)
AUGURS: A simple anagram (breaking down) of A GURU’S to set today’s ball rolling.
4a ‘The Mount’ — a suitable address for a cardinal (8)
EMINENCE: Double definition. A piece of rising ground is also the correct way to address a cardinal
9a It’s spent on railway food (6)
PASTRY: Take an adjective meaning gone by in time and no longer existing and add our regular abbreviation for railway
10a Rations for the fleet? (4,4)
FAST FOOD: An all in one definition of the type of eatery such as McDonalds is commonly called. Are these rations only for those who can run quickly? Can you get snails in such establishments?
12a What it’s like in the Kalahari Desert (4)
ARID: Hidden in the clue amongst the letters of the clue you will find the answer lurking away peeping out at you just like the folk at 14ac and the present at 25ac
13a Sort of trap for a bird (5)
BOOBY: A trap intended as a practical joke is also the name of a seabird. I rather hoped the bird was a type of tit. Ooh er missus.
14a Folk from Gaelic land (4)
CLAN: Our second lurker of the day hidden within the clue is the answer
17a He upsets some scholar about the beginning of term (12)
SCHOOLMASTER: Anagram (he upsets) of SOME SCHOLAR and the beginning letter (start of) of T(erm)
20a Fulfil a promise to retain just a single weapon (4,4,4)
KEEP ONE’S WORD: Split 4,4,4 one can retain a promise. Split 4,3,5 One can retain a single weapon with a long metal blade
23a A learner in the old US university (4)
YALE: Place our usual abbreviation for a learner inside the extremely olden aged form of the word the to find one of the Ivy League universities.
24a Cheeky display of embarrassment (5)
BLUSH: To redden in the face due to embarrassment. Something that made Saint Sharon so attractive all those years ago
25a Present given in the recession (4)
HERE: Lurker number three (how come we are allowed lurkers but not anagrinds)? A hidden word meaning present in a particular place.
28a Entitled people, one is seen in London hospital (8)
BARONETS: The shortened name of St Bartholomew’s teaching hospital contains the word one (seen in) to find these members of the aristocracy.
29a Pound that is required to join club (6)
MASHIE: This obsolete golf club by joining a verb meaning to pound (as in potatoes) with the Latin abbreviation for that is.
30a Don’t touch without even considering (3,5)
LET ALONE: A double definition the second being used to indicate that something is far less likely or suitable than something else already mentioned.
31a Embracing a good man, mine’s no longer in his prime (4,2)
PAST IT: A perfect example of a clue that would have had me stumped years ago and a perfect example of what I mean when I say to stop reading the clues if you want to solve a cryptic crossword puzzle. The clue reads well but does not suggest an answer. If we break it down and do what it says then should arrive at the solution. The word embracing is a containment indicator. A good man gives us the A from the clue and our usual good man (a saint) ST. The mine is a PIT which needs to embrace (contain) the AST.
1d Acclamation of unusual papal custom (8)
APPLAUSE: Anagram (unusual) of PAPAL followed by a traditional and widely accepted way of doing something
2d Neon? (8)
GASLIGHT: A cryptic definition of what a neon tube might produce is made up of two words for neon, one as an element and the other as a source of illumination.
3d It’s unusual to be not well done (4)
RARE: A double definition. The second describing how a steak might be cooked
5d Be deadly serious in usury? (4,8)
MEAN BUSINESS: To intend to see something through or a description of the making of unethical or immoral monetary loans.
6d Stagger up, deprived of one’s wits (4)
NUTS: A verb to astonish or deeply shock is reversed (up in a down clue) to find an adjective meaning mad
7d One old silly (6)
NOODLE: Anagram (silly) of ONE OLD The anagram indicator here does double duty as the definition.
8d Coming to a conclusion? Close (6)
ENDING: Coming to a conclusion or close to coming to a conclusion. Finishing
11d To complain so may be common all over the world (12)
COSMOPOLITAN: Anagram (may be) of TO COMPLAIN SO
15d Fielder caught a number of balls (5)
COVER: This cricketer can be found by using the cricketing abbreviation for caught and the name of a sequence of six balls bowled.
16d Twist of fate’s causing blow-out (5)
FEAST: More food. Lots of it can be found by making an anagram (twist of) of FATE’S
18d Rather a handful, eh? (8)
SOMEWHAT: My online dictionary defines the answer as to a moderate extent or by a moderate amount; rather. A handful is followed by an annoying interjection similar to eh!
19d He daren’t upset one who follows (8)
ADHERENT: Anagram (upset) of HE DAREN’T. That makes three anagrams where an apostrophe is used in the anagram fodder. Usually any form of punctuation in the clue can be ignored.
21d It represents the sound of a percussion instrument (6)
SYMBOL: We are not looking for the percussion instrument here but a representation that sounds like one.
22d Cambridge college has tip-top wine (6)
CLARET: A Cambridge university college founded in 1965 followed by top of the word T(ip) is also a red wine
26d A love for indigo (4)
ANIL: A from the clue and a word meaning nothing will give this shade of blue. The word for nothing is the preferred score for Coventry City this season. Oh dear.
27d It won’t be seen as a boundary (2-2)
HA-HA: This hidden boundary wall or ditch will keep livestock from the gardens of a large house.
Reviewed to the sweet melodies of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Raising Sand.
The Quick Crossword pun: palace+aides=palisades