Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28217
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good Day from the most westerly point on the British mainland where Saint Sharon and I are enjoying our holiday. The weather is mixed but mostly dreich as they say in these parts, it hasn’t stopped us enjoying ourselves though. We may take the ferry to Mull tomorrow and eat at The Cafe Fish in Tobermory.
Today’s puzzle took a little more teasing out than usual although once I got going it soon fell into place. There are a couple of clues I didn’t enjoy parsing but hey, they got me to the answer.
Today’s Rookie Puzzle has something familiar about it. In the absence of a toughie you might like to give it a try.
The hints and tips are here to help you. If you are struggling for an answer or if you want an answer explaining have a look. I do my best but I am not perfect. Definitions are underlined.
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6a Saucy antics? (6)
CAPERS: These antics, frolics or escapades are also the pods used as a base for sauces mainly used to flavour fish.
9a Squirm and wither, wanting right to advance (6)
WRITHE: Advance the position of the letter R(ight) within the word WITHER in the clue until you have a word meaning to squirm. The words wanting right to advance tell us to do this. To advance means to move on for me but I suppose it is moving towards the head of the word.
10a Talk of cut after backing strike (8)
PARLANCE: To cut as a doctor or trained nurse might do to a boil comes after reversing (backing) a word meaning to strike or hit sharply
11a Their job is to certify, not sign (8)
NOTARIES: NOT lifted straight from the clue is followed by one of the signs of the zodiac
12a Keep thanks in check (6)
RETAIN: Place a short word meaning thanks inside a thin leather strap used by a rider to check or guide a horse
13a Confidence shared by the whole house (5,7)
STAGE WHISPER: This aside from an actor is meant to be heard by the whole audience.
16a Got up and blushed pink (4-8)
ROSE-COLOURED: A word meaning got up from bed is followed by a word meaning blushed. Together they describe the word pink
19a Fly in different directions after trial’s overturned (6)
TSETSE: Place two compass directions after a reversed word (overturned) meaning trial or exam
21a Blunt criticism of decent chap joining club (8)
BRICKBAT: Take a word meaning a reliable generous and helpful person and add a club. The club used to hit the ball in cricket will do.
23a They are empowered to go over our heads (8)
AIRCRAFT: Things with engines (empowered) that fly overhead.
24a Song about sailor in desert land (6)
ARABIA: place our usual abbreviated sailor inside an operatic song
25a For one to laze is unusual (6)
ZEALOT: Anagram (is unusual) of TO LAZE
26a Olympic riding event outfit will get silver with ecstasy (8)
DRESSAGE: One’s outfit or one’s attire is followed by the chemical element symbol for silver and the common name used for the drug ecstasy
2d Raced over line with not much room to spare (6)
NARROW: Reverse (over) a three letter word meaning raced and then put another three letter word meaning a line as in the way we are supposed to place our little ducks in management speak
3d Non-striking bonus (5)
EXTRA: This non striking bonus is a run scored at cricket without striking the ball.
4d Mike had to play leading part in operetta (3,6)
THE MIKADO: Anagram (play) of MIKE HAD TO
5d A verbal thrust? (7)
RIPOSTE: A quick thrust in fencing is also a quick verbal reply.
6d One provides seedless apples for cooking (5)
CORER: This kitchen implement removes the central part of an apple removing the seeds. (Fill with golden syrup and dried fruit and bake for a delicious dessert or fill in the same way and wrap in tinfoil and place on the edge of the barbecue until after you have eaten the vegetable kebabs and fish.
7d Perfectly proficient? (9)
PRACTISED: Expert at something particularly after much training and experience
8d Criminal set? (8)
RECEIVER: Double definition. The criminal takes in stolen goods. The set takes in radio or television signals
13d Unwilling to give credit (9)
SCEPTICAL: My online dictionary gives two definitions for this answer. 1. not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations. 2. relating to the theory that certain knowledge is impossible. Maybe the BRB gives more. One of my last in which suited the checkers I had.
14d WWII fighter that gets the wind up (9)
HURRICANE: This aeroplane which flew from 1935 is also the name of the highest wind on the Beaufort scale coming in at force 12
15d Plan to study piece of church architecture (8)
CONSPIRE: Take our usual suspect for study and add the tall pointy thing on a church.
17d Journeyed round the world? (7)
ORBITED: To have journeyed around the world in this way would have required a spacecraft.
18d Phone about account that’s for betting on? (6)
RACING: Place a verb meaning to telephone or call somebody around (about) our usual abbreviation for account to find what sport we might be betting on or at.
20d Compel payment to be precise (5)
EXACT: A double definition. The first being to demand payment
22d Cook steak for a poet (5)
KEATS: Anagram (cook) of STEAK
Solved in silence looking out at stunning scenery and amazing wildlife. It reminded me of my schooldays staring vacantly out of the Windows.
The Quick Crossword pun: trance+sport=transport