Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28223
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Saint Sharon and I are home now in the heart of Downtown LI. Our trip to Scotland is in the past but we are looking forward to returning next year.
We stayed at the excellent Willowford Farm on Hadrian’s Wall on Saturday night and enjoyed a long stroll next to the wall yesterday. It is an amazing piece of history and knocks China’s great wall into a cocked hat.
Today Rufus is on tricky side. The first four clues went straight in but after that the clues needed teasing out helped along as checkers fell into place.
Two types of transport are provided to take us where the weather is nice and we can snack on eggs from happy hens and a speciality from Devon A wordsmith will write songs and a musician will play them. Bliss.
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
Definitions are underlined. If none of the above helps please ask away. An explanation will quickly appear.
The illustrations provided may or may not have anything to do with the clue or the answer.
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1a Favourable weather forecast but fear it’s incorrect (3,4)
SET FAIR: Anagram (incorrect) of FEAR IT’S
5a Female, off-colour with drink, buys petrol (5,2)
FILLS UP: A charade of F( emale) a word meaning off colour or poorly and a verb meaning to drink
9a Song words used in Joely Richardson’s composition? (5)
LYRIC: hidden amongst the words in the clue.
10a Special care teams in production of a Devon speciality (5,4)
CREAM TEAS: This is an anagram of CARE TEAMS. The indicator could be either special or in production. Take your pick ( I think it is ‘in production’. The word special is there to help the surface reading)
11a Organs where sensation and circulation may be closely linked (10)
NEWSPAPERS: A cryptic description of a tabloid or broadsheet mass media tool. Sensational stories boost circulation figures
12a He won’t come out from his cabin (4)
SCAB: Another hidden word. One that I have never liked
14a Over the hill? (4,4,4)
PAST ONE’S PEAK: A cryptic way of saying ones better days are behind us. Note the word hill in the clue. It points us to the last word of the answer
18a A linesman who has won national recognition (4,8)
POET LAUREATE: This person writes rhyming verse for national occasions
Bloody men are like bloody buses –
You wait for about a year
And as soon as one approaches your stop
Two or three others appear.
You look at them flashing their indicators,
Offering you a ride.
You’re trying to read the destination,
You haven’t much time to decide.
If you make a mistake, there is no turning back.
Jump off, and you’ll stand there and gaze
While the cars and the taxis and lorries go by
And the minutes, the hours, the days.
21a What we have is time, we hear (4)
OURS: a homophone using short periods of time and making it sound like things we possess
22a Run to get singer an instrument (6,4)
DOUBLE BASS: I am not completely sure about this one. The instrument is large, stringed and can be bowed or plucked. In betting terms the first word indicates a bet that runs on if successful. The singer is at the lower end of the octave. Thanks to Colin in comment number one (backed up by Rabbit Dave) the first word is a military term meaning to move at twice the usual speed; run.
25a Contract debts without interest (9)
INCURIOUS: To contract or become subject to followed by our usual crosswordland debts or promises to pay such debts.
26a Complex network holds one source of oil (5)
MAIZE: a complex network such as a labyrinth holds the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one. I often wonder that it Olive oil is made from Olives and Linseed oil is made from Linseed what is Baby oil made from?
27a Blissful state of cats? Yes, if groomed (7)
ECSTASY: Anagram (if groomed) of CATS YES
28a Important stranger in street (7)
SALIENT: A stranger or foreigner with the abbreviation for street
1d It’s rigidly applied for medical reasons (6)
SPLINT: A rigid brace usually used to prevent broken bones from moving
2d Brought down like a wrestler — move worth a point? (6)
THROWN: Anagram ( move) of WORTH and a point of the compass
3d Not bad welcome? (10)
ACCEPTABLE : A double definition. The second meaning pleasing
4d Short summary concerning capital investment (5)
RECAP: Our usual suspect for concerning is followed by something worn on the head
5d Such farm products are supplied without batteries (4-5)
FREE RANGE: This is the name given to the keeping of hens for egg production that gives them the run of the land rather than confining them in tiny cages for life.
6d Member of Muslim Brotherhood (4)
LIMB: This member is an arm or a leg, either will do. You can find it lurking away within the words of the clue. Did you know that hidden words must be hidden on both sides? Naked edges are not allowed so I hope these members are fully covered.
7d Draws south on boats (8)
SKETCHES: S from south and the plural of a type of two-masted boat
8d What its user may have to do if there’s a puncture (8)
PUSHBIKE: Split 4,4 this is what a cyclist might do with his machine to get home. As an eight letter word it is his machine
13d Hailstorm breaks out around East — it’s to do with temperature (10)
ISOTHERMAL: Anagram (breaks out) of HAILSTORM around the letter E(ast)
15d Redundancy among grammarians? (9)
TAUTOLOGY: A cryptic definition of a word meaning to use too many words where fewer or one would do. I, myself, personally would never ever be guilty of such a thing
16d It may attract, or just the contrary (8)
OPPOSITE: They say that these attract. They are however poles apart
17d Withdraws both note and pamphlets (8)
RETRACTS: The second note of a popular musical scale is followed by pamphlets usually of a religious style
19d Getting a hundred into line is easy (6)
FACILE: A from the clue and the Roman numeral for one hundred is placed inside a line usually of people and often single
20d Lock up, after a protest (6)
ASSERT: A word meaning a lock of hair is reversed (up) and placed after the letter A from the clue
23d A follower employs public transport (5)
BUSES: A follower? The letter that follows A in the alphabet. That is followed by a word meaning employs. Together they form a single or double decker form of transport. I have not seen the A follower indication of the letter B for some time. It used to be a standard ploy that I saw often but never twigged. A fellow puzzler put me right in the days before blogs such as this.
24d Two articles to take in about district (4)
AREA: Place our usual suspect for about and surround it with two single letter articles.
It is good to be home. That’s Monday sorted then.
The Quick Crossword pun: inn+cube+bait=incubate