Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28229
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good Morning from the heart of Downtown L I. The sun is shining brilliantly. We cannot see it but it is shining. It always shines. Behind the darkest clouds it still shines.
Rufus is fairly benign today although the south east corner took a little longer to solve than normal.
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.
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1a Gloomy study to cause depression (6)
SADDEN: Take an adjective meaning unhappy (gloomy) and add our usual crosswordland study
4a Woman‘s resignation (8)
PATIENCE: Double definition. The first one being a girl’s name
9a Assimilate sailor’s world? (6)
ABSORB: Our regular sailor followed by the S from ‘S and a description of what our world is. The sailor can be found in the usual suspects section and our world is spherical.
10a Each vies desperately and is successful (8)
ACHIEVES: Anagram (desperately) of EACH VIES. I thought it was I before E except after C
12a Animal with neck fur and round head (4)
BOAR: A long thin furry scarf is followed by the first letter (head) of the word R(ound)
13a Ends Lagos riots (5)
GOALS: Anagram (riots) of LAGOS
14a Beat in golf round (4)
FLOG: Reverse the word GOLF as indicated by the word round.
17a Have no attraction — as unprofitable investments do? (4,8)
LACK INTEREST: Two definitions of the same thing here. The second suggesting that no capital is earned from money loaned out
20a I catch pastor out in terrible circumstances (12)
CATASTROPHIC: Anagram (out) of I CATCH PASTOR
23a A race of trees (4)
OAKS: One of the classic horse races. Not the Derby, the St Ledger, the 1000 Guineas or the 2000 Guineas. That is the total sum of my knowledge of horse Racing. Naming the five classics.
24a It may be in a bank or in circulation (5)
BLOOD: A double definition. What circulates in your veins might end up in a bank if you are a donor.
25a Some backing from the choir trebles for a small group (4)
TRIO: A rekrul clue. The answer is hidden within the words of the clue indicated by the single word some. The word is reversed as indicated by the word backing. Happy hunting. If you can be bothered. The answer is obvious from the definition
28a Tom rings, expresses disapproval (8)
CATCALLS: Split 3,5 we have what animal a tom is followed by a verb meaning rings or telephones somebody
29a One infiltrates at front, to no avail (2,4)
IN VAIN: Split 2,3 a term meaning at the front has the letter that looks like the number one inserted (one infiltrated) The three letter word is defined as such: the foremost part of a group of people moving or preparing to move forwards, especially the foremost division of an advancing military force.
30a Label in new seed bed (8)
DESCRIBE: Place a type of bed usually used for a baby inside an anagram (new) of SEED
31a Race of one’s life? (6)
CAREER: Double definition the first meaning to move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way.
1d Let’s beat crashes with this (4,4)
SEAT BELT: Anagram (crashes) of LETS BEAT
2d Bulletin carelessly pasted to front of church (8)
DESPATCH: Add an anagram (carelessly) of PASTED to the first two (front) letters of the word CH(urch)
3d Have a rewarding job (4)
EARN: Take a wage from one’s job
5d A decked-up election car displaying rate increase (12)
ACCELERATION: The A from the clue followed by an anagram (decked up) of ELECTION CAR. This clue has a great surface and a killer anagram indicator
6d Something in the garden that provides colour for the eye (4)
IRIS: A flower is also the coloured part of the eye. Mine are seductive brown. What colour are yours?
7d Books with opposing points about love, in a way (6)
NOVELS: Place opposing points of the compass around an anagram (in a way) of LOVE
8d Flag Officer? (6)
ENSIGN: Double definition. The first being a flag or standard, especially a military or naval one indicating nationality.
11d Team for shooting game … Wolves? (8,4)
FOOTBALL CLUB: Shooting here means kicking in order to score a goal. Wolves or Wolverhampton Wanderers are an example of those businesses that do so. My Son In Law supports Wolves. I am lumbered with the laughing stock Coventry City although I never watch them. I only watch Rugby Union matches.
15d I’d turned up with vehicle for piece of furniture (5)
DIVAN: Reverse I’D from the clue and add a covered motor vehicle, typically without side windows, used for transporting goods or people.
16d A Caledonian race meeting (5)
ASCOT: A from the clue followed by a native of Caledonia (Scotland) gives the name of a racecourse in Berkshire
18d Need little time? (8)
SHORTAGE: Little as in not very high followed by a period of time
19d Ship in which sherry may be served (8)
SCHOONER: And the Lord said “Let there be cryptic crossword puzzles” and lo there appeared cryptic crossword puzzles and yea verily this was the very first clue. A sailing ship with two or more masts is also the name of a sherry glass. We threw all of ours away and serve sherry in regular glasses. It is not about what the customer wants. It is all about me
21d Compelled number to join military unit (6)
FORCED: An example of what a military unit is (think RAF) followed by a number. A Roman Numeral in fact. Which one? Well there is nothing to help us in the clue so take your pick from I, V, X, L, C, D or M.
22d Footwear put on in a hurry? (6)
SKATES: The footwear you might wear to glide on ice is used in an expression meaning to hurry up.
26d Look after pound as an animal refuge (4)
LAIR: Our regular abbreviation for one pound sterling is followed by a word meaning: an impression of a quality or manner given by someone or something. Although the answer was obvious the clue took some working out. He had an air of superiority about him is an example of how this word works
27d American business contracted a Peruvian (4)
INCA: In the UK we use Company Ltd. In the USA they use Company Inc. Add the a from the clue to find your Peruvian chappie.
The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn’t bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.
But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.
The little one we long for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.
And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
Every beating of our hearts
Says that we love you.
The Quick Crossword pun: epoch+ellipse=apocalypse