Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28241
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from the heart of Downtown LI where there is hardly a cloud in the sky. Classic Rufus today with lots of his trademark double definitions and cryptic definitions. There is a lot to enjoy in this puzzle.
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1a Essential spaniel’s in bed after going walkies (13)
INDISPENSABLE: We have the first of many anagrams to start us off today. The anagram fodder is SPANIEL’S IN BED. The anagram indicators are the words after going walkies. I doubt that we will a more amusing anagram indicator for some time.
10a Simpers, out to influence (7)
IMPRESS: Anagram (out) of SIMPERS. After an excellent anagram indicator we return to the oldest and tiredest indicator there is. Out. I would out the word out. Overused overtired over and out.
11a Head off disaster going to a party with fruit (7)
AVOCADO: Remove (head off) the first letter from a word meaning disaster or chaos. Add the letter A from the clue and our regular word for a party.
12a Willowy spruce (4)
TRIM: Double definition. Very neat.
13a Mr Runyan has a setback — he’s domestically unstable (5)
NOMAD: Reverse Mr Runyan’s (the American novelist) first name to find a group of people known for their wandering lifestyle.
14a Shakespeare is forbidden, we hear (4)
BARD: A homophone based on a word that means banned from entry which is what Shakespeare is known as.
17a Eton was upset? It’s not a problem! (2,5)
NO SWEAT: Anagram (upset) of ETON WAS
18a Sportsmen seen at the bank (7)
ANGLERS: The bank here is a river bank. This is a description of those who sit there trying to catch fish. I don’t class fishing as a sport any more than I do golf.
19a Economise in vain (7)
USELESS: Double definition the first of which needs to be split 3,4 to make sense
22a Act as chairman, but show partiality in advance? (7)
PRESIDE: split 3, 4 The first word is a prefix meaning preceded. The second word means to ally oneself with someone or something
24a Error one should catch? (4)
SLIP: A double definition. The second a fielder in a cricket match who is expected to make catches
25a Computer operator gets instant employment (5)
MOUSE: Split 2,3 we need an instant or small period of time and an example of employment
26a Bananas four inches in measure (4)
HAND: This four inch measurement is used in equestrian circles. The word banana comes from an Arab word “banan” meaning finger. An individual banana is called a finger. A bunch of bananas is called a hand. The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which mean fruit of the wise men.
29a Finishing playing one’s part (7)
EXITING: The action of leaving the stage as directed by a playwright. Stage left, stage right or pursued by a bear.
30a Where lots are put up only to be knocked down (7)
AUCTION: These lots are items for sale by competitive bidding. What is required is the name of that type of sale
31a Bug set off a nameless illness (6,7)
GERMAN MEASLES: an anagram (set off) of A NAMELESS follows a micro organism described informally as a bug
2d They roll up and after opening up they clean up (7)
NAPKINS: No wordplay here. We have a cryptic definition of a type of table linen
3d Aide contrived plan (4)
IDEA: Anagram (contrived) of AIDE
4d Complete the course and get dead drunk (4,3)
PASS OUT: Double definition. In the military this action often includes a parade
5d Once more put up half rain falls (7)
NIAGARA: A word meaning once more is reversed (put up) The first half of the word RA(in) is then added to make the name of the waterfalls on the borders of the USA and Canada
6d Unidentified girl accepts ring (4)
ANON: Place the letter that looks like a ring inside a girl’s name. Which girls name? Who knows? Just as you don’t know this person.
7d Unauthorised disclosure over time causes a loss in liquid assets (7)
LEAKAGE: The unauthorised disclosure of secret information is followed by a period of time
8d Saw the differences and celebrated (13)
DISTINGUISHED: A double definition the second, celebrated, referring to a person.
9d Disdainful prisoner being sent down (13)
CONDESCENDING: Our usual suspect criminal is followed by a word meaning to be moving downwards
15d It goes to the head of Basques and servicemen (5)
BERET: A form of headwear favoured by certain military types and French onion sellers
16d In time about to get on together (5)
AGREE: Take the same length of time as used in 7d and insert (In) our regular two lettered word meaning about
20d Building seen from both ends of editor’s office (7)
EDIFICE: This building can be found using the first part of the word editor’s and the last part of the word office.
21d Well directed, it may finish off the game (7)
SHOTGUN: A cryptic definition of what one might use to end the life of those innocent animals or birds referred to as game.
22d Extract from part of a book about a ship (7)
PASSAGE: A single leaf from a book is wrapped around A from the clue and the initial letters of Steam Ship
23d Silver in one place of gold — just fancy (7)
IMAGINE: Place the symbol letters for the element silver inside the letter that looks like the number one and the place where gold might be extracted from.
27d Settled business (4)
FIRM: A double definition the second being the easier to solve
28d Experts in cards (4)
ACES: And another double definition. The second being playing cards with a value of one or eleven in pontoon
Thanks to Bob Dylan for playing and singing along.
The Quick Crossword pun: meet+eeyore=meteor