Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28248
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good morning one and all. Having avoided blogging the eleven anagrams in yesterday’s puzzle I find that I have suffered nine of them today. They are offset by trips to Scotland Wales and France and several glasses of alcohol. I cannot help smiling at the answer to 26 across. Perhaps it reflects the article on page 11. Thanks to Big Dave for siting in yesterday while we were away fluffing up the clouds.
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1a Two alcoholic drinks before my game (3,5)
GIN RUMMY: Mothers ruin and a sailor’s favourite tipple are followed by the word MY lifted straight from the clue to find a card game
5a All Blacks initially sit around filled with anger (6)
ABLAZE: Take the initial letters of the words All Blacks and add a verb meaning to sit around idly. We cruciverbalists do not sit around idly. We sit around with cryptic crossword puzzles.
10a Father had potato cooked just like that (2,3,4,2,1,3)
AT THE DROP OF A HAT: Anagram (cooked) of FATHER HAD POTATO
11a Without doubt, leader of competition left in good time (7)
CLEARLY: Take the leading letter of the word C(ompetition), add an L(eft) now put an adverb meaning before the usual or expected time
12a To thump counter is out of order (7)
TROUNCE: Anagram (out of order) of COUNTER
13a State of uproar in duma, so he agitated (8)
MADHOUSE: Anagram (agitated) of DUMA SO HE
15a Sound of hooter I installed (5)
NOISE: Insert the letter I into a word meaning one’s hooter or conk
18a Wedges demonstrated by male champion golfer (5)
HEELS: These wedges are parts of shoes or even the whole shoe. Start with the male pronoun and add the surname of a South African golfer nicknamed “The Big Easy”
20a Break down or break up? (8)
DISSOLVE: Double definition. The second being to cancel or annul a marriage
23a In university in part of London (7)
POPULAR: Place the U from University inside a district in the east of London
25a Clown and I make a mistake filling container (7)
PIERROT: Take the letter I straight from the clue and add a three letter verb meaning to sin or do wrong. Place the whole lot inside a container, possibly used for cooking
26a Options for gin drinker or thief? Please yourself (4,2,2,5,2)
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: This is the second time we have had gin today. Gin and Italian Vermouth was a popular drink way back when and known as Gin and It. This sits nicely with reference in the clue to the options a thief or a gin drinker may have.
27a Throw out Yankee dignitary (6)
WORTHY: Anagram (out) of THROW and add the Y from Y(ankee)
28a A pass splitting the French in game (8)
LACROSSE: A from the clue and a word meaning to pass in front of or behind somebody all placed within the French word for the
1d Briefly scan glossy in which knight appears (6)
GLANCE: start with a word meaning having a smooth glazed or glossy surface and insert the abbreviation for knight as used in chess
2d Famous cathedral in Rome Dante misrepresented … (5,4)
NOTRE DAME: Anagram (misrepresented) of ROME DANTE
3d … excavate in chateau near there (7)
UNEARTH: A Lurker or hidden word indicated by the simple word in.
4d Join quite contrary girl across river (5)
MARRY: Place the letters that make up the contrary girl’s name in the nursery rhyme around the R(iver)
6d Expert has nothing on clown (7)
BUFFOON: start with a four letter word meaning expert, enthusiast or aficionado add the letter that looks like a zero and the word on from the clue. This gives our second clown of the day. I shall look in the mirror to find a third.
7d Very pale female wearing a number (5)
ASHEN: place the female pronoun inside A from the clue and N(umber)
8d Nervously meet seed, highly regarded (8)
ESTEEMED: anagram (nervously) of MEET SEED. Enough is enough no further anagrams are necessary in this puzzle
9d Don’t see such a lot shining (8)
SPOTLESS. Split 4,4 the answer fits the first five words in the clue. As a whole word it suits the last word in the clue
14d Weaker party, a French boxer perhaps holding the German (8)
UNDERDOG: The French word for A and an example of what a boxer might be are placed around (holding) the German word for the. If you are struggling go back to the boxer and make less human and more canine
16d Fashionable French writer’s introduction to small northern city (9)
INVERNESS: This Scottish city can be found by using a short word meaning fashionable or popular. Adding a French author (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) the apostrophe S (because it is there and we need it) and the S from S(mall)
17d The cows, roaming round quiet Welsh town (8)
CHEPSTOW: Anagram (roaming) of THE COWS around the letter P (quiet)
19d Looking after number one son, doctor flies to reach hospital (7)
SELFISH: S(on) anagram (doctor) of FLIES and the H from H(ospital)
21d Outdoor work — rain affected having dogged energy (4-3)
OPEN AIR: Our usual two lettered abbreviation for work or opus is followed by an anagram (affected) of RAIN. The live and learn bit for me is the E from energy being “dogged” apparently one meaning of the word dogged is gripped. So there we have it
22d Artwork of Nehru finally acquired by nation (6)
STATUE: This carved or cast figure of a person or animal can be found by placing the final letter of Nehru inside another word for a nation
24d Game fighter’s end following jab (5)
POKER: Place the final letter of the word fighter after a verb meaning to Jab or prod
25d Steps king’s installed in a dock to get up (5)
POLKA: We have a three-part charade and an inversion clued here in a mere nine words. A from the clue and a verb meaning to dock or cut back shrubbery or tree wood with K(ing) inserted (installed) between the two and the whole thing inverted (to get up) to reveal a dance.
Too many anagrams for my liking.
The Quick Crossword pun: alph+ray+doe=Alfredo