Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28253
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Miffypops has thrown last week’s grumpy hat into the bin and has been rewarded with a very enjoyable offering from Rufus. I particularly liked the anagram at 17ac and the lurker in 23ac.
Cryptic Sue deserves a mention for reaching the final round of The Times Crossword Champion which was won by Mark Goodliffe for the tenth time. Now Sue modestly want’s us all to shut up about it.
Our own Shropshire Lad has compiled today’s Rookie Corner puzzle. Have a go at it, I believe it contains a Big Dave’s Crossword Blog theme. You may make an appearance.
The hints and tips below have been written by a poorly schooled orphan boy who is not an expert. Mark Goodliffe is an expert. Definitions are underlined and the hints and tips should point you in the right direction and enable you to solve the clue. The click here banner will reveal the answer but should only be used as a last resort.
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1a Alcoholic drink, cold, can go the wrong way (6)
COGNAC: Named after a town in France this type of brandy can be derived from the clue by using the letter C from c(old) and then reversing (the wrong way)the words CAN GO lifted directly from the clue. I always like a drop of alcohol early in the solve. Thank you Rufus.
4a Kind of race problem? (8)
OBSTACLE: A double definition. The first a type of race described by James Joyce as “In and out of sacks over barrels, through wirefences, obstacle race. Time makes the tune” Here is a picture of my team after our local Wolf Run
9a Useless — do go on revising (2-4)
NO GOOD: Oh Lordy Lordy an anagram (revising) of DO GO ON.
10a Little rest, sadly, for one having entered the church (8)
MINISTER: Firstly find a word meaning small. This word became popular in the sixties to describe,the length of a very short skirt and was the name of a popular small car. Now solve an anagram (sadly) of REST. Oh Lordy Lordy
12a Bird from higher nest (4)
ERNE: Our first lurker of the day indicated by the word from. Hello little lurker, you will have company soon.
13a Skirt’s end elevated somewhere above the knee (5)
THIGH: Use the final (end) letter of the word skirt and add a word meaning elevated to find the part of the body just above the knee.
14a Silver wrapped up in note for priests (4)
MAGI: Place the usual symbol for silver inside the third note of a musical scale
17a His rapport with me may lead to a life of pleasure (8,4)
PRIMROSE PATH: Well golly bongs another anagram (may lead to) of HIS RAPPORT with ME. This one nearly had me looking for a pencil. Only nearly mind.
20a London profits from this form of taxation? (7,5)
CAPITAL GAINS: A word which describes what type of city London is has to be followed by a word meaning profits
23a They often have to kneel in an unsophisticated life (4)
NUNS: This is a cryptic definition which very cleverly includes our second lurker of the day indicated by the word in.
24a Shelter behind this person in affray (5)
MÊLÉE: This person is how the setter refers to himself. The shelter is the sheltered part of something away from the wind. Placed together in the right order they solve the clue.
25a I object to Scripture lessons being simple (4)
MERE: I here refers to how one refers to oneself. Scripture lessons are R(eligeous) E(ducation
28a Burly but brainless group (8)
THICKSET: This brainless group need to be Split 5,3 to satisfy the clue. Together they satisfy the underlined definition
29a Students of the past (6)
ALUMNI: The former pupils of a particular school, college or university.
30a Long time in short trousers and spectacles (8)
PAGEANTS: Place a word meaning a short time inside a word for short trousers to find these colourful spectacles of public entertainment
31a Its captain was really put off by the crew (6)
BOUNTY: The name of the ship where a famous Mutiny took place
1d Deceive and attract scorn (8)
CONTEMPT: A three letter word meaning to deceive is followed by a five letter word meaning to attract usually in a sinful way as the devil did to poor little Eve.
2d Huge lark following carriage (8)
GIGANTIC: A frolic or jape follows an old fashioned horse drawn carriage
3d Occupying a pre-eminent position at work (4)
ATOP: At, directly from the clue is followed by our usual suspect for work which is op(us)
5d One who may have to make several calls before getting the contract (6-6)
BRIDGE PLAYER: One who has to call or bid before cards can begin to be laid out (in silence)
6d Excursion and dance (4)
TRIP: A double definition, the second being what we do with the light fantastic in the song A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum from the last century
7d Animal food given to horses in China once (6)
CATHAY: A domesticated animal is followed by a foodstuff for horses. Together they form an old name for China the country not china the porcelain.
8d A six-footer from near Wigan (6)
EARWIG: Twos company three’s a crowd. The cosy companionship of our two previous lurkers is about to be spoiled by the appearance of our third very clever lurker of the day. It is often said that if the clue makes no sense at all then look for a hidden word. Lo and behold such is the case here. A hidden word indicated once again by the word from.
11d Mate snitches, possibly resulting in a beating (12)
CHASTISEMENT: And another anagram (possibly resulting) of MATE SNITCHES
15d City game to lift boycott (5)
URBAN: We have here a game to find followed by a boycott or embargo. Which game I hear you ask, there are hundreds of games? Well in this case the game is Rugby Union and we only want it’s initials really. Also we need to reverse them as indicated by the word lift.
16d It has wings and flies behind curtains (5)
STAGE: A cryptic definition of a raised floor or platform, typically in a theatre, on which actors, entertainers, or speakers perform.
18d One who calls out at court (8)
LINESMAN: This court is a tennis court. The caller assists the umpire by calling “out” when a ball is out during play.
19d Cooking tripe, say, may lead to acrimony (8)
ASPERITY: Anagram (cooking) of TRIPE SAY
21d Popular move, building arch (6)
INSTEP: Our two letter favourite word for popular is followed by a word meaning move as in a dance. The resulting arch is part of your feet.
22d No parking for waiting in terminal (6)
ENDING: Remove the letter P from an adjective meaning awaiting a decision or settlement
26d Bird seen when others rise (4)
SKUA: Oh dear. We have seen this clue before. These birds when reversed give us more birds. We are being asked for the singular not the plural so that should tell which way round it is.. Checkers will help too. The bird we want is an aggressive kleptoparasitic pirate of the air which steals food from other birds
27d Further chaos in Laos (4)
ALSO: A rhyming clue which pleased my ear. It is an anagram though (chaos) of LAOS. My grumpy hat s in the bin so no further comment will be forthcoming.
A very enjoyable crossword to solve and review. Life has begun again in the Miffypops household. It is Autumn. I feel a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum is on the cards.
The Quick Crossword pun: mow+Sam+beak=Mozambique