Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28259
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
I do sometimes wish I could write these hints as succinctly as Deep Threat does on Fridays but I cannot so you are stuck with my verbosity (verbal diarrhoea)
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1a Easiest word that may be misspelt (8)
SIMPLEST: Anagram (may be) of MISSPELT
6a It’s not intended for the understanding of our betters (3-3)
TICTAC: Betters here are those gambling at a racecourse or dog track. This is a cryptic definition of a system once used by bookmakers to convey odds to one another. Now rendered obsolete by the use of the computer and the welcome removal of John McCririck from our TV screens
9a Undaunted, he leads or retreats in command (6)
HEROIC: Lift the word HE from the clue. Add the reversal (retreats) of the word OR and add the initial letters of the words In Charge.
10a Clear new translation for writer, one associated with Arabia (8)
LAWRENCE: An anagram (translation) of CLEAR NEW will lead to the name of a British author, archaeologist, military officer and diplomat who ought to have steered well clear of motorcycles
11a Leg bound to be broken by heavy stick (8)
BLUDGEON: Anagram (to be broken) of LEG BOUND. This heavy stick could be used by crossword editors upon those setters who put too many anagrams into a single puzzle. Oops sorry. I did say I would not mention this again. It is 5.30am and I am laughing at the image of Mr Squires being beaten with a heavy stick for over indulging the anagram count
12a Hold and tie in knots (6)
DETAIN: Anagram (in knots) of AND TIE
13a Noughts, for example, used in rough estimates? (5,7)
ROUND FIGURES: A double definition. Noughts are circular. They are also numbers, especially ones which form parts of official statistics or relate to the financial performance of a company.
16a I ensure visit is arranged to places of higher education (12)
UNIVERSITIES: I am sure that this in a jumpoutatcha anagram of the words I ENSURE VISIT as indicated by the words is arranged. The word IS might be involved but as the answer is so obvious I am not counting letters. Did anybody really need a pencil for this one?
19a Delays getting theatre seats (6)
STALLS: A signature Rufus double definition. The second meaning the seats on the floor of a theatre.
21a Frightened, I can offset accepting new pain (2,1,5)
IN A PANIC: Golly bongs. A double anagram and an insertion. Take an anagram (offset) of I CAN and insert (accepting) an anagram (new) of PAIN.
23a Disease of fruit, we hear, being duplicated (8)
BERIBERI: Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. A homophone (we hear) on the doubled name of fruits such as straw and rasp
24a I am given place at Cambridge finally, gaining credit (6)
IMPUTE: take the abbreviated form of I am. Add a verb meaning to place something in a particular location and add the final letter of Cambridge.
25a Student losing his head who deserves what he gets (6)
EARNER: Take our usual crosswordland student and remove the first etter (losing his head) to find one who receives a wage
26a Knight requires weapon — and fortune (8)
LANCELOT: one of the knights of the round table can be found by placing a noun meaning ones luck fortune or destiny after a weapon comprised of a long wooden shaft and a pointed steel head
2d Ladies in fashion becoming models (6)
IDEALS: Anagram (in fashion) of LADIES
3d Stuck up — literally and metaphorically (5)
PROUD: Here we have only one definition which is STUCK UP. The words literally and metaphorically in the clue make it a double definition. One means having or showing a high or excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance. The other means slightly projecting from a surface.
4d Former US supermarket cashier reportedly in accounts department (9)
EXCHEQUER: The accounts department for which we have a chancellor can be derived from this clue by using our usual preposition for former and a homophone of the word used by Americans for a supermarket cashier
5d Like vultures, only found in the borders of Thailand (7)
TALONED: place a word meaning isolated or on one’s own inside the outer letters (borders of) T(hailan)D
6d Dragged to the altar? (5)
TOWED: Split 2,3 The best ever reason to turn up in Church. I am glad that I did. I’m not so sure that Saint Sharon can say the same
7d Old jokes they crack at Christmas (9)
CHESTNUTS: a double definition. One meaning old jokes and one being a foodstuff popular at Christmas. In my experience opening them is more a form of peeling than cracking
8d Records where bees live under the rainbow? (8)
ARCHIVES: Well where do we keep bees? Place that after the name of the part of the circumference of a circle that a rainbow might be
13d So evil — run out showing disgust (9)
REVULSION: Anagram (out) of SEE EVIL RUN
14d The impression one gives is false (9)
IMITATION: The impression an impersonator might give of somebody else
15d Article probing song on a subject a person cannot stand (8)
ANATHEMA: The song here is one of epic proportions The letter A (article) needs to be entered (probing) and the whole lot placed before (on in a down clue) the letter A from the clue
17d Beginning a letter (7)
INITIAL: A double definition. The beginning letter of a word
18d Writer with good man seen inside foreign restaurant (6)
BISTRO: Place our usual good man inside the common name for a ballpoint pen named after the inventor of said item
20d Lead an ox (5)
STEER: Another easy double definition
22d It brought to notice the gravity of the world’s position (5)
APPLE: A cryptic definition of the fruit that led Sir Isaac Newton to work out what gravity is, how it works and how it influences the solar system. There has never been a greater Englishman.
Helped along by Stevie Wonder. Superstition. Living For The City. He’s Mistra Know It All, Boogie On Reggae Woman and Sir Duke.
The Quick Crossword pun: WHIM+SICKLE=WHIMSICAL