Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28265
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good day to one and all. Our marvellous autumn continues. There is not a cloud in the sky here in the heart of Downtown LI. The village bonfire and firework display was a great success. Roll on Christmas.
Rufus gives us our usual gentle entry to the crosswording week albeit with a sting or two to make us think.
Those of you struggling to find the answer to 9ac in Saturdays prize puzzle will find the amusing answer on today’s letters page.
Below are my hints and tips to today’s puzzle. I hope they are of help to those who need it.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Minor investors’ allotments? (13)
SMALLHOLDINGS: A nice double definition to start the puzzling week. The first needs to be enumerated 5,8 and the second stands alone.
10a Loving the commotion and the band (7)
ADORING: A commotion or a fuss is followed by a band such as might be made of gold and worn on your finger
11a No child gets two points in set (5-2)
GROWN UP: A set of something such as musicians needs two compass points inserting
12a Visitor hurries round to take in industrial Germany (4)
RUHR: A reverse lurker. Hidden in the clue. The words taken in tell us this is a hidden word and the word round tells us it is reversed.
13a Staff Sergeant initially given credit (5)
STICK: The initial letter of Sergeant is followed by an old fashioned word for credit as in a term for borrowing money.
14a Sort of saw for pine (4)
FRET: A lovely double definition. A wood saw or an agitation
17a Criticise girl who released much evil (7)
PANDORA: Split 3,4 we have a verb meaning to criticise followed by a girl’s name. Together they lead to another girl’s name. She who opened a box (actually it was a sealed jar) and released all of the evils in the world leaving only hope inside.
18a Dictionary the French team study (7)
LEXICON: The in French (singular) The Roman numerals for the number that make up an association football team and Crosswordland’s favourite verb meaning to study or read.
19a You might be if a plan goes wrong (2,1,4)
IN A FLAP: Anagram (goes wrong) of IN A PLAN
22a New part ordered in foreign port (7)
ANTWERP: Anagram (ordered) of NEW PART
24a Small measures that ought to stimulate initially (4)
TOTS: The initial letters (initially) of some of the words in the clue
25a It may be used to lift obstruction (5)
BLOCK: A double definition. The first part used with a tackle.
26a Work by a pupil is a gem (4)
OPAL: Our usual suspect for work op(us) is followed by A and L(earner)
29a An explosive type of reaction (7)
NUCLEAR: Double definition
30a Evens the score with bribes? (7)
SQUARES: Yet another double definition but quite stretched and worthy of Mr RayT
31a County present cars to rent (13)
HEREFORDSHIRE: Take a word meaning present or in this place. Add the plural of a popular make of car and a verb meaning to rent. Together they make the name of a county
2d Second injured heron or other waterbird (7)
MOORHEN: An anagram (injured) of HERON follows a word meaning a second or a very short period of time
3d Placed a cover outside (4)
LAID: A lifted from the clue needs another word for cover pacing around it
4d Afternoon meal that’s served by airlines (4,3)
HIGH TEA: An afternoon treat of a drink with sandwiches and scones eaten at the table could also be a description of a drink taken up in the air aboard an aeroplane
5d Making sense of Gallico? (7)
LOGICAL: Anagram (making sense of) of Gallico. I had to ask if Gallico was a word but remembered reading books by a man of that name. The Snow Goose springs to mind
6d The image of Holy Russia (4)
ICON: A cryptic definition of a Russian holy picture
7d Somehow green and in charge of a class (7)
GENERIC: Anagram (somehow) of GREEN followed by the initial letters of In Charge
8d Finding faults with locks coming apart (4-9)
HAIR-SPLITTING: These locks grow on your head. They are followed by a verb meaning chopping, breaking, hewing, cleaving, into two or more parts
9d Ends up with class displaying excessive neatness (4,3,6)
SPIT AND POLISH: Reverse a word meaning ends. Add a conjunction meaning with and finish off with a noun meaning class or refinement
15d Game that is decided in the end (5)
BOWLS: A cryptic definition of a game played on lawns or carpets.
16d Ways out exist in conversion (5)
EXITS: Anagram (in conversion) of EXIST
20d Prompt aid for those on TV (7)
AUTOCUE: A cryptic definition of a device which projects an enlarged image of a script on to a clear glass screen in front of a person speaking on television or in public, so enabling the speaker to read their speech while appearing to be looking at the viewers or audience. The last one I saw was being used by the late Lou Reed.
21d Pearl queasy, going to doctor in island capital (7)
PALERMO: Anagram (uneasy) of PEARL and a Medical Orderly
22d Defendant made charges (7)
ACCUSED: A double definition. The dock here is in a court. The last time I stood in one the entire courtoom was helpless with laughter and the chair of the magistrates thanked me for attending, reluctantly fined me thirty quid and told me I was most welcome to return.
23d Ruler and large sheet of paper required (7)
EMPEROR: I solved this from the definition underlined. I don’t know how it relates to paper required. Over to you.
27d Pure and simple French mother (4)
MERE: A double definition which will be helped by having a schoolboy level of the French language
28d Possibly hums something sentimental (4)
MUSH: Anagram (possibly) of HUMS
The Quick Crossword pun: mirror+cull=miracle