Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28277
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good day from the heart of a dull and dreary downtown LI. It is wet cold and miserable outside but all is light and cheerful here inside our humble abode. It is double bubble today for those who might want it. The rookie puzzle was set by Miffypops and might provide some pleasant diversion.
Today’s puzzle took longer than usual to solve. 19d brought back a memory. 76 years ago Coventry suffered a blitz on the 14th November 1940. Coventry had been bombed many times before and its citizens were used to it. However this raid went on and on and on lasting for hours. My mother and grandmother stayed in the shelter waiting for the all clear siren. It did not sound. There was nothing left to sound it on.
I blogged the Jay puzzle on Wednesday last week. I apologise to all who were confused by my mixing up of Parsley and Parsnip. Dearie Dearie me.
Below are hints and tips to help you solve or understand today’s clues. The illustrations may or may not have any relevance to any particular clue. The answer to everything lies in Beer Bob Dylan and Sex. A subtle mix of all three will lead to great happiness.
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1a At last I have something for a salad (6)
ENDIVE: This salad ingredient which I have never tasted can be found by placing the final part of something before the shortened form of I have, the form that uses an apostrophe
4a Two things aviators may do for finance (8)
BANKROLL: The two moves an aviator might do are thus: To tilt or cause to tilt sideways during a turn and (of a moving ship, aircraft, or vehicle) rock or oscillate around an axis parallel to the direction of motion. The two together mean to finance something
9a Trojan bully (6)
HECTOR: a double definition. The second being to barrack or heckle.
10a Cat-o’-nine-tails remarkably noise-less in ocean (8)
ATLANTIC: Anagram (remarkably) of CAT O NINE TAILS less the letters of the word NOISE
12a Travel afield like hungry sheep? (4)
ROAM: sometimes I fail to see the relevance of parts of a clue. I do so here. To travel afield gets me to the answer which suits the checking letters but what a hungry sheep has to do with it is a mystery to me. Can you help?
13a Transport vehicle used on road and railway (5)
CARRY: a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal-combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people is followed by the abbreviation for a railway. Why oh why did this simple and obvious clue become the second to last one in?
14a One taking the lead in old Russia? (4)
IVAN: Take the letter that looks like the number one and add a noun meaning in the forefront to find the name of a terrible leader of olden day Russia
17a Those having it won’t get far in Japan (1,3,2,6)
A YEN TO TRAVEL: A cryptic definition which describes the fact that a single unit of Japanese currency will not get one very far.
20a All Greek name? Could be German (6,6)
ANGELA MERKEL: She is here She is there. She is every ******* where. There are fifteen pictures of this woman in today’s Daily Telegraph online galleries. Anagram (could be) of ALL GREEK NAME
23a Employs you and me at certain points (4)
USES: Begin with a pronoun meaning myself and one or more others and add two points of the compass. Avoid the north west and you should be alright. Once solved a trip to the north west will be a delight.
24a A sign Israel endlessly is in turmoil (5)
ARIES: Anagram (in turmoil) of ISREAL minus its last letter (endlessly)
25a Smart boy that in France heads west (4)
ALEC: This boys name is associated with smartness in England. Reversed (heads west) it is French for that’s Ce la vie
28a Bouquet I damaged in shop (8)
BOUTIQUE: Anagram (damaged) of BOUQUET I
29a Coward’s sort of spirit (6)
BLITHE: This Coward is the playwright Noel. This spirit appears in the title of one of his plays
30a Agree end will be terrible for traitor (8)
RENEGADE: Anagram (will be terrible) of AGREE END
31a One’s first to take deliveries — and usually runs (6)
OPENER: One of the first two batsmen to take the crease at the beginning of an innings. The deliveries are balls bowled and runs are those scored by running from one wicket to another after striking the ball
1d Late rising around this place — that’s heavenly! (8)
ETHEREAL: place the reversed (rising) letters of the word LATE around an adverb meaning in this place or position.
2d Announced how innings was closed (8)
DECLARED: A double definition. The second referring to a cricketing innings
3d Instrument that has appalling sound (4)
VIOL: Larger than a violin but smaller than a cello the name of this instrument is a homophone based upon the word vile
5d One taking the part of the boss? (5-7)
ACTOR MANAGER: A cryptic definition of a thespians agent.
6d Some dark, handsome ruler in the East (4)
KHAN: A hidden word. Hidden within the words of the clue
7d Volume of tax held over by company starting with nothing (6)
OCTAVO: Reverse (held over) the letter that looks like a zero, a tax currently standing at 20% and the abbreviation for company to find this word for a book of a certain size
8d Net effect of severe beating (6)
LACING: A devious double definition. The first being the making of a fine open fabric of cotton or silk, made by looping, twisting, or knitting thread in patterns and used especially for trimming garments. The second being much more obscure.
11d Action station? (12)
BATTLEGROUND: A cryptic definition of the site of a major altercation between armies during a war.
15d Fixes up the skunk’s defence (5)
STINK: A double definition with the first being reversed as indicated by the word up
16d Yield to another’s wishes and delay (5)
DEFER: Another double definition which should not need any help
18d Framework keels badly with weight attached (8)
SKELETON: Anagram (badly) of KEELS followed by (attached) an imperial weight of 20 hundredweights
19d End of air raid makes everyone jump (3,5)
ALL CLEAR: the distinctive sound a siren makes at the end of an air raid (The air raid warning is a different sound) can de found by placing a word meaning everybody in total before a word meaning to successfully jump over a hurdle or fence.
21d Tell off for being less sensitive? (6)
NUMBER: A double definition To tell is to count.
22d Proceeds to answer (6)
RETURN: these proceeds are profits.
26d Russian plane loaded with North Chinese pottery (4)
MING: this Chinese pottery can be found by placing the name of a small Russian jet fighter around the compass point for N(orth)
27d It could retain hair or cut it off (4)
CLIP: A double definition of a device used to keep hair in place or to cut it off
Late on parade today. Sorry for the delay. [It paled into insignificance after today’s other events! BD]
The Quick Crossword pun: hole+sail=wholesale