Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28283
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good day from the very centre of Downtown L I on a crisp bright sunny morning . Your blogger found today’s offering from Rufus to be a little trickier than usual but as usual the more checking letters we have the easier the clues that are left are to solve.
Saint Sharon and I are off to Nottingham shortly to see Sir Van Morrison at The Royal Concert Hall . We are stopping over so we both get a night off . Whoopie Doo!
Below are hints and tips which should help you to solve or understand todays clues . Definitions are underlined . The answers can be revealed by clicking on click here.
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1a Pound notes may be what it means to a musician! (10)
FORTISSIMO: An instruction to musicians to play loudly might be fulfilled by pounding the keys on a piano.
9a Bankrupt work of art (4)
BUST: A double definition, the second being a head and shoulders sculpture
10a Patron that has been upset by agent (10)
BENEFACTOR: Anagram (upset) of BEEN followed by a noun meaning a circumstance, factor influence that contributes to a result
11a Yet such talkers may not be on the level (6)
SMOOTH: such talkers are able to turn any situation to their own advantage
12a Artillery brass hats (3,4)
BIG GUNS: A Double definition . The first describing the size of weaponry used by the artillery and the second being the important or powerful people
15a A month, just, in part of London (7)
MAYFAIR: The fifth month of our calendar year is followed by a synonym of the word just to provide an area of London which I will visit soon to view Bob Dylan’s new exhibition showcasing his skills at colouring in
16a Proceeded to travel 100mph (3,2)
GOT ON: Split 3,2 we have a verb meaning to travel followed by a slang term for the speed of 100mph
17a Boy takes midnight air (4)
SONG: The boy here is ones male offspring . The final letter is the middle one in the word niGht
18a English county shortly linking with a US state (4)
IOWA: The initial letters (shortly) of England ‘s most southerly county are followed by (linking with) the letter A
19a A woman’s religion (5)
FAITH: A woman’s name or a strong belief in a religion or doctrine
21a Boom — it’s soundly broken! (7)
BARRIER: a cryptic reference to that which when broken produces a son in boom
22a Virtue that’s cultivated (7)
HONESTY: A virtue that is also a plant which may be grown in ones garden and used in floral displays . Grandifloradammedifino.
24a Lead on diamonds, then duck? (6)
DELUDE: The initial letter of Diamonds is followed by a verb meaning to avoid a danger in a cunning way.
27a Where Hood’s men gathered petition? (5,5)
ROUND ROBIN: a petition, especially one with signatures written in a circle to conceal the order of writing . How one might describe how Sherwood Forests outlaws might surround their leader
28a Gaelic verses with no beginning or end (4)
ERSE: Remove the first and last letters of the word verses to reveal the Gaelic language.
29a Settings for old stories with misleading passages (10)
LABYRINTHS: These misleading passages are also known as mazes . Strictly speaking these are not mazes at all.
2d On top of the bowling unit (4)
OVER: A double definition, the second being the cricketing term for a delivery of six balls by a bowler
3d Pulling, we hear, on the line — or standing by? (6)
TOEING: A homophone based upon the verb used to describe the action of one vehicle pulling another along by rope or chain
4d Small dining chairs (7)
SEATING: Use the Abbreviation for the word small and add a word that means what we are doing when we are dining.
5d I stand up to a Greek character (4)
IOTA: Use the I from the clue . Reverse (up) the word TO and add the letter A from the clue.
6d Craft worker posed as Roman (7)
OARSMAN: Anagram (posed) of AS ROMAN
7d They act unthinkingly, placing plant needing warmth in a sickly sun (10)
AUTOMATONS: Place a greenhouse plant which grows a salad ingredient inside the letter A and an anagram (sickly) of SUN
8d He’d a treaty drawn up, poised for action (2,3,5)
AT THE READY: Anagram (drawn up) of HE’D A TREATY
12d ‘Snoopy’ characters (10)
BUSYBODIES: A Cryptic definition of those who meddle or pry into the business of others
13d Speak about nothing in particular (10)
GENERALISE: To make broad sweeping statements . I do not see this clue as being particularly cryptic
14d Very distant until now (2,3)
SO FAR: A double definition
15d One hears word of it (5)
MOUTH: a cryptic definition of the body part from which speech comes
19d Fear led to model form of government (7)
FEDERAL: Anagram (to model) of FEAR LED
20d One saves, but it’s more difficult with nothing coming in (7)
HOARDER: place the letter O (nothing) inside (coming in) a word meaning more difficult
23d Order some frozen joints (6)
ENJOIN: A hidden word . Hidden within the words of the clue
25d Check caught and bowled, with interruption by game being held up (4)
CURB: A very sporting clue involving Rugby Union and Cricket . Place reverse (being held up) the initial letters of Rugby Union and place them between the abbreviation for caught and bowled
26d Most important part of Spithead (4)
PITH: Another hidden word.
I do wonder at some of the all in one clues and cryptic definitions . But what do I know? Solved to Bob Dylan’s album John Wesley Hardin’ . Looking forward to tonight’s meal, tonight’s Van Morrison concert and tomorrows meal at The Grey Goose in Gilmorton.
The Quick Crossword pun: suck+shun=suction