Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28284
Hints and tips by Senf
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I am delighted to welcome our regular commenter Senf to the blogging team. BD
A few weeks ago, when Mr Kitty was being ‘volunteered,’ I was ‘volunteering.’ Although, having served Her Majesty for 24 years, where the mantra was ‘never volunteer for anything’ my sanity might be in question.
Mr Kitty is not available today, so here I am saying hello from the city of Winnipeg in the middle of Canada, which claims (without any supporting data – sorry Mr Kitty) to have the coldest and/or windiest street intersection in Canada at Portage Ave and Main St.
Winnipeg is also the indirect source of the name for Pooh bear. A A Milne named his bear after a real live bear in London Zoo which had been named after the city – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnipeg_(bear)
Today’s Mr Ron continues to confirm that, for me, Tuesday is the easiest day of the week with several easy anagrams and a couple of oldies but goodies (OBG).
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the Click here! buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Stranded, like Noah on Ararat? (4,3,3)
HIGH AND DRY: How a boat is described when the tide goes out (or the flood recedes).
6a Stone in ring friend’s put on (4)
OPAL: The letter that is a ring put on a three-letter friend (first OBG)
10a Dance band’s leader entering strange area (5)
RUMBA: First letter (leader) of B(and) inside a favourite three letter word for strange and A(rea).
11a Leading up to concert’s finale, playing a tuba, who would you like? (4,5)
WHAT ABOUT: An anagram (playing) of A TUBA WHO followed by (leading up to) last letter of concerT
12a Yellow bird (7)
CHICKEN: Double definition. The much-maligned bird used to describe a coward.
13a Hot? Bower provides shelter (7)
HARBOUR: Shelter for ships provided by abbreviation for H(ot) and a garden alcove.
14a Complaining, returned post incorrectly delivered (5,7)
UNDER PROTEST: An anagram (incorrectly delivered) of RETURNED POST to describe complaining while doing.
18a Bishop, agile soul, in play (6,6)
BLITHE SPIRIT: The first letter of B(ishop) and synonyms for agile and soul give a Noel Coward play (second OBG).
21a Mutter vaguely about piano and brass instrument (7)
TRUMPET: An anagram (vaguely) of MUTTER around (about) P(iano).
23a Tiresome outside broadcast (7)
TEDIOUS: An anagram (broadcast) of OUTSIDE.
24a Sanction demolition (9)
CLEARANCE: Double definition, although IMHO SANCTION might be questionable.
25a Picture of island the old lady, for example, brought back (5)
IMAGE: I(sland), a two-letter old female parent, and reversal (brought back) of the abbreviation of for example in Latin.
26a Mount from Newmarket, napped (4)
ETNA: A lurker nothing to do with horses, but a volcanic mount.
27a Got us a card at sea showing a maritime force (10)
COASTGUARD: An anagram (at sea) of GOT US A CARD for a maritime force that stays close to the shore(?).
1d Introduction to Homer, or magnificent Roman poet (6)
HORACE: First letter (introduction) of H(omer), OR from the clue and a three-letter word for magnificent.
2d Good scope offered by opening on board (6)
GAMBIT: Abbreviation for G(ood) and a synonym for scope give an opening in chess.
3d A breeze that may be passing through Tivoli Gardens? (1,4,2,3,4)
A WALK IN THE PARK: A saying that means that a task is easy.
4d Achieve marvellous results? Party is curious to know (2,7)
DO WONDERS: The usual two-letter party and a synonym for is curious.
5d Come to religious education supported by a church (5)
REACH: Arrive at by way of R(eligious) E(ducation), A from the clue, and one of the usual abbreviations for church.
7d Pushed doctor to appear in red-top needing circulation (8)
PROMOTED: An anagram of RED TOP containing one of the usual doctor designations.
8d Learned line? Say again (8)
LITERATE: L(ine) and uttering repeatedly.
9d OK playing violin tune to mass inside (4,2,8)
FAIR TO MIDDLING: Playing an alternative for violin, containing a frequent alternative for tune, TO and M(ass) from the clue.
15d Ineffectual, like a team that always loses? (9)
POINTLESS: A team that always loses has not accumulated any of these.
16d Old boy’s yarn about cold bar (8)
OBSTACLE: O(ld) B(oy’)S from the clue, and a story containing C(old).
17d Anticipate number working (6,2)
FIGURE ON: A synonym for number and the usual two-letter working.
19d Pitched, not as a composition for piano, perhaps (6)
SONATA: An anagram (not sure if it is pitched or perhaps, or both) of NOT AS A.
20d Climb a post in audition? (6)
ASCEND: A homophone of a phrase that is A from the clue and a synonym for post(ing mail).
22d Dance beat on grand disc (5)
TANGO: A three-letter word for beat, G(rand), and the letter that can be represented by a disc.
Thankfully, and using my usual terminology, I am able to say that both puzzle and hints were completed comfortably before lights out last night.
The Quick Crossword pun: die+know+sore=dinosaur