Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28289
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Today is national Bathtub Party Day. Let us know how your Bathtub Party went but please spare us the photos. Well done England and Coventry for winning their Rugby matches this weekend. Mexican Pete deserves a mention for re-opening The Buck and Bell so our village now has its full complement of six pubs up and running again.
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1a Air transport that’s used by a lumberjack (7)
CHOPPER: A trademark Rufus double definition the first being a helicopter and the second being an axe or a hatchet
5a One’s restricted by a lack in flavour (7)
ANISEED: Split 1,4 find a term that means a lack. (Yes you can lift the letter A straight from the clue) Place the letter that looks like the number one and the letter S as it is pluralised in the clue inside (restricted by) this lack. Sometimes it is harder to write a hint than it is to solve the clue
9a Has to set out professions of loyalty (5)
OATHS: Anagram (set out) of HAS TO
10a Phoney gains fare for ocean travel (9)
SEAFARING: Anagram (phoney) of GAINS FARE
11a Airman and crew involved in conflict (7,3)
CRIMEAN WAR: Anagram (involved) of AIRMAN and CREW
12a Liveliness I found in revolutionary sphere (4)
BRIO: Reverse (revolutionary) a three lettered sphere and insert (found in) the letter I
14a Appealing features of newspapers? (5,7)
AGONY COLUMNS: A cryptic definition of what Graham Norton writes on alternative Saturdays in the Weekend section of The Daily Telegraph
18a Bosses supply new purse and means (12)
SUPERINTENDS: Anagram (new) of PURSE followed by a verb meaning means
21a They’re used for picking up military equipment (4)
ARMS: Another double definition what you gather your children up in and big guns
22a Kind compiler, one putting printed words in right order? (10)
TYPESETTER: Take a noun meaning a sort or category followed by a word meaning a compiler (perhaps of Crosswords)
25a A telephoto lens will record these racing outsiders (4,5)
LONG SHOTS: A double definition. The type of photos that might be taken using a telephoto lens or a racehorse that has little chance of winning. Fast women and slow horses. The story of my life
26a Possible means for identification (5)
NAMES: Anagram (possible) of MEANS
27a Side playing away from home fails to survive (4,3)
DIES OUT: Anagram (playing) of SIDE followed by a word used to denote that one is not at home.
28a Anger when counterfeit coin has gone in circulation (7)
DUDGEON: An adjective meaning counterfeit is followed by an anagram ( in circulation) of GONE
1d Alternative of superior quality (6)
CHOICE: A double definition
2d Be too clever for old university idiot (6)
OUTWIT: place a fool after the abbreviated words Old and University
3d Weak team members who’ll get transferred by coach, perhaps (10)
PASSENGERS: Those who make up a team but do not contribute to team effort or a collective term for travellers on coaches
4d About to transgress, by gum! (5)
RESIN: Our usual puzzleland word meaning about is followed by an immoral act against divine law
5d Clan have a bad falling-out in the Highlands? (9)
AVALANCHE: Anagram (bad) of CLAN HAVE A. Leonard Cohen perfoms a song of this name on his album Songs of Love And hate but I much prefer this song.
6d Boy, about five, sees another (4)
IVAN: Bunging the Roman Numeral for the number five into one boys name will give another. The first being associated with Scotland and the second with Russia
7d Witty sayings of sir, page recycled to enthral maiden (8)
EPIGRAMS: Anagram (recycled) of SIR PAGE capturing (enthrall) the letter M from M(aiden)
8d King Charles’s residence where one is in disgrace? (8)
DOGHOUSE: This King Charles is a spaniel. This is where he might live and is where most husbands are said to be from time to time. Not me of course I live high upon a pedestal.
13d Hit by stick, doctor bonded with glue (10)
BLUDGEONED: Anagram (doctor) of BONDED with GLUE
15d Capricious female? (5,4)
NANNY GOAT: Capricious here refers to the zodiac sign Capricorn The sign of the Ram. If this Ram were female she would be the solution to this clue.
16d Said sale is fixed and charged (8)
ASSAILED: Anagram (is fixed) of SAID SALE
17d Names put out for sparkling Italian wine (8)
SPUMANTE: Anagram (out) of NAMES PUT
19d I’m upset to be limited by eye problem in snooker (6)
STYMIE: Our favourite eye infection contains the reversal (up) of I’m. This term used in the pastime Snooker originated in another pastime. Golf.
20d Where you will find screws on the doors (6)
PRISON: These screws are not the ones in your door hinges. They are warders in gaols and that is where you will find them
23d Disease doctor admits relented (5)
EASED: Our first lurker of the day.. hidden away somewhere within the letters of the clue
24d Capital in endless loose change? (4)
OSLO: Anagram (change) of loose minus its last lette (endless)
The usual good Monday morning fun from Rufus.
The Quick Crossword pun: prop+pen+city=propensity