Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28295
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good day from the beating heart of Downtown LI. We have a trademark Rufus puzzle today which yielded little on my first pass and fell rapidly on the second and third.
I am extremely proud of The Nobel Committees brave decision to award Bob Dylan the Nobel prize in literature. His written acceptance speech was outstanding. I particularly liked the closing part.
Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, “Are my songs literature?”
So, I do thank the Swedish Academy, both for taking the time to consider that very question, and, ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer.
My best wishes to you all,
The hints and tips below have been selflessly and lovingly prepared for you today by Miffypops. A poorly schooled orphan boy. I have done my best to help those who need help. The answers are hidden beneath the click here banners. Illustrations provided may or may not have any relevance whatsoever to any of the clues.
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1a Papal orders cause dismay (5)
APPAL: ANAGRAM (oh how I love them) of PAPAL as indicated by the word orders.
4a Harmony sprays containing carbon that comes by royal appointment (8)
MONARCHY: This is our second anagram today superbly indicated by the word sprays. Sprays may be this year’s most original anagram indicator. It certainly made Miffypops smile. Sprays is the indicator and HARMONY is the fodder. But wait I hear you cry out. The answer requires eight letters and HARMONY is only seven. The eighth letter requires an insertion of the letter C which is the chemical symbol for Carbon in the periodic table. I think this clue will please fellow blogger Kitty who has stated publicly just how much she likes an insertion.
8a Played pirate in company making a comeback with music (8)
OPERATIC: Whoopee Doo! An anagram (played) of PIRATE inside the reversed (making a comeback) shortened form of the word company
9a A copper-lined box made carefully and precisely (8)
ACCURATE: Oh dear! This clue does not work for me. We have the letter A lifted from the clue. A wooden box and another element from the periodic table. In this case copper. Place the copper into the wooden box to find our answer. The clue asks for copper lined which to me suggests the copper should be outside the box not inside it. Does anybody want to blog on Mondays. My head hurts. If it helps the answer is an anagram of my own making of CURE A CAT.
This is a copper-lined box! BD
11a Violent melee in front of National Trust unit (7)
ELEMENT: Anagram (violent) of MELEE placed before the abbreviation for the National Trust
13a Missing persons (9)
ABSENTEES: A cryptic definition of those not where they should be. AWOL types. Unreliables. Not like me. I turn up every Monday at Big Dave’s house and write these notes. It is about an hour’s fast drive for me. Spare a thought for Falcon, Pommers and Mr Kitty who have to fly in to take their turn. Pam and Dave do provide the nicest breakfasts though.
15a Current account (11,4)
ELECTRICITY BILL: The charge you pay to be connected to the mains for the supply of a form of energy resulting from the existence of charged particles (such as electrons or protons), either statically as an accumulation of charge or dynamically as a current. The best use of this form of energy is to amplify the music of Nobel laureate Bob Dylan.
18a Student sitting in beginning to enjoy lecture (7-2)
TALKING TO: Another insertion (Kitty will be pleased) our learner driver letter or student needs to be placed within a short phrase that means beginning to like or forming a liking for or beginning to fall into the habit of.
21a Render an account (7)
NARRATE: A cryptic definition of telling a tale. David Attenborough does this very well.
22a Recommending distressed diva do what divas do? (8)
ADVISING: Our friend the anagram is back but only partially. Anagram (distressed) of DIVA followed by what a diva does.
24a Certified bureaucrat? (8)
OFFICIAL: A double definition may I ask why those at Stratford Upon Avon are so difficult whilst those at Warwick are so helpful?
25a Solitary eccentric, supporter of the monarchy (8)
ROYALIST: Anagram (eccentric) of SOLITARY. This very anagram gave me grief some years ago and again more recently. Both times it was the last one in. It was pleasant to spot it straight away today. Miffypops 1 Rufus 0.
26a I must leave region, unfortunately being one beyond help (5)
GONER: Unfortunately an anagram (unfortunately) of IGNORE minus the letter I (I must leave)
1d The youngster‘s grant’s in a foreign currency (10)
ADOLESCENT: Somebody who is ready for the Zombie apocalypse but not for tomorrows mathematics exam. A nice charade of a clue. Place a word meaning grant’s as in gives out unemployment benefit inside the letter A from the clue and a foreign currency or one hundredth part of a foreign currency. I call upon Dutch to rule upon whether or not this clue is fair. Surely the Dollar is the currency While you are about it have a look at the in the box out of the box puzzle at 9ac
2d Keep small cash book (8)
PRESERVE: Use the abbreviation for our smallest coin and add a verb meaning to book in advance to find this Jam. I have booked my tickets for Nobel laureate Bob Dylan’s tour in May. Cardiff, Bournemouth Nottingham Liverpool and London will be graced by my presence. Bring it on.
3d Miss holiday abroad (5,3)
LEAVE OUT: A word for your holiday time (imported from the Useless States of America) is followed by a word meaning abroad or not at home.
4d Mineral that could be discharged by seismic activity (4)
MICA: Hidden word (lurker) indicated by the words could be discharged by. I put this into the solenoids that triggered the activation of Concorde’s landing gear.
5d Fall for an American (6)
AUTUMN: The season that the Americans call The Fall. They call it this because it is what we used to call it when the early settlers went there. They rather boringly stuck with it whilst we organically grew our language and changed it to Autumn. Wicked innit?
6d Stick that’s split? (6)
CLEAVE: possibly my favourite word in the whole wide world. One word with equal and opposite meanings. To split and to join. Here we have a double definition. A verb first and a verb second. How cool is that?
7d Have a drink after end of study in university (4)
YALE : This Ivy Leaf American university can be found by putting the final letter (end of) of the word study before a type of alcoholic drink much loved by yours truly.
10d Actors getting support from press? It’s hard (4,4)
CAST IRON: Place a word for a list of actors in a play before an old fashioned word meaning to press or smooth out creases in clothes to find this metal. Here is a picture of an early use of this close to Rufus’s home
12d Challenging and accepting (6,2)
TAKING ON: A trademark Rufus double definition.
14d Old sailor with stock of wine in small vessel (4,6)
SALT CELLAR: This misleading vessel is part of a cruet set. One of our regular terms for a bell bottomed sailor is followed by the room in which we keep our collection of fine wines.
16d Desire new head to lead study (8)
YEARNING: Decapitate the noun meaning the acquisition of knowledge (study) and attach a new first letter as indicated by the words new head
17d Ivan is bent on intrusion (8)
INVASION: Anagram (bent) of IVAN IS followed by the word ON lifted straight from the clue
19d Left one extremely out of sorts (6)
LIVERY: Use the letter L for L(eft) The letter that looks like the number one and add a synonym for the word extremely.
20d Insinuate popular list needs reordering (6)
INSTIL: Our popular two letter word meaning popular is followed by an anagram (needs restoring) of LIST
22d State of a cleric looking heavenwards (4)
AVER: Take the letter A straight from the clue and add the reverse (looking heavenwards) of a shortened form of a man of the cloth.
23d An extremely painful condition (4)
GOUT: A cryptic definition of a medical condition caused by a build-up of Uric acid which affects the extreme parts of the body. Said to be caused by an excess of wine women and song and prominent amongst the clergy.
Written whilst listening to ….. who else would it be at this time?
The Quick Crossword pun: all+tug+ether=all together