Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28307
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good Morning from the eerily silent heart of Downtown L I. No people cars or horses have passed by as yet. How unusual?
My recommended must see film this year is on BBC1 (no adverts) on Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm is this.
You will not be wasting your time.
Today’s puzzle by Rufus had the usual sting in the tail with a sprinkling of clues pushing up the difficulty meter but nothing too seriously challenging
I take this opportunity to thank Rufus for coming up with these weekly slices of fun (The Monday Grauniad is also compiled by Rufus) which along with his Monday quickie puzzle sets Monday up nicely for so many people. Here’s to you and yours Roger Squires. Have a very happy new year.
I extend my wishes for a very happy new year to all blogsters. Whether you comment or lurk in silence or merely pop in to read that one hint you need for completion every few weeks or so, may the coming year be better than last year.
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1a Share a roll, being a reasonable person (11)
RATIONALIST: We begin with a three part charade using the first three words of the clue. Simply use a word meaning a share or allotted portion. Add the letter A which you can lift directly from the clue and add a roll. Not a bread or a Swiss Roll. Nor a roll down a hill or a roll of carpet. Not the roll of a dice nor even the gentle roll of the countryside. This roll is an official register of names.
Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode,
The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.
9a Time to pack up after Christmas? (6,3)
BOXING DAY: A cryptic definition hinting at what common people call St Stephen’s day
10a We hear forty of the Romans do better (5)
EXCEL: What we hear when we read the two letter Roman numeral denoting the number forty.
11a Weapons carried by police that may produce stares (6)
TASERS; Anagram (may produce) STARES
12a Face up! It might mean the opposite! (4,4)
BACK DOWN: The opposite of facing up to something is this. The second word of the clue and the answer are obvious opposites. The first words of the clue and the answer are less obvious opposites
13a Go and hunt out duck (6)
NOUGHT: Anagram (out) of Go and HUNT. The duck is a cricketing term.
15a Accommodation for poor sailors? (8)
STEERAGE: A cryptic definition of the old third class accommodation on a boat where passengers were crammed in to the smallest space possible and treated like canimals. This system is still in existence but not on boats. It is used extensively by modern airlines.
18a Stone pitcher (8)
CATAPULT: This pitcher of stones used a Y shaped strong twig and an elastic band to pitch stones at a target.
19a Production of smaller woods for indoor bowls (6)
BONSAI: A cryptic description of the Japanese art of growing miniature trees which will therefore need smaller bowls. I once knew a chap who opened a shop selling these trees. He was so successful that he was soon able to move into smaller premises.
21a Reminder one’s given in passing (8)
MEMORIAL: Another cryptic definition of ones tombstone perhaps.
Here lies the body of Ezra Pound. Lost at sea and never was found.
Here lies my wife: so let her lie. She’s at rest, and so am I.
Here lies the body of Pavlov’s puppy. Born stone deaf so got no suppy.
23a Measures broken biscuit (one I left) (6)
CUBITS: Anagram (broken of BISCUITS minus the one letter I that the clue tell you to remove
26a Dismiss and discuss no further (3,2)
LET GO: A double definition. To dismiss or fire an employee or to drop a subject
27a Planned a Yule rest with no frills (9)
AUSTERELY: Anagram (planned) of A YULE REST. (what yule rest)?
28a French fortress as the HQ, until being captured (3,8)
THE BASTILLE: A less formal way of saying until is place inside THE (from the clue) and a word meaning headquarters or the centre of operations.
1d Apply balm or aggravate someone’s trouble (3,2,2)
RUB IT IN: A double definition the second being great fun when the moment is right.
2d Official charge is for transportation (5)
TAXIS: Our dues to our government followed by the word IS from the clue. It is our right and our privilege to pay these dues to the central treasury for the common good of all.
3d Pro wins, he is out for a title (9)
OWNERSHIP: Anagram (s out) of PRO WINS HE
4d Excellent detective gives assistance (4)
AIDS: A two letter term meaning first rate or of the highest order is followed by a Detective Sergeant’s initials.
5d Cite ways to develop arctic wilderness (3,5)
ICY WASTE: Anagram ( to develop) of CITE WAYS
6d Twitch at first to wake in confusion (5)
TWEAK: The first letter ( at first of Twitch is followed by an anagram (in confusion) of WAKE
7d Gymnast will need this money in the bank (7)
BALANCE: A double definition. The second being the banking term amount you have in your bank account
8d New broadcast leaves out 500 performers (8)
ACROBATS: Anagram (new) of BROA (d) CAST minus (leaves out) the Roman numeral which denotes 500
14d Last of a multi-tea blend (8)
ULTIMATE: Anagram (blend) of MULTI TEA
16d Mum let one out for profit (9)
EMOLUMENT: Anagram (out) of MUM LET ONE. This is the third time this anagram indicator has been used today.
17d Split seen in a flirty dress? (8)
CLEAVAGE: A cryptic description of the hollow between a woman’s breasts when supported, especially as exposed by a low-cut garment
18d Fabulous site desert inhabitant returned to (7)
CAMELOT: The desert inhabitant may be a Dromedary or a Bactrian. He is folloed by the reversal (returned) of the word TO from the clue.
20d Enlist round about end of May, showing panache (2,5)
IN STYLE: Anagram (round) of ENLIST built around (about) the final letter (end of) of the word May
22d Outsize rubbish has been stacked around hen house (5)
ROOST: Our usual initials for outsize has a word meaning rubbish stacked around it to find a hen house
24d Perfect thought comes to pupil (5)
IDEAL: A thought or plan plus the usual letter indicating one is a learner.
25d A major landmass, though it could be minor (4)
ASIA: The name of the world’s largest continent. In conjunction with the word minor it forms the Anatolian peninsula. As peninsulas go I am happy to stick with The Roseland.
Thanks to all who commented on my blogs last year. It has been my pleasure to write this stuff and to try to remind you each week that it is just a bit of fun. Enjoy yourselves. It’s later than you think.
The Quick Crossword pun: mist+aches=mistakes