Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28313
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Good Morning from the heart of Downtown LI. The party capital of rural Warwickshire.
Here are my predictions for 2017
- Some people will die in 2017.
- Women will wear silly hats but still look prettier than they do without hats.
- Crossword puzzles will not matter
- The accumulation of unnecessary crap will continue in our household but I will contribute nothing to this.
- The Daily Telegraph will fail to realise the value of Big Dave’s site and continue trying to rip pounds from people’s pockets with their unfair and antiquated premium rate phone lines.
- Comedians will remain unfunny
- England will win the Six Nations Tournament without a grand slam.
Today’s puzzle is a doddle. If you need help I have made an attempt to do so below. Definitions are underlined. The explanations should help you to the answers. If not the answers are hidden under the greyed out boxes.
Happy New Year. Happy solving.
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1a Old soldier’s to be taken in to get settled (6)
AGREED: Place our R(oyal) E(ngineers) inside a word meaning old. The one between Old and Pensioner in OAP
4a The kind of capital in a buoyant economy? (8)
FLOATING: A cryptic definition of a type of unfixed assets. The word buoyant is crucial to this clue
9a Car driver that’s liable for duty (6)
PETROL: What makes an engine run is also highly taxed.
10a Switch positions from time to time (3,3,2)
OFF AND ON: Double definition. The two positions of an electrical switch for example
12a Crooked king is in bad way (4)
AWRY: An anagram (bad) of WAY contains the chess notation for the piece known as the king
They that wash on Monday
Have all the week to dry;
They that wash on Tuesday
Are not so much awry;
They that wash on Wednesday
Are not so much to blame;
They that wash on Thursday,
Wash for shame;
They that wash on Friday,
Wash in need;
And they that wash on Saturday,
Oh! they’re sluts indeed.
13a Gangs that can give one a sense of anxiety (5)
ANGST: A lurker. Hidden in the clue. Indicated by the words can give.
14a Scoffed about knight making money for gambling (4)
ANTE: To scoff is to eat. The past tense of the word eat needs to be placed around (about) another chess notation. This time that of the knight or the horsey.
17a He cuts inside the fold (5-7)
SHEEP SHEARER: A fold is a pen or enclosure in a field where livestock, especially sheep, can be kept. This is what the person who gives those sheep a haircut is known as.
20a Facsimile I put on record mistakenly (12)
REPRODUCTION: Anagram (mistakenly) of I PUT ON RECORD.
23a A Republican gets into outsize rows (4)
OARS: A from the clue together with the abbreviation for a republican need to be placed inside another abbreviation meaning outsize. (Not XX or XL)
24a Intends to produce wealth (5)
MEANS: A double definition. Included in the lyrics in my illustration
25a Regularly applies to be seen with a petition (4)
PLEA: The word regularly is used here as a device to suggest the use of every other letter of the following word APPLIES. We are not told where to begin so we have either APIS or PLE. The clue carries on to say ‘to be seen with a’ suggesting the addition of the letter A to what we already have. APISA has one too many letters and isn’t a word. Go with the other one.
28a Stable one working horse (8)
STALLION: The stable here used to stable a single horse. Add the letter than looks like the number one and then add the word on straight from the clue. Job done.
29a Site my allotment to give hindrance for old golfers (6)
STYMIE: Anagram (allotment) of SITE MY. Allotment is an unusual anagram indicator
30a Delay when mail has broken open (8)
POSTPONE: The word for The Royal Mail followed by an anagram (broken) of OPEN
31a She gives expression of surprise about label being back to front (6)
AGATHA: Place an expression of surprise around the reversal of a label. The reversal indicator is being back to front. The expression of surprise is also a catchphrase used by Alan Partridge and borrowed from a Swedish pop group or the name of a Norwegian group. It is also expressed by many upon solving a particularly devious clue as an expression of triumph.
1d Survey in a paper is distorted (8)
APPRAISE: Anagram (distorted) of A PAPER IS
2d Elected to be sent back (8)
RETURNED: A double definition. Think of the title of the geezer who reads out the numbers of votes after an election
3d School bill’s rising (4)
ETON: This famous school near to Windsor is the reverse of a bill of fare
5d Abandoned candidature, being too far behind (4,8)
LEFT STANDING: A synonym for the word abandoned is followed what candidature means to one trying to gain office through election
6d A fellow artist’s depicted looking up at a distance (4)
AFAR: A from the clue. The abbreviation for Fellow. An artist or Royal Academician reversed (looking up )
7d I love to eat what’s in the medicine chest? (6)
IODINE: A charade of the following. I from the clue. The letter that looks like the love score in Tennis. A verb meaning to eat.
8d An egg’s to be cooked in holy water (6)
GANGES: Anagram (to be cooked) of AN EGGS
11d Place with unique way to get around dump? (3-5,4)
ONE HORSE TOWN: A place with few and poor facilities may be described as such. Having only one such animal makes such a mode of transport unique.
15d Spots or moles (5)
SPIES: A double definition. The second being a secret agent
16d Length a boxer will go to for a jab (5)
REACH: The distance to which a boxer, can stretch out their hand
18d Award going to Turkey’s top negotiator (8)
DIPLOMAT: A certificate awarded by an educational institution is followed by the first (top) letter of the word Turkey
19d American moved secretly (2,6)
IN CAMERA: Anagram (moved) of AMERICAN
21d In talk one’s active though one’s talk is idle (6)
GOSSIP: A rather cryptic definition of a tittle tattle
22d American girls — they’re a sight in Norfolk (6)
BROADS: Double definition. The second being the waterways of Norfolk
26d Beer’s served up in error (4)
SLIP: This error is the reversal of a type of lager
27d Street silver speculator (4)
STAG: This stock market speculator can be found by combining the regular abbreviation for Street with the chemical symbol for silver
The Quick Crossword pun: gutter+snipe=guttersnipe