Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28319
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
I found this to be a pleasant slog which took quite a lot longer than Monday’s Rufus puzzles usually do. Perhaps because of the extremely busy weekend we had hosting The Mayflower Motorcycle Club first rally of the year. I have too much to do today so no illustrations. I have changed my avatar though. That is one cool dude in the new photograph.
The hits and tips below are written in plain English to help you understand just how the clue might lead you the solution. The word concatenate does not appear on Mondays.
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1a No one’s at home here (7,6)
NEUTRAL GROUND: A cryptic definition of a venue chosen for a sporting contest where neither team have the advantage of playing at home.
10a Take care to not be introspective (4,3)
LOOK OUT: A double definition. The first warning one to take care.
11a Title fight in booth (4,3)
CALL BOX: To give title to. Coupled with a verb meaning to fight according to the Queensberry rules
12a Short cut that’s about right (4)
CURT: Lift the word CUT from the clue and place it around the letter R(ight)
13a Listened and learned (5)
HEARD: To have perceived with the ear and to have gained knowledge.
14a Today’s most popular writer? (4)
BIRO: A cryptic definition of a kind of ballpoint pen (writer) named after its inventor. Surely the most popular writer today is the computer keypad.
17a Relatives getting directions — sighs of relief! (7)
NEPHEWS: Start with two compass points and add the plural of an exclamation expressing a strong sense of relief
18a Horrified by current events? (7)
SHOCKED: To be horrified or appalled thus might also be how you feel after experiencing electricity a little too closely
19a Add fifty-one to one-and-fifty. 100? It is not right! (7)
ILLICIT: Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin. Place the Roman numerals for the numbers 50 and 1 after the Roman numerals for 1 and 50. Now add the Roman numeral for 100 and the word IT from the clue. Easy wasn’t it.
22a Warn one that’s amusing (7)
CAUTION: A double definition. The second, an amusing or surprising person being described in my online dictionary as dated and informal
24a Farewell issue (4)
EXIT: The answer here is a place of departure from a room, building, or vehicle. The word also describes the act of leaving a place. It is also used as a stage direction. It is also a verb meaning to issue or withdraw
25a A lump in one’s throat (5)
UVULA: A cryptic definition of the soft wiggly piece of skin that dangles from the back of the throat
26a Work as a bank clerk and present an account (4)
TELL: A simple double definition.
29a Old European currency used on road repairing somewhere in S America (7)
ECUADOR: This South American country can be found by using the former term for the European Currency Unit (named after its initials) and an anagram (repairing) of ROAD
30a Gets messing about in boats (7)
OBTAINS: Anagram (messing about) of IN BOATS
31a Everybody’s out in the CO’s three-wheeler (7,6)
GENERAL STRIKE: Split 8,5 this national withdrawal of labour makes a three wheeled vehicle for a high ranking military officer
2d Self-indulgent action to gripe about (3,4)
EGO TRIP: Anagram (about) of TO GRIPE
3d Put one’s foot down back in Tudor times (4)
TROD: An inverted (back) hidden (in) word.
4d Those beastly overheads (7)
ANTLERS: These beasts are male deer. The overheads are their branched horns
5d Cargo transported up street in small fast vehicles (2-5)
GO-CARTS: Anagram (transported) of CARGO followed by the reversed (up in a down clue) abbreviation for street. I think these now use the letter K in place of the letter C.
6d Look round over leg in play (4)
OGLE: The round letter is followed by an anagram (in play) of LEG
7d Point is needed to beat old club (7)
NIBLICK: This point is the part of a pen which distributes ink to paper. This is followed by a word which means either to overcome or to deliver a smart blow. Both fit the word beat in the clue so take your pick. We have had The Mashie and The Brassie recently so maybe this antiquated triumvirate of names for golf clubs can be sent to cryptic crossword home for obscure tired and overused words
8d Not fit, thought to be rash (3-10)
ILL-CONSIDERED: Take a word meaning unfit or poorly and add a word meaning thought or pondered
9d Shoe with a tongue, in a manner of speaking (6,7)
OXFORD ENGLISH: This shoe is a brogue named after a county. The tongue is a language. Ours.
15d Form of tribunal? (5)
BENCH: A double definition. Also what the tribunal may be sitting on.
16d Extra payment on getting into public transport (5)
BONUS: Place the word ON from the clue inside a form of public transport. The popular term for an omnibus
20d In France the one indisputable freedom (7)
LEISURE: Begin with the French word for THE. Add the letter that looks like the number one and another word meaning indisputable or certain. Did you put Liberty in? I did.
21d Soldiers welcome sailors inside foreign restaurant (7)
TAVERNA: Place a three letter exclamation used to express good wishes on meeting or parting before the initial letters of the R(oyal) N(avy) and place them all inside our volunteer army. I think new solvers seeing this clue would think this is all Greek to me without realising just how close to the foreign restaurant they were.
22d Summons? Nothing to us, being hardened (7)
CALLOUS: Begin with a verb meaning to order or request the presence of. Add the round letter that looks like nothing and finish off with the word us lifted straight from the clue.
23d Competitors will be on edge in this arena (3,4)
ICE RINK: A definition of a place used for skating on metal blades as opposed to wheels.
27d Having no work to do, some take unpaid leave (4)
IDLE: Hidden (some) within the words of the clue.
28d Horse’s blaze of celebrity (4)
STAR: The shape of a blaze on a horses face is also the term given to a celebrity.
Hopefully normal service will be resumed next week. You have been warned.
The Quick Crossword pun: master+peace=masterpiece