Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28325
Hints and tips by unconcatenaceous Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment **
I did say I would return to normal service today. Thanks to Rufus for a fun puzzle and an opportunity to provide so much musical joy. The song at 7d surely cannot fail to please anybody so long as they are not from United Airlines. Well done to both Coventry Rugby teams on Saturday. Spring is around the corner. Life is for living. I suggest you live it.
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1a Having some saving graces? (7)
THRIFTY: The answer here is an adjective meaning using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. I am not sure about the clues cryptic qualification but what do I know?
5a Road surface that makes crawler come to complete stop (7)
ASPHALT: Our crawler here is the one that saw off Cleopatra. He or she is followed by a verb meaning to come to a complete stop
9a Play-boy? (5)
ACTOR: A barely cryptic definition of one who treads the boards on stage or poses in front of a movie camera. Co-incidentally the obituary of Victor Lowndes appears in the paper today
10a Collected tales, edited, about English PM (9)
DECAMERON: Reverse (about) our usual abbreviation of edited and add a recent Prime Minister who shares his name with a masterpiece of early Italian prose
11a IST tycoon (10)
CAPITALIST: To begin with we have three upper-case letters. Say what you see applies here. I think this may prove to be a Marmite clue. You will either love it or hate it. The second word in the clue is a straightforward definition
12a New star former county’s backing (4)
NOVA: This former county (somewhere around Bristol) can be reversed (backing). To make a new star
14a Those chosen courted coming unstuck, getting killed (12)
ELECTROCUTED: Somebody chosen but not yet in office is followed by an anagram (coming unstuck) of COURTED.
18a Show indifference to the lamb on Monday? (4-8)
COLD-SHOULDER: To ignore somebody completely might describe Mondays leftovers from a Sunday roast. Often accompanied by hot tongue I believe
21a Cricket trial? (4)
TEST: A description of any sporting contest between two countries
22a Outstanding arc-lights? (3,7)
BOW WINDOWS: These lights are openings which let light into a room. They are formed in an arc and are more common on posher houses
25a Moderate priest pursuing a line at end of service (9)
ALLEVIATE: A Lego® clue. For newcomers to this site we use the term Lego® to describe a clue that is built up from several parts of the clue. More formally known as a charade. We have five Lego® bricks to find here. The Priest is the third son of Jacob and Leah from the book of Genesis. He follows A from the clue and L(ine). The word AT comes after our priest and the final letter of service (end of) is the last letter of our answer. All neatly clued within nine words and thirty-nine letters
26a Duck down after it gives cover (5)
EIDER: The name of an old fashioned bed spread filled with the down from the breast of this duck.
27a Merit of French translation of verse (7)
DESERVE: The French for “of” is followed by an anagram (translation of) of VERSE
28a Tried to set about making huge car port (7)
DETROIT: Anagram (set about) of TRIED TO
1d Nectar may produce a state of ecstasy (6)
TRANCE: Anagram (may produce) of NECTAR or canter but that isn’t in the clue
2d Engineers class again make an impression in print (6)
RETYPE: The R(oyal) E(ngineers) are followed by a noun meaning a category of something
3d Special coach for top students? (5-5)
FIRST-CLASS: The best way to travel is also a way to describe the top set of students
4d Off-peak call? (5)
YODEL: Practise a form of singing or calling marked by rapid alternation between the normal voice and falsetto. The off peak reference refers to the alpine areas of Europe where it became popular therefore a call off the peak
5d Lancaster ruins inherited from forebears (9)
ANCESTRAL: Anagram (ruins) of LANCASTER
6d Display that had a dour following in French society (4)
POMP: The answer here stands alone as a noun meaning ceremony and splendid display. If it is followed by the words A DOUR from the clue we have yet another display. This time a hairstyle popular in olden day French society
7d Display wines duty-free here? (8)
AIRPORTS: Take a verb meaning to parade or show and add a fortified wine to discover a place where you can buy duty free goods (and have your expensive guitars ruined by careless baggage handlers)
8d Local vessels, normally handled singly (8)
TANKARDS: Single handled drinking vessels such as may be found in your local pub
13d Opportunity to put one in the picture? (6,4)
SCREEN TEST: A cryptic definition of a filmed trial to ascertain whether an actor is suitable for a film role.
15d Sweet thing that’s often in a bar and sometimes drunk (9)
CHOCOLATE: This confectionery is made from the roasted and ground Cacao Seeds. It is sold in the form of bars and can also be drunk hot which is nice in the morning with Brandy and a couple of fresh croissants
16d The brave country? (8)
SCOTLAND: The country that is brave according to the song written in the 1950s by Cliff Hanley and set to an old piping tune. Does anybody remember The White Heather Club?
17d They’d give seasoned advice seeing lads lost at sea (3,5)
OLD SALTS: Anagram (at sea) of LADS LOST follows a cryptic definition of the solution to the anagram
19d Sorcery makes five ducks go to five hundred ducks (6)
VOODOO: A duck in cricket is the score zero. We need a couple of these ducks to follow the Roman numeral denoting the number five and another couple of the little fellows to follow the Roman numeral for five hundred.
20d Wit shown by animated priest (6)
ESPRIT: Anagram (animated) of PRIEST
23d Flourish as one in union (5)
WIELD: place the letter that looks like the number one inside a union or joining of two metals using extreme heat
24d A parson must be upset to swear (4)
AVER: A from the clue is followed by the reversed (must be upset) informal name for a parson or vicar
An easy puzzle to blog today. All done by 6.45am. 6d did throw up an opportunity to use a Dylan song with the longer word in but I am not heartless and will spare you.
The Quick Crossword pun: bib+Leo+file=bibliophile