Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28331
Hints and tips by an apologetic Miffypops (Sorry Mr Kitty)
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I found this to be the easiest of easy crossword puzzles. Rufus has never given me too much trouble but I cannot remember a crossword of his that has been solved so quickly before. The two answers at 8 and 18 down made me think of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem which I will now read once again.
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1a Actor who needs projection to reach his audience (4,4)
FILM STAR: This actor will only be seen by his audience after his work is projected onto a screen in a cinema
6a Ball game‘s big hitter being talked about (6)
SOCCER: This sport is nicknamed after a shortened form of the term association football. The clue calls for a homophone (being talked about) which works if we make the fourth letter of the solution the letter K.
9a Left by a student entrance (6)
PORTAL: Use the naval term for the left side. Add the letter A from the clue and our overused student derived from the large red letter clearly displayed at the front and back of a provisional license holders car.
10a Found to be lying (8)
SITUATED: A double definition. Where something is placed.
11a Sailor‘s fears are disguised (8)
SEAFARER: Anagram (disguised) of FEARS ARE. Ignore the plural in the clue. The answer is singular.
12a Coming from seafront, I’m expected punctually (2,4)
ON TIME: A rather nicely hidden word clue suggested by the words coming from. Only it’s not a hidden word. There are two of them. Double bubble. Lucky you.
13a Etiquette observed by the board (5,7)
TABLE MANNERS: This board is set for a meal. This is the etiquette used when sat at such a table. The lack of such etiquette can be seen in chain restaurants and are my main reason for avoiding them.
16a Type of interest objected to, being foolish (6-6)
SIMPLE MINDED: Way back when in the days of my poor schooling we were taught to calculate two types of interest on loans. The first word of this answer is one of those two types of interest. (Not the one with eight letters) The second word is clued by the words ‘objected to’ and should lead you to the past tense of a verb meaning distressed annoyed or worried by.
19a It can’t become whole (6)
INTACT: Anagram (become) of IT CAN’T
21a He openly works with a crook (8)
SHEPHERD: A Definition of a geezer who looks after little woolly animals in the open air. He is said to carry a crozier (crook) around with him. He may have done in the past but I have never seen one.
23a Greeks and Romans vary in stance (8)
ANCIENTS: Anagram (vary) of IN STANCE
24a Without it, the speaker would dry up (6)
SALIVA: A cryptic definition of the solution in one’s mouth, the speaker referred to in the clue
25a Repeatedly set about insect (6)
TSETSE: Anagram (about) of SET followed (repeatedly) by an anagram of SET. Clever huh?
26a Taking one drink laced with another (8)
STEALING: Misappropriating. The two drinks are the one we have first thing in the morning and a sweetened drink of spirits especially gin and water. One drink sits nicely inside the other
2d Did some evening work (6)
IRONED: Evening here means smoothing out or removing creases from. It is a cryptic definition of a mysterious process somewhere between the removal of worn clothing and its return to cupboards or wardrobes cleansed dried and ready to be worn again
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3d It’s an idea to turn up healthy to the doctor (5)
MOTIF: Take a three letter word meaning healthy and reverse it (turning up). Add it to a term for a doctor or M(edical) O(rderly)
4d Fair distribution of beer to all (9)
TOLERABLE: Anagram (distribution of) of BEER TO ALL.
5d Lowest acceptable price in store (7)
RESERVE: A double definition, the second being a verb meaning to store for future use.
6d Prepared to fight (3-2)
SET-TO: Another double definition. No further explanation necessary
7d Hurried after a number and gave punishment (9)
CHASTENED: Place a verb meaning hurried after the Roman numeral for one hundred.
8d First woman with right to get something extra in perpetuity (8)
EVERMORE: Use the name of the bibles first woman and add the letter R(ight) then add a word meaning a greater or additional amount
13d One gets the shrubbery into shape (9)
TOPIARIST: A vaguely cryptic definition of a gardener who trims bushes and hedges into artistic designs
14d Person who should get what’s coming to them (9)
ADDRESSEE: Another cryptic definition of the person named on a letter or parcel
15d Spoils Worcestershire opener’s time at the crease (8)
WINNINGS: Use the first letter (opener) of Worcester and add the name for one’s time at the crease in a cricket match.
17d Demands its sins to be found out (7)
INSISTS: Anagram (to be found out) of ITS SINS
18d Long for direction, being faint-hearted (6)
CRAVEN: Place a verb meaning to feel a powerful desire for something before one of the four points of the compass
20d Drawn — from the past, say (5)
TENSE: Our last double definition. The first being of a person strained from illness, exhaustion, pain, or anxiety about composing a helpful crossword blog.
22d Henry accepts a pound to provide certain kind of meat (5)
HALAL: Our shortened form of the name Henry has the letter A from the clue and the letter that denotes one pound sterling placed inside. This is not a kind of meat but a method of ritualistic slaughter
An all too easy start to the puzzling week.
The Quick Crossword pun: inn+sinew+ate=insinuate