Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28337
Hints and tips by mercurial Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
Thanks to all who turned in to Saturday’s get together. A good time was had by all. Thanks in no particular order to:
- Jean Luc Cheval who brought goodies for all and some individual gifts too.
- Cryptic Sue and Beet who brought cakes.
- Prolixic who brought puzzles (and his lovely self).
- Tilsit who has an everybody may write a clue puzzle, please request an answer if you want to write a clue for Tilsit’s puzzle.
- Big Dave for organising it (but not for hijacking my parking space outside the Bridge House)
- Senf, for flying across an ocean to be there. (Falcon, Pommers, 2ks, Mr Kitty. Where were you?)
- Saint Sharon. Isn’t she just the best?
- Everybody else too numerous to mention.
Below are my hints and tips to this typical offering from Rufus. They are there to help. I hope they do so. Definitions are underlined and actual answers are hidden beneath the greyed out boxes which say ‘click here’
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1a Completely honest followers of Scarborough and Leicester (4,3,6)
FAIR AND SQUARE: The word which follows Scarborough in a very old folk song together with the word that follows Leicester to find London’s predominant entertainment areas particularly for cinemas
10a Discourage editor returning to journalism (7)
DEPRESS: Our overworked shortened form of the word editor is reversed (returning) and followed by our regular term for journalism in general
11a Uniform — and its wearer? (7)
REGULAR: A double definition the second being a permanent professional member of the armed services
12a Remain in support (4)
STAY: Also a double definition. The second being a brace or support
13a Left out of clique, charming hostess whose guests made pigs of themselves (5)
CIRCE: Remove the letter L (left) from a group of people with a shared profession, interests, or acquaintances. What you are left with is a character from Greek mythology who invited Odysseus’s companions to a feast where by means of a dish laced with a magic potion and a wave of a magic wand turned them into pigs. Well that’s their story and they are sticking to it.
14a Abundant Religious Instruction given by church (4)
RICH: The initial letters of religious instruction together with the abbreviation for church
17a Time for settling scores? (7)
EVENING: A double definition. The first being a time of day usually from 6pm until bedtime
18a Retribution seems in order (7)
NEMESIS: Anagram (order) of SEEMS IN
19a Fired for sloppy editing (7)
IGNITED: Anagram (sloppy) of EDITING
22a Skilful when holding a chopper (7)
CLEAVER: Begin with an adjective meaning quick to understand, learn, and devise or apply ideas; intelligent. Now wrap it around (holding) the letter A
24a Country or Empire with no politician (4)
EIRE: Remove the member of parliament (politician) from the word empire and you are left with the Gaelic name for Ireland
25a Open a fresh page (5)
AGAPE: A from the clue followed by an anagram (fresh) of PAGE
26a Bird‘s speed when crossing the sea (4)
KNOT: This dumpy little shorebird is also a nautical measurement for speed. I wonder how many of these per hour this bird can fly at?
29a Decrease — one’s differences, say? (4,3)
IRON OUT: A clever clue. Split the first word 2,5 to make it all allude to the answer
This clue was changed online to accommodate the amended answer to 8d:
29a This person is exceptionally self-conscious (7)
EGOTIST: a straightorward cryptic definition
30a Painting technique Pam is converted to (7)
IMPASTO: Anagram (converted) of PAM IS. Followed by the word TO from the clue
31a Place of business for ruling class (13)
ESTABLISHMENT: A double definition again. There are not many thirteen letter words which fit both definitions are there?
2d A really quiet rest can bring calm (7)
APPEASE: A from the clue. Quiet in a cryptic crossword clue usually denotes the letter P from musical notation. The words ‘really quiet’ in this clue suggest a double P. This is then followed by a word meaning rest
3d Swim in three lanes (4)
REEL: A lurker hiding within the letters of the words in the clue. How they refer to the word Swim I will leave to those of you who own the BRB. Possibly Senf who has a brand new copy
4d Building a tree-house? (7)
NESTING: A cryptic definition of what birds are doing when building a little house for their eggs and their cute little chicks. Anybody who has seen the excuse of a pigeons nest would question the use of the word house.
5d A contest between two Poles and old Arab (7)
SARACEN: Place a sporting contest runners might be involved in between the two poles at either end of The earth’s axis of rotation
6d Do some pressing (4)
URGE: Make a strong effort to persuade
7d Meetings of supporters possibly raise about £50 (7)
RALLIES: Anagram (possibly) of RAISE around (about) the letter used to denote the Pound Sterling and the Roman numeral for 50
8d Revamped edited files as classical carol for the faithful (6,7)
ADESTE FIDELIS: Anagram (revamped) of EDITED FILES AS will give the Latin name of the carol Oh Come All Ye Faithful
This clue has now been revised online as the original anagram gave the incorrect spelling of said classic carol – 29a and 27d have also been revised:
8d Classical carol for the faithful feels edited as in error (6,7)
ADESTE FIDELES: Anagram (rather appropriately in the circumstances – in error) of FEELS EDITED AS
9d Not a chorister is out of tune in such an arrangement (13)
ORCHESTRATION: Anagram (is out) of NOT A CHORISTER
15d Arrival time? (5)
BIRTH: The time of one’s arrival as a baby upon this planet.
16d Fossil resin that should be approached with caution (5)
AMBER: This fossil resin that is sometimes used as jewellery is also one of our traffic light colours towards which one should proceed with caution
20d Apprehensive over sun resorts (7)
NERVOUS: Anagram (resorts) of OVER SUN
21d Watch, no hands! (7)
DIGITAL: A cryptic definition of a watch with numbers displayed but no hands to point at them
22d They’re round games, perhaps (3,4)
CUP TIES: The answer refers to games played during the rounds of a knockout competition.
23d Might it be served at a stag party? (7)
VENISON: The meat that comes from a stag or deer
27d Concluding passage is a bit of flamenco dancing (4)
CODA: The answer here is a lurker. Hiding away within the confines of the clue.
This clue was changed online to accommodate the amended answer to 8d:
27d Singer is keen to turn up (4)
DIVA: the reversal (to turn up in a down clue) of an adjective meaning keen
28d Second million that Dad’s put into tinned food (4)
SPAM: Take the abbreviations for Second and Million and place an affectionate term for your Dad inside. I cannot believe the following clip actually exists. Golly Bongs!
Is Mr Squires ironing pile building up? There seems to be a lot of pressing evening and ironing around this puzzle.
The Quick Crossword pun: bray+sand+bit=brace and bit