Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28343
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Yesterday I went Hacking in a party of twelve at The Derbyshire Trekking Centre. By a bizarre co-incidence my horse was named Rufus. (Quickly renamed Fireblade The Destroyer) and here we are
on the left third from right of the picture.
Rufus the crossword setter (not the horse) has set another nice puzzle to ease us gently into the crosswording week. I found this quite easy once I spotted the right anagram fodder for 20ac.
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1a Saw, only to become a prisoner (6)
BEHELD: A neat double definition. The first being the past tense of a word meaning to have seen something awesome and often used biblically. The second definition needs to be Split 2,4
4a Don’t weary everyone being boring (8)
TIRESOME: Split 4,4 this is how you would bore many in earshot but not all.
9a Hidden talent for demolition (6)
LATENT: Anagram (for demolition) of TALENT
10a Vertigo surprises (8)
STAGGERS: A double definition of which the second will be more obvious
12a That man heads the Spanish list (4)
HEEL: Take a two letter word for that man and add the Spanish word for THE to make a verb meaning (of a boat or ship) lean over due to pressure of wind or an uneven load
13a Beautiful girl one may ring, we hear (5)
BELLE: This word for a beautiful girl (pictured) sounds like something that goes ding dong.
14a Winger who is easily outwitted (4)
GULL: This annoying seabird sounds like somebody easily duped
17a Spiteful functionary, one with position on board (5,7)
PETTY OFFICER: A word meaning spiteful followed by a word meaning a functionary will lead to a man on board who ranks above the ordinary seaman but below the higher ranks. The man on board may misdirect you towards chess pieces.
20a Creating pure liquid is improving (12)
RECUPERATING: Anagram (liquid) of CREATING PURE. Not as I thought at first, an anagram (improving) of pure liquid is
23a Expert seen about new ailment (4)
ACNE: Place a word meaning expert around N for new.
24a Order of letters in the dictionary (5)
EDICT: A hidden word or lurker. The answer is hidden away within the letters of the clue.
25a Bit of light timber (4)
BEAM: A double definition and a Toughie setter.
28a Criticism for decent chap leading strike (8)
BRICKBAT: Split 5,3. We have an all-round good chap ahead of a strike in cricket perhaps.
29a Quit school subject and make one’s name as a writer (6)
RESIGN: To quit one’s job or position. Split 2,4 to get a school subject and a verb meaning write one’s name.
30a Article seen in French newspaper — it’s refreshing (8)
LEMONADE: Take the name of France’s best selling newspaper and, insert the letter A.
31a Country where you may see us in exotic sari (6)
RUSSIA: Anagram (exotic) of SARI is wrapped around the word US from the clue.
1d They may call for you at an American hotel (8)
BELLHOPS: This is the American term for a lowly hotel employee who may carry your bags to your room for you and attend to minor needs such as calling for a taxi.
2d Up to now, best-seller is followed by other novel (8)
HITHERTO: An anagram (novel) of OTHER follows a word meaning a best seller or chart topper
3d Very small part for an actor, but it’s a job (4)
LINE: The smallest speaking part an actor might have or one’s type of work.
5d News that the teacher would welcome in any form? (12)
INTELLIGENCE: The term applied to the collection of information of military or political value would please a schoolmaster if his pupils showed signs of it.
6d Extremely nervous? (4)
EDGY: A double definition. I cannot think of any other help I can offer
7d Speak freely and reveal what’s there (4,2)
OPEN UP: To freely reveal something orally or to take the cover off something to show the contents
8d They play supporting roles in the studio (6)
EASELS: The stands artists place their drawings upon
11d Settled after fresh start somewhere in N America (12)
NEWFOUNDLAND: Use a three letter word meaning fresh and a phrase (5,4) meaning settled.
15d Neat residences (5)
BYRES: Neat hear is a word meaning cattle. Old hands at crosswords will groan and write in the answer. Newcomers may struggle.
16d Don’t allow untidy beard (5)
DEBAR: An anagram (untidy) of BEARD.
18d Symphonist, British, is turning up with English composer needing no introduction (8)
SIBELIUS: Reverse (turning up) the B from B(ritish) and the IS from the clue. Now add an English Composer minus his initial letter as in the instruction “needing no introduction”. Thanks to Big Dave for assistance in parsing this one.
19d This can provide an image that includes love — for oneself? (8)
EGOMANIA: Anagram (this can provide) of AN IMAGE with the letter that looks like the love score in tennis included.
21d Medical man imprisoned for harmless frolic (6)
GAMBOL: One of our regular abbreviations for a medical man is placed inside an old fashioned spelling of the word JAIL
22d Not well employed? (6)
INFIRM: A double definition with the second needing the answer to be split 2,4 to make sense
26d Not unlike a spill of ink (4)
AKIN: A from the clue is followed by an anagram (spill of) of INK
27d List of items available for males thought socially acceptable (4)
MENU: The collective term for males is followed by the letter U meaning acceptable. Unacceptable is Non U.
A great weekend of Rugby. Bring on the next round.
The Quick Crossword pun: autumn+attic=dddd