Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28349
Hints and tips by meteoric Miffypops
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Good Morning from the heart of Downtown LI where life is getting back to normal after the great party that followed England’s comfortable win against Wales on Saturday.
Today once again Rufus delights us with his brand of cryptic kidology. I didn’t find any hold-ups and nor should you. If you need help the hints and tips below should guide you to the solution. If you still cannot solve the clue, click on the greyed out box and the answer will be revealed.
Those of a nervous disposition should be extremely careful if they are thinking of looking at yesterday’s excellent set of hints by new reviewer Senf. There is a sting in the tail immediately before the comments. Rest assured nothing so awful will ever appear on one of my blogs! [That’s a matter of opinion. BD]
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1a They make up a meal from different sources (7)
COURSES: We begin with a thinly disguised anagram (different) of SOURCES
5a You’re in a sound position within this (7)
EARSHOT: A cryptic definition of a noun meaning the range or distance over which one can hear or be heard.
9a Excel with striking trick (5)
OUTDO: Striking here means withdrawing one’s labour. Those striking are not in work. Quite the opposite. So begin with three letter word meaning on strike and add a word meaning to trick, con or swindle someone.
10a I’m in a state, showing high spirits (9)
ANIMATION: Take the letter A from the clue and a word meaning a state or country and Place the letters I’M inside
11a Persisting in flirtation (8-2)
CARRYING ON: A double definition the second being salacious, improper, or immoral behaviour
12a An addition adjoining eastern part of church (4)
APSE: An addition here is A Post Script. Add the abbreviation for E(astern)
4a Translation I altered slightly in passing (12)
TRANSITIONAL: Our second anagram where we don’t need too much mixing of letters. Altered is the anagram indicator and the fodder is TRANSLATION I
18a The good fortune to score a boundary? (6,2,4)
STROKE OF LUCK: This example of good fortune could apply to a batsman hitting a successful but flukey shot.
21a Heroic tale expressed in simple pictures (4)
EPIC: A hidden word. The answer is lurking within the words of the clue
22a Skilled craftsman? (10)
SHIPWRIGHT: This craftsman builds boats (crafts). Gurt big ones.
25a Takes to the Spanish, overturning charges (9)
TOLERATES: Use the word TO from the clue. Add the reversed (overturning) Spanish word for the and finally add some charges or fixed price’s
26a Coming from Lake Nyasa, land further north (5)
KENYA: Our second hidden word
27a They have absolute control of the French vessels (7)
DESPOTS: Translation time again. This time from English to French for the words of the. This is followed by a word meaning vessels. Not the seagoing ones built by 22ac but those in one’s kitchen and used for cooking
28a Attempted to replant seed outside for instance (7)
ESSAYED: place an anagram (to replant) of SEED around (outside) a three letter word meaning for instance
1d Selection of superior quality (6)
CHOICE: A double definition. The second being an adjective meaning of very good quality
2d Put out vessel for recovery (6)
UPTURN: An anagram (out) of PUT is followed by yet another vessel. This one is a tall, rounded vase with a stem and base, especially one used for storing the ashes of a cremated person
3d Big Apple supports good man with nothing, shattered and destitute (5-5)
STONY BROKE: The initials of the city known as The Big Apple follow Crosswordland’s usual good man (Saint) and the round letter that looks like nothing to form our first word here. The second word is simply a synonym of the word shattered.
4d Car trip round a place in S Europe (5)
SPAIN: Place an informal noun describing a brief trip in a car for pleasure around the letter A from the clue
5d Leader in a column? (9)
EDITORIAL: A cryptic definition of a newspaper article or column written by the head journalist
6d Managed to shelter old horse (4)
ROAN: Our regularly used word meaning managed wraps itself around (shelters) the letter O from the word old
7d They’re used for gripping turns in the road (8)
HAIRPIN: A double definition of something to hold ones locks or tresses in place and also very sharp bends in the road
8d With nurse, rely on changing in a sensitive way (8)
TENDERLY: A verb meaning to nurse is followed by an anagram (on changing) of RELY
13d Do they stop cars in record time? (4,6)
DISC BRAKES: The record here is black and round and played by a jockey (I kid you not. This is how we rolled back in the day) the answer is a system used for slowing and stopping cars. We also have a system that uses drums and another that uses callipers
15d Untethered the Pony Express’s first and last recruits (9)
NEOPHYTES: Take an anagram (untethered) of THE PONY and add the first and last letters of the word express
16d Agreed sea tends to be rough (8)
ASSENTED: Anagram (to be rough) of SEA TENDS
17d Objects as claret is shaken up (8)
ARTICLES: Anagram (shaken up) of CLARET IS
19d A representative business (6)
AGENCY: A cryptic defining of a business or organization providing a particular service on behalf of another business, person, or group
20d Half street and all beach (6)
STRAND: Use the letters from the first half of the word str(eet)and add the word and from the clue.
23d Outdated permit to go over East (5)
PASSÉ: A permit or warrant to do something is followed by the letter E(ast)
24d Old ship loses top of freight (4)
ARGO: A ships load minus its first letter (loses top of) is the name of Jason’s ship.
All good fun leaving plenty of time to enjoy the day.
The Quick Crossword pun: elfin+spectre=health inspector