Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28367
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning from a bright but chilly day here in Shropshire. MP is unavailable for blogging duties so you have me instead. First chance that I’ve had to blog a Rufus puzzle and thankfully he is in a very generous mood – so I suspect that not many of you will require the need of my blog.
As usual, definitions are underlined where appropriate and if you’re really stuck the just click on the ‘Click Here’ button to reveal the solution. Happy solving.
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1a Got a first of course (6,1,6)
BACKED A WINNER: The ‘course’ being referred to in the clue could be Aintree. And this is what you would have done if you placed money on Aldiniti in 1981.
10a No way to get wealthy — you’ll just get the bird (7)
OSTRICH: The ‘no’ in the clue represents ‘0’ along with an abbreviation of a ‘way’. Then add on (to get) a synonym for ‘wealthy’.
11a A giddy goat, it may be musically excited (7)
AGITATO: Start with the ‘A’ from the clue and add an anagram (giddy) of GOAT IT.
12a One in front gets conceited (4)
VAIN: Take the Roman numeral for ‘one’ and insert it into a synonym for ‘front’ – as in leading.
13a One’s husband’s late (5)
WIDOW: This poor woman’s other half has passed on.
14a Suggest a clue for this answer (4)
HINT: Does what it says on the tin.
17a Sell oil, rum and sticky sweets (7)
LOLLIES: An anagram (rum) of SELL OIL.
18a Term very much like another (7)
SYNONYM: This term is the opposite of an antonym.
19a Something that’s essential when around fruit (7)
SATSUMA: A reversal clue (around) of a term (split 1,4) for something that’s essential and a synonym for ‘when’.
22a Acid criticism (7)
VITRIOL: double definition or is it?
24a Dutch product manufactured to be sent west (4)
EDAM: It’s Dutch and it’s cheese and it’s a reversal (to be sent west in an across clue) of a word meaning manufactured.
25a Grub is right at the centre of burning issue (5)
LARVA: Take the abbreviation for ‘right’ and insert it (at the centre) of a by-product of an active volcano (burning issue).
26a Residence with no outstanding features (4)
FLAT: Another double definition.
29a Agree to read in front of class (7)
CONFORM: The ‘read’ here is a synonym for studying along with another synonym for a group of children (class).
30a An upholder of the Christian word (7)
LECTERN: The ‘Christian word’ here is in two parts – the Old & New Testaments – and the answer is where you would find it lying in a Church.
31a One prefers things not so-so, but just so (13)
PERFECTIONIST: Someone who seeks to excel.
2d A rising of workers (7)
ANTHILL: The ‘workers’ here are of the insect variety and where they possibly live.
3d Work with stitches to heal (4)
KNIT: A double definition – the latter referring to how broken bones heal.
4d Sail had to be put up for these blooming things (7)
DAHLIAS: An reversal (to be put up) of SAIL HAD.
5d Paws one damaged which could be used in self-defence (7)
WEAPONS: An anagram (damaged) of PAWS ONE.
6d Return article if too unsophisticated (4)
NAIF: Start with a 2 letter ‘article’ then reverse it (return) and add the ‘IF’ from the clue.
7d Member of clergy leaves Apocalypse in state of euphoria (7)
ELATION: The Apocalypse refers to a Book in the Bible without (leaves) an abbreviation of a ‘member of clergy’.
8d The time it takes for ill-feeling to disappear (13)
CONVALESCENCE: The clue speaks for itself.
9d Looking or just thinking about it (13)
CONTEMPLATING: I really don’t know how to describe this but its normally a word used in conjunction with ‘navel’.
15d Virtuous but losing out over poisonous influence (5)
VIRUS: An anagram (over) of VIRTUOUS without the reversal (over) of ‘out’ from the clue (losing out).
16d Untie tricky knot (5)
UNITE: Another anagram (tricky) of UNTIE.
20d One under instruction to make a stand about wet weather (7)
TRAINEE: The ‘stand’ here is what a golfer could place his/her ball on and it contains (about) the synonym for ‘wet weather’.
21d Ian came to dance looking pale and sickly (7)
ANAEMIC: Believe it or not, another anagram (to dance) of IAN CAME.
22d He composed valid styles for entertaining quartet (7)
VIVALDI: Good Heavens – an anagram (styles) of VALID containing the Roman numeral for four (quartet).
BTW – The answer is not Mr Kennedy.
23d Complaint made by one head about learners (7)
ILLNESS: Use the ‘one’ from the clue as a Roman numeral and follow it with a synonym for a promontory (head). These then contain the abbreviation for ‘learners’ (twice).
27d House cover (4)
ROOF: Cryptic definition?
28d Work of art and one fake (4)
ICON: ‘One’ is to be taken as a Roman numeral then add a synonym for ‘fake’.
I take my hat off to MP as he does these every week. I really quite enjoyed the solve but the hints were difficult to write as RUFUS uses cryptic clueing quite a lot and I end up arguing with myself as to whether it’s a cryptic / &lit / double definition.
The clue I liked most of all was 19a – it virtually wrote itself in and I only got the parsing of it when the penny finally dropped. D’oh!
PS – Best wishes for a speedy recovery for our normal Monday blogger.
The Quick Crossword pun: can+did+date=candidate