Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28373
Hints and tips by a still mangled Miffypops
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Today we have another fine puzzle from the Monday maestro Rufus containing several interesting takes on cryptic definitions a few (too many) anagrams, a homophone, an initial letter clue but no lurkers unless they are so well hidden I failed to spot them.
I have had a satisfying weekend of Rugby Football particularly enjoying EXCELLENT wins by Coventry and England. Roll on next Saturday
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1a One buccaneering vulgar song we hear (7)
CORSAIR: A homophone clue. A buccaneer or pirate might become (we hear) a vulgar or crude tune when split 6,3 Although the clue only has 7 letters the homophone does indeed split 6,3)
5a He and Carol suffering disease (7)
CHOLERA: Anagram (suffering) of HE and CAROL
9a Steps taken to make sunburn disappear? (5)
TANGO: These steps are a dance which if split 3,2 might describe how one’s sunburn might disappear
10a Young stall-holders (9)
CHOIRBOYS: These young stall-holders might sit in stalls in a church or cathedral where from time to time they may sing a tune or two. Here are some fine examples alongside some images of England’s greatest cathedral.
11a Uriah’s mate, terribly unprofessional (10)
AMATEURISH: Anagram (terribly) of URIAH’S MATE
12a Cliff‘s evidence of having been hurt (4)
SCAR: A steep high cliff or rock outcrop, especially of limestone may also be a mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely and fibrous connective tissue has developed. Oh the joys of copying and pasting.
14a Some pine for a £500 crossword (6,6)
MONKEY PUZZLE: An informal term for the sum of £500 is followed by what a crossword is an example of. Together the answer gives a common name for a tree of the Pine family? This pine comes along quite often. It is a tree of the name Araucaria. A google search of the name John Galbraith Graham may provide some interest here
18a They take part in emergencies (12)
UNDERSTUDIES: A cryptic definition of those in theatre land who step in to play a role or part at short notice due to the unexpected absence of the main player
21a Mind how we must appear in Paris (4)
NOUS: A noun meaning the mind or intellect is also the French translation of the word we.
22a One who enters the services (10)
CHURCHGOER: A cryptic definition of one who enters a consecrated building to attend the services or masses held therein
25a Pursued, catching ten to be punished (9)
CHASTENED: A verb meaning to be pursued ( as a fox might be by hounds) goes around (catches) the word TEN From the clue
26a Cried with this person getting married (5)
MEWED: A pronoun used by a person to describe themselves is followed by a verb meaning getting married to.
27a Migrant who pays his debts (7).
SETTLER: This double definition refers to one who pays and a colonist
28a Book public transport (7)
OMNIBUS: And this double definition does exactly what it says on the tin with the first definition being a book comprising of several books together that have previously been published separately
1d Being disturbed, can Pat snooze? (6)
CATNAP: Anagram (being disturbed) of CAN PAT
2d True about National Trust getting receipts for letter? (6)
RENTAL: Place an adjective meaning actually existing (true) around (about) the abbreviation for the National Trust
3d It’s not beneath the directors, to be honest (5,5)
ABOVE BOARD: Take an adverb meaning at a higher level than (not beneath) and add the collective name for a group of company directors
4d Happen to be unoriginal (5)
RECUR: A cryptic definition of a verb meaning to occur again periodically or repeatedly and therefore being unoriginal
5d Inward-looking (5-4)
CROSS-EYED: Another cryptic definition. This time of an adjective describing the turning in of one or both eyes towards the nose. This would be simplicity itself to illustrate but it is a sight I hate to see. Yuck!.
6d Means of propulsion on a Roman ship originally (4)
OARS: The answer lies with the initial letters (originally) of four consecutive words in the clue. Have you bought this book yet?
7d Banish spirits with zero ice upsetting imbibing times (8)
EXORCIZE: Anagram (upsetting) of ZERO ICE taking in (imbibing) the mathematical symbol for times
8d Insisted on a fresh dessert (8)
ASSERTED: A from the clue followed by an anagram (fresh) of DESSERT
13d One with powers over the rest of us (10)
SUPERHUMAN: My last one in. A cryptic definition of one such as Clark Kent of DC Comics
15d General thickener for cooking (9)
KITCHENER: Anagram (for cooking) of THICKENER
16d Tea dispenser is among features in heaters (8)
FURNACES: place a three-lettered tea dispenser inside (among) the plural of the front part of one’s head.
17d Notice worker accepting project for military assistant (8)
ADJUTANT: This notice is an advertisement. Use its abbreviation together with one of our regular workers (not the honey maker) and wrap them around a verb meaning to project out from something
19d Network company books in which you and I will have entry (6)
COBWEB: Use the abbreviation for company and two single letter abbreviations for book (as indicated by the plural in the clue) Now place the pronoun used to determine you and I together inside the two bookish abbreviations
20d Stared in shock seeing exchanges (6)
TRADES: Anagram (in shock) of STARED
23d Send message to a daughter in port (5)
RADIO: Our regular three letter port (actually the first word of a three-worded port) has the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for D(aughter) included (in)
24d And others after time turned up (2,2)
ET AL: Take a word meaning after time or tardy. Reverse it (up) and split it 2,2
Solved in silence and reviewed to the wonderful Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan with The Band.
The Quick Crossword pun: killer+bite=kilobyte