Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28379
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **** (from BD)
I am delighted to be able to report that Silvanus, a graduate of Rookie Corner and the NTSPP, has a puzzle published in today’s Independent. BD
What a great sporting week we have just had. The Cheltenham Festival thoroughly entertained through the week with lots superb racing. I managed to pick winners every day but never placed a bet. As I am indisposed I was unable to attend so watched on the TV every day.
Saturday provided a feast of Rugby Football to round off a great competition. As predicted by me in the preamble to the hints on January 2nd (puzzle) 28313 England won The RBS Six Nations Tournament but failed to secure a grand slam. Unfortunately they were not good enough on the day.
Rufus is in beguiling mood today somewhat overdoing the cryptic definitions which made the solve take longer than usual but nothing took too much effort.
Today’s hints and tips have been crafted by your regular Monday hinty person Miffypops who is still on a diet of runny Weetabix and soup because his mouth still hurts. The pain around the rib cage continues so it is light duties only. I try my best to explain how these cryptic clues relate to their solutions. I hope I can be of help to those in need. If necessary the click here boxes will reveal the answers Definitions are underlined.
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1a Conservative, wise one, shows craft (7)
CORACLE: use the abbreviation for C(onservative) and add the name of a person or deity considered to deliver wise or insightful counsel (not Crypticsue or Gazza)
5a There’s no catch in it (4,3)
DEAD SEA: A cryptic definition of the world’s lowest hypersaline lake. If it is indeed as its name suggests fishing would be futile
9a Mopes around the course (5)
EPSOM: Anagram (around) of MOPES
10a A charming utterance but it’s inflammable (9)
TOUCHWOOD: A decayed timber used for kindling which when split 5,4 is also said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck.
11a Kitchen accessories, subsequently put into bundles (5-5)
PLATE RACKS: place a word meaning after or eventually (subsequently) inside another word meaning bundles such as a bundle of playing cards
12a Low-key dwelling? (4)
FLAT: A double definition. The dwelling is obvious the low key may be the musical opposite to a sharp.
14a One who makes it in the cinema world? (4,8)
FILM PRODUCER: The person who makes a film happen. Not Quentin Tarantino or Steven Spielberg, they direct. This person manages the film’s finances, production, marketing and distribution
18a Acted like others and kept up with court action (8,4)
FOLLOWED SUIT: To have done as those before have done. From card games such as Whist or Bridge. To have kept up with as in watched every episode of a serial perhaps and a court action.
21a Newspaper’s shortened deadline? (4)
OBIT: The shortened form of a regular newspaper feature of which today’s Daily Telegraph includes Chuck Berry, Gino D’Achille and Colonel Peter Kidner.
22a Houseplant died with apiarists assembling netting (10)
ASPIDISTRA: Anagram (assembled) of APIARISTS including (netting) the abbreviation of D(ied)
25a Rank upon rank that’s found running through Hyde Park (6,3)
ROTTEN ROW: Take an adjective meaning rancid (rank) and add a noun meaning a single line of soldiers or police officers to make the name of a broad riding track that runs through Hyde Park from Hyde Park Corner to Serpentine Road. [Ironically the name is an 18th century corruption of Route du Roi BD]
26a Steadfast belief that’s unaffected by a setback (5)
TENET: This steadfast belief is a palindrome as indicated by the words unaffected by a setback
27a One hears of a murder at sea (7)
EARDRUM: Anagram (at sea) of A MURDER
28a Went quickly back to class to rehearse (7)
NARRATE: Reverse a word meaning went quickly and add a word (noun or verb) meaning to categorise or grade
1d Moves stealthily and quietly among N American Indians (6)
CREEPS: Place the musical abbreviation for quietly inside a large Native American Indian group
2d Clara’s upset by rogue (6)
RASCAL: Anagram (upset) of CLARA’S
3d Entrant in race scheming to crop time (10)
COMPETITOR: Anagram (scheming) of TO CROP TIME
4d Player that offers more (5)
EXTRA: A double definition. The first being an actor hired for crowd scenes.
5d Draughtsmen who’ve been overindulgent? (9)
DRUNKARDS: A draught is a drink. Those who partake in an overindulgence may be thus described. Be careful. Overindulgence may lead to a stumble which may lead to a fall in which ones teeth and ribs are severely damaged. The following clip contains a mild expletive please do not listen to Clement Freuds wonderful joke if you don’t want to hear it.
6d Part of influenza, chest pain (4)
ACHE: A hidden word lurking away inside the words in the clue. I know a thing or two about chest pains
7d Oxford tie? (8)
SHOELACE: Oxfords are a style of footwear. This tie is the means with which one fastens said footwear
8d German car, sort engineered for accounts people (8)
AUDITORS: A make of German car is followed by an anagram (engineered) of SORT
13d Notice government official’s conduct (10)
ADMINISTER: our usual suspect for a notice is followed by a senior member of the government
15d Corrupt morals met in disorder (9)
MAELSTROM: Anagram (corrupt) of MORALS MET
16d About series of lessons, naturally (2,6)
OF COURSE: A preposition is followed by a series of lectures or lessons in a particular subject, leading to an examination or qualification
17d Enclosed place that might be costlier (8)
CLOISTER: Anagram (might be) of COSTLIER
19d Way a New Zealand article portrays verse (6)
STANZA: Our regular way indicates the abbreviation for ST(reet). Use the A from the clue the written abbreviation for New Zealand and the letter A (article) to find this poetic device.
Hush hush, whisper who dares,
Little boy sits at the foot of the stairs
With blood on his hands and fur on the mat
Christopher Robin castrated the cat
20d Tom let loose to become something on the ranch? (6)
CATTLE: The furry animal of which the male is called a Tom is followed by an anagram (loose) of LET
23d I have written about area’s statesman (5)
IOWAN: Split 1,3 place a term meaning I have around (about) the abbreviation for area to find this resident of a Midwestern state
24d In France I will precede the Queen, generating ridicule (4)
JEER: place the French word meaning I before the initials of our wonderful queen Elizabeth Regina.
One of the great fathers of Rock and Roll music passed away on Saturday. Chuck Berry. We all have a lot to thank him for.
The Quick Crossword pun: scent+herpes=centrepiece