Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28385
Hints and tips by a happy Miffypops
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Well what a weekend. My rugby watching pals and I visited Grantchester on Saturday morning and all agree what a beautiful village it is. Particularly The Orchard Tea Garden, The Red Lion, The Green Man and The Blue Ball. We then watched Coventry RFC beat Cambridge in the sunshine.
In yesterday’s preamble Senf mentioned the high cost of tickets to see the Nobel Literature Laureate when he appears there in July. I arrived home to find my tickets for the great man’s concerts had safely arrived. Five pairsof tickets for Cardiff, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Liverpool and London in May. Deep joy.
Then we have our annual tradition that bemuses me. Every year I set the alarm for 2am so Saint Sharon can put the clocks forward at the right time. Now please explain this. All over the country we mess with mechanical devices that have no physical connection to the sun. So how does it know to shine for an extra hour? It beats me but it always knows what we expect of it.
Rufus seems to know what we expect of him and he does just that today. If you do as the clue suggests you should solve this puzzle in reasonable time.
These hints and tips have been written on the fly as both Big Dave and I are going walkabout. Hopefully these hints will lead you the solution if you are struggling with a particular clue. As usual the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden beneath the spoilers. Have a nice day everybody.
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1a To order cab is essential (5)
BASIC: Anagram (to order) of CAB IS
4a Shoe that’s in snakeskin (8)
MOCCASIN: A double definition. One being a simple shoe and the other a venomous American pit viper.
8a Ian, bored, that could be carefree (8)
DEBONAIR: Anagram (that could be) of IAN BORED
9a Takes in summer visitors (8)
SWALLOWS: Another double definition. The first a verb meaning to take in, engulf and cause to disappear and the second being winged, feathered and delightful
11a Overweight boss is a fool (7)
FATHEAD: Take word that might describe an overweight person and add another word that describes the person in charge (of a school for instance)
13a One is well rid of it (3,6)
ILL HEALTH: if one suffers this one is poorly. Rid of if one is not.
15a Just a footballer playing the game (15)
STRAIGHTFORWARD: Begin with an adverb meaning based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair and add a footballer who is supposed to score goals
18a He doesn’t have to be smart to fool the birds (9)
SCARECROW: A cryptic definition of a humanoid bird scarer
21a The French prohibition on Middle East republic (7)
LEBANON: Use the French masculine word for the, add a three letter noun meaning a prohibition and use the word ON directly from the clue.
22a It should make a Mexican less hot-headed (8)
SOMBRERO: A cryptic definition of a Mexican’s hat
24a Liable to get broken English with unusual dialect (8)
DELICATE: Anagram (unusual) of DIALECT and the E from E(nglish)
25a Clothes for soldiers cleaning drains? (8)
FATIGUES: A word used to denote a soldiers battledress is also a verb meaning to drain or tire somebody
26a Old aircraft, many of them flown by youngsters (5)
KITES: A word used by early pilot to describe their aeroplanes is also the word used for a toy that flies in the air controlled by string
1d A blooming comfortable place to be (3,2,5)
BED OF ROSES: this term used to describe a situation that is comfortable and easy has a floral allusion as indicated by the word blooming. It is a fair and honest description of Saint Sharon’s life with me.
2d Disposed to use bar, he vandalises (8)
SABOTEUR: Anagram (disposed) of TO USE BAR
3d Paper thrown at union meetings (8)
CONFETTI: As is often the case in crosswordland the union is a marriage and this clue refers to the ridiculous practice of throwing litter over the bride and groom as they leave .the church. For why? Lets hope the groom has more luck than this poor fellow
4d Has a damaging effect on a heavenly body (4)
MARS: A double definition, the second being one of our solar systems planets.
5d Army officer with what may be an excuse for a dog (6)
COLLIE: The abbreviated form of an army officer is followed by what may be a falsehood (excuse)
6d List, with or without two opening items (6)
SCROLL: The whole answer here is a type of list. The answer without its first two letters is also a type of list.
7d None of it is good, it’s said (4)
NEWS: The saying referred to here is No news is good news
10d One might see flow in this game (8)
WILDFOWL: A strange clue the answer is a gamebird with the first four letters indicating an anagram of FLOW
12d One can’t quite make up one’s mind to represent the rider (8)
DITHERER: Anagram (to represent) of THE RIDER
14d She and Gary disastrously will make bloomers (10)
HYDRANGEAS: Anagram (disastrously) of SHE AND GARY
16d Ruddy good fellow, but not Oxbridge material (8)
REDBRICK: The colour associated with ruddy is followed by a dated word describing someone who is a generous, helpful, and reliable person.
17d Ample coming from British sailor and German worker (8)
ABUNDANT: Our usual abbreviated form of a sailor (able bodied seaman) is followed by the German word for AND plus a worker insect
19d Approaching resort of St Malo (6)
ALMOST: Anagram (resort of) ST MALO
20d I grew agitated about a little pest (6)
EARWIG: Anagram (agitated) of I GREW around (about) the letter A from the clue
22d One’s among lesser fellows (4)
SERF: A lurker. Hiding away inside the letters of the clue.
23d Does translating into verse (4)
ODES: Anagram (translating) of DOES
Thanks to 1d I have written this listening to Elvis Costello. What a fun way to start the day.
The Quick Crossword pun: cat+err+wall=caterwaul