Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28403
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Big Dave’s Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
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On the fourth day of the Easter break we have our fourth puzzle without a single reference to the most important time of the Christian calendar. Interesting! I don’t remember Christmas being mentioned during the Christmas period either. Is this political correctness gone mad?
Today’s puzzle proved to be rather gentle with a real sting in its tail. I enjoyed revisiting my travels around the Greek islands from many years ago.
The hints and tips below have been written with love by Miffypops from his home right at the heart of Downtown LI. The hints and tips are there to help those who need a gentle nudge in the right direction. If the answer is required it can be found by clicking on the greyed-out box marked click here. Definitions are underlined.
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1a Give way under pressure and opt out — it’s laughable (8)
CRACKPOT: Begin with a verb meaning to give way or cause to give way under torture, pressure, or strain and add an anagram (out) of OPT
6a Place and time for an insect (6)
LOCUST: Use a noun which describes a particular position or place and add the abbreviation for T(ime)
9a Make attractive object — listening device (6)
ENDEAR: Split 3,3 we have a word meaning objective followed by the organ we use to listen with
10a Fruit that was once revered in China (8)
MANDARIN: This type of orange is also an official in any of the nine top grades of the former imperial Chinese civil service
11a Got there, unusually, but not by oneself (8)
TOGETHER: Anagram (unusually) of GOT THERE
12a A very loud manner, yet one may find romance (6)
AFFAIR: This clue is a charade. Do what it says step by step to build up the answer. Begin the letter A lifted directly from the clue. Add the musical notation that describes very loud. (The word pianoforte translates as soft/loud). Having the first three letters in place we now need a short word meaning manner an impression of a quality given by someone or something.
A woman was cleaning her husband’s dresser drawers when she found 3 golf balls and a box with £2000 in it. She waited for him to come home from the golf course to ask him why these things were hidden in his dresser drawer.
The husband said I’m sorry I hid this from you but the truth is every time I cheated on you over the last 30 years I put a golf ball in the drawer.
The wife was very upset at first but after thinking about it said “I guess 3 times in 30 years is really not that bad! Oh by the way what is the £2000 in the drawer.
The husband replied” Well every time I got to a dozen balls I sold them.
13a Unswerving with determination to stay unmarried (6-6)
SINGLE-MINDED: The first word meaning unmarried and the second meaning to think in a particular way
16a Union demonstration? (7,5)
WEDDING MARCH: A typically Rufus like cryptic definition. The union is one of the seven sacraments and the demonstration is a procession organised as a protest
19a This by itself would be in a gradual process (6)
LITTLE: The answer here when repeated with the word by placed between both words describes a gradual process
21a Prepare to create a scene (8)
REHEARSE: What actors and actresses do in advance to make sure a scene works once an audience is in place
23a Terrible outcome for lad Freud confused (8)
DREADFUL: Anagram (confused) of LAD FREUD
24a Pretentious air put in as private remarks (6)
ASIDES: Place a word meaning a pretentious air or a particular aspect of a situation or a person’s character inside the word AS FROM THE CLUE
25a Give the call sign (6)
BECKON: A cryptic definition of the act of making a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage or instruct someone to approach or follow.
26a Embark on an expedition — or an explanation (3,5)
SET FORTH: A double definition the first being more accessible than the second
2d And nothing in Royal Marines is left to chance (6)
RANDOM: place the word AND from the clue together with the letter that looks like a zero (nothing) inside the abbreviation for Royal Marines
3d Firm’s con supported by this island? (5)
CRETE: This Mediterranean island needs the word con in front of it to make a word meaning firm, fixed or solid.
4d Ruined temple right in way, nobody turns up (9)
PARTHENON: We can find this ruined temple by placing the abbreviation for R(ight) inside a way or track laid down for walking upon and adding the reverse (turns up) of a word meaning no one. Otherwise we can go to Athens and see it for itself
5d Met Blur, excitedly — many were carried away by it and lost their heads (7)
TUMBREL: Anagram (excitedly) of MET BLUR.
6d Fashionable lad welcomes in girl (5)
LINDA: Anagram (fashionable) of LAD with the word IN inside (welcoming)
7d Measure husks first for the bird (9)
CHAFFINCH: Take a measure (one twelfth of one foot) and place before it a word meaning husks or the outer dry covering of seeds
8d Animated by pride — it’s not right (8)
SPIRITED: Anagram (not right) of PRIDE IT’S.
13d Divert from byway (9)
SIDETRACK: A double definition. The second being a road off of a main road
14d Parade, seeing April here (5,4)
MARCH PAST: The demonstration already used at 16ac has gone by. If April is here this is what has happened to the third month of the year
15d High-class sports science award, we hear (8)
PEDIGREE: Our usual two letter suspect for sports or physical education is followed by a homophone of what those at university are seeking to achieve. Coincidentally it is also the name of one of my favourite beers.
17d Ball game lost by the witless? (7)
MARBLES: This ball game is played with glass alleys. Those suffering the effects of senility are said to have lost theirs.
18d Maintain a lock that must turn (6)
ASSERT: Use the letter A straight from the clue and add the reverse (that must turn) of a lock. Not one with keys but one that might be kept in a locket.
20d Small arch (5)
ELFIN: A double definition small and mischievous
22d Foreign friend and another on leave (5)
AMIGO: The whole is Spanish for friend. The first three letters are French for friend and followed by a word meaning to leave
19 across took me longer to get than the rest of the puzzle put together. How did you get on?
The Quick Crossword pun: diverse+city=diversity