Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28409
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Big Dave’s Personal Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good day everybody. It is Monday. It Is a Rufus puzzle. It is a tad predictable with plenty of fun to be had along the way. None of the anagrams need pencils and I can count only one unusual word. Today is National Pigs in Blankets Day. Make what you will of that one.
With regard to yesterday’s London Marathon, Matthew Rees is a top bloke. The Cambridges and Harry did alright as well. Mark, Suzy, Steve Tara and Martin from our village all completed it as well. It can’t be that difficult as Suzy, Martin and Steve all called in for a drink afterwards. Mark stayed on in London to watch this daughter dancing at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
The hints and tips below were lovingly written at silly o clock this morning. Definitions are underlined and the clues are hidden beneath the spoilers marked click here.
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1a Capital in account to get new car (5)
ACCRA: Use the abbreviation for ac(count) and add an anagram (new) of CAR
4a They’re no good by all accounts (3,5)
BAD DEBTS: The opposite of good followed by what outstanding accounts are an example of
8a Len, a Tory, goes out in florid style (8)
ORNATELY: Anagram (goes out) of LEN A TORY
9a Large town following legend’s wisdom (8)
SAGACITY: place a word defining a large town after another word for a legend. These are typically Norse or Icelandic in origin
11a I’m standing by for each one left and put in jeopardy (7)
IMPERIL: A four part harmony clue. A charade in four acts. Use the letters I’M directly from the clue. Add a word meaning for each. Now add the letter that looks like the number one and the abbreviation for L(eft)
13a A drink knocked over runs quickly and dries up (9)
ATROPHIES: Begin with the letter A from the clue and add a fortified wine reversed (drink knocked over). Now add an archaic word meaning hurries. This word was first brought to by attention when aged about 12 by an English teacher who pointed out that it meant exactly the same as hurries, uses less letters than hurries and can be formed by removing letters from the word hurries.
15a Requirement for sewer near land the deed dealt with (6,3,6)
NEEDLE AND THREAD: Anagram (dealt with) of NEAR LAND THE DEED
18a Remained a single and not disturbed (4,5)
LEFT ALONE: A synonym of the word remained and a synonym of the word single are split by the letter A from the clue. Altogether split 5,4 they match the underlined definition
21a Mourn eccentric old peer (7)
DEPLORE: Anagram (eccentric) of OLD PEER
22a Light entertainment to repeat all over the place (8)
OPERETTA: Anagram (all over the place) of TO REPEAT
24a One involved with erratic standards (8)
CRITERIA: Anagram (Involved) of ERRATIC and the letter that looks like the number one
25a Outfit with energy grabbing silver in equestrian discipline (8)
DRESSAGE: Start with a verb meaning to clothe someone (outfit). Use the abbreviation for E(nergy) and insert (grabbing) the symbol used to denote silver
26a Water lily collection going to America (5)
LOTUS: Use a word meaning a great amount of something ad add the usual subject for The United States of America
1d Native graduate returns to meet first form (10)
ABORIGINAL: Reverse (returns) The letters a graduate might put after his name and add a noun meaning the first or earliest form of something.
2d Prison breaks contained by church scheme (8)
CONSPIRE: Place an anagram to (breaks) of PRISON inside (contained by) the abbreviation for The Church of England
3d Nevertheless, not to be satisfied with just part? (5,3)
AFTER ALL: Craving for the whole. Not just the part.
4d They will be themselves (4)
BOYS: According to a popular saying those of a certain gender will be like those of a certain gender. A similar clue at 19 across caused a lot of comment last week DT 28,403
5d Leave the City with clammy weather about (6)
DECAMP: The abbreviation for the part of London known as The City has clammy or moist weather around it.
6d Pacific location in which one may be found sunbathing (6)
BIKINI: A two piece bathing costume named after an atoll in the Pacific Ocean
7d Dispatch snow vehicle, we hear (4)
SLAY: A word meaning to kill (despatch) sounds like (we hear) a snow vehicle. Not a vehicle made of snow but one pulled by reindeer
10d Shorter game’s interrupted in these days (8)
ABRIDGED: A card game needs to be placed between two letters that refer to these days since the death of Christ. These terms have now been superseded by Common Era and Before Common Era. I wonder when the setters will catch on to that one?
12d Attack lazy fellow (8)
LAYABOUT: The attack needing to be split 3,5
14d Riding breeches? No, but riders do use them (10)
SADDLEBAGS: Split 6,4 the answer might refer to a slang name for the trousers one wears whilst riding a horse. The whole refers to the containers a rider might use to secure their possessions whilst riding. Last seen in Cowboy films.
16d All being well, it should be empty (8)
HOSPITAL: Health wise if we were all fit and well these buildings would be empty of patients. The front line nursing staff would be laid off but an army of highly paid mangers would still be there, just in case.
17d Unusual car route for one in Brussels (8)
EUROCRAT: Anagram (unusual) of CAR ROUTE
19d Intense dancing rife before getting caught with Ecstasy? (6)
FIERCE: Anagram (dancing) of RIFE followed by the abbreviations of caught and Ecstasy
20d They represent us –- amen! (6)
AGENTS: Split Amen 1,3. Use the letter A and add another word for men.
22d Married with ring –- outstanding (4)
OWED: A three letter word meaning married is joined by the letter that looks like a ring. The clue does not tell us which comes first so we have a tiny bit of work to do here.
23d Problem that teacher’s hidden (4)
ACHE: A lurker. This word is hidden in the words of the clue and indicated by the word — hidden.
The sun is shining. Time to get out there and do something.
The Quick Crossword pun: alley+gaiter=alligator