Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28415
Hints and tips by Miffypops
assisted by Saint Sharon at 29 across
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BD’s personal Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good day from the heart of Downtown LI at the close of Beer Festival weekend. After three days of heavy drinking Rufus deems it fitting to throw this puzzle at me. No less than seven answers were bunged in because they fit the checking letters with parsing to be worked out (or not. See 1d) later.
Saint Sharon solved my last one in which was 29ac. I seem to recall her answering it for me once before. Mr K?
The Oscar winning Nobel Laureate Mr Bob Dylan has just played three concerts at The London Palladium. The reviews of these shows are all wonderful but I already know that. These are the first Dylan concerts in England that I have not attended in over forty years. I am looking forward to Wednesday when we travel to Cardiff to see him perform. After the show we are driving to The Haven Hotel on Sandbanks so we wake up at the seaside ready for Bob’s concert at The Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday. Gin and Tonics, Chain Ferries, Shellfish. Saint Sharon and Bob Dylan means Miffypops will be a little ball of euphoria. Can’t Wait.
The hints and tips below have been produced my Miffypops. A poorly schooled orphan boy and regular caution. Definitions are underlined and solutions can be revealed by clicking the click here button.
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1a Sounds of denial — straight from the horse’s mouth? (6)
NEIGHS: A homophone or sounds like clue. The plural of the sound horses make is sounds like an archaic dialect term used for denial.
4a Show more tolerance, stupid (8)
MINDLESS: A double definition the first needing a 4,4 split
9a Was set back and deserts (6)
WASTES: Use the word WAS lifted straight from the clue. (In golfing terms a gimme) and add the reverse ((back) of the word SET. This clue contains every letter required for the answer as does an anagram clue.
10a Wear ties knotted oddly, so to speak (2,2,4)
AS IT WERE: Anagram (knotted) of WEAR TIES.
12a Listener and learner one’s seen in the Lords (4)
EARL: This member of The Upper Chamber can be found by joining the organ used to listen with and the regular abbreviation for learner
13a Sally going over year in journal (5)
DIARY: A Sally here is a sudden charge out of a besieged place against the enemy or a sortie. Reverse it (going over) and add the abbreviation for the word year
14a Turning, knocks into pole (4)
SPAR: Another reversal clue as indicated by the word turning. Find a word that means knocks and flip it over to find a word that means a thick strong pole
17a Working as a tailor perhaps is likely to grow on one (5-7)
HABIT FORMING: Sometimes the only solution is whatever fits with the checking letters. Bung it in and work out why later. This is a double definition the first describing what a tailor might do. OK the first word is not really in general use today. The second definition works better for me.
20a Record playing in the small hours — ‘Mood Indigo’? (12)
DISCONSOLATE: This is the type of clue which will keep me addicted to cryptic crossword puzzles. Perfection in eight words. Split the answer 4,2,2,4 to get an LP or single play record. (4) A word that means playing (2) and a term meaning in the wee small hours (2,4). The words Mood Indigo refer to a Duke Ellington song.
23a Get out of this! (4)
EXIT: A cryptic definition of a way out.
24a Cancel fight (5)
SCRAP: Double definition. The second not occurring at The Green Man during our tenure
25a Exude an air of sadness (4)
SIGH: A cryptic definition of the action of emitting a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar.
28a Prior is member of clergy in religious environment (8)
PREVIOUS: An abbreviated Reverend is placed inside an adjective meaning deeply religious
29a Grubby residence (6)
COCOON: Thanks to Saint Sharon (she has her uses). This grubby residence is a silky case spun by the larvae of many insects for protection as pupae
30a Mockery made of undergarment found in carrier (8)
TRAVESTY. Place a sleeveless upper body garment inside (found in) a carrier that might be used to carry beers or teacups and teapots.
31a Rodin sculpted number from Rome of blond blue-eyed appearance (6)
NORDIC: An anagram (sculpted) of RODIN is followed by a Roman Numeral. Which Roman Numeral? Well there are not that many. Only one of them works. Rufus hasn’t told you and nor will I
1d Capital reserve we held in(3,5)
Revised version – Reserve we held in capital (3,5)
NEW DELHI: Anagram. (reserve or re serve) of WE HELD IN. The newspaper version misses the word IN from the end of the clue. The subscribers’ version misses the word In from the end of the clue. I have been told that the online version is to be edited. There are two online versions. Newspaper Subscribers who only get The Cryptic and The Quickie and Telegraph Puzzles subscribers who get a whole raft of puzzles including The Toughies [Revised version has now been added. BD]
2d Sign of fashionable writer (8)
INSCRIBE: Use our usual crosswordland two letter term for fashionable and add an old fashioned word for a writer
3d Pay attention to the editorial, in part (4)
HEED: A lurker. Hiding within the letters of the clue. Some of the kinder reviewers will tell you which words contain the lurker. Not me though. You will have to find it for yourself. Just like I had to. The words in part suggest the lurkerish nature of this clue.
5d Offering help of the orchestra, for example? (12)
INSTRUMENTAL: A double definition and a reviewers nightmare. The second part of the clue describes what an orchestra is, eg no vocalists
6d What one is tasked to do for tax (4)
DUTY: A task and a tax. Simple
7d Former wife, French and cuddling politician, offers excuse (6)
EXEMPT: Use or regular former wife or partner and the French word for and. Insert our favourite politician inside the French word for and. It is cuddling it or holding it. The world of cryptic crossword puzzles is myriad and wonderful. Do as you are told. Remember the usual suspects lad off we go.
8d Try to get aboard cutters (6)
SHEARS: place a word meaning to try as in the courts inside the abbreviation for steamships
11d It decides about union disputes (7,5)
DIVORCE COURT: A cryptic definition of the judicial rooms used to decide on marital breakdowns. A Union here is a marriage.
15d Take off from landing area (5)
STRIP: A double definition. The first being to remove something and the second describing a landing path for aircraft
16d Get a kick out of men, Joyce? (5)
ENJOY: Our second lurker of the day. A hidden word held within the words of the clue. Indicated by the words out of
18d Servant, though elderly, performing multiple tasks (8)
MANIFOLD: A three-parter. A three-lettered servant, a two-lettered conjunction meaning though or however and an adjective meaning no longer young. Please own up if you put aging or dated after the servant. I did which spoilt my chances on 29 across
19d One gets car to start after machine breaks down (8)
MECHANIC: Anagram (breaks down) of MACHINE and the initial letter (starts) of C(ar)
21d Order posted for tyrant (6)
DESPOT: Anagram (order) of POSTED
22d Channel Islands serve up the last word in film (6)
CINEMA: Start with the abbreviation for the Channel Islands and add the reverse (up) of the last word as used in religious services
26d Brief note expresses policy (4)
LINE: A double definition. The first being simple and the second a little trickier but denoting a company policy or political determination
27d Double act that’s now extinct (4)
DODO: Split 2,2 we need a verb that means to perform an action and the repetition of the same word to make up an extinct bird
It is a Bob Dylan week. Life cannot get any better.
The Quick Crossword pun: flip+purr=flipper