Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28421
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I’m standing in for Miffypops today as he’s busy – it might just have something to do with Bob Dylan! I don’t think that I’ve ever done the hints for a Rufus crossword before and I admit to seeing ‘sporty’ clues even when they proved not to be. As always on Mondays a few of these caused a spot of bother, for me anyway, but generally it wasn’t too tricky.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are under the things that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see one.
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1a Study old currency used by this country (7)
DENMARK — A short word for a study is followed by the pre-euro money (old currency) in Germany.
5a Allowance that offers advantage (7)
BENEFIT — A double definition.
9a Gout’s disrupted one’s zest for life (5)
GUSTO — An anagram (disrupted) of GOUT’S.
10a A crowd milling around on glacier maybe showing timidity (9)
COWARDICE — An anagram (milling around) of A CROWD is followed by something that a glacier is made from.
11a The ones who are named for the post (10)
ADDRESSEES — The post here is all your letters and the ones who are named have the right to open it.
12a Customs perceived in house styles (4)
USES — A lurker, or hidden answer (perceived in) – it’s hiding inside the last two words of the clue
14a Cut joint cooked for earlier meal (4-8)
COLD-SHOULDER — This kind of ‘cut’ means to snub someone or give them the brush-off and it’s what you might have for supper on Monday when you’d had a roast piece of lamb or pork for Sunday lunch.
18a Those in service go on reacting strangely (12)
CONGREGATION — An anagram (strangely) of GO ON REACTING.
21a Eggs left in cricket ground (4)
OVAL — The plural of an egg cell is followed by the abbreviation for L(eft).
22a It looks like one campanologist is late (4,6)
DEAD RINGER — A slang term for someone who looks exactly like someone else could also be a campanologist who’s snuffed it (late).
25a First striker whose attitude is offensive (9)
AGGRESSOR — The person who starts a fight or strikes the first blow – nothing at all to do with football which was my first thought.
26a Is a short account for a patriarch (5)
ISAAC — Do exactly as the clue tells you – IS from the clue, followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation (short) for ACount – and with a bit of luck you’ll end up with a Hebrew patriarch.
27a Nero sprawled on couch in a toga? (7)
ENROBED — An anagram (sprawled) is followed by (on) a couch or divan.
28a Sirius follows Jack (3,4)
DOG STAR — If split 4,3 you need a verb meaning follows or tails and one of the usual crossword land jacks or sailors.
1d Crease party clothes (3-3)
DOG-EAR — Another one that needs to be split differently – a two letter word for a party is followed by a four letter word for clothes or attire.
2d Rugby game’s finished, lacking players? (2-4)
NO-SIDE — Oh dear – this really is a Rugby clue and the answer is something that I’ve never heard of. It’s in the BRB and it means the end of a game of Rugby – if you were lacking players you wouldn’t have a team. One that’s really tricky to write a hint for specially when you don’t have any idea what you’re talking about.
3d Honest description of company chairman’s position (5,5)
ABOVE BOARD — A cryptic way of saying the position of a company chairman means honest and without deception.
4d Thrills which footballers can get (5)
KICKS — A double definition – even I managed this one.
5d Kentucky derby? (6,3)
BOWLER HAT — Here we go again – I think we’re meant to think of horse races but the answer is what we call something that our friends from across the pond, or in Kentucky, call a derby. I could easily have got the wrong end of the stick with this one but if I have I’m sure someone will tell me.
6d Grass or nettle (4)
NARK — A double definition – the first is an informer and the second a verb that means annoy or irritate.
7d Record turnover? (4,4)
FLIP SIDE — The record here is made of vinyl and is, or was, played on a turntable. Deception time again – we’re supposed to think about profits and losses and other financial stuff.
8d Rate for converting undoubted wealth (8)
TREASURE — An anagram (for converting) of RATE is followed by a word meaning undoubted or definite.
13d Paying tribute to Brussels on record, I quaver (10)
EULOGISING — Start off with the two letter abbreviation for the organisation that we’re about to leave which has become synonymous with Brussels, follow that with a record or register, then the I from the clue and finish that lot off with a verb that means quaver or vocalise.
15d Put aside in delivery? (9)
DIGRESSED — And another one – I immediately thought the ‘delivery’ was ‘crickety’ – it’s not. It’s an oration or address and the answer means put aside in or got away from the main point.
16d In disorder, ace lad holds firm — one raises the subject at the palace (8)
ACCOLADE — An anagram (in disorder) of ACE LAD which contains the two letter abbreviation for a firm or business.
17d Threaten to put stop to bad temper (8)
ENDANGER — A word that means put a stop to or finish is followed by another that means bad temper or annoyance.
19d Horrified husband in story turning up on time (6)
AGHAST — A reversal (turning up) of a story or epic contains the abbreviation for H(usband) – finish off with the abbreviation for T(ime).
20d Missile makes terrible crater (6)
TRACER — An anagram (terrible) of CRATER.
23d Took a risk, as about to interrupt father (5)
DARED — An affectionate way of addressing your father contains (to interrupt) a little short abbreviation that means about or concerning.
24d First Channel swimmer and flycatcher, we hear (4)
WEBB — A homophone – the surname of the first man to swim the English channel sounds like (we hear) something made by spiders that catches flies. In our house they also catch dog and cat hair and look awful.
I liked 14 and 27a and 6d. My favourite was 22a – it made me laugh.
The Quickie pun:- TOUR + TILLER = TORTILLA