Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28425
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good day from the rather damp heart of Downtown LI. The very succinct Deep Threat is unavailable today so you have the wordy Miffypops sitting in for you. Giovanni is in fine form today throwing in a couple of words I have not seen before. The fairness of his clueing makes them easy to solve.
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1a Destructive types raid coast furiously, led by monarch (11)
ERADICATORS: Anagram (furiously) of RAID COAST with our monarch’s initials in front ( led by)
9a Ultimately manager riles football team (7)
RANGERS: The final (ultimately) letter of manager is followed by a synonym for the word riles. Together they form one of Glasgow’s football teams
10a An alto sadly lacking a certain musical quality (6)
ATONAL: Anagram (sadly) of AN ALTO
12a Policeman and doctor let loose (7)
MOUNTIE: This Canadian policeman can be found by using a doctor or Medical Orderly and adding a word meaning let loose as one would if one released knots on a prisoners ropes
13a Ray maybe keeps work quiet, being wet (7)
FOPPISH: This Ray swims in the sea but is not a mammal. He keeps inside himself our usual crosswordland abbreviations for work and quiet
14a Working for characters in Sunderland (5)
UNDER: A hidden word denoted by the words characters in
15a Most worthless fool finally attempts to get in touch (9)
PALTRIEST: Take the final letter of the word fool (fool finally) add a verb meaning attempts. Now place these inside (in) a word meaning to touch as one would a cat or dog.
17a Footballer getting sacked had an unfortunate effect (9)
BACKFIRED: This footballer is not a forward. Use him and add a word meaning to have been sacked from a job.
20a Stein’s original potato dish is a hit (5)
SMASH: Use the first or original letter of Stein’s and add a potato dish. The one where you bash the hell out of the spuds and add butter and cream or milk
22a Run meal organised for 2 or 3, say (7)
NUMERAL: Anagram (organised) of RUN MEAL
24a Circle with peer and politician, both inadequate (7)
EQUATOR: This circle encompassing the world is made up of two unfinished (inadequate) words. A synonym for peer and a conservative politician
25a Little woman closed, having not finished, a book (6)
JOSHUA: Begin with one of Louisa May Alcotts characters from her book Little Women. You have Meg Jo Beth and Amy to choose from. Add a word meaning closed minus its last letter (having not finished) Now add the letter A from the clue. The result is one of the books of the Old Testament
26a Put a hard coat on metal, front edge being lost with corrosion (7)
INCRUST: Begin with a silvery white metal that has lost its first letter (front edge being lost). Add a word meaning corrosion usually associated with iron or steel. This is a new word for me.
27a Spy dispatched, having collected odd bits of gear etc (6,5)
SECRET AGENT: An anagram (odd bits of) GEAR ETC is placed inside (having collected) a word meaning dispatched
2d Become a member again, as penitent person but no pawn (2-5)
RE-ENTER: A seven letter word meaning a penitent person drops the letter p (the abbreviation for pawn in chess notation)
3d Paint is something that can affect dogs badly (9)
DISTEMPER: A double definition, the first being a kind of paint using glue or size instead of an oil base, for use on walls or for scene-painting and the second a viral disease of some animals, especially dogs, causing fever, coughing, and catarrh
4d Guy with a couple of females after church (5)
CHAFF: A verb meaning to tease can be worked out by using an abbreviation of church followed by the letter A lifted from the clue and two (a couple of) abbreviations of the word female
5d Soldier held up by fire, poor thing (7)
TROOPER: A lurker. Hiding away within the words of the clue. Indicated by the word held. Deviously the word up tells us that it is a reversed lurker or a rekrul.
6d Understand what could be easier will engage learner (7)
REALISE: Anagram (what could be) of EASIER around (will engage) the abbreviation for a learner
7d Highest-quality 27 as investment in lottery (7,4)
PREMIUM BOND: The first word here means of a higher or superior quality. The second refers to the answer to 27 across. The word required is the surname of one such as this. A fictional character in a series of books by Ian Fleming and a character in a series of preposterous and silly films
8d Provided the last bit expected to be brought in (6)
ENDUED: A three letter word meaning the last bit has a three letter word meaning expected inside it as indicated by the words to be brought in. I don’t think I have met this word before.
11d Yon revolutionary has ceremony befitting right-wing politician (11)
THATCHERITE: Yon here is a determiner with four letters referring to a specific thing. The revolutionary is Mr Guevara’s Christian name. The final four letters are a synonym for a ceremony
16d Heather, full of terrible dread, is running (9)
LADDERING: Begin with an alternative name for the plant Heather. Insert (full of) an anagram (terrible) of DREAD. I believe the answer refers to faults in nylon stockings or tights
18d Design firm wants male model (7)
COMPOSE: Join an abbreviation for company (firm) an abbreviation for male and a verb meaning to assume a particular position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn.
19d Help to a greater extent (7)
FURTHER: A double definition. The first being a verb meaning to help the progress or development of something
20d A little bit in cup soon dissolving (7)
SOUPÇON: Anagram (dissolving) of ÇUP SOON. Please note the use of the cedilla
21d King with skill, taking time, missing nothing (6)
ARTHUR: This king noted for his round table can be found by using a three lettered noun meaning the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power followed by a period of time, one twenty-fourth of a day minus (missing nothing) the letter that looks like zero. This is possibly the longest sentence I have ever written. The emboldened italicised words have been copied and pasted from google definitions. I’m not that clever you know
23d Most insignificant saint buried under meadow (5)
LEAST: Our favourite crosswordland abbreviation of the word Saint is placed after (buried under) our favourite crosswordland synonym for a meadow.
I though this to be an excellent puzzle. How about you?
The Quick Crossword pun: Autumn+attic=automatic