Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28427
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BDs very own personal Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good day to one and all. Today’s puzzle by Rufus caused no problems whatsoever. I wish they were all this easy. This may be because I have been writing the Monday hints and tips for so long now that I instantly recognise where Rufus’s mind is going. Those of you not so lucky to be on wavelength can find some help in the hints and tips below. Definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the click here reveal.
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1a A charming expression (11)
ABRACADABRA: We begin today with a cryptic definition of a word used by conjurers when performing their magic tricks
9a No charge is made, so get release (4)
FREE: The double definitions begin. The first definition meaning gratis, at no cost, keep your purse in your Michael Kors handbag mrs. Keep your wallet in your pocket mate. This one’s on me.
10a Knock on wood if you want to become such a player (11)
XYLOPHONIST: A cryptic of one who plays a musical instrument played by striking a row of wooden bars of graduated length with one or more small wooden or plastic beaters. The overall sound being made giving the impression that an ice cream van has arrived
11a Highlight one’s seen in the theatrical world (4)
STAR: Another double definition. The first being seen in the night sky.
14a Reg struggling in last, but still the greatest (7)
LARGEST: Place an anagram (struggling) of REG inside the word LAST gifted from the clue
16a Crab tea prepared for the panda (7)
BEARCAT: Anagram (prepared) of CRAB TEA
17a Made an effort, though tired out (5)
TRIED: Anagram (out) of TIRED
18a Get the bird, or one encore? (4)
IBIS: This large wading bird with a long downcurved bill, long neck, and long legs can be found by using the letter I from the clue and a short musical direction meaning again or encore
19a Mark gets nothing less than a film award (4)
SCAR: This mark is left after a wound and can be found by removing the letter O (nothing) from the nickname of a film academy award.
20a Wild bears that may cut up rough (5)
SABRE: Anagram (wild) of BEARS gives a heavy cavalrymans sword
22a Gallery object is a welcome surprise (7)
GODSEND: A four letter theatrical term for the gallery in a theatre is followed by a word meaning ones object or aim
23a It’s cooked in South African tradition (7)
SAUSAGE: This popular foodstuff is made in this puzzle by beginning with the abbreviation for South Africa and adding a noun meaning habitual and customary practice
24a Left somewhat short (4)
QUIT: Remove the final letter (short) from a word meaning somewhat to reveal a word meaning to have left a place or position, usually permanently
28a Crazy way a teacher may receive orders? (3,4,4)
OFF ONE’S HEAD: A double definition, the second referring to the fact that a teacher might receive instruction from the headmaster
29a Help to translate from Latin and French (4)
ABET: The Latin for from is followed by the French for and.
30a Man of intelligence moves centre stage (6,5)
SECRET AGENT: Anagram (moves) of CENTRE STAGE. Intelligence here being the collection of information of military or political value
2d Spends money on extras, we hear (4)
BUYS: A straight forward definition. The wordplay indicates a homophone (we hear) played on extras scored in a cricket match.
3d Very little to put into the morning hours (4)
ATOM: A small particle (very little) cam be made by putting the word to inside the abbreviation for ante meridiem.
4d Unbeliever is at the assembly (7)
ATHEIST: Anagram (assembly) of IS AT THE
5d Trouble spots for teenagers? (4)
ACNE: A cryptic definition of a skin condition common amongst teenagers. (really? Today’s teenagers seem to have passed it by)
6d Secured when wandering or let loose (7)
RESCUED: Anagram (wandering) of SECURED
7d The North Sea? Yes and no (6,5)
ARCTIC OCEAN: This North Sea is the furthest north one can get. Therefore it is a North Sea but as we have a North Sea already it isn’t The North Sea is it? Hence the yes and no part of the clue
8d Private sign for office workers (11)
SECRETARIES: Private as in covert or hidden followed by one of the signs of the zodiac.
12d The policemen to send after skyjackers? (6,5)
FLYING SQUAD: This is a cryptic definition of a division of a police force or other organization which is capable of reaching an incident quickly. Their name suggests they could be suitable for incidents involving aeroplanes
13d What motoring school is expected to do for fireman’s boss? (5,6)
TRAIN DRIVER: A wordy double definition. The first being what a driving school might do. The second, the fireman’s boss refers to the fireman on a steam driven railway locomotive
15d Put your foot down! (5)
TREAD: A straightforward definition. Without checkers I would have resisted the obvious answer.
16d Alcoholic drinks, things that give a buzz? About right (5)
BEERS: place those insects that buzz around (about) the abbreviation for right.
20d Dishonestly acquire piece of riding gear (7)
SNAFFLE: A double definition. To take without permission. A (on a bridle) simple bit, typically a jointed one, used with a single set of reins. Double definitions work best when one definition is a verb and the other a noun
21d Dedicated a Sterne novel (7)
EARNEST: Anagram (novel) of A STERNE
25d An opening celebration or its aftermath (4)
DOOR: I am not sure about this clue. The definition (an opening) is rather obvious. A celebration like a party is a DO. The word OR appears next in the clue. Does the word aftermath suggest that OR comes after the word DO?
26d He’s rough, tough, loveless, confused (4)
THUG: Anagram (confused) of TOUGH minus the letter O (loveless) love representing zero in tennis and the number zero looking like the letter O
27d One imprisoned as murderer (4)
CAIN: To be imprisoned is to be in the ***. Place the letter I inside to get the name of the bibles first murderer.
As usual with Rufus puzzles I feel this is over reliant on anagrams. How about you?
The Quick Crossword pun (can you do better?): Gooch+steppe=goosestep