Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28433
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BDs very own rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the sunny heart of Downtown LI. Here we have a puzzle that is the epitome of a Rufus offering. There are only three and a half anagrams but we have the trademark double definitions and cryptic definitions to baffle us.
What a feast of Rugby we had on Saturday afternoon. Well played all four teams. I hope the final lives up to expectation.
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1a They are buried in peace (8)
HATCHET: What we bury when end a conflict and become friendly according to an old saying
6a Cracked a nut, go for something sweet (6)
NOUGAT: Anagram (cracked) of A NUT GO
9a It sounds quite cold but it may be hot (6)
CHILLI: This pepper, a fruit of the capsicum family sounds like a term we use to describe cold weather
10a Dance around on broken toe? Might make a good story (8)
ANECDOTE: Use an anagram (round) of DANCE and a second anagram (broken) of TOE. Place one in front of the other to provide the answer
11a Willing scholar returned to provide means (8)
AMENABLE: A M(aster) of A(rts) is reversed (returned) and followed by a verb meaning give (someone) the authority or means to do something; make it possible for. Thank you Big Dave. I could not see how this clue worked.
12a Quiet little brook anything but quiet (6)
SHRILL: Use a two-lettered sound one might use to quieten somebody and add a small brook such as the one climbed by John Ridd at the beginning of Lorna Doone
13a Welcome salesman, game to go back and pursue easier way to pay? (4-8)
HIRE PURCHASE: A four-part charade which includes a reversal. A two-lettered greeting, our usual three-lettered salesman. The abbreviation for the game mentioned in my preamble written backwards (to go back) and a five-letter verb meaning to pursue. Put together and split 4,7 they fit the underlined definition
16a Immediately how one knows that someone is surprised (4,3,5)
FROM THE START: A typical Rufus cryptic definition. We need a noun that means a sudden movement of surprise or alarm. (This is the third word of the answer) It is because of this that we can deduce that one is surprised
19a Pay to stay (6)
SETTLE: Pay a debt or become established
21a Retired people won’t get such a fanciful idea (8)
DAYDREAM: These fanciful ideas won’t happen to those in bed (retired) at night.
23a Clumsy lout made to tone down remarks? (8)
MODULATE: Anagram (clumsy) of LOUT MADE.
24a Astronaut found in local, drinking (6)
ALDRIN: Hidden within the words of the clue is the surname of an astronaut. The second person to walk on the moon
25a Slow movement gets a soldier in trouble (6)
ADAGIO: Place the letter A from the clue together with the regular initials used to denote an American soldier inside a word meaning trouble
26a A glass ship (8)
SCHOONER: A double definition
2d Relaxed reception (2-4)
AT-HOME: Without the hyphen this denotes that one is comfortable or relaxed with something
3d Stop small company taking fifty on (5)
COLON: This punctuation mark is made up using the abbreviation for company, the Roman numeral for fifty and the word ON gifted from the clue
4d Dine out on hot food when up in northern capital (9)
EDINBURGH: begin with an anagram (out) of DINE. Use the abbreviation for H(ot) and a slang term for food. Reverse these (when up)
5d Mix a cocktail, say, and get fish in to eat (5,2)
SHAKE UP: Place a fish inside a verb meaning to take drink or liquid food by sips or spoonfuls
6d When the devil drives, they must (5)
NEEDS: Proverbially these must when the devil drives.
7d Was inadequate as an air gunner and fell short as a pilot (9)
UNDERSHOT: A double definition, the second referring to a pilot landing short of the runway
8d Its members draw on the master’s guidance (3,5)
ART CLASS: A cryptic definition of a form of students studying how to draw
13d Powerless to get substandard player suspended (9)
HAMSTRUNG: The poor player here is a poor actor. This is followed by the past participle of a word that means hang (something) so that it stretches in a long line.
14d Yard chase forged money (5,4)
READY CASH: Anagram (forged) of YARD CHASE
15d Title that’s used in all-in wrestling? (8)
FREEHOLD: The title deed of your property could also be a wrestling hold
17d Gloomy study son makes blue (7)
SADDENS: String together a word meaning gloomy, a study or lair and the abbreviation for son
18d Local vet in a shambles (6)
NATIVE: Anagram (shambles) of VET IN A
20d A long time to muse (5)
ERATO: Use a three-letter word defining a long time and add the word TO straight from the clue.
22d One can’t see what it offers as entertainment (5)
RADIO: A cryptic definition of a wireless set. The pictures are always better on the wireless
All finished in good time leaving me to enjoy a lovely sunny Monday.
The Quick Crossword pun: foot+bawl+teem=football team