Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28439
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Happy bank holiday Monday to you all. It is carnival day here in Downtown LI. Traditionally carnival day begins by releasing a pig and chasing it through the village before stringing it upside down on the village green ready for this year’s carnival queen to slit its throat and daub her two attendants with its blood. Village life at its very best. For those in the know (I wonder how many) ‘Come on t’ terriers’
Today’s puzzle took more passes than usual to solve. Rufus at his devious best.
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1a Back street in which one needs to inquire for jobs (5)
TASKS: Place a verb meaning to inquire inside the reversed abbreviation for street.
4a Love in romance novel somewhere in Africa (8)
CAMEROON: An anagram (novel) of ROMANCE plus the letter that represents a zero score in tennis will make this African nation whose football team was once described by Eric Morecambe as looking like a load of liquorice allsorts.
8a A most unfair condition (8)
UGLINESS: A cryptic definition of the state of being the opposite of pretty. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
9a After bad act I become silent (8)
TACITURN: Begin with an anagram (bad) of ACT I and add a stretched but fair synonym of the word become. As in change or cause to change in nature, state, form, or colour.
11a Large number coming in drunk in coma, wandering around (7)
NOMADIC: Anagram (drunk) of IN COMA with (coming in) the Roman Numeral which denotes the large number 500. I am not keen on this device. We have no indication to point us towards the use of Roman Numerals and 500 isn’t actually a large number.
13a Top design created by husband bearing pen used by the French (9)
HAIRSTYLE: Un charade mon amis. Begin with the abbreviation for H(usband). Add a short word meaning ones bearing or attitude add a pen, the type on uses to keep pigs in. now end with the french word for the. Tres bien. Petit pois. Mangetout. Rodney.
15a Perpetual figure that causes matrimonial disputes (7,8)
ETERNAL TRIANGLE: begin with a synonym for the word perpetual. Add a three-sided figure to find a source of marital disharmony
18a Reference book shows Zodiac sign he’s within (9)
THESAURUS: This reference book is a must for Cryptic crossword solvers alongside a good dictionary. I have neither. Take a sign of the zodiac that represents the bull and insert the word He’s which is given in the clue.
21a President returning note that’s instrumental in showing boastfulness (7)
TRUMPET: This president (he of America) has entered the lexicon of Cryptic Crosswordland. Put the name of America’s president and add the reversal (returning) note that goes with jam and bread in the wonderful song from The Sound Of Music. The best use of this chaps name in a cryptic puzzle was by Beet in last week’s Independent. The clue was Given time, this arse would become president (5) Way to go Beet. Total respect to you.
A picture of Beet with a beautiful smile.
22a Continentals involved in fracas (8)
AFRICANS: Anagram (involved) of IN FRACAS.
24a Doctor is initially eager to give discourse (8)
TREATISE: Begin with a verb meaning to doctor. Add the IS given in the clue and the initial letter of the word E(ager)
25a Once more judged and freed from blame (8)
REDEEMED: Use our regular two letters associated with once more or again and add a verb synonymous with the word judged.
26a Birds in wilderness (5)
ERNES: A lurker.
1d What people call us in explosive competition (10)
TOURNAMENT: Place the words 3,4 which are what people call us inside the abbreviation for a high explosive
2d Siberian place of punishment could produce ailments (4,4)
SALT MINE: Anagram (could produce) of AILMENTS
3d Dons went wild — expelled from the university (4,4)
SENT DOWN: Anagram (wild) of DONS WENT
4d Model given a part on stage (4)
CAST: A double definition. The second being slightly more accessible than the first
5d Provides some point with jokes (6)
EQUIPS: Begin with an abbreviation of a point of the compass. There are four to choose from. Add a word meaning jokes. Before I solved this clue I placed the letter S in the grid at the end of this word. There are two pointers within the clue to suggest the plural. As a result I solved 13 across before solving this clue.
6d Busy tenant (6)
OCCUPY: My last one in and a very clever double definition.
7d Either way, it’s high time (4)
NOON: The words ‘either way’ suggest a palindrome and so it proved to be. The time of day when the sun is at its highest point.
10d He provides all his workers with a home (8)
APIARIST: There are two regular workers in crosswordland. Both social insects. These are the ones that make honey. This is a cryptic definition of one who keeps such insects. Topically we had a swarm in the village yesterday. I went to collect it but it had moved from a branch in a tree down to a position in a bush near to the ground. Oh dear. Secateurs and a box would have been all I needed had I got there whilst they were up in the tree. In amongst a multi twigged bush provided problems. I set a basic spare hive up close by and am hoping they will have moved in by now. The blog obviously comes first but I will go and have a look as soon as I have finished writing this.
12d Issue needing to be raised (8)
CHILDREN: A cryptic definition of one’s offspring. Do we ever stop raising them?
14d Seer who may be called to account? (10)
EYEWITNESS: A cryptic definition of a bystander who observes a crime and may later be called to testify in court.
16d Correct bill going to cleric (8)
ACCURATE: Use an abbreviation for a bill or account and add a member of the clergy. The one with the egg that was nice in parts.
17d Stick with revised point showing common sense (8)
GUMPTION: Begin with a three-letter word meaning to stick (or the means with which to stick) and add an anagram (revised) of POINT
19d Got paid employment, with organ study set up (6)
EARNED: Begin with an organ. Not the one played expertly by Albert Schweitzer. The one we listen with. Add the reversed (set up) usual suspect for a study
20d Build up a hundred to go on new cure (6)
ACCRUE: Use the A gifted to you in the clue. Add the Roman Numeral for one hundred and finish off with an anagram (new) of the word CURE
22d A long way off from the safari centre (4)
AFAR: Our second lurker of the day. Go find it. Actually although it is a lurker the clue asks for the centre letters of the word SAFARI
23d Pore over books endlessly as boss (4)
STUD: Take a word meaning to pour over, learn, read, or look closely at and remove its last letter as indicated by the word endlessly.
The musical clips have only a tenuous link to the clue or the answer. Only the most twisted of minds will make the connection. Best not bother trying really.
The Quick Crossword pun: caught+yard=courtyard