Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28445
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good Morning from sunny St Mawes where your poorly schooled orphan boy is writing today’s hints and tips. Or rather he is staring out to sea and idly replicating his schooldays daydreaming away the hours. Saint Sharon and I are alone together until Wednesday morning when we will be joined by our Grandson Harrison and his Mum and Dad who will have arrived late on Tuesday night.
Once again we have Monday Maestro Rufus as our setter. There are some easy anagrams and double definitions to give a start but as usual some clues have a twist in their tail.
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1a Turn up in green (6)
INVERT: Lift the word IN from the clue and add the green heraldic tincture
4a Something that may help you get into Oxford (8)
SHOEHORN: An Oxford here is not the University or the city. It is an item of footwear. The clue is a cryptic definition of a curved instrument one might use to ease the foot into said item of footwear. For the French solvers out there I think you call this item a chausse-pied.
9a Awkward truths forcibly put forward (6)
THRUST: Anagram (awkward) of TRUTHS
10a Best sort of tutors to secure degree? (8)
OUTSMART: The abbreviation for one of the regular degrees is placed within (secured by) an anagram (sort of) of TUTORS
12a Ranks as disputes (4)
ROWS: A double definition. The second being full on arguments or slanging matches.
13a Lots of big houses (5)
PILES: Another double definition. The second referring to large imposing buildings. The answer is often used to describe stately homes
14a Top singer appearing in Scotland with backing (4)
ALTO: A reversed lurker indicated by the words appearing in. The word backing suggests the reversal. For those unfamiliar with the word lurker it means a word hidden within the clue
17a They fight with one another (6,6)
ALLIED FORCES: Although the clue suggests opponents fighting against each other this is a deliberate misdirection. These military groups have joined together to fight a common foe.
20a One’s made to move on cue (8,4)
BILLIARD BALL: A cryptic definition of what is struck by a cue during a game played with cues on a cloth covered table during a misspent youth
23a Comeback of star that’s seen in Stratford (4)
AVON: The reversal (comeback) of a star showing a sudden large increase in brightness and then slowly returning to its original state over a few months.
24a One footing the bill for farm accommodation, one hears (5)
BUYER: This accommodation for cows is a homophone for the person who pays out when a purchase is made
25a Body-snatcher is a swift-moving cross-country runner (4)
HARE: Burke’s partner in the crime of body snatching is also an animal seen in the countryside.
28a One suggests it may be undone in frolicking (8)
INNUENDO: Anagram (frolicking) of UNDONE IN. I like those of Mae West. ‘I used to be Snow White but I drifted’. ‘Is that a gun in your pocket or you just pleased to see me’
29a Little bit of butter and jam (6)
SCRAPE: A double definition. The second being an embarrassing or difficult predicament caused by one’s own unwise behaviour. I know all about those
30a Present and former US president seen in this city (8)
HEREFORD: This English cathedral city can be found by using a synonym for the word present and adding one of America’s presidents
31a Make disclosures about meat (6)
REVEAL: Use our regular crosswordland word for about and add a type of calves meat
1d Space travel in novel (8)
INTERVAL: Anagram (novel) of TRAVEL IN
2d Fit as a fiddle? If you say so (4,4)
VERY WELL: As fit as a fiddle describes how one is health wise. If you say so is a form of resigned agreement.
3d Others take time out (4)
REST: A double definition. Need I say more??
5d Demolition worker who shows criminal intent (12)
HOUSEBREAKER: A double definition of one who breaks into or demolishes homes
6d Oriental blend of teas (4)
EAST: Anagram (blend of) TEAS
7d Love to head fightback by word of mouth (6)
ORALLY: The letter that looks like the love score in tennis is placed at the head of a word meaning to fight back after coming together again in order to continue fighting after a defeat or dispersion.
8d Not in a running race (6)
NATION: Anagram (running) of NOT IN A
11d Deliberate the rise of revolutionary spirit — it’s a crime (6,6)
WILFUL MURDER: Begin with a word meaning deliberate, stubborn or calculated. Now take our usual word for a revolutionary (one with snow on his boots) and one of the spirits sold in pubs and made from sugar cane residues. These two words now need to be reversed as indicated by the words ‘the rise of’
15d Start to live on alcohol (5)
BEGIN: Start with a verb meaning to exist and add an alcoholic spirit. (mothers ruin)
16d City editor taken in by the French (5)
LEEDS: The abbreviation for an editor is placed within the letters of the in French (plural)
18d Collection of files, bit over a foot (8)
DATABASE: A three lettered noun meaning a bit is reversed (over) The A from the clue follows and so does another noun meaning the lowest part of something
19d Sad beautiful woman reportedly makes a bloomer (8)
BLUEBELL: Use a colour that represents sadness and a homophone of a word for a beautiful woman. (Not a sound like, more of a sounds exactly the same as)
21d Such is Hamlet’s state, and his is rotten (6)
DANISH: Anagram (is rotten) of AND HIS
22d Angle from which a goal may be headed in (6)
CORNER: An angle, in your house perhaps. A set piece in a Football match which might (or probably won’t) lead to a headed goal
26d What’s in a joint complaint? (4)
BEEF: A joint of meat will lead to this answer which is also a type of complaint
27d Pain in stomach eased (4)
ACHE: Our second lurker of the day. (See 14ac) As indicated strangely enough by the word IN
Actually it is persistently raining quite heavily and blowing a gale. Saint Sharon’s going to love playing cricket on the beach later.
Quickie Pun: MANE+TEN+ANTS=MAINTENANCE