Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28457
Hints and tips by a sunburnt Miffypops
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Phew. What a scorcher. It’s 25 degrees already as recorded by The Heart of Downtown L. I. Weather Station. Long may it continue. As for today’s puzzle. Phew. What a scorcher. Rufus gives us thirty two clues today which contain enough stretchers to give RayT a run for his money. Twelve of these clues have answers containing only four letters, one of these will be a totally new word for most of you.
These hints and tips are from the mind of Miffypops. There may be slight errors. He is only human after all. The answers are hidden under the greyed-out boxes that say click here.
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1a Academic agitatedly cautioned a pupil (11)
EDUCATIONAL: Anagram (agitated) of CAUTIONED plus the letter A from the clue and our usual-suspect abbreviation for a pupil or L(earner)
9a Price of progress is not bad, we hear (4)
FARE: The price paid for a journey is also a homophone (we hear) of a word meaning not bad. The price of our last train journey from Liskeard to Looe was not bad at £4.30 for the return trip. Our next return journey from Glasgow to Mallaig is also quite reasonable at £30 each.
10a USS Washington? (7,4)
CAPITAL SHIP: An example of what Washington is to America (as London is to England) followed by the word indicated by the second S in SS. This hint might give you the answer but I am perplexed by the term USS in the clue. [The answer is defined as one being the largest and most heavily armoured class in a fleet, like the USS Washington. BD]
11a Lied about being out of work (4)
IDLE: Anagram (about) of LIED
14a Part that can’t be matched? (7)
ODDMENT: A cryptic definition of what my online dictionary defines as ‘an item or piece of something, typically one left over from a larger piece or set.’ Why such a thing cannot be matched is a mystery to me.
16a Learner of French taken in by showy performance (7)
STUDENT: Place the French word meaning of inside a showy performance such as an action displaying spectacular skill and daring.
17a Unexpected advance, getting girl’s name? (5)
SALLY: A double definition. The girls name being a variant of Sarah. “You very nearly got ***** ***** Pride of our Alley” but I prefer this Cat Stevens composition about a sweet girl called Nellie. I hope you like it.
18a A singular performance (4)
SOLO: This singular performance is performed alone. Best avoided by guitarists. Oh what the likes of Eric Clapton have made us suffer through the years.
19a Outright order for a European banker (4)
ODER: Remove the first letter R (out right) from the word ORDER. This leaves the name of a river or banker (flowing between the banks)
20a Change may be converted later (5)
ALTER: Anagram (converted) of LATER
22a Reveal model bodies? That’s about right (7)
DISROBE: A cheeky little clue which is an anagram (model) of BODIES placed around (about) the abbreviation for the word RIGHT
23a Excused duty? (3-4)
TAX FREE: Nirvana for some. To be exempt from contributing to the central treasury for the common good of all
24a Part of an instrument that naturally grows wet (4)
REED: A double definition of a tall grass like plant which favours wetlands or thin strip of cane that gives Clarinets and Oboes their characteristic sound. Apparently the area around Jean-Luc Cheval’s town is the foremost producer of these.
28a Nap sack? (8,3)
SLEEPING BAG: A cryptic definition of what one sleeps in when camping. (Or lies on in this weather)
29a Lift facility that’s for the better (4)
TOTE: A double definition. The first being simply to lift and the second being a betting system at the races
30a Such action, possibly violent, is not offensive (4-7)
SELF-DEFENCE: The action of protecting one’s body against attack.
2d Kent port trade (4)
DEAL: A double definition. The clue says it all. The port in Kent has a time ball.
3d One in jail — he killed his brother (4)
CAIN: The bibles first of many murderers can be found out by putting the letter that looks like the number one inside a slang term for a prison
4d Nature’s resorts — they supply brewed drinks on tap (3,4)
TEA URNS: Anagram (resorts) of NATURES
5d Expel some notorious truants (4)
OUST: A lurker. The word some tells us so. Hidden away within the words of the clue playing hide and seek with you
6d We can do with it (7)
ABILITY: A cryptic definition of a noun meaning possession of the means or skill to do something.
7d Team captains who know the score (11)
BANDLEADERS: The score is musical. This is a cryptic definition of those such as Glen Miller, Louis Armstrong and Billy Cotton
8d Same again? (6,5)
REPEAT ORDER: A cryptic definition of a salesman’s dream. A second purchase unchanged from the first. Or what we might receive in the pub when we say “Same again please” to the bar staff. Some of my customers will look up and call for “A tray of assorted please”
12d Kind of desecration that’s seen around (11)
CONSIDERATE: Anagram (that’s seen around) of DESECRATION
13d Rises will secure unemployment benefit for youngsters (11)
ADOLESCENTS: Place a four letter slang term for unemployment benefit inside (will secure) a word meaning rises. Mountain rises perhaps. The local kids who were released from local schools gathered en masse (numbers vary) in our local park on Friday night to drink too much and make a lot of noise (decibel levels vary) We even had policemen (numbers vary) in our village. Apparently there were a lot of cans and bottles (amounts vary) left behind. All some or none of the bottles were broken. Nobody died.
15d Furniture catalogue (5)
TABLE: A piece of furniture is also a catalogue or list
16d Shelter in street for wet weather (5)
SLEET: Place a word meaning shelter or the sheltered side inside (in) the abbreviated form of the word street which coincidentally the answer rhymes with
20d Free from sailor’s love in entanglement (7)
ABSOLVE: Begin with the abbreviated form of Able Bodied seamen. Add an S because the sailors are possesive. Now add an anagram (in entanglement) of LOVE
21d I’m great playing jazz (7)
RAGTIME: Anagram (playing) of I’M GREAT
25d Quiet little imp making filthy lucre (4)
Online version. Quiet little chap making filthy lucre
PELF: This is a new word to me and what a strange little word it is. It is simple and easy and is adaptable to the needs of setters. I am surprised that I have not seen in many times before. Anyway we need to begin with the musical notation indicator for quiet and add a little fellow. “Which little fellow”? I hear you ask. It’s one of those little fellows who might be written about by Enid Blyton or her understudy Tolkien.
26d Though socially acceptable in time it gives one the shivers! (4)
AGUE: This chestnut can be found by placing our usual suspect for socially acceptable inside a word within a period of time. The usual suspects can be found under the drop down box at the top of this page entitled Cryptic Crosswords
27d Toiletry obtained from capital chemists (4)
TALC: Another lurker indicated by the words obtained from. The toiletry is rank. Who remembers Californian Poppy?
We have nothing to do and all day to do it in. I hope you are enjoying the same situation.
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