Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28463
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Unusually for Rufus there is only one full and two partial anagrams today. The rest of the clues are typically Rufusish. Nothing should give too much trouble and there is plenty to smile about.
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1a Lost island silly nit recorded in map book (8)
ATLANTIS: Place an anagram (silly) of NIT inside a word that describes a book of maps or charts
6a Fraud bound to include City in retrospect (6)
DECEIT: Place the postcode for the City of London inside a verb beaning to be bound with rope or string. Use the term in the clue ‘in retrospect’ as an instruction to reverse the lot.
9a From which the faithful are instructed how to convert wood into paper (6)
PULPIT: A two-parter. The first, from where the faithful are instructed refers to the raised and enclosed platform in a church from which a clergyman delivers a sermon. The second part of this clever clue requires the answer to be split 4,2
10a Instrument of justice (8)
RECORDER: This musical instrument of torture popular with schoolchildren is also the name of a court official
11a Advertising agent who’s out-of-this-world? (8)
SPACEMAN: A chap who sells advertising room in magazines etc. is also one who travels beyond the earth’s atmosphere
12a Sampled last of fruit — fresh dates (6)
TASTED: Take the last letter of the word fruit and add an anagram (fresh) of the word DATES
13a More than mean (5,7)
ABOVE AVERAGE: Begin with an adverb meaning at a higher level than and add an adjective meaning constituting the result obtained by adding together several amounts and then dividing this total by the number of amounts. The two words together match the meaning of the clue as a whole
16a Net result of all efforts coming to nought (8,4)
GOALLESS DRAW: This is the result of a football match that has ended with no balls hitting the net and therefore a score of 0-0
19a Back pay for draughtsman (6)
DRAWER: This draughtsman can be found by reversing (back) a word meaning pay as in a payment made in recognition of service effort or achievement
21a Sign of nervousness, one fought by the brave (8)
PALEFACE: split (4,4) this could be a sign of nervousness – as a single word it is supposedly used by Native North Americans to describe white people and used by the American film industry.
23a Ungenerous period for interval (8)
MEANTIME: take a word meaning ungenerous, tight or stingy and add a word describe length of a period.
24a Look good with jousting weapon (6)
GLANCE: Use the abbreviation for the word good and add the weapon a jouster uses to find the answer to one of the simplest clues ever used
25a Following ship, like seabird (6)
ASTERN: use a two-lettered word that means like and add a seabird of the family Laridae
26a University to put in test for learning experience (8)
TUTORIAL: Place the abbreviation for University and the word TO from the clue inside a word meaning a test
2d President’s superior suit (6)
TRUMPS: The name of America’s president (don’t forget the apostrophe S) is also a name given to a suit of cards which outranks other suits in games such as Bridge and Whist
3d Jelly made with a non-Eastern spice (5)
ASPIC: Not a lurker but the all of the letters in the answer can be found in the clue. Begin with the letter A and add the word SPICE without its last letter. Not sure here whether Rufus means eastern to refer to the abbreviation for the word Eastern or to refer to the letter at the eastern end (right hand side) of the word spice.
4d Temple too elaborate to be something Indians venerate (5,4)
TOTEM POLE: Anagram (elaborate) of TEMPLE TOO
5d Odd way to go over hills (7)
STRANGE: place the abbreviated form of a way or street owner the collective here for a string of hills
6d Tube holding a gold coin (5)
DUCAT: Place the letter A inside (holding) a word meaning a tube such as one might find in an air conditioner
7d One may be seen twisting at a party (9)
CORKSCREW: A cryptic definition of a wine bottle opener
8d Submarine threats that would break down if fired (8)
ICEBERGS: Another Cryptic definition of a hazard at sea that would melt if placed in a fire.
13d Pocket money could get booze to hold sad party in Africa (9)
ALLOWANCE: Take a three-letttered word for alcohol or beer and insert (to hold) a word meaning sad and the initials of an African political party.
14d Brilliant featherweight (4,5)
VERY LIGHT: A cryptic definition of a distress flare used at sea.
The baby bat
Screamed out in fright,
“Turn on the dark,
I’m afraid of the light.”
15d Residents who learn they’re not invited on the ship (8)
BOARDERS: A double definition. The first being those who live in at school. The second being those who force their way onto a ship.
17d A word for the wise (7)
SAPIENT: A straightforward definition of wise people
18d I will join accountants up a gum tree (6)
ACACIA: The seven words in this clue give us so much to do We need the abbreviation for Chartered Accountant used twice as we have the plural in the clue. These need to be reversed (up) Add the letter I (I will join) and the letter A from the clue. Phew!
20d Check key’s in, that’s the rule (5)
REIGN: Use a verb meaning to check or guide a horse and add a musical note.
22d Special aptitude one’s shown for illuminating targets, we hear (5)
FLAIR: Find a homophone based upon what the answer to 14 down is an example of
Blogged whilst listening to Bob Segar and The Silver Bullet band who are about to tour the USA and whose back catalogue can now be listened to on Spotify.
The Quick Crossword pun: mosque+Quito=mosquito