Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28469
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning from the heart of Downtown LI where much celebration has been made over the Lions victory over New Zealand. Will they prevail This Saturday?
As usual today’s puzzle is fairly mild but has a sting in the tail. The top right corner held tight to its secrets until I tumbled 4 down and the rest went in quite easily.
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1a Exercising, thee and me in middle of night? (5)
USING: Begin win a pronoun used to denote the speaker and one other person. Add the word IN from the clue and finally add the middle letter (mid) of the word niGht
4a Moneylender’s overtures? (8)
ADVANCES: A double definition, the second being approaches or proposals
8a Furious ace fined for open disobedience (8)
DEFIANCE: Anagram (furious) of ACE FINED
9a Room for investment? (8)
SACRISTY: A cryptic definition of a a room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and articles of worship are kept
11a Trade vehicles (7)
TRAFFIC: An easy double definition
13a Totaliser at odds makes one philosophical (9)
ARISTOTLE: Anagram (at odds) of TOTALISER
15a Got back to front (8,3,4)
REGAINED THE LEAD: A cryptic definition describing the act of moving back into first place having previously lost it
18a Areas of study lacking in followers (9)
DISCIPLES: First find a word that equates to areas of learning. Now remove (lacking) the word IN to leave a word meaning followers. Like those who followed Jesus
21a Effective narration (7)
TELLING: Another double definition, the second meaning the relating of a story
22a He favours dictation above all his subjects (8)
AUTOCRAT: A misleading cryptic definition of one who has absolute power
24a After the raid it’s heard nobody found guilty (3,5)
ALL CLEAR: The signal that a bombing raid is over would also mean that a body of accused suspects had all been found to be innocent
25a Yields affected TV shares (8)
HARVESTS: Anagram (affected) of TV SHARES
26a Weary, tried anyway (5)
TIRED: Anagram (anyway) of TRIED
1d Render duet badly but not intimidated (10)
UNDETERRED: Anagram (badly) of RENDER DUET.
2d It could be daring, if demeaning (5,3)
INFRA DIG: Anagram (it could be) of DARING IF. With six anagrams so far and four on the trot here writing this review is becoming tedious.
3d You may read these at your convenience (8)
GRAFFITI: ‘These’ are writings or drawings placed illicitly on walls in public places. Although a rarity nowadays Rufus is hinting that such things might be commonplace in public conveniences
4d Purchases made at a local jumble sale (4)
ALES: These purchases might be made in your local pub. Anagram (jumble) of SALE
5d A company that was floated to avoid liquidation ended up here (6)
ARARAT: A cryptic definition of Noah’s Ark and where it came to land after the floodwaters receded
6d Stays in my group (6)
CORSET: Split 3,3 we have a word for my which means expressing surprise such as blimey or golly. We then have another word for a group of anything. Together they make an item of lady’s underwear
7d Erotic reply to proposal put up, a case for a kiss (4)
SEXY: Reverse an affirmative reply as indicated by the words put up. Now insert the letter we use to denote a kiss
10d Exacting examination – the paper’s marked in red
ACID TEST: Blue Litmus paper will turn red after this procedure
12d Order me a lilac — or another shrub (8)
CAMELLIA: Anagram (order) of ME A LILAC
14d Put in a difficult position and finished full of rage (10)
ENDANGERED: Insert a word meaning full of rage inside another word meaning finished or over.
16d Frank to leave, taking broken clip (8)
EXPLICIT: Place an anagram (broken) of CLIP inside (taking) a word meaning to leave or the means by which one might do so
17d Contact one where motor starts with hesitation (8)
ENGINEER: Start with a motor and add our usual term for hesitation (not um) to find a verb that loosely fits the definition here.
Stretched to breaking point if you ask me. I thought The BRB may offer a more concrete link but Big Dave says not
Revised hint for 17d after new poster Spinky commented at No 32 above
17d Contact one where motor starts with hesitation (8)
ENGINEER: Start with a motor and add our usual term for hesitation (not um) to find just who you would one contact if the motor in one’s car started with hesitation spluttering away like a lifetime heavy smoker. Well one might contact a mechanic or more likely one might phone the service department at the local dealership. I would call Ashley who ably sold me a new Lexus which we picked up today. Although we call these people, a man who understands and works on engines does have his own title. One of Englands greatest is pictured below.
19d It’s me dog! (6)
SETTER: It’s me refers to what Rufus is in relation to this puzzle. The dog is a type of gundog
20d Packed as a precaution? (2,4)
IN CASE: A double definition, the first being where your clothes might be immediately prior to a holiday
22d A way through on foot (4)
ARCH: A curved symmetrical structure spanning an opening is also another name for one’s instep
23d Sends Morse but intercepts call (4)
TAPS: What one may do to the transmitter when sending a Morse Code signal or what is done to one’s phone line to allow others to listen in.
A nice way to begin Wimbledon fortnight.
Quickie Pun. PEAK+INN+EASE=PEKINGESE