Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28475
Hints and tips by a very tired Miffypops
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the heart of Downtown LI where the sun is already shining and the temperature rising. Well done to The British and Irish Lions for squaring their series against New Zealand on Saturday morning. It may not have been my best move to start drinking Marston’s Pedigree at 8.15am on an empty stomach after a heavy Friday night. That Saint Sharon had arranged a family get together day didn’t help the situation either. She was not a happy bunny on Sunday morning.
Today we have another fine offering from crosswordlands most prolific compiler. As usual we can race through most of it before spending an age on the last couple of clues. I enjoyed the sleepy solve. Did you?
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1a Story about island race is gossip (6)
TATTLE: Place a noun meaning a fictitious narrative around the races held annually on The Isle Of Man. Pedants may claim that these are not races but Time Trials. I care not. Those boys are definitely racing. Nutters one and all.
4a Holiday downpour and what it may do to one’s activities? (8)
RESTRAIN: Split 4,4 we have a holiday with a downpour. Welcome to holidays in the UK. Together these words match the definition underlined
9a Tear after father or mother (6)
PARENT: Begin with an endearing name for your father and add a verb meaning to pull apart with force (tear) You then have a word that suits both your Mum and your Dad. Honour thy Mother and Thy Father but especially thy Mother
10a Teachers call it the range of a singer’s voice (8)
REGISTER: The list of names in a class at school is also the name for the range of a singer’s voice. Singing outside this is never a good idea.
12a Love to take advantage of river (4)
OUSE: The letter that represents a love score in tennis is followed by a verb meaning to exploit. The result is a river, possibly one in Yorkshire or maybe the one in Sussex. There are several other rivers with this name.
13a Prices of lettuce good man rejected (5)
COSTS: Start with a name for a lettuce and add the reversed (rejected) abbreviation for the usual crosswordland good man. This clue is possibly unfair to younger solvers who are only aware of two types of lettuce. The tasteless Iceberg and the irritating and fussy Rocket. Older solvers will remember Webb’s Wonderful. Apparently there are seven different types of lettuce with dozens of varieties of each. The supermarkets dictate that we should only know two.
14a Young reporter with article showing place in Caribbean (4)
CUBA: The commonly used term for a young reporter is followed by the letter A to find this Caribbean island.
17a Enters before the others and wins (5,2,5)
COMES IN FIRST: A typically Rufus cryptic definition. How you might describe what the winner of a race has done. Two words that mean enters followed by a word meaning ahead in a race.
20a Kind of floating marina in Utah (12)
HUMANITARIAN: Nine clues in and we have our first anagram (floating) of MARINA IN UTAH
23a American tug (4)
YANK: A rather simple double definition
24a Annie gets confused and foolish (5)
INANE: Anagram (gets confused) of ANNIE
25a It’s never been seen, still I must follow it (4)
YETI: Take a three-lettered adverb meaning still and add the letter I from the clue.
28a Man facing beast needs to study other men (8)
TOREADOR: This bullfighting chappie can be found using the word TO straight from the clue. Add a word meaning to study at university. Finish off with men as soldiers, the abbreviated form of ‘ordinary ranks’
29a Company’s staff about, exhibiting charm (6)
MASCOT: The abbreviated form of company is surrounded by a staff. A large upright piece of wood that supports the rigging on a boat
30a Put a limit on a conurbation that’s maximum size (8)
CAPACITY: Begin with a three-letter word that means an upper limit imposed upon spending or borrowing. Use the letter A from the clue and finish off with a word meaning a large town or conurbation
31a Frank and I in Diplomatic Corps (6)
CANDID: Place the words AND I inside the common abbreviation for the Corps Diplomatique
1d Fine score with set up snooker shot (3-5)
TOP NOTCH: The score here is a line cut or scratched onto a surface. A successful snooker shot needs to be reversed. Placed together (with) these two words mean fine. The enumeration will decide which comes first.
2d Boring ties — more variation is needed (8)
TIRESOME: Anagram (variation is needed) of TIES MORE. The solution was last seen clued differently at 8d on Friday
3d Seafarers cross it ceremonially in number of ships (4)
LINE: A double definition, the equator which sailors celebrate crossing is also the collective name for a number of ships owned by one company. It may be the name for one ship on its own. The Charlotte Rhodes was the only ship in the Onedin ****
5d Experts on current problems (12)
ELECTRICIANS: These experts understand the currents that flow through wires and the problems that may occur therein
6d Understand it has potential for growth (4)
TWIG: To catch on suddenly is also the name for a small growth on a tree that may one day become a branch
7d A king hurt twisted character in legend (6)
ARTHUR: A from the clue. The abbreviation for king in Latin (Rex) and an anagram (twisted) of HURT
8d Point supported by unusual Roman invader of Britain (6)
NORMAN: The point seen at twelve o clock on a compass face is followed (supported) by an anagram (unusual) of ROMAN
11d Highly capricious bounder (8,4)
MOUNTAIN GOAT: By stretching a synonym of capricious we can find the word wild. A wild creature that lives up high and might bound about the place is what we are looking for. Beware, they may be gruff. [The word capricious is derived from the Latin for this animal. BD]
15d There’s one in every agony letter in magazine? (5)
ISSUE: A cryptic definition of the point in a letter to an agony aunt or uncle. Graham Norton’s column on Saturday’s is consistently very good. I may be writing to him myself soon.
16d Test piece (5)
ESSAY: A piece of writing set for an examination
18d Eccentric declines to be kept quiet (8)
SILENCED: Anagram (eccentric) of DECLINES
19d Went into service? (8)
ENLISTED: The past participle of a verb meaning to join the armed forces.
21d Arcane section of army stick together (6)
MYSTIC: A hidden word or lurker. The answer is written within the words of the clue
22d Take out from the paper (6)
UNWRAP: What one does to a present to reveal the secret contents
26d Turn over stuff that remains from pressed grapes (4)
MARC: Reverse (turn over) a word meaning to stuff to find a word meaning the the refuse of grapes that have been pressed for winemaking.
27d Mountain ash? (4)
LAVA: A very wobbly cryptic definition of the solid rock left after hot molten rock from a volcanic eruption has cooled.
Quickie Pun. REIN+CHEQUE=RAIN CHECK