Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28481
Hints and tips by an over-the-moon Miffypops
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
Thank you to Rufus for today’s chance to solve a cryptic puzzle. Congratulations to both Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s winners at Wimbledon this weekend. The smiles of the Ladies’ winner were the highlight of the weekend
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1a Targets that could be a mistake (5,3)
TAKES AIM: Anagram (that could be) of A MISTAKE
6a Stick unusually hard with twice initial efficiency (6)
ADHERE: Anagram (unusually) of HARD EE. The two Es being twice the initial letter of Efficiency
9a Concede mixing up East with South and North at intervals (6)
ASSENT: Anagram (mixing up) of EAST with S and N (the abbreviations for South and North) inserted into different places (at intervals).
10a Articulate fib about arranged treat (8)
LITERATE: A fib or untruth is placed around an anagram (arranged) of TREAT
11a Those performing for pleasure are a must to broadcast (8)
AMATEURS: Anagram (broadcast) of ARE A MUST
12a Moaned about guardian spirit (6)
DAEMON: Anagram (about) of MOANED
13a Pelt the principal of the school you attend? Show some shame! (4,4,4)
HIDE YOUR HEAD: Use another word for a pelt or the skin of an animal and add two words that describe what the principle of one’s school is to you. I feel this will trip a few people up for two reasons. 1. There is a more common term used which fits the definition here. 2. Where one has a choice in a puzzle between using the word YOUR or the word ONE’S it is nearly always ONE’S
16a Two things a fiddler may do to appear excessively deferential (3,3,6)
BOW AND SCRAPE: Two verbs that might describe how a violinist produces a sound from his instrument together describe an action showing deference. This reminds me Dicken’s of Uriah Heep.
19a One whose leader goes out every morning (6)
EDITOR: This leader is the leading article in a newspaper.
21a Trouble is found in small change perhaps (8)
NUISANCE: Place the word IS from the clue inside (found in) a small change or subtle difference
23a One usually gets into a flap at its opening time (8)
ENVELOPE: A cryptic definition of an item of stationery which one may use to put a letter into
24a Boring plant (3-3)
OIL-RIG: For plant read industrial and for boring read drilling. Now think what we might drill for from an industrial site. Or do what I did and wait for the checkers
25a One is not keen to show it (6)
APATHY: A cryptic definition which should lead to a noun meaning a lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern
26a More than one beastly food container — that depends! (8)
NOSEBAGS: The plural of an item used to feed horses which appears to hang (depend) from their heads
2d Suppose idiot must go to university, supported by yours truly (6)
ASSUME: Begin with our usual word for an idiot. Add the abbreviation for University. A word meaning Yours Truly goes at the end therefore support the letters above in a down clue
3d Appearing upright before getting caught (5)
ERECT: Use the poetic form of the word before and the abbreviation for caught
4d ‘Dead? Not us!’ — becoming disturbed and alarmed (9)
ASTOUNDED: Anagram (becoming disturbed) of DEAD NOT US
5d Drunken males getting stuck into my wine (7)
MALMSEY: Anagram (drunken) of MALES inside the word MY generously given in the clue [George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, was convicted of treason against his brother, Edward IV, and was executed (allegedly by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine). BD]
6d Bill, joining Edward, performed on stage (5)
ACTED: Begin with a written law passed by government and add Edwards shortened form. Ted Ned or Ed?
7d It may be cast in two ways, so he or she may make it (9)
HORSESHOE: Anagram (may make it) of SO HE OR SHE [Presumably the two ways of casting are 1) by the blacksmith and 2) when cast or thrown in a game – BD]
8d Well-founded desert isle with lake (8)
RATIONAL: A three-part charade of a clue. 1. An informal verb meaning to desert. 2. An island somewhere in the world. 3. The abbreviation for a lake
13d Courage perceived to be genuine (9)
HEARTFELT: The answer split 5,4 combines a noun meaning courage and a verb meaning perceived
14d Sum a union distributed as agreed (9)
UNANIMOUS: Anagram (distributed) of SUM A UNION
15d It may produce winter ailments leading to little sleep (4,4)
COLD SNAP: Split 5,3 use the plural of an ailment so common that the word common often precedes it and add a short sleep.
17d Cannot even contract for an eating place (7)
CANTEEN: Begin with the shortened form of cannot and add the contracted / poetic word used in place of even
18d Silver’s hiding part of face in pain (6)
ACHING: Place a facial feature in between (hiding) the chemical element for silver.
20d With lots of space, tie a ship up by end of day (5)
ROOMY: reverse (up) a word meaning to tie or secure a ship or any other boat and add the last letter (end of) the word day
22d Bit of speech the actor didn’t rehearse (2-3)
AD LIB: A cryptic definition of an unscripted line used by an actor for comic effect.
I do like Tom waits.
QUICKIE PUN: BOOKING+HUMP+ALICE=BUCKINGHAM PALACE