Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28487
Hints and tips by an orthograffically-challenged Miffypops
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
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1a Overlooked cross copper’s found in river that’s ebbing (7)
EXCUSED: place the letter that looks like a cross and the chemical symbol for Copper with the letter S (apostrophe S in copper’s) inside the reverse of a three lettered river. Which one? There are a lot to choose from and when you choose the correct one, is it the Welsh or the Scottish one?
5a A sailor does it to make ends meet (7)
SPLICES: A cryptic definition of how a sailor joins the ends of two ropes together by interweaving the strands at the ends
9a Cagebird‘s not half needed to shift (5)
BUDGE: Melopsittacus undulatus Is the Latin name for this common parakeet. Dismiss the last five letters (not half) of its ten-letter common name
10a Entrance prisoner’s held at (9)
CAPTIVATE: Place the word AT from the clue inside (held) a synonym for the word prisoner
11a Quibble about trifles that results in parting? (5,5)
SPLIT HAIRS: To make small and overfine decisions can also be the same as using a comb to form a parting. Quibble is such a lovely word
12a Some nice desserts covered in sugar (4)
ICED: A lurker playing hide and seek from within the words of the clue
14a Interfere and start a row (3,4,3,2)
PUT ONE’S OAR IN: A clever double definition with a misleading surface designed to make you think of arguments. Use the word row as in propelling boats on the water
18a But a brunette winning a beauty contest may not be (6,6)
UNFAIR CHOICE: A cryptic definition suggesting the option chosen by the judges is not blonde
21a Commotion not yet finished (2-2)
TO-DO: A double definition. The first describing a kerfuffle or a brouhaha
22a They will give a seat to one standing (10)
ELECTORATE: A cryptic definition of those who vote in a candidate standing for election
25a Extremely clever thing in the ring, perhaps (9)
BRILLIANT: Another double definition. The second describing a diamond in a ring
26a Former French island that Napoleon went into (5)
EXILE: Begin with our regular crosswordland word for former and add the French word for isle
27a Leave scribbled note offering lift (7)
ELEVATE: An anagram (scribbled) of LEAVE is followed by the sixth note of the major scale
28a Make the most economical use of man (7)
HUSBAND: And another double definition. The man in this case being the partner of his wife.
1d Set me up with manager to perform relief work (6)
EMBOSS: Reverse the word ME from the clue (set me up) and add a word meaning your employer
2d Hold in close affection (6)
CUDDLE: A barely cryptic definition of a close embrace
3d Notepaper (5,5)
SHEET MUSIC: A cryptic definition of the printed score of a tuneful composition
4d Yes — Russian tea may be found here (5)
DACHA: The Russian for yes followed by the Chinese for tea.
5d Drink with the Queen, that woman with love for very brave character (9)
SUPERHERO: A four-part charade. 1. A verb meaning to drink. 2. The Queen’s regal cypher. 3. A word meaning that woman. 4. The letter that looks like a love score in tennis.
6d Phone’s picked up and put down (4)
LAID: Take an ancient and archaic verb meaning to phone and reverse it (picked up)
I have just looked up the definition and it appears one can do this by tapping a keypad
7d Court awards fortune to railway (8)
CHANCERY: Use a synonym for the word fortune and add the abbreviation for R(ailwa)y
8d Having amphetamine with gin, foolishly, may be breaking the law (8)
SPEEDING: begin with a slang term for amphetamine and add an anagram (foolishly) of GIN
13d We never see these TV and film commentators (5-5)
VOICE-OVERS: Find a term describing those who provide commentaries to a film or broadcast but are never seen.
15d It’s a cello playing swing (9)
OSCILLATE: Anagram (playing) of IT’S A CELLO
16d Fitting could make it usable (8)
SUITABLE: Anagram (could make) of IT USABLE
17d Good stroke for a cricketer, but not for a golfer (3-5)
OFF-DRIVE: A fair cricket shot would be a poor shot by a golfer. In golf a poor or bad first swing at the ball
19d Small port and Robin’s girl turns tail (6)
MARINA: This small port can be found by reversing the last two (tail) letters of Robin Hood’s girlfriend
20d Guard‘s fed up, on edge (6)
DEFEND: Reverse the word fed (up in a down clue) and add a word meaning the edge of something often applied to sports pitches for example
The Sentinel. Rudyard Kipling
Faithless the watch that I kept: now I have none to keep.
I was slain because I slept: now I am slain I sleep.
Let no man reproach me again; whatever watch is unkept—
I sleep because I am slain. They slew me because I slept.
23d Arrest that leads to dismissal (5)
CATCH: A sudden stoppage that might lead to dismissal in cricket or rounders
24d Copperfield’s taken in two parts — one could be guilty (4)
PLEA: Copperfield taken in two parts gives copper and field. Use the abbreviation for copper as in change in your pocket and add a word for a field or meadow
The Quick Crossword pun: suss+pence+shun=suspension