Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28499
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1a A great stop for sailors (5)
AVAST: Lift the letter A directly from the clue and add an adjective meaning of very great extent or quantity; immense
4a Jumper with a pocket in front (8)
KANGAROO: Rufus is leading us towards a jumping marsupial with a pouch for carrying its young. Please note the lack of an apostrophe in the possessive pronoun.
8a Blue study getting Edward depressed (8)
SADDENED: A three-part charade clue. 1. A word meaning blue as in depressed. 2. A word synonymous with a study or private room. 3. One of the shortened forms of the name Edward.
9a Came to blows — no longer retained (8)
SCRAPPED: A double definition. The first meaning to have fought like schoolboys might.
11a Withdraw both note and pamphlet (7)
RETRACT: Use the second note of the tonic scale (a drop of golden sun) and add another word for a short pamphlet usually of a religious nature
13a Possibly meant to secure some accommodation (9)
APARTMENT: Place a noun meaning some but not all of something inside an anagram (possibly) of MEANT
15a Number of accident-prone vessels suspended (3,5,7)
TEN GREEN BOTTLES: I needed checkers to solve this one. The vessels are those that might contain wine or milk. They are coloured, suspended from a wall and sang about with varying degrees of gusto and enthusiasm on long coach or car journeys.
18a Paint theatre group assembled by Hancock’s mate making comeback (9)
DISTEMPER: A reversed three-part charade. 1. The abbreviated name of a theatre company 2. A word meaning assembled or gathered together 3. The shortened first name of Tony Hancock’s sidekick in Hancock’s half hour. Once those three are written down the whole lot can be reversed as indicated by the words making comeback. You may need a history of the ancient world to find the comedian
21a It’s a man out of sorts — this will keep him going (7)
STAMINA: Anagram (out) of ITS A MAN
22a In wars Eric worked for people flying aircraft (8)
AIRCREWS: Anagram (worked) of WARS ERIC
24a Girl not without heart, but peevishly impatient (8)
PETULANT: Take a six lettered girls name and add the word NOT from the clue but minus its middle letter or heart. Which girls name? The one from the ancient history book above who sang Downtown and Don’t Sleep in the Subway Darling (The coal house will be fine)
25a As a guess, dancing soothes (8)
ASSUAGES: Anagram (dancing) of AS A GUESS
26a Stop being an outsider (5)
ENTER: Aha. A typical Rufusian all in one I think. A verb meaning to go or come into a place
1d Removed, being absent-minded (10)
ABSTRACTED: A double definition which does not begin with the letters DI
2d A job for the summer (8)
ADDITION: The summer here is not the season but a person who can work out the sum totals of rows of figures. This is the mathematical method or job used to do so. Those who remember Hundreds, Tens and Units should have no trouble solving 18 and 24 across
3d Agree ten in new line-up — one’s not yet made a score (8)
TEENAGER: Anagram (in new line up) of AGREE TEN
4d Fools the youngsters (4)
KIDS: A double definition. The second being an affectionate term for children
5d Cargo boat finally transported small racing vehicle (2-4)
GO-CART: Anagram (transported) of CARGO with the final letter(finally) of the word boat
6d Politician in government to mess up (6)
RUMPLE: Place the abbreviation for ones Member of Parliament inside a verb meaning to govern
7d Married with ring, but apparently didn’t pay yet (4)
OWED: Take a three-lettered word meaning to be married and add a letter that looks like a ring. Add it at the beginning. It doesn’t work at the end
10d Gets up in terrible scramble (8)
CLAMBERS: Anagram (terrible) of SCRAMBLE
12d Informal invitation to sit — not only in church (4,1,3)
TAKE A PEW: How one might offer somebody a seat in or out of church.
14d Cook makes tarts for demanding employer (10)
TASKMASTER: Anagram (cook) of MAKES TARTS
16d One to value something that was buried, perhaps (8)
TREASURE: Something we may value or something of worth which might be dug up after being intentionally buried in order to hide it. Think pirates Jim Hawkins Long John Silver Captains Flint and Pugwash
17d Man (or woman) of action? (8)
LITIGANT: This action is a lawsuit. This is a man or woman involved in a lawsuit
19d Split over being on board ship in thongs (6)
STRAPS: take a verb meaning to split into two. Reverse it as indicated by the word over. Place between the abbreviation used for steamships
20d In time, little beast will make mistakes (6)
ERRATA: Place and unwelcome rodent inside a three lettered time age or epoch
22d Song with a melody that’s uplifting (4)
ARIA: Begin with the letter A and add a reversed (uplifting) melody to find a song from an opera
23d Father caught in end of mattress springs (4)
SPAS: Place an informal term for one’s father inside the final two letters of the word mattress
Another gentle start to the puzzling week.
Quickie Pun: COAT DEW ROAN = Côtes du Rhône