Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28511
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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1a Humble suggestion to refer to a clue that’s not here today (4,3,4)
TAKE ONE DOWN: I just love it when one across is a piece of cake. An easy solve that gets you going with a smile. Not so today. The second part of the clue refers to a clue that doesn’t appear today. It isn’t an across clue and you don’t need to look far amongst the downs.
9a Pole enters by way of special permit (4)
VISA: Place one of the two abbreviations for the poles inside a preposition meaning by way of
10a A capital picture-house (4,7)
TATE GALLERY: A cryptic definition of an art gallery in a capital city. London actually. The one founded by Henry the sugar magnate.
11a Half the alphabet that’s studied by physicists (4)
ATOM: This minute particle can be found by beginning with the first letter of the alphabet and travelling to the 13th letter. N TO Z doesn’t work
14a Leaning over he upset Nigel (7)
HEELING: Begin with the word HE given generously in the clue and add an anagram (upset) of NIGEL
16a Book in stock (7)
RESERVE: A double definition which doesn’t ever need the word Pre to be used. The word Pre has nothing to do with this clue, it is just a bugbear for me. I don’t want to pre book, I just want to book. I have no need to pre heat an oven, merely to heat it. Pre is a stupidly used word.
17a Showed open-mouthed wonder seeing space-man? (5)
GAPED: Begin with a space between two objects and add the name of a man. Not only do you have to guess which man you also have to shorten his name. Unfair clueing in my opinion
18a Cushions which are left behind by astronauts? (4)
PADS: A double definition. The second being the sites of launches of spacecraft which are left behind when an astronaut blasts off.
19a Great work from the picador (4)
EPIC: An included word. A lurker hidden within the words of the clue
20a Don’t agree with sending potato back (5)
REBUT: A much thickened underground part of a stem or rhizome, e.g. in the potato, serving as a food reserve and bearing buds from which new plants arise. Reversed.
22a Redoing novel to be cut (7)
IGNORED: Anagram (novel) of REDOING
23a It receives word of a murder that’s been arranged (7)
EARDRUM: For the third time this week we have an anagram (that’s been arranged) of A MURDER. This along with the one humped camel seems to be the setters favourite.
24a Clothing to boast about (4)
GARB: The reverse of a verb meaning to say something in a boastful manner.
28a What dead men do, on being held back by informers (4,2,5)
TELL NO TALES: The answer is not what dead men do but what they don’t do. A google search of the answer revealed nothing helpful but tons of stuff about The Pirates of The Caribbean
29a Has wrongly won point (4)
OWNS: Anagram (wrongly) of WON with one of the compass points. The one already used at 9ac
30a Character in tantrum meant to explode (11)
TEMPERAMENT: Begin with a synonym for a tantrum and add an anagram (to explode) of MEANT
2d The first man for whom madam lost her head (4)
ADAM: Remove the first letter of Madam as indicated by the words lost her head
3d Still quits (4)
EVEN: A simple double definition
4d Approaching Grannie for change (7)
NEARING: Anagram (for change) of GRANNIE
5d He could be told, but he probably wouldn’t understand (4)
DOLT: Anagram (could be) of TOLD
6d Suffered wounds after fighting, but sang (7)
WARBLED: To have suffered wounds here means that the red stuff has oozed out. This come after a word meaning fighting on a grand scale between nations.
7d Cold game? (6,5)
WINTER SPORT: A cryptic definition of a game played during the coldest season. (Not the summer, that’s just in England)
8d Such a reception may please friends but annoy enemies (4,7)
WARM WELCOME: This is a new one for me. I like words and phrases that have two meanings that are completely opposite to one another like the word CLEAVE which means to join together or to cut apart. The answer here means a hearty hospitable reception or greeting. The expression dates from the mid 1700s. Prior to that around 1700 the term referred to a hostile reception.
12d Scapegoat one of Fagin’s pickpockets? (8,3)
WHIPPING BOY: A double definition of one who takes the blame for the misdeeds of others or one youngster who steals
13d It’s worn after the match (7,4)
WEDDING RING: Cryptic definition of a piece of jewellery worn after a marriage ceremony
15d Georgia and Edward confined to school (5)
GATED: Begin with the abbreviation for the state of Georgia and add a shortened form of the name Edward who coincidentally appears anonymously at 17ac
16d Show to look back on, they say (5)
REVUE: A homophone based on a word (6) meaning to look back on
20d Make duty-free? (7)
RELIEVE: To release from duty. To remove a burden. To make less tedious. My iffy clue of the day
21d A doctor breaks journey to get an instrument (7)
TAMBOUR. Use the A from the clue. Add one of many two letter abbreviations for a doctor (bachelor of medicine) place those three letters inside a word meaning a journey where several places are visited
25d Strike makes mates upset (4)
SLAP: The reversal of a word meaning mates is to strike with an open hand
26d Quiet part of electrical motor (4)
CALM: our second lurker of the day
27d Anxious to show how cutting you can be? (4)
KEEN: Both my Daily Telegraph subscriptions online puzzle (iPad version) and my hard newspaper copy are missing the H in the word SHOW. This is a double definition the second referring to sharpness.
A pleasant solve today.
Quickie Pun: DINE+ERSE+ORE = DINOSAUR