Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28517
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning from a sun kissed Downtown LI. Miffypops has cheered up and become verbose again This was an easy Rufus puzzle which should give newcomers a welcome sense of achievement.
Following on from yesterday’s comments about cheating when solving these cryptic puzzles I have this to say.
The aim is to complete the grid with all of the right letters in all of the right places.
Use whatever means you need to solve a clue. Surround yourself with the following. A dictionary, a thesaurus, an atlas and an encyclopaedia,
Pens or pencils and a notepad are useful for anagrams and writing out checking letters with spaces)
Familiarise yourself with online help such as Crossword Solver and an anagram solver.
Anne Bradford’s Crossword Solvers Dictionary is a useful tool.
Refer as often as you need to any of the above and also Big Dave’s site for the hints and tips
But please aspire to using these artificial aids less and less with the aim of completion using definition and wordplay alone with only occasional visits to your abandoned aids.
Please comment on your progress on the blog. We love to hear from you. One of my greatest pleasures is seeing a beginner progress through to tackling The Toughie.
Remember. It is only a crossword puzzle.
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1a Orchestrated and recorded (6)
SCORED: A nice double definition to begin with. The first, orchestrated being written out in musical notation and the second, recorded being to have written and kept a record of the scores during a game such as cricket as did the late Bill Frindall. You can also have acquired drugs or had an enjoyable end to a night out which you can record with a notch on your bedpost.
4a Sweet account I would pursue no further (4,4)
ACID DROP: Once you have ascertained that the first word of this clue is the definition you can unravel the wordplay thus: Begin with the abbreviation for the word account. Add the way you would shorten the phrase I would. Then add a word that means a failure to pursue, what you would do with a hot potato perhaps. This is a boiled sweet with a sharp taste.
9a Improves compensation (6)
AMENDS: A double definition. To improve the texture or fertility of a soil or to make up for a wrongdoing
10a What’s inside is revealed by bird in nest building (8)
ENTRAILS: An anagram (building) of NEST has inside it a bird, a member of a large cosmopolitan family of small- to medium-sized ground-living birds. The family exhibits considerable diversity and also includes the crakes, coots, and gallinules. They may or may not live on 18d. The answer is synonymous with gizzards which is a far more interesting word
12a State in readiness to move in agreement (4)
PACT: The word state at the beginning of this clue suggests a homophone. What we say when we are all suitcased up and ready to go on holiday can sound like a word that means a treaty such as the one signed on May 14th 1955 in Warsaw. I have verbalised a noun in this hint and care not one jot.
13a Have a good career as a traveller (2,3)
GO FAR: To have achieved success in the workplace is also to have travelled a good distance.
14a Measure police service’s taken with energy (4)
METE: The abbreviation for London’s police service followed by another abbreviation, this time of energy
17a I must enter complicated reading test, but go to pieces (12)
DISINTEGRATE: Anagram (complicated) of READING TEST and the letter I (I must enter)
20a One looking for scraps may show it (12)
BELLIGERENCE: A cryptic definition of a noun describing hostile or aggressive behaviour. Scraps here is synonymous with fights
23a In a high position at work (4)
ATOP: We are gifted the word AT by our generous setter. We need to add the abbreviation for a musical work to complete the answer
24a Want, we hear, to work as a baker (5)
KNEAD: A verb meaning to desire something is a homophone of another verb describing what a bread maker does to dough in preparation for baking.
25a Fool left in bed (4)
CLOT: Place the abbreviation for left inside a small bed
28a Pains gripping sick Greek hero (8)
ACHILLES: This child of the immortal nymph Thetis and the mortal Peleus can be found by placing a three-letter word meaning sick inside a word meaning dull prolonged pains. If ever I perfect the time machine I have been building and succeed in travelling back to the time this chap lived I have made a mental note not to mess with him.
29a Selected socks needed in cold North (6)
CHOSEN: Place a word meaning stockings socks or tights inside the abbreviations of Cold and North
30a Reduction, as included in order (8)
DECREASE: Place the word AS from the clue inside a word meaning an official order that has the force of law
31a Pattern of Campbell being a follower of Plymouth? (6)
ARGYLE: This pattern made of diamonds or lozenges was used by the clan Campbell. The reference to Plymouth clues the second part of their football team name. After Saturday’s result they could append a third part. Nil.
1d Stock reaction to panic (8)
STAMPEDE: Stock here refers to livestock and cattle in particular. This is what they might do if panicked. If you are in front of a herd that is doing this and in danger of death by trampling merely shoot a couple of the beasts directly in front of you. The rest will career around them leaving you safe and sound. Well that is how it happened in the westerns of my childhood.
2d Not very bright getting on top of the players (8)
OVERCAST: Being above the players in a theatrical production or just being dull and cloudy
3d Boy in a whirl (4)
EDDY: A watery whirl is also the shortened form of a boys name. Which boys name. Well it’s not difficult as the watery bit gives it away.
5d Harvard graduate shows hypocrisy on a ship with Scotsman (12)
CANTABRIGIAN: A four-part charade. 1. Hypocrisy (4) 2. The letter A from the clue. 3. A two-masted square rigged ship (4) 4. A Crosswordland favourite Scottish chaps name (not Mac) (3)
Presumably this defines a graduate of Harvard university but it also describes a graduate of Cambridge University where my late brother went. This is an English crossword in an English newspaper. I would have preferred the English reference.
6d It’s not fair — to be kept in it? (4)
DARK: If it is not fair it must be the opposite. To be kept in ignorance is to be kept in the *****
The baby bat
Screamed out in fright,
“Turn on the dark,
I’m afraid of the light.”
7d Knocked down in rude dancing (6)
RUINED: Anagram (dancing) of IN RUDE
8d Succeeded in exam in oral history (6)
PASSED: Golly bongs a third homophone. (You have to watch out for predictive text corrections when keying in homophone) To have succeeded at an exam can also be a description of the times history refers to
11d They advance and charge (12)
MONEYLENDERS: A cryptic definition of those who advance loans and charge interest on their repayments
15d Mountains in Arabian desert (5)
ANDES: This lurker can be found within the words of the clue. The word IN suggests a hidden word
16d Begin to show surprise (5)
START: A double definition which should be obvious to all
18d Welsh island fish definitely looking up (8)
ANGLESEY: This island off the Welsh coast is apparently ‘ jam-packed with things to do’ such as ,Explore Anglesey’s beautiful landscapes, hit the coastal path, relax in a spa and take in the sights, To find it use a verb meaning to fish and the reverse (looking up) of a positive word meaning definitely. Alternatively you can follow the A5 to the Menai suspension bridge.
19d Words which carry conviction? (8)
SENTENCE: A set of words or a term of imprisonment
21d Brief message about an unfounded report(6)
CANARD: Place the word AN from the clue inside a word meaning a brief message such as one written from the seaside on a Welsh island. In France La Canard Enchaine is a similar paper to our Private Eye.
22d This style of architecture had its points (6)
GOTHIC: A cryptic definition of a style of architecture noted for its pointed arches
26d Fuel designed that deals with smoke problem (4)
FLUE: Anagram (designed) of FUEL
27d Deity that’s witnessed in purest horror (4)
THOR: Another lurker (that’s witnessed) hiding within the words of the clue
The Quick Crossword pun: cock+owe+van=coq au vin