Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28523
Hints and tips by a munificent Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Typical Monday fare from Rufus. All of the usual tricks and nothing much to say really. Well done Coventry Rugby club Saracens Rugby Club and Bath Rugby club. Rolll on Wednesday we are off on our holiday to Scotland.
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1a Supports a parent but doesn’t talk about it (5,3)
KEEPS MUM: A synonym for supports followed by a lovely term for your female parent will give a term meaning to keep a secret. To those of you doing this with either parent my sympathies and praise go out to you. Incidentally I remember the first time I met this expression in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer And Huckleberry Finn after witnessing Injun Joe murder Muff Potter Tom and Huckleberry agree to do just this.
6a Jack found among big shots, very rich men (6)
NABOBS: Jack here is a sailor (also the name of my Dad) an able seaman (not my Dad he drove a tank at the battle of El Alamein) who’s abbreviated form can be placed inside a term describing people of influence wealth or high position. (Not my Dad – Oh yes. My Dad)
9a Odds on wet weather causing injury (6)
SPRAIN: These odds are the starting price at the beginning of a race. The wet weather should be familiar to us all as a precipitation regularly experienced
10a Quartet heard and observed as anticipated (8)
FORESEEN: Begin with a homophone of a quartet and add a verb meaning observed
11a A Ford not moving forward — then back! (2,3,3)
TO AND FRO: Anagram (moving) of A FORD NOT
12a Assumes parking will be limited by migrating toads (6)
ADOPTS: This ridiculously worded clue can be solved by placing the abbreviation used to represent the word parking inside an anagram (migrating) of TOADS.
13a They raise the spirits (12)
DISTILLERIES: A barely cryptic definition of a place where spirits such as whisky are manufactured. Saint Sharon and I are off to Scotland on Wednesday and have no plans to visit such an institution. We will be doing the rail trip from Glasgow to Mallaig and back over two days and spending time with our friends who run the Loch Awe boatyard. Shellfish should be worried
16a He can’t help helping himself (12)
KLEPTOMANIAC: Another cryptic definition, this time of one who suffers the recurrent failure to resist urges to steal items that you generally they don’t really need and that usually have little value. This is a serious mental health disorder that can cause much emotional pain to you and your loved ones if not treated or a whole lot of fun depending upon your mindset
19a Lively turn I have put on (6)
ACTIVE: The turn here is one that might appear in a variety show. Follow that with the abbreviated form of I have
21a Approached wanderer uneasily (4,4)
DREW NEAR: Anagram (uneasily) of WANDERER
23a Make message unintelligible in mad rush (8)
SCRAMBLE: A double definition. The first describing the jumbling up of letters. And the second a mad rush such as the urgent gathering of an aircraft crew. Those of us of a certain age may well be reminded by the answer of the likes of Arthur Lampkin and Dave Bickers
24a Check rower’s seat (6)
THWART: A double definition, the second being a structural crosspiece forming a seat for a rower in a boat
25a Add a very quiet finale (6)
APPEND: Begin with the letter A generosity gifted to you from the clue. Add two helpings of the musical term for quiet and a word synonymous with the finale
26a Dance orchestra with woman leader (8)
SARABAND: Another word for an orchestra or any group of musicians is preceded by the name of a girl. Take your pick from the hundreds that exist. Go for the biblical is my advice. You won’t find her amongst the modern Skylars or Kylies.
2d Make use of unfinished polymer plastic (6)
EMPLOY: Anagram (plastic) of POLYME (R) unfinished
3d Simple sort of medieval song? (5)
PLAIN: The prefix to a simple unaccompanied church music of a medieval style sung in unison
4d Comic often aims to make political statement (9)
MANIFESTO: Anagram (comic) of OFTEN AIMS
5d Members of Italian society breaking the rules (7)
MAFIOSI: The plural word defining members of an Italian criminal organisation. To me this is pure general knowledge.
6d Mean to get a girl (5)
NORMA: Begin with a noun that means something that is usual, typical or standard and add the letter A from the clue
7d See man on board crushing endless grain (9)
BISHOPRIC: Begin with a chess piece (Man on board) The one that sits on either side of the King and Queen and next to the horsey. Then add the name of a grain grown in paddy fields. You won’t fit it all in unless you write its final letter in the black square. That’s why the word endless is used in the clue. The word crushing indicates that the man on board is written above the grain in a down clue. If you have come to the blog simply to identify this rather obscure word. Hello. Maybe you could write a comment and introduce yourself.
8d Had inspiration? (8)
BREATHED: The past participle of a verb meaning to inhale or draw air into the lungs
13d Not unique type of bridge (9)
DUPLICATE: A double definition the second being a card game where identical hands are played successively by different partnerships. What fun it’s players must have
14d Queen’s favourite isle? Crete possibly (9)
LEICESTER: Anagram (possibly) of ISLE CRETE
15d A death sentence impending or just some bird? (8)
BLACKCAP: The headgear traditionally worn by a judge upon passing the death sentence is also a type of brownish grey Warbler
17d Publicity coverage for speech (7)
ADDRESS: A two letter abbreviation for an advertisement is followed by a noun meaning coverage or clothing which can also be a verb meaning to clothe
18d Not a Mr mistaken as Mrs? (6)
MATRON: Anagram (mistaken) of NOT A MR
20d Be sent up to bed, having gone into a decline (5)
EBBED: The whole of this answer is generously gifted to us within the clue. Begin with the reverse (sent up) of the word BE from the clue and add the word BED straight from the clue exactly as it is with no messing around. Say thank you to our setter for his generosity
22d Bwana’s new title? (5)
NAWAB: Anagram (new) of BWANA
Solved whilst listening to Bob Dylan’s supper club tapes.
Quickie Pun FURZE + STAYED = FIRST AID (Dial 999)