Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28529
Hints and tips by a Relaxed Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Written on South Loch Aweside (Uptown LA) where we are on holiday as guests of the wonderful Cliff and Janet who run Loch Awe Boats. Their TripAdvisor comments are Loch Awesome. I found this puzzle to be a little tricksier than the usual Monday offering. Thanks to Big Dave for fitting these hints to the blog template and underlining the definitions which he has to do all too often when I forget.
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1a Take out and clean (5)
SCRUB: We begin today with a double definition. A lovely little word which evokes memories of my childhood. After a day out playing this defines how Mum or Dad would wash us kids. Always kinder by Mum and rougher by Dad. Also a winner word when playing hangman
4a Newly-built homes, accommodating and attractive! (8)
HANDSOME: Anagram (newly built) of HOMES including (accommodating) the word AND from the clue. This word describes how my wife Saint Sharon sees me
8a Pointless massacre produces funny reaction (8)
LAUGHTER: Take a word meaning massacre and remove its first letter which just happens to be one of the points of the compass
9a Late item for the Press (8)
OBITUARY: Late here means dead, departed or pushing up the daisies. This clue refers to an item in a newspaper typically including a brief biography of the deceased. The Daily Telegraph does these well but only three words are ever needed ‘born blinked died’ such is lifeClick on the image for more examples.
11a Unusually bad sign for the corporation (7)
ABDOMEN: Anagram (unusually) of BAD followed by a word meaning a sign or portent
13a Watchful braves not taken by surprise (9)
OBSERVANT: Anagram (taken by surprise) of BRAVES NOT
15a Sheds tears often, contrived to show compassion (4-11)
SOFT-HEARTEDNESS: Anagram (contrived) of SHEDS TEARS OFTEN
18a Go to bed in rough sea, gloomy (9)
SATURNINE: Place a term meaning go to bed (4,2) inside (in) an anagram (rough) of SEA
21a Little thing that makes pet run, we hear (3,4)
DOG FLEA: This parasitic insect can be found by using pet known as man’s best friend and a homophone based upon the word run meaning to run away from or to escape from.
22a Digs seen in disarray produces extreme irritation (8)
EDGINESS: Anagram, yawn (in disarray) of DIGS SEEN
24a In robbery, assume one does things for fun (8)
HEDONIST: Place a verb meaning to assume or put on inside a noun meaning a robbery
25a Determined journalist following female donkey? (8)
ASSESSED: Please clue me in if I am missing something here. The Donkey we know. The journalist we know so well he must be nearing retirement age (as is the Donkey) To make anything feminine we can use a three-lettered suffix ESS. So the clue asks for a donkey, the female suffix and the journalist. I often say to new solvers stop reading the clues. This is exactly why.
26a Icing the problem? A rug’s potentially the answer (5)
SUGAR: Anagram (potentially) of A RUG’S
1d Sally is involved with transport curriculums (10)
SYLLABUSES: An anagram (involved) of SALLY followed by some transport
2d Complete section of boxing match spoilt (5,3)
ROUND OFF: A boxing match is split into several sections. Use the name of one of these sections followed by a term meaning spoilt or when describing food, rotten
3d Monster insect, with another, seen around hospital (8)
BEHEMOTH: find the names of two insects and place them around the abbreviation for hospital. One insect makes honey and the other usually flits about at night
4d Object of the lady’s love? (4)
HERO: The female pronoun followed by the letter that resembles the love score in tennis
5d One who might try a DIY cure? (6)
DOCTOR: “Physician heal thyself” The physician in question.
6d Capital working unit set up in middle of road (6)
OTTAWA: place the reversal (set up) of the SI unit of power named after one of the inventors of the steam engine (the one with the statue in St George’s Square, Glasgow) inside the middle two letters of the word road.
7d See agent keeping up energy (4)
ESPY: An agent of M15 (James Bond) is placed below (keeping up) the abbreviation for Energy
10d Intoxicated, so Ted bet foolishly (8)
BESOTTED: Anagram (foolishly) of SO BET TED. I am amused by the use of foolishly when placed together with the answer. It describes Saint Sharon’s feelings towards me.
12d Their job is to administer oaths, not sign (8)
NOTARIES: Split 3,5 begin with the word NOT generously given. In the clue with one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
14d Teacher after job for demanding employer (10)
TASKMASTER: Place a word meaning a teacher after a word meaning a job. Simples
16d Cavalry forces (8)
DRAGOONS: A simple double definition The first being cavalry regiments and the second being to coerce. Don’t forget the letter S (forces)
17d Developing and going round topless (8)
EVOLVING: Remove the first letter of a word meaning going round to reveal another word meaning developing as described by Charles Darwin
19d Drunk’s in ladies’ garment (6)
TIGHTS: The ladies garment that superseded stockings. A word meaning drunk with the letter S as indicated by the apostrophe S appended to the word drunk. This clue seems clumsy to me
20d They’re used for shooting varieties of products (6)
RANGES: Another double definition. Where people fire off guns in an organised environment or a set of different things of the same general type
22d Exile’s home should be fit for revolution (4)
ELBA: The island of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte when reversed means fit
23d Slough farm building perhaps (4)
SHED: Slough as in the removal of dead shin is also a farm building or a place of retreat for henpecked husbands
Solved and blogged in silence today. Such is life.
The Quick Crossword pun: DOUBLE+ACROSS+TICKS=DOUBLE ACROSTICS – acrostics in which the first and last letters of each line form a hidden word or words