Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28541
Hints and tips by a philosophical Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.
Or today is the day you have. Shut up with the moaning and get on with the good things like this crossword puzzle. A joy from start to finish. Thank you Rufus for today’s entertainment and thank you Bob Seger for singing along. I could use a bit of help to understand the last two letters of 2d.
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1a Joint that’s just over a foot (5)
ANKLE: A cryptic definition of the joint between the foot and the leg
4a Every letter is written in it (8)
ALPHABET: Another cryptic definition. The name given to the set of letters from A to Z
8a Fearless, being in flipping saucy papers (8)
INTREPID: A three-part charade. 1. Begin with the word IN generously gifted to us from the clue. 2 Find a four-letter synonym of the word saucy and invert it (flipping). End with the abbreviation for the papers you might have to show to be served in a pub if you are lucky enough to look very young.
9a Gave credit for writer that’s penetrating in the present era (8)
ASCRIBED: Place a very old (700 years) term for a writer within the abbreviation that defines the present era as that after the birth of Christ
11a Red Star delivery for dealers (7)
TRADERS: Anagram (delivery) of RED STAR
13a The bride will be up in arms over it (9)
THRESHOLD: What the bridegroom traditionally carries his bride over when they first enter the marital home after their wedding. If he behaves like me she will have plenty of opportunities to be “up in arms” thereafter. However, once she learns that subservience obedience and forgiveness lead to true happiness all will be well. I hope that is what Kath thought forty years ago yesterday. Congratulations Kath.
15a Using coarse expressions, more or less (7,8)
ROUGHLY SPEAKING: A double definition. The first defining the use of base or crude language
18a Finish unfinished ‘White Stoat’ in gallery (9)
TERMINATE: Place the name of the white stoat without its last letter (unfinished) inside the name of the art gallery (now four galleries) that began as The National Gallery of British Art in 1897
21a Rolled and possibly curled around head of hair (7)
LURCHED: Anagram (possibly) of CURLED placed around the letter H (head of hair)
22a Sets firm with unusual angles (8)
CONGEALS: Begin with our usual abbreviation for a firm or company and add an anagram (unusual) of ANGLES
24a Judge of knitted ties and cooked meat (8)
ESTIMATE: A double bubble anagram. Begin with an anagram (knitted) of TIES and finish off with an anagram (cooked) of MEAT
25a You’ll find the answer at the foot of the column (8)
PEDESTAL: The name of the foot of a column. End of.
26a Love going round university for money (5)
EUROS: Place the name of the Greek god of love around the abbreviation for university.
1d A strict or a liberal gentleman? (10)
ARISTOCRAT: Anagram (liberal) of A STRICT OR A. Do not google the answer together with the word joke. You will not like the result
2d Shrew’s tail cut by chap from the French capital, alternatively (8)
KATMANDU: Begin with the name of Shakespeare’s shrew minus its last letter (cut). Add a word meaning a chap or bloke. With the first six letters in place the answer is obvious so we don’t need the rest of the clue which is good because I don’t actually know how it works. When this happens I like to throw the question out to those who comment but Big Dave likes to have the clue fully explained. I will send this to him and see what he does with it. [He will point out that the last two letters are the French for “from the”, and that this is an alternative spelling of the capital BD]
3d The latest possible hour (8)
ELEVENTH: A cryptic definition of the latest hour we have. The one after the tenth and before midnight or midday
4d Help a character in opera (4)
AIDA: A word meaning to help is followed by the letter A from the clue to form the name of an opera by Giuseppe Verdi
5d Centre right is showing overconfidence (6)
HUBRIS: The first three words of the clue are all you need here. Begin with a word meaning the centre (of a wheel perhaps) add the abbreviation for the word R(ight) and add the word IS from the clue. Do not look to use the word heart to mean centre. I did and it got me nowhere.
6d Possibly shoots ducks with graduate doctor (6)
BAMBOO: Begin with a graduate, a Bachelor of Arts and add a doctor, another graduate actually, a bachelor of medicine. Finish off with a couple of ducks. The letters that look like the nil score in cricket.
7d Secured — the same numbers of points? (4)
TIED: A double definition which should be easily solved by all
10d Quietly blame Deighton over explosive fallout? (8)
SHRAPNEL: Start with the sound one makes when trying to quieten things down. Add an informal noun meaning the blame and add the reverse (over) of the shortened first name of the novelist whose surname is Deighton.
12d Contradictory orders to the yachtsman for extra canvas (8)
STAYSAIL: Split 4,4 we have an instruction to stop curb or check something. Add what a canvas on a boat is. Together they name one such canvas.
14d Canine tenacity? (10)
DOGGEDNESS: The tenacity grit determination or steadfastness that might be used to describe such qualities in one of our canine friends
16d Failed to use a bit over for recycling (8)
ABORTIVE: Anagram (recycling) of A BIT OVER
17d Unsettled on a flight (2,3,3)
IN THE AIR: Where you would be on a flight also means not yet settled or undetermined
19d Managed to get detectives to reveal rank (6)
RANCID: Chestnut time. Use a word meaning managed and add the abbreviation used for the Criminal Investigation Department
20d Reformed ladies, they’re highly thought of (6)
IDEALS: Anagram (reformed) of LADIES
22d Cut down meat (4)
CHOP: A double definition. The first being to cut down with an axe possibly and the second being a cut of meat.
23d Animal seen when ocean has left (4)
SEAL: Begin with a word that describes what an ocean is and add the letter L from Left. You should now have an aquatic mammal.
As usual mostly solved quickly but the last couple took more thought.
Quickie Pun. CHEF+HEALED=SHEFFIELD