Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28547
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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 simple joy from start to finish. Thank you Rufus for today’s entertainment.
For those new to Cryptic Crosswords there are quite a few regularly used devices in this puzzle which provided givens for older hands. A Member being a body part (arm, leg, hand or foot). Con meaning to study. A tune being an air. Mother being Ma. Pulses being foodstuffs.
At 16 down Many posing as the letter C and one of Crosswordland’s favourite fish unite to give a solid puzzle for the newcomer but a write-in for more experienced hands. Regular solving and attention to Big Dave’s Bloggers should improve your skills no end.
The hints and tips below are here to help. The answers can be found underneath the click here boxes, Definitions are underlined
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1a A candidate who fails to keep it is unlikely to get it (11)
APPOINTMENT: We begin with a delightful double definition. One who fails to keep an arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and place is unlikely to get a job or position if that arrangement to meet is for a job interview
9a Sports spectators that could be barred (4)
GATE: A second double definition, both nounal like the first. the number of people who pay to enter a sports ground for an event or a hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence, or hedge
10a Young people rambling see Scotland (11)
ADOLESCENTS: Our first anagram of the day (rambling) of SEE SCOTLAND. I recommend that you all do so.
11a Achievement one’s supporters broadcast (4)
FEAT: Ones supporters in this case are on the end of your legs after your ankles. They sound like (broadcast) an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength. A lovely clue to solve and a lovely clue to explain. To newcomers this is known as a homophone clue. The answer sounds like a body part but is actually an achievement
14a Volume that affords satisfaction (7)
CONTENT: The answer as a noun means the things that are held or included in something. As an adjective it means in a state of peaceful happiness which is how I manage to keep Saint Sharon at all times
16a Vessel not the same as a cutter (7)
CLIPPER: The vessel here is a fast sailing ship, especially one of 19th-century design with concave bows and raked masts, but it’s not the same as a cutter which is a small vessel with one mast. The cutter could be a hairdresser or a gardener pruning away happily or the instrument both use for doing so. A third definition of this word is:
‘a microchip which inserts an identifying code into encrypted transmissions that allows them to be deciphered by a third party having access to a Government-held key’ .
Hands up if you knew that
17a Monster controlling the middle (5)
TROLL: The middle five letters of the second word in the clue which makes this our first lurker of the day. Recently on a visit to Coombe Abbey I heard my daughter warn my grandson to be mindful of one of these hiding under a bridge we were about to cross. She is her father’s daughter.
18a Pained expression when front of pocket is ripped off (4)
OUCH: Remove the letter P (front of Pocket) from a word meaning a pocket which according to the OED has been around since 1325
19a A drop of ink? (4)
BLOT: A barely cryptic definition of an unwanted ink stain or leak from a fountain pen
20a Change as one ages (5)
AEONS: Anagram (change) of AS ONE
22a Still out of tune? (7)
AIRLESS: Take a three-letter word meaning a tune or melody and add a word meaning fewer
23a Abnormal postage brings out the secret police (7)
GESTAPO: Anagram (abnormal) of POSTAGE
24a Where things are washed up or settle on the seabed (4)
SINK: A clear double definition. As a noun the fixed basin used by those old-fashioned types do the washing up or where the more clued up rinse stuff before hiding it in the dishwasher and as a verb to fall or descend under water
28a Carrying on, Mother gets canteen in uproar (11)
MAINTENANCE: Begin with our two-lettered word for Mother and add an anagram (uproar) of CANTEEN IN
29a This month in a short way in a short way (4)
INST: This graphic abbreviation of the word instant can be derived by using the word IN gifted from the clue and the letters ST which are short for street (in a short way)
30a Description of an eternity ring? (5-6)
NEVER-ENDING: A cryptic definition of something without beginning or finishing
2d One may find their pulses worth taking (4)
PODS: A cryptic definition of plant life containers of pulses such as lentils, peas and beans
3d Single in Lyon, sadly (4)
ONLY: Anagram (sadly) of LYON
4d First part of new rise just coming into effect (7)
NASCENT: Begin with the initial letter (start of) New and add a word meaning a climb to a higher point
5d Like those blessed with a worldly inheritance (4)
MEEK: A reference to those said by Jesus Christ to be the inheritors of the earth in his Sermon on The Mount address
6d Every throw-in counts in this game (7)
NETBALL: Cryptic definition of a ball game mostly played by females where balls thrown through a hoop score points.
7d Grub to provide food and support (11)
CATERPILLAR: This delightful grub which will metamorphose into a butterfly or a moth can be found by compounding a verb meaning to provide (food) for and a tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or metal, used as a support for a building, or as an ornament or monument.
8d Others will get lecture supporting Charles II’s return (11)
RESTORATION: A word meaning the others is followed by a word meaning a lecture or address. Together they describe the historical time in England which began in 1660
12d Pupil’s joint academic achievement (11)
SCHOLARSHIP: A student, the S from ‘S and the joint nearest to your waist combine to give a word meaning academic study or achievement; learning at a high level or a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.
13d A Cornishman making untimely error (11)
ANACHRONISM: Anagram (making) of A CORNISHMAN
15d Nothing dropped by political party — hence taxes (5)
TRIES: Remove the letter that looks like nothing from the collective alternative name of the Conservatives
16d Many fish stick together (5)
CLING: Begin with the Roman Numeral representing one hundred (many) and add our usual large Crosswordland ocean fish Molva molva
20d Calm donkey with ague that’s run amok (7)
ASSUAGE: Begin with our usual three lettered donkey and add an anagram (that’s run amok) of AGUE
21d Hide in south-east Mediterranean isle (7)
SECRETE: Use the compass points for South and East and add a large Mediterranean Greek Island.
25d At one time part of population census (4)
ONCE: Our second lurker of the day (part of) and the first word of many a fairy tale
26d Crew employee or member held in affection (4)
HAND: This member is a part of one’s body. Do you still hold your partners? I do.
27d I study Eastern art (4)
ICON: Use the letter I straight from the clue and add a word meaning study
Quite a gentle puzzle. What did you think of it?
Quickie Pun PAY+PURR+WAIT=PAPERWEIGHT