Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28553
Hints and tips by a table-topping Miffypops
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Good morning from the heart of Downtown LI. I cannot let the moment pass without mentioning that only two Rugby Union teams are unbeaten in the top three divisions. Coventry and Bristol. Six games played and six wins. This pleases me as does todays crossword from our Monday maestro Rufus.
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1a Giving up work and going to bed (10)
RETIREMENT: A nice double definition to begin the day our only decision is whether it is the adjective or the noun. The adjective didn’t have enough letters so go for the noun
9a Vagrant joins fireside circle (4)
HOBO: This word is of Western US origin first recorded in 1889 (OED) To Find it we need to take an archaic name for an oven or fireplace and add the roundest letter of the alphabet
10a Infuriated when pact with police is broken (10)
APOPLECTIC: Anagram (broken) of PACT and POLICE
11a Paper required that’s first edition (6)
TISSUE: Take the first (first) letter of the word That’s from the clue and add what an edition or publication for sale such as a newspaper or magazine can be known as
12a Perform in the theatre? (7)
OPERATE: What a surgeon might do in his theatre of the medical arts
15a One’s success may be in the balance (7)
ACROBAT: A highly-skilled balanced bouncy person whose employability is limited to that of the big-top kind
16a Listener gains two points and makes money (5)
EARNS: Ones organ of listening requires two points of the compass.
17a Found and thrown out (4)
CAST: Found here is a verb and refers to that which takes place in a foundry. Doubly defined with thrown this makes a superb clue
18a Board contest that calls for a series of counter-moves (4)
LUDO: A cryptic definition of a game played with dice and counters on a printed board. We played as a family on Sunday evenings. I always chose the green counters. Great fun. Reinvented as Sorry in the late seventies it became a firm favourite of my two daughters.
19a Exclude from French licensed premises (5)
DEBAR: Begin with the French word for from (French isn’t my strongpoint) and add the place you might buy a beer from
21a One’s choice will get cross (7)
ELECTOR: This person with a choice will place an X beside his or her favoured candidate in an election
22a Dialect around the Kremlin? (7)
CITADEL: Anagram (around) of DIALECT
24a I had to stand in line — it’s neater (6)
TIDIER: Place the contracted form of I had (which is also the contracted form of I should or I would) inside a word meaning a row such as rows of seats in theatres
27a Made a claim that should be upheld (10)
MAINTAINED: Another fine double definition. Fairly clued and rather obvious
28a Area of Israeli city (4)
ACRE: This area is doing duty today as a land measure used by farmers. It is also the name of a city in Israel which sounds very nice and interesting. I won’t be visiting though.
29a Temple altar, perhaps, inlaid with sort of nacre (10)
TABERNACLE: Anagram (sort of) of NACRE placed inside (inlaid) a very basic word meaning an altar
2d Eastern agent gets notice (4)
ESPY: Use the abbreviation for Eastern and add an agent of the James Bond variety
3d Undermine brat with look (6)
IMPAIR: Begin with our usual naughty child and add a word meaning the impression or quality or manner we exude
4d Team endlessly receiving rising cheers gets lift (7)
ELEVATE: The number of players in a football team minus its last letter (endlessly) has an informal word of thanks (cheers) upturned and inserted as instructed by the words receiving rising.
5d Some at school may hoard tuck (4)
EATS: A lurker hiding within the words of the clue. Most bloggers are kind enough to tell you exactly where to find it and some even highlight it in by using a different colour for the text. I prefer to let you do the work.
6d Ecstatic, heading off madly to make plans (7)
TACTICS: Anagram (madly) of ECSTATIC minus its first letter (heading off)
7d Going home and staying in? (10)
HOUSEBOUND: Split 5,5 where we are heading if going home. As a ten-letter word what we become if we cannot physically leave our homes
8d Genuine hard work — to the lions anyhow (6,4)
HONEST TOIL: Anagram (anyhow) of TO THE LIONS
12d Bands of gold put on box by artists (10)
ORCHESTRAS: Begin with an abbreviation for gold (I don’t know the origin of this abbreviation) add a synonym for a box or container and the abbreviation used for an artist who is a member of The Royal Academy. Add an S as theartist is in the plural
13d Long-running TV programme possibly needs a rest (10)
EASTENDERS: Anagram (possibly) of NEEDS A REST will lead you to a ridiculous television programme which I have never watched.
14d Keen to show hesitation about decline? (5)
EAGER: We are blessed with two words for hesitation in crosswordland Um and Er. Pick one and place it around a word meaning to decline because of advancing years. Providing you have chosen well and worked out the correct synonym for decline you will have a real word that matches this clues definition. If not. Try again until you do. The use of the word to mean decline is the opposite meaning to the same word used when describing wines which may improve over time. Just like us.
15d Extravaganza composed to entertain WWI troops? (5)
ANZAC: Our second lurker of the day. The boys who fought at Gallipoli
19d Step on it before the opening (7)
DOORMAT: A cryptic definition of what lies before a buildings entrance to facilitate the wiping of one’s boots or shoes before entry
20d A hot rod driver (7)
RIVETER: This hot rod is a metal rod or bolt used to join two plates of metal together. The driver is the person using it. Here is Rosie
23d CIA and RAF in collusion? A film was made out of it (6)
AFRICA: Anagram (in collusion) of CIA and RAF with a reference to one of Meryl Streep’s finest films
25d Branch member (4)
LIMB: A classic double definition. A branch of a tree or a member such as an arm or a leg
26d Have some sense, charge learner (4)
FEEL: A payment made to a professional person or to a professional or public body in exchange for advice or services is followed by the abbreviation for a learner.
Have fun everybody
Quickie Pun STAY+BALL+LIZA=STABILISER