Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28565
Hints and tips by a subsonic Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good Morning Crosswordland. Your Monday morning blogger Miffypops still feels under the weather but is looking forward to a couple of days holiday. We are going to see Bloodhound SSC being driven at Newquay airport in preparation for a new world land speed record attempt. Richard Noble and his team are hoping that this car will exceed 1,000mph. Wow.
No records were broken solving today’s puzzle. This took a little longer than usual to complete. The anagram at 22ac took far too long to give itself up and as for the rather obvious 20d, there are none so blind as those who cannot see As usual the hints and tips are here to help. Definitions are underlined. The answers can be revealed by clicking on the spoilers. All of which is neatly summed up by the recent comment by Mr Russell Burgess-Dawson – “When all hope has gone, along comes Big Dave with a lifeboat”. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Places where people witness moving scenes (7)
CINEMAS: A cryptic definition of picture houses or fleapits where one might have one’s eardrums shattered whilst sat alongside chatterboxes carrying giant tubs of popcorn and huge cups of Coca Cola who prefer to look at their own tiny screens
5a Fell and quit (7)
DROPPED: A double definition.
9a A university study going into English-American poet (5)
AUDEN: Begin with the letter A. This is a gift from our setter. Add the abbreviation for University. This is also a gift from the setter. Finally add our well known and ever-present crosswordland study (the one with the humorous entry in the BRB)
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good
10a Intimations of closure amid disruption of unions (9)
INNUENDOS: Place a word meaning a closure within (amid) an anagram (disruption) of UNIONS
11a Irregular liaisons resulting in people being hurt (10)
CASUALTIES: The first two words of the clue can be answered with a 6,4 split. When combined the new word matches the definition
12a Some bound off, being free (4)
UNDO: A lurker as indicated by the word some.
14a What bad press tuition gets — it’s based on irrational belief (12)
SUPERSTITION: This is an anagram (bad) of PRESS TUITION.
18a Acknowledgment of rise in value (12)
APPRECIATION: Another double definition
21a Grow back (4)
REAR: And another double definition
22a Final move for vice-consul (10)
CONCLUSIVE: Anagram (move) of VICE-CONSUL
25a Architectural side-show? (9)
ELEVATION: Architects use this word to describe any facade of a building. Possibly borrowed from the drawing board jargon of those using third angle orthographic projection
26a Share out area tax returns (5)
ALLOT: Begin with the letter A from the clue and add the reversal of a tax payable when crossing a bridge or using a road
27a Posed with revolutionary Left — one’s lifted on shoulders (7)
SATCHEL: A three-part charade. Use a word meaning posed for an artist. Add our regular revolutionary friend of Fidel Castro. Finally add the abbreviation for left
28a Merit of Parisian verse, translated (7)
DESERVE: Start with the French word for of. Add an anagram (translated) of VERSE
1d Risk not completing part of the church (6)
CHANCE: The part of a church near the altar minus its last letter (not completing)
2d One who considers life barely worth living (6)
NUDIST: A cryptic definition of one who prefers life without clothing (barely)
3d Great pictures? Far from it (10)
MINIATURES: Great here is an example of large size. We are looking for the other end of the art world’s size range
4d Transport workers? (5)
SHIFT: Our fourth double definition of the day
5d Desert inn provides meal service (6,3)
DINNER SET: Anagram (provides) of DESERT INN
6d Finished some cricket (4)
OVER: Done with. A set of six deliveries in cricket
7d Movingly depict an academic (8)
PEDANTIC: Anagram (movingly) of DEPICT AN
8d Pay no regard to trade concession (8)
DISCOUNT: Double definition number six
13d They enable one to take the long view (10)
BINOCULARS: A cryptic definition of an optical instrument with a lens for each eye, used for viewing distant objects.
15d Leader in a column? (9)
EDITORIAL: This column may be found in a newspaper. The leader is an article usually written by its editor
16d Naval vessels, they should be quarantined? (8)
CARRIERS: These naval vessels transport people in bulk. Those who should quarantined spread contagious diseases without suffering the effects of those diseases
17d It’s plain Dad is going up and down with payment (8)
APPARENT: Begin with a two lettered term of affection for your Dad. Reverse it and write it down. Now add it the right way. (up and down) now add a payment for the hire of something. This clue would work without the payment if the answer is split 2,6
19d He turns up in the country (6)
TILLER: A cryptic description of one who turns the soil after harvest and prior to sowing seed
20d It is clear the French annoy (6)
NETTLE: Clear profit followed by the French word for the
23d Punished for disrupting dance? (5)
CANED: Anagram (disrupting) of DANCE
24d He wrote music for half of band and part of orchestra (4)
BACH: Lurker number two. Hiding within the words of the clue.. Oh no its not as Jane rightly points out at comment nine. I was blogging on autopilot.
Use the first half of the word band and add two consecutive letters from the word orchestra to find a writer of music who died in 1750
What fun. What did you think?
Quickie Pun PAR+TEA+POLY+TICKS=PARTY POLITICS