Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28571
Hints and tips by Double Bubble Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good Morning from the sunny heart of Downtown LI. As today is National Checklist Day I have compiled a checklist for you all to follow.
Solve today’s offering from Rufus
Solve the Rookie Corner puzzle set by yours truly MP
Once you have ticked off these items you can have fun for the rest of the day.
We sometimes use the term Read and Write to describe a puzzle. This term may be off-putting to newer solvers. Today’s puzzle fits that description for me and here is why.
After the first read through of across and down clues I had seventeen and a half answers. The first read through of down clues was assisted by checking letters from the across clues.
After the second read through of across and down clues I had three clues left to solve. The second read through is greatly assisted by even more checking letters.
The three remaining clues were obvious.
It has taken a forty-year daily dose of Cryptic Crossword solving to achieve this. Writing the weekly blog has made clue type recognition easier. I think all my fellow bloggers will admit that their solving skills have been enhanced by the requirement to explain clues.
The aim is to complete the grid. How long that takes does not matter. The enjoyment to be had during the process is what keeps us going. The Doh moments when the penny drops and the laugh out loud moments give pleasure during the solve. When all else fails help is at hand within the hints and tips.
The hints and tips are here to help you solve the clues you might be struggling with or to help you understand why your answer is correct. The answers lie beneath the click here boxes. Have fun.
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1a Sailor in hat the French gifted (7)
CAPABLE: Place an able-bodied seaman between a flat cloth hat typically with a peak and the French word for the
5a Public vehicle permit (3,4)
BUS PASS: Begin with the shortened form of a large public transport vehicle and add a synonym for a permit. The answer is what most solvers are old enough to qualify for
9a Give Heather ring, making kind of speech (5)
LINGO: Begin with the common heather of Eurasia and add the letter that looks like a ring
10a Found someone in error and dismissed a striker (6,3)
CAUGHT OUT: A double definition the second being a way of dismissing a batsman after he has struck the ball and before it hits the ground
11a It bars the entrance to unwanted visitors (10)
PORTCULLIS: A cryptic definition of what may be in place in the entrance to a Castle to prevent unwanted entry.
12a One can get free from this knot (4)
REEF: Anagram (one can get) of FREE
14a Form of credit, cheap — hurries to make arrangement (4-8)
HIRE PURCHASE: Anagram (to make arrangement) of CHEAP HURRIES
18a Does such a constituency have MPs on edge? (8,4)
MARGINAL SEAT: A cryptic definition of a parliamentary constituency secured by a tiny majority and therefore unsafe
21a Split the charge for hire (4)
RENT: A double definition the second being slightly more obvious
22a Operatic boatmen? (10)
GONDOLIERS: These operatic Venetian boatmen live eternally in a Gilbert and Sullivan musical.
25a What’s that? Another party invitation? (4,5)
COME AGAIN: What’s that means pardon here. The answer is another way of saying the same thing. It might also be used to describe a second invitation to a party
26a Dark period for titled fellow losing his ‘K’ (5)
NIGHT: This titled fellow has been dubbed by Her Majesty (or Charley boy if HM is otherwise engaged) Remove the letter K.
27a The estate agent’s lying (7)
SITUATE: I think the word lying in the clue refers to the position of something in Estate Agents terminology. If you know otherwise please elucidate
28a Absorbing business transactions? (7)
MERGERS: Types of business deals where one firm takes over or joins with another
1d Cut tail parts off pilchard to be cooked for Islamic leader (6)
CALIPH: Remove the last two letters (cut tail parts off) from the word pilchard. Now solve an anagram (to be cooked) of the remaining letters PILCHA
2d A poor state to be in (6)
PENURY: A cryptic definition of the state of being very poor
Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire,
Hands, that the rod of empire might have swayed,
Or waked to ecstasy the living lyre.
But Knowledge to their eyes her ample page
Rich with the spoils of time did ne’er unroll;
Chill Penury repressed their noble rage,
And froze the genial current of the soul.
3d Inflammation from chin to ribs (10)
BRONCHITIS: Anagram (from) of CHIN TO RIBS
4d Do well, taking about ninety fish (5)
EXCEL: Place a long snake like fish around the Roman numerals for the number ninety
5d Shops providing bouquets I ordered (9)
BOUTIQUES: not much of an anagram (ordered) of BOUQUETS I
6d District in London twinned with one in New York? (4)
SOHO: A vibrant bohemian district of London is also the name of a district in New York’s Manhattan
7d Superior graduate on the rise ended cuddling secretary (5,3)
ABOVE PAR: reverse (rising) the abbreviation for a Bachelor of Arts. Add a word meaning ending or done with which is itself wrapped around a secretary or personal assistant.
8d Lets out radio’s a gift (4,4)
SETS FREE: A common term for radios is followed by a word indicating that a gift cost the receiver nothing
13d Developed reliance on ship (5,5)
OCEAN LINER: Anagram (developed) of RELIANCE ON
15d Unexpectedly able to speak in a flowery style (9)
ELABORATE: Anagram (unexpectedly of ABLE followed by a verb meaning to speak or to make a speech
16d Includes in shows of affection (8)
EMBRACES: A double definition.
17d Send Tristan the wrong way round motorway (8)
TRANSMIT: An anagram (the wrong way) of TRISTAN is wrapped around the abbreviation for Motorway.
19d Darwin’s crafty dog? (6)
BEAGLE: This breed of dog is also the name Of Darwin’s ship (craft)
20d Unaltered, it’s as I designed (2,2,2)
AS IT IS: Anagram (designed) of IT’S AS I
23d Material that’s dug up (5)
DENIM: My favourite material is the reverse of dug up as in the way coal is removed from under the ground
24d Darling pet for Wendy (4)
NANA: A knowledge of literature will help here. Darling is the family surname. Wendy is the daughter. The name of the family pet dog is what we are looking for. The book is Peter Pan
That is it from me. It’s the Pet Shop Boys tomorrow
Quickie Pun WHIRLED+TORE=WORLD TOUR (Hopefully not on a ghastly modern cruise ship)