Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28583
Hints and tips by Miffypops the Vanatic
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning from the blissful heart of downtown LI where sensible people are slumbering peacefully. Your blogger as usual has woken early and found today’s newspaper ready to download and a fresh cryptic crossword puzzle awaiting completion. No doubt a good few of you will need a couple of hints today. If so I hope those that follow will suffice. Definitions are underlined. Rufus is your compiler
MP has enjoyed a busy weekend. A typically boozy Friday night was followed by rising at 5.55am on Saturday to pay Long Itchington’s Wroth Silver Tax on Knightlow Hill before sunrise. This is England’s longest running annual ceremony. The hot milk and rum made it all worthwhile. An afternoon feast of Rugby Union followed. Coventry RFU extended their unbeaten run to eleven games. A trip to Birmingham to see Billy Bragg at the beautiful venue The Town Hall was enhanced by the receipt of a parking ticket. My third ever and all in Brum at the same place. Back to Birmingham tonight for a Van Morrison concert. Ooh yes please.
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1a Magnanimous woman having two husbands? (6)
BIGAMY: Begin with a rather stretched synonym of magnanimous and add a woman’s name. Which woman? The one that will let you match the definition.
4a How one may be seen to be lying, eventually (2,6)
AT LENGTH: How you may be described when lying down is also a term used to denote sometime in the future. Blogging these puzzles becomes easier as experience teaches its lessons. Then clues such as this come along.
9a A din that’s audible is irritating (6)
ANNOYS: A homophone (audible) A from the clue. A word synonymous of the word din. Spelled out to suit the definition
10a One establishes ownership initially (8)
MONOGRAM: A cryptic definition of a motif of two or more interwoven letters, typically a person’s initials, used to identify a personal possession.
12a Unusual, retiring in Tipperary (4)
RARE: A reversed lurker. In signifies the lurkerish nature of the clue. Retiring supposedly suggests the word is reversed. Why so?
13a Time for me to reverse and get into top after manoeuvring (5)
TEMPO: Place the reverse of the word ME from the clue inside an anagram (manoeuvring) of the word TOP
14a Very good person dogged by the old complaint (4)
STYE: Begin with the abbreviation for a good person and add an archaic form of the word the. I like the use of the word dogged in this clue
17a Endorses notices put up by bank cashiers? (12)
COUNTERSIGNS: A cryptic definition which needs to be split 7,5
20a Study of Man Ray photo long in development (12)
ANTHROPOLOGY: Anagram (in development) of RAY PHOTO LONG
23a Thing I encountered on the way back (4)
ITEM: Begin with the letter I from the clue. Find a three-letter word meaning encountered and reverse it as implied by the words on the way back
24a Cried pitifully for a drink (5)
CIDER: Anagram (pitifully) of CRIED
25a Third man sounds competent (4)
ABEL: The name of the bible’s third man sounds like the word meaning competent
28a The bogus criminal begged (8)
BESOUGHT: Anagram (criminal) of THE BOGUS
29a Following live deer? (6)
BEHIND: Begin with a two-letter verb meaning to live or to exist and add a female red deer.
30a Little Sidney turned lock, causing much trouble (8)
DISTRESS: Reverse (turned) the diminutive (little) form of the name Sidney and add a word meaning a lock of hair
31a Stations, or just platforms (6)
STAGES: A double definition.
1d Sporting row involving Cambridge and Oxford (4,4)
BOAT RACE: This row is not an argument. It is an activity used to propel a boat with an oar. This sporting row involves eighteen sportsmen, sixteen oars, two boats and the closure of a long stretch of The River Thames between Putney and Mortlake
2d Mean the opposite? (8)
GENEROUS: The opposite of the word mean.
3d Ex-Chinese leader goes round far side of Kerry, Irish county (4)
MAYO: The name of an ex Chinese leader whose name was preceded by his position as chairman can be placed around the last letter (far side) of the word Kerry.
5d Caught fighting? (4,8)
TOOK PRISONER: Captured during conflict perhaps.
6d They can become inflated, say, and very large (4)
EGOS: Begin with the Latin abbreviation of “for example” (say) and add another abbreviation this time for very large or over-sized
7d Broken heart shown by grand Knight of the Round Table (6)
GARETH: An anagram (broken) of HEART follows the abbreviation of the word grand
8d Small village, one made famous by Shakespeare (6)
HAMLET: Shakespeare’s longest play is also another word for a small village.
11d The rich glass contrived for high-powered lamps (12)
SEARCHLIGHT: Anagram (contrived) of THE RICH GLASS
15d Pebble-strewn way round New York (5)
STONY: A three-part charade. An abbreviation for a way or street. The roundest of round letters. The abbreviation for New York
16d Give last cry of pain (5)
ENDOW: Split 3,2 (merely because it suits the hint) we have the last of anything followed by a cry of pain
18d Knight caught by misplaced big blow is staggering (8)
WOBBLING: Anagram (misplaced) of BIG BLOW around (caught) the chess notation for the knight
19d Bikes carrying a number from Rome and part of Greece (8)
CYCLADES: Bikes here means the act of riding a bike. Use another word for doing so. Insert into this word (carrying) A from the clue and the only Roman numeral (number) that gives sense to this word
21d One is prone to use this example of inflation (3,3)
AIR BED: A cryptic definition on a blow-up mattress
22d Some injustice, as essayist concludes (6)
CEASES: A lurker hiding within the letters of the clue indicated by the word some
26d Kitty and Tom are pleased to do it (4)
PURR: The noise a cat (Kitty or Tom) might make when pleased. No you cannot have a cute picture. The pet shop opens tomorrow
27d Master provides cane (4)
BEAT: A double definition.
Van the Man. Bring it on.
Quickie Pun MISS+GUY+DEAD=MISGUIDED