Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28595
Hints and tips by Miffypops
Direct from the crime capital of South Warwickshire
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MP is jubilant today after watching the England men’s and women’s teams win at Twickenham. The mighty Coventry RFUC made it twelve wins out of twelve in my absence.
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1a Weapon giving artist support (6)
RAPIER: Begin with Crosswordland’s regular abbreviation for an artist who is an elected member of The Royal Academy. Add a solid support designed to sustain vertical pressure
4a Scrutinise neckwear and underwear (8)
SCANTIES: Split 4,4 we can use a verb meaning to look at carefully followed by an item of knotted neckwear worn around a collar. Together they give a delightful word defined as the plural noun for women’s knickers or pants.
9a Reveal hesitation, spelling downfall? (6)
SHOWER: A four letter word meaning to reveal something is followed by an expression of hesitation (um or er) to make a word meaning a downfall, in this case mild precipitation
10a Tell-tale weapon (8)
CROSSBOW: The tale told is that of Swiss folk hero William Tell. This is his weapon of choice
12a Drugs involved in underworld operations (4)
DOPE: A well-hidden lurker indicated by the words involved in
13a Praise former tax being reduced by a pound (5)
EXTOL: Start with Crosswordland’s regular prefix meaning former and add an old tax payable to use a bridge or a road but minus its last letter (reduced by a pound) the L from Pounds Shillings and Pence. LSD. We have had a metric monetary system now for nearly fifty years
14a French cleric born in Lincoln (4)
ABBÉ: Not Lincoln the county but Lincoln the president. Place the abbreviation for the word born inside the shortened form of President Lincoln’s Christian name.
17a Rate increase (12)
ACCELERATION: An increase in the rate of speed. The pedal on the right mate. Try pressing it harder.
20a The spheres of the occult (7,5)
CRYSTAL BALLS: Solid globes of glass used by fortune-tellers and clairvoyants for talking b & b
23a Way out of perplexity (4)
EXIT: A lurker. Hiding away within the letters within the clue indicated by the word of
24a Axed that man, then married (5)
HEWED: Split 2,3 we need the pronoun for that man followed by a verb meaning got married
25a Prepare to put out in current on the ebb (4)
EDIT: A word reversal. (On the ebb) This time of the current that ebbs and flows.
28a Unfashionable sportswear is better (8)
OUTSTRIP: Split 3,4 we have a word meaning no longer fashionable followed by a word for the kit worn by a sportsman
29a Food that’s revolutionary planted by east Kent area (6)
CHEESE: The revolutionary here is Mr Guevara. Begin with his first name (not Ernesto) add the letter representing east and the two initials (from the compass) depicting where the county of Kent is located
30a Succeed in taking of leave (8)
FAREWELL: Split 4,4 we have a term meaning to succeed. Altogether we have a term meaning goodbye.
31a Meeting that raises the spirits (6)
SEANCE: A cryptic definition of a meeting where people try to speak with dead people.
That is the end of the hints and tips for the across clues. There were no anagrams to spoil the fun. Will this continue throughout the down clues. I sincerely hope so.
1d Left-over rail used for modelling (8)
RESIDUAL: An unwelcome anagram (used for modelling) of RAIL USED. (Drat!Our setter just could not resist it could he)?
2d Seek something precious, making scene (8)
PROSPECT: To seek something precious as one might for gold perhaps or an extensive view of the landscape
3d Made to last (4)
EKED: To have made an amount or supply of something last longer by using or consuming it frugally. This week’s non-cryptic clue.
5d Second-hand markets operating close to Basra (3,4,5)
CAR BOOT SALES: Anagram (operating) of CLOSE TO BASRA
6d It detects by smell and is aware by sound (4)
NOSE: The organ we use to smell is a homophone of a word meaning is aware.
7d One doctor’s given one two notes to take in (6)
IMBIBE: Begin with the letter that looks like the number one. Add one of our two letter Latin abbreviation s for a Doctor. Add the letter that looks like the number one and finish off with two musical notes.
8d Mark Twain’s creation involved war? Yes (6)
SAWYER: The surname of a boy written about by Mark Twain is an anagram (involved) of WAR YES
11d Two late editions — must be very exciting! (5-7)
EXTRA SPECIAL: The names of two late editions of a newspaper are joined to mean very exciting
15d Look awfully large (5)
GLARE: Anagram (awfully) of LARGE
16d One is not convinced to give its benefit (5)
DOUBT: This noun meaning a feeling of uncertainty. To give the benefit of it is a concession that a person or fact must be regarded as correct or justified, if the contrary has not been proven.
18d Club doctor bound leg (8)
BLUDGEON: Anagram (doctor) of BOUND LEG
19d We are its cast, so to speak (2,2,4)
AS IT WERE: Anagram (cast) of WE ARE ITS
21d Start out and trip (3,3)
SET OFF: A double definition. The second being to trip a switch perhaps
22d Cutting tail off wading bird (6)
BITTER: This shorter necked member of the Heron family is without its last letter (has its tail removed)
26d Soaks up food (4)
STEW: A reversal. A word meaning soaks when reversed makes a fine hearty meal
27d Female carrying oxygen pump, say (4)
SHOE: The female pronoun has the symbol denoting the element Oxygen inserted somewhere to make an article of clothing of which a pump is an example
Hints and tips written to the wonderful sound of Bob Dylan singing from the latest Bootleg Series offering.
Quickie Pun. TRUSS+TEASE=TRUSTEES