Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28607
Hints and tips by Frosty the Snowman
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
The hints and tips here are provided to help you solve or understand the clues you may be finding tricksy. I hope they help. Definitions are underlined. Happy Solving.
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1a Replant or clip if very productive (8)
PROLIFIC: Anagram (replant) of OR CLIP IF. An answer that neatly defines the output of our setter today
6a Two firms after gold backing for decoration (6)
ROCOCO: Gold as a heraldic tincture is reversed (backing) and followed by two abbreviations for firms or companies
9a He reviles a blockhead employer (6)
ABUSER: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add the first letter (head) of the word blockhead. Now finish up with a noun defining what an employer is
10a Very hungry bird comes to love us (8)
RAVENOUS: Begin with a bird. There are lots to choose from. Add the letter O from the clue and the word US which is also given in the clue. The answer (and the bird) can easily be got from the definition very hungry.
11a Film Ruth, merry and uproarious (8)
MIRTHFUL: Anagram (merry) of FILM RUTH
12a Are in debt, but managed to bring up the children (6)
REARED: Place the word ARE from the clue inside (in) a word describing what we are said to be in when in debt
13a Travelling light? (8,4)
SHOOTING STAR: A cryptic definition of a small, rapidly moving meteor burning up on entering the earth’s atmosphere.
16a Poorly educated and not prepared to grow crops (12)
UNCULTIVATED: A double definition, the first accurately describing today’s blogger
19a It carries food for an animal — flea, maybe? (6)
HOPPER: A name for a cylindrical container for animal feed also defines a flea by nature of the way it moves around
21a Newspaper’s deadline? (8)
OBITUARY: A cryptic definition of a popular newspaper column which describes the lives of the recently deceased. Like a biography without its last chapter. If your name is not amongst those listed, eat breakfast
23a Account presented to member of clergy is absolutely correct (8)
ACCURATE: Begin with an abbreviation of the word account. Add a junior member of the clergy. The one who’s egg is regularly mentioned in the comments section below
24a Is elected to boards (4,2)
GETS ON: A double definition. What one might do when boarding a ship.
25a A bouquet for mounting (6)
ASCENT: Use the letter A from the clue and add a characteristic smell (bouquet)
26a Mythical king who never quite got what he wanted (8)
TANTALUS: This mythical king was punished by being made to stand beneath a fruit tree in a pool of water. When he reached for fruit to eat the branches moved away rendering him eternally hungry. When he reached for water to drink the water receded keeping him permanently thirsty. That served him right for nicking from the Pick’n’Mix in Woolworths.
2d Poor golfer perhaps that still gets down the hole (6)
RABBIT: This word which describes a poor golfer (or cricketer) is also an animal which lives in a hole. The clue nicely links the golfer to the hole. A lot of our commenters wish they could do that.
3d He composed a catalogue, we hear (5)
LISZT: This composer (1811 – 1886) has a name which sounds like (we hear) another word for a catalogue
4d Van driver’s warning on promenade (9)
FOREFRONT: The driver here is a golfer. Begin with his warning shout. Add a word we use to describe the area just before the sea, in this case the promenade
5d Protective garment put right in wrong closet (7)
CORSLET: Anagram (wrong) of CLOSET which has the abbreviation of the word right inserted (put right in)
6d Wandering dog? (5)
ROVER: A synonym for the word traveller is/was a popular dogs name (I’m not sure it still is popular) Those who want a cute doggie picture will be disappointed Here is a photo of me yesterday walking along The Disused Railway hoping not to meet any wandering dogs.
7d Found out people’s feelings involving sand and caves (9)
CANVASSED: Anagram (involving) of SAND and CAVES
8d Motive and style that one may use for walking across water (8)
CAUSEWAY: Combine two synonyms. One of the word Motive (5) and one of the word Style (3)
13d A form of art (9)
SCULPTURE: A cryptic definition of a three-dimensional form of art. If I were describing Michelangelo’s David, I could say ‘barely cryptic’ (see illustration to the next clue)
14d The opposite of all dressed up and nowhere to go (7,2)
NOTHING ON: The wordplay at the beginning describes a state of nudity. The ensuing definition describes having an empty diary
15d Broken fences or implements (8)
ENFORCES: Anagram (broken) of FENCES OR
17d Wild flower absorbs nitrogen (7)
VIOLENT: A wildflower has the abbreviation for Nitrogen inserted. Which wildflower? I hear you ask. This one: a herbaceous plant of temperate regions, typically having purple, blue, or white five-petalled flowers, one petal of which forms a landing pad for pollinating insects.
18d Rum loo embellished with gilt decoration (6)
ORMOLU: Anagram (embellished) of RUM LOO
20d Respond — to an encore call? (5)
REACT: A synonym of the word respond can be split 2,3 to give a rather loose definition of what an actor might be doing when responding to an encore call
22d It’s very much used as a prefix (5)
ULTRA: This word is exactly as described in the clue. It is used as a prefix meaning to the extreme.
A very enjoyable crossword puzzle as ever from Rufus.
Quickie Pun TOUR+KIT+OVA=TALK IT OVER.
In some eastern European languages, the suffix OVA to a surname indicates the female of the species. That would make the author of the Harry Potter books J K Rowlingova.