Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28613
Hints and tips by a stunned Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment *****
After setting 1,400 Crosswords for the Daily Telegraph and writing almost 2.5 million clues Roger Squires aka Rufus has closed down his crossword compiler software and turned off his computer. The dictionary and thesaurus have been put back on the shelf. Today’s Cryptic Crossword is the last Rufus offering we shall see.
I am sure that all visitors to Big Dave’s blog will join me in wishing Roger a long and happy retirement. I am also sure you will join me in thanking Roger for providing us with such enjoyable entertainment week after week.
It has been an honour and a challenge to solve and write weekly reviews of these puzzles. Thank you Roger Squires for providing the material that lets me do that. I hope your successor doesn’t prove to be troublesome.
Today’s hints and tips have been written with love and care by Miffypops. They are here to help with the clues you cannot solve or to explain the clues you do not understand. I hope they do so. Definitions which usually appear at the beginning or end of a clue are underlined and the answers are hidden under the greyed out click here boxes. No animals were hurt or embarrassed during the production of this review.
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1a Off Aden, tar moves from bow to stern? (4,3,3)
FORE AND AFT: Anagram (moves) of OFF ADEN TAR
6a Grand old politician with the gift of the gab (4)
GLIB: Begin with the abbreviation for grand and add the abbreviation of an old political party as led by Jeremy Thorpe perhaps
10a Money is bait that takes many in (5)
LUCRE: Find a word meaning bait. This word can be a noun or a verb. Insert a Roman numeral (takes many in)
11a Shellfish not in extract? (6,3)
WINKLE OUT: A small edible whelk is followed by a word meaning not in
12a Egg on single girl to be spendthrift (8)
PRODIGAL: A three-part charade. To egg on nudge or poke. The letter that looks like the number on one. A slang term for a girl
13a Entertainment from Diana’s firm (5)
DISCO: A contracted form of the name Diana’s followed by the abbreviation of a synonym for a firm in business or trade. I have never found much entertainment through this medium.
15a To want that is right, though comparatively broke? (7)
NEEDIER: A four-letter want or requirement is followed by the Latin abbreviation for that is and the abbreviation for right
17a Scope of the Bard? (7)
BREADTH: Anagram (of) of THE BARD
19a Landlords will be characters (7)
LETTERS: A double definition, the second being those of the alphabet
21a Very little car sickness (7)
MINIMAL: Begin with a small car and add a three-letter word suggesting sickness. The term for seasickness in French might help here
22a Control force (5)
POWER: A double definition.
24a It’s soothing when you have to concentrate (8)
COMPRESS: A word meaning a pad of lint or other absorbent material which may be placed on a wound to sooth is also a word meaning to concentrate as in reducing in size.
27a Dilapidated inn to fail in time of price increases (9)
INFLATION: Anagram (delapidated) on INN TO FAIL
28a Computer device doctor has to operate (5)
MOUSE: Begin with a doctor or Medical Orderly and add a verb meaning to operate something
29a They accept what is sound (4)
EARS: A cryptic definition of those things on the side of our head with which we hear
30a Don boasted about revealing diarist’s last words? (3,2,2,3)
AND SO TO BED: An anagram (about) of DON BOASTED will lead to Samuel Pepys often used last entry in his daily diary [And an appropriate end to Rufus’s final puzzle! BD]
1d US seasonal slump? (4)
FALL: The borrowed word the Americans use for autumn
2d Soldiers should meet general coming back (9)
RECURRENT: Begin with the abbreviation for The Royal Engineers. Add a word meaning general. The online dictionary has this definition – the general tendency or course of events or opinion.
3d In the lead — by so much? (5)
AHEAD: This word meaning in the lead can be split 1,4 to say by how much. Often used in horse racing
4d Widow‘s exhortation to take gamble (7)
DOWAGER: Splitting this widow 2,5 satisfies the clues exhortation to gamble
5d Backing group providing cool beat (3,4)
FAN CLUB: Take a word meaning to cool and add a word meaning to beat as in 9d perhaps to find these aficionados
7d They move around in pride (5)
LIONS: The animal whose social groups are known as prides
8d Waylay Rose, perhaps (10)
BUTTONHOLE: A double definition, the second being what a single rose may be worn as by guests at a wedding
9d Bishop lounged unsteadily in club (8)
BLUDGEON: The abbreviation for Bishop is followed by an anagram (unsteadily) of LOUNGED
14d England supporter offers misplaced help in goal (10)
ANGLOPHILE: Anagram (misplaced) of HELP IN GOAL
16d Eric came round for dessert (3,5)
ICE CREAM: Anagram (round) of ERIC CAME
18d Feeble joke in cracker not dry enough to work? (4,5)
DAMP SQUIB: The cracker here is being overworked. First as a Christmas Cracker and secondly as a firework. This display is not one of these
20d A part, once it’s revised (7)
SECTION: Anagram (revised) of ONCE IT’S
21d Rotational forces — they last only a short time (7)
MOMENTS: A double definition. One to do with physics and one to do with time. [My old physics master used to say, “even couples in fields have their moments”. BD]
23d Thin disc made of iron used in fighting (5)
WAFER: Place the chemical symbol for iron inside a term for fighting on a large scale between nations
25d Suspend terms of reference (5)
REMIT: A double definition, the first meaning to cancel
26d Drove in another direction (4)
HERD: Our first lurker of the day and the last in Roger Squires Long Daily Telegraph career. Well done Sir. The lurker is hidden amongst the words of the clue and indicated by the word in. Lurkers who use the blog are welcome to comment at any time. Now is a good time to introduce yourself and join this great community in offering our thanks and good wishes to Mr Roger Squires upon his retirement
Quickie Pun MASTERS+CHOIRS+RETIRES=Master Squires retires