Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28630
Hints and tips by Grandad Mark – Yay, Yay, Yay
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning and happy new year from the heart of Downtown LI. Thanks to Kath for volunteering to stand in for me last week.
Here are the predictions I made for 2017. All came true and I repeat them for 2018. The prediction I failed to make was that my daughter and son-in-law would provide a little brother for my grandson Harrison. Welcome to the world Ethan George Pope.
Here are my predictions for 2017
• Some people will die in 2017.
• Women will wear silly hats but still look prettier than they do without hats.
• Crossword puzzles will not matter
• The accumulation of unnecessary crap will continue in our household but I will contribute nothing to this.
• The Daily Telegraph will fail to realise the value of Big Dave’s site and continue trying to rip pounds from people’s pockets with their unfair and antiquated premium rate phone lines.
• Comedians will remain unfunny
• England will win the Six Nations Tournament without a grand slam.
Today’s puzzle has been set by Mister Ron. Soon to be The Daily Telegraph’s puzzles editor. I enjoyed the solve and I hope you do too.
As usual here are some hints tips and ramblings to help you to solve the clues you might be struggling with or to help you understand answers you have but cannot see why.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Putting money first, directors make cuts here? (10)
BREADBOARD: Split 5,5 your answer needs to comprise of a slang term for money and a word describing what the directors of a company make up when gathered together at a mahogany table sitting on plush chairs pretending to be important
6a Censor’s given good report (4)
BANG: Begin with a three-lettered word meaning to censor something and add the abbreviation for good
9a Drink the setter knocked over Pole? (5)
TOTEM: A small measure, usually of a strong alcoholic drink is followed by the reverse (knocked over) of how the setter might refer to himself
10a Men overwhelmed by silent support back in garden (9)
ARBORETUM: A three-part charade with a reversal indicator and an insertion, all written within an eight-word clue. Simply brilliant. Our regular abbreviation for the ordinary ranks (men) lies within (overwhelmed) a word meaning silent or lacking the ability to speak and an item of female underwear that supports breasts. The word back is the complication within the clue that tells us to reverse these two words. My colleague Kath would describe this clue as being easier to solve than to explain. Eight words in the clue. Sixty eight words in the explanation. Respect your setters. Of the answer, I have visited Westonbirt, Batsford and Walsall.
12a Playful language? Move slowly, that’s scary! (6-2-5)
TONGUE-IN-CHEEK: Solved using checkers and the definition ‘playful language’ I have no idea what ‘moved slowly that’s scary’ has to do with either the clue or the solution. [The definition is playful and it’s a language followed by a four-letter verb meaning to move slowly and an exclamation that means “that’s scary”. BD]
14a Insubstantial odds upset cartel (8)
SPECTRAL: The abbreviation for the odds at the beginning of a horse race (starting price) are followed by an anagram (upset) of CARTEL
15a Paper good at absorbing blows? (6)
TISSUE: These blows are from noses. These papers are what are uses when noses are blown
17a Make attractive finale with organ (6)
ENDEAR: A three-lettered word meaning final is followed by the organ of hearing.
19a Ponder alcohol in stewed tea (8)
RUMINATE: Begin with an alcohol favoured by sailors. Add the word IN from the clue. Finish off with an anagram (stewed) of TEA
21a Number-crunchers assist Titanic at sea (13)
STATISTICIANS: I suggest that this is an anagram (at sea) of ASSIST TITANIC. It was such a jumpoutatcha answer that it went straight in.
24a Cook nine basil plants (9)
BIENNIALS: A fine anagram (cook) of NINE BASIL. One of my last ones in.
25a Occasionally indulge then run briefly — lazybones (5)
IDLER: Every other letter (occasionally) of the word indulge followed by the cricketing abbreviation for runs.
26a Stop ignoring cold comfort (4)
EASE: Find a five-lettered word that means come or bring to an end. Remove (ignoring) the letter that represents the abbreviation for cold.
27a Chaos destroyed Greens — they might let one know! (10)
MESSENGERS: Begin with a word meaning chaos. Perhaps a word that might describe a teenager’s bedroom. Add an anagram (destroyed) of GREENS
1d City in need of a plug? (4)
BATH: This city whose rugby union team beat Worcester on Friday is also a place of ablution
2d Permit lent it legitimacy in part (7)
ENTITLE: The answer is a word hidden within the words of the clue. Seek it out. This type of clue is referred to as a lurker by your blogging team. Puzzle 28604 brought this jewel from Ora Meringue at comment 27 ‘I thought 23d was a lurker until I saw the blog……well at least I’m looking for them now’. I suspect Ora is not the first or the last person to be informed by this site of the existence of hidden words as a type of clue
3d Protest fiend with resistance occupying Waterloo maybe (13)
DEMONSTRATION: Begin with an evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell. Add an example of what Waterloo may be. Not a battle but something .to do with trains. This word contains (occupying) the abbreviation for resistance
4d Predicting vampire hasn’t died, or will come round (8)
ORACULAR: The world’s most famous vampire is needed here without the letter D (hasn’t died) the word OR given in the clue can be placed either side of what you have. (Or will come around) My last one in. The sparkliest of many sparkly clues
5d Religious leader giving short talk (5)
RABBI: A religious leader of the Jewish faith can be found by using a word from Cockney rhyming slang (***** and pork) with its last letter removed (short). This Cockney rhyming slang word is also a song by Chas and Dave which is the second most irritating song ever recorded but very close to the single most irritating song ever. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. What did I ever do that was so bad that my ears had to be tortured so?
7d Player in area leaves — about time! (7)
ACTRESS: A from the clue. Some salad leaves that go well in egg sandwiches around the abbreviation for time
8d Plucky player, one thwarting poacher’s goals? (10)
GAMEKEEPER: Begin with a four-lettered word meaning daring or courageous (daring). Add a player of sport. One who tries to prevent the opposition from scoring goals
11d Main criterion changes — there’ll be a reprisal (13)
RECRIMINATION: Anagram (changes) of MAIN CRITERION. Another jumpoutatcha.
13d Apparent teen slob is working (10)
OSTENSIBLE: Anagram (working) of TEEN SLOB IS
16d Rejects revealed fisherman’s actions (8)
OUTCASTS: Split 3,5 the action carried out by a fisherman when beginning to fish. The act of getting his hook and bait into the water.
18d Storage for artists (7)
DRAWERS: A double definition. The first being the plural of a box-like storage compartment without a lid, made to slide horizontally in and out of a desk, chest, or other piece of furniture.
20d Forgive a bishop on crack (7)
ABSOLVE: Use the letter A from the clue. Add an abbreviation used in chess notation for a Bishop. Add a word meaning crack as in crack a problem or as you need to do here crack the clue.
22d Rag supports broadcast (5)
TEASE: Find a word meaning to rag or chide that is also a homophone of golf ball supports
23d If these are taken, it means war (4)
ARMS: The weapons that would be used if war broke out.
Happy new year to you all. Thanks for the comments and thanks throughout last year.
The Quick Crossword pun: cattle+lone+ear=Catalonia