Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28636
Hints and tips by a discursive Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Thanks to a bit of digging and a helpful setter, I know who set today’s puzzle. I will reveal his name in the epilogue at the end of today’s blog. This is his second Monday back-pager although I think he has set on other days in recent weeks. He is well known as a Toughie setter and a Grauniad regular. His puzzles always delight but I usually take longer over them than those of other setters. Let battle commence.
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.
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1a An orchestra aboard Titanic, perhaps giving shout from it? (7,4)
ABANDON SHIP: Split 1,4,2,4 What a group of musicians might be called collectively when on board The Titanic. Split 7,4 what would have been shouted as the liner began to sink
9a Person’s loyal if working for money (14)
PROFESSIONALLY: Anagram (working) of PERSON’S LOYAL IF
11a A cat, tiny little thing (4)
ATOM: Use the letter A from the clue. Add a male cat.
12a One and the other scoffing last of clear soup (5)
BROTH: Place a word meaning two things together around the last letter of the word clear
13a After face shaved, he hurt (4)
ACHE: Remove (shaved) the first and last letters of the word FACE. Add the word HE as given in the clue
16a Piece in document left (8)
DEPARTED: Place a four-lettered word meaning a piece of the whole inside a four-lettered legal document
17a Home encapsulating a royal residence (6)
PALACE: Wrap (encapsulating) an informal noun meaning one’s home around the letter A from the clue
19a Ruin mother’s ruin? That’s the limit! (6)
MARGIN: Begin with a short verb meaning to ruin, spoil or impair and add the drink known as mother’s ruin
20a Wine: whole amount knocked back by trainee soldier (8)
MUSCADET: A short word meaning the total is reversed (knocked back) A young trainee soldier is added
22a Naked woman you painted bare for just ends? (4)
NUDE: The last letters (ends) of four consecutive words in the clue
23a Series of tennis shots to get better (5)
RALLY: A rather easy double definition
24a Average market (4)
FAIR: A trickier double definition. The second being a periodic gathering for the sale of goods
27a Sweet thing, a turnover? (6-4,4)
UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE: A cryptic definition of a sponge cake that is baked over a layer of fruit in syrup and inverted for serving.
28a Recalled by shaking around one’s middle — this performer? (5,6)
BELLY DANCER: The answer is one who performs an abdominal driven entertainment shaking around one’s middle with hands on hips – it’s an anagram (shaking) of RECALLED BY around the middle letter of one
2d Wrong if board praised colourful flier (4,2,8)
BIRD OF PARADISE: Anagram (wrong) of IF BOARD PRAISED
3d Poor lover gets stood up by female (4)
NAFF: A lover of something or an aficionado is inverted (gets stood up) and gains a letter F, the abbreviation for female
4d One witnessing sober rev getting drunk (8)
OBSERVER: Anagram (getting drunk) of SOBER REV
5d Religion thus hides clue (6)
SHINTO: A clue such as this one is sandwiched by a small synonym of the word thus
6d One inhabiting a Hebridean island (4)
IONA: Split 1,2,1 the letter the looks like the number one. A word meaning physically in contact with (inhabiting) and the letter A from the clue
7d Lifting mechanism, actions for defence against strikers? (5,3,6)
BLOCK AND TACKLE: This hoisting mechanism consists of two methods a defender in a football match might use to thwart a striker’s attempts to score
8d Printers breed dogs (11)
TYPESETTERS: A synonym for a breed or sort is followed by the plural of a breed of gundog.
10d Chaos in opium den, man misbehaving (11)
PANDEMONIUM: Anagram (chaos) of OPIUM DEN MAN
14d Item of underwear in mind (5)
BRAIN: A lady’s item of underwear is followed by the word IN from the clue
15d Lighter suit (5)
MATCH: A double definition. The first being a thin piece of wood used to light a cigarette
18d A duel, two in conflict, illegal (8)
OUTLAWED: Anagram (in conflict) of A DUEL TWO
21d Some socks and a little shoe (6)
SANDAL: A word hidden within the clue itself and indicated by the word some
25d Unemployed, I had left employment originally (4)
IDLE: Begin with the abbreviated form of I had and add L(eft) and the beginning letter (originally) of employment
26d Superstar, I party! (4)
ICON: I from the clue and the abbreviation for a political party.
Battle over. Nothing to overtax me today thank goodness. Today’s setter is Dada who is a regular Toughie setter in the DT. He is well known as Paul in The Guardian where his puzzles are usually a little harder than this one today. The Monday slot will alternate between Dada and our new puzzles editor-in-waiting for the next few weeks.
The Quick Crossword pun: Chopin+Liszt=shopping list