Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28642
Hints and tips by a rather tardy Miffypops
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Before speaking or commenting ask yourself three questions. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? If the answer to any of the three questions is no do then do not speak out or comment. This rule has worked well for me and my two daughters.
I have reviewed the Monday puzzle for four years and had a lot of fun along the way. Last week one person posted a very rude comment that really upset me. It was neither true, kind or necessary As this is one of the friendliest blogs I have ever seen that comment had no place here (this is a friendly site for friendly people). If you do have any negative points to make please make them but do back up your point of view and present your thoughts in a logical way. Think before ink.
We are basking in the sunshine here in the heart of Downtown LI. Both Coventry RFC and The Sky Blues won their games this weekend. The Cuckoos up at The Ricoh beat Ulster. Hello to the large number of Ulster supporters who made a weekend of it and came to watch Coventry v Esher. If you do return to Coventry do some TripAdvisor research. Your choice of Hotel was appalling. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g186403-d193204-Reviews-Hylands_Hotel-Coventry_West_Midlands_England.html
As this is a cryptic Crossword blog maybe I ought to comment upon Mister Ron’s puzzle today. Truly and kindly of course.
Well, what a difference a setter makes. With Rufus puzzles I was totally on wavelength solving quickly and easily recognising wordplay. Today’s puzzle from Mister Ron took more passes to solve and included several bung ins which I still have to work out so that you have a hint or a tip. There were several smiles along the way and a couple of corking anagrams. Doable but not easy. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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1a The old man’s fur is okay (8)
PASSABLE: Your Ma is your old woman. Begin with what your old man might be. Remember and use the possessive as suggested by the apostrophe S in the clue. Add the fur of a marten native to Japan and Siberia. Google amazes me. Why Japan and Siberia and nowhere in between. How did this happen? God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.
6a Surprise a married former President (6)
AMBUSH: Use the letter A gifted to us from the clue. Add the abbreviation for married. Finish off with the name of an American President, one of two actually. There have only been four presidents with four letters in their surname. Taft and Polk are not it. This father and son were either side of the only American President I have shaken hands with. Outside the centre court at Wimbledon
9a Little woman on the bottle is cheerful (6)
JOVIAL: Begin with the name of one of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Add a small container, typically cylindrical and made of glass, used especially for holding liquid medicines. (thank you google)
10a Actor in a play getting protection from cats and dogs? (8)
RAINCOAT: A very clever anagram (play) of ACTOR IN A. The definition is pleasantly quirky
11a If this rule is transgressed, it’s the player’s fault (8)
BASELINE: A mark where a serving fault might be made in tennis
The serve is a fault if:
1 The server foot faults.
2 The server misses the ball when trying to hit it.
3 The ball touches a permanent fixture, singles stick or net post before hitting the ground.
4 After serving the ball touches the server’s partner, or touches anything the server is wearing or carrying.
It is not a fault if the server tosses the ball in the air and then decides to catch it.
A cryptic definition of the above fault in a tennis match. Did I mention that Bill Clinton once shook my hand at Wimbledon
12a You look, we hear, for African country (6)
UGANDA: Begin with a single letter homophone of the word you. Add another homophone of a noun meaning a look or a glance. If you are really struggling with this think of a male goose.
13a After setback, setter perhaps grasps anagram of pedometer as easy to get on with (4-8)
GOOD TEMPERED: reverse (setback) an example of what a setter might be. Think four legged, red or Irish. Place an anagram (Anagram Ha Ha) of PEDOMETER inside (grasps) this word. A War And Peace clue.
16a My incendiary instruction (6,1,5)
STRIKE A LIGHT: A cryptic definition of how to make a matchstick burst into flames using the sandpaper on the side of the box. With just three words this clue is the exact opposite of the clue above
19a Reluctant to put on church robe (6)
CLOTHE: Start with the abbreviation for Church of England). Put it around an adjective meaning reluctant or unwilling
21a Track force (8)
RAILROAD: A mighty fine double definition of what HS2 is and how it has been forced upon us.
23a Flamboyant performer must have time for clubs, being free (8)
LIBERATE: To solve this clue I advise that you get all of the checkers and bung one of the eight words that fit the definition at the end of the clue. Not easy as the checkers are all vowels and we do not have the luxury of a start letter. Find a flamboyant performer born in America 1919 and dead for nearly thirty years. He was the epitome of flamboyance. Change the letter C (clubs) in his name to the letter T (time).
24a Revise and rearrange a duet to include piano (6)
UPDATE: Anagram (rearrange) of A DUET which includes the abbreviation for piano
25a New journalist follows posh students (6)
UNUSED: Begin with our Crosswordland letter that denotes posh. Add the abbreviation or initials of The National Union of Students. Finish off with Crosswordland’s favourite journalist.
26a On the course, it’s 18 and dry (8)
TEETOTAL: Split 3,5 a cryptic definition of the number of cleared spaces on a golf course, from which the ball is struck at the beginning of play for each hole. As a whole what Saint Sharon would like me to be. No chance.
‘Twas an evening in November, as I very well remember,
I was walking down the street in drunken pride.
But my knees went all a-flutter, so I rested in a gutter,
And a pig came ’round and laid down by my side.
Yes I laid there in the gutter thinking thoughts I could not utter
when a colleen passing by did softly say:
“You can tell a man that boozes by the company he chooses”
And then the pig got up and slowly walked away!
2d Left bouquet upside-down? That’s wrong! (6)
AMORAL: Begin with the abbreviation for Left. Add a distinctive, typically pleasant smell. Reverse the lot as indicated by the words upside down
3d Meet about trendy French banker (5)
SEINE: Whenever the word banker appears in a clue think of rivers. I only know of two French rivers and the Loire isn’t it. Place a word meaning trendy inside (about) a rather stretched definition of a verb meaning to meet.
4d Aggressive black beagle finally upset collies (9)
BELLICOSE: Begin with the abbreviation for the word black. Add the final letter (finally) of the word beagle. Now add an anagram (upset) of COLLIES.
5d Sincere answer received by Hemingway? (7)
EARNEST: Place the abbreviation for answer inside (received by) the first name of the author Hemingway
6d ‘Farewell’ bill island’s presented by Brussels (5)
ADIEU: Use the shortened form of a bill, poster, or advertisement. Add the abbreviations for Island and the European Union
7d Work as butcher in city (9)
BUCHAREST: Anagram (work) of AS BUTCHER.
8d Covered seat occupied by wife and daughter (8)
SWADDLED: Find a seat sat on by horse riders. Insert (covered) the abbreviation for wife and append the abbreviation for daughter. What a divine clue.
13d One student wearing yellow is innocent (9)
GUILTLESS: Find a synonym for yellow or cowardly and insert the Roman numeral for one and the regular crosswordland abbreviation for student. The letter a novice driver displays whilst practicing for their driving test
14d Model tug made in scale (9)
MAGNITUDE: Anagram (model) of TUG MADE IN
15d Hold up what might be charged for ride (8)
STALLION: Begin with a verb meaning to stop or cause to stop making progress. Add an atom or molecule with a net electric charge due to the loss or gain of one or more electrons.
17d Most enormous rat’s leg, broken (7)
LARGEST: Anagram (broken) of RATS LEG
18d Phrase repeated again and again in Roman tragedy (6)
MANTRA: One of the last ones in and only solved by the advice that if all else fails look for a hidden word. So off you go to look for hidden words. Some bloggers will tell you exactly where to look. Not me though. I have done enough work. It is your turn now.
20d Animal from Africa seen in European region (5)
ELAND: This animal is only seen in crosswordland. I don’t believe it exists anywhere else. Use the abbreviation for European and add a noun meaning a country or state.
22d Set that’s home to 1, 2, 3 and 4? (5)
RADIO: In the good old days we had The Light Programme, The Home Service and the Third Service. These became 2,4 and 3. 1 was added to cater for youngsters. Eventually 1 turned into 2 and became a parody of itself. 2 became bloody boring and insignificant. Along came Matthew Bannister in 1993. 1 was reinvented and returned to what it should be. 1 also became 2. 3 and 4 remained true to their origins. The answer is what we listen to these stations upon. Simple.
A total joy to solve from start to finish. A total joy to review.
The Quick Crossword pun: dish+cushion=discussion