Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28660
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
All is well with my world. Coventry Rugby club won away from home yet again. England delivered a big can of whoopass to the Welsh. Scotland outkicked the French (Why kick possession away when only six points up and two minutes to go? Stick it up your jumpers you numpties) Italy deserved a bonus point. Saint Sharon was saintlier than ever.
Oh! Sorry. There is a crossword around here somewhere. Oh well here we go. There are only twenty eight clues today so I feel somewhat short changed. However the difficulty level is upped by having sixteen of these with an unchecked first letter. Paul aka Dada is today’s setter as confirmed at 2.54am today by Crossword editor Chris Lancaster who commented that a crossword editor’s work is never done.
6a Conservative footballer? (5-6)
RIGHT-WINGER: A double definition to begin with. Jason Robinson as I recall in Rome 2004
9a Unfashionable deerstalker, perhaps (3,3)
OLD HAT: Another double definition with an iffy second part. It may be old fashioned but they can be bought new.
10a Treading falteringly, something to climb? (8)
GRADIENT: Anagram (falteringly) of TREADING.
11a Keen on the triple jump but very sore (7,3)
HOPPING MAD: For very sore in the clue read extremely angry. For the triple jump reference ignore the step (or skip) and the jump. If all else fails refer to the last three letters in the answer to 1 down. We do these hints for love you know. They are not always easy.
14a Data within government department (4)
INFO: Begin with a word meaning within. Add a government department (ok since you ask the Foreign Office)
15a Difficult situation upsetting medic and parent (11)
PREDICAMENT: Hopefully an anagram (upsetting) of MEDIC and PARENT
21a Kitchen items break when knocked over (4)
PANS: These kitchen items used for making sauces or boiling vegetables can be reversed (when knocked over) to make a word meaning a break. If you have both words but are not sure which to use look for the definition at the beginning or the end of the clue. Failing that wait for checkers.
22a Reveal top horse (10)
SHOWJUMPER: Split 4,6 to reveal here is a verb meaning to allow or cause to be visible as you would with a hand of cards when playing a gambling game such as brag or poker. The top is woollen and worn. Together they make a horse that competes in a ring with fences in a competition that is far more exciting to watch live than it is to watch on the telly.
25a Lead dealer set off (5,3)
START OUT: Split 4,4 The lead here is the main actor in a popular role. The dealer is a person who buys up tickets for an event to resell them at a profit.
27a Fake coin as used in place of betting? (6)
CASINO: Anagram (fake) of COIN AS
28a Ship belonging to this person, back (11)
MINESWEEPER: Begin with a pronoun used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with a person. Add another footballer. This time a player stationed behind the other defenders, free to defend at any point across the field and sometimes initiating and supporting attacks.
1d Man is hot during dance (6)
BISHOP: This man is a piece on a chessboard. He sits or stands between the horsey and the king or queen. He is made up of the word IS which is generously gifted to us by today’s setter and the abbreviation of the word hot which together are inserted (during) within a word meaning a dance to pop music
2d Country shed swiped by outlaw (6)
BHUTAN: Place a synonym for a wooden shed within (swiped) a verb meaning to prohibit something. This should lead you to the delightful Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge which is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. I think I could enjoy a visit to this country
3d Money stolen — part of workers’ wage-packets (4)
SWAG: Ooh Golly bongs. A lurker and about time too. The answer is hidden within the words of the clue. It is peeking out and daring you to find it. The words part of tell us so.
4d Neat mind, arranged as a file (2,6)
IN TANDEM: Anagram (arranged) of NEAT MIND
5d Encouraging rebellion ending in contentious issue (8)
SEDITION: The final letter (ending of) of contentious is followed by an issue, of a newspaper or magazine perhaps
7d A dummy upside down, detached (5)
ALOOF: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add the reverse (upside down) of a noun meaning a person who acts unwisely or imprudently or a silly person.
8d Odd bits in sink, one very strong smell! (5)
SNIFF: Begin with the odd numbered letters of the word sink. Add the Roman numeral for the number one. Now add a double (very) letter that represents strong. Musically it represents loud. I am not sure that loud equates to strong. If you know otherwise please enlighten me.
THE DOGGIES’ MEETING
The doggies held a meeting,
They came from near and far,
Some came by motor cycle,
And some by motor car
Each doggie passed the doorway,
Each doggie signed the book
Each one unclipped his asshole
And hung it on a hook.
One dog was not invited
It sorely raised his ire
He ran into the meeting hall
And loudly shouted, “Fire!”
It threw them in confusion
And without a second look
Each grabbed another’s asshole
From off another hook
And that’s the reason why sir,
When walking down the street
And that’s the reason why sir,
When doggies chance to meet
And that’s the reason why sir,
On land, abroad or home
They’ll sniff each other’s backside…
To see if it’s their own.
12d Irish meeting English displeasure (3)
IRE: Join together the abbreviations for Irish and English
13d Manly coat how short? (5)
MACHO: Use a shortened form of a raincoat. Add the word HOW from the clue minus its last letter (short)
16d Limit holiday over wet weather (8)
RESTRAIN: Use a four- lettered stretched synonym for a holiday and add a word for the wet weather that may prevail for the duration of said holiday
17d Find something round on top (8)
DISCOVER: Do what the clue asks. Place something round, flat and circular above a synonym for the word top
18d Bird in poem, unusual (3)
EMU: Our second lurker. A bird. A friend of Rod Hull but not of Michael Parkinson.
19d Do go doolally, finally (5)
PARTY: Go, as in depart followed by the last letter (finally) of the word doolally
20d French writer, never translated (5)
VERNE: Anagram (translated) of NEVER
23d Garment that’s worn by King Edward? (6)
JACKET: A King Edward is a variety of potato. When baked in its skin it is described thus which is also an outer garment. Served with butter, cheese and any pickle it is a true comfort food. Slop chilli con carne over it or a curry. Serve it with a salad. How do you like yours?
24d Form stream for teacher (6)
MASTER: Anagram (form) of STREAM
26d Capital of Turkey, individual urban area (4)
TOWN: Begin with the capital letter of Turkey and add a word meaning individual or to have possession of.
Yet another enjoyable solve.
Quickie Pun mask+carp+pony=mascarpone (what on earth is mascarpone)?