Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28696
Hints and tips by Moody Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from Salisbury Plain where Miffypops has been helping a group of volunteers realign Stonehenge to make this ancient monument work properly during British Summer Time. This is particularly important for the summer solstice. We will be back in October to reverse the process so the stones are properly aligned for the winter solstice.
Today’s puzzle is by Dada. Monday’s are definitely different now and I am a huge fan of the new regime alternating Mr Ron with Dada. Both solving and hinting have an exciting edge which I look forward to.
As usual here are some hints tips to help you to solve the clues you might be struggling with or to help you understand answers you have but cannot see why. There will also be some random ramblings that may amuse or not. Illustrations may be tenuously linked to clues but are unlikely to lead to solutions. No animals other than one hedgehog were hurt or embarrassed during the production of this blog. Pencils and pens are a no no in Miffyland but if you do solve on paper the writing in of your last answer is a complete waste of time and a waste of the world’s resources. Think on.
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1a Mercury’s counterpart, some other messenger (6)
HERMES: This messenger of the gods is hiding within the words of the clue. The word some indicates this.
5a In brownish-red, a cold biscuit (8)
MACAROON: Begin with a colour. A brownish-red colour. Insert (in) the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for cold. The answer is a biscuit favoured by Thora Hird and Alan Bennett
9a Model iron horse, about ton, powerful beast (10)
RHINOCEROS: Use an anagram (model) of IRON HORSE together with the Roman numeral for one hundred as indicated by the word ton.
10a One side remaining (4)
LEFT: A double definition. The first being the opposite to right
11a Loyal butler set out to get European Union backing (4-4)
TRUE-BLUE: An Anagram (set out) of BUTLER is followed by the reversed (backing) abbreviation of the European Union.
12a Horse drinks in seawater (6)
MARINE: Place the word IN from the clue inside a female horse
13a Repeat filling in multiple choice (4)
ECHO: Our second lurker of the day. The word IN tells us so.
15a Genius — mug following one abroad (8)
EINSTEIN: We have two foreign words to find here with no indication of which language. We have a word meaning one and a word meaning a mug which you may associate more with a beer glass. The genius you are looking for is not Stephen Hawkins
18a Squid caught malaria at sea! (8)
CALAMARI: Use the abbreviation for caught and add an anagram (at sea) of MALARIA. It is always nice to have a bit of food in a puzzle but I find this to be like chewing an elastic band.
19a Travel beyond a river to get legendary vessel (4)
ARGO: Place a word meaning to travel, move, depart, advance, pass, walk, progress or wend one’s way is placed after the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for the word river
21a Typo, say, students recalled (4-2)
SLIP-UP: Find a word meaning students. Reverse it and split it 4-2
23a Figure heading for ruin, one in mess (8)
TRIANGLE: This three-sided figure can be found by inserting the initial letter (heading) of ruin together with the letter that looks like the number one inside a confused mess of something twisted together
25a Lead sulphate’s beginning to encounter dark liquid (4)
STAR: Use the first (beginning) letter of Sulphate and add a dark, thick flammable liquid distilled from wood or coal, consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons, resins, alcohols, and other compounds. It is used in road-making and for coating and preserving timber. (Don’t ya just love Google)?
26a Use marker pen here: wet biro had burst (10)
WHITEBOARD: My sort of anagram (burst) of WET BIRO HAD. Almost had me reaching for the forbidden writing implements. Dogged determination won the day.
27a Study new careers with minimum of hope (8)
RESEARCH: Anagram (new) of CAREERS with the first letter (minimum) of the word Hope.
28a More orderly, I had to get in line (6)
TIDIER: Place the shortened form of I had inside a noun meaning a row or line
2d Queen rings the number (5)
ETHER: Place our monarchs regal cypher around the word the to find this anaesthetic. Number here meaning something which numbs
3d Jerk mentions a US state (9)
MINNESOTA: An anagram (Jerk) of MENTIONS is followed by the letter A from the clue to make a state in America. The home state of a recent Nobel literature laureate.
4d Island first to strike in hostile manner (6)
SICILY: Begin with the first letter of the word strike and add a word meaning to behave in a hostile, angry or unfriendly manner
5d Actress having edited line, re-edit in protest (7,8)
MARLENE DIETRICH: Our clue here asks us to solve an anagram (edited) of LINE RE EDIT and place it inside a processional form of protest. Done correctly you will find a woman who said these very wise words “Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast”
6d Adhesive holds as window opening sideways (8)
CASEMENT: The adhesive here is a powdery substance made by calcining lime and clay and mixing it with water. Insert the word as into it as indicated by the word holds in the clue.
7d Instrument for measuring sovereign? (5)
RULER: A rather obvious double definition. Need I say more?
8d Unsatisfactory finale causing displeasure (9)
OFFENDING: We need to start here with a three-lettered stretched synonym for the word unsatisfactory. Perhaps meaning no longer fresh when referred to food. Add a word meaning the finale
14d King almost finished eating extravagant dessert (9)
CHARLOTTE: Begin with the name of a king minus his last letter (almost). Insert (eating) the three-lettered abbreviation for a term meaning extravagant. This was the name of the Tiswas spin off programme from the early 1980s
16d Unfortunately on trial, commercial travellers, the lot of them! (9)
TRAINLOAD: Anagram (unfortunately) of ON TRIAL followed by the shortened form for what what a television commercial is known as
17d Staff machine that cuts round article on page (8)
MANPOWER: Place a machine that cuts grass around the form of the indefinite article used before words beginning with a vowel sound and the abbreviation for page.
The Mower by Phillip Larkin
The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,
Killed. It had been in the long grass.
I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world
Unmendably. Burial was no help:
Next morning I got up and it did not.
The first day after a death, the new absence
Is always the same; we should be careful
Of each other, we should be kind
While there is still time.
20d Still, lift is fast (6)
SILENT: Reverse (lift) the word is and add the name of the time of fasting which precedes Easter
22d Shilling in spotless little bag (5)
PURSE: Place the abbreviation for a shilling inside a word meaning spotless, chaste or virginal.
24d Massive lobsters, and raw gulper eels for starters (5)
LARGE: Use the initial letters or starters of five of the words in the clue
A delightful puzzle in which we get to travel the to the US and to an island in the med. We have two types of transport for doing so and squid, biscuits and cake are provided. It is a shame for the hedgehog though.
Quickie Pun Le Mans+Seoul=Lemon Sole. Yum yum