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DT 28702

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28702

Hints and tips by a clear headed (as always) Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

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Hints and tips

As usual here are some hints and 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. 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 Rippling applause before church’s Sunday accompaniment? (5,5)
APPLE SAUCE: We Begin with a simple anagram (rippling) of APPLAUSE which needs the abbreviation for the Church of England. Best with some roast pork, mashed and roast potatoes, peas, sprouts and lots of gravy.

6a Worry cook (4)
STEW: Our food theme continues with this double definition. A state of great anxiety or agitation or a dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan.

10a Dog longing to be in hot area (5)
HYENA: Place a synonym for longing between the abbreviations for hot and area to find this inedible scavenger who once ate an Oxo cube and became a laughing stock

11a Pirate look envelops river vessel going round island (9)
PRIVATEER: A word meaning to look closely is wrapped around the abbreviation for river and a vessel similar to a cauldron. The river and the cauldron are themselves being wrapped around the abbreviation for Island. Placing the words river and vessel side by side misdirects the solver nicely.

12a Flying ark is set to find star (8)
ASTERISK: Anagram (flying) of ARK IS SET

13a Hunger shown by daughter to follow nameless environmentalist (5)
GREED: The environmentalist here shares his name with a colour. Remove the abbreviation for name (nameless) and substitute the abbreviation for daughter.

15a Hard man confronts social worker (7)
ADAMANT: Begin with a man’s name and add our usual insect that can be described as a social worker. There are thousands of men’s names to choose from, not so many social insects. The man’s partner also makes an appearance in today’s puzzle.

17a Tweet ‘I’m retaliating, partly over what might damage trees’ (7)
TERMITE: The answer is reversed (over) and hidden within the words of the clue indicated by the word partly. An obvious bung in but a b****r to work out why. If all else fails look for a lurker

19a Not analogue, like most of country (7)
DIGITAL: Begin with a synonym for the word like (it’s groovy man). Add a country minus its last letter.

21a Lie with 9 or 5? (7)
WHOPPER: Use the abbreviation for with and add a word which might describe the insect at 5d or the antipodean marsupial at 9d

22a Giant bird snatching a hospital’s fish (5)
ROACH: Begin with a giant bird. Not a real one. One described in The Arabian Nights. Insert the letter A (grabbing a). Add the abbreviation for hospital

24a Freeman perhaps regularly meets disciplinarian (8)
MARTINET: Begin with the first name of an actor whose surname is Freeman (not Morgan). Add the second and fourth letters (regularly) of the word mEeTs

27a Father troubled about dull result (9)
AFTERMATH: Anagram (troubled) of FATHER into which a three-lettered word meaning dull (not glossy) has been inserted. The resulting answer is also the fourth studio album release from The Rolling Stones

28a Highest charge (5)
PRIME: A double definition the second of which is the most troublesome

29a Abuse some pharmaceuticals (4)
HARM: The answer can be found written within the words of the clue. The word some indicated this.

30a Child, source of great anxiety for performer (10)
SONGSTRESS: Your male child is followed by the initial letter (source of) of great. This in turn is followed by a word meaning anxiety. Here is one of the late Tstrummers favourite clips.


1d Hide to get rid of head pain (4)
ACHE: Find a verb meaning to hide or store away in hiding for future use. Remove its first letter (head)

2d Bully in group of journalists? (5-4)
PRESS-GANG: Our first word here is the general term for journalists. Our second word means a number of people in a group together. I may be missing something but I don’t see how the order of these two words is suggested from the clue.

3d Avoid commercial hosted by the First Lady (5)
EVADE: Place an abbreviated form of commercial inside (hosted by) the name of the first lady on Earth whose partner appears in 15ac.

4d Choose a parking place (7)
APPOINT: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add the abbreviation for parking. Now add a particular spot, place, or position in an area or on a map, object, or surface.

5d Game for one that’s chirpy? (7)
CRICKET: A double definition. A game played on an oval pitch and a chirping insect which may well be found in the outfield during the game in question.

7d Those people ultimately rule subject (5)
THEME: Start with the pronoun meaning those people. Add the last letter (ultimate) of rule

8d Arrange word with lawyer that’s past caring (5-5)
WORLD-WEARY: Anagram (arrange) of WORD with LAWYER

9d Girl initially wearing messy anorak and old jumper (8)
KANGAROO: A well written three-part charade of two abbreviations and an anagram. The girl G is wearing an anagram (messy) of ANORAK followed by the letter O (Old)

14d Run after Queen with shaved head? Rubbish! (10)
BALDERDASH: Another three-part charade. 1. run or travel somewhere in a great hurry. 2. The regal cypher of our present monarch. 3. Having no hair on your head. Place these three words in the order clearly suggested by the clue

16d Another novel about one such as Shylock? (8)
ANTIHERO: Anagram (novel) of ANOTHER wrapped about the letter that looks like the number one.

18d Vague anger around politician thus upset with Spain (9)
IMPRECISE: Take a three-lettered word meaning anger and place it around the abbreviation for a Member of Parliament. Add the reverse (upset) of a word meaning thus. Used in brackets after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or erroneous to show that the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original, as in a story must hold a child’s interest and ‘enrich his (sic) life’. Finish off with the international vehicle recognition letter denoting Spain.

20d Album playing on journey is a pain (7)
LUMBAGO: This lower back pain is an anagram (playing) of ALBUM with a short verb meaning to travel. I love the way the album is playing. I hope it is a Bob Dylan album

21d Animal fighting unsettled Goth (7)
WARTHOG: Begin with a synonym for fighting. Not a scrap, tussle or afraid. A bit more than that. Add an anagram (unsettled) of GOTH

23d Reportedly change table (5)
ALTAR: Find a synonym for the word change. The word reportedly indicates a homophone or sounds like clue. This means the word meaning change also sounds like a word meaning table. As we are asked for a homophone of change it is therefore the table we are looking for. You will find it in a place of worship even in the chapel on a warship. Is that clear?

25d Capture Russian leader in getting to the top? (5)
INPUT: We should all be aware of the surname of Russia’s political leader. Take the letters IN from the end of his name and place them at the beginning

26d Allow small reasons to repeat service (4)
LETS: Begin with a three-lettered word meaning to allow. Add the abbreviation for small.

Monday’s puzzles are quickly becoming my favourite puzzles of the week. There is a lot to like here. My last two in 25d and 28ac were both a little tricky. The dreaded anagrams were generally well hidden and cleverly indicated so I didn’t mind them.

Quickie Pun sing+cores+whim=sink or swim


54 comments on “DT 28702

  1. A terrific puzzle to cheer up a cold damp Monday morning. I found it very straightforward but very rewarding to solve. A second read through revealed just how well composed most of the clues were. I really enjoyed the rekrul at 17a and 21d. Overall 1.5* /4* from me.

    Thanks to CL and MP

  2. Very enjoyable, the large number of anagrams was a throwback to Mondays gone by.

    My top two clues were 19a and 25d, but Chambers gives the enumeration for 16d as (4-4) rather than as stated in the paper.

    Many thanks to Mr Ed and to the clear-headed one.

  3. I have to admit to another Monday failure. I had 5d as a feathered farmyard chirper, which banjaxed my 17a.

    Apart from that, a steady solve. I really ought to be getting 12a on the first pass through, we have had variations of it so often, but I don’t.

    COTD 24a for me.

    Many thanks to Mr Ed and MP.

    1. ‘Banjax’ – what a truly splendid word which has never registered on my radar. The origin being unknown gives it an extra tug of the forelock. Oh, we do so love an unknown origin, yes, we do.

      Thank you for using it, Malcolm baby.

      My day is now full.

    2. ….it would also be a very useful answer to a clue when a compiler is putting together a pangram crossword (J and X)

  4. Lovely and very satisfying puzzle which certainly brightened the grey and rainy day here in the NW. So many good clues , 14d made me chuckle. A very steady solve with everything coming together so pleasingly.
    Thanks to Mr CL and MP

  5. Another excellent puzzle from ‘plain old Ron’ as he apparently prefers to be called!

    Would have been far more straightforward if I hadn’t, like Malcolm, initially opted for a far more deadly game in 5d which had a knock on effect with both 17a & the wordplay of 21a. In fairness, I should have known better as ‘chirpy’ isn’t really a reasonable description for the sound of our farmyard friend.
    After that faux pas, I also struggled to get beyond ‘Morgan’ in 24a and had the usual IT language problems with 25d – shame as it was a great clue for those who are more savvy with computer-speak.

    Not to worry, all eventually sorted and I’ll pick out 27a plus 9&14d for today’s prizes along with an extra gold star for 14d – one of my favourite words.

    Thanks to Mr Ed and to MP for the blog and its welcome diversity of clips including one of Tstrummer’s favourites. Those of you who have met his lovely partner, Jan, will be pleased to hear that she is gradually coming to terms with his loss and has recently discovered the lure of crosswords!

  6. Lovely puzzle from a setter we’d never come across before.
    Thanks to Chris Lancaster and Miffypops **/****

    1. Great to ‘see’ you both again – hope all is well and that you’re still managing to cope with the canine duo!

      Think you may well have come across today’s setter before in his guise as both Mister Ron and Samuel.

  7. A late start last night because of a very enjoyable dinner party and the intervention of Morpheus meant that completion was held over until this morning, so the stallion was left in the stable. Very enjoyable, the CL/Dada combination appears to be working very well – **/***.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 30a and 3d.

    Thanks to CL and GMoLI.

  8. Very enjoyable for a monday, After a few near misses it finally gave in. Last in 11a. No real favourites just a nicely judged crossword.
    Thanks to Miffypops and Chris Lancaster.

  9. Really enjoyed this. Needed a couple of hints from here(probably just me but i cant see input from capture) but thought most of it was eminently solvable without being a “gimme” Loved 14 down in particular.
    Thanks to setter and reviewer, especially for the clip of Joni

  10. Earlier comments cover pretty much all that I would say. Most went in easilt but took a break with 1d 10a and 25d 28a remaining. I was pretty sure of 1d but caffiene needed before I worked out the word to behead. I was working with a whole load of wrong Russians until the penny dropped on 25d and when I put 28a in it took a couple of variants til I parsed the correct answer. Thanks to CL I am getting the hang of mondays I think, better wait til next monday and I see the next Dada though.
    Thanks to MP too especially the music which is matching my fave playlist very well.

    1. Just realised I was at that Rolling Stones concert in Roundhay Park. I’d forgotten how bad that outfit looked. Mick was struting around like a peacock in a nappy.

  11. Good to start the head on Monday morning. 21 down had me thinking hard but got in the end. Did cheat a bit

    1. Hello Barbara. There is no cheating.There is filling in a grid with the correct answers in whichever way you can. Filling it in unaided may be your Holy Grail but better to have a bit of help than sit for hours getting nowhere. If in doubt remember this.
      Rule 1. There are no rules
      Rule 2. if in doubt see rule one.

      Happy solving

    2. Re cheating – MP tells us that pencils for anagrams are to be used ‘as a last resort only’ e.g. his post on 23/3/15 but I have to say I regularly ignore that instruction as I personally don’t regard it as cheating!

      1. Ooh! I used to solve on paper and regularly wrote out anagrams and checkers ( never resorted to letter circles though ) since the iPad days where I can read my own writing the anagrams fall on sight. No pencils or pens needed. If I do not need them then with a little perseverance nor will you. The worlds resources of ink may last a little longer. When the inkwells run dry you will have no choice.

  12. An enjoyable start to the week, * for difficulty. Last in was 28ac which I didn’t think worked at first, thought about it a bit more, and then decided that it did in fact work perfectly fine. I’m having that sort of day, yes. I didn’t know that Shylock is supposed to be a 16d, being entirely ignorant of the text in question, so something new learnt.

  13. It would have helped had I not put an answer for 16d into the grid space for 14d. ‘Pawnbroker’ seemed OK to me. D’oh!
    Once resolved all made sense.
    I’ll take the correct 14d as fave of course and 2/3* overall.
    Thanks to CL and to MP for the review and clips.

  14. My SE corner was banjaxed (love it!) by the tough little couple 25d &28a whichI needed a ‘clear head’ to sort out. I had 5d wrong too for a while. It worked for me.
    **/*** (on the whole).
    Rain killed all plans so deep cleaned the downstairs loo which gave some satisfaction but no joy at all.

  15. A lovely puzzle to complete. I N fact it was finished in quicker time than the quickie puzzle which held me up for ages. Happy EAster to all.

    1. I have never finished the quick puzzle unaided. The back-pager is much easier.

  16. A quick foray back into normality – i.e. commenting again – it’s been part of my daily life for so long that it feels odd without.
    I really enjoyed this crossword but think I might give it a bit more than 2* for difficulty – probably just me.
    28a caused a bit of a dither as did why 19a was what it absolutely had to be.
    Too many good clues to pick out any in particular so thanks to today’s setter and to MP.
    PS I’m slightly mystified by so many people getting 5d wrong and even more mystified as to what their wrong answer is.

    1. Chicken is a bonkers ‘daring’ game, Kath,

      The origin, I believe, is two cars on a collision course and the first one to swerve out of the way loses.

      It’s taken various, gentler forms since.

      A friend who,many moons ago, played professionally for Lancashire Cricket Club (aptly), was playing in a 2nd XI match where the legend that is Harry Pilling was captain. My buddy was in the slip cordon and dared a tyro, standing next to him, to close his eyes when the ball was delivered for a whole over, offering a financial incentive. Sure enough, on ball four, the rookie heard a snick where the ball proceeded to hit him in the chest.

      An unamused Captain Pilling sent him down to fine leg for the rest of the day (a lonely position on the boundary away from all the banter and chirping).

  17. Still getting to know the Monday setters after Rufus and found this quite tricky in parts but enjoyable. Got stuck on 20d for ages and just couldn’t see it, a pain in the neck that one! Last in 11a and one of my favourites once I’d figured out the word play. The difficulty level was more than two for me also. However all in all a good puzzle for a miserable Easter Monday.

    Clues of the day: 1a / 11a / 20d all hit the spot.

    Rating : 3.5* / 3.5*

    Thanks to MP and Mr Lancaster.

  18. I had to check the review for 17a, because I’d entered the wrong game in 5d. My 17a began with an ‘n’. I guess I wasn’t the only one. Thank you Mr Lancaster and Miffypops. A pleasant solve.

  19. Not a barrowload of fun but a pleasant enough diversion on this dreary Bank Holiday. Needed a bit of a nudge in the SE. Joint Favs were 21a and 26d (when the penny dropped). Thank you Mr.L and MP.

  20. Surprised no-one has picked up on the fact that hyenas are more closely related to cats than dogs.They are in a separate order and apparently comprise just four species.

  21. Very enjoyable solve. 21a was my favourite. Thanks to the setter and MP for the review. Thanks also for the Tommy Cooper clip – priceless!

  22. Hello MP, I liked your clip at 11a. Here’s one you might like by Stan Rogers:

  23. Really enjoyable crossword some quite tricky clues ***/**** 🤔 My favourites 16d & 13a must confess to getting 28a wrong 😰 thinking of a word for cost I missed the obvious. Thanks to the Setter and to MP for todays’s musical cornucopia 🎼

  24. Having also got chicken at 5D I needed a few hints. Not happy with 27A as I’m sure the dull version should be MATT not MAT!
    But then I’m really grumpy today as we are sitting looking at our 6th lot of snow this winter!!

  25. I am a chicken too…
    Very enjoyable. Only holdup the 28a, 26d combination.
    Thoroughly awful day today in South London, the only saving grace was wall to wall Joan Hickson Miss Marple on some obscure Freeview channel.
    Favourite clue was 25d, though I though input = capture was a bit tenuous.
    Thanks MP and the Crossword Editor-In-Chief.

  26. 2* / 4*. Another fine Funday Monday puzzle, not difficult but very enjoyable.

    28a, which was my last one in, required a bit of head scratching, and 14d, which is such a splendid word, was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mister Ron and to MP.

  27. Where oh where did gentle Mondays go? I just could not get on the wavelength today. Seemed more like a *** difficulty. I started well but it was one of those days when I never felt really confident in my answers and had to verify a lot of them with Miffpops’ hints. I was even slow at noticing the lurker in 17a and they are a fact of life here in South Florida.

    1. Hopefully we will all in due course get used to the new style which Mr.L brings us.

  28. Also fell fowl at 5d. Never had so much trouble with the Monday crossword especially the SE corner. Perhaps the fine weather, copious amounts of wine and wild asparagus have taken their toll.

    Thanks setter and MP.

  29. I’d tell the setter not to give up his day job. This puzzle is a clunky mess.

  30. It’s a bit late, but can somebody please parse 26d for me. Was busy yesterday and too tired last night, but still couldn’t get it over breakfast this morning. Why lets? Just about managed to understand 25d and 28a when confronted with the answers (thanks MP). Other than those, a very quick and enjoyable Monday.

    1. To allow = LET. Add the abbreviation for small S = LETS. In tennis a serve is called a let when the ball hits the net cord but still lands in the service court. Such a serve is not considered a fault and the server may repeat the service attempt. A ball that hits the net cord but lands outside the service box is still a fault.

      1. Thank you. No wonder it was a mystery. Once the rugby season is over we lose interest in sport until September. Can just about cope with cricket, but tennis…

    2. It’s about tennis. If you hit the net on your service but the ball still lands in the right place it’s called a let and you get another go without a penalty. So lets are reasons to repeat the service. I needed the hints for this clue I have to admit!

  31. Would I be correct in thinking that 11a is not strictly a pirate but government sanctioned. No doubt someone will enlighten me.

    1. You’re right, strictly speaking. There are also Letters of Marque given to naval ships out of commission giving licence to take ‘prizes’- Jack Aubrey in the Patrick O’Brian series was one such.

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