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