Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28708
Hints and tips by a heuristic Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Today’s puzzle is by Toughie setter Dada who becomes a DT Monday floughie setter on alternating Mondays. He also sets clever puzzles as Paul in The Grauniad. The Grauniad’s puzzles can be accessed daily without cost or payment. Gratis, Free, Complimentary. Not a sausage needs to change hands. So it should be because the page is impossible to keep still on an iPad and the clues obscure the grid. The DT subscriptions site suits me better. I have no idea what the DT puzzles site looks like.
I liked today’s puzzle but it did seem to take longer to write the blog than normal. We have six anagrams today, all of which can be solved mentally.
The man who invented the anagram is buried in our local churchyard. Go through the gate and his plot is five down and two across. His headstone reads ERECT A PENIS. 4,2,5
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.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Look to the orchestra to accept the consequences? (4,3,5)
FACE THE MUSIC: A double definition. The first meaning to be opposite the sound made by an orchestra and the second being exactly as stated.
9a Listen in, as dope very briefly translated (9)
EAVESDROP: Anagram (translated) of AS DOPE VER(y). The word briefly tells us to cut short the word very
10a Clever sting (5)
SMART: Also a double definition.
11a Seen from behind, a chap with a soft hat (6)
PANAMA: A four-part charade with a reversal indicator. 1. A from the clue. 2. A three-lettered chap. 3. A. From the clue. 4. The musical instruction for soft. Reverse what you have (seen from behind) to find a hat controversially clued as a cap in a recent puzzle
12a Keep mum in school, right away (8)
MAINTAIN: Begin with an endearing term for your Mum. Use the word IN from the clue. Find a verb meaning to school or teach and remove the letter R (right away)
13a Warm to a dirty home (6)
TOASTY: The first three letters of the answer can be lifted straight from the second and third words of the clue. The dirty home may be lived in by a pig
15a Dear me, article penned by communist is erudite (4-4)
WELL-READ: Begin with an exclamation meaning dear me, used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief. Add the colourful crosswordland communist which contains the letter A. I don’t need of a nudge much to include the exquisite music of Bob Dylan. Here he is from 1966.
18a Calorific food party lover eats that’s disgusting! (8)
DOUGHNUT: Use our regular word for a party and find a word meaning an enthusiastic aficionado of something. Insert between these (eating) a term of disgust or disapproval
19a Drawing done, else half finished (6)
PASTEL: Begin with a word meaning done, gone by or beyond. Add half of the word else.
21a Broken trust in a person exposed (8)
NATURIST: Anagram (broken) of TRUST IN A.
A man was sunbathing in the buff at the beach. For the sake of civility, and to keep it from getting sunburned, he had a hat over his private parts.
A woman walks past and says, snickering, “If you were a gentleman you’d lift your hat.”
He raised an eyebrow and replied, “If you weren’t so ugly it would lift itself”.
23a Sexy man I love gets workshop (6)
STUDIO: Begin with an informal noun describing a young man thought to be very active sexually or regarded as a good sexual partner. Add the letter I from the clue and the letter than looks like the love score in tennis.
26a Extra large mushroom (5)
MOREL: Begin with a word meaning extra or a greater amount and add the abbreviation for large
27a One granny and one friend, lifeless (9)
INANIMATE: The two number 1s in this clue both refer to the letter that looks like the number one. They are split by an informal name for your granny and followed by your friend chum or mucker.
28a Happy then, or poorly, youth’s beginning course of treatment (12)
HYPNOTHERAPY: Anagram (poorly) of HAPPY THEN OR followed by the initial (beginning) letter of Youth
1d Spring in well, filthy place (7)
FLEAPIT: Place a verb meaning to spring or jump into a word meaning well or healthy
2d Cauldron primarily, cooker for witches (5)
COVEN: Use the first letter (primarily)of the word cauldron and add a cooker
3d Check light for Ashes encounter, perhaps? (4,5)
TEST MATCH: find synonyms for the first two words of the clue to find a description of a cricket contest between two nations. The ashes are a series of such games played between England and Australia
4d Make listener listen, finally (4)
EARN: Begin with your organ with which you listen and add the final letter of the word listen.
5d Leader of competition in plan due to fail, fourth or worse? (8)
UNPLACED: Put The initial (leader of) letter of the word Competition inside (in) an anagram (to fail) of PLAN DUE. In horse racing normally those outside the first three are said to be this. I was given Landfill on Saturday it came last by a mile. It was a rubbish tip.
6d Playwright is barely surviving, eating nothing initially (5)
IBSEN: The initial letters of some of the words in the clue spell out the name of this playwright whose father’s name was Knud. With a name like Knud he surely deserved a part in Noggin the Nog
7d Bird — canary perhaps captivating a collector in the garden (8)
PARAKEET: An example of what a Canary might be to some people (as a dog or cat is to others) has an implement used in the garden for collecting leaves inside it.
8d In protest, one ducks out of it (6)
STONED: The answer is hidden amongst the words of the clue as indicated by the word in.
14d Real duty abandoned, cheating (8)
ADULTERY: Anagram (abandoned) of REAL DUTY.
16d If nothing else, most foolish? (9)
LEASTWISE: Split 5,4 this word means most foolish.
17d Problem rewritten in quotes (8)
QUESTION: Anagram (rewritten) of IN QUOTES
18d Generator country set up after disheartening day (6)
DYNAMO: Remove the central letter of the word day. Add a reversed (set up) middle eastern country
20d Private rooms overlooking cathedral city, approximately (7)
LOOSELY: Start with the smallest rooms in your house. Add Crosswordland’s favourite cathedral city. Not the awful cheese the beautiful cathedral with the lantern.
22d Romeo and friend get better (5)
RALLY: Use the letter represented by Romeo phonetic alphabet. Add a friend who sides with or supports you.
24d Short, a theatrical production (5)
DRAMA: This short is a shot of whisky. It is followed by the letter A from the clue.
25d Don’t eat quickly (4)
FAST: A double definition.
Many thanks to John Halpern for the illustrative opportunities.
Quickie Pun. Aver+Card+Owe=Avocado