Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28714
Hints and tips by a gin sozzled MP
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning from The Dunkenhalgh Hotel, our home for three nights as we enjoy the delights that Oswaldtwistle, Accrington and Barrow -in-Furness have to offer.
Today is National Bean Counter day. I cannot see that being a barrel of laughs but who knows. I am avoiding anything to do with it.
Our setter today is straying towards the tougher end of the scale. I found this quite tough going but loved finding a new meaning for the crowd at 14 down.
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 Private dance, silent, moving (11)
CLANDESTINE: A neat anagram (moving) to kick off the day’s proceedings. The fodder is DANCE SILENT. the letters do not have to dance silently for long to reveal their new form
9a Leaves time for bed? (6,3)
LIGHTS OUT: A double definition. To leave or depart quickly as if being chased or bedtime in a school dormitory or military barracks. Two clues in and we have an anagram and a double definition. Rufusesque or what?
10a Make old books for spy (5)
AGENT: Begin with a synonym meaning to make old. A verb meaning to cause to appear old. Add those old books of the bible. Not the oldest ones. The ones from Matthew through to Revelation
11a Wrongly arrest existentialist (6)
SARTRE: We had Pope John Paul the first. We had Pope John Paul the second. Before that we had John Paul George and Ringo. Long before that we had John Paul the existentialist, philosopher, playwright, novelist and political activist. Now exactly thirty-eight years and one day since his death he is John Paul the anagram (wrongly) of ARREST
12a Upset after performance one’s created (8)
ARTEFACT: Start with an anagram (upset) of AFTER. Add a synonym for the word performance
13a A university bags retiring writer (6)
AUSTEN: A from the clue is followed by the Abbreviation for University. This is followed by the reversal (retiring) of a synonym of the word bags. Bags as in catches as one does with tiddlers in a stream. After many years of questioning I still cannot understand why retiring is a reversal indicator. The author in question is female and wrote about Colin Firth skinny dipping.
15a Plot scam with father to seize power (8)
CONSPIRE: Begin with a regular word meaning to scam. Add a word meaning father wrapped around the abbreviation for power. The word meaning father is a little obscure. It appears in the sixth verse of Gray’s Elegy and the female version is a dam
18a Be with artist breaking tiles in church (8)
BIRETTAS: These square caps with three flat projections on top worn by catholic clergymen can be found by making an anagram (breaking) of BE and ARTIST. A tile is a hat. The word is considered to be Cockney rhyming slang but there is no rhyme for it. As a hat goes on a head a tile goes on a roof. It is clues like this that would have puzzled me for yonks years ago but we have had enough tiles recently to cover the pitch at Twickenham. The Any Old Iron clip (dressed in style, brand new tile) belongs exclusively to Deep Threat as does ‘Where did you get that hat, where did you get that tile’ so I cannot use either today.
19a Jump to follow cool modern music style (3-3)
HIP-HOP: A word meaning to jump comes after a word that means cool, with it, trendy, wicked, down and dirty with the kids, modish, smart, streetwise and up there.
21a Cleric short of work wears precious stone that’s worthless (8)
RUBBISHY: A Toughie clue. Bunged in and parsed later. Begin with the workshy cleric. This cleric is a senior member of the church usually in charge of a diocese. Remove the abbreviation for opus as indicated by the word workshy. Now wrap (wearing) a precious stone around what you have. The precious stone is usually a deep red colour.
23a Attack part of latest RAF effort (6)
STRAFE: The answer is hidden within the words of the clue. The words part of tell us so.
26a Shouts of encouragement about good looks (5)
OGLES: These shouts of encouragement are Spanish. They are wrapped around (about) the abbreviation for good
27a Complaint about parking left anger (9)
DISPLEASE: A complaint such as German measles or malaria is placed around the abbreviations for both parking and left
28a Deny temp had worked without reward (5-6)
EMPTY-HANDED: Anagram (worked) of DENY TEMP HAD
1d Select a fancy keyboard (7)
CELESTA: Anagram (fancy) of SELECT A
2d Risk losing daughter’s needle (5)
ANGER: Find a synonym for risk and remove (losing) the abbreviation for daughter. Never underestimate the dangers of health and safety
3d Discourage fellow cleaner (9)
DETERGENT: Split 5,3 we need two synonyms. One meaning to discourage and another meaning a fellow. Together they match the underlined definition
4d Leave part of London when husband’s promoted (4)
SHOO: Begin with London’s most energetic area. Move the abbreviation for husband one step up thus promoting it (this device flummoxes me to tell the truth)
5d Phone system‘s temporary, the second one replaced by company (8)
INTERCOM: Start with .an adjective meaning temporary and replace the second I (one) with CO(mpany)
6d Cheer European and others on the way up (5)
ELATE: Use the abbreviation for European. Add the reversed Latin phrase meaning “and all”, used to avoid writing a long list of names
7d Instruction to ignore Beatles song (3,2,2)
LET IT BE: A double definition. The second being the name of the last Beatles LP as well as a song on the LP. The Who have lost a drummer (Keith Moon) and a bass player (John Entwistle). The two remaining Beatles just happen to be a bass player and a drummer. The four living members of The Who and The Beatles should get together and form a new group called The Hootles or The Boo.
8d Stone married English girl, then engineered hit (8)
MEGALITH: A four-part charade, Do as you are told and all will be well. 1. Begin with the abbreviation for married. 2. Use the abbreviation for English. 3. Add a slang term for a girl (3). 4. Finish off with an anagram (engineered) of HIT
14d Crowd supports occasionally sick game (8)
SCRABBLE: Begin with the alternative letters (occasionally) of the word sick. These are supported in a down clue by a crowd. Not a pleasant crowd. An unruly mob or a disorderly bunch. Actually they could be a very pleasant crowd as a large number of butterflies is also known by this word. How strange.
16d Trace audible fault with steering mechanism (9)
SCINTILLA: Two homophones form this word. An immoral act against God and the steering mechanism of a boat.
17d Clean finished? (6-2)
WASHED-UP: A double definition The first meaning worn out and the second to have done the dishes.
18d Reportedly shout verse that’s scanned (7)
BARCODE: Homophone time again. To shout in a manner that is worse than a bite. Add a short verse to find what is scanned at the Waitrose checkout. You do shop at Waitrose don’t you?
20d Imagine being before nurse (7)
PRETEND: Use a preposition meaning previous to or before. Add a verb meaning to nurse.
22d Problem children (5)
ISSUE: An easy double definition
24d Fighting in Bill’s honour (5)
AWARD: Place a word meaning fighting between nations inside a word describing a bill such as a notice or poster.
25d See ‘The Sixth Sense’ on YouTube initially (4)
ESPY: The sixth sense is Extra Sensory Perception. Use the initial letters of this sense along with the initial letter of YouTube.
Well done if you finished without help. I’m off to Blackpool now.
Quickie Pun. Mash+Term+Hind=Mastermind