Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28720
Hints and tips by a messy Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Today we have a cracking puzzle from Chris Lancaster. Not as stinky as last week. The user friendly grid led to some answers (9d for example) becoming obvious from the checkers. I don’t think we have any Americanisms but I did like Deep Threats comment at the beginning his blog on Friday. I have had no success posting pictures today so those wanting cute pictures of birds and marsupials will have to wait and see what is in the pet shop tomorrow.
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.
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1a Start to understand wizard (3,8)
GET CRACKING: We need two synonyms here. One meaning to understand, perceive or discern and another meaning wonderful or excellent
7a Fight and shout about ending in uproar (5)
BRAWL: A word meaning to shout is wrapped around the final letter (ending in) of the word uproar
8a Brief article is thrown back into river (9)
TRANSIENT: Begin with the river that rises on the southern edge of Biddulph Moor. Place inside a two-lettered article and the reverse of the word IS from the clue
10a General change brought about that flows with the wind (3,4)
LEE TIDE: The first word of the answer is a general who was buried without his shoes and who is now best known for his numerous appearances in cryptic crossword puzzles. The second word means to change as the head of a newspaper might. This word is reversed as indicated by the words brought about
11a Saying first of prayers, itinerant heading for basilica (7)
PROVERB: Start with the initial letter (first of) of prayers. Add an itinerant, wanderer or nomad. Finish off with the first letter (heading of) Basilica
12a Reportedly use woodland (5)
WEALD: A word meaning to hold or use as a weapon or tool sounds like (reportedly) a word meaning woodland (My online dictionary suggests this word means formerly woodland).
13a Dame lacking guts, though bet she’s introduced to society (9)
DEBUTANTE: Remove the internal letters of the word dame (lacking) guts. Add a word meaning though. Finish off with a word meaning a bet placed before receiving cards or before a race.
16a Business people need smart manoeuvres (9)
TRADESMEN: Anagram (manoeuvres) of NEED SMART
18a Picture instant struggle (5)
MOVIE: Begin with a two-lettered instant and add a verb meaning to struggle or contend with.
19a The setter’s weight is appropriate! (7)
IMPOUND: How the setter of this puzzle might refer to himself followed by a weight equalling sixteen ounces. The word appropriate here is a verb.
22a Hormone is in lung, endlessly circulating (7)
INSULIN: Anagram (circulating) of IS IN LUN[G] minus the last letter (endlessly)
23a Iran’s man trembling with love for republic (3,6)
SAN MARINO: Anagram (trembling) of IRAN’S MAN with the letter denoted by the word love in tennis
24a Drunkard reversing after gold cars (5)
AUTOS: Take a three-lettered term for a drunkard. Reverse it and place it after the symbol for the element gold. Can you buy an Audi in Aldi? No. Not even a Lidl one.
25a Agree it’s CI2I on the telephone? (3,3,2,3)
SEE EYE TO EYE: Read aloud “C. I. 2. I.” sounds like a term meaning to agree. The term ‘on the telephone’ is used as a homophone indicator. My telephone is as clear as a bell. As is my radio. Telecommunications technology has moved so much that this device is not as good as it once was.
1d Country fair gatecrashed by United team after training (9)
GUATEMALA: Take a word meaning a fair or fete. Insert (gatecrashed by) the single letter abbreviation for United and an anagram (after training) of TEAM
2d Bound to net everything, scored! (7)
TALLIED: insert a word meaning everything into a word meaning bound
3d European city, where blackguard joins female (9)
ROTTERDAM: Begin with a blackguard bounder or cad and add a word for a female. Last week we had her mate, the sire
4d Winner hard to be found in group (5)
CHAMP: Insert the abbreviation for the word hard into a group. Supporters of a political party or religious doctrine perhaps
5d Briefly exposing knees? Not quite (2,5)
IN SHORT: A description of how one would be attired if showing one’s knees minus its last letter.
6d Caged by ogre, beautiful bird (5)
GREBE: This diving water bird has dived in amongst the words in the clue.
7d We Brits also worked in domestic service (5,6)
BELOW STAIRS: Anagram (worked) of WE BRITS ALSO
9d Roughly nine accessing computers to see game (5,6)
TABLE TENNIS: An anagram (roughly) of NINE is inserted into the plural of a popular type of hand held computer such as the iPad used to write these hints
14d Marsupial in company with one bird (9)
BANDICOOT: A three-part charade. 1 A group or company. Maybe of musicians. 2. The letter that resembles the number one. 3. An aquatic bird of the rail family.
15d English character cut after month in story (9)
NOVELETTE: Begin with the common abbreviation for the eleventh month. Add the abbreviation for the word English. Finish off with a character of the alphabet minus its last character.
17d School fees unlimited, old money invested (7)
EDUCATE: Invest or insert an old gold coin once common to most European countries inside the word fees unlimited by its first and last letters
18d I’m up pole in error (7)
MISTAKE: Reverse the phrase I’m and add a strong pointed length of wood driven into the ground as a support.
20d Criticise author Eliot, rubbish! (5)
PANTS: Begin with a verb meaning to criticise and add the initials of the author awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. He died of emphysema (smoking) in 1965 and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. I have no idea if he was wearing shoes or not. He does get a mention in Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row
21d Last of spread, light as butter perhaps? (5)
DAIRY: Begin with the last letter of the word spread and add an adjective meaning well lit and well ventilated which appears in the first line of the poem The Fairies by William Allingham.
That’s all folks. Place nicely, eat well and stay warm
Quickie Pun. Coddle+Leaver+Royal=Cod-liver oil