Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28726
Hints and tips by a hypothermic Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
It is Monday and it is the turn of Chris Lancaster to set today’s puzzle. (Not Dada as I ascribed it to originally). It is another Monday morning delight. Just enough to stretch the imagination with a few penny-drops and doh! moments. The Quickie Pun is a good one too.
Congratulations to Coventry Rugby Club who were presented with a trophy for winning National League One on Saturday in front of a crowd of 3,577 people who were wrapped up against the arctic conditions and one idiot in a thin Coventry replica shirt.
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. Definitions are underlined and wordplay is explained.
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1a Leave the Titanic, perhaps — and its orchestra? (7,4)
ABANDON SHIP: Split 1,4,2,4 we have a description of the orchestra on the Titanic. Split 7,4 we have the captains order to leave the liner.
9a Sailor and soldier with queen (9)
PRIVATEER: Begin with the lowest ranked soldier and add Queen Elizabeth’s regal cypher
10a Kiss and cuddle in club (5)
SPOON: Of two people, to behave in an amorous way or the name of a golf club with the loft of a modern nine iron.
11a Settle a match? (6)
ALIGHT: A from the clue and an example of what a match is
12a Some yeti going around national park (8)
YOSEMITE: Anagram (going around) of SOME YETI
13a Former partner left at sea? Send overseas! (6)
EXPORT: Split 2,4 we need your former boyfriend girlfriend wife or husband together with the nautical term denoting left
15a Pressure provided by affair is trivial (8)
PIFFLING: A three part charade. 1. The abbreviation for pressure. 2. The two-lettered conjunction suggested by the word provided. 3. A short spontaneous sexual relationship
18a Betrayal? It’s in the bag (8)
SHOPPING: We need a word meaning the act of informing on someone. Dobbing them in. Ratting on them. Grassing them up. This is also what we put in a bag after making purchases.
A husband went to the police station to file a “missing person” report for his missing wife:
Husband : -I lost my wife, she went shopping hasn’t come back yet.
Inspector : -What is her height?
Husband : -Average, I guess.
Inspector : -Slim or healthy?.
Husband : -Not slim, but probably healthy.
Inspector : -Color of eyes?
Husband : -Never noticed.
Inspector : -Color of hair?
Husband : -Changes according to season.
Inspector : -What was she wearing?
Husband : -Not sure, either a dress or a suit.
Inspector : -Was she driving?
Husband : -Yes.
Inspector : -Color of the car?
Husband : -Black Audi A8 with supercharged 3.0 litre V6 engine generating 333 horse power teamed with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with manual mode. And it has full LED headlights, which use light emitting diodes for all light functions and has a very thin scratch on the front left door… and then the husband started
Inspector: -Don’t worry sir,…We will find your car.
19a Hospital not quite secure, one’s admitted (6)
CLINIC: Begin with a verb meaning to settle a deal or confirm a contract. Remove its last letter. (Not quite). Insert a letter that looks like the number one
21a Copper left argument about items of clothing (8)
CULOTTES: Begin with the chemical symbol for copper. Add the abbreviation for left. Reverse (about) an argument 3,2
23a Live article carrying firm warning (6)
BEACON: Begin with a two-lettered verb meaning to live or exist. Place the indefinite article around the abbreviation for a firm or company
26a Head‘s working and working to get Independent on board (5)
ONION: Use twice a two-lettered term meaning working (working and working). Place between then the abbreviation for Independent
27a Cold playing golf in open space (9)
CONCOURSE: Use the abbreviation for cold. Add where you might be if playing golf split 2,6
28a Set in stone what stylists might have done? (3,3,5)
CUT AND DRIED: A double definition. The first being definite, decided and completely settled. The second being what a hairdresser might do to your hair.
1d Pacify monkey eating greens (7)
APPEASE: A three lettered large primate is wrapped around (eating) some garden vegetables
2d Liberal put in jail with no defences or excuse (5)
ALIBI: Place the abbreviation for Liberal inside the middle two letters of the word jail (with no defences)
A woman didn’t come home one night. The next morning she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend’s house. The man called his wife’s 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.
A man didn’t come home one night. The next morning he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend’s house. The woman called her husband’s 10 best friends. Eight confirmed that he had slept over, and two said he was still there.
Now, THAT’S friendship!
3d Hot temperature in faulty adapter? One could be lethal (9)
DEATHTRAP: Anagram (faulty) of ADAPTER around the abbreviations for Hot and Temperature
4d Require massage, we hear (4)
NEED: A word meaning require is a homophone (we hear) of a word meaning massage as you might massage dough when making bread.
5d Musical chairs mostly played around particular day (8)
HARMONIC: Anagram (played) of CHAIRs minus its last letter (mostly) wrapped around the three-lettered abbreviation for one of the days of the week.
6d Old-fashioned grandpa’s second-hand clothes (5)
PASSE: The word clothes is indicating a hidden word. The answer is hiding within the words of the clue
7d Sing about English herbal remedy (7)
GINSENG: Anagram (about) of SING followed by the shortened word English
8d Command underling to support party (8)
DOMINION: A unimportant servile person is placed after our usual suspect for a party
14d Poor complain endlessly about king’s broadcast (8)
PROCLAIM: Anagram (poor) of COMPLAIn minus its last letter (endlessly) wrapped around (about) the Latin abbreviation for the king
16d Lie from policeman working undercover, possibly? (9)
FALSEHOOD: Split 5,4 The answer might suggest a policeman posing as a criminal or mobster.
17d Brisket perhaps that’s sold too cheap? (8)
UNDERCUT: A description of a joint of meat is also a word meaning to offer goods or services at a lower price than a competitor
18d Criminal sources something sweet (7)
SUCROSE: Anagram (criminal) of SOURCES
20d Challenge Tory over care (7)
CONTEND: Use the abbreviation for a member of the Tory party and add a word meaning to care for or nurse someone
22d Turning up at home, getting into bed, is pick-me-up (5)
TONIC: place a word meaning at home inside a word for a small bed and reverse what you have. For the best effect add Gin, Ice and a slice of lemon
24d My American soldier’s dog (5)
CORGI: Find a word meaning my or blimey and add our usual suspect American soldier
25d Rule 100 should be dropped soon (4)
ANON: Find a general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged and remove the letter that denotes 100 in Roman Numerals
Good fun all the way through. A pleasure to solve and review.
Quickie Pun: Monday+Pyre+Fun=Monty Python