Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28732
Hints and tips by a merry Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
It is Monday. Day four of our busiest weekend of the year where the heart of Downtown LI beats harder and faster than normal. Thanks to Weekendwanda for visiting yesterday. I hope you liked our quiet and peaceful meditation garden. Today’s puzzle is by Dada and as usual for a Monday is of a very high standard indeed. Lots to amuse and bewilder. I hope you enjoyed it too.
Below are some hints and tips. I hope they help.
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7a Man resting, cleric (8)
CHAPLAIN: Begin with a four-lettered synonym for a man, bloke, or geezer. Add the past participle of the word lie (as in lie down for a rest, not tell falsehoods).
9a Place for shopping channel (6)
OUTLET: A double definition both clearly defined as nouns in my online dictionary One a pipe or hole through which water or gas may escape and the other a point from which goods are sold or distributed. Both best avoided in my opinion
10a Current business, weak (6)
INFIRM: Start with a synonym for the word current used before the words vogue and fashion. Add another word for business.
11a Single file, we abandoned ship (8)
WIFELESS: This state of lonely nirvana can be found by solving an anagram (abandoned) of FILE WE and adding the term for a steamship.
12a Fearing hell, art extraordinarily exaggerated (6,4,4)
LARGER THAN LIFE: Anagram (extraordinary) of RAT FEARING HELL or as it says in the clue FEARING HELL ART
15a Minor irritation — problem scratching head? (4)
ITCH: First find a noun meaning a temporary difficulty or problem. Remove its first letter (scratching head)
17a Found in bistro, a stupendous cook (5)
ROAST: A lurker. Hiding amongst the words of the clue and indicated by the words found in
19a A, B, C or D, say — but ___? (4)
NOTE: Split 3,1 the answer tells you that you do not have the next letter in the series. As the definition is already underlined I cannot underline the definition.
20a ‘Oath’, for example — is this? (4-6,4)
FOUR-LETTER WORD: A cryptic definition of the word OATH and also what an oath might be when used as a profanity. Sadly, these words are used far too often and are always inappropriate
23a Oddly, each still more than delighted (8)
ECSTATIC: Begin with the odd numbered letters of the word each. Add a word meaning still.
25a Soft, small and smelly (6)
SPONGY: Use the abbreviation for small. Add a word meaning smelly. This clue and answer made me laugh
27a Bread snack is near bananas (6)
SARNIE: I do like a bit of food in a crossword and in a Tom Waits song. We have some here. Cheese and pickle, ham and mustard, prawns and mayonnaise, salmon and cucumber. Roll on summer. Anagram (bananas) of IS NEAR
28a Success with different tiles where red or white chosen? (4,4)
WINE LIST: A nice drop of ice cold Chablis will go well with the foodstuff above. Anagram (different) of TILES follows a synonym of the word success
1d Nation short of a feature (4)
CHIN: Begin with a nation that ends with the letter a and remove that self-same letter. You will be left with a facial feature reminiscent of the late great Jimmy Hill
2d Twig about new time for rejuvenation (6)
SPRING: Take a small stem bearing leaves or flowers, taken from a plant and place it around the abbreviation for the word new.
3d Something for winter ending in Christmas present (4)
SNOW: Take the last letter of the word Christmas and add a word meaning present as in the present time
4d Refuse collector going around on holiday with genius (6)
BOFFIN: What you place your rubbish in goes around a term meaning on holiday. On is often used in Crosswordland to mean working. This is the opposite.
5d Horse stoppin’ to eat oats, primarily (8)
STALLION: Note that the word stopping in the clue is without its last letter. Find a word that means stopping such as an engine might if it cuts out. Remove its last letter to match the clue. Wrap it around the first (primary) letter of the word oats
6d Communication network’s opening line adopted by confused tweeters (10)
NEWSLETTER: The eight words in this clue give us a lot to do. Begin with the first (opening) letter of the word network. Add an anagram (confused) of TWEETERS. Throw in the abbreviation for the word line. Although this clue is only eight words long it surely holds the record for the most letters in an eight-word clue
8d Fan has a damp area bandaged by doctor (7)
ADMIRER: Use the letter A from the clue. Now wrap the abbreviation for doctor around a word meaning a damp area, a stretch of swampy or boggy ground.
I had a little Pony
His name was Dapple Grey
I lent him to a lady
She rode him far away
She whipped him and she lashed him
She rode him through the mire
I wouldn’t lend my pony now
For all the lady’s hire
13d Mock trial, if CIA involved (10)
ARTIFICIAL: Anagram (involved) of TRIAL IF CIA. I once employed a chap who had a false leg and a real foot. Honestly. Really. It is a fact. He had a false leg and a real foot.
14d Middle card (5)
HEART: The centre of something or one of the four suits of playing cards.
16d Evocative, searching around area (8)
HAUNTING: Place a synonym of the word searching around the abbreviation of the word area
18d Ultimately abhorrent motive for crime (7)
TREASON: Begin with the final letter (ultimately) of the word abhorrent. Add a synonym of the word motive
21d Rubbish brood (6)
LITTER: A double definition, the second being a scourge on our modern society and the second being a group of animals born during the same confinement
22d Totally sacred, did you say? (6)
WHOLLY: A homophone based upon a synonym of the word sacred, indicated by the words did you say
24d Lower, large hood (4)
COWL: The lower here is a beast of the field that produces milk. Add to this beast the abbreviation for large
26d Cut oxygen, perhaps, then hydrogen (4)
GASH: Begin with what oxygen is. Add the chemical symbol for hydrogen
A man must break his back to earn his day of leisure
Quickie Pun. Muzzle+Toff=Mazel Tov. Congratulations; good luck.