Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28744
Hints and tips by an expectant Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
What an exciting day Saturday was. We had two Rugby Football semi-finals in one glorious afternoon. A wedding we could pack the women off to and a boring FA cup final to ridicule.
Grid spotters will notice the unchecked squares for half of the twenty eight clues in this puzzle. That always increases the difficulty level. I am wondering if today’s setter Dada favours this type of grid. My second to last one in was the fishy sleeper at 12 across. This gave the first letter and the answer to 13 down which I may have never solved with an unchecked start.
Miffypops has very kindly provided today’s hints and tips. If you need them hopefully they will hint and tip you to a completed grid. If you completed without them well done you. As usual definitions are underlined.
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7a Go back wearing tie, composed (8)
TOGETHER: Find a verb meaning to tie as one would a horse or goat. Put this word around (wearing) the reversed word GO (go back)
9a Dislike swear-word in middle of bulletin (6)
LOATHE: Place a swear word or profanity inside the middle two letters of the word bulletin
10a Nation I governed (4)
IRAN: Use the letter I from the clue. Add a word meaning governed or managed
11a Justifying armed conflict, speaking in belligerent manner (10)
WARRANTING: Begin with a word meaning armed conflict between nations. Add a word meaning making a long angry speech. The letters ing being used twice in the clue made it obvious that the answer also ended ing. Putting just those three letters in gave a checking letter to 6d
12a Possible breakfast for one in bed? (6)
KIPPER: A double definition. A sleeper or an oily smoked fish
14a Reform uncle had started (8)
LAUNCHED: Anagram (reform) of UNCLE HAD
15a Huge blow involving gold in large amounts (6)
GALORE: The huge blow here is a type of strong wind. Place within (involving) this word the heraldic term for gold.
17a Gentleman was in decline: that was painful (6)
FELLOW: Begin with the past participle of the word fall (decline). Add an exclamation used to express sudden pain
20a Grannies performing for money (8)
EARNINGS: Anagram (performing) of GRANNIES
22a Tarnish metal bird (6)
MARTIN: Begin with a word meaning to tarnish or spoil. Add a metal. Result a bird
23a Languid, having given up the ghost? (10)
SPIRITLESS: The wordplay here cryptically suggests the state you would be in if you did not have a ghost. (Or a whisky)
24a Old ship on southern island (4)
SARK: A three- lettered ship nearly as old as Noah follows the abbreviation for southern
25a Fish, 1000 in shop (6)
SALMON: Place the Roman numeral which denotes 1000 inside a shop. Probably a shop to do with beauty or hairdressing
26a In trial, long box (3,5)
TEA CHEST: Place a verb meaning to long for inside a trial.
1d Pig and wild dog not entirely getting on (8)
BOARDING: Begin with a type of pig. Add an Australian wild dog minus its last letter (not entirely)
2d Accommodated in Harrogate, English youngster (4)
TEEN: The words accommodated in tell us it is hide and seek time. The answer is hidden within the words of the clue. Can you find it?
3d One demonstrating part of the morning routine? (6)
SHOWER: A clever double definition which lets us know our setter is a clean chap.
4d Use pearl that’s shaped for satisfaction (8)
PLEASURE: Anagram (that’s shaped) of USE PEARL
5d Fussy detail (10)
PARTICULAR: A double definition. The first being insisting that something should be correct or suitable in every detail; fastidious.
6d Convert has to be lynched in church (6)
CHANGE: Place a word meaning to lynch inside the abbreviation for the Church of England
8d Rate halved with bank not very often (6)
RARELY: Begin with the first two letters (halved) of the word rate. Add a verb meaning to bank or depend on someone
13d One is deified (10)
PALINDROME: The word deified is an example of a type of word. Level and noon are two more examples
16d Strain of a phone in liquid nitrogen (8)
RINGTONE: Anagram (liquid) of NITROGEN. Most mobile phones would benefit from being inserted into liquid nitrogen
18d Restaurant worker with perfect hair (8)
WAITRESS: Begin with the abbreviation for with. Add a term used by the military to denote perfect fitness. Add a long lock of a woman’s hair
19d Climbing a track (6)
ASCENT: Use the A from the clue. Add a track that might be followed by a bloodhound
21d Come across as a nobleman on the radio? (6)
APPEAR: The A from the clue together with a member of the nobility will sound like a word which means to come across or seem. These sound like clues are known as homophones. The words on the radio suggest a homophone
22d Skip a line in prayer book (6)
MISSAL: Find a synonym for skip as in skip a lesson or for ones heart skip a beat. Add the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for line
24d Part of London remarkably sweltering, briefly (4)
SOHO: Find a term for sweltering which is split 2,3. Remove the last letter. (Briefly)
That’s all folks.
Quickie Pun: bung+gallows=bungalows