Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28756
Hints and tips by Miffypops in St Mawes
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Whatever happens, life goes on. As sure as eggs is eggs. Today’s puzzle should be by Dada. A setter who floats my boat and gets my vote. Moderately tricky but once solved one cannot see where any difficulty lay.
I’m off to the beach now. Have fun, play nicely, enjoy life.
Answers lie beneath the click here boxes. Definitions are underlined. Hints and Tips are provided by a well-meaning amateur. If anything is not clear, please ask. The rapid response unit that makes up this happy community will respond.
1a Patron accepting worker’s bribe (4-6)
BACK HANDER: The patron here is one who provides financial or other support. He or she surrounds a manual worker.
6a Short extra post (4)
Begin with the abbreviation for small. Add a rarely used prefix that means beyond or extra. Most of (short) a word meaning extra [thanks Ronald]
9a Handle eccentric type (5)
CRANK: A double definition. Do you remember when cars came with these handles as standard? I remember my father using one and am glad that I have never done so.
10a A track behind truck in Irish town (9)
TIPPERARY: A truck such as a dumper truck (Made by Thwaites just up the road from me) rolled by the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for a type of track known as the permanent way.
12a Irish in the US, remarkably hairy (7)
HIRSUTE: An anagram (remarkable) of THE US contains (in) an abbreviation of Irish
13a Common outlaw, Mr Capone (5)
BANAL: Begin with a verb meaning to outlaw and add Mr Capone’s shortened forename
15a Light seafood in fish, not cold (3-4)
Newspaper version: Light seafood in fish, starter lacking (3-4) [thanks MalcolmR]
ARC LAMP: We need to put some seafood (a bivalve mollusc) inside (in) a fish that contains the letter C which we will discard (not cold). I think goldfish fit the category of fish concerned. I do like this type of clue. Without much help we need to find a particular seafood from the thousands of types on offer and a particular fish from the thousands available without a lot of help from the setter.
17a Dog is lean after exercising: power in it (7)
SPANIEL: An anagram (after exercising) of IS LEAN which contains the abbreviation for Power
19a Bulb will start to open before end of August (7)
SHALLOT: Use the future tense of the word will and add the first letter (start) of the word open and the final letter (end of) of the word August
21a Don’t speak with tricksters — could be a put-up job? (7)
SHELVES: Begin with a two-lettered sound used to hush children. Add some tricksters that may be found in books by Tolkien or Blyton. Were you taken in by the hype around Tolkien’s twaddle in the seventies? I much preferred Blyton myself
22a Relish nothing after a blow (5)
GUSTO: Place the letter that looks like nothing or zero after a sudden strong blast of wind.
24a Change again in large novel (7)
REALIGN: Anagram (novel) of IN LARGE
27a Medic has beaten a drum on a TV film (9)
DOCUDRAMA: Begin with an informal term for a medic or GP “What’s up ***”. Add an anagram (has beaten) of A DRUM. Append the letter A from the clue.
28a Strange dam, dry originally (5)
WEIRD: A synonym of the word dam is followed by the first letter (originally) of the word dry
29a Clothes first or second, perhaps? (4)
GEAR: A synonym of the word clothes is also an aid to propulsion in a motor car.
30a Representative group good in Europe, say? (10)
CONTINGENT: A large land mass such as Europe contains the letter G, the abbreviation for good.
1d Dollar leap (4)
BUCK: A double definition, the second being what a bronco might do.
2d Happening thrice, tea dance (3-3-3)
CHA-CHA-CHA: An informal word for tea is repeated three times to provide a Latin American dance with small steps and swaying hip movements
3d Walker greeting king and queen (5)
HIKER: This rambler is made up of a three part charade. An informal greeting. The abbreviation for King. The regal cipher of our magnificent and dutiful Queen.
4d Top call, not bottom (2-5)
NO-TRUMP: Split 3,4 we can use the word not directly from the clue. There is half of the answer given to us.We don’t even have to work it out. Add a word meaning ones bottom. Together but split 2,5 we have a call in the card game (not sport) bridge
5d Quick reporters in retirement? (7)
EXPRESS: Quick like a train. Split 2,5 we have a phrase which might describe retired journalists
7d Obvious plateau (5)
PLAIN: Another double definition
8d King possibly with a lot of money — a good deal? (5,5)
ROYAL FLUSH: This good deal refers to a hand of cards consisting of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten card all of the same suit. The wordplay asks for an example of what the status of a King is and a word meaning awash with money.
11d Squeeze me after rolling onto couple (7)
EMBRACE: Reverse (turning over) the word me. Add a pair of something, normally animals or birds killed in hunting
14d A meaty pet? (7,3)
SAUSAGE DOG: This meaty pet is a dachshund. The answer is an informal British term for this animal
16d In total, narrative complete? (3,4)
ALL TOLD: Begin with a word meaning total. Add the past participle of the word tell. Together they mean in total
18d Original opening I have, popular at first (9)
INVENTIVE: Begin with the final part of the clue. Add an opening which allows gas or liquid to escape. End with a contraction of the words I have.
20d Twister ruined a party (7)
TORNADO:. Begin with a synonym for ruined (ripped to pieces). Add the letter A from the clue. Add the usual suspect for a party. This twister is a wind
21d Two animals closer? (7)
SEALANT: The two animals here are completely random. The word closer does not mean nearer. The first animal is a sea dwelling mammal. The second animal? Is a social insect.
23d Bones buried in Pisa, cracked (5)
SACRA: A lurker. Hidden amongst the words of the clue. Indicated by the words buried in.
25d Des Moines native maybe pale, under ten? (5)
IOWAN: A native of the state that Des Moines is made up of a word meaning pale or ashen placed after the letters that look like the number ten
26d Raised current, correct (4)
EDIT: The current is the ebb and flow of the sea. Reversed it means to prepare for publication
RIP Roy Turrell. Now dancing with Margaret.
Quickie Pun: Part+Tickle+Physics=Particle physics