Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28768
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Now home amid the beer pumps of Downtown LI. Fresh as a daisy after a great holiday but fed up with football already. As for the Rugby? Don’t ask. (The Marston’s Pedigree went down well though)
Today’s puzzle is by Chris Lancaster. It’s a far cry from cuddly. My first pass yielded answers to no across clues and only four of the downs. Progress was slow from then on in. As puzzles go this is more to my liking.
Hints and Tips are provided by a well-meaning Miffypops who didn’t see the puzzle until he woke up this morning. Answers lie beneath the Click here! boxes. Definitions are underlined. If anything is not clear, please ask. The rapid response unit that makes up this happy community will rapidly respond.
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1a City‘s angriest criminal (8)
TANGIERS: Anagram (criminal) of ANGRIEST
6a Withdraw notice, accepting month in retirement (6)
SECEDE: A word meaning to notice has the reversed abbreviation of one of the twelve calendar months inside it. Start with Jan then Feb and keep going.
9a Miserable kind of shame? (6)
CRYING: A type of shame. Well how many shames are there?
10a Husband invested in capital with two Europeans? Hypocrite! (8)
PHARISEE: Place the abbreviation for husband inside one of the world’s capital cities and add two abbreviations for European. Note the plural. Which capital city? The one I took Saint Sharon to for Valentine’s Day. Which just happened to coincide with a five nations Rugby match.
11a Train in Spain with Shearer playing up front (8)
REHEARSE: Anagram (playing) of SHEARER upfront of the IVA code letter for Spain. My last one in and the perfect anagram. Note to self. Don’t read the clues. Misdirected or what.
12a Sturdy — or, on reflection, broken? (6)
ROBUST: Begin with the reverse of the word OR and add an informal adjective meaning broken
13a Costing nothing, like used batteries? (4,2,6)
FREE OF CHARGE: A double definition. Costing nothing or spent batteries
16a Rewritten horror finds a leading man (8,4)
HARRISON FORD: Anagram (rewritten) of HORROR FINDS A
19a Make headway in smooth rivers (6)
THRIVE: If all else fails look for a lurker. The answer is hidden the clue, indicated by the word in.
21a Anxious batting certain to entertain most of ECB (8)
INSECURE: In cricket you are either in or out. Begin with the side that are batting. Find a synonym for certain. Insert the first two (most of) letters of ECB.
23a Mike will leave retreat to find birthright (8)
HERITAGE: Remove the abbreviation for Mike from a word synonymous with a retreat, refuge, haven, sanctuary, sanctum, asylum, hideaway, hideout, shelter or hidey hole.
24a Exaggerate where hat might be found? (6)
OVERDO: The wordplay here split 4,2 suggests that your hat may be found above your hairstyle.
25a Be quick when one leaves naturalist’s ship (6)
BEAGLE: Begin with the word BE which your setter has generously donated. Add an adjective meaning able to move quickly and easily but without the letter that looks like the number one (one leaves)
26a Jeopardise peacekeeper’s advice? (8)
ENDANGER: A synonym of jeopardise can be split 3,5 to find advice from a peacekeeper
2d A sin? Yes! (6)
AGREED: Start with the letter A from the clue. Add one of the seven deadly sins
3d Beef‘s good and ready to eat (5)
GRIPE: Add a word meaning ready to eat (of vegetables or fruit perhaps) to the abbreviation for good
4d Sense rage damaged enthusiasm (9)
EAGERNESS: Anagram (damaged) of SENSE RAGE
5d Leader upset Euro MPs (7)
SUPREMO: Anagram (upset) of EURO MPS
6d Flight approaching landing? (5)
STAIR: Not a flight on an aeroplane. Part of the wooden hill you climb to bed.
7d Cut directors in sign of officialdom (9)
CLIPBOARD: Begin with a synonym of the word cut as a barber might do to your hair. Add the collective term for a group of directors
8d Doctor’s wise to conserve energy for horse-riding competition (8)
DRESSAGE: Place the abbreviation for energy inside an abbreviation for doctors. Add a word meaning profoundly wise.
13d In favour of charity, being magnanimous (9)
FORGIVING: Begin with a word meaning in favour of (not pro). Add a word meaning charitable.
14d Challenge laid out in front of you in black and white? (9)
CROSSWORD: A cryptic definition of a popular newspaper puzzle enjoyed by many
15d Scratch plain material (8)
CASHMERE: Begin with a synonym of the word scratch. It is a long stretch but you will find it way down the list of definitions. Add another vague synonym of the word plain. Together they make a fine soft woollen material
17d Simplicity of running event crossing A1 (7)
NAÏVETÉ: An anagram (running) of EVENT is placed around the A1 in the clue. You need to substitute the letter that looks like the number one for the number one because answers are always letters and not numbers. If you are filing in numbers you are solving a sudoku and have no place here.
18d Cross game (6)
BRIDGE: A double definition. A method of crossing a river or a card game played in silence
20d Avoid US state borders having gone east (5)
EVADE: Begin with one of America’s states. There are a few to choose from. Remove the first and last letters (borders gone) Add the letter E for East. Hands up if you thought of Dodge when you saw the word avoid
22d Completely spotless? (5)
CLEAN: A double definition, the first an adverb meaning used to emphasise the completeness of a reported action, condition, or experience
Solved to the sounds of Mr Bob Dylan singing the songs from his album Street Legal
Quickie Pun: Banger+Lore=Bangalore. The town of boiled beans.