Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28786
Hints and tips by a truly blessed Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Thanks to Chris Lancaster for this tricky puzzle which has much to enjoy. Thanks also to the organisers of The Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod for booking Sir Van Morrison. Saint Sharon and I enjoyed the festival and the concert which was in such a beautiful setting.
Dare we believe in our national football team? What a delight it is to see a team playing football without recourse to histrionics. How refreshing to see the referee being respected. A welcome change for the better.
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1a & 16a One rotten actor is spoiling TV series (10,6)
CORONATION STREET: A rather obvious anagram (spoiling) of ONE ROTTEN ACTOR IS
6a Actor Johnny, almost swallowing ecstasy, becomes profound (4)
DEEP: This actor Johnny is he of the Caribbean pirates. Most of his surname surrounds the abbreviation for ecstasy
9a Just in time, survive with very little (4-6)
LAST MINUTE: Begin with a synonym for survive. Add a word meaning tiny or minuscule
10a Fly very near the ground? Not quite (4)
SOLO: The wordplay here requires us to find a term split 2,3 which means very close to the ground and then to delete its last letter. (Not quite) The answer as a verb means to fly an aircraft unaccompanied.
12a Express disapproval of new gift (4)
BOON: A three-letter word of disapproval is followed by the abbreviation for new
13a One’s snappy seeing cool cider being drunk (9)
CROCODILE: Anagram (being drunk) of COOL CIDER
15a Mostly unnecessary and overdue wave (8)
UNDULATE: Begin with a word meaning unnecessary. Remove its last letter (mostly) Add a word meaning overdue.
16a See 1 Across
18a Leading Russian swapping parts before son enters (6)
INPUTS: Split the name of the Russian President 3,2 and transpose these two parts. Add the abbreviation for son.
20a Article must be rewritten by five, straight up! (8)
VERTICAL: An anagram (must be rewritten) of ARTICLE follows the Roman numeral for five.
23a Exotic dancer seen by husband in bar (9)
HINDRANCE: An anagram (exotic) of DANCER follows the abbreviation for Husband and the word IN straight from the clue
24a Cleaning equipment shocks? (4)
MOPS: A double definition. The shocks are those sported by the Beatles when they first became famous
26a Give out what’s said to be money, on reflection (4)
EMIT: When reversed a word meaning to give out becomes a word which is often described as the money
27a Delaying tactic from one coach overcome by strain (10)
FILIBUSTER: The letter that looks like the number one together with a common term for a people-carrying coach is surrounded (overcome) by a verb meaning to strain in order to remove unwanted material
28a Beat king’s war machine (4)
TANK: A verb meaning to beat (ones hide perhaps) is followed by the abbreviation for King
29a Families keep being taken in by star signs (10)
HOUSEHOLDS: A word meaning to keep is surrounded by (being taken in by) a word which categorises the twelve signs of the zodiac
1d Reportedly dispose of part of prison (4)
CELL: A homophone likening a prisoner’s room to a means of disposal for cash reward.
2d Answer some correspondence (7)
RESPOND: The answer is hidden (some) within the a word of the clue
3d Evidently women only troubled at cruel name-calling? (12)
NOMENCLATURE: Begin with a term 2,3 which means women only. Add an anagram (troubled) of AT CRUEL
4d Listen: a city-dweller will show resolve (8)
TENACITY: The answer here I also hidden (will show) within the words of the clue
5d Choice of fostering when Bill leaves (6)
OPTION: The act of taking legal responsibility for rearing another’s child minus a two-letter abbreviation for an advertising poster
7d Inflammatory reason to support English (7)
EMOTIVE: A word meaning a reason for doing something follows the abbreviation for English
8d Scheme and lie about getting shot, possibly (10)
PROJECTILE: Begin with a synonym for a scheme or plan. Add an anagram (about) of LIE
11d Life-saving treatment needed where estuaries meet? (5-2-5)
MOUTH-TO-MOUTH: A method of resuscitation could describe where two estuaries meet.
14d See 21 Down (10)
17d Cures seem dire somehow (8)
REMEDIES: Anagram (somehow) of SEEM DIRE
19d Plan for retirement? (7)
PENSION: A cryptic definition of a financial plan for when one finishes work
21d & 14d HANGING? (7)
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: These upper case letters may describe the sentence for murder before 1965
22d Trendy, like old colour (6)
INDIGO: A three part charade. 1. A two-letter word meaning trendy. 2. A word meaning to like something. 3. The abbreviation for old
25d They’re handy when fighting members (4)
ARMS: These members are limbs. They are also weaponry.
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Quickie Pun: inner+scents=innocence