Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28804
Hints and tips by an easy-going Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Today’s obituaries include that of setter extraordinaire Nuala Considine. It is well worth a read.
We have Dada to thank for today’s puzzle. It sort of solved itself once enough checkers were in. Several clues made me smile. No pencils or pens were needed for the anagrams of which there were too many for my liking
Hints and Tips are provided by a well-meaning Miffypops who didn’t see the puzzle until he woke up far too early 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 Move towards men, going with the flow (10)
DOWNSTREAM: I do like a jumpoutatcha clue at one across. It sets the mind up nicely for the job in hand. The anagram fodder is TOWARDS MEN and the anagram indicator is the word move. No writing implements needed.
6a Place tug behind ship at the outset (4)
STOW: Place word that describes what a tugboat does to a larger boat after the opening letter (at the outset) of ship. I am not convinced that tug works as a synonym of the last three letters of the answer. I know better than to question the setter or the puzzles editor though. Those of you who own the BRB can enlighten me should you wish to do so
9a A note in film music of the Fifties? (10)
ROCKABILLY: Begin with a film which you have no clue for. Any film you can name but preferably a cheesy nonsense from forty-two years ago. Insert the letter A from the clue and a note which is a printed statement of monies owed for goods or services.
10a A little grizzly, possibly, on a Caribbean island (4)
CUBA: A grizzly is a bear. Begin with the name of a young bear. Add the letter A from the clue.
Algy met a bear
A bear met Algy
The bear was bulgy
The bulge was Algy
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear
A bear was Fuzzy Wuzzy
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
He wasn’t fuzzy was he?
12a Football team score with nine sent off? (6)
ELEVEN: A score is twenty. Subtract nine and you are left with the number that make up an association football team
13a Actor wearing small diamond, a national symbol (8)
SHAMROCK: Place the abbreviation for small and a slang term for a diamond around a noun meaning an excessively theatrical actor/actress
15a I insist tact must be deployed to trap a data expert (12)
STATISTICIAN: Anagram (must be deployed) of I INSIST TACT
A statistician was sitting his final exam. It was a True/False test, so he decided to flip a coin for the answers. The stats professor watched the student the entire two hours as he was flipping the coin…writing the answer…flipping the coin…writing the answer.
At the end of the two hours, everyone else had left the final except for the one student. The professor walks up to his desk and interrupts the student, saying:
“Listen, I have seen that you did not study for this statistics test, you didn’t even open the exam. If you are just flipping a coin for your answer, what is taking you so long?”
The student replies bitterly, as he is still flipping the coin: “Shhh! I am checking my answers!”
18a Suggest the gospel isn’t truth? I’ve just written it! (8,4)
QUESTION MARK: We are often advised to ignore all punctuation marks in a clue. However, this clue is centred around the punctuation mark that follows the word truth in the clue which our setter states that he has just written. We need a synonym for suggest something isn’t true and the name of the geezer that wrote the shortest gospel
21a While voice filled with hatred at first, I’m disgusted! (8)
ALTHOUGH: Begin with the highest male singing voice. Place inside this the initial letter (at first) of hatred. Add an exclamation of disgust or horror
22a Fake painting so exquisite, Uffizi didn’t object originally (6)
PSEUDO: An acrostic. The word originally suggests that we take the first letters from a series of words in the clue
24a In reality, Newcastle’s river (4)
TYNE: A lurker, suggested by the word in. I will be visiting here at the end of my holiday in September
25a Looking for lecturer somewhere in Cambridgeshire (10)
HUNTINGDON: This market town in Cambridgeshire can be split 7,3 to fit the clue. The lecturer would be one from the university to which I intend to attend after my death as did my brother Paul.
26a Lech returning for a dance (4)
REEL: Reverse a word meaning to ogle to find a lively Scottish or Irish dance
27a Colleague heading for breakdown during deadlock (10)
STABLEMATE: Place the initial letter (heading for) of the word breakdown inside a word meaning a situation in chess counting as a draw where a player is not in check but cannot move except into check
1d County ultimately unprepared, or ready? (6)
DORSET: The final letter (ultimately) of unprepared is followed by the word OR from the clue. Now add a synonym for ready
2d Good and evil (6)
WICKED: A double definition which would not have worked before 1997 when the film Good Will Hunting gave the answer a meaning opposite to its regular meaning
3d Aspect ain’t so shabby in out-of-this-world accommodation (5,7)
SPACE STATION: Anagram (shabby) of ASPECT AINT SO
4d Run and help Sally? (4)
RAID: Begin with cricket’s abbreviation for a run and add a synonym for help
5d As are a number of clones, despite what you say (3,3,4)
ALL THE SAME: The answer is a phrase that describes a number of identical objects. The same phrase might be uttered by one unconvinced by an opposite viewpoint
7d German not cute, I gathered (8)
TEUTONIC: Anagram (gathered) of NOT CUTE I
8d Very large part of building housing journalist (8)
WHACKING: Place a writer of dull unoriginal work inside a large part of a stately home
11d Drunk in recompense for divine existence? (12)
OMNIPRESENCE: Anagram (drunk) of IN RECOMPENSE
14d Convincing case for highly developed skill (6,4)
STRONG SUIT: The case here is one in a courtroom that one is highly likely to win. It describes a particular skill set that one is accomplished in. It comes from whist or bridge based card games where a player is holding the high cards of one kind
16d Quartets playing for uninvited resident (8)
SQUATTER: Anagram (playing) of QUARTETS
17d A few words in time? (8)
SENTENCE: What words together make is also a term of imprisonment
19d Plain aunt struggling to embrace doctor (6)
TUNDRA: An anagram (struggling) of AUNT holds the abbreviation for Doctor
20d Suddenly move forward around old room (6)
LOUNGE: A sudden move forwards is placed around the abbreviation for old.
23d Try attack (4)
STAB: To have a go at something is also to attack with a knife and pierce the flesh
This puzzle sort of solved itself once enough checkers were in. The anagrams helped with this.
Quickie Pun: lie-in+Tamar=lion tamer