Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28810
Hints and tips by a frisky Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
We have a pleasant easy going puzzle today from our Daily Telegraph puzzles editor Chris Lancaster.
Life has been wonderful this past weekend with glorious sunshine bathing Downtown LI. Matilda delighted her audience at The Birmingham Hippodrome and put a beaming smile on all of the faces in the Miffypops party. We are going back to Birmingham with the grandchildren on Thursday to see Dippy while he is on tour. Mars is awesome in the night sky but will fade during the month. Life is good.
Today’s hints and tips are provided by Miffypops. Answers lie beneath the click here boxes. Definitions are underlined.
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1a Note job’s somewhere underground, reportedly (10)
POSTSCRIPT: Begin with a job’s description and be mindful of the apostrophe in the clue. (Use the letter S) Add a homophone of a chamber found beneath a church. It is always nice when one across slots in straight away. It didn’t today. The first half was rather obvious but it took some time for the homophone to sink in.
6a Lock up mature Conservative first (4)
CAGE: A verb meaning to mature is preceded by the abbreviation of Conservative
9a Nurse about to enter vehicle (5)
CARER: Place the usual crosswordland word meaning about inside a regular vehicle. Saint Sharon’s is a Lexus.
10a Imagined meal irked criminal (9)
DREAMLIKE: Anagram (criminal) of MEAL IRKED
12a Impossible to feel limber with piece rewritten about gym (13)
IMPERCEPTIBLE: Anagram (rewritten) of LIMBER and PIECE placed about the abbreviation for Physical Training not Physical Education
14a Sport news: genuine backing for person coming second (6-2)
RUNNER UP: Begin with a synonym of a meaning of sport caper or romp. Add the Abbreviation for News (two of them!). Now reverse a word meaning genuine or unadulterated
15a Keen artist recalled depression (6)
ARDENT: Our usual artist, a member of The Royal Academy is reversed (recalled). He or she is followed by a slight hollow
17a Kidnap sailor on canal (6)
ABDUCT: Our usual Able-Bodied seaman (sailor) is followed by a passageway for water. We have one of these running through Long Itchington.
19a More rum for foreigner (8)
STRANGER: Rum here means odd. Not the lovely alcoholic stuff beloved by sailors. So a synonym for odder is what you are looking for
21a Prisoner stupid to maintain corruption (13)
CONTAMINATION: Our usual felon is followed by an anagram (stupid) of TO MAINTAIN
24a Flabbergasted getting a direction to join scrum (9)
AWESTRUCK: Use the letter A from the clue. A compass point (direction). A loose scrum formed around a rugby player with the ball on the ground
25a Somebody bad at bridge … and online? (5)
TROLL: An internet nuisance or an enemy of gruff billy goats. Foll de roll
26a Unhappy about new beach (4)
SAND: A synonym of the word unhappy is placed around the abbreviation for new
27a Write down rubbish ape recited (10)
DEPRECIATE: Anagram (rubbish) of APE RECITED
1d Fairy that’s seen on the ice? (4)
PUCK: A mischievous or evil sprite is also the black disc used in ice hockey
2d The Queen and bishop overwhelmed by Welsh girl’s language (7)
SERBIAN: Place our Queen’s regal cipher and the chess abbreviation for a bishop inside a Welsh girl’s name.
3d Quarrel over French sea shanty? One’s dealing with rubbish (5,8)
SCRAP MERCHANT: A quarrel or spat is put before the French word for the sea. This is followed by a type of shanty or song based on a repeated rhythmic sing song style
4d Weapon used in trap with fine result? (5,3)
RADAR GUN: A description of a device used to defect speeding motorists which may lead to prosecution and a monetary penalty
5d Part in epic shot by European (5)
PIECE: Anagram (shot) of EPIC followed by the abbreviation for European
7d Pleasant stroll around Iowa (7)
AMIABLE: A synonym for a stroll is placed around the abbreviation for the state of Iowa.
8d Simple copper perhaps uncovered nark before Yard (10)
ELEMENTARY: Begin with what copper is (one of more than one hundred substances that cannot be chemically interconverted or broken down into simpler substances and are primary constituents of matter. Each distinguished by its atomic number, i.e. the number of protons in the nuclei of its atoms). Add the word nark without its outer letters (uncovered). Add the abbreviation for Yard
11d Mercenary friend runs deli, ultimately, with celebrity in charge (13)
MATERIALISTIC: I bunged this one in from the checkers and the definition. And sorted the five,part parse later.
- A friend, chum, oppo, pal, china,
- The cricketing abbreviation for runs
- The last letter (ultimately) of the word deli
- What a top celebrity might be known as. Among the first to be invited. The must haves at your party.
- The regular crosswordland abbreviation for in charge
13d Struggling actors get to keep ace clothes (10)
GREATCOATS: Anagram (struggling) of ACTORS GET around (to keep) A (ace)
16d One criticising tat played by famous clarinettist? (8)
ATTACKER: An anagram (played) of TAT is followed by the first name of a clarinettist who was famous long ago.
18d Waste long time in prison (7)
DUNGEON: A waste product from mammals is followed by a period of time
20d Try an old broken boat (7)
GONDOLA: A try or attempt is followed by an anagram (broken) of AN OLD
22d Hip operation that’s not free (2,3)
IN USE: Begin with a word meaning hip, fashionable or trendy. Add a noun meaning the action of using something
23d Tip-off that might lead to squares being populated? (4)
CLUE: Well, you are doing a crossword and therefore filling in squares. Your setter has provided one of these for 23 down and if you cannot solve it you are probably looking here for another.
Well that didn’t take too long. 26 across took much longer on Saturday.
Quickie Pun: Letter+Minnow=Let me know