Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28822
Hints and tips by a happy Miffypops
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Good morning on this fine Miffypops Monday. Today we have another fine puzzle from Dada with a good mix of clue types including a couple of interesting cryptic definitions.
The hints and tips and rambling thoughts are here to help if you need them. The definitions are underlined, and the answers lie beneath the greyed-out boxes. Illustrations may or may not be relevant to the answer.
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1a King, say, up against joker (7,4)
PLAYING CARD: One of fifty-two in a pack which includes Queens and Jacks. Up against refers to a verb meaning competing against. A joker is a wag or a wit or a ****
9a Be able to recognise a tear-jerker? (4,4,6)
KNOW ONE’S ONIONS: A cryptic definition of one who is expert in his field. This field has been ploughed and planted and is now being harvested of swollen edible bulbs that bring tears to the eyes of those cutting them up for use in cookery.
11a Get stick (4)
TWIG: A double definition. To realise something or the smaller end of a branch
12a A giant, anyway (2,3)
AT ALL: Split 1,4 we have the letter A from the clue. We then need a synonym of the word giant. Try a word meaning above average height. Aim a bit lower than giant. Giant may be an appropriate word but it is a bit of a stretch in my opinion.
13a Odd bits missing, felt put in sewing case (4)
ETUI: The even numbered letters (odd bits missing) of the words FELT PUT IN will provide you with a word that you will find nowhere else but crosswordland. The answer is a small ornamental needle case. No such thing exists in the known world. Try a google image search of the answer and tell me if any of the images can be described as ornamental.
16a Gas ring not designed to save energy (8)
NITROGEN: Anagram (designed) of RING NOT which includes the abbreviation for energy
17a Particular deal — it collapsed (6)
DETAIL: Anagram (collapsed) of DEAL IT
19a Too old, so about fifty! (6)
OVERLY: This word meaning excessively needs the abbreviation for old followed by a word meaning so which is used for emphasis. The Roman numeral for fifty needs to be inserted. Alternatively you could start with the Roman numeral for fifty and wrap the other bits around it as indicated by the word about in the clue. My last one in and a bugger to explain
20a Good laugh recalled about a bird (5,3)
GREAT TIT: This beautiful little bird can be guessed from the enumeration or guessed with a couple of checking letters. However my job is to clearly explain how the clues lead to the answers so here we go. Begin with the abbreviation for good. Add a reversed (recalled) short half-suppressed laugh. Place what you have around the letter A from the clue. Guesswork was an easier solve. The short half-suppressed laugh made me think of Frankie Howerd and a possible illustration but he wasn’t funny then and is less funny now.
22a Measure pay (4)
FOOT: An imperial measure of twelve inches is also a word which means to pay a bill
23a Fast and crisp (5)
NIPPY: The answer can be used to describe somebody able to move quickly or to describe chilly weather
24a Sign of hesitation before turn, thus (4)
ERGO: Start with an expression used when hesitating and add a term meaning ones turn to do something
27a Do nothing to crush the manual workers? (3,2,4,5)
SIT ON ONE’S HANDS: to do nothing as described might crush the manual workers in your employ. I am slight of build and would not crush any of my employees if I did this.
28a Try jumper in sporting contest (4,7)
TEST CRICKET: A word meaning to try something out is followed by an insect that jumps. This reveals a sporting contest being played out over the next couple of days. The event is sponsored by Specsavers. Maybe the England team should avail themselves of their services
2d Old as Dracula? (4,2,3,5)
LONG IN THE TOOTH: A cryptic definition of Dracula is also a well-known saying referring to old age
3d Open up North Street from below (4)
YAWN: Find an example of what a street is and add the abbreviation for North. Write what you have backwards (from below)
4d Period of time Einstein transformed (8)
NINETIES: A much used anagram (transformed) of EINSTEIN
5d Man given role starts to look exasperated (6)
CASTLE: A word meaning to be given a role in a drama is followed by the initial letters of the words look exasperated. The man is a piece on a chessboard
6d Offensive and honest, but not loud (4)
RANK: Find a word meaning honest and remove the letter that represents loud in musical notation
7d Catch, bit of a fiddle in game (8,6)
CONTRACT BRIDGE: To catch something like a disease is followed by the part of a fiddle over which the strings are stretched. I like the definition of this gentle pastime. It certainly is not a sport
8d Colonialist abroad going back and forth (11)
OSCILLATION: Anagram (abroad) of COLONIALISTS. Note the lack of the letter G which means this cannot end with ING like it did when I typed it in
10d Cool place in Billingsgate Market? (11)
STANDOFFISH: Split 5,2,4 we have what a market trader at Billingsgate market might use to display his wares
14d Very merry (5)
JOLLY: A double definition, the second being more well known
15d Plane diverted to find country (5)
NEPAL: Anagram (diverted) of PLANE
18d One asking a question, paid model? (8)
PROPOSER: Begin with an abbreviation of professional (one being paid) and add a word meaning one sitting as a model for a painter perhaps
21d Sounding like baby bird, old seal (6)
SIGNET: A homophone of a baby bird is a small seal set into a ring
25d Queen able, not needing equerry initially (4)
ANNE: The initial letters of four of the words in the clue.
The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts,
All on a summer’s day;
The Knave of Hearts
He stole those tarts,
And took them clean away.
The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts,
And beat the knave full sore;
The Knave of Hearts
Brought back the tarts,
And vowed he’d steal no more.
26d Powder hidden in ornamental casket (4)
TALC: A lurker, the answer is hidden amongst the words of the clue
Dada has given us a King and a Queen today, so we can play 7d. I enjoyed this puzzle. Did you?
Quickie Pun: toil+literal=toilet roll