Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28828
Hints and tips by an ignoble Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning on this fine Miffypops Monday. Only one sporting score mattered this weekend. Coventry Rugby Club beat Wasps by a ridiculous amount. This result (55 – 14) has had me smiling all weekend.
After two consecutive weeks of Dada today’s puzzle is from our puzzles editor Chris Lancaster. It certainly has a different feel and style. There is a lot to enjoy here and a few laughs along the way.
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.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Assistant‘s strange idea on leave (4-2-4)
AIDE-DE-CAMP: An anagram (strange) of IDEA is followed by a verb meaning to leave a place suddenly or secretly
6a Report from suburban GP (4)
BANG: An included or hidden word. The answer is hidden within the words of the clue. This is indicated by the word “from”
9a Staff includes great lecturer on international language (10)
MACEDONIAN: Begin with a verb meaning to staff a company. Insert a top-quality University teacher split 3,3. Add the abbreviation for International. Job done.
10a Mostly chicken gangland boss (4)
CAPO: Begin with a castrated domestic cock fattened for the pot. Remove its last letter (mostly) to leave the head of a crime syndicate. Especially the mafia.
12a Something to eat caught by Windermere maybe, not using line (4)
CAKE: Begin with the abbreviation for caught. Add what Windermere is an example of in The Lake District but minus the abbreviation for the word line. It is nice to be offered a morsel so early on in the solve but this is like eating one’s pudding first
13a Make drunk brew a beer in it (9)
INEBRIATE: Anagram (brew) of A BEER IN IT
15a Distortion in sound response (8)
FEEDBACK: Double definition. The first being a distortion of sound through an amplified system and the second being information and reaction to something which should lead to improvement. I wouldn’t bank on anything you say in the comments here today having any chance of improving Miffypops blogging style. The lad is beyond redemption
16a Prisoner in China (6)
INMATE: Begin with the word IN which has been generously gifted to you by today’s setter. Add the word indicated by the word China in Cockney Rhyming Slang. The word needed doesn’t actually rhyme with China. It rhymes with the word plate.
18a Flood in French part of the Middle East? (6)
ENGULF: Begin with the French for the word IN. Add an area of the Middle East which when I was a nipper usually had the word Persian preceding it. If not Persian the Arabian was used. Now it is merely preceded by the word THE. Our beautiful language is poorer for this.
20a Upset a model during PR for film award (5,3)
PALME D’OR: The highest award at The Cannes Film Festival is an anagram (upset) of A MODEL within the letters P and R
23a American politician? (9)
STATESMAN: This politician from the land of Coca Cola can be split 6,4 to describe any male from the land of Coca Cola
24a Founder that’s normally given a plug (4)
SINK: A word meaning to founder (of a vessel, fill with water and go underwater) is also a basin which needs a plug to hold water
26a Sharp answer by detectives (4)
ACID: Use the abbreviation for answer. This is followed by the abbreviations for the Criminal Investigation Department
27a Insult team playing with time nearly up (4-6)
LAST-MINUTE: Anagram (playing) of INSULT TEAM
28a Pound, perhaps, for old book (4)
EZRA: Here lies the body of EZRA Pound. Lost at sea and never was found. A book of the bible and a poet
29a Mike cannot let out somebody who’s unhappy (10)
MALCONTENT: Begin with the letter represented by the word Mike in the NATO phonetic alphabet. Add an anagram (out) of CANNOT LET
1d Host‘s mad when bishop leaves (4)
ARMY: Find a word meaning mad or crazy. Remove its initial letter, the chess notation or abbreviation of Bishop
2d Say what captain might do to end innings (7)
DECLARE: A word meaning to say or proclaim something is also what the captain of a cricket team does when he wants his team to stop batting before they have lost all of their wickets
3d Avoid some problem — John Wayne invariably managed to do it (5,1,6)
DODGE A BULLET: Are you sitting comfortably. Then I will begin. Long ago and far away in a land of make believe people made films know as westerns where the good guys wore white and galloped about on horses shooting the bad guys who wore black. One such star of these films was a chap known as John Wayne who starred in every single western ever made and who played exactly the same part in all of them. He managed never to get shot despite the millions of shots fired at him in hundreds and thousands of films. Therefore he managed to avoid problems in such a manner as suggested by this clue.
4d Persuade mixed-up novice to pen new chapter (8)
CONVINCE: An anagram (mixed up) of NOVICE is placed around (pens) The abbreviations for the words New and Chapter
5d Person complaining Lisa’s often behind this, outspokenly (6)
MOANER: Lisa here is the Lisa painted by Leonardi Da Vinci. The answer is a homophone of the first part of the name of this painting
7d Like two graduates in part of America (7)
ALABAMA: Begin with a French expression commonly used in English meaning like or in the style or manner of. Add two graduates. One who has just gained an arts degree and one who has studied the arts to a higher level
8d What might make a fool somebody unwanted (10)
GOOSEBERRY: The name given to a third person in the company of two others especially lovers is also the name of a fruit which can be made into a dish known as a fool
11d Broadcast teaches one to leave before operation (12)
TRANSMISSION: Begin with a word that means teaches (especially in sport) Remove the letter that resembles the number one (one leaves). Add an operation or assignment
14d In pursuit of small bear in Cologne (10)
AFTERSHAVE: Begin with a word meaning to be in pursuit of as in chasing something. Add the abbreviation for the word small. Now add a word meaning to bear as in to carry responsibility for
17d Attractive cast acting with me (8)
MAGNETIC: Anagram (cast) of ACTING and ME
19d Tradesman after golf not as hardworking (7)
GLAZIER: Begin with the NATO phonetic alphabet letter represented by the word Golf. Add a word meaning idler or more unwilling to work.
21d Depression on River Plate (7)
DENTURE: Do not be fooled into thinking this is anything to do with The River Plate. That is a nice misdirection from your setter which gives the clue a good surface read. Begin with a noun meaning a slight hollow in a hard surface. Add a river found in North Yorkshire
22d Animal kept in Blenheim Palace (6)
IMPALA: Our second hidden word of the day lurking within the letters of the clue and playing hide and seek with you
25d Batter vegetable according to the radio (4)
BEAT: A word meaning to batter or thrash sounds like a vegetable which is grown underground
Quickie Pun: stained+handy+liver=stand and deliver (your money or your life)
By Alfred Noyes
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees.
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin.
They fitted with never a wrinkle. His boots were up to the thigh.
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
His pistol butts a-twinkle,
His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.
Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard.
He tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred.
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.
And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
Where Tim the ostler listened. His face was white and peaked.
His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,
But he loved the landlord’s daughter,
The landlord’s red-lipped daughter.
Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say—
“One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I’m after a prize to-night,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.”
He rose upright in the stirrups. He scarce could reach her hand,
But she loosened her hair in the casement. His face burnt like a brand
As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;
And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
(O, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west.
He did not come in the dawning. He did not come at noon;
And out of the tawny sunset, before the rise of the moon,
When the road was a gypsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor,
A red-coat troop came marching—
King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door.
They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead.
But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed.
Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!
There was death at every window;
And hell at one dark window;
For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.
They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest.
They had bound a musket beside her, with the muzzle beneath her breast!
“Now, keep good watch!” and they kissed her. She heard the doomed man say—
Look for me by moonlight;
Watch for me by moonlight;
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!
She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!
She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years
Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers!
The tip of one finger touched it. She strove no more for the rest.
Up, she stood up to attention, with the muzzle beneath her breast.
She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;
For the road lay bare in the moonlight;
Blank and bare in the moonlight;
And the blood of her veins, in the moonlight, throbbed to her love’s refrain.
Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horsehoofs ringing clear;
Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot, in the distance? Were they deaf that they did not hear?
Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
The highwayman came riding—
The red coats looked to their priming! She stood up, straight and still.
Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!
Nearer he came and nearer. Her face was like a light.
Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,
Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
Her musket shattered the moonlight,
Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him—with her death.
He turned. He spurred to the west; he did not know who stood
Bowed, with her head o’er the musket, drenched with her own blood!
Not till the dawn he heard it, and his face grew grey to hear
How Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
The landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.
Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high.
Blood red were his spurs in the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat;
When they shot him down on the highway,
Down like a dog on the highway,
And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat.
. . .
And still of a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
A highwayman comes riding—
A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.
Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard.
He taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred.
He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.