Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28840
Hints and tips by a Kaleidoscopic Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty tba – Enjoyment tba
Good morning from Loch Awe Boats on South Lochaweside where Saint Sharon and I are enjoying a week away from publand.
Insider information from a very good source tells me that this is the work of the setter known as Dada in The Daily Telegraph and Paul in The Gaurdian. As usual for this setter some clues need a leap of faith to unravel their mystery but when you see the reasoning it makes a smile appear.
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 solutions.
1a Better, a civic role (8)
CAPACITY: Begin with a three-lettered verb meaning to better, beat, surpass or outdo. Add the letter A from the clue. Now add the large metropolis suggested by the word civic
5a A wave on top (2,4)
AS WELL: Split 1,5 We have the letter A from the clue followed by a slow regular movement of the sea. Split 2,4 as in the clue this means also.
9a Policeman enters a complex carrying gun, initially (8)
SERGEANT: An anagram (complex) of ENTERS A which has inserted the letter G (gun initially)
10a A politician in office, wet (6)
DAMPEN: Place the A from the clue along with the abbreviation for you very own personal parliamentary representative inside a synonym of office or study
11a Bit of a looker quaffing second wine (7)
RETSINA: This looker is one’s organ of sight. The bit of it wanted is the part that may become detached. This surrounds (quaffing) the letter S. The result is a foul-tasting Greek wine which is cheap enough to entice you to try it. With an awful lot of practice, it will become almost drinkable. Fortunately, the end of your Greek sojourn will jolt you back to reality [I love it! BD]
12a Structure that may pop in solid weapon (7)
FIREARM: The clue asks us to insert a structure that may pop into solid to find a weapon. Begin with an adjective synonymous with solid describing something having an unyielding surface. Insert a structure that may pop. This structure is part of a plant grown in fields all over the world. It is the part that holds the seeds which may be popped and sold as a snack in cinemas worldwide
13a Game attempts to give flirty signal when squiffy? (11)
TIDDLYWINKS: The name of this game which involves flipping counters into a cup can be constructed by using a word meaning slightly drunk followed by a rapid closing of one eye aimed flirtatiously at one fancied. Don’t miss the plurality in the clue.
16a Difficult book about foreign money (11)
TROUBLESOME: Begin with a large heavy scholarly book. Insert some foreign money, maybe from Russia
21a Nemesis, England invading state (7)
AVENGER: Place a three-lettered abbreviation for England inside a word meaning to state.
22a Bewildered, guy struggling to keep tail of snake in the sack (3-4)
BUG-EYED: Place a anagram (struggling) of GUY around the final letter of the word snake. Now insert this into the correct word for the slang term the sack
23a Country that’s worth more than a pound? (6)
GUINEA: The name of this country is also an old sum of money worth 21 shillings
24a ‘Cats’ problem, musical delivery? (4-4)
HAIR-BALL: My online dictionary gives this as a single word of eight letters. The cat’s problem is a build-up of fur in the stomach as a result of licking itself clean. The musical is fifty years old and featured the songs Aquarius and Let the Sunshine In. The delivery is that which is bowled in cricket
25a Trap finally caught fish (6)
TANGLE: Use the final letter of the word caught and add a verb meaning to fish. Can the result be called a trap?
26a A drug that builds muscle for heavenly body (8)
ASTEROID: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a drug usually preceded by the word anabolic
1d Communist leader inspired by rhetoric, as Trotsky (6)
CASTRO: The answer here is the name of a Cuban chap. It can be found hiding (inspired) within the words of the clue
2d Silver perhaps ending in skip, furious (6)
PIRATE: Begin with the end. The end of the word skip. Add a word meaning furious or angry. Silver is the name of one of these in the book Treasure Island
3d Revolutionary film showing drug-dealer (7)
CHEMIST: Start with a revolutionary. The partner of the revolutionary at one down. Add a film or fine spray
4d Rwanda confused with teeny part of northern England (4,3,4)
TYNE AND WEAR: Anagram (confused) of RWANDA and TEENY
6d Fight and fight for bird (7)
SPARROW: A practice fight for a boxer is followed by a fight between husband and wife perhaps. The result is a little brown bird
7d One into old maps makes things clear (8)
EXPLAINS: Begin with a word to describe old partners add a synonym of maps which includes the letter that looks like the number one
8d Continent with mountains primarily toured by girl (8)
LANDMASS: A conjunction meaning with is placed together with the abbreviation for mountain inside a young girl
12d Lively — as soy sauce? (4,2,5)
FULL OF BEANS: An expression meaning lively might also describe soy sauce using its main ingredient
14d Trustworthy hand (8)
STRAIGHT: A rather nice poker hand also describes a trustworthy dependable person
15d Drinking last of vermouth, I bemoan lamentable free spirit (8)
BOHEMIAN: An anagram (lamentable) of I BEMOAN and the final letter of Vermouth
17d Million-dollar contract? I’m not impressed! (3,4)
BIG DEAL: A phrase describing a large business contract is also used in a derogatory way to belittle something others consider to be important
18d Sporting call angered drunk (2,5)
EN GARDE: An anagram (drunk) of angered is used by swordsmen
19d Needing lots of determination at first to turn over, old generator (6)
DYNAMO: Begin with a word meaning a large number of. Add the initial letter (at first) of determination. Reverse what you have. (Turn over) Add the abbreviation for old.
20d Rotten count was commanding (6)
ADDLED: Begin with a word meaning to count or to sum up. Add a word meaning was commanding. Bear in mind that a commander is a leader.
The Quick Crossword pun: jester+field=Chesterfield