Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28846
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from Bamburgh where Saint Sharon and I are staying at The Lord Crewe Hotel. After breakfast we are going to Gateshead to see The Sage and The Baltic Mill before we drive back to the grindstone. All good things come to an end.
Today’s puzzle was solved with more than enough bung-ins that fit in with the checking letters. Even so working backwards to unravel the wordplay wasn’t a walk in the park. This is often the case with puzzles by this setter. I do like his puzzles. As I said last week…
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 Guardian. 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 ANSWER lie beneath the greyed out boxes.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a With opener dismissed, more than one drawing lots (6)
OODLES: Find the plural of a word that means an absent-minded scribble. Remove its first letter (opener dismissed)
5a Jog by, around border (8)
BOUNDARY: Anagram (jog) of BY AROUND.
9a Cursed swindle set up (10)
CONFOUNDED: Begin with a regular three-lettered word meaning to swindle. Add a word meaning to have set up or established something
10a A whip cut, I’m sorry to say (4)
ALAS: Take the letter A which our kindly setter has given to us all. Add a verb meaning to strike with a whip but minus its last letter (cut)
11a Airmen prepared to be caught by US soldier, writing on the wall (8)
GRAFFITI: Place the collective abbreviated name for our military airmen together with a verb meaning prepared for action. Place these inside the abbreviation for a regular US soldier
12a So I’m not convinced (6)
REALLY: A double definition I think. The first word of the clue can be used emphasise one’s questioning of a statement. The last three words of the clue can be shortened to a one-word expression of doubt
13a Long bag snipped at both ends (4)
ACHE: The bag may be a sealed packet containing a small quantity of something. Remove both its first and last letters.
15a Comprehensive done maintaining order, initially (8)
THOROUGH: A word meaning done, completed, finished with keeps (maintains) the initial letter of Order.
18a Orange tongue (8)
MANDARIN: A type of orange is also one of the main Chinese languages or tongues
19a Type of rock became hard (4)
GOTH: Use a word meaning became. The past participle of get will do nicely. Add the abbreviation for hard to find a type of rock music that followed on from punk
21a Little boy after somewhere for bathing suit (6)
SPADES: Find a hot aerated mineral spring where one might bathe. Now add the name of a little boy. The word little is telling us that it is a name in its shortened form. The lads Decker and O’Connor may have been called it
23a Great weight is in wood — stagger (8)
ASTONISH: Place a twenty hundredweight measure and the word IS inside (in) a type of wood. Snooker cues are often made from this wood
25a House party? Murder! (2,2)
DO IN: A house party might be a party at home. Use the two regular two-lettered words used in crosswordland for a party and for at home
26a Muddle bad, go in and ask for cleaner (6,4)
BAKING SODA: An anagram (muddle) of the words BAD GO IN and ASK
27a Centre is repaired privately (2,6)
IN SECRET: Anagram (repaired) of CENTRE IS
28a Finish offering loans, capital spent (6)
ENDING: Find a synonym of loaning. Remove its first letter (capital spent)
2d Nothing forbidding in reputation (5)
ODOUR: Start with the letter that looks like nothing. Add an adjective that means relentlessly stern or gloomy in manner or appearance. The resulting word is defined as a lingering quality or impression attaching to something. Every day is a school day. One lives and learns
3d Radical had been sent off? (4-5)
LEFT-FIELD: What one would have done if sent off in a football match
4d Error keeping shed fenced off (4,2)
SHUT IN: Place a simple shed inside a transgression of divine law
5d Fraud in equestrian competition? One’s taken to court (9,6)
BADMINTON RACKET: The equestrian event is held annually in south Gloucestershire and named after the estate it is held on. A fraud is an illegal or dishonest scam. Together these may be taken to a court and used to bash a shuttlecock about the place
6d Outsider grounded when misbehaving (8)
UNDERDOG: Anagram (when misbehaving) of GROUNDED
7d Measure drunk before a play (5)
DRAMA: A wee measure of Scotch Whisky perhaps is followed by the letter A from the clue
8d Stuffed by nobleman, Conservative gets a shiner (4,5)
REAR LIGHT: The side a Conservative is said to lean to is stuffed (has inserted) with a member of the aristocracy
14d Attempt to suppress principal in Cambridge, light blue (9)
CLAMPDOWN: A three-part charade. 1. The initial letter (principal) of C[ambridge]. 2. A light on a car or bicycle perhaps 3. A word meaning blue, unhappy or sad.
16d Broadcast aired, song in order (9)
ORGANISED: Anagram (broadcast) of AIRED SONG
17d From pass and save, some goal? (8)
CROSSBAR: This physical part of the goal in football is made up of a pass of the ball towards the centre and a preposition meaning except for
20d Position held by Pakistan, certainly (6)
STANCE: A lurker. Hidden within the words of the clue
22d Meeting covering new poet (5)
DANTE: Meeting with a member of the opposite sex contains (covering) the abbreviation for new
24d Old transporter in which Irishman carries daughter (5)
SEDAN: The abbreviation for daughter sits inside an Irishman’s name.
Solved and blogged before breakfast.
Quickie Pun: peer+knuckle+larder=piña colada
Found this last night on a thread about weird neighbours. It made me smile so I will share it with y’all
“So I had a neighbour (80yo or more) widowed guy.
Every time I get the newspaper delivered to my mailbox, when I open it, I find the crosswords done (I don’t do them or give a damn).
One day I decided to try to catch who’s doing my crosswords.
Day 1: 8 am, they were already done.
Day 2 : 7:30 am already done.
Day 3: 7am I decide to give up.
One day, 4am, I was getting back home from a night out, while I was passing by the mailbox; nothing yet delivered, so I place my GoPro inside and went sleeping, the next day; FINALLY GOT IT, it was my neighbour, he has done the crosswords right up on my mailbox, for like 10min (I will try to find the video, but it was absolutely cute, staring at my door time to time, and scratching his head). Next day: I took him a 1000 crosswords book, drop it right his door, rang the bell and stayed on my car discretely. He took some time to open the door, then found it, I swear it was the happiest person like a kid that got a puppy. He stayed in his porch and passed like 2 hours doing crosswords then fell asleep lol.
The next day: I was getting back home from work, he came to apologise (like a kid that has to confess something) and brought some cookies. We stayed talking about his WW2 service and how the world changed.
I frequently bought him crosswords books, until he passed away 1 year ago…
May he Rest In Peace.”