Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28852
Hints and tips by a little furry Miffypops
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the pulsating heart of Downtown LI where the waxing gibbous Moon shines above the shenanigans below. The annual fight with the squirrels over the walnuts is underway. I’d win if Saint Sharon stopped hiding the air rifle pellets, but she does hide them. Bless her little cotton socks.
Today’s puzzle was set by The Daily Telegraph’s Puzzles and Crossword editor Chris Lancaster. I found it a good fun solve. I liked the food suggested at 1 across. I had these as a starter and a main course in Glasgow last year. I would have had them as a dessert too if I could. I also like the meat suggested at 25 down when served at The Craven Arms and Cruck Barn in Appletreewick. There was much to savour between these two clues. Monday’s puzzles are a bloggers delight.
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.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Strong jump to follow marine creature, we hear (6-5)
MUSCLE-BOUND: A jump follows a homophone of a marine creature. Is it a homophone if it is an exact replication of a word but with a different spelling? The marine creature in question is edible. Ooh yes it is indeed edible. Nom nom.
9a Cheat dealer? (4-5)
CARD-SHARP: One who cheats in order to win money using a deck of fifty-two specially prepared sequentially numbered bits of paper
10a Question model (5)
POSER: A double definition. A difficult question or who sits as a model.
11a Make priest fix radio before noon (6)
ORDAIN: Anagram (fix) of RADIO followed by the abbreviation for noon
12a One favouring trees all over the place? (8)
FORESTER: One favouring is not one against. Add an anagram (all over the place) of TREES
13a Book flight (6)
EXODUS: The book is biblical and appears early in the Old Testament
15a Officer‘s information on armed criminal (8)
GENDARME: A three-lettered synonym of information is followed by an anagram (criminal) of ARMED
18a Remake of ET, anyhow, is in progress (2,3,3)
ON THE WAY: Anagram (remake of) E T ANYHOW
19a Bad detectives legged it first (6)
RANCID: Begin with a three-letter term meaning legged it. Add the regular abbreviation for the detectives from The Criminal Investigation Department
21a What a footballer usually won’t want for free (8)
TRANSFER: A cryptic definition of the term used when a footballer moves from one club to another. A professional footballer may move between clubs for a fee of which he will be paid a percentage or for nothing with no percentage payment. The second is not what the footballer would want
23a Check rower’s bench (6)
THWART: This double definition is a winner in the game of hangman. The second definition is the rarer of the two.
26a Let on about John? (5)
ELTON: Anagram (about) of LET ON.
27a Stop country curse (9)
DAMNATION: A stop of water in a river perhaps is followed by a synonym of a country
28a ‘Act proper’ for man celebrating to some extent (11)
PERFORMANCE: A very clever lurker hidden within the words of the clue and indicated by the words to some extent
1d This person’s upset about dress that’s very small (7)
MICROBE: Reverse (upset) the way a setter would say “I am”. Add the abbreviation for circa which means about in Latin. Add a synonym for a dress or gown.
2d Mum, visibly embarrassed? A bit (5)
SHRED: Mum means keep quiet. Here it is used as a teacher might to quieten a class. This is followed by the colour we turn when embarrassed.
3d Tiredness of girl on ‘The X Factor’ due to dance (9)
LASSITUDE: Begin with a word meaning a girl. Add what is known as the X Factor. Add an anagram (to dance) of DUE.
4d Black 2 in card game (4)
BRAG: Begin with the abbreviation for Black. Add an example of what the answer to 2d is. An important rule here is that a number written out in full is a number, but a number written as digits frequently refers to the number of another clue.
5d Like flatbread, perhaps, not made to stick (8)
UNPROVEN: Flatbread uses no yeast and does not rise and can be described by the answer to this clue. An accusation not being made to stick (particularly in a court of law) can also be described by the answer.
6d Swindle involving Republican, one on the (big) fiddle? (2,3)
DU PRÉ: A verb meaning to swindle, trick or deceive has the abbreviation of Republican inserted to give the name of a great cellist who sadly passed away at a young age. Is a cello a big violin?
7d Source of hot air exposed in Scottish town (7)
AIRDRIE: A source of hot air used for drying one’s locks has its first and last letters removed
8d Mysterious drunk seen in East Morecambe? (8)
ESOTERIC: A three-lettered word for a drunk sits between the abbreviation for East and the first name of a comedian with the surname Morecambe
14d People rejected unfashionable actors on first part of show (8)
OUTCASTS: Begin with a word meaning unfashionable. Add the list of players performing in a play. Add the initial letter of the word show. I am unsure of what to underline as a definition here so I have left it for BD to sort [which he has done!]
16d Strange paradigm about hospital displaying body part (9)
DIAPHRAGM: Anagram (strange) of PARADIGM which also uses the abbreviation for hospital.
17d Exotic dancer welcomes a student for series of dates (8)
CALENDAR: Anagram (exotic) of DANCER which includes the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for learner
18d Endless meatloaf served up as breakfast food (7)
OATMEAL: Anagram (served up) of MEATLOA (meatloaf minus its last letter as indicated by the word endless)
20d Deem the end — then, oddly, a lessening of tensions (7)
DETENTE: Sift out the odd numbered letters from the first four words of the clue if written together with no spaces between words
22d Dawn‘s a star at university (3-2)
SUN-UP: The star nearest to earth is followed by a word used to denote somebody is at University
24d A Welsh girl from somewhere out east (5)
ASIAN: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a girl’s name popular in Wales.
25d Something to shoot unlimited meat (4)
AMMO: A popular meat has its first and last letters removed (unlimited)
RIP Boris. For real this time.
Quickie Pun: pork+ewe+pine=porcupine