Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28858
Hints tips and tidy up points by a masterful Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Today’s Monday merriment has been served up and garnished by Dada so I am reliably told. Dada enjoys running marathons. Never run after a woman or a bus. There will always be another behind. I only enjoyed running away from the police or running on a Rugby field. Both had their moments of success and both had their moments of failure. Today’s puzzle is an enjoyable romp. Do as you are asked and the solve will follow accompanied by smiles and groans.
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.
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1a Table of records, those to be rubbed out? (3,4)
HIT LIST: A table of top selling single or long-playing records might share its name with a table of targets for an assassin
5a Reportedly bankrupt, work in waiter’s place (3,4)
BUS STOP: a homophone of a word which means to go bankrupt is followed by the two-letter abbreviation for a musical work. The result is where people queue to await public transport
9a White on the table, let the party start! (3,4)
CUE BALL: The white spherical object on a snooker table can be a prompt to start a formal social gathering for dancing
10a Country music player drinking water (7)
UKRAINE: The shortened name of a small guitar shaped instrument goes outside (drinking) a form of precipitation
11a South American greeting Japanese food (5)
SUSHI: Begin with the abbreviations for South United States. Add an informal greeting
12a Unpleasant people welcomed by nasty client (9)
INCLEMENT: An anagram (nasty) of CLIENT has inside it (welcomed) a group of people. Male people. Not children.
13a Dining partner gobbling final piece of salmon up (7)
WINNING: A word which often partners the word dining has the final letter of the word Salmon inserted. I like the definition here.
14a Conservatives working to be with it (5-2)
RIGHT-ON: The side to which the conservatives lean is followed by a short word meaning working.
16a Dogs, primarily brave, useful things (7)
BASSETS: Add things of value and worth to the initial letter (primarily) of brave
19a Problem about student put to one side (7)
DEFLECT: Place an imperfection around the abbreviation for a learner
22a Character, outstanding on the radio, that’s hard to see through (3-6)
PEA-SOUPER: Begin with a letter from the alphabet. Then find a five-letter word that means great, marvellous, first rate, outstanding, remarkable, dazzling, magnificent, wonderful, exceptional etc etc. The letter and the word said aloud but written 3,6 makes a name describing a certain type of air pollution. One such prolonged spell in 1952 was responsible for approximately 12,000 deaths in London. I can remember these from my childhood in Coventry
24a Bird gripping bunny’s tail, a scavenger (5)
HYENA: A female bird can be wrapped around the final letter of bunny. Add the letter a from the clue
25a Sneeze — say what may catch it? (7)
ATISHOO: Hopefully, before one sneezes, one reaches for a disposable piece of absorbent paper to use as a handkerchief. The sound of a sneeze sounds like (say) the name of one of these papers
26a Electricity in the news? (7)
CURRENT: Happening now or the flow of electricity. Same word for both
27a General struggling to grow (7)
ENLARGE: Anagram (struggling) of GENERAL
28a Top, one visibly under pressure? (7)
SWEATER: A woolly jumper might also describe somebody perspiring due to being put under pressure. I so wanted this answer to begin with the letter P
1d Journalist witnessed something used for cutting (7)
HACKSAW: A slang term for a journalist is followed by a verb meaning to have seen with the eyes makes a tool for cutting metal
2d That’s criminal putting last of sugar in cuppa, boy! (7)
TREASON: Place the final letter of the word sugar into your morning cuppa cha. Add your male child.
3d Put on a slope, it is held by girl (9)
ITALICISE: Begin with the word IT from the clue. Place the word IS (also from the clue) inside a girl’s name and add what you have to the word IT. Which girl? A Liddell one.
4d Effective narration (7)
TELLING: A double definition the first being an adjective meaning having a striking or revealing effect
5d Heavy delivery (7)
BOUNCER: A heavy working the doors of nightclubs, now known as doorstaff, or. in cricket, a ball bowled fast and short so as to rise high after pitching
6d Growth that’s good, certain to impress (5)
SURGE: Find an adjective meaning certain and insert the abbreviation for good. The adjective impresses the abbreviation
7d Spear I had found in river (7)
TRIDENT: Nottingham’s river contains the shortened form of I had
8d Lie in pool endlessly somewhere in Lancashire (7)
PRESTON: To lie as in to take one’s ease is placed within a pool of water but without its final letter.
15d Remarkable foresight unappreciated animal presented? (4,5)
GIFT HORSE: Anagram (remarkable) of FORESIGHT. I didn’t spot the anagram until writing the hint.
16d Winger moving in, able to collect first of passes (7)
BIPLANE: Anagram (moving) of IN ABLE together with the first letter of the word Passes
17d Best friend, perhaps, leaps in, barking (7)
SPANIEL: Anagram (barking) of LEAPS IN
18d Expect to drink with model (7)
SUPPOSE: A three-letter word meaning to drink is followed by a word meaning to sit or model
19d Credits switched for points (7)
DIRECTS: Anagram (switched) of CREDITS
20d Mountain most uncompromising, peak unseen (7)
EVEREST: Find an adjective which means most uncompromising or most harsh and remove its first letter. Or simply put in the first mountain that comes into your head.
21d Sample including old electrical device (7)
TOASTER: A sample includes the abbreviation for old.
23d Different relative doffing cap (5)
OTHER: Yer Ma as she is properly known but minus her first letter.
I Do Like Mondays. How about You?
Quickie Pun: foreign+sick=forensic