Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28864
Hints and tips by a Neanderthal Miffypops
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BD Rating (from BD) – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Dada once again. I don’t mind that. His puzzles are fun to solve and fun to review. I have noticed a distinct swing in recent weeks in favour of John Halpern’s puzzles. Today’s is a simple romp through do as you are told territory. Separate the definition from the wordplay and off you go.
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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7a Meat commercial with a dance (7)
LAMBADA: Sheep meat. An advert (abbreviated) The A from the clue.
10a Spinning device that’s no different in reverse (7)
ROTATOR: A palindromic spinning device.
11a Check fool is kept in dock (7)
MONITOR: This fool is the shortened form of a nitwit. Place him or her inside a verb meaning to dock as in secure a boat to the land
12a Collapse three notes (7)
DEFLATE: Three consecutive notes. The fourth and fifth of an octave separated by the black piano key bet ween them. If this is musically incorrect then I apologise
13a Musical success the egotist’s priority? (6,3)
NUMBER ONE: top of the pops pop pickers. Or yourself. Take your pick
15a Quick writer (5)
SWIFT: A double definition. The writer wrote this “When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him”
16a Elated, having reached the North Pole? (2,3,2,3,5)
ON TOP OF THE WORLD: if you consider the north to be the top and the south to be the bottom then this is where you would be if you were at the North Pole.
21a On the fat side? Way off! (5)
STOUT: The way here is a street. Abbreviate it and add a word meaning not in. As in he’s gone off somewhere…
23a Fan‘s to drink dark bitter (9)
SUPPORTER: To take a small drink followed by what one might take a small drink of. The previous answer perhaps
25a Country show, say, US city rejected (7)
ALGERIA: A three part charade with a reversal . 1. To show or display. 2. The Latin for say (for example) 3. The initials of a US city (it’s only ever New York or Los Angeles) Rejected is the reversal indicator
26a Little money for the police? (7)
COPPERS: The smallest coins we have share their name with an affectionate term for the police.
27a Translation of dialect in fortress (7)
CITADEL: Our first anagram (translation of) of DIALECT
28a Explosive device to drop, designed to catch fire ultimately (7)
TORPEDO: … Followed by our second Anagram (designed) of TO DROP which also includes the final letter (ultimately) of fire
1d On the fire, perhaps, old flier (8)
FLAMINGO: Begin with a word that might describe something ablaze. Add the abbreviation for old.
2d Blonde nothing special (4)
FAIR: A double definition. The hair colour should be all you need
3d Cooler day starts to disappear, gradually ending (6)
FRIDGE: Begin with the abbreviation for the fifth day of the week and add the initial letters of (starts to) the last three words of the clue
4d County supplies workers (6)
STAFFS: The shortened name of a midlands county which has Stoke on Trent as its largest city.
5d All over the place, Emirates could be hotter (8)
STEAMIER: Anagram (all over the place) of EMIRATES.
6d Cleric is meddling with opening of text (6)
PRIEST: enquires too inquisitively into someone else’s business followed by the initial letter of text
8d Note short dress on male (5)
MINIM: This palindromic musical note can be found by beginning with a very short dress and adding the abbreviation for male
9d Soldier almost cried about ending of war in Belgian province (7)
ANTWERP: begin with a soldier insect. Find a word meaning to have cried minus its last letter (nearly) and wrap it around the final letter (ending) of war. What a lot of doing described in just ten words
14d Idiot of astonishing foolishness, primarily (3)
OAF: The initial letters (primarily) of three consecutive words from the clue.
17d Opinions still extremely tedious (8)
THOUGHTS: Begin with a synonym of still or however. Add the outer letters (extremely) of tedious
18d Trendy joint (3)
HIP: A double definition. The first being down and dirty with the kids. The second being a replaceable body part.
19d Giant beginning to whimper over flea, perhaps? (7)
WHOPPER: place the initial letter (beginning) of whimper over a description of what a flea is or what it does.
20d Lack of respect, inside or out (8)
DERISION: Anagram (out) of INSIDE OR
21d Rare defect on church (6)
SCARCE: This defect is the mark of an old wound or burn. It sits atop the abbreviation for a church founded by Henry the Eighth
22d Angry outburst — job to contain one (6)
TIRADE: A description of one’s job or calling sits outside the letter that resembles the number one.
23d Regular fix (6)
STAPLE: A double definition, the second used to join papers together
24d Time at this point for a comforting word (5)
THERE: The abbreviation for time is followed by an adverb meaning at this place. The answer when said twice is used by those who tend to the sick. Often after they have made their beds and provided a cup of tea whilst checking on the numbers of visitors.
26d Quote attributed to Vespucci, tenuously (4)
CITE: A lurker lurking away within the words of the clue. Can you find it? I did
Lots of fun to be had today whilst it lasted.
Quickie Pun Yucca+Tee+Yak=Yakety Yak (Don’t talk back)