Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28870
Hints and tips by an obliging Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I suspect this is the work of our Puzzles editor Chris Lancaster making his return after two weeks of Dada (Oh no it isn’t. It is a new setter, so I am reliably informed) . It is a solid puzzle and nice Monday opener to the week. There are several mammals running amok throughout this puzzle. They are a day too early for the blog.
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 Vehicle with favourite floor covering (6)
CARPET: A vehicle is required here to begin with. Three letters long. Most of us own one. Saint Sharon owns two. A Lexus (ten days old) and a roller skate which I refuse to drive. I own none. Anyway, this personal means of transport needs to be followed by a synonym of the word favourite. A noun meaning a person treated with special favour or affection
4a Make certain disc is about to be condemned (8)
CENSURED: A verb meaning to make certain that something will occur sits inside a disc. A compact disc. Hopefully a compilation of live music by Dylan, Waits, Young and Cohen
9a Parents not married? Not us (6)
OTHERS: We are our parents’ offspring. We have mums and dads. Take the formal name of one and remove the abbreviation of married (this will not work with the other parent) Honour thy mother and thy father. Especially thy mother
10a Making mark but not voting; sailor leaves (8)
STAINING: Find a verb meaning not voting. Remove the abbreviation for an able-bodied seaman
11a News item resulting in furrowed brow? (8)
HEADLINE: The words at the top of a main newspaper story are also what shows on one’s forehead when perplexed
13a List stated a sexual identification (6)
AGENDA: Split 1,6 we have the letter A from the clue and a noun which describes one’s sexual identification (male or female) When spoken together (stated) these two words sound like a list of items to be addressed at a meeting
15a Music to put one’s name to? (9,4)
SIGNATURE TUNE: A cryptic definition of a distinctive piece of music associated with on particular performer.
18a Where to look for vest? (13)
UNDERCLOTHING: Split 5,8 where we would have to look for somebody’s vest when they are fully attired. Do they still sell vests? I have never worn one.
22a Continually bother this wild creature (6)
BADGER: A verb meaning to repeatedly and annoyingly question somebody is also a nocturnal mammal
24a Where to buy new tree? Liar! (8)
RETAILER: Anagram (new) of TREE LIAR
26a Unfinished business gents possibly deliver around the beginning of Easter (5,3)
LOOSE END: A common name for the gents or the ladies is followed by a word meaning to deliver which is itself wrapped around the initial letter of the word Easter
27a Last of tests? (6)
FINALS: A series of examinations at the end of a degree course
28a She may serve ‘sir’ with a stew, carelessly (8)
WAITRESS: Anagram (carelessly) of SIR A STEW
29a Clan uniting with alien group (6)
SEPTET: A sub division of a clan (especially Irish) is followed by the common name of a film about an alien and a little boy. Saint Sharon and I watched this film on Thursday afternoon. I was a mess at the end sobbing my way through the tissues. Heartless Saint Sharon remained unmoved
1d This may be seen in allotment, or in church bordering Scottish lake (6)
CLOCHE: The abbreviation for the Church of England surround the general name for a Scottish lake
2d Practised, as coffin put back in funeral carriage? (9)
REHEARSED: Practiced for a stage roll when split 2,7 could describe the action of placing a coffin back into a large funeral car.
3d Promotion for hearing device that cuts down noise (7)
EARPLUG: The answer is a rubber bung to reduce the effects of noise. Split this 3,4 and your second word means to mention something in order to promote it.
5d Consumes some of the contents of meatsafe (4)
EATS: Your answer is hidden amongst the words of the clue indicated by the words some of the contents of. This must be the most obvious hidden word indicator ever used
6d Stones 7″ perhaps captivates husband (7)
SHINGLE: The name given to a grooved black plastic record which measured seven inches across incorporates the abbreviation for husband. My friend was playing an LP on his turntable recently and noticed his daughter watching the record turning. ‘I don’t suppose you know what that is’ he said. ‘Yes I do’ she replied ‘It’s one of them big black cds’
7d Bad weather, we hear, as a rule (5)
REIGN: To rule, to rain,
it sounds the same.
Of your setter’s game
8d Worn down — or marked down, in one’s 27? (8)
DEGRADED: A double definition. To be worn down and reduced in quality or to be marked down in an exam such as those of 27 across
12d Almost new before breakfast? (6)
NEARLY: Use the abbreviation for new and add the time of day one usually has breakfast
14d Destroy the French, making a great commotion (6)
BUSTLE: A verb meaning to destroy something together with the French word for the gives a word that often goes with hustle to describe a commotion
16d Not very brave UN soldier, maybe, harbouring ill-will (9)
UNGALLANT: A three-part charade with an insertion. Begin with the letters UN provided by the clue. Add a soldier, an insect soldier. Place between these a noun meaning annoyance or resentment
17d Trimming hair somewhere underneath (8)
FURBELOW: The hair such as that of a rabbit or mink has a word meaning underneath added.
19d Creature laying eggs on climbing grass (3,4)
ROE DEER: These eggs are fish eggs. Add the reverse (climbing) of a tall slender grass that grows in watery or marshy ground
20d Pretend the writer’s a machine with energy (7)
IMAGINE: The shortened form of I am is followed by the A from the clue and the name of a machine that separates cotton from its seeds. Add the abbreviation for energy
21d Peter’s excited to be ready in advance (6)
PRESET: Anagram (excited) of PETERS
23d Garment making girl very warm in the middle (5)
DHOTI: A three letter word meaning very warm sits inside then shortened name of a girl. Think Dors, Ross, Wales or Krall.
25d Star gundog ultimately turned up antelopes (4)
GNUS: Our nearest star and the last letter of the word gundog need to be reversed or turned up
Quickie Pun: Hatter+Chewed=Attitude On a golden autumn day a postman walked up the path to deliver a letter. A vicious dog attacked him and in the ensuing melee the postman’s hat fell off and was carried away and eaten by the dog. The postman knocked the door and complained to the dog’s owner who told him to bugger off. The postman said “I don’t like your attitude young man” The dog’s owner replied “It wasn’t my ‘at ‘e chewed”