Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28876
Hints and tips by a perspicacious Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Long Itchington rocked to the sounds of Scott Doonican on Saturday night.
Downtown LI is the happening place to be. Scott Doonican one week and the unveiling of our new war memorial the next.
I have no idea who set todays puzzle but would hint at Chris Lancaster our busy puzzles editor because we have not seen one of his back pagers for three weeks now. I enjoyed this romp across an animal free world. The quickie pun is worth a look today.
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 Sure wobbly as belly out! (10)
ABSOLUTELY: Anagram (wobbly) of AS BELLY OUT
6a Old man greedy, taking every other bit (4)
AGED: The words “taking every other bit” are an instruction to use alternate letters from the two words preceding them
10a Area of responsibility turning the clock back? (5)
REMIT: Find a synonym for a clock and reverse it.
11a Transpose in mix-up that could result in woman signing sponsorship deal (9)
PATRONESS: Anagram (in mix up) of TRANSPOSE
12a Always in container, English drink (8)
BEVERAGE: Place a word meaning always inside a flexible container with an opening at the top. Add the abbreviation for English
13a Dance beat has vitality (5)
TANGO: Begin with a three-letter word that means to beat as a punishment. Add a synonym of the word vitality
15a Dry sherry initially quaffed by two rugby union teams? (7)
THIRSTY: A Rugby team is often known as the number of players which comprise it. Two Rugby teams would be twice that number. If you choose the right version of Rugby and your mathematics is correct your number now needs to surround the initial letter of the word Sherry
17a Excited as leant closer? (7)
SEALANT: Anagram (excited) of AS LEANT
19a Root cut, average previously (7)
PARSNIP: A word meaning to cut is preceded by a word meaning average
21a Bird that’s cold facing north (7)
BITTERN: A world describing extremely cold weather is followed by the abbreviation of north
22a Foreign national occasionally fiery on a quiz show (5)
IRAQI: The alternative letters (occasionally) of fiery, the letter A from the clue and the name of a quiz show once hosted by Stephen Fry but now hosted by Sandi Toksvig give the name of a foreign national
24a A tailless feline in toy box (3,5)
TEA CADDY: Insert the letter A from the clue and the name of a feline animal minus its last letter (tailless) inside a toy furry bear
27a Not clever enough to bag first in physics? That’s fine (9)
TOOTHPICK: Find a 3,5 term meaning not clever enough. Insert the first letter of the word physics
28a Kid was vacillating, by the sound of it? (5)
SUEDE: This kid is not human. It is a type of soft leather. Its name sounds like something that has vacillated
29a Embraced by hero, legendary part (4)
ROLE: The answer lies within the words of the clue indicated by the words embraced by
30a Measuring instrument for farm machinery (10)
PROTRACTOR: Split 3,7 we have a word meaning for or in favour of followed by an item of farm machinery.
1d Area coming up in murder case (4)
ACRE: A reversed (coming up) hidden word indicated by the word in.
2d Smile more fake, as wine waiter (9)
SOMMELIER: Anagram (fake) of SMILE MORE
3d Drink at bedtime, perhaps? About time! (5)
LATTE: The time of night one retires to bed is placed around the abbreviation for time. This does not work if one is early to bed.
4d In play, pair reinterpreted clip art (7)
TOPIARY: An anagram (reinterpreted) of PAIR sits inside a verb meaning to play with something
5d Characters, those renting rooms? (7)
LETTERS: A double definition. Both quite simple
7d Inexperienced politician (5)
GREEN: Also a double definition. Also quite simple
8d Unhappiness of knight in place for camp dancing? (10)
DISCONTENT: The abbreviation for a knight on a chessboard is placed between two words split 5,4 which describe where those on a campsite might go to dance to an awful style of music which was popular in the nineteen seventies. Not in our house though.
9d Page covering right agreement (8)
CONTRACT: A word meaning to get in touch with by means of a pager has the abbreviation for right inserted
14d Relative pace beginning to slow, tries shifting (10)
STEPSISTER: A three-part charade. 1. A pace. 2. The initial letter (beginning) of the word slow. 3. An anagram (shifting) of TRIES
16d Foreign article held by small beams (8)
SUNLIGHT: The foreign article is French and has two letters. It sits
between the abbreviation for small and what beams are inside an adjective meaning small [thanks Vince]
18d Last word on capitalism’s ending in hollow reform (9)
AMENDMENT: The last word when praying is followed by a hollow which contains the last letter of the word capitalism
20d Worker in ceramics nailing one more up the wall? (7)
POTTIER: A popular term for a ceramicist has a letter I inserted.
21d Risk securing limp cover (7)
BLANKET: Two synonyms are required here. The first for risk or wager. The second meaning limp and often referring to hair. The first surrounds the second
23d A price to pay for coral? (5)
ATOLL: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a price paid when using a bridge or a road
25d Lost on a ship (2,3)
AT SEA: Where one might be after a ship has left port is also a term used when confused or unable to decide what to do
26d Lower part to bring up (4)
REAR: A double definition. The second part being to bring up a child. The first is a bit dodgy to me.
A jolly puzzle with some smiles along the way. What amused you?
Quickie Pun: thesis+across+whirred=this is a crossword