Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28882
Hints and tips by photogenic Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from Downtown LI. In MPs absence the village have unveiled a new War Memorial to commemorate those who fell during the first and second world wars. It is stunningly beautiful and a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives.
At the time of its unveiling Saint Sharon and I were in Barry Island. A bit of a contrast there. We later watched David Byrne in concert in Cardiff. A great show. Up there with the best.
I have no idea who set today’s puzzle. I did enjoy it though. Good fun throughout
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1a River not going just around the corner (11)
FORTHCOMING: It is always pleasing when 1 across is an instant solve. Not so today when this was my last one in. Even with a full set of checkers it took some head scratching. Neither the abbreviation for River nor Crosswordland’s most popular river, The Po, were any help. In the end I found the Scottish river which rises in Loch Ard, meanders through Stirling and pours itself out into The North Sea. Followed by the opposite (not) of going.
9a Where chimney may be designed too, for power (7)
ROOFTOP: A lovely little anagram (designed) of TOO FOR followed by the abbreviation of power
10a At sixes and sevens, as nine crazy! (6)
INSANE: Anagram (at sixes and sevens) of AS NINE
12a Queen, sweet little thing (7)
SULTANA: A female queen in an Islamic state shares her title with that of a grape dipped in acid and then dried (as opposed to a raisin which is dried naturally. Both taste delicious especially when eaten with mixed nuts.
13a What’s responsible for sinking? Something in boat’s broken by it (7)
GRAVITY: The force that attracts a body towards the centre of the earth can be found by placing the word IT from the clue inside a sauce made from the cooked juices of meats and served in containers known as boats. Or in Miffypops case poured into wine glasses and drunk with gusto accompanied by Saint Sharon’s cry of “you can’t take him anywhere”.
14a Courage never fails (5)
NERVE: Anagram (fails) of NEVER
15a Michael perhaps getting caught by car, change lanes (9)
ARCHANGEL: The answer here lies hidden amongst the words of the clue indicated by the words getting caught. Which words? Have a look for yourself
17a Establish a race isn’t fixed (9)
ASCERTAIN: Anagram (fixed) of A RACE ISN’T
20a Placed bottom, fashionable material (5)
SATIN: This smooth glossy fabric is made up of two parts. To have placed ones bottom upon something such as a chair following by a two-lettered word meaning fashionable
22a Primarily lazy, professional student (7)
LEARNER: The first letter (primarily) of the word Lazy followed by one who receives money for work or services
24a Transport no longer seen in large volume? (7)
OMNIBUS: A double definition. An old form of transport or a volume containing several previously published books
25a Corn like this? Scream in pain! (6)
YELLOW: The colour corn can be split 4,2 to satisfy the final three words of the clue
26a Thus restricting doctor, a ban (7)
EMBARGO: A four letter word meaning thus is split by a Bachelor of Medicine and the letter A from the clue
27a Very latest sword, say? (7-4)
CUTTING-EDGE: A term which means the very latest or most recent development can also be used to describe a sword, particularly its blade.
2d Shock finding first of rats in period of darkness (7)
OUTRAGE: This period of darkness is caused by an electrical power cut. The word used for this is split by the first letter of the word rats
3d Leader — the best on hand? (3,6)
TOP BANANA: The head person in an organisation may be known by a term that uses a fruit that grows in bunches known as hands
4d Stick cap on coastal swimmer (5)
CLING: Begin with the initial letter (cap) of coastal and add a cod like fish
5d Cosmetic with which mother covers a defect (7)
MASCARA: An informal name for your mum is placed around the letter A from the clue and a defect caused by healed wound
6d Old woman and man in Chinese port (7)
NANKING: A lady and a gent. Yours mammie’s mammy or your dads mum followed by the partner of a Queen, as a chess piece
7d Development of Lebanese port, not old, turned out well (11)
PRESENTABLE: Anagram (development of) of LEBANESE PORT without the abbreviation for old (not old)
8d Wolf in error? (6)
HOWLER: A description of a wolf based on the noise it makes can also be used to describe an error
11d How distant target was hit? That’s for sure! (2,1,4,4)
BY A LONG SHOT: A cryptic definition of how one might hit a target that is a long way off can also be used to mean ‘that’s for sure’ or without doubt
16d Accents grasped by staff in Asian language (9)
CANTONESE: The plural of a noun meaning accent needs to be placed inside a word synonymous with a staff, a long thin staff made from bamboo. My advice here is to bung in the language from the checking letters and worry about the whys and wherefores later.
18d Church consumed gold in castle (7)
CHATEAU: A three-part charade. 1 An abbreviation of church 2 A word meaning to have consumed food 3 The chemical symbol for gold
19d Lock phone left with long-distance caller? (7)
RINGLET: This lock of hair can be found by an informal word meaning to phone someone. The abbreviation for left and cinemas cutest long-distance caller who famously phoned home in my all-time favourite film.
20d Some ballast initially, a good defence against flooding (7)
SANDBAG: The two initial letters from the words Some and Ballast separated by the word AND (goodness knows why – the clue isn’t clear) followed by the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for Good
21d Old garment cheers poet (6)
TABARD: An informal word meaning cheers or thanks is followed by a poet such as William Shakespeare
23d Tree line on middle of bank (5)
ROWAN: A number of things in a straight line followed by the central two letters in the word bank will give a tree. This tree is also known as The Mountain Ash and is considered to be lucky.
Quickie Pun: ticker+taboo=tickety-boo. Takia Babu.
n Hindi, “Tikai babu” means “It’s alright, Sir.” While India was governed under the British Empire, British airmen picked up the expression and it evolved into its current form. Canadian soldiers picked up the expression from their British allies during World War 2 and introduced it into Canadian jargon soon after. With thanks to Merusa.