Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28884
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a cold but sunny Downtown LI. I am standing in for The Two Kiwis today as Kiwi Colin has been away in India. Hopefully we have some nice photos to look at when they make their welcome return next week.
Today’s puzzle by Jay only held me up slightly at 11ac and 17d but soon sorted thanks to the checking letters. Do as Jay asks, and you should have a full grid of letters.
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 answers or the clues.
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1a Moved en masse from fighting in southern Mediterranean (7)
SWARMED: Place a three-lettered word meaning fighting between nations between two abbreviations. One for Southern and one for the Mediterranean Sea
5a Approximate in weight, and forged (7)
WROUGHT: Place a word meaning approximate, inexact or near enough inside a two-lettered abbreviation for weight
9a Helps to chase runs and attacks (5)
RAIDS: A word meaning helps is placed after the cricket abbreviation for runs
10a The majority of ladies must accept predicaments can be healthy (9)
WHOLESOME: Begin with a word meaning ladies but minus its last letter (majority of) Insert (must accept) a word meaning predicaments. When you are in one of these, stop digging
11a Irritation includes concerns for this literary form (10)
PICARESQUE: Our fourth stick one word into another in five clues. This time your fit of temper (irritation) has a word meaning ones concerns or worries stuck into it (includes)
12a Reacted emotionally to such material (4)
FELT: A double definition. One emotional and one material.
14a Grouchy old American chasing tin vessel (12)
CANTANKEROUS: The abbreviations for Old and United States follow another name for a tin (of baked beans perhaps) and a vessel used for bulk carriage. This wonderful performer often gets called the answer, but I find him perfect
18a Just out of the medals facing Spain, say the press (6,6)
FOURTH ESTATE: In a typical medals system such as the Olympic Games only the first, second and third placed receive medals. Therefore, one just out of the medals would be the next in the series. That is the first word of the answer explained in plain English. The second word begins with the letter denoting that a car is from Spain. Add a synonym of the word say to get a term used to describe the news media in general
21a Evil king’s ruin (4)
SINK: the chess notation for the King follows a word meaning evil or immoral acts against divine law
22a Ephemeral spirit Old Nick rejected (5-5)
SHORT-LIVED: A common term for a drink of a spirit served in a small measure is followed by the reverse (rejected) of another name for Old Nick or Satan
25a Suitable work left on board with a Parisienne (9)
OPPORTUNE: A three-part charade. Do as you are told, and you will have an answer. 1. Begin with the term for work used in cryptic crosswords. (The abbreviated term for a musical work) 2. The term used for the left side when on board a ship. 3. The word a translated into French (Parisienne) the word has a masculine and a feminine translation. One has enough letters the other falls short.
26a Within earshot, guarding approaches (5)
NEARS: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. The word guarding tells us so.
27a Furthest from the centre — and high in intensity (7)
EXTREME: A double definition. They are both accessible to me.
28a The girl has gone for a drink here! (7)
SHEBEEN: This Irish drinking den can be found by linking a female pronoun to the past participle of the word be. If the girl has gone somewhere, she has therefore been somewhere
1d Band bare all and leave at last (6)
STRIPE: Begin with a verb meaning to bare all (by removing one’s clothes) and add the final letter (at last) of the word leave
2d In America, a gun each (6)
APIECE: Split 1,5 this word meaning each is how certain Americans would call a gun. It is in my online dictionary described as a firearm. Informal. North American
3d Names sit awkwardly, keeping credit for offenders (10)
MISCREANTS: Anagram (awkwardly) of NAMES SIT around (keeping) the abbreviation for Credit
4d Drinks in one area of rolling hills (5)
DOWNS: An informal term for drinks is also the name for an area of grass covered chalk hills sometimes known as wolds
5d Mystery perplexed Hindu town (9)
WHODUNNIT: Anagram (perplexed) of HINDU TOWN
6d Witches needing no lid for this cooker (4)
OVEN: A term for a group of witches needs to lose its first letter (needing no lid) to find a cooker
7d Waterfowl work on good fruit (8)
GOOSEGOG: Begin with a type of waterfowl. Add a small word meaning to work or function properly. Finish off with the abbreviation for Good. You should now have the informal name of a round yellowish-green berry with a translucent hairy skin
8d Composition needing delicacy is English (8)
TREATISE: Begin with a delicacy or edible fancy. Add the word IS from the clue. Add the abbreviation for English
13d Plague caused by coppers covering steps in field (10)
PESTILENCE: We are back to sticking things inside other things or wrapping thing around other things with this clue. In this case the steps used to cross a fence in a field are wrapped up in (covering) the small change in your pocket known as coppers.
15d Criminal here to use superior accommodation (4,5)
TREEHOUSE: Anagram (criminal) of HERE TO USE
16d Away and certain to be heard — not far from the coast (8)
OFFSHORE: A word meaning to be away from somewhere or at a distance from another place is followed by a homophone or word which sounds like a word meaning certain.
17d Go with son and tip up cooker on fire (8)
TURNSPIT: The go here refers to ones go in a game such as cards. This is followed by the abbreviation for Son and the reversal (up) of the word TIP in the clue. The answer used to be the person or dog that physically operated the device. Mechanical devices followed.
19d A struggle to pack a ton and fly (6)
AVIATE: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Now place the second letter A from the clue together with the abbreviation for Ton inside a three-letter verb meaning to struggle
20d Likely to win strange spoon, oddly (4-2)
ODDS-ON: Begin with a word meaning strange or rum. Add the odd numbered letters of the worn spoon
23d Raise charge in case of rapids or rocks (5)
REEFS: The cost or charge for professional services is reversed (Raise) and placed within the first and last letters (case of) of RapidS
24d Encourage rapid growth, ignoring head (4)
URGE: A word meaning rapid growth or sudden large increase has its first letter removed (ignoring head)
Slightly late to the solve today after a fantastic night at The Troxy watching The Dresden Dolls. Within the last week I have seen The Steve Miller band and John Fogerty at The O2 Arena. (A freebie fortunately). David Byrne in Cardiff and The Dresden Dolls in Limehouse London. Just when I think it is coming to an end, I find I have to take my grandson to see Dinosaur world at Warwick Arts Centre tomorrow. Well at least that is just around the corner.
Quickie Pun warts+malign=What’s My Line?