Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28888
Hints and tips by quaint and quirky Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from Downtown LI. A village abuzz with excitement about the spectacular bonfire and firework show that is scheduled for tonight.
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
If only hosting a village event were as easy as this delightful puzzle from Dada. A nice beginning to the puzzling week. Now please don’t bother me. I’m busy.
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 A piece of paper under discussion (2,5)
AT ISSUE: Split 1,6 we need the letter A from the clue and the type of paper one uses to blow one’s nose. When this is split 2,5 it satisfies the definition in the clue
5a Wonder when I’m clear to move (7)
MIRACLE: Anagram (to move) of I’M CLEAR
9a Track runs back from an organ (5)
RENAL: One of a number of parallel strips of track or water for runners, rowers or swimmers in a race is followed by the cricket abbreviation for Runs. This is all reversed (back) to find something to do with kidneys. The best thing to do with kidneys is devil them and serve on toasted sourdough bread.
10a Motoring panel, race directors (9)
DASHBOARD: A verb meaning to race is followed by a group of company directors to find a name for the driver’s instrument panel in a car. Why it ever got this name I do not know. They did look best when crafted from walnut though
11a Failed actor sore about British language (5-5)
SERBO-CROAT: This language is an anagram (failed) of ACTOR SORE plus the letter B. The abbreviation of British
12a Hide in desk, ingots (4)
SKIN: The answer here lies hidden within the words of the clue. The word in tells us so
14a Best time, a hundred and one (6-2-4)
SECOND-TO-NONE: A three-part charade. Two parts to work out and a generous donation from the setter. Begin with a short division of time, one sixtieth of a minute. Add an informal noun meaning one hundred (miles an hour or a score in cricket). Add the generously given ONE from the clue
18a Perfect, looking to double score (6-6)
TWENTY-TWENTY: This reference to perfect eyesight is the number referred to as a score written out twice
21a Not good to be knocked over (4)
EVIL: A word meaning to be or to exist is reversed (knocked back)
22a Fake unearthed, covering indefinite number below (10)
UNDERNEATH: Anagram (fake) of UNEARTHED and a mathematical indefinite number which seems to be the letter N. The mathematically minded among you might want to have another discussion about which letters can be used as unknowns and which are something else
25a Vegetable chap has to leave (9)
MANGETOUT: This hilarious variety of pea can be split 3,3,3 do demand that a chap leaves a place. The enumeration here is given as 9 but my iPad wants it to be 5,4 as does my limited knowledge of French
26a Mistake losing head in panic? (5)
ERROR: A word meaning panic has its first letter removed (losing head)
27a Very raw, taste Welsh dish (7)
RAREBIT: Begin with the words very raw and think how one might cook a steak. Add a taste or small piece of something. The result is basically cheese on toast best eaten at the quarterdeck restaurant at The Nare Hotel
28a Conspicuous lack of surface? (7)
NOTABLE: Split 2,5 we are without a surface to eat off or write at.
1d Still treats to distribute (2,4)
AT REST: Anagram (to distribute) of TREATS
2d Italian man disowning son — never mind (6)
IGNORE: An Italian gentleman needs to lose the abbreviation of Son
3d Outline renovation of hotel suite (10)
SILHOUETTE: Anagram (renovation of) HOTEL SUITE
4d Stop climbing with little hesitation — get down from this? (5)
EIDER: Begin with the reverse (climbing) of a word meaning to stop. The ultimate stopping of life for instance. Add a crosswordland hesitation. Not um, the other one. The down referred to in the clue is feathery and what we get it from is a duck
5d Fluff man held is foul (9)
MISHANDLE: Although the answer was obvious from the checking letters the anagram eluded me for a while. MAN HELD IS are the words that make up the fodder while “is foul” is the anagram indicator
6d Polish bottom of dirty stone (4)
RUBY: Begin with a verb meaning to polish. Add the final (bottom) letter of the word dirty
7d Crazy attempt to sink snooker ball (8)
CRACKPOT: An informal noun meaning an attempt to try something is followed by a word meaning to strike a snooker ball into a pocket
8d Put in precarious situation, stop getting annoyed? (8)
ENDANGER: When split 3,5 the answer suits the second part of the clue.
13d Party beginning in Ghana in Africa, say? (10)
CONTINGENT: The initial letter (beginning) of Ghana is placed inside a land mass such as Africa
15d Total caught and bowled, perhaps? (3-3-3)
OUT-AND-OUT: What you are when caught in cricket together with what you are when bowled
16d Ship bearing right flag (8)
STREAMER: A type of ship has the abbreviation for right inserted
17d Couturier resigned in a lather (8)
DESIGNER: Anagram (in a lather) of RESIGNED
19d Ending in Vaduz, a tailless bird in European capital (6)
ZAGREB: The final letter of the word Vaduz is followed by the letter A from the clue and a long-necked diving water bird minus its last letter (tailless)
20d Attack bill (6)
CHARGE: A double definition. The second being the cost of something
23d Halved, each number taken down (5)
EATEN: Half of the word each is followed by a number. The mathematical amongst you will realise the number has only three letters. There are only four numbers with three letters. It should not take you long to work out which one works.
24d Edible plant has eight round bits, all at the top (4)
HERB: Use the initial letters of four consecutive words from the clue as indicated by the words all at the top
The stars shine bright
Three little angels dressed in white
One with a trumpet, one with a drum
One with a pancake stuck to her bum
Quickie Pun: Pepper+Roan+Knee=Pepperoni