Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28924
Hints and tips by a heavy-hearted Miffypops
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Good Morning from the sunny heart of Downtown LI. I enjoyed this puzzle for a very short time. It seems we are back to less challenging Monday solving which will suit the novices. Do let us know if you complete a puzzle unaided for the first time. We can share in your good feeling.
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1a Wanting money for a biscuit (10)
SHORTBREAD: Two synonyms are required here. One for wanting, one a slang term for money. The result is a biscuit that is fun to make with children. Just make sure their hands are clean when doing so
6a Cutting remark in pub — banter, initially (4)
BARB: A term meaning a pub is followed by the first or initial letter of banter. A bit of banter with one of these attached – priceless
9a Runs in a boy responsible for a major crime (5)
ARSON: The letter A from the clue and one’s male offspring are separated by the cricket abbreviation for runs
10a Fungal growth in amphibians also by lake (9)
TOADSTOOL: A frog like amphibian (plural to match the clue) is followed by an adverb meaning in addition or also. This in turn is followed by the abbreviation for lake. The surface read of this clue is so weak that it is meaningless
12a Filth in quadrangle mostly occupied by lot wasting time (7)
SQUALOR: Remove (mostly) the last letter of an equally sided quadrangle. Insert (occupied by) the word lot from the clue but minus the abbreviation for time
13a Game show (5)
CHESS: The answer is a clever board game and a musical show which ranks lower than Cats in my opinion. Never again for either show.
15a Pilot finding accommodation in Belgravia to rent (7)
AVIATOR: This clue doesn’t ask or tell us to do anything. There is no instruction. It is merely a statement about a geezer finding digs in London. When one is staring blankly at a clue like this one should switch to lurker alert mode. Look for words like in, some, or part. We have the word in. The answer is lurking amongst the words of the clue. Seek it out. If it isn’t obvious (as it is in this case) look for reversal indicators such as back or returns and see if it is lurking in reverse.
16a Boss, first of all, must fill feeding trough (7)
MANAGER: The first letter of the word all needs to be inserted into the type of feeding trough mentioned in the story of the nativity. Luke 2.12
18a Do a number about family going under (7)
SINKING: To do a number here means to make musical sounds with the voice. Insert a noun meaning ones family or relations
20a Simple-minded soul in front holding one end of tether (7)
AIRHEAD: Begin with a word meaning in front. Insert the letter that looks like the number one and the final (end of) letter of the word tether
21a Not living together may be a factor (5)
APART: The first section of the clue is rather obvious the second needs the answer to be split 1,4 to satisfy the clue
23a Bring in a pamphlet about temperature (7)
ATTRACT: A three-part charade. A from the clue. A pamphlet. The abbreviation for temperature. Place them in the order suggested by the clue
25a Soldier wearing suitable American gear (9)
APPARATUS: We also have three parts to this clue. The soldier is a paratrooper. We need his shortened name. He needs to wear or be surrounded by an adjective meaning suitable or appropriate. We then need the American abbreviation for the United States
26a Mad discarding spades? Senseless (5)
INANE: A word meaning in a state of mind which prevents normal perception, behaviour, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill needs to lose the abbreviation for spades. The word mad is very unkind to those who suffer as described above
27a Reportedly shabby in appearance (4)
MIEN: A word meaning shabby in behaviour sounds like one’s deportment or bearing.
28a Strangers surprisingly committing small sin (10)
TRANSGRESS: Anagram (surprisingly) of STRANGERS around (committing) the abbreviation for small
1d Photograph taken on the spur of the moment (4)
SNAP: A double definition and rather obvious it is too.
2d Fixed idea of old boy prior to meeting (9)
OBSESSION: The abbreviation for Old Boy precedes a meeting of an official body, especially a legislature, council, or court of law, to conduct its business.
3d What’s difficult to say to winter guest that’s shivering? (6-7)
TONGUE TWISTER: I am pretty sure that this is an anagram of something but I bunged this in because it fit in with the checkers I had. TO WINTER GUEST (that’s shivering)
4d Animal used to kill vermin catches large snake (7)
RATTLER: An animal such as a Jack Russell which is used to kill vermin needs the abbreviation for large inserting. An excellent surface read that will have novices to cryptic solving looking for anacondas and boa constrictors. The answer is also a Cornish cider that is quite moorish.
5d What can make spotter protest? (7)
ANAGRAM: My last one in. Look carefully at the words spotter and protest. You may notice that they contain the same letters. Now what do we call such a thing?
7d In agreement immediately about leaving (2,3)
AT ONE: A term meaning immediately enumerated 2,4 needs the Latin abbreviation for about removing (about leaving)
8d Absurd tale involved a feature of terrace, perhaps (10)
BALUSTRADE: Anagram (involved) odd ABSURD TALE
11d Support Berkshire university’s presentation in parliament (6,7)
SECOND READING: To support as do boxers helpers followed by a Berkshire university. Possibly the university in Berkshire’s largest town. Possibly Berkshires only university. Who knows?
14d Fear a small resort experienced: unfounded scare? (5,5)
FALSE ALARM: Anagram (resort / re sort) of FEAR A SMALL
17d Dog near gate, barking, circling daughter (5,4)
GREAT DANE: Anagram (barking) of NEAR GATE which encircles the abbreviation of daughter
19d Hard worker working ultimately on beam (7)
GRAFTER: The last letter of working is followed by a beam of wood which is part of the internal framework of a roof
20d Craftsperson, creative type, chopped and chopped (7)
ARTISAN: Remove (chopped and chopped) the final letters of 1. a creative type. 2. The word And from the clue.
22d Porter possibly carrying very soft fruit (5)
APPLE: The Porter here is a type of beer. It needs the musical term for very soft inserting
24d Not as much on, having quit class (4)
LESS: Remove the word on from a period of learning or teaching
The Quick Crossword pun: maker+seen=make a scene