Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28965
Hints and tips by Archie Andrews
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Well done England. I was not expecting that!
Today’s puzzle was reasonably easy for most of it but I found my last few in took some pondering. There are plenty of reversals but only two fairly benign anagrams
These hints and tips have been created lovingly to help those of you who may need help to solve a couple of clues or to understand why an answer is what it is. Usually a clue consists of two parts. 1. A definition, which is usually at the beginning or end of a clue. 2. Wordplay which tells to what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined. Some hints are illustrated. These illustrations may or may not have a bearing on understanding the
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1a Fall back in marathon, mutually (6)
AUTUMN: If all else fails look for a lurker. If that fails note the word back in the clue and look for a reversed lurker. The answer is reversed and hidden within the words forming the clue. I am impressed by this clue
4a With the Italian during tense period towards the end of the day? (8)
TWILIGHT: Place the abbreviation for with and one of the seven Italian words for the (used for masculine singular nouns beginning with a consonant) inside an adjective meaning tense
10a Private hotel, second in Queen Street (9)
INNERMOST: Begin with a hotel with a bar. Add our Queen’s regnal cipher. Add a short period of time (short for moment) Add the abbreviation for street. Don’t be put off by all the adding up. It is still an exercise in wordplay. Not a maths class.
11a Regular returned to collect right bottle (5)
NERVE: Place the abbreviation for Right inside a reversed word meaning regular, flat, smooth or uniform
12a Bring before a court American soldier over in Scottish isle (7)
ARRAIGN: Place the reversed (three reversals in five clues) usual suspect for an American soldier inside a Scottish Island. Scotland has 790 islands to choose from. This is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and the seventh largest Scottish island
13a Abbreviated answer printed in laborious parliamentary report (7)
HANSARD: The answer is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It can be found by putting the abbreviation for answer inside an adverb which describes something as being laborious or done with a great deal of effort
14a Primate‘s in capital, reportedly (5)
LEMUR: A soundalike or homophone. This primate found only in Madagascar (and I suppose some zoos) sounds like the capital city of a country in South America. Yes I could be more specific but I am not going to be.
15a Glass vessel (8)
SCHOONER: A tired worn out old chestnut of a clue. A double definition of a type of glass used for sherry in the olden days and a type of sailing ship. One day a setter might use a new and original clue for this word
18a Add weight when retiring, needing very large trousers (4,4)
PLUS TWOS: Begin with a preposition meaning with the addition of. Add the reversal of an abbreviation for weight. Add the clothing label meaning very large. The resulting article of clothing is worn by golfers and is explained here in a manner as boring as golf itself
Breeks, plus twos, plus fours, knickerbockers – are they all the same – what is the difference, and does it matter?
The design originally came from Europe and the name is not generally recognised here in Great Britain. It is usually a short Breek (just to the knee and no more) and quite tight on the leg – all right for walking in a straight line but not for climbing, bending etc. as there is not enough material and no give.
Again, a more European word than British – the garment can be more generous in leg width but is again short in length, fastening just below the knee and with no turnover they are more fitting and thus not much use in climbing, hunting etc. they are classed as more a fashion garment.
Here we have the original British garment which are often confused with Breeks. First of all the length of the leg should finish exactly four inches below the bottom of the knee – when the garment is fastened correctly (just below the knee) a correct plus two should give a two inch fold (two inch down and two inch up). If one is doing a lot of bending an even longer leg length may be required or even wider in the leg, however Plus Twos are widely used in walking, golfing… any outdoor sporting pursuit.
The old photographs of golfers and sports people generally show this garment which is not quite so popular today as it once was – very baggy and a four-inch fold over the knee (remember this would measure eight inches below the bottom of the knee when unfastened). These are generally ordered by people that are purely stalking or requiring a lot of bending and leg movement.
What are the benefits of Plus Twos/Fours?
Very practical for any outdoor activity – golfing, fishing, hunting, hill walking etc. giving, as it does, plenty of freedom to bend the legs – they are also currently extremely fashionable, comfortable and are supplied in a large variety of materials. Another benefit is that only the socks (stockings) would get wet or dirty thus ensuring the longevity of the garment. Indeed, those that try them out for the first time enthuse about them and wonder why they never tried them before.
20a Vladimir’s OK with tea in his country cottage? (5)
DACHA: Vladimir is a Russian name. How would a Russian fellow say OK? What does a Chinaman call tea? Put these two words together and we go back to Russia for to stay in a country house or cottage typically used as a second or holiday home. I am feeling a little travel sick now
23a Small company representative has to play a part (7)
COMPACT: Begin with the abbreviation for company. Add a member, not an arm or a leg but somebody elected to the House of Commons to ignore the will of the people. Add a verb meaning to play a part in a drama perhaps.
25a They correspond with a line on page tucked into enclosures (3,4)
PEN PALS: The letter A from the clue together with the abbreviations for Page and Line sit inside enclosures used for keeping animals or chickens. You may need to tinker with the order of the letters here as suggested by the wording in the clue
26a Man, we hear, behind European message (5)
EMAIL: A homophone of what gender a man is sits nicely after the abbreviation for European
27a Working together, at home, by agreement (2,7)
IN CONCERT: The first word means at home. That is the easy bit. The second word, a noun meaning by agreement is less used but right up there in my online dictionary
28a Leo perhaps in second warning about sailor (4,4)
STAR SIGN: place an informal dated word for a sailor (possibly now used only in cryptic crosswordland) between the abbreviation for second and a warning or omen. Leo is one of twelve of these.
29a Study training stratagem (6)
PERUSE: The abbreviation for physical education is followed by an action or a trick usually intended to deceive someone
1d Clever to take in mineral and cordial (8)
AMICABLE: a shiny silicate mineral with a layered structure, found as minute scales in granite and other rocks, or as crystals which is used as a thermal or electrical insulator is placed inside a synonym of the word clever meaning having considerable skill, proficiency, or intelligence.
2d Paddy, worker having drink after time (7)
TANTRUM: This worker is a social insect. He or she sits after the abbreviation for time and before a drink. Which drink? One made from sugar cane residues or molasses
3d Start of route shown in diagrams prepared for carnival (5,4)
MARDI GRAS: An anagram (prepared) of DIAGRAMS contains the initial (start) letter of the word route
5d Look at what I’m doing with room: more information later (5,4,5)
WATCH THIS SPACE: The first two words of the answer are defined by the words look at what I am doing. The final word is a synonym of the word room
6d Revolutionary leader left — number’s up? (5)
LENIN: The abbreviation for left is followed by yet another reversal. A reversal of a number. Not an anaesthetic but a regular number. Less than ten and more than eight. How helpful is that?
7d Unwanted stuff bishop kept in lock-up (7)
GARBAGE: The lock-up where one might house one’s car (or the accumulation of junk, bicycles, large toys, mowers and white goods) surrounds the abbreviation of Bishop
8d Hear about object, all the rage (6)
TRENDY: Hear as in a court of law surrounds an object or aim
9d Go on NHS diet now out, or act independently (2,4,3,5)
DO ONE’S OWN THING: Anagram (out) of GO ON NHS DIET NOW
16d Island protected by munitions regulation (9)
ORDINANCE: The abbreviation of Island is surrounded (protected) by another word for munitions
17d Put in order for recording device (8)
CASSETTE: My online dictionary gives the answer as a sealed plastic unit containing a length of audio tape, videotape, film, etc. wound on a pair of spools, for insertion into a recorder, playback device, or other machine. A verb meaning to put goes inside an order or social class
19d Monk describing naughty dance (7)
LAMBADA: A Tibetan monk surrounds a synonym of the word naughty
21d Tom, perhaps, installing hot water in French castle (7)
CHATEAU: This Tom is male and has four legs and appears on this site more often on Tuesdays. He surrounds the abbreviation for hot and precedes the French word for water
22d Admission made by one catching cold on steamship (6)
ACCESS: The one in a pack of cards surrounds (caught catching) the abbreviation for cold. The regular abbreviation for a steamship is then added.
24d One of the Titans finally cut down (5)
ATLAS: A son of Lapetus can be formed by removing the last letter (cut down) from a term meaning finally which is split 2,4
That is not a bad blog for something made out of Papier Mache and wood.
Quickie Puns: tay+bull+matt=table mat