Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28977
Hints and tips by the Human Kaleidoscope
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
We have a nice puzzle here to ease us into the solving week. The checkers put in after the first read of the across clues provided great help with the solutions to the down clues. The puzzle just sort of filled itself in after that. It’s a bit nippy up here in Lancashire. Overcast but bright. Not bad for February.
The photos taken at BB10 are now available in The Gallery. We are a handsome bunch.
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 what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined.
1a Wally in ripper, a sentimental film? (4-6)
TEAR-JERKER: Place a contemptibly foolish person inside the past tense for one who rips paper perhaps. The final scenes of the film ET The Extra Terrestrial get me every time. What scenes make you cry?
6a Poet in pub, Duke’s Head (4)
BARD: A poet such as Shakespeare can be found by using a word to describe a pub and the initial (head) letter of the word Duke
9a Loyalist beginning to pontificate at uprising (7)
PATRIOT: Begin with the first letter (beginning to) of pontificate. Add the word AT which the setter has donated free of charge. Add an uprising, a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd
10a Malice shown by Democrat, European, notwithstanding (7)
DESPITE: Place a synonym for malice after the abbreviations for Democrat and European
12a Injury boost? (1,4,2,3,3)
A SHOT IN THE ARM: A double definition. The first being, cryptically, the result of a bullet in an upper limb. The second being akin to a drug being administered via an upper limb. I used to do that Chinese thing with needles. What was that called?
14a Offended in broadcast (3,3)
PUT OUT: Another double definition. To cause someone upset or annoyance. To make something available. There is a third definition labelled vulgar in my online dictionary which might have been used to add spice to this clue.
I LIKE THE GIRLS THAT DO
I like the girls who do,
I like the girls who don’t:
I like the girls who say they will,
And then decide they won’t.
But the girls I like the most of all,
And I know you’ll think I’m right,
Are the girls that say they never will,
But look as though they might!
15a French daily taking in a drink (8)
LEMONADE: This French daily taking a drink is not an overseas cleaner downing the contents of your drinks cabinet. It is a French daily afternoon newspaper which takes in the letter A from the clue to give a refreshing drink
17a Automatic responses concerning cables (8)
REFLEXES: These actions performed without conscious thought as response to a stimulus (A perfect description of bunging in the first word that comes into your head after reading a clue only to find later that it bears no relation to any part of the clue) can be found by putting in the usual word denoted by concerning and adding a synonym of insulated cables
19a Area to decorate round university’s central hall (6)
ATRIUM: Find a word meaning to decorate as one might a Christmas Tree. Place this word around the abbreviation for university. Add what you have to the abbreviation of the word area
22a Left, went on holiday? (4,4,5)
TOOK ONE’S LEAVE: The clue is a double definition. Both parts should be obvious to the experienced solver. If not checking letters will help. In clues such as this the middle word is rarely YOUR
24a Pound, English family dish (7)
RAMEKIN: Begin with a three-lettered word meaning to hit something regularly (like a pile-driver) Add the abbreviation for English. Add a word meaning one’s family
25a A lack of faith in his team, unfortunately (7)
ATHEISM: Anagram (unfortunately) of HIS TEAM
26a Forward‘s second goal (4)
SEND: The abbreviation for second is followed by a goal or target
27a Enlisted troops from different stations (5,5)
OTHER RANKS: A synonym for different is followed by the plural of one’s station or position within the hierarchy of the armed forces
1d Measure top of tall mirror (4)
TAPE: The first letter (top of) of the word tall is followed by a word meaning to mirror, copy or imitate
2d Pull in at plot (7)
ATTRACT: Begin with the word AT. Just nick it from the clue. Nobody is looking and nobody cares. Add a plot or area of land. Typically, a large one
3d Record can astonish (9,4)
JAILHOUSE ROCK: Two synonyms are required here. One for can which is a slang word for a prison. One for astonish. Together they make a 45rpm single record released when Long John Silver had two legs and Captain Flint was an egg. The title of this record is also the title of the film from whence it came. Can is also a slang term for the room in which this singer died whilst (allegedly) bingeing on drugs and beef burgers. This clue is so last century, but it is concise and witty and leads one to the answer, so I suppose it’s alright Mama It’s alright for you. It’s alright Mama. Any way you do
4d Go round old gallery after opening of retrospective (6)
ROTATE: We have three components to find and assemble here. In no particular order they are; The abbreviation for old. The first letter (opening) of retrospective. An art gallery (like the record above and the boys and girls there are many to choose from) This one is on the South Bank in London. Arrange these three components in the order suggested by the clue to suit the definition underlined by Big Dave
5d Risk outrage south of border (8)
ENDANGER: An outrage or strong feeling of annoyance lies after (south of in a down clue) a border or limit of something
7d Almost excuse sailor, a pantomime hero (3,4)
ALI BABA: Another three-part clue. Begin with an excuse used in court to plead being somewhere other than the scene of a crime. Remove the last letter of this word (unfinished) add an abbreviation for an able-bodied seaman (sailor) Add the letter A from the clue
8d Best possible sides made master delirious (5,5)
DREAM TEAMS: Anagram (delirious) of MADE MASTER.
11d Master, say, given assortment of chocolates by that woman (13)
SCHOOLTEACHER: Anagram (assortment of) CHOCOLATES followed by a pronoun meaning that woman
13d Signs of excess weight carried by motorists? (5,5)
SPARE TYRES: These rolls of fat around some people’s waists are also carried by motorists in case of punctures. (Phone the AA. It’s their job)
16d Wager the Spanish fiend supplies a narcotic (5,3)
BETEL NUT: Begin with a wager. Add the Spanish for the. Add a fiend. Not a ghoul but somebody obsessed by something. The result is the fruit of the Areca Palm described as the world’s most addictive drug
18d Servant in pad on island (7)
FOOTMAN: A pad here it what is below your ankle. The island lies off the west coast of England in the Irish Sea. (How many islands are there in the world? Almost as many as cheesy Elvis Presley records)
20d Spaniard, perhaps, and one from Monrovia left out? (7)
IBERIAN: Monrovia is the capital of a west African country. How one from this country might be defined minus the abbreviation for Left
21d Like appeals close to Yuletide (6)
PLEASE: The plural of a request made in an urgent and emotional manner is followed by the final letter of the word Yuletide
23d Book‘s author getting rid of one for nothing (4)
AMOS: The book is one of many in the bible. The author is one of many in the world. Pick the surname of either Kingsley or Martin. Change the letter I (one) for O (zero or nothing)
Quickie Pun 1: whether+Beeton=weather-beaten. Old browned and gnarled.
Quickie Pun 2: rigger+mortise=rigor mortis. The third stage of death. What? Stages of death? I just want to die in one stage. Aged 92. Shot by a jealous husband.