Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28989
Hints and tips by Deputy Dawg
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As you all played nicely over the weekend I will offer this little treat for you to peruse.
A recent Toughie set by Notabilis had identical clues for 26 and 27 down. This was done on purpose and not in error. Can you find two different answers to this brilliant clue?
European following tips from famous inglenook finally gets somewhere in Scotland (4)
Although it is a Toughie clue it would not be out of place in a back page puzzle.
As for today’s puzzle, on the first read through most of it was bunged in from the straightforward definitions. On the second read through most of it was bunged in because the words fit the checking letters. As usual the last ones in were those with unchecked first letters 20ac and 17d for instance. Solving The Quickie every day certainly helps my solving of cryptic clues from definition. The wordplay can be worked out later.
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 clue
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1a Live down under (5)
BELOW: Begin with a two-lettered verb which means to exist. Add a word which means to be down, depressed or sad
4a Paintings sent back, along with poems and crosses (9)
TRAVERSES: Find a word for paintings in general and reverse it (sent back) Add a word describing poems in general. Note the use of three plurals in the clue. Even without the answer to this clue it is a certainty that 8 down will begin with the letter S
9a Make much ado about nothing concerning faulty crate (9)
OVERREACT: Start with a word meaning concerning add an anagram (faulty) of CRATE
10a Member holding head of orchid with a distinctive smell (5)
AROMA: This member has come all the way from 25across in last week’s puzzle. The member in question is one of your limbs which collects the letter at the beginning of the word Orchid and is then followed by the letter A from the clue.
11a Almost all of team gathering at lift (7)
ELEVATE: The number of players in an association football team less the last letter gathers around the word AT from the clue
12a Pal entertaining wife with good talk (7)
CHINWAG: Begin with a Cockney rhyming slang term for a mate (pal). Use only the first word. Insert the abbreviation for wife and add the abbreviation for good.
13a Toff seen in Paris today (6)
ARISTO: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. This is indicated by the words seen in
15a Runaway due, about to be returned (8)
DESERTER: A strange one this unless I am missing something. The last two letters are easily explained by reversing (to be returned) the regular two-lettered term for about. The first six letters are clued by the word due. I think we are looking for a word that follows the word due and which together with the word due means to suffer the consequences of one’s actions or to get what one deserves, especially punishment The word due can be replaced by the word Just
18a Viceroy in charge of small number in Greece (8)
GOVERNOR: Begin with the abbreviation for Greece. Insert a word meaning in charge of as a foreman is to his men. Insert after this the abbreviation for number (small number)
20a This I’m cooking — a shank? (6)
MISHIT: Anagram (cooking) of THIS I’M. Shank here is a verb used in golf which describes the hitting of the ball with the heel of the club
23a The type of hat that can be eaten! (4-3)
PORK PIE: A clue that explains itself. I believe the members of The Specials and Madness made these hats fashionable back in the day. The actual hats are not edible but the portable comestible is
24a Female, American, in genuine denial (7)
REFUSAL: Insert the usual abbreviation for female and the abbreviation of United States into an adjective meaning not artificial
26a Visibly embarrassed in company revealing set of beliefs (5)
CREDO: Insert the colour of embarrassment into the abbreviation for a company
27a Took trendy object, as intended (3,2,4)
HAD IN MIND: Synonyms of the first three words of the clue will lead to the answer
28a Time request to see church working party (4,5)
TASK FORCE: The abbreviation for time and the abbreviation for The Church of England surround what you do if you request something.
29a Gold rush territory, over there, enthralling our country (5)
YUKON: A word meaning over there surrounds (enthralling) the abbreviation of where most Daily Telegraph readers live. The result is the smallest and westernmost of Canada’s three federal territories which includes the Klondike region which was the scene of a gold rush some years ago
1d Missile‘s loud deep sound resonated round base (9)
BOOMERANG: A loud deep sound and the past tense of the sound of a bell surround the abbreviation for base for the natural logarithm; approximately 2.71828
2d Belgian city, for example, in piece of fiction (5)
LIEGE: The Latin abbreviation of “for example” sits inside an untruth
3d Justify tirade after conflict (7)
WARRANT: A verb meaning to speak or shout at length in an angry, impassioned way follows a major conflict. Not marriage, a conflict between two countries
4d Tricky question from a set prepared on the Queen (6)
TEASER: An anagram (prepared) of A SET is followed by our Queens regal cipher
5d Like apprentices, perhaps, in short item by editor (8)
ARTICLED: A particular item, thing, or object has its last letter removed. It is then put straight back again as it is the first letter of the abbreviation for editor. My first thought for this was indentured. These apprentices usually work as clerks for professional firms
6d Look closely at test question (7)
EXAMINE: To inspect thoroughly is also to test the knowledge of somebody
7d Sample includes best timing device (9)
STOPWATCH: a small sample of fabric intended to demonstrate the look of a larger piece contains a synonym of the word best
8d Coalmining waste across north, in jargon (5)
SLANG: The type of coal mining waste that formed hills outside mines surrounds the abbreviation for North. These heaps were taken away following the disaster at Aberfan. I spent a lot of time at school watching the heap at Binley colliery being levelled. The waste from the china clay industry formed The Cornish Alps just outside St Austell
14d Rum inns serve Highland city (9)
INVERNESS: Anagram (rum) of INNS SERVE Please do not tell me you needed to write this one out to solve it.
16d Conductor and college fellow talked at length (7,2)
RATTLED ON: Begin with the name of a prominent conductor who led The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before leaving to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Add the title of a British University teacher. These two words have six letters and three letters respectively.
17d At the same time, move up, secured by rope? (8)
TOGETHER: A word meaning a move (one’s turn in a board game) is reversed and placed in a word meaning secured by rope as one might with a horse.
19d Rebuke agent over cover for house (7)
REPROOF: Our usual agent or travelling salesman is followed by the top covering of a house
21d Childhood home, expensive (7)
INFANCY: A word meaning at home is followed by a word meaning sophisticated and expensive in a way likely to impress
22d British band, cross (6)
BRIDGE: The single letter abbreviation for British is followed by a band of hills perhaps
23d Ornamental loop: special topic (5)
PICOT: small loop or series of small loops of twisted thread in lace or embroidery, typically decorating the border of a fabric is an anagram (special) of TOPIC
25d Tolerate criticism (5)
STICK: A double definition, the second meaning harsh criticism or treatment
I thought this was a little too easy for a Monday, but I hope you all enjoyed it.
Quickie Pun: purse+waders=Persuader