Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28995
Hints and tips by Ernie Ninepence
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
I am not sure how I feel about this puzzle. It was solvable with a bit of thought (aren’t they all). Some of the surfaces were a bit iffy which I forgave because of the generosity of our setter in gifting so many letters to us. All let down by that beast from the depths of hell. A spoonerism clue. Ye-uck!
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7a Working daily, in theory (2,5)
ON PAPER: The regular term meaning working is followed by a daily. The Daily Telegraph is such a daily
9a A game included in auction? Usually, but not always (2,1,4)
AS A RULE: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Then insert the initial letters of a game into what an auction is. Which game? One played by men with odd shaped balls. The finest team sport in the world.
10a Sensation caused by gallery acquiring original of ‘Sunflowers’ (5)
TASTE: Place the initial letter of the word sunflowers into the name of one of four art galleries that carry the name of their sugar refining founder. None of these galleries has Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers which can be seen in The National Gallery Trafalgar Square. However, the most modern of these galleries displayed Sunflower Seeds by Kui Hua Zi from October 2010 to May 2011
11a Take care of Spooner’s dog — pointer (6-3)
TOODLE-PIP: A spoonerism clue which divides the opinion of the crossword solving population. Like Marmite you either love them or hate them. The dog can be Standard, Miniature or Toy. The pointer is not a dog but a hint such as may be offered during The Cheltenham Festival which starts tomorrow. The first letters of both words need to be interchanged to make a phrase that I interpret to be a humorous way of saying goodbye and therefore I have no idea what to underline as a definition [but I’ve underlined the first two words BD]
12a Moderate batting, then field in heat (10,5)
QUALIFYING ROUND: Split 7,2,6 we need a synonym of the word moderate. The term used to denote that a cricket team is at the crease. A field particularly one used for playing sport. The resulting heat is one used to decide who proceeds to the finals of a competition. At the Olympic Games the Marathon is always the final event. The heats are held in the morning with the final being run in the afternoon
13a Former lover, smooth and articulate (7)
EXPRESS: Ones former partner is followed by a term that means to smooth or iron a shirt perhaps
16a Disciplined person’s skill during bridge (7)
SPARTAN: A three-lettered word meaning a skill sits inside a word meaning the extent from side to side of a bridge
19a Unwelcome intruder, slightly mad, I, at that time, locked in home (6,2,3,4)
CUCKOO IN THE NEST: Begin with a word meaning barmy. Add the letter I from the clue. Now find the home of a bird and insert a word meaning at that time.
23a Deceive bishop in the morning having first drop of lime in alcoholic drink (9)
BAMBOOZLE: Begin with the single letter abbreviation for Bishop. Add the two-lettered abbreviation denoting the period before noon. Add a slang term meaning alcohol into which you need to insert the first letter of the word lime
24a Extremely sorrowful, I leave Irish port (5)
SLIGO: “The land of hearts desire” W B Yeats”. Begin with the outer (extremely) letters of the word sorrowful. Add the letter I from the clue. Add a verb meaning to leave or depart. What a lovely place name this is. It makes me want to visit.
25a Sink container carrying coal? (7)
SCUTTLE: A double definition. The first being to sink a ship deliberately
26a Before foremost of experts, cracked codes, I see (7)
DIOCESE: An anagram (cracked) of CODES I precedes the letter E, the foremost or initial letter of the word experts
1d Show disapproval of wood reportedly used in small shop (8)
BOUTIQUE: The word used to express disapproval at a theatre is followed by a type of hardwood. Put together they sound like a small sophisticated shop. The word reportedly suggests the homophonous nature of the clue
2d Hunger of a pet in mine close to one (8)
APPETITE: Our generous setter has given us half of the answer to this clue with the words A PET. Find another word for a mine (3) and the final letter (close to) of the word one. A bit of juggling with these letters as clued will provide your answer
3d Rather small-minded Republican within (6)
PRETTY: Find a word meaning small minded or trivial and insert the abbreviation for republican
4d Fit men following behind (6)
TAILOR: The abbreviation for ordinary ranks (men) follows a word meaning behind or at the rear of
5d One-piece garment bound to fit (8)
JUMPSUIT: Find a synonym of bound and add a word meaning to fit as made by the chap in the previous clue
6d Perhaps remote flat — what may be used to gain access to it, initially? (6)
KEYPAD: The device that is used to open a lock followed by a nineteen sixties term for an apartment leads one to another device used to change TV channels
Thanks to Cryptic Sue for her help here
8d Finished a dish of food (5)
PASTA: Start with a word meaning finished or done with. Add the letter A from the clue.
9d Quantities increase when at the sides (7)
AMOUNTS: Find a word meaning to increase or grow larger inside a word meaning when.
14d Stimulating drink? I could do with a lift (4-2-2)
PICK-ME-UP: This tonic is, without the hyphens, what one might ask for if a lift is required
15d Mixed alcoholic drink, a great disappointment (7)
SWIZZLE: I think this must be a double definition. It is certainly a mixed alcoholic drink, especially a frothy one of rum or gin and bitters. I can only assume it also means a great disappointment. My online dictionary doesn’t back this up. The BRB probably does [yes, it does! BD].
17d Hatred of a type (8)
AVERSION: The letter A from the clue is followed by a particular form of something
18d Gas ring not working — microwave finally employed (8)
NITROGEN: An anagram (working) of RING NOT surrounds the final letter of the word microwave
19d Painter like Picasso, British, lives in style (6)
CUBIST: Start with a single letter abbreviation for British. Add a word meaning lives or exists. Place these inside a word meaning style, the style one’s hairdresser might offer
20d Bound to speak the truth, old biblical character about Ararat, ultimately (2,4)
ON OATH: He of the ark building skills needs to have the last letter of the word Ararat inserted. This all needs to follow the abbreviation of old.
21d Try grabbing object with it (6)
TRENDY: Our setter is in a generous mood today. Begin with the word try from the clue. Insert a goal or purpose
22d The best, some alternative literature (5)
ELITE: A hidden word. The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue and is indicated by the word some.
Quickie Pun: misses+beaten=Mrs Beeton “Mrs Beeton must have been the finest housekeeper in the world, therefore Mr. Beeton must have been the happiest and most comfortable man”. (Arthur Conan Doyle)