Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29043
Hints and tips by Krusty The Clown
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BD Rating – Difficulty tba – Enjoyment tba
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. Some hints are illustrated. These illustrations may or may not have a bearing on understanding the clue.
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1a Decline visit joining planter? (2,2,3)
GO TO POT: A phrase meaning deteriorate through neglect can be wrought out of the wordplay by using two words meaning to visit someone or something or somewhere followed by what a gardener might use to plant seeds or seedlings or small trees or beans or peas or whatever in
5a Covered entrance to building of international company by harbour (7)
PORTICO: The abbreviations for International and Company sit after a synonym for a harbour where ships might load or unload either goods or passengers
9a Fine golf article (5)
THING: A word synonymous with fine or lean precedes the phonetic alphabet letter indicated by the word golf
10a I can go on and on about European travelling from place to place (9)
ITINERANT: Begin with the letter I which our generous setter has gifted to you. Add a word similar to can as in a can of Heinz Cream Of Tomato Soup or a can of Baked Beans. Throw in the abbreviation for European and finish off with a word meaning to go on and on speaking or shouting in an angry impassioned manner
11a Opposite view of expert (4,2,4)
FACE TO FACE: SPLIT 5,2,3 we have a word meaning a particular aspect of something followed by the word OF which our overly generous setter has given us for free. This is then followed by a person who excels at a particular sport or other activity. Incidentally this expert appears within the letters of first word of the answer. How strange
12a Tube stop (4)
STEM: A double definition. The first being the stalk of a plant, the second being being the stopping of a liquid like blood
14a Enlisted man is in play (7,5)
PRIVATE LIVES: This three-act play which was written in 1930 by Noel Coward can be found by placing a word synonymous with the word is after a lowly member of the armed forces. (Noel Coward once sent a Christmas Card to Gerald Durrell who I met outside The Courthouse Inn In St Aubin where I also met a college contemporary who was digging for a deadman in the harbour the year before the Fastnet race disaster)
18a A free hand got by revolutionary bishop, in association with a knight, earlier (5,7)
CARTE BLANCHE: To solve this clue we need several things suggested by the clue. A bit like a recipe
Here we go
- A revolutionary hero used regularly by Cryptic crossword setters. Actually, his nickname, his real first name was Ernesto
- An association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition.
- The abbreviation for bishop
- The letter A from the clue, another gift from our munificent setter
- The abbreviation for a knight in chess notation
Now put these five ingredients into the order suggested by the clue. Alternatively, you could just read the first three words of the clue and write the answer in without the rigmarole [But then you can’t say that you solved the clue, only that you guessed the answer! BD]
21a ‘Be-Bopa-Lula’, in part, a gem (4)
OPAL: The answer here is hidden within the words of the clue which contains a song title from pre-history which may well have been enjoyed by the prehistoric people mentioned in the previous two clues.
For those of you, like me, to whom Gene Vincent is one of the greatest rock’n’rollers of all time, here is the real thing! I was lucky enough to see Gene perform live a couple of times. BD
22a New article probing school exam is fair (2,3,5)
ON THE LEVEL: The abbreviation for New together with an article or determiner (which I used at the beginning of this explanation) sits nicely within a formal school exam. I sat five of these and was pleased with my results which spelled F U D G E.
25a One who leaves a lasting impression on one? (9)
TATTOOIST: A cryptic definition of one who inks permanent words or images into the skin of others
26a Proprietor‘s depressing experience missing daughter (5)
OWNER: Remove the abbreviation for daughter from a dispiriting or depressing experience or factor.
27a Artist in African country beginning to explain travesty (7)
CHARADE: Place a member of the Royal Academy (artist) inside a landlocked North African country. Finish off with the initial letter of the word explain
28a Fail to benefit from moving to Seoul (4,3)
LOSE OUT: The first anagram of the day (moving) TO SEOUL
1d Start to dismount (3,3)
GET OFF: A double definition both easily solved
2d Short jerky motion of tense sorceress (6)
TWITCH: Begin with the abbreviation for Tense. Add a sorceress. When shall we three meet again? Did I see this yesterday? No, I did not. I saw something very similar at 25 across.
3d Mature artist put under pressure to produce an exciting book (4-6)
PAGE-TURNER: continuing with the last century theme we have a painter who died in 1851. He follows a verb meaning to mature which itself follows the abbreviation for pressure
4d First of items nicked by the female pickpocket? (5)
THIEF: This most generous of setters has gifted us three fifths of the answer. Use the word THE from the clue. Add the abbreviation for female. Insert the initial letter of the word items
5d Royal initially touched on American university (9)
PRINCETON: Begin with a member of royalty. Which one. The son of a king and queen. Add the initial letter of the word touched. Finish off with the word ON which is yet another gift from the setter. Our cup runner over.
6d Authentic-sounding Highland dance? (4)
REEL: This highland dance sounds like a word meaning authentic
7d Idle at home, one taking in ITV broadcast (8)
INACTIVE: An anagram (broadcast) of ITV sits within the name of the card representing the number one in a deck of cards. Together they follow a two-letter word meaning at home
8d Choose one film for glass half-full type? (8)
OPTIMIST: A three- letter word meaning to choose is followed by the letter that looks like the number one. This is followed by a synonym of the word film. Not one we watch at the cinema, but a cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that limits visibility
13d Says yes to acquiring assembly room for a feast day (3,7)
ALL HALLOWS: Place a four- lettered assembly room inside the plural of a verb meaning to let (someone) have or do something.
15d Card from servant enclosing note, ‘in love at last’ (9)
VALENTINE: This servant is a man’s personal male attendant, who is responsible for his clothes and appearance. He needs the abbreviation for note inserting somewhere about his person. Add the word IN which again has been donated to us by the setter. Finish off with the final letter of the word love
16d A cold potato dish, constant problem (8)
ACROSTIC: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add the abbreviation for cold. Add a Swiss dish of grated potatoes formed into a small flat cake and fried. Add the abbreviation for constant
17d Male coming in to make a light meal (5,3)
CREAM TEA: begin with a word meaning to make as God did with the world according to Genesis. Add the letter A from the clue and insert the abbreviation for Male. The result is a charming British tradition
19d Constant, therefore all the same (4,2)
EVEN SO: Two synonyms are all that is required here. One meaning constant and one meaning therefore
20d Left in charge, tippler’s opening red wine (6)
CLARET: This omnipresent red wine (it has appeared in a lot of puzzles lately) can be made by inserting the abbreviation for left into a word meaning in charge of (a child possibly) and adding the opening or initial letter of the word Tippler. Or you could bung some red grapes into a bin with some water, yeast and maybe a bit of sugar and wait while fermentation takes place.
23d Very warm, the Spanish inn (5)
HOTEL: Start with a word meaning very warm. Add the Spanish word for the. Book in add enjoy a few days away.
24d Somewhere to sit, to date unfinished (4)
SOFA: A phrase split 2,3 meaning unfinished needs to be unfinished by the removal of its last letter
Quickie Pun: watt+shout=watch out! (There’s A Humphrey About)