DT 25796

Daily Telegraph Cryptic 25796 – 10 Dec 08

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Let’s be honest, shall we? Today’s DT crossword is a bit of a stinker. I spent nearly an hour on it before getting anywhere at all – and even now I’ve ground to a halt. Some delicious clues, and a few downright baffling ones. Here’s where I’ve got to:

Some down solutions:

1 Down

In which to discuss ambiguous chromatograph, having lost the plot (4,4)

Yikes. What’s happening here? At first I though of Dark Room, for some reason. Gave that up, but kept room. Ambiguous hinted at anagram. So take the plot (graph) from chromoatograph – and we have chromato – Chat Room. Phew.

2 Down

Florida Property?

I think it’s Estate. Is florida the E-State?

3 Down

It’s certain, the collapse of US bank (6)

The collapse of US – SU. Bank – Rely (on). Surely. It’s certain.

4 Down

Consumer’s implement, on it’s own no use to cut and paste (9)

Implement? Fork? Spoon. Paste could be stick. Aha. Chop is cut. Chopstick.

15 Down

Secretly zany American (2,6)

Zany denotes anagram of America. In Camera. (That one was new to me!)

17 Down – is probably earthmen. Hmm.

22 Down

In La Scala, I swig port (6)

Look inside and you’ll find (s)cala-I-s(wig)

For some Across clues, see below.

8 Across

Server working from Bray a lot (5,3)

This feels like an anagram too from the slightly clunky ‘Bray a lot’. Altar Boy.

10 Across

Just 38 OT books so severe (8)

This splendid clue almost made the whole endeavour worthwhile. Almost. Take one book out of the Old Testament (which has 39 books, although this is dispute by numerous Christian traditions). So a 38 book Old Testament might be missing the book of Ruth. So it’s ruthless.

14 Across

Centrepoint of Grand Act demonstrates (6,1)

The centre point on a grand piano is Middle C. Not sure why this ‘act demonstates’.

20 Across

Relative making ends meet with it (4)

For some reason, you take the ends off ‘making’ and find ‘akin’, which is a relative. Not sure how that stacks up again, I’m afraid.

23 Across

Excessively well-rewarded football club leading at double (3-3)

Football club is FC. Leading ‘at’. Doubled? Twice. So F leads At. And C leads at. Fat-Cat. (Which is a noun, not adjective as the clue implies).

25 Across – Mme Arcati is a medium in Blythe Spirit (neither good nor bad = medium)

1 Across? Cheesecake fits with Chatroom and Chopstick (and estate and surely). Cheesecake is sweet. Why ‘women with it’? Anyone?

That’s as far as I’ve got. Maybe more later. Or I might just go and have a lie down.


9 Across

Force the last of you into evening wear (6)

The answer means force. The last of you is ‘u’. Evening wear? Dress. D-u-ress.

12 Across

How I get a lot from the same place (4)

Annoyingly, I worked out this might be to do with an auction, but then forgot all about it. How do you get a lot? Bidding. I bid. Ibid is reference from the same place as previous reference in footnotes. very good.

28 Across is Near Misses, but not entirely sure why.

13 Down is Innkeeper.

I think we’ll draw a line under this one…


  1. This one’s baffling me a bit. In particular, I thought 18 Across was “AT STAKE”, but then I thought 7 Down was “FISH FARM”. Which means one of those is wrong. I think it’s 18 Across that’s wrong, but have no idea what else it would be…
    by Jarrel December 10, 2008 at 12:37 pm
  2. Cheesecake is also apparently the old-fashioned term for a pin-up girl’s glamour photo. Thank you for the 1 Down answer though, I
    by Jarrel December 10, 2008 at 2:48 pm
  3. Cheesecake is also apparently the old-fashioned term for a pin-up girl’s glamour photo. Thank you for the 1 Down answer though, I wouldn’t have got that in a million years.
    by Jarrel December 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm
  4. 18 across is NO TRUMP ie ‘not rump’ which T bone and sirloin steaks aren’t. Took me a while to work this out!
    by Jane December 10, 2008 at 10:21 pm
  5. 14 Across Not sure why this ‘act demonstates’.
    Because the word “act” demonstrates a letter ‘c’ in the middle
    by bob December 12, 2008 at 12:42 am

Reproduced from the Crossword Ends in Violence site by kind permission of James Cary


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