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DT 26015

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26015

Hints and Tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Time for another battle with the Monday Maestro.  I have a feeling that those who find him to be extremely easy might have had a surprise today.  There were one or two clues that caused me to scratch the old noggin and raise a few sparks.  Overall quite a nice balance of clues, where some weeks we seem to have a preponderance of one type or another.

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Oh,  and for those who haven’t seen this in today’s papers!

Ashes Obit

Across
1a         Mass of people moving about in the road in the morning (6)
{STREAM}  Quite a complicated one to start with today.  “Mass of people moving”  is the definition.  About = RE goes inside  “the road in the morning” which is ST AM.

4a         Can keep going (8)
{PRESERVE}    A double definition clue.  Can = Preserve as in tinned foods.  Preserve = Keep going as in “preserve a lead, etc”

9a         Suit the deed (6)
{ACTION}     Quite a popular word in Telegraph Crosswords.  Another double definition.  Suit, as in lawsuit, deed as in something done.

10a       Greek hero is sick, gripped by pains (8)
{ACHILLES}  Sick = ILL inside (indicated with “gripped by”) ACHES = pains.

12a       Unusual combination of destructive and constructive forces (4)
{RARE}  Thanks to Libellule and Gazza for rescuing me on this one.  Destructive forces = RA (Royal Artillery) and Constructive forces = RE  Royal Engineers.  A very clever clue.  Bravo!

13a       Tempting fruit (5)
{APPLE}   Cryptic definition for that which caused trouble for Adam and Eve.

14a       Awkward situation a golfer may get into (4)
{HOLE}  My first thought here was TRAP, but I soon changed my mind.  One of those double-definition-where-one-half-is-cryptic clues.

17a       Signs of relief that may extend over a large area (7,5)
{CONTOUR LINES}  Think maps here.  Relief maps in fact.  How do they indicate height?

20a       Pop star, for example, has authority (6-6)

{FATHER FIGURE}   Considering it’s the title of a reasonably famous pop song, this clue quite amused me.  Pop =  Father  Star, for example = Figure.  “Has Authority” is your definition.

Today’s Tune.  Not one of my favourites either musically or as a person, but hey-ho!

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23a       Help’s about run dry (4)
{ARID}  Aid  =  Help  which surrounds R for run to give the definition “dry”.

24a       It’s silly but favoured before an Oriental (5)
{INANE}  “It’s silly” defines the answer,  IN = favoured and AN E = an Oriental

25a       Count and recount (4)
{TELL}  A clever double definition.  The definition of count refers to a bank employee’s action and to recount is to tell tales.

28a       Variable income restricts business that could make a profit (8)
{ECONOMIC}  An anagram of income around a short word for a business (CO).

29a       Not one on view (6)
{NOTION}  The answer is literally in front of you!  NOT + I + ON.

30a       Sought information why the whistle went too soon? (8)
{REFERRED}  I could put my referee’s assessor hat on and get all haughty about this clue, but I won’t.  My other hobby is to watch soccer referees and assess them for promotion.   Why did the whistle go too soon?  REF – ERRED!  I’m glad we had a question mark at the end of the clue because sometimes when a ref blows too soon, it isn’t always a mistake.

31a       Stays to give personal support (6)
{CORSET}  A cryptic definition for something made of whalebone stays…..

Down
1d        Put on heavy music symbolic of Ireland (8)
{SHAMROCK}  The temptation is to go off thinking of harps, etc.  But here Put on = SHAM + ROCK = heavy music.  “Symbolic of Ireland” is the definition.

2d        Withdrawing, again losing interest (8)
{RETIRING}  Double definition, with a cryptic half.  To retire can be to withdraw, again losing interest =  RE-TIRING

3d        Unidentified girl accepts ring (4)
{ANON}  ANN =  girl with a O (ring) inside.  ANON on a poem or essay can mean unidentified.

5d        Clatter in car turns out hard to handle (12)
{RECALCITRANT}  An anagram of CLATTER IN CAR

6d        Row of drunks? (4)
{SKID}  Chambers defined SKID ROW as being “a place where drunks, etc. live”.

7d        Sort of deodorant put on by women (4-2)
{ROLL-ON}  Mum deodorant is still going strong and is a roll-on type (with a ball at the end).  I am also told it is another name for some sort of panty-hose favoured by ladies.

8d        A tree’s transformed in March or April (6)
{EASTER}  An anagram (transformed) of A TREE’S gives the festival that occurs either in March or April.

11d       Even I, perhaps, could be afraid (12)
{APPREHENSIVE}  EVEN I PERHAPS is anagrammatised (indicated by “could be”) to form a word meaning nervous or afraid.

15d       To date redhead, get a couch first (2,3)
{SO FAR} “To date” is your definition.  SOFA = couch, followed by R for Redhead (see other blogs re use of this device).   Any redheads reading this blog are invited to confirm whether this strategy works for dating you!

16d       Officially allowed to escape (5)
{LEGIT}   I think this should have had a question mark after it, as LEG IT (meaning to escape) is slang..

18d       Guarantees certain bonds (8)
{SURETIES}  A word sum  SURE (certain) + TIES (bonds) =  A word for guarantees.

19d       We shall shortly join firm (4-4)
{WELL- KNIT}  WE’LL (We shall, shortly) + KNIT (join) =  a phrase meaning firm, set.

21d       Rush job? (6)
{CAREER}  Double definition.  To rush headling into something and a job for life.

22d       Quickly remove label showing exorbitant price (3,3)
{RIP OFF}  Double definition.  If you remove a label quickly and if you are confronted with a very high price, you may think it this.

26d       Rise with discomfort, say (4)
{SOAR}  Rise is the definition and a homophone of it means painful.

27d       But this game is not played by one alone (4)
{SOLO}  Solo whist is a game played by four people, where unlike bridge, you are playing for yourself and state your own contracts.

Thanks to the Monday Maestro and I’ll see you on Thursday.

45 comments on “DT 26015

  1. I await with anticipation as I have all but two and my brain has gone dead on
    6d – Row of drunks (4) s-i-
    and
    15d – To date redhead, get a couch first (2,3) -o -a-
    Can anyone help?

  2. have completed but like a few got stuck on 6d for a while and only completed by elimination, 17 a took me ages to get :) nice enjoyable one for me today

  3. Wow, Tilsit hasn’t even posted the review and we have loads of comments already. Like others, I found this an enjoyable puzzle and spent more time working out 6d than I did the rest of it. 12a is a particularly well worked clue.

          • Mary, I know you have the answer, otherwise I would have given you a clue. What I meant was – I will let Tilsit explain it, once you have the explanation all should become clear :-)

            • thanks Libellule – is the sun shining in France today??? we will be in Brittany next week, in Callac, just hoping the weather there will be better than here :)

              • Today is a little overcast, but according to the meteo, the weather will improve for the rest of the week. As far as next week is concerned, well, I wouldn’t trust the meteo to forecast that accurately in advance.

      • 12a
        RARE ~~~ made by
        destructive = Royal Artillery RA
        constructive = Royal engineers RE
        Both being forces, as in Army!

        Nice neat clue

        Cheers

  4. While I was on the phone to the Telegraph complaining that the puzzle that I did at 12.15 am was not this one, I moderated comments for amandan, new2x and blacksmith and would like to belatedly welcome them to the blog.

  5. I too am awaiting 6 down in eager anticipation.

    i’ve got s?i? but not 100% convinced about the ‘s’.

  6. I got completely stuck on 4 across (and still dislike it as a synonym for “keep going”). But as soon as I saw the S then 6 down became blindingly obvious – must be a sad indicment of the company I keep!

  7. Really enjoyed it today. 16d although I’m sure Tilsit has the intended answer, Demit (be allowed to resign from office) would also fit and not require the ?

  8. Like this a lot – a few challenges but overall was okay with it. I particularly liked 30a which i thought was clever and is my “clue of the day”.

  9. 12a was brilliant! But ‘r’ for redhead? Why?

    Also, there seems to be a few answers given away in the hints above, rather than just hidden in the brackets – is that intentional?

    Thanks for the tips all the same tho!

    • Bill

      If you look at the hints given for the weekend puzzles you will see how difficult it is to provide a hint without stating the answer. The main reason for hiding the answers is so that if you look for one answer you don’t unavoidably see all the others.

      BTW – constructs like Redhead, Maidenhead and Birkenhead, along with heartbreak as an anagram of heart, are not favoured by all setters.

      • Oops – i meant 12a ‘rare’ for a good clue.

        But thanks for the redhead pointer. I see it now!

        Ta all.

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