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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26130

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Tilsit has gone back to see the nurses again, so I am doing today’s review.  An enjoyable puzzle where all of the answers are fair and obtainable with a little thought.

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1a      Hospital excluded from surprise strike (4)
{SOCK} – take the abbreviation for H(ospital) away from S(H)OCK (surprise) and the result is a word meaning to strike – excellent surface reading

3a      Intimidated by school admitting women (5)
{COWED} – this word meaning intimidated is generated from COED (Coeducational school) around (admitting) W(omen)

6a      Information about mid-Welsh valley (4)
{GLEN} – the information required in this clue is GEN – put it around L (the middle letter in Welsh) to get a valley

8a      Doctor forgets net worth of such a stalwart (5,2,8)
{TOWER OF STRENGTH} – here doctor is a verb and indicates that an anagram of FORGETS NET WORTH will give this stalwart

ARVE Error: need id and provider

9a      Answers without pressure from banks (6)
{RELIES} – take RE(P)LIES and remove the P(ressure) to get a word meaning banks (as a verb)

10a     Happened to see copper in record breakout! (8)
{OCCURRED} – a word meaning happened is derived by putting CU (the chemical symbol for copper) inside an anagram (breakout) of RECORD

11a     An actor might be the sort to mould (8)
{TYPECAST} – if he plays too many similar roles an actor might be this – combine synonyms for sort and mould to get there

13a     Appreciate the referee showing restraint (6)
{TETHER} – easy when you know how – hidden inside appreciate the referee is a restraint

15a     What was in store for an old offender? (6)
{STOCKS} – the contents of a store (isn’t this usually in the singular?) is also an old-fashioned punishment (which is frequently confused with the pillory)

17a     The speed of fame — not British (8)
{CELERITY} – this word meaning quickness or speed is derived from an over-used word meaning fame without the B(ritish)

19a     A bit taken aback with worthless store of information (8)
{DATABASE} – start with A TAD (a bit), reverse it (taken aback) and then add a word meaning worthless to get a store of information

21a     Regretting game point, starts to fear uncertain leader (6)
{RUEFUL} – a word meaning piteous or regretting is built up from RU (Rugby Union / game) E (east / point) and the initial letters of (starts to) Fear Uncertain and Leader

22a     Tripping in front of apartment buildings’ barriers (9,6)
{STUMBLING BLOCKS} – a charade of synonyms for tripping and apartment buildings leads to these barriers

23a     Fresh air by day — and dry! (4)
{ARID} – fresh indicates an anagram of AIR which is then followed by D(ay) to get a word meaning dry

24a     A fencer’s need to be on time for such accommodation (5)
{TEPEE} – take an épée (sword / a fencer’s need) and precede it with T(ime) to get for accommodation for a Native American

25a     Requests fool to entertain king (4)
{ASKS} – a word meaning requests is derived by putting a word meaning a fool around (to entertain) a K(ing)


1d      Floods area and struts around with no resistance initially (9)
{SATURATES} – a word meaning floods (as a verb) is an anagram (around) of AREA and ST(R)UTS without an R (with no Resistance initially)

2d      Flower found next to ox-tongue? (7)
{COWSLIP} – this flower is humorously defined – just the thought of an ox kissing his paramour brings a smile to my face, although that’s probably not quite what the setter meant!

3d      Angry counters from those on some bicycles (9)
{CROSSBARS} – a charade of a word meaning angry and counters, as in a pub, leads to a feature found on most bicycles

4d      Event that’s cancelled with a loud cry (7)
{WASHOUT} – this event which is cancelled because of too much rain is comprised of W(ith) A and a loud cry

5d      Make runs — one hundred in classical style (5)
{DORIC} – put together DO (make) R(uns), I and C (one and a hundred in Roman numerals) to get this classical style

6d      Producer of new art genre accepts Oscar (9)
{GENERATOR} – a producer of electricity that would be a useful gadget to have in this cold weather is an anagram (new) of ART and GENRE placed around O (Oscar in the phonetic alphabet)

7d      Intense time being accommodated by former engineers (7)
{EXTREME} – a word meaning intense is constructed by putting T(ime) between (being accommodated by) EX (former, as in ex-wife) and REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

12d     My previous wife made demands and shouted! (9)
{EXCLAIMED} – this is a charade of EX (my previous wife) and a word meaning made demands to give a synonym for shouted – did this clue come from the heart?

13d     Changing role within board is bearable (9)
{TOLERABLE} – an anagram (changing) of ROLE when placed inside (within) a TABLE (board) gives a synonym for bearable

14d     People with a cavalier outlook worry Syria lots (9)
{ROYALISTS} – the people with a cavalier outlook were opposed to the Parliamentarians in the English Civil War – an anagram (worry) of SYRIA LOTS will find them

16d     Fifth columnist’s gold chasing characteristic (7)
{TRAITOR} – The term fifth column originated with a 1936 radio address by Emilio Mola, a Nationalist General during the 1936–39 Spanish Civil War. As his army approached Madrid, he broadcasted a message that the four columns of his forces outside the city would be supported by a “fifth column” of his supporters inside the city, intent on undermining the Republican government from within.  In fact, this supposed “fifth column” did not prove very effective, as evidenced by the fact that Madrid held out until 1939 despite very heavy fighting.  I nearly forgot to tell you that you get the answer by putting OR (gold) after (chasing) a characteristic

17d     Tidy profit? (5,2)
{CLEAN UP} – a deceptively simple double definition where the surface reading leads you to think in terms of an adjective and a noun, but you really need to think of two verbs

18d     Little intelligence copper’s got clearly defined (2,5)
{IN FOCUS} – the little intelligence this time is INFO (not gen!) – add CU’S (copper’s) and you get a word meaning clearly defined

20d     Designate a charge for crossing back (5)
{ALLOT} – once again a simple idea, and easy when you know how! – a word meaning to designate comes from A then a charge for crossing, say, a river reversed (back)

Today’s puzzle was so full of delightful clues that you can overlook the slightly iffy stocks in the plural and the use of regretting as an adjective (yes, I know you can use it this way but you don’t).  Perhaps one of my favourite setters will come along and own up to this one!

For those of you unable to buy a copy of the newspaper, here is the puzzle in PDF format:

DT 26130

38 comments on “DT 26130

  1. I loved this one and got all but the right hand bottom corner quite quickly (for me), was out of my pj’s before noon…. my husband hasn’t gone in to the office so he finished it off :(

  2. I agree, this was well clued but straightforward. Had the trains been running, this would not have been even a two stopper. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable romp. After yesterday’s teaser, the CC should be happy!

    1. Yup, Nice puzzle – I had to think a wee bit but was fine in the end.
      It was a 3 stopper fo rme but I was on the High Speed today so that kind of evened things up!

      8a was favourite for me today but liked 22a and 17d as well

  3. Love to comment on todays puzzle but no paper, no milk and no post – completely snowed in in N Bucks village! :-(
    Shame as although I haven’t looked at the answers, the comments seem positive.

      1. Ah – I see BD has put a link in the top of the post so you can enjoy today’s treat!

          1. Thanks Dave, just found the link on returning from a snowy and slippery walk with the dog.

  4. In ten years of fairly regular attempts at the daily crossword, I have probably only completed a dozen without major help, and today’s was one of them. Phew!

  5. Maybe because I was not at work and was able to give it morning time, but it seemed remarkably straightforward. Great for the ego on such a cold day.

  6. Hi everyone, this my first time to add a comment and I must congratulate you all on a brilliant shared use of the internet. This is by far the best site I’ve found since ebay!
    I have been buying the Telegraph for about a year now and after cutting my teeth on the Express and Northern Echo crosswords I have been bitten by the crosswordland bug and found Torygraph fustration.
    Then I found Big Dave.. What a great help and a brilliant blog, I can see things now that I’ve never been able to see before..
    The other reason for my elated comments is that I completed today’s puzzle without having to resort to BD’s help.
    Many, many thanks & keep up the good work.

    1. Welcome John
      Nice to have a fellow countyman on board, we can let these southern softies know what real snow is like!!

  7. Unable to get out to purchase The Telegraph today so many,many thanks to Big Dave for his kindness in providing a copy of the cryptic.I thoroughly enjoyed it. Straightforward but well-suited to my limited crossword experience.

  8. We all seem to have found it easy today. And thank goodness it was. Had a late start, as, after struggling to try to get to wotk, had to give up andreturn home. I’m a northener who’s turned into a southern softie, Nubian!!

    Nothing controversial today. Particularly liked 8a, 22a, 13d and 14d.

  9. Oh dear, I think I must get the dunces cap today :( how about all the rest of the CC club??? Barrie how did u get on, i must admit i found todays not on my wavelength at all or maybe i started it too late, no excuses i could only do just over half, ah well i think i will blame the snow and this lousy cold after all :(

  10. Many thanks for the pdf Dave but don’t understand how everyone else seemed to think it was easy. I finished it with some electronic help but thought it was a tricky one. Many of the answers I got then consulted the blog for the explanation! 17a particulary difficult. To my mind the puzzles have been very difficult this week, perhaps its the cold getting to my admittably limited intelligence. :-)

  11. Finished with only one cheat today so one of those days where I thought it would be a 2 star.

  12. Setter here
    Many thanks for all the comments, and to BD for the blog. I must confess to taking a bit of poetic licence on “Stocks”, but this seemed the most elegant way to phrase the thought, while making the answer reasonably apparent!
    Best wishes to Tilsit in hospital.

  13. Another beginner who managed to complete today without any help at all for the first time!

    Last to go in was 6a – I’d always (erroneously) thought a glen was a sort of forest clearing.

    Realised I’ve been spelling 24a incorrectly for years, and the only new word for me was 17a.

    1. Frances, I know of at least 3 ways to spell 24a so chances are thet you have been correct all these years!
      I would usually spell this in 6 letters but 4 is not uncommon.

  14. As a newcomer to crosswords very grateful for the help this site gives me – without it would never have been able to do cryptics. Today’s was my best attempt yet – only needed help on one clue.

  15. Another enjoyable puzzle from Jay. I liked 15a, 2d and 12d.

    I think this is the line-up for 2010:
    Monday: Rufus
    Tuesday: Ray T / Shamus
    Wednesday: Jay
    Thursday: ?
    Friday: Giovanni
    Saturday: Cephas
    Sunday: Virgilius
    Has anyone discovered what will be happening with Thursday? Will it be one setter or will a number of different setters cover this day?

    1. Will be interested to read the comments on today’s crossword (thursday), and who the setter is. One star for difficulty!!

      1. It’s unlikely to be by any of the setters that visit the blog. Ray T did Tuesday’s, today’s Toughie is by Shamus and it’s not John H (Elgar).

  16. Enjoyable and not at all difficult.
    I liked 11a, 15a, 20a but 22a was my favourite. 4d, 14d &17d.
    8a was a rather easy permutation – I tend to use anagram for a single word and permutation
    for a collection. Chambers seems to call them all anagrams.

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