DT 26223 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26223 – Hints

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Some hints to get you started.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. A full review of this puzzle will be published on Thursday, 29th April.


Across

1a    Chart second half of photo (5)
Photo?????

12a    King from Borneo (6)
… the King of the Fairies, no less, is an anagram of Borneo

14a    Saint not going beyond another saint (7)
Don’t forget that Saint can be abbreviated to S as well as ST!

23a    Second turn I included might be screened (1-5)
… perhaps one starring Ronald Reagan!

26a    Letters of credit helped the lady (5)
The lady is hidden inside (letters of) credit helped

Down

2d    Track British-American coach (7)
A track used by a train is followed by B(ritish) and an American to get a lightweight coach powered by a diesel engine that runs on said track

3d    Dad’s holiday? (9,5)
… they don’t come much less cryptic than this!

7d    One is stupid to continue (4)
.. could be Milligan, Sellers or Secombe!

9d    Third degree sunburn? (6)
… finish a race after gold and silver

18d    Upsetting experience in Sumatra strangely headed off (6)
Strictly speaking the subsidiary indication is incorrect – it should have said “Sumatra headed off strangely” – an upsetting experience is an anagram, indicated by strangely, of (S)UMATRA

22d    Bird to suffer after beginning of July (4)
Bird here is Cockney rhyming slang, bird-lime, for time and here you are looking for where that time is served by putting a word meaning to suffer after the first letter (beginning) of July

The Saturday Crossword Club will open at 10.00 am (after Sounds of the Sixties on BBC Radio 2). Membership is free and open to all. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions before that time.

Please don’t put whole or partial answers in your comment, else they may be censored!

70 Comments

  1. Wizweg
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    5d is really ruffling my feathers! any clues, please?

    • gazza
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Wizweg – welcome to the blog.
      5d Bird’s short time with another heron (7).
      You want a two-letter word for a short time followed by an anagram (another) of heron.

      • wizweg
        Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        Aah! thank you!

  2. Robert Page
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Hi all and a happy sunny saturday to you all you crossworders:-)
    Nice and easy today for a saturday except i am a bit bewildered by 11A- would I be right in assuming a name for a small person?
    Cheers

    • Prolixic
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      Yes, as in you little ******. The clue is a double definition with the other part being a jet (of water).

      • robert Page
        Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

        Thanks for that– all done- now I can get on with the chores:-(

    • Libellule
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Yes – the jet referred to is a water jet.

  3. Fallingstarr
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Ta Big Dave, you helped me on the last two I got stuck on. 18d and 23a. Happy Birthday for couple of days ago. The comments also add to my education – hadn’t heard of the ‘Brenda’ reference before. I’m learning interesting stuff on this blog!

  4. Nubian
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Pretty run of the mill stuff today

    • Lea
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Agree with you Nubian but nice to do in the sunshine.

  5. Claire
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Finished and enjoyed on a sunny morning. One query…. think I must have 14a wrong as 3d is now not spelled right?!

  6. Claire
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Oh! just realised what it is!! all ok now. Off to get my hair cut and back for the ‘Not the Saturday’ :-)

  7. Posted April 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    A gentle start to Saturday, with no problems with any of the answers, and I particularly liked 7d which reminded me of: [Seag***] “I’ve just made myself a peer.” [Moriarty] “Great! I’ll get down on the end of it and start a concert party.”

    • Donut
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi all, struggling as a newbie with 8d and 24 a, any help appreciated as my grass needs doing!

      • Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

        Welcome to the blog Donut

        24a Searching examination, it’s acted out (4,4)
        This examination is an anagram (out) of IT’S ACTED

        8d People with pride sit fidgeting showing unselfish interest (6-8)
        A word meaning people, often preceded by general, is followed by an anagram (fidgeting) of PRIDE SIT to get a hyphenated word meaning showing unselfish interest

      • gnomethang
        Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

        Donut, for 8d you need a word for the populace at large followed by an anagram of pridesit. The definition is ‘showing unselfish interest’

        24a is an anagram – indicated by ‘out’ of itsacted. The phrase required means a make or break examination.

        • gnomethang
          Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

          Slow typing on iPhone!!

          • Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

            I did have an advantage as the comment didn’t appear until I moderated it!!

          • mary
            Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

            How you feeling after yesterday gnomey, ready to go again? i think you did a really good job, congrats :)

  8. Barrie
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    How can you say its easy and gentle? Its a real swine today, not the usual great Saturday puzzle.

    • Nora
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      Glad to see somebody else is struggling and it’s not just me. I hate it when everybody says how easy it is when I’m stuck. Maybe the sun is overheating my brain!

      • Willie Eckerslike
        Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

        Ditto Nora. Everyone says oh I finished this before the cornflakes landed in the bowl – makes me feel thick and then I daren’t ask for help. Stop showing off you clever people!!!

  9. Barrie
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Still struggling with the last few (got lots of answers but no idea if they are right as I can’t make head nor tail of most of the clues!). Can’t see 14a, the only saint that fits is Stephen but that messes up 3d and just what is it with this jet of water and an unimportant person. And lastly any help with 25a would be appreciated. This thing is taking hours and is getting under my skin! GRRRR

    • Patsyann
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Think of the saint who could make a month’s worth of rain!

  10. Geoff
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    It took me quite a while to get going today, but now all done, except 25a. I have letters 2 & 4, but the options for the others are endless and I can’t come up with the answer. Someone give me hint please!

  11. Prolixic
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Barrie,

    14a – Think of a saint associated with 40 days of rain. The usual abbreviation for saint is not used in the clue, there is a one letter alternative. The remaining wordplay is from “not going beyond” – if you don’s go beyond, you stay within.

    25a – The A-Z reference section in the back of a book shares a name with one of your fingers.

    11a – See my comments in post 2 above.

    • Barrie
      Posted April 25, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      Thx for the help, all finished now although 11a still eluded me for some while. PHEW this was a toughie! By the way anybody any idea why all of a sudden the site doesn’t hold my name and email address anymore? It’s very irritating.

    • Barrie
      Posted April 25, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Thx for the help. What is the problem with the site? My name and email are no longer held and posts don’t show up. Has something changed?

  12. Prolixic
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Geoff – see my reply to Barrie about 25a below.

    • Prolixic
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      Sorry – above. This thing with WordPress not remembering your Name and Email is irritating.

      • Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

        If you log on to WordPress you shouldn’t have a problem

    • Geoff
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      25a – that’s a possibility I didn’t come up with … too obvious I should think! Thank you!

  13. mary
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Am I right in saying todays is a pangram? I think so, i enjoyed todays with a lot of quick sharp answers :) last one to go in was first half of 8d! site still playing up not retaining info on names, email etc. ?

    • Lea
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      Agree with you Mary – think it is a pangram.

      I stuck on 15d the longest as kept wanting to put poirot in!!! Once I got 14a I was okay.

      Liked your hints Dave – thanks. Didn’t need them but found them amusing – especially 23a.

    • Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      It is a pangram, but non-pangrams are more unusual from Cephas!

  14. gnomethang
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I hadn’t finished the first pint after golf before completing this. Apart from 1a holding me up (ugh!) there wasn’t much to hold one up.
    Thanks to the setter.

  15. Little Dave
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    A typical Cephas challenge but over too quickly. Sunny Hertfordshire and good luck to anyone running tomorrow.

  16. Collywobbles
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    BD,
    I’ve got 22a but can you show me why without giving it away

    • Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      22 Singular physical exercise in short coat (6)
      The physical exercises are usually in the plural, which is why the setter has said singular, then add IN to get the short coat

      (your comment needed moderation because of your new email address, which is why it didn’t appear straightaway. I’ve deleted the duplicate)

      • collywobbles
        Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

        Tks BD, I’m done

  17. Mr Tub
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Just got 11a and am now feeling ridiculously smug: I’ve only recently graduated to the Telegraph from the regional daily and this is the first time I’ve managed to finish it. This blog has been a great help in getting into the swing of it, so many thanks. If I hadn’t just spent the last two days at the Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival I’d be having a little drink now to celebrate…

    • Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Mr Tub

      Next time can you tell us about the beer festival before it has almost finished!

    • collywobbles
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      This is when I really get envious

  18. Dinosaur Pete
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Have I said something wrong ? Went to make this comment and I wasn’t there any more. Hope I’m still welcome because you help me along every Saturday/Sunday depending on domestics !

    Anyway, just wanted to say that I finished in record time considering I’ve been driving all morning, that 13a made me really smile, 11a made me groan and I still don’t understand where the monkey comes into 19a.

    I go

    • Posted April 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      We do seem to be having a few problems with comments at the moment, but I don’t know what’s causing it.

      The monkey is the 4th-6th letters of the answer.

      • Dinosaur Pete
        Posted April 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

        Easy once you’ve had it explained !! Thanks Dave, I can carry on preparing for an exhibition tomorrow with an easy mind – if not simple !!

  19. carty
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Difficult one for me today, any assistance with 6d would be appreciated.

    • Posted April 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      6d Talk covering healthier worker in a fuel industry (3,6)
      It’s all in how you split the wordplay from the definition!
      A colloquial work for talk (3) is followed by a word meaning healthier (6) to get a worker in a fuel industry, namely the industry indicated by the first word – that should rule out coal and electricity, giving you a choice of two

  20. sirgarfield
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I had Bittern for 5d short time (bit) another bird (tern) or even B for bird and it – short ti/me. After 7 gruelling hours I have completed the mental marathon, and finished weary, somewhat scarred but just as satisfied as first across the line.

    • Posted April 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      Your comment needed moderation because this time you entered a correct email address!

      Well done

  21. Willie Eckerslike
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    At the risk of ridicule from everyone who found this a doddle – please help me with 3d, 10a and 17a.
    Bottom of the CC today Mary. In fact totally feckless never mind clueless.
    Helen

    • Willie Eckerslike
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      NO NO NO! Don’t answer that. I’ve managed them – you might have heard the penny dropping. I’m so ashamed. Can’t believe I didn’t get Dad’s Holiday. Hanging my head in shame :-(

  22. Little Dave
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    In my experience the answer to “dad’s holiday” is hardly that!

    • Willie Eckerslike
      Posted April 25, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      You waanna try being the mother mate!!!

  23. Peter
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    We finished unaided and I enjoyed this more than usual. NW corner came last, by which time I realised I needed to fina a home for a Q and a Z.

    I still enjoyed reading this afterwards.

  24. Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Hi there, only bought paper late last night and am sat on bed doing crossword. Found this week and last week more difficult than usual and wouldn’t have finished it without this blog. Still don’t understand where the answer to 1a comes from. Can anyone explain please?

    • Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      Susie

      The answer (a chart) is the second half of PHOTO?????

    • gazza
      Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Susie – welcome to the blog.
      If you expand the abbreviation “photo” to its full 10-letter form, then the answer is the last 5 letters.

  25. bobandval
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the hint to 23a across we thought the single letter must be something else untill we found the letter in 25a

    • Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog bobandval

  26. Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Thank you. It was just too obvious and I couldn’t see it!! Guess I need some brekkie to get my brain going! What’s the first letter of 23a?

    • Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      The answer to 23a is the type of film that used to be shown to support the main feature

    • mary
      Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Hi susie not alowed to give part answers for prize crosswords but it comes after A in the alphabet :)

  27. Raygee
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    26,223 on 24.4.10 was Ok until 9d. Took me ages but perhaps we might get a tanning in 2012. Cheers Raygee.

    • gazza
      Posted April 25, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Hi Raygee – welcome to the blog.

      • RAYGEE
        Posted April 25, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

        Thanks Gazza. Nice to meet you. Cheers RAYGEE

  28. wizweg
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    4a, the last one. Think i’ve got it, but just can’t see where adult comes into it……

    • Posted April 25, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      4a I am past the adult stage (5)
      The definition is “the adult stage” – Chambers gives “the last or perfect stage of an insect’s development”

      • wizweg
        Posted April 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

        Doh! I had completely the wrong answer and was gridlocked with it, more thanks

  29. Trish
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you PatsyAnne for saints name.Sailed thru otherwise! Enjoying great weather here in Cheshire. Best wishes to all.