DT 26253 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26253 – Hints

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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A few hints to get you going.

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, 3rd June.


Across

1a    Confused mess left in ship (7)
To get this confused mess of things lying about in an untidy state put L(eft) inside a one-masted ship

12a    Silent parent’s opportunity (9)
To get this archaic word meaning silent you need to combine a parent with an opportunity

17a    Man sticks quarter inside (5)
This man’s name is found by taking a word meaning sticks, as a door might do, and putting a compass quarter inside

28a    Meet ram (3,4)
This is a double definition – to meet or to ram with a vehicle

Down

1d    Cancel visit on holiday (4,3)
A phrasal verb meaning to cancel is a charade of a visit and on holiday, as in not at work

16d    Force apart to get reward that’s available (5,4)
A word meaning to force apart is a charade of a reward and being available, as a shop might be to customers

24d    Partly dressed bird (5)
If you were only wearing this headwear then you might be described as partly dressed (3,2) but the whole word is a chicken that is fattened for eating

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!

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65 Comments

  1. Fallingstarr
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    I haven’t looked at the crossword yet but if your handy hints are anything to go by I’m not looking forward to it!

    • Fallingstarr
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

      I was wrong – it wasn’t too bad at all.

  2. Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    &lt blackadder &gt What are you a Giant Lark? /&lt blackadder &gt. I am currently 2 hours ahead of BST and have just got to site and finished this over breakfast. Fallingstarr is right – it looked as if there were a couple of sticky clues but everything came in quite easily – certainly compared to the last couple of weeks.
    The archaic word at 12a was well signposted with the checking letters. Favourite clue were 5d and 13a.
    Have a good Bank Holiday Weekend everyone.

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:02 am | Permalink

      Oops! – the non-html/html thingy doesn’t work!. Please start at the word “I”!

      • Fallingstarr
        Posted May 29, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

        Hey gnomethang, do you have a namething on the Cluedup site? Just curious. Not much else to do on this Saturday night – except to write meaningless comments. Now who else can I annoy………………………..

        • Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

          I have the same namethang!. I took out the subscription as I am away for a month. Looks like a good investment at the moment.

  3. Jezza
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Overall not too bad… I always thought that the first word of 16d, was spelt with ‘s’…

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      Chambers, in its inimitable way, gives both spellings, but the wordplay demands one of them.

      Were it the other spelling, it would have spoilt the pangram!

  4. tilly
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    A gentle pangram to start the day – even the apparently trickier ones were clearly defined. Now for the NTSPP!

    Enjoy the Bank Holiday – hope the weather is better with you than here.

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

      Today’s puzzle is from Bufo. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Prolixic
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    An enjoyable outing from Cephas for a grey Saturday morning. Favourite clue was 18a.

  6. Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I found this puzzle to be thoroughly enjoyable although, at first sight, it looked as though it was going to cause me problems. It looks as though we’ve got the same weather here as Tilly but, turning a negative into a positive, it will save me having to water the lawns today…

    • tilly
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      I know the feeling – put in all the summer bedding this week and prayed for rain for the first few days!!!

  7. sirgarfield
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Excellent puzzle. Good surface reading, humour (notably 18a, 24d) and learn’t some new words 11a, 12a, 6d, 17d but able to work out. Puts one in a holiday mood! Nothing can spoil it now even the hailstones!

    • popsicles
      Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Aaaagh! It is driving me mad. A couple of pointers for 12a and 4d please? It can’t be anything to do with keeping *** by any chance?
      Otherwise, I enjoyed the puzzle.

      • Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

        Welcome to the blog popsicles

        On 12a you are sufficiently close that I have censored you comment. Read my hint for the rest of the answer.

        4d Discharge ambassador in odd surroundings (5)
        This mucous discharge, especially from the nose, is found by putting the abbreviation for the titl given to an ambassador inside a word meaning odd.

      • andy
        Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

        yews

        • Posted May 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

          Welcome to the blog andy

          Your comment puzzles me.

  8. Barrie
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Nice bottom half with some clever clues but the top half – UGH! At the moment it’s somewhat of a closed shop even with the hints – what constitutes a one-masted ship I wonder? And 6d and 11a are total mysteries!

  9. Barrie
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Ah all is now clear!! Got the boat and all seemed to fall into place from there. Took me ages to see that 6d was made from the initials in the clue even though the compiler clearly told me so DOH!! Always though 16a was an outdoor loo :-)

  10. Nubian
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Very nice start to the day.
    12a ..wasn’t there a group of puppets with the same name a number of years ago ? they came from Europe somewhere, Germany possibly.

  11. Peter
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I have really enjoyed this and give it 5*

    Learned a new word – 12a.

    I have only 14d left and may be reaching for the crossword key.

    I see 8d is circulating again after ?2days.

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      14d Diminution of charity work (9)

      The key part of this clue is the little word “of” or “concerning” which is the first part of the charade.

      • Peter
        Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:27 am | Permalink

        Thank you, Big Dave.

  12. Weekend Wanda
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Very quick this morning. Different setter I presume? Good construction of alot of clues even if you did not know the word. I also had to check the alternative spelling. I was just going to ask you about the Port clue – as got the answer but not sure why. Just looked at one of the words again. Anagram! – what a dumbo. Right answer, wrong tree.

  13. Dim Dave
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Thought i’d have a leisurely start to the w/e which meant NOT starting the puzzle at 0240hrs !
    I’d say one of the easiest of the week but loved the archaic 12a, the charade of 26a and 24d read well. My fave was 18a. Well done Bufo, you lightened up a damp sat am.

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      Dave

      You may have your wires crossed here – this puzzle is by Cephas and the NTSPP is by Bufo.

  14. nanaglugglug
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Nice way to spend a rainy Saturday morning! Hotlips liked the quirky cryptic-ness of 19d, and was pleased to get 12a even though we didn’t know the word.( May well start inserting that word into conversation!)

    • Claire
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Thought I might give it a go at school (5yr olds) – wonder what reaction I’d get! I’m with most, thought it would be impossible at first run through but all the clues were really fair and with a bit of perseverence we got there – very enjoyable!

  15. Dim Dave
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, Dave. My compliments to Cephas.

  16. Lea
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Nice gentle Saturday puzzle with some nice clues. Did it on clued up and now my brain can’t remember which ones I liked.

  17. crypticsue
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    This was a very good Saturday puzze some excellent clues and yet another chance to learn a new “old” word. Not sure where I would ever use it though, unlike megrim last week.

  18. Posted May 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Gentle, but very enjoyable Saturday puzzle. Favourite clue and last in for me was 3d, which I’d been staring at for a couple of minutes until the penny dropped. Couldn’t stop seeing an ending in -ments.
    Raining gently here in Vienne, but at a warmer temperature than it would be raining at home – so sitting outside doing this under a garden umbrella, and will have a look at NTSPP now……..

    • Libellule
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Its raining gently at the southern edge of Indre et Loire too :-)

  19. carty
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Could someone, please, explain 9a to me? I can see the answer but cannot get ‘Oriental’.

    • Libellule
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      An anagram around a compass direction, usally associated with the Orient.

      • carty
        Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

        Ahh

  20. Spindrift
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Carty
    Try an an anagram of sealskin & the usual for Oriental.

  21. Dinosaur Pete
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Once I’d got back into crossword mode, after an enforced absence while getting work ready for Purbeck Art Weeks, I enjoyed the change of thought process needed after too long struggling with carving pieces of wood !
    Really struggled with 9a and had to resort to electronic help for several more but all finished now.
    I now look forward to lots of time for crosswords while waiting for visitors to come to our exhibition !

  22. Wingnut
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Took a while to get going but then it dell into place. First one i’ve finished unaided for a while and the last few Saturday’s i’ve only half done. Learnt a few new words/places/plants too. Although 5d was fairly easy to spot, since there are several, shouldn’t the clue have been “An element…” not “This element…”?

    • gazza
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi wingnut – welcome to the blog.

  23. Cat
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Am I suffering from deja vu or is the same crossword that was in a couple of weeks ago? I’ve definitely done it before. Same goes for the quick one.

    • gazza
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cat – welcome to the blog.
      It doesn’t ring any bells with me.

    • Peter
      Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink

      8d appeared in similar guise recently.

      The New Orleans clue is familiar too.

  24. paolors
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable puzzle. I liked 27a just one of those words. Got 14d last should not have been that hard to get. 18a is v good

  25. Bobby D
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    3d is a bear …*?*?*?*?* Is he even close??

    • Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Bobby

      3d Tidy vase’s accessories (9)
      I have edited your comment to remove the checking letters, but I can tell you that the middle letter is incorrect. Broken down as (4,5), the first word means tidy and he second refers to Chinese vases. Put them together and you get the accessories.

    • Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      Bobby D.
      Nope, not a bear. These sort of accessories are associated with Christmas trees and your large Sunday Roast.

  26. Little Dave
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Plenty of time for this yesterday at a rain-affected cricket. Soggy paper but all done. A tougher than usual Saturday one in my book.

  27. wizweg
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I’ve enjoyed this one, but gridlocked on 2d, 3d and 11a

    • Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      11a – Poem used with hesitation in old Greek theatre (5)
      You need a word for a poem followed by one of Crosswordland’s hesitation noises to get an old Greek Theatre.
      That may well get you away on the other two – if not we can provide a hint as well.

    • wizweg
      Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Thank you! Familiar with the chain of cinemas – but not this spelling. 3d made me laugh!

      • Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:54 am | Permalink

        What made me laugh was 2d: I was test solving a puzzle for one of our fellow bloggers on Wednesday evening and completely failed to spot an almost identical clue to this until the last.
        Needless to say I received a gentle poke in the ribs on Saturday morning to ensure that I had managed to solve it this time

      • Nubian
        Posted May 30, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

        The cinema chain letters stood for ..**** **** **** **** ****, he opened them after the first world war .

        • Posted May 30, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink

          Nubian

          Please could you republish this info on Thursday. Thanks

  28. Bobby S
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Just got 9a and NW corner fell into place! 4d is in archaic word spoken by Shylock in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in conversation with Antonio.

  29. cat
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Just remembered. Same puzzle was in the overseas weekly edition bought in Cyprus on 15/16 May.

  30. Paul Williams
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just got one left, 7d. I think I know the answer but can’t work out why it is. Can anyone help point me in the right direction? Many thanks

    • Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      7d One’s disturbed about explosive device somebody proposed (7)

      Paul, the definition is the last two words at the end. You need a toye of explosive device inside an anagram of ‘one’

    • Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      7d One’s disturbed about explosive device somebody proposed (7)

      Paul, the definition is the last two words at the end. You need a type of explosive device inside an anagram of ‘one’

      • Paul Williams
        Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

        Thanks gnomethang, but I’ve a different clue to that: 7d Capitalist at home in more whimsical environment (9)

        • Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

          Er! That because I grabbed the wrong puzzle! My apologies!.
          The definition is a capitalist. You need a short word for ‘at home’ inside a synonym for ‘more whimsical’ or possibly ‘more swish/elegant’.

          • Paul Williams
            Posted May 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

            No worries gnomethang, many thanks for your response, all finished now.

  31. Posted June 2, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Still struggling with a few clues so looking forward to Thursday! Enjoyed 16a,20a,27a