DT 26289 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26289 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

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.

A full review of this puzzle will be published on Thursday, 15th July.


1a    Teacher to exchange mains device (6-6)
A male schoolteacher is followed by a word meaning to exchange to get a device for controlling the supply of mains electricity

10a    Mother takes in older sort of play (9)
Put a child’s name for mother around an anagram (sort) of OLDER to get a play that is excessively sensational

23a    Still said to be bound together at end of day (8)
Combine a synonym for still with a word that sounds like (said) to be bound together to get a poetic word for the end of day

28a    Military advisers in fees rant — flag desecrated (7,5)
These military officers who advise senior officers on policy and administration are an anagram (desecrated) of FEES RANT FLAG


2d    By and large a couple of lines repeated about having arrived (3,2,3)
This phrase that means by and large or on the whole is built up from A and a couple of L(ines) which is then repeated on either side of a word meaning having arrived at home (or the office)

3d    Book coming my way (4)
Split this large book as (2,2) and it means coming my way

8d    Despite being oversensitive reach journey’s end (6)
A word meaning oversensitive is built up from to reach and the final letter of journeY (journey’s end)

25d    Bellyful causes greedy person to lose weight (4)
A bellyful or overabundance is created by taking a large weight away from a greedy person

The Saturday Crossword Club will open at 10.00 am. 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!



  1. Posted July 10, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    A nice gentle start to a Saturday morning, with no problems experienced, and most certainly the puzzle wasn’t as taxing as last Saturday’s was.

  2. Nutty 62
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I can’t believe it,I completed it in 45 mins,a new personal record for me!! I must be on fire and cooking with gas!!! Great. Sorry for bragging and boasting but had to get it off my chest.

    • Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Nutty

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      well done Nutty :)

  3. Nubian
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    A bit of a disappointment in a way, nothing contentious to get my teeth into. All clues doable and friendly.
    Just as well really as I’m off to the Pont du Gard for a couple of days. They say they have free wifi where we are going but that remains to be seen. If the Romans didn’t do a good job installing it 2000 years ago then it will probably not be fixed until next weekend.
    Temp 23 and rising as at 09:30 CET(+2)

  4. gnomethang
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    No complaints here. There were a few clues that needed thinking about but everything was fine. I liked 5d and 14d althoughbthe latter might be considered a bit of a chestnut.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD

  5. Ayayay
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    6d and 16a across were new to me so caused a degree of difficulty, but solved with an online dictionary.

    Didn’t like 8d. Is it usual to have the straight definition in the middle of the clue?

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Agree on that Ayayay, I don’t think it’s usual, the definition, as I have learnt in the last year usually comes at the beginning or end of a clue, maybe it’s a kind of all in one clue?

    • Libellule
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      Re 8d, isn’t the definition “despite being oversensitive”?

      • mary
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

        but why do we need ‘despite’ Libellule, don’t quite understand it?

        • mary
          Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:51 am | Permalink

          isn’t it just to make sense of the reading of the clue

          • Libellule
            Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

            Thats how I would read it….

  6. mary
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Thought I was going to do it it under an hour but would you believe although I think I know 16a I don’t understand it, otherwise. lovely crossword, though fairly easy, it was really enjoyable, because everything was workoutable :) fav clues 4d, 11d really liked that one, 13a,

    • gazza
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      16a Novice from Austrian province not an inexperienced driver (4)
      The definition is novice and to get it you need to remove the letter indicating an inexperienced driver from the end of the name of an Austrian province.

      • mary
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:51 am | Permalink

        thanks Gazza :)

        • mary
          Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:51 am | Permalink

          never heard it before though!

          • Barrie
            Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:07 am | Permalink

            Blimey, must be a record a word I have heard of that Mary hasn’t! Makes a change, it’s usually the other way round (still haven’t forgotten Nutwood!):-) Have a great day Mary, hope the rain has stopped

            • mary
              Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

              no chance Barrie, it is pouring, a depressing, gloomy day :(

          • crypticsue
            Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:37 am | Permalink

            It is a quite common word in the DT Cryptic but obviously hasn’t appeared much in the last year.

  7. Spindrift
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Most agreeable start for what looks like to be the hottest day of the year so far. Sparkling rosé wine chilling in the fridge. Is it 12:00 yet?
    Favourite clue has to be 4d

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      OH please, it is cold & wet here!

  8. Barrie
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Very nice puzzle for today although it took two visits to complete. Lots of anagrams to get you started and loved 11d :-)

  9. droopyh
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Blimey – did this one in 25 minutes having struggled for much longer on a couple of the weekday ones recently. I find a prize one as easy as this about once a year!

  10. crypticsue
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Haviing a really good day today – everything flowing from the early morning 4 mile walk (at 7.30 am when (sorry Mary) it was already sunny and 27 in the shade) to a good shopping trip and now this lovely Saturday crossword. Lots of good clues but I will pick 11d because it made me smile the most.

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      where do you live sue I’m on my way………… :)

  11. Geoff
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    A different story to last Saturday’s puzzle! Very doable and probably my quickest solve yet, about an hour I think. Some good stuff, especially 26a, 4d, 11d. I think I have encountered 16a before. Don’t understand 17d; what’s it got to do with ‘finish in haste’?

    Manning the bookstall at the church fete this afternoon … oh joy!

    • gazza
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      17d Finish in haste and stop work (5,3)
      Double definition. It’s a phrasal verb which means to produce something quickly (finish in haste) and to stop work (as well as a few other things!).

      • mary
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        thought to produce something quickly was to ‘***** out’ ? Gazza

        • gazza
          Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

          I think they’re similar, Mary.

      • Geoff
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Gazza, should have thought of that, of course.

  12. Geoff
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    OOPS! I mean a different story FROM, of course …

  13. prolixic
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable crossword from Cephas this fine Saturday and, I agree, much simpler than last week’s puzzle. Just picked a lot of blackcurrants and whitecurrants from the garden – very tasty fresh from the bush!

    Favourite clue was 11d.

  14. Mr Tub
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    A mistake on 13a caused a few problems but did nothing to stop my enjoyment of today’s puzzle. 3d was my favourite. I was reading Hardy yesterday and he does make these things prey on your mind.

  15. Sarah F
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    On a horrible dreich day in Auld Reekie, glad to have a gentle, straightforward puzzle to do, before looking at last Sunday’s cryptic which I haven’t yet started.

    Not much on telly—I’m not a sports fan!

  16. Lea
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Lovely way to spend time in the garden – enjoyable puzzle – not too taxing but good fun. As per several – I enjoyed 11d best.

    Off to my son’s for a barbecue – sorry Mary – weather is hot and humid here!!

  17. Sheila
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed today’s puzzle. Didn’t manage it in under the hour but not too much longer. I’ve had a very busy and challenging week and it was a lovely treat to take a wander through this pleasurable puzzle. Particularly enjoyed 11d and 13a. Oh well, off to have a busy and challenging weekend now, painting garden fences and the like…. and in this heat. Phew!

  18. Little Dave
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Done relaxing with a latte waiting for my wife’s car to be serviced. All done and hassle-free.

  19. Weekend Wanda
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps done a little too quickly. Makes me think I have to do some work as no excuse now to sit in the sun. Not the usual sleeping on it on this occasion. Got it all without help but checked Chambers for 16a. 5d can only be one thing – I think, but not sure how its made up. I’m thinking the last three letters mean would obtain but if that is right how do we get the first half unless I have spelt it wrongly? Liked alot of the clues but like it to take a bit longer. I agree 4d and 11d good

    • gazza
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      5d Wife and I would obtain gizmo (6)
      The definition is gizmo. Start with the abbreviation for wife and add a contracted way of saying “I would” and a synonym for obtain.

      • FrogOne
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

        I had missed that! Didn’t know that word for gizmo but easy to ‘get’ thanks to your hints! Great!

    • Ash
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      5d The first letter is from Wife, the next two is a contraction of ‘I would’ and the last three are as you say.

  20. gordonbennet
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all the help – definitely a lot nicer than las week, but I am having trouble with 21d 17 dn, 24ac and 6 dn.
    17dn. I have the second word, but am struggling with the verb?
    21dn. If it is another way of saying ‘as usual’ not sure what that has to do with Holland! – or is it an anagram of roam and two letters from Holland?
    Any more hints very welcome.
    Thought 13a clever, Liked 23ac. 11dn was the first one I got!

    • gazza
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      21d Roam about in Holland as usual (6)
      The definition is usual. It’s an anagram (about) of roam inside the IVR code for Holland (Think of the more correct name of Holland).

    • gazza
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      24a Recorder making twenty ? (6)
      Someone who keeps the record of who’s doing what in a sports event is also a sort of cryptic way of accumulating a word for twenty.

    • gazza
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      6d Attempt to embody outstanding Queen in decorative pattern (7).
      The definition is decorative pattern. Put a synonym for attempt around a 3-character informal word for outstanding and a 1-character abbreviation for Queen (or King).

      • mary
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

        thanks for explaining that Gazza, cos I took ER for Queen and just couldn’t work out where the ** came in?? Duh!

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Gordonbennet – is that u Helen? 17d – you might reply ‘who’s there?’ if someone did this on your door – first word that is :)

  21. dinosaur pete
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Amazing ! All done and dusted in about three hours with only a little help from electronic gadgets. It’s good to feel that for once I’m not lagging a day behind the rest of you – most encouraging !

    Well just time for half an hour in the sun before I have to go out again – sorry Mary and all those in soggier parts but I bet you’ve got green grass – ours is pure brown with hardly a drop of rain in months.

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      rain just stopped but still not a nice day :(

  22. PJ
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Rattled through this one without any help. Can’t be the weather as it’s 33 in the shade in Bavaria and due to get warmer tomorrow.
    If Germany wins tonight and Spain tomorrow, that octopus is going to end up in the paella!

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      Aren’t you a bit behind PJ assuming you’re talking about the world cup that is???

      • PJ
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

        Mary: Germany and Uruguay are due to fight it out tonight for third and fourth place. If you fancy a flutter, Germany are odds-on favourites with the online bookies, but you can get 7 to 2 on Uruguay. Paul the octopus is backing Germany.

        • mary
          Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

          Oh ok didn’t know, will watch that then, thanks for info, think I’ll pass on the bet though :)

        • gnomethang
          Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

          Go Paul!

  23. Collywobbles
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Either the Saturday xword is getting easier or I’m improving

    • dinosaur pete
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      funny you should think that too ….. !

      • dinosaur pete
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

        I like to believe the latter !

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Lets hope its us improving……….definitely :)

      • Collywobbles
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

        Temperature 32 here.I’m off for a swim. Sorry Mary

        • mary
          Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

          Oh well we can’t all be lucky and it has stopped raining but the sky is quite black, enjoy your swim

  24. Michael
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I seem to be in a minority. I had no trouble with it but did not find any of the clues amusing. The best of a poor bunch (for me) were 4d, 11d and 14d. I did not like the “despite” in 8d and I am not sure about “bellyful” in 25d – Ï would prefer excess.

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      I’m with you on ‘despite’ Michael, funny nobody else seems to think there’s anything wrong with it??

  25. lizwhiz1
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Did this in 23 mins…. can I qualify for getting out of the clueles club??? I think not-just happened to understand all the clues apart from 16a which I guessed! Thank god for aircondidtioing in the car, as I have driven to visit my aunt in hopital and its 31 in the shade here in canterbury!! Not nice when you are weraing DVT stockings I can tell you! can’t wait to stop wearing them!

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      You get a day out Lizwhiz1 well done you :)

  26. FrogOne
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m overjoyed as I haven’t practised that much so far but managed to do the whole grid but for 3 clues. Not sure I know the required English words though. Anyway, if you can give me a tip for 13a , 5d (don’t think I know a synonym for gizmo) and 22d, I’d be very grateful! Merci beaucoup!

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi FrogOne a synonym for gizmo, I may be wrong but don’t you find them in some cans of beer or lager??,
      The return you are looking for in 13a comes from the stock market,
      22d, another word for old hand is old ****** another word for boards as in theatre followed by a one letter for resisance i.e. little resistance
      Hope these hints are helpful :)

      • FrogOne
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

        Tks for help Mary!… 13a guessed so too but feel better now that you confirm it…and I guess what I found for 22d is right given your clue though it’s not in my dictionary?! Never mind. I’ll have a look at the clues again tonight when all is quiet at home!!!! ;-)

        • FrogOne
          Posted July 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

          Actually found 22d in my bible ‘Le Collins & Robert”.. but it wasn’t in the Oxford Advanced learner’s hence my doubt! So tks indeed Mary!.. However, I can’t find 5d, don’t think I know the word, probably because I only like draft bitter and never drink canned beer! ah ah!

  27. weetie
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    A record for me too! Took under half an hour either side of the Tour de France after a long day at Market. I normally have to sleep on a clue or two (ok……five or six then).

    I’d like to think we are all improving.

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      well done weetie, i’d like to think so too :)

  28. PJ
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    and the name and Email boxes are working again!

    • Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      It was a bug on WordPress that affected sites that used their own domain names (WordPress redirects bigdave44.wordpress.com to bigdave44.com) and it took WordPress a while to sort out the underlying problem.

    • Collywobbles
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      3 cheers for that

      • mary
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        even 4! but isn’t it amazing that something which is really such a minor problem in the grand scheme of things can upset our day :)

  29. gordonbennet
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much Gazza and Mary, so much easier when you show me the way! I was being thick about some of them.
    Really pleasant day here in the north of scotland, 15 degrees and dry! A huge welcome relief after a quick visit to London last week. Hope you are all surviving. How about a holiday in NE Scotland????

    • mary
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      anytime, says she that needs help frequently, herself :)

      • mary
        Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

        Or indeed West Wales!!

    • gnomethang
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      Love one!
      Played golf up there out of Anstruther last year!

  30. brendam
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Well bringing up the rear, as usual, I truly think everything that can or could be said about this crossword has already BEEN said. Enjoyable because the clues were clear, straightforward and soluble, even for the not-so-clever, like me. Thanks Cephas. For once didn’t need the hints, tee-hee-hee!

    • Kath
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Hear, hear, Brendam! Did crossword this morning before it got too hot – 20c when we woke up at 6.30am. Sorry about the weather in West Wales, Mary, but, as someone else has said before me, bet your grass is green – ours looks like hay!

  31. Wingnut
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Just finished it! But then again, I have dusted and vacuumed the house, painted the garage door and watched F1 qualifying. Maybe I’ll win the lottery later.
    Learnt a few new things today. For some reason I wasn’t convinced I had the answer to 24a correct until I had all the crossing letters.

  32. Geoff
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Eight hours later, having wondered on and off all afternoon if I had 9a right, it’s just dawned on me how ‘one leaving coral island’ leads to the answer … astonishing!

    • gnomethang
      Posted July 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

      Got me for a bit as well Geoff!

  33. Claire
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    A really quick solve today and with no recourse to clues, hints or anything – amazing, that happens VERY rarely!!

  34. Neila
    Posted July 11, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Only the second or third time I have completed the DT Saturday crossword on my own! So I feel able to enter these hallowed halls and comment! I normally return to it on and off throughout the weekend and then visit Big Dave on Sunday evening to finish off. Had to resort to dictionary for 6d and 16a – both new words for me. Caused myself an issue with 8d as I had 9a wrong (had taken last letter off not first). Really liked 4d, 21d and 26a. Don’t think I am getting better, just an easier one!

    • Posted July 11, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Neila

      They’re all easy when you know the answers!

  35. Caro
    Posted July 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I’m pretty new to this. Getting better and quicker all the time tho! Just stuck on 13 across….a hint please?

    • gazza
      Posted July 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi Caro – welcome to the blog.
      13a Return from the market (8)
      It’s a cryptic definition of the financial return you’d hope to get by investing in the stock market.

      • Caro
        Posted July 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Gazza! Have it now and completed! Yay.

  36. tonyp17
    Posted July 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Was out walking in the Peak District yesterday so solved this this evening to avoid watching the football.
    Definitely much easier than last week with several very obvious anagrams to help me on the way.
    Gave it *** as no great clues.
    15a and 20a are new words for me.

  37. plot50
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Found this one much esier than last Sat but stumped on 19d as is my little electronic device of last resort

    • Posted July 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog plot50

      19d Demon girl — men excited! (7)
      The demon is an anagram (excited) of GIRL MEN – you may have something else wrong!

      • plot50
        Posted July 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Dave I had though of LP for record which put me up the proverbial gum tree. Now all solved.