DT 26319 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26319 (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, 19th August.


Across

1a    Teacher drops alternative claim (7)
Start with a top teacher at a university and remove an alternative to get a claim

15a    Greek character held by Catherine Jones (4)
… it was her middle name before she adopted it as part of a double-barrel surname!

24a    Reported second person who, say, made call to attract attention (3-3)
Combine homophones for the second person pronoun and who to get a call made to attract attention

29a    Writing about departure in progress (7)
Combine a word meaning about with a departure to get a word meaning in progress

Down

2d    Rouse again when a new rake is broken (8)
To rouse again is an anagram (broken) of A NEW RAKE

17d    The Spanish fish coming from fictitious place (8)
Combine the Spanish definite article with a gold-coloured fish to get a golden land imagined by the Spanish conquerors of America – the enumeration is often given as (2,6)

26d    Not having a match in clothing (4)
Drop the A (not having a) from a match to get an item of clothing

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!


118 Comments

  1. Prolixic
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    A very enjoyable puzzle from Cephas today. Favourite clue was 16a but there were lots to choose from today. Many thanks to Cephas and to BD for the notes.

  2. Posted August 14, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed this puzzle too and my favourite clue was 20d but, while I have an answer for 18d, I don’t understand why I have that answer and look forward to further comments.

    • Libellule
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

      I believe its a cockatoo!

      • Posted August 14, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

        Thank you, Libellule, and, yes, you’re right! After posting my comment, I did some investigation using Google [other search engines are available] and found the answer but, to my mind, it’s a rather tenuous association isn’t it?

        • prolixic
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

          The first five letters of the answer come from the first part of the ***** Mitchell Cockatoo (a species found in Australia). The final three letter are a synonym for “may”.

          • Across_Tick
            Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

            Thanks for the explanation. I got the solution but had presumed that there had been a famous (or not so famous) military man called Mitchell.

            • Dynamic
              Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

              I searched for the presumed military title/rank and surname in Wikipedia and it came up with the right fellow, who was an explorer of Scottish origin who named numerous places in Australia and had a few species named in his honour, including the cockatoo that bears his military rank and surname. Like you I had no clue before using Wikipedia, but was wondering why the answer was right.

  3. gnomethang
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    As has become usual with Saturday’s puzzles for me, the first pass of all the clues makes things look quite oblique but the subsequent thinking resolves into a fairly straightforward but fun puzzle. Favourite here was 10a
    Thanks to BD and Cephas.

    • Collywobbles
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      That’s exactly how I find the Saturday xword. My first pass only gave me 3 clues.

      • Sheepdog
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

        Interesting name Collywobbles. Sheepdog comes from my surname, that breed of dog

        • Collywobbles
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

          It’s a nickname from my schooldays. How do you attach the little picture to the comment Sheepdog?

          • Sheepdog
            Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

            Do you mean the thing that looks like a mask? If so I’ve not a clue. If not I don’t know what you mean

            • Collywobbles
              Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

              BD, do you know how the pictures get allocated?

              • gazza
                Posted August 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

                It’s all explained in the FAQs, including how to set up your own avatar (picture). See here.

                • Posted August 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

                  I really ought to update the FAQ! It’s been a lot easier for a few months now – you can get the avatar (called a gravatar – globally recognised avatar) at gravatar.com without acquiring a WordPress logon.

  4. Libellule
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    A good crossword from Cephas today – very enjoyable – and even a pangram!

  5. Lea
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    The top r/h corner took me the longest. For some reason I could click with 13a – kept wanting to put in antiseptic and of course it was wrong. As you know I don’t normally like 4 letter clues bvut thought 21a was very good. I read Libellule’s message and that made 9a click in to place – thank you for that Libellule. Last one in was 6d which was really dumb as it was very strraightforward (trying to make it too complicated).

    I select 3d as my clue of the day.

    Thanks to Cephas and thanks to BD for the hints (even though I didn’t need them).

  6. Nubian
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Ive got 29a but I still don’t get the explanation Dave, what is the alternative word surrounding the word for leave ?

    • tilly
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      If you write a word meaning ‘about ‘+ a word meaning ‘departure’, that gives you a word meaning ‘in progress’. Took me a second look as I initially tried to get it the way you are thinking.

      • Nubian
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

        Ah, about as in, to do with. Got it, thanks Tilly

  7. Nubian
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed the puzzle immensely but one or two clues seemed to be a bit iffy.
    17d, the fish I thought ended in a
    29a I got but am still trying to suss out how.
    Apart from that, fine for a Saturday, better than the weather.
    Thanks for the hints Dave and Cephas for the crossword.

  8. Little Dave
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Got very damp getting the paper here in Hertfordshire and I agree that 29a is a ittle vague. 3d best for me. All done watching the rain in the conservatory. The lawn is starting to recover!

    • mary
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Sunny/cloudy here so far, we are going to try to plant out our fuschia hedge this pm, hope it stays dry :)

      • Collywobbles
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink

        It’s 32 here. I’m getting fed uo with all this warmth!

        • mary
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

          I wish!! where are you?

  9. mary
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Good morning everyone, I am stuck believe it or not on 5d I have the two checking letters, and unless I have something wrong I can only see two words that will fit there and I can’t make them fit the clue!! Help please… anyone

    • Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      Think about a jump in ice-skating! Cut + L(ongways)

      • mary
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

        Thanks Dave, thats what I thought it was but didn’t think of a ‘skating jump’
        Good that’s it finished, as with gnomey at first I thought oh no, but once I got into it and realised it was a pangram it was ok, one of those puzzles where I had no favourite clue and no clue I thought was awful, for us CCers requires a bit of work, but if you stick at it, you can do it :)
        Just one thing about 5d Dave I don’t quite understand why it says L(ongways) first when it comes last!!?

        • Lea
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

          Doesn’t it mean the first letter Mary? At least that’s how I figured it out.

        • Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

          First letter of Longways!

          • mary
            Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:07 am | Permalink

            Duh….D for dunce..thank you both :)

            • Collywobbles
              Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

              Mary
              I can’t see this one. A word for cut preceded by L. Is that right?

              • Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

                It’s followed by L – the “first” refers to the first letter of Longways.

              • mary
                Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

                No it means followed by L, a word for cut first followed by the first of Longways, which is L

                • Collywobbles
                  Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

                  Got it. Tks BD and Mary. Never heard of it. Another word added to my vocabulary

  10. Ash
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    2d Surely this is an anagram of A NEW RAKE not NEW RAKE.

    • Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      It looked ok at 2.00am! Thanks, now sorted.

  11. mary
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Is there really such a word as Qualmier?? 12a

    • tilly
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      As in qualmy/qualmier/qualmiest – uneasy/more uneasy/most uneasy? Never heard of it before but wonder if this is the logic behind it as qualmy does exist.

      • mary
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:36 am | Permalink

        Hi Tilly I looked it up online and came up with this link that says the word doesn’t exist! :)

    • mary
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      http://www.crosswordpuzzlehelp.net – says the word doesn’t exist

      • tilly
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

        http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualmy

        This says the word qualmy does exist as an adjective, which is why I wondered if qualmier would be a recognised comparative.

        Either way, I suspect that this is a word which I might only come across once, so this is its moment!!

        Hope you enjoy the opening match of the season tomorrow, Mary!

        • mary
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:41 am | Permalink

          I hope I enjoy it too Tilly :)

  12. Kate
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Can anyone give me a hint for 3d or 10a. Unfortunately my “solutions” to both clues don’t coincide so I am left completely flumoxed!
    Thanks

    • mary
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Kate 3d
      you need a 4 letter word for ‘make’ followed by the initial (first) letters of ‘urgent list as explained’ to give you a word for sets of chemical symbols

      • mary
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        sorry that’s come out all wrong, you need the first letters of ‘urgent list as explained’ after a 4 letter word for ‘make’

        • Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

          I sorted it!

          • mary
            Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

            thank Dave, what do you make of the word ‘qualmier’ several online sites say it doesn’t exist??

      • Kate
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

        Thanks Mary, that’s what I thought, now I need to get to grips with 10a! Enjoy the match tomorrow – which team do you support?

        • mary
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

          Liverpool, you?

          • Kate
            Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

            I live in Barcelona so I’ve got Europe’s best football team here, but hailing from the North East, I have to say that my heart belongs to Newcastle, although I don’t think there’s a lot of hope there. Hope your new manager does well, sad to see Rafa go.

            • mary
              Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

              Yes but he was pretty useless, though I did like him, Barcelona, must be pretty warm then Kate?

              • Sheepdog
                Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

                Mary, you stole our manager – but we’ve got Sparky now

                • mary
                  Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

                  Sorry!

    • Rod Ash
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      10a is ” a and a word meaning stuffing” into M and E giving a type of decorative fringe work

      • Kate
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Rod, got it now!

        • peter
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

          I haven’t

          • peter
            Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

            Ok got it now

  13. Rod Ash
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I think this is how a Saturday crossword should be…at first glance not very many easy answers but takes about an hour once you’ve got into it. I liked 10a best.

  14. mary
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    back later gardening to be done!!

  15. Digby
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Much more of a suitable challenge for a Saturday than many recent puzzles. My only quibble is 18a, where the answer was blindingly obvious from the checking letters, but the the justification somewhat obscure. Like the setter was being perverse just for the sake of it. Anyway, a good hour’s fun, and thanks for burning the midnight oil for us, BD.

  16. Geoff
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Getting there gradually. NE/SW corners and lots of gaps elsewhere. I have an obvious word for ‘got down’, 11a, but no idea what it has to do with the rest of the clue. Thanks for help with 10a and 5d!

    • Digby
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      Think of One as “A” and a 7 letter word if something has been set on fire.

      • Geoff
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

        Of course! I was looking for something backwards, with the use of ‘up’.

  17. Geoff
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    All done, but have to confess to a little help from word wizard … As usual, there are a few clues that I don’t understand even though I have the answers but all will be revealed later in the week. Lots of good clues, favourites include 10a, 19d.

    Thank you Cephas, BD et al..

    • mary
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      well done Geoff, enjoy your concert :)

      • Lea
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

        Mary – have a go at Prolixic’s NTSPP 027 – it is really enjoyable. Takes a bit of thinking but it’s worth it.

      • Geoff
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Mary. I do enjoy the concerts, even if it is a lot of playing. There’s a need to perform there somewhere, but I’m glad it’s not me on my own!

  18. Kath
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed the crossword today and managed to finish it in reasonable time – 10a took a long time, as did 5d. Got 3d quite quickly but couldn’t quite make sense of it to begin with.

    Mary – in answer to last night – Little Haven mainly as my parents had a house there but all up that bit of coast – Druidstone, Newgale, Solva, – such happy memories!

    • mary
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      Beautiful part of the world Kath :)

  19. garfield
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Im still chewing over 6d and think a gun would come in handy, should be easy unless I have the checking letters wrong. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Lea
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Gaerfield – you will kick yourself when you get it – forget the gun and think of the definition of chewy stuff using the first three words.

  20. garfield
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    My goodness I almost choked on it. Thanks!

    • Lea
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      Don’t worry – it was the last one to go in for me and I really did kick myself so I know how you feel.

      • garfield
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

        Thanks again. I dont know about you but I found this one difficult but enjoyable. I would usually complete one corner and move on to another but I found myself all over the place. I enjoyed 9a,16a and 20d. Have a wonderful weekend Lea.

  21. crypticsue
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Agree with Gnomethang and others. These days Cephas is presenting us with some puzzles which at first read through all seems really tricky but then the solutions fall into place without too much trouble after a couple more goes. Grateful to BD and others for the reasons why 18d and 29a are what they are – thought I was going to have to do a bit of research before writing my review but I don’t need to now, thank you.

  22. Barrie
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Why is it that the hints on a Saturday are usually to the answers you can get and never to the tricky ones!!

    • Posted August 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Because everyone is different!

      I always do the first and last across and down clues and then pick out what I think may be difficult. Bearing in mind that at this point, usually around 12.30am, I will have finished the puzzle and be looking forward to getting some sleep, it can be difficult to preempt any difficulties – that’s why we have the comments.

  23. Barrie
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Sorry really didn’t like this. I thought it a rather nasty little effort. Sorry too many silly words like 12a and 5d, not a good one at all to my way of thinking.

    • peter
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      I agree

  24. ChrisH
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this one; must have been on the right wavelength today, or Elgar’s brain therapy is working!. Had a mental block with SW corner, but it suddenly fell into place.
    Quite liked 26d.

  25. Franny
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I can’t have been in a CW mood today as this took me a lot of electronic help to finish, and no great sense of accomplishment afterwards, I had ‘antiseptic’ for 13a also, and it didn’t bother me at all as I had ‘toffee’ for some reason at 6d — but it all got sorted in the end. 24a was first in, followed by 12a, so I suppose they were my clues of the day. :-)

  26. Collywobbles
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Does antbody know what a ‘mtch’ is?

    • Posted August 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      The clue requires you to remove A from a type of match – the kind sold by Swan.

    • Geoff
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

      I pondered over the same thing for quite a long while, Collywobbles. Then the reference to clothing and match/swan dawned on me … took a while though!

  27. collywobbles
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Doh! What a dimwit. Tks BD

  28. Collywobbles
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Finished after may interruptions. Thanks for the hints Dave. Liked 23d

  29. crypticsue
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Can I just repeat what Lea said earlier this afternoon, if you have time to spare following your tussle with the Prize Puzzle, have a go at today’s NTSPP No 27 – its very enjoyable.

    • gazza
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      I’ll second that. It’s very entertaining. Don’t keep clear of it because you think it’ll be a tough Toughie-standard puzzle – it’s within the capabilities of anyone who can cope with the daily Crytic puzzles.

      • gnomethang
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

        Thirded!

  30. peter
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I don’t like this much
    13a I have the word but cannot see why it fits the clue

    Am stuck on 25a 27a. 28a. 18d. 20d.

    • gazza
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      13a Worker still accepting one that’s dust-resistant (10)
      It’s one of the insects that is always a worker in Crosswordland and a synonym for still with the letter standing for one between the two.

      • gazza
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

        25a Checked in development conjuring with a bit over (8)
        The definition is checked in development and it’s an anagram (conjuring with) of A BIT OVER.

      • gazza
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

        27a Ruler performing in a month (7)
        The definition is ruler. For “performing” think of an actor taking the stage.

        • gazza
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

          28a Kind of account for uncertainty (8)
          Double definition. If an organisation receives a cheque in the post with no indication of who’s sent it, they put it temporarily into this type of account.

          • peter
            Posted August 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

            Thanks

            I would never have done these unaided

        • peter
          Posted August 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

          Ok I’ve done 27a but I don’t see where performing comes into it

          thankyou Gazza for helping
          me finish

          • gazza
            Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

            If you have the answer you’ll have a two-letter word inside the month. Use it to replace “performing” in a sentence like “She’s performing at 8 p.m.”.

            • Peter
              Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

              Ah. I thought the first three letters indicated the month.

      • gazza
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

        18d Mitchell may be an islander (8)
        Double definition, but the “mitchell” bit is so obscure that I’d ignore it and look for the inhabitant of a Spanish island.

      • gazza
        Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

        20d Adopt little telepathy on the river (7)
        You want a verb meaning adopt or embrace. Put the abbreviation for a form of telepathy in front of a North Yorkshire river.

  31. Jake
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Crossword score for fun. about 2 1/2 out of 5. Not as great as yesterday I dare say. It seemed rather flat, all clues were pretty much pitched at the same level with not enough variation.

    Saturday is a prize puzzle isn’t it. What does one win if picked?

  32. Little Dave
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Jake, you win a pen. I’ve been trying for years without success! Saturday’s challenge is always the easiest puzzle of the week too. I think the DT gets about 5,000 entries.

    Anyway I’m off to sulk as my team has just lost 6-0 at Chelskie.

    • Jake
      Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      Little Dave, cheers for that. A pen, OK about 5000/1 That would take a bit of luck. The EV is a fountain pen, but I guess less entries are submitted.

      Cheers your self up with a beer Dave!

    • Posted August 15, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Little Dave, from memory (and Big Dave can correct me on this), when we were talking to Cephas at the last Cruciverbalist’s Convention I think that the suggestion was that the entries run to the tens of thousands!.

      • Posted August 15, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

        Whatever the answer, the odds are pretty poor – save the postage and buy a nice pen instead!

  33. Nubian
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I have just ask this question on NTSPP (I enjoyed that immensely. Is there an accepted word for clues which use the s same letter at the s start s so the answer has to have the s same thing ?
    Just wondering) Does anybody have an answer ?
    Thanks

  34. Robert
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I have just asked..

  35. Derek
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Got on with the Cephas puzzle rather more quickly than with Giovanni’s so must be recovering from my long absence!

    Best clues for me were : 9a,16a, 17d, 18d & 20d.

  36. Gari
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi all didnt get chance to do until Sunday teatime due to work commitments and playing in a skittles final last night, quite enjoyed it although 3d threw me for a while as I had it ending in an S when the penny dropped it didn’t everything fell into place, thanks for the hints BD

  37. malcolm
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    11d Cant fathom. Any ideas

    • gazza
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

      11d Accolade following a tenor’s virtue (9)
      The definition is virtue. After A and the abbreviation for tenor you need a synonym for accolade or testimonial.

      • malcolm
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

        Ta Gazza Got it. But I had 22a as Malcontent. Obviously wrong .Got it now

    • Derek
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Malcolm,
      a synonym for accolade follows a t(enor)

  38. Posted August 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Hello big dave . Completed this thou in macrame i was initially foxed by “stuff ” as it was a verb. Thanks for your explanation of TT=Tourist trophy and DD.