DT 26409 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26409 (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, 2nd December.

Across

1a    Obtained directly from leading worker (5-4)
A word meaning obtained from the original source is a charade of synonyms for leading and worker

12a         Disagreeing about one point whilst trying to be amusing (9)
Put a word meaning disagreeing or quarrelsome around a compass point to get an adjective meaning humorous in a flippant or inappropriate way

16a         Current uprising (7)
A slightly cryptic definition of an ascending current of warm air, used by birds and gliders to gain height

29a    Rubbish, it produces opium, mate (9)
A word meaning rubbish is a charade of the flower from which opium is obtained and a colloquialism for mate, or as Chambers puts it “British informal – a friendly form of address among men”

Down

1d    Viral infection following repeatedly will get you down (5)
A charade of a viral infection and an abbreviation for following gives a description of down, as in feather

4d           Sherry lover (7)
A dark, sweet sherry and a ladies’ man – perhaps one who likes Sherry!


20d         Worst place to park during break for repairs (3,4)
A charade of the worst place in the world, according to John McEnroe, TO and P(ark) gives a break for repairs during a motor race

27d    Modest woman’s figure? (3)
This figure is hidden inside the first two words

The Saturday Crossword Club is now open. Membership is free and open to all. Feel free to leave comments.

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

94 Comments

  1. Upthecreek
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Easy one today after a pretty testing week. Favourite was 1d – very clever. Also liked 29. Can’t wait for Mary’s hints today as I have to go out.

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      Almost beat you to it UTC! enjoy your day out :)

  2. mary
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Good morning Dave, a lovely crossword today, lots of clues I liked, still needed all my books and machines though, but not looked at hints, Is it today that we (Liverpool) play You (Spurs) if so what time is kick off?? :)

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      yes, yes, yes, the boat is sold :-D :-D :-D

      • Franco
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

        Tottenham v Liverpool – Tomorrow at 16:00

        • mary
          Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

          Thanks Franco, I think I’ll put some money on that one!

      • Lea
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

        Well done Mary – went faster than you thought?

        • mary
          Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

          Thanks Lea not really, it has been on the market for over a year now, such a relief :)

          • mary
            Posted November 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

            and we had to let it go for less than half its value, its a bad time for selling a boat :-(

            • Lea
              Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

              Oh – that’s not so good then but at least you got rid of it.

              • mary
                Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

                yes at least we won’t have to pay marina fees any more :)

  3. Nubian
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Up here in the Artic of Newcastle I managed to drag myself out of bed and don lots of layers to uncover the car, I knew it was there somewhere, then warmed myself up with this edifying puzzle which was a treat.
    Thanks Dave and the Setter, will it be Jay ?

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      Hi Nubian sounds like the white stuff hit you too, I had to go find the car yesterday, so far it hasn’t snowed anymore, fingers crossed! I think weekends it’s either Cephas or Vergilus not sure which day

    • pommers
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

      Usually Cephas on Sat and Virgilius on Sun. Jay is the ‘Wednesday Wizard’

  4. Spindrift
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    After some challenging cryptics this week I found this quite easy. 18a was my favourite however I found 1d & 10a a tad iffy (in my opinion of course).

  5. Barrie
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Another excellent puzzle following yesterdays brilliant one. I am almost prepared to put up with the odd Ray T if it means more like yesterday and today :-) My congratulations to the setter.

    • Kath
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

      How can you not love Ray T puzzles – the high spot of the week for me, although I have to confess that I didn’t enjoy his on Thursday this week as much as usual, but I think that was probably me …

  6. Collywobbles
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I’m really enjoying todays’ Xword and I havn’t used the hints yet but they seem more frugal than usual!

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Maybe Dave has other things onhis mind today like football and COW! :)

      • Collywobbles
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

        Maybe it’s the Rugby because he played it at school at Rutlish (England V South Africa)

  7. Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed this too because the compiler cleverly backed me into a corner – the upper left. Having discovered the answer to Id – I thought this was ingenious – and assuming the answer to 10a was untie, I was left scratching my head as to why rat – also involved in preparations – was an agent… So now you know where I’ve been for the best part of the morning!

  8. crypticsue
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable Saturday crossword. My only struggle was with 1d but I soon sorted that out. Hard to pick a favourite from all the lovely clues. Thanks to Cephas (if you are back on duty this week?) and BD too. No snow here yet in Kent – it was minus 4 at 9.30 this morning but has warmed up since. Even have the odd burst of sun too.

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      don’t let the su fool you Sue, its lovely and sunny here now but more snow is forecast!

  9. Collywobbles
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Finished. Brilliant. I don’t care who set it, it was very enjoyable

  10. Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I really liked this one today. Some clever clues, one or two I have seen before, but that did not detract from my enjoyment.
    Many thanks to Cephas, if it is he, and to BD.

    • Lea
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Any word on the arrival as yet Jezza?

      • Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        Not yet Lea. Due today but no sign of anything happening. We are just off to our son’s school Christmas Fair. I will let you know as and when there is any news :)

        • Kath
          Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

          Oh yes – please do – how exciting. Do you know whether your son is going to have a brother or sister or have you chosen to remain in the dark?

          • Posted November 28, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

            We have no idea Kath. We asked our son what he thought we were having and he said a dinosaur! :)
            Still no sign of movement today (perhaps it has decided it is too cold to enter the world).

  11. toadson
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice crossword today. I liked 11a, and I also thought 10a was on the ‘iffy’ side. But what is 22d?? Any clues?

    • Digby
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Toadson, I haven’t inked it in yet either, but I think it’s the name of the French proprietor in ‘ello ‘ello

      • gnomethang
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

        Digby is correct, the second half of the name being French for ‘born’

        • toadson
          Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

          Thanks to you both – I initially had in mind that the last two letters should be three to mean ‘born’ (i.e. with an extra E).

          • mary
            Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

            Yes I thought that too toadson,I think, because that is how we see it in English, eg on a form when they ask for maiden name etc. but used here it is the masculine form in French

            • toadson
              Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

              Thanks Mary.

          • Franco
            Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

            toadson, ‘Allo ‘Allo!

            The French feminine form of “born” is “**e”, the masculine is “**”.

            • mary
              Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

              Don’t know if we’re ‘allowed’ to put part of the word Franco, BD may delete you! :)

              • Posted November 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

                He has!

              • mary
                Posted November 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

                oops!

                • Franco
                  Posted November 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

                  Je m’excuse!

            • toadson
              Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

              Thanks. That’s one I won’t forget! (Hopefully).

  12. gnomethang
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    An enjoyable puzzle today. I was lazy and grabbed a couple of letters from Clued Up as I am recovering from a Leaving do last night.
    Thanks to Cephas (I am reasonably sure it is he) and BD

  13. Lea
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Nie Saturdayb puzzloe. Fouled myself up for ages on 15a as had the wrong ending dfoer 4d. Lesson – don’t make assumptions!!

    Thanks to setter – Cephas – and to BD for hints.

    A dusting of snow at 9:00 but clear skies and clear ground by 9:30.

    • Franco
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      “Nie Saturdayb puzzloe” – reminds me of Stanley Unwin. Deep Joy!! :smile:

      • toadson
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

        Now there’s someone I’ve not thought of for years. Prof Stanley Unwin – hilarious!

  14. Geoff
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Very nice puzzle. The right hand side went in fairly easily, with a the left side a little less easily. Lots of good, enjoyable clues, with a couple I just didn’t understand, but Mary enlightened me. Last two in were 15a and 22d, faves would half to include 4d, 7d and 29a.

    Thanks to Cephas, BD and Mary.

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

      well done today Geoff

  15. Little Dave
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Favourtite was 29a – not convinced about 28a – can anyone assure me it is to do with a ladder or am I wrong?

    Very cold in Hertfordshire – heavy frost. Would rather be in Brisbane.

    Advice on 28a would be appreciated please.

    • toadson
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      Think of a line of taxis ..

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      nothing to do with a ladder little Dave, it is class as in position in the services perhaps and also row as mentioned by toadson above, it is a double definition

    • Collywobbles
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      Sunny in Languedoc. No snow yet. None expected.

  16. cephas
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Cephas is back, but not every week.

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cephas thanks for lovely puzzle today, only wish I was half as clever in solving them :-D

    • crypticsue
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Will you be there next week? I had to edit my review last week as I had typed it before you posted to say it wasn’t you!

  17. Little Dave
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    DOH! Thank you to Toadson and Mary – obvious really. Merci.

  18. Peter
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Difficult today/

    Really struggling.

    • mary
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      Can I help??

      • Peter
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, I’ve done the ones which are the subjects of hints or discussion above, and will attempt some more.

        I’ll come back for the really tough ones.

    • Dinosaur Pete
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Quite agree Peter and ……………………….. MARY –
      yes, what are the answers !!!
      We’ve a fine sprinkling of snow on the hills around Swanage but none in the valley – jolly cold though and I have to go out and find, then seal, where something is getting into our garden at night and waking the dog (hence us) at 3.00 a.m. Might explain why I’m struggling today !

      • mary
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

        Which ones do you need help with??

        • Dinosaur Pete
          Posted November 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

          most of them – don’t worry Mary, that’s my normal state ! Now I’ve found the hole (and hopefully sealed it) where a badger (I think) was disturbing the peace I’ll get back to concentrating on the puzzle.

        • Dinosaur Pete
          Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

          One hour later and Bingo ! All done and dusted. Thanks Mary for the offer but these things just have to meander around in my mind and all of a sudden the light dawns ……………………………… Trouble is the meandering can go on forever !

          Hope the Flute goes well – what are you playing?

  19. chrisW
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Finished again this week with no help from the hints. The only one I was not sure of was 22d. I had the answer , now I know the reasoning.Favourite clue was 17d. Regards to Dinosaur Pete, we must be sharing the same view. It may be the South coast but it is still very cold.
    Has anyone else noticed that the last day for entry is now shown as Friday, and the review is still done on the Thursday?

    • crypticsue
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      You’d have to be very keen to read the review on a Thursday afternoon, fill in the ones you hadn’t already got, rush to a postbox and rely on Royal Mail’s first class service to get the envelope to the Telegraph in the first post on the Friday morning – and your chances of winning the pen after all that would be extremely remote.

  20. mary
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    TTFN folks, signing off to trek through the snow with my flute on my back :)

  21. Prolixic
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    An enjoyable puzzle from Cephas, for which many thanks.

    On blog related matters, Big Dave has been slow in telling us about his interview on “Crossword Unclued”, an Indian crossword site that is well worth browsing (and not just for the BD interview). The link to interview itself is:

    http://www.crosswordunclued.com/2010/11/interview-with-big-dave.html

    • gnomethang
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for that Prolixic!

  22. Peter
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Stuck on 15a and 15d.

    Any help gratefully received.

    • Peter
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      OK got them, thank you!

    • Dinosaur Pete
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Peter, glad to see I’m not the only one still ploughing on !
      15a could be described as a part amateur so he/she is a …./… If that’s any help
      15d is a word used to describe imposing spectacles i.e. processions.
      Sorry not practised in giving clues, I usually read them, but just finished and saw your question – hope they’re some help.

  23. Prolixic
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    15a “Sportsman on half-pay”. You need another word for half plus a brief description of a sportsman who is not an amateur.

    15d “Odds on Leonard with sullen brilliance.” You need an abbreviation for odds used in horse racing + a diminuative name for Leonard + a word meaning sullen to give an answer that means brilliance.

    • Dinosaur Pete
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      You’re clearly far more practised in helpful clues than I am !!!

  24. Upthecreek
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    BD Being aware of your predilection for music of yesteryear, I was most disappointed that you did not take the opportunity to include a clip of that marvellous record that went to No 1 in December 1982 by todays 22d and yesterday’s toughie 24a [sic].

    • Posted November 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      When the male half of the duo was asked what made him the most money, did he reply “Save Your Love”? No, it was this one!

      • Upthecreek
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        Its a corny answer but thanks anyway.

  25. Gari
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Thoroughly enjoyed todays CW, many thanks Cephas & BD, got stuck on 10a, am I right in thinking it also means to take off the price label from something ie; a new jumper. :D

    • Posted November 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      More like remove washing from the line!

      • Gari
        Posted November 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

        Ah got it now 2d being more like a travelling salesman thanks. :D

  26. Kath
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    VERY late commenting today – frozen brain, impacted wisdom tooth causing trouble AGAIN, ancient Mum causing more trouble yet again and visitors for weekend. Somehow have found time to do crossword – it really is my bit of escape time – I love it! All visitors now gone to bed, clearing up done, husband and I about to sit by fire for a few minutes then to bed. A dusting of snow last night but nothing more in Oxford although it is now -3.5C – who knows what will happen overnight? Too tired to comment on any of today’s clues apart from 29a which I just loved – it was one of my wonderful father’s favourite expressions whenever he thought that anyone (usually me or my sister) was talking a load of rubbish! Sleep well all and stay warm and safe. Thanks to today’s setter and Big Dave. Maybe I will be the last one to comment today ….

    • Upthecreek
      Posted November 28, 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      Oh no you won’t, Kath. Hands up all the bloggers that knew 22d did the cornetto thing .

      • Posted November 28, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

        Not quite right.

        22d with an extra E was his partner – he had a name similar to the woman’s name at 24a in yesterday’s Toughie.

        • Upthecreek
          Posted November 28, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

          I bow to your superior knowledge. Maybe on Thursday you will let me know who was who and who did what. Reminds me of an old limerick!

          • Posted November 28, 2010 at 10:01 am | Permalink

            Because of a change in the closing date, Friday may be the new Thursday – more later.

            • Upthecreek
              Posted December 3, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

              Rene, Renee, Renate, Renato????????

              • Posted December 3, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

                You’ve got the gist – but it’s difficult to explain without mentioning the base word itself. The closing date having passed you comment will not be edited!

  27. David S
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Hard today! Fed up now. Need help with 26a and 24d. Much appreciated…

    • Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog David

      26a Whole drink taken to health centre (5)
      A word meaning whole is a charade of a small drink of spirits followed by the middle (centre) two letters of heALth

      24d Alien had many a coin from Albania (5)
      This alien is an enemy of Dr Who – a charade of a large Roman numeral (many) with A and the Albanian currency

  28. Drcross
    Posted November 28, 2010 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Nice puzzle I got 10 a from the definition part but I can’t quite work out the cryptic indicator…..un= a presumably in French but how does the next part work?

    • gazza
      Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      As you say 10a starts with “a” in French. What follows is just “woman”, i.e. a woman’s name for which there’s no further wordplay – you just have to get it from the definition (release) and the checking letters.

      • Drcross
        Posted November 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

        Many thanks Gazza – it makes sense now- I was reading it in the wrong way and trying to think of a word for a Parisian woman!

  29. Rod Ash
    Posted November 28, 2010 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Yes, I enjoyed this one too. It was an early start on the 6.10am from Leeds to Kings Cross yesterday and was down to 2 left by Grantham after reading the paper first. Finished this morning thanks to clearer brain. I liked 1d, 7d and 20d best.

  30. Bob
    Posted November 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Having a serious senior moment here. Stuck on 23a and then its off to the post box and await my prize pen. Got most of the letters so missing something. Dinners on the table so got to go. Small clue please.

    • Posted November 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      23a Need month off recovering (2,3,4)

      It’s an anagram (off) of NEED MONTH – recovering is the definition

  31. Bob
    Posted November 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Ta now wasn’t that obvious. Good news after the roast. Now for the afternoon sleep.Best Saturday crossword for weeks.