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DT 26464

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26464

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Unless I’m very much mistaken it’s Shamus today with one of his enjoyable pangrams. I found it a bit more difficult than normal but not sufficiently so to put into 4-star territory. How about you? – let us know what you thought in a comment!
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Across Clues

1a  Guarantee truce is broken before start of year (8)
{SECURITY} – something that’s pledged as a guarantee is an anagram (broken) of TRUCE IS followed by the first letter (start) of Y(ear).

5a  Bill with small amount of money creating stress (6)
{ACCENT} – a stress or emphasis in speech is the abbreviation for a bill followed by a small amount of money.

9a  Facility offering support when brass is depleted? (9)
{OVERDRAFT} – cryptic definition of a facility that you may be offered (and pay through the nose for) when your funds are running low (brass here being a slang term for money).

11a  Animal sheltering in hot terrain (5)
{OTTER} – this fish-eating animal is hiding (sheltering) in the clue.

12a  A human with no end of devilment devoid of right (6)
{AMORAL} – start with A and a human (as opposed to a god) and remove the T (with no end of devilmenT) to leave an adjective meaning lacking a sense of what is right.

13a  Reckless Knight starts to incite kids entering a labyrinth (8)
{KAMIKAZE} – this adjective meaning reckless (to the point of being suicidal) starts with one of the abbreviations for knight, then this is followed by the first letters (starts to) of Incite Kids which are contained in (entering) A and a labyrinth.

15a  Suffering similarly after a joint embarkation? (2,3,4,4)
{IN THE SAME BOAT} – cryptic definition of a phrase meaning to be in unfavourable circumstances identical to those suffered by other people.

18a  Repressive period referring to revolutionary men (5,2,6)
{REIGN OF TERROR} – the period of great repression during the French Revolution, when Madame La Guillotine was working overtime, is an anagram (revolutionary) of REFERRING TO followed by the abbreviation for other ranks (men).

22a  Friend put about a lie largely describing minister’s role? (8)
{PASTORAL} – an adjective describing a minister’s role in caring for the general well-being of his or her flock is a synonym for friend around (describing) A and another word for a lie without its final Y (largely).

23a  The man after endless fast food in France (6)
{QUICHE} – put a masculine pronoun (the man) after a synonym for fast without its final K (endless) to get food in France (now eaten by real men everywhere, not just in France).

26a  Invalid having had a bypass (5)
{AVOID} – an adjective meaning invalid or not legally binding is preceded by (having had) A to make a verb meaning to bypass.

27a  Wealthy figure working in rear in feat that’s not mentally demanding (2-7)
{NO-BRAINER} – a slang term for a wealthy person is followed by an anagram (working) of IN REAR to make an informal term for a task requiring little mental effort.

28a  Last couple of points made by rude delinquent (6)
{ENDURE} – the definition here is last, as a verb. Two cardinal points are followed by an anagram (delinquent) of RUDE.

29a  Retired disc jockey keeping English thoroughly entertained initially describing a ring? (8)
{JEWELLED} – this is an adjective that may be used to describe a ring (the sort with a diamond, say). Reverse (retired) the abbreviation for disc jockey and inside (keeping) put E(nglish), a synonym for thoroughly and the first letter (initially) of E(ntertained). My attempts to get DLT into the answer were unsuccessful!

And specially for Gari …


Down Clues

1d  Occasional winding road encountered during short season (8)
{SPORADIC} – I started off by trying to use Spring (one of the four seasons that we had in the Sunday Cryptic) but what we actually need is season as a verb, meaning to add flavour. Drop the last letter of this (short) and inside it (during) put an anagram (winding) of ROAD.

2d  Firm retaining radical set of beliefs (5)
{CREDO} – the abbreviation for a firm contains (retaining) the colour associated with radicalism to make a set of beliefs.

3d  European barred by form of repeated bureaucracy (3,4)
{RED TAPE} – the definition is bureaucracy. It’s an anagram (form) of REP(e)ATED without (barred) E(uropean).

4d  Carrier in river flanked by another (4)
{TRAY} – this carrier is what your butler might use to carry in your cucumber sandwiches. Around R(iver) put the name of the Scottish river immortalised by the great McGonagall.

6d  Sausage that’s rich zoo cooked (7)
{CHORIZO} – an anagram (cooked) of RICH ZOO produces a spicy Spanish sausage.

7d  Two thespians, the second ignoring a fan (9)
{EXTRACTOR} – this is a charade of two thespians, the first one with, normally, a non-speaking role, and the second without (ignoring) his leading A.

8d  Sailor to understand objective (6)
{TARGET} – a charade of one of the many abbreviations for a sailor and an informal verb to understand forms what you’re aiming at (objective).

10d  Compromise effectively disappointing customers? (5-3)
{TRADE-OFF} – double definition, the second a semi-cryptic way of saying that a company is not open for business.

14d  Principal volunteers with popular support (8)
{MAINTAIN} – a verb meaning to support is a charade of a synonym for principal, our part-time army and a word meaning popular or trendy.

16d  Entrance others held to need renovation lacking bit of elegance (9)
{THRESHOLD} – this entrance is an anagram (to need renovation) of OTHERS H(e)LD, lacking E(legance).

17d  Genuine money by the sound of it indicative of pure stock (4-4)
{TRUE-BRED} – this compound adjective describes an animal of pure stock. It’s a charade of a synonym for genuine and a homophone (by the sound of it) of a slang term for money.

19d  Suitable like person of habit? (2,5)
{IN ORDER} – double definition, the second a cryptic definition of where you would find a person in a habit.

20d  Aussie bird seen over dead ape (7)
{EMULATE} – this Aussie bird is not Sheila but a feathered variety that cannot fly. Put it in front of (over, in a down clue) an adjective meaning dead to form a verb meaning to ape.

21d  Understanding university kept a new version (6)
{UPTAKE} – we want a noun meaning understanding (normally preceded by “quick (or slow) on the”). It’s U(niversity) followed by an anagram (new version) of KEPT A.

24d  Body of water, lake beneath miraculous site (5)
{CANAL} – a waterway is made by putting L(ake) after (beneath, in a down clue) the biblical wedding place where water was apparently turned into wine (miraculous site).

25d  Clever story fellow dropped (4)
{ABLE} – start with a story (one by Aesop, perhaps) and drop the initial F(ellow).

I liked 7d and 20d today but my favourite clue was 27a. Let us know what you liked in a comment.

62 comments on “DT 26464

  1. Excellent puzzle today! Great fun, tricky in parts, but enjoyed working my way through it.
    Many thanks to Shamus, and to gazza.

  2. Spot on with the review Gazza. Certainly a little more challenging than usual but twigging that this was likely to be a pangram helped. Many thanks to Shamus for the crossword.

    Favourite clues were 20d and 18a.

    Glad to see Gazza showing his age referring to DLT. For the benefit of younger viewers Dave Lee Travis aka the Hairy Monster.

    1. Au contraire, Prolixic, DLT was the ‘Hairy Cornflake’ on account of doing the breakfast shows!
      Lovely puzzle, nice and tricky in places as others have mentioned.
      Thanks to Shamus and gazza

      1. He was the Hairy Monster first, changing to the Cornflake when he moved to breakfast time

          1. I always knew him as the Cornflake Mechanic, had many a good time with him at Santa Pod Raceway when he used to race a top fuel dragster called “The Needle”, but he always used to call it “Fred” as in thread the needle, best breakfast DJ ever in my opinon.

            1. Just remembered that somewhere I have got a vinyl single of him and Paul Burnett singing Convoy GB, they called themselves Lorry Lingo and the Dipsticks, perhaps Gazza might find it on youtube and insert it for us. :D

  3. Was well and truly stuck until I finally managed to resolve 18a. Excellent puzzle today, much appreciated

  4. That was fun! Not overly challenging but enough to last the morning coffee. Did not spot that is is a pangram, though.

    Thanks, Shamus & Gazza!

  5. Difficult but enjoyable, 18a took some doing. I’m Frenched out and it’s only Tuesday!
    Thanks to Gazza and Shamus

  6. Like the others, this was a more difficult puzzle but a very enjoyable solve with some food for thought (23a and 6d). Thanks to setter and Gazza for review

  7. Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable work out today. Agree with the rating. Many favourite clues but the best for me 9A.
    Never think about looking for a pangram, just happy to get the answers.
    Thanks to setter and Gazza for the equally enjoyable hints.

  8. Thoroughly enjoyed today’s puzzle. I rather liked 15A . Thanks to Shamus and to Gazza for the review.

  9. Morning Gazza, after reading the review realised I got 21d wrong! put in ‘update’ for ‘a new version’ anyone else? not quite ‘uderstanding’ the clue, I did think it was that anagram at first but belive it or not couldn’t see it! also got 12a wrong, failing miserably on that one, won’t tell you what I put! other than that I found it a workable puzzle, fav clues 7d, 3d, 20d, 15a, nice and sunny here again and a little warmer, my nephew returned to Alburquerque, New Mexico yesterday to be met by blizzards and temp of -12! Off now to dentist!

  10. Found todays difficult ++ Never heard of 6d so had to resort to dictionary. Tried to include’Burger’ or ‘Burg’ in 23a so that threw me for a while. Best clue for me was 13a.
    Also love the pun in the Quickie.
    Thanx to Compiler and Gazza

    1. Hi Wayne! I didn’t get the Quickie pun.. Is “mollarchy” the way a monarch with a speech impediment pronounces his position?
      ;-)
      Please put me right.

    2. Also never heard of 6d, but otherwise very enjoyable. I got 13 right without help, which is my record so far, and almost all the others came quickly with the hints. Some of the hints I got right away as soon as I knew which word was the definition – which just shows that I’m being lazy. I should just hint to myself that each word in the clue is a definition and I’ll probably get double the answers!

  11. I thoroughly enjoyed this, for me anyway 2* difficulty, puzzle. My favourite clues were 23a and 27a. Thanks to Shamus (if he) for the fun and Gazza for the review – the picture for 4d is a definite improvement on some of the pics of gentlemen we have had lately.

    Give the Toughie a go too if you have time, its well worth it.

  12. Def a 4 star for difficulty today at least for me. However, it contains one clue which I absolutely loved 9a!

  13. I’ve just had a look at the half dozen that were eluding me and I have to say I wouldn’t have got 29a if I had sat here until doomsday! What a stinker of a clue!!

  14. 4d – not being a fan of Scottish rivers (only their products – fish and whisky) I assumed this was referring to River *** from Firefly which with the * gave me an electric/steam railed mass people carrier – I prefer my version of the truth – good experience – thanks to Gazza and setter even though you are imho both wrong (but I don’t have a butler so I don’t understand your solution anyway) and will expect to observe a typo in tomorrow’s paper.

  15. I always like Shamus pangrams but agree this was a bit trickier than normal.
    Thanks to Shamus and Gazza as usual.

  16. I started off really well on this and then ground to a halt when I tried to put real in 17d – obviously didn’t work so that held me up for ages. My favourites were 7d and 20d.

    Thanks for an excellent puzzle Shamus and for a good review Gazza.

  17. Blew my chances by inserting TURNSTYLE at 16d (elegance = style). Once sorted out it then fell into place nicely. Agree with Gazza’s rating and, by and large, the rest of the above comments, apart from the knocking of 29a – not tooooo difficult one you realised it probably had a “J” in it.

  18. Very enjoyabe crossword from Shamus and slightly more difficult than the so called toughie. Thanks Shamus and Gazza.

  19. Just been looking at Gazza’s review again and realized I missed sometning!
    15a – I just thought the definition was ‘repressive period’ but that the bit about revolutionary men was referring to the fact that the period in question was carried out by the revolutionaries, a sort of all-in-one clue. Completely missed the anagram!!! Doh!!

    1. Me too! Got the answer but just didn’t see that it was an anagram. Really enjoyed this puzzleLots of tricky clues that gave great satisfaction when realisation dawned. Thanks Shamus and Gazza

  20. Also started off really well then ground to a dismal halt – didn’t help transposing an “o” and and “i” in 6d! Don’t think I would ever have solved 29a without the hints – so many thanks. Enjoyable puzzle – finished quicker than yesterday but did complete that one without needing the hints, so felt quite smug! Back in my box to-day though. I tried turnstyle for 16d too, Digby! Thanks to everyone.

  21. Definitely a 4star in difficulty for me today. Needed quite a bit of hinting here and there. I’ve got an iPod so can’t automatically reveal answers so that stops me from makin it too easy! Enjoyed it tho 7d was fav clue

  22. I had a really hard time with this today and can’t say I enjoyed it much. I needed far too much electronic help to find words and Gazza’s hints to understand how they fitted their clues, especially 13 and 29a. But thanks anyway to Shamus and Gazza.
    :-(

    1. Hope you saw that I replied to you yesterday. My times on the blog are somewhat erratic due to work.

  23. I enjoyed this but, like lots of others, found it more difficult than is usual for a Tuesday.
    Got hopelessly tangled up with 16d – trying to use the wrong letters for the anagram.
    Completely missed the fact that 18a was an anagram.
    I had always thought that 27a meant absolutely bound to fail, so not even worth trying, rather than what it obviously does.
    However, on the plus side I did remember to start looking out for it to be a pangram once I got 7d and 13a. :smile:
    Favourites today – 23 and 29a and 7 and 20d.

  24. Thanks as ever to Gazza for his splendid review and all for comments. Glad the quickie pun raised a smile! Belated congrats to BD and everyone connected with the site on your second anniversary.

  25. Don’t understand Shamus’s puzzles, but did manage about ten answers before going out for a chunk of the day.

    Thanks for review, loved the aside at 23a!

  26. Enjoyed this one.
    Clues that I liked : 23a, 27a (had to consult Cassell Dictionary of Slang for it), 29a, 17d & 24d.

    Kath & Robert S. Re 26,462 (Saturday) I added further comments to your replies to me so have a quick look again.

  27. Certainly agree with Gazza. it was v enjoyable and quite tricky, which is good. finished it ok. spotting it was a pangram made 23a v easy. excellent.

  28. My rule of thumb – add at least one star to the Reviewer’s difficulty rating – came good today. Managed most of the puzzle but when it was in danger of becoming a lifetime’s work, I looked up the remaining answers – for which I thank Gazza. Thanks also to Shamus for providing a diversion from Casualty.

  29. Hello everyone – first post, but a long-time lurker.
    I thoroughly enjoyed today’s puzzle – very rewarding to work through, with enough regular ‘breakthroughs’ to pique my interest.
    29a was the only one I couldn’t get (even with the hint) – I’m afraid I couldn’t get past looking for a connection between DLT and the shape of a ring…:oD
    And, as usual, I was way off the mark…
    I remain firmly in, what I note you call, the CC.

    1. Hi TimCypher – welcome to the blog.
      I hope that, now you’ve de-lurked, you’ll become a regular contributor.

      1. Thanks Gazza – I’ll try not to remain in the shadows so much in the future.
        It’s a great blog you have here – congrats to all involved! :o)

        1. Hello TimCypher
          The blog can be a lot of fun – especially when we get off the topic of the crossword!
          Hope to see you again.

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