DT 26468 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26468 (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.

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Across

1a    The French FBI agent is one doing the donkey work (3-3)
The French masculine definite article is followed by a nickname for an FBI agent to get someone who is doing the donkey work – the nickname is alleged to have originated during the arrest of gangster George “Machine Gun” Kelly in 1933

12a    Stick on gallows, up there is a difficult situation (3,4)
A charade of a word meaning to stick and an archaic term for a gallows gives, when preceded by “up a ” a difficult situation

25a    Old man against keeping recipe for light snack (7)
One’s old man is followed by a word meaning against, the opposite of pro, around R(ecipe) to get a light snack which is popular at the cinema – recipe is the Latin for to take and the abbreviation r is used on prescriptions

29a    Past history revolutionary holds that’s surprising! (6)
To get the past history of, for example, a criminal put a revolutionary or left-winger around an exclamation that indicates surprise

Down

1d    Hero of romantic comedy does so miss working outside (4,4)
An example of how “lift and separate” makes the clue a lot easier to unravel; separate the clue between “so” and “miss” – the hero of a romantic comedy does so and a miss who is working outside, during World War II

5d    Old comedy film, a right corny production acting foppishly outside (5,2,7)
To get this old comedy film place an anagram (production) of A R(ight) CORNY inside a word meaning acting foppishly (like Kenneth Williams, one of its stars!)

6d & 9d    Nice items I’m arranging on monument longer than anyone knows (5,4,10)
Start with an anagram (arranging) of NICE ITEMS I’M and put it on a monument which serves as a remembrance to get a phrase meaning longer than anyone knows

24d    One leading pack from Lakeland (5)
The leader of a cub scout pack is hidden inside Lakeland (the word not the shop!)

The Crossword Club is now open.  Feel free to leave comments.

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

The Quick crossword pun {Steve} + {Miliband} = {Steve Miller Band – their big hit “The Joker” is at 10a}

118 Comments

  1. Little Dave
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    All done after a sluggish Saturday start – I made headway after my poached eggs on toast. 23a evoked nice memories. 19d was quite clever. Overall 2*.

  2. Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I solved this late last night and for the life of me could not see the lift and separate at 1d!. Turns out to be a fine clue in what was quite an entertaining puzzle. Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints.

    • nanaglugglug
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Agree with that – thought 1d was very clever when we finally read it properly! Maybe a few too many anagrams, and this comment from me who loves ’em!! Apart from that, enjoyable start to Saturday!

    • Collywobbles
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      Gnomy, I got 1d but for the life of me I can’t see why

      • Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink

        Check out BD’s hint above and comments at #5 below.

  3. Tantalus
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    “lift & separate” has evoked too many memories for me to continue 26468.

    • Spindrift
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      yes.. I must admit several images entered my head as well

  4. Spindrift
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    I was with you on 1d Gnomey. At first I thought this was going to be a right stonker but once I got into my stride it fell quickly into place.
    Thanks as usual to BD for the clues & the setter for a pleasant challenge.

  5. toadson
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Have done this, but – 1d answer means (wartime) field worker, what is the reference to romantic comedy? Liked 21d, by the way.

    • toadson
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      Got it now .. as in ‘pull’, to use the modern vernacular.

    • Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      Before the end of the film the hero should **** the ****

      • toadson
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

        Thanks!

      • Collywobbles
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

        Doh, thanks Gnomey

  6. crypticsue
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable – 1d was my favourite – took a while for the penny to drop, I kept trying to fit Hugh Grant in somewhere! Thanks to the Mysteron for the very nice Saturday crossword.

    • toadson
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Oo err, Matron!

      • crypticsue
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

        into the answer, silly :D

        • toadson
          Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink

          I know – just thought it was the obvious line, sorry. Couldn’t resist given 5d today.

  7. Collywobbles
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    There are some clever clues in this Xword, particularly 28a. I’m really enjoying it

  8. Barrie
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Enjoyed this puzzle, bit tricky in parts but very solvable. I would rate is 2/3 star for difficulty for me personally. However, one question, what has the end of 23a got to do with the opposite of yes? Best clue for me by far was 2d, it ticked all my boxes :-)

    • Barrie
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Sorry don’t think I expressed myself too well here. I am puzzled by what the opposite of yes at the end of 23a has to do with working back?

    • Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      The answer to your question is nothing whatsoever!

      23a Construction set holy place’s working back (7)

      The last two letters come from reversing a word meaning “working”

    • Kath
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Where does the opposite of yes come from? Or is the clue in the paper different? It is “Construction set holy place’s working back”

      • crypticsue
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

        The opposite of yes also means ‘not off’

      • mary
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        If something is working Kath it is **

  9. Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I have plodded through this puzzle but, nevertheless, found it enjoyable. I notice Mary hasn’t made a contribution yet and I wonder whether she’s sulking, like me, after last night’s events in the Millennium Stadium…

    • Collywobbles
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      Yes, where is Mary?

      • Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

        She was around earlier on the D-Day Crosswords thread.

      • mary
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

        Here I am, slept in late today :)

        • mary
          Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

          well later than usual anyway!

          • Collywobbles
            Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

            Good result last night eh!

            • mary
              Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

              Is that what you were waiting to say Collywobs??

              • Collywobbles
                Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

                Yep, I was lying in wait for you

                • mary
                  Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

                  An answer springs immediately to mind but I won’t say it!! :)

    • mary
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      Not sulking Cara, expected it really but hoped for better, lets hope the under twenties do better today, I have a friends son in the reserves for them, and tomorrow it is the big soccer Derby, Swansea v Cardiff, both chasing points for promotion

  10. mary
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Just about to ask for help with 14a, when I ‘saw’ it, at first I thought I really was going to find this hard work and own up to using two hints to give me a good start, thanks for that Dave fav clues today 6&9 down, 22d, 23a, and of course 1d, my mother was one of these in 2nd world war, good luck everyone, a little harder than normal for a Sat IMHO :)

  11. Mr Tub
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    1d was a treat, but I have a fondness for 5d too. Didn’t 11a pop up last Saturday?
    Right, job done, I’m off to see the 27a…

    • mary
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

      Can’t remember 11a being in last Sat

  12. Collywobbles
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I’m stuck in SW. Can anybody help with 22d?

    • mary
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

      what you need?

      • mary
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        Oh sorry 22d – You need a word for a charm, tkae a + cross (as in an animal – the donkey kind) and the one letter for beginning of teacher

        • mary
          Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

          Hope that helps but don’t know if you deserve it today :)

          • Collywobbles
            Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

            What’s a tkai?

            • mary
              Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

              sorry should be take

              • Collywobbles
                Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

                Got it Doh

            • Digby
              Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

              t’japanese fish? Nice puzzle for a wet Saturday morning. 1d definitely CotD.

              • mary
                Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

                not far out with the Japanese Digby it is apparently one of the biggest business consultancies in Japan! :)

  13. Hangman1009
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed that … only needed help with 1d. Thanks for that. Favourite clue was 19d and least favourite was 24d …

  14. Collywobbles
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Please tell me that 19d is not the name of a golfer

    • Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      It’s not the name of a golfer.

      It’s made up from the first name of one golfer and the surname of another.

      • Collywobbles
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        Tks BD, but it’s no good if you are not interested in golf

        • Collywobbles
          Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

          Got it! I think that it was a Gnomethang moment

        • Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

          Few people can have less interest in golf than me, but the names of some golfers are (or have been) constantly in the news.

    • mary
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      and the definition is ‘change in America’

  15. Wayne
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the Hints BD but fortunately for me I didn’t need them today. After my experience with yesterdays cryptic I found todays somewhat easier. Did get stuck for a while in bottom left hand corner but found those to be the best clues for me i.e 19d,22d,24d and 23a,28a.
    Thanx to all concerned as usual.

  16. JoJoS
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I have finished today’s cryptic except for 21d – any hints to help me along?

    • Libellule
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Its a sign of the zodiac, put most of the name of a famous Evelyn Waugh novel on reporting, around the abbreviation for Retail Price Index.

      • JoJoS
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, got it now!

    • mary
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      You are looking for a word for a sign ( of the zodiac) you need a five letter word for story as in newspaper with the last letter removed (mostly) with a three letter abbreviation for ‘amount of inflation inside it

    • Prolixic
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      You want an abbreviation for the Government’s measure of inflation inside a word used to describe a news story exclusive to one paper with the final letter removed to give the name of a sign of the zodiac

  17. Libellule
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Don’t want to hijack the Cryptic Crossword, but has anybody tried to do the Quick GK Crossword? For those printing it out from ScrewedUp we have “Fail disasterously (12)”, what does it say in the newspaper? Also can anyone work it out. My wife did – finally based on the checking letters. I am distinctly unimpressed.

    • tilly
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      Fall disastrously 5,3,4. Hope this helps.

      • Libellule
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        Tilly,
        That would be correct :-) Shame it wasn’t shown like that on ScrewedUp.

        • crypticsue
          Posted February 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

          I am always distinctly unimpressed by the Quick GK crossword in the Saturday paper. Its usualy one of those ‘how many words can we put it that no-one has ever heard of” crosswords and frustrates me so much I have vowed never to start one again, but every week I am lured back in in case it might have improved.

          • Libellule
            Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

            Sue,
            The Quick GK on Sat seems to have improved, but for some reason the GK on Sunday now needs degrees in all sorts of esoteric subjects as the author of the crossword seems obsessed with pangrams.

  18. Kath
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Blimey – I thought that was really difficult!!
    Could see that 1d had to be what it was but couldn’t see why – thanks for hint, BD.
    Looking at it again I can’t really see WHY it was difficult, or why it’s taken me so long – it just has!
    Favourites today – 12 and 28a (which took me ages – tried to make it an anagram) and 1, 3, 5 and 21d.
    Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave.
    Have a good weekend everyone.

  19. Nubian
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Very pleasant crossword today.Thanks to Dave and the Mysteron

  20. Prolixic
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable crossword today from our Mysteron. I thought this was a tad easier than his or her last couple of puzzles but there were still some head scratching moments to enjoy. Favourite clue was 1d. Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints.

  21. Franco
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I failed to get 1d – but having read all the tips and hints above – what a great clue!!

    8a in the Quickie – Labour Leader (8). I went thru the list… Brown, Blair, Kinnock……Keir Hardy. Finally decided (wrongly) on “Militant”. The current leader of the Opposition doesn’t seem to have a very high profile.

  22. pommers
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed this one so thanks to the setter and BD for the (unused but entertaining) hints.
    Favourite definitely 1d.
    May be back for the After Eight Club but it may depend on how MU do against Wolves – I may be drowning my sorrows!

  23. brencar
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed doing this one, a nice mixture of obvious and challenging clues. An initial sweep to find anagrams gave me enough letters to help with the rest. I liked 18a.

  24. Ruth
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Finished! Thanks to Big Dave’s blog and wikipedia to confirm that my answer 11a across was in fact a Prime Minister, during George III’s reign! I didn’t get taught that at school, but you all seemed to know of him, I am having fun learning so much, makes a rainy day seem ok.

    18a Please can someone tell me where the last letter comes from. I have the A in the middle of a word meaning song, but where does the last letter come from, apart from making it a word that means dislike. Is the setter allowed to add a letter to make it fit?

    • Ruth
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Just realised I meant 18a, couldnt read it under my writing.

      • brencar
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

        The A in the middle of the word goes with ‘one’ in the clue. The last letter means Australian. (I think!)

        • Ruth
          Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

          Thanks, I had used (A)ustralian for my middle A, I hadn’t picked up on the use of one of the extra A. Sorry setter for doubting! I’m just getting back in to Cryptic Crosswords.

      • Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

        Corrected.

    • Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      The letter in the middle of the song comes from “one” and the one at the end from A(ustralian).

      No, the setter is not allowed to just add letters!

  25. Trixy
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Enjoying this although struggling with the left corner. Can someone please help me with 18a? Thank you.

    • Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Trixy

      I think we have just done that in the previous comment.

  26. Collywobbles
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got 8d but I can’t see why. If anybody is still there can they help?

    • Libellule
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

      Collywobbles
      8d, Usual two letters for an “old flame”, followed by a 3 letter synonym for excited around the the first letter (start) of relationship.

    • pommers
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      Hi Collywobbles
      8d – def is ‘urge’. You need the usual 2 letter abbreviation for a past wife (old flame) foolwed by a word for excited around R (start of Relationship).

      BD will probably edit this as I’ve given too much away.

      • Collywobbles
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

        Many thanks Libellule & Pommers. I’ve finished

  27. peter
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Quite fun today but am stuck on 1a 14a 2d and 3d

    27a is my fave

    • gazza
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      14a Finish work losing right to make another attachment (5)
      Remove (losing) an R(ight) from a verb meaning to finish work permanently.

    • gazza
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      2d Get M Roux endlessly cooking for him? (7)
      This is someone who enjoys his food. It’s an anagram (cooking) of Get M Roux without the last letter (endlessly).

      • peter
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

        Thank you

        Finished now

    • gazza
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      3d Bad breath or containing a bit of niff is noisome (9)
      It’s an anagram (bad) of BREATH OR with the first letter (bit) of Niff inside.

    • gazza
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      BD has given a hint for 1a above.

  28. pommers
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Wolves 2 – 1 Man U !!!!! How did that happen?
    Wolves, this year, have so far beaten Man U, Man C, Chelsea and Sunderland but they’re still bottom of the Premiership! Wierd or what?

    Going to local now, I may be some time! (Barcelona are playing Atletico Madrid tonight,. Kick off in half an hour).

  29. chrisW
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I had to go shopping this morning, so did not start the puzzle untill after lunch. Most of it was straightforward, but put Ghent in as the answer to 26a.It took a while before I saw the error of my ways. After that all the rest went in. Loved 27a having been a shooter and living near to Corfe castle. Now I can get square eyes and enjoy a glass of wine.
    Thanks BD and the setter

  30. Ainsley
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Hello After Eighters. Thought it was quite tricky today and needed several attempts. Needed help to understand 1d. No capial in miss was misleading (as I know it was meant to) and I did not understand the working outside reference (do now of course).

  31. nalced
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Have been looking for hours at 15a,28a and 16d and can’t see the wood from the trees! Help!
    Probobly better to go away and come back in the morning having seen the Man Utd and Scotland/France results. Deep gloom !!!

    • gazza
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      9a Stir men playing lute primarily? He might (8)
      It’s someone who might play a lute and it’s an anagram (playing) of STIR MEN followed by the first letter (primarily) of lute.

      • Posted February 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        15a Stir men….
        Almost finished just a few more on the rhs, started late.

        • Posted February 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Permalink

          27a is a bit wierd; is a dartboard involved?

          • Posted February 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

            Host’s pretty good shot besieging stronghold (9)

            Robert, you are correct (although more accurately an archery target). A pretty good shot may be the portion of the board close to the bullseye. But this around (besieging) a word for a castle or stronghold to find ‘mein host’.

    • gazza
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      16d Perhaps watch to see how long performance takes (9)
      “Perhaps” indicates that a watch is an example of this. If you split the answer as (4,5) it could mean to calculate the length of a performance.

    • gazza
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      28a Tellurium’s not radioactive as can be proved experimentally (8)
      You want the chemical symbol for Tellurium (it’s in The Mine) – follow this with an adjective meaning not liable to change (not radioactive).

      • nalced
        Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Gazza, was half way there but needed that little extra nudge.
        Let there be light at the end of the tunnel but make sure its not a train coming towards you!!

  32. Rod Ash
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    13 degrees was warm enough for me to sit out at Exeter St Davids with this puzzel this morning. I think we were spoilt in January and I didn’t think this was either so testing or well crafted as some we’ve seen recently. That said, there were clues I liked..20a, 2d,and 21d.

  33. mikef
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Finished but got held up by spelling the answer to 3d wrongly which threw me for 11a – dear oh dear!

    22d caused a slight delay since I could not get away from “cross” being a synonym for “angry”.

    It has been blowing a gale for the last few days in West Wales but we did not get the rain that was forecast.

  34. Addicted
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Kind of finished this at lunch time but have been busy since – just about to go to bed so viewed the blog ! Can anyone help with 11a? I have something in there, but don’t think it’s correct!! Don’t truly understand the clue. HELP!

    • nalced
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      11a. Cardinal was prime minister once.
      You need to think of a compass point. A Prime Minister who was ennobled.

    • pommers
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      Hello Addicted

      Nalced has it right. The clue should say VERY old PM – he was in the 1700’s!

  35. Weekend Wanda
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Not sure what I thought about this. Took me a long time!Last three in were 29a, 1a, and 28a. Needed the clue for 29a – I was on the wrong wavelength. Looking for a word that meant surprising! Thought of a word that fitted (right) for 28a but had no idea why. Thought the clue was awful particularly as the word is not one that is used often – not by me anyway. Took me ages to get 1 a. Don’t know why because I guessed the construction. On balance some nice clues – one or two too easy eg 4a but some rather obscure. Why the mystery about the setter?

    • Posted February 6, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      The mystery is that on alternate weeks the setter is not Cephas, but so far he/she has failed to come out and tell us.

  36. Addicted
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    thank you Nalced and Pommers – finally got it! Obviously a gap in my education along the line.

  37. trishB
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Been able to complete recently without help! Very glad to get hints for 1d &21d today Many thanks, enjoyed teasing very old
    grey matter,90 at end of May.Best wishes to B.D et al.

  38. physiopez
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    just cannot get 3d or 18 a
    Please help!

    • Posted February 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog physiopez

    • Posted February 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      3d Bad breath or containing a bit of niff is noisome (9)
      An anagram (bad) of BREATH OR around (containing) N (a bit of niff) gives an adjective meaning noisome

    • Weekend Wanda
      Posted February 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      The answer is another word for noisome. Clue is part anagram with an additional letter “bit of niff” (3d)
      Similar sort of clue – ie a mixture but in this case not an anagram but a sort of song with two additional letters found elsewhere in the clue

      • David S
        Posted February 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

        18a is rather flabby! I think the setter should be a little more considerate ! Think about another word for a song (the sort sung at a a football match) and add a couple of (A)ustralians!!

        • Posted February 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

          18a Song about one Australian that is strongly disliked

          The first A (the one that is inserted inside the song) comes from”one” – the second A (the one that is tacked on the end) comes from A(ustralian). Fortunately, after today’s cricket result, there is only one Australian involved.

  39. physiopez
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    fab and thanks

    just completed the bugger

    (record time of just over 14 hours!!)

  40. Phil McNeill
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Hello, Telegraph Puzzles Editor here.

    I’ve just seen the conversation about Saturday’s GK Quick. Apologies for the problem, which I have now fixed.

    If any subscribers do come across a glitch like that, particularly at the weekend, it would be much appreciated if you drop me an email so that I can fix it for other solvers: [email protected].

    Best wishes
    Phil

  41. NotNero
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    We must be getting better. My wife and I started and finished this today without having to refer to Dave.

    • Posted February 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog NotNero