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DT 26500

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26500

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

If the Telegraph is following its usual pattern this puzzle should be by Shamus, but I’m not sure of that (Shamus is normally pretty good about leaving a comment to claim ownership of his work, so we may find out later today). It’s a pleasant solve which is not overly difficult, but there are a couple of clues (5d and 26d) where the allusions may cause a bit of head-scratching, so I’ve upped the stars for difficulty from two to three. Let us know your opinion in a comment.
To reveal an answer highlight the space between the crinkly brackets under the relevant clue.

Across Clues

7a  Lucid narrative representing justice say (8,6)
{CARDINAL VIRTUE} – an anagram (re-presenting) of LUCID NARRATIVE produces one of the main moral qualities on which civilisation is said to depend. Justice is one example of these (another being fortitude).

9a  Reformed faculty member grabbing second broadcaster (10)
{NEWSREADER} – reformed might look like an anagram indicator but it’s not in this case. We want a broadcaster and the word is made from an adjective meaning re-formed or re-created followed by a senior university lecturer with S(econd) inside (grabbing).

11a  Clean side of window by tree (4)
{WASH} – one of the outer (side) letters of window is followed by a tree.

12a  Recall of lad and lout (3)
{YOB} – reverse (recall) a lad to make a lout. This is slightly odd because that’s how this word for lout was created in the first place.

13a  Coward is cast ready to tremble about first sign of conflict (7-3)
{SCAREDY-CAT} – a playground taunt is an anagram (to tremble) of CAST READY around the first letter (sign) of C(onflict).

16a  List of duties in area to remain on reflection (4)
{ROTA} – a list of who’s on duty when is hidden (in) and reversed (on reflection) in the clue.

17a  Made a bid with amazing fee for gold finally (7)
{OFFERED} – an anagram (amazing) of FEE FOR is followed by the last letter (finally) of (gol)D.

18a  Journalist enthralled by smart language (7)
{SWEDISH} – the abbreviation for a senior journalist goes inside (enthralled by) a synonym for smart to make a European language.

20a  Go away forgetting first sign of ruinous trick (4)
{SCAM} – this is a trick or con. Start with an informal verb to go away and delete (forgetting) the first letter (sign) of R(uinous).

21a  Food from abroad cooked by exotic baker with book (5,5) [online clue]
Dark bone possibly linked to black food from East (5,5) [paper clue]
{DONER KEBAB} – start with a past participle meaning cooked or ready and follow this with an anagram (exotic) of BAKER. Then finish it off with B(ook) and you have a meal originating from Turkey. The clue in the paper is presumably meant to be an anagram (possibly) of DARK BONE followed by B(lack), but it appears to be missing an E, which is presumably why it was changed for the online version.

23a  Man providing a lift at regular intervals (3)
{ALF} – an abbreviated man’s name is made from A followed by regular letters of lift.

24a  Wine, nothing less, constituting drink in local? (4)
{PINT} – a variety of wine (which you can get as Noir or Blanc) loses its O (nothing less) to leave what you traditionally pop down to the local for.

25a  Academic institution found shortly in middle of suburbs (10)
{UNIVERSITY} – one of the standard abbreviations (shortly) for this academic institution is the central letter of suburbs.

28a  Unkind clerk troubled holding firearm in submission to authority? (9,5)
{KNUCKLING UNDER} – this phrase means yielding to authority or bending the knee in submission. It’s an anagram (troubled) of UNKIND CLERK with a firearm inside (holding).

Down Clues

1d  Iconic scene fit possibly for a type of literature (7,7)
{SCIENCE FICTION} – this type of literature is an anagram (possibly) of ICONIC SCENE FIT.

2d  Some hero symbolised in noted statue (4)
{EROS} – hidden (some) in the clue is the name generally given to the aluminium statue in Piccadilly Circus (although it was meant to represent his brother).

3d  Equipment close to table for flying item (4)
{KITE} – start with equipment and add the closing letter of (tabl)E.

4d  Fish enjoyed overlooking quay (7)
{HADDOCK} – put a verb meaning was given the use of or enjoyed in front of (overlooking, in a down clue) a synonym for quay to make a fish.

5d  Merchant’s partner close to bust, one in debt in retreat (5,5)
{IVORY TOWER} – Merchant is cunningly placed at the start to disguise the fact that it’s a proper noun. We want the name of Ismail Merchant’s partner in a large number of film productions, including Shakespeare Wallah and A Room With A View. Now add the last letter (close) of (bus)T and someone in debt. The result is a phrase meaning a place of retreat from the concerns and practicalities of the real world, so someone living there might be a brilliant scientist, say, who doesn’t know how to operate a TV remote.

6d  Attraction supplied by game in feature of castle? (10)
{DRAWBRIDGE} – a charade of an attraction and a card game.

8d  Lousy and ill-fitting caftan? It’s yours (14)
{UNSATISFACTORY} – an anagram (ill-fitting) of CAFTAN IT’S YOURS.

10d  English port and whisky (3)
{RYE} – double definition, the first being one of the Cinque Ports.

14d  I must ache badly after onset of regular pains (10)
{RHEUMATICS} – an anagram (badly) of I MUST ACHE follows the first letter (onset) of R(egular) to make pains in the muscles and joints. Very neat surface.

15d  Origin of disaster studied completely in a dire way (10)
{DREADFULLY} – the definition is in a dire way. Start with the first letter (origin) of D(isaster) and add synonyms for studied and completely.

19d  Restaurant maybe supported by a state (7)
{INDIANA} – a type of restaurant is followed by (supported by, in a down clue) A to make a US State.

22d  Drink, one consumed by two Kings (3)
{KIR} – this is a drink made from dry white wine and crème de cassis. Put I (one) between (consumed by) two different abbreviations for king.

26d  Birds found by Uncle covering face (4)
{EMUS} – the Uncle that we want is the fictional narrator of a number of folktales from the southern US States, featuring animal characters such as the exceedingly cunning Br’er Rabbit. Drop the first letter of uncle’s name (covering face) to leave large flightless birds from down under.

27d  By the sound of it, longed for a group of players (4)
{SIDE} – this is a group of players which sounds like made a yearning sound.

My two favourite clues today were 5d and 14d. Tell us what you liked in a comment.

The pun in the Quickie is {BELL} + {GREYED} = {BELGRADE}

66 comments on “DT 26500

  1. Quite enjoyable, workmanlike puzzle today. Can’t say I really enjoyed 26d but most of the rest was fine. I actually found 5d a very good clue and loved the longer anagrams in 7a, 21a, 28a, 1d, 8d

  2. Totally different clue in the paper for 21a. I couldn’t follow what the answer was from fodder but it was the obvious answer? Otherwise found this ok but nothing startling. Thanks.

  3. A lot of obvious anagrams were in rapidly. The rest followed smoothly.

    I still haven’t worked out the wordplay of 25a and I am missing one E in the fodder of 21a. No doubt my shortcoming but I’ll check Gazza’s hints.

    Fav: 8d.
    Diff **
    Enjoyment: ***

    Thanks to Shamus (assuming Gazza’s call is right) & Gazza!

  4. Morning Gazza, on first trawl through this I couldn’t get one clue, then the brain woke up and I managed just over three quarters without any help at all :) didn’t help when I put ‘verbum’ for last word of 7a! trying to think of a phrase with that as the second word, eventually I was left with 28a, 26d & 27d , I had only ever heard or Remus in relation to Romulus! My favourite clue today was 25a :) Thanks for hints Gazza and all the ‘pretty’ pictures Nice warm sunny day at the moment here

  5. I did this to compare it with today’s ‘toughie’ and actually found it slightly harder. I thought it was a nice crossword with some good clues and just about the right level of difficulty for a ‘cryptic’ – I hope tomorrow’s ‘toughie’ is a bit tougher.

    Thanks to the setter, whoever he (or she) is, and to Gazza for the note – and the pictures.

  6. That was an all too rare no dictionary and no tips outing for me today so I was already in a good mood before the excitement of spotting a dolphin off Westward Ho! Did Big Dave help you with the picture for 9a Gazza?

  7. All good fun! – Glad I did not have the newspaper clue for 21a; that might have irritated me somewhat.
    Thanks to Shamus (I am guessing it is his), and to gazza for the notes.

  8. Didn.t like this one at all, perhaps I’m just not in the mood. There are some good clues and some I found obscure, but overal enjoyment factor — nil, for me.
    If I had to choose a fav. I suppose it would be 6d

  9. Solid stuff, but nothing very exciting. In fact if I hadn’t inserted 14d as *******ISM it would hav been a very quick solve, and I wasn’t “thrown” by the missing “E” in 21a. Which reminds me of a cracking Yorkshire joke, where the punchline is “E lord she was thin”. Have you heard it? Thanks to Gazza & Seamus?

  10. Very enjoyable, I thought. My favourite clue was 5d.. Helped having watched the films, I suppose. Thanks to Shamus or whoever for the very nice Tuesday crossword and to Gazza for the review. On behalf of the ladies, can I just point out that men read the news too :D

    The ‘other’ puzzle’s worth a go too.

  11. Don’t know why but I have really struggled with this one – it’s taken AGES and I needed the hints to explain 25a and 26d. Also, because I do the crossword in the paper, didn’t understand 21a although the answer was pretty obvious.
    Missed the anagram indicator in 7a and managed to convince myself that the first word had to be ‘criminal’. 5d took a long time. All in all I’ve done pretty badly today! Never mind – it’s a lovely sunny day in Oxford now that early mist has cleared.
    I particularly liked 13a and 8 and 14d.
    Thanks to Shamus, assuming it’s him (and to whoever it is if not) and to Gazza for the hints.

  12. Finished this puzzle over breakfast without any real problems, but I must admit I did need this excellent blog to explain the wordplay behind 26d.
    Best clue for me was 28a, like all good clues it made me smile. Thanks to the setter and the reviewer.

  13. Gazza,

    This is a pleasant “solve”? I can’t find any reference source that gives “solve” as a noun. Perhaps you could point me in the right direction – or is that too big an “ask”?

    But, yout right, it was fairly straight forward.

  14. Found this tricky to get into, but got there in the end. I also needed the hints to explain 26d – like Mary, I’m more familiar with Romulus’s twin, although it did ring a faint bell once I’d read the hint.

    I hate to be pedantic (OK, no I don’t – I love to be pedantic!! :-D), but the picture at 21a isn’t a doner, it’s a shawarma, at least according to the establishments I’ve been to. Not that it makes much difference – they’re both seriously heart-attack inducing…

    Thanks to setter and Gazza

    • It’s certainly called shawarma in the Levant, because I’ve eaten it there, but I think that doner kebab is the Turkish term for the same thing (doner meaning “turning” in Turkish) See here.

      • Try asking for a “shawarma” in a kebab house in Nottingham on a Friday night & you’d probably end up looking for your teeth outside! It’s usually pronounced as “Gizakebabnchips!” by the great unwashed of this much unloved city.

      • I used to eat the Turkish version in Darmstadt when I worked there. It was brought in as a cone of meat that had been minced and spiced and was shoved on to a vertical turning spit – delicious.

    • The ones I’m used to is where the meat is minced together first, packed together and put on the spit. Your picture looks like meat is in strips on the spit. Am I right? I’ve never actually seen one of these.

      • Pass. I’ve been back to the original of the picture I included and it’s titled “Turkish Doner Kebab and Grill”.

    • Pommette, what you describe is what I’ve always known as doner, but I do accept, Gazza, that the terms are probably interchangeable depending on where you are. Must stop looking at pictures, now – starting to want one for dinner!!

  15. The exit is in sight again, just needed some help, but no hints, with five answers. Needed the hints to understand several more! Enjoyable stuff, thanks to setter and Gazza.

    Didn’t expect to be here today, but daughter not coming to stay after all; she was offered sackloads of money to stay and manage her branch through a major crisis … all that housework for nothing!

    • Never mind Geoff you needn’t clean for another month now and think of all the money you’ll save on food etc! well done today :)

    • No point in housework – you know that when you’ve done it you’ll have to do it all over again next year!! :grin:

  16. Tricky little rascal for me today! Could not see where 25a (see earlier post) or 26d came from. Never heard of the production company in 5d so struggled to get this. Last one in 7a – knew it was an anagram but could not do it! No real favourites as I didn’t really enjoy this one today, but thanks to setter and Gazza for helping me see the error of my ways!

  17. Not too keen on this one. Fairly clued and all that but I’ve never heard of the guy in 5d and although I have heard of the uncle in 26d I wouldn’t have remembered him if I’d thought about it all week!
    Favourite 14d but also liked 17a where I spent ages trying to get a word ending AU or OR!
    Thanks to the setter and to Gazza.

  18. Late starting this puzzle today, but I thought it was a fair work-out. 21a was a bit problematical given the paper clue, although the answer became obvious and I took the extra “e” from East, as a sort of all in one clue. A lot of 3 and 4 letter words today! Thanks to setter and Gazza

  19. A fair number of anagrams in this one!
    I liked : 7a, 21a, 25a, 5d & 6d.
    A rather alcohlic puzzle!

  20. Being in rather daze from a series of late-night rehearsals, I wasn’t expecting to do very well today — especially as I found yesterday’s offering very tough. However, this one worked itself out very satisfactorily for me and I enjoyed it very much. Spent some time looking for Noel at 13a, but finally that was one of my favourite clues, the other being 5d. There were lots of good clues in my opinion, so thanks to Shamus for the ride and to Gazza for the explanations and pictures. I hadn’t thought of Br’er Rabbit at 26d, just put the word in because it fitted. Now for the grand opening!
    :-)

  21. Good evening one and all. A glut of anagrams I thought and it took me a little while to get away. Missed 4d despite it being rather obvious. 9a also took me a while.

    I like the addition of the “Quickie” pun!

    2* for difficulty and enjoyment.

  22. Back on track with this one. Held up for a while on 21a (never had one) and 26d (could see answer, not the wordplay) but managed to complete in time available. 3 stars hardness about right for me. Spring-like day here but just felt some rain while taking the dog for her evening walk.Thanks to each.

  23. 3d equipment close to table ….; 5d …. close to bust – repetitive – could be more imaginative

  24. Hi all. Liked this one tonight but got 3 or 4 answers without truly understanding the wordplay. 8d great anagram. 9a last in and took an age! Thanks to setter, Gazza and bloggers- entertaining as ever.

  25. Survived the stress of the Man U v Marseille game so going to bed now as there don’t seem to be many after eighters about.
    See you guys tomorrow.

  26. Hi Pommers – here’s another after-eighter who’s just off to bed. Sorry – not a footie fan and not much of a fan of to-day’s Xword either – thought it overloaded with long anagrams and some very odd clues, partic the “university” one – no word play there at all. But did finish it – eventually, with some help from the hints. Hope I enjoy tomorrow’s more. But thanks to Gazza without whom I would be a total failure!

  27. Heard Garrison Keiller on Radio 4 tonight talking about the sonnets he has written. He says that it’s easy : anyone who can do a crossword can write a sonnet.
    Where are they then ?? All these bloggers should be able to contribute something!

  28. A thoroughly enjoyable offering that raised plenty of smiles for me on the train home tonight!

    Last in for me were 5d and 19d, so I guess those were my favourites.

    Top stuff! :)

  29. Finished it but 5d was simply filling in the only thing that fitted the frame as I have never heard of Ismael Merchant or his partner. I’m a film ignoramus.

    Same thing with 25a. Knew it had to be correct but unable to follow the clue until reading your explanation.

    Got 21a but could not justify the extra “E”. Turns out the setter slipped up here.

    I always do crossword in bed at night, so that’s why I’m so late in my blog contribution. Any other night owls out there?

  30. Enjoyed this – cos completed it! Is it my imagination or are there more first/last letter removals or additions lately. There was certainly a glut today. Thanks to all

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