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DT 26570 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26570 (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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1a           The first gold being held by speculator (8)
Start with THE and an abbreviation for first, then insert the heraldic term for gold to get a speculator or philosopher

10a         Corporation’s backing obscene material! (4)
… I hope you have all remembered that corporation can also mean belly or stomach

18a         Ditch Foreign Office’s section (4)
To get this word for a ditch start with the abbreviation for the Foreign Office, and then add the possessive ‘S and S(ection)

23a         Cover part where traffic joins and leaves (12)
A charade of to cover or bury and a part or division gives where traffic joins and leaves a road

28a         Soldier to go off, it’s absolute nonsense (8)
A charade of a generic name for a private in the British army and a verb meaning to go off or decay gives a word meaning absolute nonsense


2d           House on left where craft is registered (4,4)
A charade of a house or dwelling and the nautical term for left gives where a seagoing craft is registered

8d           I’d say unpalatable alcohol contains some black liquid (8)
An expression similar to “I’d say” is derived by putting unpalatable alcohol around (contains) some black liquid used for writing

24d         Sly person gets round during commotion (2-2)
A charade of a sly person, from the Scottish word for a fox, and O (round) gives a commotion

25d         Romeo making an entrance, cut short (4)
Romeo is entry in the NATO phonetic alphabet for R, so insert this R inside CUT to get a word meaning short or abrupt

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: {sen} + {say} + {shun} + {alley} = {sensationally}

89 comments on “DT 26570 (Hints)

  1. Quite enjoyed this today. Needed the electronic aids for 22d and 7d. 4d made me smile. Also liked 1a and 8d. Thanks to BD and the setter, and have a good day all.

    1. 7d is driving me crazy. got the rest . don’t have any electronics. any hints?

      1. Hi Tinhead – welcome to the blog.
        For 7d see responses to comment #18 below.

  2. 22d was a new word for me. 18a, should this be a five letter word ending with ‘e’ ?
    Very enjoyable solve, thanx to compiler and BD as usual.

        1. An abbreviation for the Foreign Office (using the possessive form) followed by an abbreviation for section.

        2. Ditch Foreign Office’s section (4)

          The definition is the first word. I’ll let you all work out the abbreviations of the remainder to get the answer! (its so short that any more and I would be giving it away!)

              1. Tks Dave. I han’t got Chambers yet, I’m waiting for the new edition but my dictionary gives it as having 5 letters

    1. Can be spelt either way I think. I thought the 4 letter version was a waterfall in Yorkshire.

      1. It’s also a river in York which regularly used to break its banks when the rain came down from the Howardian Hills & flood parts of the city centre

  3. An enjoyable but not overly difficult puzzle, 27a, 6d and 8d were very good I thought. There were a couple of unknowns for me; 7d was very solvable from the clue and just needed the checking letters and although the answer to 24d was obvious I had to look up a word to confirm the construction – that was a new one on me too!.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD – If I were blogging I know what Youtube vid I would play for 3d but I suspect my musical preferences are in a minority!

    1. Probably it’s a good job it’s my turn to do the Cephas review, in that case :D

  4. Really enjoyed puzzle today! Particularly liked 17d and 8d. Nice to finish without electronic aid or prompts from Big Dave – did need help from better half for 4d, tho’ :-)

  5. 12d had me briefly puzzled until I realised that 18a wasn’t an embedded answer. I’d put CESS – which is a ditch – from “OffiCE’S Section”.

    I liked 28a, 8d and 22d.

  6. Thoroughly enjoyed this morning’s puzzle.Fav. 8d. Did anybody else fall for the clever deception in the quickie 5d. answer or is it just my strange mind?
    Thanks setter and BD

    1. 5d in the Quickie – Clue of the Day – very clever! I also missed that there are 4 parts to the pun – I stopped at 3.

      1. Maybe, the DT have also missed the fourth word of the pun – only the first 3 clues are in italics (paper version)

      2. Me too! Also spent some time trying to fit in a “Z” somewhere as I decided it was going to be a pangram. Wrong!

  7. Struggling as usual. Where is all the help I usually get by this time on a Saturday.
    Don’t you understand how much I need you. My Saturday can’t continue until this is finished.
    Cheers john

    1. If there are particular clues that you need help with, say which ones, and someone will dive in to assist.

    2. How can I help John? Can’t give you answers but big hints. You need to get on with the rest of Saturday…. cricket, Derby shopping..

      1. I think she said, at the end of last week, that she was going to be away for a while – have a feeling that she said for about ten days but I could have dreamt up the last bit!!

  8. An enjoyable start to my Saturday. Thank you to the Setter and to BD.

    Went through it quickly until the bottom right corner, and eventually needed some electronic assistance for 22d. Still a fair clue, though.

    Favourites were 9a 11a 13a 21a.

    Have a nice weekend.


  9. Saturday puzzles always used to be relatively easy and then they went through a patch of being much more difficult (well, I thought so anyway) – this one seemed easier again. Managed to finish it quite quickly even though I was up at 5.00am to take a daughter to Heathrow – beginning to flag a bit now! :sad: I didn’t know the three letter “sly person” in 24d. Favourites were 9, 10, 21 and 28a and 6, 7, 8 and 19d. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave. Have a good weekend everyone.

  10. Really liked this one, not too difficult but learnt a few new words..thanks to setter and BD

  11. A few new words in today’s puzzle, though I had heard 22d before — and forgotten! Liked 8d the most followed by 4d. which really made me laugh. Any other queries I had have been very ably answered by B.D., [thankyou] and thanks to the setter too, where would we all be without a daily crossword to look forward to !! Have a good weekend everyone

  12. I sat in the car park of a garden centre waiting for Mr CS and filled in part of the time by solving this very nice crossword. DIdn’t take long but I did have a smile on my face when I had finished. Thanks to Cephas and BD.

  13. Enjoyed this and solved it quite quickly – spent most of my time trying to understand 24d – Thanks to BD for the explanation – I do nae speak Scottish!

  14. Thank you for the hint for 28a, Big Dave, because that helped me to finish this puzzle. I wonder whether that word gives us an indication of the compiler’s age because I’m sure that, in today’s parlance, we would normally use another word.

  15. Thanks to Cephas, and to BD.
    No particular favourites – the only one I did not like was 25d.

  16. Excellent puzzle so thanks to the setter and BD.
    No particular favourites as all are good, but shouldn’t 15a be consigned to the rest home for retired crossword clues?
    If any of you have the time I can highly recommend the NTSPP from Radler. Not as difficult as his usual offerings and with a very good theme.

  17. This is the first time Ive ever got to nearly finishing on a Saturday but Im stuck on 8d understand black stuff but nowt else

    1. Hi Stephanie – welcome to the blog.

      8d I’d say unpalatable liquid contains some black liquid (8)
      It’s an archaic (and humorous) word meaning “it’s my opinion” (I’d say). Put black writing liquid inside an abbreviation of alcoholic liquid which has deliberately been made undrinkable (which doesn’t stop some down-and-outs from drinking it!).

      1. brilliant thank you = scottish fox is one to store away, can you explain why CORPORATION MEANS WHAT IT IS? cant see why it would mean ‘overhang’

        1. Stephanie, think of the corporation as a large stomach (middle aged spread) in a man then think of a familiar term for it!

          Hope it Helps!

          1. Pleased that I remembered this use of “corporation” .

            Has it ever been used anywhere else – other than crosswords? Surprised to see that my thin version of Chambers (online) actually defines it at #3.

            1. Maybe not so remarkable, Franco, if one considers the Latin ‘Corpus’. This word is a stem for an awful lot of English (and other) words and these tend to be focused on in Chambers and other ‘proper’ dictionaries.

              1. “A” Level Latin – still brings on nightmares – even after 40 years!!

  18. Someone (possibly Cephas?) very wisely commented a few weeks ago that difficulty doesn’t have to equate to enjoyment, and I think today is a case in point. Not too tricky, for me at least, but lots of fun. That said I am stuck on 7d if anyone’s feeling kind…

    1. 7d Old type size used for first four capitals in random order (4).
      It’s an anagram (in random order) of the first four letters of capitals, which gives you an old size of type (in printing).

      1. Thanks Gazza, completed crossword some time ago bit did not understand the construction of 7D. After reading your hint all is now clear

    2. Think of font sizes & refer to the first four letters of the next word. OK BD?

  19. Been busy doing some decorating so didn’t get to this till now. Really enjoyed it and did it in my best time for ages. Didn’t need hints but thanks fdor them anyway BD and thanks for an excellent puzzle Cephas.

  20. I’ve never finished a cryptic without help – but thanks to the hints, and the comments here, I’m getting a bit nearer. I’ve done about half today but don’t know where to begin on 22d or 19d. On the plus side, I used to teach typing, and got 7d right away – it was the type size that equalled 10 letters to an inch (the other common one was Elite which was 12 letters to an inch). A first for me!

    1. 19d Mostly view a city in plan of action (8)
      The definition is plan of action. Start with most (all but the final E) of a view (a landscape, for example) and add A and a South American city.

    2. 19d – A noun meaning ‘view’ without its last letter (mostly) followed by ‘a’ and a South American seaport, gives a word that means ‘plan of action’.

      1. 22d – start with a word meaning ‘offer’, follow this with one of the compass points (direction), and insert this into an abbreviation for ‘I am’, to give a word meaning ‘in the same place’, in a literary context.

    1. Hi Cali
      4d is IN followed by wahta sound like (said) a French river.
      13a is a word for something depressing and is also a musical term
      21a synonym for full of beans is also a decription on soemthing full of gin

      Probably be in the naughty corner again!

    2. 4d – The definition is ‘Extremely foolish’, and is constructed by ‘in’ followed by a homophone (said) of a French river.

      1. Thanks both – life would be very dull if you didn’t spend some time in the naughty corner!!

        1. I think I’ve got away with it this time as BD, or someone else, would have edited my post by now if I’d overstepped the mark!

  21. Thought I’d pipe up but only to crow about the fact that I didn’t need your help, for the first time in weeks! Nice and easy for a lazy, sunny afternoon.

  22. Well my sanity is restored and my faith in the bd blog and kind contributors is back. Lots of help in your posts which I find I continue to need although getting better. Would hope at some point to be able to finish this off by the time number three son returns from his golf lesson but unless they move these to Saturday afternoons I guess I will still need all your help. Anyway. Still can’t get 12d 19d 26a despite all the help. Frustrating.
    Johnny Confused.

    1. 26a Old copper ran off with stitch (4)
      We want a verb meaning to stitch. Put the letter used for a penny (copper) pre-decimalisation in front of an anagram (off) of ran.

    2. 12d Addict wants cordial — it’s easy to understand (4-8)
      The definition is easy to understand and it’s a claim made for almost every software package ever written. Put another word for a drug addict in front of an adjective meaning cordial or sociable.

    3. 19d See the hints at comment #21 above. The city is the chief port of Brazil.

  23. Very satisfying, especially when penultimate clue goes in. However, I can’t see 24d despite all the help, although I’m sure that I know the answer, I can’t identify a scottish fox

    1. 24 Sly person gets round during commotion (2-2)

      Collywobbles, remove the ’round’ from the answer and look up the remainder online or in a dictionary. It was unknown to me as well (see my comment above)

  24. There was a lot to enjoy in this. I liked 21a lot; but I’ll have to remember about corporation ij the future. It had to be what it was and I figured it had to be to do with a stomach.

  25. Whizzed through the x word early doors with a few left. But post an afternoon of Rugby and Footie and despite the aid given earlier I am still stuck on 21a and 22d. Fav clues 13a & 4d. Thanks to BD et al and setter. Off down from North Wales for the 3rd day of the test at Lords. Handy having a meeting in London early on Monday!!!!!

    1. 21a The word meaning full of beans is often preceded by “high-” to mean the same thing.
      22d The word meaning “to offer” in the middle of the answer is often used in the sense of to make an offer at an auction.

    2. Enjoy the cricket tomorrow! Try to take a few early wickets!

      gazza beat me to the explanations – I find that providing hints and tips is far more difficult than solving the puzzles!

  26. Got stuck on 22d…….. I only knew the abbreviation, not the full word. Had to look it up on the Interweb.
    Otherwise, possibly the most staightforward Saturday puzzle ever.

    Enjoyed it….. see you all tomorrow! :-)

  27. Not posted for a while as been away – but still doing the Saturday DT prize x word. Enjoyed yesterday’s – very quick to finish MOST of it (assume Cephas). Got 7d due to aged secretarial training and therefore a “straight” answer as opposed to cryptic. Only got the second part of the clue having read this blog. Last Saturday’s was a real challenge but got there in the end – felt so satisfied eventually that I even posted it. Presumably that was the “other” setter. I like both but little comparison in terms of difficulty.

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