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DT 26633

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26633

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hello from the Vega Baja. Once more we have a Wednesday puzzle that’s not too difficult but with 2 or 3 clues to keep you on your toes! Possibly a bit heavy on clues involving anagrams (not my favourites as you probably know by now).  Somehow I thought this was a bit ‘flat’ for a Jay puzzle but maybe that’s just me!  As for star ratings – I’ve given 2* based on my personal solving time. If you post a comment please leave your own star rating and at about 1700BST I’ll average the lot and see what you guys think of it compared to me.

My favourites are in blue and the answers can be seen by highlighting the space between the curly brackets. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.  You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.


1a.    Fix the car before start of arrangements for air passage (7)
{TRACHEA} – This air passage is nothing to do with Ryanair (the last resort of the desperate traveller) but the air passage in the top of your lungs. It’s an anagram (fix) of THE CAR followed by A (start of Arrangements).

5a.     Cats, say, showing noted talent (7)
{MUSICAL} – Double definition. Cats is an example of one of these stage shows and if you were talented on an instrument you may be described thus.

9a.     A fruit not cored provides nutritious substance (7)
{ALIMENT} – Definition is nutritious substance. It’s a charade of A (from the clue), a fruit often associated with lemon, and NT (N(o)T cored).   I quite like this one as it seems to ring a bell with pommette’s dieting!

10a.     Craftsman who’s not so keen on working after golf (7)
{GLAZIER} – Take G ( Golf in the phonetic alphabet) and after it put a word to describe someone less keen on working and you’ll get a craftsman who might replace a broken window.  Does this mean I’m 6/7 of a craftsman?

11a.     Panicky sort of cow in eye line (5,4)
{CROWSFOOT} –This is something you get in your eye when you get as old as me! It’s an anagram (panicky) of SORT OF COW. Don’t think I’ve ever heard this term in the singular before!

12a.     Charge after one, spitting feathers (5)
{IRATE} –A word meaning spitting feathers, or very angry, is made up from I (one) followed by the hourly charge the craftsman in 10a might make.

13a.     Angry men expect to hold back opposition (5)
{ENEMY} – the opposition is hidden in ANGRY MEN EXPECT but reversed (to hold back).

15a.     Naive, but clever replacing one eye for you, say (9)
{INGENUOUS} –To get a word meaning Naïve you need to first think of a word for clever. Then replace one of the I’s with a U. It’s a ‘sounds like’ clue (say), eye = I and you = U, and it needs to say ‘one eye’ because there are 2 in the word and only one needs replacing. This clue is not easy to explain!

17a.     Anxiety putting slow cadet into a tizzy? (4,5)
{COLD SWEAT } – If you had anxiety you may be having one of these. It’s an anagram (into a tizzy) of SLOW CADET.   I remember having one of these when Gazza asked me if I would blog a Friday Giovanni puzzle!

19a.     Party animal beginning to riot, say (5)
{RAVER} –This habitual party goer is R (beginning to Riot) followed by the dreaded Latin word for say or state.

22a.     French city welcomes hotel for specialist market (5)
{NICHE} – Take a French city on the Cote D’Azur and insert (welcomes) H(otel) to get a word describing a small but specialised market.

23a.     Surprisingly help a mere transient (9)
{EPHEMERAL} –An anagram (surprisingly) of HELP A MERE gives a word meaning transient or lasting only one day.

25a.     Late deliveries expected (7)
{OVERDUE} – Double definition. Late deliveries are this and if something is expected but not arrived yet it could be described the same way.

26a.     Increases price of bitter for one who’s pretentious (7)
{UPSTART} –A word for increases (3) followed by a word meaning bitter, like a lemon perhaps (4) gives a pretentious person.

27a.     Half of Monaco looked loaded (7)
{MONEYED} – Take the first half of MONaco and follow with a common crosswordland word for looked and you’ll get a word meaning loaded, as in lots of cash!

28a.     Went out to protect son, but had a life (7)
{EXISTED} –A word for ‘went out’ placed around S(on) gives a word meaning ‘had a life’.


1d.    Part of farm captured by those on the outside (7)
{TRANCHE} – Definition is ‘part of’. Take a word for a farm, a large cattle farm in America perhaps, and surround it (captured by) T and E (ThosE on the outside). Tricky rascal IMO and my last in!

2d.     Fat individual taken in by modern-day attitude (7)
{ADIPOSE} –This is a sort of fat found in all our bodies. Take I (individual) and surround it with the abbreviation for Anno Domini (modern day) and a word meaning attitude or stance. Apparantly a brown sort of this between the shoulder blades burns up calories and gives out heat. I seem to have a lot of it so don’t feel the cold and can eat lots without getting fat – much to pommette’s disgust!

3d.     They may be kicked when doing nothing (5)
{HEELS} –The phrase ‘ kicking your *****’ means doing nothing or lounging around.

4d.     Clear writer with one’s signature at the end (9)
{AUTHORISE} –To clear or allow is a word for a writer,  IS (ones) and E (signaturE at the end).

5d.     Force jet fighter over height (5)
{MIGHT} –The usual Russian jet fighter followed by an abbreviation for height gives a word for force or power.

6d.     Merchant in store at works (9)
{STATIONER} – This merchant, who sells writing paper and envelopes is an anagram (works) of IN STORE AT.

7d.     Marx comes across silver in city (7)
{CHICAGO} – One of the Marx brothers (not Groucho) placed around (across) the chemical symbol for silver gives a large city in Illinois, USA.  One of my favourite cities, in fact, it’s my kind of town (sorry!)!

8d.     Stores fat with shows of hesitation (7)
{LARDERS} –These stores (for food) are some pig fat followed by the usual hesitation. Remember the clue is plural!

14d.     Song causing dry eyes at being played? (9)
{YESTERDAY} –A famous Paul McCartney song is an anagram (being played) of DRY EYES AT.

16d.     He got a different purpose for lodge (9)
{GATEHOUSE} – This lodge, at the entrance to a country estate perhaps, is an anagram (different) of HE GOT A followed by a purpose.

17d.     Follow offender’s record (7)
{CONFORM} –A word meaning to follow, or fit in with, is a charade of a criminal or prison inmate and a slang term for his police record.  I quite like the surface of this one.

18d.     Stand made by Hannibal, west of Turin (7)
{LECTERN} – Take Hannibal, not the guy with the elephants but him in Silence of the Lambs, and follow with N (west of TuriN?) to get a type of stand a lecturer may use for his notes. I think there’s a mistake here! Surely it should be EAST of Turin to get the N!

20d.     A train breaks down after five — that’s different! (7)
{VARIANT} – Something that’s different is an anagram (breaks down) of A TRAIN after the Roman numeral for 5. Is this a slight dig at Virgin Trains I wonder?

21d.     Told of consanguinity! (7)
{RELATED} –Double definition. A word meaning told also means to have something in common.

23d.     Better people in education (5)
{EMEND} –A word meaning to improve something is a word for people (male) inside the usual abbreviation for education.

24d.     Language used when in post, mainly (5)
{MASAI} –Take a word for post, as in the stuff delivered by the postman, without its last letter (mainly) and insert (in) a synonym for when to get the language of an East African people.

Favourites in blue but not so many as usual. Liked 27a the best.

The Quick crossword pun: {buoy} + {sang} + {hurls} = {boys and girls}

93 comments on “DT 26633

  1. Morning Pommers – I thought I’d be an early bird today. Based on my solving time, I would give this 2* difficulty too No particular favourites but thank you Jay for a good start to Wednesday. Thanks to Pommers too.

    Too early for a toughie tip as I have only read through the acrosses so far, and I have only written in one solution. Hope it all falls into place soon as I am supposed to start working in a quarter of an hour!

    1. My toughie tip so far is to start with the downs at the bottom. The top half is mostly a mystery and I have to start work now so I will have to hope cogitation has worked when I come back to it later. Also apparently the on-line version has 17d in capitals. It is in lower case in the paper

      Have a good day all.

      1. At least you can get online! Will have to keep trying:( Got on yesterday after a while. telegraph are still blaming the lightening bolt!

        1. Access is spasmodic.

          I don’t like the way that the Telegraph are blaming the lightning strike for problems that were there before it happened and are still happening now. The problem lies with the initial design and no amount of elastoplast can cover that up.

          Here’s the puzzle:

          Click to access dt-26633.pdf

          1. Thank you SO much! :) Still cannot get on! I am also angry about the glibe way they continue to excuse themselves… no refund offered either! I have emailed them about 10 times this year!!!!!

              1. I tend to be torn between blaming CluedUp and my Mickey Mouse 21st century Spanish internet connection. I’ve had better service on both fronts in third world countries.

          2. Don’t think they even know how to use elastoplast properly BD. As least when I patched computer systems, the patch worked and stayed put!

  2. I was also East of Turin! An early finish which didn’t match the enjoyment of yesterday.

  3. Another enjoyable puzzle from Jay, my own favourite compiler.

    I also thought he got his east and west mixed up – which is a little better than my wife’s map reading where directions are given as turn up, down, left or right regardless of direction of travel. If travelling Southwards and you want to turn West as far as my wife’s concerned you must turn left (because it’s left on the map!!).

    1. I’m completely with your wife which is one of the reasons that I do the driving on a long journey and my husband reads the map. That reason massages his male ego better than “Your driving scares me, and all the passengers ********!! It’s worked for us for thirty five years! :grin:

      1. Hi Kath -glad you’ve arrived, I thought I was abandoned!
        Map reading in a moving car makes pommette sick so it’s down to me – but then I was a rally navigator in a previous life!

  4. Enjoyable puzzle as usual. May I make a comment on your explanation of 25a? Isn’t “deliveries” meant to signify “over”? (as in the cricket term)

    1. Hi Andy
      You are quite correct!
      Charade of OVER (deliveries) and DUE (expected).
      That was this week’s deliberate mistake !!!!!

    2. I got it straight away thinking it was an all in one – and relating to baby births. Late Deliveries Expected are Overdue !!!

      1. Seems to me it works either way. In fact I prefer the baby births. One of my pet hates is cricketing terms. It means you have to understand the god awful game :-) before you can answer the clue. Any game that can take 5 days to complete has got to be wasting somebodies time. Give me 90 minutes plus injury time any day.
        Nice crossword though, enjoyed it and agree with the two star rating. But this might just be that I seem to be on Jay’s wavelength for clueing.

        1. Cricket – It used to be worse. They used to play “timeless tests” when the game was played until a conclusion was reached. I think that the longest game ever was South Africa V England – about 8 or 9 days – this actually had to be abandoned and called a draw because the English team had to catch their boat home.

  5. Blimey and I thought the DT had put the Toughie on the back page by mistake! Took me 10 mins to even start it and even now can only manage a 1/4. Found this one really really tough. Just can’t seem to unpick the clues. Not one for me I’m afraid.

        1. Finished AT LAST! Thx to Pommers for the clues which I needed to get out of a rut. Best clue by far for me was 15a, very clever but HATED 19a. Never heard of 9a so learnt a new word today. Found this very hard going today.

  6. I spent more time trying to get on the telegraph website , than in actually completing the crossword itself. Loved 18d! Thanks to Jay and pommers, but a BIG thanks to BigDave for giving me the crossword link :)

  7. Thanks Jay, most enjoyable, took me a little longer and so for ‘Pommers Poll’ I give it 3 stars for difficulty, and 4 for enjoyment, lots of nice clues especially liked 15a. Thank you Pommers for your review off to read it now

  8. Thank goodness for the anagrams that enabled me to get started on this difficult puzzle. Thought 21d was good but didn’t like 24d (last one in)! I wanted to put mouser in 5a before the penny dropped!

    1. Hi Drongo
      24d was one of my last in as well. Never heard of it as a language, only as the people, but I suppose they have to speak something! Never really thought about it!

  9. As much as I like Jay’s crosswords, I have to say that this was a bit of a let down after yesterdays puzzle. Having said that, I still enjoyed it and there were a couple of clues which had me scratching my head for a while (must check fingers for splinters). Enjoyed 9A, 15A, 23A, 1D 18D and 24D.

  10. If any of you don’t like today’s Toughie I can recommend the Grauniad (and at least their website works!).
    It’s by Pasquale, who is Giovanni in the DT, and it’s very good. IMHO if published in the DT it would be a Toughie!

  11. Not much fun in this one which I found quite difficult. I’m not keen on too many anagrams but today would have been lost without them!

  12. Very enjoyable and not too tricky apart from 1d and 11a keeping me going for a while after all else was solved. Thanks to Jay and to Pommers!

  13. The setter must be a woman to think that N is west of Turin. My wife can read maps better than that

  14. I managed this in about my normal time, despite trying desperately to do something with Groucho in 7d.

    1. You and me both! This brother is the one I usually forget.
      What’s the weather doing where you are – very hot and sticky here!

          1. This is our sixth summer, and for the first time, August is hotter than July. We had pleasant high 20s throughout last month, and now we’re into high 30s. We’re looking forward to autumn when the garden comes back into full colour, and we can plant our winter veg. I love the climate here – autumn is more like a second spring!

  15. Couldn’t see the second half of 17d for ages, couldn’t get grifter or grafter out of my head for 10a, and was going nowhere with 1d til I finally got 9a. Last one in was 13a and even once I’d got it I didn’t see it in the clue – grrr!! I was definitely not on form today. Never mind – it wasn’t the crossword’s fault, so thanks Jay and thanks Pommers for the review. My solving time would suggest 4*s for difficulty but, given the state of my brain, I’m not sure how helpful that is – I need more sleep!

  16. I’d plump for 3 stars, as spent considerable head-scratching time on 1d and 11a, which became my favourite clue once I’d solved it. Got onto telegraph site at 2nd attempt, some 30 mins after first trying. Thanks to all as usual.

  17. Difficult to get going, then mostly fell into place except for 24d which I couldn’t get.
    I read 19a as party = the first four letters, followed by the last one for the beginning of riot.
    *** for me for difficulty, **** for enjoyment. Thanks for hints.

    1. Hi Anncantab
      That doesn’t really work as the definition is PARTY ANIMAL. If party was rave it would be doing double duty and the SAY would be an unnecessary word. I think my explanation is correct, for once!
      PARTY ANIMAL = definition
      SAY = AVER

  18. First read through thought – can’t do this at al! Then finally got going and did manage to finish, with some electronic help I must admit. Glad you queried 18d Pommers – thought I was having a “funny five” over my E and W and my map reading isn’t too bad, though I say it myself! I’d give it 3* for difficulty – it took me two sittings. But enjoyable puzzle, I thought.

  19. just butting in here to say thanks to Dave and others for this site which we recently discovered.. On the iPad we don’t get the option of clicking between the brackets so we use the fabulous ‘clues’ here if we’re stuck, but never actually cheat. Yesterday’s came through as number O instead of 26632 but it still worked! Wish the iPad version put in the divisions of words but it sounds as if it’s not worth complaining to DT judging by these comments above!

  20. 15a. I think this is a badly worded clue. Surely you replace an “I” WITH a “U” – or replace a “U” FOR an “I”?

    1. I’m not sure about this but, interestingly, I was watching pommette solving this one and she started off by thinking of this substitution the wrong way round so perhaps you’re right!

  21. I do like a Jay puzzle and this was no exception. Not up to yesterday’s crackerjack but pleasant nonetheless. My solving time has this as a 3* for difficulty. However, this was caused by not being able to see the anagram in 6d. It was in fact my last in, to my annoyance when the penny dropped. That being the case I’ll give the puzzle a 2.5* for difficulty as it took a bit of picking apart. I thought 15a was a cracking clue and it is my fave although, I’ve only ever heard of it with ‘dis’ on the front. Like some others I’d never heard of 11a in the singular before and interestingly my copy of Chambers doesn’t give the plural! So Pommers, I give this puzzle 2.5* and 3* for enjoyment.

  22. Actually not such a bad turnout as I thought now I’ve counted them up. 8 people have put star ratings (pommette hasn’t yet but she’s just told she’s giving it 3*) giving a total of 23.5 stars. Divided by 8 gives an average difficulty of 2.94*. I’ll get it right one day – it appears 3* is the consensus of opinion here.

    1. I gave it 3 stars and, as a result, I couldnt have finished without your help. Thanks for that and thanks to the setter

    1. Yup, our posts must have crossed in the ether! Didn’t really need much averaging apart from Don1991’s 2.5*! we have five 3*, one 4* , one 2* and said 2.5*.

  23. Taking a break in the Peak District, without reference material, so this one took a bit longer than it might otherwise have done. But a nice, challenging work-out, if not quite so satisfying as yesterday’s puzzle. Just shaded 3* I thought. Thanks Pommers.

  24. I am beginning to like Jay Puzzles – well I have do don’t I with t’other half blogging it most weeks!
    Took me slightly longer than normal to do, but that could well be becasue my head is full of cotton wool – not slept too well 2 nights as I have terrible tooth ache and my ****** dentist has gone on holiday for the whole of August, so living on pain killers. Grump Over.
    So I thought 4* to beigin with but then as pommers says settle on 3* for difficulty and 3* for enjoyment.
    I got just over half on first pass and then got most of the rest after a bit of persevation and cogitation. Needed help on a couple (1d, 24d) and had a few D’oh moments when the penny finally dropped on a few more.
    Thanks to Jay and t’other half for an enjoyable Wednesday.

    1. Poor you – toothache is horrible – terribly close to “where you live” somehow. Do hope that it’s better soon. Carry on grumping!! :smile:

      1. PS I think that the number of * you gave to describe your dentist is one short of what he would have been called in our house! My language has been terribly badly influenced by our daughters in recent years!! :grin:

  25. Almost spent more time trying to make sense of the quickie pun than doing the WHOLE of the cryptic. Was nearly carted off this afternoon – spent whole of dog walk repeating the three words until it FINALLY worked! Anyway – now on to the cryptic. Too late posting today to count in the ratings average but I think that I would probably have given it 2* too. Nice puzzle – not too difficult although I did get a bit snarled up with a few, all in the top left hand corner. Particularly liked 5,12, 25 and 27a and 3, 18 (despite the E/W mix up) and 21d. Favourite of all – 14d – I LOVE that song! With thanks to Jay and to Pommers.

    1. I also spent a long time on the Quickie pun – mainly because I got the first word wrong – I put “boom” instead of “buoy”. I also came close to being carted off! Thank God for this web-site for putting me out of my misery!

      1. Ah – did at least eventually manage it on my own! Latest on local Oxford news “Batty woman seen walking along muttering to herself – do not approach – could be dangerous – at least her dog looks pretty sensible” :grin:

  26. A bit late to be included in the “Pommers’ Poll’ – I’m not how sure to rate it. I found it a lot easier and quicker than normal for a Wednesday! So I would give it a 2* difficulty apart from the fact that I had a complete mental block about the Hanniball clue and had to seek help! I was convinced that it must be a place name somewhere in Italy. Thanks to Jay & Pommers.

  27. If I hadn’t written UPDRAFT for 26a I’d have polished this off a lot faster. I liked 15a.

  28. On true basis of better late than never I sat down with this Jay offering after supper and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Yes there were a fair number of anagrams, but all very solvable. What time do people start solving these puzzles? Must be very early.

    Thanks to Jay and Pommers.

    1. In pommers case at 01:01 CET+1 – as soon as it arrives on the DT site. Just to make sure he can actually do it!
      Would be a bit embarassing if the blogger was totally clueless !!! :D

    2. Well, I started at about 0030BST and then wrote the blog so BD could post it when he’d got the Quickie pun! Posted at 0823BST so BD must get up pretty earlly!
      Simple answer is ‘over breakfast’ by the look of it as first comment posted at 0832BST!

  29. Thanks to jay & Pommers, I enjoyed this one, but it took a while, perhaps 3* is about right. Favourite was 27a.
    Last one in was 18d, mistake in the clue, reminds me of Monty Python’s Krakatoa :-)

  30. G’night all.
    Going bed now as it’s not too hot tonight.
    Thanks for all the comments and to those who participated in ‘pommer’s poll’. Maybe we could do it again next week – or even tomorrow if the blogger’s up for it!

  31. Sorry to have missed you yesterday Pommers, busy, busy day only just finished the top R/H corner, with your help, 3* for me, no fav clue I’m afraid, busy again today so may be late checking in again!!

    1. Welcom to the blog Jay

      It would be appreciated if you could qualify or change your alias to avoid confusion with our Wednesday setter, who often posts on here as Jay.

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