DT 26694

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26694

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Two puzzles from Ray T in the same week – and I get to review both of them! This one has the usual double entendre and a trademark Queen clue.

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.

Across

1a    Frisky pair, later on common (11)
{PROLETARIAN} – an anagram (frisky) of PAIR LATER ON gives a word meaning common or working-class

10a    Attack Sergeant-Major holding hill (5)
{STORM} – this attack is created by putting the abbreviation of Sergeant-Major around (holding) another word for a hill

11a    Hot spot for chicks (9)
{INCUBATOR} – a cryptic definition of an apparatus used to hatch eggs

12a    White bra, at least, almost undone (9)
{ALABASTER} – this word meaning coloured like a translucent form of gypsum is an anagram (undone) of most of BRA AT LEAS(T)

13a    Run over by front of combine in harvest (5)
{RECAP} – a word meaning to run over or summarize is created by putting the initial letter (front) of Combine inside a word meaning to harvest

14a    Unearth dead containing old carbon (6)
{LOCATE} – a verb meaning to unearth or find is created by putting a word meaning recently dead around O(ld) and C(arbon)

16a    Scientists cite negativity holding back development (8)
{GENETICS} – hidden inside (holding) and reversed (back) the first three words of the clue is a word meaning development or inherited characteristics

18a    Comfortable outside in cushy job (8)
{SINECURE} – put a word meaning comfortable or safe around (outside) IN to get a cushy job

20a    Hound bird following close of club (6)
{BEAGLE} – this type of hound is created by putting a bird after the final letter (close) of cluB

23a    Twinkling, first getting tearful (5)
{MOIST} – a charade of a twinkling, as in “twinkling of an eye” and IST (first) gives a word meaning tearful

24a    ‘Singing’ covered in empty tasteless bling (9)
{TRAPPINGS} – this alleged form of “singing” inside the outside letters (empty) of T(asteles)S to get some tasteless jewellery

26a    Pain from lung area possibly including his heart (9)
{NEURALGIA} – this pain is an anagram (possibly) of LUNG AREA around (including) the middle letter (heart) of hIs

27a    Generally calm, after losing head (5)
{OFTEN} – a word meaning generally or frequently is derived by dropping the initial letter from (after losing head) a synonym for to calm

28a    Neglect before line in speech (11)
{DERELICTION} – to get this neglect, especially of one’s duty, put a three-letter poetic word for “before” and L(ine) inside speech or pronunciation

Down

2d           Wine from rice is of Japanese Asian origins (5)
{RIOJA} – a type of wine comes from the initial letters (origins) of five letters in the clue

3d           Jesus perhaps, a good man giving reprimand (7)
{LAMBAST} – Start with the creature that is emblematic of Jesus, as in Agnus Dei and then add A and the usual good man to get a word meaning to reprimand

4d           Turns cards over and cheats (6)
{TWISTS} – a double definition – turns over one’s cards in pontoon and cheats or swindles

5d           One videos case of rare material by Queen (8)
{RECORDER} – this video machine is a charade of the outside letters (case) of R(ar)E, some material and Elizabeth Regina – I think there’s an apostrophe missing from video’s

6d           Vegetable missing in French hostelry (7)
{AUBERGE} – start with a vegetable and drop (missing) the IN to get a French hostelry

7d           Setting up shop, maybe (13)
{ESTABLISHMENT} – a double definition – the act of setting up or founding and a shop or business

8d           Handling piece of lingerie (8)
{STOCKING} – another double definition – handling or supplying and a piece of lingerie( usually coming as a pair, except at Christmas!)

9d           ‘Charming’ gang’s burning outside (13)
{PREPOSSESSING} – this adjective meaning charming is created by putting a gang of cowboys inside a word meaning burning or urgent

15d         Rest pool stick pocketing not in order (8)
{CONTINUE} – a word meaning rest or endure  is created by putting the “stick” used in the game of pool around (pocketing) an anagram (order) of NOT IN

17d         Special female ward? (8)
{PROTÉGÉE}  – a cryptic definition of a young lady who is under the protection or patronage of another person

19d         Home enclosure having extravagant interior (7)
{COTTAGE} – a country home is created by putting an enclosure around  (having … interior) an abbreviation meaning extravagant

21d         Polite, rattled, taking cross abuse (7)
{EXPLOIT} – put an anagram (rattled) of POLITE around (taking) the letter shaped like a cross to get a verb meaning to abuse or take advantage

22d         Return is about a distant trip (6)
{SAFARI} – reverse IS around A and a word meaning distant to get a trip in tropical climes

25d         Other ranks can turn up explosive (5)
{NITRO} – reverse (turn up) Other Ranks and a can to get an explosive produced by the action of nitric and sulphuric acids on glycerine

Super stuff!


The Quick crossword pun: {parish} + {hoot} = {parachute}

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117 Comments

  1. mary
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Morning Dave, strange but I didn’t think this was a RayT today, I thought some of the readings didn’t make much sense at all, however fav clue was 6d, I put ‘tricks’ in for 4d at first which didn’t help in getting 12a! haven’t needed the hints but needed lots of electronic help to finish it

    • Jezza
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      I started to write ‘tricks’ in, then stopped when I got to the fifth letter!

  2. Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Took a lot of thinking about today – got a little stuck down at the bottom, then the brain cells decided to shut down so just couldn’t see 28A. Also had to rely heavily on my O level French to get 17D (sort of worked it out, but wasn’t to sure), I’m quite amazed I can think that far back. Like Mary, my favourite was 6D – superb clue, nearly in the same league as GEGS (9,4) and HIJKLMNO (5)

  3. Domus
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    A pleasant difficult puzzle. Christmas is coming; can anyone suggest a really good reference book (perhaps from Chambers) for my wife to give me? I only have an Oxford Concise Dictionary dated 1957!

    • mary
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      Hi Domus, depends what you are looking for, the Chambers Dictionary (I have 11th edition, but I think there might be a later one) is well worth having (the big red book) also if you want help with synonyms etc, Chambers crosswrod dictionary is a must (mine is 2007 edition) if you can only have one off Santa, then personally, I find the second much more useful for crosswords

      • Kath
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

        You beat me to it Mary! However, I think we seem to be saying pretty much the same things! :smile:

        • Domus
          Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

          Thanks..

    • Kath
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      I think you really need “The Chamber’s Dictionary” 11th edition – generally referred to, in this blog, as “The Big Red Book”. The “Chambers Crossword Dictionary” is also excellent – it has a great bit at the beginning written by Don Manley who I now know, since discovering this blog, is Giovanni. The other book that I use a lot is the “Reader’s Digest Universal Dictionary” which, unlike most dictionaries, includes countries and their capitals, currency etc etc and well known people and lots of other stuff. Mine is VERY old and falling to bits – I have feeling that it may be out of print, unfortunately. Good luck – and PLEASE don’t start talking about Christmas yet!!

      • mary
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

        Don’t know if its out of print Kath but there are several ‘used but in good condition’ available on amazon for a reasonable price starting at around £7.00

    • spindrift
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      I’ve just bought the Chamber’s Dictionary 12th edition with thumb indexes for £30 from Play.com. They also sell the Chamber’s Crossword dictionary at a reasonable price. Others I would include are anything by Bradford & also Brewer’s Phrase & Fable. Nearly forgot good old Roget’s Thesaurus!

    • Nora
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      Domus, I take it you’ll always keep and treasure your 1957 dictionary. My Penguin paperback dictionary which I got as a junior school prize in 1962 fell apart through usage/love many years ago, but I couldn’t part with it. But what a wonderful present a new one will be – lucky you.

  4. Jezza
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    A very enjoyable puzzle that raised a few smiles along the way. Whenever I solve a RayT puzzle, with some of the amusing surface reads, I automatically think back to my collection of Tom Sharpe books!
    Thanks to RayT, and to BD for the review.

  5. Lord Luvvaduck
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Completed relatively rapidly by the two of us though delays were caused by 16a and 17d. Got the sense of the latter but the actual word remained irritatingly elusive. Not entirely convinced that translucent gypsum is necessarily the colour suggested in 12a, but let’s not nit-pick. 24a nicely combines that sort of ‘singing’ with its commonly associated jewellery. Rain at last – hooray!

  6. Kath
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Loved it! I didn’t have too much trouble today, apart from the last few clues – the two long ones down each side (7 and 9d) and, for some reason which I now can’t see, 23 and 27a. I have to admit that the quick crossword gave me more grief than the cryptic – I like the quickie pun. Too many good clues to write them all down – will put just a few – 1 and 11a and 4 and 6d. With thanks to Ray T and Big Dave.
    Weather is beastly here today – grey, wet and a bit chilly. :sad: Dare I risk a look at the toughie?

    • andy
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Go for it Kath, there are some pretty good anagrams that should get you started, and it’s quite witty too!

  7. Tridymite
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I normally approach one of Ray T’s with trepidation but this one wasn’t too bad. Needed help with 16a, so very annoying when the answer is staring you in the face!

    • Addicted
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      Me too! Only one I needed help with, but am waiting for the “downs” as I’m not sure what I have is necessarily a piece of lingerie – but then, maybe it is classed as that?

      • Addicted
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        Oops – for 8d, that is.

  8. Collywobbles
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Come on BD, I’m stuck. Your audience awaits you

    • Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Patience is a virtue that you seem to lack!

      • Collywobbles
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

        OOH, bit testy today are we. I’m off to the naughty corner

        • Collywobbles
          Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

          ** ********** ****** *** ******

          • mary
            Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

            collywobs behave yourself :-)

            • Collywobbles
              Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

              All right then

              • mary
                Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

                Now you can come off the naughty step but leave the lemon drizzle cake behind!

                • Collywobbles
                  Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

                  OKI DOKI

      • Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

        I thought Patience was a game of cards played alone

        • Collywobbles
          Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

          It certainly is skempie

      • Collywobbles
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

        I’m being very patient at 12.30 on the naughty step

    • mary
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      what you stuck on?

      • Collywobbles
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        9d is one of them Mary. That might open up a number of others. 3* is just beyond my capability so I’m stretching myself

        • Addicted
          Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

          Try another word for burning – as in “burning issue” for example or something that is really urgent and put it around a gang more associated with Westerns when the Sheriff asks for volunteers and they all ride off after the baddy!

          • Collywobbles
            Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

            Many thanks Addicted. Very good hint

            • Collywobbles
              Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

              I’ve just worked it through Addicted. That was a hard one for me. Many thanks

    • Kath
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Smack your legs, Collywobs!! Go straight into the naughty corner! :smile:

      • Collywobbles
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

        I’ve been there, Kath, and Mary has let me off because I’ve repented, but I don’t get any drizzle cake

  9. Addicted
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Overall a very enjoyable puzzle, but didn’t think much of 23a – anyone agree with me?

    • Warren
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      I do. Very contrived and feels much more like a Toughie clue. Didn’t help having a brain freeze on 19d but still.

  10. crypticsue
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    As BD said above, what a treat to have two Ray T’s in a week – yes I know it will make the grumpies grump, but I loved it. Not sure I have a particular favourite, just a lovely all round good start to the day, thanks to Ray and thank you to BD too.

    The Petitjean Toughie didn’t take that long either and is very entertaining. I hope Kath, and others, will give it a go.

    • mary
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      when did we have the other RayT Sue, was it Tuesday, must have been, I suppose?

      • Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        A Beam Toughie on Tuesday

        • mary
          Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

          Oh thanks Dave, I am just going to give todays toughie a go wish me luck!

          • Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

            Good luck Mary!

            It’s quite witty in places and not too hard for a Toughie.

            I can also recomment the Paul in today’s Grauniad, if you like 53 letter anagrams!

            • crypticsue
              Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

              Me too – recommending the Paul – although it does help if you are a certain age to solve the anagram :D

          • crypticsue
            Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

            Good luck Mary – don’t panic if you can’t ‘see’ anything straight away – it took a bit of perservation and then suddenly light struck!

  11. mary
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Love the picture at 20a :-)

  12. Mike
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Where are the down solutions?

    • Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Mike

      You’d better go and join Collywobbles on the naughty step!

      • Mike
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

        Many thanks for the welcome. Use this all the time but first time I have left a comment. Pray tell what I have done (or not) to deserve the naughty step

        • crypticsue
          Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

          Collywobbles has been pressing BD to provide the down clues in a rather persistent manner so has been sent there to wait and reflect. Normally people are sent to the naughty corner for revealing prize puzzle answers on a Saturday or Sunday. I believe it’s very nice there – cake is always provided.

          While you are waiting there, spare a thought for the blogger who has to download the puzzle, solve the puzzle, work out the wordplay, type out a word document, copy and paste it into the wordpress ‘add a post’ thingy, find some pictures and so on and still find time to have elevenses, lunch and possibly the odd visit to the bathroom!

          • Mike
            Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

            Comments noted. Please leave me on the naughty step, I love cake : )

            • Collywobbles
              Posted October 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

              I’m sorry Mike, I’ve eaten it all (it’s normally drizzle cake) and I apologise humbly, unreservedly and with enormous contrition for eagerly wanting the hints before all the due processes could be completed

              • Posted October 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

                Collywobbles

                As well as writing the main blog on a Thursday I have to solve the Toughie, key the answers in to check them and then create a template for the blog to send to Bufo, as he solves the paper version.

                Now if anyone fancies writing the Thursdy blog I would be absolutely delighted to hear from them – but be warned (as I told Pommers many months ago) it becomes addictive and you will find it difficult to solve a clue without thinking “How would I blog this?”.

                • Posted October 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

                  You’re dead right Dave, on both counts, and, no, I’m not volunteering for Thursdays. Pommette would have a fit! I could perhaps fill in for you in the weeks Falcon does the Wednesday puzzle though, I think she might wear that!

                  If there is a volunteer out there who’s thinking about it I can recommend it as a lot of fun! The thought processes required for blogging also appear to improve solving skills very quickly as I’m no longer scared witless by the thought of an Elgar Toughie – just a bit wary!

                • Collywobbles
                  Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:25 am | Permalink

                  Dave,

                  I know that you work hard for which we all thank you but please, get a sense of humour

                  Geoff

                  • mary
                    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

                    Dave has a sense of humour collywobs, just not the same as yours :-)

                    • Collywobbles
                      Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

                      Mary, how do you that I posted this on yesterdays puzzle?

                    • mary
                      Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

                      Just clicked on the link at the side ‘recent comments’ when your comment came up

                    • Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

                      Some people get an email feed of all the comments!

                    • mary
                      Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

                      But I’m not one of them :-)

                    • Collywobbles
                      Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

                      BD, Are they specially selected people or can any of us receive them?

                    • Posted October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

                      You can select the RSS feed from the sidebar or, for a single post, tick the “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” box when you leave a comment.

        • Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

          See some of Collywobble’s comments above!

          Some days the hints take longer to prepare than others, and it does say that they are in preparation.

  13. Captain Lethargy
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I found this quite hard and it took a lot of effort. I loved 6d as well. 11a was good as well.

  14. Pete
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    After all of this time I stil do not recognise the setters, other than perhaps when the Quick has single word clues!
    Straight forward but very enjoyable.
    Thanks to setter and Big Dave for the hints so far!

  15. Derek
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Enyaable fare from Ray.
    Faves : 12a,16a, 24a, 28a, 3d, 6d, 9d & 19d.

    Weather here still sunny but much colder – central heating on each morning now.

    Clock goes back one hour on Sunday!

    • Silveroak
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      In the States we don’t end DST until the following weekend so I have to remember UK will be 5 hours ahead instead of 6 hours for a week. Wish they could coordinate it so that we all change at the same time.

      • Posted October 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

        Many years ago the European countries all seemed to change on different days which was a real pain Autumn and Spring. At least now the whole EU changes on the same day!

      • Posted October 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        Best you have a word with Obama

      • Kath
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

        What is DST? I’m sure I should know but I don’t.

        • Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

          Daylight Saving Time (I think).

          • Kath
            Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

            Thanks pommers – SURELY I should have been able to work that out for myself!! :oops:

  16. Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I too found it nigh on impossible at first, then it started to click into place. All finished & found enjoyable in the end.

  17. Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Well, having said yesterday that I found it difficult to ‘click’ with RayT this one turned out to be a breeze!
    11a and 2d are favourites (I like the wine!) but all the clues are good. A very enjoyable puzzle.

    Thanks to Ray and BD.

  18. Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    With apologies if this is a question asked before but I am interested in how fellow BD Blog followers solve anagrams.

    Most everyone I know seems to write the letters out in a circle. As this seems a dreadful waste of space I write it out in a line consonants first and then vowels.

    Others might not have need of any help and can see it from the printed word. I hope no one uses online anagram solvers!!

    Is there another way I’m missing?

    • Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      I write them out in a rectangle 3 or 4 letters wide, reversing the direction of alternate rows.

      e.g.

      PAIR ETAL RON

    • crypticsue
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      If I can’t see it from the printed word (I have years and years and years of practice) then I write out the anagram fodder as it is in the clue, cross through the letters I have already got and then start rearranging the left over letters until I get there.

    • Kath
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      It seems to me that everyone has their own way of doing anagrams – I just write the letters in a jumble and hope that inspiration strikes. I also hope that I have the right letters which isn’t always the case!!

    • Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      All good. Might try the rectangle sometime.

      PS – what the difference between a rectangle and an oblong?

      • Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

        A square is a special case of a rectangle but is not an oblong

        • Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

          And do you know the difference between a buffalo and a bison?

          • Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

            Well – ahem one cannot wash one’s hands in a buffalo.

            • Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

              I always thought the difference was that you can’t cook a pubbing on a buffalo

              • Posted October 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

                errr make that ‘pudding’ my proof reading skills seem to be fading

    • Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      I use the BD method but pommette is of the circle persuasion.

      • crypticsue
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

        Does that explain why we don’t hear from her any more? – She’s going round in circles :D

        • Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

          She’s still here and still does the puzzle over lunch but doesn’t read the reviews any more – she just asks me instead!

          • crypticsue
            Posted October 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

            Please tell her I miss her :(

            • Posted October 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

              Will do!

            • Kath
              Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

              Yes – so do I! :smile: The :smile: is for her!!

  19. Kath
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Just back from rather soggy dog walk and about to have a go at the toughie – wish me luck, after yesterday’s effort I suspect that I will need it!

  20. spindrift
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Ray T for the crossword & to BD for the review although I’m betting that if it was Gazza’s turn to review then the picture for 8d would be not so Christmassy….

    • Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      That thought had also crossed my mind!

    • crypticsue
      Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      Gazza would probably have seen the opportunity for a different picture at 12a too :D

      • Kath
        Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

        Yes – I thought so too!! :grin:

  21. Anncantab
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    V enjoyable again today, though got a bit stuck on the SE corner, so thanks for hints.
    re 5d : I didn’t miss the apostrophe in videos as I took it to be a verb. Also put tricks for 4d which held things up a bit.
    what is the answer to GEGS ? i know what HIJKLMNO is , having come across it before.
    also raining here for the first time for ages, will do the grass good.

    • Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Raining here on the Vega Baja too and cool. Where are you?

      The answer to GEGS? (9,4) is SCRAMBLED EGGS.

      • Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

        One of the best Times clues I’ve ever come across

        • Posted October 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

          There was an interview with John Halpern (Paul/Dada) on the Grauniad site where he says this is the first clue he wrote for that paper. I think it’s brill!

          Name sewn into footballers’ underwear (8).

          • Posted October 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

            If that had been in The Sun, everyone would have got it. They wouldn’t figure it out from the clue though, just the fact it fitted.

            • Posted October 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

              True enough, but it tickled my schoolboy sense of humour!

          • Kath
            Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

            Having never been a schoolboy and having two daughters but no sons I don’t understand!!

            • Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

              Hi kath

              The answer is KNICKERS (always a funny word to a schoolboy) – it’s N(ame) ‘sewn’ into KICKERS (footballers). Reminded me of my mum spending ages sewing name tags into shorts and shirts etc when I was a kid.

      • Anncantab
        Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

        Thank you, I am not in nearly an exotic place as you:near cambridge, in the well known diocese of Ely ,which features yet again today (friday)

  22. Posted October 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    A very enjoyable puzzle. I could kick myself for not seeing 16a though.
    I interpreted the inverted commas in 24a to indicate a misconception rather than a negative allegation. I’m sure most credible rappers would associate themselves more closely with dub poetry than mere singing.

  23. upthecreek
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    We have been spoiled this week with 2 puzzles by the master. Favourite was 12 which was brilliant. This man never ceases to amaze! If you see Queen, French and bra, you know its RayT!

  24. TimCypher
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Bah, can’t get this puzzle and not back in the UK (until tomorrow) to pick up a paper…
    Can anyone send me a PDF? :)

  25. RayT
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Evening all. A bit late on parade this evening, but thanks yet again to BD, and to all for the encouraging comments.

    RayT

  26. Heno
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Big Dave & Ray T for a nice puzzle.Needed 5 hints, but still couldn’t get ’em.had to look ’em all up ! Favourites were 6 & 22 down.

  27. Arlene
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    In 5d, why should videos have an apostrophe? This would make it either video’s possessive or video’s as a abridgement of ‘video is’. The clue does not work with either of these meanings. ‘Videos is a verb in this instance as in something, or someone, that videos.

    • gazza
      Posted October 29, 2011 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      Hi Arlene – welcome to the blog.

    • Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      I was going to make the same point – a recorder is something that videos, so no apostrophe required. Having said that, I think ‘to video’ is rather a hideous modern construct as a verb.

      • Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:53 am | Permalink

        Welcome to the blog Andy

        I read videos as a noun – I think you are all correct, it’s a verb!