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DT 26701

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26701

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very damp and gloomy Devon. We have a pleasant puzzle from Giovanni to unravel this morning, including a couple of unseasonal cricket clues. What was your take on it?
To reveal one of the hidden answers just highlight the space between the brackets under the troublesome clue.

Across Clues

1a  Animals I have brought to street secured by fastening device (9)
{LIVESTOCK} – the animals found on a farm come from the contracted form of “I have” and the abbreviation of street inside (secured by) a fastening mechanism.

9a  Put off, the lady has nothing, nothing to lose (6)
{SHELVE} – a verb meaning to put on the back burner is a charade of a feminine pronoun (the lady) and a score of nothing in tennis without (to lose) the letter that looks like zero.

10a  Food expert to stop working with artist (9)
{DIETITIAN} – to get this food expert start with a verb to stop working or conk out and add a sixteenth century Italian painter.

11a  Showman in big building with ‘orrible smell (6)
{BARNUM} – the name of the American showman who called his circus “the greatest show on earth” is a big building on a farm followed by an informal word for an unpleasant smell without its initial H (to match the ‘orrible in the clue).

12a  No ailment could be produced by this hormone (9)
{MELATONIN} – an anagram (could be) of NO AILMENT is a hormone that is secreted into the blood during the hours of darkness.

13a  Menace at that place wasting energy (6)
{THREAT} – start with an archaic adverb meaning at that place and take out (wasting) the first E(nergy).

17a  Faded yellow — you won’t see all that colour (3)
{DYE} – a noun or verb meaning colour is concealed (you won’t see all that) in the clue.

19a  Unholy academic, a nuisance beginning to end (7)
{PROFANE} – this is an adjective meaning unholy, the opposite of sacred. An abbreviated senior academic is followed by A and the outer letters of N(uisanc)E. Beginning to end often means that the first letter has to be moved to the end, but here it’s used to mean jump from beginning to end omitting the intermediate letters.

20a  Beautiful member who may be standing in front of the pavilion (4,3)
{FINE LEG} – a fielder behind the wicket on the on side (who may be standing in front of the pavilion, depending on the orientation of the pitch and which end the bowler’s operating from) is a charade of an adjective meaning beautiful or elegant and a bodily member.

21a  Having no hard intelligence (3)
{WIT} – a preposition meaning having or in possession of loses its H (no hard).

23a  A sorry dissolute getting help with prayers (6)
{ROSARY} – in the surface reading dissolute is a noun but for the wordplay we have to take it as an adjective meaning loose and indicating an anagram of A SORRY.

27a  Nicer poet mixing in formal social function (9)
{RECEPTION} – an anagram (mixing) of NICER POET.

28a  First bit of music creating awful noise by meadow (4-2)
{LEAD-IN} – the introductory bit of a musical piece is a terrible racket (awful noise) after (by) the usual Crosswordland meadow.

29a  Clever chronicle appended by 100 special notes (9)
{SAGACIOUS} – an adjective meaning clever or wise is formed from a long chronicle or story, the Roman numeral for 100 and notes that are special in the sense that they are worth money.

30a  Element found in prison, characters kept inside cell (6)
{NICKEL} – a metallic element is found in a slang term for prison followed by the letters kept inside (c)EL(l).

31a  Repeated hesitation by mature person to become unfaithful type (9)
{ADULTERER} – an expression of hesitation is repeated after (by) a mature grown-up.

Down Clues

2d  I get up on Sunday to get flowers (6)
{IRISES} – I and a verb to get up precede (on, in a down clue) S(unday) to make flowers, typically purple or yellow ones.

3d  Old lover presented with endless nonsense runs (6)
{EXTRAS} – the short word used for a former lover is followed by a word for nonsense or rubbish without its final H (endless) to make the sort of runs in cricket which the Aussies call sundries.

4d  Army races round and round in military display (6)
{TATTOO} – this is a very simple construction but I do like it and the surface is very descriptive. String together the abbreviations for our part-time army and the annual races on the Isle of Man and then add a couple of round letters.

5d  Financial assistance? Get cautious about it (7)
{CHARITY} – put an adjective meaning cautious or circumspect around IT.

6d  Covering of grass around open country (9)
{SHEATHING} – a verb meaning to grass or snitch contains open uncultivated land to make a present participle meaning covering or putting into a protective case.

7d  Slightly cunning about someone who might help with money? (9)
{SLENDERLY} – the definition here is slightly. An adjective meaning cunning or deceitful goes around someone who might help you out with some money but who will expect to have it repaid.

8d  Hiding place male’s found in culture of the past? (9)
{HERMITAGE} – a place to which someone might retreat to hide from the world is constructed by inserting M(ale) inside the cultural traditions passed down from one’s ancestors.

14d  Fizzy drink must be kept outside recreation area (9)
{SPARKLING} – an adjective meaning fizzy is made by putting an alcoholic concoction, normally containing gin, around a community recreation area.

15d  The Lady of the Lake? (9)
{CONSTANCE} – this is the name by which we know a large lake in southern Germany on the borders of Switzerland and Austria (called der Bodensee in German). It’s also a lady’s name (that of Lady Chatterley, perhaps, with whom I’m sure you’re all familiar!).

16d  Rare maid — fantastic, right sort of smasher! (3-6)
{RAM-RAIDER} – an anagram (fantastic) of RARE MAID is followed by R(ight) to make a smashing criminal who enters a jeweller’s shop (for example) in an unconventional way.

17d  Dampness we had seen rising (3)
{DEW} – reverse (seen rising, in a down clue) the contracted form of “we had”.

18d  Animal is one with leg chopped off above foot (3)
{EFT} – this is a junior newt. It’s the middle (chopped off) letter of (l)E(g) (on)E with the alternative word for leg (as a side) in cricket chopped off, followed by the abbreviation for foot. Thanks to Roland for supplying the correct wordplay.

22d  Island — one that’s cold, a beast! (7)
{ICELAND} – a semi all-in-one – the island is built from I (one in Roman numerals), C(old) and a large African antelope.

24d  Take place in dance clutching Eastern female (6)
{BEFALL} – this is an old verb meaning to take place or happen. A formal dance contains (clutching) E(astern) and F(emale).

25d  Holy person and general in disagreement (6)
{STRIFE} – the abbreviation for a venerated holy person is joined by an adjective meaning general or extensive to make disagreement or conflict.

26d  Sound book (6)
{VOLUME} – double definition.

My favourite clues today were 23a, 4d and 15d. Let us know what you liked.

Today’s Quickie Pun: {WELLIE} + {QUIPPED} = {WELL EQUIPPED}

61 comments on “DT 26701

  1. I usually find that Giovanni’s puzzles on a Friday are the best of the week, and this was no exception. Partcularly liked 1a & 14d. Many thanks to G n G.

  2. I found parts of the NE tricky in this one today. I was not totally convinced on the last four letters of 29a as ‘special notes’, but it had to be that.
    Favourite clue, 4d.
    Thanks to Giovanni, and to gazza for the review.

    The Toughie today is a belter (in my opinion!).

  3. Another wonderful puzzle from the Master (or should that be Maestro). Nice to have a bit of cricket between the end of the domestic season and start of the touring season (I don’t count that farce in India which was designed purely as a money making scam).
    Some very clever clues today (1A, 9A, 12A, 29A, 2D, 8D and 18D) and my TWO favourites today, 4D and 22D.

    Oh and its very dank and dreary at the top end of Somerset too Gazza.

  4. Good morning Gazza from a damp but fairly sunny at the moment West Wales, my brother and his wife are staying in Devon at the moment in their motorhome near a little place called Dulverton? I think it’s on Exmoor, they have been there since last Monday, I think they intend coming back next Monday if they haven’t been rained off by then :-) I am finding this tough going today, not really enjoying but determined to keep at it for a while before I give in, although I have checked my answer to 10a, it was correct but I couldn’t ‘see’ it! back later

          1. Exact opposite corner Mary, if you go 5 miles South West from Dulverton, you’re in Devon. If I go 5 miles north or north east, I’m in Gloucster or Bristol and if I go 7 miles North East, I’m in Wiltshire. Still have to pay full price for membership of Somerset Cricket Club though. Grrrrr

      1. It is in Somerset but it’s only just over the border, so your brother could be staying in Devon.

  5. Enjoyable crossword from a clues perspective, but an awful grid, like doing four small separate crosswords.

  6. Morning, all, from an overcast and damp Edinburgh, very Novemberish, but the trees are glowing in their autumn colours.

    In between doing paperwork, am doing the crossword, much more interesting!

    Thanks to Giovanni and Gazza.

  7. Finished without help today, which was a pleasant change from yesterday’s all day struggle (Bah humbug to Big Dave’s 2*’s). 2/3* difficulty for me today, even with the cricket and religious elements, neither of which are my thing! I was sorry that there were no more clues when I finished the SW corner, so thanks to Giovanni for another excellent Friday puzzle.

  8. Excellent puzzle with (for me) just the right balance of diffculty – solved in the sunshine in open-air cafe off the Close here in Winchester..

  9. Have given in/up on the last six and used your hints Gazza, a few I don’t think I’d have got even if I’d perservated all day! fav clues 4d and 23a, not a good one for me today :-(

    1. You only needed help on the sat six, well done, I needed a lot more than that. A bit of a beast today I thought.

  10. Hi Gazza, Ref 18d, I read it slightly differently. It’s one with leg chopped off. Leg = On, so “one” without “on” is “e”, followed by abbr for foot. That’s how I saw it anyway!

          1. Leg side = on side (the side of the wicket on which the batsman’s legs stand when he is facing the bowling).

            1. This is all far too complicated for me – recognising that it’s SOMETHING to do with cricket is about as good as it gets!

              1. Me too. Having the two cricket clues intersect left me with no real chance of getting 18d and 20a without external help. Otherwise all good fun, if a little on the tricky side.

                1. droolie,
                  Your comment had to be moderated because you used a different email address from before. Both should work from now on.

  11. Really struggled with this one today, even found 18d difficult to fathom ! Best clues for me were 9a and 29a. Reckon 4* rating for diificulty and enjoyment.
    Thanx to Compiler and to Gazza for his review.

  12. A bit of a slog to get the last half dozen, but not too bad a time. Assuming the wrong dance in 24d was not reely helpful, and that wretched lake took a lot longer than it should have done. I agree with Jezza about the ‘special notes’ in 29a.
    Fine weather in the Marches with none of the rain forecast for last night.
    Thanks to Gazza for explaining the subtleties of 21a – fortunately not an answer that needed to be worked out on its own account.

  13. I got stuck on the right hand side, particularly the top bit, but have now finished without the hints, although I always read them anyway. Probably rather closer to 4* for difficulty for me today. Had to guess at 20a (blasted cricket – it always gets me!) Also wanted to make 30a “nicked” (ie kept inside a cell) but couldn’t justify it and eventually got there. Ones that I liked today are mainly the ones that started off by causing trouble – 9a and 6, 7 and 8d. With thanks to Giovanni and Gazza – no opportunities for “Gazza speciality” pictures today!
    Weather not so bad now – absolutely tipped down during the night but has finally cheered up – might rake up some leaves.

  14. I agree with Libellule – each of the four corners had to be solved separately so it was really four little crosswords in one grid. I always take slightly longer than an average backpager to get on Giovanni’s wavelength and this one, I think because of the grid, took me slightly longer than usual. Thanks to Giovanni for waking up the grey matter with a bump and to Gazza for the hints etc – once again my favourites are the same as yours – great minds and all that :)

    Although the list of Toughie setters has today as MynoT, the paper has it as Myops which would explain its beastliness. Be prepared to spend some time staring at a grid before you put anything in.

      1. I will await your email then :) My email to BD worked the Gnome’s Law magic but it still took some time..

  15. Very very hard today, a 4 star for me. Finished eventually with the help of Gazzas excellent clues. As always with a Giovanni everything is there and always fair (unlike Ray T) but today’s was very tricky to unravel. Completed a week of puzzles that I found very difficult. Def an experts week. Let’s hope for something for mere mortals next week :-)

    1. Apart from Monday, I too found them all difficult this week. I thought my brain cells were dying off.

  16. Enjoyed todays although I was determined to fit Windermere into 15d (Lake and Lady, I thought it worked better than the answer. Neer mind eh)
    I must have a mental block with the Toughie, can’t even get started.
    Thanks G and G

    1. It took ages for me to get going, but Sue is right, my entry points were all in the downs. As Mary would say keep persevating!!

  17. Persevating can go on too long. Beautiful day here so I need to go outside for a couple of hours and will simply have to revert to the hints later. 5 star for me, well maybe slightly easier than yesterday’s but not my favourite. Liked 4 down and it made me look up the origin of that word. Thanks for the hints, never more necessary.

  18. I love cricket based clues but 20A had me stumped (hoho) for a while primarily because our pavillion is in front of deep mid wicket or extra cover? (struggling with the opposite) – as the bowling dictates.

    Loved the answer.

  19. Friday enjoyability from The Don as usual!
    A few cricket references – I expected Mary would comment on these!
    Faves for me : 1a, 11a, 19a, 29a, 4d, 15d, 16d & 24d.

    Chicken teriyaki tonight wahed down with Menetou-Salon rouge.

  20. Finished the off side quite quickly but struggled with the leg side. Thanks for the hints Gazza, I always feel reassured when I look at them and know I would not have got them anyway.

  21. Having got off to a flying start and then struggled for the rest of the day – on and off – had to finally resort to the hints for 3 left in the SE corner, which finally enabled me to finish – so many thanks Gazza! Needed a bit of electronic help too – namely to check 12a! Despite loathing cricket clues, did manage 20a – something I had heard once must have been lurking in my subconscious!! Agree about the grid – not very helpful. But basically enjoyed it. I’d give it 5″ for difficulty.

  22. I didn’t like this mainly because of the grid – no complaints about the clues! I finished the NW corner quite quickly – 7 clues, nearly a 1/4 of the puzzle – and what was my reward? – a single checking letter – the “Y” from 5d. As others have said – it was like doing 4 separate crosswords. Boooooo!!!!

  23. I thoroughly enjoyed todays puzzle and, with Monday’s, is the second one I have finished without referring to the hints. Great fun! My favorite, for personal reasons, was 15d and the reference to Lady C. As a schoolboy/paperboy more than half a C ago I saw the book, with my Dad, in my Boss’s shop window and I pointed it out to him as the one all the papers were on about. He said, “So it is”, gave me some money to buy it for him and off I went into the shop. I explained that there was a book in the window that my Dad would like and I was told to go and help myself. I did so and took it back to my elderly, spinster, lady Boss in order to pay and when she looked at it the title she gave a little smile and said to take it as a gift! My Dad stuck it in his pocket and it took me ages to find it again. Very enlightening it was too for a young schoolboy and I read it a few times before Mum found me rifling for it whence it disappeared for good. Many years later, as a married man with grownup children, I was in Scotland spending a weekend with her after Dad died and I could only find a Catherine Cookson to read in bed. After a while, Mum came into my room and took it from me as it was “a bit too racy”. So Gazza’s hint gave a grandfather a happy chuckle. Many thanks, Gazza, and to Giovanni for the puzzle and apologies for the diversion.

  24. Thanks to the 2 G’s. A good puzzle, but this one went right over my head, needed 10 of Gazza’s excellent hints, two of which I had to look up. Favourites were 8 & 22 down.

  25. Sorry to differ with the majority but I find Don’s surfaces forced,unlike those of Rufus and Ray T.

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