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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26780 (Hints)

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.


1a           Fool somehow atoning accepting one mission (11)
A three-letter word for a fool is followed by an anagram (somehow) of ATONING around (accepting) I (one) to get a mission or rendezvous

10a         Restful place, old, unaltered (5)
To find this restful place in the desert start with O(ld) and follow it with two words which together mean unaltered

12a         TV programme like this — a frivolously entertaining time (4,5)
A TV program like Coronation Street or EastEnders is derived from a two-letter word meaning like this, the A from the clue, a frivolous type of music and a period of time

24a         A coarse fellow held by soldier, revolutionary leader (9)
Put the A from the clue and a coarse fellow inside Crosswordland’s usual American soldier to get this Italian patriot and military leader (1807–82)

28a         Pardoning unruly Generation X (11)
This verb meaning pardoning is an anagram (unruly) of GENERATION X


2d           Belt a girl or boy (5)
A belt or waistband followed by the A from the clue gives a name that can be given to either a boy or a girl

5d           Fighter in ring moved fast put on deck endlessly (8)
This person who fights in the bullring comes from a verb meaning moved fast followed by all bar the final N (endlessly) of a word meaning to deck or embellish

ARVE Error: need id and provider

8d           Hero’s declaration to partner Bush (8)
As (1,7) this might have been what Hero said to her lover after he had swum across the Hellespont to be with her, but it’s actually an evergreen shrub with lance-shaped leathery leaves and beautiful red or white flowers – note that by placing Hero as the first word in the clue the necessary capitalisation is disguised

19d         Polish get-togethers grow bigger (7)
This polish is a charade of some get-togethers (usually preceded by words like spelling or sewing) and a verb meaning to grow bigger which is often used to describe what happens to the moon as it changes from a New Moon to a Full Moon

25d         Pick up pound on merit (5)
To get this verb meaning to pick up or study start with the abbreviation used for a pound sterling and add a verb meaning to merit or deserve

The Crossword Club opens at 10.00am.  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: {jaw-jaw} + {well} = {George Orwell}

228 comments on “DT 26780 (Hints)

  1. Tricky but great fun to solve with lots of d’oh moments. Thanks to our Mysteron and to BD for the notes.

  2. I do hate it when a full page ‘ad’ appears on the back page of the Saturday D.T. and I have to neatly fold the paper to access the Crossword!
    Was a little while finishing the right hand side but got there eventually. Somehow managed with 20a to get the correct answer at the third attempt after words which didn’t seem too far off the mark (right letters, wrong order and close to the object of the clue) so it doesn’t look very pretty with all the crossings out. D’oh!
    Enjoyed 19d, 6d and 21d in what I thought was quite a tester for a Saturday.

    1. Like Moose, I detest having to complete the crossword on the inside of the back page and I’m sure that Crypticsue will be delighted to find the puzzle there too… I made good progress until I got stuck in the south east corner too but, nevertheless, I thought that it was a most enjoyable puzzle.

      1. Indeed I was. Don’t they realise they are wasting their time as no-one actually looks at the advert, just mutters and turns the paper back.

                1. No, not a clue – didn’t even look – just said “oh ***** to them, they’ve done it again”! Hate it!! Perhaps we should get a life!!!!

                2. HSL comfort store – furniture; chairs mainly. Some people read the DT from cover to cover (particularly savouring Huhne’s demise) before doing the crossword as an afterthought. Stuck on 15d and 23a last two.

                  1. Hi Robert
                    15d – you need a three letter insect inside a five letter word for ordinary to give you this weed
                    23a – you need the even letters form priest like to give you a word meaning to tie again

  3. Done and dusted nice and early. Took the longest with 9d as I had it in my brain that the word split was 9,4 instead of the 4,9 and couldn’t make it work. Finally when I realised my mistake I got it. Therefore I will put that as my clue of the day.

    Haven’t had time to do many this week and it looks like I missed a couple of good ones – especially Thursday. If I get time later I will download it and try and see if I can get any.

    Thanks to setter and to BD for the hints. Any more photos from last weekend? Will go hunting.

    1. Well done Lea, I am struggling with this today so far, yes, have a go at Thursdays, be interesting to see what you think :-)

    2. Hi Lea

      See you download the crosswords from the DT. Am thinking about subscribing. I suppose you can then print them off from your computer. What about to a “Kindle?” Thx Ros

      1. Hi cruisenuts, just saw your post, I have a kindle but it depends which version you have, the latest which is more like a tablet computer, it may be possible but I can’t do it on mine, which is about a year old now, I find subscription to clued up the best option :-)

    1. Take the even numbered letters from the phrase “priest-like” to get a word meaning join again.

      1. Thank you – that was a d’oh moment – didn’t twig the ‘even’. Now all done. Enjoyed this one – some good teasers and word play. Liked 9d and 16a

  4. Enjoyed today’s, had what for me was a nice mixture of clues esp loved 15a and 24a.
    Thx to the setter. Would love to write more but am currently fighting off the attentions of a demanding greyhound that wants a fuss!

  5. A little trickier than recent Saturdays but good fun.

    Favourites are 12a, 16a and 26a.

    Thanks to setter and to BD for the video – I haven’t seen Popeye for years!

              1. Just clicked on the “compatability” button for the first time ever and ……. bingo ! Up popped Poppeye ! At last I know how to get rid of the blank spaces, so thank you Pommers.

                1. where’s the compatability button, I have another blank space today, it’s only happened since I upgraded internet explorer!

                    1. Did that Dave and got a load of gobbledegook! Just got it now though from tool drop down menu as pommers suggested :-) thanks for help

                    2. maybe it is 9 then, one of my sons upgraded it for me this week, up til then I’d had no problems with any of the videos!

                    1. Yes, thanks pommers, have found it there and added the site to it and hey presto there’s the video, thank you :-)

                  1. Hi Mary, on my infernal machine it’s the “button” with what looks like a torn piece of paper on it – at the very top, two to the left of the little red cross and just to the right of where you can type in addresses.
                    Hey ! what it is to be able to answer a question about computers !!! I wish !

  6. Morning Dave, I found this a bit tough for a Saturday, may just be me! at least three stars for me, as for 3d, we certainly don’t do that to our cars, houses etc. in this part of the country!! Two fav clues today 10a and 9d, not too easy today IMHO but where there’s a will etc…….. perservation once again, the name of the game :-)
    In 26a are we using the last two letters of Bismarck or using a ‘c’ for about with the ‘k’ from Bismarck?

        1. Not really Mary. It would be a bit naughty to use END (singular) to indicate the last 2 letter and in that case the word ABOUT would indicate that the anagram goes around the CK.

          The clue only works if you take ANAGRAM + C + K.

            1. If it’s got heating, I will be finding an excuse for going there. Am about to make some cakes, I’ll bring them with me. :D

              1. I thought it was a flagrant breach of the rules!! :grin:

                “Please don’t put whole or partial answers or alternative clues in your comment, else they may be censored!”

                BD is becoming too soft! Off with his head!!!

                1. Off now to watch the Rugby! Given up on the cricket – Pakistan might as well declare now – England will never get the runs!

                  (However, if they had been playing in Pakistan…………)

        2. Come to think of it I miscounted the letters in the anagram fodder and spent a couple of minutes trying to put the anagram about the K before I realised I was a letter short! D’oh!

  7. Good Saturday sport! My CotD would be 8d for the double deception. Off to London to see Billy Elliot – hope the snow stays away!

  8. Like last Saturday, this was a fun solve in the car journey home back from the airport.
    Having just got back through the door, I had a completed grid aside from 8d, so I definitely needed the hint for that. Having heard neither of that romantic pairing, nor the bush, I’m not going to beat myself up for not getting it.
    4d was my favourite clue – took an age for the penny to drop for some reason, but, when it did, it came with a smile. :)
    Thanks to setter and BD for the 8d hint… 8)

  9. A bit of a welcome relief after some of this weeks puzzles. Why is the prize crossword usually the easiest? Well compared to Thursdays. Faves today were 8d and 16a but it was a lovely balanced piece of work. Thanks to BD and setter.

  10. Weather here today is very cold, damp threatening to snow, forecast is for it to turn to rain, preferable as far as I’m concerned, just the right day for hot cawl (pronounced cowl) with warm roll and cheese, problem is I have to make it!

    1. It’s beautiful and sunny here but only 7C which is freezing by Spanish standards for this time of day! Off to town now for a look at the market and get a warming hot chocolate with brandy in it! :grin:

      1. I can imagine 7c being cold for you – would be warm for us with the temps below freezing at the moment. Still the sun is shining so that is something – enjoy the market (and the brandy!!)

      2. Beautiful and sunny in East Kent but very cold. Mrs L has de-iced bird bath three times.

    2. That sounds wonderful (apart from having to make it). Haven’t been out as yet – sun is shining but it has that hazy look. Not far from here (in Chesham) the temp last night was -11 and we have snow forecast – hope it stays away.

  11. I do’t know about 7C but I just went out to the shed to get some onions and the outside thermometer says it is -5!! Lots of snow in our village but not much when you get a mile up the road.

    It took me a while to get started on this one – I think the grey matter is frozen – but I finished in a fairly straightforward time and enjoyed myself. Thanks to the setter (Iam I right in thinking this is a Cephas week?) and to BD too.

    I recommend the NTSPP which is particularly relevant today..

    1. CS – whcih village are you in? Haven’t got hold of family but they are in Sevenoaks at the moment – soon to move to Hlidenborough so wondered if it was snow around them

      1. I am in East Kent, on the border with Thanet. And before Gnomey starts (if he has a spare moment in between his work today) I am definitely not in Thanet :)

          1. he did say yesterday that he had to work today – it was only luck that he didn’t have to work last Saturday and was able to make it to Little Venice. Mind you he could have a headache too as I would imagine Lemsip/beer/red wine and curry would be a powerful combination even if you hadn’t had a heavy cold all week. :D

            1. Sue’s got it right – a powerfuul combination indeed! My head didn’t help this crossword one little bit!
              I don’t even have the energy for an Island joke!

              1. Poor lad. Just don’t forget that you are the one who has to blog this one when you get your energy and head back in the right place.

                  1. Hi Gnomey, sounds like a good brthday thrash. Like the indoor Olympics idea – we used to do similar at “early doors” on a Friday once a month in the local, including bar billiards. pool, darts and indoor bowls’ if we could be arsed to move all the tables!

                    Have a lie-in tomorrow, it’s Sunday :smile:

                  2. Belated birthday greetings to you (and your twin). I’m reminded of the story of Mike and Bernie Winters’ appearance at the Glasgow Empire. After one of them had been cavorting round the stage for several minutes to general disdain the other brother poked his head through the curtains to hear a cry from the audience of “O God, there’s another one!”. :D

  12. Not a bad week, but gave up on Thursday. Liked 3d and 17d today. The weed in 15d was new to me – I was only aware of the edible version. Have a good weekend all.

  13. I thought that I had a couple of problems in the bottom left corner – it turned out that I DIDN’T and was just being a bit on the dim side. With first, third and last letters in 19d looked SO unlikely that I thought I’d gone wrong and then 26a also looked pretty impossible then the brain woke up (unfroze probably) and all was fine. I took a while to understand how “Lear” got into 17d – rather stupidly I was thinking of Shakespeare’s “Lear”!! Anyway I’ve finished now and really enjoyed it. My absolutely favourite clue was 18a – a wonderful mental picture!! Others that I also enjoyed include 10 and 16a and 2, 4, 8 and 21d. With thanks to today’s setter and to BD.

    -8.5C in Oxford last night – only just above freezing now and looks as if it might snow. :sad: I think it’s a day for a very early afternoon collie walk (get it over with!) then come home, light fire and have a go at the NTSPP. :smile: Hope everyone has a good weekend and keeps warm.

    1. I had he wrong Leat too! Thanks for the hint.
      I’m still only about half way but persevering.
      Any hints please for 9d and 16a?

      1. Hi Pam

        16a It’s the first letters of persistent offender robbing followed by a bank to give what these offenders get if they’re caught.

        9d is a double definition.

        Can’t really say more as I’ve been risking the naughty corner already this morning!

            1. Ooh yummy. If it’s half as good as the birthday fruitcake I might just have to break the rules and come and join you all…..

              1. It is different but equally as good. I have already banned Son No 1 from touching it as he tends to take rather large ‘slices’.

                1. I like his style! Take it as a compliment, forget Mary Berry or whatever her name is, your cakes surpass all. I see a potential lucrative sideline business…..

                  1. Thanks for the compliment. I can’t decide whether to go for pro-crossword testing or cake makiing or a bit of both when I actually get to retire.

                    1. Both Sue, but for me the cake – you already have me as a customer! When I get to retire it will take my entire strength to open a bottle of sanatogen

                    2. Definitely not setting – there are setters who can’t solve and solvers who can’t set (well this one can’t anyway).

            1. Had a ***** this morning so I went back to bed for a couple of hours! I was talking about the naughty corner but I’ve eaten all the churros now!

              Don’t know how pommette’s getting on in Blighty – she’s supposed to be travelling from Mansfield to Bridgenorth this afternoon and from what I’ve seen on the telly it don’t look promising!

              1. The ***** is supposed to say ****** but it’s a password I used to use so my bloody over-zealous firewall blocks it! I’ve put a space in the word this time so it should go through!

                  1. God God! I was only trying to say a bit of the white icy stuff you get on cold mornings! Don’t you just hate it when the technology thinks it’s boss? And what the hell does “bad command or file name” mean?

              2. Mansfieldis never promising. It can be deep snow there when all around. Am sitting in relative warmth watching myriads of sledgers in Woodthorpe Park and listening to the Archers.

  14. Most gentle, but most enjoyable. I thought there were some good clues in this one today.
    Thank you to setter, and to BD.

  15. Piquant in places but mild overall. Thanks to the Mysteron & to BD. Time for a crack at the NTSPP before the England game.

    I had a chance to go but I think, given the cold, I’m glad I decided to stay in the warmth as an armchair back.

  16. A tad trickier for me than recent Saturdays, though some lovely D’oh moments. Clouding over here in Peterborough, very cold. 4d was last to parse and was my Favourite. Thanks to BD and setter

    1. Just started snowing here, like Kath i walked thedog early, much to his chagrin as he was fast asleep and spoiled his routine.

      1. Don’t they just hate it when THEIR routine is upset – well at least our lovely girl does – she looks at me as if I’ve gone mad and I can almost see her tapping at her watch and saying “WHAT kind of time is this?”!!

        1. Our cats are the same about feeding time – has to be exactly 1700! They get a bit miffed when we move the clocks and it takes them about 10 days to get used to it!

  17. Very chilly east Hertfordshire. Sky looking ominous! All done save 3d, 9d and 13a – late start but persevering.

    1. Little Dave,

      3d – there’s a homophone in there somewhere – “…according to report ..”

          1. Some of them do, but does this one work in other areas, it sounds quite a posh way of saying it to me

  18. Greetings all,
    Had to do a survey this morning at 8 am. it was -4c got back to Cheadle Hulme at 11, had a sausage buttie, did the crossword, interupted by my dads phonecall about how to work his sky remote control and having to get the book out to identify that bird in the garden( female stonechat). Now it’s snowing and I know I will be poorly in the morning.I’ve got a Burns’ Night supper to attend tonight.

    Thankfully there is always the amber fluid.

    I enjoyed todays crossword, Last one in was 23a. I Liked 14a with the “double use” applied to abbreviation and the two wheeler.

    Thanks to the setter and B. D.



      1. Alas, it will be the amber fluid ( Oban for choice ) plus perhaps an excess of the chieften o’ the pudden race of which I have a great fondness.

        Remember me in your prayers tomorrow.


        D. D.

  19. Afternoon all from a now white Leeds. This was solved quickly long before the snow arrived. I found this puzzle a little strange because I instinctively knew a couple of the answers and then took some time to work out the full clue! 19d being a case in point…still not convinced about the clue even with Dave’s explanation above. 20a has 2 anogram solutions…but only one fits. I did like 14a, 26a and 7d.

  20. Uuuuurmm! Not sure 9d works? Am I missing something? 20a provided two possible answers. 3d also a tad week or am I not “in tune”. Snowing at the Hawthorns – my team taking on the mighty Swansea today. Still very cold – off to exercise so back later.

    1. Come on the Swans :-) , I agree re 3d, 9d does work,at least I think it does, 20a surely only one answer will fit though?

  21. Very enjoyable puzzle today, got 24a first as I was at school with one of his descendants.
    I always feel stupid asking for help after reading so many other comments , none of which refer to the one clue I am unsure of : 7d. Is the answer someone in charge of a unit at a boarding school ? if so, why?

      1. Thanks, I thought it was an anagram first of all, but couldn’t make anything of it. The second half i had, but could only fit toast in for the first part!

        1. That was the last clue I got in. I thought it was hard as well – until I realised the anagram.

    1. I used to feel stupid too anncantab, but one of the many virtues of this site is that no one is deemed stupid and you always get assistance. I always think it’s just a case of asking the question because I am sure there are lurkers or otherwise grateful for a hint.

      1. I always used to feel stupid too but have never been made to feel so, even when I AM being very dim!! It’s one of the really good things about this blog – there are, of course, lots of other good things about it! :smile: so thanks to all who make it so wonderful.

  22. Can anyone explain 17d to me? I’ve got the answer but can’t see it. Lear ,if not Shakespeare or jet???

    1. Hi Annidrum

      17d is the colour of the boat in the Lear poem and it’s a common crosswordland word for write about a word meaning to match.

      1. Oh thanks Pommers ,of course. Forgot about Edward . I shouldn’t have as an ex (mucho tiempo ex) primary school teacher .

        1. I too took a while to get the connection, Answer was in but wasn’t sure why, D’oh moment, one of many today!!

      2. Thanks Pommers (again today !) for helping with my last one, and to you Annidrum for asking and saving my hair from further scratching !
        First time I’ve finished one for ages, now to freeze while walking the dog who looks far too comfortable curled up asleep !

  23. Not having a good dat today…..brain must be frozen. Any hints for 14a, 18a and 15d would be helpful.

    1. 14a – you need a two wheeled vehicle with P(ower) inserted to give a word meaning cleaned ( a floor?).

      18a – OK naughty corner here I come! “Mum as in quiet rather than parent” should be enough to put you on the right track.

      15d – Put a usual insect in a word for ordinary and you get a weed which I thought was a banana!

      1. Thanks…..finished now I can enjoy the rugby15d are two different things both with the same name, one from the tropics and one from northern temperate areas

  24. Managed to do at least half despite competing with the tv noise then succumbed to looking at the hints – many thanks Big Dave. Left with 20, 21 and 27 to go and would be very grateeful for a nudge in the right direction. I feel sure 20 is an anagram and have two letters in place, is there an idiot corner opposite the naughty corner :-), you’ll find me there! Wondering if 21 is the name of a store that collapsed a while ago but if so, don’t understand why.

    1. Hi Dawn

      21d is the name of the store, put a phrase meaning not much (1,3) inside something that a Derby is an example of and you get the word meaning environment.

      20 is an anagram, as you say, and he’s a guide in the Himalayas.

      There is a “Stupid Step”, where I have spent considerable time, but not today as I’m now off to watch the rugby from the naughty corner!

      1. Thanks Pommers, now finished and off to the Stupid Step as I should have seen 20 after putting in 21. I’m taking apple and date cake to munch on, there’s plenty to share :D

      1. Sorry! It’s a double definition. A word meaning to teach or coach is also several things all joined up one after the other (in sucession).

  25. hippy ajs,

    14a – The solution is “cleaned up”. Have you ever ridden a Vespa with power?

    1. Can anyone help with 11a and 16a — the only two I can’t get!

      Also, what is a “sausage buddie”?


      1. 11a. You need a nautical word for left followed by a word meaning paper to give a word that describes what a minster of state is responsible for.

        16a. Take the initial letters of persistent offenders robbing and then add a word meaning bank (as in a geological feature) to get something that such offenders might receive (a slang word) if caught.

        Cannot help with sausage buddies.

        1. Thanks! Someone early in today’s comments mentioned eating, I think, a sausage (or bacon?) buddie. Just curious…

          1. Don’t remember the comment or who wrote it – perhaps a sausage (or bacon) BUTTIE?!! Probably a “typo” (or perhaps you should have gone to “Specsavers”)!!! :grin:

          2. A buttie is a sandwich! Chip butties are best! A sausage buttie might just be a sausage wrapped on one piece of bread.

            1. Thick slices of crusty bread with lashings of butter and home-made crispy chips with a little salt and vinegar! Suddenly the sea bass dinner seems a long time ago! Might have to do a piece of toast!

  26. Got the DT just after lunch – had to walk carefully on the trodden snow to the shopping street – also got in enough food to avoid going out again for a day or two.

    Not a difficult puzzle today.
    Faves : 16a, 20a, 24a, 26a, 2d, 8d, 17d & 19d.

    Grilled pork fillet with apple mousse tonight then blueberries and cream. The apples came from my daughter’s garden – I have tons of the mousse in the deep freeze so must get one box out to thaw.
    Bordeaux for a change!

    1. It’s lamb shanks here tonight, but I wish I could have some of Cryptic Sues cake for Dessert, I’ve not defrosted anything!!

        1. oh bu££er, i love pork fillet AND sea bass, and my lamb shaby 13 to 5nks are not ready until nine. Salivating! England Rugby 13 to 6, that is why i think for a while will ignore cricket. Now pub!!

        2. 1. I love Rioja – I spent a lot of time in Espagña.
          2. BTW Pommers you can get the book on Haggis that I mentioned to you earlier from alibri.com.-2nd. edition in new condition.

  27. Thanks to the setter & Big Dave the hints. I really struggled with this, not on the setter’s wavelength. Any help with 17& 22d would be appreciated.

    1. 17d – Edward Lear – a famous couple who went to sea In a beautiful ……….boat!

      The Gooners were lucky today!!!!!

      1. Thanks Franco, got it now. How about 22d? Gooners were great, we missed the last goal, left with 30 seconds to go. Have to watch MOTD now :-)

        1. Heno, you’re not the only one who missed the last goal – apparently M. Arsène Wenger didn’t see it either! :cool:

    2. Heno, if *** ** ** ***, it is *****n and change the last letter –

      [Dawn, it doesn’t say anything about that in the clue!]

          1. There is about three quarters of today’s cake left but I am not letting it out of the tin! We might get snowed in and need rations :)

  28. Am I the only one who loved 18a? I thought it was really funny! :grin: Having a right royal battle with NTSPP – have got the relevant clue (13) but still only managed about half of it – feels more like a toughie to me – maybe it’s just an unfamiliar (to me at least) style. Will perservate for a while longer. No snow in Oxford, yet, but grit lorries whizzing around everywhere – makes me wonder what they know that we don’t!!

    1. The NTSPP is tough in places. Hints are available.

      The snow is heading your way. It has just hit Egham.

      1. Thanks – snow has reached us – I’m heading for the NTSPP hints with about five clues that I can’t do and several that I can’t quite explain. On my way – be there in a minute!!

  29. Dreich and windy here in Edinburgh. Very sluggish this morning, now watching Scotland heading for the usual glorious/heroic/etc defeat while doing the ironing, so will settle to the crossword later. Looks a goodie!

    1. Also in Auld Reekie and did the crossword while watching the game. Found many of the clues a bit obscure today – 16a was awful!

  30. Oh well, not the best rugby match I’ve ever seen but at least England ground out the result – unlike the supposed cricketers who couldn’t grind an almond by the look of things :sad:

  31. Thanks to Big Dave and all who gave clues, I have just finished.
    I have so seldom done so in the past that I’m really pleased with myself.
    Haven’t even looked at the Giant GK yet and I usually do it first!
    Stay warm all. My 2 granddaughters have gone to a concert in Birmingham
    tonight, to see . . . . . snow Patrol!

      1. Didn’t realize you’re an old miserable git Franco! I’m practising to be a grumpy old man – pommette says I just need a bit more time :grin:

  32. Could someone please explain 3D and 5D. I have answers but I don’t understand the full clues.

    1. 3d – say your answer out loud and see if it sounds like the sort of cover you have to take before you drive a car.

      5d Split the answer 4,4 – the first bit means rushed or raced, put an N on the end of the second 4 letters and you get a word meaning deck or decorate.

    2. Hi NotNero

      3d – a homophone. These waters not far from land sound like to take out cover for your valuables or car..

      5d – Can’t really say more than BD’s hint. The fighter’s in a bull ring – not the matador but one of the other guys. Synonym for moved fast followed by a word for deck, as in decorate, with last letter removed.

        1. Ah, no pasa nada! :smile:

          4d would be the abbreviation for the area of the country where Newcastle is (on Tyne, not the one near Stoke) followed by what you might say if you experienced a near miss to give you a male relative (son of your brother).

          1. Just typed “no pasa nada!” into Google Translate. Unfortunately, the “To: Language” was set to Welsh.

            Result: “dim byd yn digwydd!” No wonder Mary didn’t understand the homophone in today’s 3d!

            1. Phew! Bet that came as a surprise!
              It means (colloquially) “It doesn’t matter” or “don’t worry” but more literally “nothing is happening”. Perhaps Mary will tell us what that lot of gibberish means :smile:

              1. NOW look what you’ve done – you’ll be in the naughty corner for ever – you’re just after all the goodies because you can’t cook and Pomette is away!! :smile:

              2. It means the same pommers, nothing is happening, I am not a fluent Welsh speaker, unfortunately, I like languages and find French and Spanish quite easy, also had a go at German and Italian, of all of them I find the Welsh language the hardest to learn and have never actually become a Welsh speaker to my shame! But I would know if someone was speaking about me! Understand quite a lot, although my grandfather was a fluent Welsh speaker and he lived with us, he never spoke Welsh in the house as no one else did, in primary school, we had Irish priests and nuns and always celebrated St Patricks day! It wasn’t until I went to Grammar School that I began to celebrate St Davids day!!!! In form 3 we had the choice of dropping Welsh or French, I chose to drop Welsh finding French much easier!

  33. Liked 24a – better than the ‘ fly cemetery’ way of cluing one of my favourite biscuits which was used a few months ago to get the same answer!

    Off to bed now – see y’all tomorrow.

  34. Not had a chance to read the multitude of comments yet but have to say I am really struggling today.

    The long anagrams at 7d and 28a got me started but that seems to be it for now.

    Will look at a few of BD’s hints and see if they help. Hopefully they will.

    As ever this page has been very busy today.

  35. Enjoyed this. Got l in end. NE last to go in. Would have helped had I not been fixated on tornado got 5d. Wrong number of letters! I agree with one blogger about instinctively knowing the answer to some without knowing why. I was the same the other day with “throwing the baby out with the bath water” before I had worked out the anagram thanks to the surface reading. Number of favourites today but 24a takes the biscuit!

  36. Enjoyable puzzle again thanks to all for hints. Struggled with13a/16a/20a/21d. Wondering whether to subscibe to the paper online. Any thoughts would be welcome.

    1. cruisenuts,
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    1. Pommers you made that comment on 26780, today 26783 they may not thin’re going back. Hope the quiz went OK

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