DT 26792 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26792 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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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.

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Across

1a           Deputy being investigated (10)
Split this deputy as (5,5) and it could mean being investigated

10a         Redhead with animal skin upset you and me (5)
The nickname given to William II because of his red hair (and of everybody’s favourite setter!) is created by reversing (upset) an animal skin and following it by the objective pronoun for you and me

12a         A gaffer’s last to fix bright light (3-4)
A charade of A from the clue, the final (last) letter of gaffeR and a verb meaning to fix gives a very bright light

21a         Eulogist for Caesar, J? The opposite (7)
Format the name of one of Julius Caesar’s supporters as surname followed by initial and the result is the name for a word that is opposite in meaning to another

23a         Football team succeeded in stadium with skill finally (7)
The third-best team in London are derived by putting S(ucceeded) inside a stadium and then adding the final letter of skilL

27a         A tired peer resorted to second home (4-1-5)
An anagram (resorted) of A TIRED PEER gives a second home

Down

1d           University expert on Arabia makes great fuss (6)
A charade of U(niversity, an expert and AR(abia) gives a great fuss

4d           Watch Cable perhaps entertaining European politician that is Conservative (9)
This instrument, such as a watch, for measuring time is created by putting a three-letter word for a cable or cord around a European politician, the Latin abbreviation of that is and C(onservative)

15d         Withdrawn US leader once backing British one (9)
To get a word meaning withdrawn reverse the surname of the peanut-farming former US President and then add the first name of a former, nominally Conservative, British Prime Minister

17d         A lost animal’s outside hospital — dog ends in there (8)
Put A from the clue, a lost animal and the S from ‘S around H(ospital) to get places where dog ends are stubbed out

22d         Antipodean to wander around over island (5)
This native Antipodean is derived from a verb meaning to wander reversed (around) and followed by (over in a down clue) I(sland)

I will be out all day but don’t worry, there will still be plenty of help available.


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The Quick crossword pun: {fiddle} + {Styx} = {fiddlesticks}

162 Comments

  1. Posted February 18, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    nice puzzle thanks for the hints was 27 used recently ? seems familiar

  2. Don Pedro
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this one. I became quite heated thinking the puzzle had been issued a month after it was compiled! Then the logic hit me!
    Didn’t need you BD, but thanks anyway.

  3. mary
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Found this quite a challenge today, thanks for hints Dave needed one and also one for explaination, a three star for me today only one fav clue and that was 6a good luck everyone :-) horrible dull day here but not cold so that’s ok :-)

  4. Posted February 18, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    After a slow start I raced to the end and thought it a fair test for a Saturday with a few to make one pause. Thanks to the setter and to BD. I’ll be around (amongst others) if any elucidation is required in BD’s absence.

    • Sheepdog
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      Elucidation needed! I have an answer for 26a but can’t really work it out from the clue

      • mary
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

        Its a double definition?

        • mary
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

          As well as meaning spots, it is also a synonym for ‘dare-devil’

          • Sheepdog
            Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

            Oh dear, how thick am I? Thanks

            • Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

              On first pass only 5 clues gone in, it’s looking ominous

              • mary
                Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

                perservate collywobs, there are some tricky ones though :-)

              • Kath
                Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

                I hadn’t even done that many after first read through!! Good luck! :smile:

            • mary
              Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

              Not thick at all it took me a while to ‘spot’ it too!

              • Sheepdog
                Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

                thank you for that vote of confidence

  5. crypticsue
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Straightforward but very enjoyable. Some very nice clues in there and my dad’s favourite word too (18a). Thanks to the Mysteron and BD. I too will be around this afternoon to provide any further explanations.

    The NTSPP will be up at 12 noon and I would recommend that everyone gives it a try – for more reasons than one. If you get stuck, my review will be up later this afternoon.

    • Kath
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      I didn’t find this at all straightforward but really enjoyed it – will have a go at the NTSPP – there seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding it – why? Or do I have to wait and see?!

      • crypticsue
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

        Definitely wait and see – not long now :)

        • mary
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

          I think I have an idea :lol:

    • Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Where do you find the NTSPP?

      • gazza
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        It’s on this site – if you look at Recent Posts in the right-hand panel it’s currently right at the top.

  6. Kath
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I’ve finished now but have had quite a struggle and could hardly do any to begin with. Really enjoyed it – my favourite (and last to go in) was 14a. I sat and looked at that one for ages. The other one that took a long time to understand was 21a but I got there in the end without needing the hint. I STILL can’t make any sense of what I’ve got for 11a – any help would be appreciated. Lots of really good clues today – too many to mention all of them so thanks to the setter and to BD.

    • crypticsue
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      I am going to have to be careful how I explain 11a as I haven’t made the lemon drizzle cake yet! If you have the right word, you should have some small cars into which are inserted A (from the clue), a two-letter abbreviation for a ‘high honour’ given by the Queen followed by T for time (on Time)

      • mary
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

        Yes took me a while to see the middle bit and must admit had to look the honour up :-) think I may have some lemon drizzle today :-)

      • Kath
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

        Thanks to all three for sorting me out on that one – complete blind spot. I used to have the traveller version of that car – the one with lots of wooden bits – it grew moss all along the insides of the windows! I used to feel as if I was driving around in a greenhouse but I really loved the car! :grin:

      • Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

        There’s some acorn cake I believe!

    • Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      Kath – it had me going for a while. You need A (from the clue) and an abbreviation of a high honour in the commonwealth inside some small cars all followed by the usual appreviation of Time.

    • Rai fenton
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure I have the correct answer for 14a, especially the first part – any hints please.

      • Franco
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

        Rai, the first part is a synonym of “sound” as an adjective meaning “undamaged, unscathed, uninjured, out of danger, unhurt, intact, secure”.

        Now? Where did I put my Thesaurus?

      • Kath
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

        I’m not sure how to help without being in deep trouble here but I’ll have a go. The definition is a criminal – the first part is “sound” ie something that is not going to let you down. The second part is a word that means “mad”. Put the two words together and you have someone who breaks into a stronghold.

        • Kath
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

          Oh dear – naughty corner here I come – have I supplied an alternative clue – honest guv, i didn’t mean to!! :sad:

  7. njm
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Done all but 26a – having a “senior moment” with that. Any prompts appreciated. LOVED 21a, not too impressed with 10a. Pretty enjoyable overall.

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Hi njm it is a double definition , spots as in a disease and as a synonym for dare-devil

      • njm
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Mary. Can’t believe I could be so slow! Maybe it’s spending all week learning to run Linux on my my home PC?

        • mary
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

          It’s often the obvious ones we don’t ‘spot’ :-)

  8. Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I’ve got 2d but I don’t know why. Could somebody help?

    • njm
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      It’s a double definition – fault and go over to the other side.

      • Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        Thanks both. Rat = ***. Doh!

        • Kath
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

          Oh dear!! Off with your head and straight in to the naughty corner!! Wait until someone notices what you’ve done!!

          • Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

            C’mon Collywobbles – you know better than that!

            • mary
              Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

              he obviously wants the lemon drizzle!!

              • Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

                I’m really sorry. I got carried away with myself and the ingenuity of the clue. My doctor tells me that I can’t have cake but I’m off to the naughty step anyway. I’m really, really sorry

                • crypticsue
                  Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

                  There is some acorn cake there apparently – I thought only pigs could eat acorns which probably explains why it is lingering the corner.

                  • Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

                    What’s that supposed to mean! I thought that this was a friendly blog

                    • mary
                      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

                      I think it means there are no pigs on this blog collywobs! that’s why the acorn cake is still there :-)

                  • Franny
                    Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

                    And it wasn’t worth eating in the first place! :-(

                    • Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

                      So I won’t eat it I’ll return it to Crypticsue

                    • crypticsue
                      Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

                      I never have and never would make acorn cake – someone left it there the other day following acorn being in a crossword.

    • crypticsue
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      Double definition!

      • foray
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

        At first I thought this was a treble definition and there was a fault in the clue! Initially I put in ‘splits’ which I thought was a good answer to a good clue, allowing for incorrect use of apostrophe and lack of plural in fault. However, having got some of the across clues, I realised my fault – and think I now have the right answer..

  9. njm
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Senior moment over. DOH!!

  10. Caravaggio
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    An enjoyable puzzle, without being overtaxing, and I particularly liked 24a, which I thought was very clever. The weather here in Cheshire has been appalling this morning so I haven’t felt guilty in completing the crossword when I know that I’ve got some outdoor jobs to attend to…

  11. Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know anything about football so could somebody drop the picture into 23a

    • Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, it’s OK. I’ve just had a Gnomey moment

      • Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

        Big Dave wouldn’t thank us for splashing that picture all over his blog!

        • mary
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

          Most definitely not!

          • Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

            Does that mean he does not support *******

            • mary
              Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

              He supports Spurs

    • Kath
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      It was the only football team that I could think of – lucky that it fitted the clue!!

  12. Pollythecatwoman
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    26d I’ve got the answer I think is right from the 2nd half of the clue but don’t see what this has to do with the first half

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ptcw, if you mean 26a see comments 7 and 4 above :-)

  13. Pollythecatwoman
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, meant 20d

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      you need a single letter abbreviation for ‘son’ followed by a word for ‘shelf’

      • Pollythecatwoman
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I have the answer, but don’t understand how it connects with “hurl”

        • Pollythecatwoman
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

          My husband has just explained it is a cricketing term for hurling abuse.

          • mary
            Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

            yes , so I believe, I hate these cricketing ones, getting the answer was easy but understanding it another thing :roll:

            • Franny
              Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

              I’m with you there — couldn’t understand why I had that answer either, but it was the only one that fitted.
              How did you do that emoticon? There was a list somewhere but I can’t find it.

              • mary
                Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

                Hi Franny its at the top of the page under frequently asked questions or you just put colon roll colon

                • Franny
                  Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

                  Thanks, Mary. :-)

                  • Franco
                    Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

                    20d – Chambers definition – “to seek to upset the batsman’s concentration by making offensive remarks”

                    I tried to find a suitable example…but they’re all far too rude for this gentle gathering! (Of Australian origin, I think!)

            • Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

              I don’t know a cricketting term for ‘hurl abuse’ unless the game has changed since my day

              • crypticsue
                Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

                Chambers says the term is originally Australian – which probably explains all :D

                • Posted February 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

                  Thanks both. I played cricket at school and followed it for 50 years since and I’ve never heard of it although I have found it in the BRB and it seems to be unpleasant

              • Kath
                Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

                It’s the same word as another word for “toboggan” – I only know it because it was one that I didn’t understand in a crossword a while ago.

  14. Toadson
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Harder than many a Saturday, but enjoyable. Liked 24a, and thought 21a was a clever clue. By the way, I particularly enjoyed Thursday’s puzzle this week . Thanks to all involved.

  15. BigBoab
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Late to this today as I’ve been strolling along the Esplanade with my Grandchildren in the lovely sunshine ( cool sea breeze however ). I thought this a very enjoyable crossword today though not too taxing, just right for the weekend, my thanks to the setter and to our leader for the hints.

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

      which esplanade would that be BB

      • BigBoab
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

        Kirkcaldy in Fife, not really a beautiful town as it is quite industrial but the Esplanade is lovely as is the harbour, my younger sister and her husband live in a wee flat overlooking the front, we are a wee bit further in to the town but it is only a 3min. drive away.

        • mary
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

          sounds lovely :-)

        • Kath
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

          … the sunshine sounds lovely too! Chucking it down in Oxford – temperature has fallen several degrees in the last hour – collie and I are dripping and cold! :sad:

          • mary
            Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

            Oh no, its lovely here today blue skies and sunshine, tho’ cloudy earlier on, I thought you were in the garden!

            • Kath
              Posted February 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

              Not gardening today although it has at least stopped raining now.

  16. nanaglugglug
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Really stuck on 7d – think I may be wrong somewhere? Any clues anyone?

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      You need another word for what a bird does when it tweets around ‘a’ for answer giving you a word meaning ‘put to test’

      • mary
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

        what a bird does when it tweets in past tense

    • crypticsue
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Tweets refers to birds not that instant messaging thingy. Insert an A (answer) into one of the ways of describing how birds sang.

    • nanaglugglug
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      Thanks girls!! Think I’m really wrong somewhere as can’t make anything fit!! Am going to go away and think about it at a 5 year olds party!!

      • crypticsue
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

        I am just going to make a cake so I will be bold and say ‘budgie food’

        • mary
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

          the kind that used to make budgies bounce with health or so the advert said!! I did say I wanted some lemon cake! :-)

        • Franny
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

          Lemon, please, not acorn!

        • Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

          Make it acorn cake, they are getting short on the naughty step

      • Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

        Hello NanaGG – How goes it?. There’s gonna be some seed cake dished out in the naughty corner soon for alternative clues!

  17. Chris
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Loved 21a. My clue of the year so far …

  18. Little Dave
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Good afternoon all – I have been crossword-deprived all week as was sunning myself in Florida – lovely! Despite the red eye flight and being a tad out of practice I found this very straight-forward. A nice way to relax listening to the ODI. Finn is doing well!

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      think I’d rather be deprived and have the sunshine :-)

  19. Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m just watching the rugby at Bath on the TV and I’m glad that I’m not there. Wev’e got blue skies but it’s a little cold

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      Are you in the Languedoc region collywobs my sister in law lived there for a few ears until she moved to Brittany a few years ago

      • Posted February 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

        Yes, Mary, that’s where I am and it’s lovely, especially in the summer. It’s becoming very popular for Northern Europeans. It’s also got good countryside and cuisine. While I am on, can you help with 3d, I’ve got most of the checking letters but I can’t get it

        • Franco
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

          I’m not Mary…but 3d is an anagram of “A friar……..Satanism..” Definition: cult

  20. Franco
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    For the second Saturday in a row I found this one quite easy.

    Today’s NTSPP is well worth a visit! A Tribute to 10a. A coincidence?

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think it’s any coincidence Franco! :-)

  21. TimCypher
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    This one wasn’t too bad, and I made steady progress – 11a and 26a required a bit of thought, and I did need the hint for 21a (d’oh!). 8d was my last in (another big d’oh moment), so I think that was my favourite clue, along with 24a (strange context, if I’m right with my answer). I’d also not heard of 20d used in that context before, but the answer couldn’t have been anything else…
    Fun puzzle, anyhow! :)

  22. Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I really really hate cricketing references, enough!

  23. Franny
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    First time through I only found four words, but then I managed to finish it all — more or less! I am now thoroughly stuck on 7d and 11a and will go back through your helpful hints above to try and sort myself out. There were a number of excellent clues, but I really liked 21a and 24a. Many thanks to the compiler and all who are trying to help.
    :-)

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi Franny 7d & 11a have been explained above, let me know if you’re still stuck :-)

      • Franny
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

        Hi Mary. I’m ashamed to admit I’m still stuck — part of the problem being that I seem to have all the right alternate letters and nothing seems to fit. I think I’ll just give up. :-(

        • crypticsue
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

          You have mail!

  24. Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Also late to this today, but thought it a nice puzzle. Like most I thought 21a a lovely clue. 7d last to go in as had a mental block over the spelling – even though I had all the letters and spaces! Getting old. Thaks to all, setter and bd and all you bloggists (sounds better than bloggers!).

  25. Annidrum
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed this to-day .Thought 21a a really clever clue. Thanks to setter. :smile: