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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26816 (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.

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1a           Sewer makes water kind of miss lock (10)
This sewing lady is a charade of a large expanse of water, the pretentious form of address for a Miss and a lock of hair

6a           Ask to engage Queen’s composer (4)
Put a verb meaning to ask or request around the Latin abbreviation of Queen to get this Austrian composer

9a           Lady in charge joining church to miss flying (10)
This lady in charge of a committee is a charade of the abbreviation of CH(urch) and a miss, like Amy Johnson, who flies an aircraft

12a         Play cricket getting ton having support on all sides of Stamford Bridge perhaps (12)
… not Chelsea’s home ground (well, not usually!), but the village in the East Riding of Yorkshire which was the site of a conflict on 25 September 1066 that marked the end of the Viking era in Britain [When I searched for a picture, the first one to come up on Google was my own from the review of Toughie 323!]

21a         Ideal place for Strauss, a special musical talent (7,5)
… the first part of this double definition cryptically refers to Andrew Strauss the English cricketer, not Johann Strauss the Austrian composer (although some might say even this might not help him!)

27a         Cross about old soldier in north-east being stubborn (10)
Put a word meaning cross or angry around an old soldier, particularly an American one, itself inside the abbreviation of North-East


1d           Wine container (4)
You wouldn’t keep wine for very long in this container!  Just as well that it is a double definition – an old-fashioned name for various dry white wines from Spain and the Canaries and a container for flour or coal

5d           He’s had to travel far and handle bangers overturning (8)
This person who travels long distances beyond the earth is created by reversing a handle or title and the kind of bangers used in a toy gun

11d         Christmas present’s open — get angry (12)
… a present from one of the Wise Men at the first Christmas!

17d         Start to place two articles over temple (8)
The initial letter (start) of Place is followed by an indefinite and a definite article and a two-letter word meaning over to get this temple of all the gods

23d         Lake — nothing more than that (4)
A double definition – a pool or lake and an adjective meaning nothing more than that

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The Quick crossword pun: {hank} + {achieves} + = {handkerchieves}

104 comments on “DT 26816 (Hints)

  1. Enjoyed this one, quick start and then a steady slog to finish.
    Realising that no knowledge or interest in cricket, bridge or golf is a bit of a handicap in this solving game.
    Thanks BD for hints.

  2. A slow first furlong followed by a sprint down the final straight. Thanks to setter and to BD.

    Eng vs Ire on St Patrick’s Day. Get the Guinness in and return to my Irish roots for the afternoon I think.

            1. My friend in Gorseinon is equally geedy, she also wants Wales and The Swans to win. Plain selfish!

              1. Gorseinon not far from here, I like Fulham if that’s any consolation after Liverpool and Swansea of course :-)

        1. I’ll second that, come on Wales, we showed you the way last week. Still with Parra on the bench? Insane!

  3. I found this Very very tough today. Got some answers but can’t unravel the convoluted clues (5d, 15a low grades?) and still stuck on that ghastly 7d which is a total blank to me as is 2d even withe the checking letters.
    No real favs today, all a bit of a slog.

    1. Hi Brian
      5d another name for your ‘handle’ followed by the little things we used to put in toy guns to make them go bang, then reverse the lot

    2. 15a A and B are high grades and C is in the middle.

      2d is someone who never had a mother, but split his name (1,3) and you get one.

      5d I’ve covered

      7d is an anagram

      1. Thx BD. for putting me out ofmy misery! It didn’t help that I had the composer of the National Anthem Arne for 6a, what a clot!

    3. 7d is an anagram (crptyic) of on six clues to give a word meaning bars.
      2d Think of the book of Genesis for a man with no mother. However, if you split the answer 1, 3 it would suggest a mother.
      15a – The low grades are those that you would get in an exam. Put them inside a word meaning back to give a word for senior lecturer.
      5d. The answer is a person who has to travel far. It comes from a word meaning handle (as in a moniker) and a word for bangers (used in toy guns to make a popping sound) all reversed (overturning).

    4. 15a, a four letter word for back with two letters representing fairly low grades (as in exams) inside gives you a senior lecturer

  4. Happy St Patricks Day to all the Irish in my family and indeed everyone Irish today, I shall be tooting the flute later to the tune of ‘Hail Glorious St Patrick’ , when I was young, in primary school, we had Irish priests and nuns and only ever celebrated St Patricks day!!!
    It is so good to be back after the awful mess that wordpress has made, I have had to use a new email address and don’t know if my little dog will be back at all!
    I found this tough going today with a little bit too much GK for me, needed Daves help for a few, thanks Dave :-) , at least a three star for me today, fav clues 24a and 11d,
    I have the answer to 18d through checking letters but must admit to not understanding it??

    1. Do you mean 18a Mary? I think it’s something to do with press hands and what they used to do to their victims.

      1. Yes I did mean 18a Brian, sorry, thanks, I was thinking that but still don’t see how it works

          1. The name of the Chinese city is also the name given to the old process where men would be forced into naval service by recruiters who would get them drunk to get them enlisted.

  5. I found this harder and not quite as enjoyable as usual. I still can’t get 7d or 19a and whilst I have an answer for 4d, I’ve never heard the word as a flock. I really liked 24a.

    1. 7d is an anagram of ‘on six clues’ indicated by ‘cryptic’ to give you a word for bars
      19a you need a woed for intended as in someone you are going to marry, take a word meaning to fund something financially and remove an ‘n’ for note

      1. Thank you very much, Mary, I’ve got them now. Your comments are always much appreciated and thanks to BD for his invaluable hints.

          1. I’m glad you’re back Mary. I’ve only just realised what you mean about losing your dog!! There I was getting all worried and thinking that you had actually lost one of your dogs!! :roll:

  6. That was hard work, by far the hardest this week for me, but managed (just) without the hints. 7d and 11d best clues for me.Thanx to Compiler and BD as usual.

  7. It’s perhaps as well that I read your comments earlier, Dave, because I had a problem leaving a reply and at this time on a Saturday morning I would have expected to have seen more posts. I enjoyed this puzzle, although I had a feeling of deja vu while I was filling in the answers, but I will admit to having been around the block a few times…

  8. A fair test for a Saturday I thought. Like Spindrift I had a slow start but a quick finish. Thanks to the setter and BD for the hints.

  9. BTW did anyone else consider that 21a should have some indication of a definition by example?. It would have spoiled the surface somewhat.

    1. There’s a fine line between a “definition by example” and a “cryptic definition”. Either way a question mark might have been appropriate.

  10. Phew – just finished – very tough today – sudden flourish at the end, brain must have suddenly got into gear – couldn’t have done it without the hints from Big Dave and others. Thank yous all round.

  11. Very enjoyable, and a nice level of difficulty. Mind you, I did add to the difficulty by slamming in “chatelaine” for 9A, doh!

  12. Thanks setter and BD
    Nice one.
    How many times have I popped in a very keen singer?
    More than I care to remember :)

  13. I thought it a bit tougher than the usual Saturday fare, but there have been a lot of people saying in the past that they wanted something harder – and lets face it, it is a prize crossword. Really enjoyed it though. Well done to setter and BD.

  14. A tougher Saturday challenge this week – took a while for everything to fall into place – I particularly liked 21a. THanks to the Saturday Mysteron and to BD too.

    I highly recommend the NTSPP today, it is very entertaining and well within everyone’s capabilities – and what else are you going to do in this awful weather??

      1. the rain hasn’t made it here yet, it was it Whitstable an hour ago! Still got the cold mist here in the border country :)

  15. Good afternoon one and all. Going out to learn how to make fabulous cupcakes this after noon and really want to get my last answer. Really struggled to get going on this one and I am still having trouble with one of the smallest words – 10a. I could well have got 7d or 8d wrong but I don’t think so. Any help gratefully received.

      1. Hi Sheepdog – glad to see you were in the best in show group at Crufts. My cupcakes are not bad, but this lady makes them to a very high standard, unfortunately also to a high calorific value. Flavours are fabulous.

    1. 10a A (from the clue) and a pass (as you might find in the mountains) and you get a system of bidding in bridge

      1. Many thanks Sheepdog, finally found time to finish my last word. Not a word I have ever heard of before. Cupcakes – orange ones – turned out beautifully, half of them already eaten, and learnt lots of other tips, such as weighing your eggs as they vary enormously, and that makes a great difference to the success and rising, or falling, of your cakes.

  16. Thanks for help above, but still bit stuck (we are beginners and loosing heart!). Any prompters on 16a and 21a still don’t ge…

    1. Hi Mash – welcome to the blog.

      16a May be still life in dog’s breathing, I’ll be bound (8)
      It’s what a “still life” is an example of. Insert I (I’ll be bound) inside a dog’s heavy breathing.

    2. 21a I can’t do much better than BD’s hint. It’s what Strauss (or any batsman) would like to bat on.

  17. Found this a lot more difficult than normal Saturdays – needed both hints and blog to finish/explain, but got there in the end. Not being a cricket buff have only ever heard of one Strauss (what a mean clue!!) but the penny dropped with the hints – thank you BD. Would take issue with 27a being “stubborn”?? not a terribly good synonym IMO. But, despite moans, I did enjoy tackling it particularly as there hasn’t been a lot else to do on this horrid, wet, grey day – though I think it has finally stopped raining, so may venture into the garden now. Or shall I watch some golf? (No, I don’t follow rugby either!)

  18. I enjoyed this – was very slow to get started then it all went well. I finished (well, had answers for everything) without the hints but I needed them to explain 1a – just didn’t understand where the “water” came into it – should have seen that. Also 18a – I knew the city and the “press(gang)” meaning but couldn’t see the “drunk” bit. Best clues for me include 24a and 4, 11 and 13d. With thanks to the setter and BD.
    Everyone but us seems to have had rain – we’ve STILL only had a few drops and really need it. :sad:

  19. Can someone tell me what I’m doing wrong? I was just about to print out the NTSPP to do later but if I “click” on the bit that it tells me to I get the previous one. Am I being stupid again? :oops:

    1. It’s not you. Hopefully BD will see this and fix it! It is a puzzle well worth waiting for.

    2. Kath I have just tried and you can get the pdf s follows
      1) click on the puzzle link to the left and then click through the Interactive puzzle to the PDF link at the bottom. Don’t go for the PDF option from the first page.

    3. Kath,
      The first link to the Interactive Version works (it’s the second that takes you to last week’s).

    4. Thanks all – will have another go and if I still can’t do it will wait until husband gets home – at least SOMEONE in this house knows what he’s doing ….

  20. Found this quite a struggle and still not complete. Suspect last one (10a) is something to do with a card game I have never played?

    1. Hi OzzyCB – you’ve changed your alias since your last comment, so this required moderation. Both aliases should now work.
      For 10a see Sheepdog’s hint at comment #15 above.

      1. Thank you. I’ll try to file that word somewhere they grey cells can find in the future

      2. Would also like to thank you for this excellent site. As you will guess from my name, I live many miles and time zones from most other posters. Can’t usually join in the to’ing and fro’ing on the site which is a shame. Last night was an exception as I stayed up till the wee hours to watch the rugby.

  21. Really enjoyed this one. Didn’ t think I would finish it but got there in the end. Some really good clues I thought including 1a, 9a, 24a, 5d and 11d. Needed a bit of dictionary help with 10a as have not heard of that word before. ***/**** from me. Thanks to BD , setter and dictionary (quick glance, honest).

  22. Enjoyed this as I enjoyed Wednesday and thursday. First read through I got about three! Steady though after that. Last one in 11d when I was about to give in and look at the hints. Some clues very mischievous. Liked 9 12 19 21 a and 13 20 and 23 d thanks to setter and BD and bloggers. Always a good read.

    1. well done England!!!
      I have never seen a scrummage so totally destroyed as the Irish were today.

      Its st pats day, so I guess they had a few guinness before the K.O. which could explain it.

    2. Isn’t it amazing how England still gets most of the coverage! Well done Wales what more proof do we need that St Patrick was a Welshman :-)

  23. Hi folks – I concur with most previous comments – tougher than a normal Saturday. 18a stumped me – have never been aware of the phrase before but the best for me was 21a – a clever misdirection. Very topical for me as I’m off to Galle on Friday for the first test. A week of sun, good company and cool beer/wine. Lovely. A good crossword. Now to watch the rugby with my boys. Raining here.

  24. Finding this tough today, not on this wavelength at all :-( needed all the hints and blog comments and still got bottom half to go.

    1. Only 22d, 25 and 27a left now and would love a nudge or three. Not been at it all evening but the break from it has got me thus far. Night niight.

      1. 22d A word for keen (eg a keen reader) turned upside down makes another word for a female singer
        25a is an anagram ‘production’ of Pinter seen and the answer is something snake-like.
        27a is quite convoluted. Around the outside you need a word for cross (meaning angry). Then in the middle an abbreviation for an old soldier. This is US usage although we use the full word. Around that the abbreviation for north-east.

          1. At last all done, Big Dave I hope you forgive my lack of manners in not thanking you for the hints before now, I shall take myself off to the naughty corner :D

            1. No need to go to the naughty corner Dawn, that is only for people who inadvertently give the answers away on prize puzzle days :-)

  25. Solved this one earlier on.
    Liked : 12a, 18a, 21a, 5d, 11d & 17d.

    First in was10a – I used to use that system when I played bridge.

  26. All done now, some nice clues. I really liked 19a, didn’t care for 6a, he’s rather obscure isn’t he? Does anyone know his music ?. Sorts of makes it a general knowledge clue.

    1. I’d not heard of him but easy to solve. I checked on the Internet and found two composers of the sane name from different countries!

  27. Mary, I notice that your little dog is still missing. Are you still looking for him/her?

    Any hints and tips for being able to comment using previous email address + User Name + Avatar ?

  28. Did this cw today as I was too busy yesterday thoroughly enjoed it, got stuck on 18d but then had a Doh ! moment many thanks to BD and setter. :idea:

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