DT 26832

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26832

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Two puzzles from Ray T this week, and I get to review both of them (and I reviewed an Arachne Quiptic on fifteensquared)! A touch more innuendo than we have seen of late, but this is tame stuff by Ray’s normal standards. But we do get a visit from the Queen.

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    Lady Muck initially rich as one’s poor (11)
{ MARCHIONESS } – this titled lady is derived from the initial letter of M uck followed by an anagram (poor) of RICH AS ONE’S

10a    Doctor’s including operation for eye treatment (5)
{ DROPS } – put the abbreviation of doctor and the S from ‘S around an OP(eration) to get this eye treatment

11a    Be let out I fancy from dungeon (9)
{ OUBLIETTE } – an anagram (fancy) of BE LET OUT I gives a dungeon with no opening except in the roof, where the prisoners were “forgotten”

12a    Kick out former wife with occupation about sex (9)
{ EXTRADITE } – this verb meaning to kick out from a country in order to hand over for trial or punishment by a foreign government is derived from a former partner followed by an occupation or profession around a two-letter word for sex

13a    Liberal section of church backsliding (5)
{ LAPSE } – L(iberal) is followed by a section of a church to get this backsliding

14a    Stagger one regularly getting into scrap? (6)
{ TOTTER } – a double definition – to stagger and someone like Steptoe regularly getting into scrap

16a    Anchor tug overturned creating mess for crew (8)
{ WARDROOM } – synonyms for to anchor and to tug are both reversed to get a mess for the crew of a ship, as long as they are officers!

18a    Arches back before steamy photo (8)
{ SNAPSHOT } – reverse some arches and follow them with a word meaning steamy to get this photo

20a    Verbal nudge in case of solicitation (6)
{ SPOKEN } – this adjective meaning verbal is created by inserting a nudge inside the outer letters (case) of S olicitatio N

23a    Cove encircles the Italian city (5)
{ MILAN } – put a cove or chap around the Italian definite article to get this (Italian) city – no, “Italian” is not doing double duty, the definition is “city”!

24a    Viagra perhaps, man with lust it excited (9)
{ STIMULANT } – the type of medication of which Viagra is an example (perhaps) comes from an anagram (excited) of MAN with LUST IT

26a    Nanny state’s first in ruin, made to change (9)
{ NURSEMAID } – this nanny is derived by inserting the initial letter (first) of S tate inside an anagram (to change) of RUIN MADE

27a    Touch of wind over relish (5)
{ GUSTO } – a charade of a touch of wind and O(ver) gives this relish – but not the relish produced by last night’s Apprentices, although it sounds as if it might be!

28a    Red setter returned, secured around rear (11)
{ EMBARRASSED } – an adjective meaning red-faced is derived from the reversal (returned) of the first person objective pronoun (setter) followed by a verb meaning secured around another name for the rear or butt

Down

2d    Very distant rising endlessly going on (5)
{ AFOOT } – start with a phrase meaning very distant (3,3), drop the final R (endlessly) and reverse what’s left (rising in a down clue) to get a word meaning going on or current

3d    Fall for rogue in suit (7)
{ CASCADE } – this waterfall is derived by inserting a rogue inside a law suit

4d    De Niro nicely demonstrates sneering (6)
{ IRONIC } – hidden inside (demonstrates) the clue is an adjective meaning sneering

5d    Lord Muck initially in list supporting aristocrat (8)
{ NOBLEMAN } – this lord is derived by inserting the Initial letter of M uck inside a verb meaning to list or incline and after a slang word for an aristocrat (3) – so now we have both Lord and Lady Muck!

6d    Professional done in by end of aerobics (7)
{ SKILLED } – to get this adjective meaning professional put a word meaning done in or put to death after the final letter (end) of aerobic S

7d    Plug a test drive with men behaving badly (13)
{ ADVERTISEMENT } – this plug or promotion comes from an anagram (behaving badly) of A TEST DRIVE with MEN

8d    Handled pipe to cut supply (8)
{ STOPCOCK } – a cryptic definition of a short pipe opened and closed by turning a handle

9d    Turning mean, tried it on, showing tenacity (13)
{ DETERMINATION ) – an anagram (Turning) of MEAN TRIED IT ON gives this tenacity

15d    ‘Time’, track’s gripping Queen previews (8)
{ TRAILERS } – T(ime) is followed by track for a train around (gripping) the cypher for Queen Elizabeth to get these film previews – note that the track is plural!

17d    Tailless rodent, small, also called foreign delicacy (8)
{ MOUSSAKA } – a rodent without its final E (tailless) is followed by S(mall) and an abbreviation meaning “also called” to get this Greek or Turkish delicacy

19d    Ray, a French bachelor in bed (7)
{ SUNBEAM } – this ray of light is derived by putting the French indefinite article and B(achelor) inside a bed or stratum of a mineral

21d    Dives and dives under surface of pool (7)
{ PLUNGES } – this verb meaning dives into water is derived from a similar verb meaning dives preceded by the initial letter (surface) of P ool

22d    He wants the lot! (6)
{ BIDDER } – a cryptic definition of someone who wants to buy a lot in an auction

25d    Drink one’s consumed inside part of church (5)
{ AISLE } – put an alcoholic drink around I’S (one’s) to get this part of a church

Really spoilt this week!


The Quick crossword pun: { whit } + { new } + ( stun } = { Whitney Houston }

52 Comments

  1. Jezza
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    A reasonably gentle puzzle today, although I was unsure of the second definition in 14a, and I had to check the synonym for ‘bed’ in 19d.
    Favourite clue – 17d.
    Thanks to RayT, and to BD.

    The toughie today (despite the theme) I found very hard!

    • Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Chambers gives 14 across as:

      * A person who searches through dustbins and rubbish heaps for reusable or saleable items

      * A rag-and-bone-man, scrap dealer

      • crypticsue
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

        He;s too young to remember rag & bone men :D

        • Jezza
          Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

          I always thought they were called tatters. :)

  2. Wozza
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Enjoyable and not too taxing but had never heard of 2nd half of 14 but got the guess from the link letters and the first half.

    Thanks

    W

  3. beaver
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Looked harder at first glance than it was.** to *** and ***, became straightforward once the’framework’was in place.
    Remenbered11a from somewhere in the dim past, but was’nt sure where the ‘u’ went.Like all good crosswords the secret is to obscure the definition and i thought Ray did this very well-thanks.Now i know how to spell17d-why do the Greeks always serve it lukewarm-probably too busy smoking!

  4. Colmce
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Getting better, did this one with very few hold ups in fairly short order.
    Thanks to RayT for an enjoyable puzzle, 17d my favourite both as clue and a meal.
    Thanks to BD for review, 26a I had put in but hadn’t spotted the anagram, doh.

  5. christine taby ( or tabbycat)
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    where is the quick crossword pun today
    tabbycat

    • Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, I forgot to add it.

      It’s there now

  6. Captain Duff
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    It’s quiet this morning – where is everybody? I thought this a very enjoyable crossword. Favourites 1a, 16a, 18a, 20a, 5d. I agree with **/**** Many thanks to Ray and BD for explaining 14a which I got but didn’t fully understand why.

  7. crypticsue
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable for me too. My favourite clue has to be Mr T’s self-referencing 19d. Thanks to him and BD too.

    I enjoyed the Toughie very much, but then it turned out that I did know quite a bit about the theme :)

    • Kath
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      It sounds to me as if identifying the theme is a bit crucial – shall I have a go? Or, after yesterday, would it be better for me to go and lie face down on the sofa?

      • crypticsue
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

        Have a look at it – the theme is fairly ‘spottable’ – it did take me a bit of muttering but I did smile a lot too.

        • Kath
          Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

          Have now had a quick look – haven’t spotted theme but have done a few of the others – will let brain(?) work for a little while on its own while I take dog out and, perhaps, clean a few windows.

  8. Kath
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Two Ray T’s in one week – how lucky can we get! :grin:
    Much as I love his puzzles this was definitely more of a 3* for difficulty for me. I didn’t know the second definition of 14a so had to check in the BRB. Until I got 12a I spent a while trying to justify “aloof” for 2d. I didn’t know 11a but guessed from the French and looked that up too. I really liked Lord and Lady Muck! Lots of use for the dictionary today! My favourites include 18, 24 and 28a and 4, 7, 17 and 19d. With thanks to Ray T and BD.

    • Captain Duff
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

      I was aloof for a long time this morning too, Kath.

      • Kath
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

        Very glad not to be on my own with that one! :smile:

  9. Derek
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Got the DT a shade earlier than normal today.

    Likes :1a, 12a, 16a, 2d, 17d & 19d.

    Re 19d – I think layer is more appropriate than bed?????

    We had rain very late yesterday but today is cloudy and fine. Still damned chilly!

  10. upthecreek
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    We have been spoilt this week with 2 puzzles from the master. Not too difficult today but the clues were so good with great surface readings. He has even signed it in 19d! My last in and favourite was 8 but also liked 1 2 5 14 16 17 19 26 28 etc etc. We even got a nudge in 20 but could not find a wink! Thanks a lot, Ray, how long will we have to wait now?

  11. Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Late again. BT still buggering about with the phone lines :-(

    Lovely puzzle today, really enjoyed it. I got a bit stuck on the left hand side until a D’Oh moment which let me get 7D and finish it off.
    Thought 11A was good, but 16A has to be my favourite today.

    • Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      BTW, will be absent for a few days – off to The Smoke for my sins. See Y’all Monday.

      • Kath
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

        Have fun!

  12. Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Much fun but very straightforward judging from the time. Thanks to RayT and to BD for the review.

  13. BigBoab
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks to RayT for a most enjoyable puzzle and to BD for the hints.

  14. Chris
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed it today. Liked 2d, 17a, 28a.

    I’ve never heard of totter either!

  15. Brian
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Back to normal for me, couldn’t even start it!

  16. St. George
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed today, I didn’t recognise the reversal in 16A so needed help and also never heard of the second definition of 14A. Thanks RayT and BD…Happy Easter all…

  17. Kath
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Where is everyone today? Very quiet here! Have given up with toughie now and going to look at hints – Tuesday was obviously a complete fluke! :sad:

    • Annidrum
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Loved this today :smile: Sorry if I gave you a fright yesterday Kath with my mad face. I was really mad at the DT it’s all sorted now and bless him Pommers came to my aid . Thanks to Ray T & BD.

      • Posted April 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

        Hi Annidrum, not a problem, just hope you enjoyed it as much as the rest of us did :grin:

  18. Senf
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Needed a lot of help today (thanks BD) – managed to solve a handful last night (Texas time) including the two 13 letter ones (7d and 9d – why are they always easier to solve than 4 letter clues), and 14a (hands up all those who are old enough to remember Steptoe and Son!). Today, I didn’t seem to be able to “tune in.”

  19. Addicted
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Gosh – definitely in the minority – I couldn’t do it at all!!! Well, got about 5 I suppose before resorting to hints, so thanks for those BD. Hope it was just an “off” day and I’ll fare better tomorrow.

    • Brian
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      I’m with you, wish I could get to grips with a ray T as everyone else seems to enjoy his but to me they remain impenetrable. Never mind it’s the best setter of the week tomorrow.

  20. RayT
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks yet again this week to BD, and to everybody else who took the time to leave a comment. I’m pleased that most of you enjoyed it…

    RayT

    • henostat
      Posted April 6, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

      Thanks Ray, glad that you drop in now and then to comment, it’s great to get a bit of feedback from the setting community. Keep up the double entendres, they always raise a smile :-)

  21. andy
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I am in the didn’t get the second meaning of 14a group for sure and am still struggling with the quickie pun despite knowing the answer, no matter how much I repeat it it just doesnt work for me. That aside I had quite a few chuckles with this offering for RayT. 19d fave, thanks Mr T and BD

    • Kath
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      … do be careful not to walk around muttering to yourself TOO much – you’ll be carted off, you know!! If I’m stuck with the quickie pun I usually say it to myself over and over again on afternoon dog walk – she (collie) looks at me as if I’ve suddenly taken leave of my senses! Do hope that you’re still recovering and that your heroic dog is still basking in reflected glory, as he should be! :smile:

      • andy
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

        They think i’m mad anyway! Thabo gets a few more treats when out for sure, and thanks Kath yes, whilst not fully mobile can hobble on my crutches. He is quite excited, as since both his boxer companions went to the kennel in the sky, he soon will have a Saluki and Lurcher as housemates. And I
        am too!

  22. Telboy
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Awful

    • andy
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

      why? Any particular clue?

    • Posted April 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      A complete summary of all Telboy’s comments demonstrates his wide use of vocabulary:

      DT 26832 – Awful
      DT 26827 – Usual poor quality from G
      DT 26809 – usual tripe from G
      DT 26796 – awful, too many holes, cryptic angle missing in places, rubbish effort.
      DT 26791 – rubbish, as expected with G.
      DT 26785 – usual tosh from G, far too obscure to be enjoyable
      DT 26743 – another awful offering by giovanni, far too obscure to be any fun, opinion shared by a few of my fellow crossword addicts.

      I leave you to judge the value of his contributions.

      • Posted April 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

        Lack of taste and discernment if you ask me.

        • Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

          A lack of solving ability I reckon. Perhaps, with the Bank Holiday and all, he thinks that this is Friday since most of his comments are aimed at “G”. Discernment indeed.

  23. Posted April 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Struggled with 2d for some reason… Possibly because I was up at 3.30am to go to the airport! Apart from being very tired and grumpy very good puzzle. Thanks Ray T and Big Dave. 2* / 4* is about right. … and weather not brilliant here in Spain.

    • Kath
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      I struggled with 2d too, and I don’t even have the excuse of being up at 3.30am!

  24. henostat
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Ray T & Big Dave for the hints, only needed one, for 2d. Excellent puzzle, favourites were 23,24,28a & 3,8,21,25d. Penny drop moment with 17d, great clue. 19a was a bit autobiographical I thought? Off to the Margate Beer Festival tomorrow. In winter.

  25. Roger
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable and rollocked along solving merrily…that was until I spilled the coffee and then it was pandemonium trying to stop it staining the white cotton sheet ….oops.

    I disagree with the explanation for 8d ..or perhaps really should say that I think the clue is poor. A stopcock is not a short pipe. It is a valve and so it fits ‘to cut supply’. The ‘handled’ part is also correct in that you use your hand to tun the stopcock to turn off the supply. But a pipe? Sorry, call me a pedant if you like !!!

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 6, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      I agree re stopcock.

      • Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

        Rightly or wrongly I’m sure the setter used Chambers, the Telegraph’s dictionary of choice

        stopcock
        noun
        ▶ A short pipe opened and stopped by turning a key or handle
        ▶ Loosely, the key or handle

        The ODE gives:

        stopcock
        noun
        ▶ an externally operated valve regulating the flow of a liquid or gas through a pipe, in particular one on the water main supplying a house.