DT 26834 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26834 (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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A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.


3a           Like a horse, one of five appearing during mid-week (6)
This adjective meaning like a horse is created by putting one of five children all born at one birth inside (appearing during) the middle letters of wEEk

9a           Remarkable name for ship! (1,1,1,8)
It’s not unusual for an &Lit clue to fall flat, but not this one! – an anagram (remarkable) of NAME FOR SHIP gives the ship that features in a Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera

10a         No information on gas in spa (5)
Just drop a three-letter word for information from the end of a gas to get a health spa

16a         Stand for what’s laid on the table (6)
A delightful cryptic definition of the stand in which something laid by a hen is placed on the breakfast table

19a         Money that’s bound to be owing (4-4)
This money is a sum owing to a seller, as shown in the seller’s ledgers

25a         Downs the salts? (5)
Easy for me as many of my family came from this Surrey town which is famous for its downs and its salts

30a         Capital spot for place of worship? (6)
A double definition – part of the head and a place of worship


1d           Mum twice produced potatoes (4)
Combine two two-letter synonyms of mum, the first a mother and the second an exhortation to stay mum, to get these pulverised potatoes

3d           Nymph’s very down — that shows depth (4-7)
A charade of a nymph who was deprived of speech by Hera in order to stop her chatter, and left able only to repeat what others had said, a two-letter word meaning very and a word meaning down gives this device for determining the depth of the seabed

5d           Noisily denying what horse may be doing? (8)
… noisily indicates a homophone

13d         Trying to locate Russian notes in book (11)
This adjective meaning trying or annoying is created by placing (to locate) some Russian currency notes inside a book

15d         Admiral goes from Scottish peak to East End neighbourhood (6)
This Admiral, probably most famous for being the name of the fictional home of Jim Hawkins in the novel Treasure Island, comes from a charade of a Scottish peak and the East End neighbourhood near Stratford famous for its Cockney bells

26d         Sixties teenager at start of eccentric fashion (4)
Start with a Sixties teenager, one of those whose clashes with the Rockers were often in the news, and add the initial letter (start) of Eccentric to get a fashion

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The Quick crossword pun: {hart} + {lea} + {pool} + (united} = {Hartlepool United}



  1. Burkey
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    This was an add one for me. I have completed it with no help, but half a dozen clues I knew must be correct, but didn’t know why. Google resolved 7d, 15d, 8a and 17a. However, still no idea about 3d and 9a. What am I missing?

    • Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      There are hints for both of those.

      If you have the answers then the hints should help to resolve them for you.

  2. Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Some very good clues today – 9a being my favourite and a good Saturday Prize Puzzle in my book. Thans to the setter and to BD.

    • Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Re: 16a – Does Mrs BD allow that contraption at the breakfast table?.

      • Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

        Only when Spurs are playing at home!

      • Posted April 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

        Well its the only xxx that’s goona have their name on it anytime soon………

  3. Brian
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Normal Saturday service restored. Nice puzzle with a good mixture of clues. Thx to BD for the explanation of 9a, completely missed the anagram and couldn’t work out why the G & S operetta was remarkable. Oddly enough the last in was 1d, a clue that really foxed me until the very end. Clever. Best clue for me was 22a and the dodgiest was 10a as I have never come across this phrase before. Thx to the setter now off to attempt some cold damp work in the garden.

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Me too – solved quite quickly with the “checkers”, but couldn’t see why. And me an ex-Naval person!
      Thanks to setter & Spurs Fan.

      • crypticsue
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

        Please don’t be ‘anonymous’ Anonymous – tell us who you are !

  4. mary
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Not here today folks, nephews wedding! rather be home doing the crossword, Happy Easter Everyone :-D ( can’t wait to eat my rabbits ears tomorrow)

    • Caravaggio
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      And a Happy Easter to you too, Mary. Like Brian above, I thought that it was a nice puzzle and I too had the answer to 9a without knowing why so thank you to Big Dave for the explanation – and for the xxxxxx.

      • franco
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        Caravaggio, just because Mary is absent today doesn’t mean that you can’t be sent to the Naughty Corner! Any Chocolate in there today?

        • crypticsue
          Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

          Well spotted that man! Shall I award you a slice of the lemon cake I made yesterday in anticipation of its being needed in the naughty corner. Its far too nice for naughty people, if I say so myself what baked it!

        • Caravaggio
          Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

          My grovelling apologies! Should I indulge in self-flagellation? No, don’t answer that!

  5. Colmce
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this puzzle, all done with a little electric help.
    9a stumped me for a while. Enjoyed Id, 16a, 17a.
    Thanks to compiler, and to BD.

  6. Sheepdog
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    15 The cockney bells are in Cheapside in the City, a few miles west of the east London suburb

    • Prolixic
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      Quite right. The church is St Mary Le ***. I assist with services there.

  7. crypticsue
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable, thanks I presume to Cephas, as I think it is his turn and there are lots of anagrams with different indicators. Thanks to BD too.

  8. Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this. Not too difficult but a lovely mix of clues. Last in was 20a because I read the clue backwards and was trying to find a garment! Thanks BD and setter. Happy Easter all.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Not too difficult today and enjoyable too! Thanks to BD for the hint which I needed to get 10a and to the setter. Favorites 7d and 9a.

  10. franco
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    A very enjoyable crossword today.

    9a and 16a might make it into my Top 10 Clues of All Time! Unfortunately I can’t remember the others ….An age thing!!! :smile:

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      No strange bits of wood today, Franco :D

  11. njm
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Not too difficult today and enjoyable too! Thanks to BD for the hint which enabled me to finish 10a, and to the setter for an excellent puzzle. Favorites 7d and 9a

  12. crypticsue
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Do have a go at the NTSPP – you need to read the instructions carefully but it is great fun and well worth a perservate.

    • Kath
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      I’m going to have a go – it sounds a bit tricky – going to print it out now.

  13. Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I induced two colleagues to try 18d and Slivovitz as alternate chasers after litres of Czech dark beer in a bar in Brno on the day ‘The Wall’ came down. Many were drunk [pun intended].

    They hated me the following day.

    Me? I stuck to Scotch!

    • franco
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      Have you seen them since ‘The Wall’ came down? Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

      • Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

        I guess someone had to! As I recall it, however, the humerous version substitutes rhyming references to passing wind (for ‘heart’) and a Japanese car manufacturer (for ‘fonder’).

  14. Kath
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed this. Needed the hints to explain 10a and the second word of 3d – just didn’t split it into 2,5 and couldn’t see why the Nymph was “very down”. I also had no idea about the first word of 19a. Fortunately those were the only ones that I had trouble with and BD very kindly provided hints for all of them! Favourites include 9, 11, 16 and 27a and 1, 2 (that took me ages – kept trying to make it an anagram), and 15d. With thanks to Cephas and BD.

    Off to daughter in Birmingham until tomorrow – am going to print out the NTSPP to take with me and will try to do it there – assuming they allow me any time off from their garden!!

    Hope that everyone has a good Easter weekend. :smile:

    • Addicted
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Despite hints, I STILL can’t get the first word of 19a – am obviously being very thick but could someone help, please?

      • gazza
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        What gets bound (i.e. has a binding)?

        • Addicted
          Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

          Oh – thanks, got it! But not a term with which I am familiar. (Another one to file in the memory banks?)

  15. Anonymous
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    help please on 7d


    • Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      7d French physicist and I will be engaged by French priest (5)

      This French Physicist is either of a husband and wife team involved in the discovery of radioactivity, although one was actually born in Poland and adopted French nationality – put I inside a French priest to get their surname

  16. spyndryft
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    A very slow start for me followed by a very fast last furlong – I just wish it lasted longer – I wonder if we could persuade the DT to produce a “Giant Cryptic” for Bank Holiday Weekends. At least I’ve got the NTSPP to print off then tomorrow it’s the inestimable Virgilius – I hope.
    Thanks to setter & to BD for the hints which were not required today

    • Nora
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      What a great idea – a giant cryptic. That would keep us all out of mischief for a while!

  17. Michael Frith
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Almost complete without using hints but need a nudge on 14d and 20a any suggestions?

    • Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Michael

      20a Garment protecting doctor in fight (6)
      Put a garment around one of the abbreviations for a doctor to get this fight

      14d I had turned up after time — that’s swell (6)
      Reverse the abbreviated form of “I had” and follow it with a word meaning turned up after the due time to get a verb meaning to swell

      • Michael Frith
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        Thanks did realise that the answer also means garment.

  18. wbgeddes
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Nice gantle stuff over a cup of tea before guests came down for breakfast.

    Would have been fastest time ever if it wasn’t for stupidly putting Cannon in as second word of one clue.

    A Toughie would be nice today too.

    A peaceful Easter to all.

    • Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      I nearly entered CANNON, but opted for something smaller having looked at 21d.

      Like Kath, I thought 2d might be an anagram.

      Not being a G&S fan, I wouldn’t rate 9a. 8a reminded me of Mr Goldfinger. I put 17a in before realising it was an anagram. The surface reading of 28a doesn’t really resonate with the answer for me, “Splash out, and turn the barrier over” might have been better.

      16a was my favourite.

    • Nora
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Gantle ?

  19. williamus
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Okay, that was fun! Main cause of delay was that the paper girl (Mrs W) spent too long at the shops before delivering DT (will have to have words about future conduct). I have to admit I came here for some help with 9a and the need to resolve some clues I’d already “solved”. Last in was 8a (doh… me being slow!). Particularly liked 10a and 15d. Thanks to BD and the setter for an entertaining mixture of clues. Have a good Easter!

  20. Little Dave
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Relativey painless last in being 19a. And a good win in Sri Lanka for the lads.

    • Nora
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      Everytime time Señor Nora put the cricket commentary on, they were just coming up to lunch. Why does cricket revolve around meals?

      • franco
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

        Whenever I tune in to Test Match Special it is always interrupted by the Shipping Forecast and/or the Daily Service – Is nothing sacred?

        • Nora
          Posted April 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

          I LOVE the shipping forecast. Far more interesting than silly square legs.

  21. Chris
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed this one … particularly 16a, 1d and 12d.

    Last in was 10a, also quite good once you’ve got it.

  22. Senf
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Only 9a was left by bedtime last night. Then this morning I found out why, with BD’s help, my 6d was wrong! Oh well. Very enjoyable.

  23. henostat
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the setter & Big Dave for the hints. Enjoyed this a lot, beaten by 9a, got it from the hint. Can’t get 19a despite reading the hint, is it an accountancy term? Favourites 16a & 12d. Typical Easter weather in Central London :-)

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Apparently 19a is an accounting term used in a seller’s records to show a sum owed to them.

      • henostat
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

        Thanks. Don’t know it. I’ll wait for the review.

      • crypticsue
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

        If you have the correct solution, it is in Chambers.

  24. Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I also seem to recall that the answer to 15d was also a cocktail derived from the contraction of the start of a well known cough remedy and the end of a well known Cider. Happy Student days (I didn’t ever sample the delights!)

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      Surely that’s where you acquired your predilection for the red wine/beer/Lemsip combo ? :D

      • Posted April 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

        Probably right, but I can’t think of a suitable name for the cocktail…….

        • crypticsue
          Posted April 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

          How about a [mer]LOT PER[oni] LEM (sip). Rolls off the tongue better than a MER[lot] {per]ONI [lem]SIP : Having a quiet afternoon, me? How did you guess? :D

          Actually it is of course a LOT PER SIP !!

  25. crypticsue
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone else see the ‘capital spot’ in 30a as being the part of Central London with that name??? I can see the ‘part of the head’ in his hint but when I looked at the clue I immediately thought of ‘capital’ meaning London.

    • Colmce
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      That was my reading, that one leapt out the page and was my second one in.

    • Rod Ash
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      Tube station by the Thames

      • crypticsue
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

        My dad used to work round that way so I have known of it for many years.

    • TimCypher
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      Heh, that’s the way I read it. :)

  26. Rod Ash
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Certainly back to comfortable to solve this week…but some nice clues. I liked 9a even before seeing the anogram and 30a is also a district of our capital (if you live in England) too. I knew of 17a but it’s not in my dictionary.Thanks all & happy Easter.

  27. Posted April 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Having been at school near 30a, it jumped out at me. I was surprised however at the bells not being where i had always thought that they were. Three of my children were born in a famous London hospital in Whitechapel. and i was a student there too. They have always been told that they are Cockneys for that reason thinking that the church concerned was Stratford atte ***.
    Thanks for hints and happy Easter to all.

  28. Dawn
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Virtually half went in without any trouble and the remainder has been like pulling teeth. Thanks to Big Dave for the hints. Not sure I understand hint for 10a but have an answer. 8a eludes me as does 27a. Am I right in thinking fourth word of the clue is an anagram indicator? All nudges gratefully received.

    • franco
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Dawn – 27a – It is an anagram, but the anagram indicator is the 3rd word!

      • Dawn
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

        Thank you Franco :oops: I have got it now!

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      8a – the definition is made of, or containing gold. A from the clue, the single letter used to mean posh or high class and then the abbreviation for a type of relgion (church) into which has been inserted I (one).

      • Dawn
        Posted April 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Crypticsue, I looked the word up in BRB and decided it wasn’t right – is the stupid step occupied :D

  29. collywobbles1
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Can anybody help with 8a. I know it is late but I would apreciate it

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      Just look up two comments and you will see my hint to Dawn for this clue.

  30. collywobbles1
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Many than tks CS you are up late

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      It is only 20 past 8. There is nothing on the TV that I want to watch until 8.30 and if I sit in the chair waiting I will fall asleep. I am rough drafting the review of today’s puzzle while being available if anyone wants a hint.

  31. Burkey
    Posted April 8, 2012 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    Whoops, in my excitement of being the first to post an entry I wrongly assumed the 2 clues that baffled me would not have hints. All clear now, thank you.

  32. cruisenuts96
    Posted April 8, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Found this much more straightforward than usual. Stuck on 2d. Help please? Happy Easter to all.

    • Posted April 8, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      2d Exchanging letters in Wild West establishment? (7,4)
      A charade of a word meaning exchanging or dealing and letters or mail gives this Wild West establishment

  33. cruisenuts96
    Posted April 8, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Thank you Dave!! It always happens that I post a query and then fairly soon after the penny drops! Thanks again

  34. NotNero
    Posted April 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    For once I finished this without looking at the hints. False starts on 2d and 22a. I eventually got 8a but had to come here to find out why. Happy Easter everyone

  35. Posted April 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Hello everyone! The NW corner is KILLING me! Now been looking at it for 2 days and just cannot see, despite looking at hints, what 8a, 10a and 2d are! I KNOW, that as soon as I get 1, the others will fall into place but it’s just getting that first one! Any help MOST appreciated!

    • gazza
      Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Martin – welcome to the blog.
      BD has given a hint for 10a, and there are hints in the comments for 8a (at comment #28, think Goldfinger) and 2d (at comment #32).