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DT 26852

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26852

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! We have a pretty standard Saturday puzzle here. I liked it although it lacked a bit of bite in my opinion.

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1a           Priestly robe to get by (4)
COPE – A double definition to start with; The name of a proest robe and also to manage or bear up

3a           Joint supporter a poisonous creature (5)
COBRA – A charade of CO (joint as in Co-owner) and BRA (a supportive piece of underwear).

6a           Shell suit (4)
CASE – The outer shell of something and also a type of case, i.e. for carrying clothes.

8a           Fixers sort Blues out, poking nose in (15)
TROUBLESHOOTERS – A lovely composition for people who fix things in organisations – Make an anagram of BLUES (sort blues out) and add (poke in) yer HOOTER for a nose.

9a           A disreputable newspaper going over Henry’s first wife’s home (6)
ARAGON – Catherine, famously of Aragon, was Henry VIII’s first wife. Take A RAG (a disreputable newspaper) and add ON for going over (as in ‘on a bridge)

10a         Briefly interest one friend, a close one (8)
INTIMATE – The abbreviation for INTerest plus I (one) and MATE for friend gives a word meaning a close friend.

11a         Helicopter going round North, moving stealthily (8)
SNEAKING – Sneaking is moving stealthily. The military helicopter, the SEA KING, goes around N for North.

13a         Dangerous situation for soldiers in large body (6)
MORASS – A dangerous (and sticky!) situation is created by placing OR (other ranks, soldiers) inside a MASS or large body.

15a         Food regularly eaten not fresh containing potatoes primarily (6)
STAPLE – Place the primary letter in Potatoes inside STALE for not fresh. This gives a word for foodstuffs such as potatoes, rice and pasta that are the basis of meals.

17a         American novelist gets gangster trapped by one spilling the beans? (8)
SALINGER – J.D. Salinger, the American  author of such works as ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ should be well known to all. Place AL (Capone, a common gangster in crosswordland) inside a SINGER – one who blabs or ‘Sings like a canary’.

19a         Appreciate where batsman is safe (8)
INCREASE – Appreciate here means go up in value. Split INCREASE as (2,6) and you get the place where a batsman is safe from a run-out.

21a         Admitting husband to be caught by hoodlum (6)
THOUGH – This took me a while to spot as the synonym (admitting for though) is not so common in speech. We need to put H for Husband inside (caught by) a TOUGH hoodlum.

22a         Incite tribesman to shake member of government (7,8)
CABINET MINISTER – A member of the front bench in government is an anagram (to shake) of INCITE TRIBESMEN.

23a         Base purpose (4)
MEAN – Base here is used as Low or nasty. MEAN also, ahem, means purpose or intention

24a         Delay — something found on road and railway (5)
TARRY – To delay or dilly-dally. You find TAR on the road and add RY for railway.

25a         Supported by the church in former time (4)
ONCE – A charade of ON (supported) and CE for Church of England also means in former times.



1d           Cleansing, hoovering up cat’s hairs (9)
CATHARSIS – A very strange anagram indicator (hovering up!) of CATS HAIRS gives a word for cleansing or release from a mental trauma.

2d           Gas liable to overcome father (7)
PROPANE – This flammable gas is created from putting PRONE (liable) around (i.e. it is overcoming) PA, your dad.

3d           Flower in singer Dion’s make-up (9)
CELANDINE – This caused a bit of discussion on the day but I suspect that the consensus was the correct intent: the make up of Celine Dion’s first name is simply CEL AND INE which is a flowering plant.

4d           Transport supremo playing for money (7)
BUSKING – To play music in the street for money. A transport supremo might be known as a BUS KING

5d           Regarding an episode (5)
ABOUT – A simple charade of A plus BOUT (episode or time interval).

6d           Cover a SW river in container vessel (9)
CATAMARAN – The instruction is to surround (cover) A TAMAR (a river in the SW of England) with a CAN (container). This gives us a twin hulled seagoing vessel.

7d           Cloud right in position (7)
STRATUS – One of the main cloud types. Place R for right inside STATUS or position.

12d         Put out no praises — the opposite? (9)
ASPERSIONS – An anagram (put out) of NO PRAISES gives a word for calumnies/slanders which is the opposite of giving out praises.

13d         First of crashes in long list following motorway’s aggressive attitude (9)
MILITANCY – The clue that I finished on with THOUGH. The aggressive or bellicose attitude is found by placing the first letter of Crashes onside a LITANY, or long list , and preceding it with M1 for Motorway

14d         Extra payment daily in boom (9)
SURCHARGE – Put a CHAR (a daily or cleaner) inside SURGE for boom to get an additional payment.

16d         Amount carried puts poor horse in strain (7)
TONNAGE – The poor horse is a NAG and needs to go inside TONE (strain/flavour). The result is the amount carried by a ship (or its water displacement)

17d         Ship to navigate round a mine at first (7)
STEAMER – The steam ship is the definition. Place STEER (navigate) around A and M(ine – at first).

18d         Having good time in Bedfordshire town, one’s keen for more (7)
GLUTTON – Someone who can’t stop eating. Stafrt with G for good then put T(ime) inside LUTON, the Beds town.

20d         Spy a toff (5)
AGENT – A nice easy charade to finish. When split (1,5) an AGENT becomes A GENT or a Toff

Thanks to the setter for the puzzle and I will see you all in a couple of weeks for the Sunday review.



11 comments on “DT 26852

  1. Thanks for the review gnomethang. Re 6a, I wondered at the time whether the second definition might have been suit as in a (law)suit or a case?

    1. Thanks Jezza – I had a blank moment and couldn’t think of it so trusted to luck. You are, of course, correct!

  2. gnomethang, Well Done!

    According to the “Contributors” panel on (the right hand side) – this is No 100!

    I do so hope that some people read the Saturday & Sunday reviews!

    Where’s my coat?

    1. Thanks Franco – I didn’t see the centenary coming – I’ll buy meself a pint!

    1. The Saturday one is a full review of last weekend’s puzzle – the other one went awol temporarily!

  3. Thanks for the review which explains several I could not get.

    Afraid I have never heard of and certainly not read any Salinger novels but then I am not a great reader.

    A very minor point – 14d should read ‘SURGE for boom’ rather than bloom.

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