DT 26858 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26858 (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           Digital recording uploads, off and on, produced by actors (7)
This digital recordings that can be downloaded to a mobile phone come from the even letters (off and on) of uPlOaDs followed by a list of the actors in a play

9a           Pudding with green veg — it’s nice in the garden (5,3)
Combine a pudding or dessert with a green vegetable to get a flower that can be found in the garden

15a         Song from unmarried woman? (4)
To get this operatic song, drop M(arried) from a woman’s name

21a         First light entering fiery den (4)
… it’s an otter’s den: see my Animals page

27a         Little woman getting into brandy on a Mediterranean island (7)
Put a common Crosswordland word for a cheap brandy made from grapeskins and other refuse from wine-making around one of Ms Alcott’s Little Women (also a fairly Crosswordland occurrence) and follow it with the A from the clue to get a Mediterranean island [Based on Gnomey's comment below.]

29a         Shrouded in secrecy, cleverly use again (7)
Hidden inside (shrouded in) the clue is a verb meaning to use again

Down

2d           Capsize open vessel (8)
This verb meaning to capsize is a charade of an adjective meaning open and a vase of the kind used for the ashes of the dead

8d           Ladies get together for a bender (7)
Combine the names of two ladies to get the anatomical word for the kneecap

20d         Arrested smuggling ring pirate initially deserted, being bent (7)
Start with a word meaning arrested or terminated then insert (smuggling) the letter shaped like a ring and drop (deserted) the initial letter of Pirate to get a word meaning bent or hunched

26d         After word of hesitation, proceed like this (4)
Start with a two-letter word of hesitation (not um) and add a verb meaning to proceed to get the originally Latin word for like this or therefore

A few more hints soon.


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The Quick crossword pun: {sack} + {ray} + {blur} = {sacré bleu}

151 Comments

  1. mary
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Morning Dave, stuck on 9a and 8d, I’m sure they must be obvious but I just can’t see them, any help gratefullyaccepted :-D

    • mary
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      I quite enjoyed this one but have about six that although I have the answers, I have question marks by because I just don’t understand how I got them!!

    • Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      You’re wish is my command – now added

      • mary
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

        Thank you, so easy when you know, once again you have saved my sanity :-D

        • mary
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

          9a is my favourite too :-) , the thing in the garden I mean, not the clue!

          • mary
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

            fav clue 5d

            • Captain Duff
              Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

              Hi Mary. I planted mine in the garden about a month ago and I swear they are smaller now than when they went in!

              • mary
                Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

                :-D

              • Kath
                Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

                Mine are nearly as tall as I am and have got buds on them now. :smile:

                • Captain Duff
                  Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

                  :x

  2. Wayne
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    As opposed to yesterdays, I found this very enjoyable. Head scratching moments on 1a until I realised the significance of ‘off and on’. Best clue for me was 20d. Thanx to Compiler and to BD for this blog. Thought the Quickie pun was good also.

  3. gnomethang
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    29a was, in my opinion, a very well played clue. Very enjoyable today from (I presume) Cephas. Thanks to him and to BD

  4. spindrift
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I can’t see why 15a is what it must be. Favourite and last clue solved is 20d – very clever. Thanks to Cephas & to BD as per.

    • Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      I’ve added a hint, but be prepared to kick yourself!

      • gnomethang
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

        I certainly gave myself a swift kick!

      • spindrift
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

        Consider backside wellied! Thank you as this has been pestering me all of the way around Makro this morning.

  5. Brian
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Finished all but 21a, driving me mad, got two letters but just can’t see anything that has anything to do with den. Also what has 27a got to do with brandy, only one med island it can be but why?

    • gnomethang
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      Brian, a common crosswordland word for brandy goes around one of Ms Alcott’s Little Women – also a fairly crosswordland occurrence, followed by A

      • mary
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

        not heard that one for brandy gnomey!

        • Collywobbles
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

          I don’t think that I have heard of it mary and I have consumed many brandies in many countries. Are you allowed to tell me what it is without going to the naughty corner

          • mary
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

            Oh no no no :-)

            • mary
              Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

              but you need the largest of the Balearics

      • Brian
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        Thanks for that but I have to say I have never come across that as a word for brandy but Chambers agrees. One for the old memmory bank, unfortunately the emphasis is on the old!

        • mary
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

          My memory is a synonym for sieve :-D

          • Dawn
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

            Thanks for the chuckle I’ve just had reading your comment Mary, you are not on your own on that one:-)

    • Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      In 21a it’s an otter’s den

      27a – I’ll add a hint for this one

      • Brian
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        Many thanks, so obvious!

      • edwardbear2211
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        I got 27a no problem but is that really a valid spelling these days – the Spaniards and airlines use a double L

    • mary
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      21a is one I don’t ‘see’ either Brian, although answer is obvious

      • mary
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

        Oh not obvious then, another one I had wrong! got it now, thanks Dave

    • steph
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi there I still cant understand why 21a is what it is? Iknow its the otters den but whats the rest of the clue got to do with it?

      • Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

        21a First light entering fiery den (4)
        Put the first letter of Light inside a word meaning fiery to get this otter’s den

        • steph
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

          doh thank you

  6. mary
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Does ‘c’ = access then in 12a, if not where does the c come from?

    • Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      c = circa or about

      • mary
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

        So dense today! Of course

        • Brian
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

          Had me foxed for a while as well. Damn clever these setters (and the hint givers :-) )

    • tom
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Please, what is 12a?
      Help

      • gazza
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

        Hi tom – welcome to the blog.
        12a Make up about gaining access instantly (2,4)
        The definition is instantly. A verb meaning to make up or compensate has the abbreviation for about inside it.

  7. toadson
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Didn’t have much time yesterday and left unfinished, so nice to see this off today. Used the hint for 8d though! Have a good weekend all.

    • toadson
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      (Toadson) — problems with the new set up again ..

      • Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

        I’ve edited your name to your usual one.

        • toadson
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

          Thanks

  8. pommers
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Just popped in to say hello. This is my 8th day in the UK and I’m now fed up of wearing the fleece and waterproof jacket – think I want to go home now, it’s 22C and sunny in Alicante!

    • mary
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      Hola pommers, when do you go back?

      • pommers
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

        Hi Mary, should be back home about midnight Monday so all ready for blogging next Weds.

        • mary
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

          You will be glad to be in the warm again

    • Kath
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      You and pommette certainly chose the wrong time to come to the UK.

      • Franco
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        Yes! Never visit the UK during a drought!

        • Kath
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

          If one more person says to me that this is the wettest drought they’ve ever known I’m going to smack them SO hard – I’m bored with that one now!

          • crypticsue
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

            Who are you and what have you done with Kath? You seemed so nice when I met you in London :)

            • gnomethang
              Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

              Nope, Kath can be fiery and more power to the elbow!. She doesn’t suffer fools (i.e. me!) gladly……

          • Franco
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

            I consider myself suitably chastised! Favourite clue today: 10a

          • Kath
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

            Only joking! I wouldn’t really smack anyone (well, not VERY hard). No-one should feel chastised and certainly no-one here is a fool!! :smile:

  9. Colmce
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Splendid puzzle this morning.
    1a and 4d held me up for a while.
    Thanks to BD for hints.
    Thanks to compiler for a testing ( for me) but enjoyable start to the day.

  10. Derek
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Early input from me today – a visitor brought the DT from the airport. Today being Bevrijdingsdag (anniversary of liberation of NL in WW2), the shopping street is closed off for a street market and the main drag is solid with parked cars and hundreds of bicycles!!

    Liked these clues : 1a, 22a, 27a, 4d, 6d, 8d, 14d, 19d & 20d.

  11. Heno
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Still not getting emails for new posts. Have now ticked the boxes under the comments box.

  12. Stan
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Long time reader, first post. Just to say how useful I find this site. 27a was a tester, but I quite enjoyed today, crossword in front of the snooker.

    • Prolixic
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Stan

  13. Brian
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    If the answer to 8d bends you have problems. Therefore the clue is incorrect!!!!

    • Kath
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      I agree although my husband says that I’m being too picky!

  14. AnnB
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Some good clues thanks to all
    back from a break

  15. Dickiedot
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Excellent, lots of good clues including 2d, 8d 27a 28a needed help with 21a it’s a ‘hell’ of a clue, thanks BD and the setter

  16. crypticsue
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know about the hob nailed boots but Cephas certainly had a slightly trickier hat on when he set this one. I too had to wait for the pennies to drop for both 21a and 8d. Thanks to Cephas for waking up the grey matter and to BD for the explanations

    I can highly recommend the NTSPP – those ladies who moan about cricket and football clues should find it more to their liking :)

    • Kath
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      I’m going to have a go at NTSPP later on – I’m certainly one who moans about too many sporting clues although it’s some time since I’ve been called a lady!! :smile:

  17. Caravaggio
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I thought that this was a gentle start to a Saturday morning but then I got stuck on 4d. For the life of me, I couldn’t see the answer, despite having all the checking letters in place, so I left it for half an hour and then the answer came to me straight away…

    • Dickiedot
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

      That was exactly my experience, all the checking letters and could I see it!

    • Kath
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Me too!

  18. Kath
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I agree that this is a bit trickier than usual – I really enjoyed it. I couldn’t get 4d for ages – my last one in. 12a took some time to understand – was thinking of the wrong kind of make up! I’m not sure that I like 8d very much – it isn’t that bit of the knee that bends – husband says I’m being over picky!! Loved 9a – they’re my absolute favourites (and mine have already got buds on them!) I liked 10, 13 and 29a and 4, 5 and 17d (and lots of others as well but I can’t write them all down! With thanks to Cephas and BD.
    Weather a bit more cheerful here today. Have a good weekend everyone. :smile:

    • mary
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      My 9a are only about 2″ high and still in the greenhouse Kath! Bright but cold here today, I think it’s only going to get worse as the weekend goes on! As long as it stays dry for the match tonight………come on Liverpool :-D

    • Captain Duff
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      GOT BUDS ON! – do you live in Spain Kath?

      • crypticsue
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        I think she’s got a greenhouse :D

        • mary
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

          mine are in the greenhouse!

          • crypticsue
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

            Mr CS is asleep in our (large) greenhouse – I wonder if sweet peas would look better ? :D

            • Captain Duff
              Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

              Greenhouse – that’s a relief. I thought that I really had lost it as a gardener. On reflection I don’t think I ever really had it!

      • Kath
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

        Yes – we have got a greenhouse – I planted the 9a seeds in the autumn and over wintered then in the greenhouse. The ones that are nearly flowering have been outside for about six weeks – they’re in an enormous pot in a very sheltered corner of patio.

      • Kath
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        … and no, we don’t live in Spain – we’re in Oxford!

  19. Jezza
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was a good Saturday puzzle, and enjoyable. Thanks to setter, and to BD.

  20. JayGee
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    There is just one clue I cannot solve in today’s puzzle. I started very late (for various reasons) and found it fairly easy apart from 10a. I have the checking letters but can’t get it. I probably have one of the other answers wrong but would appreciate a hint for 10a.
    I am not getting the emails each day since the site change although I have resubscribed twice. What more do I have to do to get the very helpful and interesting emails each day?
    JayGee

    • gazza
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi JayGee – welcome to the blog.

      10a Mistakenly call the malignant hag (7)
      It’s an anagram (mistakenly) of call the.

    • crypticsue
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      10a is an anagram of CALL THE which makes a violent woman.

      • mary
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

        is a violent woman a malignant hag ?

        • crypticsue
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

          depends how cross she gets :D Chambers has both definitions.

        • gnomethang
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

          Yep!

      • Kath
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

        Are they talking about me?? :smile:

        • crypticsue
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

          I most definitely am not but I dread to think what you said to Gnomey that causes him to have such a different view ot you to mine :D

          • gnomethang
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

            It has been discussed before, we think in different ways. I am trying to explain somthing and Kath is saying “Yes I know that!”, meanwhile I am nissing the other correct alternative, And possibly vice-versa.
            I belive that our views are pretty similar as we are all nice people!

            • Kath
              Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

              :smile:

  21. eileen
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    You are all a lot cleverer than me today I am struggling. Please can I have help with 11 down and 14 down. Thanks

    • crypticsue
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      Don’t think we are Eileen… it’s a wavelength thing. I bet now you have clicked ‘post comment’ the penny may have dropped. If it hasn’t however then 11d is an anagram of GRIEVANCES without the I (I was not involved) to get an old fashioned term for someone who kept the streets clean. 14d is a way of describing one of those relaly long roads in America. Insert R (river) into a word meaning without a will.

      • mary
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

        snap but yours is much more concise and understandable :-)

  22. mary
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Not really eileen, I got a lot wrong today and 11d is an anagram of grievances without the ‘i’ , I wouldn’t have thought this was really a street cleaner as I’d think of one, but there you go

    14d you are looking for a route in the USA, take a word for ‘not willing’ as in dying without a will, put an ‘r’ inside – cross river- to get this route or highway

  23. edwardbear2211
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Banjaxed by 6d – any clues ?

    • mary
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Think of a scientist that used an apple to prove a theory??

      • mary
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        these days we all tend to forget an apple is a fruit and not just a computer!!

      • edwardbear2211
        Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        Got it – thank you

        • lizwhiz1
          Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

          Love the bear! :)

          • gnomethang
            Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

            A fan of the Damned I hope!

            • Jezza
              Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

              ….’ and every night i’m there i break my heart to please Eloise….’

              • gnomethang
                Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

                Bless you Jezza – I now owe both Pommers and you a pint! (Eloise is my god-daughter!)

                • Jezza
                  Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

                  I’ve got a feeling I might be singing that for the rest of the evening! :)

                  • gnomethang
                    Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

                    I break my heart to please….;-)

                  • Kath
                    Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

                    Thanks Jezza – I’m now going to be singing it for the rest of the evening. I’ll probably drive the rest of the family mad but I’ll just tell them that it’s your fault! :smile:

  24. JayGee
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks Gazza and Cyypticsue. My wife and I certainly had a “duh” moment in not spotting the anagram. I can’t remember the last anagram both of us failed to spot but neither of us saw this one – and neither did our mechanical aides!
    JayGee

    • crypticsue
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      Mr CS does all the number puzzles while I do all the word ones although if I read a clue out loud in desperation he is very good at spotting the blindingly obvious.

      BTW if you click reply in the comment box then all the replies on a particular thread stay together and make more sense.

  25. eileen
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Had a sudden rush of blood to the brain, all completed now. And withoout any further help.