DT 26873

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26873

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja.  Yet another fine puzzle from the Wednesday Wizard!  It might have been only 1* but for the five long anagrams which I’m always slow at unravelling. Still, they do give a lot of checkers! If you’re a fan of anagrams (unlike me) I guess the puzzle would be 4* enjoyment.

The clues I like most are in blue and the answers can be seen by highlighting the space between the curly brackets. 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           Person who does nothing but roulette, as at work (5-5)
{ LOTUS EATER } – A nice anagram to start off with. This person who does nothing is an anagram (at work) of ROULETTE AS.  Couldn’t resist the picture, we’ve not had a racing car for a while!

6a           Help the top socio-economic group gamble (4)
{ ABET } – Take the letter for the top socio-economic group and follow with a gamble and you get a word meaning help or assist. This is possibly the easiest clue in the puzzle but I quite like its surface!

9a           Looking embarrassed in company — that’s the belief (5)
{ CREDO } – The usual word for embarrassed inserted (in) into the usual abbreviation for company gives a belief.

10a         Doctor gets air circulating in between runs (9)
{ REGISTRAR } – This hospital doctor is an anagram (circulating) of GETS AIR placed between two R(uns).

12a         Complete change from reforming impostor — shame! (13)
{ METAMORPHOSIS } – A word for a complete change is an anagram (reforming) IMPOSTOR SHAME.

14a         One working in factories makes loads! (8)
{ MILLIONS } – I(one) and a word for working, as in not off, are inserted into some dark satanic factories to give loads, as in a very large number.

15a          National service over, marines all lose interest initially (6)
{ SOMALI } – The definition is a National, this time of an East African country, and it’s made from the first letters (initially) of the next six words of the clue.

17a         Objects of historical interest found by priest in church seen on the left (6)
{ RELICS } – To get some objects of historical interest you need to insert crosswordland’s favourite old priest into the abbreviation for the Church of Rome and follow with an S ( S een on the left).

19a         Style of writing covering border flower (8)
{ PRIMROSE } – Take a style of writing, (not verse – the other one) and insert (covering) a word meaning border or edge and you’ll get a flower.

21a         Experienced discrimination? (8,5)
{ ACQUIRED TASTE } – This is a sort of all-in-one. A word for experienced followed by a word for discrimination, as in refinement, gives a phrase which means you experienced discrimination. Not sure I’ve done that very well but I can’t think of a better way of explaining it.

24a         Undertakings on energy discharges (9)
{ EMISSIONS } – E(nergy) followed by some undertakings or assignments gives some discharges.

25a         Try, for instance, following rest inside (5)
{ ESSAY } – Take ES (r ES t inside) and follow with a word meaning for instance or for example to get a word meaning try.

26a         Took issue with smack (4)
{ KISS } – The definition is smack and it’s hidden in (with) took issue.

27a         Dogged setters nip when teased (10)
{ PERSISTENT } – A word for dogged is an anagram (when teased) of SETTERS NIP.

Down

1d           Spike delicate material (4)
{ LACE } – Double definition. A word for spike, as in spike someone’s drink, is also a delicate material.

2d           Accept her maladministration conceals a lot of hot air (7)
{ THERMAL } – A current of hot air, used by gliders to gain height, is hidden in (conceals) Accept her maladministration.

3d           Cuts out strong drink rounds for judge (5-8)
{ SHORT CIRCUITS } – Definition is cuts out. Start with a term for a strong drink such as whisky and follow with a word for the periodical journeys around an area made by judges.

4d           Chiromancy is represented without church bitterness (8)
{ ACRIMONY } – Remove the CH from chiromancy (without CH(urch)) and make an anagram (is represented) of what’s left to get some bitterness or ill feeling.  Just for the hell of it I looked up CHIROMANCY – it’s another word for palmistry! Educational things crosswords!

5d           Keen consumer’s good for credit at last (5)
{ EAGER } – To get a word meaning keen you need to think of another word for a consumer and replace the T with a G ( G ood for credi T at last).

7d           Person serving coffee — except it’s a blend (7)
{ BARISTA } – This is a person serving coffee in a coffee bar. Take a word for except and follow with an anagram (blend) of ITS A.  Never heard of this word but the wordplay is clear enough to work it out and then visit the BRB .

8d           Goes on roof covering points of entry (10)
{ TURNSTILES } – These are the things that guard the points of entry to a football stadium. Start with some goes, in a board game perhaps, and follow with what makes up your roof.

11d         People who teach fish experts? (13)
{ SCHOOLMASTERS } – These people who teach for a living, if split (6,7), would be a group of fish followed by some experts. It’s also an anagram of THE CLASSROOMS which is a bit spooky!

13d         Person who knows it all planning alms racket (5,5)
{ SMART ALECK } – A slightly derogatory term for someone who thinks he knows everything is an anagram (planning) of ALMS RACKET.

16d         Demonstrates against, and in favour of, internationals (8)
{ PROTESTS } – A word meaning demonstrates against is a charade of one of the the usual terms for ‘in favour of’ and some international cricket matches.

18d         Left with one pound, finally orders drinks, for example (7)
{ LIQUIDS } – A drink would have to be one of these otherwise you would have to eat it instead! It’s made up of L(eft), I (one) followed by a slang term for a pound (Sterling) and S (order S finally). I thought the definition was quite well concealed in this one!

20d         Rhyme in old English for ‘Supervise’ (7)
{ OVERSEE } – Place another word for a rhyme inside O(ld) and E(nglish) to get a word for supervise.

22d         Call up, getting green light during the latter part of the day (5)
{ EVOKE } – Take the latter part of the day and insert (during) a term for getting the green light to give a word meaning call up, a memory perhaps.

23d         Calmly suggest removing hearts in sac (4)
{ CYST } – This is a sac in the medical sense. Remove the middle letters (hearts) from C (alml) Y S (ugges) T . Wanted a picture for this but the ones I could find all made me feel slightly queasy!

Favourites are those in blue but there isn’t a real stand-out one for me today – how about you?


The Quick crossword pun: { mast } + { hair } + { peas } = { masterpiece }

58 Comments

  1. pommers
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Phew! Bit of a panic this morning! About half an hour ago I was just about to click ‘publish’ when my internet went down! Cripes, can’t even send BD an email to tell him to do the publshing!

    Still, we’re back on now. Apparantly they’re having power problems which Iberdrola (the Spanish electricity company) are having a problem fixing. That reminds me of a joke.

    Bill Gates asks his son what he would like for his 5th birthday. Son thinks a bit and says “Dad, can I have a cowboy outfit” so Bill goes out and buys Iberdrola :lol:

    (works just as well with BT or Ryanair!).

  2. Tilly
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    A very pleasant start to my birthday. Off for lunch by the river to enjoy the sunshine.

    Thanks to the setter and Pommers (ps you have transposed the last two numbers of this crossword which might be confusing)

    • pommers
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Oops – I’ll fix it :oops:

      Happy birthay to you, enjoy the sun, and the lunch :smile:

    • Franny
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Happy birthday, Tilly. :-)

    • Tilly
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Pommers and Franny … and after sun and lunch comes a well-earned post prandial nap!

  3. spindrift
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Not only was No.2 son a 7d after leaving university with no idea what he wanted to do but he’s now an 11d! Although I don’t remember him looking anything like the picture.

    Thanks to setter & to Pommers for the review now it’s back to writing a training program for Japanese salesmen. Don’t ask but it pays the bills.

    • crypticsue
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Must be a thing No 2 sons do. My no 2 is currently a 7d in Sydney Australia!

      • Franny
        Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

        Where in Sydney, crypticsue? I shall be going there later in the year and would happily buy a flat white from him. :-)

        • crypticsue
          Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

          He is leaving to go to Thailand and Vietnam on 26 July. I am not exactly sure where he works, it is a privately owned coffee shop near the Harbour Bridge, I think.

          • Franny
            Posted May 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

            Oh, well I’m sorry, I’ll probably miss him.

            • crypticsue
              Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

              It is a shame you won’t get to taste one of his coffees as he really is a great barista (and I am not just saying that because I am his mum) but it is better for me because it means it is the start of his journey back to the UK.

  4. grandsire
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks for that Pommers. I see you have my problem with numbers.

  5. Franny
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Hola, Pommers. Thanks to the anagrams, which I always appreciate, I managed to do this with very little trouble and enjoyed it very much. The only clue that held me up a bit was 21a, as I had the first word as ‘educated’ then ‘advanced’ before the penny dropped. I agree with you as to the best clues though there were no particular favourites. Thank you for the explanations and to the Wednesday Wizard for the fun. :-)

  6. BigBoab
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable but a wee bit on the easy side and too many anagrams. Thanks to the setter and to Pommers, ( I just called at our local Costa Coffee and I’m afraid the baristas looked nothing like your picture)

  7. tabbycat
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Where is the quickie crossword pun today

    • pommers
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      It’s BD himself who puts that in. I’m sure it will be there soon.

    • Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      Patience!

  8. Colmce
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Hello Pommers from sunny Dover, temp rocketing to almost 18°!
    Nice easyish one for me, I like anagrams.
    Thanks for review.
    Thanks to setter.

  9. Brenda Reding
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable even if I was slow on the first word in 21A and 24A, no problems otherwise. Not so good on the Toughie though , will need some hints to finish that

  10. Brenda Reding
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Sorry, thanks to setter for giving me a lot of pleasure and Pommers for the clear, decisive hints

  11. Collywobbles
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Where is Vega Baja Pommers

    • pommers
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      Hi Collywobs

      It’s the low-lying, fertile coastal plain between Alicante and Torrevieja. Almoradi, where I live, is right in the middle of it. Lot of citrus fruits and market gardening.

      • Collywobbles
        Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

        Sounds nice Pommers, I would think that you get a lot of sunshine, as we do over here in the Languedoc

        • pommers
          Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

          Apparantly we get 320 sunny days a year but nobody can tell me exactly how many hours of sunshine you need in a day for it to class as ‘sunny’!

  12. Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Three sunny days in a row must be Summer!

    Pretty straight forward today with a couple of old favourites 7d and 6a. Couple of nice anagrams and couple of clues that we worked out after being solved (if that makes sense).

    All in all much easier than yesterday but not quite as enjoyable. Middle of the road **/*** and **/*** from me. Many Thanks.

  13. julian of ec4
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    A very ‘person’able crossword today! Liked the anagrams, including the one of the puzzle number Thanks to pommers for the blog and of course the Barista, and to the setter. Nice start to a sunny day in leafy Hampshire for us 1a’s…. ;)

    • pommers
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      Bit of a 1a myself :grin:

  14. William Geddes
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Nice and gentle 1* for me because I have a knack of seeing anagrams quite easily.

    The whole took me one cup of Americano served by someone who looks nothing at all like 7D. I really must change coffee shops if this is what I’m missing.

  15. Jezza
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I felt as if I was on automatic pilot filling this one in; enjoyable but no thought required.
    Thanks to Jay, and to pommers for the review.

    I haven’t had the chance to look at the toughie this morning. Perhaps after I have gone to buy the bbq food for this evening.

  16. phercott
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Thought it was a pleasant crossword. Just right for a nice sunny day

  17. Sheepdog
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Please stop going on about the sun, I’m stuck in the office

    • andy
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      If anybody has any spare sun can they send some to East Anglia please, solid Grey skies. Even though I’m stuck in an office it would be nice to sit outside in it and eat lunch!

      • crypticsue
        Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

        We’ve waiting a long time for it to come to East Kent, so sorry, but no we can’t :D

      • pommers
        Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

        There isn’t a cloud in the sky here :grin:

        • andy
          Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

          E-punch should be with you shortly!

          • pommers
            Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

            I’ve learned to e-duck so I’ll be OK :grin:

        • andy
          Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

          Meanie!

          • pommers
            Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

            Think you meant that for CS, not me! I’m generous to a fault so I’ve sent you all our clouds!

            • crypticsue
              Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

              He can’t possibly mean me – not if he wants cake at future S&B Gatherings :D

              • andy
                Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

                No CS I didn’t mean you, Kent can be similar to East Anglia I know!

    • Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      It’s so hot up here I expect we’ll have a hosepipe ban soon!

  18. crypticsue
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    So, I tell everyone to start with the downs and it wasn’t necessary today. Very enjoyable thank you Jay. No special favourites just all round fun. Thanks to Pommers too.

    A couple of sticky moments in the Toughie but worth a go. Lovely and sunny here – had to pop out earlier and was very reluctant to return to the office.

  19. beaver
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Agreed about a **/***,luckily the easy clues were’on the outside’ so lots of first letters to work from ,which always helps.Liked 8d and learned a new word 7d-must travel more! I think very pleasant, as Phercott comments, is just about right.

  20. gnomethang
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Agreed with the general concensus – typical Jay but a shade easier than normal – I don’t mind the odd anagram!. Thanks to Pommers and to Jay.
    The Toughie is a reasonable ‘entry-level’ puzzle and quite good fun as well.

  21. Brian
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyable offering today with a nice balance of clues. For me 7d, 19a and 14a were the best clues. Thx all round.

  22. Hrothgar
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Hurrah!
    The back page wouldn’t be the same without a visit from the Lotus Eater.
    Cosily enjoyable.
    Thanks setter and Pommers.

  23. Arthur Dent
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Well Jay is now officially my favourite setter! (Note: Subject to change without notice. Setters’ rankings can go down as well as up. Always remember your crossword setters’ ranking may be at risk if you do not keep the punters happy.)

    I managed to finish this completely – with the help of some friends (human) and some friends (electronic) but without recourse to Pommers’ (as always) excellent hints! So I am feeling very chuffed. Just what I needed after yesterday’s wounding.

    With thanks to all involved.

  24. dolllar
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Never heard of this? How have you avoided the Starbuckization of the world? That’s a tall order, asking a latte for us to believe, but quite grande.

  25. Small Dave
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    As crypticsue gave advice yesterday that ” it is the convention not to mention solving times on this site” all I will say is that without hints my entire NE corner on yesterday’s puzzle would still be blank, and probably no change by next Christmas. Today on the other hand all went in like lightning. Yesterday for me was a ten star! Today one star. Does anyone out there agree, or is it just my erratic performance? I finish around seven out of ten without hints, but tend to throw in the towel and go to the golf course if I get stuck.

    • pommers
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      You’re right about this one Dave. It was only the anagrams which took me out of 1* solving time – anything over about 7 letters and I’m very slow for some reason. Usually solve them by guessing possible answers from the definition and then seeing if they fit the fodder. Agree yesterday’s was a bit tougher but not 10* surely but the grid didn’t help!

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