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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26882 (Hints)

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Don’t forget to have a go at our very own, brand new, Prize crossword.

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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.


1a           Hurry to serve up set point (4,2,2)
This phrase meaning to hurry comes from an anagram (serve up) of SET POINT

11a         Money box that takes the biscuit? (5,3)
A charade of a slang word for money and a box gives somewhere you could keep biscuits but ours has loaves!

16a         In time, Diana’s message… it’s impossible to destroy (12)
A charade of the IN from the clue, a period of time (3),the abbreviation of DI(ana) and an outmoded form of message gives an adjective meaning impossible to destroy

26a         Rejected everywhere broadcasted (5,3)
This phrasal verb meaning rejected or jettisoned sounds like (broadcasted) a synonym of everywhere (10)


2d           Plan article on Circle Line (6)
This plan or hypothesis comes from a charade of the definite article, the letter shaped like a circle and the abbreviation of a line or track for trains

6d           Gentleman getting up in the afternoon — the object’s transparent! (5)
Reverse (getting up) the title given to a gentleman inside the two-letter abbreviation for the afternoon to get a transparent solid piece  of glass for resolving light into separate colours

13d         Quickly getting beside river first (9)
To get this adverb meaning quickly or immediately a preposition meaning beside (4) is preceded by a Scottish river – the one near where BigBoab lives!

14d         All raise a glass here (not you, Private!) (6,3)
A cryptic definition of the part of a drinking establishment that is open to everyone

22d         Sign one’s car has broken down (2,3)
A cryptic definition of the sign seen on the back of a car that is being pulled by another

The Crossword Club is now open.  Feel free to leave comments.

Please don’t put whole or partial answers or alternative clues in your comment, else they may be censored!

The Quick crossword pun: {dime} + {Anjou} + {Burghley} = {Diamond Jubilee}


81 comments on “DT 26882 (Hints)

  1. I think the third part of the DT Quick is Burghley, which by some contorted logic means the whole pu is supposed to be diamond jewellery

  2. Morning everybody.
    Has anybody tried to print off the GIANT GK – No. 12,421 from the DT web site this morning? All I get is
    Sorry, there was a problem dealing with your request.

    1. It is available in the list at the side under Giant General Knowledge puzzles

          1. But Julian, you have the NTSPP and the Monthly Prize Puzzle on this site to keep you going.

  3. Sat here trying to work out if this was good bad or indifferent, can’t make my mind up but I couldn’t put it down, who is the setter? Thanks for the hints BD please can you explain 3d

  4. No problems here as it’s quite standard for a Saturday but enjoyable as always.

    I’ve just printed the new monthly puzzle. Looks like it could be a 3 pipe problem. Just the thing for a dismal bank holiday weekend.

  5. I was getting on really well and then had a dozy moment in the SW which held me up far more than it ought to. Thanks to Cephas for another nice Saturday puzzle and to BD for the hints.

    I can highly recommend both the new Monthly Prize Puzzle and the NTSPP which will be up later on, followed by my review of the latter when I have sorted out suitable illustrations :)

    1. Funnily enough, Sue, the same thing happened to me. Mind you, I was listening to the radio at the same time that I was trying to complete the crossword so, before you make the observation, it just proves that men can’t multi-task… And I don’t take myself too seriously. Although the drizzle’s stopped [for now] in Cheshire, it’s very gloomy and it’s quite chilly too.

    2. Me too. Rattled through most of the rest then found myself stuck in the SW. Probably like the M5 this afternoon :-)

  6. Found today a bit of a plod but my view is probably coloured by not getting the last clue, 19a. Even with all the checking letters I can’t make head nor tail of the clue!
    Best clue for me is 17d.

    1. Oh Brian – the definition is the last word. You need a three letter word meaning ‘and the other things’ and then another three letter word meaning belonging to a lady.

      1. Thx Sue but we worked that out and still can’t see another word for engraver and Chambers Thesaurus doesn’t give anything that fits and I am sure I will kick myself but a 3 letter word for that phrase?

        1. Ah I get it so obviously 15d is not ‘on notice’ which is such a shame as it fits so well with the clue. Could be the usual position of someone working in the car industry in the 70s

              1. I think I’ve got it, I think for the first word I was looking at the opposite of out and it’s not is it?!

    2. The answer is a word for engraver. The solution is a word sum of the Latin tag for and other things and a word meaning belonging to the lady.

  7. Took me a while to get the Money Box as I had a few options. This took me a tad longer than usual. Thanks to Cephas for an enjoyable one and to BD for the hints. I’ve picked a couple of outsiders at Epsom today (a few of the pub crowd have gone down there) so I’ll be watching that later with a couple of pints and a couple of crosswords!

          1. Apparently it is an American small bread made with flour and baking powder as opposed to yeast.

  8. I have really enjoyed this as my first day back, I have missed my crosswords and all my fellow bloggers, unfortunately I am stuck on 15d I know it has to be obvious but I can’t ‘see’ it!! 16a was a word I didn’t know but worked it out and looked it up, no real favourite clue today I just enjoyed the whole thing, help for 15d would be much appreciated :-) , its a lovely day here so far

      1. yes thanks Prolixic, I was assuming the first word would be opposite to out!!!

  9. Really enjoyed this one, cracked with no recourse to hints.
    Thanks to BD for review and Cephas for the puzzle.

    The new prize puzzle is causing my brow to be more furrowed than usual.

  10. An enjoyable but untaxing puzzle so many thanks to Cephas.

    Pommette came up with a different anagram for the first part of 10a – rude girl!

    Thanks also to BD.

    1. Me too – just couldn’t believe my eyes!….. and took a while for the penny to drop too! Glad I wasn’t the only one. Zxx

  11. Thanks to Big Dave and setter, I completed over half without resorting to BRB or clues, and I too got held up in SW corner for a while.

    If I have the right answer for 6d, I saw the word included Big Daves clue, is he exempt from the naughty corner :D

    1. You’re right Dawn – the answer is in the hint.

      Off to the naughty corner BD, hope there’s some cake left :lol:

      1. He complained I hadn’t taken cake to the S&B but as I said to him as I was at work in the morning, there was no way I would have got out with a whole cake still in its tin to take to London.

      2. As a relative newcomer to the site, I wrote my comment with a little trepidation as I’m still learning the art of cryptic crosswords, but I am known for my attention to detail :-)

    2. Now corected. I shall be baking later on this afternoon and will ensure BD gets a virtual piece of cake.

      1. Cheesy bacon loaf or sponge cake with strawberries, blueberries and cream???

  12. Hi Folks

    Great puzzle today – mainly because I found it pretty easy for once! Just stuck on one which is driving me bonkers. 9a looks like it should be simple. I have every other letter and still stumped. The fact that I know nothing about the game of bridge probably isn’t helping! Any clues much appreciated!!

    1. Hi Jess – welcome to the blog.
      The four players in a game of bridge are named after the four cardinal points of the compass and partners will, of course, be sitting opposite each other.

  13. Thanks Gazza – but hasn’t helped! (Maybe one of my down answers is wrong and it’s messed up the entire corner! Think I have brain-ache – will take dog for a long walk and have another look when I get home! Appreciate your help.

  14. WOW! Think I’ve got it! Well I have if the answer turns out to be a ball game! Cheers.

    1. 9a – I wish those women would stop “SCREECHING”!

      Seems to be sunny in Paris today – but not here!

  15. Did it all myself today- worried for a moment or two after getting the second word of 10a when I tried to make a word with the remaining letters!

  16. Usual Cephas enjoyability so thanks to him and to Dave, some of whose hints I needed

  17. Well, as a newbie it took me xxxxxx to do today’s! Plenty of ‘white paint’ used along the way!! Can anyone recommend a book that may help me in the world of solving cryptics? Thanks!

    1. The convention is that we don’t put solving times – just say took me ages, or longer than usual or quicker than usual. If you have a look at the top of the blog under the pictures of the Queen, you will see a number of tabs. Click on the Crosswords tab and then scroll down the list to’ which books’ and click again.

  18. Enjoyed this one : faves : 11a, 19a, 26a, 4d, 13d & 17d.

    Weather here is magnificent – my son brought it from the USA.

    Tomorrow evening I go with ALL my family to Hillegom for a rijsttafel!


  19. Quite straight-forward today although 16a stumped me for a short time. 23a has appeared before. Nice to finish it off. Have a great weekend folks and also to Your Majesty just in case you log onto this blog!

  20. Yes I liked today’s puzzle too. My favourites are 11a, 23a, 5d & 22d.
    Have a great jubilee all.

  21. All done and very enjoyable, though could someone please explain 17d to me?

    1. If you have the correct solution, you should have a word meaning ‘the person responsible’. The chemical symbol for copper followed by the word someone living in Calais would use for a bed into which is inserted the abbreviation for pair.

      1. Thanks CS, had the right answer, worked out first 2 letters, not sure of rest. Makes sense now!

  22. Thanks to the setter & to Big Dave for the hints, really enjoyed this one, lots of good clues. Bit late blogging due to day out at York, managed to avoid the railfest in favour of the local pubs, but saw a flyby of a lancaster, Spitfire , and a Hurricane in formation, amazing. started with 2d, finished with 16a, a new word for me. Favourites were 25a, 14d.

  23. Also enjoyed this very much mainly because l managed most of it without recourse to hints and tips and other resources. I got stuck with 3 clues in the SW corner but woke this morning with the answers as l often do. Enjoyed reading the Hints and Tips as always.

    Thank you to setter and BD

  24. Hi all

    Many apologies for the Giant GK having been inaccessible on the Telegraph Puzzles website yesterday. I have fixed it now.

    If you do ever come across a problem on the TP website, I would be very grateful if you could drop me an email: phil.mcneill@telegraph.co.uk.

    Many apologies again for the problem yesterday.

    Phil McNeill
    Telegraph Crossword Editor

  25. We had a street party yesterday (Saturday). This meant that I didn’t even get to look at this until late(ish) last night. I managed to do all of the RHS on my own, but needed the hints to get going on the LHS. Like many others I found the SW corner difficult and indeed I have yet to get – 20d.

    I can make no sense of 20d It is my very last answer so I have all the checking letters (I’m fairly certain that I have 19a and 25a correct – *think* 23a is right) so I am at a loss. I have a word that fits, that *could* mean “considered to be” but I can’t see where the “moderate danger” comes in.

    A little bijou hintette would be much appreciated.

    Thanks, as always, to the setter, BD and the wonderful folks of this blog without whom I would have given up and gone back to doing something easier (like bringing about World peace) long ago…

    1. You will kick yourself, Arthur. THe definition is the first word and it is hidden IN the last couple of words!

  26. I found this one particularly easy but thoroughly enjoyable. Maybe it was the inspiration drawn from being sat by the lake with a snowy mountain backdrop!

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