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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26912 (Hints)

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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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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           Guide’s turn of phrase (6)
This Himalayan mountain guide comes from an anagram (turn) of PHRASE

12a         Film director collapsed near island (7)
This famous Italian film director is derived from a charade of a phrasal verb (4,2) meaning collapsed or gave way and I(sland)

ARVE Error: need id and provider

17a         Lor! boats finish in poor repair — not like this (7,7)
… because they were ship shape!

25a         Surrey town produces, among others, exuberant actor (5)
There are at least three Surrey towns that fit 2 of the 3 checking letters, and the correct one was my third attempt (the other two failing to fit the wordplay), and it’s a charade of a Latin abbreviation meaning among others or for example and an exuberant actor – I bet Prolixic found this one very easy as he lives there

27a         This person’s subject fails to start, having defective vision (6)
The first person possessive pronoun (this person’s) is followed by a subject or theme without its initial T (fails to start) to give an adjective meaning having defective vision


1d           Funny lines fed TV comedian (8)
An anagram (funny) of LINES FED gives an allegedly funny TV comedian – am I the only one who thinks that American comedy is an oxymoron?

2d           Former quality spoken of mythical brand (9)
A charade of a prefix meaning former and what sounds like (spoken)  a quality or character gives this mythical brand or sword

3d           Site frequently visited — internet address that is in bar mostly (7)
This frequently visited site is derived by putting the internet address used by a browser – the one for this post is http://bigdave44.com/2012/07/07/dt-26912-hints/ – and the Latin abbreviation for that is inside most of a bar or inn

5d           ‘Hot’ trader’s dealings — one might get a ticket for it (7,7)
Split as (7,2,5) this could be the dealings in stolen goods of a “hot” trader – but it’s actually something for which a motorist might get a ticket

15d         Take tiller for craft of girls’ organisation (9)
Split as (5,4) this means to take the tiller, but it’s actually the craft of a girls’ organisation

19d         One German article penned by agent in untidy hand (7)
Put I (one) and the German definite article inside a secret agent to get an adjective meaning in an untidy form of handwriting

22d         Horns coming from zebra’s skull (5)
These musical horns are collectively hidden inside the last two words of the clue

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: {sock} + {rat} + {ease}= {Socrates}

131 comments on “DT 26912 (Hints)

  1. Morning Dave a tough one to get going on today I thought, a three star for difficulty for me personally, having put ‘seraph’ in at 1a didn’t help! also put the wrong town at 25a, having the first and last letters, saw the error of my ways when 15d wouldn’t fit! Lots of the anagrams took me ages to work out today and I wouldn’t have got 1d (never heard of him) without my little machine, I’m sure Sue and Kath would have no problem with 9d but that one took me a while too :-)

    1. Morning Mary. I muttered a bit over the anagram in 9d which is silly as I bought some of the usual fruit for this type of tea accompaniment this morning in order to make one :D

      1. Morning Sue, that made me smile, perhaps having mentioned that fruit you should take some to the naughty step :-D , I’ve never made one but have eaten it made by friends, delicious

        1. I did wonder about mentioning the fruit so have amended our comments accordingly. Too much to do this afternoon to be on the naughty step :D

    2. Totally concur, I too put the wrong town in 25a, thought the actor was that excellent Shakesperean Tony Sher which made 19d tricky :-)
      Still don’t understand the inclusion of ‘others’ in the clue?
      Also never heard of 24a and where is the fruit in 9d or have I got it wrong, can see my answer is something that goes with tea and have the anagram but no fruit? Otherwise an enjoyable puzzle.

      1. In 9d Brian fruit is usually used, it’s not part of the answer, sorry if we mislead you!
        Which clue don’t you understand ‘others’

          1. Naughty step! If you hover over the picture the place name comes up! You need to call it something else.

          2. Do you mean the first two letters? Not aware of that as a meaning for others. Don’t remember that from my A level Latin. My you at my age that includes many other things :-)

        1. The dreaded 25a, I have the answer but can’t see the relevance of the words ‘others’ in the clue. Just a small point but irritating. BTW have you looked the Prize crossword, just wonder if you find it as impossible as I do.

          1. Perhaps you’d rather that I ran a lottery? You have two weeks in which to solve it. I have already received four correct answers, so it can’t be that difficult.

            I think you have become too accustomed to the rather warped idea of what constitutes a prize crossword that is operated by the Telegraph.

    3. Snap! I saw 1A, confidently inserted “seraph” and suffered the consequences for quite some time thereafter…

      What makes this all the more galling is that last September I stayed at
      with some friends, which we were using as a base camp for our heroic conquest of Snowdon.

      If you follow the link and look at the hotel’s history, you’ll see that we were midgets following in the footsteps of giants!

  2. I started off thinking it was going to be a doddle but I did end up muttering a bit, particularly as like Mary I had seraph for 1a. A nice Saturday stretching of the grey matter without causing too much consternation, thank you Mysteron. Thanks to BD too for the hints.

    The Prize Puzzle is very nice today, please give it a go, you never know you might be the winner. If you are as old as me, however, think carefully before you commit yourself to the answer required to win the prize.

    1. Glad I’m not the only angel Sue :-) , I’m afraid consternation and perservation were out in force for me

      1. Do try the prize puzzle Mary. It is very enjoyable and not as tricky as some Alchemi puzzles.

        I hope someone else turns up soon or we will have that person who said we should talk about frivolities on Facebook telling us off again for filling the blog with non-crossword related conversations.

          1. The beginning and the end. I had to collect son’s girlfriend from Canterbury but got back in time to see the last two games. Thrilling stuff. Be ineresting to see what happens tomorrow.

            1. I don’t remember having a tennis clue in the last couple of weeks or is that just my memory again?
              Yes looking forward to the final, a five setter would be good

          1. Managed to get a printout on my wife’s laptop, wish I hadn’t bothered, totally impossible unless you can do Toughies. Don’t see the point in these sort of prize crosswords which are effectively open to only a few.

            1. I don’t think that it’s anything like as difficult as lots of the Toughies are – if I can do not all but most of it it can’t be.

            2. Brian, the closing date for this puzzle is 21st July 2012. Lots of time left! Keep trying! Don’t give in! – Stop complaining – you miserable old scrote!

        1. Hi Andy – welcome to the blog.
          It may be helpful to use a different alias because we already have a regular commenter called Andy (unless you are he, with a new email address).

  3. Having read your comments, Dave, I’m grateful for your explanation for 3d because I didn’t understand my answer. You’ll be pleased to know that I totally concur with your opinion of American humour and I’ve found that the solution is not to watch it… I thought that this was a lovely puzzle with some surprising anagrams but my favourite clue was 23a and I don’t think that I’ll be in the minority.

    1. You are not borrowing ours – from the look of the black clouds we are going to need it shortly.

    2. Poor you – are you really seriously flooded? Everywhere sounds pretty awful – what a summer, if anyone could possibly call it that.

      1. No danger of being flooded, Kath (too high for that) just generally fed up. It’s the holidaymakers down here that I really feel sorry for (especially those camping).

        1. Good – glad that you’re not flooded – it must be SO awful. I think feeling sorry for the holiday makers is extremely charitable of you – you must get as fed up with them as you are with the weather. At least you have a lab who, presumably, doesn’t mind the wet – our collie absolutely hates it!

          1. He doesn’t mind the wet at all but unfortunately I have to accompany him and I do.

  4. I found this one really hard to start with. I could spot some of the anagrams but couldn’t resolve them for quite a while. Seraph, Mary? LOL..that was my second attempt. My first, an equally wrong but viable ‘shaper’…by the by…we used to have two Bassett Hounds but think that one maybe had a ‘shared’ parentage as well.

    Still struggling with 16, 24 and 25

    1. 16d – you need the one letter abbreviations for ‘a new’ followed by a type of energy, which gives you ‘of the body’

    2. 24a, you are looking for a word for hypocritical, an anagram of ‘chap’ indicated by frightful, with an anagram of ‘airs i’ indicated by could be

  5. Thanks to the setter & to Big Dave for the hints. Enjoyed this, but found it a bit tricky. Had Seraph for 1a, which didn’t help, but finished the top left hand corner with a couple of hints. Still stuck on 16d, any help would be appreciated.

      1. Hi Mary, saw that, but still can’t get it. May have the wrong town for 25a, couldn’t understand that hint either.

        1. If you have the town that goes with the derby you have the wrong one!
          You need a two letter abbreviation for ‘among others’ or ‘for example’
          followed by a three letter word for actor

          1. Thanks Mary, had yet another town, but all sorted now. Soon be arriving in Glasgow, hope we don’t need an ark.

  6. SERAPH was my first entry, but 3d saw it corrected quickly.

    Regarding “American comedy”, the audience appear to be treated like combined morons.

    As to Arks, apparently gopher wood will be in short supply for a while yet. Let’s hope the F1 cars’ electrics are waterproofed.

    In passing, I’m looking forward to seeing XH558 at Farnborough this week.

    1. Apparently all the visitor car parks are flooded so even if the cars are ok there’ll not be many people able to watch them go endlessly round and round

  7. In addition to repeating my recommendation that everyone tries (and enters) the Prize Puzzle competition, I can also highly recommend today’s NTSPP.

    1. Don’t tell me you’ve done the three Sue? Big sigh! so far I’ve only manage three in the prize one, and yes there is a tenns one there, well sort of

      1. I’m just about to print out the prize puzzle and the NTSPP – a daughter is coming home later so may not have much time to do them.

      2. I tested the other two Mary – I am now looking at the other paper cryptics while pretending to do housework. Ought to save them for in front of watching Serena marmalise her opponent.

        1. Marmelise – completely new word to me – younger daughter home for weekend – she loves unfamiliar/unknown words so have told her that one. She and a friend of hers have a “word of the week” – he maintains there is a word “jenticular” which is, apparently, something to do with breakfast? We can’t find it anywhere – anyone??

          1. According to Google it’s spelled ‘jentacular’ and it means relating to a breakfast taken immediately on rising.

  8. I liked this puzzle. Very enjoyable and nicely balanced. I knew of the words in the answers to 3d and 24a but had to look up the meanings to be sure, and being only a few miles from the Turner centre liked 23a even if I’m not a big fan. Thanks to all. Have a good saturday.

  9. I thought this was difficult – very slow to get going and didn’t really speed up until I got 9d and 14a but then that made 3d look such an unlikely word …. etc etc. I enjoyed this very much – needed the hint for 3d to explain the “bar” bit which was dim. I could only think of two Surrey towns – they both fitted with the first letter, one also fitted with the last but not the middle and the other fitted with the middle but not the last!!! Got there in the end.
    I liked the three long anagrams and 5d. Also 11 and 13a and 8 and 16d.
    Thanks to the setter and BD.
    Raining again – going to have a go at the prize puzzle.

  10. Thought this was pretty good apart from the very dodgy definition in 1d – comedian? Hmmm.

    Didn’t fall for the angel as I’m sure I’ve seen that wordplay before :smile: Also got 25a at the third attempt!

    Many thanks to mysteron and BD.

    PS Agree with CS’s recommendation of the prize puzzle.

    1. …except “Ally McBeal” which was probably the funniest and cleverest comedy of all times.

  11. Thought this was going to be really hard – after 5 minutes I only had one answer 1a, and that was wrong! Glad I wasn’t the only one to get seraph! Really cross with my first answer for 25a considering my son lived in the answer for two years whilst studying! Only 3d and 16d to go – clues please!

    1. BD has done a hint for 3d and Mary has done one for 16d somewhere further back up in the comments. I wouldn’t even attempt to do better than either of those! :smile:

      1. Yes – absolutely stunning place to study – he did his first year at Queen Mary’s in the Mile End Road then transferred to RH. Sublime and ridiculous spring to mind!

      2. Even with all the hints for 3d I still flummoxed! Think I’ll take a break and come back after I’ve had some 9d with my tea!

  12. Quite interesting today – a relatively young setter I wonder? Re American comedy, did nobody ever watch ‘Cheers’??

    1. Not to mention: Frasier , The Flintstones, The Simpsons and best of all, M*A*S*H !

      1. Indeed – although Fawlty Towers is the funniest comedy I’ve seen, Frasier must be among the wittiest. A bit daft to discount things purely on the basis of being American!

  13. Could somebody explain 3d without going to the naughty step and eating the ******-**** ****

    Sorry, I’ve just noticed Daves’ hint

    1. Can’t think of anything to add to BD’s hint above. It seems quite a clear hint to me.

        1. Hovering with a ipad doesn’t work! Neither does hoovering! I’ve got the answer now but I’ve never heard of the word. I missed the clue for “that is”. All done now and very enjoyable. Thanks for hints.

  14. I really fail to see how anybody could be so stupid as to get 1a wrong at first scan :).

    First stab at this produced just five answers, had a break, and then started to spot some of the anagrams which to me were well hidden, and then it all fell into place, all in all an enjoyable but for me quite difficult puzzle, thanks to the setter.

    Thanks BD for hints, not needed but it was a close run thing.

    Owing to the short comings of iPad and lack of printer on my mini ark am now ruling out a grid on plain paper ready to tackle today’s other offering as sailing doesn’t look too inviting.

    1. Billions of devices support Java, but none of them are iPads.

      Yet another reason for not buying anything made by Apple!

  15. Unusual for me to finish before I get to the pub: Brummie Rob will be disappointed as he likes to help out on a Saturday afternoon. Feeling very smug about 3d and 21a which were both new words to me. Thanks to the setter and I always enjoy reading the hints and comments.

  16. Ah well Tennis followed by church and flute tooting an exciting afternon ahead, see you all later, stay dry :-)

  17. Thanks for all the tips and anti-american sentiment. Need help with 16d & 23a please – Mrs T thinks she knows Surrey better than me, she right? Anyway, lovely day here in Boston – now that Bloody Good Riddance day celebrations are over.

    1. 16d – The definition is “of the body”. “A” from the clue + the abbreviation of “new” followed by an adjective describing a “sort of energy”.

      23a – The definition is “Famous”. A female modern artist (4) followed by Crosswordland’s most famous hospital ward or department (3).

      Surprised by the anti-american feelings expressed by many! Presumably your in Boston, MA not Boston, Lincolnshire – where I presume it’s still chucking it down and will continue to do so until………

      1. ‘Thanks Stan. Yep, USA – but think it will rain here too early afternoon.

    2. Nice to know I’m not the only ex-pat in Boston having minor difficulties with this one! Had SHAPER for 1A, which didn’t help, now just 20D and 24A left. Oh well. time to try tomorrow’s (it’s still today here, but tomorrow there, so we get first crack at it).

  18. I enjoyed todays effort. Not too taxing but enjoyable for all that.
    Thanks to B Dave and the Mysteron

  19. This all went in quite nicely, apart from wasting a fair amount of time trying to justify another Surrey town at 25a, which fitted letters 1 and 3, but then I solved 16d.
    Thanks to setter, and to BD.

  20. Extreme opposite weatherwise here in New York (37 degrees Celsius and horribly humid) – but hoping you don’t all get washed away.
    If possible/not too late – I need some hints please for 13a and 6d – to complete the puzzle.
    Thanks in anticipation,

    1. Although I would like better weather than we have here at the moment, I don’t think I quite want NY weather.

      13a is a double definition – one relates to the first two words and the other to the second, flannel here doesn’t refer to a face cloth but is a verb.

      6d A three letter word meaning preserve (which Americans in novels always tend to do) and an informal way of saying goodbye, produces a vocal piece of music

      1. Thanks for getting back Sue – and again – sorry for wasting your time – especially so if it impeded upon your readying the ark;)

    2. KDINNY, not a difficult choice – weatherwise – 37 ºC – no thanks.

      Much prefer to get washed away!

  21. Revelation time!
    I now have the answers – sorry for wasting anyone’s time.

  22. I’ll put my hand up to the other Surrey town – unfortunately I just threw it in witht he checking letters and didnt really consider it any further until I was left with an unsolved 16d. A reasonably fun Prize puzzle but bnot so difficult. I am on the train back from a day’s work so will have a look at the Other Prize Puzzle from young Alchemi.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints.

  23. First posting here. Ref American humour. The Simpsons proves Americans do get irony and satire.

  24. A nice little exercise for today’s train trip down to London. 17a made me smile and certainly plenty of anagrams.
    3d was a new word to me but there is no doubt from the construction what the answer is. Thanks

  25. Blimey, this is busy to-day! Have only just logged on due to attending a golf barbecue – only the English!! – but we did have a tent to eat in – it was the poor cooks I felt sorry for. Found this very difficult to-day and still have two outstanding, despite the hints, so if anyone can nudge me in the direction of the American comedian of whom I have obviously never heard, and the frequently visited site (3d), I would be most grateful.

    1. I thought this was difficult today too and, like pommers, can’t think of anything to add to help with 1d or 3d. Also, in my case, wouldn’t dare to add anything – am trying to learn to keep big mouth shut!! It’s tough trying to break the habits of a lifetime!!

  26. Been a very tiring day today. Apart from doing 3 crosswords I’ve had to do the qualiifying for the MotoGP, qualifying for the British GP, 3 tennis finals, a stage of the Tour de France and on top of all that a one-day cricket match against the Aussies! No wonder I’m a bit knackered :grin:

  27. I am a perpetual lurker on this site, but have to ask for help today as brain has not come up with last answer overnight. I have 1D, 2D, 3D and they fit with clues given here; therefore, what on earth is 10A? Must be really simple as no one else is asking!!

    1. Welcome to the blog Snapdragon

      10a – The definition is bring on. Put together a two letter word meaning popular and a three letter word for a dog – often used in a derogatory way – to find the answer.

      Now you have revealed yourself, we hope to see you again.

      1. Thank you Prolixic. After posting I realised I had transposed third and fourth letters in 1D!

        I agree in general about American comedy – with the exception of The Big Bang Theory. My lovely son in law is a Physics geek and he had friends like this at Uni.

        Nice to know you are here if I get stuck. Thanks again.

  28. Just one comment re 15d. I have been a member of said organisation for 55 years but never heard this word before.

  29. difficult start – managed most without help – still can’t get 16d even with Mary’s help!! – no doubt the penny will drop as soon as I have posted this!!
    Difficult decisions for this afternoon – eldest son is at Silverstone / Ought to support Murray at Wimbledon / Grand daughter ( aged 6 )being dropped off for a few hours! If only it would stop raining!!

    1. I shall watch the MotoGP and then the FI in the kitchen while pommette watches the tennis in the lounge. I’ll probably miss the first set!

      BTW, did ‘gnomethang’s law’ work?

      1. You survived the floods then Gazza? I was a bit concerned about you when I saw the news last night

      2. I’ll be following progress of the Tour on the BBC Sports website – live text commentry! Another busy day :grin:

  30. Very enjoyable. Favourite clue 17a, I wish all the ships that I went on were like this. Took me a while to get finished, thanks for the hints BD.

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