DT 26960 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26960 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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There’s a new Monthly Prize crossword today – this one is by Gazza so don’t miss it.

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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

Could new readers please read the Welcome post before asking questions about the site.

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.

Across

1a           Leave Adriatic resort (5)
A double definition

20a        Harris turned in old coin (6)
Reverse (turned) the first name of Australian entertainer Harris and then add IN

24a        Club cup-holder excluding engineers (7)
Start with a garment which could be holding a D-cup and drop the engineers from the end – this old-fashioned club should really have been indicated as such

29a         Hairpiece in reserve for sport (5)
A slang word for a wig then a two-letter word meaning in reserve

Down

1d           Member of Barmy Army perhaps to drink beer (9)
A verb meaning to drink followed by a type of beer – the Barmy Army are a group of cricket fans who follow the England cricket team all over the world

16d        Make tame jokes, sourly (9)
Split as (3,6) this could mean to make tame jokes

23d        Blood groups — doctor’s very powerful weapon (1-4)
Three blood groups followed by a doctor

25d         Refuse to grasp North’s informal language (5)
Some refuse or coalmining waste around N(orth)


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: {sum} + {assaults} = {somersaults}


149 Comments

  1. Hrothgar
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks setter and BD.
    Some very good clues, especially 16d which is so red herringish!

  2. Mark L-H
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    23a…….? Given the checking letters it could only be one thing…….couldn’t it?

    Hope so, as I’ve already submitted it…….

    **/*** for me.

    I liked 16d, even though I had to use my crossword completer to get it! Always a let down when you use a reference, when you know if you had been a bit more patient you would have got it any way…..

  3. Caravaggio
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Good heavens! It’s a long time since my comment appeared so early on a Saturday morning. I really enjoyed this puzzle and I’m pleased to say that everything fell into place very quickly, particularly the answer to 24a which I think is very clever.

  4. Brian
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Sorry to disagree but I really disliked this puzzle. Can’t get on the wavelength at all and find the clues too complex.

    • IanPee
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      I agree Brian – head just won’t engage with this one – even struggling to spot some of the anagrams. One to come back too.

  5. Dickiedot
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable. Liked 12a 24a 14d 16d. Thanks mysteron and BD

  6. spindrift
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    No stand out clues as they were all good. Just a shame it was over relatively quickly. Hints not needed but thanks to BD anyway and to Cephas?

    A new word from a puzzle far, far away in another galaxy..PARAPROSDOKIANS…that took some googling let me tell you. I can’t give the definition as it’s a prize puzzle & BD will no doubt give it the blue pencil treatment.

  7. Collywobbles
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Anagrams are useful so as to get a foothold into a crossword but I felt that there were too many in this one

  8. Sweet William
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Finished without help – thank you setter for an enjoyable morning and to BD.

    After yesterday’s debacle with “Chile” I am not sure that I will ever own up to making a mistake again ! More like ” Amazingly quick solve, easy puzzle etc” !

    • Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      there’s nothing wrong with owning up to a mistake. My grouse was with the usual suspects still saying they were right even after we had provided an explanation for the correct answer.

      • Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

        BTW what answer is given in today’s newspaper for yesterday’s 24 down?

        • mary
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

          sarcasm Dave ;-) don’t know whats wrong with me today just cant get into this, have only solved about 14 clues so far!

          • Collywobbles
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

            Same here Mary. No room for sarcasm here and I’m having trouble getting into this one other than the anagrams. By the way, how do you get the smiley faces?

            • mary
              Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

              Hi collywobs go to top of page look under FAQ, then scroll down until you come to emoticons

              • mary
                Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

                love the dogs, airdales? is that how its spelt? I’ve got a feeling its not! are they yours?

                • Collywobbles
                  Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

                  It’s Airedales Mary and, yes, they are both mine. Ruggles and ****. They are both 10 now and the 3rd set of Airdales that I have had.

                  • Kath
                    Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

                    The second name of one of your Airedales must have come in handy today with 20a!

                    • crypticsue
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

                      Wasn’t entirely sure which of your two comments to edit. There isn’t going to be enough cake to go round at this rate and it is supposed to be for when my oldest friend in the world visits tomorrow (same age, known each other since we were 5).

                    • Collywobbles
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

                      I got the clue straight away Kath

                  • Lea
                    Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

                    Haven’t even downloaded the puzzle yet as have been out all day. Will be doing it later as only in for a while. My comment though is about your dogs. My brother and sister-in-law in Canada breed cooleamber airedales which is what yours look like. They are beautiful animals and you obviously get lots of pleasure from them.

                • mary
                  Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

                  Have I had another one edited then sue!!!

                  • crypticsue
                    Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

                    Not you this time Mary. Kath gave away part of the answer to 20a when commenting on the name of one of Collywobbles’ dogs so I took the name out. Definitely not going to be enough cake today.

                    I have to pop out for an hour or so – see if you can all behave while I am gone.

                    • mary
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

                      Oh well we’ll have a party while you pop out for more ingredients :-) Tut, tut, naughty Kath, think you’d know better by now ;-)

                    • Kath
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

                      Oh dear!! Sorry!! There seemed to have been SO many comments relating to this one that I thought I’d get away with it without being in trouble, or the naughty corner!! :oops: Will try to behave now.

                    • mary
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

                      Too late! :-D Hurry up with those cakes

          • Digby
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

            CHILE.
            (only joking)
            Today was a gentle stroll, with no trip-wires or potholes.
            */***
            Thanks C/BD

            • Collywobbles
              Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

              I still think that Chile was right (only joking)

              • mary
                Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

                pushing it now collywobs ;-)

                • Collywobbles
                  Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

                  I withdraw and give in. How do you move the smiley faces Mary

                  • mary
                    Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

                    what do you mean collywobs?

        • crypticsue
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

          What do you think?? :D

  9. Digby
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I note that those paper-people still hunting the prize pen can now Scan and submit to
    prize.puzzles@telegraph.co.uk
    The Sunday puzzle has offered this facility for a while, but I hadn’t noticed that DT now does so as well.

    • gnomethang
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      ..and with the cost of the stamp that must be a bonus!

  10. mary
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    After much perservation I have still only completed the top right and bottom left corners with a couple of others thrown in, is it me????

    • Digby
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mary – any particular clue(s) annoying you?

      • mary
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

        Hi Digby, I’ve now got the bottom right hand corner to do, very much a four corner puzzle today, it might help if I could get 20a, and 24a then I’d just have 16d and 21d left!

        • Digby
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

          20a – think of the ubiquitous, bearded Ozzie “artist”.
          24a – you’re looking for an old name for a golf club

          • mary
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

            Thanks Digby I’ve got 24a, had to look up golf clubs to get it, don’t see where the cup-holder comes in, still stuck on 20 though I know who you’re talking about!

            • gazza
              Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

              The cup in question could be a C or D or even a double-G. :D

              • mary
                Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

                Thanks gazza, only you could explain so well ;-)

                • stanXYZ
                  Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

                  Indeed! Only gazza could it explain it so well – without an illustration! :grin:

                  • Kath
                    Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

                    Don’t push your luck – there’s still time! :smile:

            • stanXYZ
              Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

              Mary, 20a – “Can you tell what it is yet?”

              • mary
                Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

                yes thanks stan and everyone, having a dense day!

            • Digby
              Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

              Reverse his first name + IN (from the clue)
              I think you’re old enough to remember these – apologies if I’ve got that wrong!

              • mary
                Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

                no apology needed Digby, you got it right:-)

                • Sheepdog
                  Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

                  Decimalisation Day was my 17th birthday – I still sometimes translate prices into pound, shilling and pence

                  • Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

                    As bent as a nine-bob note doesn’t really translate into decimal!

                    • Sheepdog
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

                      As bent as a 45pence note – yes you’re right

                  • Kath
                    Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

                    I still cook in pounds and ounces and sew in yards, feet and inches – drives husband mad!!

                    • Sheepdog
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

                      I frequently refer to 50 pence as being a ten-bob bit – confuses my younger colleagues

                    • mary
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

                      The only thing I’ve gone metric in is money, nothing else!!

    • Collywobbles
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      No, Mary, I’ve done the same bits and I’m struggling although I am enjoying it

  11. crypticsue
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    It took me quite a bit of perservation too Mary (for a Saturday anyway) mind you Mr CS was hoovering in the background.

    A nice Saturday challenge with lots of d’oh about it. Thanks to setter and BD.

  12. Collywobbles
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Can anybody help with 20a. It doesn’t seem to be an anagram of Harris

    • mary
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      cant help with that one sorry, unless its just harris backwards in which case I’ve never heard of it, never heard 3d either, if I’ve got it right!!

      • Collywobbles
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

        Can you help Digby?

        • Digby
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

          See Reply to #10

          • Collywobbles
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

            Thanks Digby, I missed that. Clever clue

    • Mr Dog
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      Think of an antipodean harris….

      • gazza
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

        Your comment went into moderation because you’ve changed your alias – both should work from now on.

        • Mr Dog
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

          that’s because I’m an idiot and forgot the first one, which can be deleted !!

          • Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

            We can’t delete aliases as they are not stored separately. The system checks for a match on any previously moderated comment and accepts it if one is found.

            • Mr Dog
              Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

              Clever and no worries cobber.

              I’ll have to stick with Mr Dog now, as Mrs Dog has over 700 followers on twitter and steadfastly remains Mrs Dog.

              Never upset a Mrs Dog….

              • slartibartfast
                Posted September 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

                she’s not a snoop doggy dog?

              • gnomethang
                Posted September 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

                Per Eddie Izzard : Mr Dog will soon change his name to ‘Caesar’.

      • Collywobbles
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Doggie

    • Franny
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      I hope this doesn’t land me in the naughty corner, but think of a man with a kangaroo and reverse him. And I also have a very strange word at 3d.

      • Digby
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

        If you look up the word you have at 3d and it concerns the cessation of hostlities, then you probably have the correct solution.

        • mary
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

          well the only word I could fir there at first was c****** then that didnt fit with 1 across, so now I have a different first letter giving me a word I’ve never seen before!

          • crypticsue
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

            It wasn’t me who edited you Mary, someone got there before me, but I can offer lemon drizzle cake :)

            • mary
              Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

              Oh dear, I did think about it but thought I was ok!!!! Sorry :-(

              • mary
                Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

                Anyway I could do with a rest and some of that lovely cake sue after that puzzle, which for some reason I found really hard!

                • mary
                  Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

                  but I’ve obviously got the right word then, what a strange one that is! Sorry Dave

                  • Franny
                    Posted September 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

                    Yes, I’ve got the right word too, but had to look in a couple of dictionaries before I could find it. That lemon drizzle cake sounds delicious!

                    • mary
                      Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

                      It was Franny :-)

          • Collywobbles
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

            I’m having the same trouble with 3d Mary, did you resolve it?

        • Collywobbles
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

          Can you expand a bit Digby? (I think that I may have some wrong checking letters but I can’t see what they are)

      • Collywobbles
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Franny, if the moderators send you to the naughty corner I’ll join you

      • mary
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Franny, I think you’re safe today :-)

        • mary
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

          but I’m not!!

          • Kath
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

            Nor me!!

    • Mark L-H
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      I can, but it’ll cost you 10p…….or 24d………or a two bob bit….

      • Digby
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

        Tee Hee !!
        Or 2 bob !

        • mary
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

          How stupid could I be, but definitely not a clue I like!

  13. mary
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Well I found that really hard today, thanks everyone that helped me out, landed myself in the naughty corner too! Perservation won out in the end but 3d I’d never heard of and I really struggled with the bottom right hand corner, not one of my favourite Saturday puzzles :-( nice cake sue

  14. mary
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I mean how many of us know that 1a is an Adriatic resort??

    • crypticsue
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Those of us who have been there do :)

      • mary
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

        :-)

        • mary
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

          OK how many of us have been there?

          • stanXYZ
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

            I’ve been there – 1990 European Athletics Championships! Just before the very bloody break-up of Yugoslavia! On my visit, I definitely got the impression that the various ethnic groups in that part of the world didn’t really like each other!

            • stanXYZ
              Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

              ps. The Athletics was great from a GB perspective! Lots of Gold medals – if I remember correctly!

          • andy
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

            Me, and then went up north to Rovinj, heck of a lot cheaper to take the hydrofoil to Venice to see the sights than to actually stay in Venice. Back to the crossword, I thought this harder than usual for a Saturday but no less enjoyable for that. Thanks Setter and BD

  15. Tantalus
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful day here in Boston, Mrs T and I breezed thru this one. Thx BD, if antipodean and kangaroo are not penalized – can I say digeridoo (and lots of heavy breathing).

    • crypticsue
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      Whatever turns you on! :D

      • Tantalus
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

        lol – My usual approach is BD’s ‘lift and separate’ pics, but the digeridoo may serve as a useful standby.

    • Mr Dog
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      I get a distinct feeling I’m being nudged towards the naughty corner…..

  16. Kath
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Damn – just wrote a screed – pressed “Post Comment” and got “Fatal Error” (and then a whole lot more that I can’t remember) and now the comment has vanished! Try again time!
    I thought this was quite difficult in places but have been trying to do it at the same time as making peach jam and peach tarts (a neighbour gave us about 10lbs of peaches yesterday) and I’m SO hopeless at multi-tasking that sometimes I think I must be a man.
    I’ve finally finished the crossword, only needing the hints to explain 20a and the “Balmy Army” bit of 1d. I’ve never heard of the answer for 3d and if I’ve come across the first three letters of 29a meaning “hairpiece” I’ve forgotten about it. With 15a isn’t a more common expression meaning “without energy” ****** out?
    I really enjoyed this one – lots of good clues, probably too many to write them all down so just a few are 1, 12 and 27a and 6, 8 and 16d.
    With thanks to today’s setter and to BD. Now try AGAIN to post this – bet the first commment appears as well and then you’ll all think I’m crazy.

    • mary
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Agree with most of your comments Kath, especially 15a, bring some of those cakes to the naughty corner, you do know you’re on your way to meet me there don’t you?

      • Kath
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

        Haven’t got time to go to the naughty corner today – too much to do. Still need to clean up the sticky mess in the kitchen before I head off up the garden, and I want to have a go at the NTSPP and the new prize puzzle – maybe they will have to wait until later.

    • Tantalus
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      I think it may be time for your medication…

      • Tantalus
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

        you can share mine – I will bring it to the heavybreathing corner

      • Kath
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

        Definitely!!

    • mary
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      I often get that ‘fatal error’ message Kath!

      • crypticsue
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        If you get the fatal error message, press F5 or the ‘refresh’ thingy at the top of the page (green circling arrows) and you should get back to the blog and find your comment has got there before you.

        • Kath
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

          Thanks Sue – not sure about the refresh thingy at the top of the page with the green circling arrows but even I can probably manage F5. I’ll try it next time it happens.

    • stanXYZ
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      …I’m SO hopeless at multi-tasking that sometimes I think I must be a man.

      I’m listening to the football commentary, watching the paralympics, avoiding the washing up, and trying to think of an apt response to such a sexist comment! :wink:

      (Is that an Oxford Comma?)

      • Tantalus
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

        I suspect the only suitable comment is “no comment” unless I ask my wife permission to say something more manly.

      • Kath
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

        I’m REALLY not sexist at all – you can ask my husband – it was a joke! And what Oxford comma – I’m completely lost there – or am I being dim yet again? :sad:

  17. Collywobbles
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Finished, blimey, that was a struggle

  18. The Buffer
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    No trouble with today’s offering, thanks BD and setter. I was thirty when decimal coinage was introduced and an insurance underwriter. I recall how much easier the calculations became at the time; even so, I still use old coinage terms. I wonder how the youngsters would get along with learning the old weights and measures. Back in the forties and fifties we had to learn rhymes in order to remember Rods, Poles, Perches, Chains and Furlongs. As for Bushels, Pecks, Stones, Quarters and Hundredweights – doesn’t bear thinking about.
    Greetings all and the Sun’s come out in W. Cumbria.

  19. riochad
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Almost finished, but for the life of me I can’t understand how my visual aid answer to 8d relates to risky investments.
    Can anyone clear my cobwebs?

    • crypticsue
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      It is an abbreviated word, but as we are running low on lemon drizzle here thanks to Mary and Kath, I suggest you look it up in the dictionary.

      • Kath
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

        REALLY sorry – have gobbled it all up! Do hope that you have a lovely day with your old friend tomorrow (and that there’s enough cake left!) :smile:

  20. bifield
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    It was a struggle for me today but got there in the end. I find it interesting that the ones I struggled with were not mentioned in the comments, but some of the clues other people found hard I solved right away. It shows we are all different.

  21. Dr H
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Only 3d to do but cannot find anything to fit with the letters I have. Any hints welcome . Mark.

    • gazza
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dr H – welcome to the blog.

      • Dr H
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        Thanks

        • gazza
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

          3d Rightly cut short including spies concerned with ceasefire (7)
          You want an adjective meaning ‘concerned with ceasefire’. An adverb meaning rightly or genuinely is truncated (cut short) and contains the transatlantic body noted for spying.

          • Dr H
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

            Thanks Gazza

        • Dr H
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

          Finally 3d came to me. Time for a beer!

  22. williamus
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Nice puzzle. Thanks to the setter and BD’s hints which I didn’t need today, although I could do with the reason why 18a is right…

    It’s an odd thing that happens so regularly, it can’t be a coincidence. I got about half-way through this afternoon and stalled. I dozed off in the all-too rare Birmingham sunshine and awoke to find the rest of the puzzle had suddenly become relatively straightforward. Either I had surprised the crossword or a postprandial nap is the key to mental agility…

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend all.

    • crypticsue
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know whether a nap has anything to do with it, but leave any crossword you are stuck on for an hour or so and you will find that some innner part of your brain has been working on the crossword without you knowing.

      18a Roll is a type of list and you just insert a ‘notice’ into a synonym for roll.

      • williamus
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

        Ahh! Thank you crypticsue… What an interesting theory too!

        • crypticsue
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

          It’s worked for me for 43 years now

  23. pommers
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Fairly easy and solved in the street outside local over an early pre-prandial. Very pleasant :smile:

    Quite liked 18a – you can guess how I would illustrate!

    Thanks to the setter and BD

    • Kath
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

      I’m far more worried about how you would illustrate 24a!! :grin:

      • Posted September 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

        Easy

        • pommers
          Posted September 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

          My choice exactly! Can’t think what Kath’s worried about :grin:

          • Kath
            Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

            :grin:

        • Tantalus
          Posted September 2, 2012 at 4:31 am | Permalink

          bd – of all the opportunities that you had for a “lift & separate” pic for 24a … you must be getting sensitive. Thanks

  24. Stuart
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    any clues available on 4 ac and a more of a hint on 23 d

    • crypticsue
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      4a made me smile a lot. No 2 has just arrived back in London from his travels, and won’t be home in Kent until tomorrow or Monday as he has to have a few beeers with his London ‘lot’.

      An anagram (undo) of SONS BEERS rearranges to form a description of his state before he met his friends :D

      23d to get a very powerful weapon, you need the letters for three differfent blood groups followed by one of the abbreviations for a doctor.

      • Stuart
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        I thought 4ac was an anagram, however been given the wrong medicine has made my eyes bad and I miscalculated the number of letters, so frustrating, I think when I win the lottery it will be delivered in larger print.
        Thank you, 23d I was thinking along the lines DR not,,,,,
        Thank you.

      • Kath
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

        How lovely that son No 2 has arrived back in UK – you must be SO happy and excited about seeing him – with or without a hangover! :smile:

  25. AndyB
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the assistance! I’m new to these cryptic crosswords but I solved it! I’m not sure about 26a… I know my answer is right, based on the first part of the clue and the linking letters, but can’t see the link to the second part of the clue. Then again, it’s getting late and I may ‘see’ it in the morning :-)

    • Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Andy

      26a College that’s left behind alternative (5)
      The college is created by putting the Latin abbreviation for “that is” and L(eft) after the alternative.

      • AndyB
        Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

        Dave

        Ahhh… Gotcha!

        Thanks :-)

  26. gnomethang
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    THanks fr the hints and thanks to the setter. No dramas here apart from the dreadful word at 3d – the wordplay was clear but I was blinded to it even with only the first two letters missing!.
    Bad day at wotk so am back in tomorrow- – catch you all when I can.

    • andy
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Gnomey, i too thought 3d, as Brian would say, and rightly imho, an absolutely horrid word, one which I hope never to see again or have need to use.

  27. Dawn
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I found this tough going today…usually start it about 14.00 or so and take an hour or so on and off but I still have two to go at 21.50.

    Please enlighten me on 5d and 17d, nudges most gratefully received.

    Thanks to BD for your hints, I would not have got started today without them and found it hard to spot the anagram indicators today and thanks too, to all contributors to the blog which aided my efforts!

    All I can say is thank goodness I invested in BRB and have a thesaurus on my phone otherwise I would still be looking at an empty grid :-)

    • gazza
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      5d Stupid fellow, single male, snared by evil (8)

      The definition is stupid fellow. Another word for single and a male pronoun both go inside (snared by) an adjective meaning evil.

      • Dawn
        Posted September 2, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

        Thanks Gazza, I had convinced myself that it ended differently so was barking up another tree in a seperate forest :roll:

    • gazza
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      17d British Rail breakfast perhaps about to make you brainy (8)

      The definition is brainy. Put the abbreviation for British Rail inside an example (perhaps) of a healthy breakfast.

      • Dawn
        Posted September 2, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

        Thank you again Gazza, I now have a sore head as the penny has just dropped very hard, perhaps I should stick to what I’m good at (being dense and lace knitting) :D

    • Kath
      Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      The first four letters of 5d escaped me for ages – just couldn’t see it – had “birdbrain” in my head which a) had too many letters and b) didn’t fit the clue at all. Maybe I’m the birdbrain!!

  28. Terence Harvey
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Presume BD is on hols, as this is possibly the least helpful and stingiest of all the hints he has provided for many a year. Only 8 clues several of which like 1D were not too difficult to fathom without help and the hint for 16D absurd as the first 3 letters do not indicate a joke.

  29. cruisenuts96
    Posted September 2, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this one! think I’m getting better. Needed help for 9a/24a/3d (had to google that one despite your hint) Thank you again.