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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26964

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Hola from the Vega Baja. Got the right day again this week so things is looking up!
Well, I’ve no idea how long this would have taken me under normal circumstances. I solved it while watching the film “Memphis Belle” (for about the third or fourth time) on the telly so I’ve based the difficulty rating on how easy it was to write the hints. Please feel free to disagree, as you usually do! The film was a lot better than the puzzle and most of the pennies dropped during the commercials!
Definitions are underlined in the clue.

As usual the ones I like best are in blue. 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.


1a     Writing for a foreign film implied accepting sex (8)
{SUBTITLE} – To get this writing. that you see on the bottom of the screen when watching a foreign film. you need to insert (accepting) a colloquial word for sex (2) into a word meaning implied or artful.

5a     To sing and dance about a 5-0 rout is heartless (6)
{CAVORT} – A charade of an abbreviation for about, the Roman numerals for 5 and 0 and R(ou)T (is heartless).

9a     It’s common sense there’s a purpose in feeling sick (8)
{NAUSEOUS} – Take a word for common sense and insert (in) A (from the clue) and a word for purpose or employ and you get a word meaning feeling sick!

10a     Copper approaching end of tether with hardly any time to be indoors (6)
{CURFEW} – The chemical symbol for copper followed by R (end of tetheR) and then a word for hardly any, or not a lot.

12a     Insist a sure thing’s sound (6)
{ASSERT} – Sound here is a homophone indicator. This word meaning to insist sounds like a sure thing in a horse race.

13a     A chick originally in nest — or older bird? (8)
{ANCESTOR} – Start with A (from the clue) and follow with NEST (also from the clue) with C (Chick originally) inserted (in) and follow with OR (again from the clue). Hope that made sense! It’s an easy clue but difficult to hint and it’s a rather odd definition IMHO!

15a     Anorak from free catalogue? No thanks (7)
{CAGOULE} – This anorak (garment not trainspotter) is an anagram (free) of CA(ta)LOGUE – CATALOGUE with the thanks taken out.

16a     Monster on the retreat in ‘Mother Goose’ (4)
{OGRE} – The monster’s hidden but reversed in (on the retreat in) Mother Goose.

20a     Beyond its shelf life’s no time to be selling (4)
{SALE} – Take a word to describe bread beyond its sell-by date and remove the T(ime) and you get some selling.

21a     Party leader’s extremely snazzy, stylish and spiritual (7)
{PSYCHIC} – P (Party leader) followed by SY (extremely SnazzY) and then a word for stylish or fashionable.

25a     Applaud it or yawn inwardly — it’s to do with what you hear (8)
{AUDITORY} – A word for ‘to do with hearing’ is hidden in the clue.

26a     Regretting using Parisian street that’s almost completely jammed (6)
{RUEFUL} – A French street followed by most of a word meaning jammed or chock-a-block.

28a     It’s a ’51 Citroen’s front that’s sloping (6)
{ITALIC} – You need to read IT’S as IT HAS. So, start with IT and then after it (has) put an A (from the clue), the Roman numerals for 51 and then C (front of Citroen), and you’ll get some sloping letters.  Bit like these!

29a     Act out a search in burial place (8)
{CATACOMB} – An anagram (out) of ACT followed by A (from the clue) and then a fine search.

30a     Suppose there’s no power to carry on (6)
{RESUME} – A word for suppose without its initial P(ower).

31a     Ribbons go in weaving (8)
{TAPESTRY} – A weaving you might hang on a wall. Some ribbons followed by a go, as in have a go at something.


1d     What was afoot in ‘Cakes and Ale’? (6)
{SANDAL} – What has been on my foot all Summer is hidden (in) in cakes and ale.

2d     Surface discoloration may come from tea and coffee, it’s said (6)
{BRUISE} – A surface discoloration I get when I’ve annoyed Pommette and she smacks me one sounds like (it’s said) a colloquial term for some tea and coffee (tea AND coffee makes it plural so there’s an S sound on the end).   Apparantly these cause the discolouration of my teeth as well!

3d     Sweet rice came cooked (3,5)
{ICE CREAM} – This stuff that you may have for a pudding is an anagram (cooked) of RICE CAME.

4d     Celebrate tandem making a comeback (4)
{LAUD} – Reverse (making a comeback) a word for tandem or two and you’ll get celebrate, as in praise

6d     Sharpness of article combined with extremes of emotion (6)
{ACUMEN} – The indefinite article followed by the Latin for ‘with’ and then EN (extremes of EmotioN)

7d     Kill hart and doe with clean shot away from the gaze of spectators (3-5)
(OFF STAGE) – This is where something happens away from the gaze of spectators in a theatre. A slang term for kill (we’ve had it recently) followed by a hart (male deer) and then (do)E (when you clean for someone you’re said to DO for them so the DO is removed (shot)). Tricky or what?

8d    East-ender’s unexpected death involving weight and temperature getting checked (8)
– It’s a word for checked, as in stopped or stymied.  I think it might be the R (east of endeR)  along with W(eight) and T(emperature) and DEATH all anagramed (unexpected) but if I’m right the clue doesn’t work!  Hopefully someone else will explain – where’s Gazza when you need him?
8d    Checked time Lawrence returned clutching fizzy water (8) – revised online clue (see Phil McNeill’s comment below)
{THWARTED} – T(ime) followed by the initials of the author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover reversed (returned) around an anagram (fizzy) of WATER

11d     Change the ending of popular fellow’s talks with second half cut (7)
{INFLECT} – To change the way you pronounce the end of a sentence, which makes most Aussies sound, to British ears, as though they’re asking a question. It’s the usual popular (2), F(ellow) and then half of a word (half cut) meaning talks or speeches.

14d     Associate with Tory type (7)
{CONSORT} – Charade of an abbreviation for a Tory and a type or kind.

17d     To train fruit trees — cultivated pears — may take invention (8)
{ESPALIER} – This is a frame or trellis where you train fruit trees. Anagram (cultivated) of PEARS with an invention or tall story inserted (may take).

18d     Happy student capers in party clothes (4,4)
{GLAD RAGS} – Charade of a word for happy and some student capers usually aimed at raising money for charity.

19d     Fire without heat ultimately is fake (8)
{SIMULATE} – To fake or copy is a word for fire or excite with the T removed (no heaT ultimately).

22d     Central courtyard a partial success (6)
{ATRIUM} – This courtyard is A (from the clue again!) followed by most of (partial) a word for success or great win.

23d     Spain and France keep striving (6)
{EFFORT} – IVR codes for Spain and France followed by a keep, as in castle.

24d     One in suit — Burberry — outwardly sociable (6)
{CLUBBY} – A card of one of the black suits in a pack of cards followed by BY (BurberrY outwardly) is a word meaning sociable. Bit like me really (not)!

27d     Information a bit topsy-turvy (4)
{DATA} – Take A (from the clue yet again – I’m getting bored with this!) and follow with a word for a bit or little and then reverse the whole lot (topsy-turvey).

Really went off this puzzle while writing the hints. How many times does a man have to type “A (from the clue)”? In this case I think six times!  Some reasonable clues but no stand-outs for me.

The Quick crossword pun: {hart} + {scone} + {tent} = {heart’s content}

100 comments on “DT 26964

  1. I wonder if anyone out there can help me ‘put to bed’ something that has intrigued me for the last couple of years? Nothing to do with crosswords!
    As you all know I live in Spain and I get my UK television via a satellite dish linked to a Sky box. Works fine and I get most of the channels you can get for free in the UK – BUT – here’s the question . . .

    BBC2 (Sky 102) pixellates very badly after about 2000CEST and Channel 4 (Sky 104) is unwatchable at any time of the day. However, BBC2 Wales (Sky 971) and Channel 4+1 (Sky 135) both work perfectly 24/7 – how does that work? It’s all coming off the same satellite!
    Anyone got any ideas? Not important but it’s just bugging me!

    Anyway, going to bed now so see y’all tomorrow.

    1. Hi Pommers,

      In southern Spain you are right on the border of the elliptical coverage of the satellite (which is centered on the UK) and need a big dish (>1.4m dia.) regardless.

      A quote from the web:

      “In the Costa del Sol for example it’s not uncommon for the satellite signal to start breaking up late in the evening; especially when there is bad weather or heavy cloud overhead. You may also find that certain TV stations such as Channel 5 don’t work at all.”

      It may be worth getting someone to check the dish alignment too.

      Right, back to business.

      1. Understand about the satellite footprint Boxy and we get great reception on a 1m dish where we are. Just don’t see why BBC2 is dodgy but BBC2 Wales (and BBC2 Scotland) both come in perfect! I know Channel 4 is usually unwatcheable, even with perfect reception, but if I want to watch the paralympics I have to go to Channel4+1 – just seems weird to me.

        1. I used to have a similar problem in Malaga but its all good now. I believe the footprint is adjusted to cover Gibraltar which is good for us – less so for you. The signals may be coming from the same sat, but they are at different carrier frequencies and therefore more or less sensitive to minor disturbances. Thats my theory anyway. A solution (If your Telefonica bit rates allow) is to get a UK.based IP (for about €100pa) and watch it all on the net. I only get 2mb here, so it doesn’t work for me.

          1. I’ve really no problem with the telly reception, just a bit interested to find out why the BBC2 reception is as it is. Can get 3mb internet here (not via Telefonica as we’re too far from the exchange) and I have some software which hides my IP address but it slows the connection a bit. I can watch Auntie Beeb on the computer but not ITV which needs more bandwidth.

            Old joke:

            Sultan of Brunei’s 5 year old son was asked what he wanted for his birthday
            Son thought a bit and then said he’d like a cowboy outfit, so the Sultan bought Telefonica :grin:
            Works just as well for Iberdrola et al!

            1. I know it’s very popular to dislike Telefonica and Iberdrola, but I haven’t had a problem with either of them. I must lead a charmed life.

              Thanks for the hints. I found this quite hard today and was totally stuck on anorak, chick and popular fellow.

              As regards TV, I didn’t watch much in England and given that you live outdoors most of the year in Spain, I haven’t bothered getting UK channels here and don’t miss them at all.

              1. Hi Nora

                The joke works just as well with British Telecom, Ryanair or anyone else you want have a go at!

                As for TV, I’m with you, don’t watch much at all apart from the occasional film and sport. When we decided to move here the thought that we could get UK TV never even occured to me!

                  1. Pommette’s been back and forth to the UK so much this Summe,r sorting out her mother’s move, that she’s on first-name terms with the Ryanair cabin crew!

    2. I agree with phercott, which meant it was a real struggle for me.

      No enjoyment at all.

      Thanks to Pommers for review.

      Thanks to the setter.

    3. Hi Pommers. It could be dish alignment. I was sending you a detailed reply this morning but my haircut curtailed it. Anyway you need a meter to check it out.

    4. Apparently, satellites contain a number of different transponders which each transmit different channels (bit like terrestrial TV and muxes, or should that be muxi?!). Anyway, that might be why you get differing quality.

    5. Hi Pommers, might be able to help on the satelitte problem. We live in Costa Tropical and had an old Skybox, but while the reception was OK it wasn’t great. After seeing how good HD looked we took advice as to whether a FreeSat HD box would work here, and was told that it should and that Skyboxes do wear out. As a result we bought a Humax HD box on free delivery from Amazon, plugged it in, it sorted itself out and we get a far better picture than before, which we don’t loose when it rains and we have the benefit of recording and other useful functions.
      Incidentally we really haven’t enjoyed this week’s puzzles and to have a clue with latin is no no for me, I went to a good school, well it was approved.

      1. Hi Limonero and welcome from me too.

        Thanks for that and I’ll have a think about it next year. Apparantly the satelite that we point at is to be replaced next Spring and nobody seems sure about what reception will be like. I’m reluctant to upgrade until then but, assuming it’s OK, I’ll get a 1.4m dish and an HD box. Until then I’ll be watching BBC2 Wales, which is fine

        I was just a bit curious as to why we can get that 24/7 but BBC2 England only during daylight!

        Where on the Costa are you? We’re in Almoradi, about 40km south of Alicante.

  2. Found this one quite tricky so agree with the ***/**. It was rather a doughnut puzzle for us. Solved all around the outsides but had a big hole of empty squares in the middle that took a bit more effort to fill in. The anorak word was new to us. Just had time to do it after getting home late from golf and now almost time to leave for Bridge. Busy life being retired! Favourite — 21a. Thanks setter and Pommers. (Good luck with your TV problem)

  3. I enjoyed this one quite a lot (I’ll probably be a voice in the wilderness, on that!) but agree that it was quite tough for a back-pager. For 8d I thought the original T came from the end letter of (eas)T with the R being the Reaumur temperature scale.

    1. I’m with you on this one. Very enjoyable. Not sure about the difficulty. Apart from 8d I would have said 2* but that clue tipped it to ***.

      Many thanks to the setter and to Pommers for the review.

    2. Hi Gazza

      Re-wrote the hint for 8d about three times! Thought it must be T from easT but then you have the anagram of DEATH plus W(eight,) but where does the R come from? Reaumur temperature scale – never heard of him, but if R can be temperature then the clue does work.

      Thanks Gazza, knew you would come up trumps :grin:

      1. Pommers,
        I can’t see where else the R would come from. The BRB has R as an abbreviation for Reaumur’s thermometric scale (on which, apparently, the freezing point of water is at zero degrees and the boiling point at 80 degrees).

        1. If that is indeed where the ‘r’ comes from then it definitely shouldn’t be in a back page puzzle IMHO of course!

        2. You’re absolutely right Gazza – just never heard of R for temperature and never thought to look in the BRB for it, D’OH!

          1. I have never heard of it either, and I would be prepared to stake a small fortune that those that have would be in the minority. In my opinion, a peculiar clue!

            1. I’m not keen on either interpretation of 8d; I can’t believe that temperature=R would really make it to publication. I wonder whether there hasn’t been an error along the lines of TAMARIND in Tuesday’s Toughie.

                1. “East-ender” wouldn’t do to indicate R. “The east of ender” perhaps would, but that would ruin the surface reading

                  In any case, because the term was placed before the anagram indicator, it couldn’t have been part of the anagram fodder, and that would have meant that R would have to have been at the start of the solution.

                  Fortunately, the paper’s crossword editor has confirmed that this was a mistake.

        3. I have the same interpretation for 8d.
          Sorry to those who thought Reamur made it a Toughie. When you’re my age, it was one of the temperature scales taught in school, though admittedly hardly ever used after that!

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

      2. Never heard it either pommers but even so if it is Reamurs thermometric scale is that quite the same as temperature??

        1. I think I prefer your version here pommers withe the’ t ‘ for temperature, with’ w’ for weight,’ r’ from east of ender, all mixed with anagram of death

          1. If you get the R from the end of endeR the clue doesnt work as that letter isn’t part of the anagram fodder and should come at the beginning of the answer – I’m pretty sure Gazza’s right. Hence the comment “where’s Gazza when you need him?” Presumably in bed at 0400 this morning!

  4. For the first time in I don’t know how long, I actually left the back pager with six clues to go and went on to the Toughie. This of course means that this crossword must have been very tough for a back pager. My mind is obviously able to cope with thinking about two different sets of clues at once, because when I returned to the back page, I was able to fill in the remaining gaps without too much further struggle. 3.5* difficulty and about 2.5* fun. Thanks to the Thursday Mysteron and to Pommers.

    The Toughie doesn’t take that long to solve, relatively speaking. Although it has a couple of tricky places, the whole thing is a delight to solve so do give it a go.

    1. Agree about the Toughie, lots of fun and not much harder than this one! Just noticed it’s Paul in the Grauniad – back later!

  5. Clumsy, clunky , contrived clues (viz 7,8 and11down among others). Had the same effect on me as it did on pommers

  6. Good morning pommers

    I agree with your assessment; 3*/2* from me as well.
    Thanks to setter, and to yourself for the review.

  7. They seem to be getting harder as the week goes on ! Finished, but took a while to sort out the SE corner. Overall found it difficult and relieved to see that Pommers gave it 3* and Cryptic Sue 3.5* – a confidence booster ! New word for me at 17d. Enjoyed the struggle ! Thank you Mysteron and Pommers for your review.

    1. Hi William

      I might have given this one 4* if I’d solved it withoiut watching the telly at the same time! I only knew 17d because it’s come up a couple of time before so worth remembering!

      1. You’ve made my day ! I can go to Tesco with Mrs SW with an inner glow, bathed in glory ! Scaled new heights etc etc…………!

  8. A ‘bitty’ solve for me today,top left then bottom left followed by top right then bottom right, i thought the clues were generally very clever but needed more thought than usual to find the definition, in all satisfying and a***/*** for me, liked ,17d and 31a,8d and 13a.
    If you read this Kath the 4 black kittens are doing fine!

    1. Glad to hear that your little kittens are doing well – are you going to keep any of them or do you have homes for them? And no, we DON’T want any more four-leggeds here at the moment!!

  9. Morning pommers 3 verging on 4 star for me today have to admit to not finishing the bottom left corner without your help, once again I found it a puzzle of four corners, putting ‘bait’ in at 27d didn’t help! I got a lot of the answers without really understanding why, I couldn’t work out where the ‘r’ had come from in 8d, never heard the word ‘clubby’ being used, one clue I liked 15a, perservation the name of the game once again today, good luck everyone :-) The BRB says ancestor is a person or animal from which another type has evolved so I suppose it does sort of work in 13a

  10. Hmmmm, actually impossible for me today. As per usual, got around 30% unaided. CC Favourites for me were 5, 9, 10 & 15a because I got them and was able to see and conform to some of the rules you all are familiar with!

    Some cracking illustrations Pommers! In particular 15a and 1d – maybe that’s what annoyed pommette for a 2d :)

    Also I’m curious on a few points, did anyone else struggle more with the down than the across? And anyone else know the answer to 7d, but couldn’t add it up?

    Thanks again Pommers, and setter of course.

  11. I really enjoyed this but found it very difficult and made a complete pigs ear of the bottom right corner. Have now finished but needed the hints to explain 7, 8 and 19d. 19d was just me being dim and, having read the hint for 7d, that was too. I looked at 8d inside out and back to front and still couldn’t understand why – tried to make it an anagram of “death” without the “h” (because of East enders dropping the “h”) plus a few other letters etc etc. Oh dear – more than a 3* for difficulty for me today.
    Messed up the bottom right corner by putting “rueing” for 26a even though I couldn’t justify the last three letters. That effectively made 23 and 24d if not impossible certainly tricky – eventually saw the error of my ways. Still not quite sure why 13a is an older bird.
    I liked lots of these – 1, 10, 15 (unfamiliar spelling, to me at least) and 21a and 2, 6, 18 and 23d.
    Thanks to the setter and Pommers.

  12. Lost my little green ‘refresh’ arrows! anyone seen them, now where can they have gone, I’ve only been using computers twenty odd years!!

    1. Things can disappear into our house and not be seen for years because we live in a complete muddle but I don’t think your little green ‘refresh’ arrows are here! If they are it’s because I’ve “tidied them up” and forgotten that I’ve ever seen them – they will eventually be found in the kind of place that only I would have put them – well, that’s what husband always says!! :roll:

  13. Well, everyone appears to have found this one a bit on the tough side! To put your minds at rest here is a quote from the original draft of my introductory comments, written before I’d done the hints. At that point I was going to give 4* difficulty but changed my mind after writing the hints.

    I’ve based the difficulty rating on how easy it was to write the hints and I reckon this is a lot harder than many a Toughie!

  14. PS I’m a bit worried about Pommers – he says that he’s been wearing 1downs all summer. Did anyone notice his illustration? :grin:

      1. I think that’s probably verging on “too much information”! :grin: but really glad to know that you haven’t been prancing around in high heeled shoes!

        1. The 2kiwis can explain about ‘thongs’ :grin:

          OK, I will as they’re probably asleep now, ‘thongs’ is Kiwi slang for flip-flops! Think the Aussies call them something different but can’t remember what.

          1. I know – I was joking! :grin: I thought that the Aussies called them the same. They do seem to call all kinds of things amazingly wonderful names – eg what we would call a “strimmer” they call a “whipper snipper”!

              1. Yes, but it always makes me laugh! When it comes to Australian words or expressions I know lots of them – I am 1/4 Australian – my maternal grandfather was an ANZAC and my Mum never lets me forget it!

                1. The guy who would have been best man at my wedding, had he not gone off to New Zealand six months before the event, is still in touch so I’m up to date with antipodean slang! I’ll ask him about Aussie thongs when we speak next as I seem to remember a rather bizarre conversation with him last year when the word THONG meant different things to him and I and then the Oz bit really muddied the waters! Much fun! Something about girls in the supermarket wearing thongs – hmm – could put you off your stride big time!

                  1. We are going to add to the confusion. Thongs for the footwear is specifically Aussie. In NZ the same articles are always called JANDALS. Thongs are solely used for the underwear and flip-flops immediately identifies one as a Pom.

                    1. Jandals! – that’s what I couldn’t remember – got my thongs in a twist again :grin: Thanks for sorting that out.
                      PS, hope the bridge went well! Our club reconvenes next week after the usual August break – got to remember how ACOL works otherwise pommette will be claiming “justifiable homicide” and you’ll have no Thursday blog!

                    2. Only being playing Bridge a couple of years so still very much a learner. Did manage to win at Junior Night last night though. Carol is not a Bridge player so domestic bliss is not threatened.

                    3. Bev and I seem to get away with playing together without too much marital strife, athough towards the end of last season we were doing crap (and that’s a polite way ot putting it!).

                      Our best hand last year was when I dropped her in a 7S contract, (which she made easily) but everyone else went for 7NT and went one off! Clear top and what a result, but you should have seen her face when my bidding card went down and she realised she would have to play it! I went to the bar!

  15. Thanks to the setter and to pommers, I thought this a very good crossword with some good clues, and an excellent review.

  16. Was I the only one to struggle with 11d – I wanted replace.. That made 13a more difficult. I didn’t know where the R in 8d thanks for the explanations. The rest was pretty straight forward I thought. Regds to all.

    1. Hi Nigel

      8d was just a cock-up with Gazza and I just trying to find ways to make an unworkable clue work!

      See post from DT Crossword Editor below.

  17. Pommers, a tiny point about 17D – the answer is the verb, not the noun (see, I said it was a tiny point!)

    Thanks to all :-)

    1. You’re probably right in that clue but the word can be either. From Collins :
      1. an ornamental shrub or fruit tree that has been trained to grow flat, as against a wall
      2. the trellis, framework, or arrangement of stakes on which such plants are trained
      3. the method used to produce such plants


      1. to train (a plant) on an espalier

  18. Toughie territory. Not necessarily a bad thing, granted, but it’s a bit like the sudoku categorisation – i.e. not a reliable indication of difficulty. i have solved many easier “toughies”. I do them all, so this is not a complaint. Times solvers however would frown on multiple use of “text found in” clues.

    1. You may have noticed how irritated I got by the number of times we were required to take A (from the clue) !

    2. I don’t think that it’s quite Toughie territory – I just about managed it and I can’t very often finish Toughies without at least a little bit of help. As for Times solvers I have no idea – my very strange brother-in-law does the Times crossword which has always put me off . . .

  19. Thoroughly enjoyed this, taking an age to get 13a makes it a *** for me.
    Wrongly trying to think of a bird, a simple clue as it turned out. Doh!
    Many thanks RayT? and pommers and 1d PWOAR!!

    1. I don’t know the setter but I’m100% sure this isn’t from RayT – he’s probably taking offence that you thought it might be!

      1. Under no circumstances would I wish to offend The Master..
        My thanks, nevertheless, to today’s setter.
        I enjoyed the struggle.:)

        1. If in doubt as to whether or not it’s a Ray T the give aways are:- 1) there’s always something potentially rude in the surface reading; 2) there’s always a reference to Queen or the Queen in the cryptic clues (never sure if it’s HR or the group!) and 3) the quick crossword always has single word clues and answers. There may well be others but if there are I’m sure someone out there will point out my omissions!

            1. I knew that I would have forgotten something! Damn – thought that I’d done a pretty good job of summing up his trade marks there.

              1. Thought you did a pretty good analysis there! I know it’s not RayT because it didn’t raise a single smile (and no Queen)!
                Don’t often look at the Quick as I do (in this order) the Toughie, the grauniad, and then the DT back page over lunch with her indoors! When the cat’s away it’s DT, Toughie, Grauniad and then perhaps the Indy or FT depending on setter. As I’ve said before I really must get a life!

  20. I have no objection to a hard puzzle that stretches me but I do hope it entertains at the same time. This one sadly didn’t. Just seemed like a chore. Thanks to both and especially pommers whose clues I needed for the first time in a while.

    Come back RayT

  21. Hello, Telegraph Crossword Editor here.

    I’m sorry to say 8d doesn’t work. The T given by “temperature” should have been an R.

    Like the messed-up ‘Tamarind’ earlier in the week, this was a clue that had been changed. As I think I’ve said here before, a good proportion of published mistakes are caused at the corrections stage, and that old adage has caught me out again. Believe it or not, I use a thorough checking process for final proofs. Looking at my proof for this puzzle, I can see that, due to quirk of the layout, one clue was overlooked at that final stage. Sod’s law that it was the clue with a mistake!

    Oh well, let’s hope for a better week next week. Sorry about this one.

    Loved 15a in this puzzle, by the way.

    All the best

    1. On reflection I suppose it was a bit daft thinking that R(eaumur) stood for temperature but you tend not to think (at least I don’t) that there’s a basic error in the clue.

      1. Hi gazza

        As I said in the review I hoped you (or BD et al) might come to the rescue as I couldn’t fathom it (a problem of doing the blog in the night is that there’s nobody around to help!). Thought you might have cracked it with the R = Temp scale stuff but still not really happy. Glad to see it’s actually an error, confidence restored!

        1. Well, if you want to be a bit cryptic, you could say that “R” can stand for temperature, in much the same way that C, F or K could (various temperature scales), as R represents the Rankine scale: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rankine_scale

          (I’m a bit behind completing this crossword. I tend to keep Telegraphs for a while…!)

    2. I had just about got my head around all the various explanations and now I’m just “confused of Oxford”!
      I’ve never really thought about the process that a crossword goes through, from setter to being printed in the paper, but if lots of people/changes/alterations are concerned then it is probably pretty amazing that mistakes are not made more often.
      I still love these addictive things!

    3. We are greatful for the honesty. Also the annoying I pad app fault that kept flashing up the ‘No Network Connection’ message has been rectified. Many thanks for that too.

  22. Out all day and sat down to enjoy today’s offering after supper. Sad to say did not enjoy. 8d the last one in but only with the checking letters in place. Needed the blog to understand the answer, almost pleased when I saw the editors comments.
    Thanks to Pommers for the hints, don’t know what sort of hours he keeps, isn’t Spain only an hour ahead?

  23. More chance of knitting fog than completing this one. Never known a week when I have failed so totally as this one. Have not finished a single puzzle yet. Perhaps tomorrow will be better. Very discouraging. Still at least I could understand today’s hints which is more than I could say for yesterday. Really do not like yesterday’s style at all.

    1. This one was the trickiest back-pager of the week so far, I think, and certainly took me a bit longer than usual.

    2. Hi Brian
      Thank you for the comment about my hints – I do try to keep things understandable to all. Tomorrow will probably be your favourite, Giovanni (usually is on a Friday), so you should be OK there!

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