DT 27032

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27032

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

The Saturday Mysteron provided us with a  few tricky elements in this otherwise fairly typical Prize Puzzle.

Definitions are now underlined.



1 Lid for a kipper, hot after cooking (4-3,3)
PORK-PIE HAT –  An informal term for a hat is an anagram (after cooking) of A KIPPER HOT.

6 Returned coats in swindle (4)
SCAM –  A reversal of MACS.

9 Having regular parts in opera, one singer’s a temperamental type (5,5)
PRIMA DONNA –   The regular letters of oPeRa, followed by I (one) and MADONNA (the singer) then split 5,5.

10 Pleased with cut flower (4)
GLAD –  An abbreviated or informal way of referring to a GLADiolus, often used by Dame Edna Everage, can also mean pleased.

12 Put name to the twins perhaps (4)
SIGN –  Another double definition – to put your name on a document, or  a SIGN of the Zodiac, such as Gemini, the Twins.

13 Retreat over rising water is setback for leader (9)
EDITORIAL  –  A reversal (retreat) of LAIR (retreat) O (over in cricket) and TIDE (rising water).

15 Follow matters primarily with a habitual response — being this? (8)
DOGMATIC –  Dog (follow) M (the primary letter of matters) A (from the clue) and TIC (habitual response).

16 Exemplar of drunkenness regarding famous physicist (6)
NEWTON –  The poor old NEWT is often used to describe someone’s state of drunkenness.   Add ON (regarding) and you get the famous physicist.

18 Line to suggest without force (6)
LIMPLY – L (line) plus IMPLY (suggest).

20 One in acting role’s former model (8)
TEMPLATE –  TEMP (someone acting on behalf of someone else away from their job) and LATE (former).

23 Tie up hospital department with attention to detail (9)
STRINGENT  –  STRING (tie up) and ENT (the Ear, Nose and Throat department of a hospital).

24 Cattle without water (4)
NEAT –   An archaic term for an ox, cow or bull or a adjective meaning undiluted.

26 European movie, very long (4)
EPIC –  E (European) plus PIC (an abbreviated way of referring to a movie).

27 Seduction ruined eminent ‘tec (10)
ENTICEMENT –  A ruined anagram of EMINENT TEC.

28 Follow story out loud (4)
TAIL – To follow or keep watch on closely is a homophone (out loud) of TALE or story.

29 A German artist holding opening, one who loves to take risks (10)
ADVENTURER –  A (from the clue) and the German artist DURER with a VENT or opening inserted.


1 Poet‘s page to begin poetically (4)
POPE –    P (the first letter of Page) and OPE (a poetic way of saying open or begin).

2 Making a mockery of barrier (7)
RAILING –   Double definition – (a)  mocking or (b) a barrier or fence.

3 I may get in maps not fit for easy ride (5,7)
PLAIN SAILING –   Insert I (from the clue) into PLANS (maps),  follow with AILING (not fit) and then split 5, 7.

4 Mysterious enigmatic coteries (8)
ESOTERIC – An enigmatic anagram of COTERIES.

5 A free broadcaster (6)
AUNTIE –  The term by which the British Broadcasting Corporation  is affectionately known.   A (from the clue) and UNTIE (free).

7 Piece of Purcell is taxing musician (7)
CELLIST –   Hidden in, or a piece of,  PurCELL IS Taxing.

8 Greek character, police officer, last person to abuse (3-7)
MUD-SLINGER –  MU (Greek letter) DS (Detective Sergeant) and LINGER (last).

11 Pressman’s only one right person in divorce case (2-10)
CO-RESPONDENT –   Simply remove one of the Rs from a CORRESPONDENT or member of the press.

14 Immature adult hands out foreign coin (10)
ADOLESCENT –   A (adult) plus DOLES (hands out) and CENT (foreign coin).

17 Take up imposing position on theme-park’s top attraction (8)
BESTRIDE –   The theme park’s top attractive would be its BEST RIDE.

19 Bird has single cocktail (7)
MARTINI –  MARTIN (bird) plus I (single).

21 Enthusiast takes a friend to ancient city (7)
AMATEUR  – A (from the clue) MATE (friend) and UR (crosswordland’s favourite ancient city.

22 Wrote in confinement (6)
PENNED  – A very obvious double definition.

25 Rouse gentleman — about time (4)
STIR – Insert T for time into SIR (gentleman).

Thanks once again  to the  Mysteron.   I’ll be back in due course on Sunday duty again.



  1. gazza
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I do think that there has been a distinct improvement in the Saturday puzzles over the past few months – I thought this one was pretty good. Thanks to Mr Ron and Mrs CS.

  2. pommers
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Agree with Gazza, we’ve had some good stuff recently, including this one.

    Nice to see the old ox making an appearance – not seen him for a while!

    Thanks to Mr Ron and CS.