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DT 27043

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27043

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Giovanni has given us a fairly gentle (by his standards) puzzle today with all the clues having very clear wordplay. Tell us how you fared.
To reveal an answer just highlight the gap between the curly brackets under the clue that’s giving you problems.

Across Clues

5a  Reproach worker maybe when protecting scoundrel (6)
{BERATE} – worker is an example of the types that may be found in a hive. It goes round (protecting) a scoundrel.

8a  Nasty b-bit of meat cast into pit (8)
{HORRIBLE} – the stuttering start is an indication that we also have to stutter (i.e. repeat the initial letter) with the bit of meat that we insert (cast) into a pit or cavity.

9a  Strong fellow, a joke at first (7)
{PUNGENT} – a posh fellow is preceded (at first) by the sort of joke that we see every day in the Quick Crossword.

10a  Fellow with no money at all needing a change of direction (5)
{BLOKE} – start with an adjective meaning having no money or skint, then change the R(ight) to L(eft).

11a  A hope that may go up in smoke? (4,5)
{PIPE DREAM} – cryptic definition of a hope that’s fanciful and very unlikely to be achieved (like Wales winning the next Rugby World Cup?).

13a  A drug, fixed amount? It may provide fizz (8)
{AERATION} – string together A (from the clue), the single-letter abbreviation for the drug Ecstasy and a fixed amount.

14a  A lot of lies from children meeting teacher initially? (6)
{TISSUE} – a legal term for children is preceded by (meeting) the initial letter of T(eacher).

17a  Cook  fish early on (3)
{FRY} – double definition, the second a word for newly-hatched fish (most often seen in the phrase ‘small ***’ used to describe children or people of little importance).

19a  The fellow touching maiden where the skirt ends (3)
{HEM} – a masculine pronoun followed by the abbreviation for a maiden over in cricket.

20a  Artist in restaurant gets less than a whole bottle of wine? (6)
{CARAFE} – the question mark is perhaps indicating that the definition is not always true and that it depends on the size of the bottle. Insert the abbreviation for a Royal Academician (artist) in a small restaurant.

23a  Norm accompanies one Welsh girl in a foreign capital (8)
{PARISIAN} – a word meaning norm (especially on the golf course) is followed by I (one in Roman numerals) and a Welsh female name (that of Ms. Phillips the distinguished actress, for example).

26a  Mused, being sent back (9)
{REFLECTED} – double definition.

28a  Man of words I understand mostly, given time (5)
{ROGET} – this is the surname of the English physician who gave his name to the first and most widely known thesaurus. Start with the word used in radio communication to mean ‘I have received and understand your message (and will co-operate)’, then subtract the final R (mostly) and add T(ime).

29a  Is copper tucking into portion that can be eaten? (7)
{BISCUIT} – IS and the chemical symbol for copper get inserted (tucking) into a small amount or portion.

30a  Example set by weird ancients (8)
{INSTANCE} – an anagram (weird) of ANCIENTS.

31a  Salt that ruins dosage (3,3)
{SEA DOG} – salt here means sailor and what we want is an old and experienced one. He’s an anagram (ruins) of DOSAGE.

Down Clues

1d  Quiet house facing endless prejudice and fear (6)
{PHOBIA} – string together the musical abbreviation meaning quiet and the abbreviation for house. Now add (facing) a synonym for prejudice without its final S (endless).

2d  A right problematical situation when there’s nothing in wardrobe (7)
{ARMOIRE} – start with A (from the clue) and R(ight) then add a problematical situation or sticky morass with O (nothing) inserted.

3d  ‘Stupid boy’ will be brought before teachers, that’s very plain (9)
{PIKESTAFF} – this one’s probably a bit trickier for non-UK solvers. The name of the character from Dad’s Army who was regularly called a ‘stupid boy’ by Captain Mainwaring is followed by a word for teachers (as opposed to pupils). The definition is something that is a yardstick for measuring obviousness.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

4d  Drink disgusting pop in Syrian city (6)
{ALEPPO} – the second city of Syria (currently embroiled in an horrendous civil war) comes from an alcoholic drink followed by an anagram (disgusting) of POP.

5d  She’s not fair catch, nabbed by cruel person (8)
{BRUNETTE} – a verb to catch (fish, for example) is contained in (nabbed by) a callous person.

6d  Bishop spanning many years becomes angry person (5)
{RAGER} – the two-letter abbreviation for the title awarded to a bishop is split (spanning) around a word meaning a long time or many years.

7d  Wicked king beat voluntary soldiers and left country briefly (8)
{TANTALUS} – those of us with a short-term memory that extends as far as seven days will remember that this wicked king made an appearance (with the same definition but different wordplay) in last Friday’s Giovanni (so there’s no excuse for not getting the answer!). It’s a charade of a) a verb to beat or thrash, b) the current (but not for long) abbreviation for our voluntary soldiers, c) L(eft) and d) the short-form (briefly) abbreviation for a large western country.

12d  Where to drink at home — end of garden (3)
{INN} – an adverb meaning at home followed by the end letter of (garde)N.

15d  I am getting on to motorway grid to move to new territory (9)
{IMMIGRATE} – string together the contracted form of ‘I am’, the identifier of the London-Leeds motorway and another word for a grid or structure with spaced bars.

16d  Low-minded policy that limits play at Wimbledon (8)
{BASELINE} – a charade of an adjective meaning low-minded or lacking moral principles and a synonym for policy or stance.

18d  Coming to and feeling the pain come back? (8)
{REACHING} – double definition, the second cryptic (easier to get if you insert a hyphen between the second and third letters).

21d  Copy making up bulk of paper (3)
{APE} – a hidden word that forms 60% (i.e. the bulk) of a word in the clue.

22d  Evil drink may lead to good chanting (7)
{SINGING} – string together a) an evil or wickedness, b) an alcoholic drink and c) G(ood).

24d  A depression very briefly set in? It suggests Christmas is coming! (6)
{ADVENT} – this is A (from the clue) and a depression or dip with the abbreviation (briefly) of V(ery) set inside it.

25d  Requirement to keep dry and secure in fishing boat? (6)
{NETTED} – the definition describes fish that have been caught and hauled aboard a trawler. A synonym for requirement goes round (to keep) the abbreviation meaning dry or teetotal.

27d  Intelligible and not completely ridiculous on reflection (5)
{LUCID} – hidden (not completely) and reversed (on reflection) in the clue.

The clues I liked best were 10a,  28a and 3d. What took your fancy?

Today’s Quickie Pun: {SOMME} + {BURLY} = {SOMBRELY}



59 comments on “DT 27043

  1. Is it Friday ?? or am I having a good day ? Fairly sailed through this one without a problem. No particular favorite clue(s). Thanx to Compiler and to Gazza for his review, which I am just about to read. */*** for me.

  2. The Don does it again. Hadn’t heard of 2D before, but eminently solvable. Really enjoyed 10A and 3D (could see Mr Mainwaring uttering those famous words as I wrote it in).

    Unlucky Alastair Cook.

  3. Unusually quick solve for a Friday. Precision from Giovanni, as always. Was a pleasant diversion. Thanks G&G

  4. 28a was my favourite today in a gentle, but enjoyable puzzle.
    I am not quite convinced about 25d – I thought the clue should have read ‘secured’, unless I am reading it incorrectly.

    Thanks to Giovanni, and to Gazza.

    1. I thought 25d was ok – the fish that are now secure in the boat (as opposed to the ones that got away).

      1. Struggled for a time in SE corner until i saw the TT, wanted to put TIE in for secured,have to agree with Jezza and ‘secured’ being more appropriate to the clue, i do understand Gazza’s explanation but still think it’s a bit ‘iffy’. liked 28a-thanks for the pics!

  5. It must be Friday… That, the thought of going in to work for a few hours later and having to do a few jobs for Mrs B interrupted my flow. Couple of trickier words and no real stand out clues so it’s *** and ** from me today.

  6. Thank you Giovanni and Gazza for your review – enjoyed 3d as many will I am sure “Vot ist your name” “Dont tell ‘im Pike” A bit easier than yesterday which is good because it is another long lunch today ! Cheers !

  7. I was just thinking the wicked king would be a greater setter’s name. Anyone know if it’s been taken?

  8. A piece of **** …….thanks for an easy start………
    [I’ve edited your comment because the language was not very savoury. Gazza]

    1. Actually, “a piece of ****” is a slang term and totally acceptable…….but by putting four stars in place of “****” people may think I wrote a naughty four -letter word……like “****’ or worse….which of course i did not…….get out more Gazza……
      [It may be acceptable to you, but it’s not to other people.]

        1. This is a vulgar variant of ‘piece of cake’. It is of UK origin and the first records of it are from the RAF during WWII. Perhaps cakes in the NAAFI were more moist, in those days? ;)

      1. I’m with Gazza on this one. Unacceptable language will always be redacted. In particularly bad instances the whole comment will be deleted.

    2. I have to say that I didn’t think it was very awful. However, in my very early days of daring to post a comment I asked if I was allowed to do or say something or other – can’t even remember what it was now – actually I think it might have been to do with making bread! BD replied and said that the only two things that were not allowed were bad language and libel.

  9. Quickest finish of the week but enjoyable .Never heard of 2d but the commandant had.3d made me laugh but not certain about it’s universality.7d made a rather rapid reappearance .(last Friday?)
    Thanks once again

  10. Very enjoyable thank you Giovanni. I had the same favourites as gazza with 3d topping the list. Thanks to gazza for the usual excellently illustrated interpretations.

    The Toughie isn’t that tough but exceedingly enjoyable so if it is sleeting as much where you are as it is here, why not give it a go.

  11. I agree with most of the comments and gazza’a rating. Fairly straightforward – Giovanni’s crosswords seem to go from one extreme to the other on roughly alternate weeks.
    Having never watched Dad’s Army 3d took me a while. So did 28a.
    I liked 8, 10, 19 and 28a and 3 (eventually) 12 and 22d.
    With thanks to Giovanni and gazza.

    1. Kath,
      I know you usually avoid the Friday Toughie, but do have a go at today’s. It’s fairly benign in terms of difficulty but immensely entertaining.

      1. Thanks gazza,
        I might give it a go later. Brain isn’t functioning too well today – partly because of the arctic weather but mainly because my niece (maybe niece-in-law – my eldest nephew’s wife) had a baby a couple of hours ago and I’m rather reeling at the idea of having just become a great aunt!

        1. Congrats .”fairly benign”is perhaps a little understating the reality for mere mortals but it is certainly entertaining .

  12. Probably my least favourite Giovanni for a long time. A 4 star for difficulty for me and only a 2star for enjoyment ( it would have been one but for 3d which made me laugh, don’t tell him your name!). Thought 18d was a dreadful clue and never heard of a 2d.
    Still don’t quite get 6d, where is the B normally associated with Bishop and why RR or is this another religious term? Thx to Gazza for the hints.

    1. B is a bishop in chess. The Right Reverend is how you refer to a bishop. Well not you, obviously, or you wouldn’t need to ask the question.

      1. Thx Sue, never met a Bishop so would have no idea of the correct form of address. Mind you Mr. Anthony A Hancock as I recall addressed one as Dear Bish!

        1. Perhaps you ought to drop heavy hints to Mrs B about needing the Chambers dictionary of crossword abbreviations in your Christmas stocking and the latest version of the BRB if you haven’t got that either.

          1. Sadly the Chambers XWD – A Dictionary of Crossword Abbreviations is out of print and second hand copies can fetch ridiculous prices.

        2. Something that I remember from quite a long time ago – I think it was probably ‘Spitting Image’ but I’d be more than happy to be corrected – was how to address the pope. It was ‘Your Popiness’. It STILL makes me laugh.

  13. Gentle Giovanni but very enjoyable, thanks to him and to Gazza for the usual entertaining review.

  14. I enjoyed today’s puzzle and, unusually had it completed by 8 am this morning.
    I liked the 3 word answers in the middle of the puzzle: haven’t seen these for a long time. And Gazza’s picture on 19a and 5d.
    A 2.5*/3* for me. Thanks to Gazza and the Don for an enjoyable start to the day

    1. When I’d written in the first four down answers I thought (from what was in the top line) that there might be a Nina but nothing further appeared.

  15. I too found this straightforward, with a good mix of clues. Had a bad week with the Toughies but will give it a go shortly.

    Where’s Mary today?

    1. Mary seems to have taken a vow of abstinence from blogging on Fridays. I hope it’s not something I’ve written. :D

  16. My, what pretty girls Gazza knows :-)

    Totally agree with your assesment Gazza. Very pleased to see 2D make a rare appearance, drew a smiley face next to 19A in anticipation of a nice picture, and last one in was 16A.

    Thanks to Giovanni and Gazza.

    1. I think that Friday Quickies are usually pangrams – yet again I am open to correction. I also think that cake is only available at weekends in the naughty corner. The naughty corner is only open on Saturdays and Sundays! Roll on tomorrow!! :smile:

  17. Enjoyed it and particularly 18d which had me fooled for ages – thanks to Gazza and Giovanni

  18. Thought for a moment that I was going to finish without needing the hints but it was not to be. Stared at 3d thinking I should be able to get it with all the checking letters but.. happy to know it was a British cultural reference that I did not know! I also enjoyed all the 3 letter words.
    Many thanks to G and G

  19. For some reason that we can’t recall now, this one took us slightly longer than usual for a Friday and we gave it ***+ for difficulty. 25a was last in and gave us similar problems as reported above. Also had problems with the name in 3d although we had the answer. Should not have as Dad’s Army is well known here from countless replays. Much enjoyment.
    Thanks Giovanni and Gazza.

  20. Thanks to the two G’s. I found this very difficult, and was beaten by 2d,which I had never heard of. Favourites were 4&18d. Was 4*/2* for me. Nice day for a run in Central London.

  21. Didn’t like 15d
    To move to a new place surely is emigration?
    To come into a new place is immigration?

  22. Ref your words about 28a: In radio communication, “Roger” means only that “I have received and understand your message”. To indicate also that you will comply with any instruction in the message, the response is “Wilco”.

      1. Try again – pressed wrong thing. Edit option doesn’t seem to be there – sorry.
        To show my ignorance yet again I knew what ‘Wilco’ meant but had always interpreted it as ‘Will go’!! :oops:

  23. Kath it meant will comply .Believe me Gazza’s hint was perfectly fine .Roger was understood and OK

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