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DT 27067 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27067 (Hints)

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Why not have a go at our January Prize crossword?

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.

[NB This post has been restored from a back-up copy. Unfortunately the comments made on the day are no longer available.]


1a           Do be safe, better to be thrown out — after this (4-6,4)
An anagram (to be thrown out) of DO BE SAFE BETTER

9a           Pirate of rough appearance picked up (7)
Picked up indicates a homophone of rough appearance

11a         Reinforce military position (4)
A double definition – to reinforce material like curtains and a military position that needs to be held

12a         Pamper common people about to live after great achievement (10)
A word meaning the common people around a two-letter word meaning to live and following a 4-letter word for a great achievement

18a         Composer with undergarment and Pinafore perhaps (6)
A woman’s undergarment and the Pinafore of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta

ARVE Error: need id and provider

24a         Typical example of Eastern religious book (7)
A charade of E(astern), a two-letter adjective meaning religious and a large book

26a         Unwelcome hanger-on in Arabian legend noshed meat loaf rudely (3,3,2,3,3)
An anagram (rudely) of NOSHED MEAT LOAF


1d           Tummy pain after germ reduced in the country (7)
A severe spasmodic pain in the abdomen after a three-letter word for a germ without its final letter (reduced)

5d           Rubbish a right-winger going round (8)
A charade of a three-letter word meaning rubbish, the A from the clue and a right-winger

6d           Drudgery rendered by Spooner’s cockeyed Scottish knife (6-4)
Take a word meaning cockeyed and a Scottish knife (not a skean-dhu!), swap the initial letters and the result sounds like a hyphenated word meaning drudgery – one of the slightly better Spoonerism clues

7d           Train initially conks absorbing Boris’s money — we’ll sort things out (15)
The initial letter of Train and a different slang word for conks or noses around some foreign money, the kind used by, perhaps, Boris Yeltsin or Boris Pasternak but not Boris Becker or Boris Johnson

8d           Weren’t accustomed to student endlessly roistering (6)
This abbreviated word, of similar structure to the first word in the clue, meaning “weren’t accustomed to”, fully enumerated as (5’1), is derived from an anagram (roistering) of  STUDEN(T) without its final letter (endlessly) – the kind of word that only occurs in a crossword when the setter has boxed himself into a corner!  [The Univerrsal Anagram Solver is a useful online site for resolving anagrams]

16d         Marine mammal a sleuth turned up atop sea (not the first) (8)
Reverse (turned up) the A from the clue and a three-letter abbreviated word for a sleuth over a sea without its initial letter (not the first)

17d         Hit for every person dancing (6)
A word meaning hit followed by a three-letter word meaning “for every”, as in £1.00 for every kilogram

RIP Big Man – (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959)
ARVE Error: need id and provider

23d         ‘Eadache to cause irritation (4)
A headache or setback without its initial H

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: {psych} + {lacrosse} = {cyclo-cross}

13 comments on “DT 27067 (Hints)

  1. Ok. Website seems to be okay, just me then. Bit like this crossword. Getting nowhere with it. Even when I think I know how the clue is constructed inspiration eludes me. Post crimbo fog?

  2. Just went to the front Page. If that is what you are on about, I now understand. Will go to your link as well. Thx

  3. Well, having failed to get anywhere at all on Saturday, even failing to benefit from most of B.D.’s hints, and persevering for most of yesterday at about 5a.m. today the answer to the penultimate clue hit like a bolt from the blue (22a !!) and 19d finally succumbed !
    Finished !!!!!

      1. Thanks Mary ! I must say I thought that was an awful lot more difficult than the usual Sat. prize one.
        Don’t have time for crosswords during the week so looking forward to next weekends offering which I hope will be a little less frustrating than this one. I couldn’t even work out what was what in many of the clues !

    1. Welcome to the blog Renee

      4d Search out supporters carrying bishop (6)
      The parts of the body that support the legs around the two-letter abbreviated form of address for a bishop.

  4. Have access to your crossword twice a week and I love it! Usually complete but crossword 27067 12across? Cannot solve….help…please.

    1. Hi Julie – welcome to the blog.
      BD has given a fairly comprehensive hint for 12a. You want a verb meaning to pamper. It’s a great achievement or exploit (4) followed by a word for the common people or the masses (4) with a verb to live or exist (2) inside it.

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