DT 27127 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27127 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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Today is your last chance to enter the March Prize Puzzle.

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.

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Across

1a           Dessert wine delayed rumbling (10)
Another word for a dessert followed by a German wine gives this delayed rumbling which follows an earthquake

10a         Turkish empire rejects man such as Bismarck (4)
Drop (rejects) MAN from a Turkish empire to get the first name of a former Chancellor of the German Empire

13a         What managing directors do in panel for the rest (9)
Split as (4,5)  this is what managing directors do, but it’s actually a panel on a bed

20a         The aforementioned singer is a craftsman (8)
A word meaning the aforementioned followed by an American female singer

24a         English island linked with a US state (4)
The abbreviation of an English island followed by the A from the clue

27a         Italian friend hugging daughter in Aga Saga, for instance (10)
What could mean an Italian friend (3,2,4) around (hugging) D(aughter) gives a name for a word or phrase like Aga Saga

29a         GI is barred for abusing officers (10)
An anagram (for abusing) of GI IS BARRED

Down

1d           A capital orchestra in addition (4)
The A from the clue followed by an orchestra based in the capital of the UK

4d           Seeking a lift after punch on jaw is good (8)
A verb meaning standing at the side of the road  looking for a lift comes from a charade of a punch, another word for the jaw and G(ood)

5d           Start to harmonise in rock-like material for singers (6)
The initial letter of (start to) Harmonise inside a rock-like material

7d           Game to be announced when girl comes around (7)
The abbreviation of To Be Announced inside a girl’s name

8d           American girl’s promise for a blade (10)
An American term for a girl followed by the S from ‘S and a promise

14d         Meddler has drink after plunder (10)
A fortified wine after a word meaning plunder or booty

17d         £2 for new sparkling coin (8)
Put two of the single-letter abbreviations for pound instead of the N(ew) in a word meaning sparkling

19d         Merseyside town has drop of gin illegally produced (7)
A Merseyside town followed by the initial letter (drop) of Gin

21d         Why cow gets confused entering house (3,4)
An anagram (gets confused) of COW inside another word for a house

25d         Untidy place for such as 29 (4)
Two definitions – untidy as a verb and a place where 29 acrosses might dine – it looks like place is doing double duty here, which is why I have indicated that the first definition should be taken as a verb, but it doesn’t work for me


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: top row (molar} + {toff} + bottom row (cock) + {tales} = {Molotov cocktails}

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109 Comments

  1. Brian
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable if a little tricky at the bottom. Loved 27a but it was almost the last in.
    Many Thx to Setter and of course for the hints even on days like these when I somehow managed without them. Sorry also Thx to Mrs B who helps on a Saturday and who is a whiz at anagrams.

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Buy her her own paper – or if you have a printer like ours, make a photocopy for her.

      • Brian
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        Not likely, I need all the help i can get:-)

      • Tantalus
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

        Buy the Mrs her own paper? You have to be kidding or must have a very kind spouse. (for me and I assume many of the alpha male population is her paper).

        • crypticsue
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

          True – the paper is MY paper but I do let him do the number puzzles if he is very good. He’s also quite disappointed in that I only left him one clue in the big GK puzzle today. Still it does mean he has no excuse but to get on with that which he ought to be doing.

          • Patsyann
            Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

            I would hate having to share my crossword with anyone else! My son-in-law once filled in some answers on a temporarily abandoned crossword. He knows if he ever does it again he’s out of the will. I occasionally ask my husband for help with those dratted cricket terms.

            • Kath
              Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

              I’m very possessive about the crossword too. Husband can’t do them at all so I’m safe there.

    • Annidrum
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      I ,too, am very possessive about the crossword & get really annoyed if my husband butts in and will only let him help if I’m. really really stuck. But that’s because he’s so much better at doing them than I am !

  2. graham
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Thought this was a tad easy for a prize puzzle,no real problems and really liked 27A & 22D last in was 20A.thanks to BD for the review no help needed today.The rain has stopped & the sun has popped out hope the rugby goes well for the boys.

  3. Rabbit Dave
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    After a difficult week negotiating snow drifts in northern France without the compensation of my daily DT crossword, I am very pleased to be back in Blighty (even with the rain today!) and able to get back into them! I felt surprisingly rusty after only few days off and it took me a while to get back into the groove. However once I got started I managed today’s puzzle without any help, and I would give it a */*** rating. Like Brian, I thought 27a was brilliant.

    Many thanks to BD and to the setter.

  4. Little Dave
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Done very early at an M1 service station heading north in the rain. 27a was my favourite by far.

  5. Colmce
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Like guided tour of Kew, lead up a few garden paths.

    Enjoyed the puzzle, after I’d settled down.

    Thanks for the review, not needed today.

    Thanks to setter for brightening a grim grey day in Kent.

  6. Mike in Amble
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    A really enjoyable Saturday puzzle. Too many favourites to pick one out. Thanks setter and BD

  7. Colmce
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    On IPad clue 17d reads…?2 for new, this slowed me down a bit.

  8. Poppy
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Delighted to see the hints so nice and early, BD – thank you very much – really appreciate all your labours… :-) I’d be most grateful for some help with the last one I have to go in 27a. I have all the checking letters, but just can see it. Probably a real d’oh is due. Thanks to setter also.

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      BD has given a hint for 27a. It is a bit of a d’oh.

      • Poppy
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

        Thanks, CS – I should have added that I’m still being thick even after reading BD’s hint…. Perhaps a strong coffee will clear the cobwebs

        • Only fools
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

          Yes a reviver might help !

        • mary
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

          Another example of this answer Poppy if I’m allowed to say? would be Madam I’m Adam

          • Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

            it;s a “definition by example” and I see no harm in other examples, although the one above yours is really subtle!

            • mary
              Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

              Whew, thank goodness, no TV in the naughty corner, agree about the one above :-)

            • Poppy
              Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

              Got there ! In Mr P’s Scouse “Worra Divvy” :oops: !Thank you all for such courteous help to such an idiot. And now I see it, I laughed aloud at BD’s hint – superb!

              • Kath
                Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

                ‘Worra Divvy’ ? Or am I being dim AGAIN?

                • Poppy
                  Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

                  Being translated from Liverpool ‘scouse’ into English as “What an idiot”! And no, Kath, you’re not being dim in the slightest. I only got my Scouse Passport presentation after many years of marriage to one! (Person, not passport, that is.)

                  • Kath
                    Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

                    Thanks for the translation – I think I’m quite glad that I don’t live up there – would need to do a language course!

                  • Kath
                    Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

                    Very useful for a clue in NTSPP today, so thanks! :smile:

                • Tantalus
                  Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

                  In Guildford: “what a silly chap” , in East London “wadda plonker”, in Belfast “eejit”. In Scouseland “worra divvy”.

                  • mary
                    Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

                    we say worra div too :-)

                    • Poppy
                      Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

                      So I’d be right at home in Belfast, Wales, East London or, at a pinch, even Guildford :-D

          • mary
            Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

            another example… no melon, no lemon

            • mary
              Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

              ‘Aibophobia’ is apparently a ‘joke’ word used for the fear of 27a!

              • Poppy
                Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

                Love it :-)

            • Poppy
              Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

              Thanks, Mary, for those two examples. I can’t believe how slow I was to get it! Hope you enjoy the match. I’m (whispering) following F.1 …. :-)

  9. Only fools
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable only delay iPad version has ? Rather than £ for 17 d .
    Thanks very much .
    27a fave .

  10. NJM
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Not too difficult, but I did find the SE corner a bit of a holdup, until the pennies dropped for 17d, 21d, 27a and 22d in that order.
    27a favorite clue, puzzle **/**** for me.
    Thanks to setter and BD, though I didn’t need any prompts for once!

  11. mary
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Must be me then Dave, I found this one quite tricky today and didn’t know that ‘spare’ in 12a meant that! fav clues 27a, 15a 26a, thanks for the hints Dave, needed one or two of them, getting ready to make cowl now, to enjoy during ‘THE MATCH’,
    once again, may the best team win, hwyl all :-)

    • Caravaggio
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      I notice that you’ve not made any prediction about the result, Mary, and I think that you’re very wise as I’ve heard on 5 Live this morning that the bookmakers are merely offering ‘evens’. As far as the crossword was concerned, I too was grateful for one of Dave’s hints and didn’t find this puzzle as easy as some of the others have implied.

      • mary
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        No can’t call this one Cara but can always hope :-)

        • mary
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

          Yeeeeeee…es!

    • axe
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mary, Thanks for showing humility to the other side.

      We also will be generous and give the French the wooden spoon.

      • mary
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

        :-)

    • mary
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

      And we were singing, hymns and arias…

  12. Sheepdog
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Last weekend and the early part of this week I visited the Aged P where there is no computer conection and so had to rely on my own brain and yet I managed to complete the crosswords.
    Today, because I know help is at hand my mind went blank and I needed help, so thanks for that.

    • mary
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      Amazing what our brains can do when they have to Sheepdog

      • Kath
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

        Wasn’t quite sure that I even had a brain yesterday – I’d never have done that one on my own. Enjoy ‘your’ match this afternoon. :smile:

      • Shawn
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        I must have lost millions of brain cells this week. Needed the clues today….a real dunce.

    • Kath
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I agree with you about always (well, almost always) being able to do the crosswords when no help is available. When we go to France I don’t even have a dictionary, let alone access to BD’s great blog, and usually manage to finish them, even with the somewhat doubtful ‘help’ from my French sister-in-law!

      • Sheepdog
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

        I must admit, I did have my crossword solver, luckily it wasn’t just my head!

  13. Sweet William
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you setter – really enjoyed this one. Thank you also BD for your hints. I finished without them but needed to look at 7d and 17d – fortunately you had given hints for them. I had the answers but must confess to struggling to know why !

    All Quiet On The Western Front today ! until 5.00 pm !

  14. Kath
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear – it looks as if I’m the only mug who can’t do 22d – can’t even work out what the definition is. A bit of help would be really appreciated.
    I enjoyed this and thought that it was a good mix of clues – some straightforward and a few rather trickier ones.
    There were some that I had to think about even though it was pretty clear what the answer was – particularly 17d.
    I liked lots – 16, 27 and 28a and 3, 4, (something we used to do all the time and seems to be coming back) 8, 11 and 21d. I also liked 23a as a clue even though I don’t care much for the idea!!
    With thanks to Mr Ron and BD, and in advance to anyone who can bail me out with 22d.
    Torrential rain earlier on but seems to have stopped for the moment. I hope you all enjoy watching people rolling around in the mud this afternoon – I’m going to have a go at NTSPP.

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      22d you need to know the name of the Russian space station and then put a Welshman’s name inside to get a word meaning in the sky.

      • Kath
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Sue – will just go away and have a little think about that one.
        No I won’t – just had a gnoment – thought it had to be THAT welshman but couldn’t get any further – space stations of any nationality are not one of my specialities!

        • Brian
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

          Think about what happens when two planes collide (probably sent to the Naughty Corner for this)

          • Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

            That’s even more cryptic than the clue!

            For future reference, if a hint starts with the word “think” then it is probably an alternative clue and should be avoided.

            • Kath
              Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

              Do you mean that it IS an alternative clue? I thought it was quite helpful and had I not already got the answer I would have done instantly from Brian’s hint – it would just have made me think along different lines.

          • Kath
            Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

            Thanks Brian – assuming you’re still here and not sitting in the naughty corner waiting for someone to come and keep you company.

          • Tantalus
            Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

            Didnt know that there were any Welsh Astronauts? And… It Looks like BD has implemented some auto cybernaughty corner censorship. So now if a post has the answer in it, it gets blocked.

            • Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

              You entered more-or-less the same comment three times and i deleted two of them – hardly censorship.

              • Tantalus
                Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

                My apols…. i kept getting a publish failed message from my iPod touch when I tried to enter a Liverpudlian equivalent so I assumed some Orwellian filtering. Anyway, as always – thanks for the hints and banter. And to Mrs T for letting me look at her copy.

        • Hrothgar
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

          I had a problem with this clue, my last in, as I thought my first stab at it was a hyphenated word.
          Correct, though, apparently it’s not a hyphenated word.

          • Posted March 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

            It depends on which dictionary you use!

  15. spindrift
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Right , that’s out of the way. Most enjoyable as usual. Thanks to Cepheus & to BD for the hints

    Beers are lined up, my lads are comhg around to watch Eng Wales & Ms S is making us all a curry for afterwards.Bliss!

    Here’s one for BD from another organ:
    “Out of date team with sudden changes?” (4,3,6)

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      It is a Mysteron not a Cephas

      • Brian
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

        How come you always seem to know the identity of the setter, do you have an inside line?

  16. Dinosaur Pete
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Done it ! As always thanks to BD without whose help I wouldn’t have !
    Would be grateful if someone could why sandwiches are involved in 11d – I’ve got the answer but don’t fully understand it.

    Finally, I’ll be thinking of you at 5.00 p.m. Mary ! May the best team win and it be a running rather than kicking match.

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      11d – the ‘despatched’ is sandwiched between the sailor and the took care of.

      • Dinosaur Pete
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Sue, one of those Dohh moments !!
        I can concentrate on the rugby properly now !

        • crypticsue
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

          I’m probably the only person who isn’t watching the rugby!

          • Kath
            Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

            No you’re not . . .

          • gazza
            Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

            Some of us can multi-task. :D

            • crypticsue
              Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

              Some of us are multi-tasking so much already that we don’t have time to fit the rugby in :)

              • gnomethang
                Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

                Some of us wished we had never watched the Rugby. Well Done Wales – Shame they didn’t have anyone to play against.

                • mary
                  Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

                  And some of us are so glad we did :-)

          • Annidrum
            Posted March 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

            My husband is multi-tasking in the kitchen ,watching the rugby and preparing tonight’s dinner,but I suspect he’s preparing the dinner just now so that he can keep both eyes on the Scotland/ France game later.

  17. John
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Hi everyone,

    Having been lurking here for some time, thought I should say hello.

    Everyone’s help is greatly appreciated (and I’m glad it’s not just me who misses the obvious!)

    Even managed to complete today’s without hints (rare event!).

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Welcome John – we do like it when a lurker joins us. Hope we will see more of you from now on. In a strange sort of way ‘Missing the obvious’ is part of the ‘fun’ (??) of solving cryptic crosswords .

      • John
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Sue, I’ll be sticking around (I need the help…)

    • Poppy
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Hello John – good you’ve De-lurked yourself! I lurked for over a year before I plucked up my commenting courage, and really regretted I hadn’t joined in so much sooner. And I’ve received bags of very kind and patient help that appears to be totally unstinting… :-) so you’re very welcome from a fellow struggler or even straggler

      • John
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Poppy, in my case the best description is probably a struggling straggler!

        • Poppy
          Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

          :-)

  18. Rufus the Dog
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Not too taxing today – liked 15a & 27a

  19. Rufus the Dog
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh… and dumb question time/faq – this coupon they mention to accompany an emailed scanned version of the crossword – que?

    TIA

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      I think it means you have to fill in your name and address in the appropriate place under the grid before you scan it.

  20. Luapsnoki
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Is there a missing ‘ in the clue?

  21. Luapsnoki
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Apologies, resend: Is there a missing ‘ in the clue 5d?

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Don’t think so.

      • Luapsnoki
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

        Singer’s ?

      • Luapsnoki
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        Or, operhaps, singers’? But can’t see hoe “singers” fits :(
        Otherwise great fun :)

        • Posted March 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

          The online clue is as I have given it above.

          • suburban solver
            Posted March 17, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

            It means ‘for singers’ rather than ‘singers’ so no missing apostrophe. :-)

            • Posted March 17, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

              Welcome to the blog suburban solver

              • suburban solver
                Posted March 17, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

                Thanks :-D

  22. Rosie G
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable today, thanks to setter and BD. Some lovely clues, liked 23a,27a and when I eventually got it 28a. Bit slow there. Anyway finished in time for the Wales England match

  23. Annidrum
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed that today but can’t believe how long it took me to get 27a ,even after seeing BD’s hint!!! Favourites 1a,8d, & 11d. Thanks to Mr Ron and BD for the hints.

  24. Dawn
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks as ever to BD for the hints and blog and to setter too.

    Loved 4d but still haven’t got 2d, a nudge to put me out of my misery pretty please?

    This was a puzzle of two halves for me, SW corner went in easily and then the rest took some considerable effort.

    Thanks too, to CS for your explanation of 11d, I too, didn’t understand the sandwiches bit but now clear. Neither have I been watching the rugby but I shall be watching the F1 qualifying later :-)

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      2d the definition is an informal conference – insert a word meaning ‘every individual’ into a metallic element.

      • Dawn
        Posted March 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

        Thank you!

    • Poppy
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      Glad I’m not the only one planning to watch F.1. . . Boo hoo about the rain :-(

  25. Jezza
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to setter for today’s pleasant puzzle, and to BD for the hints.
    The surface of 19d made me smile at the implied litotes of only a ‘drop’ of gin illegally produced in a Merseyside town !

  26. gazza
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Wales rampant (30) – England demolished (3). Brilliant performance by Wales. I’m so pleased for Rob Howley who’s had a lot of criticism.

    • gnomethang
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      I can only agree – as someone who wanted the Grand Slam.

    • mary
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      I agree gazza he was slated at the beginning of the season, the boys done good! :-)

    • mary
      Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Apparently the best score ever for Wales v England inCardiff ??

  27. Derek
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    A good Saturday solve.

    Clues that I liked were : 1a, 13a, 20a, 26a, 27a, 3d, 8d, 17d, 22d & 25d.
    23a & 21d were laughs!

    Today it is beginning to look as if Spring is on its way – I’ll say no more just in case!

  28. laney
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Loved todays puzzle which I could only look at after some baby sitting for my smallest grandson. Miraculously finished it with only a small amount of help from BD. Was grateful to the comments which clarified the answers I’d managed to work out…..especially11d. Also belated thanks to Cryptisue for help a couple of weeks ago. As always thanks to the setter.

  29. Wendy Ramsell
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I joined Dave,s site to get help with 27across. marvellous clue and hints from Dave.
    I felt that warm glow of ‘eureka’ and a surge of adrenalin although I had had help! that was my last one in except for 22down which I had thought was something more difficult.
    Wendy

    • Posted March 17, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Wendy

      Let’s hope you stay here!

  30. Kingsley
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Had a busy day yesterday – we in the Southern Hemisphere have a rugby competition called the Super Fifteen, between five Australian, five New Zealand and five South African sides – so I was “busy” watching rugby for most of yesterday, and only got to the crossword when I went to bed. Rather pleased with myself for finishing it without any help from BD’s hints. although I do want someone to explain 18a to me. I got the answer but the logic escapes me.
    Like everyone else, I enjoyed 23a and 27a. Didn’t understand BD’s problem with the clue in 25d – a **** (my censoring!) is surely “an untidy place”?
    Oh, and congratulations to Wales! A bad weekend for us SA rugby fans: Of the three SA teams who had fixtures this weekend, only one (Free State Cheetahs) won and two (Sharks and Bulls) lost.

    • Posted March 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      I was unhappy with 25d because if the first definition is “an untidy place” this leaves the second as “for such as 29” rather than “place for such as 29”. It only works that way if the word place is doing double duty.