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DT 27151 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27151 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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There’s still time to enter the April 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.

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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.

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1a Crossing duty makes you strike? (4)
Two definitions – the duty paid for using a crossing, like the Severn bridge, and the strike of a large bell

3a Local supporter right to the end (3)
Start with a female support garment and then move the R(ight) to the end

8a Motors reassembled in northern port (6)
An anagram (reassembled) of MOTORS

9a Better than normal, but not on course! (5,3)
… that’s not on the golf course!

10a Shallow type in corner with old record (4-4)
Put a type or sort inside a corner, say of this grid, and add an old 4-track record

12a Get more outrageous puzzle (8)
If the answer is split ad (2,6) then it means to get more outrageous

21a Miserly girl’s close call (4,4)
An adjective meaning miserly followed by a young girl – if you have the answer but don’t understand the miserly bit, look up the first word in Chambers

23a Animal, carnivore about to be caught by river in Yorkshire (8)
Put a carnivore around (to be caught) a two-letter word meaning about and follow it with a river in Yorkshire (that changes its name into the river in 17 down at Cuddy Shaw Reach!)

27a Bed contains a blanket or fleece (4)
Put a child’s bed around (contains) the A from the clue


1d Roman emperor‘s set of clothes turned up — toga initially needs taking in (5)
Reverse (turned up) a set of clothes and then insert (needs taking) the initial letter of Toga

3d Writers’ block? (7)
A cryptic definition of one of a pair of supports used to keep the work of a writer in an upright position

ARVE Error: need id and provider

4d Gather by harbour with men into reorganising, dividing again (15)
A four-letter verb meaning to gather followed by a harbour and an anagram (reorganising) of MEN INTO

7d Old deteriorating watermelon left out (4-5)
An anagram (deteriorating) of WATERME(L)ON without the L(eft)

17d Escorted northwards over river to expel parasites (7)
Reverse (northwards in a down clue) a three-letter verb meaning escorted and follow it with a river in North Yorkshire

19d Finish the sitting (5,2)
… and get out of the chair!

22d Odds on one selling out fish (5)
The two-letter abbreviation for betting odds followed by someone who sells out on his friends

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: (fund} + {emmental} + (tally} = {fundamentally}

97 comments on “DT 27151 (Hints)

  1. Hi Dave, thanks for the hints but haven’t needed them to finish today, but I have quite a few answers I don’t understand! I will look through them again to ‘puzzle’ them out, fav clue today 12a, made me smile :-) , should be watching grandson no 4 playing football, but chickened out, too wet to stand around a muddy field!!

            1. No because I must be the problem ;-) , I don’t see how the word I’ve got can be wrong but it must be

                    1. I don’t know your email collywobs we don’t publish them on here :-) , you’d have to ask Dave to email me your email if you see what I mean ;-)

                1. Mary, in case you are still struggling on this one – in the BRB for the first word the definitions start with the meanings as an adverb. Then a few lines down the definitions are given as an adjective, which is where you will find “stingy”. (BD did put in his first answer “adjective”)

                  1. Thanks RD as I said I must be having a ‘thick’ day! I can only think my first word is wrong but cannot begin to think what else it could be!

                    1. Oh right I see it now! I would never ever have said that it was a synonym for miserly!! Thanks both, don’t like it though :-(

                    2. Did I really…just goes to show, I can’t retain information for very long, thanks Dave :-)

        1. In my (iPhone app) version of Chambers BRB it has:
          8. Thriftily, parsimoniously (archaic)

          Archaic! I’ll say!

      1. Good morning Mary. You finished quickly. I’m struggling so resorting to BDs’ hints but trying to do it sparingly

      2. Hi collywobs, you don’t know what time I started ;-) ! Although I’ve finished without hints, I’m still stuggling to see some of them!

    1. No way, I managed not only to finish it but enjoy it as well! Although I did enjoy a a Ray T once but everyone said it was easy!

  2. A very gentle but nevertheless enjoyable puzzle today. My only difficulty was self-inflicted by instantly putting in “toe” as a “local supporter” for 3a comprising the last letters (“end”) of right to the. Well I thought it was logical at the time, although, if my version had been correct, I suppose it would have needed to have been “ends”. Fortunately I got 4d without looking at my wrong checking letter and thereafter it was all plain sailing.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD for his hints.

        1. Go to the corner Collywobbles straight away – they asked you which clue, not to give away the solution. And you mean 8a anyway.

  3. No great problems today but overall very enjoyable. Did like 1d, made us both smile as did 12d. Last in was 3d, bit of a DOH! moment. Funny how these 3 letter clues (3a and 26a) are often very tricky.
    Thx to the setter and to BD for the hints but not needed today.

  4. Another enjoyable Saturday puzzle but, unusually for me, I ended up completing the NW corner of the puzzle last. Despite my Liverpool allegiance, I really hope that [little] Wigan Athletic beat Millwall to reach the FA Cup Final and I’m sure that others will agree with me.

    1. Look at the two words in your solution – one is the snap’ and the other is the ‘fixed’

      1. 5D Is it possible to hint further? just stuck on the N-E corner.
        Would the word begin with the ********?

        1. Snap, as in photo or picture, followed by fixed, as in placed in position.

          Surely there are not many athletic events that fit the (4,3) pattern?

          1. B Dave, thanks but Athletics to me? if it does not involve Rifle, Pistol shooting Rugby, Cricket & eating. I am lost !
            But I got there, Just three more to do??

    1. Welcome to the blog Sarah

      I only provide hints for a few of the clues, but feel free to ask for others.

      26a Jumper perhaps in receptacle taken back (3)
      To get the garment of which a jumper is an example (perhaps) reverse (taken back) a receptacle

  5. Pretty straightforward and enjoyable. Not helped by putting in the wrong 3a which meant I was looking for 4d starting with A! And 4A not helped by having ‘below’ in another across clue…the exact opposite of what I should have put in !

    I’m with Mary on 21a…think the online Chambers Thesaurus is limited in scope.

  6. OK..I have looked up miserly in my paid-up Chambers Thesaurus and the word I have as the first one in 21a begins with an *. Which fits in with the rest of the clue. But I don’t see that word in CT for miserly or stingy. Am I wrong? Does 21 start with an *? But if so then I must have 4d wrong…but I don’t think I have.


    1. You are probably right Roger just a word you wouldn’t normally associate with miserly

    2. As Dave said above, miserly = stingy and if you look up stingy in Chambers Crossword Dictionary it will give the first word as a synonym, I would never have associated the two personally

  7. No problems today and hints not needed, but I did need the explanation for 23A and the ‘corner’ part of the 10A clue. 3D was my favorite today, but I also liked 3A and 12A. Thanks, Big Dve for the review and thanks to the setter for a nice puzzle.

    Off to try the NTSPP now.

  8. Up here in Yorkshire this 21A synonym for miserly is often used – as in “E’s that **** e’d cut a currant in ‘alf!” So I didn’t need the Thesaurus.
    I was grateful for hints on a few others though.

    1. Thanks for that Adastra I was wondering how it could be used in a sentence, it’s never used like that here in Wales, at least I’ve never heard it

      1. Brewers has the answer – it is a ‘curious play on the word close (close fisted) because what is close is ….” !! :)

  9. Finished. Thanks for the hints BD. Once I got a couple of them the rest seemed to fall in to place fairly easily. Thanks to the setter for a good puzzle

  10. Late today but finished now – didn’t need hints but thanks anyway – I always read them, and all the comments, whether or not I need help.
    I was a bit slow with some of these – having looked at them again the ones I had trouble with were some of the more straightforward clues – just having a dim day I think.
    I liked 3 and 12a and 12 and 16d.
    With thanks to Cephas, if BD is right, and to BD.
    Still raining. :sad:
    Going to have a go at gazza’s NTSPP – that’ll give me something to laugh about! :smile:

  11. Thanks as ever to BD for the hints, I did not need most of the across ones and had already got about three quarters in before I looked :-)

    BRB earns it’s keep as does the BRB Thesaurus, I would not get so much done without them to get me started and once I have got some clues I seem to get in the groove.

    12a made me chuckle.

    Thanks to setter too

    1. Hi Dawn

      Big Dave pointed me at WordWeb Pro, which is expensive but includes both of those and more.

      It had to wait until my chillun asked what I wanted for my birthday, but now I have it I wouldn’t be without it :-)

      The website is at http://wordweb.info/

  12. Am I thick or something? Could the picture in 27 a also be used for 26 a? Or am I being sent to the corner? Really struggled with the NE section but eventually used your help. Lovely clues in that section. Thanks

      1. Well if a 27a can’t be described as a 26a I’ll go t’ foot our stairs
        BTW I got nit’s at 26a also

  13. Rather straightforward solve this evening!

    Had a birthday commemorative lunch for an old friend and former colleague in the Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk – there were five of us – and the weather became very Springlike while we were there!
    The food was excellent.

  14. Whenever I do a weekend crossword I always open the hints with trepidations – wondering if the one(s) I need will be included. Often the hints listed are for answers I have already managed.

    Today I still needed about half a dozen when I resorted to the hints. Mercifully all the ones I needed and some of the ones I had got but did not understand the wordplay (21a &23a) were included.

    All done now. Thanks to the setter (Cephas?) for an enjoyable puzzle and to BD for the (essential) hints.

    p.s. I have just signed up for the on-line DT Puzzle site. Until now I had always bought the paper, but I realised I was spending waaay too much on a paper I didn’t read (except the Matt cartoon). Does anyone know – by playing online and clicking the “submit” button – am I entered for the prize draw? I have never, up to now, won anything; but then I suppose that’s hardly surprising as I never sent off my entry…

      1. Oh – OK. Thanks BD.
        I guess that means I have about the same chance of winning that pen as I had before!…

      2. In the paper, it szys to scan your filled-in solution and coupon ( Name address and email address form) and send by email to prize.puzzles@telegraph.co.uk with DT27,151 (or the number of the puzzle you are submitting) in the subject line by 9 am on Friday.

        I would presume if that you can submit a puzzle you solved on the site rather than in the newspaper, you would have to print off the puzzle , fill in the grid by hand and then try scanning and emailing as with the paper version.

    1. Like you I’d never won anything in my life until, for once, I managed not only to finish one of the monthly prize puzzles but send it in – I was lucky enough to be pulled out of the hat! I felt just like a rabbit! The books are great and the sense of achievement was too even though I knew that lots of other people would also have finished it. The moral here is that you stand a far higher chance of winning with the MPP.

  15. Lovely puzzle ,though I recall the stingy girls (21) losing their concentration (25a) in their shallow (10a) manner .However I am still begging for help with 11a. Please !

    1. 11a Follow up returns — sure to get fluctuations (6)
      Just follow the instructions – reverse (returns) up, then make an anagram.

      1. Thank you, we all have our “thick” moments, I suppose.Me more often then others.Thanks to setter and to BG, and yourself, Gazza.

  16. ah, Gazza beat me to it, and explained it better than me which is why I comment and not blogg!

  17. Got it all (without hints!) except for 18a which has me totally baffled! Help, anyone?

  18. OK, it’s Sunday, and no one is looking at this blog today…but anyway, I eventually got it without any further help. Will now send my entry in. The prize offered here, in South Africa, is R200, two hundred rands, roughly equivalent to three shillings and sixpence (That’s a joke, in case you didn’t realise!)

    1. Sorry i messed your comment – it was posted during the Grand Prix coverage and my computer was switched off. Glad you got there in the end.

  19. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. Enjoyed this one a lot, but was beaten by 12a and 3d, needed the hints for both. Favourites were 8a and 17d. Was 2*/3* for me.

  20. Finished about 1.00 am this morning listening to the racket from Leopold Sq in Sheffield. No point in trying to sleep, so the puzzle was the answer. 1a and 1d the last in. 1d solved by a half asleep Mrs SW ! Thank you setter and BD for your hints – which I couldn’t access anyway ! If I could, the hotel would have charged £ 8.50 for internet access. Scandalous !

  21. This puzzle has appeared in the Port Elizabeth South Africa Weekend Post. I managed to work out everything quite easily. Just struggling with 12 across. Be -i-d-r.

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