DT 27154

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27154

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **+*/2Enjoyment ***

This was a little hard to get into, and the last couple held me up.  Otherwise staightforward.  A 2-2.5*/3* for difficulty/enjoyment.  Thanks to Jay.

P.S. If you still find the mechanics of the hints a mystery, you should read the following, which should help in understanding.

Definitions are underlined in the clues (in blue).

Words in blue are lifted from the clues.

Italicised words are instructions for constructing the answer. Parentheses following these enclose the indicators from the clues. Eg. Reversal of(up, in a down clue).

[xxx;yyy] denotes that a synonym for xxx or yyy is required.

{ } are used to give the order of construction. Eg. Reversal of(up, in a down clue) AB + C is different from Reversal of(up, in a down clue) {AB + C}.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.

1    Communication as result of period of chaos? (7)

{MESSAGE} : [a state of chaos;a horlicks, as they say] [a period of time].

9    Usual  book for service in church (8)

{ORDINARY} : Double defn: 1st: Nothing unusual; and 2nd: The set of texts used in certain services in church.

10    Relation with a rarely empty storehouse (7)

{GRANARY} : [nickname for an old relation] plus(with) A + “rarely” minus all its inner letters(empty).

Answer: For storing harvested and threshed crops, including cereals, or animal feed.

11    Total show of hesitation by Tory user (8)

{CONSUMER} : { [a total, eg. in arithmetic] + [a voiced indication of hesitation, eg.. when you hem and haw] } placed after(by, in an across clue) [abbrev. for a Conservative politician;a Tory].

12    Main place of work (3,3)

{OIL RIG} : Cryptic defn: A place of work in the sea;poetically, the main.

Answer: Also to be found onshore.

13    Even a horrible smell is short-lived (10)

{EVANESCENT} : Anagram of(horrible) EVEN A + [a smell;an aroma, which need not be horrible].

15    Look hungrily at some frog legs (4)

{OGLE} : Hidden in(some) “frog legs”.

Answer: Hungry for what again? Frog legs? Don’t think so. :-)


16    Look around university popular for subject of marine biologists (3,6)

{SEA URCHIN} : { [to look for something] containing(around) [abbrev. for “university”] } + [popular; fashionable].

Answer: A marine creature, which is also a delicacy.

21    Not really missing odd characters in speech (4)

{ORAL} : “notreally” minus its 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th letters(missing odd characters)

22    The effect of drinking with no good Scotsman of a royal house (10)

{HANOVERIAN} : [the morning after effect of drinking, or over-drinking] minus(with no) [abbrev. for “good”] + [a common Scottish male name].

Answer: Of the royal house which ruled Great Britain and Ireland for a period, starting with George I.

24    One who addresses house painter taking month off (6)

{ORATOR} : [a professional house painter – and wallpaperer] minus(taking … off) [abbrev. for one of the months of the year].

Defn: An address as in a speech.

25    Teach group providing model transport (5,3)

{TRAIN SET} : [to teach;to coach] + [a group;a collection of similar things].

Answer: A scale model of a form of transport, and related stuff. Sometimes the real stuff doesn’t work as well as the model.

27    Resolute detectives in action (7)

{DECIDED} : [abbrev. for the group of investigators in a police force] contained in(in) [an action;something done].

28    Occasional copies I’d botched (8)

{EPISODIC} : Anagram of(botched) COPIES I’D.

29    One in ten men working to become famous (7)

{EMINENT} : [Roman numeral for “one”] contained in(in) anagram of(working) TEN MEN.

2    Revenue obtained from executing wishes (8)

{EARNINGS} : [wishes;longings] minus its initial letter(executing, as in a beheading).

3    Star drives, carrying no very odd items (8)

{SUNDRIES} : [the earth’s star] + “drives” minus(carrying no) [abbrev. for “very”].

Answer: Odds and ends.

4    Places for parking beer for local disposal (6,4)

{GARAGE SALE} : [places for parking vehicles] + [beer].

Defn: The “local” doesn’t refer to a pub, but something really close to your home.

5    Spirit born on carnival venue (4)

{BRIO} : [abbrev. for “born”] placed above(on, in a down clue) [city which is the venue for a famous annual carnival].

Answer: Italian term, often found in a musical direction.


Now, that’s what I call spirit. :-)

6    Fail to hit America’s other half (6)

{MISSUS} : [to fail to hit your target] + [abbrev. for things American;America’s].

Answer: Sometimes your better half, or is that always?

7    Wine for cooking meals within the limits of mediocrity (7)

{MALMSEY} : Anagram of(cooking) MEALS contained in the 2 outermost letters of(within the limits of) “mediocrity”.

Answer: A strong sweet wine from Madeira.

8    Cover broadcast on charge to supply water (7)

{HYDRATE} : Homophone of(broadcast) [to cover;to conceal] placed above(on, in a down clue) [a charge;a price].

11    Ascent providing a moving experience with no effort (9)

{CHAIRLIFT} : Cryptic defn: What you sit on to be carried up a mountain, especially if you’re a skier.

14    16, for instance, in unfortunate Homeric end (10)

{ECHINODERM} : Anagram of(unfortunate) HOMERIC END.

Answer: A group of creatures to which the answer to 16across belongs.

Another example, and another delicacy.

17    Score for music that, oddly, is welcomed by idea (8)

{NOTATION} : The 1st and 3rd letters of(oddly) “that” contained in(is welcomed by) [an idea;a conception].

Answer: Signs or symbols to represent quantities or elements in a system, eg. a music score.

18    No Parisian should imprison a European emperor (8)

{NAPOLEON} : [“no”, as would be spoken by a Parisian] containing(should imprison) { A [a European national] }.

Answer: The Little Corporal.

19    Idle talk about milliner (7)

{CHATTER} : [abbrev. for the Latin for “around”, especially when referring to approximate dates] + [a milliner, or, if mad, a fictional character].

20    Occupy hospital — shortly to be found outside! (7)

{INHABIT} : [abbrev. for “hospital”] contained in(… to be found outside) [shortly;in just a little while more].

23    Person who sells five to finish with gold (6)

{VENDOR} : [Roman numeral for 5] + [to finish;to terminate] plus(with) [in heraldry, the metal, gold, or the colour, yellow].


26    Make changes before publication in reversal of trend (4)

{EDIT} : Reversal of(reversal of) [a trend;a widespread tendency or flow].

The Quick crossword pun: (spies} + {curls} = {Spice Girls}



  1. jezza
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I thought Jay has produced a slightly stiffer challenge today. I normally get through Wednesday in 1* time; this one was 3*, and 4* for enjoyment.
    Many thanks to Jay for a lovely puzzle, and to scchua for the notes.

  2. Expat Chris
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Lovely! Thoroughly enjoyable puzzle with just enough clues to give pause for a while. Funny how words like 15A and 14D that one rarely sees in print, let alone uses, just sometimes float unbidden to the front of the brain. 5D, 8D and 22A were favorites. Many thanks to Jay and to Scchua for the review.

    • mary
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Can’t say that 14d ever floats to the front of my brain Chris ;-) or 13a for that matter

      • Expat Chris
        Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

        When doing a crossword, I mean! And then I say to myself “How on earth did I know that?”

  3. Miffypops
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Got stuck. Left it. Picked it back up. Sorted. Lovely work out today. Just enough to satisfy. Bring it on Ray T. I am ready and waiting. Thanks to Jay. Thanks to Schuaa. Not sure about The first part of 8d which was the last one in for me..

    • mary
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      I agree about the first part of 8d Mp , doesn’t sound a bit like it to me

    • jezza
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      8d – the first part is HYD (sounds like HIDE), which has a similar meaning as ‘to cover’.

      • mary
        Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:42 am | Permalink

        Yes, thanks jezza, but ‘hyd’ doesn’t sound like ‘hyde’ to me :-)

        • jezza
          Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

          But if you take both words HIDE and RATE , how would you write them as one word to fit the definition to the clue ‘to supply water’ ?

          • mary
            Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

            Yes, OK, I give in, I see what you are saying :-)

            • Beaver
              Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

              I agree that the first part of 8d was a bit ‘iffy’ and assumed the ‘sounds like hide’ explanation,but was waiting for the blog to provide a more satisfactory explanation, must beThe Day of The Jekyll ! Anyway thought it the best of the week so far and a ***/**** for me, at least when i next step on a Sea Urchin i know it’s family name. Thanks Scchua for the inventive picks.

  4. Sweet William
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Thank you Jay, enjoyable and found NW corner difficult. Thank you Scchua for your review. Took a couple of hints to finish. Grim up North today.

  5. mary
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Good morning Scchua, thanks for the hints, I didn’t need them today though, I didn’t find this easy, a three star for me with the NW corner being the last in, not one of my favourite Jay crosswords and I thought a few of the readings a bit contrived, listen to me!!! If only I could write a crossword like this I would be over the moon!
    A horrible day here so far, wet and windy after a lovely sunny day yesterday, nevertheless I am off down the beach for a walk, I have finally started my New Years resolution to do this on a daily basis despite weather conditions, better late than never ;-)

  6. Colmce
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    If you put breviary in as a first pass stab then you deserve all you get…I know…it bears no relationship to the clue.

    Apart from that an enjoyable puzzle.

    Thanks for the review and to the setter.

    • Kath
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      If you put stairlift in for 11d you deserve all you get too! :sad:

      • patsyann
        Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

        I did that too Kath – but it does make sense!

    • Annidrum
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      Or elevation! (As in magic)

  7. Kath
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I found this trickier than usual for Jay, particularly the top half. A 3* for difficulty and 4* enjoyment from me today.
    Having finished it I now can’t see why I had such a battle but I think I might say that on quite a few Wednesdays.
    Having stairlift for 11d did nothing for 11a. I’ve heard of 7d (probably in a crossword) and could see that it was an anagram inside M and Y but just couldn’t think of it. I’ve never met 14d before but once I got 16a and looked him up that was OK. Absolutely can’t see why I made such a fuss of it.
    I liked 10 and 15a and 19 and 20d.
    With thanks to Jay and scchua.

    • Merusa
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Richard III was supposedly drowned in a butt of 7d, at least, according to Shakespeare

      • Merusa
        Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

        Correction: I don’t think R III was drowned in 7d wine, I think he drowned someone. Memory a bit hazy on that one

      • crypticsue
        Posted April 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

        Twas the Duke of Clarence who drowned in the butt of malmsey.

        • Merusa
          Posted April 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink


          • crypticsue
            Posted April 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

            Add a copy of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable to your birthday/Christmas list. It is an exremely entertaining mine of all sorts of information.

    • Kath
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      Since Macbeth and Julius Caesar are the only two Shakespeare plays that I know very well I think I’ll stick with my original idea – must have come across 7d in a crossword! Thanks to all anyway.

  8. KiwiColin
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    It was a 3* tussle today and a fun one too. Best chuckle came from 22a.
    Thanks Jay and Scchua.

  9. skempie
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Good work out for the brain today. 20D was an excellent clue

  10. Roger
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    This was also trickier for me. Got held up in the NW corner and so thanks for the hints. 9 was a new word for me in that context.

  11. Only fools
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I had a dim-witted blind spot with 12a but overall thought that the clues were particularly clear and enjoyable today as is the review .
    Fave 22a.
    Thanks very much

  12. BigBoab
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Jay for an enjoyable if untaxing crossword and to sschua for a very amusing review.

  13. neveracrossword
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I agree with scchua’s rating. Needed a lunch break before finishing the top half. Last one in was 8d.

  14. Heno
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Jay and to scchua for the review and hints. Nice puzzle from Jay, I found it a bit tricky to get into, but once in, everything fell into place. Favourites were 22a and 19&20d. Was 2*/4* for me. Had never heard of 9a as a Church Service, and 14d was a new word for me. Nice sunny afternoon in Central London.

    • mary
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      9a, it’s not the service heno but the book for the service

  15. outnumbered
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this one, it looked tough to begin with, then I got going in the bottom left corner, and spread out surprisingly quickly from there. 2.5*/3.5*. 3D was the last for me as I didn’t see the correct reading until I had all the checking letters in

    I’ve also done about 2/3 of the Toughie before I had to leave for work, and so far it seems easier than this one.

  16. Domus
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Good puzzle. Good rating. Good review. Thanks

  17. Vigo
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    All in fairly quickly then got stuck on 2 and 3 down. Got 3 after leaving it for a bit but had to use hints for 2 then, obviously couldn’t work out why I couldn’t work it out (I was trying to think of some obscure term for death duties having taken executing to be referring to an executor). Anyway, very enjoyable puzzle. Thanks to the setter and sschua for the hints.

  18. Annidrum
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I found this quite difficult today so thanks to scchua for the hints ,some of which I needed & thanks to Jay for the workout.

  19. Rabbit Dave
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Late finish for me today. I’ve been travelling round London on trains, tubes and buses, dipping in and out of the crossword as and when I could

    ***/*** for me. Like Mary, I struggled with NW corner. However, when I finally managed it, I couldn’t really understand why it had been such a problem.

    One new meaning in 9a and two new words in 7d and 14d for me today. But, with the clues and checking letters, I managed to solve them all without help.

    Many thanks to the setter and to Scchua.

  20. una
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    No real difficulties with this puzzle.The zoology bits helped.I did need a hint with 11d, not brain freeze , but wind swept brain instead. 14d was my favorite.Thanks to Jay and Scchua.

  21. Derek
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Nice puzzle from Jay!

    Faves : 1a, 16a, 22a, 4d, 8d & 11d.

    My daughter drove me to the dentist today for my half-yearly check-up. Have to go to the town where we first lived in NL as you cannot change dentist at my age.

    Always glad to get it over!

    • andy
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

      As long as you can eat and drink dear boy!!

  22. Little Dave
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable – a couple of new words too.

  23. Martin
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Does any one happen to know why the answer does not appear on an iPad as it does on a windows PC.

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      This is a Frequently Asked Question, so the answer can be found by clicking on the FAQ tab at the top of the page and scrolling down until the bit about revealing answers and the iPad.

  24. asterix
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    It took me until today to find time for this one, and initially I found it a bit tricky, but gradually eased into it and twigged the setter’s wavelength, and enjoyed it very much, finishing it except for 9a. I don’t want to cavil, but surely the Ordinary (of the Mass) isn’t a book. The missal (=book) contains both the Ordinary (the invariable text of the Mass) as well as the Propers (texts that change daily depending on feast or season, e.g. the Introit, Collect, Epistle, Gradual, Gospel, Offertory etc).
    Or p’raps there’s a book called the Ordinary in Anglican use, that I wot not of. * :-)