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DT 27160

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27160

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another straightforward and enjoyable puzzle from Jay.  A 2*/3* for difficulty/enjoyment for me.  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}.

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1    Eats quickly in barracks (6)

{SCOFFS} : Double defn: 1st: As a glutton would; and 2nd: Jeers;mocks

5    Spread left out of enchilada, possibly (8)

{HACIENDA} : Anagram of(possibly) “enchilada” minus(… out of) [abbrev. for “left”].

Answer: A spread of land;an estate. And you might find an enchilada in the main house on it.

9    Gunfight that follows penalty? (5-3)

{SHOOT-OUT} : Cryptic defn: A hyphenated word that follows “penalty” to give a match decider, say, in football.

10    He beats the goalie, giving heart to disheartened star (6)

{SCORER} : [the heart;the centre of things] contained in(giving … to) “star” minus its inner letters(disheartened).

11    Inexperienced eleven not finishing drink (5,3)

{GREEN TEA} : [inexperienced;unripe] + [the contesting side of eleven players] minus its last letter(not finishing).

12    Family help couple to chase gold (2,4)

{AU PAIR} : [two of the same;a couple, in loose usage] placed after(to chase, in an across clue) [the chemical symbol for the element gold].

Answer: A young foreign person, usually female, boarding and lodging with a host family and helping in its childcare and housework, and to learn the local language.

13    Meet prisoner in front of border (8)

{CONVERGE} : short form for [a prisoner] placed before(in front of, in an across clue] [the border;the edge of, say, a road turfed with grass]

15    Small yet volatile infection (4)

{STYE} : [abbrev. for “small”] + anagram of(volatile) YET.

17    Underhand and underfoot? (4)

{ARCH} : Double defn: 1st: Cunning;sly; and 2nd: The curved part that is under your foot.

19    Occasional dances for different people (8)

{ODDBALLS} : [occasional;not regular, eg. to describe jobs] + [formal dances;social occasions].

Defn: Different in the sense of being non-conforming.

20    New branch organising tours around Portugal (6)

{SPROUT} : Anagram of(organising) TOURS containing(around) [International Vehicle Registration code for Portugal].


21    Pastor to supply sources of nourishment (8)

{TAPROOTS} : Anagram of(supply) PASTOR TO.

Answer: The main parts of certain plants and trees that extract nutrients from soil.

22    Puts up with second-class, surrounded by assistants (6)

{ABIDES} : [alphabetic designation of second-class] contained in(surrounded by) [assistants, especially of military personnel].

Defn: To tolerate.

23    Tendency to absorb right knowledge (8)

{LEARNING} : [a tendency;an inclination] containing(to absorb) [abbrev. for “right”].

24    Period that is welcomed by teams rowing (8)

{EIGHTIES} : [abbrev. for “that is”, from Latin] contained in(welcomed by) [teams of oarsmen].

Answer: That particular decade.


25    Follows and makes certain, with no resistance (6)

{ENSUES} : [makes certain] minus(with no) [abbrev. for “electrical resistance” in physics].

2    Company present books making sense (8)

{COHERENT} : [abbrev. for “company”;commercial firm] + [verbal indication of presence at a roll call] + [abbrev. for the books in the second part of the Bible].

3    City left men inside barrier (8)

{FLORENCE} : { [abbrev. for “left”] + [abbrev. for non-commissioned military personnel] } contained in(inside) [a barrier enclosing an area, usually made of posts connected by wire or boards].


I’ve always thought his hands were too big compared to the rest of his body.

4    Poor rodent she cut down (9)

{SHORTENED} : Anagram of(Poor) RODENT SHE.

5    Trouble with containers, they’ll keep you warm (3-5,7)

{HOT-WATER BOTTLES} : [what you’re in if you’re in trouble] plus(with) [containers usually made of glass, but not in this case].

6    Embrace one person wearing nothing accepting cult, oddly (7)

{INCLUDE} : [Roman numeral for “one”] + [a person wearing nothing;bare-bodied] containing(accepting) 1st and 3rd letters of(oddly) “cult”.

7    One tells of Scottish island uprising to leader of rebels (8)

{NARRATOR} : Reversal of(uprising) [an island off SW Scotland] + TO + initial letter of(leader of) “rebels”.

8    Adjust picture for broadcast on skirmish (8)

{AIRBRUSH} : [to broadcast on radio or TV] placed above(on, in a down clue) [a skirmish;a brief encounter especially an unfriendly one, eg. with the law].

Answer: To adjust;manipulate a picture;a photograph.  In this digital age, now all you need is Photoshop.


14    Apply a coating to good second-hand denture (4-5)

{GOLD-PLATE} : [abbrev. for “good”] + [second-hand;after a long period of usage] + [an informal term for denture].


15    Heads off after star gets cover (8)

{SUNSHADE} : Anagram of(off) HEADS placed below(after, in a down clue) [the earth’s star].

16    The old dear loses head, getting a horse (8)

{YEARLING} : [the olden term for “the”] + [a term of endearment;sweetheart] minus its initial letter(loses head).

Answer: A horse of a certain age class for racing purposes.

17    Investing time in a healthy son causes amazement (8)

{ASTOUNDS} : [abbrev. for “time”] contained in(Investing … in) { A + [healthy;undamaged] + [abbrev. for “son”] }.

18    Go on do, mostly united in order (8)

{CONTINUE} : [to do;to cheat someone] + anagram of(in order) “united” minus
its last letter(mostly).

19    Rich university made advance after work (7)

{OPULENT} : { [abbrev. for “university”] + [made an advance, usually, of money] } placed below(after, in a down clue) [abbrev. for a musical work].

The Quick crossword pun: (coal} + {chaired} = {cultured}


49 comments on “DT 27160

  1. Another quality Wednesday puzzle that did not put up too much of a fight. Agree with the ratings.
    Thanks Jay and Scchua.

  2. Good fun and plain-sailing today. */*** for me. Thanks everyone.
    Not sure about hacienda meaning spread!

      1. I love the following rhyme from Bob Dylan’ song Billy on the album Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid.

        Dealin’ cards ’til dawn in the hacienda
        Up to Boot Hill they’d like to send ya

        1. Dealin’ cards ’til dawn in the spread
          Up to Boot Hill they’d like to send ya

          Spread as a building is new to me too. You live and learn

          1. Spread isn’t really a building. The ‘spread’ would be the ranch on which the building stands. Hacienda is (I believe) used extensively in the southern parts of the US where a lot of Spanish is spoken.

            1. Yes. I believe hacienda comes from the Spanish verb hacer – to do or to make. Iendo or ienda = ing in English. Still don’t quite get the stretch to a ranch. I’m obviously missing something.

              1. Hi
                According to my Spanish dictionary
                Hacienda … Estate,Farm,Ranch .
                Alternatively can mean livestock or property .
                Adios (going to Spain tomorrow hence dictionary)

                1. And there’s me thinking it was a nightclub in Manchester. Live, and learn, Have a good trip.

  3. That bloke now you see him, now you don’t, in 8d, is Yeshov, the poison dwarf, head of OGPU
    Thanks Jay for an enjoyable tussle and scchau for the review

  4. Well, just broke my all-time record for solving a Jay puzzle, but it was good fun while it lasted. */**** from me.

    Thanks to Jay and scchua

  5. Please Mrs Crossword Editor, can we have a harder test tomorrow? 19d stumped me for a while today as I had a different anagram for 21ac but the rest were far too obvious for me.

    1. Be careful what you ask for as it’s a Thursday tomorrow and you know who provides the puzzle on that day usually…

      1. Ray T seems to be every other week so probably not tomorrow, maybe a Mysteron. He and Giovani are my favourite setters for the normal cryptic. I just want to wrestle with clues but more often than not early in the week I am finding “read and write” clues. I may defect to Toughieland on days where this appears to be the case.

  6. A gentle warm-up for the other puzzle, which I’m just about to look at.
    Thanks to Jay, and to scchua. 1*/4* for me.

    I would imagine Notabilis will turn out to be more of a struggle.

  7. I think the DT editor is being kind to us this week after last weeks challenges and for that I for one am most grateful. For those who want a mind workout, can I perhaps suggest the Toughie.
    Anyway if tomorrow is a Ray T that will be quite enough challenge for some of us :-)
    Enjoyed this one as I have the last two days and thought that 19a was an excellent clue that raised a smile. Missed the anagrams in 4d, 16d and 18d but got the answers anyway.
    Thx to Jay for a pleasant puzzle and to Sccha for pointing out the anagrams.

  8. Another enjoyable, if not too taxing, puzzle today. I was stuck for a while on 5A as I convinced myself it was going to end in NCE, but 8D soon put paid to that.

    Really liked 12A, very clever.

    Going to spend the rest of the day trying to find my washing line hole. I hate gardening :(

  9. Once I got going all the answers fell into place & didnt need any assistance from the review.This was a nice gentle offering with some nice touches, favourite today was 5D.Thanks to scchua for the review.

  10. Thanks to Jay and to scchua for the review and hints. I sailed through this, but had leave for the second word of 14d, which stopped me getting 21a, which I had never heard of. An enjoyable workout. Was 2*/3*for me. No real favourites. Nice and warm in Central London. Now on to the Toughie.

  11. Colin Dexter would have solved this before even taking the top off his boiled egg. Straightforward but enjoyable. 18 d has appeared very recently in one of the DT puzzles, methinks.

  12. Good fun but hardly a challenge, thanks to Jay and to sschua for another very amusing review.

  13. Tend to agree that it was straightforward today and a */***,no favourites,thanks Scchua for the picks, thought you might have had the delightful Shirley displayed in14d pic! that would have made my day!

    1. Hi Beaver, I did start off with Ms Eaton, but thought that the pics I found, were, well, pretty tame by today’s standards, almost 50 years later. But she was/is lovely.

  14. I thought this was more straightforward than Jay usually is but no less enjoyable so */**** for me today.
    5 and 21a were my last two. 5a because I was being dim and thinking of the wrong kind of spread, and 21a because once I had the first and third letters all I could think of was something to do with ‘tapas’ – wrong again, just for a change! Although I didn’t write it in I thought about ‘base’ for 17a – that really would have put the cat among the pigeons in the bottom right corner.
    I liked 1 and 15a and 5d.
    With thanks to Jay and scchua.

  15. Pretty straightforward puzzle from Jay – many thanks!

    Faves : 5a(rather Spanish-American word play), 11a, 21a, 24a, 3d, 5d, 14d & 16d.

  16. Fairly straightforward except not being able to think in american for 5a. Couldn’t for the life of me figure 21a having identified that it was an anagram of pastorto. Totally missed ‘off’ being an an indicator to shuffle Heads especially as I had SOL as the start of the answer. Still very very enjoyable thanks setter and scchua.

  17. Very enjoyable. Mind you putting toproast in at 21a held things up a while as did my fixation on 13a thinking that border = edge…confabulated by having an E and a G where I expected them!

  18. Thank you Jay, very enjoyable and Scchua for your review and hints. Not too taxing and finished it at lunchtime again sitting in the lovely sunshine in Suffolk.

  19. After I read 13a properly and realised the answer was not xxxFront as front was in the clue it made life a lot easier! No real bother today but an enjoyable crossword none the less.

  20. First class puzzle. Finished it on my own but your hints were indispensible for reference and understanding some clues. Many thanks Scchua

  21. I’m sick of ‘men’ being ‘or’ (other ranks). a term never used outside the armed services

    1. You’d probably better get used to it! Try thinking of another clue when you need an ‘or’ apart from ‘gold’ or ‘alternative’.

  22. A very late start as I had to go and celebrate the national day of some country or other, where the food was wonderful and the entertainment was Mary Byrne. Enjoyable , 22a held me up and 19a was the most fun. Thanks to Jay and sschua.

  23. Found this one very pleasant to fill in about ** ***** tops solving time. Thanks for the blog and full analysis.

  24. Great day for me, I managed to do the lot. That only happens about once a year so feeling very pleased with myself.

  25. Great crossword. Manages to complete it which is the first time in over a year. Very happy

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