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DT 27162

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27162

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s a problem with the grid on the Telegraph Puzzles site today – the central line (holding 14a) doesn’t appear properly (and, if you use the print facility, you will see the actual answer to 14a). I understand that it’s all fine in the paper.
I thought that Giovanni was in ‘easy’ mode again today – what did you think?
If you want to see an answer you’ll need to highlight the gap between the curly brackets under the clue.

Across Clues

5a  Idiot — the man had to be dressed (7)
{CLOTHED} – another word for an idiot followed by the contracted form of ‘the man had’.

7a  Toilets by back of store falling apart? (5)
{LOOSE} – an informal word for toilets followed by the back letter of (stor)E.

9a  Attack male dog taken into home (6)
{IMPUGN} – M(ale) and a smallish breed of dog are taken inside an adverb meaning at home.

10a  Upcoming party to be given by men very close by (4-4)
{NEXT-DOOR} – a charade of an adjective meaning upcoming or following, a festive party and the abbreviation for non-commissioned servicemen.

11a  Plaything direly befouled with soot (3,7)
{TOY SOLDIER} – an anagram (befouled) of DIRELY and SOOT.

13a  Wartime general in his limousine (4)
{SLIM} – the surname of the British field marshal who led the Burma campaign in WWII is hidden in the clue.

[As explained in the prologue, if you are doing the puzzle on-line the grid doesn’t actually cater for the insertion of the answer to 14a, so you have to use your imagination and assume that there are 13 white squares there.]
14a  US author as trendier guest abroad (8,5)
{GERTRUDE STEIN} – an anagram (abroad) of TRENDIER GUEST provides the name of the female US author and poet whose best known work was The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas.

There’s a wonderful family called Stein:
There’s Gert and there’s Ep and there’s Ein.
Gert’s poems are bunk,
Ep’s statues are junk,
And no-one can understand Ein

16a  Stream poet observed endlessly (4)
{BURN} – drop the final letter (observed endlessly) from the surname of a national poet.

17a  Bradman having failure with the bat seen as comic figure? (6,4)
{DONALD DUCK} – Giovanni has managed to get two of his ‘other’ names into the clue and answer. The forename of the prolific Australian batsman Mr Bradman is followed by the term used for a score of zero in cricket. Talking of Australian cricketers did anyone see the episode of Endeavour (the young Morse) on the box this week when the name Keith Miller (a famous Australian all-rounder in the post-war years) was revealed to be an anagram of ‘I’m the killer’?

19a  Asian got confused in South American city (8)
{SANTIAGO} – an anagram (confused) of ASIAN GOT.

20a  What can be pulled in body making fellow number at first (6)
{TENDON} – a fellow’s abbreviated forename (Mr Manley again) preceded by a two-digit number.

22a  Hard border that may separate neighbours (5)
{HEDGE} – a semi-all-in-one. The abbreviation for hard in the classification of pencils is followed by a border.

23a  You will have fantastic art in entertainment building (7)
{THEATRE} – the objective form of an old word for you with an anagram (fantastic) of ART inside it.

Down Clues

1d  Workers’ organisation losing heart after upset disturbing the toffs? (3-1)
{NON-U} – this is an adjective meaning socially unacceptable to the upper-classes (although the idea that it disturbs them seems a bit over the top). Reverse (after upset, in a down clue) a workers’ organisation and lose the middle letter (heart).

2d  Raymond‘s name held in little credit (8)
{CHANDLER} – the surname of the American author Raymond who created the private eye Philip Marlowe appears when you insert an informal term for a name into the abbreviation for credit.

3d  Cure can be effected by this priest and team, right? (6)
{ELIXIR} – a charade of a) an Old Testament priest, b) the number of players in a football or cricket team in Roman numerals and c) R(ight).

4d  You see this as prisoner escapes down drainpipe? Speak haughtily! (10)
{CONDESCEND} – split the answer 3,7 to see the prisoner go down.

5d  Tiniest of roles? Happened to get nothing more (5)
{CAMEO} – a verb meaning happened or transpired followed by the letter that looks like nothing or zero.

6d  Sort of dog in demand I don’t fancy (6,7)
{DANDIE DINMONT} – an anagram (fancy) of IN DEMAND I DON’T.

8d  Going down without leader brings agitation of mind (7)
{EMOTION} – the ‘going down’ is a reduction in rank. Remove its leading letter.

12d  Design trip roughly when the flowers come out (10)
{SPRINGTIDE} – an anagram (roughly) of DESIGN TRIP. You need to take care when working out the anagram to avoid getting the penultimate letter wrong.

14d  Report of sticky stuff with batter being offered as food (7)
{GOULASH} – what sounds like (report of) something sticky or slimy is followed by a verb to batter or beat forcefully.

15d  Spelling a word for ‘rubbish’ can produce a terrible headache (8)
{SPLITTER} – the abbreviation for spelling is followed by another word for rubbish or debris.

17d  Businessperson who loses heart several times? (6)
{DEALER} – this one seems weak to me. This person, when involved in a card game, may distribute hearts (and clubs, diamonds and spades).

18d  Maybe the bishop’s home is here, not a hundred miles away (5)
{CLOSE} – double definition. The first, as a noun, is the precinct of a cathedral so a bishop may well live there.

21d  Accountant’s gross? No! (4)
{NETT} – cryptic definition of the opposite of gross in financial accounts.

The clues that I liked best were 22a and 15d. Which ones appealed to you?

Today’s Quickie Pun: {BEAST} + {HERD} = {BE STIRRED}

66 comments on “DT 27162

  1. The problem seems to occur if you select the puzzle from the Home page. Try clicking on “Crossword Puzzles” and selecting it from there.

      1. Thank you. Have been a long time reader and admirer of the setters and solvers here so thought it would be polite to say hello :)

  2. I found this today like the curate’s egg – good in parts. I’ve never heard of the author in 14a nor the dog in 6d, but was able to work out the anagrams for both. Also new to me is the use of 15d to describe a headache, but the BRB confirms it.

    I needed the hints to understand why my answers for 17d, 18d and 21d were right, for which many thanks to Gazza. I had thought of his explanation for 17d but decided that couldn’t possibly be correct! So I agree wholeheartedly with him that this clue seems very weak.

  3. One of the Don’s easier offerings today (interesting that he managed to get DON in twice ;) ). No problems at all today as far I was concerned, just the spelling of the dog, but crossing letters confirmed that. I thought 4D was quite amusing, bit today’s favourite was 17A (being a cricket fanatic).

    Bright sun-shiney here, but not too warm, off to get some stuff from a garden centre to try to sort out my wonderful crop of dandelions. If anyone wants to make some dandelion wine, get over here quick before I disappear them all (should get several gallons with the amount I have)

  4. Found this fun and reassuring after yesterday’s trial (for me). 4d made me laugh as did 17a. But didn’t know 15d as relating to a headache, and spent far too much time trying to fit cur into 9a – & I love dogs :-) so many thanks to setter & Gazza – esp. For the pic of a pug which was the second kind bred by the woman that my wedding present Irish Wolfhound came from! Happy days!

  5. 14a is also absent from the Ipad edition, but the puzzle just manages to work without it.

    Despite that an enjoyable puzzle, nice clues.

    Only gave 3 stars for the puzzle, no reflection on Giovanni, a deduction for the typo.

    Thanks for the review and to the setter.

  6. Hi gazza, thanks for the hints, I needed a few today, a three to four star for me, I’m not great on the general knowledge, yes I saw Endeavour, thought the clue very clever too, I wouldn’t have finished this without you so thanks once again :-)

  7. Like Rabbit Dave I thought today’s was excellent in parts, actually 3/4 but the SE corner was not enjoyable at all.
    No idea what a Close has to do with a Bishop and what sort of headache is a Splitter? Must say I didn’t get 20a at all until the hint and even then thought it was very weak.
    However, all that goes by the board when compared to 17a and 4d too great clues that made us both laugh out loud.
    Thx to Giovanni alias the Don for an enjoyable (on the whole!) puzzle and to Gazza for the hints.

  8. I liked 4d a lot, but also thought the SE corner was less good, especially 20a. Never heard of the dog, I was trying out various French possibilities until I got fed up with that and looked it up instead :) ***/**

  9. Must have been easy as I finished in record time with assistance only for the dog, a breed of which I’d never come across before.
    Favourites were 15d & 4d.
    Thanks to setter and gazza.

  10. More of a ***/*** for me today because it all went terribly wrong in the bottom right corner – all my own fault.
    Even though I couldn’t explain why I put ‘splitting’ for 15d – somehow failed to notice that there was no room for the ‘G’ at the end!! :roll: That meant that 23a had an ‘I’ as its third letter so I couldn’t do it at all. Oh dear – eventually sorted it out. 21d took me ages and I didn’t understand why my 17d was what it was.
    I’d never heard of the13a general or the 14a author. I had to look up who Bradman was before I could do 17a.
    I liked 11, 17, 20 and 22a and 4 and 5d.
    With thanks to Giovanni and gazza – specially for the picture for 22d which made me laugh!

    Now I need someone to bail me out and it would take too long to explain why. Quite recently (in the last two or three weeks I think) there was an answer that meant the curve of a piece of rope hung between two posts. I’m fairly sure it was a Giovanni puzzle so a Friday. The only thing I am completely sure about is that it was a down clue in the extreme top right corner. What is the word? If I was a bit cleverer I’d know how to do this kind of thing for myself!

      1. Yes – thanks.
        How do you do that – I mean hunt out a particular clue? Or do you just know the word anyway and didn’t need to play ‘hunt the clue’? Either way, thanks again. It’s all to do with washing lines . . .

        1. As a person who sails a lot, catenary is a pretty common word as it is used as a term in anchoring, so it stuck in the mind.

          When reviews of the prize puzzles come up I can scroll through the back numbers of the Telegraph on my Ithingy to refresh the memory.

    1. Just to confirm Catenary is also the term for the wires/cables strung across roads for hanging christmas light or carnival bunting. Only know because I had to put them up many years ago in Newport Pagnell until H & S stepped in now its all done by men in highvis and hard hats.

      1. Initially catenary referred to a chain (Latin: catena). From there it was adopted by mathematicians to describe the shape of ANYTHING flexible which is fixed at the ends and on which the only force acting is that of gravity.

        Latin ‘O’ Level, grade 6
        And rather better at maths

      2. They are also used to hang a pair of trainers from in dodgy neighbourhoods to indicate that a drug dealer is in the vicinity.

        1. Is that really true? There are some trainers hanging on some power cables (at least I think that’s what they are) not very far from here. Ever since they’ve been there I’ve been wondering why, and how, they got there. Now I know – the things that I learn from this blog continue to amaze me!

    2. I didn’t mean that the word was ONLY to do with washing lines – I meant the reason that I was trying, and failing dismally, to remember it was all to do with washing lines!

  11. The Don’s offering today was a pleasant uplifting stroll, compared to yesterdays muddy, dreary, slog.
    Thanks Giovanni, had to check to see “close” can be the precincts of a cathedral, otherwise no problems.
    Have a smashing weekend, Don, Gazza & all your readers.

  12. Good fun but definitely on the untaxing side for a Giovanni, my thanks to him and to Gazza for the usual superb review.

  13. Yes, enjoyable, helped by solving the central cross first.
    Didn’t know the General and still not clear about 21d.
    14d – held up by thinking glue instead of goo……!!

    1. Nett (often spelt ‘net’ these days) is used in company accounts to describe the profit, say, after various deductions have been applied. Thus, a company may make a gross profit of £x but after deductions this is reduced to a nett profit of £y.

  14. Thought this was an excellent crossword for me since I could answer quite a few of the clues without knowing why, which makes it easier to guess the rest. As you will be able to tell from this, I am better at general knowledge crosswords than cryptics, but my husband and I (I sound like the queen), enjoy having a go. Thank you to setter & hinter.

  15. After yesterdays wipe out today at least mostly restored my faith that I hadn’t completely lost the plot. Identified the anagrams for 14a & 6d but failed to get the answers although I have heard of both, thanks for the answers Gazza. Had to look up 9a to make sure it really was a word than meant attack. Otherwise a super puzzle.

  16. Gazza, how can you describe one of my favourite authors (2D) as American! For 49 of his 70 years he was a naturalized British subject, he was educated at Dulwich College and he worked in the Civil Service, so I’m claiming him as one of ours.

    1. I think that’s pushing it a bit. He was born an American citizen, died an American citizen and only lived in the UK for about 12 years. :D

      1. All of our statements are factually correct, but you’re being awfully negative about it! And those were 12 really important and formative years :-)

        1. The writer of one of the wittiest letters ever sent to any copy editor. Just a brief excerpt:

          “By the way, would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of barroom vernacular, this is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive. The method may not be perfect, but it is all I have.”

  17. V.Enjoyable. Never heard of the dog before, though. He looks and sounds like a rather precious type.

    1. Definitely a bit ‘poodle-esque’! And before people come down on me like a ton of bricks I have nothing against poodles!

  18. Apart from 17d which was a terrible clue- i did think of the card dealer as the double definition, but the ‘loses heart’ reference was pretty poor, thoroughly entertaining ,though on the easy side.Thanks for the’pics’Gazza, what a brilliant anagram for 17a Keith Miller, i noted that KATH had to look up Bradman, did’nt he open for Gotham City XI?

  19. Thanks to the 2 G’s. I couldn’t get into this today. Too many other things going on to concentrate on it. As usual a very well put together puzzle from Giovanni. Needed 5 hints to finish, was 3*/3* for me. with apologies to anyone reading the blog that owns one of these: I think that Dandie Dinmont is the most ridiculous name for a breed of Dog, I reckon it’s on a par with Duane Dibley from Red Dwarf when it comes to ridiculous names :-) Needless to say, I’d never heard of it, or the author in 14a, I must remember them for future reference. Sun coming out in Central London this afternoon.

    1. If you had ‘done’ Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott for English O level, you might remember that one of the characters has that name and that is how the dogs got their name.

      1. Thank you for the enlightenment, that is soooooooo interesting. I immediately googled it and read all about them.

      2. Thanks Sue, I wondered where it came from. We did Lord of the Flies by William Golding for English O level, so I sadly missed out on Guy Mannering :-)

      3. I can’t even remember what we did for English O level – I know that we did Julius Caesar but what the rest was is a mystery.

  20. Very enjoyable and a nice quick solve too.I loved 4d and 9a. Thanks to Giovanni and Gazza.

    1. Welcome to the blog Scott.
      With a name like yours you should be familiar with the works of Sir Walter. :D

  21. Now, that’s what I call a good crossword puzzle. Surprisingly enough I knew the dog but never heard of splitter for a headache but splitting headache ,yes. Favourite clues 4d & 10a. Thanks to Giovanni & gazza for the review.

  22. No hints needed today (for once). Lots of general knowledge in today which is always satisfying – providing you know the answers! Even knew the D.. D.. dog one. The silly name stuck in my memory after seeing a picture of one in an “I spy dogs” book I had in primary school – many, many years ago. I never did spy one in the flesh but the knowledge came in useful for the first time today!

    Re the “Keith Miller”/I’m the killer” anagram in Morse. Of course Colin Dexter is/was a crossword compiler in his spare time – although I’m not sure this new series is by him.

    **/**** for me today

  23. Started in Long Itchington. Mostly finished in Heysham over lunch. Completed in Barrow in Furness apart from 17d which eludes me. Thanks to all. Toughie time now.

  24. Mainly good fun and a great improvement on yesterday, but the dog at 6d was very unfair – how many people can have heard of that? Mind you, I hate dogs, so for all I know it’s a common breed that’s fouling pavements up and down the country this very moment. 15d also poor. No one has ever used that word as a synonym for headache.

  25. Thank you Giovanni – agreed, a bit easier today. Like you Gazza, not too keen on 17d. Thank you for your review. Rain this am in Suffolk so able to get the puzzle done earlier !

  26. Some charming clues here, and it’s nice to have a puzzle I can actually finish for a change.
    To my shame, I’d never heard of the dog, so that was a guess. (I see its curious name is derived from a character in Walter Scott’s novel ‘Guy Mannering’.) The perplexed expression on the face of the dog I googled looked as if it had just tackled a difficult Toughie.
    I was initially surprised by 1d, as I was thinking the rules excluded an anagram of a word not in the clue, but on reflection I realized it’s a reversal (=upset) with the middle letter missed out, so not really an anagram.
    Many thanks to Gazza, and to Giovanni – it wouldn’t be a Friday without at least one Old Testament name or a liturgical reference! :-) *

  27. Started thinking this was going to be straightforward and, for the most part, it was. Never heard of the dog and to my shame, I cheated with your helpful picture, Gazza. Thanks to you and Giovanni – some pleasant humour here.. you must be going soft in your old age :D

  28. Late input from me as have my son here for a few days so busy with that!

    Best for me was 17a.

    I used to watch Don play in my youth at Headingley and also in Hull.
    Did you know that his surname was really BradNaM not BradMaN?

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