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DT 27187 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27187 (Hints)

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Here are the pictures of last Thusday’s S&B Meeting.

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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1a           Party near American university site (6)
A party supporting a certain set of beliefs followed by a two-letter abbreviation for American

9a           Old retirement place to take care of sheltering our pop finally (4-6)
An old-fashioned type of bed is derived by putting a verb meaning to take care of someone else’s child around (sheltering) OUR and the final letter of poP

11a         Biscuits with bananas (8)
A double definition – biscuits usually eaten with cheese and a word meaning bananas or mad

13a         Sounds like a quaint case (4)
What sounds like, at a pinch, A and an adjective meaning quaint is actually a small case for holding sewing articles – this case, often seen on Bargain Hunt, comes up a lot in crosswords because it is one of the few words which fits the checking letters

19a         Hit over the head because shortly hostility’s beginning (4)
A slang abbreviation (shortly) of because followed by the initial letter (beginning) of Hostility

23a         Don’t happen to authenticate (8)
Split as (3,5) this could mean don’t happen – tip: expand don’t into two words!

27a         Ancient Britons keeping radical forecasts (8)
Some of the Ancient Britons who used to inhabit northern Scotland in Roman times around a three-letter word for a left-wing radical

28a         Cross about theologian’s bewilderment (6)
An animal that is a cross between two others around a theologian’s degree


2d           A keen endless love (5)
The A from the clue and a verb meaning to keen or grieve without its final letter N

3d           Get bottle to hug a fabulous bird of limited scope (9)
A small bottle used to hold medicine around (to hug) the A from the clue and a fabulous bird

4d           Exhibitor scorned group (6)
Two definitions – someone who exhibits or displays and a scorned group of people of whom one disapproves

6d           Nobleman brands serf’s head (8)
A brand or make of motor vehicle followed by the initial letter (head) of Serf

14d         Minor batsman kind to harbour trouble (4-5)
A minor batsman, like Tuffers, comes from an adjective meaning kind around (to harbour) some trouble

ARVE Error: need id and provider

16d         Given honour, TV presenter made speech (9)
One half of a pair of irritating TV presenters followed by a verb meaning made a speech

20d         Group of pupils with energy holding run (6)
This group of pupils of roughly equal ability or following a particular course of study comes from some energy or enthusiasm around (holding) R(un)

24d         Unfortunate lapse, a bit of a bloomer (5)
An anagram (unfortunate) of LAPSE


The Crossword Club is now open. Feel free to leave comments.

I’ll be back at lunchtime – it’s the Village Café & Local Market today.


The Quick crossword pun: (Autumn} + {attic} = {automatic}

69 comments on “DT 27187 (Hints)

  1. Not too tricky a puzzle but the homophone will have purists and the regions howling with protest!. THanks to BD and the setter.

  2. Quite good fun. A couple of clues I thought a teensy bit weak but lots I really liked. I thought 28A, once I’d corrected my initial wrong answer, was rather clever. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the review. Since it’s still dark outside, and I didn’t have a chance to get stuck into the toughie yesterday, I’ll put the coffee pot on and give that a go.

  3. Homophone didn’t work at all but answer obvious .All delays self inflicted (wrong answer for 28a initially)
    Favoured clues 23a and 3d .
    Thanks very much .

  4. Really enjoyed this one, made me think but was very fair. Only the third one i have managed this week!
    Thx to all concerned.

  5. Still don’t get 28a, even with the hint and he checking letters! The completer I use doesn’t help either. I see how my tentative answer can be construed as bewilderment, even though it doesn’t feel quite right, but the idea it is an animal just makes me feel……….bewildered.

    Shame really, because I was on for a “no aids” totally from the brain finish in less than that time period we all set as a marker.

    Anyone out there know of any decent completer online?

  6. I totally agree with Gnomey and the others who’ve complained about the homophone. Although I’m now ensconced in Cheshire – and there are plenty of colloquialisms in this county – I don’t think that the locals would applaud this one either… However, I thought that was an enjoyable puzzle and, to my mind, was far better than the previous Saturday. Thank you for the hints, Dave, because one of them was of assistance to me.

  7. Just got going with it. Listening to TMS before gardening. So far so good – sunny!

  8. I was very slow to get started today and thought that it was going to be difficult but then got going and all was fine.
    Doing the long clue down through the middle on first read through helped. I took ages to understand 23a – kept trying to make sense of it by splitting it 2,6 which was obviously not going to work – just me being dim. 3d took a while and I didn’t know 14d it being cricket but guessed and BRB’d it – not that BRB mentions cricket.
    I liked 9, 10 (an expression used by my Dad quite often) 19 and 28a and 6 and 7.
    With thanks to Mr Ron and BD.
    A much better day than yesterday – off to the garden. Not sure that I will brave the NTSPP unless I print it out and use it as a ‘training exercise’!

    1. Don’t let the fact that it says ‘by Elgar’ at the top put you off having a go at the NTSPP. There are a few to get you started and if you think about the ‘theme’ then …

      I have a bit more ‘domesticity’ to finish and will then be adding my ‘handy hints’

      1. Elgar’s NTSPP – How many is a “few”? I’ve got 2 …

        My attempt at solving an Elgar is very similar to Tuffers vs Shane Warne. No contest!

        I think I will declare!

  9. Okay… got this done without too much trouble, though I did dip into Chambers on the iPhone for a spot of encouragement. Like Kath, getting 5d without having to think about it, really helped. As is usual for me, one or two answers went in “because it has to be” and as ever, I’m grateful to BD for the explanations. If I was sending this off, I’d be worried about 28a. I know what it “has to be” and I can see the cross, but I’m in a bit of a 28a about the middle letters. Anyone put me out of my misery?

    Thanks to the setter and to BD.

      1. Thanks BD. Bizarrely I’ve never come across the qualification before in spite of 45 years with the DT puzzle. I’ll spot it next time!

        1. It was in the first DT that I bogged and also occurred recently in the Sunday puzzle I believe.

            1. Strongly resisting the temptation to add the obvious comment, I will just say that the poor lad does seem to have a lot of trouble with his predictive text :)

              1. The obvious comment may leave him somewhat po-faced! :wink:

                Just done 1a in today’s Grauniad Araucaria – The only one so far!

            2. Made me look up “blogger” in my Chambers App. Didn’t know of the existence of the “blogosphere” (a set of blogs with a common theme) or a “blog roll” (a series of hyperlinks to recommended blogs, often in a side bar).

              In terms of learning something new, this is a bit of a Brucie Bonus… thank you BD (I think)

              The mind boggles… :D

  10. Finished although I did fall into a silly trap with 28a and came up with an answer that sort of worked!

  11. Don’t understand either the clue or the hint for 23 across. We think we have all the correct letters, but of course we could be wrong. Since no one else seems to have had any problems with this one, it must be us, sorry. The rest of the crossword was very enjoyable.

    1. We’ve got the answer now to 23across. Our dictionary turns s into z which doesn’t help with some words.

    2. 23a fooled me for ages. It’s an eight letter word meaning authenticate. If you split it into two words (3,5) it could mean ‘don’t happen’. Think that all I’ve done is pretty much repeat BD’s hint but good luck.

  12. I enjoyed the Cricket Clip for 14d far more than the puzzle! So Thanks to BD!

    Nice one Tuffers!

    (Did he get more than one?)

  13. Owing to late night resorted to some hints to keep things moving forward ! Thank you BD and thank you setter. Nice to sit in the sun with the puzzle for a change.

  14. Oh dear! Having a real struggle today. I’m completely stuck on 14d & 20d – not helped by not managing to work out 23a despite the hints BD & Kath have given . . . Only got a short time left as I need to leave for London soon to see Othello at The National tonight. Feeling a real idiot today. But at least it’s not raining here!

    1. 14d BD has given a hint already. It is quite a common cricket term – ask Mr P.
      20d The definition is group of pupils – a type of energy with the single letter used to denote a run in cricket scores.

      Its a very crickety puzzle today.

      Enjoy Othello – I ‘did’ him for A level.

      1. Lucky you! I was stuck with the unstageable Ant & Cleo and the bizarre Winter’s Tale…..

          1. Thanks Dave – interesting. I never got to see it at the time (1966-68!); maybe if I had I would have found it less of a chore. That said, I wasn’t the most diligent of students (exit pursued by bear).

      2. Thanks CS, not only are you brilliant at Crosswords & a superb cake maker (I hear) amongst your other talents but that was an inspired suggestion for me to ask Mr P. he actually knew the answer immediately. And as his idea of a good Xwd clue is “What sits on a mat?” Answer C something T (adding triumphantly ‘there are two possible answers’) is was a glad some surprise. And now we’re sitting in the sun on The Embankment, anticipating a Flat White at Giraffe, before heading off to Othello. . . . Happy or what!

    1. Definition is first two words – a reversal of a word meaning ‘making insolent comment’ followed by an alcoholic drink.

        1. Thanks for that. Was looking for a word for drink in reverse. Really enjoy the help on this blog. Thanks

            1. Thanks Gazza. Have been a parasite on it for years, thought only fair I should come clean! :)

  15. I could do with a bit of help with 5d. I can’t see it for the life of me although I’m sure it’s quite obvious. It’s my last one in

    1. You know who the Bard is and you should realise you are looking for one of his works. Play is the anagram indicator. I will leave you to spot which 2 words you have to rearrange.

      Incidentally, have you been away? You have been very quiet lately.

      1. Hi CS. Thanks for your help. No, I’ve been here but I’ve been busy watching the Giro (bike tour of Italy) and getting the garden in shape for the summer. What summer, I hear you ask, because the weather down here is rubbish – a freezing wind (the Tramontane), with rain. We might have to move back to Blighty

        1. I wouldn’t come back just yet… it’s not that good here… but perhaps not quite as bad as has been for the Giro. Shame about the loss of Wiggins and yesterday’s stage. I’m very envious though: I get to watch it on my iPhone, toggling between Eurosport and BD. Do you get to see the Tour as well?

  16. Found this fairly straight forward, with very few hold ups.

    Thanks to BD for the hints.

    Thanks to the setter

  17. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints, which fortunately I didn’t need. An enjoyable puzzle that took me a long time, but eventually all fell into place. Started with 5a, finished with 9a. Favourites were 12a,23a and 3d. A nice day for once in Central London.

  18. I do not get the second definition on 4d? I just used the first when completing the puzzle today, but now I am not so sure. Otherwise a good test this week with lots of fun clues. 3d and 18a.!!!

    1. It is the sort of thing a sergeant-major might call his troops when they were useless. Depends how you pronounce the third and fourth letters as to which bit of the definition is which.

      1. Sort of thing Terry-Thomas used to say with that accent for the second definition! An absolute ……!

    2. The two definitions are heteronyms – a word of the same spelling as another but of different pronunciation and meaning, like a tear (in the eye) and to tear (rip).

  19. So annoying! Today’s paper only partly downloaded on my I pad! Can’t access the crossword.

  20. Enjoyed completing today’s puzzle after taking on the relatives in a game of Logo. By the way, your blog has arranged itself on my ipad slightly to the left (so, annoyingly, not all the hints are readable). One more puzzle to solve?

  21. I enjoyed watching the cricket , thanks,and if the answer to 14d was in the commentary , I didn’t catch it as I find the accents difficult and can’t catch all the words.However I finally worked out what it and 13a had to be, though both are new to me.I can’t find 14d in Chambers,so I wonder if I really have it right or has “submit” submitted and decided to let it go ?Thanks Setter, whoever you are, and Big Dave . I am now going back to look at last weekend’s photos.

      1. 14d is in my copy of Chambers (11th edition) too but it doesn’t say anything about it being a cricket term.

      2. I’ve gone back and had another look at 14d, and it still doesn’t make any sense whatever and definitely isn’t in my 1972 edition of chambers( with 1977 supplements). I’ll just have to wait until the full review.I still suspect “submit” gave in.

          1. Yes, it did ! I’ve book marked that page as I’m sure it will come in handy in the future.And my suspicions were right , 2 incorrect spellings were accepted or perhaps I didn’t save before submitting.. Anyway it all looks okay now. Thank you.

  22. Enjoyable if un-taxing crossword and a most entertaining review. ( Great test match also, and that from a Scotsman)

    1. 3d means of narrow or limited scope. The first letter and the last four are a small bottle – in the middle of that lot you need the ‘a’ from the clue followed by a three letter ‘fabulous bird’. Good luck!

  23. Really enjoyed this, but being a Scot d’un certain âge the cricket clue had me stumped for ages!

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