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DT 27225

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27225

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a bright sunny South Staffs, with another hot day in prospect.

I started slowly on this one, but then things fell into place and I finished in ** time.

In the hints below the definitions are underlined.

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1a           Adult swan regularly seen in team (5-2)
{ GROWN-UP } Take the even-numbered letter of sWaN and put them inside a team or party of people.

5a           Provoke about Queen? Knight might have put his foot in it (7)
{ STIRRUP } A phrase (4,2) meaning provoke, wrapped around the Latin abbreviation for Queen.

9a           Assumes soft face is developed with nothing removed (7)
{ AFFECTS } Anagram (is developed) of S(O)FT FACE with the O (nothing) removed.

10a         Let out by river next to grass snake (7)
{ RATTLER } An informal word for a variety of venomous snake found in America, made up of a three-letter word for grass or informer, followed by an anagram (out) of LET, and River.

11a         I broadcast concert around end of September? Not right! (9)
{ INCORRECT } I (from the clue) followed by an anagram (broadcast) of CONCERT wrapped around the last letter of SeptembeR.

12a         Sailor back with one old relationship (5)
{ RATIO } Reverse (back) a word for sailor, then add the Roman numeral for one and Old.

13a         Mid-Europeans without an agency for infections? (5)
{ GERMS } Remove the ‘an’ from the nationals of a European country.

15a         Endures getting worried about bishop’s act of resigning (9)
{ SURRENDER } Anagram (getting worried) of ENDURES around the abbreviation of a bishop’s title.

17a         50 per cent of suspects stopped getting sentence deferred? (9)
{ SUSPENDED } The first half of SUSPects followed by a verb meaning stopped.

19a         Forbidden nocturnal animal goes round and round and round (5)
{ TABOO } Reverse (goes round) a nocturnal flying mammal, and add two round letters.

22a         Fruit drink that’s consumed very quietly (5)
{ APPLE } The musical symbol for very quietly inside an alcoholic drink.

23a         Corruption of French intonation (9)
{ DECADENCE } The French word for ‘of’ followed by the modulation or intonation of the voice.

25a         Perhaps he may be in favour of no United Nations (7)
{ PRONOUN } A charade of a Latin word for ‘in favour of’, NO (from the clue) and the abbreviation for the United Nations.

26a         Fancy picture frames in (7)
{ IMAGINE } IN (from the clue) inside a word for picture.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

27a         One puts clothes on  sideboard (7)
{ DRESSER } Double definition: one who puts the clothes on an actor; and a sideboard often displaying china or glass.


28a         Closest squirrels are in drey (7)
{ NEAREST } ARE (from the clue) is hidden (squirreled away) inside a structure of which a drey is an example.


1d           Cows might be looking round rear of tractor (7)
GRAZING } A word meaning looking or staring, wrapped around the last letter of tractoR. What cows spend a lot of time doing.

2d           Cop could make away with lolly maybe, and run (7)
{ OFFICER } A slang term for make away with or kill, followed by the variety of lolly which is very welcome on a hot day, and the cricketing abbreviation for Run.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

3d           Some volcanic eruptions getting more warm (5)
{ NICER } Hidden in the clue.

4d           Full of spirit (9)
{ POSSESSED } A cryptic definition of a person under the influence of evil spirits.

5d           Fish in small trap, wriggling (5)
{ SPRAT } Small followed by an anagram (wriggling) of TRAP.

6d           Head off to bury pet smashed by front of car (9)
{ INTERCEPT } A synonym of bury followed by the first letter of Car and an anagram (smashed) of PET. The surface reading is not ideal for breakfast time.

7d           Brother and sister are scolded about the Spanish (7)
{ RELATED } A verb meaning scolded wrapped around the Spanish definite article.

8d           Place to eat is awful — seconds not required, right? (7)
{ PARLOUR } Remove the final S from a word meaning awful or dangerous (seconds not required) and add Right.

14d         Remains underground? (9)
{ SKELETONS } Cryptic definition of what archaeologists may find if they excavate a cemetery.

16d         Row about journalist in decline (9)
{ REDUCTION } The usual crossword journalist inside a word for a row or argument.

17d         Envelope might be posted with ma unfortunately losing ring (7)
{ STAMPED } Anagram (unfortunately) of P(O)STED MA with the O removed (losing ring).

18d         Guess attitude after drink (7)
{ SUPPOSE } A verb for drink followed by the attitude an artist’s model might adopt.

20d         Tiger — if no blood’s bandaged up that could be roaring (7)
{ BONFIRE } Hidden (bandaged) backwards (up, in a Down clue) in TigER IF NO Blood’s.

21d         Finished tea out of sorts — scoff too much? (7)
{ OVEREAT } A word for finished or done with followed by an anagram (out of sorts) of TEA.

23d         One who gives university fellow worry, oddly departed (5)
{ DONOR } A university fellow followed by the even-numbered letters (oddly departed) of wOrRy.

24d         Drop a stage production (5)
{ DRAMA } A drop (of Scotch) followed by A (from the clue).

The Quick Crossword pun { DIGGER }{ WHOLE } = { DIG A HOLE }

60 comments on “DT 27225

  1. Yes, it was quite a toughie this morning, but I got there in the end. Also, those of us on the IPAD got the same puzzle!

  2. Game of two halves, bottom went in quickly and had a struggle with the top.
    Eventually sorted, a quietly enjoyable puzzle.

    Thanks for the review.

    Thanks to the setter.

    Fat finger syndrome, meant to give 3 star rate but it came out as 2.

    1. I think I read a few weeks ago somewhere on this blog that if you vote a second time it overwrites your first vote, but it probably needs BD to confirm that.

  3. Thanks to setter and Deep Tnreat. Loved it, just needed the hint for 20d, which meant nothing to me at all. otherwise seemed to be on the exact wavelength today. What a fantastic spell of weather to enjoy. Love doing the crossword in the garden.

  4. Managed most of it without hints, but found them useful for explaining some of my answers, which turned out to be correct
    However 14d is still too cryptic (no pun intended) for me. But the day is still fairly young

  5. lovely start to the day, black coffee (made with fresh ground fairttrade beans), ipad in the garden. finished the crossword in ** minutes (new personal best) no distractions apart from classic FM. Now for some earnest study :-)

    1. Andrew, the convention on this site is that we do not mention solving times, so I have edited your comment.

  6. I agree with DT’s rating **/***. Thanks to the setter and to DT for his review.

    Some nice clues for a steady and enjoyable solve today with no issues. 14d was my last one in and 28a was my favourite for its very clever surface reading.

    I agree with Rosie G – what more could you want than being able to do the DT crossword while sitting outside in glorious sunshine? :grin:

  7. Missed yesterday’s blog sorry – was 11pm before I managed to pick up the paper.

    Fun puzzle today with no real problems. I could think of many words for 4D relating to being full of spirit and all beginning with P, unfortunately a lot of them are too impolite to list on here.

    Incidentally, the answer to the Quickie Pun is on fill view above.

  8. A nice & sunny puzzle today only needed help on 4D & 8D.my favourite was 23A.many thanks to DT for an excellent review.

  9. What’s this? RayT on Tuesday, or has he got a doppelganger. Enjoyed this one immensely and the standout clue was 25. Also liked 5a 13 15 17 and 19. Will the setter come out of the closet?

    1. I also wondered about Ray T apart from wrong day and a few other things. We’ll see as, if he is the setter, he always ‘pops in’ later.

      1. Someone is certainly taking a leaf out of his book. Still, that’s not a bad thing.

  10. Agree with the **/***, an enjoyable romp today. Thought 1a must be something to do with the Isle of Wight or a type of animal ’til I put the comma in the right place and all became ‘crystal’. Thanks to DT for the picks

  11. I really enjoyed this one today. Many thanks to setter, and to Deep Threat for the review.

    On a separate matter, someone, somewhere has violated my email account, and sent out spam from it, and so if anyone on here receives spurious rubbish from me I can only apologise. I will reply to my comment with a new email address for future postings.

  12. Reasonably enjoyable, some of the clues write-ins,such as 13a, 26a, 27a and 28a . I’m not altogether happy with the surface reading of 8d. The only person I know who had a parlour was my favourite aunt Rose but she lived in a sixteenth century cottage, and we ate the sumptuous meals she served in the large farmhouse kitchen.Thanks to DT and setter.

    1. My Gran used to have a parlour – it was only used on special occasions and it were bl**dy freezing in there (but we always had cake when we were allowed in). It wasn’t a 16th century cottage though, just a mid-terrace house (actually next door to where Mr Richard (Dickie) Dawson used to live before he married Diana Dors – she used to come visiting in a pink Rolls Royce apparently). (don’t think she ever got into my Gran’s parlour though, but she may have had cake)

      1. The room we used to keep smart for visitors was just called the “front room” while we used the back room for everyday living. Nobody had anything called a parlour round our way. Parlours were places you read about in Sherlock Holmes stories.

    2. I wondered about the surface of 8d as well, then I thought of Pizza Parlour and Ice Cream Parlour.

      1. I’ve read several times in this blog people referring to the ‘surface reading’ of a clue and I haven’t a clue what this is – can someone explain?

        Thanks in advance.

        1. Surface reading means just that – the clue looks good and makes sense as a sentence or phrase. It can also mean that the clue works perfectly, in this case, the surface could be considered wrong as many people either a) do not have a parlour or b) if they do, they do not use the parlour for eating.

  13. Not bad today. Had to slap myself for missing the backwards run-through and had a slight issue with 7d. Got it but can’t recall ever using or hearing that word for scolding. I see it’s there in the dictionary but is it archaic or possibly regional?

    1. Its not a very common word for Scolding nowadays except in crosswordland – its well worth remembering for that reason alone.

  14. Enjoyable puzzle. Many thanks DT for the hints which were hel pful for confirmation purposes. The surface reading of 6d is not ideal at any time of the day

  15. Late again – been cutting grass but finished now and then did the crossword outside in the sun – lovely – the sun and the crossword.
    I would say 2* difficulty and 4* for enjoyment.
    I did wonder about its being a Ray T production – the Queen is here, but it’s the wrong day, the clues are slightly longer than usual for him and not all the quick crossword clues and answers are one word. Also there’s nothing risque. Don’t know so will carry on sitting on the fence and hoping that all will be revealed later!
    20d was the one that took me the longest – then I got it but only from the checking letters and then, at last, spotted why it was right. Oh dear!
    I liked 5 and 25a and 1 and 4d. My favourite was 19a.
    With thanks to whoever set this one and to Deep Threat.

    1. PS – I agree with others about not being too keen on 6d.
      Andy will definitely not like it.

        1. Actually, you are right. I am starting to finish RayT puzzles and they certainly are enjoyable.
          I thought 1d was a bit iffy too

      1. Kath thank you , its been nearly a year and that Clue hit a spot. A wrong one. I’m sure the setter meant no harm, RIP Thabo

  16. I thought it was easy today. Didn’t need any help, just confirmation of the tiger one. Got it but didn’t know why. Like someone else a quick time achieved. Enjoyed it

  17. I was directly on wavelength today, after days of struggling while everyone else was rhapsodising about the ease of recent puzzles. I had to google “drey”, new word for me, but it made the answer for 28a easy peasy. I had to look at the hints for the “why” of 20d as completely missed it, even though I felt my answer must be right.

    Thanks to setter for restoring my faith in myself and Deep Threat for hints and the help of the why.

  18. We’ve never had a parlour. It’s for grand folk like the queen – it’s where she eats bread and honey.

  19. Enjoyed this in between sun baths & chores. Thank you setter for some delightful clues although I can only see 8d (last one in) with DT’s reference to ice cream (thank you DT)! I thought parlours were for sitting in (rather uncomfortably very often) for formal visits. Need to stop now as the heat seems to have encouraged me to a plethora of brackets…. Sorry :oops:

    1. Our parlour was mainly for sitting in when we had guests, but we did often on those occasions get to eat a piece of fruitcake served on the best china with doilies.

  20. Better than yesterday’s horror but still not great. The puzzles seem very tough at the moment, is this a summer thing or perhaps it’s just the heat getting to my brain?

  21. Fab stuff, only query is the verb in 7, does it mean scolded.
    Still too much sport on the front page though.

    1. It does – to scold, chide, reprove or drive by scolding. As a noun it apparently is a reproof to a dog. Wonderful things dictionaries.

  22. Enjoyed this puzzle but it took me a while! Not too keen on clues like 1d and 17d with the “might be” indication. Otherwise a fun puzzle.
    Thanks to the setter and to Deep Threat.

  23. Thanks to the setter for a most enjoyable crossword and to DT for a very entertaining review.

  24. Must have been on the right wave length today, which is unusual for a Tuesday offering! Thanks for the explanations and hints, which amazingly, were not needed, so a rare day for me in Somerset.

    Ashes tomorrow as well.

  25. A fun puzzle. We also did a bit of guessing the setter and came up with the same conclusion as Jezza that it was Shamus. Have a mark beside 8d as favourite. It was the queen in “Sing a song of sixpence” that clinched it for us.
    Thanks Mr Ron and DT.

  26. Thanks to Shamus and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. A nice puzzle, very enjoyable, no major problems, last in was 4d . Favourite was 23a. Was 2*/3* for me. Late blogging due to getting sunburnt at Croyde Bay.

  27. */*** for me, found it quite straightforward, with some enjoyable clues with good surface readings. 22a was one I liked in particular.

  28. OK – I’ve now jumped off my fence and landed on the side that says I was wrong about this one possibly being Ray T. Good – that means that it should be him on Thursday unless my weeks have got scrambled again.

  29. Thanks to B. D. setter and Deep Threat,
    As always a I enjoyed the puzzle. I have now retired ( Jubilado Pommers) so I have signed up for the puzzles in the telegraph. Which means I don’t have to buy the paper( which I rarely read) and can have a go on weekdays. Grass is mown here in Cheadle Hulme. Weather … Scorchio. Got to have a tooth pulled out tomorrow.
    Going back downstairs to visit Dr Bells ( + coke)
    The Tiger clue had me bewildered.



  30. Thank you setter and DT for review. managed to find a signal at last in deepest Devon. Too hot and too late for some birds – apparently pied flycatchers and redstarts have already left for Africa ! So what better to sit on Teignmouth beach with the puzzle !

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