DT 27265 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27265 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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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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A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.


1a           Two loud experts communicating in person? (4,2,4)
The musical notation for loud followed by an expert and the same again separated by a preposition meaning communicating

9a           Criminal organises, embracing start of gangster hostility (10)
An anagram (criminal) of ORGANISES around (embracing) the initial letter (start) of Gangster

13a         Diplomat‘s secured missing diamonds (7)
A verb meaning secured without the D(iamonds)

15a         I affectionately will wave goodbye to daughter, giving an expression of regret (2,4)
The I from the clue followed by an adverb meaning affectionately without (will wave goodbye to) the D(aughter)

17a         One could show a woman the time of her life (10,5)
A cryptic definition of an in-built mechanism which regulates the body’s physiological rhythms and cycles

21a         Hopelessness of the French duo (7)
The plural version of the French for “of the” followed by a duo

25a         Fixer and Mafia boss, unconscious (10)
Someone who fixes, for example, cars followed by the first name of a famous American gangster

27a         Italian staggered into a plane (10)
An anagram (staggered) of INTO A PLANE


1d           Anxiety‘s extreme, going over point (4)
An adjective meaning extreme around (going over) a compass point

4d           Unexpectedly find posh chap his place for a takeaway (4,3,4,4)
An anagram (unexpectedly) of FIND POSH CHAP HIS

8d           Broadcasting simultaneously with web in operation (10)
Another word for a web or mesh followed by an adjective meaning in operation

11d         What you might call hell of a liberty? (10)
This adjective meaning “of hell” is often applied to a liberty to indicate an extreme case

12d         Crazy reason to support and train leader (10)
An adjective meaning crazy followed by a reason to support an action

13d         Conceded we should block everybody overdrawn (7)
The WE from the clue inside a three-letter word meaning everybody and the abbreviation for OverDrawn

20d         Outstanding indicator (6)
Two definitions

24d         Mountain climbing nationalist’s scheme (4)
Reverse (climbing ic) a European mountain and follow it with N(ationalist)

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

As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put WHOLE or PARTIAL ANSWERS or ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment, else they may be censored!

The Quick crossword pun: (hay} + {press} + {tow} = {hey presto!}


  1. Caravaggio
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I was slightly disappointed by this puzzle because everything fell into place very quickly but, amusingly, the last answer I put in was 6a and I was left wondering why it took so long for the penny to drop…

  2. Rabbit Dave
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    A relatively easy romp through this today but nevertheless enjoyable. */***

    My last one in was 12d, although, like Caravaggio with 6a, I’m not sure why it took me so long. I needed BD’s hint to explain the liberty part of 11d.

    Many thanks to Mr. Ron and to BD.

  3. Graham
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    A nice gentle weekend offering over far to quickly but very enjoyable . favourite has to be 15A. Many thanks to BD for the review.

  4. NJM
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Pretty straightforward this week, but enjoyable nonetheless. 12d last in, favorites 17a & 12d. */*** for me.
    Thanks to compiler and BD.

  5. Sweet William
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you setter, good fun and thanks BD for your hints. SW corner last in for some reason. I have just had a sneak look at the hints for yesterday’s Toughie. My goodness ! Great admiration for someone who could devise such a puzzle – and even more for those who can solve them !

  6. Heno
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. Mostly straightforward, but a couple of headscratchers to make it interesting in 12d and 15a which was last in. Favourites were 16&26a and 11d. A nice puzzle was 1*/3* for me. No Cricket at the momen, gonna wa tch the Gooners instead.

  7. Collywobbles
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    A nice Saturday romp. It’s a pity that we don’t know the Saturday setters. Amusing puzzle and thanks for the hints BD. Now, it’s 13.30 in the Languedoc. The crossword is finished, the cricket is rained off, the Tour of Spain (cycling) doesn’t start until 18.30 and there is no rugby on. What to do. The toughie? where is it?

    • crypticsue
      Posted August 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      It should be the turn of Cephas (Peter Chamberlain today) and the fact that there are so many anagrams makes this being one of his crosswords a certainty.

      • Collywobbles
        Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        Thanks CS. Isn’t he good. He and Rufus are my favourites

  8. Hrothgar
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    DT editorial directive;
    “Make Saturday’s puzzle easier than the rest of the week in order to draw in new subscribers”
    Ah, that explains it.
    Many thanks to the setter and to BD for the review

  9. Shawn
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the hints….needed you for 15 across. Now red red faced. Like the elephant with big ears.

  10. crypticsue
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    If its raining as much where you are as it is here, why not have a go at the NTSPP. It isn’t one of Alchemi’s trickiest and has a helpful theme.

  11. Outnumbered
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Mostly straightforward and quite enjoyable, 1.5*/***

  12. neveracrossword
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Hate to be smug, but there’s plenty of sunshine here in Devon. The prize crosswords seem much easier than when I first tried them some 40 years ago, but that may be because I’ve had more practice recently.

  13. Dawn
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Finished all but three on my own before looking at the hints.

    Thanks as ever to BD for the hints which were as ever gratefully received, 6a first one in.

  14. Kingsley
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Help! I have everything except 27a. Can someone give me a hint, please?
    By the way, is the cricket back on yet? Been doing the crossword and watching rugby (I’m in South Africa). As far as the cricket is concerned, I support SA (of course!) and any team that is playing Australia!

  15. Kingsley
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Doh! (as they say).

    I’ve just got it. I made the mistake of thinking that the answer was a synonum for “Yikes”, so I was battling to find a three letter vegetable after the (L)asagne starter. Just realised that the answer was a vegetable and that I needed a three letter synonym for Yikes after the (L)asagne starter. Thank you to anyone who answered my cry for help before this second comment from me gets in.

  16. Merusa
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Loved it, though it wasn’t a walk in the park as some comments above. I did manage to finish but needed hints for the why of 1d and 11d. Favourite, and last one in, was 15a, very clever. To be a setter really requires a very special talent. Thanks to all

    • Derek
      Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Hi Merusa!

      It is often very useful to consult a dictionary of slang to see extra slants on the fodder.
      I have had a copy of Cassells for years!

  17. Phil
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    As ever – fun to solve and disappointment once finished.

    • gazza
      Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      You’ve shortened your alias so your comment needed moderation. Both aliases will work from now on.

  18. Derek
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    An enjoyable puzzle today – not very taxing!

    Liked : 6a, 16a, 17a (but why feminine?), 5d, 11d & 14d.

    Grey skies with a few spots of rain now.

  19. Dockit
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    The top half went in easily but SW corner was harder than it should’ve been. Favourite clue 21a

    • gazza
      Posted August 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Dockit.

  20. Cornish Pasty
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Straightforward today, tok me a while to get 17a and 8d. I found Thursday’s the toughest this week, I sweated over it most of the day and completed it the next morning.

  21. Toadson
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    A pleasant puzzle – thanks to all involved today.

  22. una
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely fab , really enjoyed it.I was too impatient to keep staring at it and I accepted a nudge for 17a.Thanks to setter and Big Dave.

  23. Xcoder
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    A nice crossword today to end a day in the Loire Valley and a chance to improve my knowledge of English monarchs which may help in crosswordland at some future date. The guide explained how the Count of Anjou and King Henry of England were related and why a painting of a Frenchman wearing the English order of the garter hangs in the Chateau de Saumur. Probably common knowledge to many of the bloggers but not to a historical philistine.

    • una
      Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Permalink


  24. Michael White
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Thank you Big Dave for your excellent website. I have over the last few months started out on the telegraph cryptic crossword having never really before tried them. Your blog has been a wonderful way of discovering how the cryptic clues are made up and the pleasure in “discovering” the answers has become addictive! Saturday’s prize crossword was a pure joy. I managed well over half on my own, and the rest came together having looked at your hints and another few hours of pondering.

    I still find the toughie too much… And most days are also for some reason harder than the Saturday prize, which is now a feature of my Saturdays.

    Thank you

    • Posted August 25, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Michael

      Glad you like the site – why not be a regular commenter? We’d be interested to follow your progress.

      • Michael White
        Posted August 26, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

        Dear Dave

        Many thanks for the welcome. I most certainly will.


  25. Neil Powell
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Hi Dave

    Can I echo Michael’s comments. I started the telegraph Saturday cryptic four weeks ago (having tried and failed to ‘get’ cryptics much before then) Your blog has been essential reading in that time – thank you. I’m slowly making progress and yesterday’s puzzle was the first I’ve managed to complete on the day itself!

    Like Michael, the toughie is a bit beyond me but I’m at least spotting how the clues work.

    Just one question on yesterday’s clues. I’m pretty sure I’ve got the right answer for 22a but I can’t quite see how the clue works? Any help appreciated.

    • gazza
      Posted August 25, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Neil.

      22a Cut makes Conservative on edge (4)

      The abbreviation for Conservative followed by an edge (that of a cup, for example).

      Why not have a go at the Sunday Telegraph puzzle, usually the best of the week (IMHO)?

      • jezza
        Posted August 25, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

        That was one of my last to go in; seeing the word ‘on’ in an across clue, I would expect to see the abbreviation for Conservative to come at the end. However, I suppose the ‘on edge’ is all part of the intended surface.

        • Neil Powell
          Posted August 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

          Thanks Jezza

      • Neil Powell
        Posted August 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

        thanks Gazza. Hadn’t spotted your reply only having read Jezza’s underneath it. Appreciated.

  26. karl
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    22a I had something similar as I thought it was a cut of meat so I had ****. Stopped me getting 12d

    • Posted August 25, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog karl

      Please avoid giving any answers, right or wrong, for prize puzzles.

  27. Little Dave
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    All done although I did put a wrong answer for 5d initially.

  28. karl
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink


  29. Bondsman
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Dave – your site is top class – I have just dropped on it as a recently addicted Torygraph x word solver…. Solvent?? Anyway… Quick question you choose not to offer hints to all clues… Is this because they are the easier ones and should be nailed by even the greenest of solvent abusers?

    And by the way, I still cant get 12d of 27265….



    • Posted August 26, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Bondsman

      I only provide a few hints for prize puzzles – there will be a full review of this one next Friday.

      Try hovering over the picture hint for 12 down – that was one of my gimmes.