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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27277 (Hints)

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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available today – why not have a go?

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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.

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


1a           Scoffed after material’s seen as fake (9)
A verb meaning scoffed food after some material gives a verb meaning to fake

9a           Banality cut short by revolutionary (6)
A verb meaning to cut hair without its final letter (short) followed by the iconic revolutionary

12a         Battles shown in colour in middle of night, providing satisfaction (9)
A three-letter word for a series of battles inside a colour and followed by the IN from the clue and the middle letter of niGht

19a         Crumble onion cube on meal on rare occasions (4,2,1,4,4)
An anagram (crumble) of ONION CUBE ON MEAL

20a         Length of history fellow traveller has written out twice (3)
An old measure, originally taken from the length of the arm, is hidden (written out) twice in the clue

25a         Keeping members apart, answer’s to adopt a non-committal attitude (9)
A word meaning with legs wide apart on each side of something comes from the A from the clue followed by (to adopt) a non-committal attitude favourable to both sides

28a         View prison, one might say it’s worth a look (6)
Sounds like (one might say) view followed by a prison

29a         Out racing around battlefield (9)
An anagram (around) of OUT RACING gives a 15th century battlefield


2d           Come to an Irish funeral party held inside (6)
The AN from the clue with an Irish funeral party inside

3d           What to do to end the act? (6)
A cryptic definition of a verb meaning to annul an act of parliament

5d           Sad lot’s noting sober religious behaviour from 4 Down (7,8)
An anagram (sad) of LOT’S NOTING SOBER gives a form of behaviour involving weeping, fainting, and other highly emotional or hysterical reactions attributed to the action of the Holy Spirit, originally observed in a church in a city in 4 down in January 1994

6d           Joiner in Rose’s place is restricted in vision (9)
Put something that joins other things inside the three-letter word for a place where roses are found in the garden

15d         Not the underclothes to be removed — rascal! (9)
An anagram (removed) of UNDERCLO(THE)S without (not) THE

16d         Socialist record to the fore, it can amount to disgrace (9)
A socialist preceded by a gramophone record and followed by IT

23d         Scored slowly (6)
The notation for slowly in a musical score

24d         Angry look from head of gardeners and inferior (6)
The initial letter (heqad) of Gardeners followed by an adjective meaning inferior

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

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

The Quick crossword pun: (commerce} + {shawls} = {commercials}

68 comments on “DT 27277 (Hints)

  1. Thanks so much for early hints BD. All done now apart from 21a which is causing me no end of difficulty in spite of having all the checking letters – must be having a dense patch.

  2. The answer is a double definition of a word meaning to champ or chew and a word that describes the moment of truth or a pivotal moment in time.

    1. I didn’t think champing involved any grinding action. More to do with sucking and slurping, like my grandmother when she used to eat with her teeth out.

      1. A horse is often described as ‘champing at the bit’, ie chewing thereon. Also this a metaphor meaning ‘keen to get on’.

    2. Very grateful thanks, Prolixic. Definitely a D’oh :oops: moment as I was trying to think along sporting lines – at which I’m rubbish!

  3. All present and correct – no problems today as usual on a Saturday. I had the anagram of 5d worked out but had never heard of it and had to look it up.

    Finished a bit too early today – I’ll just have to get on with the Saturday chores – big sigh!

      1. I’ve printed it off and managed to get two clues on the first pass – I think this is above my ability level but I’ll do my best.

        Could be a long day!

  4. Never heard of 5d. Couldn’t even see it was a anagram. Got it by default, as it couldn’t be anything else. Still, nice to learn something new. I always try to casually slip newly discovered words or phrases from the DT crossword into documents at work during the next week to consolidate. I had some difficulty with “clambake” a couple of months ago (such a GOOD word!) – but 5d shouldn’t be a challenge to a psychiatrist! PRAISE THE LORD!!!

    1. I totally agree with you, Mark, although I managed to get the answer to 5d by using my Seiko crossword solver… Apart from that answer, I’m pleased to say that everything fell into place quite quickly this morning and I’m now going to have a look at the Telegraph’s GK crossword.

      1. I’ve got a Seiko crossword solver. I’ve always wondered whether it is considered cheating. I don’t think that I could complete some puzzles without it

          1. Thanks Colmce, my conscience is now clear. By the way I couldn’t get 5d in my Seiko crossword solver

            Mary, are you around today. Is this one of your little tools?

            1. Mary filled in the appropriate paperwork the other day for a three week tour of Scotland and the Lake District. There are abuot two and a half weeks to go before she returns.

        1. I, also, have the same gizmo, but only use it when really, really stuck. I don’t think of it as cheating, I love it and consider it my crutch when all else fails.

        2. I have the Chambers Dictionary and Thesaurus Apps on my iPhone. Both are phenomenally useful and were remarkably good value at a couple of pounds each when I bought them. I had been using them very happily in their conventional way for about six months when I discovered to my astonishment that they have not only an anagram solver, but a fill-in-the-blanks crossword solver too!

          That’s what got the answer to 5d for me!

          I don’t regard it as cheating – more “using a labour saving device” (I could wash my dishes by hand, but it’s a lot easier to put them in the dishwasher…). Nevertheless I do look forward to the time when I can complete a DT puzzle without recourse to such aids. Long way off at the moment…

  5. Bit puzzled by Irish in 2d, thought it was a fairly general term and not country specific. Just revisited and realise why it’s so phrased.

    But an enjoyable puzzle.

    Thanks to BD for hints and to setter for the puzzle.

    Initial scan of the prize puzzle has not been fruitful:-(

  6. Just finished ive got a soggy paper thanks to the dog having his weekly swimming session but never mind his back legs have gone so its the only exercise he gets but next week he’ll have a custom made set of wheels that should make him more mobile.

      1. Thanks poppy, he really enjoys his doggy paddle & they love him there makinkg a big fuss of him.

  7. 25a caused me a problem, and i ended up looking it up. Would never have got it from the definition so glad I didn’t waste more time than I did!

  8. I thought this was a bit more difficult than it looked as if it was going to be to begin with. I enjoyed it.
    12, 21 and 25a all caused some trouble. I’ve never heard of 5d – all sounds a bit batty to me, having looked it up.
    I like the grids that have the little 3×3 overlapping thingy in the middle – don’t know why – I just do!
    Quite a few references to bras and pants etc – or is that going to have me heading for the naughty corner?
    I liked 28a and 8 and 17d. My favourite was 3d – it was also my last answer, just couldn’t see it at all for ages.
    With thanks to Mr Ron and BD.
    Lovely sunny day again but what happened to the rain that was promised – we haven’t had any and really need it.
    NTSPP and MPP later on after some useful stuff.

    1. And me – I think it’s because (for me that is) I can usually solve them and that gives me a good jumping off lot of places…

      1. I think that’s probably one of my reasons too although sometimes the really short answers are the trickiest – well, they are for me anyway.

  9. */*** today. I agree with Colmce; Irish seems spurious in 2d, and aren’t the answer to 25a (which was my last one in) and the same word without the “A” effectively nuances of the same thing or am I missing something?

    It’s raining in SE London now, Kath.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and BD

  10. As a recent convert I would have enjoyed this except… . I needed BD’s help with a few, but I am stumped on 8d. Any help would be gratefully received ! Thank you.

    1. 8d Edward keeps some harmful creatures. Not to worry! (5,4)
      A 3-letter abbreviation for Edward goes round some harmful creatures.

      1. Thank you so much. I had the foreshortened version of Edward wrong and that made it nonsensical ! Marvellous. I can continue my day.

  11. Have never heard of 5d and I am from 4d! Got it from the anagram and then looked it up. Apparently a term coined by the British press. Does that let me off the hook??
    Thanks to the setter and to BD.

  12. A pleasant Saturday puzzle.

    Faves : 19a, 25a, 28a, 5d, 14d & 16d.

    Mixed weather here in NL today with sunny periods and a few spots of rain af en toe (now and again).

    I think the weather is definitely becoming autumnal at long last!

  13. I had no problems with this today, though, like many others, had never heard of 5d but easy enough to get with the anagram. Sounds quite bizarre, wonder if they’re still fainting and moaning. Thanks to all for the enjoyment.

  14. I had never heard of 5d either but gettable from the checking letters. I too like the three letter word square in the centre especially combined with the two long clues horizontal and vertical. It is what I would call inclusive – not four separate quarters! Last in for me also 25a which I did not like. When I got it I felt not worth the effort. Best clue for me was 15d. Also enjoyed 3d which gave me no problems. Thank you setter and thank you BD especially for the explanation for 20a which I had not worked out for myself.

  15. Oh dear, naughty step for me – guess I was censored presumably ‘cos my query about 12a could be deemed to be a “partial answer” – apologies for that. Anyway **/*** – fun but quite straightforward apart from 12a!

        1. Ah! The definition is using secret language. The first two letters are the ‘popular bit’ then the abbreviation for commander and finally, and you should know this if anyone should, the French word for of.

          1. Got it CS. Many thanks and I do know the French word for ‘of’ and a few others.

            Thoroughly enjoyable puzzle so thanks to Mr. Ron and BD

              1. They weren’t but I’m still taking them, 2 half days a week at college. At my age it’s ridiculous but if you live in France it’s a good idea to speak French, and it’s courteous to the French

  16. Found this fairly easy and enjoyable today. Some great clues. Favourites were 11A, 4D and 15D. Off to the Scottish Highlands for a week on Monday. Hope the glorious Autumnal weather holds.

  17. Obviously “lost in the post” or was it perhaps my comment to which crypticsue refers above – anyway not important, thanks BD.

  18. HELP !

    Last one and I can’t decide which is the correct answer!

    In 22d, I have two possibly unfortunate youngsters which fit all the checking letters but don’t understand the relevance of a harp, which presumably tells you which option is correct.

    Apart from that, thanks as always to BD without whose help I wouldn’t finish nearly so often and, of course, the setter.

  19. Thanks to all – just could not get 28a for a while despite the hint. Quite an amusing clue once seen. Didn’t realise both the first and last three letters were homophones.

  20. Really enjoyed this and I thought it was quite a challenge. I got a few early answers and foolishly thought I would zip through but alas I did not. Some stickers particularly 12a which does not really work for me. I liked 28a and 14d. Good day as my son was singing at Westminster Cathedral which was great. Now settling done to watch Strictly with Mrs LD – a sign of autumn arriving.

  21. Not my favourite grid….really seems like four mini-crosswords. Never heard of 5d either. Quite a tricky crossword for me. Also thought that 3d was a weak clue.

    1. I thought 3d was clever – really not difficult once you change the way that you’ve been thinking but it was my last answer.

    1. That should probably be “I think I’ve got the first 3 letters”.

      The first part sounds like, but isn’t, a word meaning to view and the second part sounds like a prison.

  22. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, with a few that made me smile. The grid added to the difficulty, but was 3*/3* for me. Favourites were 28a & 5d. Walked from Keswick to Lattrig today to watch the road races, and ended up marshalling on the 15k. Lots of rain this afternoon, should be drier tomorrow.

  23. Today , the 7th of September, is my ” Big Dave’s Crossword Blog” birthday.A year ago I couldn’t , for the life of me work out what “Joy, Sue Pearl, Dotty ” meant and nor could any member of the family. So I googled it. And here I am today, a semi- competant cryptic solver, providing it’s not too difficult. I recall the rows I had with various contributors, when I hadn’t a clue , literally and being told to go and buy the Daily Mail.So , this is another opportunity for me to thank all the bloggers on this site for the word play, explanations and so on and the general banter which keeps the whole thing fun. I hope we are all here in twelve months time.

  24. Managed this without hints, but like so many others, I’ve never heard of 5d and appreciated his explanation. Thought it might be in Brewer’s Phrase & Fable, but it’s too recent to be in our copy (1992 edn). I enjoyed the puzzle, but don’t really have any faves. Thanks to setter and to Big Dave for the hints.

  25. Everything was going so well, got finished in no time, other than 28a! Unfortunately the hint did not help; however, Toadson’s remark about it being made up of two homophones did, even then i had to look up a list of homophones starting with *!

  26. OMG…..A summer sailing in Scotland where purchase of the DT was elusive. My tablet ‘went down’ with the vagaries of shore power….and my phone was a luddite version! Hence I struggled with this crossword and needed every conceivable help. Last one in was 8d and I am feeling slow and dense but thanks to the setter BD and all that have hopefully got me back into ‘the saddle’. No reference with that comment to 25a at all of course. Who knows?…..I might complete next weeks by Saturday night!

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