DT 27321

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27321

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

There’s nothing to frighten the horses in this puzzle (unless you think differently). Let us know how you got on.

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Across Clues

1a  Broken pot — what a typical canal feature (7)
{TOWPATH} – an anagram (broken) of POT WHAT.

5a  Nothing is held by deserter detained by agents in foreign country (7)
{CROATIA} – insert the letter that resembles zero or nothing into a deserter then put all that inside the abbreviation for the US spying agency.

9a  Well-bred member in retirement entertaining scruffy teen (7)
{GENTEEL} – reverse (in retirement) a bodily member and insert inside it (entertaining) an anagram (scruffy) of TEEN.

10a  A scientific establishment with a scholar in US state (7)
{ALABAMA} – string together A, a scientific place of work, another A and a postgraduate scholar.

11a  Take out from property six engaged in city trading principally (5)
{EVICT} – the Roman numeral for six goes inside the postal area of the City of London. After that we need the principal letter of T(rading).

12a  Group of soldiers perform on square with volunteers, one with pride? (9)
{BATTALION} – a verb meaning to perform on a square (at Lords or Edgbaston, for example) is followed by the abbreviation for our volunteer soldiers and an animal with a pride.

13a  Put forward in pamphlets, e.g. gush that’s retrograde (7)
{SUGGEST} – hidden and reversed (retrograde) in the clue.

14a  A holder of seat engaged in diatribe that’s unrestrained (7)
{RAMPANT} – put A and the abbreviation for someone who’s won a seat inside a diatribe or tirade.

16a  Good man notes loose headwear (7)
{STETSON} – the abbreviation for a good and holy man followed by an anagram (loose) of NOTES.

19a  Legendary entertainer appears in a trailer’s screening (7)
{SINATRA} – hidden (screening) in the clue.

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22a  Carer host spoilt, one of a lumbering nature? (4-5)
{CART-HORSE} – an anagram (spoilt) of CARER HOST. I would have written this as one word (without the hyphen) but Chambers supports the setter’s spelling.

24a  Shame there’s quiet after half-hearted pop group appears (5)
{ABASH} – a spoken exclamation calling for quiet follows a Swedish pop group having only one of their central two letters (half-hearted).

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25a  Green food found by organised workers during the summer in France (7)
{LETTUCE} – the abbreviation for the federation of workers’ associations in the UK goes inside the French word for the summer (including the definite article).

26a  City missing old energy? Show indignation (7)
{BRISTLE} – the name of a city in the West Country loses its O(ld) and is followed by E(nergy).

27a  Put right park area provided within outskirts of Tewkesbury (7)
{RECTIFY} – start with the abbreviation for a piece of public land used for leisure purposes, then insert the conjunction meaning provided inside the outer letters of T(ewksbur)Y.

28a  Unusual tray covered with party food gets short outing (3,4)
{DAY TRIP} – an anagram (unusual) of TRAY is contained inside (covered with) some party food.

Down Clues

1d  Fierce animal to stray when leader is replaced with time (7)
{TIGRESS} – replace the D at the start of a verb to stray or deviate with T(ime).

2d  Deficient wit encapsulates name associated with common element (7)
{WANTING} – a wit or habitual joker contains N(ame) and a common metallic element. The surface doesn’t seem to mean a great deal.

3d  Watchful state required in mismanagement of sale and rents (9)
{ALERTNESS} – an anagram (mismanagement) of SALE and RENTS.

4d  Plea shortly in sheltered accommodation to provide fish (7)
{HALIBUT} – a plea of having been elsewhere at the time of the offence without its final letter (shortly) goes inside a small building with a roof.

5d  Old US president imbued with hard set of principles (7)
{CHARTER} – the name of a US president of the 1970s with H(ard) inserted.

6d  Joyful expression after award is given in US city (5)
{OMAHA} – a joyful expression (favoured by Alan Partridge) follows the abbreviation of an award for distinguished service.

7d  Train’s mobilised to carry a Russian authority (7)
{TSARINA} – an anagram (mobilised) of TRAIN’S containing (to carry) A.

8d  I’m opposed to a drink when crossing a street (7)
{AGAINST} – string together A (from the clue), an alcoholic drink containing (crossing) A and the abbreviation for street. I don’t understand why the “I’m” is there – it implies that the definition is a noun when it isn’t.

15d  Lying urban reformer’s slogan? (9)
{MENDACITY} – cryptically, as (4,1,4), this could be an urban reformer’s slogan.

16d  Civil earl’s getting agitated when interrupted by copper (7)
{SECULAR} – this word means civil in the sense of excluding any religious element (a civil marriage ceremony, for example). It’s an anagram (getting agitated) of EARL’S containing the chemical symbol for copper.

17d  Roland, perhaps, inspired by Ernie’s partner proving unpredictable (7)
{ERRATIC} – the surname of Roland, the character credited with being the saviour of TV-AM in the 1980s, goes inside (inspired by) Ernie’s comedy partner.

18d  Place for raising issue? (7)
{NURSERY} – issue here means children.

19d  Top tennis player beginning to besmirch journalist? It fosters something unpleasant (7)
{SEEDBED} – metaphorically this is an environment that fosters something undesirable, but its more usual meaning is a place where plants are grown. A top tennis player (whose matches are arranged so that he or she avoids other top players in the early stages of a tournament) is followed by the first letter of B(esmirch) and the usual senior journalist.

20d  Transport back over Devon landmark in agricultural vehicle (7)
{TRACTOR} – reverse (back) a form of transport and follow it (over, in a down clue) with a craggy landmark, of which there are many on Dartmoor.

21d  Some refuse taken from hotel in a phase for recycling (3-4)
{ASH-HEAP} – insert the letter for which hotel is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet inside an anagram (for recycling) of A PHASE.

23d  Alluring woman in island after period of time (5)
{HOURI} – this an alluring young woman with beautiful eyes (of which there are many in paradise according to the Quran – all ready to entertain faithful Muslim men). I(sland) follows a period of time.

The clue I liked best today was 15d. What appealed to you?

Today’s Quickie Pun: {PAW} + {CHEW} + {GULL} = {PORTUGAL}

53 responses to “DT 27321

  1. Looks like I’m first to comment – well it is half term! Enjoyed this – only needed two clues. Thanks to setter and Gazza. Just off to unbatten the hatches now the storm has passed. I was in the path of the sting jet and it was terrifying for an hour!

  2. No problems at all today in the cryptic. Quite liked 26A, only problem is that people who live in the city tend to spell it the same way as the answer.

    Stumped on 20D in the quickie, can anyone help please

  3. In that case I’m definitely not a horse – I agree that there’s nothing very scary in this one – I’d give it 1* or 2* for difficulty but far more for enjoyment – 3* or 4*.
    26a was the only one that held me up briefly. I didn’t know the undesirable/unpleasant bit of 19d.
    I liked 1a (I love walking along the towpaths) and 17d. My favourite was 15d.
    With thanks to Mr Ron and gazza.
    I’ve been an hour wrong ever since Sunday morning – now I’m three days wrong too – it feels like a Friday! Oh dear! :sad:
    Lovely day in Oxford – quite chilly and a bit windy but sunny too.

  4. Nice one, moving from corner to corner, done before breakfast again, must be the light mornings, favourite was 15d, very clever.

  5. I think the Tuesday puzzles are definitely more challenging than they used to be.

    Usually, I’m all over the place but completed this one in quadrants, starting in the NE corner and moving clockwise. 15D was a lovely clue. Thanks to the setter and to Gazza.

  6. I actually found this harder than the last few. The SE corner clues seemed rather complicated. Just not my wavelength. 2.5* & 3*

    I must be a horse.

  7. */** today for a rather uninspiring puzzle.

    23d was a new word for me, but the answer was obvious from the clue and the checking letters. 15d was my favourite by a mile.

    There were three clues each containing what I thought was an unnecessary word: 5a “foreign”, 5d “old”, and 8d “I’m”.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and Gazza.

  8. Not really my scene. ***/**. Can’t believe I needed Gazza for 19a/19d but it was worth it to get nearly 3 minutes of Ol’ Blue Eyes! Thanks for that.

  9. I though I was going to be able to finish this without the hints. My first in was 1a which got me going nicely, and I then moved, without too much trouble, trough the quadrants filling each one completely – until, that is, I got to the SE corner…
    Missed the hidden word in 19a, wasn’t happy with my (correct) answer for 19d, couldn’t think of a city for 26a, wanted to put “p” (quiet) in 24a, and definitely needed a hint for 15d…

    Otherwise enjoyable.

    With thanks to Gazza and setter…

  10. I thought this was a lovely puzzle and would be ideal for beginners to learn how to deconstruct a cryptic clue as most types were here.Favourite 24a. Thanks to the setter and Gazza.

  11. Very enjoyable for a Tuesday. Seemed to be four separate puzzles in each corner… just the way the grid is I suppose. Nicely constructed clues and some humour too. Enjoyed 26a and 15d (last in). Thanks to the setter and to Gazza (but did we really need two pictures of the headwear? Yes, of course we did!)

    I thought 5a as the third part of the quickie was clever too… a new word derivation for me. A nice bright morning here in Birmingham but I wish the grass would stop growing now. Have a good day.

  12. Our horses certainly didn’t get frightened :smile: Thought this was very straightforward but quite a pleasant puzzle, apart from being a bit heavy with anagrams. Nine clues which involve one of them for all or part of the answer..

    */*** from us and agree 15d was favourite..

    Thanks to Mr Ron and Gazza.

  13. I enjoyed this puzzle as it fell quickly into place – no hints or tips needed today but always good fun to read them. 15d my favourite too.

  14. Most enjoyable, although no hints required I did need to see if my derivation of 17d was correct.

  15. A good puzzle, not too hard but needed a bit of thought. I liked the cleverness of 15d and also enjoyed 17d. Later will try the Toughie and see if the brain is still working!

  16. Thoroughly enjoyable as far as I was concerned. Loved the terrible pun in 15d :-)
    Lots of super clues today.
    Thx to the setter and to Gazza .

  17. I liked this although I also struggled in the SE corner. Had 14a wrong which didn’t help.
    Liked 5,9 and 10 across
    Favourite 5a
    Thanks to both.

  18. Thanks to the setter and to Gazza for the review and hints. I enjoyed this one a lot, some nice clues, but nothing too drastic. It was like solving 4 mini-puzzles. Favourites were 15 & 17d. Last in was 21d. Managed a run today, then did the shopping via pushbike. Pigeon spikes day tomorrow.

      • :-) Nothing so exotic as that drug. Just bird protection. Some people who don’t actually live in my Street are regularly feeding the pigeons, there’s a flock of over 50 birds, and they will roost on any unprotected bay window roof, and cover the front garden and doorstep with guano. Hence the spikes.

  19. A bit quiet here today. We had no electricity for most of the morning and then no internet for a while longer. Things finally seem to be working again although he won’t let me send emails – don’t know why. Anyway, thought I’d see what had been going on here during my absence – the answer seems to be not much!
    Going to see if I can finish the Toughie now . . .

      • No – ‘he’ as in my computer. He has to be a he because most of the time he’s lovely, really helpful and generally obliging but when he’s bloody minded I can’t do anything with him and usually end up losing my temper and wanting to hit him with a hammer!!

  20. Thank you setter, an enjoyable puzzle finished in several sittings during the day. Thanks Gazza for your review and hints – needed to check 23d, but the answer was pretty obvious from the wordplay. Up to Bath tomorrow. Maybe a few waders and wildfowl around on Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley Lake on the way.

  21. We certainly got our money’s worth of words in the clues today. The print-out needed two complete clues on page two (or to written in by hand which is what we do). Lots of LEGO answers to be built from little pieces. No real difficulties. Enjoyed the pun in 15d.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Gazza.

    • I had three sets of clues but I turn the page over and print them on the backside of the sheet of paper, along with the codewords

    • I find that irritating too, but my printer (just a cheapo one) has the facility to reduce the page to, say, 95%, and so it all prints out on the one page. Today’s took the full 95 per cent – usually I only need to reduce it by a couple of %. It certainly makes me appreciate the elegance of more briefly worded clue-masters!

  22. Thank you setter for a pleasant puzzle, and to Gazza for hints although not needed today (rare for me). Selfishly hoped there’d be a huge picture for 22a. I remember, as a little girl, sitting curled up facing backwards and playing a card game of solitaire on the back of one of these glorious giants as he carefully ploughed a large field. And we’d only just been introduced as I was visiting near the farmer and espied this wonderful creature from my window, so hurtled outside and over the field to meet him. I miss those sights…..

  23. This has probably been the most straightforward DT crossword in memory .. * for difficulty ***** enjoyment – I always feel good when I complete a grid and I had already completed the Toughie – a rare double (if unheard of!)

    • Mary filled in the appropriate paperwork to leave Wales today.

      Looking at the pictures of Amsterdam (and Brussels where people were being blown over by the wind) on the TV news, the storm is worse on the continent than here so I would imagine Derek will reappear once the storm has gone.

      • I don’t think Mary asked for leave of absence – she just told us she was going which is better than nothing, I suppose.
        Don’t know about Derek but he doesn’t usually tell us in advance if he’s going somewhere – just tells us where he’s been when he gets back – really not good enough! Hope he’s OK.

  24. I did enjoy this puzzle! :grin: Whilst liking many of the clues very much, I too, chose 15d as my fave. Also much enjoyed Gazza’s hints — not needed, but used to check parsing was correct. What a charming picture for 1d! They are such beautiful creatures.
    Thank you both, Mr Ron and Gazza.

  25. That’s about 30% which I would think was OK.

    Do you prefer more or fewer? Sounds like the latter…

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