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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27348

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I’m temporarily back in my old Friday stamping ground and if I didn’t know that Friday means Giovanni I don’t think that I’d have recognised this as one of his. I found it pretty easy and it was possibly heading for a 1* for difficulty before I had a bit of a hold-up in the NE corner. There are a number of entertaining clues and only one religious reference.
Do let us know how you got on. If you want to see an answer you’ll need to highlight the hidden text between the brackets under the clue.

Across Clues

1a  Boss making blunder right at the end (6)
{GAFFER} – a blunder with R(ight) at the end.

4a  Lady one’s seen in pubs (8)
{BARONESS} – insert ONE’S into another word for pubs.

9a  Small room unruly adolescent once stole from (6)
{LOOTED} – a charade of a small room and an unruly adolescent from the 1950s.

10a  Fence lacking colour protecting one grave (8)
{PALISADE} – an adjective meaning lacking colour contains (protecting) I (one in Roman numerals) and an adjective meaning grave or sombre.

11a  Rex, awfully tired around day before feast, recovered (9)
{RETRIEVED} – start with the single-letter abbreviation for Rex (or Regina) then add an anagram (awfully) of TIRED containing the day before a feast.

13a  Ace bloke for being representative (5)
{AGENT} – the abbreviation for ace followed by a posh bloke.

14a  It’s trend of novice sadly to be cocksure (4-9)
{OVER-CONFIDENT} – an anagram (sadly) of TREND OF NOVICE.

17a  _______ with ‘bursary’ in certain poetry (7,6)
{NURSERY RHYMES} – which other words could have been used rather than bursary?  …  Cursory?

21a  That woman concealing yen quietly becomes over-excited (5)
{HYPER} – a female pronoun contains the abbreviations for yen and quietly.

23a  Replace what sounds like great garden-centre product (9)
{SUPERSEDE} – this sounds like a good quality product that you might buy at a garden-centre.

24a  Something potentially lethal in news report (8)
{BULLETIN} – something that can kill is followed by IN (from the clue).

25a  Say, Dorothy’s brought round some filling food! (6)
{STODGE} – the abbreviation for ‘say’ or for example is followed by a common abbreviation of Dorothy and the ‘S. Then it all gets reversed (brought round).

26a  People receiving gift from member of family by river (8)
{GRANTEES} – a charade of an elderly female relative and a river in the North-East of England.

27a  Bright old coin with name scratched out — old penny (6)
{FLORID} – the common name for a pre-decimal coin has its N(ame) erased, then the abbreviation for a penny from the same era gets added.

Down Clues

1d  Gangster covered in blood abundantly (6)
{GALORE} – the abbreviated forename of the only gangster known in Crosswordland is inserted (covered) in a word meaning blood.

2d  No way to receive the tradesman? (5,4)
{FRONT DOOR} – cryptic definition of the entrance that your butler will dissuade tradesmen from using.

3d  Religious type before getting a bit of money (7)
{EREMITE} – a charade of a poetic word meaning before and an old small coin.

5d  Is AB on hand working before onset of panic when this order’s given? (7,4)
{ABANDON SHIP} – this is a semi-all-in-one clue where the whole clue is the definition. It’s an anagram (working) of IS AB ON HAND followed by the initial letter (onset) of P(anic).

6d  The art of early plane manufacture? (7)
{ORIGAMI} – cryptic definition of the technique used by very young plane makers.

7d  What’s boarded a vessel the wrong way with clipped wings? Duck! (5)
{EVADE} – hidden in ‘boarded a vessel’ without the outer letters (with clipped wings) and reversed (the wrong way).

8d  Copper full of energy participating in country watch (8)
{SPECTATE} – a police officer contains E(nergy) and then that’s all inserted (participating) in a country.

12d  I put in chives and soys, stirring soup (11)
{VICHYSSOISE} – insert I in an anagram (stirring) of CHIVES and SOYS. I have now discovered that I can’t spell this word.

15d  London resident, he, as kind to drop ‘h’? (4-5)
{EAST-ENDER} – another semi-all-in-one. String together ‘he as’ (from the clue) and an adjective meaning kind or gentle, then drop the H.

16d  Secure as cat before secret has been divulged? (2,3,3)
{IN THE BAG} – as long as the cat is kept here the secret is safe, but once it’s let out …

18d  Serious listener needing cosy spot (7)
{EARNEST} – charade of a listening organ and a cosy spot.

19d  Graduate female (educated) beginning to languish in marriage (7)
{MARITAL} – the definition here (marriage) is being used as an adjective, as in ‘marriage guidance’. String together an arts degree, the name of the young woman being educated in the Willy Russell play and the first letter of L(anguish).

20d  Exist as CEO, top (6)
{BEHEAD} – split the answer as (2,4) and it means to exist as the most senior person in an organisation.

22d  US president leads a dance (5)
{POLKA} – the name of a nineteenth century US president is followed by A.

My top clues today were 2d, 5d and 19d. Which ones appealed to you?

Today’s Quickie Pun: {SUCK} + {SESSION} = {SUCCESSION}

56 comments on “DT 27348

  1. This was a very enjoyable puzzle with some excellent clues, I liked 23A & 5D.many thanks to the setter & Gazza for the review, hope all have a good weekend.

  2. Thanks to the two G’s. A very enjoyable puzzle from the Don as usual. Just needed the hints to parse 7d, last one in. Favourite was 25a. Was 2*/4* for me. Off to Newbury races now.

  3. 12d is one of those words you never stop spelling – a bit like mississississipi.

    Thanks to Giovanni & to Gazza for the review

  4. This was reasonably straightforward, although it took me a while to spot the hidden reversal in 7d, and to work out the correct spelling of 12d.
    Thanks to setter, and to gazza.

    Back to try and finish off the remaining few in the Elgar puzzle!

  5. Thank you DG if it was you. Enjoyable and with the now usual Friday new word for me at 3d. Some really good clues – 5d and 7d last in. Thanks Gazza for your review and hints. A day of rest for BD ?

  6. For me, just the right amount of exercise for the grey matter plus a bit of fun. Stupidly, without justification, had wrong prefix to river in 26a which made 16d difficult then had d’oh moment. 6d amused when the penny dropped as to why. Thanks Giovanni and Gazza.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

  7. Very enjoyable but no way is this a two star for difficulty. 7d alone makes it a three star surely and the odd word in 3d confirms it. Having said that I would give it five stars for enjoyment. My fav was 27a, very clever.
    Thx to Giovanni and to Gazza for unlocking 7d (I had the answer but couldn’t follow the wordplay).

  8. Definitely slightly different Giovanni today – I liked 17a. Thanks to him and Gazza.

    The Guardian has a fine tribute puzzle to Araucaria today – it is tough but is well worth a perservate, although you may need a tissue too.

  9. Very enjoyable offering from The Don today. I surprised myself by spelling 12D correctly FIRST TIME !!! As with others, 7D took a while and was the last one in for me, I had the answer but took a while to spot why. Nice to see 27A – not a word I’ve seen for quite a while, also it makes me wonder how long it will be before we get complaints along the lines of ‘What’s a florin?’
    Fave today has to be 17A

  10. Rating 3*/3*. I found this challenging but enjoyable with lots of nice clues. 15d & 16d were outstanding, with 16d my favourite and last one in.

    When I was well over half way through, I was hoping for an obscurity-free Giovanni puzzle today, but one popped up – 3d.

    Thanks to the Don and to Gazza for his review, which I needed to understand fully the wordplay for 6d.

  11. Top half went in quickly, except 6d which for some reason I confused with Japanese flower arranging making the reasoning difficult so about **,bottom half much longer ****,so going for a *** ( like Brian) and a**** for enjoyment as it was very clever with some difficult wordplay-not one for the faint hearted.

  12. Thanks to G & G. I rate this **/*** . 3d the last in. Had to look it up to confirm. Never remember this word. 7d evaded me for a while. Too many good clues to list.

  13. I’m giving it a 2.5, because I needed help with 4 items (well, three, which gave me the fourth).

    I always enjoy this setter, and there were some great clues here, especially 17a, 27a and 12d (yes, I did get the double S in the wrong place at first).

    14a held up the NW for some time because I was too lazy to do the full anagram and put “self” for the first word…….

    But I’d never heard of 3d or its second part and I believed that 10a had a double consonant somewhere.

    3* for enjoyment!

    1. Have you really not heard the phrase “widow’s mite”, meaning “a small monetary contribution from someone who is poor”?

      1. Something in the back of my brain tells me that I have heard of that – probably in a crossword. I had to look up ‘mite’ in BRB just to check and it’s also an old Flemish coin worth very little.

        1. Yes, it comes from Luke 21.1-4 when Jesus was watching the people going into the temple, giving their offerings as they entered. The rich people showily gave plenty out of their wealth, but the poor widow gave a small coin which represented all that she had. She was praised by the Lord for her sacrificial giving.

  14. Thanks to Giovanni and to Gazza for an enjoyable if untaxing crossword and a most amusing review.

  15. No help needed today although there are two different spellings of the soup and I put the wrong one in at first.
    Found it easy and enjoyable. Thanks to both.
    Now for Thursday’s as I was out all day yesterday and too tired when I got home. I usually find Thursday’s hard.

  16. Wonderful contribution from Giovanni,and I agree with Gazza’s choices of best liked. Thanks to both G’s.

  17. I agree with 2* for difficulty and 4* for enjoyment.
    I thought most of it was fairly straightforward but got stuck for a while on 26a and 8d for no obvious reason.
    I think 7d was one of the best hidden answers – I know that I often miss them but it seems that I’m not the only one today.
    I took the precaution of checking the spelling of 12d before even starting to write it in. I’ve never heard of the 22d president but the answer was obvious.
    I needed the hint to understand 6d – just didn’t think of paper aeroplanes.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_rolleyes.gif
    I liked 14 and 23a and 2 and 12d. My favourite was 20d.
    With thanks to Giovanni and gazza.

  18. Looks like I’m the only one who didn’t enjoy this much. I can’t put my finger on exactly why. It wasn’t difficult. Maybe something to do with 17A, which I thought was an odd kind of clue. Still, as always I appreciate the setter, whom I usually like a lot. Thanks, Gazza for the review.

    Going to get my comeuppance with the toughie today, I know.

  19. Very enjoyable but not too taxing. I’m ashamed to say I got the wrong spelling at first for 12d, even though I have a degree in French.

  20. Another day when I found it harder than most. All my own fault really, because…

    I was so 14A that I put “SELF” for the first part of 14A, and then misplaced an S in 12D.

    I also allowed the Maestro to lead me down the garden path on 9A, believing for a long time that is was an anagram of “adolescent” from which “once” had been removed…

    So, at least three-star hard, but very enjoyable nonetheless. My favourite was 19D, with 17A being a close contender. Many thanks to G&G.

  21. After a bad week when the brain ceased to work I was so glad to finish with a bang. A really nice puzzle, most enjoyable. Thanks to Giovanni. I’d give it **/**** and liked 19d best.

  22. The usual Giovanni Friday fare!

    Faves : 9a, 17a, 19d & 20d.

    Poured down most of today but managed to get to the shops during a lull.

    Feet still giving me agony! Fortunately use a supermarket trolley to do the shopping – it supports my weight!

    Fish ‘n Chips tonight.

  23. I really enjoyed this one. Like everyone else, it seems, I had to look at the hints to know why my answer to 7d was right … completely missed that backwards hidden word. I have to put 17a as my favourite, how clever was that, with 5d as runner up.

    Thanks to Giovanni and Gazza for today’s entertainment.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

    1. Just to add that my luck with the “quick” crossword has run out. I only have a few words and have given up. I find them twice, or more, difficult than the cryptics!

  24. Thanks to Gazza and the maestro.
    Getting it printed, in a readable format, has also become a teaser: download as pdf, scale down twice, screen shot, paste into Paint, scale down again, crop to size, print in landscape format, shift clipboard to accommodate Pilot Frixion pen upside down to right of puzzle. Who needs an iPad?

  25. Been too busy to do crosswords this week and feel really rusty but this is a good solve today. Many thanks to all.

  26. A very enjoyable solve. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif Clues I liked most were 17a, 23a, 3d, 6d and 20d. I found the bottom half of the puzzle a little trickier than the top, for some reason, especially the SE corner. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-phew.gif Oh, and by the way, I couldn’t spell the soup either and only realised my mistake when I came to 23a and 24a!
    Appreciative thanks to both Giovanni and Gazza.

  27. Finished. Usual delightful puzzle but * or ** as you say Gazza and welcome to the Friday spot. Thanks Giovanni for the crossword although I thought that the construction of 9a seemed a bit weak (the link between unruly adolescent/teds from the 50’s). Although I was there I was not one of them

  28. My first comment on the blog. Hi everyone! Not heard of the word ‘Eremite’ (3d) before. Worked out the wordplay but had to look it up for confirmation. Otherwise fairly straightforward. Favourite was 17a. I was introduced to the DT crossword by my dad, some 50 years ago, and have had a go at it every day since!

    1. Welcome to the blog John. 50 years is a pretty good record – I hope that now you’ve introduced yourself we’ll be hearing from you on a regular basis.

    2. Same here John. I was also introduced to it 55 years ago by my dad, bless him. I do it every day and my target, each day, is to try to finish by the time it’s published. Now that I’m retired, it’s the only target that I’ve got. I especially like the Saturday one

  29. Eventually got round to it – a day late, when everyone else has their feet up with a glass of red. Good one, liked 17a. Took a time to sort out the spelling of 12d – I guess I am always going to be on my back foot if I cannot spell ‘soup’. Tell me, how do you aces know it’s by ‘Giovanni’ (cue BD: It’s in the FAQ’s!!!). Thanks to all who make this site work and make the puzzles in the first place.

    1. 999 times out of 1000 its The Don on a Friday Other that that, I can normally tell by the ‘trickyness’ of the clues and the face he normally has one (occasionally two) obscure or little used words in the answers.

  30. Never heard of eremite and I went to Sunday school. Mrs D knew it. Still sulking over duffel yesterday. Duffel may be the derivative but the coat is a duffle coat.

  31. Does anyone know what the problem with the online version is, or is it something I’m not doing? Haven’t been able to get through for a week now & sadly the link on the Telegraph site isn’t up until after I’ve had breakfast (GMT+2 here). Suppose I could skip a day & do yesterdays, or even attempt the Toughie but that might be demoralising!
    Any inside info on the problem woould be most welcome. Thanks.

    1. We are GMT +13. The usual time for the puzzles being available is now more than 7 hours ago. Patience is wearing VERY thin. Sorry can’t help with any information.

  32. Yesterday I couldn’t get onto the comments page! Today on the link to get the crossword I keep getting yesterdays!! I give uphttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-phew.gif

    1. I’m starting to feel quite angry about this & to add insult to injury I can’t print off any of the other FREE on line crosswords!

      1. I printed off the Guardian Prize Crossword ok. Though, oddly, the website says it’s by Picaroon but on the printout it’s Otterden.

        1. I’ve rebooted & managed to get the FT & the Guardian. I guess we’ll just have to wait until they’ve had their lie in at the DT before they deign to supply what we have paid for already.

          1. It is the absence of any sort of explanation that annoys me most.

            That and having to do the crossword a day later since the day’s crossword doesn’t appear until much later in the day.

  33. Loved this – I thought it was very Giovanni-ish in its teasingly misdirectional sense of fun, and in its historical references (old coins = 27a, 3d; political leaders = 22d). Maybe that’s just me – obviously I surmised it was probably a Giovanni anyway because it was a Friday. (And I agree it was easier than usual. For which I was personally grateful…)

    But Gazza, surely there are not only one but at least two clues with religious associations – apart from the obvious 3d, in 11a the ‘feast’ is a religious feast-day, and its vigil is part of it. (First Vespers is said on the evening before a big feast.)

    There’s a further religious reference in the clue to 3d, as Sarah F already said: the well-known phrase ‘widow’s mite’ – really the only linguistic memory we have of that tiny Flemish 15th-16th century coin – comes from William Tyndale’s earliest published (1526) English translation of the Bible (Luke Chap 21: vv1-4) and was retained by the King James version.

    I can’t claim that the word ‘novice’ in 14a is unambiguously religious, as it also has a secular meaning: but the word’s ancient monastic meaning is at least strongly resonant.

    That would make four words (in clue and answers) that have associations with medieval Christianity. Which to me is extremely ‘Giovanni’ in style.

      1. Well, the use of ‘novice’ meaning a monastic novice (under probation, before taking vows) is given as its second meaning in almost all modern dictionaries (tho’ I don’t know about the BRB as I don’t have it to hand) but that (religious) meaning was its sole medieval origin – from the Latin novicius or novitius (a word coined by the monk Cassian in the early 5th century for a new monastic recruit) that became the English word ‘novice’ at the end of the middle ages. The English word’s new secular meaning of ‘being new at a trade or calling’, or in the daring courtly phrase ‘being a novice in the arts of love’ (=apprentice) was a metaphorical usage derived from the original religious use.
        Today, I agree, the original meaning is a distant folk-memory.

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