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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27367 (Hints)

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Today is your last chance to enter the December Prize Puzzle.

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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

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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.

Some hints follow:


7a Boy attending to a composition (6)
A boy followed by a two-letter word meaning attending and the A from the clue gives a musical composition

8a King Henry’s lead in unusual role of Robin Hood perhaps (4,4)
K(ing) and the initial letter (lead) of Henry inside an anagram (unusual) of ROLE OF

9a Live accommodated by one encouraging soft drink (4,4)
A two-letter verb meaning to live inside someone who encourages

11a Occasion for people to enter test (6)
Some people inside a vehicle test

16a Make dramatic entrance year after special occasion (9)
An anagram (make dramatic) of ENTRANCE followed by (after) Y(ear)

20a Puzzle requires ticking off (9)
Split as (5,4) this could be a ticking off

23a City in either end of yearbook (4)
Express the choice of ends of YearbooK as (1,2,1)

32a Get the better of remote American media company (6)
An adjective meaning remote or abroad followed by an American media company (the one that distributes The Simpsons)


1d Hospital supported by boss of our paper given recognition (8)
H(ospital) followed by a two-letter word meaning supported by and a phrase (3,2) that could describe the boss of our newspaper

2d Card player to scoff, taking in his opponent (4)
To get this card player put a verb meaning to scoff around one of his opponents in the game of bridge

4d Heat making airmen toil (10)
This heat in a competition is an anagram (making) of AIRMEN TOIL

8d Pelt with mineral causing uproar (6)
The pelt of an animal followed by a source of mineral

14d Novelty pub gets applause (10)
A pub followed by some applause

19d Space flight is rather aimless, creating news (8)
A verb meaning is rather aimless followed by an adjective meaning newsworthy

29d Second person in the Bible gets short measure (4)
The second person pronoun, as used in the bible, is a short version of a number

30d One’s sworn in supremo at Hogwarts (4)
hidden (in) inside the clue

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. If in doubt, leave it out!

Please read these instructions carefully. Offending comments may be redacted or, in extreme cases, deleted.

The Quick crossword pun:  {cross} + {whirred} + {scent} + {Tenniel} = {Crossword Centennial}

83 comments on “DT 27367 (Hints)

  1. Good morning everyone, wish I was at the gathering imbibing in some festive spirit! It is dull dark and gloomy here added to that there will be nowhere to park today means a day stuck in the house!!! Not feeling very festive at all :-(
    Loads of four letter words, I don’t mind them but I know some people hate them, not quite finished still got 32a to do cant seem to see it at all!!! Three favourites 20a, 26a and 8d, a two to three star for me

    1. Good morning Mary. It’s bright here but we had rain overnight. No traffic on the roads to speak of, but that’s normal. I wish we could get the online version back, it’s better if you make a mistake

    2. Good morning Mary. Think about where you can’t go today with no parking and an American media company as the clue says. Can’t really say more or I will get sent to the naughty corner and I have too much to do today :-)

      1. I’m stuck on that one too Brian. Can’t you say more and I’ll go into the naughty corner for you

        1. Hi collywobs – you need a word meaning to ‘get the better of’ a three letter word for ‘remote’ followed by a three letter ‘American TV company’ gives you your answer, be careful I had the wrong answer at 29d which gave me the wrong start to the answer

    1. 24d is an anagram of valour relating to eggs. If you only have 29d and 13d to do, you should already have 13d!

    2. Cindy, “stuck up” is the definition for 13d (often used when referring to guns), and the answer is a charade of A (from the clue) and a slang word for “chap”.

      1. Of course! I got the word because I got everything else, but I couldn’t get the meaning. Thanks Dave.

  2. Damn difficult today we thought . Don’t understand 13d at all, only got an answer because the letters are completed by other clues.
    Just a hard rather tedious slog today. IMHO not up to the recent Saturday standard.
    Thx to BD for explaining 19d and 29d.
    Off now to make a lemon meringue for tomorrow’s dinner guests.

      1. I have made lemon meringue but Ihave found lemon pavlova to be a much better version,with two meringe bases(baked separately) and then the lemon part put in the middle and then all frozen until twenty minutes before serving.

    1. 13d you need a word meaning stuck up as in RDs example, a from the clue followed by a familiar form of address for a man, not a clue I like at all http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_negative.gif

      1. Thanks for the welcome Gazza, first time I have ever commented but the site has made me come back to the DT cryptic after giving it up a few years ago, love some of the comments and am happy to say that I get stuck on some of the more obscure clues like many of the members.

  3. 2*/3* for a very enjoyable Saturday puzzle.

    17a and 13d were new words for me, confirmed for me in the BRB. I particularly liked 12a, 20a, 23a and, my last one in, 29d.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

  4. I hope that everyone is having a go at the special bonus puzzle today (available in the paper and online). It’s called Toughie 1106 but don’t be put off by the word Toughie – it’s been compiled by all the Telegraph setters, including your favourite back-page compilers, to commemorate today’s anniversary.
    There are enough fairly easy clues in there to give everyone a way in, and, additionally, there are two ‘diagonal’ clues which should provide lots of useful checking letters.
    I’ll be producing a review of it later on today.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Gazza. It’s such a foul day here in London so having another good crossword to tackle is just the job for this afternoon!

      Having found this one in the paper, it is alongside Roger Squires’ cryptic puzzle from Christmas Day 2012 which was only published on-line as no paper is produced on 25th December.

      Two to do this afternoon :yahoo:

  5. You need a three letter word for a fellow reversed followed by the one letter abbreviation for a certain drug to give you your ‘handle’

  6. Like Brian above, I too thought that this was a ‘tedious slog’ and there weren’t any ‘Eureka!’ moments but it’s done and I can now give Liverpool v Cardiff my undivided attention. I hope that everyone has a very Happy Christmas.

      1. 12:45 on BT Sport 1, Mary, or there’s live commentary on 5 Live. I hope that you have a very enjoyable time this Christmas.

  7. Thank you setter, one of the harder Saturday puzzles I thought, but I enjoyed the struggle. A new word and some fun clues. Thanks BD for your hints and dedication !

  8. Failed on 29d & 32a and still do not understand them despite the hints!

    The Winter Solstice today!


    Looking forward to the summer!

    1. 29a ‘You’ are the second person stan but in the bible it is said rather differently, this word is also short for a number
      32a See my explaination to collywobs above?

    2. I am told today the daylight will be 15 seconds more than yesterday!!! Something to look forward to then ;-

    3. Summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and today has been the first time I have ventured into the pool. We have had rain so the pool has not got over 23 C and far too cold for me. And on holiday for ten days! Today’s puzzle had me stumped and with four clues to go went off to gym. Whilst on the treadmill, I managed to work out 15 across. And I had to resort to BD to help me with 19 d as I had the wrong word for 32 across.
      Thanks for the great blog, and wishing all you folk all the best for the festive season.

  9. Enjoyed this one. Few sticky moments but it all fell into place.

    Thanks for the hints, thanks to the setter.

    Blowing old boots here and Dover is worse, loads of people queuing for delayed ferrys.

  10. We are being spoilt today. As well as this very good puzzle and the bonus Toughie there is a top-notch NTSPP from Alchemi. It’s very enjoyable and not too difficult so no-one should have any excuses for not having a go.

    1. Thank you for the tip on the NTSPP, I’ll give it a lash as the FT puzzle is impenetrable – I don’t even understand the instructions!

      The image in 23a is exactly where I’l be at midnight on New Year’s Eve with my sons, my sons’ fiancées, my brother, my sister-in-law and my ageing Ps.

  11. I spent the same amount of time on 29d, as I did on the other thirty three clues (which fortunately went in without a hitch).
    Thanks to setter, and to BD.

  12. Boy oh boy, this was a bit of a slog. Husband started off well, then we got stuck on 13d & 15d & one or two others which weren’t all that hard really, but took us ages. I wouldn’t normally spell 15d that way, but I’m sure it can be. Thank you to the setter & to BD.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

  13. Took a while to get going, then it all seemed to fall into place. Throw that Tipp-Ex away I thought… I should have waited till I had the SE corner done. In went 29d (well it was obvious wasn’t it?) and then 32a to finish…. erm… where’s the Tipp-Ex?

    I thought this was an excellent Saturday offering. Very enjoyable and a little more stretching than some.

    Thanks to BD for the review and the explanations ((needed for 29d) and to the setter.

    Quite a nice day here in Birmingham. Off to Solihull for some shopping tomorrow… on the train.


  14. Good puzzle, with the exception of 13d, having all the letters saved my day otherwise I would never have solved it. Liked the quick pun, very clever. Have. Great weekend all, and thanks to setter and BD for review. I hope you manage to get some time off over Christmas.


  15. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A nice puzzle with a not so hidden nina. Favourite was 9a. Down in Holborn at the Centenary crossword party.

    1. Well done on spotting the Nina! I don’t think I will ever spot one unless someone says “look out got the Nina”. Even today there was a remark at the top of the puzzle saying “look for a message”, but I didn’t bother to read that until I saw yours and McM’s comments :oops:

  16. A delightful celebratory crossword today which rated as **/****for this solver who got going nicely once the paracetamol started to work. Last to fill was 32a for some daft reason. Fav was 4d. Hear, hear to the Nina as well! Many thanks to the setter whom I applaud. Massive thanks to BD and the crew for all your relentless work which greatly enhances the business of solving.
    Happy Christmas from a sunny San Francisco.

  17. I really enjoyed this one today. Thanks!!

    P.S. Did anyone else enjoy the new, or at least for me it was, grid?

  18. 29D really is a measure, not merely a truncated word for a number!

    Engineers and mechanics use this word as the informal word for an Imperial measure (for small distances). Think spark plug…

    1. I used to work for a paint company before i retired and, in the good old Imperial days, we measured paint film thickness in units of 29d. If I remember correctly 1,000 29ds = 1 inch.

  19. A pleasant puzzle but I was almost 32’ed by 32a, until the penny finally dropped.Horrible, horrible day here, icey winds and rain.Thanks to setter and BD.

  20. Not really the right place to put this, but I just completed my third cryptic puzzle from today’s DT. As mentioned in my comment under 6 above, Roger Squires’ on-line Christmas Day puzzle from last year was reproduced in the paper today.

    It was a suitably festive and fun offering, but I couldn’t get two of the answers. Happliy I found Deep Threat’s blog on this site using the search function and all was revealed! Many thanks to DT! If anyone else needs it, it is number DT 100004.

    What a great site this is! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  21. I’d not heard of the term ‘Nina’ until yesterday and so having Googled the word, I knew more or less what to look out for in future. I was highly delighted to discover the one in today’s Prize Crossword. Loved the pun in today’s Quick Crossword too :-)

    Happy Christmas to all setters, tipsters and solvers – here’s to more brain teasers in 2014.

  22. This for me was another tough one. Without BD and the comments above I think I’d have given up. As it is I have one vacant space. 3d. I can see two possible answers. But neither really make me feel they are 100% right.

    McMillibar has it as his favourite clue. But I’m stuck. So can anyone point me in the right direction, please?

    Thank you from a wet and windy evening.


      1. Many thanks for this. It’s crazy how you can miss something that’s so clear! I was thinking of fashioning in the form of making things… And once you go down a certain track….

        Enjoy the rest of the weekend


  23. Anybody know where today’s puzzle is on the Telegraph Website (or not the Telegraph website as it should probably be known)?


    1. I also have been frustrated by the non-Telegraph website as it shows only yesterdays puzzle. Phil Mc Neill has been very kindly sending me the daily puzzle, but unfortunately in a form I can’t read without an electronic interpreter,which pops up and promises to be free but it does mention that everything , every stroke of the keyboard will be uncovered by its spyware.Further , I have noticed that inn order to print anything , I have to remove all browsing cookies as they are taking up so much space.And its sleeting.Not a happy camper.

    2. I also cannot see the puzzles, should I be looking for Sunday Telegraph or is it later on Sunday….Anyone got a copy they can send?

        1. Todays puzzle is on the site now. As we are having our pseudo Christmas Day today it’s going to be busy, busy, busy so I may not have much time to relax with the crossword.

  24. Hi folks, second post from me. I’m stuck with two clues. First is 4D. I know it’s an anagram and I have the checking letters but I’ve tried them every way and it doesn’t make anything. Second is 21D. I don’t even know which is the clue here, I’m guessing Rank.
    Fave and first in was 15A. I got muddled with 15D at first and had it as an ancient region of Turkey that is now a woman’s name. Don’t want to end up in the naughty corner so that’s all I’m saying. I corrected it when I got 18.
    is it too early for a mince pie?

    1. I’ve got mince pies so would be OK in the naughty corner but am just working out how to help you without ending up there as I would like to watch last night’s Strictly at some point this afternoon.

      4d is an anagram – heat here doesnt’ mean temperature.

      21d the definition (the whole thing is the clue) is indeed rank. An abbreviated way of referring to figures with the abbreviation for university inserted.

      15d is an anagram (possibly) of LADY with the abbreviation for name inserted (possessed).

      1. Thanks, CS, got those two now so I’m all complete.

        21D’s answer (before the university is added) reminds me of the name of a numerical A-level that was popular when I was at school.

        4D – I now have a word that fits – to do with egestion (hope that’s not too ‘naughty’) but I can’t see the connection with ‘heat’ at all!

        I’m using this on a lappy for the first time – so much easier to read than on the phone, where the third or fourth response to a post ends up as a single letter in a VERY long line lol

            1. We have, in addition to three BRBs of varying vintages, three other dictionaries including my Collins Gem 1970 school dictionary. The required definition is in all of them too.

  25. Has anyone managed to work out the numbering criteria of the daily URLs? I’ve missed Thursdays and also would like to have a crack at Saturday’s Toughie.


  26. Good afternoon folks. I did this on thr M1 northbound heading to watch West Brom play Hull. Poor performance. In light of today’s news can I suggest we play Graeme Swann at centre forward and Shane Long becomes the new spinner? Anyway, a fairly tame puzzle and good to see 28a feature again so soon. Ever heard of 17a before. Last in was 29d. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

  27. Although I am not a regular contributor I look in fairly often.
    As I have said before I have learnt so much from this site and its
    ‘members’ that I can now really enjoy solving the DT cryptic puzzle with good a chance of
    completing it.
    So I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone especially BD and wish you all a
    very Merry Christmas .


    1. I’ve deleted your wrong partial answer (see BD’s instructions in red above). Also if you click on reply in the post you are replying to, it keeps all the linked conversations together.

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