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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27375

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ***

A 1 across to one and all.  It’s another year again – time seems to fly when you’re having a good time or as you get older, so it seems.  This is the first of many enjoyable puzzles to look forward to during this year.  Quite straightforward.  A 1.5*/3* from me.  Thanks Jay (assuming the new year hasn’t brought changes to the setting schedule).

P.S. If you still find the mechanics of the hints a mystery, you should read the following, which should help in understanding.

Definitions are underlined in the clues (in blue).

Words in blue are lifted from the clues.

Italicised words are instructions for constructing the answer. Parentheses following these enclose the indicators from the clues. Eg. Reversal of(up, in a down clue).

[xxx;yyy] denotes that a synonym for xxx or yyy is required.

{} are used to give the order of construction. Eg. Reversal of(up, in a down clue) AB + C is different from Reversal of(up, in a down clue) {AB + C}.

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1a    Greeting today‘s settlement of any pay where parking must be included (5,3,4)

{HAPPY NEW YEAR} : Anagram of(settlement) ANY PAY WHERE containing(… must be included) [abbrev. for “parking”].

9a    Confess caution’s given originally for showing affection (9)

{CARESSING} : [to confess, say, under the third degree] placed after(given originally, in an across clue) [caution to be taken to avoid harm]‘S .

10a    Socially acceptable kind of Green custom (5)

{USAGE} : [letter indicating something that’s socially acceptable] + [a kind of green leaves used in cooking].

11a    Run through gardens in the garden of England – run (6)

{SKEWER} : [famous Gardens in London] contained in(in) [abbrev. for the region known as “the garden of England”] + [abbrev. for “run” in cricket scores].

Defn: … with a long sharp metal rod.

12a    A worker covering small hospital department for a skiver (8)

{ABSENTEE} : A [a busy worker – not the usual crossword “ant”] containing(covering) { [abbrev. for “small”] + [abbrev. for a hospital department;a medical specialty] }.

13a    Strange person needing a drop of water before party (6)

{WEIRDO} : [a small dam across a river, resulting in a drop in the water level] placed before(before, in an across clue) [a party;a function].

15a    What might represent a challenge for the French during thin time (8)

{GAUNTLET} : [“the” in French] contained in(during) { [thin;bony in appearance] + [abbrev. for “time”] }.

Defn: …if you throw it down or slap someone’s face with it.

18a    Montego Bay is played, but not to this devil (8)

{BOGEYMAN} : Anagram of(is played) “Montego Bay” minus(but not) “to”.

Defn: … often conjured to scare children:

The aforementioned oldie.

19a    ‘Second stroke’ in doctor’s writing? (6)

{SCRAWL} : [abbrev. for “second” in time notation] + [a swimming style;a stroke]. A clever surface. And why do doctors universally write like that? So that the patient can’t decipher it?

21a    Cash needed for fix before doctor has urge to return (3,5)

{PIN MONEY} : [to fix, with a sharp implement] placed before(before) [abbrev. for a doctor, especially one in the armed forces or government service] plus(has) reversal of(to return) [an urge;a longing for].

Defn: … for minor expenditures, perhaps purchase of those sharp implements.

23a    Part of wheat surplus went without packaging (6)

{GLUTEN} : [a surplus;a flood of commodities, say] + “went” minus
its 2 extreme-most letters(without packaging).

Answer: A mixture of proteins occurring in cereal grains, especially wheat.

26a    Pace of top player absorbing pressure (5)

{SPEED} : [a top player, eg. at Wimbledon] containing(absorbing) [abbrev. for “pressure” in physics].

27a    Article shaping a talent prior to delivery (9)

{ANTENATAL} : [an article in grammar] + anagram of(shaping) A TALENT.

Defn: … and we’re not talking cricket here:

28a    Break from assignment by junior doctor finishing early (12)

{INTERMISSION} : [an assignment;a specific task to be performed] placed after(by, in an across clue) [a junior doctor undergoing practical training in a hospital] minus its last letter(finishing early).


1d    Son with a wife supporting poor writer is a tool (7)

{HACKSAW} : { [abbrev. for “son”] plus(with) [abbrev. for “wife”] } placed below(supporting, in a down clue) [a poor writer, especially one in a newspaper office].

2d    Unadulterated English processed food? (5)

{PUREE} : [unadulterated;uncontaminated] + [abbrev. for “English”].

3d    Song from not long ago? (9)

{YESTERDAY} : Cryptic defn: A song lamenting today and longing for a time not long ago.

4d    Lake in northern Ireland? (4)

{ERIE} : Reversal of(northern;going north, in a down clue) [Irish name for Ireland].

Answer: One of the Great Lakes.

5d    Spiritualist on stand from comic character (4,4)

{YOGI BEAR} : [a spiritualist;a master of a Hindu system of philosophy] placed above(on, in a down clue) [to stand;to tolerate].

… and his companion, Boo-Boo.

6d    A form of transport originally expecting vilification (5)

{ABUSE} : A [a form of road transport] + 1st letter of(originally) “expecting”.

7d    Something worn by chap on helm, reportedly (8)

{MANTILLA} : [a chap;a male] placed above(on, in a down clue) homophone of(reportedly) [the helm;the steering gear of a ship].

… and a chap would look downright silly if he wore this, let alone  while steering a boat.  Come to think of it – why is she lying there with only her headgear – some sort of Spanish turn-on, I guess.

8d    Echo words by soldiers on exercises and raise volunteers (6)

{REPEAT} : [soldiers of the engineering branch of the British army] placed above(on, in a down clue) [short for “exercises”, especially during a school period] plus(and) reversal of(raise) [branch of the British army consisting of volunteers].

14d    Naive young things in class, full of energy (8)

{INGENUES} : IN + [in biology, a class;a category consisting of a number of species] containing(full of)[abbrev. for “energy” in physics].

16d    Revealing parts of dresses in drink businesses (9)

{NECKLINES} : [to swallow a drink] + [kinds of businesses;trades;occupations].

There is revealing, and, on the other hand, there is revealing:


17d    Tear delicate fabric – tear badly (8)

{LACERATE} : [a delicate web-like fabric] + anagram of(badly) TEAR.

Defn: To tear roughly;to mangle.

18d    Avoid an operation (6)

{BYPASS} : Double defn: 1st: … eg. when travelling, and 2nd: A cardiac medical operation.

20d    Wool product‘s given zero returns after loan goes bad (7)

{LANOLIN} : Reversal of(returns) [zero] placed below(after, in a down clue) anagram of(goes bad) LOAN.

Answer: A substance extracted from wool and used in, among other products, cosmetics.

22d    Past exposed by cool denial (5)

{OLDEN} : Hidden in(exposed by) “cool denial”.

24d    Everybody playing to score? (5)

{TUTTI} : Cryptic defn: A direction, from Italian, in a music score for all performers to play simultaneously.

25d    Cook without a root (4)

{STEM} : [to cook, named after the source of heat used] minus(without) “a”.

Answer: In linguistics, a root word from which other related words are formed.

The Quick crossword pun: (ghetto} + {ferret} = {get over it}

54 comments on “DT 27375

    1. scchua, as a matter of interest, how did you get access to today’s puzzle before the rest of us?

  1. A thoroughly enjoyable solve from start to finish, almost every clue a delight A 1ac to one and all..

  2. A delightful offering tp cheer up a wet miserable day (can’t wait for the pub to open) 18A made me smile as with 19A which is what my writing is like as borne out by coming across an old school report from the 50s whilst clearing out my late mother’s house . wishing all a 1A, many thanks to scchua for the review & excellent pictures. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

  3. A lovely crossword but should have employed CS’s rule and started with the down clues. I agree with scchua’s stars for difficulty but would give it 4* for enjoyment.
    For some reason 11a was my last one and I was a bit slow with a few in the right hand side – 15 and 23a and 7 and 16d – don’t know why. I got into a terrible pickle with 13a – I thought the first letter was the drop of water and the last two were obviously the party which left me with a few spares in the middle. Oh dear.
    I think the cardiac surgeons would be a bit miffed at an 18d being called a medical operation but they’re such prima donnas that it doesn’t take much to upset them!
    19a made me laugh – I’ve been married to a doctor for 37 years and I still can’t read his writing.
    Lots of really good clues – 13a (eventually) and 19a and 14d . . . .could go on for ages. My joint favourites were 18a and 3d.
    With thanks to Jay and scchua and a very 1a to all.
    Off to check on husband now – he seems to be suffering a little this morning . . . http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_rolleyes.gif

    1. Is that because they’re called surgical operations? I am guessing that medical refers to medications.

      1. It would probably just be called surgery.

        What’s the difference between God and a cardiac surgeon?

  4. Happy New Year everyone, just getting it in before mid day!!!
    A ‘ploughmans’ crossword for me, only one favourite clue 4d, very clever I thought
    Horrible wild wet day here today, glad I haven’t got to go out or entertain, painting I think for the rest of the day
    Hope you all have a lovely day despite the weather http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

    1. Happy New Year, Mary.
      What’s a ‘ploughman’s crossword’? Or am I being dim again? http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif
      Ghastly weather in Oxford too – off to friends soon.

      1. No Kath you’re not dim, it’s just a crossword which I find workable but have to slowly plough my way through without any real thrills along the way !!

  5. Curious mixture of straightforward and diabolical clues. 24d was so weird and disliked 25d as I don’t see what a stem has to do with a root even with Scchuas hint..
    All pretty average I thought.

    1. I think I agree Brian, steam without ‘a’ which is what the clue is telling us to do gives us stem which has no root i.e. ‘without a root’ – I don’t see how the definition is ‘root’ ????

      1. One way of cooking something is to steam it so ‘steam’ without ‘a’ = ‘stem’ which, as scchua explains in the hint, means the ‘root’ of a word.

  6. I hate to mention that it’s sunny and strangely mild here in Geneva today. We’d like a bit of snow. I enjoyed today’s puzzle, though I needed the hints to explain why some of my solutions were what they were — and you wouldn’t believe how much I messed up 14d! I especially liked 19a and 7d.
    A very 1 across to all! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

  7. I did not get the opportunity to attempt yesterday’s puzzle so was really looking forward to today’s offering and I was not disappointed. Got stuck for a while on th SE corner but tanks to the blog things soon came about. 5D made me smile. I would rate this 2/4
    Hope 2014 is kind to you all. Thanks to Scchua for the couple of hints I needed also much appreciated the illustration for 16D

  8. Thanks to Jay and to scchua for the review and hints. A nice start to the New Year, quite straightforward but enjoyable. Favourites were 11a & 4d. No hints needed. Last in was 23a. Was 2*/3* for me. Got to brave the elements later & go and watch the Gooners. 1ac to all. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-phew.gif

  9. I 8d scchua’s 1a ,after 3d’s 6d.
    Cosi van Tutti is my favourite opera.And as to 19a, the latest instruction to correctors of state exams is that they must interpret the hand-writing, regardless.
    Nice puzzle , thanks to Jay and scchua

    1. Is that the keyboard equivalent of a 19A? I’m sure you meant “Cosi fan tutte”… :-)

  10. Nice start to the year and not too tricky, which was a bit of a relief due to the state of the head today http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

    I see we have tomorrow’s puzzle on the website which I will resist for now, tomorrow’s racing results would be a lot more use!

    Thanks to Jay and to scchua.

  11. Feeling a lot better now after a glass of Buck’s Fizz – must be the vitamin C that’s sorted me outhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_whistle3.gif

    1. I’m sure it must be the Vit C that you needed and absolutely nothing to do with the ‘hair of the dog!http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_rolleyes.gif

      1. Now that we have 4 (yes, that’s a figure 4!) cats the last thing I need is hair of the dog :grin: The rest of the bottle of bubbly has finished off what the vit C started so I’m going to the pub now to start the year as I mean to continue. Growing old disgracefully? That’s me http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

        1. That’s nothing. I have two black labs and five cats, down from three dogs and seven cats at the end of last year.

          1. Eighteen years ago we were, for a short time, up to thirteen cats. We had a very old gingie and three very young cats – two girls and a boy all from the same litter. The first girl had four kittens when she was eight months old and her sister had five a month later – it was total chaos for a short time – it drove husband up the wall but I loved it and cried buckets when they all went to their new homes. First girl had six more a few months later – it obviously didn’t do her any harm – she is the sole survivor and will be twenty this year.

          2. One dog, one goldfish , many plants, and right now a lovely glass of bubbly ! Cheers !
            I like cats but Honey would eat them , I think.

        2. Growing old is unavoidable, growing up is optional :-)

          May I recommend a large motorcycle?

  12. Thank you Jay, an enjoyable puzzle and thankfully not too difficult today. Thank you Scchua for your review and hints. The photos, as usual, are most tasteful !

    Happy New Year to setters, bloggers and contributors. Thanks BD for your hard work – we all get great pleasure from this site.

  13. Great start to Twenty-Fourteen so thanks Jay. Loved your debrief, Scchua – smiled at the ‘snow’ moving as in some gale acroos my screen. Crossword: ***/*** for me today. Struggled with SW corner after getting going with the 1a message. Managed to struggle through to the end without recourse to Scchua’s hints and did not think I would half-way through. Agree about 4d which did not really twig until I read your comment, Mary 18a was last for me.
    Off to deep clean my study… well, maybe.
    Happy Ne’erday to all!

  14. A nice start to the year, thought I’d done really well completing it without any hints until I checked it and found 4d was wrong, I put Erin as the answer which is the old poetic name for Ireland many thanks to Jay and Scchua.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

  15. A lovely start to the New Year, and all the best to everyone from (a wet and cold) Edinburgh.

  16. Nice one, thanks Jay. First impression was a bit forbidding however most soon began to fall into place although struggled with Southeast corner which was not helped by having second half of 28a word wrong. Several rather wordy clues but also some good ‘uns including 11a, 15a and 24d. In the end didn’t need the excellent hints/illustrations but as always did enjoy reading them. ***/***. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

  17. A great start to 2014! I also missed 4d and had Erin, otherwise all intact. I missed the meaning of drink from neck in 16d but presume it’s something to do with Britspeak. Thanks to setter and scchua for review. Happy New Year all.


    1. Britspeak? What, you’re not British? You certainly have a well developed sense of humour (humor) for a Yankee.

      And… All to often the tradition is to use pictures of scantily clad women when a thousand words would do perfectly well.

      1. I am Brit but not brought up in UK, so I miss a lot of the nuances of Britspeak. I was brought up in Jamaica (near Montego Bay) and have lived here for about 30 years.

  18. Another enjoyable start to the day. The hemlock proved an unfortunate antidote to the course of strychnine so Mrs T recovered – and does still make exceedingly good toast.

    Does anyone else find the titty-count in the hints distracting ?

    1. No, because I read the hints after I’ve finished the crossword, so the images are most welcome :-)

  19. Warmest wishes to all – do appreciate enormously all the help, fun and explanation- took longer to get into it today! Thanks again!

  20. Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy Hogswatch. Enjoyable but not too taxing solve today.

  21. Re the thread from #13

    As far as I’m concerned 4 cats is 4 too many! They are pommette’s cats.But they are quite nice though, especially the new one which moved in with us about two months ago.Am I developing a soft spot?

    Am I the only person ever to have sold a cat as a fixture of a house! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif


    1. I would have said that you were becoming an old softie but then you went and added the last sentence and spoilt it all. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif

  22. A bit of a breeze today, thankfully, as my brain hurts from too many late nights at work. I particularly liked 13a and 7down (I agree with as Scchua about the Spanish bird with nothing on but her headscarf, but then it can get hot down there). 2*/4* for me. Thanks for the briefing and all your comments, and to Jay, if it was he, for making my post-work task fun and stimulating. HNY to all

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