DT 27392

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27392

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

If you struggled with the Rufus yesterday you’ll probably find Mr Ron’s puzzle today a bit of a relief. It’s pretty straightforward and it’s a pangram. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it.

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Across Clues

1a  Criticise expert when exposing universal remedies (8)
{PANACEAS} – an informal verb to criticise is followed by an expert and a synonym for when.

5a  Evil immoral sailor (6)
{SINBAD} – this fictional Arab sailor is a charade of an evil or wickedness and an adjective meaning immoral or nefarious.

9a  About to call one about uprising (9)
{REBELLION} – string together a) a preposition meaning about or concerning, b) an informal verb to call by phone, c) I (one in Roman numerals) and d) another preposition meaning about.

11a  Nut infiltrating Cape Canaveral (5)
{PECAN} – hidden in the clue.

12a  Guide that woman inside hydro (6)
{SHERPA} – insert a female pronoun in a hydro or a place where guests may ‘take the waters’.

13a  A quiet Italian river location may be suitable (8)
{APPOSITE} – we need to build the answer from A (in the clue), the musical abbreviation for quiet, an Italian river and a location.

15a  Hotels ignored comic opera (3,10)
{THE GONDOLIERS} – an anagram (comic) of HOTELS IGNORED.

18a  A few in their glee dancing a Scottish dance (9,4)
{EIGHTSOME REEL} – insert a word meaning a few or an unspecified number into an anagram (dancing) of THEIR GLEE.

22a  Man reportedly to assist in the making of this children’s soup (8)
{ALPHABET} – what sounds like (reportedly) an abbreviated male forename (that of TV’s Mr Garnett, for example) is followed by a verb to assist or encourage.

23a  Maintain board’s winning (4,2)
{KEEP UP} – a word for board (and lodging) is followed by an adverb meaning winning or ahead.

26a  Arrest knight overwhelmed by bankruptcy (3,2)
{RUN IN} – the letter used in chess notation for knight goes inside (overwhelmed by) another word for bankruptcy.

27a  Around end of game, playing squash, I’m nauseous (9)
{SQUEAMISH} – an anagram (playing) of SQUASH I’M containing the end letter of (gam)E.

28a  Only just save the Spanish close to bankruptcy (6)
{BARELY} – string together a preposition meaning save or ‘except for’, the Spanish definite article (masculine version) and the closing letter of (bankruptc)Y.

29a  Understood female in diamonds (8)
{FATHOMED} – start with F(emale) and add a phrase (2,4) meaning in and the abbreviation used in card games for diamonds.

Down Clues

1d  Take a seat during procession without duke, a hanger-on (8)
{PARASITE} – insert a verb meaning to take a seat into a procession from which the D(uke) has been removed.

2d  Magnificent  old gold coin (5)
{NOBLE} – double definition, the second being an old English gold coin worth approximately one third of a pound.

3d  Plays, relaxing in company, a song (7)
{CALYPSO} – an anagram (relaxing) of PLAYS goes inside the abbreviation for company.

4d  A number climbing in line to be turned round (4)
{AXIS} – A is followed by a single-digit number reversed (climbing, in a down clue).

6d  I’m to turn out, come along (7)
{IMPROVE} – you may see this use of ‘come along’ in a school report, for example, ‘Little Penelope’s spelling is coming along nicely’. I’M (from the clue) is followed by a verb to turn out or happen.

7d  Encourage children to get previous publication (4,5)
{BACK ISSUE} – a charade of a verb to encourage or support and a legal term for children.

8d  Daughter’s target: formal evening meal (6)
{DINNER} – D(aughter) is followed by what an archer may hope to hit (though it’s not quite the optimum result).

10d  Emperor‘s granny concealing Eastern European origins, originally (8)
{NAPOLEON} – an affectionate word for granny contains an East European and the original letter of O(rigins).

14d  Newspaper boss, English, wearing appalling strides (8)
{EDITRESS} – E(nglish) is contained inside (wearing) an anagram (appalling) of STRIDES.

16d  Watch the first man in for a surprise (3-6)
{EYE-OPENER} – a verb to watch is followed by the first batsman to face the bowling (first man in).

17d  Sloppy fielders keep dropping Leicestershire’s opener (8)
{SLIPSHOD} – the second cricket-related clue in a row. Close-in fielders are followed by a verb to keep or retain without the opening letter of L(eicestershire). Did you think it was a bit sloppy to have part of the answer to the previous clue in this one?

19d  Angler at sea, about last to drop anchor (7)
{GRAPNEL} – an anagram (at sea) of ANGLER containing the last letter of (dro)P.

20d  Rot shown in elm, primarily, and two other trees (7)
{EYEWASH} – the primary letter of E(lm) is followed by two other trees.

21d  New zebra crossing good? Capital (6)
{ZAGREB} – an anagram (new) of ZEBRA containing G(ood).

24d  Cut-glass object teacher put up in the course of the afternoon (5)
{PRISM} – reverse (put up, in a down clue) a male teacher inside the abbreviation for afternoon.

25d  Most of panel on a Hebridean island (4)
{JURA} – remove the final Y from a panel and follow this (on, in a down clue) with A.

My favourite clue today is one of 29a, 10d and 20d. How about you?

Today’s Quickie Pun: {MATTER} + {DOORS} = {MATADORS}



  1. mary
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Morning gazza, I did think this was going to be difficult when first looking at it, my last one in was 4d, I knew it had to have an ‘x’ in it as this was obviously a pangram!! 2* for me, 29a favourite clue, thanks for blog gazza :-)

  2. McMillibar
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    As ever, 80 pc of this one fell into place in quicktime, the rest took me a while – mainly the SW corner. Last was 25d. Liked 22a. Enjoyed this one which I think was a Pangram with a distinctly Caledonian slant. Thanks to the setter for the mental romp and for the hints, Gazza which were not required today and it’s rare I can say that. Agree with your rating… maybe 1.5* for difficulty. That pesky dog wants walking again.

  3. njm
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    While this was quite straightforward for the most part, I found it a little harder than Gazza, did. I’d never heard of 18a, and the other three name clues (5a, 15a, 10d) are harder to solve if you don’t know the names. Really enjoyable, though, so 2* 3.5* for me. Thanks to Mr. Ron and Gazza.

  4. Rabbit Dave
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    3*/3* for this pangram today. I found it tricky in parts but very enjoyable.

    My last one in was 19a for which I needed to use an anagram solver in order to find what was a new word for me. I’d never heard of the Scottish dance in 18a but the answer was easily derived from the wordplay.

    As was the case yesterday I’ve got a short list of two from which to choose my favourite: 29a and 20d, and yet again I’m still deciding!

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to Gazza.

  5. Graham
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    More **/*** territory for me but still a nice offering my favourite was 20D
    Many thanks to the setter & Gazza for an
    excellent review.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

  6. skempie
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Fairly straight forward fare today although I was held up for a while on 29A as I wanted to put HER or SHE in to something to do with diamonds. I thought 22A was very clever, but my fave rave on Dave today has to be 20D – very clever indeed.

    • njm
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      My favorite too! Similar to Drill SergeAnt in a recent puzzle.

  7. Michael
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Good fun – I really enjoyed this one! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  8. gnomethang
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    An Italian river you say?. Thanks gazza and the Mysteron!

    • Kath
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      I wasn’t even going to mention it. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

      • andy
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

        Nor me….

        • gnomethang
          Posted January 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

          Well done you two!

    • Michael
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      I had a Geography Master who had a mantra that went ‘The River Po – spelt P O is an example of a meandering river’ – Mr Margetts was his name!

  9. Beaver
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Was going for a */*** until I got held up in the SE corner ,so settle for a **/***.liked 29A and 22A -thanks Gazza for the most apposite Pic,thought the ‘turn out ‘ bit of 6D was a bit ‘iffy ‘ bit suppose it just about fits the clue, Still to spot a pangram , getting too late now . Is the Bristol convention just meant for Telegraph solvers ,where can I get further details?

    • gazza
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      I think that prove/turn out is ok, e.g. I believe my theory will prove to be correct.
      All are welcome at the Bristol do – details of exactly where will appear shortly.

    • Kath
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Yes – I was held up with 6d for the same reason.

  10. Kath
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    It was a tad more than 1* difficulty for me and nearer 4* for enjoyment.
    I even spotted the pangram and for about the first time ever that helped with my last two answers which I was stuck on. Even with alternate letters in I couldn’t see what 6d could be but finally realised that I was missing a V and got the answer immediately. Likewise with 29a – the only letter I hadn’t used by then was the F so then I got that one too having spent a long time trying to fit in ‘her’ or ‘she’ as skempie did.
    At the risk of sounding sexist I was fooled by the 14d ‘Newspaper boss’ being a woman so that took a while too even though I knew it was an anagram.
    I thought this was a nice puzzle with lots of good clues – I’m going to be hard pressed to pick just a few – 18 and 27a and 14d. My favourite was either 22a or 20d.
    With thanks to Mr Ron and gazza.
    Today’s little lesson is that it’s mistake to put your glasses on a chair when you get up to put more wood on the fire. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif

    • Angel
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      I too thought 14d was probably not PC in the same way as there are no actresses any more. Is 22a really a type of soup – looks ghastly! 19d was new to me. Overall pleasant enough but probably ***/**. Thanks Mr. Ron for puzzle and Gazza for being there in case of need. Sorry about specs Kath – trod on mine in the garden recently – good old Specsavers put them right for me.

      • Rabbit Dave
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        But French Presidents are allowed to have mistresses, aren’t they? http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

        • Angel
          Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

          Perhaps that’s marginally better than if they were to have “misters”! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

        • Kath
          Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

          The French do whatever they like – and get away with it!

      • gazza
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

        “… as the bishop said to the actor” doesn’t have quite the same ring. :D

      • crypticsue
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

        The lady setter Arachne has used 14d as a solution in several of her puzzles in the Graun recently.

      • Kath
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

        There used to be something called “alphabetti spaghetti” – our girls used to have it a school sometimes – they liked it, mainly because it wasn’t the kind of thing they ever had at home – novelty value!
        As for the specs I have no-one to blame but myself specially since I do that kind of thing with them all the time, usually in the garden, so should have learnt by now.

  11. bifield
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    **/***for me today, a bit tricky in places but perseverance got me there in the end. Thanks to setter and to Gazza for the review.

  12. Miffypops
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I learnt to spell with Alphabetti Spaghetti. I learnt The Binary System by mixing tins of regular Spaghetti with tins of Spaghetti Hoops. There are special tins of alphabetti Spaghetti for Chavs that only contain the letters ASBO. I could go on put I am sure you would not want me to do so. Thanks to awakening earlier, not having a head befuddled by the previous days alcoholic intake and not having to be mindful of Big Daves wishes to publish by 11.00am I got through this puzzle in reasonable time with no hold ups. Too many really nice clues to mention but 29ac was very good and 20d has always been a favourite. Crib tonight. If my team win we could be equal first in the league. Ta to all as usual.

  13. Senf
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    I would rate this a little more difficult than yesterday’s Rufus, although I was only left with 29a at lights out last night. The penny finally dropped with the information that this was a pangram and ‘F’ was the missing letter. Having got J, X, Y, and Z, I should have thought about pangram – oh well. I solved 16d easily but couldn’t understand why, I was thinking more of Adam than a cricket connection – oh well again. Thanks to Mr Ron and Gaza.

  14. SheilaP
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    A bit more straightforward today we think, & very enjoyable. I’m surprised anyone calls themselves a 14 down. Even female actresses like to be called actors now for some reason. I’ve never heard of the anchor, but the better half was in the sea scouts at one time & so knew the answer. Thank you, setter & Gazza.

    • Senf
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Yes, 14d – PC or not PC. It is worth noting that BAFTA and The Oscars both still have awards for actors and actresses. We might get the mess sorted out one day.

      • skempie
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

        Makes me wonder how much of an outcry there would be if the BAFTAs and Oscars etc banned the use of generic terms and only had one single award for best actor and one for best supporting actor – I’m sure there would be tears.
        For many years now we have been bombarded with Equality this and Equality that to the extent that the ‘fairer sex’ (if you don’t mind me using the term) are now routinely in action on the front line of military conflicts (not something I really agree with) and just yesterday I was sent an e-petition from and American woman with the story of an American female who had been shot in Afghanistan with the headline ‘We the undersigned call on military forces not to recruit females for the services’ – all seems a waste of time to me.
        I still don’t believe that the ladies should earn the same money at Wimbledon though (they can only play 3/5 of the amount of tennis as the fellas).

        • Miffypops
          Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

          I agree Skempie, what’s more patting a ball over a net whilst grunting can hardly be called tennis.

          • Angel
            Posted January 22, 2014 at 12:42 am | Permalink

            Come on it’s hardly “patting” viz Williams Sisters, etc. but I agree it should be 5 sets if they want the same prize money. In fact the red-blooded ones do their fair share of grunting too these days – gamesmanship? http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_rolleyes.gif

            • Miffypops
              Posted January 22, 2014 at 12:53 am | Permalink

              A La Bobbie Riggs I doubt that any of them could have beaten me in my prime.

              • Angel
                Posted January 22, 2014 at 10:18 am | Permalink

                Billie Jean King …….http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_exclaim.gif

  15. Sweet William
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Thank you setter – a lot easier than yesterday’s I thought. Thanks Gazza for your review and hints – I must confess to needing your explanation of 22a.

  16. Kath
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    If anyone is dithering about whether or not to brave the Toughie I’ve done it – if I can so can everyone. I bet BD gives it 1* for difficulty which will shatter any illusions that I might have about getting better at them. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif

    • gazza
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      If you’ve run out of things to do, Kath, Brendan (Virgilius) in the Guardian has a nice puzzle with a theme that you’re bound to enjoy (though it might make you cry!).

      • crypticsue
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

        I thought of Kath crying as I solved that one http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gif

        • Kath
          Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

          I haven’t looked yet but when I have, and have finished crying, http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gifI’ll be back.

      • Kath
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

        You’re being a bad influence – will definitely have to have a look at that one now – just when I was trying to fool myself that I was about to go and do useful stuff.
        Lots of things make me cry – which one is this – actually I can probably guess! In advance, because it would be shame not to live up to expectations . . . http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gif

        • Merusa
          Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

          Betcha it’s Morse!

          • Kath
            Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

            How ever did you guess? I’ve had a very quick look and am now about to get going on it properly. I’ve already done the back page and the Toughie today – not sure that I’ve ever done three crosswords in one day – it’s OK in January but will all have to stop when we get round to gardening time of year again.

      • Jezza
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the pointer gazza… just as I was looking for something to do :)

        • pommers
          Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

          There’s Kairos (Prolixic) in the Indy too.

          • Jezza
            Posted January 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

            People will start thinking I don’t actually do any work in the office :)

            • spindrift
              Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

              …and there’s also Neo in the FT and it’s free & it doesn’t fall over & lay there for 8 weeks! I’ve had more fun kicking a dead whale up the beach than in dealing with the DT techies.

              • skempie
                Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

                Can’t say I’ve ever seen a dead whale let alone kicked one. Seen quite a few dead badgers though and never really got the urge to kick them at all.

                • wearedoomed
                  Posted January 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

                  Is that the cover to Argus by Wishbone Ash??!

                  • gazza
                    Posted January 22, 2014 at 8:22 am | Permalink

                    Welcome to the blog wearedoomed.

    • Brian
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      YOU FINISHED THAT, I take my hat off to you, you really are one of the experts now. I managed 5 clues and I am unsure about one of them.
      Don’t think I will ever reach your dizzy heights Kath. Well done.

      • Kath
        Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

        Thank you very much but I think I just happened to be lucky today – I’m certainly not an expert and I don’t think I ever will be.

        • Miffypops
          Posted January 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

          I have three to do Kath

          • Kath
            Posted January 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

            Which ones, just out of interest?

            • Miffypops
              Posted January 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

              20ac. 21d and 16d. They will come but I have had to put the paper down and work

              • Kath
                Posted January 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

                You’ll kick yourself about 20a. 21d took me for ever and I’m not sure about 16d because there isn’t one.

                • Miffypops
                  Posted January 22, 2014 at 12:59 am | Permalink

                  You should see my handwriting Kath. I do so like the ipad because I can read what I write. 18d was what I meant but the letter F as written by me obscures the numerical for the clue. As I have said before the ipad has seriously shortened my solving times

  17. neveracrossword
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I got through this quickly until reaching 29a, which took me a while to fathom.

  18. pommers
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Agree with Gazza’s */*** rating for this one. We got all but 3 of the acrosses and then all of the downs on first pass. Didn’t take long!

    A pleasant enough diversion though and for once I noticed that it’s a pangram, probably because the J and the Z are both near the end of the down clues.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and Gazza.

  19. Cornishpasty
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    How ironic, we could now get 4d, blind spot I guess. Thanks for the explanation re 29 which we got but did not know why.

  20. Brian
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Way more difficult than * for me esp the bottom right corner. Some v difficult clues I thought in 20d and 25d and last in was 29a which I really really disliked!
    The top half, however, was very good I thought but overall def a 2.5for difficulty. Overall much preferred yesterday’s puzzle although the absence of all religious refs was much appreciated (shame about the opera but one can’t have everything!).
    Thx to all concerned.
    PS loved the cricketing clues, shame it’s a game we seem to have forgotten how to play!

  21. Poppy
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Had much more fun with this one, although still not able to see a pangram when it’s staring me in the face…. 20d and 29a made me laugh. Have not come across an editress before so took a while to sort that. I thought that editor, like actor, these days represented both genders? Thanks to setter and to Gazza too.

  22. Graham Wall
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Pleasant romp this one. Got into the swing of it very quickly and would rate it 2*/3* Thanks to Gazza for his excellent blog. Tonight is the night, I am going to attempt my first Toughie!

  23. Merusa
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I found this to be a quick romp, wavelength again. The only one that really gave a problem and last one in was 25d. Why do I always forget that one, seems it comes up often enough it should be burned on my brain now. Very enjoyable, thanks setter and Gazza for review.

    Change of subject: Why does my name and email information keep disappearing every day? It started doing that about a week ago and niggles me no end.

  24. Heno
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the setter and to Gazza for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle after yesterday’s beast. Was two answers short, got 4d when I read it was a pangram ( I never notice them) and needed the hint for 29a, was trying to fit she in the middle of the checkers, no wonder I couldn’t solve it. Favourites were 5&22a and 20d. Was 2*/3* for me. Weather was superb in Central London this morning, went for a run. Reffereing Squash matches tonight.

  25. Una
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I needed hints for the south west corner (20d and 29a).I think I would have got there in the end, but I grew impatient. Thanks to the setter and Gazza.

  26. 2Kiwis
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Spotted the pangram in time to be of some use. By a strange coincidence, Carol, who is currently reading “Two Girls, One on Each Knee”, had made the comment that we had not seen the river Po in a crossword recently. An hour later, there it was!
    Not too taxing, all good fun.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Gazza.

    • spindrift
      Posted January 22, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      The river was also used in yesterday’s FT by Neo:

      “in time Italian banker fleeced bank at highest level” – A?O?E?N

  27. Tstrummer
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    A bit of a breeze after yesterday’s struggle but I needed the hint to explain why I had written grapnel, although I know what one is. Just couldn’t see where the P came from. I kept wanting to put a T in there (as the last of ‘about’). So thanks for that Gazza and thanks to Mr Ron for easing my passage from work to bed.

    • Angel
      Posted January 22, 2014 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      I am often guilty of the same practice but keep being told it’s not the most soporific of pastimes to follow prior to, or after, turning in! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-yawn.gif

  28. Catnap
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this. I found some clues tricky, and was very slow to pick up on the wavelength of others.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_scratch.gif I needed the explanation for the ‘hod’ at the end of 17d. I also didn’t know what the final ‘d’ in 29a represented. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif My fave was 10d.
    Thanks to Mr Ron for an interesting puzzle. Thanks to Gazza for very clear and thoughtful explanations.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gifhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif