DT 27416

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27416

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

I can’t believe that this puzzle by Mr Ron will cause very much difficulty amongst the solving fraternity and, for me, it didn’t have a lot of sparkle. Do let us know how you got on.

To reveal an answer you’ll need to highlight what’s concealed between the brackets under the clue.

Across Clues

1a  High point in cold capital city close to crucifix (6)
{CLIMAX} – a charade of C(old), a South American capital city and the closing letter of crucifix.

4a  Engraver settled in Dorset (Chertsey-born) (6)
{ETCHER} – hidden (settled) in the clue.

8a  Go-go-goes wild for fruit, locally (8)
{GOOSEGOG} – an anagram (wild) of GO-GO-GOES gives a dialect word for a hairy fruit. I’m not keen on this since the anagram fodder seems to be a made-up word.

10a  Take no notice of one rig at sea (6)
{IGNORE} – an anagram (at sea) of ONE RIG.

11a  Top expert receiving millions (4)
{ACME} – an expert contains the abbreviation for millions.

12a  Gloomy former PM in suburban area of London (10)
{BLACKHEATH} – stick together an adjective meaning gloomy or sombre and the surname of a Tory Prime Minister of the 1970s to make an area in south-east London (the home of the oldest rugby club in the world it is claimed).

13a  Opera songs by padre, rearranged (5,3,4)
{PORGY AND BESS} – this Gershwin opera is an anagram (rearranged) of SONGS BY PADRE.

16a  Blunder badly, leave out a family (German) (4,1,7)
{DROP A CLANGER} – start with a verb to leave out (e.g. Kevin Petersen from the England cricket team) then add A (from the clue), a family or tribe and one of the abbreviations for German.

20a  Agreeable remark made by labourers’ leader surrounded by body of rustics (10)
{PLEASANTRY} – the leading letter of L(abourers) is surrounded by poor country folk.

21a  One seeking damages losing simple argument (4)
{TIFF} – drop the adjective meaning simple or unadorned from someone bringing a civil case in court.

22a  Key on completion (6)
{LEGEND} – key here is the explanatory list of symbols or abbreviations in a map or other diagram. It’s a charade of another word for the on side in cricket and a synonym for completion.

23a  Trust one to feed new cleaner (8)
{RELIANCE} – the Roman numeral for one gets inserted (to feed) in an anagram (new) of CLEANER.

24a  Carry on with former nurse (6)
{EXTEND} – a prefix meaning former followed by a verb to nurse.

25a  Energetic type held back by so many distractions (6)
{DYNAMO} – hidden (held) in reverse (back) in the clue.

Down Clues

1d  Quickly slice thick piece of meat (4-4)
{CHOP-CHOP} – a verb to slice (wood, for example) is followed by a thick piece of meat.

2d  Publication for children (5)
{ISSUE} – double definition and old chestnut.

3d  Lab gear is reassembled for this school subject (7)
{ALGEBRA} – an anagram (is reassembled) of LAB GEAR.

5d  Tons delivered with shellfish may make one blink (7)
{TWINKLE} – the abbreviation for tons followed by a small mollusc.

6d  Dependants causing irritation between husband and his boy? (7-2)
{HANGERS-ON} – insert a word meaning irritation or testiness between H(usband) and his male child.

7d  Find fish round it under end of pier (6)
{RARITY} – find is a verb in the surface but as the definition it’s a noun meaning a collector’s item difficult to track down. A flat-bodied fish contains IT (from the clue) which follows (under, in a down clue) the end letter of pier.

9d  Top chess player, magnificent teacher (11)
{GRANDMASTER} – a simple charade of an adjective meaning magnificent and a male teacher.

14d  Top garden in resort — sponsor required (9)
{GODPARENT} – this sponsor is required at a baptism. It’s an anagram (in re-sort) of TOP GARDEN.

15d  Complete ring coming from cigar (8)
{PERFECTO} – an adjective meaning complete or utter is followed by the letter that looks like a ring.

17d  Working with a northern fellow never-endingly (2,3,2)
{ON AND ON} – string together an adverb meaning working or operating, A (from the clue), N(orthern) and a university fellow.

18d  Allegiance shown the Tudors, say, when changing sides? (7)
{LOYALTY} – what the Tudors were examples of with the first letter changed from R to L (from one side to the other).

19d  Charge way over the odds for wool (6)
{FLEECE} – double definition, the first an informal verb to overcharge.

21d  Piece of jewellery I found among Scarlett’s property (5)
{TIARA} – insert I (from the clue) into the name of the plantation owned by the O’Hara family in Gone With The Wind.

The clues I liked best were 21a and 22a. How about you?

Today’s Quickie Pun: {MILL} + {WAR} + {QUAY} = {MILWAUKEE}



  1. Miffypops
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    You missed a photo opportunity at 8ac as in Go Go Dancer. I think the clue would work better without the second hyphen. Otherwise a bit of a read and write.

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Hi gazza, agree mostly about todays crossword but a couple of clues made it a two to three star for me, I had not heard of that cigar nor the name of the plantation those were my last two in also not knowing London very well I didn’t know that area!!! once again no favourite clue, at this rate I am never going to be in Kath’s bad books http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

      • mary
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

        oops wrong place http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

        • Rabbit Dave
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:49 am | Permalink

          It’s a bit of a puzzle, Mary, why your comment is hanging on determinedly to be in last place http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

          Quite a few later comments, including mine, appear to have leap-frogged yours!

          P.S. I posted this one as a “reply” but it has ended up as a new comment but after yours. One of the mysteries of IT.

        • Jezza
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:50 am | Permalink

          I don’t know why my comment appeared before yours, since I posted it after ?!

          • Jezza
            Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:50 am | Permalink

            That was intended as a reply to Mary.. confused?

            • gazza
              Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

              I’ve restored Mary’s original comment which (she?) had deleted. That seems to have sorted the indentation problem.

              • Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

                I deleted it! I tried to insert her comment lower down, but obviously without success.

                • mary
                  Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

                  Sorry everyone, I didn’t mean to cause this confusion http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_scratch.gif

      • Kath
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        Now to find out where this is going to end up – it’s meant to be a reply to Mary.
        Haven’t you read “Gone with the Wind”, or seen the film? I have it in my head that it’s one of the three books that every woman is supposed to have read – I think the other two are “Forever Amber” and “Jane Eyre” but could be completely wrong about that and I’m ready to be corrected.

        • gazza
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

          Not ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’?

          • Kath
            Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

            No – don’t think so!! Well, I haven’t but I know Mary has.

            • mary
              Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

              Oh yes…the trilogy http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif
              Yes Kath had read the book and seen the film but the name of the plantation eluded me http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_scratch.gif

              • Merusa
                Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

                You’re the first person I’ve known who has read it … or at least, admitted to it!

                • mary
                  Posted February 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

                  I read the three books Merusa good summertime reading last year, actually once you skip the sex bits the story is quite good :-) at least I thought so!!

              • Miffypops
                Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

                Always make sure you read both books in a trilogy Mary

                • mary
                  Posted February 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

                  I wasn’t aware there was a trilogy of “Gone With The Wind’ Miffypops http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

        • Miffypops
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

          Gone With The Wind. That will be Spindrift and I after the rugby on Saturday afternoon. TI AR A BOOM TI A.

          • spindrift
            Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

            ….and that’s after the wales v france game on friday night. i’m going to give the italy v scotland game a miss as i have to schlep up the m1 to pick mrs s up from the mil’s. shame as i fancy italy to win at home against a team of sixth formers, who, in some circles of pinion,should give up their place to a nation that plays & enjoys its rugby – argentina anyone?.

            • Kath
              Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

              Talking of sport does anyone know what curling is all about? I keep seeing people pushing little brooms around and I don’t have a clue what they’re doing, or trying to do. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_scratch.gif

              • gazza
                Posted February 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

                It’s a sport of strategy and skill and I find it much more interesting than those involving hurtling down a mountain as fast as possible. In fact it’s the only part of the Winter Olympics that I enjoy watching.

                • Miffypops
                  Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

                  Kath. Just sit down with a long drink (alcoholic, of course) and enjoy a slower pace of life for a while. What is going on does not matter a jot. The slowing down of your life does. When the summer comes you can do the same with outdoor bowls. With all that relaxation under your belt you will be ready to enjoy watching whole cricket matches without understanding a single moment or worrying about jobs left undone or what anybody thinks of you.

                  • Kath
                    Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

                    Have I ever given the impression that I worry about understanding anything, let alone jobs left undone or what anybody thinks of me?http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_negative.gif

                • Kath
                  Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

                  Maybe I need to watch a bit more of it and try to begin to understand it – at the moment it’s a complete mystery to me. I certainly can’t watch the hurtling around at high speed – very scary.

                  • mary
                    Posted February 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

                    Tomorrow’s the day then Kath both Womens and Mens teams are in the quarter finals one starts at 10am and the other at 3pm I think

                    • gazza
                      Posted February 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

                      It’s the semi-finals actually, so both teams need to win to get into the final.

                    • mary
                      Posted February 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

                      Thanks gazza I did mean the semis!!

                • andy
                  Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

                  Agreed Gazza. It gets very addictive to watch.

              • McMillibar
                Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

                What I can tell you about curling, is that ALL curling stones come from the volcanic plug called Ailsa Craig out in the Firth of Clyde. Err… And that’s about it.

        • andy
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

          Tara is mentioned in the last few words of the film. Not in the last sentence though, that surely Mary Knows…..

  2. Graham
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Very easy today no hints required. Agree with the ratings, and no real favourites. Many thanks Gazza for the review, ,ooh the rains just stopped time for the muts to go out & continue dismantling the porch.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_whistle3.gif

  3. neveracrossword
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    20a, in various guises, must be one of the commonest clues in crosswordland.

  4. Derek
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Straightforward solve today!

    Faves : 21a & 21d.

  5. Angel
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Not quite a walkover but fun nevertheless. Thank you Mysteron. In spite of having played cricket for my school many moons ago first half of 22a didn’t occur to me (thanks Gazza for guidance) – I’m better on tennis terms which of course appear regularly. 18d probably fav. ***/***.

  6. skempie
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I thought this was going to be a write in today, but I got held up in the SE corner. I put 15D in but had to check as I’m not a great connoisseur of cigars, this managed to lead me to the rest of the answers. Favourite today has to be 9A – haven’t had them for many a year except in jam which isn’t quite the same.

    Bright sunshiny today – wish I’d taken a gamble and done the laundry earlier, ho hum, still have a couple of weeks worth of clothes let.

  7. Beaver
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Going for a * top half and a ** bottom half with a** enjoyment ,a light hearted offering overall which was pleasant enough, , liked 21 down , was thinking of Will not Miss O’ Hara , remembered getting a birthday card with Little John whispering in Will’s ear that Robin wanted a quiet word about camouflage!- Agree with Miffypops that Gazza,unlike him, missed a photo opportunity with 8a, remember when they used to be suspended from the ceiling in cages-a bit much for a young man’s blood pressure.

  8. njm
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Pretty straightforward for the most part, although I did struggle a bit in the SE corner, never having heard of the cigar, and not understanding 21d until I saw the hint. I did rather enjoy it, though, so 1*/3* for me. 21a favorite.

  9. Rabbit Dave
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    1.5* for difficulty, 2.5* for enjoyment today. I found the top half “read & write” but the bottom half was a bit more of a challenge, with 22a my last one in and favourite.

    I was surprised to find 8a in the BRB as I wasn’t aware this was a proper word, and I needed to use Google to understand the reference to Scarlett’s property in 21d.

    Many thanks to the setter and to Gazza.

  10. Jezza
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I agree with the rating and views of Gazza. Thanks to setter, and to reviewer.

    The toughie today is most pleasant, and as is customary for a Tuesday, is at the lower level of difficulty.

    • Beaver
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Took your advice that the toughie was ‘most pleasant’, with a lower level of difficulty and just finished it-hoping Big Daves Blog would score it at least **,but i’ll have to be satisfied with a grade * solve!

      • Kath
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

        Me too, except I was defeated by the bird at the bottom.

  11. Una
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    It felt a bit like the school playground in autumn, too many (old) chestnuts.Thanks to the setter and Gazza.

    • Una
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Another strange insertion !

      • spindrift
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

        ..as the actress said to the bishop…

        • Kath
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink


  12. Chris
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I was doing really well today, until 22a. I just couln’t see why any of my shortlist made a “key” – thanks Gazza for putting me out of my misery.
    My favourites were 25a and 18d.

    • SheilaP
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      That was our last one in too Chris.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

      • Kath
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

        And me – blooming cricket again. Stupid because I do know ‘on’ from what I’ve learnt here but always forget it when I need it.

        • Rabbit Dave
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

          I first played cricket at Prep School and this summer will be my 60th year of playing – assuming my joints don’t seize up one me. 22a was still my last one in :sad:

      • Kath
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

        I agree with gazza’s 1* difficulty but might be marginally more generous with the enjoyment rating – maybe 3*.
        I didn’t have any trouble apart from the 15d cigar which I’ve never heard of and had to google to make sure that I wasn’t inventing it just because it suited me.
        I didn’t like 8a very much – a friend of mine does the Guardian crossword and there was a clue quite a while ago that he thought was absolutely brilliant but two of the ‘words’ just didn’t exist – he didn’t seem to think that it mattered, but I did.
        I liked quite a few of these clues – 12 and 25a and 3 and 19d. My favourite was 1d.
        With thanks to Mr Ron and gazza.

        • Kath
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

          Oh dear – I really didn’t do that as a reply – I think we have a gremlin in the machine today. I want to reply to a comment of Mary’s but goodness knows where it might end up – think I’ll just have a go.

        • Merusa
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

          The cigar was made famous by Churchill, which he was seldom seen without!

  13. Heno
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to Gazza for the review and hints. Was fairly straightforward, but I got held up in the SE Corner, and was beaten by 15d. Had never heard of this cigar, and didn’t equate complete with perfect. Should’ve been gettable though. Favourite was 7d. Was 1.5 */2 * for me. Dull and cloudy today in Central London. Off to try the Toughie.

  14. SheilaP
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Another really enjoyable crossword today. Yesterdays & todays must have been quite easy for us to have completed them with very little assistance. I expect we’ll be brought down to earth with a bang very soon though. Thank you to the setter & to Gazza.

    • crypticsue
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      While you are on a roll, have a go at today’s Toughie.

  15. Sweet William
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you setter, good fun and not too hard a challenge. Thanks Gazza for your review and hints.

  16. BigBoab
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Not great I’m afraid but thanks anyway to the setter and to Gazza for the usual excellent review.

  17. spindrift
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Re: 8a – they were always and still are goosegogs where i come from.

    • weekendwanda
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 9:27 am | Permalink


  18. mary
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Re 8a gazza ‘go go’ or ‘gogo’ was a kind of dance so I think it does sort of make sense

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      not really made up?

    • skempie
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      I remember being on a rugby tour to Nottingham once and one evening got split up from the rest of the lads. I knew they were planning on going to a particular night club, so I went straight there. Whilst looking around the place, I came across a small room with an open bar, lots of chairs and one or to people in there, so I wandered in and got a beer and asked one of the guys near the bar what was going on, he was American and told me that that there had been a week-long sports meet involving all different sports men, women and mixed games and that as I probably shouldn’t be in there as it was private and would I like a beer, etc. So I stayed. I asked him what the occasion was and he said it was the prize giving and that the organizers had laid on some sort of entertainment ‘GoGo Dancers or something’. Suffice to say that the prize giving went well, but the GoGo Dancers turned out to be 6 strippers. Suffice to say, al the ladies stormed out in disgust, all the blokes stayed and got very drunk and all my rugby club tried to get in and failed miserably with several of them being thrown out of the club. My street cred went up somewhat that evening when I got back to the hotel and explained why they couldn’t find me.

      • mary
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink


      • Merusa
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        That was a good giggle!

      • spindrift
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

        it wasn’t the lincolnshire poacher on mansfield road was it? I have had the experience you describe in said establishment on more than one occasion.

        • Toni
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

          New pub opening in Nottm today opposite the castle with real ales,magpie brewery,can’t remember the name, xomething crow I think.
          Can’t go to the opening, have to go to Ruddington

          • andy
            Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

            Crafty crow?, I thought that was due to open Christmas time…..

        • skempie
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

          Actually, I think it was The Locarno – it was a loooong time ago, probably around 1984 ish

      • McMillibar
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        Ladies do pretend disgust quite well, I suspect some of them would have quite liked to stay with the boys.

        • Una
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

          We all have our delusions, I suppose.

      • Kath
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

        Pet Lamb Number One, aka our eldest daughter, is at a meeting in Scandinavia this week. She is on a committee and is the only girl (perhaps I should say woman). When I spoke to her before she went she asked me if I could guess what the after dinner ‘entertainment’ was for one of the evenings. My immediate thought was a strip club – I was wrong – it’s a naked sauna. She is not a child and I know that she’ll be fine but I’ll be very happy when she gets home . . . .

        • McMillibar
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

          It’s the bit after the sauna that’s scary… A leap into icy water or a roll in the snow. For a man this can be quite embarrassing.

          • andy
            Posted February 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

            Which was why when I lived in Bournemouth I never joined the Spartans on Christmas Day……….

  19. Poppy
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Got absolutely stuck on 21a for some incomprehensible reason, otherwise a fairly smooth journey through. Haven’t seen 13a, but am excited by the prospect of a first visit to Glyndebourne in a couple of months… Didn’t know 15d, albeit Mr P enjoys his at Christmas. My fave was 5a. Thanks setter and Gazza.

  20. Graham Wall
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Pretty much a meek and mild affair today with 2.5 for difficulty and 3 for enjoyment. Thank you for the blog Gazza, I needed you for the 15D cigar thingy of which I was totally ignorant.

  21. Owdoo
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Add me to the list of solvers who completed the grid but had to check the cigar name and missed the cricket connection in 22a which was therefore my last one in, convinced it was right but not totally understanding why! Most of the rest were read and write but I still enjoyed the solve.
    Thanks setter and Gazza.

  22. Merusa
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I agree with * for difficulty but I would say *** for enjoyment. I adore (my mum always said you can’t love food) 8a and had my own gooseberry bush at Beacon View in Compton Dundon when I visited. If I visited in off season, there were always some in the freezer for me. I got 15d as I remembered the Churchill connection. I put 22a in without knowing the cricket term; so what it was correct.

    Favourite is 1d, with honorable mention going to 16a. Thanks to setter and to Gazza for review, not needed today but always fun to read.


    • Miffypops
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      Your Mum would have her work cut out with me Merusa. I love food. I love food so much that I never eat anything else.

      • McMillibar
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink


    • Kath
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      I think I agree with your Mum – don’t think you can adore a thing, it has to be a person. A friend of ours, an American, says that she ‘despises’ anchovies – very strange, not just not liking anchovies but the choice of words. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

      • Merusa
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

        Mum used to say you can’t love something that can’t love you back.

        • Miffypops
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

          Some foods love you back. Kippers for instance.

          • Merusa
            Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

            Ooh, lovely kippers. We can only get the tinned sort here. As for bangers, I long for a good English banner … yum, yum.

            • Merusa
              Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

              For that read “banger” not “banner”!

            • andy
              Posted February 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

              Ask BD I think he’s said before Kippers and scrambled egg, plus something else I forget, is his fave for Breakfast.

              • Posted February 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink


                • andy
                  Posted February 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

                  Oh that was them, (resisting all fun guy jokes)

        • Kath
          Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

          Yes – perfect. I think that I could have got on well with your Mum.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

  23. McMillibar
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Late on the job today because the crack team of Neanderthals who are relaying the gas main, who have already severed the electricity supply to all of us have now chopped right through the main BT pipe. These days that is like chopping the Aorta.
    Only the water supply to chop through now and they have the full set.

    Liked this puzzle with 21a a favourite and 22&24a requiring the stalwart aid of Mr Gazza. Googled the cigar thing like everyone else it seems.

    **/*** by my reckoning. Am I allowed to carp about slang answers? Don’t like em – never have, never will. I am talking of Goosegogs of course.

  24. 2Kiwis
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    We had to have a quick peek at Mrs B to confirm the cigar but everything else slotted in smoothly. Pleasant puzzle.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Gazza.

  25. Cornishpasty
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Complete breeze until 7d for which I needed the hint.

    • McMillibar
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      Well, you should know a breeze when you see one!

  26. Salty Dog
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t get round to this one yesterday, but having done so now l quite agree with Gazza’s ratings. Not testing, but pleasant enough. Thank you Mr Ron, and Gazza.

  27. Tstrummer
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Finally got round to this after my boating trip. Agree with Gazza’s ratings, except for 7d, which although I got, I still can’t see the wordplay. I guess I’m too late commenting for anyone to explain it to me in words of one syllable. Ho hum. Thanks to Gazza and Ron

    • gazza
      Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tstrummer,

      Fish is RAY, end of pier is (pie)R and it is, well IT. So RA R IT Y.