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DT 27418

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27418

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another vocabulary-stretching treat for the Ray T fans.

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1a    Capital sailor finally breaks white whale at sea (11)
{WHEREWITHAL} – this capital, in the sense of means or resources, is derived by putting the final letter of taR inside an anagram (at sea) of WHITE WHALE

10a    Queen with sound equipment gets higher (5)
{RAMPS} – the Latin abbreviation for queen followed by a colloquial word for some sound equipment

11a    Outing former partner almost swearing about love (9)
{EXCURSION} – the usual former partner followed by most of a verb meaning swearing around O (love)

12a    One needing time, it’s said, for a cure? (9)
{HERBALIST} – this person provides cures which may include a product that sounds like (it’s said) time

13a    In debt, it helps you find rent (5)
{TITHE} – hidden (in … you find) inside the clue

14a    Wet patch of grass facing hole (6)
{SODDEN} – a patch of grass followed by a hole or dive

16a    Hog centre of pew, keeping others standing (8)
{PRESTIGE} – a pig and the middle letter (centre) of pEw around (keeping) others or remainder

18a    Show containing rears ends in cancellation (8)
{REVERSAL} – a verb meaning to show around the outer letters (ends) of RearS

20a    Provokes risks, losing head (6)
{ANGERS} – some risks without (losing) their initial letter (head)

23a    Pork pies and drinks after time (5)
{TALES} – these pork pies or untruths are derives by putting some alcoholic drinks after T(ime)

24a    Small convulsions, being put to death (9)
{SLAUGHTER} – S(mall) followed by some convulsions or guffawing

26a    Dogged old boy’s swallowed, consuming can (9)
{OBSTINATE} – the abbreviation for Old Boy followed by the S from ‘S and a verb meaning swallowed or ingested around a can

27a    One’s virtually provocative (5)
{TROLL} – a cryptic definition of someone who makes a conscious attempt to provoke controversy or disagreement on the Internet

28a    Pushing driving seat, getting settled (11)
{ADVERTISING} – this verb meaning pushing or promoting is an anagram (getting settled) of DRIVING SEAT


2d    His ‘Odyssey’ made epic reading initially (5)
{HOMER} – the initial letters of five words in the clue

3d    A sphere recreated form again (7)
{RESHAPE} – an anagram (recreated) of A SPHERE

4d    Itsy-bitsy, nearly repulsive insect (6)
{WEEVIL} – a word meaning Itsy-bitsy or tiny followed by most of (nearly) an adjective meaning repulsive

5d    Quiet diplomacy after seizing one vessel (8)
{TACITURN} – some diplomacy around (seizing) I (one) and followed by a vessel or vase

6d    Inflates charges after ages, oddly (7)
{AERATES} – some charges or fees after the odd letters of AgEs

7d    Score with talk about bust exhibited by redhead (13)
{ORCHESTRATION} – this musical score is derived from a talk around another word for the bust and the initial letter (head) of Red

8d    Boost up before race represents abuse (8)
{DIATRIBE} – a three-letter verb meaning to boost or assist reversed (up in a down clue) and followed by a race of people

9d    Canines surely unleashed for nothing (13)
{UNNECESSARILY} – an anagram (unleashed) of CANINES SURELY

15d    Diabolical food with noxious filling (8)
{DEVILISH} – a plate of food around (with … filling) an adjective meaning noxious

17d    Stir up unease at upset? (8)
{NAUSEATE} – this verb meaning to stir up or cause to feel sick is an anagram (upset) of UNEASE AT

19d    Piece of fire’s cinder set aside (7)
{RESCIND} – hidden (piece of) inside the clue

21d    Cancels openings following case of negligence (7)
{NEGATES] – some opening in, say, a fence after the outer letters (case) of NegligencE

22d    Most naked in club are strippers (6)
{BAREST} – hidden (in) inside the clue – sorry no illustration!

25d    Cut inserting hot needle (5)
{THORN} – an adjective meaning cut or ripped around H(ot)

I’m out to lunch today with the newly-formed village Gentlemen’s’ Luncheon Club – let’s hope the clue to 15 down is not prophetic!

The Quick crossword pun: (lay} + {safe} + {haie} = {laissez-faire}

63 comments on “DT 27418

  1. Thank you Ray T – one of your easier ones I thought, but most enjoyable, Thank you BD for your review and hints. For some reason I kept thinking “nudest” for 22d until I finally saw the light. Your resistance to temptation for a photo is noted. Heaven only knows what would have happened if the clue had appeared yesterday ! Network Rail thrown into chaos, passengers fighting to get a look, others hurling themselves out of windows in horror. The mind boggles !

  2. I don’t know what BD is talking about, there are no new or unusual words here. A very nice puzzle.Favourite 1a.Thanks to all concerned.

  3. I finished without hints, but not without a bit of a struggle with the last three or four. Very enjoyable, nonetheless. I loved 12A and 22A particularly. Many thanks to Ray T. and to BD for the review.

  4. This was ***/**** territory for me 1 A was a new word for my limited vocabulary Many thanks to the setter & BD for much needed review today. Another horrible wet day in southampton,might as well have a crack at the toughy.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_mail.gif

  5. I agree with everyone else, so far anyway. I thought it was definitely one of Ray T’s more straightforward crossword and I also agree with 2* and 4*.
    The one that caused a bit of a problem was 28a – I mixed up the anagram indicator and the definition for a while – silly!
    I liked 12a and 4, 7 and 22d. My favourite was 16a.
    With thanks to Ray T and BD.
    Off to take husband to fracture clinic – I’m going to go armed with the Toughie so that I don’t die of boredom during the inevitable long wait.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif

          1. It passed me by at the time. Then I only saw the Ray bit. Much later on I realised that Beam is Ray Ts toughie name. Duh,

    1. Oh dear, I do hope you dont have to wait too long not like me my partner took me to A & E on the Saturday morning for a broken elbow & I didnt escape until the Wednesday afternoon bless her.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gif

      1. Passing that one on to him would be more than my life is worth. He’s already very grumpy because everyone assumes that his knee is a skiing injury.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_negative.gif

          1. Thanks – just at the moment the ‘all concerned’ are having just as tricky a time as the main protagonist! As to how he did it – not sure what the last straw was but years of rowing have certainly contributed to it.

              1. Good one – the ‘rowing’ is with oars and, no, we don’t beat each other round the head with them!http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

  6. Lots of big words today! there always seemed to be a straight forward clue when most needed so going for a **1/2 ****,only problem was last in,27a ,as I had never heard of the ‘internet’ meaning , thought I was looking for a word one letter short of provocative (virtually) ,i did put in the correct solution , but only because it was the only reasonable word I could think of.Thanks to RTand BD.

  7. I am quite enjoying this puzzle although I am struggling. I have got 12a but I don’t really understand it despite the BD hint. Could somebody elucidate a little more

    1. Collywobbles, I completely missed the wordplay for 12a too. The key is that a person whose job is the answer might use in his work a plant whose name sounds like “time”.

      1. Thanks RB. So the word is ‘Thyme’ and because ‘thyme’ is a herb it gives us the answer. Is that right?

      2. Be careful! At this rate you will fall under the influence of Miffypops & end up reviewing the puzzles. Look what happened to Kath and be warned.

        1. Your comments are noted SD and I will be very careful but to be realistic I do not think that there is much chance of that. I think that the clue is stunning

  8. I absolutely loved this puzzle today and am going for 2*/5*! All the clues were wonderful so I am not intending to struggle to nominate a favourite.

    I needed BD’s hint to understand why my answer for 12a was right, so many thanks to him and, of course, to Ray T.

  9. Two small words foxed me today i.e. 10a (because I had wrong word for 3d) and 27a for which I had right solution without knowing why so thanks to BD for sorting me and Ray T for a ***/*** diversion from yet more dreary, wet weather. My heart goes out to all the wretched flood victims across the country. 5d fav for me.

  10. Solved this puzzle this AM before BD had started to post comments!

    Faves : the four external jobs and 12a,13a, 22a, 4d & 25d.

    Grey skies here in NL but dry!

    1. Me too! Most unusual. I wouldn’t have believed it was a Ray T from the degree of difficulty.
      No particular favorites, 1.5*/3* rating for me.
      Thanks to RayT and to Big Dave, without whom I could not have explained why 27a was what it must be.

  11. Nice and sunny here so far today but I don’t think it will last!
    Thanks for blog Dave though not needing the hints today, I did need help from my books and electronic friends although I agree it is one of RayTs’ easier puzzles, I even had a favourite clue today 12a and could easily have found another few if not for ‘the wrath of Kath’ http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

  12. Thanks to Ray T and to Big Dave for the review and hints. Usual good stuff from Ray T, but a bit on the gentle side, nonetheless enjoyable though. Was 2*/4* for me. Favourite was 27a. Last in was 16a. Light rain in Central London. Off to look at the Toughie.

  13. Did all but 8d last night, needed the hint to get it, although my first reaction to the hint was less than flattering, including the word assist made me get the answer. Snowing again here in Manitoba. Thanks

  14. Beautifully integrated puzzle, I thought.
    Perhaps **plus for difficulty.
    Last but one in 27a which helped with my last in, 25d.
    12a and 16a favourites.
    Many thanks Ray T, and BD for the review.

  15. Late start today due to the curling – well deserved medal – but enjoyed this Ray T puzzle this pm.
    Struggled with 24a as I also fell into the ‘nudest’ trap for a while!
    **/**** for me. Favourite – 9d, but many others in close order.

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  16. I enjoyed this and did finish eventually. Loved 12a and have decided it’s my favourite, with honourable mention to 7d and 1a, after spending hours looking through my little atlas looking for a country capital. I put the only word that would fit in 27a but had no idea why; thank you BD for the techie lesson. Excellent start to the day for me. Thanks to RayT for the entertainment and BD for the review.


  17. I loved this today and it really felt great to be on Ray T’s wavelength albeit one of easier puzzles.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

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  18. We are surprised that many people found it easy for a RayT. For us it took us at least as long and maybe longer than we usually spend on his puzzles. The SE corner was the last to go in. Lovely stuff, lots of chuckles and guffaws. The word count on the clues spot on again too.
    Thanks RayT and BD.

  19. I didn’t fly through it, but no new words for me today and it all fell into place eventually with several chuckles along the way. I particularly liked 12a and 22d. Thanks setter and BD.

    1. Welcome to the blog Brian.
      Thanks for that. It was obviously a typo in the blog – now corrected.

  20. Seemed the hardest one this week by far but finally got there – thanks for BD’s review (not needed) and of course Ray T.
    It suddenly dawned on me earlier this week why he’s also known as Beam when setting the Toughie!
    Favourite 16a, despite it taking me ages to work out.

  21. Very late on parade today – they dicky leg was playing up something rotten this morning and I couldn’t even concentrate on reading the paper let alone think about the crossword.

    Excellent fun today with 12A being and absolute gem of a clue.

    Congrats to the Lady Curlers, and good luck to the fella’s tomorrow. Well done must also go to Ireland who beat the West Indies in a T20 match (nearly as good a win as in 1969)

    (for those that don’t know, WI played at Lords and had a match scheduled in Ireland the day after the Lords match finished, they went over there and were bowled out for 25, the gossip was that the WI had arrived in Ireland to be met by the Ireland team who took them out to a few pubs and got them drunk on Guinness; when the WI arrived for the match the next day, there was not a single member of the drinking team in evidence)

  22. My thanks to BD for the decryption, and to all for your comments. Greatly appreciated, as always.


  23. Not really on form today, so this one took a little longer than it might otherwise have done. Favourite was 1a. I found some of the clues a bit tenuous at first pass, but looking back through it l can’t really cite an example, so l’m inclined to think l was just being thick! Thanks to Ray T, and BD for the review.

  24. Oh dear! Almost finished writing a comment, accidentally brushed a key, and whoosh! it was gone!http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

    Am definitely a RayT fan and there was much to enjoy in this puzzle. I liked the vocabulary. This is one of the few puzzles where I did not need to refer to a dictionary or thesaurus. Too many delightful clues to chose a fave.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

    Thank you very much, RayT. And many thanks to Big Dave for the valued review.

  25. I have just decided to have a crack at cryptic crosswords, with the DT2718 my first attempt . I will work on it all week. I have bought books on cryptic crosswords and came across your blog. Thank you for all the tips and hints.

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