DT 27444 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27444 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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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.

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:


1a    He enters garrison with meat likely to be cut (3,3,4)
HE inserted (enters) between a garrison and some meat

8a    Lords perhaps being led by mild boozer (8)
The parliamentary meeting place for the Lords preceded by some alcoholic mild

9a    Take stock of a new formula for Ulster (6)
This verb meaning to take stock from a ranch is an anagram of (new formula for) ULSTER

10a    Number of starting places on the links or on the wagon (8)
Split as (3,5) this could be the number of starting places on the golf links

11a    Physical state, that of fellows often being drunk? (6)
… fellows often drink to this!

18a    Upper limit‘s closing up for vocalist (7)
Sounds like (for vocalist) a verb meaning closed up

24a    Letter that has one’s address? (8)
A cryptic definition of someone who lets out property

26a    Someone who presses a suit for favour (8)
Two definitions – someone who presses a legal suit or a verb meaning to favour or endorse

28a    Drug for soothing of French media worker (10)
The French for “of” followed by the media and a worker insect


1d    French battle division (8)
FR(ench) followed by a battle

2d    Apply to acquire eastern joint (6)
This verb meaning to apply around (to acquire) E(astern) gives a joint that is smoked

6d    Rising total with kitty to go on the Spanish wine (8)
The reversal (rising in a down clue) of a total followed by a feline kitty and the Spanish definite article

15d    Fate of one who didn’t take just what the doctor ordered (8)
The fate of someone who took too much medicine

16d    Without any followers nevertheless (5,3)
This could mean without any followers or behind everything else

17d    Destined for the match (8)
A semi all-in-one clue in which a verb meaning destined could also be a noun meaning someone destined for the match or marriage

21d    Arousing discredit, being in the red with promises to pay (6)
The abbreviation for being in the red with the bank followed by some promises to pay back the debt

22d    One’s played and lad’s given a word of thanks (6)
A lad followed by the A from the clue and a word of thanks

Highlighted words can be found in The Usual Suspects.

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  1. bifield
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    A pleasant solve today with no real problems. 2d last one in, I must have lead a sheltered life. Thanks to setter and to Big Dave for the hints which were not needed this morning.

  2. mary
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Morning Dave I found this one of the easier Saturday puzzles, once again no real favourites ( 4 credits now!) Thanks for the hints although I didn’t need them today, after a lovely sunny start it is now ‘hailing’ quite heavily and looking like snow!!!! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif

    • Kath
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      I’m watching! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_whistle3.gif

      • mary
        Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink


        • mary
          Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

          Could be a long watch!!

  3. Derek
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Rather easy solve today.
    Faves : 18a & 4d.

  4. Little Dave
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    All done on a bitterly cold touch line watching under 12s football! 24a was rather nice but over too quickly for me. Thanks to the Setterabd keep warm folks. Off to buy a cricket bat for the new season! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

  5. Caravaggio
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I agree with all the previous comments but, as Little Dave will appreciate, the sight of the word ‘Lords’ in 8a initially sent me in the wrong direction… I soon realised my mistake and agree with Mary that this was one of the easier Saturday puzzles. It’s just starting to rain here – and there’s a bitingly-cold wind – so I’ll forego standing on the touchline, watching Sandbach RUFC, and content myself with Chelsea v Arsenal on BT Sport instead.

    • mary
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      Arsenal getting hammered!!

      • mary
        Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

        Yees! good for ‘us’ Cara :-)

  6. Kath
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Nice crossword with very few problems.
    I started off with the wrong hidden answer for 20a – it was someone whose surname is Turner! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_redface.gifand http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_rolleyes.gif. Sorted that out pretty quickly.
    My last answer, for no obvious reason, was 25a.
    I liked 12 and 23a and 5 and 17d. My favourite was 4d mainly because I love Corsica so much – a rotten reason I know!

    • Kath
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      PS Sorry – manners seem to have gone missing today.
      Thanks to Mr Ron and BD.

  7. Rabbit Dave
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    2*/3*. My first answer in was 17d but I was horrfied to find after writing in my “obvious” solutrion it only had 7 letters :oops: .
    I’d better keep my pencil handy in future.
    Thanks to the setter for an enjoyable puzzle and to BD for the hints.

  8. SheilaP
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Thank goodness for today’s puzzle. After the last two days this came as a pleasant solve, even if it is considered easy by many. We actually didn’t need the clues but thank you BD anyway, & also the setter too of course. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

  9. Eileen
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Please some help with 6a and 7d

    • mary
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Eileen, it’s a double definition you need a word for something teachers do and also a currency no longer used (money no longer)

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      6a Something teachers do is also a term for a former currency (money no longer)
      7d Brother is an example of the solution – the abbreviation for Rex followed by ecstasy (a feeling of happiness.

      • mary
        Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

        Snap :-)

    • mary
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      7d… you are looking for a word for what a brother may be or a sister or a mother etc. etc. you need the one letter abbreviation for Rex with a 7 letter word for ecstasy to get your answer

  10. pommers
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    We had ATTILA in both yeterday’s DT and Grauniad puzzles and now one of the answers in this one was in yesterday’s Toughie, is the English langiuage running out of words?

  11. Tantalus
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    most enjoyable arguments with Mrs T over 26a and also the spelling of 10a. Toast crumbs in bed did not detract from a fun puzzle so thanks to the voice of the Mr Ron and to BD & the cryptognomethings.

  12. mary
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Very quiet here today….where is collywobs…doesn’t he need us anymore!! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_scratch.gif

  13. Eileen
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    all done, didn’t need any help finally

  14. crypticsue
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    If you’ve done this, and the NTSPP (and if not, why not?) , and the wind is too chilly outside like it is here, I can recommend Arachne’s alter ego Rosa Klebb in today’s FT.

    • Kath
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      I have done this but haven’t looked at NTSPP yet – my excuse is that I’ve unearthed an ancient hedge cutter and it still works so that’s what I’ve been doing all afternoon and, yes, the wind is arctic!http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif

  15. Annidrum
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I found that quite easy today, so thanks to Mr .Ron & BD as always.

  16. Heno
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the setter and to Big dave for the hints, which I managed without today. Quite a nice puzzle, but nothing too difficult. No real favourites. Was 2*/2* for me. Not a great day for me, as Arsenal were thrashed by Chelsea http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gif

  17. Dawn
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Finally managed to polish this off in three sittings whilst waiting in between times for my brain to come up with something

    Thanks as ever to BD for the hints, not all of them needed today but still good to read them

    18a made me grimace once the penny dropped and I made short work of 6d after I’d excluded another Spanish white as my answer which I am not naming because the naughty corner is cold and wet :)

    • Rai
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      Hmm, the penny hasn’t dropped for me yet I am afraid, I just cannot see the “sounds like” connection with a vocalist. (I’m already for a “doh” moment if I can be enlightened.)

      • crypticsue
        Posted March 22, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

        Vocalist is used here as a homophone indicator – if you say a word meaning closing up out loud it sounds like the upper limit of something.

      • Rai
        Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

        Aah, that use is new to me, many thanks for enlightening me.

  18. Sweet William
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Thank you setter . good fun and no real problems. Managed to finish without external aids – other than Mrs SW ! Thanks for the hints as usual BD

  19. Little Dave
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Just thawed out having planted some bulbs hopefully not too prematurely. I doff my cap to BD and the The Setter. Chilled wine now deserved. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_lol.gif

  20. Angel
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Just troublesome enough to be enjoyable. ***/*** Thanks as usual to Mr. Ron and BD. Am aware of an xxxx——— but have never heard of word in 28a being used instead of drugs such as beta blockers. Liked 10a. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      I have edited your comment as I think those four letters are drifting into the realms of alternative cluedom.

      • Angel
        Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

        So be it – I guess it’s a spell in the naughty corner for me then.

      • Kingsley
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        I was quite chuffed…this past weekend was a long weekend here in South Africa, Friday having been a public holiday, so off we went to our beach cottage at a seaside village 80 kms from home – and I finished Saturday’s crossword without any hints, without Mr Roget and without Chambers! I say I WAS quite chuffed about that, until I saw that everyone else (well, nearly everyone else) said it was an easy crossword! So I’m NOT getting smarter! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif
        Incidentally, I agree with what I assume was Angel’s comment about the answer to 28a. (Her comment was edited before I saw it). The drug in the answer is (in my respectful opinion) NOT soothing. Quite the opposite, I would think.

  21. Una
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Unlike most people , I didn’t find this a walk in the park.I ended up using lots of hints for which I am truly grateful.Don’t know why this didn’t quite click with me, thanks to the setter , anyway.It was nice to be reminded of that Obama visit with his cousin Henry Healy, whom he resembles quite remarkably, especially around the ears.

    • 2Kiwis
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

      Have a look at the NTSPP. You get a mention albeit not a very flattering one. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

      • Una
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 12:19 am | Permalink

        Totally disgusting misuse of my name ! I much prefer “sex appeal girl” (sauna).

  22. Salty Dog
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    2*/2*, l think, and 6d was my favourite. Thanks to the setter, and to BD for hints (which l didn’t need on this occasion).

  23. Owdoo
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    After a very busy Saturday I woke early on Sunday, aching all over from the jobs I was doing yesterday, and decided to have an early breakfast and a go at this puzzle. Probably bad timing but I couldn’t get on the setter’s wavelength at all and unlike most of you I found it rather hard going with very few chuckles. Still completed it without hints but rather slowly.
    Thanks setter (it’s me not you!) and BD for the unused hints.

    On a slightly different tack, am I right in thinking the work experience teenagers who code the online telegraph puzzles site may have fixed the cookie issue? It actually remembered who I was when I logged on from my laptop this morning.

  24. glyndwr
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Interesting puzzle, but it took a few hours to get started. Just managed to complete.

    fav was 1a which I only managed to work out when I’d got 4d.

    I’ve got 26a by a process of excluding everything ele, but I can’t work out why!!!

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      If you have the correct solution, BD’s hint should make all clear.

    • Tantalus
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      I too had a mental block on this one, I was determined to reuse one of my old ironing jokes but Mrs T just would not have it. CS’ note is accurate – here is BD’s hint:

      26a Someone who presses a suit for favour (8)
      Two definitions – someone who presses a legal suit or a verb meaning to favour or endorse

  25. weekendwanda
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Una and Howdoo on this one. Just not on my wavelength or rather vice versa. Did not get it. Still haven’t got 23a but think I may have the first word of 16d wrong (23a just came to me so I clearly do have the first word of 16d wrong!. Just hoping my effort is a blip. Thanks to all.

  26. Manuela
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I am new to this cryptic stuff and finding it a joy! Done all of yesterday’s prize dt bar 8a which is baffling me, despite big daves hint. Thank you for all your other hints big Dave … Wouldn’t have done it without you. My favourite has to be 21d where it took me ages to make connections and not focus too much on the ‘arousing’ bit!!!

    • gazza
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Manuela.
      The boozer that you want in 8a is not a person but a place.

      • Manuela
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

        Thank you but my general knowledge is obviously lacking!! Been on web re ******** Lords but … Missing something obvious! Sure all down clues are good. This is driving me nuts

        • gazza
          Posted March 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

          What I’ve edited may give you an idea of what’s obvious.

        • Kath
          Posted March 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

          I read your earlier comment a while ago and have been trying to construct a helpful hint in the meantime.
          I hate the thought of someone being driven nuts as I can remember how it feels – until I found this brilliant blog about four years ago I was in the same position and it’s very frustrating and discouraging.
          Stick with this blog – you will learn lots very quickly. At weekends it’s a bit tricky as the Saturday and Sunday crosswords are prize ones so no-one is allowed to say too much – it’s very different from Monday to Friday.
          Read what gazza has said carefully – the boozer is not a specific place but a general term for one, even if it’s not used all that much now.

          • Manuela
            Posted March 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

            Hello and thank you! The penny dropped at six this morning whilst I wasn’t thinking too hard!! Doh when I got it … I was making it more complex than it was!! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  27. McMillibar
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    I found this Sat Prize Puzz a wee bittie harder than norm along with quite a few of the later bloggers. Like 16d best.

    One needs to keep daily practice at solving or one’s Edge is lost. I have been restricting myself to the weekends only with the occasional dip into weekdays if they are not too obscure to me.

    About ten years ago I was lamenting to myself that the end of Cryptic crosswords as a mainstream activity might be in sight with my younger colleagues showing little interest or aptitude and the growth of Sudoku competing for solving time. It would have been such a shame. Then along comes the Internet and turns it all on its head (as is it’s wont) with sites like this to get people going in a fun and painless way. It’s great to see this most British of activities enjoy a revival. Thanks for you efforts BD – ’tis a great thing that you do.

  28. Coconut
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Well I found this very tough. Might not help that I am out of practice and with a head cold.

    Thanks for everybody’s hints – very helpful and needed. 2 more hints sought to complete:

    25a) not a clue (no pun intended) on this.
    12a) I think I have all the checking letters which leaves only 2 possible answers. Neither of which I understand. Ok, 3 possibles. Suspect last one I have just thought of is right but still don’t get it.

    Many thanks in advance.

    • gazza
      Posted March 24, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Your comment needed moderation because you’ve changed your email address.

      25a Timid person takes care of district (6)
      The abbreviation for ‘care of’ followed by an electoral district.

      12a Woman from Limerick, say, without husband (4)
      How you’d describe someone from Limerick without the abbreviation for husband.

    • Manuela
      Posted March 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

      Hello and following gazzas reply re 12a …think of where Limerick is, which is where I got my answer via a helpful teenager!

  29. Catnap
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this puzzle. Fave clue was 8a. Many thanks to the setter.

    Can’t believe that I had a mental blank re 24a.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_redface.gif So many thanks for the hint, Big Dave.

  30. john sa
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Big Dave, a great help to us beginners