DT 27465

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27465

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

As expected, Jay delivers another enjoyable, accessible puzzle. A little over 1.5* difficulty for me, and 3* for enjoyment. Thanks Jay.

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}.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.


1a Escapes from rich people on cul-de-sacs (5,6)

{CLOSE SHAVES} : [rich people, who possess things in contrast to the poor who do not] placed after(on, in an across clue) [cul-de-sacs;residential streets without through access].

Defn: As a plural noun.

Answer: And taken literally:

9a Sign of remorse seeing material on fire? (9)

{SACKCLOTH} : [material;fabric in general] placed after(on, in an across clue) [to fire from a job].

Defn: …, as worn in penitence. Or in mourning:

10a Run away from revolutionary European, free at last! (5)

{ELOPE} : Reversal of(revolutionary) [an Eastern European national] + the last letter of(free at) “last “.

11a Short article – very dry – about parking (6)

{ABRUPT} : [an article in grammar] + [very dry, as applied to champagne] containing(about) [abbrev. for “parking”].

Defn: … in manner or speech;curt.

12a Budding setter’s back with new genre, not without a negative reaction (8)

{EMERGENT} : Reversal of(…’s back) [self-referential pronoun for the setter of this puzzle] plus(with) anagram of(new) GENRE + “notminus(without) [a negative reaction;an expression of refusal].

13a Demand points to follow (6)

{ENTAIL} : [abbrevs. respectively, for 2 cardinal points on the compass] + [to follow, like a private detective might do, someone].

Defn: To involve as a necessity or as a consequence.

15a Barack’s worried about new cafe! (5,3)

{SNACK BAR} : Anagram of(worried) BARACK’S containing(about) [abbrev. for “new”].

18a Sheet iron reshaped as a form of entertainment (4,4)

{FILM NOIR} : [a sheet of thin material] + anagram of(reshaped) IRON.

Defn: …, with dark brooding sets, femmes fatales, and other cynical characters, to be seen in the cinema. And nowadays, on music videos too (sans plot):

19a Assorted nuts covering each throw (6)

{UNSEAT} : Anagram of(Assorted) NUTS containing(covering) [abbrev. for “each”].

Defn: … like a horse of its rider.

21a Prepare a team reserve (3,5)

{SET ASIDE} : [to prepare, say, a table for a meal] + A + [a team in opposition to another].

23a Country needing man with an answer (6)

{GUYANA} : [an informal term for a man – ask Madonna] plus(with) AN + [abbrev. for “answer”].

Defn: … in South America.

26a Type of woodwork popular with non-specialist (5)

{INLAY} : [popular;trendy] plus(with) [non-specialist;amateur, as an adjective].

27a Wearing down, turning it into art (9)

{ATTRITION} : Anagram of(turning) IT INTO ART.

Defn: As a noun.

28a Rocket, say, for second eleven needing to change, lacking core (5,6)

{STEAM ENGINE} : [abbrev. for “second” in time notation] + [a side, in some sports, consisting of eleven players] + anagram of(… to change) “needing minus its innermost letter(lacking core).

Answer: One of which;say, was the Rocket, or Stephenson’s Rocket, an innovative design in its day.


1d Falls for bounder in suit (7)

{CASCADE} : [a bounder;a scoundrel] contained in(in) [a suit in a court of law].

Defn: A series of waterfalls over rocks.

2d Award for boys regularly on wheels (5)

{OSCAR} : 2nd and 4th letters of(… regularly) “boys placed above(on, in a down clue) [a vehicle, informally called “wheels”, as in “Dad, may I please borrow your wheels tonight?”].

These guys have each won the award. But, sadly, no award for best turned-out at the ceremonies:

3d It proves the rule, but no one returns (9)

{EXCEPTION} : [but;other than, as in “did nothing but complain”] + reversal of(… returns) { NO + [Roman numeral for “one”] }.

Defn: …, as the saying goes.

4d Criminal needing specs to be included in high definition (4)

{HOOD} : [letters that look like a pair of spectacle lenses] contained in(to be included in) [abbrev. for “high definition”, as applied to, say, monitor and TV screens].

5d Forceful opening across European border (8)

{VEHEMENT} : [an opening, usually to allow gas to escape] containing(across) [abbrev. for “European”] + [a border, say, of a dress].

6d Cornish listener’s curse? (5)

{SWEAR} : [abbrev. for that area of England in which Cornwall is situated] + [the part of your anatomy that’s a listener].

7d One who wields a cross in Spain with moulded Celt gold (7)

{ELECTOR} : [International Vehicle Registration code for Spain] plus(with) anagram of(moulded) CELT + [gold colour, especially in heraldry].

Defn: …, to exercise his/her right as a citizen in a democracy.

They’re not saying “Up y****s” but that they have put their crosses down:

8d Endearing label designed to cover the centre of Dover (8)

{LOVEABLE} : Anagram of(… designed) LABEL containing(to cover) the 4 inner letters of(the centre of) “Dover “.

14d Revealing story supports Swiss marksman (8)

{TELLTALE} : [a story] placed below(supports, in a down clue) [Swiss marksman and patriot with a crossbow].

Defn: As an adjective.

16d Discoloration of skin of onions cut in pieces (9)

{CONTUSION} : Anagram of(… in pieces) ONIONS CUT.

17d Time to lock up for a walk in London (8)

{BIRDCAGE} : [rhyming slang for time locked up in prison] + [to lock up, behind a barred enclosure, in a zoo, say].

Answer: Combined with Walk, the proper name of a street in London. Or a giant prop … and look! no feathers on this occupant:

18d Refusing to eat following an insect bite (7)

{FASTING} : [abbrev. for “following”, in reference to pages in a book] + [a variant of the article “an”] [a bite from an insect, say, a bee].

20d Fall in support on course for novice (7)

{TRAINEE} : [to fall;to shower on] contained in(in) [a support for your ball … a golf ball on a golf course, of course].

22d Problems for viewers in street, of course (5)

{STYES} : [abbrev. for “street”] + [of course;agree].

Defn: …, ie. your eyes.

24d Politician protected by first-class defence (5)

{ALIBI} : [short for one belonging to a political party, in the UK, say] contained in(protected by) [first-class, denoted by a letter and a number] with that number changed to its Roman numeral.

Defn: An excuse in your defence, which could be that you were somewhere else at the time the offence was committed.

25d Shred a short book (4)

{ATOM} : A + [a book, especially a large, weighty one] minus its last letter(short).

Answer: A very small amount, used figuratively.

The Quick crossword pun: (sough} + {therm} + {Erica} = {South America}



  1. Rabbit Dave
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    2.5*/3* for me today. I enjoyed this a lot but found it a very mixed bag in terms of difficulty, with some clues easy and some tough. My favourite was 6d.

    Many thanks to Jay and to Scchua.

  2. Angel
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Jay, thank you for a top notch puzzle with many great clues including 1a, 12a, 7d, 14d and 20d. Sailed through three quarters and then slowed a bit but finished OK although have to admit I had not heard of 18a so appreciated scchua’s help – thanks for that. ***/*****. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

  3. Kath
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed this one a lot too – 2* difficulty and 4* for enjoyment.
    As so often with Wednesday crosswords I only had about three answers having read through all the across clues then did better with the downs.
    Also as usual on a Wednesday my last few answers took longer than the whole of the rest of the puzzle.
    My last two were 11 and 18a but don’t know why now. 1a took a while to untangle.
    I liked 1 and 15a and 3d. My favourite was 14d.
    With thanks to Jay and scchua.

  4. skempie
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Enjoyable and not too taxing fare today. Like Kath, I thought it may be a bit tricky on the first read through of the across clues, but once two or three downs fell into place, most of the puzzle was completed on the next pass. 1A and 9A were my last two in, but probably not the hardest solves.

    Is it just me or are the clues above rolled into 1? Looks like something isn’t recognising carriage returns

    • Domus
      Posted April 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      I agree with the rolling into one on my PC

      • Posted April 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        i fixed that problem at around the time of skempie’s comment.

  5. Graham
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Some very easy & then more stiffer clues put this in three territory for me, I was on the completely wrong tack with 28A couldn’t get my head away from salad or something to do with space doh! My favourite clue was 1A especially as I live in one.Many thanks to Jay & Scchua for his review & excellent pictures as usual, I think his are the best reviews all week but thats only my opinion not wishing to upset other reviewers. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gifhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

    • skempie
      Posted April 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Don’t think I’ve ever met anybody who lives in a close shave

      • Rabbit Dave
        Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

        Must be very hair raising :wink:

      • patsyann
        Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

        I live in one of these too, and was very amused when I discovered the literal French translation of the phrase.

        You will have to look it up because I don’t think BD would allow obscenities on the site!

    • scchua
      Posted April 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Graham. Chuffed that you like it. (Likewise to others who feel positive about it.)

  6. Sweet William
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Jay, another enjoyable puzzle, not too hard – just right for another sunny day. Many thanks Scchua for your comprehensive review, hints and appropriate photos – expertly chosen as always !

  7. BigBoab
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyable crossword and a superb review, many thanks to Jay and scchua.

  8. SheilaP
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Managed about three quarters and then had to look at the hints for a bit of inspiration, so pretty enjoyable and a bit testing. Thank you Mr. Setter and Scchua.

  9. Jill B
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Jay for a really good workout. I filled in the top half with little difficulty but there was a bit of head scratching as I moved further down. However I managed without recourse to either my computer or the hints. I liked 1a and 18a especially but enjoyed the whole puzzle and would give it ***/****

  10. Kfb
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Agree that this was an enjoyable yet teasing puzzle with a good mix of clues .many only obvious on closer inspection . Many thanks for the photos and explanations .

  11. Brian
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed 3/4 of this one but found the top left a nightmare! Still I have finished it (eventually) sitting in the garden in the sun! Very pleasent.
    Really struggled with the hints I’m afraid today, found them very obscure.
    Thx to all.

  12. Framboise
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Some easy clues and others much stiffer ones which certainly got my cryptic nous going. Was chaffed when solving 28a as was in the wrong alley with salad – endive! For me 2.5 for difficulty and 3 for enjoyment. Many thanks to Jay and scchua.

  13. Merusa
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I had no difficulty with this, strange as I usually sweat bullets with Jay’s puzzles. There were many clues I liked but have chosen 17d as fave. Last one in was 18a. Over far too quickly. Thanks to Jay and to scchua for review.


  14. Heno
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Jay and to scchua for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle. Would agree with scchua’s star rating. Favourite was 7d. No major problems, last in was 13a. After yesterday’s success, must have a look at the Toughie. A fall to Earth is imminent I suspect :-) Cracking weather again in Central London, long may it last.

  15. Bionic Woman
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Great puzzle with some fun clues. Nice for a mid week ponder

    Shame that you couldn’t find a hint for 17d which didn’t included a naked woman………

    • Miffypops
      Posted April 17, 2014 at 12:52 am | Permalink

      Agreed and agreed!

  16. Salty Dog
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Jay – an entertaining and tricky puzzle which l would rate at about 3*/4*. Lots of clever clues, but 11a narrowly my favourite. Thanks too for the review and hints, schuua.

  17. Una
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    17d got me , as I am not familiar with that or many London streets, and 28a stumped me as well.Generally quite enjoyable. Thanks Jay and scchua

  18. Miffypops
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    A tad entertaining methinks.