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DT 27519

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27519

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A pleasing and easy puzzle, 1-1.5*/3* for difficulty/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}.

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1a    Flew, though frustrated (6)

{DASHED} : Double defn: 1st: Moved quickly; and 2nd: Destroyed, say, as one’s hopes or plans could be.

5a    Caught with dog trainer’s supplier (8)

{CHANDLER} : [abbrev. for “caught” in cricket scores] plus(with) [a dog trainer;the one in control of the dog].

Defn: … in a specific trade or merchandise, eg. ships’ stores.

And here’s another hint:  remember him?:

9a    Engineer reducing a rear part of plane (13)


10a    Rolling Stone touring state is an unconventional type (8)

{MAVERICK} : [forename of the Rolling Stones frontman] containing(touring) [to state;to declare as true].

Remember this series?:

11a    Where the road is always up? (6)

{SUBWAY} : Cryptic defn: Where the road level is always above you.

12a    Fit in marathon – on live! (6)

{BELONG} : [marathon, as an adjective, eg. a marathon tennis match] placed after(on, in an across clue) [to live;to exist, as Hamlet once queried whether to or not].

14a    Easily managed to cross motorway to get home (8)

{DOMICILE} : [easily managed;tame] containing(to cross) [the major motorway in England].

16a    Given an edge and told to follow bishop (8)

{BORDERED} : [told;instructed] placed after(to follow, in an across clue) [abbrev. for “bishop” in chess notation].

Defn: …, as with, say, a piece of material.

And the given edge need not be at the hem, in case you haven’t (undoubtedly) noticed.


19a    Italian trade union survey (6)

{TUSCAN} : [abbrev. for “trade union”] + [to survey;to observe repeatedly and sweepingly, as in “to survey the room as you walk in”.

Defn: … from the region in central Italy.

21a    Mark found around rear of water filter (6)

{STRAIN} : [a mark that’s left, say, after a spill] containing(found around) the last letter of(rear of) “water “.

Defn: As a verb.

23a    Class in good time with no answer, for once (8)

{FORMERLY} : [a class;a level in school] + [in good time;before the designated time] minus(with no) [abbrev. for “answer”].

Defn: … or ex-.

25a    Come up to standard, being much trusted at planning (3,3,7)

{CUT THE MUSTARD} : Anagram of(… planning) MUCH TRUSTED AT.

26a    Complete 18 holes of golf following a couple of learners (3-5)

{ALL-ROUND} : [that which is made up of 18 holes of golf] placed after(following) { A + twice(couple of) [plate exhibited by a learner driver] }.

27a    Girlfriend‘s brace? (6)

{STEADY} : Double defn: 1st: A frequent and regular date;not quite a fiancée yet; and 2nd: To support so as to prevent movement.


2d    Praise from grown-up holding a note (7)

{ADULATE} : { [a grown-up person] containing(holding) A } + [one of the notes in the musical scale].

3d    Prevaricate, seeing hotel has slight advantage (5)

{HEDGE} : [the letter represented by “hotel” in the phonetic alphabet] plus(has) [a slight advantage over someone or something].

4d    Making a mistake in the German gun (9)

{DERRINGER} : [making a mistake;straying from the straight and narrow] contained in(in) [German for “the”].

Defn: … that is small enough to be concealed in a pocket or up a sleeve, named after its inventor, misspelled.

Small but deadly:


5d    Wound up by eccentric boss at newspaper (7)

{CRANKED} : [an eccentric or peculiar person, especially one who stubbornly maintains unusual views] + [abbrev. for the boss in a newspaper office].

Defn: … in a zig-zagging manner;twisted.

6d    Chelsea crescent covering so much land (5)

{ACRES} : Hidden in(… covering) “Chelsea crescent “.

7d    Disadvantages of including defender in ties (9)

{DRAWBACKS} : [a defensive position in, say, football] contained in(including … in) [ties;no decisive results in, say, competitive matches].

8d    Confront pupil here? (7)

{EYEBALL} : Double defn: 1st: To look at directly; and 2nd: Where the pupil is, in your anatomy.

13d    Retired skipper gets painting (3,6)

{OLD MASTER} : [retired;formerly] [skipper;captain of a vessel].

Defn: … done by one of the great European painters from 1500 to 1800.

15d    Travellers needing month with holidaymakers, forgetting university (9)

{MOTORISTS} : [abbrev. for “month”] plus(with) [holidaymakers;sightseers] minus(forgetting) [abbrev. for “university”].

Did someone say travel?:

17d    Drink dispenser needing a line of sight (7)

{OPTICAL} : [an apparatus that dispenses a measured amount of drink] plus(needing) A + [abbrev. for “line”].

Defn: Pertaining to the sense of sight.

Here’s a drink dispenser … and a couple more … and another half a dozen more:


18d    Smeared theologian hugging European celebrity (7)

{DEFAMED} : [abbrev. for a degree the theologian might have] containing(hugging) { [abbrev. for “European”] + [celebrity;public eminence] }.

20d    Referred everybody due to be treated on day (7)

{ALLUDED} : [everybody and sundry] + anagram of(… to be treated) DUE placed above(on, in a down clue) [abbrev. for “day”].

22d    Leader executed Ben Hur in revolution (5)

{NEHRU} : Anagram of(… in revolution) “Ben Hur minus its first letter(executed;beheaded).

24d    Cameron’s up on energy dodge (5)

{EVADE} : Reversal of(…’s up, in a down clue) [shortened forename of Cameron, current British PM] placed above(on, in a down clue) [abbrev. for “energy” in physics].

The Quick crossword pun: (allay} + {dismayed} = {a lady’s maid}

29 comments on “DT 27519

  1. Thanks Jay, an enjoyable and not too taxing puzzle. Thank you Scchua for your review and hints and restrained photos.

  2. As usual with Jay, starting with the across clues had me stumped (3 answers all at the bottom). Luckily the down clues came to the rescue to provide a very enjoyable ramble through crosswordland today.

    Personally, I found the quickie harder – especially the bottom left hand corner which I’m trying to unravel, but with so many overwrite, scribbling outs and tipex I might have to give it a miss.

  3. This certainly 25a for me and my only regret was that it didn’t last longer but I moved onto a bit more short-lived fun with Quickie. Thanks so much Jay and scchua for introducing me to the word for the bar gizmo in first part of 17d which I had solved but didn’t know why. **/****. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  4. Thanks to Jay and to scchua for an enjoyable if not overly difficult puzzle and a very amusing review.

  5. Lets go for a **/***,as it certainly wasn’t a ‘write in’ .Great pics from Scchua, remembered Bret and Bart for 10a and Jeff C for 5a,can’t place the femme fatale by his side-thought I think I should . Thanks Jay for the enjoyment, tension building for tomorrow’s clash of the titans!

  6. For some reason, we needed lots of help from the hints today, though I’m not quite sure why, having got the answers. Probably a **/*** really, but for us a ***/**. Thank you to the setter and to Scchua, who’s pictures seem more restrained than usual.

  7. Agree */***. Some great surface readings. And educational – I never knew that the gun known as 4d, was a mispelt derivative of the inventor’s name. I suppose nowadays he would have sued the other manufacturer for breach of trademark or something!

  8. I was slower than I should have been too – should have gone easy on the red wine last night! Thought the grid was not very user-friendly, almost making four mini puzzles, so progress came in short spurts, rather like my inspiration…

  9. I’m usually a day or so behind, partly because I try not to use aids, and partly because Mrs O seems to think I’ve got better things to do than crosswords. But after sleeping on the last two of yesterday’s that I was stuck on, I sailed through today’s – almost a write-in for the first time!

    Surprised that first in was 4d, then got stuck, then it all flowed ending with 5a. Enjoyed 23a and the misdirection in 10a.

    Thanks to Big D and team for all the insights, and to the setters.

  10. Found this decidedly tricky today. Even though I did finish, there were many answers (correct, as it turned out) that were put in because “they fit” rather than my understanding why! Some were pretty obscure, 12a for instance and 11a, others were easy-peasy, e.g. 5a and 9a. Favourite is 25a, I thought it was clever, honourable mention to 19a and 4d. Thanks to Jay and to scchua for help understanding what should have been quite obvious in the first place. Oh dear, as Kath would say!

  11. Enjoyable puzzle.

    Faves : 10a, 14a, 25a, 4d, 7d &17d.

    Continuing good weather today in NL after some drizzle very early on.

  12. Not too difficult offering today which I would rate as 2.5/3 I thought that 11A and 12A were weak clues; 25A a good smiler and my favourite was 22D My thanks to Scchua for an entertaining review.

  13. A bit less than 2* for difficulty and 4* for enjoyment.
    I thought it was going to be really tricky – only one answer having read all the across clues but, as skempie said, the downs were much more friendly and then it all went fine. Should have used CS’s Law and started with the downs.
    Oxford would have been a good answer for 11a but it didn’t fit with anything else.
    I’d never seen “MO” as an abbreviation for month.
    I liked 10 and 19a and 8d. My favourite was 22d.
    With thanks to Jay and scchua.

  14. **/**** Needed 3 hints to get me going and the rest came quickly. I really must have more patience with these things before resorting to help – but bills to pay and hours to work which confine the solving window of opportunity… Thanks to Jay for an excellent crossword and thanks to scchua for the review which was most helpful.

  15. Slow start but the downs got me going and then it was no real problem. Missed the anagram in 25a but the answer was obvious. Best clue for me was 14a closely followed by 27a.
    Thx to all.

  16. I don’t know – I really found this one tough today – maybe I’m having a thick day but this was way above my payscale!

    Back to the football – great goal for Australia by Cahill! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  17. Good puzzle and very enjoyable. I thought that 9a was clever. Many thanks to setter and to schuua whose help was needed

  18. Thanks to Jay and to scchua for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, but quite gentle, was 1*/3* for me. Favourite was 4d because it was the name of my first toy gun. Last in was 13a. Nice weather this evening in Central London. Spain struggling in the World Cup.

  19. Very gentle, but pleasing to solve. Agree 1*/3* overall, but no particular favourite clue. Thank you Jay, and schuua for the review.

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