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DT 27558 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27558 (Hints)

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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle today with a very special prize!

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”. Where the hint describes a construct a “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Some hints follow:


1a    Acknowledging defeat in underwater operation (10)
A prefix meaning under followed by an operation

11a    Such a course concerning new student? Yes and no (9)
This type of course would not be undertaken by a new student – a prefix meaning concerning followed by a word used for a first year student

12a    Sent back fish, king rejected shellfish (7)
Some fish of the cod family are reversed (sent back) and then K(ing) is dropped (rejected)

13a    Stocking up with booze, say, precluding a being abed late (5,2)
Start with a phrasal verb meaning stocking up and then drop (precluding) the A from the clue

21a    Constable, perhaps, represented by a penetrating playwright (7)
Put the A from the clue inside the surname of a British playwright

25a    The woman embraced by an Irish leader once (5)
The pronoun for “the woman” is inserted into (embraced by) AN

26a    Business leader out of the City (4)
A prefix meaning out of followed by the postcode of the City of London

27a    Bad-tempered fellow from Scottish shire with penny in bag (10)
A Scottish shire and P(enny) inside a bag or amount of fish


1d    Page penned by hack is prominent news item (6)
P(age) inside a verb meaning to hack or lacerate

2d    Scrounger‘s urge to be in pub (6)
A verb meaning to urge inside a pub or inn

5d    Saxon King left poor-quality meat (5)
The former king of Mercia followed by L(eft)

7d    Wood old golfer used in springtime (8)
The surname of a famous old golfer inside a Spring month


9d    Product of light rubber that can provide what’s wanted (5,2,3,4)
A cryptic definition of what appeared when Aladdin rubbed his light


16d    Spite could be result of being this far from the beaten track (3-5)
This could define an anagram of which SPITE is the result

19d    Make declaration in top cricket match (6)
Split as (2,4) this could mean being in a top cricket match

22d    Turner that looks the same hung upside-down (5)
A palindromic word for something that turns

The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be out all day, but I’m sure you will all be well looked after.

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The Quick crossword pun: whim+ build+ uncommon= Wimbledon Common

53 comments on “DT 27558 (Hints)

  1. My rating today is 2*/3* for a very enjoyable puzzle. I found this a little harder on the right hand side with the NE corner needing the most persistence.

    I’ve never heard of the expression which is the answer to 14a but it fell out as the only sensible possibility from the anagram fodder and checking letters.

    9d was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mr. Ron and to BD.

  2. Rather annoyingly, I still can’t get 26a – even with the checking letters and the hint! Is it someone’s name? http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif I got all the rest, and looked to be cruising toward a good time until the two remaining letters stumped me.

  3. A great puzzle – I enjoyed it much more than I do usually on a Saturday. Thanks Mr. Ron and BD (incidentally your second heading to the Hints seems to show last week’s number – not important). Can’t believe I needed hint for 9d to complete. ***/****. Wonder whether 25a might have referred to woman in the possessive case? http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  4. PS .
    Having continual problems with iPad as some entered answers are being blanked when returning to puzzle . Reported to DT a month ago and problem acknowledged by ” fix in pipeline ” but ……

    Any solution ?

    1. I have exactly the same problem. Maybe the answer is to get rid of the iPadhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-phew.gif

      I don’t know, but I get the impression BD isn’t a fan of Apple stuff.

    1. 8d – the definition is the first five words of the clue. It is an anagram (squiffy) of SINGER SO.
      14a – a bit tricky to give a hint for – I’m sure someone will do it better than I can – but it is an anagram (organisation) of HUNTER I’D DO SO.
      15d is another anagram (wrought) of RICH GOALS.

      Hope that helps – good luck.

  5. I thought this was a very good crossword and a fair bit trickier than some Saturdays.
    I was really slow to get going at all and couldn’t get the two long down answers for ages – 9d was my last one.
    I needed the hint to understand my answer for 27a.
    I always forget the beastly little four letter word at 26a so didn’t get that for quite a while.
    There were a couple of fairly unusual anagram indicators – 8 and 15d. Well, I’m not sure I’ve seen them before anyway.
    Lots of good clues – 14 and 24a and 8 and 16d. My favourite was either 9 or 15d.
    With thanks to Mr Ron and BD.

  6. Thank you setter for a very enjoyable puzzle. If Mary is around I think she might be concerned by 15d ! Thanks BD for your hints – and the new red warning notice – hot on the heels of the “403” !

  7. A good one…last corner was top right, having done bottom half OK.

    I thought 14a was clever and 15d most original !

    26a unusual as an abbreviation. A bit like ‘perk’ for perquisite…..don’t see the original at all now….

  8. Very enjoyable Saturday puzzle. We just needed a little peep at the hints for 9 down and 26 across.Thank you to the setter and to BD.

  9. A straightforward solve today!

    Best for me is 9d but I also liked 7d, 12a, 14a, 21a & 27a.

    Still very sunny down here in the Var but with a cool, light, SE breeze.

  10. Best puzzle of the week and fairly straightforward. My favourite was 9d with 27a a close second. The fish in 12a is not how I would spell this but it seems it’s a valid alternative. Thanks to the setter and BD. Off to see Rod Stewart and Santana sharing the stage tonight – that’s a first!

  11. I’m finding the puzzle a little more difficult than normal on a Saturday.

    I’m still puzzling over the answer to the anagram in 14 but I would appreciate some help on 17d. I’ve got all the checking letters but I still can’t see it

    Got 14a at last. Many thanks to the setter and bd for the hints which I found very useful. Now, just for 17d

  12. I started off with a blank piece of paper on first read through of the acrosses, then the downs were kinder and started me off. I needed the hint for 26a, was pleased to see I had company. Very enjoyable, thanks to setter. Thanks BD for review. Fave is 9d, with honourable mention to 14a and 16d.

  13. Straightforward except for a stumble on 25a which I twigged while in the shower. At the risk of coming over all Brian, is the name of a foreign former head of state appropriate in a cryptic crossword? Must be a left over clue from the general knowledge puzzle!
    Otherwise good fun 2/4*

    1. What a great expression – perhaps we should adopt it as we did with some of Mary’s. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

    2. My reaction to 25a is much more personal ! Loathsome toad ! (That’s the polite version). He actually put himself forward as a possible presidential candidate after ruining the country ! I don’t think I am giving anything away since the photo was published.I sincerely hope I am not breaking any rules.

    1. I find the RED BOX WARNING very scary – it makes me jump every time I see it – perhaps I have a guilty conscience – http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif – I should think it’s very effective.

  14. A tortuous start but eventually I got into the rhythm of the puzzle. A good bit more thought provoking then the usual Saturday fare I felt. And the quickie I noticed wasn’t! Nice pun too.
    Thanks Mr Ron and BD for the hints.

  15. I’ve just realised that I haven’t made a contribution and that’s rather remiss of me; however, it has given me time to read all the other comments. The answer to 27a seems to indicate the age of the compiler because it’s not a word which one would use nowadays but I can remember my mother referring to me in this manner!

  16. 2*/3*, l think. I liked 7d, and 27a was a new word to me, even though the construction of the clue left little doubt as to what the solution was. My thanks to Mr Ron, and to BD for the hints.

  17. Took a bit of doing and the odd clue such as 8d is a bit clunky but I loved 9d, a real smile clue.
    Just don’t get 10a though, can’t see why the answer means come down although the rest is ok.
    Thx to all.

    1. Hi Brian!

      Re 7d : it is a double take !. think of a machine which comes down OK and then 2. a set of stairs.:

      1. I hate to disagree but I think you’re over-complicating things. For a start Brian is talking about 10a not 7d.
        I think the definition is “come down” from a horse or a vehicle and then it’s a series of steps or stairs without the initial letter (missing the first).

  18. Pretty good puzzle.

    Liked 27a this is a word I haven’t heard in a while, it makes me think of Enid Blyton

    Last one in 8d which I don’t really like as a word

    Have abandoned iPad version as problems have gone on for too long without being fixed

    Like the reminder that it’s a Prize crossword as it stops me commenting inappropriately (I hope)

    Thank you setter and BD

  19. Didn’t cause ant real problems today though I did take a bit longer than usual. 9d favourite but took ages as I was trying out anagrams and also 27a which my mother was fond of calling me! Not sure I like the answer to 10a but I’ll wait for the final full explanation from BD.
    1d was my last entry.

    1. If you look up your solution to 10a in the dictionary – it is the third definition in Chambers, all should become clear.

  20. Started off as a read and write-in, then wallop! Enjoyed it though, with 26a being by far the last one in.

  21. All done without too much hassle although 26a was a poor clue I thought. 7d rather nice though.

  22. Only just discovered this site! Think it’s great. I usually do Saturday’s crossword fairly easily but I am obviously not on the same wavelength as this particular compiler! Thanks for all the help: it got me started and helped me decipher the trickier clues.

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