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DT 27567

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27567

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable puzzle with no major problems, as usual from Jay, to whom thanks. 1.5*/3* for difficulty and enjoyment.

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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8a Put up with drill (4)

BORE : Double defn: 1st: …, as in “he [put up with] the burden for so long”; and 2nd: …, as a verb.

9a Truants regularly betrayed by one? (3)

RAT : The 2nd, 4th and 6th letter of(… regularly) “Truants “.

Answer: A betrayer.

10a Revue planned after orchestra’s first collected works (6)

OEUVRE : Anagram of(… planned) REVUE placed after(after, in an across clue) the 1st letter of(…’s first) “orchestra“.

Defn: … of a particular artist or author, or etc.

11a Dessert, or tea in most of France at one time? (6)

GATEAU : TEA contained in(in) [what France was called before] minus its last letter(most of …).

12a Wilful agent sent back poetry (8)

PERVERSE : Reversal of(… sent back) [an agent, eg. a salesman) + [poetry;rhymed composition].

Defn: …, or contrary.

13a Philosophy classes held here? (6,2,7)

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT : Cryptic defn: Any one system of philosophy, which taken literally, could be a place for teaching such.

15a First to follow Tories – be composed! (7)

CONSIST : [short for “first”, with the Roman numeral replacing the Arabic numeral] placed after(to follow, in an across clue) [abbrev. for Tories].

Defn. and Answer: … of.

17a Success – but a long stretch in prison! (3,4)

BIG TIME : [long;of great extent] [a stretch;a term in prison, as given by the judge].

Defn: …, especially in the entertainment field.

20a Delighted to be at planetary summit (2,3,2,3,5)

ON TOP OF THE WORLD : [literally, where you would be on Earth’s highest point].

23a Following performance, ring corporation dogsbody (8)

FACTOTUM : [abbrev. for “following”] + [a performance, say, for entertainment] + [letter representing a ring;a circle] + [short for one’s corporation, anatomically speaking].

25a Father welcomes a time for sarcasm! (6)

SATIRE : [a father, especially of a horse or other domestic animal] containing(welcomes) { A + [abbrev. for “time”] }.

26a Office equipment firm ripe for development (6)

COPIER : [abbrev. for a commercial firm] + anagram of(… for development) RIPE.

27a Turn on European self-esteem (3)

EGO : [one’s turn, say, in a multi-player board or card game] placed after(on, in an across clue) [abbrev. for “European”].

28a Study finds name for a tear (4)

REND : [to study, say, at a university] with [abbrev. for “name”] replacing(finds … for …) “a “.

Defn: To rip.


1d Pattern of stones of Hebrew prophet (6)

MOSAIC : Double defn: 2nd: Pertaining to the biblical Hebrew prophet, lawgiver, and miracle worker.

2d Handsome but excitable surgeon pinches nurse’s bottom (8)

GENEROUS : Anagram of(excitable) SURGEON containing(pinches) the last letter of(…’s bottom, in a down clue) “nurse “.

Defn: Ample, as a nurse’s pinchable bottom might be. An amusing surface.

3d Problems with noses? One needs such experts! (15)

TROUBLESHOOTERS : [problems;trials and tribulations] plus(with) [British slang for “noses”].

Defn: … who can solve problems, but, usually, not with noses.

4d Family disheartened after eastern places going up cause astonishment (7)

STUPEFY : “Family minus its inner letters(disheartened) placed below(after, in a down clue) reversal of(… going up, in a down clue) { [abbrev. for “eastern”] + [places;lays down] }.

5d Time is possibly no Hinduism forte! (6,9)


Defn: …, in combination with the x,y,z axes.

6d Office problem raised with each unionist (6)

BUREAU : Reversal of(… raised, in a down clue) [a problem, as Hamlet said) plus(with) [abbrev. for “each”] + [abbrev. for “unionist”].

7d A marine’s bearing weapons (4)

ARMS : A + [abbrev. for a marine in the British military] + [abbrev. for one of the main compass bearings].

14d Radio operator‘s ignominy being undressed (3)

HAM : [ignominy;disgrace, which, together with scandal, was in the family as sung by Lance Percical] minus its 1st and last letters(being undressed).

16d Performing around start of week is personal (3)

OWN : [performing, say, through the medium of television, or in the theatre] containing(around) the 1st letter of(start of) “week “.

18d Walks unsteadily across river for horses in harness (8)

TROTTERS : [walks unsteadily, and about to fall] containing(across) [abbrev. for “river”].

19d Puzzled MP absorbed by new duties without one (7)

STUMPED : MP contained in(absorbed by) anagram of(new) “duties” minus(without) [Roman numeral for “one”] .

21d Fox is unfashionable – and women must have it! (6)

OUTWIT : [unfashionable;not in vogue] plus(and) { [abbrev. for “women”] plus(must have) IT }.

Defn: Someone as sly as a fox might do this to you.

22d Source of noise from wild cat crossing unprotected barn (6)

LARYNX : [a wild cat] containing(crossing) “barn minus its 1st and last letters(… barn).

Defn: … found in your throat.

24d Oxygen absorbed by beer plant (4)

ALOE : [chemical symbol for the element, oxygen] contained in(absorbed by) [beer].

Defn: … with fleshy leaves.


The Quick Crossword pun: weighs + toff + thyme = waste of time


37 comments on “DT 27567

  1. Flew through this one for a change – probably my quickest ever solve and thoroughly enjoyable too. Thanks to scchua and Jay */****

  2. A good kick-start for my brain this morning. Not overly difficult but very enjoyable. Thanks to Jay and to Scchua for the review.

  3. 2*/3* for a typically enjoyable Wednesday puzzle. I found about half the clues read and write, most of the rest needed some thought and a couple to finish were quite tough. I needlessly extended my solving time by writing the final word of 20a so badly that the first letter of 22d looked more like a C than a L. I only noticed after a prolonged struggle to think of a word spelled CAR-N- as a “source of noise”.

    Joint favourites today – 13a & 3d.

    Many thanks to Jay and to Scchua.

  4. Morning Scchua and thanks for the blog, though I didn’t need it today, a lovely crossword from Jay which I found much easier than yesterdays, agree with RDs’ ratings 2 for difficulty and 3 for enjoyment, a few I had to use my electronic friend for though! Favs (sorry Kath I have two! but I haven’t had any for ages, so perhaps it’s ok???) 13a and 20a, one I wasn’t keen on was 11a, here comes the rain again!!

  5. Jolly good puzzle today I thought with some testing clues such as 4d and 6d, at least they tested me :-)
    Best clue for me was 13a, a real ‘smile’ clue.
    Thanks to the setter and to Scchua for explaining the problem in 6d.

  6. I thought there was a rather old fashioned feel to this one (and none the worse for that). It may be my memory playing tricks but back in the good/bad (delete as appropriate) old days there were a lot more clues like 13 and 20. It took me back to student times, trying to finish the crossword between Shepherd’s Bush and Mile End on the Central line. 40 years ago – eek!
    Very enjoyable 2*/4*

    PS Fav was 3d

  7. I have three to get but we have a funeral to cater for so work beckons. Nice cluing as usual from Jay. 22d is a super clue. No idea about the nose problem solvers at 3d and I need the checkers from 11ac and 15ac to help but they seem reluctant to give up their secrets. I expected the grid grumblers to be commenting today with fourteen clues missing their start letter.

  8. This was a bit of a one-banana task but nevertheless hugely enjoyable. Many thanks Jay and indeed scchua for being there pronto although I didn’t need to call on you today. The four straightforward 15-letter solves helped to get things off to a quick start. Fav probably 13a. **/****. Quickie has an amusing pun. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

  9. 1d left me 19d…….
    Didn’t occur to me that you could make that word from that guy!!
    23a took me a bit of time and the last bit reminded me of my grandfather with his pinstripe waistcoat and his watch chain – you never hear that term these days, do you?

    Otherwise it was nice, with some amusing answers – 13a http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

    1. 1d was my last in, but it was satisfying when it came :).

      23a is indeed never used these days. Somehow, I managed to dredge it from somewhere lurking in the deepest recesses of my mind, but I’ve no idea where from.

  10. At first I thought this was going to be another write-in but ended up with about half unfinished after the initial run through. Thankfully, the remainder didn’t take too long although a fair bit of thought was required. Bit stuck on trying to decide which my favourite should be – its a toss-up between 1D, 5D and 22D, think I’ll go for the latter as I think the cat is an absolute stunner (bit better than noses anyway).

  11. I agree with most others – a very good crossword and not too tricky. 2* difficulty and 4* for enjoyment.
    My last two answers were 11a and 3d.
    22d caused a few problems but all was OK once I realised that the wild cat wasn’t a lion! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_rolleyes.gif
    I liked all four of the long answers and 23a and 2 and 21d. My favourite was 3d.
    With thanks to Jay and scchua.
    Might have a go at the Toughie – really frustrating weather in Oxford – sunny for half an hour, then torrential rain for a couple of minutes, then sunny again etc etc.

  12. I liked this puzzle. Jay usually provides enough of a challenge to be interesting.I liked the 15 letter clues and 22d and many others. Thanks to all concerned.

  13. Enjoyable and straightforward puzzle today and an excellent review, many thanks to both Jay and scchua.

  14. I agree with most others today, I loved the long answers, and had to check the reasoning with the hints for one or two, but we managed to finish. ** for difficulty *** for enjoyment. Thank you setter and Scchua.

  15. Thanks to Jay for a lovely puzzle with great clues, not too difficult but fun to solve. I particularly liked 3d so will give it 2*/4*

  16. Typical Wednesday Wizard puzzzle, not too taxing and enjoyable. **/**** from us.

    Fav is probably 3d but there are a lot of other contenders – 13a, 20a, 2d, 3d, 7d and 21d.

    Hottest day of the year here where the temp is 37C according to the weather centre at Alicante airport. Humidity is only 24% though so a washed set of towels just fried on the line in 35 mins http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif (I’ve spotted the typo but it’s probably about right anyway so I’ll leave it :lol: )

    Thanks to Jay and scchua.

  17. Thanks to Jay and to scchua for the review and hints. A very nice puzzle which I thoroughly enjoyed, but found very tricky. I had 2d wrong because I did the anagram in my head, and had gorgeous. Once corrected, I got 8a,but needed the hints for another five. Was completely 19d by them. Not my day. Favourites were 13&23a and 5d. Was 3*/4* for me. I blame GBBF for it http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

  18. Really enjoyed this one , always good to be able to finish without the use of artificial aids. Favourite clues 13a & 5d ,thanks to Jay & scchua. 2*/4*

  19. Thank you Jay for an enjoyable puzzle. Thanks Scchua for your review and hints. I miss your photos – and would have loved to have seen your pictorial aid to 2d. Perhaps I am thinking more of the clue than the answer ! Miraculously still fine on Anglesey, the drawback being another dip in the Irish Sea.

  20. What a splendid puzzle, for which thanks Jay, I did think the surface reading to 28a a little odd however and many thanks to Scchua for the hints although I only needed them for 28a. Otherwise, a challenging and enjoyable crossword

  21. Pleasant puzzle from Jay!

    Faves : 11a, 13a, 23a, 3d, 5d & 22d.

    We had the promised deluge this AM but sunny again this afternoon. Still a cool wind so now no swim!

  22. Super puzzle, thank you, Jay. Had to work for it, though, but I did finish. Took me rather longer as Henry brought in a bird, alive no less, and I had to spend time trying to rescue the bird. Unfortunately, with my mobility issues, I failed and poor bird lost his life. As Henry is the only killer out of five cats, I suppose I should consider myself lucky.

    Back to crossword. Like Kath, I was determined that the wild cat in 22d was a lion, so that held me up. So many good clues; I loved 23a, 13a, 4d and 6d. Fave is 4d. Thanks scchua for review, not needed today but always interesting read.

    1. Oh dear! Poor bird, poor you and naughty Henry! Don’t know if this is any help to you. Someone once suggested throwing a light tea towel over the bird and catching it that way. Haven’t tried it, but believe it works…

    2. Oh dear – poor you and even poorer bird. I hate it when one of them brings in something half dead. Alive I can cope with, dead I can cope with – it’s the in betweeny stuff I can’t do.
      We have a really lovely Thai neighbour – she is a Buddhist (sorry BD – I only discovered last week that politics and religion are added to the things that are banned but it’s relevant) – anyway, to cut a very long story very short, she and I ended up taking a badly hurt pigeon to the vet one afternoon a few months ago. Our vet was amazing – I thought she might tell us where to go but she just said they would clean up the wounds, look after him/her, give him/her some food, fluid, and antibiotics overnight and then take him/her to a bird rescue place to be released when he or she was fit enough – what did it cost – nothing!

      1. You’d better hang on to that vet like a limpet. Our vets here have $$$$ signs for eyeballs.

        1. In Spain it’s €€€€ for eyeballs, apart from a Hungarian chap who practices locally. He’s only €€€ http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

      2. Super, kind vet! One of ours was very kind, too. She used to pop in on her way home and clip our (late) very old cat’s claws for nothing.

        You talk about fees. What about the astronomical costs of the medicines vets prescribe?

  23. Agreed that this was a lovely puzzle. I did some of it at silly o’clock last night after popping out for “10 minutes” to have a little look for meteors. An hour and a half later, I stumbled in and made a start on this while my feet were thawing out :).

    I’d probably agree with ** for difficulty because I did take a while to finish it, but I still can’t help shake the notion that anything I can do unaided should be no more than 1* difficulty! **** for enjoyment, definitely. So many good clues, it’s hard to pick a favourite… I thought Paul from the Guardian had dropped by at 2d! I will choose 22d, partly just because it features one of my cousins!

    Thanks to Jay and scchua :).

  24. For some reason, I very often start the puzzles at the bottom and work up to the top. So it was with this enjoyable Jay crossword. I liked many of the clues, e.g. 11a, 13a, 23a, 1d, 3d, and 22d. Haven’t heard 23a for quite a while. Usually think of it being used with the word ‘general’ in front of it.

    Didn’t need the hints.Had no problems except I wrongly marked 17a as being a double definition when it isn’t.

    Thanks to Jay for the lovely crossword and to Scchua for the much appreciated review.

  25. A very entertaining puzzle. 3d (which l stared at blankly for some time before the “Doh!!” moment) made me snort with suppressed laughter, much to my wife’s surprise. Thank you, Jay, for the 2d helping of pleasure, and of course schuua for the review.

  26. Enjoyable and straight forward crossword. I’d have given it a * for difficulty if I hadn’t made a silly error with 1d. I interpreted pattern of stones as being an anagram and put in Nestor who I knew wasn’t a prophet but ….. Should have concentrated more!

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