DT 27594 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27594 (Hints)

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Don’t forget to enter the September Monthly Prize Puzzle.

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.

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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 Exuberant actors recoiled in false show of emotion (9,5)
An anagram (exuberant) of ACTORS RECOILED

10a Criticise Mary who cooks on TV, receiving small sound of disapproval (9)
A three-letter verb meaning to criticise followed by the surname of the Mary who cooks on TV with the first word around (receiving) S(mall)

11a Policeman getting tip off on Her Majesty — a work for the Met? (5)
Start with a three-letter colloquial word for a policeman, drop (off) the initial letter (tip), add Her Majesty’s regnal cipher and the A from the clue – The Met is in New York, not London!

13a Advertising European TV with channel already selected? (6)
A two-letter abbreviation for the business of advertising followed by E(uropean) and another name for the TV

17a & 18a Toast in base tent, foolishly — take precautions! (6,4,3,7)
A drinking toast (4,3,5) inside an anagram (foolishly) of BASE TENT

26a ‘Railway Children’ author endlessly recalled playwright (5)
Start with the surname of the author of The Railway Children, drop the final letter (endlessly) and then reverse (recalled) what remains

27a It’s a grand sight in Venice and in France to this artist (9)
A grand site in Venice followed by the French for “and” and TO


28a Dirty tricks investing thousand in finance company (6,8)
Insert (investing) the metric symbol for a thousand into a general name for a finance company


2d Sticky stuff keeps son in check (5)
Insert S(on) into a check or restraint

3d Picasso, for instance, succeeded in old measure (6)
S(ucceeded) inside an old measure which was the length of the arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, variously 18 to 22 inches


4d Bowler’s tally in local contest (5,5)
An American term for a bowler hat followed by a verb meaning to tally or correspond

8d Reporter at Olympics, perhaps, could make last sprint go with it (8,6)
This report of this device can be heard at any athletics event, including the Olympics – it’s an anagram (could make) of LAST SPRINT GO with IT

14d Soldiers taking German gentleman in old military vehicles (5,5)
These soldiers are more familiar in crosswords in their abbreviated form – insert the four-letter title afforded to a German gentleman into O(ld) and some military vehicles

19d Want expert to limit cattle disease heading north (7)
A three-letter word for an expert around (to limit) a cattle disease and the symbol for a heading of North

24d Place fortune on American sports car (5)
Place a fortune or large amount on the two-letter abbreviation for American

Especially for pommers!

25d Second taxi to refuse to come out (4)
S(econd) followed by a taxi gives a verb meaning to refuse to come out on strike

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The Quick crossword pun: goal+deny=GoldenEye



  1. Brian
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable, not too difficult but with some excellent clues such as 17a and 28a.
    Thx to all

    • Brian
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      My friend had a 24d in the 70s and Clarksons remark of xxxx of trouble usually serious was very apt.

      • crypticsue
        Posted September 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

        You’d put part of the solution in your comment so…..

        Everyone should be careful what they say or BD will remember he’s forgotten to add the dratted irritating red box of instructions.

        • Tantalus
          Posted September 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink


          • crypticsue
            Posted September 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

            Too late!

  2. JonP
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Enjoyable and straightforward crossword. Thanks to BD and setter 1.5*/3*

  3. Ian
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Ooh, feel a lawsuit coming on with your pic for 1a! Nice and quick crossie this morning, Leaves time for visiting open heritage sites today. */***. Thanks to all.

  4. Caravaggio
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t disagree with any of the previous comments because, having seen the solution to 1a straight away, everything else seemed to fall into place very quickly and, as you can probably guess, 27a didn’t present any problems either…

  5. Rabbit Dave
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    2*/3*. This provided a very enjoyable but not too taxing return to crossword solving after my holiday. I just needed BD’s hint to understand what the answer to 11a had to do with the Met.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

  6. Graham Wall
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    A very enjoyable and not too taxing offering today. Some very good clues. I particularly liked 27A my rating is 1.5/3 thanks to Big Dave for the review.

  7. Kath
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was fairly straightforward apart from a couple of clues.
    I needed the hint to understand why my 17&18a was right – used up all my fingers, then used toes as well and nothing seemed to work to make it an anagram. Oh dear!
    I had to google the Railway Children author – couldn’t remember who it was.
    The first word of 4d was obvious but I’ve never heard of the answer and can’t find it anywhere. I didn’t know 6d either.
    13a and 8d were my last two answers.
    I liked 12 and 20a and 7 and 16d. My favourite was 28a.
    With thanks to the setter and to BD.
    Going to clear up some leaves now and then on to NTSPP – I like Hieroglyph crosswords.

  8. George Dyson
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Yup, straightforward for me too, I liked 17/18a. Good puzzle. Now if only the toughies were as friendly! Struggled with that yesterday and dealt my self confidence a big blow!

    • JohnY
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      I agree, 1 and 4 for me too. All over far too quickly. I also was convinced to try the Toughie yesterday as I love Ray T’s. Managed about half a dozen before brain-boil set in – and the toughie regulars thought it was easy! Back-to-earth-with-a-bump moment.
      So, with plenty of time left in the day, if Kath says the ntspp is worth a go, that’s good enough for me.

      • Kath
        Posted September 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

        I love Ray T’s too but I certainly didn’t find yesterday’s Toughie easy.
        About the NTSPP – have now looked at it and rather wish I hadn’t already used up all my fingers and toes . . .

        • stanXYZ
          Posted September 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

          Today’s NTSPP – a waste of ink!

          My computer has been telling me for months that the ink level is very low … but it keeps on working.

          Wot! No “Big Red Box” warning us that it’s a Prize Puzzle?

          • Posted September 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

            I knew I’d forgotten something!

            • crypticsue
              Posted September 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

              There’s a bit of me wishing I’d never mentioned it …. but then Stan had to point it out too.

          • Kath
            Posted September 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

            Oh dear!!

          • Kath
            Posted September 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

            No – it isn’t – but it’s bloody difficult! Well, I thought so anyway – fine if you know the big long chappie . . . I didn’t.

  9. Owdoo
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    As I think one of the bloggers remarked recently, it’s always nice to start with a long anagram across the top for lots of checking letters. Enjoyable Saturday puzzle, not too testing, although 17/18a and 8d both took a while for the pennies to drop so 1.5*/3* for me.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the blog. I take it you don’t agree with the verdict in SA then?!

  10. Gwizz
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Well! What a gentle week of crosswords! This one was as people say fairly straight forward. No real stand out clues but most enjoyable. Thanks to setter and BD for the hints.

  11. Merusa
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Goodness, gracious me! No comments on Americanisms yet?
    I loved this, great puzzle and hard to choose a fave, but I think 17/18a is a real standout with 28a as close runner up.
    Thanks to setter and BD for review.

    • Kath
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      What was American?

      • Merusa
        Posted September 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        The hat, the Met …

        • Kath
          Posted September 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

          Oh, so they were! 0/10 for observation for me today. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_redface.gif

    • Dave B
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      Agree, can’t stand the answer for 9d.

  12. Little Dave
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Done on the rugby touch-line and not a great deal of note although I did like 11a which was clever. Otherwise fairly tame and again the easiest challenge of the week for me. 1* and 2*. The mighty West Brom losing….I fear a long season again. Thanks are extended to The Setter and to http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-yawn.gifBD of course.

  13. Jane
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Tarnation – if only I’d got the right sort of reporter at the outset it would have made 11a and 20a far easier! Had to check on the author of The Railway Children to confirm answer for 26a and heartily agree with Kath’s comment re: running out of fingers and toes to justify 17/18a!

    OK – on to yesterday’s Toughie now.

    • Kath
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      If you’ve run out of fingers and toes don’t even think about looking at the NTSPP! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

      • Jane
        Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

        Oh lord – now you KNOW that I’m just going to have to take a peek! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif

        • Kath
          Posted September 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

          How did I guess? Precisely what I meant to happen – I love Hieroglyph crosswords, specially his alphabet ones which we don’t get very often.

      • Framboise
        Posted September 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

        Good evening Kath! What is NTSPP? Enjoyed today’s puzzle. **/**** for me. Many thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the review.

        • stanXYZ
          Posted September 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

          Framboise, have you found the NTSPP yet?

          It’s easy to find but difficult to solve!

        • Kath
          Posted September 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

          The NTSPP – N(ot) T(he) S(aturday) P(rize) P(uzzle) is an extra crossword sorted out by BD et al. They vary in difficulty depending quite a bit on who has set them – you can find it in the column on the right hand side.
          I found yesterday’s difficult (mainly because I couldn’t do a very long anagram which was a quotation I didn’t know.)

  14. hippy ajs
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Any help on 23a and 21d would be appreciated. Not sure where to start with them.

    Sorted 21d, makes 23a even harder as I now have most of the letters.

    • crypticsue
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      23a Definition is unnerves. Insert (restrained by) an abbreviated lieutenant into a verb meaning judges.

      21d Hot is an informal expression for the solution. A scarf put on the ‘top’ of Neck.

      • Arthur Dent
        Posted September 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        Don’t forget that the lieutenant is “retired” as well as restrained…

  15. Vancouverbc
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    */***. Enjoyable solve and thanks to BD for the review. Another beautiful day and ideal for kayaking down the Nickomekl River. Bliss.

  16. Heno
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, but a bit on the gentle side. Favourite was 14d. Last in was 12a. Some very nice clues. Was 2*/3* for me.

  17. Sweet William
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Thank you setter – great fun. Solved sitting in the sunshine in Grantown – where there is WiFi in the hotel capable of providing a connection ! We have never had weather like this in Scotland before. Perhaps a new initiative in the referendum campaign. Thanks BD for providing the hints as usual.

    • Jane
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      At least you refrained from mentioning the eagles today! Not a ‘birdy’ clue will go by without me thinking of you! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_whistle3.gif

      • Sweet William
        Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

        Hi Jane – no more eagles ! The purpose of this trip is to find crested tit. Our third attempt ! This time we have enlisted some help !

        • Jane
          Posted September 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

          Good luck – just don’t brag about it too much if you find them!

  18. Dave B
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Good crossword. Best were 10a and 14d.

  19. Una
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Not difficult at all, despite DT rating of 3***. I admit I guessed many from the checkers.No hints needed, thank heavens.17a and 18a was a pure guess.Thanks to all concerned.
    Still enjoying an Indian summer here.

  20. Salty Dog
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    A very jolly, but untesting, puzzle – 1*/4* is about right. I liked 17a and 14d. Thanks to the setter, whoever it was, and to Big Dave for the hints.

  21. Angel
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    For some reason I got off to a slow start with this but then sailed through when I came back to it several hours later so can now go to bed with a feeling of achievement but probably wont sleep. I often make the mistake of crosswording immediately before retiring – not a good idea. Liked 7d . Can’t believe I needed BD to parse 17/18a for me. Thanks setter and BD. ***/***. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-yawn.gif

  22. RobF
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I finished late last night too with the last one (3d) going in just as MoTD finished. Unlike many others I found it a touch more difficult than usual. Enjoyed it though with 17/18a my fave. Struggled a bit at first pass but it gradually came together at the second attempt and I seemed to complete all the outside clues first and then gradually fill in the middle from the bottom up. Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints which weren’t needed, but are always fun to check and to read the comments.

    I have a question if someone can help: I have finally signed up to the online puzzles having been buying the paper version and scanning and emailing. As this is a prize puzzle, can I presume that by pressing the submit button it also gets entered for the prize (as there is no confirmation email, which there is when submitting manually)?

    • crypticsue
      Posted September 14, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      In the paper, it says that if you don’t want to post the crossword, you can enter by email by scanning your filled-in solution and coupon (the bit with the name address and email address) and emailing to [email protected] with DT27594 in the subject field.

      I never enter and am not sure what you do if you solve online.

      • RobF
        Posted September 14, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Sue,
        Yes – that’s what I used to do when I bought the paper. Unfortunately if you choose to print the crossword from the online version it doesn’t include the name, address and email section so I can’t fill that in and scan and email. I’ll try the FAQs etc.