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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27630 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club hosted by Deep Threat

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Some of your blogging team, including myself, will be at the S&B meeting in York today.  Many thanks to Deep Threat who has volunteered to host today’s hints.  BD

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           Manager plunged into Eastern sea showing relief (8)
This is relief in a work of art. Put a manager or leader inside Eastern and an abbreviated name for the sea which divides Europe from Africa.

11a         Work too hard to get public a vote (7)
A word meaning public or open follwed by A from the clue and what you put on a ballot paper.

12a         King rejected an extremely wicked activity (7)
The chess notation for a king, followed by the reversal (rejected) of AN from the clue, and another word for extremely.

13a         English journalists gripped by such strong drink (8)
… but not an alcoholic one. English followed by a word for ‘such’ with a generic term for journalists inside it.

15a         Knight — alias covering fine author (5)
An abbreviation for knight – in an honours list rather than in chess, followed by another abbreviation for alias wrapped around Fine, giving a Czech author.


25a         Get hold of backward-looking people who like fairies (7)
People (3,4) who might be supporters of Legolas in The Lord of the Rings, reversed.


26a         Here you’ll find White Stripes music that’s rather bland (6-2-3-4)
Double definition, the first being where you will find white painted lines.

28a         Bliss perhaps as Clegg’s friend’s meeting the Queen (8)
Last of the Summer Wine rather than the Lib Dems in this one, and the Bliss is Sir Arthur.


2d           Pound — main place for stray dogs (9)
Put together a verb meaning pound and ‘the main’ to get a well-known dogs’ home.

4d           Elizabeth’s favourite fearless explorer embraced (5)
Hidden (embraced) in the clue.

6d           Saving Trades Union Congress apparently (7)
The answer here could be read as an alternative way of looking at TUC.

8d           The Queen embracing Murray, an all-round performer (8)
The letters which go before the Queen’s name, wrapped around a grumpy Scots tennis player, followed by AN from the clue.

9d           Avid reader of Bellow getting over work being rewritten (8)
Anagram (rewritten) of WORK inside a bellow or loud noise.

17d         He helped make mummy glower when accepting endless charity (8)
Something which glows, wrapped around a word for charitable giving minus its last letter.

19d         Group of three making small journey? (7)
If a small pig is a piglet, then a small journey is a…

25d         Fight aquatic creatures coming up leaving river (3-2)
Reverse (coming up) some aquatic mammals, and remove the River.

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42 comments on “DT 27630 (Hints)

  1. My rating is 2*/3*. This enjoyable puzzle proved to be a steady but not xxxxxxxxx solve. The NE corner was the last to fall with 5a my last one in, due to a new meaning to me for “dish”. Anagram lovers may feel a bit hard done by today – if I counted correctly there were only two and two halves (or more accurately, in keeping with my pedantic leanings, one half and one five-eighths).

    Nice surface readings throughout, with 26a my favourite as I particularly liked the irony. I suspect White Stripes music could best be described as being like marmite, but never bland!

    Many thanks to Mr. Ron and DT, who seems to be working overtime.

    1. I think you may be guilty of giving a partial answer there RD. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

      There won’t be any cake in the Naughty Corner today as I have far too much crosswordy stuff to do. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_mail.gif

      1. Whoops. I plead unwitting guilt.

        It simply didn’t occur to me that word was a derivative of one of the answers, but I suppose it must have come to mind when I was writing my comments as I had only recently written it in the grid.

        1. P.S. I am off to the Naughty Corner now and will take my own cake. My second granddaughter, who is nine weeks’ old, was christened last Sunday and we have some delicious cake left over. There were two layers: sponge and chocolate; and there is plenty to spare if anyone else wants to join me.

  2. Every bone in my body hurts today after taking 10 kids round Alton Towers yesterday. Today is my daughter’s 10th birthday, which is why I am not in York with many of you. I hope you have brilliant time, and I that I can join on the next occasion.

    Today’s puzzle was captivating, while not too hard. Some oddities though. In terms of using the same construct again in a puzzle, I thought it weird using knight in two adjacent clues, even if they translated to different single letters (15a,18a). For me, 28a (clegg’s friends) involved a double obscurity (argh). In 21a, I didn’t understand why traditionally is needed, to me the clue reads better without it.

    I really liked 12a (wicked activity), 20a (Various items), 26a (White Stripes), and 2d (pound)

    Many thanks to Setter for a great puzzle and thank you Deep Threat

  3. Thank you setter. Not the easiest of puzzles – or perhaps I am just getting worse. Many thanks DT for your hints – which were very useful in bringing matters to a conclusionhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif First visit of the season to something called the Macron this afternoon. Used to be the Reebok, but I doubt if the product on offer will have changed muchhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_negative.gif

    1. Just do as I do and call it Horwich or Middlebrook. I never use any of these sponsors’ names. They pay the clubs to use them, but they don’t pay me, so I don’t. Long live Dean Court, Pride Park, Brisbane Road and the City of Manchester stadium too. And Arsenal play at New Highbury.

  4. Like Dutch, who used the word ‘captivating’, I thought that this was a thoroughly absorbing puzzle and, although I was late starting it [influenza and pneumonia injections], I soon got into my stride and I too liked the clues which Dutch has already highlighted. Although I didn’t need any assistance, your contribution was appreciated, Deep Threat.

  5. What a joy to be able to sit outside in the sun for what probably is the last hot weekend of the year. And with the change of time darkness will fall before 6pm. Very enjoyable crossword today with only two clues that gave me a hard time. 5a and 25a. I still have a few days to finish it. A break is as good as a rest. May the ones who went to York have a good time. Thanks to the setter and deep threat for the review.

  6. I found this tricky and used some electronic help out of impatience in order to complete it. Now I look back and have absolutely no idea why I struggled – it was probably just me being a bit dull-witted…. Enjoyable period of solving time bar the mild frustration and would go ***/*** in terms of how I found it but it’s probably much more of a 2* difficulty at best. Thanks to setter and hinter.

  7. Hugely enjoyable puzzle for me, ***/****, with some clever misdirects. Many thanks to all – and I am delighted to have found this blog!

  8. Please can you help me understand the word play in 5A, My answer is an alcoholic drink, but “Dish for” where does that come in? I like to understand how I get an answer even though it seems to be correct because of the other letters. Thanks.

    1. Look up your solution in the dictionary and you should get the alternative meaning indicated by the first two words of the clue.

  9. Wasn’t keen on 6d and 5a as clues but loved 25a. Reminds me of the apocryphal story about J R R Tolkien when he read yet another fairy story to the Oxford group causing Prof Hugo Dyson to mutter ‘ Oh no, not another xxxxxxxxxxxxx Took a while to get going but fell nicely into place.
    Thx to all.

    1. I didn’t edit your comment because of the f… but for the second time today, I’ve had to edit out a partial solution.

        1. Sorry Brian but in my book, it doesn’t matter whether you are reading it backwards or forwards, it is still a partial clue.

    1. The definition is ‘footwear for beach’. Put together a word for a somersault and another for ‘is a failure’.

        1. Finished with the help of DT for 16d (which was very easy, as it turns out – stupid me), for which many thanks. I thought that 17d was rather clever but the rest fairly easy once I got going.
          Nice sunny day here in the Languedoc so it’s now rugby for the rest of the day finished off with ‘ribs and wings’ tonight

  10. ***/***. Great fun and quite tricky. Lots of amusing clues but 25a tickled me once the penny dropped. Thanks to the setter and DT for an equally amusing review – 19d was the pick of the hints for me.

  11. Busy few days so today was a nice opportunity to sit and solve. Some fairly nice clues last in being 28a as I was convinced this was political-related before the penny dropped. 25a was my favourite. Thanks for the review and to the Setter.

  12. Half-term at last, so have spent an enjoyable time doing the crossword instead of the washing!! It’s amazing how much easier it is when you have a bit of time. Thanks to DT and the setter for an entertaining afternoon

  13. Really entertaining crossword today with many “smiles”, I’m hard pressed to find a fave. I didn’t get the Clegg’s friend in 28a, I suspect it’ said Brit inside joke, apart from that, a nice workout. Fave I think has to be 26a, honourable mention to 12a. Thanks to setter and to Deep Threat for review.

    1. It is a rather British-based clue. If you search for the television series I mentioned in the hint, it may become clearer. The setter is misdirecting the solver into thinking about Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democratic party in the UK, but he has noting to do with it.

      1. Aha! I have a collection here of that series but saw it so long ago, I don’t remember too much about it. I’ll have to hunt for it and have a refresher course!

  14. an entertaining romp but completely foxed by 21d as the last one so any hints would be much appreciated

    1. Have evening meal traditionally including fish for a change (5-2)

      The definition is ‘a change’. Put a type of fish inside a slightly archaic verb meaning ‘to have evening meal’.

  15. Lots of fun to do, and not too difficult today for me. Enjoyed the entertaining wordplay. (I have a theory that any knowledge of modern music is almost always a disadvantage when solving crosswords and I assume White Stripes must be a pop group!)
    Many thanks to DT and the setter.

  16. A relatively straight forward Saturday puzzle with no real awkward customers! 28a was my favourite for the misdirection involved.
    Thanks to Mr Ron and DT for the revue. Now all I need to do is win the prize….. sigh.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

  17. My last was 21d couldn’t think of the fish at first. Liked 28a as Bliss was familiar and Clegg was not Nick!

    enjoyed the Crossy – no real problems must have had my brain in gear today.

    Some v clever clues today
    Thanks to setter.

  18. I am a happy little old person, after a very bad solving week I got there today without needing any help. I did have a couple of electronic checks but they only confirmed what was already in. Gorgeous day in East Suffolk down to me because after freezing all week in a short sleeved blouse I put a sweatshirt on but fortunately not so hot that I had to change out of it.

  19. Some really great clues , like 5a and 12a and 25a although I have never watched that or heard of that person.24d took me a very long time as I think the clue inverses things.Thanks to setter and DT for the hint or three.

  20. Nothing overly taxing today but there were a few clues that made me smile. 5a, 9 and 21d stood out.
    Thanks to the setter and DT for blogging. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend and the sloggers and betters are having fun.

  21. Thanks to the setter and to Deep Threat for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle with a few tricky clues. Managed without the hints, with 21d last in. Favorite was 26a. Was 3*/3* for me. Late commenting due to organising the Racketball Tournament.

  22. Thank you setter for a really good puzzle which I completed in bed this morning with my first cup of tea – great way to start the day. I found the clues entertaining and plenty of challenges. It gave me great satisfaction to finish it myself. Thank you DT for doing the blog which I enjoyed reading and all the comments even though not needed today. Have a good weekend everyone.

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