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DT 27683 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27683 (Hints)

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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    Hotel employee that’s more to the left? (6)
By adding a comparative suffix to a nautical term this could, but doesn’t, mean more to the left

4a    During which there’s the prospect of hidden riches? (4,4)
A cryptic definition of prospectors hurrying to dig up hidden riches

10a    Stride out, catching dancer’s skirt half torn off — waste (8)
An anagram (out) of STRIDE around (catching) either part (half torn off) of a ballerina’s skirt

11a    Warning of thaw? (6)
Split as (3,3) this could indicate that a thaw has taken place

13a    Large number behind bars were scrounging (6)
A large Roman numeral placed inside an adjective meaning behind bars

20a    Lapel back incomplete (6)
Most of (incomplete) a word meaning back

23a    Steps outside a new window (8)
Some steps that make a staircase around the A from the clue and N(ew)

ARVE Error: need id and provider

26a    Delay for one with the doctor coming round (6)
I (one) and THE inside D(octo)R


1d    Arrogant pair do uplifting drawing in university (5)
P(ai)R followed by the reversal (uplifting) of DO around (drawing in) U(niversity)

2d    One doesn’t mind showing it (9)
An adjective meaning understanding or leniency,

4d    Courtier’s victory? (4,3,3,5)
… for a player on the tennis court

6d    Opening / cause of downfall (7)
This verb meaning opening or disentangling can also be a downfall or ruination

16d    Plain vehicle goes from South America to North America (7)
A commercial vehicle sandwiched between the abbreviations for South America and North America

17d    Idiot one’s seen holding raised period weapon from Africa (7)
An idiot and I (one) around (holding) the reversal (raised) of a period of time

ARVE Error: need id and provider

19d    Announced which river crossing will be somewhere near London (7)
A word that sounds like (announced) a word similar to which followed by a river crossing

22d    Woodland being settled over unknown river (5)
A verb meaning settled or rested followed by a mathematical unknown and R(iver)


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42 comments on “DT 27683 (Hints)

  1. A nice gentle Saturday puzzle thank you setter. Thanks BD for the hints always handy for checking purposes.

  2. This was a really enjoyable puzzle **/**** – not too taxing but certainly not read-and-write for me. Lots of misdirection and some understated humour to keep me amused. Held up by making a complete pig’s ear of 15a. 20a was my favourite.

    Thanks to the setter and to BD, as ever, for the blog.

  3. My first look at a Saturday puzzle for a few months, and nothing too troubling in this one. My only minor delay was trying to fit a different answer into 26a with the checking letters, which did not parse anyway!
    Thanks to setter, and to BD too.

  4. 2*/2* for a moderately enjoyable puzzle with some good clues and some not so good.

    I couldn’t understand the wordplay for 13a and so I was hoping that the hint would provide the explanation. However I still can’t see how the clue directs you to put a large number inside behind bars unless behind bars is doing double duty, which I thought was against “the rules”.

    20a was a new word for me.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

    1. I thought much the same as you – I think you have to take “behing bars” as “is *****”, but it’s not a very good explanation.

    2. I also thought 13a was not a good one and in my view the wrong tense but the answer had to be what it was. This was a poor clue for me amongst many amusing and well constructed ones particularly 9, 11 & 20a and 4, 19 & 22d. Thanks to the setter and BD for the review.

        1. BD’s hint plus the discussion in the comments above yours, especially if you have the checking letters should be enough help for you really.

              1. I understand BD and I may have a wrong checking letter but I can’t see it. It is very frustrating to not be able to finish as I am sure you know. I don’t send in the Saturday puzzle so I’ll just carry on puzzling it.

      1. I also thought this clue was poorly worded, agree about the double definition and slightly wrong tense (past vs past continuous). My favourite, which no-one else seems to have mentioned, was 12a which made me chuckle.

    3. I’m glad someone else found 20a a new word ..! Thanks for the hint and the dictionary of course.

      New words crop up all the time -there was one today in the Sunday Mail ‘Wordplay’ (don’t laugh!) -LEMMA for a mathematical theory ??? I have an Engineering degree but I had never come across it…

      Anyway I can send in Sats Crossy now

      Thanks Setter and BD

  5. A steady solve which was enjoyable while it lasted. Back to the leftovers now…. **/*** Thanks to BD and setter

  6. Nice puzzle for the day after the day after Christmas Day. Although we had to check one or two with the hints we managed most reasonably well. I liked 4 down which we got, though I don’t understand what courtiers has to do with it. I’m sure it’s obvious to everyone else, but there you go. Thank you to the Saturday setter and to BD. I keep thinking today is Monday for some reason. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_scratch.gif

    1. Sheila, much the same as BD explained for 1a, courtier could (but doesn’t) mean the person to whom the answer to this clue would be addressed – hence the question mark.

  7. Thanks to Mr Ron and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, that was mostly straightforward, but had a couple of tricky clues. I resorted to electronic help to get 6d, I always struggle with double definitions, and 20a, which I’d never heard of. Favourite was 25a. Was 3*/3* for me. Off to my uncle’s Birthday party, mine tomorrow http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  8. 13a seemed logical to me but 17d and 20a involved words I didn’t know, though I managed to work them out in the end…..an enjoyable puzzle with enough easy clues and old chestnuts to get off to a flying start….

  9. As a way of diverting you from all those Christmas sweeties and the like trying to lure you into bad ways, can I recommend that you have a go at the Jumbo NTSPP.

  10. Today’s task really was mostly routine duck soup. **/**. Thank you Mr. Ron and Big Dave. I too go along with comments re questionable tense in13a. My goodness it seems ages since we heard of Charlie Drake. Let’s hope tomorrow’s ST brings a bit more arcane pleasure. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_neutral.gif

  11. This slipped by very quickly for me, and it was very enjoyable. 17d has popped up quite often in puzzles and, wonder of wonders, I actually remembered it. My fave was 4d, no problem with courtiers!
    Thanks to setter and to BD for the review.

  12. 20 across presented no problems, dredged from memory of fashion course thirty plus years ago but some of the others were not so cooperative!

    Thanks as ever to BD for the hints and site

    15 across made me smile

  13. Not too challengiing and quite pleasant to solve – which fitted in well with a busy day. 1*/3* for me and several enjoyable clues. Many thanks to setter and to BD.

  14. Nice Saturday offering as usual.
    Not too taxing.
    I agree that 13a is missing something but it didn’t stop us all from getting the right answer or so it seems.
    16d favourite today.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the review and his extensive knowledge of the lyrics from his entire George Formby collection.

  15. Another enjoyable stroll through my memory to dredge up answers, 20a among others. Put wrong answer in 8a initially but soon realised the error of my ways after checking 1d in thesaurus. Thanks to setter and BD. Off to do GK crossword. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_mail.gif

  16. Nice and easy typical Saturday puzzle – good fun!

    For some reason my IPad has suddenly developed a blue column with a yellow exclamation mark on top of it just to the bottom left of the puzzle – I’ve tried to click on it but nothing happens – any ideas?

    Onward and upward – roll on 2015 http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

  17. Untaxing but not unenjoyable: 2*/3* or thereabouts. I’m not sure what it is about 13a, but l agree that it doesn’t quite satisfy. Other clues did, and 16d was my favourite. My thanks to Mr Ron, and to Big Dave for the hints.

    1. Welcome to the blog Tony

      14d Removing moisture from tiny gourd that’s sprouted (6,3)
      It’s simply an anagram (that’s sprouted) of TINY GOURD

  18. Hi,
    Just completed it with a lot of help from BD. Thanks.
    Got the answer for 25a but cant explain the last 2 letters of the answer.
    Can someone please explain without giving too much away?
    Thanks in anticipation.

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