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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27764

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. We thought last week’s greeting worked rather well so have used it again this week. Today is a glorious Autumn day. Slightly crispy and misty first thing this morning, but now it is beautifully clear, calm and sunny.
Nice stuff from Jay once again, not too tricky.

Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.

1a     Reasons spring generates rising tide? (11)
GROUNDSWELL : A noun for reasons is followed by a word meaning a spring or where you might possibly get oil.

9a     Be more than exposed — and feeling less! (9)
OUTNUMBER : A three letter word for exposed then, ‘feeling less’, possibly because of an anaesthetic.

10a     Article about professional cover for cook (5)
APRON : The abbreviation for a professional is surrounded by one of our indefinite articles.

11a     Relative‘s gone, lacking oomph — that’s a relief! (6)
NEPHEW : Remove the two letter word that mean oomph from ‘gone’ and then add an expression of relief.

12a     Sign made by printers when strike-breaking (8)
ASTERISK : The two letter synonym for when and then an anagram (breaking) of STRIKE.

13a     Flora factories? (6)
PLANTS : Double definition.

15a     A drive in rain for lover (8)
PARAMOUR : A word meaning to rain heavily surrounds A from the clue and a synonym for drive or push.

18a     Quiet conduit dictators initially have (4,4)
PIPE DOWN : Quiet here is the imperative. A word for a conduit then D(ictators) and a word for have or possess.

19a     Gets an understanding of files on origin of grievance (6)
GRASPS : Start with the first letter of grievance and add a word for files as tools.

21a     They must lose regulars, hurting profession (8)
TEACHING : Take the first and third letters of they then add a word meaning hurting or painful.

23a     Theatre blessed with presence of soprano (6)
TREBLE : It’s hiding in there. Probably behind one of the seats in the stalls.

26a     Relax — welcoming one test that must be repeated (5)
RESIT : A word meaning relax has the Roman one inserted.

27a     Finished blueprint for bank facility (9)
OVERDRAFT : A word for finished is followed by a preliminary plan.

28a     Relented about admitting girl for cash (5,6)
LEGAL TENDER : An anagram (about) of RELENTED includes a familiar term for a girl.


1d     Mature rock band touring Washington evacuated (5-2)
GROWN UP : The first and last letters of Washington are included in a description of a musical combo.

2d     Handy place to find hot or cold? (2,3)
ON TAP : Where the letters H or C might well be found.

3d     Senior clergyman put up to accept university chair is disgusted (9)
NAUSEATED : Invert a title for a senior clergyman and into this put U(niversity) and a chair.

4d     Cries, making emergency call about blood group (4)
SOBS : The letter denoting one of the blood groups appears inside the international emergency call.

5d     Currency used on second pitch for rail link (8)
EUROSTAR : The currency used by most of your neighbours is followed by S(econd) and then the black sticky pitch.

6d     Calm after student finds rent (5)
LEASE : The single letter abbreviation for student and then a verb to calm.

7d     Relations up in Rome misplaced name (7)
MONIKER : A three letter word for a collective group of relations is inverted inside an anagram (misplaced) of ROME.

8d     Quislings must be soldiers taken in by characteristics (8)
TRAITORS : From the list of abbreviations for soldiers select the one for other ranks and put this inside a word meaning characteristics.

14d     Approval shown for fruit found across Australia (8)
APPLAUSE : The fruit found growing in the Garden of Eden includes the abbreviation for our trans Tasman neighbour.  That lot that beat us in the cricket final!

16d     Sky link to broadcast game (3-6)
AIR-BRIDGE : A synonym for broadcast is followed by a card game.

17d     Cob on lad, prior to good final performance! (4,4)
SWAN SONG : The type of creature of which cob is the male, is followed by a synonym for lad and then G(ood).

18d     Explosive devices spread out around west of Teheran (7)
PETARDS : These small explosive devices, used for blowing in doors, are named from a phrase meaning to fart. An anagram (out) of SPREAD around the first letter of Teheran.

20d     Jumper, as it were, is agitated without one (7)
SWEATER : An anagram (is agitated) of AS IT WERE after the I (one) has been removed.

22d     The Spanish must support spicy accommodation here (5)
HOTEL : Spanish definite article follows a word meaning spicy.

24d     Mark hurried, in case of blood (5)
BRAND : A word for moved quickly is surrounded by the first and last letters of blood.

25d     Ring exercises — a source of laughter (4)
PEAL : Physical exercises then A from the clue and first letter of laughter.

We have known and chuckled over 18d for years so it has to be our favourite.

The Quickie pun  straw  +  breeze  =  strawberries

67 comments on “DT 27764

  1. I didn’t have much of a problem with this puzzle today. Not a lot to say about it today ! Thanks to the setter and 2Kiwis

    2*/3* would be my rating too.

    1. I thought I knew it. I had been told it was an early land mine, which would ‘hoist’ you up in the air. Turns out that was close, but no cigar.

      1. If you put your name in lower case, and/or just put ‘d’ as your ‘alias’ your comments go into moderation as the system only recognised you as Dave Hartley!!

        1. Sorry to make work for you Sue, failure to click on the predictive suggestion.
          While I’m on, a further musing on petard. I had assumed that ‘peterman’ (term for a safe blower, an old crossword regular that I haven’t seen for a while) derived from saltpeter (constituent of gunpowder). Having seen the 2 Kiwis excellent illustration of a petard in use, I wonder if might actually derive from there.

          1. Looking at the illustration reminded me of the metal spikes they put on some defensive gates on forts in India. Only these spikes were about 8ft up in the air and much higher than a man. Elephants!

  2. Enjoyable puzzle from Jay and a new piece of info. for the memory bank. Only encountered 18d previously as in ‘hoist by one’s own….’ and, if pressed, would have guessed it was some sort of pennant! Somehow the saying doesn’t work for me now that I have the correct definition. Fortunately the answer was obvious.
    The only other slight hesitation was over the ending of 21a – 17d helped with that one.
    1.5*/3* for me with a favourite in 1a.

    Many thanks to Jay and to our lovely 2Ks – glad to hear that someone’s got good weather at the moment!

    1. I admit to being sure it was a pennant or flag, too. Chambers gives no support whatever to the idea, sadly for us both.

  3. I am glad to read that you are enjoying good weather, Kiwis, we have had about 4 or 5 days of gales ,rain , sleet, hailstones .
    Nice puzzle from Jay.Thanks.

  4. It is sunny at the moment here in East Kent but I do wish someone would turn the wind off.

    Lovely Jay crossword which didn’t take long to solve once I’d remembered the ‘start with the Downs’ rule. Thanks to him and the 2Ks.

    1. Thx for pointing me in the direction of yesterday’s Toughie, v enjoyable. I am usually too scared to go near them unless you have suggested it.

  5. 18d (explosive devices) and its origin were new to me.

    I liked 13a (Flora factories), because of the margarine surface; 23a (theatre blessed with presence of soprano) – well hidden – started of looking for where the S for soprano might go; and 27a (finished blueprint) and 16d (sky link) both for surface.

    Also liked “hurting profession” in 21a

    many thanks Jay and 2Kiwis

  6. Very entertaining stuff and some delightful surface readings as one would expect.

    Favourite for me was 18a, but plenty of others ran it close.

    Many thanks to the three Wednesday birds.

  7. Can’t disagree with the 2K’s **/*** today and thanks for the blog pics ,knew 18d was a small explosive device, but didn’t know the phrase origin! then remembered reading about a French gentleman who performed the art of ‘petomine’ or performing flatulance on stage in the Victorian era ,much to the amusement of all-look forward to a revival on the X factor !

  8. Thank you Jay, I found that trickier than usual, but enjoyable nevertheless. I followed your advice CS and started with the downs – at the bottom – and worked up, but got bogged down the nearer I got to the top ! Thanks 2Kiwis for your review and hints. I do wish it would stop raining here ! You would be pleased with the 2 shining stars from Spurs last night BD. Great goal from Townsend.

  9. No problem today, very enjoyable. 18d was easy for me as we use this word in French for bangers – used to be terrified of them as a child in France as the boys liked to throw them near the girls on 14th July! Favourite goes to 21 – had to check on the review to fully understand why the answer was what it was. Learnt about Mr Quisling… Many thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis for their review. 2*/3*. Very windy in Hyères today!

  10. Ra Ra Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen. That 19a was my last one in. And it took ages to find that synonym of files.
    As Framboise said, 18d was quite obvious to us French.
    Nice to see 5d. Still my favourite way to cross the channel after a stop over for lunch in gay Paris.
    Liked the construction of 9a and 11a.
    Mistral still blowing hard for the fourth day which means another two days to go as it often follows a pattern of 1,3,6 or even 9 consecutive days. But had lunch on the terrace as it remains a beautiful day.
    Thanks to the setter and to 2kiwis for the review

    1. Hi Jean-Luc. A rasp is a very rough file used to remove large amounts of wood or metal before using smoother files to gain a smooth finish.

          1. Love it but please DON’T say the last word in your comment on here for a while! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif and http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gif

          1. You’re absolutely correct Merusa, but it doesn’t half look and sound painful.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

  11. An enjoyable puzzle, I agree with the star ratings. Only 15A causing a little setback, resolved with the help of the 2kiwis clue, so thanks to them, & Jay for the puzzle.

  12. Generally a very nice puzzle with just enough in it to make us use the little grey cells quite a lot. We seem to be having March winds mixed with April showers here on the East Coast, keeping it a bit on the chilly side. Thank you to the Wednesday setter and to the 2 Kiwis.

  13. Not too many problems with this one today. Finished in record time (for me). I particularly liked 18d – one of my favourite expressions which we don’t hear much these days (I quite like ‘shooting onesself in the foot ‘ too – very graphic). Last in was 23a very well hidden – went through all the famous theatres and sopranos I could think of before spotting it. Very enjoyable puzzle **/*** . THanks to the setter and to the 2 Kiwis for the hints (although unusually I didn’t need to use them today). Off to work now in sunny North Norfolk , might try the Toughie later as I managed to finish yesterday’s!

    1. DO go for the Toughie, Liz. It is superb – haven’t stopped laughing over 4d yet! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  14. Back in the day when I was the regular Wednesday blogger people often commented that it was best to start a Jay puzzle with the down clues as they were usually easier than the across ones. We found this to be one of those. Only four acrosses on first pass but then twelve of the downs. Of course we then went back to the acrosses and, with loads of checkers in place, we wondered what had been so difficult. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

    1a was favourite but 18d a close second as fortunately I’d heard of the explosive.

    Enjoyed the whole thing so we’ll go for **/****.

    Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis.

  15. Lovely crossword today, no huge problems but some well constructed clues.
    Ram for drive held me up for a bit and Thx to the 2kiwis for explaining 21a (sorry about the cricket, should have been played in NZ).
    Thx to all.

  16. I usually admire the setter’s use of every single word in the clue, but today In 21a the word “must” is superfluous, and only serves to confuse, as I was looking for an answer that began with TEMS….

  17. One day I’ll remember to start with the down clues on Wednesdays. 2* difficulty and 3+* for enjoyment.
    I started off very slowly – only about three answers having read all the across clues – but then things improved when I got onto the downs.
    I got 10a even though I missed the anagram indicator – not being good on printing terms I just assumed that it was something to do with the meaning of an asterisk. Dim!
    I was slow to get 15a – 21a was my last answer (dentists didn’t seem to fit http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif) and I didn’t know 18d, or it’s origin.
    19a took a while as, like jean-luc, I couldn’t think of the files.
    I liked 9 and 18a and 14 and 16d.
    With thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis – make the most of your nice weather before you come over in May – you’re pretty unlikely to get it here.

    1. Hi Kath – you sound a bit low. Do have a go at the Shamus Toughie, I can promise it will brighten your day. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

      1. Thanks Jane – going to have a go at the Toughie when I’ve finished cutting grass – done about half of it so another one to one and a half hours to go – Toughie will be my reward.

  18. Favourites 18 &19a . Enough of a challenge to keep me going but couldn’t understand why” must ” was in 21a (last one in for me ) unless jay is suggesting this profession is musty ? **/***
    Thanks to the 2 Kiwis and Jay

  19. If you lived in Malta the horribly noisy “fire crackers” let of in every village on their Festa Day were known as petards! ;) Not a lot of people know that! **/*** Thanks to the 2 Kiwis for a pleasant April 1st :)

  20. Very enjoyable crossword from Jay today. A good spread of different types of clues and some good wordplay, I hope Kath didn’t have too much trouble finding the hidden answers. Lots of clues in the running for favourite, but I will settle for 9a as the winner for me.

    Thanks to Jay for the puzzle and the 2Kiwis for a bostin reviewhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

    2K’s – in case you’re wondering what ‘bostin’ means the answer lies in this link:


    1. What do you mean hidden answers (in the plural) – I only found one – does this mean I’ve screwed up again and missed something – anything is possible at the moment. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

  21. A pleasant enough puzzle I suppose but lacking humour – not one smiler. I cannot nominate a favourite. I agree with the 2K’s rating and thank them for the review.

  22. Is it national Petard Day today? A smashing diversion from Jay today. A mighty fine review from The 2Ks. Thank you all

    1. Goodness! He’s starting to look like a little boy and not just a baby! He’ll be going to uni soon!

      1. Good. Then he can help with my essays. Just less than 4,00 words to go this year.

  23. Managed to complete this one with no electronic help and no hints!
    Thought I would be made to look foolish today of all days, but seem to have avoided that. (So far.)
    May have a go at the Toughie ….but then pride goes before a fall….so maybe not.
    Thanks to the setters and to the Two Kiwis for showing me how the clues work.

    1. Well done Ora Meringue. Take Jane’s advice and have a go at the ‘Toughie’, Shamus is in a benevolent mood. Happy solvinghttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

  24. Held up by 19a as I did not allow for g to be the first letter. Hung my head for 12a being last in having spent most of my working life as a printer. Oh how memories fade.

  25. Thoroughly enjoyed this, no hold ups.
    Fave was 18d with honourable mention to 11a and 17d.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis, especially for confirming my 5d was correct.

  26. When we went to bed last night we briefly conjectured about how many comments would be there before the word ‘hoist’ was used in relation to 18d. Nice to see that Bluebird obliged in Comment 2. Thanks Bluebird. All our plans for coming to UK in May are now falling into place and we promise that we will bring some New Zealand weather in our suitcases to share with you all. Cheers.

  27. **/****

    Great stuff from Jay as always. Held up by 8 and 18d along with 15a. 16a was a new definition for me but easy enough to work out.

    Many thanks to the man himself and to the 2Kiwi’s for your usual fine blog.

  28. It looked a little on the tough side when I started it on the train, so left it. Took it out again later in peaceful solitude, and it was lemon squeezy. My brain doesn’t work when I’m being watched. (Or very often when I’m not!) As for enjoyment, the squeezy lemons were delicious: there was lots I really liked and nothing I didn’t. Lovely stuff from Jay as usual.

    Needed to look up rasps in 19a for full understanding there. I had no trouble with getting the petards, but I had forgotten precisely what they were.

    I can’t pick a favourite today.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis for the usual quality review.

  29. A nice puzzle from Jay which provided a good work out for my somewhat lethargic brain.. I was thrown by the ‘must’ in 21a so I got well held up there, not helped by forgetting the explosives in 18d. As Kath says, oh dear.
    My favourite was Led Zep’s record label in 17d. 2*/3* over all.
    Thanks to Jay and of course the Two K’s for their review.

  30. Late start for me today but it didn’t take me too long to finish. My rating is 1.5*/3* for a nicely entertaining puzzle with smooth surface readings throughout. 18d was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  31. I started reading at 1a (I know, big mistake on Wednesday!) and went down the across clues with increasing despondency hoping I would be able to do one clue today, at least. Somewhere near the bottom I did one at last, followed it with a few down clues, and was thereafter well away working my way up. I had to guess petard, though. (Our French lessons never covered really interesting and useful stuff like how to blow up a door.) ended up with 2*/4*. My favourite was 11a with an honourable mention to 10a. Many thanks to the 2Ks and Jay.
    The Toughie is fun so far, as well.

  32. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. A super puzzle from Jay as usual. Quite tricky in places with lots of smiles along the way. Was only beaten by 16d, thought the definition was game, doh. Favourites were 11,12,26a. Was. 3*/4* for me.

  33. Above average on the entertainment front, so 2*/4* by my reckoning. I’m torn between 9a and 18a as favourite, but will plump for the latter (if only because l can still sound it on my old bosun’s call!). Thanks to Jay, and of course to the 2 Kiwis.

  34. Definitely got off to a slow start with this one – didn’t realise that the downs are supposedly easier than the acrosses on Wednesday (though that would go against my methodical approach for a first read through of the clues)

    Thought there were quite a few very well thought out ones here, my favourite today would be 9a

    At the risk of offending all persons with lighter coloured hair, I certainly had a blond(e) moment with the one clue that escaped my intellectual (?) grasp today – 11a! Understood the “lacking ooomph” bit, but the best I could come up with was Naples – thought there might have been “The Relief of Naples” at the end of a battle at some time in the past, but Mr Google couldn’t help me there, so missed what should have been the flippin’ obvious. Ah well, worse things have happened at sea (though not being hoisted by one’s own petard, which I too took to be a flag of some kind)

    1. Hi John – thank goodness, that makes three of us who thought petards belonged on flagpoles!

  35. As I always start with the Down clues in every puzzle, this one was fairly straightforward with just a handful of tricky little teasers to hold me up. I think I’ll break with the crowd and nominate 18a as my favourite. Thanks to Jay and K-squared for their usual professional performance. 2*/3*

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