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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27832

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from L’Orangerie de Lanniron, at Quimper in Brittany, the last stop on our French tour. Back home next week.

I was held up in the NW corner of today’s Giovanni, to the extent that it felt like *** for difficulty, although the clock on the Telegraph puzzle site told me it was quicker than that.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ‘Click here!’ buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.

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1a           Dog about to get spirited? Fat cats may enjoy that! (10)
PLUTOCRACY – Put together Mickey Mouse’s dog, one of the Latin abbreviations for ‘about’, and a word for spirited or risqué, to get a form of government where the rich are in charge.

6a           Something deceitful in this campaign (4)
SCAM – Hidden in the clue.

10a         Starts making things in the bakery (5)
ROLLS – Double definition: a verb meaning ‘starts’, as in film cameras or wagon trains; and some morning goods.

11a         Something supplied for eyesight (9)
PROVISION – A word meaning for or in favour of, followed by the one of the five senses which eyesight is.

12a         Power when weapon gives means to enter camp? (8)
PASSWORD – Put together Power, a word for ‘when’, and a bladed weapon.

13a         Anxiety when head’s lost hair (5)
TRESS – Remove the first letter (head’s lost) from a word for anxiety.

15a         Lock up prisoner? Excellent! (7)
CONFINE – The usual crossword prisoner followed by an exclamation meaning ‘excellent’.

17a         Out of rubbish I am afraid will emerge a small animal (7)
ROTIFER –Put together some rubbish and another way of saying ‘I am afraid’, then remove the A, to get one of what Wikipedia calls a phylum of microscopic and near-microscopic pseudocoelomate animals.

Image result for rotifer

19a         No n-noise? One’s falling asleep (7)
NODDING – NO (from the clue) followed by a noise (of a bell?) with its first letter duplicated.

21a         Sure to want new leader to be relevant (7)
PERTAIN – Take a word for ‘sure’, then change the first letter.

22a         Vehicle one needed to go round quiet island (5)
CAPRI – A motor vehicle and the Roman numeral for one wrapped around the musical symbol for quiet.

Image result for capri

24a         Help bishop in need to be easy-going (4-4)
LAID-BACK – Put a word for help and the chess symbol for bishop inside a word for need or ‘be short of’.

27a         Room in a hospital department accommodating dishevelled tramp (9)
APARTMENT – A (from the clue) and the usual hospital department, with an anagram (dishevelled) of TRAMP between them.

28a         City company being ventilated, it appears (5)
CAIRO – The stuff you let in when you ventilate somewhere, put in the middle of an abbreviation for company.

Image result for cairo

29a         To catch fish — not hard after short time (4)
TAKE Time followed by a sort of fish with the initial Hard removed.

30a         Unusual garden has to include the latest in fancy shrubs (10)
HYDRANGEAS – Anagram (unusual) of GARDEN HAS and the last letter of (fanc)Y

Image result for hydrangea


1d           Left harbour (4)
PORT – Double definition, the first being the nautical term for left.

2d           Lacking knowledge, a foreign king in play comes to nasty end (9)
UNLEARNED – Put together a French indefinite article, a Shakespearean king, and an anagram (nasty) of END.

3d           Place of refreshment has nothing unaltered (5)
OASIS – The letter which looks like zero or nothing, followed by a phrase (2,2) meaning unaltered.

4d           Admonish agent wandering (7)
REPROVE – A sales agent, followed by a word for ‘wandering’. I don’t have my BRB with me on holiday, but I wasn’t convinced that ‘wandering’ is the right part of speech to be a fair definition of the second part of the wordplay.

5d           Food like beetroot served up in stew (7)
CHOWDER – Another (informal) word for food followed by the reversal (served up) of the colour you turn if you look like a beetroot.

Image result for chowder

7d           Set of bells that man installed in church (5)
CHIME – The pronoun for ‘that man’ inside an abbreviation for the Established Church.

8d           Remote inns supply vegetable soup (10)
MINESTRONE – Anagram (supply) of REMOTE INNS.

9d           Issuing some edict, a Tory tyrant (8)
DICTATOR – Hidden in the clue.

14d         Various locations (about 100) to give one smashing images (10)
ICONOCLAST – Anagram (various) of LOCATIONS, wrapped around the Roman numeral for 100.

16d         Pioneer at home with computer technology, one at end of line (8)
INITIATE – The definition is a verb. Put together a word for at home, an acronym for computer technology, the Roman numeral for one, AT (from the clue), and the last letter of linE.

18d         The fellow’s entering country to get commercial concession (9)
FRANCHISE – The possessive pronoun meaning ‘the fellow’s’ inside the country I’m writing from at the moment.

20d         Walk right into cooking area (7)
GALLERY – The definition here is a noun. Put Right inside a ship’s cooking area.

21d         Playwright harbouring love for dog (7)
POINTER – The author of The Birthday Party with the letter which looks like a love score at tennis inside.

Image result for pointer dog

23d         Board offering eleventh scheme? (5)
PLANK– If the first scheme is Plan A, the eleventh is …

25d         Roger or Francis — which is rasher? (5)
BACON – The shared surname of a 13th-century English philosopher, and a modern English painter (or the chap who, some say, wrote Shakespeare).

26d         Report of drinking bout brings cries of disapproval (4)
BOOS – A homophone (sounds like) of a drinking bout, as in ‘going on the xxxx’.

We went to visit Quimper cathedral yesterday, but couldn’t get in because the funeral of a local Breton politician was taking place. We were somewhat bemused to hear a Breton pipe band playing what sounded like ‘Land of My Fathers’, but it turned out to be a Breton hymn Bro Gozh Ma Zadou, which means ‘Old Land of My Fathers’…
ARVE Error: need id and provider

The Quick Crossword pun INCOME + PLEAT = INCOMPLETE

43 comments on “DT 27832

  1. Thank you DG – I enjoyed that more than most Friday puzzles. Only one new word for me 17a. Thanks DT for your review and hints – I hope it is a bit warmer where you are !

  2. I missed the “a” deletion in 17a (out of rubbish..) and I was wondering which accent was being used for the “i am afraid” bit.

    Not to bad though it took a while before I had 1a.

    I liked 3d (place of refreshment), 5d (food like beetroot), and 23d (board offering 11th scheme).

    Many thanks Giovanni and DT

  3. 2.5*/3*. Is it really Friday again! 17a new to me, also. Many thanks to setter and DT.

  4. For today’s toughie, I am writing the hints and tips in a slightly modified way. I hope this will help people who normally do not do these puzzles to gain a greater insight into the solving process. This is an experiment and I’d be keen to know what you think.

    So, if you normally do not attempt the Friday toughie, I encourage you to have a go using the hints (should be out around 2-3pm). Let me know via the comments how that works for you.

    Good luck!

    1. I usually run very fast from a Friday Toughie but I’ll give this one a go later on – need to do some stuff in the garden first.

  5. What an enjoyable cruciverbal week we are having. This was altogether a thoroughly entertaining exercise but sadly all too brief. Thank you Giovanni and DT. 17a a new one on me also and I stupidly needed help to parse 23d which ultimately I think might be Fav. **/****. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  6. 2.5*/2.5*. I agree with Sweet William that on the whole this was more enjoyable than most Fridays, BUT a big thumbs down for using an American noun for the second part of 4d.

    Thanks to setter and to DT.

    1. The less said about that particular noun the better … but it isn’t US slang according to the brb:

      perh partly from a Midland form of obs N Eng rave to wander – Chambers.

  7. I found this fairly easy today so will give it a **\***. I agree with Sweet William too about the level of enjoyment, but I rarely find these puzzles lacking in fun on any day of the week. Thanks to setter and DT for excellent review.

  8. Like most other comments 17a was new for us so we had to google various options for the missing letters. Other than that, a very enjoyable puzzle as usual from the Don. So, thanks to him and Deep Threat. ***/*** We’ll try the Toughie a bit later, on Dutch’s sound advice.

  9. Agree with Angel that it has been a good crossword week, enjoyable but not too taxing. today’s a **/*** for me. Apart from trying to spell hydrangeas with 2 R’s, all went smoothly . Liked 3d and 17a,not sure where I remembered the animal from-good cluing, and going by DT’S blog pics,it has a lot of bits for a microscopic creature !

  10. I felt like a beginner with this one. I was held up by the animals. Mickey Mouse had a dog? I did not know that. I have never heard of a Rotifer and certainly don’t want to meet one after seeing the illustration. I am blogging Mondays puzzle all alone. Let’s hope Rufus puts some food in about halfway through and an opportunity a joke or two and a dictionary word just for Jane

  11. Very enjoyable crossword. Just finished it in about ***** on the bus home from a school trip in Dorset. Even three nights in a field looking after 60 kids couldn’t dampen my enthusiasm. Only quibble was with 4d, but really loved 1a, 23d, 28a and 17a. Thanks!

  12. Usual super Friday offering. Rotifer rang a bell but had to google it for the definition and I thought 1a was brilliant. A mixture of straightforward clues such as 6a and the much tougher SE corner.
    Great fun and very enjoyable. For us ***/***** difficulty/enjoyment.
    Thx to all. Now off to the CN Tower for lunch then the airport and home.

  13. **/****

    Mmm. An almost gentle Don offering. Apart from obscure pseudocoelomate animals discovered by Mr. Leeuwenhoek. Did I look that up? Yup.

    Forgot about Mickey Mouse’s dog but the answer was forthcoming. A couple of longer anagrams helped as did a pot of tea.

    I rather enjoyed 3 and 20d.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT for another excellent blog from your holiday.

    I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

  14. Just a quick note on why the Breton band might have been playing something that sounded like Land of my Fathers, both the Bretons and the Welsh are Celtic.

    1. As are the Cornish. Brythonic languages all three as opposed to Gaelic and Erse which are Godelic , though all have fiendish mutations…

  15. North west held me up , needed the hint for 1a , the rest fell immediately afterwards , also thanks DT for the explanation for 23d , unlike many the 17a was a write in having studied these creatures amongst others under the LM /EMicroscopes ***/***
    A good head scratch today ; thanks to the setter

  16. Not too hard today, but got a bit delayed in the SW corner. I had plank for 23d, but no idea why…so had to check with the hints, also the short words are sometimes a problem…like 29a, again had to resort to the hints for this one. I almost came unstuck early on when I put ‘Canon’ in for 7d, but soon became aware of my error when nothing else fitted. Altogether though thoroughly enjoyable. I particularly liked 14d which was one of my first ones in…even managed to solve it without having to work out the anagram as it is one of those words which sticks in my mind for some reason…I used to keep a notebook of unfamiliar words to increase my vocabulary , and this was one of them. I really liked 1a, although it took me a while to get it..pug…poodle…Pomeranian…
    2*/3* today and thanks to setter and to DT for hints.

  17. I agree with 3*/3*.
    Like almost everyone else I’ve never met a 17a – having seen his picture I don’t really want to.
    I didn’t know the 1a dog so needed alternate letters in before that even became possible – my last answer.
    I thought the noise in 19a was a ‘din’ so wondered where the ‘G’ came from.
    I didn’t think that the last bit of 4d was the right part of speech to go with the clue.
    Not many anagrams.
    I liked 6a (even though it was one of the dreaded ‘lurkers’) and 24a and 5 and 23d. My favourite was 30a.
    With thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat.

    1. I thought the same about 4d but Chambers gives it and according to RD it’s an Americanism! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_confused.gif

  18. Well, thank goodness for that, confidence restored after yesterday.
    Never heard of 17a but easy enough to google.
    Loved 1a and 23d, how clever. The second American word in 4d bothered me not one whit.
    Thanks to Giovanni and Deep Threat for the review and interesting Breton song.

  19. Very enjoyable indeed. I got stuck on 17a but when 5d was solved and the “r” appeared I remembered it from those years spent in a formaldehyde smelling lab.
    I loved 1a and I liked the little poke at that other wordsmith in 21d.
    Thanks DT and Giovanni.

  20. Phew. I struggled and, like everyone else, did not know 17a (and don’t want to). Needed some hints so thanks to DT and to DG for a super puzzle

  21. ***/**. Not as enjoyable as some recently and needed DTs explanations to fill in my bung ins. Favourite 23d. Thanks to all.

  22. Well, I did like 28a and 23d. I agree this was Don at his easiest, for all I needed to do was check that I hadn’t made up 17a.

    Speaking of those, they may not look pretty but they seem quite friendly:

    “… rotifers contribute to nutrient recycling. For this reason, they are used in fish tanks to help clean the water, to prevent clouds of waste matter.” – Wiki

    – and no mention of them being hazardous to humans. So I’m sending out some love to those little guys. Here’s to rotifers! :)

    Thanks to all. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, DT.

  23. Managed to find the time to complete before work.
    When I had the first three checking letters of 1a, I said to myself it can’t be. But it was. Made me laugh.
    4d took me the longest time as I read it the other way and wanted to start with rap.
    It was a great crossword.
    Thanks to the Don and to DT for the review.

  24. Great puzzle, quite a tussle.
    Especially liked 1a and 11a.
    Got there eventually without aid, for me a *** difficulty.
    Many thanks Giovanni, and DT for the thoughtful review.

  25. 4d had us reaching for our BRB as we thought ‘surely the Don would not use the incorrect part of speech’, and there it was, ‘rove’ as a noun with the meaning ‘wandering’ beside it. We did know the rotifer too. 1a was our last one in and favourite. A top quality puzzle and much enjoyed.
    Thanks Giovanni and DT.

  26. Found you by googling “crosswords”
    Nice one.
    Plan K was a good one, I didn’t get that and as with others Rotifer was new to me. Spellchecker didn’t know it either. lol
    Pleased I found you, thanks.

  27. Nice puzzle so thanks muchly to the Don. No stand-out favs but overall a **/**** from me.

    I was thinking about going to bed but it’s the village fiesta this weekend and the very loud disco in the square has started and it will go on until about 0430. Great to see the kids (and some pensionistas) having fun, but why do we have to live about 50m from the square? Oh well, if you can’t beat ’em . . .

  28. After finding yesterday’s puzzle a doddle when others struggled, I expected to log in tonight and find everyone suggesting a wrong envelope disaster, but no – you all seemed to stroll through this challenge from the Don without breaking sweat. I, on the other hand, was banjaxed after filling in the first third. Much head scratching, a second pint, more tobacco, pointless running though the alphabet in my head and so on. Eventually they began to fall, but not like dominoes, more like fainting troops on parade: one, then another etc. Finally, I was left with 17a, which I finally got when I grasped the meaning of “emerged” in the clue. Had to look it up to check, though – never heard of it and will probably forget it come the morning. Looking through afterwards, I was struck by just how many wonderful clues there were: loved 1a, 12a, 19a and my absolute favourite, which made me choke on my pint when I saw it, 23d. So thanks to DG for an excellent contest and to DT for efforts above and beyond. 4*/4*

  29. Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. An enjoyable puzzle, with a few tricky clues. I had the wrong ending for 1a, which stopped me getting 5d. Had heard of 17a, but couldn’t get it from the wordplay. Favourite was 14d, had only heard of it from an ELP track. Planned on walking to Scaffel Pike today, but the weather has turned awful.

  30. Great puzzle. Enjoyed the longer anagrams to get one going. Favourite was last in, 23d. Been lurking without commenting but felt need to celebrate completion without clicking the answers. Thanks for the hints.

    1. Welcome to the blog, Alex, and well done. Now that you’ve introduced yourself I hope that you’ll become one of our regular commenters.

      1. And welcome from me. Do come back. Too many lurkers expose themselves once and then disappear, never to be seen again. Don’t be one of them – join in. It’s fun

  31. Probably * to ** for difficulty, as I finished without help – albeit I missed the anagram in 14D for far too long

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