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DT 27833 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27833 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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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.

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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    Pieces of eight? Start to find a great deal in the morning (7)
This item that may have been thrown overboard is a “definition by example” (as indicated by the question mark) of some 8 down [thanks Gazza] – the initial letter (start) of F[ind] followed by a word meaning a great deal or many and the two-letter abbreviation for morning

10a    Electronics firm brackets I can reset for device (9)
Put my least-favourite electronics firm around (brackets) an anagram (reset) of I CAN

11a    Protection for pupils celebrated by girls (10)
This item that provides protection for the pupils in the eye comes from a charade of a verb meaning celebrated followed by some young girls

14a    Son presently staying at school doing winter sport (12)
S(on) followed by a word meaning presently and a verb meaning staying at a residential school

18a    Drink’s dark apparently in industrial place (4,8)
A fortified wine, the S from ‘S and a made-up word that could (apparently) but doesn’t mean dark gives a village built by Lever Brothers to accommodate workers in its soap factory

21a    Reported match from Asian country (4)
This adjective meaning from a particular Asian country sounds like a match in a sporting competition

25a    Try to catch eccentric knave perhaps (5,4)
A verb meaning to try to catch a young lady and invite her to marry followed by an eccentric person

28a    Squadron leader has Princess back round — about to get in gin (7)
The initial letter (leader) of S[quadron] inside the reversal of the name of a Royal Princess and followed by a two-letter word meaning about – this gin is a trap, not an alcoholic drink!


1d    A thousand must tuck in to seafood or starve (6)
The A from the clue and the Roman numeral for one thousand inside (must tuck in) some seafood

3d    What’s suitable punishment for schoolboy breaking in is apparent (10)
Some punishment for a schoolboy (5) inside (breaking in) a verb meaning is apparent or appears

5d    Liven up Evita with one spicy item (9)
A three-letter verb meaning to liven up followed by Evita’s marital surname and I (one)

6d    Miss old Cambridge college (4)
O(ld) followed by the three-letter abbreviation for a college in Cambridge, Massachusetts

7d    No end of stays — that is, ladieswear (8)
Drop the final S from a verb meaning stays or dallies and add the Latin abbreviation for “that is”

13d    Greek scientist agreed with one of his gods coming round (10)
A verb meaning agreed or accorded (6) inside one of the Greek gods

16d    Stay during good times then leave abruptly (2,6)
A verb meaning to stay or persist inside (during) a three-letter word meaning good times

19d    A Scottish inventor with nothing raised capital in America (6)
The A from the clue, the surname of a Scottish inventor and O (nothing) all reversed (raised) gives the name of a capital city in America

24d    Prevent vessels keeling over (4)
The reversal (keeling over) of some cooking vessels

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61 comments on “DT 27833 (Hints)

    1. 1a – I liked the surface reading,

      But, should BD spend some time in the naughty corner? (8d)

  1. 2.5*/2.5*. Enjoyable in parts, tough in parts. Some good clues spoilt for me by some clunky Lego clues. 3d was my last one in and my favourite was a toss up between 1a & 25a.

    Thanks to Mr. Ron and to BD.

  2. A fairly straightforward Saturday AM solve which was, for me, briefly delayed in the SW corner. Thanks to BD and setter **/***

  3. OOh I must have missed last week’s drama. Am I correct in thinking some of these. Clues have appeared before? I definitely remember 25a. Completed in a record time for me but don’t quite understand how 28a answer fits the clue, and wasted time thinking of Greek scientist because I think of this one as a particular branch. Generally I found this quite enjoyable. Thanks as usual to BD for the (unused today) hints and the setter

  4. I thought that this was a delightful puzzle and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the battle of wits with the compiler; however, the ‘secret’ of 6d is beginning to become tedious by its frequency but, if nothing else, proves that I’m not yet suffering from short-term memory loss…

  5. I thought some of this was quite tricky but I seem to be saying that almost every day at the moment – must be me.
    I enjoyed this one so 2*/3* difficulty and 3*/4* for enjoyment.
    I didn’t quite get the relevance of the eight or 8 in 1a.
    Spent too long trying to make 5a an anagram.
    Any clue that begins with ‘Electronics firm’ makes me go as blind as sporting ones do.
    I’ve never heard of 18a but guessed and asked Mr Google.
    I’m either missing something here or my 19d is wrong – my answer is in ******. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif
    I liked 12 and 22a and 3 and 13d.
    With thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

    1. I agree about 19d, Kath. I thought the clue should have said ***** America as this would include ******.

            1. Thank you Kath and RD for braving the naughty corner! As a resident of this very city I couldn’t figure out how make the geographical correction without going to the naughty corner myself!

                1. I was there last week on the most slender of pretexts. No one brought cake. Or wine

      1. I know Colombians who will tell you they are Americans, just not North Americans.

  6. Thank you setter. A tricky Saturday puzzle, but very enjoyable. There are 3 clues which chime with me, but fear of the naughty corner prevents me from mentioning them ! – apart from 18a. The industrialist / philanthropist had a close association with our town. Thanks BD for the hints. Your hint for 1a, with Gazza’s input clarified matters http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

  7. I enjoyed this. I had to reach back for 15D and 18A but got there. Favorite is 1A. Thanks to the setter and to BD for the blog.

  8. We liked this because it had the right amount of ‘trickiness’ for a very damp Saturday in Central London. It was nice of
    BD and gazza for pointing out the connection with 1a and 8d. Even 17d could be included to make it a trio of linking
    clues. We also thought that that the clue in 19d was perfectly acceptable in a continental context.

    Owing to inclement weather in London, we are hoping to get some tickets outside Hyde Park to see Blur tonight.
    The tickets sold out in less than an hour when it was first announced they’d be heading the bill.

    Thanks to BD and Mr. Ron ***/***

      1. Will we be relegated to ‘naughty corner’ if we go to the concert tonight?

          1. You’re right. last year we had to sell our spare tickets for the Libertines and the Pogues at half face value. If they were offered in a competition the first prize would be two tickets, second prize, four tickets…etc.

          2. Got the tickets at half price Miffypops. The Who and Paul Weller next weekend. Let’s hope big Dave approves this one!

      2. I was thanking BD and Mr. Ron for the review and crossword rather than sarcastically thanking them for buying all the tickets!

  9. Lovely puzzle. Some easy clues and some trickies. Tried to fit in wrong princess at 28, and needed the hints to parse 3d which resulted in a doh moment. 11a made me smile, so making it favourite today. **/***, and thanks to setter and bd for the usual excellent hints.

  10. We enjoyed today’s puzzle but think that 19d is misleading, and as others have said, in 1a, eight should have been 8. Anyway, thank you to the Saturday setter and to BD.

    1. 19d is intentionally misleading, in the same way as 6d. I thought they were both splendid clues because of it.

  11. Most enjoyable. Many things to like, nothing to dislike and no sticky moments. (Watching myself very carefully here after my sojourn on the naughty step last week). I was only baffled by my answer to 1a, but BD/Gazza have explained that and it’s now my favourite in a thoroughly well-clued puzzle. Thanks to BD and the setter. 2*/4*. Now to try to get the hand wrapped around the neck of the guitar again. Any screams heard in southeast London will indicate that it’s not going well

  12. This was very straightforward but I did find 19d a disappointing clue because as others observed it is totally inaccurate without the word ***** preceding the word America. And as someone who has dual nationality it would be as annoying as the answer being Edinburgh as the capital of England. Thanks to all.

    1. Tend to agree – there’s a difference between misdirection (which I like) and misleading (which I find irritating)

      That said, I completed this either side of a post-prandial nap so it can’t have been that bad. 9a favourite. Thanks to Mr Ron and BD

    2. Understood, but Great Britain includes Scotland….And America, as a continent is home to many different countries.

      1. At the risk of a second visit to the naughty corner, America is a country not a continent. It is a part of the continent of ***** America.

        P.S. I put in the asterisks to save BD having to do it!

        1. America can refer to the USA, which is a country or to the Americas, which comprises two continents.

    3. Still in the naughty corner – RD and I have had all the wine and cake – I just give up – along with lots of other things geography never was one of my strong points . . . yet again http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

  13. I was slow and sluggish this morning so it took me a bit longer than usual. I liked the puzzle, but am annoyed with myself for missing the pieces of 8 in what is now my favourite clue. 18a was my last in because I didn’t know it. Some clever misdirections today, which I enjoyed.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  14. Regarding BD’s least-favourite electronics firm, I don’t think I’m risking the naughty corner (and if I am it’s probably worth it) by warning about the following security flaw. No idea what I can suggest to do about it though. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

    keychain passwords

  15. A bit late doing today’s puzzle as staying with friends in South Yorkshire and being taken to various places. I enjoyed this one when I got round to it. 18a had me stumped as I have never heard of it, but compiler’s wordplay gave me the answer anyway. **\*** I think. Thanks to all.

  16. Enjoyable and doable so many thanks to Mr Ron. Mr Framboise helped with the pieces of eight but put me on the wrong track as was trying to fit an old coin – suddenly the centime dropped! This was my favourite clue followed closely by 12a who was responsible for our choosing ******* for our son’s name… Needed the hint for 25a to check that my answer was correct so many thanks to BD. 2.5*/4*.

  17. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. Quite a tricky puzzle, needed the hints for 3d&28a. Also needed the hints to parse 13d. Enjoyed it. Favourite was 5d. Was 3*/3* for me.

  18. Another Saturday breeze completed before breakfast with not much to write home about but a bit of fun along the way. I too had reservations about 19d and expected critical comments which it seems have resulted in over-crowding of the naughty corner so I will refrain from adding my twopennyworth. Needed some head-scratching to parse 3d but in the event I think that was probably my Fav. Thanks Mr. Ron and BD. **/**. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_neutral.gif

  19. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif just checking in to say I am still in the land of the living, managing to get crossword done most days but up to my eyes in exhibition which opens in six days time. Enjoyed today’s crossword and thanks to BD for clarifying several of my bung-ins. It seems a bit crowded on naughty step but if it is lemon drizzle cake I would not mind joining you.

    1. Exhibition of what and where ? Hope all goes well for you – the final week is, in my experience, chaos !! Break a leg !

  20. Held up by the (very considerable) distraction of watching Jonny Bairstow’s heroics at Chester-le-Street, but managed this in 2* time. 5d was my pick of the clues. My thanks to the setter, and of course to BD.

  21. To all those who thought that the naughty corner was a bit overcrowded today I’ll just say that RD and I were the only ones in there – the rest of you escaped! We had a very nice time – we scoffed all the cake (a sponge with last year’s Tayberry jam from the garden) and the wine. We will be letting ourselves out in about 3/4 hour in time to create havoc again tomorrow. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif
    We would like to point out that we are normally very well behaved!!

  22. I liked 5a.Since we don’t mention actual times , I have no idea where I stand with regard to others. I thought it was fairly quick. Thanks BD and setter.

  23. Why should it be punishment for schoolboys only. What about the girls?
    This kind of clue is always misleading for me and 3d and 9a were my last ones in for that reason.
    Not going to enter the argument about what is America. Should be all ours if we didn’t sell it. Just kidding.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD.

    1. Look at the time.
      I haven’t printed the NTSPP yet and the Sunday puzzle is already online.
      Sunday is father’s day in France plus the big fete de la musique in the evening.
      I’m going to be so busy and knackered in advance.
      But it is also International Yoga Day.
      Stay Zen everybody.

  24. Liked 19d had the wrong inventor to start….last one was 3d – only 2 possible words fitted and with the punishment too. Thanks BD for that last hint and for 18d which had an obvious answer which I found hard to justify!

    Tell me how do you know the compiler is Mr Ron?

  25. A scoring of more ‘*s’ to the right of the slash/Diagonal than the left = happy solver. This one, for me was the other way round. Too many clumsy clues and inward groans today. Completed it after a bit of a struggle and still not sure about 3d.
    Thanks BD.

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