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DT 27838

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27838

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Edit 27 June 2015. This is the rough version of the hints for 27838 which appeared briefly before the site crashed yesterday. I’m afraid you’ll have to manage without the pictures.

Good morning from South Staffs, a grey morning with a touch of drizzle welcoming us back from our French trip.

Giovanni is in quite religious mood this morning, and there are several less common words. *** difficulty for me, and I look forward to seeing the comments.

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           A series of calls here and there (6)
AROUND – A (from the clue) followed by a seies of calls made by a postman or milkman, for example.

5a           Garden of Eden is presented in display (8)
PARADISE – IS (from the clue) inside a verb for display or show off.

9a           Clean mince contained meat (13)

10a         Firm at this place not losing heart, sticking together (8)
COHERENT – Put together an abbreviation for a firm, an adverb meaning ‘at this place’, and N(o)T from the clue with its central letter removed (losing heart).

11a         Offered up as a spheroid (6)
OBLATE – Double definition: a somewhat archaic term for dedicated or offered up, mainly seen in a religious context; and the sort of spheroid which the planet Earth is.

12a         Strong drink bursting old bottles (6)
STINGO – Hidden in (bottles) the clue.

14a         Dissenter sure can’t change (8)
RECUSANT – anagram (change) of SURE CAN’T

16a         Group without brain but with plenty of brawn (8)
THICKSET – Split (5,3) this could be a rather dim group of people. As one word it describes a single muscly one.

19a         In household fellows can’t be like Peter Pan (6)
MENAGE – Peter Pan famously never grew up. Split (3,3) this French word for a household describes chaps who are not Peter Pan.

21a         Mistakes awfully rare? Thank you! (6)
ERRATA – Anagram (awfully) of RARE followed by ‘thank you’.

23a         Very hard material found in two clubs (8)
IRONWOOD – Two varieties of golf club placed one after the other.

25a         Athletes who’d like to have pounds more than their competitors (13)
WEIGHTLIFTERS – Cryptic definition of competitors in events involving raising large masses overhead.

26a         What’s offered at a lower price than a piece of sirloin? (8)
UNDERCUT – Double definition: the first is the past tense of the verb, though the present tense would look the same.

27a         In time split with last member of family (6)
TRENDY – Put together Time, a verb meaning to spit or tear, and the last letter of familY.


2d           Survive first half of journey? (4,3)
RIDE OUT – This describes a ship surviving a storm, but could also be the first half of a trip on horseback starting and finishing at home.

3d           Two French articles about to be accepted — by this moneylender? (5)
UNCLE – A Latin abbreviation for about or approximately placed between a French indefinite article and a French definite article, giving an informal term for a pawnbroker.

4d           Menacing American appears at the end of party full of rage (9)
DANGEROUS – A word for rage inside one of the usual crossword parties, followed by an abbreviation for American.

5d           Smooth leader of people finally meeting monarch (7)
PLASTER – Put together the first letter of People, an adverb meaning ‘finally’, and the regnal cypher of Her Majesty, to get the action of applying a smooth coat to a rough surface.

6d           Beast with a thick skin making money (5)
RHINO – Double definition, the second being a slang term for money.

7d           Sidney, lad on the rampage, one of seven baddies (6,3)
DEADLY SIN – Anagram (on the rampage) of SIDNEY LAD.

8d           Son of primary school age should consume little sugar (7)
SWEETEN – The definition is a verb. Put a word for ‘little’ between Son and one of the ages at which he would be in primary school.

13d         Shambolic canteen in which there is semi-ripe fruit (9)
NECTARINE – Put the first half of RI(pe) inside an anagram (shambolic) of CANTEEN.

15d         Prove successful with modern technology? Don’t be daft! (4,3,2)
COME OFF IT – The first two words of the answer are a phrase which means ‘prove successful’. The third is also an acronym commonly applied to computer technology.

17d         Answer being not easily got now had solver finally going mad (4-3)
HARD WON – Anagram (going mad) of NOW HAD and the last letter of (solve)R.

18d         Poem of love in litter cast to the winds (7)
TRIOLET – Anagram (cast to the winds) of LITTER, with the letter that looks like a love score at tennis inside it, giving an eight-lined poem rhymed ab aa abab, with lines 4 and 7 repeating 1, and 8 repeating 2.

20d         Guy, initially woken up, grumbled (7)
GROUSED – The first letter of Guy followed by ‘woken up’.

22d         Unplanned house in a district of Washington (2,3)
AD HOC – A (from the clue) followed by a short form of ‘house’ placed inside the initials of the district which holds the US capital.

24d         Question of location — somewhere in Herts, do we hear? (5)
WHERE – An interrogative adverb: ‘In what location?’. The answer sounds like (we hear) a town in Hertfordshire, or it does in Southern English, anyway.

The Quick Crossword pun DEEP + ARCHER = DEPARTURE

11 comments on “DT 27838

  1. Fairly difficult but enjoyable. Liked 7d and 15d. Glad to see things back to normal!

  2. Pleasant solve, I liked 12a (strong drink – must be really strong!), 16a (group without brain), 7d (seven baddies, had me thinking of some old westerns) and 24d (question of location – my geography of Herts and Harts is slowly improving)

    many thanks Giovanni and many thanks DT for reposting after all of yesterday’s frustrations

  3. We agree with Toadson – difficult but do-able with few words we weren’t particularly familiar with. Enjoyable, nonetheless. ***/**** Thanks to Giovanni and Deep Threat.

  4. Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. An enjoyable puzzle, with a couple of new words for me in 18d & 14a, but easy enough to solve, as they were both anagrams. favourite was 16a, which made me laugh. Like Dutch, I was thinking of the magnificent Seven before the penny dropped. Was 2*/3* for me. Thanks to Big Dave for steering the site into calmer waters.

  5. Collapsed in a heap after finally getting the Reg Carter exhibition up and running, found the crossword a delightful rest after the traumas of the last few days. Thanks to DT and G for restoring my faith in human nature and proving to me that I was not entirely brain dead. OH tried to convince me that I was doing something stupid so I was relieved to see post saying that site was down. Welcome back.

  6. 11 and 12a were left oddly empty. Specially as I wasn’t sure as to why 6d was rhino.
    Thanks to DT and the Don.

  7. Sometimes a puzzle throws up a word I’ve not come across before. I add it to my list of new words I’ve learned via the crossword. If a puzzle is particularly tricky I sometimes add two. As a result of 11a, 14a and 18d today I added three!
    Nevertheless, and this is a sign of a good puzzle in my book, I was still able to complete it from the rest of the wordplay so I end up with the satisfaction of completion plus an expanded vocabulary. I think that’s what office jargon calls a “win win”. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

    Thanks to the Don and DT.

  8. I think I was in the 16a (split 5,3) yesterday when I did this one. Maybe a bit more than 3* difficulty and 3* for enjoyment.
    I didn’t know 11, 12 or 14a or the 18d poem.
    As far as 7d was concerned I thought of the Magnificent Seven and the seven dwarves but didn’t get as far as the naughty ones for ages.
    Spent ages trying to fit ‘heavy’ into 25a somehow.
    I liked 19 and 26a and 20 and 24d. My favourite was 15d.
    With thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat.

  9. Managed to complete this withou the hints…..had to as they weren’t available. Just one or two words I needed to check that I had correct…just looked and they were! Several words/definitions were new to me….never heard of uncle being a money lender, but the word had to be that and the hint made it clear, and rhino for money… Again not familiar with this term.. But what else could it have been with the checking letters in place? 14a was a new one to me…. Another addition to my vocabulary. I thought this was quite hard, but made harder by not having access to the hints….glad to see you’re up and running again! 3*/3* rating and thanks to the setter and for the hints.

  10. Several hours without BD’s blog is an experience I for one have no wish ever to repeat. Now I know how addicts must feel when what they can’t get what they crave. Cold turkey or what!

    This puzzle was a bizarre experience for me – an enjoyable Giovanni crossword that was virtually R&W (only 12a delayed me slightly) with even the inevitable obscurities being immediately obvious from the wordplay. I did very much like many of the clues and there was even some humour to savour.

    I’m docking half a point for too many unnecessary obscurities making my rating 1*/3.5*. My favourite was the excellent 16a.

    Many thanks to the Don and to DT.

    P.S. Kath, permission requested for a week’s leave of absence please. I may pop in from time to time just to make sure that standards are being maintained.

  11. We happily tackled this one with no qualms about looking up anything we pleased. As such, it was a pleasant solve. Thanks to Giovanni and DT. What a shame that the original version was lost, not to mention the lively discussions that could have resulted from some of the clues. Oh well, such is life.

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