DT 27971

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27971

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty */** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th November 2015

Gnomethang’s been delayed so here’s quickly bashed out review of last Saturday’s prize puzzle about which I remember little apart from the fact that it didn’t take me long to solve and explaining it in a hurry has been equally straightforward. Now all I’ve got to do is persuade the site to work!

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.  You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five best!


3a           Labour crushed on the left, as preliminary task (10)
GROUNDWORK –   GROUND (crushed) goes on the left of WORK (labour).

8a           Make beloved finish feature (6)
ENDEAR –   END (finish) EAR (feature)

9a           Elusive to describe it in translation on screen (8)
SUBTITLE –   SUBTLE (elusive) ‘describes’ or goes round IT (from the clue).

10a         Part of shoe damaged — blow! (8)
UPPERCUT –   A boxing ‘blow’   UPPER (part of shoe) CUT (damaged).

11a         Help animal first (6)
ASSIST   – ASS (animal) IST (first).

12a         Winning man promises to pay (10)
VICTORIOUS – VICTOR (man) IOUS (promises to pay)

14a         Old form of radar in place of wireless? (13)
RADIOLOCATION   – Split your solution 5, 8 and you’ll see the “place of wireless”.

20a         Believe knave perhaps means to pay (6,4)
CREDIT CARD –   CREDIT (believe) CARD (knave perhaps).

22a         Hilda cultivated a perennial (6)
DAHLIA –   An anagram (cultivated) of HILDA followed by A (from the clue).

23a         Decorative carpeting with no name or cost (5,3)
PRICE TAG – An anagram (decorative) of CARPETING once you have removed the N (no name).

24a         Dignity of elderly relative and daughter beside French street, going the wrong way (8)
GRANDEUR   –   GRAN (elderly relative) D (daughter) and a reversal (going the wrong way) of RUE (French street).

25a         Instruction to get partially undressed? (6)
LESSON – Another ‘split the solution’ clue –   This time you need to look at it as 4, 2.

26a         Releases sufficiently large promotional gambit (4,6)
FREE SAMPLE –   FREES(releases) AMPLE (sufficiently large).


1d           Photograph seaside landmark that could be more stylish (8)
SNAPPIER –   SNAP (photograph) PIER (seaside landmark).

2d           Declined resistance and took quick exit from plane (8)
REJECTED –   R (resistance) and EJECTED (took quick exit from plane).

3d           Shopkeeper pronouncedly less refined (6)
GROCER –   A homophone (pronouncedly) of GROSSER (less refined).

4d           Overthrow involves upset to welcoming American (4)
OUST   – ‘upset’ TO (from the clue) and insert (welcoming) US (American).

5d           State a banker’s orders (8)
NEBRASKA –   An anagram (orders) of BANKERS.

6d           Why put about one manuscript? It’s an impulsive notion (6)
WHIMSY –   WHY (from the clue) put round I (one) MS (manuscript).

7d           What’s essential to flavour Eli’s hotdog? (6)
RELISH –   Hidden in (essential to) flavouR ELIS Hotdog.

13d         One underweight? Invigorating air needed (5)
OZONE –   OZ (ounce weight) ONE

15d         Excitedly a romance is being filmed (2,6)
ON CAMERA –   An anagram (excitedly) of A ROMANCE.

16d         Advance in line (8)
INCREASE –   IN (from the clue) CREASE (line)

17d         One tells of Scottish island going up over rocky height (8)
NARRATOR –   A reversal (going up in a Down clue) of ARRAN (Scottish island) ‘over’ TOR (rocky height).

18d         A long way to carry one about — should be lighter (6)
FAIRER –   Insert into FAR (a long way) I (one) RE (about).

19d         Dive, having breather in physical education (6)
PLUNGE –   LUNG (breather) inserted into PE.

21d         Frozen dripping (6)
ICICLE –   I liked this cryptic definition.

23d         Stay for start of party (4)
PROP –   PRO (for) P (the ‘start’ of Party).

Gnomey should be back next week with his review of tomorrow’s Prize Puzzle





  1. Kath
    Posted December 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I don’t remember a lot about this puzzle.
    I think I was a bit mystified about 14a – never heard of it but eventually it couldn’t have been much else.
    I did like Hilda growing her dahlia! I also liked 25a and 1d.
    With thanks to last Saturday’s Mr Ron and to CS.
    Now to see if the gremlins are going to be kind enough to let me post this comment – I wonder if a little flower would make them behave better . . . http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

    • Kath
      Posted December 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      The flower is obviously the answer!

  2. Gazza
    Posted December 4, 2015 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    CS remembered little and Kath didn’t remember a lot about this puzzle – I didn’t remember anything at all so it can’t have made a great impression. Reading through the review I think that my favourite clue is 26a. Thanks to Mr Ron and to CS for going above and beyond the call of duty.