DT 28006 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27006 (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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

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 as “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, which have been prepared with help from the Tantaluses (or should that be Tantali?) follow.


7a    Discover pens an Anglican church paid for (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to discover around (pens) AN and typical Anglican church abbreviation

10a    Came first, second or third and rested (6)
Double definition

12a    Where a koala’s likely to be  in a fix (2,1,3,4)
Double definition, the first being gently cryptic

14a    Men seen going west and east for winter festival (4)
Whichever way you look at it, reading from left to right (going east) or the reverse (going west) you get a man’s name – one of them is also the name of a winter festival

17a    Man  that offers a car lift (4)
A man’s name that is also a device used to lift a car

18a    Maybe get out of first  dress again? (6,4)
Double definition – the first is something that you might do while driving a car

20a    Naughty kiss by ace before evening of entertainments (5-3)
An anagram (naughty) of KISS preceded by A(ce) and 3-letter word for before

24a    Plant droop reversed with grafts (8)
The reversal of a 3-letter verb meaning to droop, followed by a word meaning grafts or labours – not a botanical plant!


1d    Mentioned man’s incentive (6)
Sounds like (mentioned) a man’s name

3d    Scholastic community needs an accountant, with media circling (8)
A (an) and a (Scottish) accountant an anagram (circling) of MEDIA

4d    Slope away, being put off (6)
An intransitive verb meaning to slope away or incline is also a transitive verb meaning to put off, maybe until tomorrow, but usually a lot later

5d    Gnu foolishly galloping in life-threatening traffic? (10)
An anagram (foolishly) of GNU followed by a synonym for galloping gives a type of trafficking or smuggling

15d    Second  winner (8)
Double definition (what a lot of these we have today!) – a verb meaning to second or support and a winner at the highest level

18d    Ring will go after most of money in gaming room (6)
Most of a word for money followed by IN and an O (ring)

19d    Make inquiries in Alabama or another state (6)
A verb meaning to make enquiries inside the old-fashioned abbreviation for Alabama

22d    Work following credit being cut (4)
Crosswordland’s favorite (sic) abbreviations for CR(edit) concatenated with a musical work

The Crossword Club is now open.

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The Quick Crossword pun: looming+essence=luminescence


  1. Collywobbles
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Can somebody help. I subscribe to the crossword and receive it on my PC. I want to also receive it on my wifes’ Spple iPad but it does not let me sign in with the same log in details. Can any of you techies tell me how I can get round this? Any help most appreciated

    • Posted January 9, 2016 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      I don’t think Adobe Flash and Apple are on speaking terms – and Telegraph Puzzles uses Adobe Flash.

      • Collywobbles
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 10:53 am | Permalink

        Many thanks BD. Could you give me a nudge with 9a or would that be giving too much away. It does help me to finish so that I can sort out the rugby for today

        • Rabbit Dave
          Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:01 am | Permalink

          Collywobbles, the definition is “given somewhere to live”. Put how a native of Provence would say “where” inside (in) an anagram (untidy) of shed.

          • Collywobbles
            Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:04 am | Permalink

            Many thanks RD. I got the shed bit but I couldn’t see the rest

            • Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:18 am | Permalink

              Where do you live?

              • Collywobbles
                Posted January 11, 2016 at 5:45 pm | Permalink


                • Posted January 11, 2016 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

                  I would have thought that “in Provence, where” would have been so easy for you.

                  • Collywobbles
                    Posted January 12, 2016 at 8:24 am | Permalink

                    It’s more about the interpretation of the clue, or in my case non-interpretation.

      • andrewkiwi
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

        You can download the Puffin browser for your iPad in the Apps store (it’s free) and it runs flash, so the online telegraph website works if you use that browser. I’ve tried it on my iPad and the online crosswords work fine. Still prefer a pen and paper though!

        • Collywobbles
          Posted January 10, 2016 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

          Many thanks Andre

    • Cryptor
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      Collywobbles. On the iPad, download the free Crux app from the store. Once running, click settings, scroll down to premium memberships, then click on Telegraph. Enter your membership details then away you go. You can download simple, cryptic and toughie. It’s a great app, unfortunately only available on Apple devices.

      • Organum
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

        Fascinating – so if I use Crux and access the puzzles via the website I can then cancel my iPad subscription? I really only use the latter for the puzzles and so I’m paying twice for one thing, basically…

        • Cryptor
          Posted January 9, 2016 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

          You have to subscribe to puzzles. I guess you have to find your news somewhere else. Like you, I used to subscribe to the iPad paper, but found I wasn’t reading it so cancelled. My iPad is getting clunky now and I’ve bought a 2-in-1 laptop, so I’m back to using the puzzle site as Crux can’t be had on Windows or android. Shame.

          • Organum
            Posted January 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

            Thanks. Yes there are many free news sources and like you I find I head straight to the puzzles at the beginning of the day to wake my brain up but rarely read the rest.

            I’ve just had a look for Crux in the App Store but can’t find it – I wonder if it’s been withdrawn.

      • Una
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Cryptor, I will try this when my free I-pad arrives from the opposition !

    • Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      Goodness knows I’m no techie, but are you trying to log in on the iPad whilst still logged in on the pc? It might be worth saving the page on the pc, logging out (not just leaving the site, but logging out before you do) then trying the iPad again. Good luck ?!

  2. Graham
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    All done & dusted, I found this to be one of the easiest prize puzzle’s for quite a while.My standout clue was 5D but also liked 18A. Wishing all a good weekend & thanks to the setter & BD for the mini hints?

  3. JonP
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    A ‘traditional’ Saturday AM write-in that was reasonably enjoyable to complete.

    Thanks to BD and setter */***

  4. Rabbit Dave
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    1*/2.5*. Once I had dropped onto the setter’s wavelength this was pretty much R&W with only 14a and 23a putting up any fight.

    The image conjured up by 5d raised a big smile, so I’ll nominate that as my favourite. I’d never previously thought of the answer as only one word but Chambers says it is.

    Thanks to the setter for a pleasant diversion with mostly commendably brief cluing and to BD for his hints.

    • Badger
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      Rabbit D, funny I was left with the same two, not too happy about them. Was stuck on 8d until I realised 7a was not an anagram…
      Like last week a couple of interesting unlikely anagrams.(eg 15a)

      Thx to BD (or RD?). And the setter.

  5. Collywobbles
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Fairly easy puzzle but still enjoyable. Thanks for the hints BD and the extramural advice and thanks to Mr Ron

  6. Young Salopian
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I go along with most of the sentiments above. The first pass yielded all but six answers, and annoyingly, they took as long as the rest of this pleasant puzzles to solve. So 1.5*/3* from me. 15 across and 5 down my favourites.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and BD.

  7. Caravaggio
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    The previous comments have made me think that I ought to post mine sooner in weeks to come because it’s all been said and I’m beginning to wonder whether the compiler is easing us gently into a new year…

  8. Penky
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Again pretty much a R&W for me. 24a was last one in, having trawled through my RHS books until the penny dropped.
    Thanks to BD and setter.

  9. Angel
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    No real pain today but a slight problem with 7a and 10a in extreme NW. Needed BD to parse 20a and 24a – thanks for that. As Kath is Down Under (although in touch I fear!) I’ll risk plumping for 2 Favs viz 12a and 18a. **/***. Thanks Mysteron. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

    • Kath
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif Kath isn’t going until tomorrow – you’re the first one to be copped for bad behaviour.

      • Angel
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

        Don’t reckon my behaviour is any worse than your opting for an either/or situation in Comment 11 below – sneaky! Bon voyage anyway.

  10. jean-luc cheval
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Wholeheartedly agree that today’s crossword was easier than normal.
    And I think it must have been quite difficult for BD to choose which ones would cause a problem to solve.
    12a made me laugh. Didn’t know the expression before but easily guessed from the checkers.
    Thanks to the Saturday setter and to BD for the blog.

    • Posted January 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      It was difficult to choose!

      • Ladders
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

        Being on the waggon and finding I had time on my hands this afternoon with naff all else to do I sat and breezed through with no help whatsoever. Makes a change from struggling on bleary sunday mornings with help from your blog! Thanks BD, now what do I do tomorrow am?

        • Gazza
          Posted January 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

          You’ve changed your alias since your last comment (in 2012). From now on both aliases will work.
          Tomorrow you could try the Sunday Telegraph puzzle – it’s almost always the best back-pager of the week.

  11. Kath
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I agree that this was pretty straightforward – I enjoyed it, more than others did from the previous comments.
    I was going to quibble about 14a until I read the hint – thought it should have been ‘man’ not ‘men’ – missed the second ‘man’ – dim!
    No real problems so not really much else to say – perhaps I should be doing other things anyway . . . ?
    I liked 18a and 5 and 13d. My favourite was either 12 or 17a.
    With thanks to Mr Ron and to BD and the Tantali.

    • Una
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Bon Voyage from me too. It’s raining here , again, so enjoy the sunshine.

  12. Graham Wall
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    On a regime of Benylin and Lemsip at the moment as I have succumbed to the lurgy. This offering took my mind off my self pity for a while and lessened the time before Leicester Tigers start their work. Nothing greatly challenging but enjoyable all the same. Thanks to BD for his efforts.

  13. Paso Doble
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    We agree with everyone that this seems a bit easier than usual for a Saturday but really good fun with some lovely clues. Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints and tips.

  14. PhilG
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Still stuck on 4d – I have a word that fits the 2nd definition…but I can’t see how that work with the 1st

    • crypticsue
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      BD’s hint for 4d can’t be any clearer. It is also worth checking in a dictionary before saying ‘I can’t see’ as the answer is more often than not to be found there.

    • Rob Wilson
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      4d was my last one in. But it was slope meaning that had me confused. The “put off” is something you may do with with a book if you decide to read it at a later date.

    • HoofItYouDonkey
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      I can’t get 4d either, or 23a…
      The hint for 4d makes no sense to me either!!

      • HoofItYouDonkey
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

        Got 4d when I finally understood the hint.
        Thanks to the setter and the hints, much appreciated.

  15. williamus
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Either after 48 years at it I’ve finally cracked the Teleg or… ah yes… this was one of the most straightforward puzzles for a long, long time. I’m not complaining because it was quite fun and I really didn’t want anything too taxing today after a very late night attempting to export email accounts from Windows Live to Outlook. Total nightmare, so thanks for this. 14a was nice and 18a was my favourite. */*** for me. I do like the crumple-free position on the left-hand inside page – next best thing to the back page. Thanks to the setter and to BD for the blog. Cheers

  16. dutch
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Agree with others, this went in unusually quickly for me, but fun all the same

  17. Expat Chris
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Quite straightforward, and done early EST, though I’m ashamed to say I had the wrong guy for 17A. Thanks to the setter and to BD for the review. NTSSP is next up.

  18. AMan
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    An enjoyable crossword. Thanks to the setter and BD for the hints. If anyone really wants a challenge, try parsing Bowie’s “Girl Loves Me”…..it came out yesterday. It’s full of Nadsat, Polari and RCS. I do not have a clue what he is talking about.. Help!

  19. Vancouverbc
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    */***. Straightforward but in parts very enjoyable. Thanks to the setter and BD for the blog.

  20. Sarah
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed this. True it was twirly straightforward but it’s so nice to have clues that properly match the answers! So no help needed today. 5d gave a giggle but all clues were my favourites ( sorry Kath) Thanks to the steer and BD. Have a good weekend everyone http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

  21. Leveret
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Must have been easy, ‘cos I did it without help, although I needed this site to explain 14a – a bit of crosswordese I didn’t know.

    PS how did I get lumbered with the’angry Lisa Simpson’ pic?

  22. Merusa
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I agree with this being an easy-peasy puzzle.
    Without doubt, 12a is runaway favourite today.
    Thanks to setter and to BD for his hints.

  23. Taff Wellian
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi everyone

    Cardiffian here, so a diet of rugby, rain and crosswording for me!. After thoroughly enjoying the Saturday & Sunday puzzles for about 8 months, thought I’d join in the banter. Very straight forward as everyone has commented, reasoned 2d but wasn’t aware of the word, favourites were 1d & 24a.

    • Gazza
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog, Taff. Now that you’ve de-lurked I hope you’ll become a regular contributer. We need some more Welsh rugby supporters here!

      • Taff Wellian
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        Thank you Gazza, just realised how rude I was not to thank BigD and the setter for their efforts – shameful performance, lesson learned!

        • Paso Doble
          Posted January 9, 2016 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

          Welcome to the blog, Taff Wellian, from footie supporting Londoners.

          • Taff Wellian
            Posted January 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

            Nice one Paso, better not say which London club I support, don’t want to spoil my big entry!

            • jean-luc cheval
              Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

              Hi from me too.
              If you support the Spurs, you will be closer to god.

              • Posted January 10, 2016 at 8:37 am | Permalink

                Is that because the constant worry and nail biting shortens your life expectancy?

                • jean-luc cheval
                  Posted January 10, 2016 at 10:14 am | Permalink

                  I’m sorry to hear what Tottenham is putting you through.

  24. Robin Newman
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Hints most appreciated, & thanks to the setter….

    small quibble re the hint to 3D-speaking as an accountant (English) we could perhaps drop the “a” and have an ACA (English)…..?

  25. Hilary
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Remember manners say thank to setter and BD first. Phew. Loved every minute of this because for the first time for ages no electronic help was needed, 12a my absolute favourite but hard pressed to choose that from so many. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif off to try NTSPP.

  26. weekendwanda
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    21a and 24a were the last two in. No anagram letters littering the page. Very enjoyable but over much too soon. Apart from the aforementioned all the others were a write straight in. Too many favourites to mention. For most I got the answer and then worked out why. If I had to choose I would say 18a. Thanks setter et al.

  27. Little Dave
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    All done but can I clarify 23a please? Or I may be a tad slow on the uptake?

    • Una
      Posted January 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      The work is about “to rule”. ?

      • HoofItYouDonkey
        Posted January 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Una, But I can’t see the ‘to work’either, oh well…

      • Little Dave
        Posted January 10, 2016 at 9:35 am | Permalink

        Thank you, Una but I think the clue is a little clunky.

  28. Geoff
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Feeling rather stupid but I’m stuck in 1 down & 10 across…. Any help so I can put this one to bed would be great!

    • Posted January 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Geoff

      There are hints for both of those clues.

  29. Una
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I disagree about the easiness level , I needed a few nudges , especially in the top right corner , which I don’t usually.
    But I have not long finished the most enormous and delicious lunch, not liquid , or hardly, so that may have interfered with the little grey cells , as Poirot calls them.
    My favourite is 12a.
    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  30. Salty Dog
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I did this while watching a 1960 film called “Carrier Strike Force” about the old HERMES on the Forces TV channel. It was marvellous, and thoroughly recommended to anyone sharing my tastes/background. I only mention it because I still completed the puzzle in 1* time. Still, it was quite enjoyable (3*). 24a made me laugh, so that’s my pick for top clue. Thanks to the setter, and to BD.

  31. HoofItYouDonkey
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Managed to complete it, though I don’t understand 23a.
    For a novice like me, it’s good to complete, especially after some hard ones this week.
    Thanks to the setter and big Dave for the blog.

  32. Florence
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t need the review today, which is the first time in a while, so puzzle must have been on the easy side. Good fun with 1d the only one which held me up for a while. What to do next is the problem. Perhaps browse through the selection of books I was given for Christmas. Son number one came home for the weekend and has cooked and cleared up. I have time on my hands. Bliss. Thank you setter for today’s delight, and to BD for the review. Cute pic in 12a. I keep thinking that I must change my avatar sometime as it’s far from cute. It’s rather fierce and grumpy, which I’m definitely not.

  33. Tstrummer
    Posted January 9, 2016 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    R&W. Good beginners’ fare, but I felt a little disappointed – as an entry level solver – to complete this one before even taking a sip of my pint. I suppose I’ll just have to go to bed now. Thanks, however, to BD for giving me the second man in 14a. No real favourites. 1/*/2*

  34. Airhead
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    1d. New year, new word that I have never heard of. Thanks for enjoyable puzzle.

  35. Marylou
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Thanks BD for helping with 14a. I hadn’t come across that use of west & east. Definitely easier this week – only needed help for 14a and to understand 15d this weekhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

  36. judetheobscure
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    All slotted in very painlessly on a return trip from London last night – except pesky 14a which popped out this morning.
    Lots of nice clues but top of the list is 24a – lovely surface reading and misdirection :)
    Thanks to the setter and BD.