DT 28030 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28030 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Back to normal this Saturday after the hectic, but very enjoyable, Birthday Bash last week.  It was great to see all those that turned up, especially first-timers like Jane, Rabbit Dave and Riggles.

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 follow.


1a    Timer almost jammed, causing alert (8)
A timer followed by most of a four-letter word meaning jammed or packed

10a    Woman formerly seen around hospital floor covering right leg (6)
A floor covering followed by R(ight) and another word for the leg side in cricket

12a    Criminal, evil one goes to city having forsaken east end (7)
A three-letter word meaning evil followed by I (one) and CIT[Y] without its rightmost (east end) letter

13a    Champion  who opens Olympics? (11)
Two definitions

16a    Take note of this: scores must embrace I say! (4,2,5)
some scores or points around (must embrace) an expression (2,4) meaning “I say!”

22a    Tax returns earn free accommodation in Greece (7)
The reversal of a sales tax is followed by an anagram (free) of EARN

25a    Attack unexpectedly and get going (4,2)
Two definitions – attack unexpectedly and to get going or arouse

26a    What a surprise — both sides fit (4,4)
Both sides of this expression are the same word meaning fit or healthy


1d    Cautious about Catholic slogan (3,3)
An adjective meaning cautious around the two-letter abbreviation for a Catholic

4d    Low plants develop during thunder burst (11)
A verb meaning to develop inside (during( an anagram (burst) of THUNDER

8d    Kind of policy that’s unlikely to appeal to schoolchildren (4-4)
This type of policy would be unlikely to appeal to schoolchildren as it would mean more school and less holiday!

12d    One is late paying this tax (11)
Someone must be dead (late) before this tax is paid – by the heirs, not the deceased!

14d    Discover second donkey in the open air (5,3)
A charade of S(econd), a four-letter slang word for a donkey and a word meaning in the open air

17d    Various trams circuiting east — ring for conductor (7)
An anagram (various) of TRAMS around (circuiting) E(ast) and followed by the ring-shaped letter

19d    Group of trees, old inside and hollow (6)
A group of trees around (inside) O(ld)

20d    Young woman raised south of Virginia as servant (6)
The reversal (raised in a down clue) of a young woman is preceded by (south of in a down clue) the abbreviation for V(irgini)A

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  1. Angel
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Not quite a five-minute wonder but over all too soon without much stimulation along the way. North beat the South to it. I believe 10 acrosses still exist but in a slightly different guise (Kath would know). Does 22a = “accommodation” I wonder. Imagine there will be a flood of Prize entries for the DT today. Thanks Mr. Ron and BD. */**. :neutral:

  2. Collywobbles
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Very enjoyable puzzle as usual on a Saturday and two good rugby matches to look forward to. Life doesn’t get much better than this. Well, some draught real ale would help and maybe the odd curry. Many thanks to BD for the hints and to Mr. Ron for the puzzle

    • Caravaggio
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      My sentiments entirely, Collywobbles, but I’m going to watch Manchester City v Leicester before the rugby so I was delighted to get the puzzle out of the way so early in the day.

      • Maggie
        Posted February 7, 2016 at 12:06 am | Permalink

        Hope you are a Leicester City fan ….

  3. Michael
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    No problem – but very enjoyable anyway – it just didn’t last long enough!

    A big day of sport – I must sort out my Sky Planner so that I miss nothing – I think I’ll record the Rugby but watch the football – it’s all go!

    I had some Timothy Taylor’s after golf on Wednesday that’s a lovely pint!

    I’m as stiff as a board after my floorlaying yesterday – that really is a young man’s game – I’ll never learn!


  4. Rabbit Dave
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    1*/2.5*. Thank goodness this was straightforward today after an overindulgence of wine at Mrs RD’s parents’ 70th wedding anniversary celebration yesterday evening.

    I agree with Angel about 22a. I don’t think it means accommodation.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

    • crypticsue
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      Have a look at your 22a solution in the BRB

      • Rabbit Dave
        Posted February 6, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

        I was in a hurry and only looked it up in Collins On-Line Dictionary. That’ll teach me!

        Thanks CS and Jose.

    • Jose
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      RD and Angel. 22a answer does = a (trad.) place of accommodation. But nowadays many don’t have any accommodation for the public at all.

      • Jose
        Posted February 6, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

        PS. I do of course mean many have no sleeping/overnight accommodation for the public.

        • Angel
          Posted February 6, 2016 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

          Your follow-up comment seems to indicate that you too think of accommodation as meaning somewhere to overnight! Wikipedia says Greek term ******** comes from Latin ******** (********) although originally it meant hut, shed or rude dwelling. Thus I have to admit you may have a point! :bye:

          • Posted February 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

            Too much information for a prize puzzle.

            • Angel
              Posted February 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

              Sorry BD – I wasn’t thinking. :oops:

          • Jose
            Posted February 8, 2016 at 10:55 am | Permalink

            A. I was just pointing out that nowadays many of them don’t provide overnight accommodation (as guest-houses) – they are just restaurunts/bars(hope that’s not too much info). In the modern age, I think that ‘accommodation’ when related to the subject in question does generally mean overnight facilities.

            • Angel
              Posted February 8, 2016 at 11:01 am | Permalink

              Exactly! :bye:

              • Jose
                Posted February 8, 2016 at 11:16 am | Permalink

                Angel. I was wondering how you replied so quickly – do you get alerts or something? I photocopy the crossword out of the DT and I use public computers in libraries or museums to read the blog. I never get alerts in those places. Do you use the app or DT website – do alerts work only on those? Do you know any info about this? Cheers! :-)

                • Angel
                  Posted February 8, 2016 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

                  José, I do the DT paper version. However I don’t get alerts or use the app or DT website but I do check the BD blog regularly particularly at times when I hear a warning ping indicating that a new email has come in. :smile:

                  • Jose
                    Posted February 10, 2016 at 10:41 am | Permalink

                    Thanks Angel. I think it’s because I use public computers – they have pop-up blockers and all sorts of restrictions than don’t apply on a personal computer. :smile:

  5. dutch
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I liked “earns free accommodation in Greece” it was my favourite bit of the puzzle – and yes, brb lists 2 meanings, guest-house and restaurant

    many thanks BD and setter

  6. Wahoo
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    R&W */**. No stand out clues for me I’m afraid. I think it has been said before, often, that Saturday puzzles sometimes seemed designed to encourage beginners and there is nothing wrong with that!

    • Angel
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      Or encourage prize competition entries! :wink:

      • Little Dave
        Posted February 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

        It took me 20 odd years to win a notebook!

        • Badger
          Posted February 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

          Only 20!!!!
          I’ve got a fountain pen and don’t use it….my own that is ..had a notebook last year.
          Last one was 1a – had the wrong ending and was’nt happy with it so thx BD for the hint! Didn’t help having written 20d in 19d space and use the blogger to correct.
          Also awaiting rugby with trepidation

          Thanks to setter for not being too taxing.

        • Angel
          Posted February 6, 2016 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

          You’re lucky – not a sausage for me after more than 20 years! :cry: Never mind we won the Calcutta Cup.

          • Badger
            Posted February 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

            We need to play Southern Hemisphere rugby -off loads & running instead of kicking the ball away,despite leading the table after one game each!!

            • Angel
              Posted February 8, 2016 at 11:13 am | Permalink

              Yes indeed but ‘a win’s a win’s a win’. :rose: – here’s to more of the same!

        • judetheobscure
          Posted February 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

          Oh! I had a severe case of beginner’s luck then as my first ever entry got me the notebook. I thought perhaps it was designed to encourage me to keep entering in the hope of the fountain pen but maybe not :)

  7. Paso Doble
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Polished this one off fairly easily considering we were up at 4.30 with our new puppies. We had the help of our friend Philip who is staying with us at the moment and seems to have adopted the maxim “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” as far as crosswords are concerned. We are now looking forward to the football – come on you Foxes! Thanks to Mr Ron and to BD for the hints.

  8. Little Dave
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    All done rather too quickly whilst being envious of those sun-kissed fans in Port Elizabeth. England’s future captain facing. Roooooooooooot! And three points for West Brom at Newcastle today. Murky in east Herts. Dreaming of watching England in India later this year. Thanks BD etc.

  9. jean-luc cheval
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Same same.
    It was over so quickly this morning at the breakfast table that I went back to print the G’s prize from our own Dada/Paul.
    A real joy also.
    Found the surface of the clues very neat especially 21a and 24a.
    Nice to see Hatty Jacques.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the blog.

  10. Hrothgar
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully book token on the way.
    Thanks setter.
    Thanks BD

  11. Merusa
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    That was over so quickly, I couldn’t believe I’d finished!
    Fave was 16a, runner up 21a.
    Thanks to setter and to BD for his hints.
    I am so heartily sick of the Super Bowl but have no idea how to avoid it, it’s everywhere.

  12. HoofItYouDonkey
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Went well today, no real problems. Good for a newby. 20d was favourite, could not parse 6d.
    Well done to The Lions today, resounding win at Walsall.

    • HoofItYouDonkey
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks to setter and hints.

    • Hrothgar
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      Hi Oscar

  13. Maeve
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m stuck on 5a and 6d. Please help.

    • Heno
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi Maeve, 5a what Rugby is an example of. 6d think of the international convention of letters on the radio. Sorry to be a bit vague, but I don’t want to end up in Naughty Corner.

    • HoofItYouDonkey
      Posted February 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Easy to end up on the naughty step…
      6d xxxxxxxxxxxxx [too much information/alternative clue]
      5a xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [ditto]
      Apologies, by all means delete if I have overstepped the mark

  14. Heno
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to Big Dave for the hints. I enjoyed this, but found it a bit tricky in places. Favourite was 21a. Was 2*/3* for me. I l’ll bet BD’s happy, Spurs second in the table.

  15. Vancouverbc
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Looking back I can’t see why I struggled with the SW corner. Very enjoyable particularly 12d. Thanks to BD for the review and the setter for an enjoyable puzzle.

  16. Una
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I think one can or at least could get accommodation in 22a though I doubt it was free ! Nice enough and very suitable for beginners.
    Thanks BD, I loved the illustrations at 10a and 4d. Thanks also to the setter.

  17. Gwizz
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful photograph of Hattie! The crossword wasn’t bad either.
    No real stand out clues/answers for me; I rather agree with Wahoo.
    Thanks to the setter and thanks to BD for the hints. 1.5/2.5 overall by the way.

  18. Salty Dog
    Posted February 6, 2016 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Lots of fun but over all too soon: 1*/4*. A couple of nice clues in the SW corner – 14d and 15d. Thanks to Mr Ron, and to Big Dave for the hints.

  19. Tstrummer
    Posted February 7, 2016 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Well rested and the brain not so sluggish as a result. Walked through this without feeling that any clue for more joyful than the rest. It was all just OK. Certainly more enjoyable than the RSC production of Faustus that I endured before the puzzle. Thanks to all 1*/2*

  20. Rufus the Dog
    Posted February 7, 2016 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Found this week’s a bit easier than last week. Enjoyed it though.


  21. RuthC
    Posted February 7, 2016 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I thought I’d sleep on it, but I’m still not seeing 21a, I think those around are all correct. Please can someone help, so that I can get on with my weekend chores. Whilst I’m asking, can you also confirm that 15d means borderline, the word play adds up, but I’m not getting the definition.
    Thank you

    • Young Salopian
      Posted February 7, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      21 across:

      A 3 letter Scottish word meaning ‘know’ followed by the usual letter for name, then an anagram (corrupt) of ‘the’ gives you a man’s name.

      15 down:

      Think of the word you have used above as two words.

      • RuthC
        Posted February 7, 2016 at 10:20 am | Permalink

        Many thanks – that was the only word I could see fitting, but I just couldn’t see the word play.
        Now to get on with the day.

    • HoofItYouDonkey
      Posted February 7, 2016 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      15d – Break the word from the clue down into it’s composite parts….

  22. Young Salopian
    Posted February 7, 2016 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I completed this fairly comfortable puzzle this morning, Sunday, as yesterday was spent driving to the Ricoh Arena and back in the most atrocious conditions to watch the Wasps narrowly defeat a spirited Newcastle team in the pouring rain. By the time Mrs YS and I got home to watch the end of the England game my brain was in no condition to attempt a cryptic puzzle, as relatively simple as it was.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and BD. 1.5*/2.5*

  23. Weekendwanda
    Posted February 7, 2016 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks setter and BD. SW a little slow. Mostly self inflicted as I erroneously was looking for 4,4 for 14d. Once I spotted my error it was easy easy and helped with 25a. Very last one in was 10a – am I the only one. I thought the clue was rather unwieldy and had no idea what I was looking for. Spent a lot of time thinking about women’s names, a synonym for formerly, H for hospital, hospital floors etc. Still not sure of the significance of “leg”. Favourite 13a.

    • Young Salopian
      Posted February 7, 2016 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      10 across:

      Leg equals the ** side in cricket.

      • Weekendwanda
        Posted February 7, 2016 at 11:49 am | Permalink

        Thanks YS. I should have known there was a cricket reference in there somewhere!

        • Posted February 7, 2016 at 11:54 am | Permalink

          If you’d read my hint you would have seen that without luring YS into the naughty corner!

          • Young Salopian
            Posted February 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink


            My first and I hope my last visit. Apologies to all.

  24. Sarah
    Posted February 7, 2016 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it’s because I’ve just come back from a hen weekend! But I found this tougher than last week’s. Still it wasn’t too taxing though and hasn’t taken me too long, but I did need you today BD to put me on the right track. 3*s for me I think. Thanks to the usual ?

  25. irene
    Posted February 7, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    What on earth is 11a?

    • crypticsue
      Posted February 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      I am not sure if you are a ‘new’ Irene or the Irene who used to comment before with a new email address. If you are ‘new’ to the blog, then welcome and perhaps you could alter your name to avoid further confusion.

      11a The definition is American’s carriage – follow a type of bar with almost all of a synonym for bother.

  26. Jose
    Posted February 8, 2016 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Did this on Saturday evening. As usual for this day it was quite easy but fairly enjoyable. I’m convinced that the Saturday setters are under instruction from the DT to keep it relatively mild – possibly for marketing reasons or something? 1*/2.5*

    • Angel
      Posted February 8, 2016 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      Im sure of that and have said so regularly. :roll:

  27. Taff Wellian
    Posted February 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Yep, very straightforward, no hints needed, managed to finish it off cruising around the coffee shops of Cardiff on Sat morning ready for the rugby in the afternoon, only England can win the The Grand Slam and The Triple Crown but one suspects that isn’t the end of the story… We have to be content with a draw but will hopefully have a say in the eventual outcome. Where does it say in the bible that rugby internationals should be played on a Sunday? Definitely not right, atmosphere (ie pubs) is not the same, looking forward to welcoming the clansmen next week.