DT 28059

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28059

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where I’m pleased to say that normal access to the blog now seems to have been restored, after much tinkering with DNS caches and other techy stuff.

Nothing especially obscure from Giovanni this morning, though the dialect word at 4d may be unfamiliar to our overseas contributors.

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.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.  You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.


1a           Part of ship in port (4)
HULL – Double definition: the main body of a ship; and a port on the East coast.

3a           Fresh fighting force to include fellow shopkeepers (10)
NEWSAGENTS – Another word for fresh followed by the initials of a Special Forces regiment wrapped around a fellow or chap.

9a           Weak lover, female dumped (4)
LAME – Remove the initial F (female dumped) from a word for a lover, most often seen in conjunction with ‘old’.

10a         High-handed, inwardly very resistant (10)
IMPERVIOUS – Insert Very into a word meaning high-handed or commanding like an emperor.

11a         Beware of clique showing established attitudes (7)
MINDSET – Another word for ‘beware’ followed by another word for a clique or circle.

13a         Little Aussie beast interrupting side in cafe (7)
TEAROOM – A football or cricket side wrapped around the shortened form of  a well-known Australian marsupial.

Image result for tearoom

14a         Nasty red coat covered in grass? Should be smartened up again! (11)
REDECORATED – Anagram (nasty) of RED COAT with a variety of grass wrapped around it.

18a         One looking for applause has to come in and earn it possibly (11)
ENTERTAINER – Another word for ‘come in’ followed by an anagram (possibly) of EARN IT. The whole clue defines this person.

21a         Ground swamped by winter rains (7)
TERRAIN – Hidden in the clue.

22a         Revolutionary, a writer in disgrace (7)
CHEAPEN – Crosswordland’s favourite South American revolutionary followed by A ( from the clue) and something to write with.

23a         With sun coming in, mild air is somehow different (10)
DISSIMILAR – Anagram (somehow) of MILD AIR IS with Sun inserted.

24a         Walked and finally sat on perch (4)
TROD – The last letter of saT followed by a perch or pole.

25a         Pomposity of earnest son spouting (10)
ORNATENESS – Anagram (spouting) of EARNEST SON.

26a         Evens maybe — or maybe not (4)
ODDS – ‘Evens’ is an example of the answer – but so are 1, 3, 5, 7 …


1d           Hard gospel for everyone to penetrate — a distinctive feature (8)
HALLMARK Hard and one of the four Gospels, placed either side of ‘everyone’.

Image result for hallmark stamp

2d           Drink in article in French paper (8)
LEMONADE – A heavyweight French newspaper (2,5) with an indefinite article inserted.

4d           This person turned up and encountered an insect (5)
EMMET – Reverse (turned up) a pronoun for ‘this person’ and add a word for encountered, to get a dialect word for an insect or a tourist.

5d           One observes holy group keeping quiet on a hill (9)
SPECTATOR – Insert the musical symbol for quiet into a religious group or cult, then add A (from the clue) and a hill found on Dartmoor, for example.

6d           Fulfil two functions on Christmas Day as concession? (4,3,4)
GIVE AND TAKE – The two things you do with presents on Christmas Day also give us a phrase describing the concessions made in a negotiation.

7d           Politician from Newcastle area with old trick (6)
NEOCON – Put together the compass point initials of the region where Newcastle is to be found, Old, and a trick or cheat.

8d           Notice little boy hiding in that plant (6)
SESAME – A word for ‘notice’ wrapped around a short form of a boy’s name.

Image result for sesame

12d         Careerist worked a short time in admin department (11)
SECRETARIAT – Anagram (worked) of CAREERIST followed by A (from the clue) and Time

15d         Memory of number in Orient being tortured (9)
RETENTION – Anagram (being tortured) of ORIENT wrapped around a cardinal number.

16d         Fashionable Oxford feature, Oxford ultimately being wonderful (8)
INSPIRED – Put together a two-letter word for fashionable, a feature of Oxford described poetically as ‘dreaming’, and the last letter of OxforD.

17d         Men starting off in stages to provide small bombs (8)
GRENADES – Remove the initial letter (starting off) from (m)EN, and put the result into some stages or steps.

Image result for grenade

19d         In workplace I love being led by boss (6)
STUDIO – A boss or knob followed by I (from the clue) and the letter that looks like a love score at tennins.

20d         Bird is pinned by something pointed — not good (6)
PRISON – Remove the final G (not good) from one of the points of a fork, and wrap the result around IS (from the clue) to get something for which bird is a slang term.

22d         Utter confusion when Charles admits love (5)
CHAOS – The letter that looks like a love score at tennis again, inserted into a shortened form of Charles.

The Quick crossword pun WREST + OARED = RESTORED


  1. Angel
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Pleasant challenge today without much headache. 4d insect new to me. Don’t think of 22a as disgrace. Thanks Mr. Ron and DT. **/***.

  2. Vince
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    8d. Why is it “that” plant?

    Since the recent problems with the blog, my logon and email are not retained. Is this now normal?

    • Deep Threat
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      You need to read the clue as “Notice, little boy hiding in that, plant” – that is, the little boy is hiding in ‘notice’.

      • Vince
        Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:54 am | Permalink

        Yes, that works.

    • Rod
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Also 19d. Why “in” workplace and not “the” workplace. The answer is the workplace, not one’s position therein.
      Thanks DT and setter

      • Vince
        Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

        I think it’s because “in” the answer (which is another word for workplace), we have a word for boss followed by I and O.

    • Michael
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

      The problem with the loss of userid and email address has been going on for a couple of weeks – I reckon the Bigdave site is handling the cookie differently – but this seems to fall on deaf ears and nobody seems all that bothered!


      • Weekendwanda
        Posted March 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

        I had lost my user ID and email address for a time. I have however had them back now for a few weeks. Only tried it on my IPad so can’t speak for other devices. What I do not have is a tick box to say if I want to see when other comments posted by email

  3. cat
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    The answers are coming up automatically, they are not hidden.

    • Deep Threat
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      They’re hidden as normal on my computer and on my phone.

      • Graham
        Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

        Hidden on my tablet’s yes I have 2 :good:

  4. Graham
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Pleasant romp with this one & agree with the ratings offered,knew the insect in 4D having lived in the West Country in a previous existence. Favourite clue for me was 3A,many thanks to the setter & to DT for his review, it’s a nice sunny spring like day down here on Southampton water, wishing all a good weekend. :yahoo:

  5. Young Salopian
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    A very pleasant and fairly quick run through today without any major hold ups. 6 down was just about my favourite and this was 1.5*/3* for me.

    Thanks to the Don and DT. Oh well, back to the bedroom which is being 14 across. Good to see the sun out in the Marches as well. Almost feels like Spring.


  6. Adelma
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    7d is a new word for me. Still having great difficulty logging in, so very pleased to have joined you this morning.

  7. Jane
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Reasonably straightforward today, just took a little while to remember the 4d insect and hadn’t previously come across the shortened version of 7d.
    Isn’t 8d a pretty plant – never even considered what it looked like before!

    Thanks to DG for going easy on us today and thanks to DT for a good blog – nice to be reminded of the camp entertainers. :smile:
    Lucky you having normal service resumed – still having to go through a proxy server at this end!

  8. Kitty
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    No new words from our setter today, and altogether pretty benign I thought – no need for any trips to zoos or museums.

    2d put me in mind of this.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

  9. Wahoo
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    A fairly quick R&W but enjoyable nevertheless. */***. Like Angel, 22a (disgrace – cheapen) didn’t seem quite right but I presume it is given in the BRB?

    Thanks to the Don and DT.

    Glad Spring is arriving in the UK – it’s very windy, showery and quite cold in the Leewards!

  10. Miffypops
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Too easy for a Friday but enjoyable enough overall. The politician was last in. See you all on Monday. Have fun.

    • Kitty
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      If you want more, the Toughie is a Micawber – and so far, not too hard (although that might be about to change). I can email you a copy if you want?

  11. Expat Chris
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    4D was a new word for me, but not difficult to work out. AS others have said, quite benign today, but that’s OK by me. 20D was my favorite. Thanks to Giovanni and DT. Going back to the Toughie, which is giving me more than a few problems.

  12. Hanni
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    A fairly straightforward R&W and obscurity free. Somehow that doesn’t feel right on a Friday! One thing I like about the Don’s puzzles is that they are invariably fair. And this was no exception.

    Agree about 22a.

    Liked 10a and 22d.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT for a great blog.

    The sun is shining and I am on a honey high.

    • Jane
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like a great combination to me, Hanni. Sunshine and honey – enjoy!

      • Hanni
        Posted March 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

        Certainly is.

        • Miffypops
          Posted March 11, 2016 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

          Sunny and honey? Tupelo Honey? Can I pop round Hanni. Watch out for the bears.

          • Hanni
            Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

            It is amazing honey MP. Sweet as….

            I’ll save you some.

  13. Metman
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Emjoyed this one and sailed through without too much trouble.3 and 10a mu favourites.

  14. dutch
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Got around to this eventually this morning – nice solid and reasonably straightforward puzzle. many thanks Giovanni and DT

  15. TheTeesdale2
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Very pleasant solve for a lovely sunny Spring morning in Teesdale. 4d was a new one to us.

  16. TheTeesdale2
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Very pleasant solve for a lovely sunny Spring morning in Teesdale. 4d was a new one to us. Thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  17. Jaylegs
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I found it quite difficult to get started ***/*** :cry: Liked 13a & 1d :yahoo: Thanks to DT and to Giovanni. 7d was a new word for me. My answers were uncovered and the emoiticoms were small squares with ( on the majority) the description e.g. :bye beside them. Lovely sunny afternoon here in Cambs after early fog :cool:

  18. Vancouverbc
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    **/***. Enjoyable solve. 7d was new for me but easy to work out from the clue. Thanks to the setter and DT for the review.

  19. KiwiColin
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I have been doing crosswords long enough that 4d was not a problem. 7d, on the other hand did need confirmation in BRB. All went together smoothly with a satisfactory degree of enjoyment.
    Thanks Giovanni and DT.

  20. silvanus
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    An unexpectedly straightforward puzzle, with few if any obscurities and only the NE corner offering a modicum of resistance.

    My favourite was 10a. An enjoyable solve overall.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat, and a good weekend to all.

  21. Kath
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I’v been trying to comment on and off all day so I’m going to take the chance now and keep it short.
    I took ages to get started at all but then it all sorted itself out – think I’ll go for 3* for difficulty and enjoyment.
    Like KiwiColin I’ve been doing crosswords for so long that I’ve met both meanings of 4d but didn’t know 7d.
    I liked 9a (it wasn’t my first answer but since I couldn’t explain that one I didn’t put it in) and 11a and 20d. My favourite was, predictably, 16d.
    With thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat.
    Now to see if this will go . . .

    • Kath
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      It did – can’t make a smiley face because there aren’t any and I’m trying not to use exclamation marks so that’s it then.

      • Posted March 11, 2016 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

        I disabled them while I was trying to work ouit what was making the site run slowly, but they are back again now. :smile:

    • Jane
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      If you’re looking for a real favourite today, I think you might find it in the Micawber! :yes:

      • Kath
        Posted March 11, 2016 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

        Oh – haven’t even looked at Toughie today – the sun came out and I went into the garden. Might have a look later – thanks.

        • Jane
          Posted March 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

          It’s a tough Toughie, Kath – at least it was for me – but there’s one particular clue in the SE corner that will make you smile.

  22. Merusa
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    No real problems at all. I didn’t know that 4d was a dialect word, it has appeared often enough in crosswords.
    Fave was 1d.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to DT for his review.

  23. Jon_S
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Thought this was going to be quite difficult when I couldn’t get an answer until halfway through the across clues, but with one or two entered everything rapidly fell into place. ** for difficulty, lots for entertainment value.

  24. Gwizz
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I finally got going with this one when I arrived at the bottom of the grid. From there on up everything fell into place without too much resistance. Fave was. 2d and overall 3/3*.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to DT for his review.

  25. pommers
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    This was OK but nowt special. 25a to me is a case of thesauritis but otherwise no gripes. No real favourite in a fairly bland puzzle so it’s **/** from me.

    Thanks anyway to the Don and DT.

    • TheTeesdale2
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I agree with you about 25a. Don’t think I’d use it as a synonym.

  26. Robin Newman
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    2*/5* for me
    I found the surface readings entertaining in this puzzle

  27. Salty Dog
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Very gentle, but served to warm up the LGCs: 1*/3*. Favourite clue was 4d, and I’m sure they’ll soon be pouring into my adopted county now that there’s a hint of spring in the air (and I sincerely hope that flash of meteorological optimism won’t prove ill-judged). Thanks to Giovanni, and to DT.

  28. mre
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Good evening everybody.

    A finely honed puzzle I thought. First in was 21a making me fear the worst but picked up nicely after that. Favourite was 20d. Not at all persuaded by 25a.


  29. Michael
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got the Builders in so had plenty of time to muse over this one while they beaver away in the Living and Dining rooms – it’s all coming back to life – only the skirting boards to go in on Monday then it’s the Decorators and Carpets – there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

    Todays puzzle was pretty straightforward no real problems – over too quickly!


    • Hanni
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      Glad things are progressing Michael. :smile: Seems like it has been going on forever. Can’t imagine what it must have been like.

      • Michael
        Posted March 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

        I was in my local Waitrose and was talking to a lady I know serving on the Deli counter – I told her my problems and then she told me about her colleague who has been out of her house since December, has lost all her furniture and has a current rebuild bill of £89k – I feel sympathy for her but definitely don’t feel so bad about my own situation!

  30. Dr M
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Such a beautiful morning that I didn’t start until the afternoon and when I finished could not get onto the site. Probably nobody else out there now but a nice straightforward puzzle. Liked 4d as a Cornishman I Used to work with used this all the time to describe tourists.

  31. Bluebell
    Posted March 11, 2016 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Very late in the day finishing (almost midnight) but I didnt start untill mid evening. I found this a bit daunting at first glance but after managing to get the upper half going thing progressed quite quickly so I reckon ** for difficulty.