DT 28108

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28108

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 7th May 2016

For once the backpage crossword actually appeared on the back of the paper last Saturday.  I found it an interesting mix of the old friend, the ‘I wonder what our overseas solvers will make of this one?’ and a grid in which even I, a long-standing non-noticer of grids,  couldn’t fail to spot the double unches.  It was one particular example of these which  caused me to take slightly longer than usual and I concluded in the end that I had enjoyed myself a smidgeon more than usual too.



1a           Wood panels found in carts and bed (8)
WAINSCOT –    WAINS (carts especially for hay) COT (bed)

9a           Her pilot crashes in flying base (8)
HELIPORT –   An anagram (crashes) of HER PILOT

10a         Return blows to practise boxing (4)
SPAR  –   A reversal (return) of RAPS (blows)

11a         Bather uncovered New York pickpocket after swindle (6-6)
SKINNY-DIPPER –   NY (New York) and DIPPER (pickpocket) go after SKIN (swindle)

13a         Baltic capital left behind crazy song (8)
MADRIGAL –    RIGA (the capital of the Baltic state of Latvia) and L (left) go behind MAD (crazy)

15a         Wear down a sharp point with energy (6)
ABRADE –   A (from the clue) BRAD (sharp pointed tool) E (energy)

16a         Rump cooked rare (4)
REAR –   An anagram (cooked) of RARE

17a         Black Country is dull (5)
BLAND –   B (black) LAND (country)

18a         Mild expletive from martial arts expert about right (4)
DARN –   DAN (martial arts expert) goes ‘about’ R (right).

20a         Gorge last of curry brought in by member of the clergy (6)
CANYON –   The last letter of currY brought into a CANON (member of the clergy)

21a         Bond — that man’s in a downward career trajectory (8)
ADHESIVE –   HES (that man’s) in A DIVE (a downward career trajectory)

23a         Refined male, expert in avant-garde (12)
EXPERIMENTAL –   An anagram (refined) of MALE EXPERT IN

26a         Pass over old American university (4)
OMIT –   O (old) MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

27a         Means to help about spring (8)
RESOURCE –   My last one in and the double unch didn’t help one bit.   RE (about) SOURCE (spring)

28a         Long-term plan to get lost sheep caught (8)
STRATEGY –   TEG (a sheep in its second year) caught inside STRAY (get lost)


2d           Like Hook and his sound beginning (8)
ASPIRATE –   H at the start of Hook is an example of this sound –   split the solution 2, 6 and the first part of the clue becomes clear.

3d           Jackanory versery perhaps? (7,5)
NURSERY RHYME  –  There is an old nursery rhyme “I’ll tell you a story about Jack-a-Nory”  (which is how the much-loved television programme got its name) –   Perhaps? Is our setter’s way of telling us that we need a RHYME for VERSERY.

4d           Dealing with    building work (6)
COPING –   A double definition, the first one fairly obvious, the second one relating to using stone to cover the top of a wall.

5d           Spare money to keep hospital (4)
THIN –   TIN (money) to keep H (hospital)

6d           Welcome good pair of workers in stables (4-4)
GLAD-HAND –  G (good) LAD and HAND (pair of stable workers)

7d           Chicken seen in this grocery store? (4)
COOP –   Split 2-2, this chicken cage remind us of the informal way of referring to the Cooperative Store where our mums did their grocery shopping.

8d           Good person to encourage top person in a party (8)
STURGEON –   The second clue in a row where it helps if you live in the UK, particularly as the leader in question is featured heavily in this particular Saturday’s paper.   ST (good person) URGE ON (encourage).

12d         Reworked pastor’s ideal religious text (8,4)
PARADISE LOST –  John Milton’s epic poem is obtained from an anagram (reworked) of PASTORS IDEAL

14d         One carries burden Oriental priest mentioned (5)
LLAMA –   In Crosswordland, you often get a clue where a homophone is needed, either of the Tibetan Buddhist priest to get the pack animal, or vice-versa,  as in this clue.

16d         End of Star Trek coy about its technology (8)
ROCKETRY –   An anagram (about) of the ‘end’ of staR and TREK COY

17d         Group I bring to court for gang crimes (8)
BANDITRY –   BAND (group) I (from the clue) TRY (bring to court)

19d         Fascinating old fighter meeting one in boxing venue (8)
RIVETING –   VET (old veteran, fighter) I (one) meet together inside a RING (boxing venue)

22d         Rabbit not caught leading Wonderland character (6)
HATTER –   Remove the ‘leading’ C (caught) from CHATTER (rabbit)

24d         Pole  position (4)
POST –   Double definition

25d         Charms eroded initially for old lovers (4)
EXES –   Erode or remove the initial letter from HEXES (charms).



  1. HoofItYouDonkey
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks Sue, I have never heard of ‘money’ being referred to as ‘tin’ but it seems to appear quite regularly in the wordplay.

  2. Hilary
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 10:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks Sue, according to my notes I loved skinny dipper but was most impressed with myself when I got exes (OK I cheated and used the supertoy). Coping is also that trim that they put round rooms to hide any nasty cracks between wall and ceiling – I know that because the OH had to do it in one room here.

    • crypticsue
      Posted May 13, 2016 at 10:30 am | Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always called that coVing??

      • Jose
        Posted May 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

        CS. It is called coving, usually made of plaster, wood or dense polystyrene. A coping is a large stone used to finish the top of a wall.

        • crypticsue
          Posted May 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

          That’s what I referred to in my review. My question about coving was directed at Hilary.

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