DT 28326

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28326

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everyone. I found today’s offering somewhat easier than yesterday’s tussle with Rufus but certainly no less enjoyable. We have fewer anagrams this week, leaving room for some rather clever and elegant clueing of the longer answers.

I’m travelling this week so crossword research has been on the back burner. I did, however, just learn that today is the birthday of crosswordland’s favourite gangster and bootlegger Al Capone, and that yesterday was the anniversary of the January 16th, 1919 introduction of Prohibition in the US. Which left me wondering if Capone’s chosen career had anything to do being unable to have a drink on his 20th birthday.

Now, on to the hints. The definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER   buttons. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on and what you thought.

 

Across

1a    Bald male by bar: ‘Like some drugs?’ (4-3-7)
OVER THE COUNTER: A charade of a word meaning bald or obvious, a pronoun for a male, and a bar that might be found in a bar or a shop.

9a    Lease, in writing, causes disappointment (3-4)
LET-DOWN: Follow a verb synonym of lease with an adverb meaning “in writing” (sometimes encountered in full as ” put **** in writing”).

10a    Lady whose husband’s gone in punt after party (7)
DOWAGER: A punt or a bet follows (after) crosswordland’s usual two-letter party.

11a    Improper noun, not socially acceptable (3-1)
NON-U: An anagram (improper) of NOUN.

12a    One sheepdog’s devouring the Spanish confections (3,7)
ICE LOLLIES: Join the Roman numeral for one, a breed of dog frequently employed as a sheepdog, and the S from the clue. Then insert “the” in Spanish. Here’s one of those dogs showing what it can do.

 

14a    First of a series of games is key (6)
OPENER: The key here is one that unlocks a door.

15a    Short bad-tempered note (8)
CROTCHET: Subtracting the last letter (short) from an adjective meaning bad-tempered gives a brief musical note.

17a    Sang together making record about solar god, Eastern (8)
CHORUSED: A two-letter record that’s more modern than crosswordland’s usual LP or EP contains (about) a falcon-headed Egyptian god of the sky and E(astern).

18a    Level pegging on board in game (6)
SEVENS: An adjective meaning level-pegging or tied is inserted into our usual two-letter ship (on board) to get a form of rugby.

21a    Time when nothing goes right in musical put on outside during recess (3,4,3)
BAD HAIR DAY: A verb synonym for “put on” or “join” contains (outside) a well-known 60’s rock musical. That letter combination is then inserted into (during) a recess in a coastline.

22a    Row right after game in Cup (4)
TIER: A sporting fixture followed by R(ight).

24a    Support partnership, extremely busy (5,2)
STAND BY: A cricketing partnership between two batsmen followed by the outer letters (extremely) of BusY.

25a    Resolute, a worker crossing weir (7)
ADAMANT: The A from the clue and crosswordland’s usual worker insect sandwich (crossing) a barrier in a stream or river.

26a    In prep, he sorted out English chapter giving a grammatical term (8,6)
REPORTED SPEECH: Place single-letter abbreviations for E(nglish) C(hapter) inside (in) an anagram (out) of PREP HE SORTED. The single letter abbreviation for chapter required to make the clue work is not in the BRB, but it is in Collins.

 

Down

1d    Men come down over a city in Florida (7)
ORLANDO: The men are the O(other) R(anks). Follow them with a synonym for down or lower (e.g. an aircraft) and the cricket scoreboard abbreviation for O(ver).

2d    Certain need to broadcast the French agreement (7,8)
ENTENTE CORDIALE: An anagram (broadcast) of CERTAIN NEED TO followed by the French masculine definite article.

3d    Ancient city, partly destroyed (4)
TROY: Hidden (partly) inside the last word of the clue.

4d    Woman, English, upper-class, and refined (6)
EUNICE: Join together E(nglish), U(pper-class), and an adjective meaning refined or respectable to get a female name.

5d    Elderly take pride in flag (3,5)
OLD GLORY: Combine a simple three-letter word for elderly and a word meaning “take pride in” or “exult”.

6d    Current landlord’s brought round second bulletin (10)
NEWSLETTER: A synonym of current or modern and crosswordland’s favourite landlord sandwich (brought round) S(econd).

7d    Conservationists in Liege hear things to be rebuilt (7,8)
ENGLISH HERITAGE: This UK conservation organization is an anagram (to be rebuilt) of LIEGE HEAR THINGS.

8d    Toast for model (6)
PROSIT: Link together a three-letter word meaning for and a verb synonym of model to get a toast to good health.

13d    Enterprise, outfit with work (3-2-3-2)
GET-UP-AND-GO: A charade of a (3-2) outfit, a conjunction meaning with, and a verb synonym for work.

16d    Drama in gym — gentry involved (4,4)
PEER GYNT: The usual two-letter abbreviation for gym followed by an anagram (involved) of GENTRY.

 

17d    Painter like Picasso, bachelor, lives in style (6)
CUBIST: B(achelor) and a two-letter synonym of lives inside (in) a word meaning style, as in what a hairdresser might do to alter the appearance of one’s tresses.

19d    Withdraw claw (7)
SCRATCH: A verb double definition.

20d    False report in article penned by witty type (6)
CANARD: A two-letter indefinite article inside (penned by) a witty or eccentric person.

This article describes the consequences of that hoax advertisement for some gullible people.

23d    Fish caught on a river trip, finally (4)
CARP: A charade of C(aught), the A from the clue, R(iver), and the last letter (finally) of triP.

 

Thanks to today’s setter for a most enjoyable crossword. I put ticks beside 1a, 12a, 21a, 13d, and 17d. Of those, 17d gets my vote as today’s favourite. Which clues did you like best?


The Quick Crossword pun: CADDIE  +  LACK   = CADILLAC

 

 

73 Comments

  1. Mcmillibar
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Quite a workout today but a good one. 8d and 26a new words to me but parseable. Had to resort to electrons to get the name of the flag at 5d. Satisfying to solve though and after getting a bit stuck in the S half I started again in the virgin top half – rarely have to do that. Thank you setter for a nice start to the day.

  2. Angellov
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Off to a flying start but then slowed down a bit for the last quarter. All good fun though. Not sure weir in 25a and upper-class in 4d are really synonyms for the words in solutions. 16d is a bit of a chestnut. Fav was 8d. TVM Messrs. Ron and Kitty. 🙂

    • Jose
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      I reckon that 25a and 4d are both fine. Weir is a synonym for *** and U is an established symbol denoting “upper class”.

      • Angellov
        Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

        José, I’m still not sure about 25a but I meant to say that to my mind the last four letters of 4d are not really synonymous with refined (I referred to upper-class by mistake – apologies). 🤦🏼‍♀️

        • Senf
          Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

          Angellov – In the Small Red Book, weir is listed in the entry for the three letter part of the answer for 25a, and refined is listed in the entry for the last four letters of 4d.

        • Mr Kitty
          Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

          Angel, I had the same negative reaction to XXXX as a synonym for refined because XXXX can imply a degree of blandness which refined does not. I still think it’s not a great synonym.

          But I eventually decided it was OK because, for example, complimenting the striking of a cricket ball with “XXXX shot” recognizes gracefulness or elegance. Similarly, “a XXXX whisky” usually implies that it is something special.

      • Jose
        Posted January 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

        A. 25a: a weir is most definitely a ***. 4d. Yes, I see the confusion, but refined is synonymous with **** in the answer.

  3. pete
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I have to disagree with Mr Kitty, I found this a lot harder than yesterday. I only managed about half of the puzzle before I got stuck and needed to resort to the hints. A lot of long winded clues and not much fun, not really my cup of tea. Many thanks to the setter and to Mr Kitty for the much needed hints.

    • Scousegit
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      I’m with you on this. I made a very poor fist of it and needed loads of help from Mr Kitty. I just didn’t see to get going and felt quite despondent. Hey ho, tomorrow’s another day.

    • Steve in St A
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      Me too. Much harder for me than yesterday. Not on my wavelength – although this is not a bad thing. Glad to get through it and needed hints for last clue in 16d.

      • LabradorsruleOK
        Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

        MetooIfoundittoughbutgotthereintheendthankstosetterandMrK.
        Note another LROK first a concatenated post!

    • Kath
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear – cheer up the lot of you – tomorrow is Wednesday so it’s a Jay crossword. :smile:

  4. Rabbit Dave
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    2*/3*. This was an enjoyable but not difficult solve containing some interesting constructions. The cluing was mostly commendably concise and the surfaces were generally smooth with one exception: 17a was a very nice idea but it reads almost as if the setter thought, “I’m missing a letter so I’d better bung in Eastern at the end of clue”.

    I needed electronic help to solve 5d even though the first word was obvious, and then I discovered the answer was an unindicated US reference. :negative:

    21a was clear from the checkers but it took me quite a while to parse the first and third words.

    On my podium today are: 1a, 15a & 21a.

    Many thanks to Mr R and Mr K.

    • Jose
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      RD. 17a. Perhaps the clue should have been: Sang together making record about solar god with energy (8)?

  5. Toadson
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    For me, a little harder than yesterday. Needed the blog for full understanding of ‘horus’ and ‘bad hair day’. Ta to all.

  6. Gazza
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Mr Ron for the enjoyable crossword and to Mr Kitty for the very eloquent review. The latest edition of the BRB does have c as an abbreviation for chapter and it also says that the plural of this is cc (something which I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a crossword but which I shall be looking out for from now on).

    • Mr Kitty
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      That’s interesting. My BRB is the Android app, which claims to offer everything in the 13th edition. Is there a 14th edition now?

      • Gazza
        Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

        My edition is the 13th (which is the latest as far as I know) but the abbreviation is also in my old 11th edition.

      • shropshirelad
        Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

        It’s also in the 12th Edition (both singular and plural).

        • Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

          Both kitties have scoured the Chambers app and if it’s in there then we have gone blind …

          • Werm
            Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

            Hi Kitties, I have the app and it’s there under the first small c or c.
            second entry 2. Caput (Latin), chapter (pl CC)

            • Mr Kitty
              Posted January 17, 2017 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

              Thanks, Werm, that explains the mystery. Since I was rushing to meet the blog posting deadline I just scanned the start of each entry in the long list of definitions. I stopped reading that line at caput because I didn’t know that caput was the origin, after a detour into French, of chapter (a fact that I just learned from Wikipedia).

              I’m happy to know that the app BRB is indeed complete.

              • Rabbit Dave
                Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

                That’s a relief. The day the BRB proves to be fallible could mark the end of life as we know it.

                • shropshirelad
                  Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

                  …..Jim :)

                  • Rabbit Dave
                    Posted January 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

                    :yes:

                • Vancouverbc
                  Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

                  In my 13th edition i found a missing definition from one of the puzzles about a year ago which referred to “get” as a jewish document in a divorce process. I believe they will update (if not already) in the next edition. They also sent me a multi-page list of items excluded from the 13th edition. Fallible sometimes 😀

            • Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

              Thanks, Werm. Well it seems we have gone blind after all! No idea what could possibly have caused that.

      • Senf
        Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        And the Small Red Book (3rd edition).

  7. Mark
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Completely agree with Mcmillibar’s classification as a good workout today. Some enjoyable misdirection and plenty to smile at.

    Really liked 1a for its humour, 12a conjured up an image of my own dog of that breed chasing an ice cube around the kitchen, 18a is very smooth, 13d is cleverly constructed and not a phrase I hear that often these days, 20d is just a lovely word! Two favourites: 10a has a lovely smooth surface and nicely misdirects whilst 8d is inspired and witty.

    19d is a bit of a chestnut and 22a seems to pop up a lot, too.

    Thanks to setter and Mr K

  8. Senf
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    For me, this one was a little more tricky than most recent Tuesdays and quite enjoyable – **/***.

    Of particular note was the relatively low anagram count. Although, it was disappointing that the two 15 letter clues, and one of the 14 letter clues were anagrams.

    Long favourites 1a (obvious as it was not an anagram) and 21a.

    Short favourites 8d (even though it is not an English word) and 19d – a nice double definition.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and MrK.

  9. Bluebird
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Pete – a lot of the charades we’re a bit tedious, and probably more fun to set than to solve., although I enjoyed 21a (and its illustration,Mr K) and 13d.

    I didn’t know that name of the US flag, although I expect I will soon come across it, as I am currently reading the Springsteen autobiography, Born to Run, which I recommend. It’s obviously not ghost-written and all the fresher for it.

  10. Spook
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I found this pretty tough but with perseverance managed to get through, except for getting 19d wrong it was actually the first one in so it held me up until much later. All in all though ***/**** a definite two cuppa crossword.
    Thanks to setter and Mr Kitty

  11. shropshirelad
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    A pleasant puzzle to give the old grey matter a bit of a workout. Nothing to scare the nags and a decent collection of clue constructs to keep me interested. No particular stand out favourite but 12a did bring a smile to my lips. :)

    Thanks to our Tuesday Mr Ron for the puzzle and to Mr K for his review.

    Todays Toughie by Excalibur is well worth a go – as long as you have your universal interpreter set to ‘Yoda speak’. :cool:

  12. Young Salopian
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    2*/3*. Enjoyable, nicely clued and a comfortable solve. 15a my favourite with 20d my last one in.

    Thanks to Mr K and the Tuesday setter.

  13. Beaver
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Agreeing with Mr Kitty’s **/***, tended to ‘bung in ‘ the solutions today and then confirm with the charades/anagrams as per 1a /21a /2d and 26a.Liked 21a and Mr Kitty’s pic.
    Excellent cluing throughout.

  14. RayS
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Found this one quite easy today in contrast to yesterday’s which took a good time to solve. Maybe */***. Maybe 15a and21a were my favourites.

  15. Ora Meringue
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Managed better today than yesterday, but I’m afraid it was a bit of an exercise in bunging in and waiting for the hints for the parsing…..not as satisfying as ‘getting’ the whole clue.

    Many thanks to the setter and even more thanks to Mr Kitty.

  16. Gwizz
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Yes, a couple of ‘bung-ins’ for me too, but no less enjoyable for that. My favourite was 17d and overall 3/3*.
    Thanks to the setter, and also to Mr K for his review.

  17. Oddjob
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Minor electronic assistance required but quite enjoyable for a comparative neophyte. Never seen 8 down with an i previously. Best bit was the clip of The Boss with the Quick Crossword pun answer!

  18. Jaylegs
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I thought that it was easy at the start but got bogged down (well and truly in the SW 😰 So ***/*** I liked 12a (first one in) but favourite (last one in) 21a 😊 Thought 8d got the Silver 😏 As ever thanks to Mr K Mr Ron

  19. silvanus
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Something of a curate’s egg today I thought. Some excellent clues interspersed with a few long-winded charades, the odd clunky surface (17a and 21a), and an over-reliance on single letter abbreviations (I counted at least thirteen but there were possibly more).

    Still, it was fun to solve, and I awarded ticks to 10a, 12a and 15a.

    Thanks to today’s setter and to Mr. K.

  20. Jose
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I finished this at home this afternoon and I’d rate it about the same as yesterday, which is about average for a back-pager. So 2.5*/3*. Incidentally and coincidentally, the first across clue (which because of the grid was enumerated as 6a) in today’s Daily Mail cryptic (which has improved significantly over the past year or so) had the same answer as 1a in this one. Their clue was: 1a. Aboveboard, with no need for prescription (4,3,7).

    • Tstrummer
      Posted January 18, 2017 at 1:01 am | Permalink

      The crossword may have improved; the paper certainly has not

      • Jose
        Posted January 18, 2017 at 10:58 am | Permalink

        I don’t buy the Mail (in fact, I don’t buy any newspaper) – I just do the cryptic in it. I’d say it’s certainly the best of the tabloids (best of a bad bunch, that is), excluding the Times. That’s about all I can say about it.

  21. Dr M
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    An ok crossword which was finished without any problems, however I agree with Pete and bluebird. Thanks Mr kitty and the setter.

  22. Bluebirds
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Got more than I usually do.
    Peer Gynt to me is a musical piece not a drama.

    • Senf
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      Ah, but, there is Peer Gynt the play, written by Henrik Ibsen, with incidental music written by Edvard Grieg, at Ibsen’s request. However, over time the music has probably become more popular than the play (maybe because the play was written in Danish).

  23. Vancouverbc
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    A game of two halves. I raced through the west side of the puzzle and then slowed dramatically for the rest. A lot of penny dropping later all was well. My favourites were 21a&16&17d. Thanks to Messrs Ron and Kitty.

  24. jean-luc cheval
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Was beaten by the flag in 5d and it took me ages to get the right fodder in 26a as I thought the English (E) and chapter (CH) were at the end. I have the 13th edition too but was so sure of myself.
    Favourite 1a.
    Thanks to the setter and to Mr Kitty.

  25. mre
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Good afternoon everybody.

    Found this hard work for some reason. Got there eventually but not overly enjoyably. Had to guess at 5d and couldn’t see the logic of 21a and 17d. Favourite clue was probably last in 20d.

    ***/**

  26. Una
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I think that was my speediest crossword solve to date and I enjoyed every bit of it.
    2d down has me very worried as we are all heading towards a treaty change which promises not to be cordial at all .I think Britain is big enough to survive the upheaval but , Ireland exports half of its goods to the UK , so basically we’re doomed.
    Thanks to the setter and Mr Kitty and his interesting observations on our favourite mobster.

  27. bluebell
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I knew at some point that those many years drinking in Germany would come in handy.
    8d being a good example.

    • shropshirelad
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      Ein, Zwei, Drei G’Suffa :)

  28. 2Kiwis
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    We also had problems getting past CH being the abbreviation needed for 26a and so took some time sorting out the correct anagram fodder. The conservationists in 7d were new to us but we did work them out without need of a reference. Enjoyable to solve.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Mr K.

  29. Heno
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Messers Ron & Kitty. A very enjoyable puzzle, which I found quite tricky. I had coraled for 17a, thus making 13d impossible. Needed the hint for 5d, wouldn’t ever have thought of that. Favourite was 15a. was 3*/3* for me.

  30. hoofityoudonkey
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how much 2d there is going to be in the forthcoming hard Brexit negotiations!!

    • jean-luc cheval
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      I now have a spare room. I can take one British Refugee.

    • LabradorsruleOK
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Given the way everyone seems to be going out of their way to avoid her the PM will have to start using Lifebouy soap.

  31. Salty Dog
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    A jolly romp of a puzzle: 1*/3.5*. I enjoyed 21a, 16d and 17d. Many thanks to the Mysteron and Mr Kitty.

  32. Jane
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Late on parade today but I did have time to enjoy this one before going out to meet up with the ‘girls’ for lunch.
    No real problems encountered although I had to dig deep to recall the flag and checked the spelling of 8d as I’m only familiar with the toast minus the ‘I’.

    12a made me smile but the short bad-tempered note takes the honours.

    Thanks to Mr. Ron and to Mr.K – loved the pic at 21a and, whilst I don’t usually like to see performing animals, that very clever dog in the 12a clip seemed to be thoroughly enjoying itself – well worth watching.

    • Mr Kitty
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      I agree about performing animal videos. I only put that one in after becoming sure that the dog was genuinely enjoying itself.

      What I can’t work out is whether it has memorized the entire routine or if it’s responding to prompts from its owner.

      • Jane
        Posted January 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

        I’m hedging my bets and going for a combination of the two – on the one hand it was quite a long routine for the dog to remember but equally it never seemed to be even half a beat behind its owner.

  33. Woolgatherer
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Having found yesterday reasonable, today was much more tricky. (I finished the SW corner by finding some suitable words that fitted, then parsing them later – not a satisfying method even though they were all correct.) Many thanks to Mr K and Rufus.

  34. Jon_S
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    ** for difficulty sounds about right, and definitely a lot easier than yesterday’s epic struggle. I wanted the first word of 1ac to be BEHIND, but well, it couldn’t be could it, and so the NW corner was my last in.

  35. Kath
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    :phew: Late today – dentist this morning :sad: and La La Land this afternoon with several friends :smile:
    Hmm – not sure what to make of today’s crossword – it didn’t take me all that long but haven’t quite decided what I thought of it.
    I got into a terrible muddle with 1a which I did eventually sort out – a similar terrible muddle with 21a for which I did need the hint for the ‘why’ bit.
    8a – oh – that kind of toast. :roll:
    The dancing collie in 12a was fun – not something that the wonderful Annie and I ever went in for although we had lots of fun with agility.
    I liked 1 and 10a and my favourite was 13a.
    Thanks to Mr Ron and to Mr K.
    Supper now – going to keep the Toughie for tomorrow.

    • Kath
      Posted January 17, 2017 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

      Rats – it was the 8d that caused trouble about the kind of toast.

      • shropshirelad
        Posted January 18, 2017 at 12:16 am | Permalink

        I’m surprised you’ve not had a comment from MP on ‘toast’ or ‘bed making’ :)

        • Miffypops
          Posted January 18, 2017 at 12:33 am | Permalink

          Crib night. No time for frivolity

          • shropshirelad
            Posted January 18, 2017 at 1:04 am | Permalink

            :)

  36. hoofityoudonkey
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Too difficult for me again.
    Good fun going through the hints though.
    Thanks Mr.K and Mr,Ron

  37. Paso Doble
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Loved this..Thanks to the 2 Misters..Ron and Kitty.

  38. Tstrummer
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Yes, Ok. Nothing obscure, some chestnuts (I am really getting fed up with 22a in all its many forms – how hard can it be to come up with a different word to slot into *I*R). However, there was much to like, so mustn’t be too picky. I do enjoy multiple word answers and this offering had plenty, so gains an extra star. Thanks to Tom and the mysteron. 2*/3*