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DT 28330 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28330 (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.

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    Man in female costume (4)
This man’s name is hidden (in) inside the clue

9a    Spring fuss? That’s rich! (4-2-2)
A spring or water source followed by a fuss

12a    Church painter, one who hoped to reform (8)
CH(urch) followed by a painter

16a    Tailless animal seen in colonnade (4)
Drop the final letter (tailless) from an animal

19a    Officer locks maiden in jail (8)
Some locks or tresses and M(aiden) inside a colloquial word for a jail

21a    Smooth, in a manner of speaking (8)
A gently cryptic definition of an adjective meaning having a smooth manner of speaking

22a    Long-winded argument in favour by learner, not quite ten (6)
A three-letter word meaning in favour followed by L(earner) and the Roman numeral for a number that is not quite ten

23a    Stoned yet teetotal, getting wrecked on the beach, perhaps (4,3,3)
An adjective meaning stoned on drugs with one meaning teetotal

24a    We hear someone complaining she often arrives before Lisa (4)
This girl sounds like (we hear) someone who is complaining


1d    Member with silver is able to set up drink (8)
A limb (member) followed by the chemical symbol for silver and the reversal (set up in a down clue) of a verb meaning “is able to”

2d    Hard top of vehicle put on rapidly (8)
A charade of a vehicle and an adverb meaning rapidly

5d    Kind of action outside trade organisation. Jaguar, maybe? (7)
This unofficial (outside trade organisation) action could (perhaps) describe a jaguar (the animal not the vehicle)

13d    One of seven little chaps with make-up on, cheerfully reckless (4-5)
A colloquial word for make-up followed by (on in a down clue) one of the seven little chaps from the fairy tale

15d    A desire to follow career, or beat it (3,5)
A and a verb meaning to desire preceded by (to follow) a verb meaning to career or race

17d    An old king with uplifting first-class medical condition (8)
The AN from the clue, O(ld) and the Latin word for king followed by the reversal (uplifting in a down clue) of “first class”

18d    Recipe for mum including bulb topped and tailed (7)
FOR and a word meaning mum or mother around (including) the middle letters (topped and tailed) of [b]UL[b]

19d    Reportedly vet is one from a European republic (5)
Sounds like (reportedly) a verb meaning to vet

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The Quick Crossword pun: verging+Maori=Virgin Mary

44 comments on “DT 28330 (Hints)

  1. Eager to get out with the family and enjoy a lovely cold, clear January day, I hit this one as hard as I could. Strong coffee, pencil, notepad – my heaviest broadside. Licked it proper, done in one swipe and very enjoyable too. 2/3 with medals going to 19a.
    Now to attack that brandy pudding in the same way. Thanks to the setter and to BD who’s stalwart aid I did not need this morning.

  2. 1*/4*. This proves my point made yesterday that a puzzle doesn’t need to be hard to be enjoyable. Although everything fell into place quickly, the cluing was accurate, the surfaces were smooth and I had a smile on my face throughout.

    I thought that the definition and wordplay for 7d were a bit too similar but that apart this was great fun with 3a my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

  3. It’s a shame yesterday’s and today’s were not swapped around.
    This flew in today when I have no work and I fancy a good challenge, yesterday’s was ‘ three pipe problem’ when I simply don’t have the time because of work.
    Only one thing for it, retirement.
    Thanks BD and Mr.Ron, I shall go through the hints later…

  4. Not too challenging this morning. I wondered about a pangram after a few unusual letters but can’t see a “v”. No particular clues stand out for me. (Is this grid an attempt at some sort of double unch record?😀)
    Many thanks to the setter and BD.

    1. I thought it was going to be a pangram too, but I cannot see a ‘j’…..or now that you point it out, a ‘v’.

      1. By Jove, you are right O M, so here’s both letters ;-) Seriously though, this was an entertaining puzzle and well clued, but maybe a teensy weensy bit on the easier side for a prize crossword. Not that it will prevent me from posting my completed grid. Thank you to both Mr setter and Mr Dave.

  5. Straightforward enough, amusing for the images conjured up in many of the clues (7d and 13d for example) and overall quite enjoyable . */*** last night.

    Thanks to mystery setter and BD

  6. Fluffy and fun – just right for a Saturday morning.
    Remembered the tailless animal from previous appearances in crosswordland but didn’t know the long-winded argument. An insight into our Rookie reviewer, methinks!

    Plenty of smiles along the way – 16d for one – but the little chap wearing make-up gets my vote for the day.

    Thanks to Mr. Ron and to BD.

  7. Not too much trouble for me today, other than having to check the meaning of 22a.
    19a was my last in.

    Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave .

  8. Like Jane, I remembered the answer for 16a and, in keeping with the observations of those who’ve posted comments before me, I found little difficulty with this puzzle. I particularly liked 17d but, in all probability, that was because I saw the answer fairly quickly…

  9. After the severe head scratching of Thursday and Friday, this was a gentle gallop only needing thumbing through the Small Red Book and one Google verification (2d). I was pleased to see that the single 15 letter clue was not an anagram, but I thought that it was a little contrived to arrive at the answer.

    A couple of, but not so frequent, oldies but goodies in 12a and 16a.

    A toss up between 22a and 19d for favourite.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  10. These days Saturday offerings are so much more fun than heretofore and a little more challenging and sometimes even include new (to me) words (e.g. 8a and 22a). East fell before West. I agree with RD that 7d is a bit feeble. Had not heard of the make-up in 13d. TVM Mysteron and BD. Perhaps the 2Ks will confirm that the Quickie pun doesn’t really work? 🙂

    1. The vowel sounds in the first part of the second word of the pun need a bit of imaginative mangling to make it work, but one often has to do that with the Quickie puns, so fair enough in our opinion.

  11. Lots to like today. My picks are 19A, 23A, 13D, and 15D, with 13D my favorite. Thanks BD and setter.

  12. Started this enjoyable puzzle early and finished it early as well. I really think my brain is wired correctly first thing in the morning for this type of exercise. Perhaps it becomes cluttered by living later on in the day! I’m afraid Margaret that the DT is telling me, but not Crypticsue, that I had two errors last Saturday – I must ring them to complain this week…..
    Thank you BD, your efforts are much appreciated.

    1. Hi Faraday, I’m ok this week, they’re telling me 30/30. What’s the betting it’ll be my turn next week and you’ll be ok? I’ll be interested to hear their response when you call them.

  13. As already said, enjoyable but over too quickly. The FT puzzle today looks quite good so far. Have a good weekend all.

  14. I thought the Quick Crossword was harder today – xxxxxxxxx and xxxxxx for God’s sake – but this was very enjoyable.

    My only moan would be with 15d which I found a bit ‘wooly’ – and that’s only me be a bit nit-picking!

    1. The convention is that we don’t comment on other crosswords in case we spoil them for people who haven’t looked at them yet but have come here for help with the cryptic crossword

      1. I apologise for including a couple of answers from the Quick Crossword, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I don’t apologise for what was referred to as ‘mild blasphemy’ – it’s a normal and common phrase and I would feel sorry for anyone who was offended by it!

    1. That’s better, restored my confidence after yesterday’s slog. Only needed electronic help for 16a – a new word for me.
      Ta to BD and setter.

  15. Thoroughly enjoyed this romp on a break from emptying kitchen cupboards in readiness for a new kitchen being installed. Exactly what I needed. Thanks very much to BD for confirming my answers and to the setter for giving me exactly the kind of clues I like. Oh dear back to it…..

  16. I agree this was straightforward but I agree with RD that they don’t have to be difficult. It was really good fun with lots of laughs, for me anyway.
    Even 4d – the only ‘footbally/rugby’ clue – wasn’t a problem whichever of the two it is.
    24a was great – Younger Lamb has a good friend called Lisa who is notoriously late for everything – everyone always arrives before her.
    I liked 3, 19 and 23a and 16d. My favourite was 13d.
    With thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.
    Very cold here today – it’s only been up to 2C and now it’s on the way down again – making more marmalade – off to try the NTSPP before going to friends this evening.

      1. The sound-alike bit does work for me although I can understand that it doesn’t for you – I imagine you’d pronounce the last letter of the person complaining. It was really just the way the clue read that made me laugh because of the Younger Lamb’s friend.

  17. After yesterday, this was a piece of cake, I even remembered the grass.
    I came across 22a very recently, I can’t remember where, but I had looked it up then.
    I did need to google 16d, hadn’t heard of that critter before, hope I remember it.
    I can’t choose a fave, so much enjoyment here it’s impossible to single one out.
    Thanks to setter, hope to see you again soon, and to BD for his hints.

  18. Did this on the train on the way home from Manchester. It didn’t take long, in truth, but I felt that the clue mix and wordplay were excellent and made it very enjoyable. Loved 3a and overall this was a 1.5*/4* puzzle. Thanks to the Saturday setter and BD.

  19. Well that was easy for a prize puzzle but also extremely enjoyable. Very neat clues and very fair. Right on my wavelength. Thanks to the setter and BD for the hints. Snowing now only on the higher elevations so a nice walk on the beach in prospect.

  20. This puzzle reminds me that solving cryptic crosswords is a pleasant pastime.
    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  21. A pleasant, fairly breezy solve. A couple of new words learnt, but the cryptic parts for both led nicely to the answers without a great deal of doubt.

  22. Phew, this was a relief, felt like a right dunce on Thursday and Friday, but did much better today. Had been absent from the puzzle for 9 days while busy with friends staying – thought I had lost the plot from lack of practice. Back on track now.

  23. I found yesterday a bit of a struggle so this was a lot more enjoyable. I found myself having problems with the sw corner for some reason. This was solved after my usual tactic of going away and doing something else for a few hours. When I returned it all seemed so obvious.

  24. A thoroughly enjoyable doddle: 1*/4*. 13d made me laugh immoderately (but then I do most things immoderately) and I liked 18d as well. Thanks to the Mysteron, and to Big Dave.

  25. Did not manage to look at the puzzle before middle of afternoon on account of being rather busy with Fifi BUT what joy it was to be able to complete without much ado! Really enjoyed it. 24a was great. Such a relief to be able to complete one puzzle after quite a few difficult offerings of late. So lovely to have comments about puppies and their sweet smell – so true! Jean-Luc, we shall be back later than thought on account of Fifi’s pet passport – probably mid April. Wondering how Fifi will get on with Felinette… Many thanks to the setter and for the hints not needed this time but which nevertheless made enjoyable reading.

  26. A piece of cake after yesterday’s hard tack. No problems or quibbles. Lots of fun. Charity Shield goes to 23a. Ta to BD and setter. 1*/3*

  27. Very enjoyable 18d and 19a last two in. I thought it was a pangram! This time next week the party will be over……

  28. Sorry, we didn’t enjoy this much. It’s a poor grid that permits only 29 clues (does Mr Kitty have stats on that?) and has over 30% black squares. The clues were fair enough but this was so near to a R&W that it was gone almost before we had started.

    Sadly, then 1*/1*.

    Thanks to BD and the setter.

  29. 21a – I’m risking being branded a heretic here, but hasn’t the setter spelt the answer wrong – shouldn’t it be a 9 letter word with ***** ? Googling didn’t reveal the word as required here ? Thanks

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