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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28371

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where it’s cloudy but mild. My thanks to ShropshireLad for filling in for me last week.

A touch of geography from Giovanni this week, and one or two less common words, but nothing particularly difficult.

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.

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1a           Bird some Londoners only half spotted (4)
COCK – The Londoners born within the sound of Bow Bells, with their second half removed.

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3a           Daughter working for boss is a stupid person (10)
DUNDERHEAD – Put together Daughter, ‘working for’ or ‘subordinate to’, and a boss or leader.

9a           What sounds like regret for kitchen preparation (4)
ROUX – This kitchen preparation, the base for many sauces, is a homophone of a word meaning ‘regret’.

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10a         Where some store items have just about got off the ground? (5,5)
FIRST FLOOR – Cryptic definition of the place in a department store where you may find items not at ground level, but not very high up the building.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

11a         Bill presented to king when servant’s brought round parcel (7)
PACKAGE – An abbreviation for a bill or account, plus the chess notation for a king, with a junior servant wrapped around the result.

13a         The French island, safe for recreation (7)
LEISURE – Put together the French definite article, Island, and safe or certain.

14a         Nobleman accompanying unknown girl somewhere in Ireland (6,5)
COUNTY CLARE – A nobleman (Monte Cristo, perhaps) followed by an algebraic unknown and one of the spellings of a girl’s name, giving us one of the 32 geographical divisions of the island of Ireland.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

18a         Vessel of French scientist’s workplace — odd thing hanging from ceiling (11)
CANDELABRUM – Put together a vessel used for preserving food, the French for ‘of’, the short form of a scientist’s workplace, and ‘odd’ or ‘peculiar’.

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21a         Bit of paper left untidily by meadow (7)
LEAFLET – The sort of meadow that the lowing herd wound slowly o’er, followed by an anagram (untidily) of LEFT.

22a         Colonist taking bench by river (7)
SETTLER – A high-backed bench followed by River.

23a         French author not superior, chided and laid low (10)
PROSTRATED – Remove the letter indicating ‘superior’ or ‘upper class’ from the surname of the French author who dunked his madeleine in his tisane and wrote about it at interminable length, then add a word for ‘chided’ or ‘told off’.

24a         Old necklace kept in cabinet or cupboard (4)
TORC – Hidden in the clue.

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25a         In the manner of loud protesters, knowing about nuclear weapon (10)
STRIDENTLY – A word for ‘knowing’ or ‘cunning’, wrapped around a submarine-based nuclear missile system.

26a         Vegetable was starter, not good in the middle (4)
BEAN – Remove the Good from the middle of ‘was a starter’.


1d           Shell gets vehicle moving at speed (8)
CARAPACE – A three-letter vehicle followed by ‘moving at speed’.

2d           Food firm needed by you and me repeatedly (8)
COUSCOUS – Put together an abbreviation for a firm or company and the pronoun for ‘you and me’, then repeat.

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4d           Join the fifth division? (5)
UNITE – Split this (4,1) and you get a division of an organisation followed by a letter which  signifies that it is fifth in the list (where A is first).

5d           Anger in hell — prayers effective ultimately? (9)
DISPLEASE – Put together one of the Latin terms for the underworld, some prayers or entreaties, and the last letter of ‘effective’.

6d           Fret dreadfully, angrier possibly inside? This will cool things down (11)
REFRIGERANT – An anagram (dreadfully) of FRET wrapped around an anagram (possibly) of ANGRIER.

7d           Book a journey across the Red Sea (6)
EXODUS – Double definition: the second book of the Old Testament; and the journey of the Israelites described in that book.

8d           County party with right clique (6)
DORSET – Put together the usual crossword party, Right, and a clique or circle.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

12d         Description of lorry put in words (11)
ARTICULATED – Double definition, the first being the sort of lorry which has a tractor and trailer.

15d         Restrict what spotter at Paddington does? (9)
CONSTRAIN – Split (4,5) this might describe what a spotter at Paddington station does.

16d         Woman of dubious morals beginning to enchant author (8)
TROLLOPE – One of the terms used to describe what modern correctness calls a ‘sex worker’, followed by the first letter of Enchant, giving us the author of Barchester Towers.

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17d         Rain came to disturb someone living in Ohio? (8)
AMERICAN – Anagram (to disturb) of RAIN CAME.

19d         Walk on board ship is at an angle (6)
SLOPES – The usual crossword steamship wrapped around ‘walk’ (with long, easy strides).

20d         Character getting left out — is that a kind act? (6)
FAVOUR – Remove the Left from a word for the character of food, perhaps.

22d         What’s this containing iron? It sounds like a bargain (5)
STEEL – This is a compound of iron with a little carbon and possibly other things , like manganese. It sounds like the sort of bargain that is so good that the buyer may think he is robbing the vendor.

The Quick Crossword pun DACE + ENTERS = DAY CENTRES

50 comments on “DT 28371

  1. Almost unheard of for me for a Giovanni – */****.

    Instant favourite – 18a – a very good lego clue, but I wonder if there will be any discussion on the ending (which is correct for the singular, as required by the clue).

    A couple of new words for me – 24a and the beginning of 5d (had to check the BRB for both of them) – crosswords can be educational!

    Thanks to the Don and DT.

  2. Usual excellent fare from The Don with no great problems apart from trying to parse 4d, weird! If I was being picky I thought 19d was weak but the best for me was 6d, so nice to see it spelt without a ‘d’. Not come across the spelling in 18a but the BRB confirms it as an alternative spelling (I should know better than to question The Don!).
    Thanks to all.

  3. Very good from G – about average for him, but above average compared to the normal back-pager. 3*/3.5*.

  4. Thought I was heading for R&W albeit with a bit of concentration required to get the correct ending on the likes of 6d&18a, but slowed considerably towards the end, pushing me into 2* time. I’m sure we’ve met 24a before but I needed to check it with Mr. Google and the Czech composer caused initial panic.
    Top two for me were 3a simply for the sound of the word and 12d for the smile it raised.

    Thanks to DG and to DT for the review – the Wurzels are always amusing.

  5. A star down on yesterdays difficulty rating,but amusing ,so a **/*** for me.
    Took a while to parse 4,the last in which seemed to have only one possible solution until the penny dropped.
    As Senf says 18a was indeed ‘good lego’
    Liked the surface of 7d- remember the birthday card with Moses response to a complaint with ‘ what do you mean it’s muddy!’
    Waiting with trepidation for the six nations to unravel.

  6. 18a. Isn’t the hanging candle holder a chandelier? This answer is actually a standing branched candlestick???

        1. If by BRB you mean Chambers, it allows for an overhead candle holder. Are you going to argue with the mighty Don??

    1. This clue, although doable, relied on people thinking a candelabrum hangs from the ceiling, which it doesn’t. A chandelier hangs from the ceiling, or should we start calling candlesticks “chandeliers”? I know that misleading the puzzler is par for the course, but should people doing this have to guess that dictionaries are now allowing this misnomer to seen as correct? We all know that dictionary writers are only too pleased to add all sorts of incorrect words, that have now passed into common parlance, and therefore to give them spurious credence. Checking on line shows confusion, the OED simply states that it is the proper word for a candle holder and bangs on about the fact that lots of people now use the word candelabra for just one candelabrum.

      To really clarify this argument, the word candelabrum comes from the latin words for CANDLE and TREE (candela and arbor), if people have trees hanging from their ceilings then good for them! We just have to accept that if one daft dictionary decides to accept the misuse of a word, it then achieves a spurious “correctness” and a setter can jump all over it and use it to make the puzzle even more difficult. But then solving these puzzles is all about outsmarting the setter, accepting the foibles of dictionaries and to be honest, making good guesses, but then that was how Bletchley Park beat the enigma machine.

  7. Nice puzzle – good cluing. I liked 18a, 23a, 16d with 7d being my favourite. 2*/4* for me.

  8. Just for once I didn’t have trouble with this Friday crossword.
    Also just for once I spotted the makings of a pangram and then it wasn’t – the next time it really is one I won’t notice it.
    I had to check the spelling of 24a although the answer was obvious.
    I can’t find Jane’s Czech composer anywhere. :unsure:
    I liked 3 and 14a and 16d. My favourite was 25a.
    With thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

    1. Dear Jane
      Can you please explain your ‘Czech composer reference.’
      Confused from Winnipeg

    2. Oh dear – that’s what comes of being in too much of hurry!
      Yes – the wretched Czech composer was lurking in the Quickie (not so quick for me!) and he got mixed up with the French author in the back-pager when I was writing my comment.
      Sorry, folks……….

  9. Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, only one obscurity in 18a, but was well clued. Favourite was 23a. Was 2*/3* for me.

  10. 2*/3*. Pretty much ditto to what Jane said (apart from the elusive composer).

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT, particularly for the parsing of 4d.

  11. Very good puzzle, 24a was a new word for me but pretty obvious from the clue and the BRB came up trumps.

    Big weekend for International Rugby and the boring FA Cup – can’t wait!

  12. Good solid fun. Stupidly put “articulates” not “ed” for 12d so last one in was 25a when I realised the error of my ways.
    Nothing really stood out for me today.
    Thanks to Giovanni & DT for explanations & illustrations & Jane for MOTD (Mystery of the Day.)

  13. Good fun as always from The Don on a Friday. Well clued, enjoyable and comfortable to solve. Overall this was 1.5*/3.5* for me, with 25a my personal COTD.

    Thanks Giovanni and DT. Like Michael at #14, looking forward to the rugby as the 6 Nations gets to the business end of the championship.

  14. Challenging but worth the effort. Settled for ‘deridingly’ for 25a which gave rise to ‘d’ as last letter in 19d. Bunged in 4d and likewise18a where I didn’t bother unravelling the convoluted clue. It was the SW corner which held out the longest. Thank you Giovanni for the fun and DT for sorting me out.

  15. Well I must be having a slow and stupid day as I made a bit of meal out of this, and even resorted to a little cheating at the end. Just call me a 3a (which is at least, as Jane said, a lovely sounding word) :(

    I like 1a and 26a. Many thanks to Giovanni and DT.

    1. Welcome to the blog Bill

      Please don’t mention the detail of the Quick crossword pun – it may spoil the puzzle for someone who has yet to solve it.

  16. About average Giovanni, though I failed to get 20d, and too many “bung ins”, needing the hints to know the why, eg 4d and 23a. I found the top half easier than the bottom, but so many long answers helped to get checking letters.
    Fave was 18a with 25a coming a close second.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for his help unravelling some!

  17. Late on parade today fine weather to good to miss.
    All went pretty well until candelabrum.
    Favourite 7d.
    Thanks to DT and the Don
    ***/*** for me

  18. Giovanni in fairly benign mood, and an enjoyable solve overall, despite the Rufusesque 10a being a little on the weak side. I was disappointed to see “by” used in successive clues as a positional indicator, when “beside” or other alternatives could have avoided such repetition.

    My favourite clue was 16d.

    Thanks to Mr. Manley and to Deep Threat, and a good weekend to all.

  19. Good afternoon everybody.

    A miserable failure here after very a brisk start and throwing in the towel with five clues unsolved. 25a just seemed a poor clue to me. The solution seemed likely but did it really derive from the clue? 5d still isn’t clear even after looking the hint. 16d was a good clue as is 20d. 22d I should have seen.


  20. Giovanni in a more forgiving mood , thankfully , after last weeks utter failure , for me that is.I liked 7d , 14a and 9a.
    With thanks to G and DT.
    Enjoy the weekend , everybody.

  21. I found this a bit of a struggle and eventually had to give in and look at the hint for 20d which I could not see despite having all the checkers……
    Enjoyed it nevertheless.

    Thanks to the setter and to Deep Threat.

  22. Giovanni seems to be adopting a slightly different style of late – or is it just me? I have come across 22a recently but that could have been in The Times. Not overly impressed with 10a, nor 25a.
    Liked 1a, 11a & 26a but for me it’s a toss-up between 4d & 7d for top spot.
    Mostly very good, thanks to The Don and to DT.

  23. **/****. A lot to like about this puzzle with a good mix of lego clues, anagrams and GK. favourites were 18,23&25a and 2d. Thanks to the Don and DT for the review and parsing 4d for my bung in.

  24. A nice crossword but I found it trickier than most😏 ***/*** Big thanks to Giovanni and to DT for explaining the why’s and wherefores of some of my answers 😳 24a was a new word for me. Liked 25a & 21a 🤓

  25. There were several answers which needed second thoughts on how they ended, 6d, 12d, 18a, 19d but all sorted without too much trouble. An enjoyable solve.
    Thanks Giovanni and DT.

  26. Quite a bit of lego in today’s puzzle. I had to work to complete it I must admit. I had also forgotten about the alternative ‘hell’ which didn’t help. 23a was my fave; overall 3/3*.
    Thanks to DG, and to DT for the review.

  27. An enjoyable challenge that I found to be on the more difficult side, perhaps *** for difficulty? Last in for me was 16d, where I considered all sorts of alternatives for the wordplay before actually spotting the double definition. Looking back I should have got much of this a lot quicker, so perhaps this week has just finished me off. :-)

  28. Got held up in the SW corner – not strong on French authors – but agree 2*/3* is about right. 18a gets my vote for top clue. Ta to the Don, and DT for the review.

  29. As ever, I can’t do a Giovanni crossword.
    Did all the top half and none of the bottom half.
    Fridays are a write off for me, which is a shame. I shall go through the hints and wonder why I could not do it, but it’s the same every week.
    Thanks DT.

  30. Late in today, as usual for a Friday – our shopping/visiting day, but just finished over a welcome cup of tea. Not too tough today, needing just a few hints from Deep Threat to finish, thanks. 18a was the favorite for its cleverness.

  31. Arrived at this anagramless Giovanni very late yesterday and very tired so those are my excuses for struggling a bit. Needed a bid of silicone chip assistance here and there. A different flavour, this one but enjoyable and nicely challenging. Every day is a school day with The Don. ***/***

  32. Apart from the candelabrum fiasco, there is also the issue of 4d when “in” in fact meant “next to” or “after” or “then”, if we are to parse clues properly. For “in” to be correct, then at least one of the letters in this part of the clue should have come at the end of the answer.

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