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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28419

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs this bright Spring morning.

A little bit of Scripture and one or two less common words from Giovanni today, but not too taxing overall.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.

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1a           Somewhere in Kent with unusual farm building (10)
WHITSTABLE – Anagram (unusual) of WITH followed by a farm building.

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6a           Greeting given by Matthew etc bringing a suggestion (4)
HINT – An informal greeting followed by the initials denoting the set of books which begin with Matthew and Mark.

9a           Drink overdue — time to intervene (5)
LATTE – Insert Time into a word for ‘overdue’.

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10a         Using fingers or employing electronic equipment? (9)
DIGITALLY – Double definition: the first uses the literal meaning of a word for ‘fingers’, the second its extension to numbers which can be counted on the fingers.

12a         Embarrassed maiden has to consume non-vegetarian food (3,4)
RED MEAT – Put together the colour your face might be if you were embarrassed, a cricket abbreviation for Maiden, and ‘to consume’.

13a         Fashion of yesteryear conveyed by Margaret Rose (5)
RETRO – Hidden in the clue.

15a         Problems unchanged about drink being knocked back (7)
ENIGMAS – Wrap a word for ‘unchanged’ around a variety of strong drink, then reverse the lot.

17a         Faulty electric plug may have to be thus rejected (7)
REFUSED – This word for ‘rejected’ could also be what might be done to fix an electric plug which didn’t work.

19a         Idiot, dispatched to be locked up, agrees (7)
ASSENTS – Wrap a word for ‘idiot’ around ‘dispatched.

21a         Feature of seasonal dance, mum meeting unknown European (7)
MAYPOLE – Put together another short word for mum, an algebraic unknown, and a native of an Eastern European country.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

22a         Get lost in hole at back of house (3,2)
HOP IT – An abbreviation for house followed by the sort of hole you could get coal out of.

24a         Two groups of soldiers nibbled Welsh food? (7)
RAREBIT – The initials of two regiments in the British Army (gunners and engineers) followed by ‘nibbled’ give us a tasty snack which is often linked with ‘Welsh’.

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27a         Get cork in — when loosened it could be this! (9)
ROCKETING – Anagram (when loosened) of GET CORK IN.

28a         This person’s past appearing in ideal representation (5)
IMAGO – A short form of ‘this person is’ followed by ‘past’, as in ‘two years —‘.

29a         Stupid person about to get lost in mound of sand (4)
DUNE – Remove the Latin abbreviation for about or approximately from the sort of stupid person who stood in the corner of the classroom with a special cap on.

30a         Subsidence in local community (10)
SETTLEMENT – Double definition, the second referring to the sort of community which may be set up in a previously uninhabited piece of territory.


1d           Report of one-time occupant of Reading gaol being unruly (4)
WILD – This word for ‘unruly’ sounds like (report of) the surname of the author of The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

2d           Pauses in school period — sit sloppily (9)
INTERMITS – The definition here is a verb, a less common word for ‘creates a pause’. Put together IN (from the clue), a period of the school year, and an anagram (sloppily) of SIT.

3d           Horse in street starts to exasperate every driver (5)
STEED – The abbreviation for STreet followed by the first letters of the last three words of the clue.

4d           Attend to a daughter wanting party attire, say? (7)
ADDRESS – Put together A (from the clue), Daughter, and what she might wear to a party.

5d           Land with little hesitation, carrying less weight (7)
LIGHTER – Another word for ‘land’ or ‘touch down’, followed by an interjection expressing hesitation.

7d           Home rented out — bit of a lake here? (5)
INLET – Put together ‘at home’ and ‘rented out’. I think of this as being typically an arm of the sea rather than a lake.

8d           Model Major-General? (3,7)
TOY SOLDIER – Cryptic definition of a miniature version of a major-general or any other military person.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

11d         Fault limited by your being frugal (7)
THRIFTY – An archaic form of ‘your’ wrapped around a geological fault.

14d         King, by Jove, going round that place to be met again (10)
REGATHERED – The Latin abbreviation for a king followed by an archaic exclamation similar to ‘by Jove’ wrapped around the adverb for ‘that place’.

16d         Chap dined on Eastern sea creature (7)
MANATEE – Put together a chap, ‘dined’, and Eastern.

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18d         Her cat’s OK, having got crumbled biscuit (9)
SHORTCAKE – Anagram (having got crumbled) of HER CAT’S OK.

20d         A diner’s stewed fish (7)
SARDINE – Anagram (stewed) of A DINER’S.

Image result for sardine

21d         Ideal partner with strength to restrict bishop (2,5)
MR RIGHT – Another word for strength or power wrapped around the two-letter abbreviated form of address for a bishop, producing an ideal male partner.

23d         Nutty type in church in little sleep, having rolled over (5)
PECAN – A short sleep wrapped around the Church of England, then the result is reversed.

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25d         Female at match to bristle, getting left out (5)
BRIDE – Remove the Left from ‘to bristle’ or ‘to toss the head’, and you get the female half of a love match.

26d         Military building supporting regiment finally (4)
FORT – A word for ‘supporting’, as in ‘not against’, followed by the last letter of regimenT.

The Quick Crossword pun MOATS + HEART = MOZART

44 comments on “DT 28419

  1. Another fluffy day in Telegraph Crosswordland

    Thanks to Giovanni – I’ll pick 1a as a favourite purely because the solution is quite close to home. Thanks to DT too.

    I’ll be interested to learn how Jane finds the ‘Toughie’ ;)

      1. It occurred to me when I rescued you that as your remark was addressed to me, I could have left you in moderation :)

  2. Fairly easy fare today with 27A making me smile. Favourite was 21D,many thanks to the setter & DT for his review.

  3. Quite straightforward except I could’t get 26d because I stuck image into 28a!! Apart from that 1*/3*. I liked 27a, 21a and 8d with 14d being my favourite perahps.

  4. A comfortable and enjoyable solve this morning from The Don. 8d was my favourite for no good reason other than the smile factor. Overall a solid 2*/3* from me, with thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  5. 2*/3*. A pleasant untaxing solve today with only 28a causing a bit of head scratching.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

  6. 2.5*/3* – I had to spend a lot of time on 26d because I was ‘fixated’ on T being the first letter until the penny finally dropped.

    Favourite 8d.

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  7. I didn’t think it was very fluffy.
    1a took me ages which was dim – I don’t know that part of the country but I have at least heard of the answer.
    I don’t quite see 27a – I got the answer because it couldn’t have been much else but why is a cork doing what the answer is?
    I wouldn’t call 7d a lake either but setter’s licence, I suppose.
    I liked 12a. My favourite was either 21a or 8d.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat.

      1. Oh – well, if a cork is taken out of a bottle of bubbly properly it shouldn’t do that.

        1. There are occasions when it’s desirable for champagne to be “rocketing” out of the bottle – near a F1 podium, for instance.

      1. Thank you – yes, I could see it was an anagram just didn’t ‘get’ the rest of it.

  8. Nothing that held me up unduly – thought this one sat on the fence between the ‘old’ Giovanni and the ‘new’ one that we have seen more recently.
    22a made me smile but the top spot went to 17a.

    Thanks to DG and to DT for the informative review.

    PS I’ve got a comment languishing in moderation because I carelessly left a letter out of my email address. Could someone rescue me?

    1. Hi Jane – I thought this was definitely the new Giovanni, but a tad formulaic; almost as if he’s a bit bored with dumbing down.
      Makes me miss the old tussles a bit… a little bit, that is.

      1. Umm – maybe you’re right to some extent, LbRoy, but I really wouldn’t prefer to have the ‘old’ Giovanni back.

  9. Only hold up was 1a( last in) due to my inability to parse it correctly, needed all the checking letters in to free the d’oh moment- I note Kath had similar problems !
    Favourite 8d-bet Gilbert would have liked the clue.
    Thanks DT and setter-ready for the fine weekend.
    Oh-going for a **/***.

  10. Fairly easy meat from the Don in my opinion, only one to hold me up was 1a. I never was good at geography plus I live the other end of England, so thats my excuse. 2*/2* Many thanks to Giovanni and DT

    1. I think it’s a fair clue though, Pete. Quite apart from the straightforward word play, the oysters from that particular place are quite famous and often written about.

      1. I agree, Jane. I’ve never been there but I knew about the oysters and it was my first one in.

  11. Pretty straightforward, 14d the only fly in the ointment. No stand out favourites today; a tad mundane for me unfortunately.
    Many thanks to Giovanni all the same, and to DT for the review. **/**

  12. A benign Giovanni again today, very enjoyable.
    I needed the hints to know why 6a is what it is. I believe we’ve had it before and I missed it then as well.
    I liked 15a and 28a, but fave was 8d.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to DT for his hints.

  13. Good afternoon everybody.

    Found this mostly straightforward but was greatly delayed by last seven clues of which 2d and 28a were both new to me. It took an age to see 1a and I’ve lost count of the number of times that 30a has eluded me in some guise or other. 14a was a poor clue I thought. On the other hand 15a was very good and 26d has to be my favourite today.


  14. Did this early this morning and have now rather forgotten my thoughts at the time apart from the fact that it was entertaining enough. Had wrong kind of major general in 8d so was playing with non-existent word in10a. 2d and16d now hopefully logged into my vocabulary. 14d was Fav. Thanks Giovanni and DT.

  15. Same story.
    Do three quarters of it first thing and say “leave some for later”, come back to it on the way home and it is a different story. I truly have a ‘morning brain’.
    Thanks DT, i am almost embarrassed to say that I needed a couple of hihts, so thanks!
    Thanks also to the Don.

  16. I found this reasonably straightforward compared to yesterday **/*** 😊 Thanks to DT and to Giovanni 🤗 Favourites 17a & 16d

  17. I wouldn’t call this fluffy, but a pleasant puzzle for a wet South Florida morning. 27a was the main hold up. I could see it was an anagram, but couldn’t come up with the response, and still wasn’t sure how the answer fits when I read the hint. I guess the champagne explanation works, but Kath is right, it shouldn’t go flying if you open it properly. 23a was favorite just because I love it, and the best in the world is to be found at Betty’s, ideally in York, but they have it elsewhere also. With their apple chutney it is just yummy.

  18. ** for difficulty sounds right, with a large chunk of that stuck on 1ac and down. The name of the former prison inmate only came after I’d worked through the alphabet for likely sounding synonyms of the definition. It’s Friday, I’ve long since given up thinking… 1ac then finally began to make some sense – Kent’s the opposite side of the country from me, so obscure place-names there tend to remain so as far as I’m concerned.

  19. 1*/3*, and 21a took me right back to an Essex Infants’ school playing field in the late 50s. Happy days! Thanks to the Don and DT.

  20. Definitely not
    the most taxing Giovanni ever but was very enjoyable none the less. 2d unfamiliar & don’t think that I would ever use it.

    8d was COTD and 14d not my cuppa.

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT for review. Like Kath we need some rain, cold easterlies & dry cloudy weather playing havoc with the greens here.

  21. Not too stern a test, and I quite liked 14d, but altogether a bit mundane for the Don and I thought some of the clues a bit clunky. But not 6a, which was very good. Thanks to him and DT 1*/2*

  22. Fluffy it may well be, straightforward too, but not at 11pm after a sampling some Cornish gin. That’s when I began solving. Having slept and resumed solving this morning, the clues were more readily understood. Almost a write in. Thanks to setter a blogger alike – now, where has the paper boy got to today? Still waiting for my Telegraph

  23. Similar to yesterday’s Ray T, this was on the mild side from G – but very enjoyable nonetheless. Certainly not “fluffy”. 2.5*/3.5*.

  24. Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. A very straightforward puzzle without many obscurities. Good fun. I liked the misdirection in 26d, I thought the “t” was at the top of the clue originally, but it turned out to be at the bottom. Had never heard of 2d, but it was gettable from the wordplay. Favourite was 21d, and last in was 30a. Was 2*/3* for me.

  25. Why is ‘this’ – rocketing?

    What type of biscuit is shortcake? Shortbread yes

    1. This is suggesting that the solution is what might happen to the cork

      Shortcake biscuits are one of Mr CS’s favourites – I don’t like them so he gets the whole packet to himself

  26. Nice and easy does it! Was this really a Giovanni? I miss my Friday tussle if you’ll excuse the phrase.
    8d was my fave and 1.5/3* overall.
    Thanks to Giovanni, and to DT for the review.

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