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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28483

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

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

Good Morning and welcome to the Wednesday Blog which I have the privilege of doing whilst our 2Ks are on holiday. This is a lovely puzzle as you would expect from Jay, although it is at the very easy end of his difficulty spectrum. So much so, that I doubt most of you will require any help to complete it.

Having said that, my hints and tips are there to be used if required and the full answer can be revealed by clicking on the ‘Click here!‘ box.

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1a     Actor’s application as agent ripe for review (11)
GREASEPAINT: An anagram (for review) of AS AGENT RIPE.

9a    Such a vegetable sweetens sleep! (5,4)
SUGAR SNAP: Start with a synonym for ‘sweetens’ and add a term for a short ‘sleep’

10a    Address a chap with energy (5)
ABODE: Use the ‘A’ from the clue add a 3-letter synonym for ‘man’ and finish with the abbreviation for ‘energy’

11a    Stout barrel pinched by staff (6)
ROTUND: Crosswordland’s well-known synonym for ‘barrel’ is contained (pinched) by a kind of ‘staff’.

12a    Treatment needed if dart is misdirected? (5,3)
FIRST AID: This is an anagram (misdirected) of IF DART IS. I would add that it reads as an ‘all in one clue’ Nice surface I thought.

13a    Menswear item may be a tax on credit (6)
CRAVAT: A ‘lego’ clue, made up from using the letter ‘A’ from the clue followed by the 3- letter abbreviation for a type of tax that was introduced for luxury items, preceded by (on) the standard abbreviation for ‘credit’

15a    Exhibit siigns of exertion seeing column on exercise runs (8)
PERSPIRE: Start with the abbreviations for ‘exercise’ and ‘runs’ followed by (on) a column mostly associated with a church.

18a    Singing style’s artificial with exaggerated backing (8)
FALSETTO: Take a synonym for ‘artificial’ and follow it with a 3-letter abbreviation for ‘exaggerated’ reversed (backing).

19a    Cost protecting new member of royal dynasty (6)
PRINCE: A word used to describe the ‘cost’ of an item for sale contains (protecting) the abbreviation for ‘new’.

21a    Conduct diplomacy including managed source of secrecy (8)
TRANSACT: Start with a synonym for ‘diplomacy’ containing (including) a term for ‘managed’ followed by the first letter (source) of secrecy.

23a    Designed pen given by the French centre in Cadiz (6)
STYLED: The pen required here has nothing to do with French mountains but is more used in a porcine shelter followed by ‘the’ in French and ending with the middle letter (centre in) ‘Cadiz’.

26a    NATO’s last award? (5)
OSCAR: What the last letter in ‘Nato’ is in the phonetic alphabet.

27a    Fuse molten granite alien’s turned over (9)
INTEGRATE: An anagram (molten) of GRANITE followed by the 2-letter abbreviation of Spielberg’s alien – reversed (turned over).

28a    Battles to make dates (11)
ENGAGEMENTS: A double definition.


1d    A bit of beluga — strictly for the stomach! (7)
GASTRIC: A ‘lurker’.

2d    First hotel lacking in stature for boat crew (5)
EIGHT: A subtractive (lacking) directive to remove the first occurrence of the abbreviation of ‘hotel’ from a stature that is measured in feet & inches / metres.

3d    Stock lost from time under psychiatrist (9)
SHRINKAGE: Start with a colloquial term for a ‘psychiatrist’ followed by a synonym of a period of ‘time’.

4d    Factory dropping line is blow (4)
PANT: A term for a factory without (dropping) the abbreviation for ‘line’

5d    Spoilt broadcast supporting independent politician (8)
IMPAIRED: A synonym for ‘broadcast’ follows (supports, in a down clue) the abbreviations for ‘independent’ & ‘politician’.

6d    Pitfalls of role set up with son (5)
TRAPS: A term for a role in a play is reversed (set up, in a down clue) followed by the abbreviation for ‘son’.

7d    Completed short composition for two later than expected (7)
OVERDUE: Start with a synonym for ‘completed’ and follow it with a song for 2 people without the last letter (short).

8d    Incitement without professional calling (8)
VOCATION: Take an 11-letter synonym for ‘Incitement’ and remove (without) the 3-letter abbreviation for ‘professional’.

14d    Union giving everybody a nice woolly (8)
ALLIANCE: A term synonymous with ‘everybody’ is followed by an anagram (woolly) of A NICE.

16d    Plan to make great pastry dishes rise (9)
STRATAGEM: Neat clue. Reverse (rise, in a down clue) 2 synonyms for ‘great’ & ‘dishes’ of the dessert variety.

17d    Holding supplies of raised beds with family arriving at last (8)
STOCKING: Start with the reversal (raised, in a down clue) for beds for babies followed by a colloquial term for family and ending with the last letter of ‘arriving’ (at last).

18d    Heat regularly seen in sheep or horse’s joint (7)
FETLOCK: Take the even letters (regularly) of heat and insert them in the collective noun for ‘sheep’.

20d    Showing no sign of finishing, tip not so much (7)
ENDLESS: The wordplay of ‘tip not so much, split 3,4 would mean shortened’ if you get my drift.

22d    Be of use and dish up(5)
SERVE: Double definition.

24d    Find out Labour’s beginning to work for money (5)
LEARN: Start with the abbreviation of ‘Labour’ (Labour’s beginning) and what you do when you work for money.

25d    Good man needing a good party (4)
STAG: Standard abbreviation for ‘good man’ is followed by (needing) the ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for ‘good’.

All good stuff and I apologise for being late in posting. Today just had to be the day when my tablet charger died on me, so this has been cobbled together on my smartphone. Hence no pics

The Quick Crossword pun: jury+leak+hair=do you really care?

48 comments on “DT 28483

  1. Another very enjoyable Wednesday puzzle, completed at a steady gallop because of some hold-outs in the SE (messing up 28a to start with didn’t help) – */***

    Candidates for favourite – 18a, 21a, and 18d – and the winner is 18d.

    Thanks to Jay and the Lad.

  2. Somebody is being very kind to us today. Very enjoyable with some very pleasing straight forward reading and writing. Thanks guys.

  3. The usual Wednesday enjoyment with all but two going in on first pass so definitely at the easier end of the spectrum.

    Thanks to SL and Jay */****

  4. Bit too simple today, a genuine read and write Nevertheless clearly clued and going for a */***.
    Favourite was 16d.
    Took a while to work out the quickie pun-bit of licence taken by the setter here !

  5. Definitely at least the easier end of Jay’s spectrum. When the blog wasn’t up at quarter past eleven I wondered if the 2Ks had made a mistake with the timing and we would have to wait until they woke up at 5.00pm to re post. It’s nice to see the lad from Shropshire having a go again. So thanks to Jim and thanks to Jay

  6. 1.5*/4*. Another top notch Wednesday puzzle to enjoy which was not difficult but great fun as ever. I couldn’t fully parse 26a so many thanks to SL for the enlightenment.

    I thought 16d was the best of an excellent bunch, and many thanks to Jay for the entertainment.

    P.S. I can recommend today’s not very tough Toughie. It is another wonderful posthumous offering from Petitjean.

    1. Yes, the PJ is great – providing that you can cope with the sporting references!

    2. Thanks for the tip on the Toughie. The first one I have tried for a long time. I thought it would probably equate to a not too difficult Giovanni.

  7. Lovely to see you back in the seat Shropshirelad. All finished rather quickly over an early lunch, but fun nonetheless. 16d was my favourite, and 1a made me smile. I did check a couple of answers but only because they were so easy I thought that they couldn’t possibly be right. I might slip off for a small snooze now as last nights thunder and lightning kept me awake most of the night. Thank you Jay and SL.

  8. The only problem I had today was with the Quick Crossword Pun – umm!

    The Crossword itself was very good, a couple of good anagrams, ‘lego’ clues, lurkers the usual array – very enjoyable!

    1. I had to go back and read the quick crossword pun. I think it’s really funny. Maybe it’s my warped sense of humour.

  9. Lovely crossword, but I really don’t know why I struggled with 15a, as the temperature is 35 deg C here and I’m doing a lot of it!

  10. Nice crossword **/*** for me favourites either 26a or 15a 🤔 Thanks to Jay and to SL especially for explaining 18d, a real “doh” moment! 😳

  11. Straightforward but enjoyable. Beautifully clued as always.
    The only need for the hints was to explain 16d which was very clever, and as such, my favourite.
    Thanks to Jay and SL for a great blog.

  12. Nothing to disturb the old grey cells but nevertheless an enjoyable solve.
    Like SL, I dallied in the French mountains for a while with 23a – I see that the famous pens are still rather expensive!

    Podium places went to 18a plus 3,8 & 16d.

    Thanks to Jay and to SL for manning the fort despite electronic failures. Thunder echoing spectacularly around Snowdonia at the moment – we could be in for ‘electronic failures’ here soon!

  13. Thunderstorms, flash floods whatever next in Cornwall ! But the wonderful views from Tintagel and the splendid Eden project have made it a worthwhile visit. Managed to get internet access today and could download the puzzle. Was held up a bit by 10a but otherwise it was a straightforward solve.

  14. Thanks to Jay and to Shropshire Lad for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle puzzle as usual, but quite gentle. No major problems, favourite was 1a. Was 2*/3* for me.

  15. */***. Enjoyable if over too quickly. Clues were very fair and did just what was asked. 18a was my COTD. Thanks to Jay and SL for the review.

  16. One of the most benign of crosswords today but hugely enjoyable.
    I took almost as long to get 10a and 8d as the whole puzzle; I tried “man”, “gent”, but none gave me “address”, until I got 8d, then it was so obvious. Dim or wot?
    So much good stuff to choose from, but I think, not totally sure, my fave is 18d … or maybe 3d, can’t make up my mind.
    Thanks to Jay and to ShropshireLad, nice to see you in the driver’s seat again.

  17. 16d was comfortably my COTD in this very user-friendly Jay puzzle. The enjoyment factor was not reduced at all by virtue of excellent clueing and a sense of fun throughout. 1.5*/4*.

    Many thanks to Jay for an enjoyable romp and to my fellow Salopian for his review.

  18. I agree this was at the easier end of Jay’s range of difficulty but, as others have already said, just as enjoyable as ever.
    I admit to getting into a bit of a pickle with the 1a anagram – once I realised that ‘stage’ didn’t come into it at all it was fine.
    I completely missed the phonetic alphabet part of 26a and decided that it had to be the last letter of NATO and then last = scar. Dim.
    Not much trouble apart from those two.
    I didn’t get many across clues on first read through – perhaps, as is so often the case on Wednesday, it would have been better to attack the downs first.
    I liked 9a (lots in the garden at the moment) and 18a and 7 and 17d. My favourite was 14d.
    Thanks to Jay and to SL for standing in so well for the 2K’s.
    Off to try the PJ Toughie.

    1. PS – I don’t quite get how or why French mountains could have had anything to do with 23a or am I being dim again?

      1. Kath – if you are being dim (which I am sure is not true) then, as far as French mountains are concerned, you are not the only one.

      2. I suspect that SL is saying that the clue is not referring to the Massif Central.

      3. Mont Blanc designer pens? Absolutely nothing to do with the centre in Cadiz, I grant you – but they still came to mind when I read the clue.

        Ho hum – and I’m already in Gazza’s bad books over the ‘nuts’ in the Toughie. Maybe I should slope off and do some housework………..

      4. My reference to ‘pen’ & ‘French’ was along the lines of ‘Mont Blanc’. Lateral thinking taken to its extreme in what passes for my brain :)

        1. Thank you, SL, it’s good to know that I’m not alone in that particular zone. The air is quite rarefied up here, don’t you think?!!

    2. Please send some 9a here! I love (but my Mum said I can’t love food) them very, very young in salad! Deelish.

  19. I agree with the consensus that this wasn’t the trickiest Jay puzzle by a long chalk, and my repetition radar did give a couple of small bleeps which meant I didn’t rate it quite as highly as usual. Very enjoyable as ever though.

    Top two clues for me were 12a and 16d.

    Many thanks to Mr Mutch and to SL, well done for overcoming your technical issues.

  20. Elementary but very good as always. Agree with silvanus’ picks.
    Thanks Jay and nice to hear from SL.

  21. I was a bit slow off the mark today but it quickly came together and would have been quicker if I hadn’t spelt 13a wrongly, oops.

  22. The usual high quality Wednesday puzzle from Jay. I took a little while to finish the top right corner but whatever, great fun to do. 14d… or maybe 13a were vying for favourite; ok, the latter. 2/4* overall.
    Thanks to Jay, and to SL for the review.

  23. An enjoyable, pretty fast solve that would have been faster still if I could have remembered how to spell 16d.

  24. Just for once finished reading the DT and solving the crossword before dinner, a rare event indeed. A pleasant and relaxing diversion after all the stormy weather. Some enjoyable clues, particularly 1a and 2a. Thanks to Jay and Shropshirelad.

  25. Certainly at Jay’s easy end. Quickest solve for me ever. Last two in 27a and 21a but did not hold me up for more than a minute or two.Favourites 1a and 7, 8. 16 and 18d. Worked through pretty methodically from top to bottom. Thanks Jay. Will now look at Shropshirelad’s hints and other comments which I always enjoy.

  26. Consistently excellent fare from Jay, as ever. 16d takes the biscuit. Ta to J and good to hear from SL again. 1*/4*

  27. Very enjoyable puzzle. My favourite has to be 16d. I needed the hint for 3d, as my brain just couldn’t unwrap it.

  28. Shrinkage, spillage and ullage where words that the stock taker at the theatre didn’t want to hear.
    Thanks to Jay for a very relaxing solve and to SL for the review.

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