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DT 28486 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28486 (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    Look here, there’s more to come (5,4,5)
A phrase meaning further developments are expected and more information will be given later

9a    Wow, other ranks will eat free in hall (8)
An expression meaning “wow!” and the abbreviation for Other Ranks around (will eat) a three-letter verb meaning to free

13a    Painstaking detail (10)
Two definitions – an adjective and a noun

15a    Respect dad backing professional versus a learner (8)
The reversal (backing) of a two-letter word for dad followed by PRO(fessional), V(ersus), the A from the clue and L(earner)

18a    Home brewer (6)
A cryptic definition of an item used at home to make a brew – just like I did at breakfast!

23a    Applying first of gears to follow former pilot manoeuvring in (10)
The initial letter (first) of G[ears] follows former (as in a former partner), an anagram (manoeuvring) of PILOT and the IN from the clue

26a    Fancy that American soldier? Snappy little tyke! (5)
An exclamation meaning “fancy that!” followed by our usual US (American) soldier

28a    Shut it — nuisance when liquid is lukewarm (14)
An anagram (when liquid) of SHUT IT NUISANCE


2d    Brace favourites to get up and dance (3-4)
The number that makes up a brace followed by the reversal (to get up in a down clue) of some favourite people

4d    Hurried pronouncedly on a path, making retreat (8)
What sounds like (pronouncedly) a verb meaning hurried is followed by the A from the clue and a path

6d    Gather below Dover perhaps is castle entrance (10)
A four-letter verb meaning to gather is preceded by the type of town of which Dover is an example and followed by the “IS” from the clue

7d    Flattered little woman the French rogue’s cuddling (7)
The main little woman from the famous book by Louisa May Alcott and the French definite article inside (cuddling) a rogue

11d    Start a conversation? It’s what travellers do in the Arctic (5,3,3)
This is what some travellers, particularly those going by boat, do in the Arctic

17d    Not a chain in southern Europe but one in northern England (8)
Drop the A from a chain of mountains in southern Europe

21d    I will put on the item about Guernsey etc criminal (7)
The abbreviated form of “I will” followed by a two-letter “item” around the abbreviation for the islands of which Guernsey is one

25d    Found written inside maze, Talmudic Greek character (4)
Hidden (found written inside) inside the clue

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47 comments on “DT 28486 (Hints)

  1. Very straightforward, not far short of a R&W, and, by my reckoning, one letter shy of a pangram */***.

    Many candidates for favourite, too many to list; I think 20a comes out on top.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  2. I agree with Senf at #1 about the relative straightforwardness of this very enjoyable puzzle. I hope those solvers new to the Telegraph will get a boost from the smooth surfaces and good, solid clueing. Like Senf, 20a gets my nod as COTD. Overall 1*/4* for me.

    Thanks to the Saturday setter and to BD.

  3. I agree with Senf that this wasn’t really a testing puzzle and it was over too quickly, although I did have to stop and think about my answer to 9a. I’ve just recommended this wonderful site to a friend of mine, who’s en route to San Francisco, and it remains to be seen whether she actually needs any help.

  4. Lots to like about this one, and I’ve ticked several clues, but 26a, though simple, is probably favourite. Many thanks setter and BD

  5. Nice and easy does it – just right for a Saturday morning.
    1&20a made the cut but my top two were the short and snappy 18 &24a. Speaking of which – lovely pic for 26a, BD!

    Thanks to Mr. Saturday Ron and to BD – both for the usual Saturday pointers and his continuing vigilance to deter those who seek to spoil our enjoyment of this great blog.

  6. Enjoyable and not too taxing for a Saturday morning after a late night or should it be late morning? It was raining when I started the puzzle but had stopped when I finished so great all round. Needed all the checking letters for 28a as the surface had thrown me completely. Thanks to the setter and BD whose hints were not needed on this occasion (rare indeed) but useful reassurance that they are there when needed.

  7. After giving up on yesterday as I was having a totally dim day I found this a lovely solve. Two or three dips into the thesaurus but apart from that all my own work. Perhaps my haircut yesterday afternoon which shortened my fringe improving my eyesight may have made the difference. Thanks to BD for his constant vigilance of our beloved blog and also to our Saturday setter. After lunch i will tackle GK in Saturday.

  8. Not the most difficult Saturday but did get held up for a while unpicking 17d, clever clue.
    Enjoyable for all that. **(because of 17d)/***
    Thx to all

  9. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. Found this very straightforward, had to think about 5d, but got there in the end. A nice puzzle for a Saturday. Favourite was 28a, was 1*/3* for me.

  10. A pleasant Saturday walk in the park over even surfaces. Not sure about meal in 20a although I see others have it as Fav. Mine is 1a. Thanks Mysteron and BD.

  11. Having struggled through yesterday’s this was lovely. Just right. Thanks to the setter and also to BD. Didn’t need hints today but thank you for your rules BD. So much sympatico from fellow crusiverbalists. Some of us need it!

  12. I think there will be mixed opinions about this one. No real trend yet but differences as to what people found more difficult. I had no trouble with most of them but was left with six 9a, 5d, 23a, 14d, 22d and 28a completed in that order. Once I got them 22d and 28a were among my favourites. I spent far too long on the latter and thought I would have to resort to the BRB for a scientific term for lukewarm liquid! I got 17a instantly but got bogged down with 18a – another delightful clue. There is no accounting for how the individual brain works. The long words helped me along apart from 14d due to the checking letters being vowels. I shall now enjoy BD’s hints and further comments. Thanks all – any clues on the setter?

  13. Worked from the bottom up. Fairly easy solve. Had to think about 1a, as for some strange reason I had it in mind as 5, 4, 4. It was not until I solved 7d (favourite) that I spotted my error. Thanks all.

  14. Very enjoyable Saturday solve. It wasn’t very difficult but certainly not R&W.
    Lots of candidates for fave but, being predictable, top of the pops is 26a.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for his hints. I also add my appreciation for your keeping watch over this site, preventing mischief makers to ruin our fun.

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one to like 26a. I was feeling very lonely with my choice of favourite.

  15. Back from a bracing week in Cornwall. Today’s puzzle did not pose any difficulties and either. I was under the impression that 9a was a passage than a hall. No standout clues for me today

      1. I’m not going to put myself into the Naughty Corner about this – even if I do have a lovely courgette cake to eat if I were there, but will say what I think about this in the review I’m just drafting.

    1. According to Collins Online, hall, passage and the answer are all synonymous with each other. In many (older) houses and bungalows the space you enter from the front door is the hall/passage and is often the same shape (long and narrow) as the answer to 9a. Hope mentioning “long and narrow” isn’t being naughty!

  16. Although I solved this without too much trouble, I can’t help but wonder at the skill and wit of the setters.
    Great stuff. Many thanks.

  17. What a day for the summer Texas Scramble, it has rained non-stop for the last 24 hours.
    Nice puzzle, not too difficult, a few stretched synonyms I thought, though maybe that is just me.
    Thanks BD and the setter.

    1. Surely it is. The bathroom is at the end of the hall in my flat. Hall/hallway = xxxxxxxx

  18. I love it (to use the phrase used by the new Fredo 😊). Agree, a nice straightforward puzzle, and great not only for the newbies, but also for people like me who,have been doing them since the 70s and still manage to struggle some days even though this site has improved my solving skill 150%. Very enjoyable and satisfying to finish without help from Mr. Google. Too many good clues to pick a favourite but probably 18a.

    1. Oh! You’re going to get into trouble! I wonder what the future will hold, it’s almost like a soap opera.

    1. The ‘relationship’ between gather and the word in the answer is straight out of the BRB.

  19. A gentle puzzle this week, finished within */** time. One or two bits I couldn’t / didn’t bother to parse when solving, but everything looks straightforward enough in retrospect.

  20. Took me a long time as just managed not to resort to hints or Chambers word wizard. But I had to come here to find out about 21d – are these islands used regularly for these letters I wonder?

    1. If, as here, one of the islands is mentioned by name, it is a good indication of what the setter is thinking.

  21. Some good clues but also some v convoluted ones – did complete in one sitting though! 1a and 11d were favourites overall.

  22. 1*/2*. There was some satisfaction in completing, but not much in the way of charm for my money. 18a was a straightforward clue, but it did at least raise a smile so that’s my favourite. Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  23. An easy stroll in a pretty park today. */*** Fav 17d. Not too sure about the synonym for misfortune in 20a though.

  24. Mark the date. 22nd July 2017. I had all of the checking letters for 28ac but could not see the solution to the anagram so I wrote it out and wrote out the fodder and crossed out the checkers and solved from there. The first time since I don’t know when that I have used a pen. Bugger.

  25. Back to the usual Saturday sort of crossword. Gentle and not too demanding. 1a floated my boat and overall 1.3*.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints.

  26. To let you know I’m still here. Finished OK but with family staying no chance to join the blog…watch this space!

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