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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28492 (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.


8a    A planet circling Earth approaches (7)
The A from the clue and one of the planets around E(arth)

10a/11a    Become apparent as the Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse do (4,3,2,3,4)
This collection of rivers does just this!

12a    Country that was divided making progress rapidly, we hear (5)
Sounds like (we hear) a verb meaning making progress rapidly

13a    Frank put foot down (5)
Two definitions – a mark to show that a fee, usually postage, has been paid and a verb meaning to put one’s foot down forcibly

19a    Engineers in dismay making gear (7)
The two-letter abbreviation for some military engineers inside a verb meaning to dismay gives the type of gear that is worn

21a    Bits of music jumping from las to dohs? (5)
Split the answer (2,3) to get a jump from las to dohs

24a    Hanger-on given shelter by church (5)
A word meaning shelter followed by CH(urch)

28a    Where yachtsmen sail, keeping very well-funded (7)
A place where yachtsmen can sail around (keeping) V(ery)


1d    Caught stars in decay (6)
C(aught) followed by a constellation (stars)

3d    We prosper with engineering drawing in university in dominant country (10)
An anagram (with engineering) of WE PROSPER around (drawing in) U(niversity)

4d    Varied choice essential in popular sport in Canada etc (3,6)
This one is for Falcon! – an anagram (varied) of CHOICE followed by a word meaning essential

5d    In a frenzy ‘Good Morning’ the wrong way round (4)
Not a two-letter word meaning good followed by the abbreviation used for morning but the other way around

7d    Changing hat style not likely to be noticed (8)
An anagram (changing) of HAT STYLE giving a photo-opportunity for this aircraft that is allegedly “not likely to be noticed”!

9d    Fraud upset Apple computers (4)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of some Apple computers

15d    Old actress gives former UN chief the bird (4,6)
The surname of a former UN Secretary General followed by a bird – this one indicates the age of the setter as the actress in question died in 1986!

16d    Bag to boil for cooking that is required for musicians (9)
… this anagram leads to a musical term

20d    Postwar housing, before great 1960s style (6)
A three-letter meaning before followed by a term used in the 1960s to mean great

22d    Goblin shows ill will without resistance (6)
A word meaning ill will around (without!) R(esistance)

25d    Bonnet for American gangster (4)
Two definitions – the first being the American word for the bonnet of a car

The Crossword Club is now open. As this is the last Saturday of the month, I am off to the village Café and Market – back around lunchtime

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The Quick Crossword pun: tyke+wand+owe=tae kwon do

70 comments on “DT 28492 (Hints)

  1. 2*/4*. The homophone in 12a doesn’t work for me but, that apart, this was good fun with some inventive cluing. I particularly liked 21a & 25d.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

    1. Have you considered more than one possibility for the homophone? I found the alternative rather more satisfactory.

      1. I can’t think of a feasible second possibility, and we can’t carry on a sensible conversation about it on a Saturday :unsure:

        1. I always think of the homophone in relation to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

          [Too much information]

  2. I do wish that we knew the names of our Saturday setters – this one was so much fun.
    Plenty of ticks on my sheet but the laugh-out-loud moment when I ‘saw’ the 10/11 combo gives it pride of place.

    So many comments I want to make but CS is doubtless on the prowl during BD’s market visit!

    Many thanks to Mr. Ron for a great start to the day.

    1. I’m around but also doing things to sort out No 2 son’s bedroom before the new bed is delivered before he’s home in a couple of weeks’ time for the first time in nearly three years.

      We have a curtain pole to put up which you mustn’t even contemplate fixing up if you are ‘tired, inebriated or dizzy’ – fortunately neither of us is that at the moment.

      PS: you could always save your comments in a Word document and then copy and paste them into a comment on my review when it appears on Friday morning.

      1. Hi CS,
        A hard learned lesson re: curtain poles which you may well already know – use the bottom of the window ledge as your horizontal guide. It may be slightly out of true but that’s where your eyes are drawn to when you look at the completed picture.

        Yes – I’ll try to remember to post on Friday, you must get fed up with so few of us remembering to do so.
        Hope you have a wonderful time with your son.

        1. Thanks Jane but after nearly 35 years in a house with 28 windows, we have got the hang of curtain rail fixing now ;)

          1. Sorry, CS – it’s still on my mind that new Mum, having diligently made a Roman blind for the nursery, lined up the top fixing rail with the ceiling. Colourful language ensued!

  3. 14a was a new word to me, but quite straightforward from the word play and confirmed by my trusty BRB app.

    Very enjoyable with 10a and 11a being worthy of a special mention. I also remember the old actress from many an old British film from the 40’s and 50’s – showing my age I’m afraid!

    It looks like the South Africans will avoid the follow-on, and with the weather being a bit dodgy it looks like this Test is bound for a draw.

  4. Three quarters fell readily into place but NE was a different kettle of fish not helped after bunging in 12a wrong place. 10/11a is/are Fav(s) but also liked 23d (chestnut?). Thanks Mysteron and BD.

  5. This, to my mind, was a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle which has brightened a rather overcast morning in South Cheshire. Like Michael, I also remember the old actress and I’ve noted Dave’s comment regarding 15d. From time to time, I too have noted expressions which aren’t now in everyday use which have made me wonder about the setter’s age.

  6. Very enjoyable and completed at a gallop – */***.

    Candidates for favourite – 10a/11a combo, 15d, and 23d, all equally brilliant in their own ways – and I cannot decide on a winner, so a three-way tie.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  7. I, too, particularly liked the 10/11 combination. Very inventive. A very enjoyable puzzle from start to finish, with some innovative clueing and a modicum of head-scratching. 2*/4* seems about right.

    Many thanks to the Saturday setter and BD.

  8. Very enjoyable puzzle solved in between making a very large fresh fruit salad (so exhausting). Next up the creme caramel. Particularly like the 10/11 once I latched onto it but also 12a, 28a and 5d. 14a was a new word to me – worked it out then checked whether it was right. I quite like meeting new words.

    Off to Waitrose now (a novelty in this household) where the challenge of shopping will be mitigated by coffee and cake. :-)

  9. Me too re – 10/11. Enjoyed the rest of the puzzle as well. A while back, Tilsit recommended a Rosa Klebb puzzle in the FT. There is another one today, and it is (for me anyway) the wittiest puzzle I’ve seen for months. Well worth a look. Have a good weekend all.

      1. I think that was tougher than his Sunday service in the Telegraph, CS – at least it was for me!
        Needed to use reference material for three or four but enjoyed the tussle.
        Thank you for mentioning it.

    1. Thanks from me too for tip-off. I printed and much enjoyed the FT 15,614. Must remember to go there again. 👍

  10. I enjoyed solving this. Worked out 10/11 but did not have enough geographical knowledge to appreciate the sheer brilliance of the clue. Thanks to BD for explanation and the setter for a great puzzle.

  11. 10/11 for me too. Lots to like. I do think the DT has upped the ante on the weekend prize puzzles and they’re so much more enjoyable these days. Thanks to the setter and BD, and wishing CS and Mr. CS the best of times with their son.

    Off to have go at the NTSPP now.

  12. 15d – Who? My parents were born in the 40’s. This kind of answer does nothing for me, I’m afraid, particularly since it requires GK to make the wordplay too.

  13. Good fun, but I was disappointed to discover that Boutros Boutros-Ghali would not fit into 15d. Thank you setter and BD.

  14. Oh dear – one of those “just me” days. I made heavy weather of this but can’t quite see why now – very enjoyable though.
    To begin with I was hooked up to the wrong planet for 8a which really didn’t help.
    The 10/11 combination is one of those expressions that I’ve always misinterpreted – there are more and more of them.
    I vaguely remember the name of the 15d actress but thought she was a ballerina and couldn’t remember the UN chap.
    I’ve never heard of the ‘Horlicksy’ bit of 23d – wonder where that came from.
    I liked the 17a anagram and 6 and 9d. My favourite was 27a – sounds like my sister who’s been known to go round a roundabout the wrong way! :roll:
    Thanks to whoever set this one and to BD.

  15. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, that I found quite tricky at the top. Last in was 23d, I liked 10&11a, but my favourite was 8a. Was 3*/3* for me.

  16. As an East Anglian i have to plump for 10/11a as favourite but also i live in a 1a. Thanks to BD and setter for a sparkly way to brighten up an overcast day. Still sulking after dire lunch roll on teatime and my crumpet.

  17. Agreed, a really fun puzzle. I did have to google the rivers, but it immediately helped me solve it and it’s my fave for the cleverness.
    I remember the 15d/Michael Wilding combo so well, a long time ago.
    There was so much to like but over far too soon.
    Thanks to Saturday setter and to BD for his hints.

  18. I found this quite tricky for a saturday puzzle – very enjoyable, many thanks setter and BD

    I’ll go have a look at the FT now.

  19. Ground out the solution without any hints or electronic devices (hurray!) Overall an enjoyable solve. Was pleased to work out 15d from the deep recesses of my memory. What is the connection between 23d and a hot milky drink?

    1. I’d never heard of the connection between 23d and the milky drink either but it is in the BRB. I have no idea where it came from – strange. :unsure:

    2. All attempts to explain “Horlicks” using offensive language have been (and will be) deleted. All you need to do to understand it is to look it up in the BRB (it’s also in Collins, the ODE and the SOED).

  20. Super crossword, lots of fun. Some nice anagrams to get started then my fav clue 10/11. Special mention also for 18d and 12a.
    Not sure I have come across 14a before but Mrs B knew it.
    Nice end to the week after the two horrors of Monday and Thursday.
    Thx to all.

  21. A solid puzzle with quite a few smiles. I had to look up the ancient 15d actress, of course. It did occur to me that while such clues may, as BD suggests, indicate an aged setter, they could also indicate a younger setter who is targeting an elderly audience. I suppose there’s no way of knowing.

  22. Not sure about the age of the setter (15d) – but us RBKs liked
    (Ration Book Kids)

  23. A thoroughly enjoy puzzle – romped through it fairly quickly – only the odd clue needing a BD explanation! 10a and 20d favourites. 22d – should this be with rather than without to work?!
    15d showing age of setter! Fortunately older husband knew the name!!

    1. The question of ‘without’ meaning outside appears here on an extremely regular basis. Usually someone refers to the hymn ‘There is a green hill far away, without a city wall..’. It is almost but not quite one of those ‘if I had a penny every time..’ moments.

  24. Super crossword today, I knew the actress but totally forgot the U.N. leader, so needed the hint to get her.
    Favourite was 21a, though the above could not be filled in until the actress was filled in.
    I had not heard of 22d.
    Thanks BD and setter.

      1. On, means the usual answer for about, and the last word is a type of species, probably. All meaning to check someone, or hold them back.

  25. Enjoyable, quite easy, but I had to ask my wife who the actress was even though I had the first name and the first letter if the second name.

  26. I don’t think 15d had anything to do with the age of the setter or their target audience. If they are the checkers offered by The across clues then well done,for finding the only thing that fit and successfully compiling a fair clue for it. Nice puzzle. Ta to,all.

  27. The Saturday crosswords are definitely not walks in the park anymore! I had to work quite hard to really get going in today’s puzzle. Most enjoyable and for me the 10/11a combo was hard to beat. 2/4* overall.
    Thanks to Mr Ron, and to BD for the hints.

  28. I never did get the actress, she’s so old she is older than me 😊 The ones I could think of just didn’t fit. Loved 10a and 11a, really good cryptic clue, and a special mention to 28a. I definitely wasn’t with the romping away crowd, more like left the start. Got there in the end, well almost. Tomorrow’s another day …

  29. Completed this one over a cup of tea while waiting for the rain to abate with Son’s girlfriend whilst he was away for a few nights. She is new to cryptics and will soon be off on her own; all the right signs are there.
    I would rate this as 2/3 star and maybe a smidge more than a 3 for fun and 8a as man of the match. Held up a bit by slapping the wrong country in and slapped something else in 21a which I am ashamed to admit. So I won’t tell what it was.

  30. My most enjoyable solving experience in a very long time. I know I am very late to the meeting here, but I must say how much I admired this puzzle. Whomever you were, I praise you, compiler. **/*****

  31. Thoroughly enjoyed this week’s. For once I needed no hints – which is rare for me :D


  32. Liked the puzzle despite a slow start -then they came thick and fast. Too busy to blog with 4 grandchildren staying. Agree with the comments on 10 & 11a -without looking at the map! 15d was Goodie too -admit to looking up the UN Chiefs on 15d- when I recall Ban Kee Mun -thought he came from Warrington……(any comment anyone..?)
    Many thanks to BD & setter.

  33. Please may I have a hint for 23d? I’ve got everything else. I found the puzzle enjoyable. 10a and 11a we’re neat and I also liked 20d. Thanks.

    1. 23d Where military types consume Horlicks (4)
      It’s just a double definition – as suggested elsewhere, try looking up Horlicks in the dictionary,

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