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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28498 (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    Clear article to appear before ruler’s passing (10)
An adjective meaning clear followed by the indefinite article and a ruler

6a    Cut flower makes one pleased (4)
Cut this flower into two parts and just use the first The abbreviation (cut) for a well-known flower

11a    Doggedly obstruct rural division (9)
Split as (5,4) this divides, for example, a field from a country lane

19a    Order silk in error that’s monumental (7)
An honour (order) followed by an anagram (in error) of SILK

24a    Things made for pipes (8)
A prefix meaning “for” followed by some pipes

28a    Additional payment from sailor transporting Poles? (5)
Start with the foreman of a naval crew (sailor) and “transport”, or should that be “transpose” the letters representing the two poles

29a    Country singer famous for reggae broadcast (4)
Sounds like (broadcast) a famous reggae singer

30a    After trains breaking down, man is caustic (10)
An anagram (breaking down) of TRAINS followed by a man


1d    Free love with writer (4)
The letter that represents a score of love in tennis followed by a writing implement

2d    Let off former partner with single charge (9)
The usual former partner is followed by the number that represents a single and a charge or fee

5d    Food that’s northern? Loads! (7)
N(orthern) followed by a colloquial word for loads or lots

14d    Place to find form (10)
… these forms are those on which children used to sit during classes, but the term has come to mean the class itself

16d    Extremely poor local in the street (8)
A local or pub inside THE ST(reet)

21d    Terribly posh for a consumer (7)
An anagram (terribly) of POSH followed by the word that means “for a”

25d    Mostly civilised, like London or Manchester? (5)
Most of an adjective meaning civilised

26d    Regularly pose with good person — this might attract attention (4)
The odd letters (regularly) of P[o]S[e] followed by our usual good person

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The Quick Crossword pun: fought+knocks=Fort Knox

49 comments on “DT 28498 (Hints)

  1. Fairly straightforward but nonetheless enjoyable. 29a caused a run through the alphabet for possible answers whilst walking the dog. Penny finally dropped and so it became favourite. Thanks BD.

  2. Very enjoyable with assistance from some oldies but goodies such as 22a and 5d.

    Joint favourites – 29a and 5d – equally brilliant.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  3. 1*/3*. Straightforward but good fun! 29a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

  4. A fairly straight forward offering for a Saturday. Last one in was 21a from checking letters, but can anyone explain the clue as I didn’t understand all the wordplay. Favourite was 15a

    1. There was a typo in your email address forcing your comment into moderation.

      21a Drink calms her between shows (7)

      ‘Shows’ is a ‘hidden’ indicator.

      1. Like Martin, I couldn’t understand why I’d got the answer I put in but then, after re-reading the clue a couple of times, the penny dropped. I’m pleased that the puzzle was fairly easy this morning because of the distraction of the athletics and I’ve also got the TMS cricket commentary on at the same time. And they say that men can’t multi-task…

  5. West took a bit more application than the East but altogether a fun ride. Saturdays are so much more entertaining these days. Fav certainly not 29a (never heard of said singer) as per two previous Comments but possibly 20d for my part. Thank you Mysteron and BD. Not sorry to see ‘Like’ buttons go.

  6. Haven’t seen 5d for at least a fortnight, or so it seems. 29a my COTD in this very straightforward but enjoyable romp through crosswordland. 1.5*/3* overall with many thanks to the Saturday setter and BD.

  7. I agree this one was fairly straightforward but good fun for a Saturday morning – torrential rain, thunder and hail.
    I missed the 21a lurker but found the other one without a huge amount of trouble.
    Had to check 7d in the BRB as I’m not sure I’ve seen it spelt this way before.
    Sorting out why my 18d was right took too long as I couldn’t find the TV.
    I liked 6 and 28a and 5d, even though it’s a regular, and 25d.
    Thanks to whoever set today’s crossword and to BD.
    Still raining – MPP then NTSPP, I think.

  8. For no good reason, it took me a while to get 24a which in turn held me up over the trio at 25d, 28a & 26d.
    No other problems to report – 11a & 26d sharing the honours.

    Thanks to Mr. Saturday Ron and to BD – both for the Saturday club and for getting rid of the ‘Like’ stars.

  9. Really nice, thoroughly enjoyed it, especially after my abject failure yesterday with the Don’s offering. Favourite 25d, a **/**** for me with thanks to Mysteron and BD.

  10. I too found this straightforward. 18d was my favourite clue and like Kath I took a while to work out how the television came into it.

  11. I didn’t find this at all easy and as always on a Saturday the only clue whose answer I don’t understand 21a is not hinted!
    There are some excellent clues but my fav was 26d😁
    Thx to all

  12. Just popping in to thank Mister Ron for today’s puzzle – for some reason I didn’t find it quite as straightforward as some of the earlier comments appear to have done.

    My other reason for commenting is to suggest everyone has a go at today’s splendid NTSPP.

    1. OK – thank you for the NTSPP recommendation – weather has made anything outside impossible again for the third time today.

    2. I’ll second that, CS. One of our young setters whose star is definitely in the ascendance.

  13. Having read the hint for 29a I am now enjoying the relief of no longer banging my head against the wall to understand my answer. Ditto to 28a. A few slaps around the cheeks and I’ll be as right as rain. I was confident enough to submit it, but I do like to understand the relationship between clue and answer.


  14. Had to resort to BRB for a few today but nevertheless a delightful way to spend Saturday afternoon. Our poor gardener is here and it’s raining, he and his gorgeous black Labrador are sheltering in the van. I am going to have a go at NTSPP then I will return to MPP., determined to get there one day.

  15. Struggled a bit today, but the weather gave me more time. Like Attila I didn’t like 28 & 29a – could not be anything else. 17a gave me a headache- mixing it up with ‘age’….
    I did however get the two ‘hidden’ clues -always a pleasure.
    Was anyone else misled by ‘large property’ in 15a -until the penny dropped…
    Many thanks to BD and the setter.

    1. Another good ‘un from the Saturday setter, needing a little more thought today but most enjoyable.
      Liked 11a and 18d, but fave was 29a … I prefer “One Love”, my fave song of his.
      Thanks to setter and to BD.

      1. This was not meant to be a reply to Badger, sorry about that! The mystery of modern technology. I know it must be my fault, GIGO, but I have no idea what I did.

  16. Very grateful to Kath for her lurker clue but the t v still eludes me, I am so delighted that the likes have disappeared. It was like youngsters speak like I saw it like when I was there like but I am glad like it is no longer there!

  17. I too found this straightforward. 18d was my favourite clue and like Kath it took me a while to work out how the television came into it.

  18. I too found this straightforward. 18d was my favourite clue and like Kath it took me a while to work out how the television came into it.

  19. Was really slow in the SW.
    For a change I wasn’t keen on the homophone in 29a.
    Loved the things made for pipes in 24a.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the club.

    1. Hi JL,
      Have just listened to the homophone as pronounced in French – I think that if you Google the English equivalent you may accept it more readily.

  20. I didn’t find this quite such a walk in the park as many have suggested; I eventually got going from the bottom of the grid. 24a was my fave. 2/3* overall.
    Thanks to the Saturday setter and of course to BD for the hints.

  21. I managed to sneak away from the family after watching Bolt run his semi-final, and find a peaceful corner of the house to sit down and attack today’s puzzle. I only had a couple of slight problems of my own making. One was putting 27a in the wrong way round. No idea why. The other problem was working out 26d early on, but not putting it in as I didn’t really think it was a word. It was my last one in, once I’d checked its existence in the dictionary. Some liked 29a, others didn’t, but it was my favourite. Thank you setter and BD.

  22. A good crossword – nothing too challenging but some groans when we finally got the clue\justified it! 14d was the favourite along with 17a. Thanks to the setters for an enjoyable Saturday evening.

  23. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle that I found quite straightforward. Needed to think quite hard to get the last half a dozen answers. Last in was 9d. Favourite was 28a. Was 2*/3* for me.

  24. Off to bed tired little slreepyhead but must say thank to BD and our setters for a magic crossword day. :yahoo:

  25. I liked it and it was just teasing enough to be fun.( There was a time when if one said something like that it led to all sorts of innuendo ).
    We have all become so PC.
    11a is probably the easiest clue but is my favourite.
    Thanks to BD and the setter.

  26. Hi there. Can someone please explain the construction of 6a to me?
    Usually I think ‘cut’ means to take the last letter off. In this clue it is suggested that you cut the flower word in half and use only the first half. How does this come from ‘makes one’ or doesn’t it? In which case how did you know it was cut in half rather than randomly cut letters off?
    Thanks! Confused of Colchester

    1. You’ve changed your alias since your previous comments so this one needed moderation – both aliases will work from now on.
      In 6a I think that ‘cut’ in this case just means ‘abbreviated’. The answer is in Chambers as an informal abbreviation for the flower in question (with the full name of the flower having 9 letters, so it’s not being cut in half).

      1. I have Sue, I was trying to transpose the wrong letters, I assumed they were in the middle! Thanks!

  27. Pat. 15a I could not do this one and don’t understand the clue. No one else seemed to have a problem. Fairly new to Cryptic Cwords!

    1. Welcome to the blog, Pat.

      15a Run away from rabbit by large property (7)
      Start with a verb to rabbit or gossip and remove (away) the cricket abbreviation for ‘run’. Finally add the abbreviation for large.

    2. A general hint…adjoining words are not necessarily related. Eg large property does not necessarily imply a ‘large property’ quite the contrary here..

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