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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28569

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on the last Friday before the clocks go back.

There are a couple of bits of GK which may slow solvers down if they are unfamiliar to the solver, but otherwise a perfectly fair set of clues from Giovanni this morning.

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           Entitlement to enter good French or English city (8)
BRIGHTON – The French word for ‘good’ wrapped around an entitlement.

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6a           A theologian I brought to court as sort of abuser? (6)
ADDICT – Put together A (from the clue), the letters after the name of a theology professor, I (from the clue), and an abbreviation of CourT.

9a           Troublemaker showing ill-feeling around back of bar (6)
SPRITE – The final letter of baR inserted into a word for ill-feeling or malice.

10a         Person of note going from bar to bar (8)
MUSICIAN – Cryptic definition of one whose business is to read and play the notes written in bars on a stave.

11a         Mum, more elegant, seen as dangerous woman (3-5)
MAN-EATER – A two-letter word for Mum, followed by ‘more elegant’ or ‘tidier’.

12a         Yen to get ahead of schedule producing annual publication (6)
YEARLY – The symbol for some Japanese currency, followed by ‘ahead of schedule’.

13a         Enlisted with camp reorganised in movement to a different location (12)
DISPLACEMENT – Anagram (reorganised) of ENLISTED and CAMP.

16a         One sort of spider that brings in the cash (5-7)
MONEY-SPINNER – Double definition: a variety of small spider; or a profitable venture.

19a         Let out, learner relaxed (6)
LEASED – The symbol found adorning a car driven by a learner, followed by ‘relaxed’.

21a         Hip teacher — he put out zany diagram for maths class (3,5)
PIE CHART – Anagram (zany) of HIP TEAC(he)R with the HE removed (put out).

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23a         Scripture this person smuggled into county, showing commitment (8)
DEVOTION – The county which is home to our Gazza, wrapped around the abbreviation for one of the sets of books in the Bible and the pronoun for ‘this person’.

24a         University lecturer is key-holder, a renowned chemist (6)
DALTON – A university teacher wrapped around one of the keys on a computer keyboard. The answer is the surname of a person who was an early contributor to atomic theory, and also researched colour-blindness.

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25a         Way something wooden is implanted into stone (6)
STREET – A naturally-occurring wooden object with the abbreviation for ‘stone’ wrapped around it.

26a         Proud walker — good person accompanying king, say (8)
STRUTTER – Put together the short form of the title given to a good person who has been canonised, the Latin abbreviation for king, and another word for ‘say’ or ‘speak’.

ARVE Error: need id and provider


2d           Parrot to have hidden under material (6)
REPEAT – A corded fabric found mainly in crosswords (last seen in DT 28551), followed by ‘to have’, as in ‘to have for dinner’.

3d           Cunning guy will, from what we hear (5)
GUILE – This sounds like (from what we hear) the abbreviated form of ‘guy will’.

4d           See artist struggling with compositions (9)
TREATISES = Anagram (struggling) of SEE ARTIST.

5d           I may be seen as the first one that’s positive (7)
NUMERAL – This is an all-in-one clue, where the I is not a personal pronoun but a Roman arithmetic quantity greater than zero.

6d           Try when given influence in decision-making (5)
ASSAY – Put together a two-letter word for ‘when’ and a three-letter word which can mean ‘influence in decision-making’.

7d           Speech-maker got back, having switched ends (9)
DECLAIMER – Start with a word meaning ‘got back’, perhaps in a legal action, then swap the first and last letters.

8d           Cold and inexperienced, Heather is moving slowly (8)
CRAWLING – Put together Cold, inexperienced or untried, and an alternative word for heather.

13d         Set of rules for some who are buttoned up? (5,4)
DRESS CODE – This is a cryptic definition of a set of rules letting people know what attire is expected in a particular situation.

14d         Trick proposal made by candidate (9)
CONTENDER – Another word for ‘trick’ or ‘cheat’ followed by a proposal or bid for a contract.

15d         Very little energy in second part of symphony (8)
MOVEMENT – A brief period of time, perhaps a second, wrapped around Very and Energy.

17d         With mischief-makers around, death is about to happen (7)
IMPENDS – Some supernatural mischief-makers wrapped around a death or termination.

18d         Love in wood is pleasurable experience (6)
GROOVE – Put the letter which looks like a love score at tennis into a small wood, and you get what may have been a way of describing a pleasurable experience in the 1950s or 1960s.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

20d         Doctor with one foot under pile of snow? (5)
DRIFT – Put together an abbreviation for ‘doctor’, the Roman 5d for one, and an abbreviation for ‘foot’.

22d         Servant trashing hotel (5)
HELOT – Anagram (trashing ) of HOTEL, giving us an ancient Spartan serf.

The Quick Crossword pun FARM + ASSISTS = PHARMACISTS

42 comments on “DT 28569

  1. 1* / 3*. This was an enjoyable and surprisingly light offering for a Friday – almost R&W with just 26a & 18d requiring a bit more thought. No particular favourite and equally no particular bugbear.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

    1. P.S. 26a brought back some very happy memories of one of the first records I ever bought (in 1960!):

  2. Thank you to DT for the explanations and Giovanni for the crossword – I particularly liked the ‘non-old friend’ cluing of 1a – and I knew the GK references too.

      1. Mostly it seems to be clued by referring to the first letter in some way and then an informally expression meaning trendy so I was pleased to see a variation.

        1. Yes, I see what you mean, being a relative newcomer, I had not seen the other way that it could have been clued, but your version did occur to me when I wrote it in.

  3. 10a and 5d were mysteries to me, I needed assistance to get them. It was just a question of me being a bit dense this morning!

    Apart from those two, it was a very pleasurable experience, a little bit of General Knowledge which I enjoy, and some good clues. 16a is becoming a regular, it seems so to me anyway!

  4. Thanks for the parsing of 24a, the ‘key’ bit had eluded me, very clever.
    Very much the normal , excellent Friday puzzle, lots of great clues, I did not know the servant of 22d, but if had to be that.
    Favourite was 16a.
    Thanks to Giovanni and DT for the hints.
    Beautiful autumn day in South London today.

  5. Firstly agree with DT’S **/***, straight forward until I reached the SE corner which raised the * level.
    Last two in were 24a,after the D’oh moment with the key and then 18d which just about held water.
    Anyway pretty good puzzle for a Friday-thanks to setter.
    Liked 21a .
    Thanks to DT for the explanation for 5d.

  6. My knowledge of ancient Spartan serfs is somewhat limited. Otherwise surprisingly straightforward for a Friday. Thank you DT and the Don.

  7. Very enjoyable, 5d eluded me for a while and 22d was unknown to me but MrGoogle confirmed my answer. Thanks to the setter

  8. 21 and 24a co-favourites this morning in this Giovanni offering with an honourable mention for 7d. I did not find it as easy as some, but would rate it 2.5* /3.5* overall. Good fun all round.

    Thanks to The Don and DT.

  9. I liked this. Some lovely surfaces, and even the cryptic definitions made me smile rather than groan. Did need to check the vowel order in 22d.

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT.

    P.S. I might be a bit quiet on the blog in the next few days as I’m not taking my computer with me to York and commenting from my little phone is not the easiest. So I shall wish you all a great weekend now. Have a good one, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t!

  10. Hmmm – not keen on 2d (fabric obscure for m me at least), 24a similarly, but otherwise a lot to like…..

      1. It’s an ‘old chestnut’ that reappears regularly – one to be stored in the memory banks!

  11. Nothing too taxing, a pleasant solve.Thanks to The Don and DT for the blog. Agree with ** / ***

  12. It’s a city? Who knew? Which meant that the NW corner was the last to fall. I too am a little lacking in expertise when it comes to Spartan serfs, and that darned material in 2d keeps on cropping up.

    COTD Definitely 10a, I know many! Overall **/*** for me.

    Many thanks to The Don and DT.

    1. More correctly(?), according to Wikipedia, the city is . . . and Hove granted city status in 2001.

    1. Welcome to the blog – there’s more than one of us called Sue so you might want to add another bit to your alias

  13. Nice puzzle. Pretty gentle for a Friday, I thought. 1.5*/*** I liked 1a, 11a, 21a, 24a with 5d being my favourite. 22d was a new word for me, but guessable. Toughie time now – usually a torture for me.

  14. A very straightforward and very enjoyable Giovanni completed at a gallop – **/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 10a, 3d, and 13d – and the winner is 3d (although I thought there might be some comments about the ‘quality’ of the homophone).

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  15. Brain fog this morning and extremely grateful for a few nudges from DT. Thank you especially for the inspired clip from Oaklahoma. I shall be humming that all day.

  16. Needed help with three clues today including 2d and 22d which were new to me. Not helped in NE corner by entering ‘composer’ rather than the correct answer! 13d favourite for me.

    Thanks to the setter and DT for the hints.

  17. Bit of guesswork involved with the chemist and the serf and I wasn’t overly convinced by either 5 or 18d, but otherwise quite an enjoyable puzzle.
    26a set me off humming ‘Green grow the rushes, o’ and I liked DT’s illustration of 21a.

    Thanks to DG and to DT.

    PS Hope that everyone going to York has a good time.

  18. Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. I found this a real struggle from start to finish. Got stuck at the bottom half. Needed the hints for 23,24,26a & 15,18,22d. Was 4 * / 2 * for me.

  19. I agree with the rating **/*** 😃 22d was a new word for me 😳 Favourites for me we’re both educational 😬21 & 24a and 3d thanks to DT and to Giovanni

  20. Very enjoyable, though I never did get the chemist. I can’t say I’ve never heard of him as I have a sneaky suspicion he’s appeared before and I didn’t know him then.
    I also missed 11a as I wrote a wrong letter in 4d; don’t you peeps know that the word is correctly spelt “treaiises”?
    Fave was 10a with 5d as runner up.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat, loved the clip at 26a.

  21. As RD says this was a lightweight for a Friday puzzle and like him I have no favourites or bugbears to comment upon. It was a beautiful day in Nottingham and had to be spent outdoors. I was unable to download a fair bit of the DT including the puzzle page on to the I pad today and got round to solving the puzzle in the paper version later than usual.

  22. Very enjoyable morning’s work. Only needed the hint for 15d. Solved the anagram of 22d but had to wikipedia the meaning. Just off to swot up on obscure types of serf!!

  23. Solid puzzle from The Don. No problems with 15d a particular favourite for its ‘glissando’. The GK element was pitched just about right for this solver. Enjoyed reading about the survey and surprised at the number of people who sit at the back of the class seemingly too shy to put their hands up. Very glad they are there though.
    Gratitude to all.

  24. Surprisingly straightforward for a Friday.
    I dithered about ‘composer’ for 10a – what a good thing I decided to wait for some checking letters before writing it in.
    Yet again I was ‘had’ by the 24a ‘key’ – the other one that always gets me is ‘esc’ – one day I’ll remember both of those.
    I think the clue construction in 7d might be becoming a Friday trademark unless I’ve got the day wrong when we last had it.
    Clues that I particularly appreciated (saying ‘liked’ gets a bit boring) include 21a and 8 and 13d.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat.

  25. I wasn’t completely bowled over with today’s Giovanni; I thought it lacked a little sparkle somehow. I did complete it albeit at a fairly slow pace. I liked 3d and 11a so either of those were candidates for top clue. 2/3* overall.
    Thanks to the Don, and to DT for the review.

  26. For the most part straightforward, but I struggled at the close on 23ac (where I misread county as country, not the first time that’s happened), and 18d. The SE corner as a whole looked a little tough – with a chemist I’ve never heard of, ditto the servant – but ironically I got those without problem, only to stumble at the final hurdle.

  27. Much interrupted by events at the AJ Bell stadium in Manchester, but it all adds up to 1/3. 15d and 26a were my favourites. Ta to the Don and DT.

  28. Good evening everybody.

    Struggled with the last ten. 24a Who? 22d What? 18d. Bit of a linguistic stretch I thought (fine with a y at the end but not with an e).

    Favourite 15d. Last in 25a.


  29. Got there I. The end but what a struggle in the bottom half. Was left this morning with four each way. Did not help that I had religion for 23a. Left with SE but felll into Place after I got 14d. Should have got that quicker. Puts me in mind of Magnus Magnusson. Thanks setter. Also DT for parsing of 2d. I was looking for something meaning hidden and also 15d.

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