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DT 28594 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28594 (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.

bA full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Some hints follow.


1a    Book accommodation with credit, and transport for Halloween (10)
B(ook) followed by some accommodation and a colloquial word for credit gives a form of transport associated with Halloween

9a    Let go manual worker, one taking others for a ride (10)
A verb meaning to let go or release followed by a manual worker gives someone who gains from the efforts of others – although not relevant here, I found it interesting that in Chambers one of the definitions of “take for a ride” is “to give (someone) a lift in a car with the object of murdering him or her in some remote place”

13a    Uncertainty following detective arresting Beds town’s dangerous element (9)
An interjection of uncertainty follows a detective (not one in the police) around a town in Bedfordshire

16a    Forces politician into terrible lies (6)
Our usual politician inside an anagram (terrible) of LIES

23a    Affair resulting in daughter before marriage? (9)
D(aughter) followed by a marriage

26a    Animal from island west of Bute extremely cross (4)
Easier than it looks – I(sland) followed by the outer (extreme) letters of B[ut]E and the letter shaped like a cross

28a    Prime Minister from European country (not its south-west) (4)
Start with a European country and drop the abbreviation for South-West

29a    Persistent crew in the middle, not fast? (10)
The middle letters of [c]RE[w] followed by a word that could mean not fast, where fast is in the sense of abstinence from food


1d    Polish expert (4)
Two definitions – a verb and a noun respectively

2d    What greedy cat might do in shared area (7)
This could be what a greedy cat might do with a saucer full of milk

7d    Sheeran providing something cool, something monumental (7)
The first name of pop singer Sheeran followed by our usual word meaning providing or provided and something that is cool

8d    Question Time taking precedence with teacher’s demanding boss (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to question preceded by (taking precedence) T(ime) and followed by a teacher

11d    Area where they get the Daily Express? (8,4)
A cryptic definition of the area from which workers travel to a city, typically by train, in order to work

14d    Desperate wives’ third card-school (5,5)
An anagram (desperate) of WIVES’ THIRD

21d    Record list rewritten by European for Romans, say? (7)
A 4-track vinyl record followed by an anagram (rewritten) of LIST and E(uropean)

25d    A sibling’s unchanged (2,2)
The A from the clue followed by the shortened form of a sibling (there are only two, just pick the right one!)

The Crossword Club is now open.

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The Quick Crossword pun: bruise+thaw+scythe=Bruce Forsyth

50 comments on “DT 28594 (Hints)

  1. First impression somewhat daunting but turned out to be unjustified. Eventually enjoyed a romp through this fun puzzle. Two littluns – 6a and 10a last in. Particularly liked 8d and 11d. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  2. No hold ups today I’m pleased to say, but no less enjoyable for that. My favourite was 13a, I love the type of clue where the answer is appearing before my eyes as I fill in the letters. Many thanks to BD for the early blog (as I have a very full day) and to the setter

  3. 17d my last one, and 11d my favourite in this comfortable and enjoyable Saturday puzzle. It certainly cheered up a bitterly cold morning in the Marches. 2.5* /3.5* .

    Many thanks to the setter and BD.

  4. Reasonably straightforward and quite enjoyable, with a sprinkling of oldies but goodies(?), completed at a gallop – **/***.

    Candidates for favourite – 6a, 2d, 19d, and 25d – and the winner is 25d, a ‘cute’ clue.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  5. A very nice puzzle, slightly more tricky than the normal Saturday fare but it all worked out well with no real problems – good fun!

    I was at the Olympic Stadium last night for West Ham v Leicester, I was pleasantly surprised by the West Ham performance – things are looking a bit brighter this morning but we’ve got a tough little run coming up!

    England v Samoa this afternoon – should be entertaining – COME ON ENGLAND!

  6. I enjoyed this a lot, with 5d and 11d raising smiles. 11d and 14d are goodies, but are they also oldies? Couldn’t parse 29a, so thanks BD for the elucidation. Thanks also to the setter for a clever and fun puzzle.

    1. You left out part of the middle of your email address.

      Agree with you about the pun. Watch out for kerbs on your way home from Twickenham ;)

  7. Like those who’ve commented before me, I found this to be an enjoyable puzzle and I didn’t experience any difficulty other than 24a, which was the last answer I put in. I don’t know why but, for some reason, the blindingly-obvious wording didn’t register with me straight away and I was toying with an alternative answer when I had the lightbulb moment.

  8. Like others I enjoyed this puzzle, favourite was 1a, last in was 24a read the clue several times before the ‘light bulb moment’
    I don’t like to open this site until I have finished or am desperately stuck but that little one almost had me reaching for the keyboard….. almost.
    Many thanks to BD and all involved.

  9. Completely stuck on those two tricky 4 letter clues on the top left, 6a & 10a.
    The left hand side was very nice but the right is damned tricky.
    Have an answer to 17d but can’t parse the clue.
    As always the ones I get stuck on are never hinted!
    Any help would be much appreciated.

    1. That’s because you can do the hard ones but not the easy ones!

      6a As drink might be ordered (4)
      Two definitions – how a drink might be when it has no added mixer and in orderly fashion

      10a Fix son’s legs (4)
      A verb meaning to fix followed by S(on) gives a colloquial word for legs

      17d Bill interrupts peaceful song (8)
      A two-letter bill or poster inside an adjective meaning peaceful

      1. Thanks BD I too was stuck on 17d.
        Lots to love elsewhere 1a 13a 15a 14d all good in my opinion.
        I too struggled in the NE until I got the right start to 8d. A wrong last word to 11d delayed me a bit.
        I did most of this with mum in Betty’s over a nice christmas rosti and coffee but had to get home for BD’s help for 17d.

      2. Difficulty like beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
        Thx for the hints, you have confirmed my answer to 17d (didn’t associate the two letter with bill).

    2. A shot form of a bill, not financial, contained within a word meaning peaceful gives a kind of song.

      BD got there first!!

    3. As per my Comment No. 1 above – you and I both, Brian, re mental block on 6a and 10a so had to seek help.

  10. 1a made me smile and set the tone for this enjoyable Saturday romp.
    Hard to pick a favourite but the leader board shows 23a plus 2,11&14d all making the grade.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to BD for the Saturday club.

    Now for the NTSPP.

  11. Took a while to get going, but after realising that Dunstable was not correct for 13a managed to complete. Needed the blog for explanation of 29a so thanks to BD and also to setter for for enjoyable tussle.

      1. That was the conclusion I reached too – I was just waiting to see what your reaction would be!

    1. Fair play to you for owning up to Dunstable, I don’t think I would be brave enough to own up. I have put in some utter howlers in the past but have never had the bottle to come clean.

  12. A nice Mister Ron Saturday crossword, although I don’t appear to have marked anything particular as a favourite.

    I can recommend today’s NTSPP too

  13. Standard Saturday really.
    Nothing stood out particularly, though I thought 6a was 6a.
    I am still not sure I get the second part of 29a.
    Thanks to BD and Mr.Ron.
    Off to Craven Cottage to cheer on the Lions.

  14. What a nice way to spend Saturday morning! I was quite convinced that 13a was wrongly clued until I read the blog and remembered the Americanism. Doh!

  15. Looks like I’m bucking the trend today as I found this one quite difficult .
    Had to use quite a lot of electronic help as well as the hints…..so not a good day for me.

    Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave.

  16. This crossword was like the Saturday challenges of old. Nothing to spook the horses and nothing too demanding. Pleasant enough; 2/2.5* overall with 11d perhaps favourite.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  17. 2* / 4*. This puzzle, laced with nice surfaces and touches of humour, warmed me up nicely on a cold, cold morning.

    The clue which held me up most was 29a although I spotted the answer quickly parsing proved to be a much great challenge.

    16a didn’t quite ring true as it seems to me that most politicians lie without being forced. :wink:

    A very minor quibble is that I thought 2d should have referred to a thirsty cat rather than a greedy one, but I’ll defer to Kitty on this subject.

    My favourite is 3a, which is a lovely anagram with a perfect surface.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

    P.S. I was very amused by Jaydubs’ howler (comment 12). Coincidentally the reason I am later than usual in posting today is that since completing the puzzle I have driven to Dunstable and back!

    1. RD, 2d. I’m just catching up on reading all these comments, which I find fascinating and intriguing. I can understand your minor quibble but may I suggest that greedy can refer to the over-indulgence of food or drink. A merely thirsty cat wouldn’t necessarily drink too much milk (or overlap), but a greedy one almost certainly would! That’s the way I (as a fellow pedant) see it.

  18. Great puzzle today full of excellent clues that raised a lot of smiles. Liked loads of the clues but favourite is 9a closely followed by 8d.
    Rating ** / ****

    Thanks to BD and the setter.

  19. Thanks to BD for the hints after the hints.
    Couldn’t get 6a either.
    Just two letters short of completion.
    Can’t believe I spelled 20a right the first time.
    Definitely improving.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD again.

  20. I dunno, I fair struggled with some of this. I think it’s me, my brain has gone to mush. As an example, my last one in was 18a, but I think that is one of the easiest clues. I had many more that I was equally as dim at solving. Oh brain, all is forgiven, please come home!
    Despite the copious electronic usage, I did mostly enjoy it.
    Thanks to Mister Ron and to BD for his hints.

    P.S. I see many had a problem with 6a and 10a, my first ones in.
    Also, BD, I’ll bet some setter will use your second meaning for 9a in a puzzle sometime soon!

  21. An enjoyable unravelling. Had “xxxxxxxxxx” for 8D, but being an ex teacher, perhaps I’m excused!

    1. Sorry but you can’t put incorrect answers – see the instructions in red at the bottom of the hints

    2. I think I can guess what you wanted to put in 8d – I did too but was not 100% convinced, and luckily all became clear when 6a popped into my head.

  22. This was a strange one today, the whole top half went in pretty smoothly, but the bottom half took some head scratching. I am also one of those who always seems to need help with the unhinted questions, just my contrary nature I guess. All good fun though.

  23. An enjoyable, breezy, * solve. The south was a little trickier than the other half, perhaps… Fun, though not what I was expecting today.

  24. I don’t know it was the lateness of the day, Christmas shopping or what it was, but after the first partial read through of today’s clues I genuinely thought this was going to be a toughie. However, when all else fails I try my usual tactic and work from the bottom upwards. It then all pretty much fell into place, but like several other solvers a couple of four letter words caused me problems towards the end. Once the pennies finally dropped I completed in a reasonable time – for me, that is. Thanks to the setter, an enjoyable Saturday puzzle. Thanks also to BD.

  25. **/***. Late start today due to amazing Black Friday/week at Canadian Tire. It’s so much more civilised than further south (apls to the US bloggers). The crossword was a bit of a challenge to start with but eventually fell into place. 13a favourite. Thanks to the setter and BD.

  26. 11d – all done, without recourse to outside aids, apart from the second word of this clue, for which I have, obviously, the second and fourth letters. HELP !!

      1. BD – thanks for your response – obviously i don’t know where to look in Chambers, and the only word that appears to fit is :-.
        If I modify your words “the area (from) which workers travel to a city” to “the area ( in) which workers travel to a city”, it would work, apart from the fact that this word hardly means “area” . Please put me out of my misery !! Thanks again

        1. I don’t think that naughty corner beckons if I tell you to look in the dictionary for the word you have got and then assuming it is the correct word, you should find somewhere in the definition of that word a two word ‘phrase’ that solves your problem. Sorry BD if that contravenes rules.

          1. thanks, Shropshirebloke, I’m a Shropshire bloke, too, from Market Drayton. Whilst travelling down the M6 yesterday, I put the question to my lady friend, who came up with the answer in about 3 seconds flat, how could I have missed it !! Very senior moment !

            Thanks again, Almo!

  27. Like many I had trouble with the top right corner, not having heard of Sheeran, and had to assume the answer was a ‘song’ rather than a name…Had to resort to a hint (thanks BD) for the first part of 8d and then it all fell into place by mid day Saturday. Particular favourites were 23a and 27a. 20a is always difficult to spell and rarely used!
    Reminds me to update my Thesauras as so often the words I want are not there- eg 1d, and I have to add them in pen.
    Thanks also to the compiler, I will remember his detective next time…

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