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DT 28596

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28596

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***


Hello, everyone.  I appreciated how this puzzle offered some straightforward clues to provide a foothold from which to tackle other clues featuring more complex constructions hiding behind smooth surface readings.  The solve was most definitely good fun.

In the hints below underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions, and most indicators are italicized.  The answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER buttons.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will usually enlarge it.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on (even if you’re reading this blog long after it was published – your comment will still be seen and appreciated by many readers).



1a    The fridge is rearranged to hold new chicken (10)
FRIGHTENED:  An anagram (is rearranged) of THE FRIDGE containing (to hold) the abbreviation for new

6a    Small and close to the ground — like a tortoise? (4)
SLOW:  The clothing abbreviation for small is followed by an adjective meaning “close to the ground”

9a    Following cattle regularly in both directions (5)
LATER:  Place the even letters (regularly) of CATTLE between (in) the two directions of handedness

10a   Out of one’s mind? (9)
FORGOTTEN:  A cryptic definition of the state of something no longer stored in one’s mind

12a   Shame about detective on television (7)
REMORSE:  The usual two-letter word for about or concerning, followed by the TV detective created by Colin Dexter

13a   Cheers, abandoning hot military vehicles (5)
TANKS:  Take a synonym for cheers and remove (abandoning …) the water tap abbreviation for hot

15a   Chapters containing King’s expressions (7)
PHRASES:  Chapters or stages containing an abbreviation for king

17a   Jeans perhaps missing rear pocket (7)
TROUSER:  The type of clothing of which jeans are an example (perhaps) without its last letter (missing rear)

19a   Spiteful  newspaper extract (7)
CUTTING:  A double definition. Here’s an example of the second

21a   Organise a river journey (7)
ARRANGE:  Link together A from the clue, the map abbreviation for river, and a synonym for journey

22a   Cold greeting from Eastender? Bow is appropriate for that (5)
CELLO:  The water tap abbreviation for cold, followed by a greeting with its H dropped (… from Eastender)

24a   American wearing tiara assembled somewhere in Europe (7)
AUSTRIA:  An abbreviation for American is contained in (wearing) an anagram (assembled) of TIARA

27a   A daughter calling for entry (9)
ADMISSION:  Concatenate A from the clue, the abbreviation for daughter, and a calling or vocation

28a   One enthralled by hooter’s sound (5)
NOISE:  The Roman for one is contained in (enthralled by) the organ known colloquially as a hooter

29a   Blast back and forth (4)
TOOT:  We seek a word meaning blast that reads the same forwards and backwards (back and forth)

30a   Calls: ‘Son, peel the bananas!’ (10)
TELEPHONES:  An anagram (bananas) of SON PEEL THE



1d    Knock down chap with no exclamation of pain (4)
FELL:  Delete (with no …) a two-letter exclamation of pain from a chap or a man

2d    Read Pinter beginning to end and retain only 50% (9)
INTERPRET:  Move the first letter of PINTER from beginning to end, and then append 50% of RETain

3d    Women’s quarters in which are Muslims? (5)
HAREM:  The answer is hidden in the last three words of the clue.  Since the definition is the entire clue, this is a semi-all-in-one clue

4d    Attempts loudly to enter English citadels (7)
EFFORTS:  The musical abbreviation for loudly is inserted between (to enter) an abbreviation for English and citadels or castles

5d    Organ gang is burning (7)
EARNEST:  Glue together the hearing organ and a gang or den.  Burning here as in ardent

7d    Fool upset following the Parisian’s language (5)
LATIN:  A fool is reversed and placed after (upset following, in a down clue) a French word for “the”

8d    Car in Sweden manufactured without a bit at the front (10)
WINDSCREEN:  An anagram (manufactured) of CaR IN SWEDEN without A.  The answer could refer to a bit at the front of the aforementioned car

11d   Best for female to go in the open air (7)
OUTDOOR:  A synonym of best, followed by FOR from the clue without (… to go) the abbreviation for female

14d   Engineer accepts housing air force rocket, perhaps (10)
SPACECRAFT:  An anagram (engineer) of ACCEPTS containing (housing) the abbreviation for the UK’s air force

16d   Mariners could make trouble with other ranks on board (7)
SAILORS:  Trouble or distress and the abbreviation for other ranks are both placed inside the usual letters that represent a ship (… on board)

18d   Feeling tension developing around South America (9)
SENSATION:  An anagram (developing) of TENSION containing (around) the abbreviation for South America

20d   Rock climbing in secret in Argentina (7)
GRANITE:  The answer is hidden reversed (climbing, in a down clue) in the remaining words of the clue

21d   Seaman oddly seeing crew showing non-attendance (7)
ABSENCE:  One of our usual seamen followed by the odd letters (oddly) of SeEiNg CrEw

23d   Prison wing exposed in the centre (5)
LIMBO:  Start with what a wing is to a bird, and then append the middle letter (in the centre) of expOsed

25d   Take stock in this bombed church (5)
RANCH:  Join bombed or moved quickly and an abbreviation for church

26d   The first person singular repeated in confusion (4)
MESS:  Link together a first-person pronoun and two copies (… repeated) of the abbreviation for singular


Thanks to today’s setter for a most enjoyable solve.  Today I ticked 9a, 22a, 3d, 16d, and 23d.  Which clues topped your list?


The spoiler box below hides a comment box for readers who aren’t yet ready to go public.  I’ve titled it “Suggestion Box” because I’m also always interested in hearing suggestions for making my hints more effective.  Thanks to everyone who has used it so far, and special thanks to Judith and Molly for your recent kind comments.  They are much appreciated.

Suggestion Box



The Quick Crossword pun:  RUE+MAN+BORED=ROOM AND BOARD

56 comments on “DT 28596

  1. Quite a mixed bag for me today. I got off to a very slow start, but accelerated once I had tackled the down clues. Although completed in *** time, I really can’t say I enjoyed it, unlike Mr.K.

    I felt that some of the definitions were a bit stretched. I couldn’t parse 9a or 11d at all, although both answers were obvious.Thanks to Mr K. for the explanations and to the setter.

    1. 9a ATE (the even letters from cattle) inside L & R (both directions).
      11d OUTDO + OR (for with F missing)

  2. I found this relatively straightforward to finish, but a little trickier to justify my answers, particularly with 2d and 11d. That said, I enjoyed the challenge and felt this was 2.5* /3* overall. I liked the reverse lurker at 20d the best.

    Many thanks to both Misters.

  3. The BRB came in handy again for 23d and 29a, and my Wordsearch program was used extensively to complete this very enjoyable puzzle. Initially, I thought it was going to be a stinker but the anagrams gave me a foothold and it slowly fell into place.

    A very enjoyable and interesting puzzle – great fun!

  4. Almost R & W particularly in the East but it was fun while it lasted. 25d to run = to bomb? Needed help parsing 9a and 23d. Thank you Mysteron and Mr.K.

    1. A, 25d. Bomb = to move/run fast. As in : The horse was bombing along at breakneck speed. Though informal, I think it’s OK.

        1. Hello Angellov – Chambers (online)…

          2 (especially bomb along or off, etc) intrans, colloq to move or drive quickly • bombing along the road.
          colloq, chiefly Brit 1 to move very quickly.

              1. How about this quote from commentary in the Telegraph on the recent Tottenham vs Real Madrid match: “But it is Spurs who are right back at it, Kane bombing down the inside-right channel and just delaying a tad too long to play Eriksen in.”

                Does that persuade you?

  5. Started off at a steady pace and then slowed down considerably as I progressed . Some head scratching needed to parse some answers , took a while to see 11d and where the “o” came from at 23d. Thanks to Mr K for confirming my conclusions and to the setter for an enjoyable challenge.

  6. Agree with Mr K, a **/*** for me too.
    Last in was 25a which could only really be one solution, like Angellov, I question the validity of bombed, at best it is slang.
    Apart from this aberration good middle of the road puzzle with no outstanding clues for me.
    Thanks to Mr K for the blog pics, re no 13, visited the War Museum in Manchester not long ago and saw the full size tank on show- I think it was Russian.

  7. Managed to complete this but really struggled with a lot of the definitions.
    Mind you, I do not have a BRB….but Christmas is coming.

    Thanks to the setter and to Mr K for the much needed parsings.

    1. Ora

      Can you tell me please, is your name to do with one of my favourite old jokes about a lady in Scottish baker shop?

      1. [overheard in pub] – ‘Are ye havin’ a drink – or a meringue?’ ‘Naw – ye’re richt, lassie!’ [grabs wee dram]

  8. Rather an ordinary sort of puzzle with no real hold ups. I wasn’t overly keen on 23 down as I’d never known the word to have anything to do with prison at all and 29 across isn’t really what I would call much of a blast. That said, it was a pleasant enough solve though. I did like 11 & 18 down. Thanks to setter and Mr K.

    1. SB, 29a. Haven’t you ever heard an expression such as: “I gave the jaywalker a right old blast (or toot) with the horn”?

  9. Quite enjoyable, completed at a fast canter, although about half way through I was beginning to think about wrong envelope – ***/***.

    There appeared to be a sprinkling of oldies but goodies, including the Oxonian chief inspector, which did help.

    Favourite – an oldie but goodie – 10a.

    Thanks to the setter and Mr Kitty.

  10. Thanks to the setter and Mr Kitty for the review and hints. I enjoyed this one very much, and I thought that some of the definitions were a bit stretched, but not overly so. I think the style is perhaps a bit like Ray T, though I know this is not his. This was right up my street, lots of humour. Really liked 10a&11d, and 6a&20d were my joint favourites (sorry Kath!), was 3 ✳ / 4 ✳ for me.

  11. Good stuff. Held up a little with a couple in the SW (e.g. 14d where I initially took the misdirection i.e. trying to work with engineer as a noun). Agree with comments regarding bombed and blast, but they had to be what they were!

    Favourite is 22a – simple but a great surface.

    Overall 2.5/4. Thanks to Mr Ron and Mr K.

    1. Hello Wahoo – Chambers (online)…

      toot noun 1. A quick sharp blast of a trumpet, whistle or horn, etc.

      I’ve never known a setter to be incorrect, even if it is a bit of a stretch at times – the dictionary is their rule book!

  12. A tad more tricky than the usual Tuesday challenge, I was slow to get going. I was convinced that the hooter in 28a was the flying version so that held me up and then 25d added to my problems. However eventually the little grey cells did the business and I completed it. 15a floated my boat and overall I think 2.5/3*.
    Thanks to the setter, and to Mr K.

  13. Seems to be quite a variation in opinions over this one – I’m firmly in the ‘enjoyed it’ camp.
    Took a while to get 5&25d but no quibbles from me over definitions.

    The spiteful newspaper extract took top marks today.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to Mr K for the blog – had to look twice at the pic for 13a!

  14. Struggled with 5d nest = gang and
    25d bombed = ran.

    Favourite: 22a with the Eastender being so close to his/her parish: Bow.

    Thanks to all.

  15. Bang on with the rating Mr K. Like others, some of these defs and synonyms were stretched to snapping point but sometimes that is a good thing. On the whole, wholesome fun.
    Thanks to the cat man and setter.

  16. Up here in the depths of sunny (today !!!) Lancashire , we are always bombing around , usually to avoid the slurries of rain and snow that are unfortunately in the ascendency at this time of year , ergo one of the easier clues, but not a favourite . 9a ,22a and 14d showed merit. Thanks to setter and Mr K **/****

  17. An ok puzzle. Not sure about 17a. Liked 1d. In places easier to solve than justify the answers, though that is not a problem.

  18. Not my favourite.Too many clues where you need to have the answer to understand the clue. 17a doesn’t work well and neither does 21a (range=journey – not in the BRB).
    However, 10a rather saved it for me. So ***/**
    I thought it was mainly a rather sloppy puzzle.
    Thx for the hints

    1. The BRB has range as a verb meaning “to move, have freedom of movement, occur or vary within limits” and journey as a verb meaning “to travel”. I’d say that’s close enough for crosswordland.

      I don’t see a problem with 17a. The BRB defines trouser as a slang verb meaning “To appropriate (money, etc), to pocket”.

  19. I’m in the happy camp, learned a couple of new meanings. I looked up the pocket at 17a, I thought a new meaning for me, but Mr. Kitty’s response to Brian at comment 20 rang a few bells, so I believe we’ve had that before.
    Other new ones nest=gang, ran=bombed, I’ll try to remember those.
    The reverse lurker at 20d was pretty clever, so it’s my fave.
    Thanks to the Tuesday setter and to Mr. Kitty for his instructional review.

    1. The previous appearance of trouser = pocket that sticks in my mind (and still raises a smile) is its use as a hidden word indicator in clue 23a in DT 28338

  20. Strange one this, quite a lot of clues I got the answer but couldn’t quite understand the cryptic definition. Therefore found the puzzle a bit disappointing, yet some of the clues were first class such as: 12a / 1d / 8d etc. Agree with Mr K a very mixed bag.

    Clue of the day 1d

    Rating 3 / 2.5

    Thanks to Mr K and the setter

  21. We noted that once again there were no multi-word answers in this puzzle. We thought that 3d was a very clever construction and our favourite. Good fun.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Mr K.

  22. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
    Found a lot of clues very humorous.
    Totally agree about 2d. And when staged, I usually fall asleep halfway through most of his plays.
    Thanks to the setter and to MrK for the review.

  23. Did not like this very much, solveable ***/** 😟 but didn’t like 21a, or 23 and 25d 👎 Liked 10a, 13a and 8d. Thanks to Mr Kitty and to the setter 😏

  24. Quite a tussle today, but very satisfying to complete. I thought 9 & 17a were excellent clues.
    Thanks to MrK for the hints.

  25. Late posting today as Mrs RD & I are away for a couple of days in the Cotswolds celebrating our wedding anniversary which is tomorrow. I may not be around again until Friday.

    This was a pleasant and untaxing puzzle today which I rate as 2* / 3*. The surfaces were generally very smooth but I thought there were a few stretched synonyms, e.g.:

    – are the last five letters of 21a really a journey?
    – for me 29a and “blast” are at opposite ends of the hooting spectrum (although my BRB disagrees)
    – my understanding of 23d is that it is an uncertain state whereas “prison” is anything but uncertain (but my BRB does give prison as an alternative meaning for 23d)

    22a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to Mr K.

  26. I found this one to be a fair ‘plod’ – yet nevertheless, high on interest level. About 3* for difficulty. Slightly on the negative side, 23d seemed to me to be a bit of a ‘stretcher’ (albeit still very ‘doable’). Favourite was 20d: I have never chosen a lurker before – but I thought that this one was very cunningly hidden (didn’t see it even after I had guessed the solution!).

  27. Agree with those who found this somewhat strange today, with a few stretched definitions. Didn’t care for 5d or 25d, and still don’t really get 11d. Otherwise a steady solve but no real favourite. Thanks to Mr K for hints.

  28. Slow to get started, but once I did progress was pretty quick, finishing in ** time. Last in 23d and 29ac.

  29. Top end * difficulty, *** enjoyment. I liked 17a – one of Bertie Wooster’s favourite expressions – but am unconvinced by 5d and 23d (both answers were obvious, but l don’t buy the suggestion that they are equivalent to “burning” and “prison” respectively. I’m probably wrong, though). Thanks to the setter, and Mr K.

  30. Got there eventually! 23d came easily due to it’s appearance in folk song. Being where debtors were sent, it was indeed an uncertain place to be with no idea of a release date.

    Thanks to setter and Mr K

  31. That was a drudge.
    It felt like a Toughie that someone has watered down for the back page.
    It broke the record for bung-ins.
    On to tomorrow then.
    Thanks to Mr.K for the hints and the setter for the effort.

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