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DT 28612 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28612 (Hints)

The 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    Simple dish homeless patient cooked (7,8)
An anagram (cooked) of HOMELESS PATIENT gives this simple dish made with eggs, potatoes etc.

10a    A place to keep things up (5)
Split as (1,4) this is a place to keep things

11a    Material from lake along with piece of land in it? (5)
L(ake) is followed by a piece of land that could be in said lake

13a    Plant‘s automated payment system rejected debts (8)
The reversal (rejected) of an automated payment system is followed by our usual debts

14a    Progress of you and me in Anglican Church (6)
A word meaning “of you and me”, in constructs such as “that house is the one that belongs to you and me”, inside the abbreviation for our Anglican church

16a    Monitors report of Bohemians (6)
… these Bohemians are eastern Europeans not hippies!

18a    Toper or libertine mostly in retreat, held by doctor and in Germany (8)
The reversal (in retreat) of most of a libertine inside an abbreviation for doctor and the German word for “and”

22a    Flops create serif, apparently (9)
Split the answer (4,5) and it gives an instruction that leads to the word serif

25a    Person awaited on stage to hold mass, that woman’s sponsor (9)
The person awaited on stage in the famous play by Samuel Beckett goes around M(ass) and is followed by the pronoun for “that woman’s” or “of that woman”

26a    Provider of child benefits in disorganised firm hates charts (6,9)
An anagram (disorganised) of FIRM HATES CHARTS


1d    Looks happy picking up current figures of speech (7)
A verb meaning looks happy around the symbol used for electric current

2d    Forgetting men injured in the East (7)
An anagram (injured) of MEN inside a very large area in the East

3d    Imprisoned frequently, I am last to escape with moments to spare (2,3,4,2,4)
I liked this one – imprisoned (2,3,4) is followed by a three-letter word meaning frequently, the shortened version of “I am” and the final letter (last) of [escap]E

4d    Simple detective left out joke (8)
Drop (out) the L(eft) from the surname of possibly the world’s best-known detective and add a three-letter joke

6d    A felonious agent corrupted worldwide body once (6,2,7)
… this worldwide body existed between the two World Wars

15d    Holy warrior terribly scared about pursuit of Saracens (8)
The Saracens were the enemy of this holy warrior – an anagram (terribly) of SCARED around the abbreviation for the sport played by teams like the Saracens

17d    Liking to take top off displaying charm (7)
Drop the initial letter from (take top off) a liking or inclination

20d    Girl coming out on craft abandons ship (7)
The three-letter shortened version of a girl in her coming-out season followed by some craft, possibly used in times of flood

21d    Very unfortunate US soldier in vehicle overturned (6)
Our usual US soldier inside the reversal of a horse-drawn vehicle

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The Quick Crossword pun: four+fitted=forfeited

38 comments on “DT 28612 (Hints)

  1. Enjoyable as always on a Saturday. I’d never heard of 9a but the wording of the clue led me there (although that one and 5d for some reason took me almost as long as the rest put together). Wasn’t a bit keen on 20d, just didn’t like the word. Christmas wrapping calls. Very many thanks to the setter and BD

  2. 2* / 2.5*. I pushed my time up in the NE corner having put a 5 letter place to keep things up rather than the correct “A” + a 4 letter place, which messed up 7d & 8d until I realised the error of my ways.

    18a is the sort of charade that gives charades a bad name in my book – tortuous with a clunky surface. That apart this was pleasant and not too difficult.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

    1. The surface of you first sentence is similar to that of 18ac. 18ac could be clued in the Quickie as Miffypops..

  3. A little bit of head scratching required – perhaps it was because I had a later than usual start after a very pleasant evening with friends. The four 15 letter clues were a great help – **/***.

    I did think that 9a needed some ‘country’ qualification.

    Favourite – 16a.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  4. I had a very similar experience to Margaret – glaring gap in the GK over 9a and didn’t care for 20d at all. Can’t think that I’ve ever heard anyone use the word. I also thought it was interesting to see 16d enumerated as (7) – not how I would instinctively have written it.

    I liked the simple detective but gave pride of place to 10a – very neat.

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

      1. I was completely thrown by 16d and when the actual answer eventually dawned on me, I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t ‘3,4’ so I reached for Chambers too. Yes, Senf’s right – it’s shown as one word – but, to my mind, no-one would go into a bakery and ask for the seven-letter version… Otherwise, I enjoyed doing battle with the setter, who was in a particularly benevolent mood with four 15-letter answers.

  5. 15d and 22a were co-favourites in this far from simple Saturday puzzle (or was it just me off wavelength?). Yes, there were a couple of clunky clues which took the edge of the enjoyment, but overall I still thought this was worthy of 3* /3.5* rating. Both the NE and SW corners held me up and pushed out the solving time.

    Many thanks to our setter and to BD.

  6. Pleasant Satuday workout with just enough cerebral exercise to maintain interest. NE last to yield. 9a missile new one on me but it had to be. Fav probably 3d. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  7. Being a retired or in this case retarded electrical engineer I was trying to fit The abbreviation for alternating current into the equation, I should know better once that one was out of the way 9 A was a fairly easy solve. Many thanks to all concerned.

  8. The usual Saturday fare, all done and dusted by lights out last night, I can’t get out of the habit of printing the Crossword off at the stroke of 12 o’clock – it means I’m all finished by breakfast time and when the Boss is issuing her orders for the day and I’ve got no excuses.

    A very nice puzzle, very enjoyable – this has been a brilliant week with no duds at all.

    Settling down for Leicester v Palace – there’s Rugby later but I can’t really get into this European competition, maybe because the English teams aren’t doing very well in it, they don’t seem to be taking it seriously and keep putting out weakened teams.

    Off out for a pre-Christmas family meal tonight at a well-known Restaurant chain – Steak and Rioja – lovely!

  9. I wondered if it was just me but I did feel some of today’s clue were a but suspect. Several of the answers came under my heading of Yeuk but on the other hand 13a made me smile when the penny dropped. Off to conflagrate lunch have a nice weekend. Thanks to setter and BD.

  10. I really enjoyed this, a welcome relief midway through wrestling with the VAT return. Favorites 9ac and 22ac (once the penny dropped). I was a bit concerned by my eyesight playing up while viewing the comments until I realised it was just seasonal cheer and not early onset glaucoma. Thanks to setter and BD.

  11. Quite enjoyed it though I got hung up for ages on 14a. I couldn’t see beyond the you and me, then I got the importance of “of”. Also can’t pars in full 7d.
    One or two iffy clues but nothing twisted. My favourite is 15d, very clever!

    1. I too was held up on 14a for a while because I was overlooking the significance of the two-letter preposition which validates the possessive pronoun.

  12. Very enjoyable start to my Saturday, plus it’s getting warmer and more like Florida!
    The four long answers gave a good start for the rest of the puzzle.
    Fave was 25a.
    Thanks to Saturday setter and to BD for his hints and pics.

  13. Really enjoyed this one, even though I got stuck in the SW corner due to a couple of wrong answers including 16a and 17d. Unravelled eventually with one sorted from the blog. Thought 4d was a great clue closely followed by 13a and they are my top clues today.

    Rating *** / ****

    Thanks to BD and the setter.

  14. Was held up in the end with 19d thinking of the place…..and no hint. A definite ‘doh’ moment when it dawned! Last one in was 10a and I had to resort to my 1985 pocket crossword solver to find a 5 letter word that fitted. 13a was a new one on me, not being a plant buff, as it has other connotations ….Like Merusa I enjoyed 25a, I got the answer and later realised the Beckett link!
    It was an enjoyable challenge, especially the top and bottom clever anagrams, and helpful left side starters.Thanks to BD and congrats to the compiler.

  15. Took a while to get a foothold, but once l did that completion came relatively quickly. 2*/3.5* seems about right. Favourite clue was either 15d or 22a. Thanks to the setter, and of course BD.

  16. Lots of fun in this one, with the long anagrams and some tricky clues that required some head scratching. I did know the missile in 9a thank goodness. Didn’t care for 16d, agree only think of that as a 3,4 not as a 7 letter word. Didn’t know the payment system in 13a but did know the flowers so it just had to be. Still trying to finish the SW corner though.

  17. I find the cryptic crossword in DT very enjoyable
    1d made me happy , 26a happier and 22a happiest

  18. Perhaps a little trickier than Saturdays have been of late, though maybe that was just because I didn’t get the longer answers very quickly. 11ac was new to me, and I was quite relieved when my (only partially) educated guess proved to be correct.

  19. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, not too tricky. The long anagrams really helped the solve. No major holdups, last in was 5d. Favourite was 22a. Was 2*/4* for me. Good fun.

  20. Returned to crosswording after a break for busy time at work and christmas planning so I was a bit rusty. Not sure I have parsed every answer yet and never heard of some (11 and 13a) but answers deduceable from the clues. 16d and 20d are both constructions I was not familiar with too. Other than that a nice puzzle and the hints helped too. Thanks to BD and setter. A late start today as I took mum to newly reopened Magpie cafe in Whitby for fish and chips. They are renowned as brain food so they probably helped me to solve a few clues too.

  21. I thought this was very difficult, needed the hint for 14a as I did not know the Anglican Church.
    Thanks all.

  22. Thanks to Big Dave but this week was the first time that I haven’t required any help from the site to complete even though it was hard to get going.

  23. I screwed up the NE corner by mistaking 7d as an easy straight clue – silly me! If I’d worked the anagram for 1a first I would have saved myself a lot of time. I hadn’t heard of 9a and only got 19d when the Lincoln penny dropped, as I spent some time trying to work out where in Lincoln this might be. I put my brain lapse this week down to my heavy cold, which I sincerely hope has improved by next weekend. As a staunch fan of Saracen’s Devonian opponents, I rather enjoyed 15d.

    1. I can’t say where but there is definitely a town in Lincolnshire that is support followed by a poor actor. Fortunately it’s eight letters and so doesn’t fit.

      1. Yes, I mulled that one over for quite a while and couldn’t understand why it didn’t fit, until the penny dropped.

  24. Much enjoyed and, yes, the fifteen letter answers are good for getting going. Thanks to Big Dave and the setter.

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