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DT 28627

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28627

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **/***Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but it’s not Ray T. In general I thought it was fairly plain sailing although my last few answers took longer than they should have done hence the extra star for difficulty.

In these hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the ANSWER button so only do that if you need to see one.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.


1a            Propose measure after drink to reserve glossy publication (6-5 4)
COFFEE-TABLE BOOK — Begin with a drink that most people have first thing in the morning and follow that with (after) a word that means propose a measure or, in less ‘managerial speak’, suggest something to be talked about, and finish off with a verb to reserve or keep. This one seemed to be having a spot of trouble with enumeration when I did the crossword but all seems to have been sorted out now.

8a            A fighter with love for friend abroad (5)
AMIGO — The A from the clue, a Russian warplane (fighter) and lastly the letter that looks like a zero, or a love score in a game of tennis.

9a            Surprise about knight in TV series (4,4)
STAR TREK — A five letter word that means surprise or shock, the usual little two letters for about or concerning and then the one letter abbreviation for K(night).

11a         Commercial enterprise opening beside Yorkshire river (7)
VENTURE — An opening or outlet is followed by a three letter North Yorkshire river.

12a         Determined to come out of unproductive spell of tennis? (4,3)
DEAD SET — A synonym for unproductive or useless is followed by part of a game of tennis.

13a         End of shift in middle of day is unacceptable (3,2)
NOT ON — Another way of saying twelve o’clock (middle of day) around the last letter (end of) of (shif)T and then split 3,2.

15a         Resistance in Texas, say, by US soldier, cold and calculated (9)
STRATEGIC — The one letter abbreviation for R(esistance) goes inside (in) what Texas is an example of (say), the usual two letter US soldier and then another abbreviation for C(old).

17a         Hurry up, this could bring gale! (5,1,3)
SHAKE A LEG — An informal way of saying hurry up or get moving could be an anagram indicator for the last word in the clue. Oh dear – I knew I was going to get into a muddle doing a hint for this one.

20a         Shows impatience with current African people (5)
TUTSI — The plural of an exclamation showing impatience or mild disapproval is followed by the physics symbol for electrical current. I’ve never heard of these African people – anyone else?

21a         Second favourite bit of data about November (7)
INSTANT — The usual little word meaning favourite is followed by an abbreviation for some data or tables which contains (about) the letter represented by November in the phonetic alphabet.

23a        Fruit with a soft Italian cheese? No thanks (7)
APRICOT — The A from the clue and the letter which is a musical instruction to play softly or quietly is followed by an Italian cheese without its last two letters (no thanks, or ta).

25a         Fine looker in new make-up capturing hearts, one idolised? (4,4)
FOLK HERO — The one letter abbreviation for F(ine) is followed by an anagram (in new make-up) of LOOKER which contains (capturing) the abbreviation for H(earts) in a game of cards.

26a         Kitchen napkins mopping up dye (5)
HENNA — The first lurker or hidden answer of the day indicated by mopping up – the answer is hidden in the first two words of the clue. Keep looking – there are more of these!

27a         Close circle poet cultivated to get valuable object (10,5)
COLLECTORS PIECE — An anagram (cultivated) of CLOSE CIRCLE POET.



1d            Convinced one’s of superior kind, vain with chic suit repaired (12)
CHAUVINISTIC — An anagram (repaired) of VAIN and CHIC SUIT.

2d            Fake element in penknife ignored (5)
FEIGN — . . . and here’s our second lurker . . .

3d            Rhetoric of old heartless queen in the Spanish church (9)
ELOQUENCE — The one letter abbreviation for O(ld) and the Queen from the clue but without her middle letter (heartless) are inside (in) the Spanish word for the and one of the many two letter abbreviations for church.

4d            Varied seats left with small ornamental hangings (7)
TASSELS — An anagram (varied) of SEATS L(eft) and S(mall).

5d            Limit outspoken school pupil (7)
BOARDER — A homophone (outspoken) of a limit or boundary.

6d            Section of text Rattigan found to be superfluous (5)
EXTRA — . . . here it comes again – the third and final lurker or hidden answer (section of).

7d            Mistake in supervision (9)
OVERSIGHT — A double definition.

10d         Female wear mostly rated poorly as routine offering (5-2-5)
STOCK-IN-TRADE — Begin with a piece of hosiery worn by women – remove the final letter (mostly), make an anagram (poorly) of RATED and then split all that into 5-2-5 to make an unimaginative or trite response.

14d         Rotter’s swag turned up? It’s poisonous to digest (9)
TOADSTOOL — A rotter or despicable person, with his ‘S, is followed by a reversal (turned up) of some swag or stolen goods.

16d         Stir up hot rages in role in teaching (9)
TUTORSHIP — An anagram (rages) of STIR UP HOT.

18d         Most agile male after time appearing in roll of names (7)
LITHEST — A roll of names contains T(ime) followed by (after) the masculine form of a personal pronoun.

19d         Allure in good Latin love affair (7)
GLAMOUR — Begin with two one letter abbreviations – G(ood) and L(atin) – and follow them with a French word for a love affair.

22d         Fester right away in joint (5)
ANKLE – A verb to fester or cause bitterness without its first letter R(ight) away.

24d         A number entering sides of Chinese boat (5)
CANOE — The A from the clue and the two letter abbreviation for number go inside (entering) the first and last letters (sides of) Chinese.

I liked 23a and my favourite was 17a.


74 comments on “DT 28627

  1. thanks to Kath and the Thursday Mysteron

    The enumeration for 1a was correct in the newspaper version

    Those missing Mr T on the back page will find him in fine form in the middle of the paper

    1. Thanks for that info. I’ll have a go at the Beam later on – should keep me quiet for most of the afternoon.

      1. The Beam Toughie is very enjoyable indeed but not at all tough so you may have more of your afternoon free than you anticipate.

    2. At midnight, the on-line enumeration for 1a was shown, very incorrectly, as (12,4), now it is being shown, still incorrectly, as (11,4). Chambers has the first (compound noun) word as (6-5) as shown by Kath above.

      1. Yes – when I first looked at midnight it said (12,4) and I agree that it’s still saying (11,4). I changed the enumeration in the clue when I did the hints.

      2. It’s now being shown as (6,5,4), so almost correct.
        Perhaps those cold Canadian temperatures slow the Internet down…❄️😂

          1. I’ve emailed the man who can change it, so it should eventually be the correct enumeration

          2. I subscribe to something called the “Digital Pack” whatever that is. I guess they’ve got different info on different sites 😂

  2. Agree with Kath that it was fairly straight forward but some answers took longer than they should have. Still finished within ** time. Kath: the Tutsi were on the news very regularly in 1994 , for all the wrong reason, as up to a million were killed by the Hutu government in Rwanda. Thanks as ever to Kath for the review and to the setter.

    1. They were also newsworthy in the 1960s (I think about then) when Belgium gave the Congo independence, again, for all the wrong reasons.

  3. Fairly mild but very enjoyable while it lasted. 2* / 3*. Kath, 17a – I think yours is a pretty good explanation of the word play.

  4. No particular favourite this windy morning. Overall I felt that the puzzle lacked a bit of sparkle, so 2* /3* overall feels fair.

    Thanks to the Thursday setter and to Kath.

  5. 1* / 3*. I found this generally straightforward but very enjoyable. 17a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to the setter and to Kath.

    P.S. If Sir Ron (aka Samuel / Mister Ron] is reading this, how about a break in tradition and making 2018 the year when the back-page setters’ pseudonyms are revealed every day?

      1. Hear hear to RD re revelation of setters’ pseudonyms and to MalcolmR re scribble area.

        1. Given the nasty nature of some comments, if I was a setter, I think I’d rather remain anonymous most of the time

  6. I thought at one point that I would have to resort to electronic means to crack all the anagrams today, but I persevered, and got there in the end. Definitely into *** time for me.

    Many thanks to Kath and the setter.

  7. A very pleasant and enjoyable experience completed at a gallop, obviously not a Ray T – **/****.

    Standout favourite – 23a.

    Thanks to the setter and Kath.

    1. Think it’s about time you gave that poor horse a rest, Senf, it must be cream crackered by now LOL

  8. Back to the Curates egg good in parts. I found this quite difficult and electronic help needed. Favourite 10d. Nice to be back in the saddle.
    Pretty windy here in North Cornwall.
    Thanks to Kath and Mystery setter

  9. Pleasant and quite straightforward workout for the grey matter over a cup of coffee, no real favourite as such, but enjoyed 17a. Last one in was 9a which held things up a little as I couldn’t get “soap” out of my head.
    Thanks to setter and Kath.

  10. I read somewhere that to brew a perfect pint all that is required is to avoid any extremes of flavour. This is that sort of crossword for me. 17a Fav with 23a a close second. Enjoyable in the way that you don’t want to see the bottom of the glass too soon. Thanks setter and Kath.

  11. Really enjoyed the top half but found the bottom half a bit of a struggle. Bit of a curates egg for me. However, the cleverly hidden lurkers added to the enjoyment immensely. However I thought 17a was one of the worst clues ever closely followed by 21a, both so clumsy.
    Don’t know if the quick crossword is by the same setter but it’s an absolute pig today!
    This one was 2.5/3.5 for me.
    Thx to all

  12. Not bad but certainly no RayT! 9a as my last one in so that can be my top clue as it did make me think for a bit. 2/3* overall for sure.
    Thanks to the setter, and to Kath for her review.

  13. Enjoyable . 9 across my favourite for its beautiful simplicity (and any reference to the “space western” that thrilled me in childhood deserves a mention ).

  14. Not a single horse was even slightly alarmed during the solving of this puzzle but they enjoyed it a lot :grin: */**** from me and the horses.

    23a was favourite for it’s excellent surface.

    Thanks to the setter and Kath – you’ve been a bit busy of late girl!

    P.S. Very unusual weather here for the start of January. Currently 24°C, very little breeze and not a cloud in the sky :good:

  15. Didn’t latch onto the required definition for 1a until I’d got the two vital checkers in the first word – seems silly with hindsight.

    Enjoyed this one and didn’t mind in the least that it wasn’t a Mr T when I realised he was making an appearance in the Toughie.

    1a made the podium along with 17&23a.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to Kath for the sterling work on the blog – I presume that you will be receiving the usual amount of extra pay for the overtime?!!

  16. Really good work out again. Have to disagree with Brian on 17a which I thought was extremely clever and very enjoyable. **/**** for me. Many thanks to Mr Ron and Kath.

  17. I really enjoyed this one, some lovely surface readings as well.

    My favourites were 9a, 25a and 5d. 17a was very clever, but it didn’t quite make my podium as I felt the surface was a little unconvincing. I think Brian’s comment about it is extremely OTT, but each to their own!

    Many thanks to our mystery setter and to Kath, on double duty this week I see. A sterling effort.

  18. I enjoyed this one very much. Surprised at the number of lurkers though. The subscriptions page had the correct enumeration for 1ac. Well done Kath. Well done setter and well done Joni.

    1. Do I gather that you have become a grandfather again? Another little boy or is the colour of the outfit sheer chance?

  19. Pleasant solve not too tricky **/*** 😃 Took a while to crack 9a but thought it quite clever when I got the answer 😬 Liked 10 & 14d. Thanks to Kath and to the Setter.

    I did not understand the answer to 25a in the Quick Crossword 😳

    1. It’s just the name of the guy – specialises in such masterpieces as a close-up of a liquorice allsort and another of two pieces of cheese on toast.

  20. Like Brian top half sailed in then the bottom half was almost like another puzzle. Got there in the end without any help but felt several of the clues were somewhat clumsy. Overall a reasonable puzzle with some good lurkers and anagrams. Last in 20a, struggled with that one, but a well constructed clue I thought on solving it?

    Clue of the day: Liked 3d.and 20a.

    Rating 2.5* / 3*

    Thanks to Kath and the setter.

    1. No Kath I had not heard of the African people in 20a. It now rings a bell with Hoofits comment below.

  21. Thanks to Kath and setter. 9 Across; I thought the chess abbreviation for Knight was N.

  22. It all went together smoothly for us and kept us smiling all the way.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Kath.

    1. PS Are we the only ones who get a message saying ‘not found’ when we try clicking on the Bufo blog for the Toughie?

          1. There was a second post set up with the same title which seemed to cause confusion – I’ve binned the second post which, I hope, has sorted the problem.

  23. Off to a flying start but then faced a few hurdles, e.g. 21a and 25a. Fav 23a when the parsing penny finally dropped. Thank you Mysteron and also Kath once again.

  24. Very enjoyable but not exactly a walk in the park for me.
    Like Harport, I was convinced that 9a started with soap. That was my last one in and needed electronic help. I’m not a fan of sci-fi, so have never seen it.
    I’m going to choose 17a for fave, but many more were in the running.
    Thanks to our setter and to Kath for her review – you do make me laugh! Thank you for that on a cold, cold day here in sunny Florida.

  25. Thanks Kath for a super blog.
    I had not heard of 1a so that drove me nuts for a while.
    Lots of great clues top work by the setter.

  26. This felt a little tricky while solving, not helped by a grid that was somewhat unfriendly, but I finished it about * time so perhaps it wasn’t. Fun throughout…

  27. Enjoyable puzzle – agreed with *rating and comment that it possibly lacked some sparkle! Unusually found all the lurkers first time!

  28. Not a walk in the park for me either, more like an uphill climb, got more difficult as I went on. Last in were 21a and 18d. Did know the African people in 20a so that helped. Thanks for the hints Kath. Difficulty in writing this today as Rupert, his furry excellency, keeps tapping the iPad with his paw. Think he wants to enlarge the print as his eyes are failing 😺

  29. Thank you to today’s setter – thanks to everyone for their comments.
    I was lying low until the last minute to dare to say this but I think today might just be the first time in the best part of four years of doing a few hints that I haven’t made some sort of mistake.
    Night night all and sleep well.

  30. I didn’t find this easy…and had an awful lot of bung ins.

    So..I am very grateful to Kath for disentangling things for me.

    Thanks also to the setter.

  31. Started late today but quite a struggle. Did finish without hints and aids save for looking up African tribes. Last one in 9a – in common with other bloggers. Favourites 1 and 23a and 5 10 and 14d. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!

  32. Thanks to the setter and to Kath for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, that was quite tricky in places. I started in the bottom half, which I don’t normally do. I found 1a very tricky, and got it word by word, as I’d never heard the phrase.I liked 17a, nice reverse anagram. Missed the anagram in 16d, but got it from the checkers. Also liked 14d. Last in was 5d. My favourite was 9a, as I’m a Trekkie. Was 3*/3* for me.

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