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DT 28648

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28648

Hints and tips by Miffypops Gwarn Cov.

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good Morning. I hope you are all well. This puzzle should be by Dada today. It is full of wit and sparkly clues. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

The hints and tips are here to help if you need them. The answers are hidden beneath he greyed out click here boxes.

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7a    Alpine enthusiast after run, one more perilous (7)
RISKIER: begin with the abbreviation for a run in cricket. Add the letter that looks like the number one. Now add an alpine enthusiast. Not a mountaineer but one who straps planks to his or her feet and glides on snow.

10a    Nothing goes with exotic orange herb (7)
OREGANO: Use an anagram (exotic) of ORANGE and add the letter that represents nothing or zero. You can add it at either end of the anagram depending upon how you rearrange the letters

11a    Cut in a card game (7)
ABRIDGE: Begin with the letter A which the setter has kindly provided. Add a card game in which misdescribed hands are common. A social game that attracts the antisocial.

12a    Nobleman, good lord pocketing currency (7)
GRANDEE: Take a common expression meaning “good lord”. Place inside (pocketing) a currency. Which one? South Africa.

13a    Brain in folk hero William addled etc (9)
INTELLECT: Once again we are given the first two letters of the answer. IN. We then need the surname of a Swiss folk hero with the first name William. Now add an anagram (addled) of ETC

15a    Without permission, taking the newspaper (5)
THEFT: Golly bongs. What a generous setter. Use the word THE from the clue and you have sixty percent of the solution. Add the initial letters of a popular newspaper which also contains a cryptic crossword puzzle and is printed on pink paper.

16a    Novel — coxed pair perhaps? (5,3,2,1,4)
THREE MEN IN A BOAT: A cryptic definition of a humorous novel written by Jerome Klapka Jerome.

21a    Observe something on a limb? (5)
WATCH: A synonym of the word observe might be what one might wear upon one’s arm or wrist and use to tell the time

23a    Copy new procedure (9)

25a    Monotony? Good time to pass round claret! (7)
BOREDOM: Place the colour of a claret wine inside a word meaning a period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth

26a    Manx cat and I both, weirdly, live together (7)
COHABIT: Within eight words today’s setter has indicated a three-word anagram that includes a curtailed word. A Manx cat has no tail. So we have an anagram (weirdly) of CAT I BOTH minus the final letter of the word cat. My clue of the day.

27a    Birds, fifty in snares (7)
LINNETS: Begin with the Roman numeral for fifty. Add the word IN from the clue. Finish off with a word that means snares or catches or traps. The answer is the nickname of Burscough Football Club which is nothing at all to do with the clue

28a    Odd mountains, by the way (7)
STRANGE: Begin with the abbreviation for a way. This could be a road, a lane, an avenue, a boulevard or a street. In this case it is a street. Add a word meaning a line of mountains or hills.


1d    Rating so poor for musician (8)
ORGANIST: Anagram (poor) of RATING SO

2d    Personification of QE2 that is seen in lake (4)
ERIE: Queen Elizabeth The Second as known by her royal cipher followed by the Latin initials that mean “that is”

3d    Reportedly, stronghold was involved in military action (6)
FOUGHT: A homophone clue. The past participle of the verb fight sounds like a military stronghold

4d    Quit role after beginnings in design engineering (6)
DEPART: A role in a play or film is placed after the initial letters of (beginnings in) Design Engineering

5d    Agonised about US city (3,5)
SAN DIEGO: Anagram (about) of AGONISED

6d    Straight in bath one’s thrown (6)
HONEST: A lurker hiding within the words of the clue. It is there honest to God. The word IN tells us so

8d    Quarrel about river fish (5)
SPRAT: A four letter quarrel is placed around (about) the letter R which is the abbreviation for river.

9d    Spoil hip, glued after replacement (7)
INDULGE: Begin with a word meaning hip, trendy or popular. Add an anagram (after replacement) of GLUED

14d    Sheep interrupting the wedding (3)
EWE: A lurker hiding within the words of the clue. This time the word interrupting tells us so.

17d    Shy leaving work (8)
RETIRING: A straightforward double definition

18d    Demon politician — this person must lead (3)
IMP: Our usual politician is preceded by the most personal of pronouns

19d    One more flower part, organ originally inside (7)
ANOTHER: A part of a flower, the part of the stamen that contains the pollen also contains the Initial letter of the word organ

20d    Decade passed in relationships (8)
TWENTIES: Place a word meaning passed (the past participle of go) inside a word meaning relationships to find a decade known as roaring or the Jazz age

21d    Shake joint up that’s visited by bishop (6)
WOBBLE: Reverse (up) one of the two joints of your arm. Throw in the chess notation abbreviation for a bishop to get a fine word rarely seen in crosswordland but very welcome.

22d    Secret I’d discovered initially guarded by female (6)
HIDDEN: Use the words I’D from the clue. Add the initial letter of the word Discovered. Place these three letters inside a well-known female

23d    Careless, with respect to young lady (6)
REMISS: Use a two-lettered term meaning with respect to and add the usual form of address to a single girl

24d    Old pope from the city (5)
URBAN: A double definition the first being one of eight popes

26d    Group of players thrown out (4)
CAST: The collective name given to a group of players or actors

That’s all folks.

Quickie Pun: Assault+Seller=A Salt Cellar


59 comments on “DT 28648

  1. There was much to like about today’s puzzle. Dada I believe? 26a was my clue of the day and among my other favourites were12 & 21a. A pleasure from start to finish. Thanks to both setter and ‘hinter’, whose words of wisdom I’ve yet to read.

  2. I am in complete agreement with MP both in his overall assessment of the puzzle and his nomination of COTD. 26a was excellent, and very clever. Although very straightforward, the sharpness and wit increased the enjoyment for me, so 1* /3* overall.

    Thanks to Dada and MP. I assume our blogger read the article in Saturday’s Telegraph about Coventry Rugby Club?

  3. This was a gentle start to the week but, I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I thought 16a and 26a were cracking clues. Difficult, no; enjoyable, yes: 1.5* / 3*.

  4. Good start to the week, very entertaining good clues. I got a good start with 16a. Couldn’t pick a favourite as so many good clues.
    Belated happy birthday to the blog.
    Thanks to MP and Dada.

  5. 1.5* / 4*. I agree with the general assessment so far that this was not difficult but it was very enjoyable.

    26a was my favourite closely followed by 16a.

    Many thanks to Dada (?) and to MP, who was much missed on Saturday at the BB.

  6. Can’t argue with the comments made so far! Lovely start to the week with 26a receiving another nomination for COTD. 1.5/4* overall.
    Thanks to the setter, and to MP for his review.

  7. I’m enjoying the new Mondays. Maybe it’s just because it took me a little time to break into that corner but my favourites are sat together in the SW: 25a, 21d and 22d.

    Thanks to Paul/Dada and MP.

  8. An odd grid day! A little bit of head scratching but very enjoyable, and completed at a gallop – **/***.

    Candidates for favourite – 16a, 25a, and 21d – and the winner is 16a – a 15 letter non-anagram is hard to beat.

    Thanks to the setter and GMoLI.

  9. Well that really was a piece of cake so unfortunately fun was short-lived and the Monday blues persist. My Fav was 25a. Have to admit had not heard of flower part in 19d but bung-in was obvious. Thank you to whichever setter and MP.

  10. A most enjoyable puzzle that I ended up doing in four quarters with the way the grid was set up. NW and SE first then the other two. Some lovely clues and a most pleasant way to start the week. I first read the Jerome K Jerome book as a boy (too long ago) bought for me in a leather cover. Still bring it out for a reread from time to time. Thanks to all.

  11. I’m not feeling argumentative today so I’ll agree with the rest of you and say it was good fun and fairly straightforward.
    When I first looked at 27a I wanted to put an L into the middle of a synonym for snares but getting 21d sorted that out.
    Needless to say and just for a change 6d was my last answer. :roll: Oh dear.
    I particularly appreciated 12a and the simple 15a and 9 and 21d. I’m still dithering between 16 and 26a as my favourite.
    Thanks to Dada and to MP.

  12. A couple of really easy anagrams to ease the way into this one – much appreciated by someone who’s still playing catch up on the weekend puzzles!

    Think my favourite has to be 16a – very cleverly clued.

    Thanks to Dada (?) and to MP for the blog.

  13. I thought this was just excellent. My favourite is of course 26a. I have a feeling that I read a discussion somewhere recently about the use of Manx as a de-tailing indicator, but now I can’t find it. Does that ring any bells with anyone?

    Thanks to Dada and to MP.

    1. Yes, Mr K, I remember it too. It was a very recent comment but precisely where and when it cropped up escapes me.

    2. If a stand alone comment by Dutch on Toughie 1371 on April 2, 2015 is a ‘recent discussion’ then that might be it.

      Dutch had quite firm views on when references to the IoM could be used as deletion indicators. In the puzzle in question, a Petitjean, Douglas was used as an indirect reference to Manx to indicate deletion.

      Douglas’s Trevor back in clear? (5) – Delete the R from Trevor and reverse (back) gives OVERT

      1. Pretty sure it was more recent than 2015, but thanks for highlighting a really interesting comment. That clue does seem too indirect, even for a toughie.

    3. You may be thinking of the following clue in Petitjean’s Toughie 1949 on 10th January this year:
      Blaze in Isle of Man — Douglas? (3)

  14. Not difficult but with enough sparkle to keep it fun.
    I don’t hear the homophone in 3d at all.
    My thanks to Miffipops and Dada.

  15. Enjoyed this one very much. Got held up slightly in the SW corner.

    Favourites were 16a and my last one in 27a. tThanks to the setter and MP.

  16. Thanks to Dada and to Miffypops for the review and hints. Really enjoyed this one, lots of humour and not too difficult. Last in was 6d, which I suddenly realised, was a lurker. I liked 20,21,24d, and 27a because I had a Ford Escort in 1980, which was called a Linnet. My favourite was 26a. Was 1*/3* for me.

  17. Found this decidedly tricky so for me *** for difficulty. Lots of leap of faith clues such as 21a and 12a. Not my favourite but thanks for the hints to parse 22d.
    Also thanks to those who tried to help me with the last 3 clues from yesterday but still couldn’t see the answers so must wait for the solution.

  18. I’m with the majority here, hugely enjoyable and easy peasy.
    As I printed out the puzzle, the long 16a caught my eye and I knew it right away. How often does that happen? Not often, well, for me anyway.
    Like Kath, I’m sitting on the fence for a fave, 16a or 26a.
    Thanks to Dada, loved it, and to M’pops for his fun review.

  19. Straightforward, good fun, and enjoyable as befits the traditional Monday backpager.

    My favourite clue was 6d, even if it does have a somewhat Yoda-like quality!

    Many thanks to Mr Halpern and MP, I was also sorry that you couldn’t make it on Saturday.

  20. What a change from Saturday/Sunday. Witty clues. No drudgery. Only complaint it was over all too quickly. Saw most of them on sight including the parsing. Worked methodically through. Last one in 22d only because it was the last one I came to and I had to think briefly about the parsing */****. favourites 7 15 25 26a and 2 20 21d. If forced to choose one each way I would say 25a and 20d. Simplicity and ingenuity. It may not be Rufus but it does feel like Monday. Thanks Dada and MP as always like to read the hints after the event.

  21. Yes a gentle but fully enjoyable Monday puzzle. A lot to make me smile and not too much head scratching. Last in 3d for some reason a fairly straightforward clue?

    No real stand out favourite but liked 21d and 26a.

    Rating ** / ****

    Thanks to M P and Dada.

  22. */***. A very enjoyable puzzle but over far too quickly. The slowest bit for me was the NE corner for reasons in retrospect I just can’t fathom. Thanks to all. Another wet day in prospect.

  23. Googled Gwarn Cov only to be redirected to Big Dave’s cryptic crossword no 28648.
    What’s the use?
    Had a great time at the birthday bash but was very sad not to see you there.
    Caught up with the weekend crosswords only today as the only puzzles I had a go at were the ones from Prolixic.
    Bought the Sunday Telegraph on the way back to France and it took me all day to find the crossword.
    Agree that today’s was quite straightforward but spent a bit more time in the SW.
    Thanks to the setter and to MP for the review.

    1. I think, and I only think, that it’s what they all sound like when they’re shouting “Go on Coventry”. Now then, everyone knows that I know nothing so I could be completely wrong.
      Very nice to see you on Saturday and thank you for the chocs – yum – had a Lamb here on Sunday so hid them from her!

  24. Like the majority, easy but hugely enjoyable. Proof that a crossword does not have to be hard to be enjoyable. So much more enjoyable than yesterday’s slog.
    Unlike everyone else, my fav was 21d, the reversal of a joint was superb.
    Thanks MP and Dada.

    1. 21d one of my favourites too. The answer is not a word I remember seeing and the joint is not one of the more popular joints in Crosswordland in my limited experience.

  25. I’m not exactly sure how the * rating system works here. I assume it’s out of ***** judging from blog posts as I see a couple of **** for enjoyment of this puzzle.
    I’d give it a */**** in that case too. Fairly straightforward but with a touch of brain teasing. NE corner was last sector in.

    1. I think we have to assume that if the rating system goes from 1* to 5* for both difficulty and enjoyment then 3* is average.
      To me anyway that means that if you find a crossword more difficult than average then it gets more than 3* for difficulty and, similarly, if it’s easier than average it gets less. The same goes for enjoyment ratings.
      The only trouble here is that it all depends on how you as the solver found it i.e. were you on the same wave-length as the setter or not.
      Who knows? I certainly don’t!

      1. Exactly it is a subjective test. *** to one person may be * to another, but we can all measure by our own standards. I rarely mark mine as difficult to be precise. I marked * today but on a strict time basis that would make Saturday’s at least ************ !

  26. A worthy start-the-weeker with maybe a clockwise tweak required on the gnarly-knob. No special clues for this solver. Thanks to Dada and Papa.
    1.5 & 2 stars.

  27. Lovely puzzle today, thanks Dada and Miffypops, a real relief after I did so badly yesterday. Enjoyed a lot.

  28. Well I didn’t find it easy.

    Enjoyed it though and got there in the end.

    Really struggled with the homophone which is most definitely not a homophone in Scotland.

    Last one in was 20d…a bung in for me I’m afraid. Needed Miffypops’s parsing for that one…though I’m not sure about went =passed. Grumble grumble grumble, that’s me today.

    On the bright side, loved 16a.

    Thanks to the setter and to Miffypops.

    1. Neither did we but got there eventually! Some odd cluing……
      Though loved 16a – big chuckle there

  29. Very enjoyable, thankyou. I was rather pleased to notice that the watch you featured on 21a was a piece made by ( in my opinion ) the finest watch maker of recent times, the late George Daniels along with his protege Roger Smith.

    1. Welcome from me too. It is not the first time that I have referred to George Daniels. It won’t be the last either

  30. Nice puzzle with lots of fun to be had.
    The top half went in at a trot and I had a minor 21d in the SW mainly because I convinced myself that 27a was an anagram and it became my LOI as a result. Too many good clues to pick favourites today.
    Thanks to MP and setter.

  31. Benign but enjoyable: 1*/4*. My favourite was 26a, with 21d close behind. Thanks to Dada for the workout, and MP for the review.

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