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DT 28650

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28650

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.     

Schools are getting started this week so for much of the population the holiday season in over. On our regular walks now most of the people we greet are also locals and the ones who could be called grockles, or emmets in the SW of your nation, (two words we have learnt from crossword puzzles) have now departed. Meanwhile our phenomenal weather continues. Day after day of scorching hot weather that is breaking records in many parts of the country. We’re not used to having it this hot for this long.

We think Jay has been gentle with us this week, but all the regular cleverness and fun is there.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Model firm’s source of material for programme (6)
SITCOM : A word for model or pose for a picture, then the abbreviation for firm or company and the first letter (source) of material.

5a     Call during session for release (5,3)
BRING OUT : A session that could be a period of ill health encloses call on the phone.

9a     Argument against team allowance is a factor (13)
CONSIDERATION : The argument against is the opposite of ‘pro’, then another word for a team and allowance or allocated portion.

10a     Giving help around new store, one’s a shooting star (8)
ASTEROID : An anagram (new) of STORE is inside a three letter word meaning to give help.

11a     Sweeteners offered by South American taking kid back (6)
SUGARS : Kid or tease is reversed inside the abbreviations for south and the United States.

12a     Make a mistake with little job (6)
ERRAND : A word meaning make a mistake plus a synonym for with.

14a     Watered and fed at last after the yard gets tidied (8)
HYDRATED : An anagram (gets tidied) of THE YARD is followed by the last letter of ‘fed’.

16a     Engineers study module, getting help that’s available (8)
RECOURSE : Army engineers and a study module or series of lessons.

19a     Rumour of butcher’s transport (6)
SLEIGH : A homophone indicated by ‘rumour of’ of butcher or massacre.

21a     Stop others following a river (6)
ARREST : Others or remainder comes after ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for river.

23a     Manoeuvred wagons to secure opposite directions in last hurrah (8)
SWANSONG : Two opposite compass directions are inside an anagram (manoeuvred) of WAGONS.

25a     Police clear chap’s bin in error (7,6)
SPECIAL BRANCH : An anagram (in error) of CLEAR CHAPS BIN.

26a     Pressure skilled worker, being biased (8)
PARTISAN : The physics symbol for pressure and a skilled manual worker.

27a     Leave affected by case of dengue (6)
DECAMP : The case of dengue gives us its first and last letters, and then ‘affected’ as a performer might be in the style of Kenneth Williams.


2d     Zinc is organic in part, providing bit of a bite (7)
INCISOR : A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue.

3d     Stick around, love, there’s water transport (5)
CANOE : The tennis score love is inside a stick that may be used for chastisement or walking.

4d     Millions suffer with religious community making such a purchase (4,5)
MAIL ORDER : The abbreviation for millions, then a word for suffer and a religious community possibly of nuns or monks.

5d     Extent of wind across Germany (7)
BREADTH : The IVR code for Germany is inside a word for a wind that could be exhaled.

6d     Claim Amsterdam must welcome religious leaders (5)
IMAMS : A lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.

7d     Enter opening to grab right price normally (5,4)
GOING RATE : A 2,2 phrase meaning enter, and then an opening to a field perhaps contains R(ight).

8d     Forces of peace with courage are disconcerting (7)
UNNERVE : The forces of peace are from the organisation with headquarters in New York, and then courage or bottle.

13d     Reparation, note, meant changes (9)
ATONEMENT : An anagram (changes) of NOTE MEANT.

15d     Gave up hope, seeing second couple in action (9)
DESPAIRED : A word for an action is split 50/50 to surround the abbreviation for second and a couple or duo.

17d     Landmass and sea air swirling, full of uranium (7)
EURASIA : The chemical symbol for uranium is inside an anagram (swirling) of SEA AIR.

18d     Plies drunk working for Greek character (7)
EPSILON : An anagram (drunk) of PLIES and then a short word meaning working.

20d     Departing loveless, poor actor finds material (7)
GINGHAM : Remove the tennis score love from a synonym for departing and follow this with a poor actor.

22d     Catches on small branches (5)
TWIGS : A double definition. Catches on here means understands.

24d     Offspring in charge of such a boom? (5)
SONIC : A male offspring and the two letters signifying in charge.   

After much discussion we decided to go with 23a as our top clue. 

Quickie pun      rubber    +     sheep    =     rubbish heap

49 comments on “DT 28650

  1. Well, that was pretty straightforward, completed easily in * time. For some reason it was 5a that held it up, I just couldn’t parse it. DOH!

    I think COTD was 11a, but I don’t know why.

    Some might say this really was too easy, but I am sure others will have found it a challenge. We don’t all want to run a marathon every day.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  2. I found this one of the more straightforward back-pagers that we have had for some time. Jay was certainly in a benign mood when he compiled this. No standout favourite for me, although I did enjoy the lurkers. Overall 1* /3* for me.

    Thanks to all three birds.

  3. Another pleasant gentle offering 😃 A hatrick this week 😬 Until tomorrow !! **/*** Favourites 1 & 23a. Thanks to the 2 x Ks and to Jay

  4. 2* / 4*. Yet another high class offering on a Wednesday! Just one small quibble today, unless I’m missing something, is that I can’t match up the answer to 8d with the definition as one is transitive and the other intransitive.

    22d was my favourite combining simplicity with a lovely surface.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

    1. I don’t see the problem with 8d. ‘They are disconcerting’, ‘They do disconcert’, ‘They disconcert’ are all equivalent.

      1. Mmm… Not sure, but you are usually right. The examples I thought of were:

        1) Spiders disconcert my wife (true!)
        2) Spiders unnerve my wife
        3) Spiders are disconcerting to my wife

        1 & 2 are transitive. 3 is intransitive.

      1. I agree with Gaza and Kitty. Both “are disconcerting” and the answer are being used transitively. Technically, from memory, “they disconcert” is the simple present, whilst “they are disconcerting” is the present continuous, If there is a difference, the former indicates something that is a bit more permanent and the latter something more of the moment. But the distinction is such a fine one that to all intents and purposes (certainly within the context of a crossword) they can be regarded as the same in meaning.

    2. In spite of all the above comments I am still inclined to agree with RD’s « quibble ».

    3. I agree also with RD, this held me up for a while before I bunged it in despite the grammar being of in my book.

  5. Did ok today. Finished in 2nd teabreak.
    1a and 19a were a bit of a problem but a glance at the hints soon made the penny drop so thanks for that.
    27a I had the right answer but didn’t fully understand it until I saw the hint too.
    9a my fave today. Thanks to the Kiwis and Jay.

  6. And for those of us using the dead tree version, we can celebrate the return of our Scribble space, (thanks, Skipton B.S.) – on a day when it was hardly needed!!

  7. Thank you Jay and than you 2Ks. This was a well constructed puzzle which I solved at silly o clock. This Weekes Monday setter Dada, has a more difficult puzzle in today’s Gaurdian which you can access and do for free if you can find it. I always enjoy those.

  8. Another very enjoyable puzzle from Jay completed at a gallop with assistance from what I am sure were some oldies but goodies – **/****.

    Like RD, I think that the definition in 8d does not match the answer, or vice versa; the clue should have been written to have disconcert (no -ing) as the last word.

    Candidates for favourite – 9a, 12a, and 22d – and the winner is 22d.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

  9. Jay on the soft pedal but none the worse for that – an enjoyable solve.

    I did wonder a little about the answer to 8d but decided that taking the last two words of the clue as the definition probably made it OK. I’m no expert on grammar so fully expect others to disagree!

    12a & 22d in a dead heat for first prize.

    Thanks to Jay and to the sweltering 2Ks – we’ve got the odd icy blast here to remind us that our Winter is not yet over.

  10. Did this one fairly quickly for me…but needed the hints to parse 11a and to check my parsing of 19a.
    Stupidly had the S and the C swapped over in 16a .Well a resource is help that’s available….. as another contributor sometimes says …… dim…..

    Thanks to the setter and to the 2 Kiwis.

  11. My expectations are always high on Wednesdays and this didn’t raise quite as many smiles as Jay’s puzzles usually do, but still an enjoyable solve.

    My only minor hmm was with the definition of 10a but I let it go.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  12. Most of our setters these days seem to be letting us off lightly but it’s all good fun and I’m certainly not complaining. South was accomplished first today. Failed to fully parse 11d. No outstanding Fav. Thank you Jay and the 2Kiwis – envy you your warm weather particularly as today in Sussex is cloudy, wet and cool.

  13. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. A fun puzzle as usual from Jay. Quite gentle, started with 5a,finished with 1a. Liked 25a, but my favourite was 7d. Was 1*/3* for me.

  14. A solidly clued puzzle, but I felt lacking the usual sparkle to be found on Wednesdays, so I’m entirely with Kitty’s introductory comment.

    Unusually for me, no clear favourite clues emerged today.

    Many thanks to Jay and to Colin and Carol.

  15. Thanks 2K. We are coming to your beautiful country next month. I take it from your greeting that you are from the NI

    1. Yes we are on the North Island. On the west coast, about 120 Km north of Wellington.
      We did wonder how you guessed this from our greeting though.

  16. Hmm maybe it’s me, but I thought this lacked the customary sparkle of a Wednesday crossword. Over way too soon with no out and out favourite. 1/3* overall.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for their review.

  17. Very enjoyable solve. My favourite was 20d. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks. We had no rain yesterday for the first time since I can remember so a dry walk at the beach.

  18. We liked this and whether the verbs are transitive or intransitive doesn’t really matter because they end up as bung ins anyway.
    As Robin said to batman: ‘ The Riddler isn’t going to get away that easy Batman’ to which Batman replied..’Easily Robin, good grammar
    is always essential in crimefighting!’
    Thanks to Jay and the 2K’s

    1. Good to catch up with you on Saturday. Most interested to hear how you fared at the ‘party’!

  19. Late on parade today, plumbers and builders all unreliable to a man. Thats got that over.
    Really pleasing puzzle today completed in good time and with the minimum of referals to thesaurus. I agree with Malcolm R, nice scribbling space
    Thanks to 2Ks and Jay

  20. I agree with the K’s 2* difficulty and 3* enjoyment.
    No major trouble although, as others have already said, I did wonder a bit about the grammar in 8d.
    For no obvious reasons I was slow with 12 and 23a and, inevitably, needed almost alternate letters in before I saw the 2d lurker.
    I liked 1 and 27a and 2 and 15d. I thought 14a was a good anagram and my favourite was 22d.
    Thanks to Jay and to the 2Kiwis.

  21. I agree, most straightforward from Jay today. Transitive/intransitive? I haven’t even thought about that since upper fifth when I sat my Senior Cambridge.
    Most enjoyable, and I concur that23a is fave worthy.
    Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis, loads of fun.

  22. Another smashing puzzle that’s three in a row this week that I reckon have been great. Lots of excellent clues makes picking an ace difficult today. Last in 18d didn’t know that and needed some electronic help for that one. A thoroughly enjoyable solve. No doubt it will be my nemesis (if that’s the right word?) Ray T tomorrow!

    Clue of the day: Joint winners 14a / 19a.

    Rating 2.5* / 4*

    Thanks to 2K’S and Jay for a great puzzle.

    1. Didn’t we have a Ray T last week? I could very easily be wrong but I think we did in which case it’s unlikely to be one of his crosswords tomorrow.

      1. It’s unlikely to be a Ray T tomorrow because his alter ego (Beam) is providing the Toughie.

  23. ** for difficulty here, with the NE corner putting up a little resistance. 7d for no good reason I can see now in particular took me an age to get.

  24. Morning all.
    Awake in the earlier hours of the morning and looked out the window at the spectacular ‘lunar trifecta’, as the media have been calling it. It was a blue moon, a super moon and a blood moon. If that has you confused it is worth a quick Google.
    Looks like being another scorcher here. Temperatures regularly about the 30C mark, but in the lower South Island (usually the coldest) they have been pushing 40C. Unreal!
    We did wonder whether people would question the grammar for 8d and were very careful to underline ‘are’ as part of the definition. We agree with Gazza that it is fine.
    Surprised that more did not take up the point that Kitty alluded to. We agree with her that the definition more aptly describes a meteor or meteorite than the answer.
    Whatever, neither of these detracted from the ability to solve the clues or the enjoyment of the puzzle.

  25. A **/*** for me today. I thought of Kath when the penny finally dropped for the 2d lurker, it was one of the last in.
    Apart from the issue mentioned above for 8d, my other quibble is that an Asteroid is not a shooting star. Fortunately it was a straightforward clue otherwise.

  26. What a pleasure today, Wednesday’s puzzles usually are slow to go for me, but Jay was definitely benign today, and finished with help from 2Kiwis only for 16a. Last in before that was 27a as I didn’t pick up on the affected part of the clue. I had inked it in, but couldn’t figure why until I read the hint. Off to finish yesterday’s now, as I just didn’t have time in a busy day.

  27. This one left my boat half-floating for some reason. Probably biorhythms or some suchlike thing. Looking through it again I think maybe the definitions are just a tad too obvious. Sorry Jay */**.
    40 degrees in NZ, Is that not outside blogging tolerances?

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