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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28662

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Our summer weather pattern has changed a bit lately. After being hot and dry for several weeks, it has now become hot and wet. Some of the rain we have had has been torrential and the forecasters tell us that the cyclone that caused such devastation in Tonga a few days ago could also give us an extra soaking but nothing like the intensity further north.
 As we have come to expect, clever clues from Jay again.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Feeling of panic produced by variable speed limit (11)
DESPERATION : An anagram (variable) of SPEED and a limit or allocated amount.

9a     Company rejected best American swimmer (7)
OCTOPUS : The abbreviation for company is reversed and then best or highest point and United States.

10a     Moderate anger (6)
TEMPER : A double definition. The first is to make less severe.

12a     Sound around the centre of Rome is offensive (7)
NOISOME : A synonym for a sound includes the two central letters of Rome.

13a     Area of water left worker needing material for fixing leaks (7)
SEALANT : An area of water such as the Mediterranean and then L(eft) and a worker insect.

14a     Make certain, ignoring right result (5)
ENSUE : A word that means make certain has the abbreviation for right removed from within it.

15a     Struggle in New Street to get linen item (9)
SERVIETTE : A three letter word for struggle is inside an anagram (new) of STREET.

17a     Left on board, finished forecast (9)
PORTENDED : The nautical word for left and then finished or completed.

20a     Go away from Sweden and study intensively (5)
SCRAM : The IVR code for Sweden and then study intensively, usually for imminent exams.

22a     Engineers fathom echo (7)
RESOUND : Army engineers and then fathom or measure the depth of.

24a     Bread and a knob of butter with one after church (7)
CHAPATI : Start with the abbreviation for church, and then ‘A’ from the clue, a word for a knob of butter and the Roman numeral one.

25a     Credit facility that needs smoothing over? (6)
CREASE : The abbreviation for credit and then facility or capability.

26a     Suppose this person gets hair cut by American soldier (7)
IMAGINE : A first person singular pronoun and then the hair that you would find on a lion or a horse contains (is cut by) an American soldier.

27a     Mimic having no spare time for preparation (11)
IMPERSONATE : An anagram (for preparation) of NO SPARE TIME.


2d     Investigate former leader of party’s traditional knowledge (7)
EXPLORE : The prefix denoting former, then the first letter of party and traditional knowledge or customs.

3d     Had to be under a spell (9)
POSSESSED : A double definition. Under a spell could be under the influence of invading spirits.

4d     Ceremonies requiring legal freedoms on the radio (5)
RITES : A homophone of a word for legal freedoms.

5d     Victim panics, concealing drums (7)
TIMPANI : A lurker to be found in the first two words of the clue.

6d     Finished with time to pack a cold ham (7)
OVERACT : A word for finished, ‘A’ from the clue and the letter on a cold tap, then finally T(ime).

7d     Equivalent role supporting bar (11)
COUNTERPART : A role in a dramatic production comes after (supporting in a down clue) a bar or surface where drinks are served.

8d     Flight of celebrities across north of Italy (6)
STAIRS : The North of Italy is its first letter and this is found inside celebrities of stage and screen.

11d     Current queue head of distribution must make efficient (11)
STREAMLINED : A current or flow of liquid, then a queue of people one behind another, and the first letter of distribution.

16d     Introduce changes for cut in capacity (9)
REDUCTION : An anagram (changes) of INTRODUCE.

18d     Run out and play the guitar, seeing stage (7)
ROSTRUM : The two letters for one of the ways a cricketer can be dismissed, and how to play chords on a guitar.

19d     Australian runner delayed delivering copy (7)
EMULATE : We have a feathered Australian runner, then delayed or not on time.

20d     Amended atlases to show product of the oceans (3,4)
SEA SALT : An anagram (amended) of ATLASES.

21d     Radio broadcast key for member of crew (6)
ROADIE : An anagram (broadcast) of RADIO and a musical key.

23d     Performers expected tips, but not taking single penny (5)
DUETS : A word meaning expected, and then what is left of the word tips after one penny has been removed.

Quickie pun    test    +    tea    +    many     =     testimony

89 comments on “DT 28662

  1. Jay at his most benevolent this wintry morning, with a great clue mix adding to the overall enjoyment. I am going with 1a as my favourite, and 1.5* /4* overall.

    Thanks to all three birds.

  2. 2* / 5*. Exquisite!

    23d put up the biggest fight and was my last one in. I had no particular favourite; every single clue was magnificent.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

    1. 23d was my last in too. I wonder whether ‘performances’ rather than ‘performers’ might have been more helpful.
      Some very enjoyable clues today.

      1. Apparantly performersare not doers so a bit of head scratching followed the some answers incorrect box. That serves me right for bunging it in.

              1. Just had another look in the cold light of day and get it but don’t like it. Otherwise very enjoyable.

      1. Performers are doers which is why we all bunged doers in. Maybe I should have added in this case. It’s what makes this pastime so much fun.

  3. A nice friendly Jay – no need to start with the Downs today – so thank you to him for the fun and the 2Ks for the explanations.

    If I had one quibble it would be with the third word of the Quick Pun which I don’t think sounds like what it is intended to be

  4. I’d rate this as on a par with Monday’s – mild but with mostly excellent clues. My favourite is 23d. 1.5*/ 3.5*.

  5. Wednesday wizardry as usual from Jay. I happened to do this online so the website’s timer shows me my time and it must be the fastest solve ever by me, so it’s */****. 3d is probably favourite but there’s loads of good stuff.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis.

  6. Had to bung in 23d so many thanks to the 2Kiwis for their parsing.

    Have to disagree with the definition of 15a….it may be in the BRB, but a 15a is made of paper, never linen. Probably because of this prejudice, it was my last one in, shortly after 24a……almost certainly signs of ever increasing age.

    Thanks to the setter and to the 2Kiwis.

          1. You seem to be influenced by Nancy Mitford, Ora. In her 1950s world only the aspiring middle classes would use the term in 15a for an item made of linen, whereas the upper classes would always say napkin. Do you have a drawing-room (pronounced “rum”) by the way? We non-u types sit in the lounge.

            1. Lounge……Front room…..Toilet….Home….Greens…Settee….Pardon?. .Scone (pronounced like Stone)….Tea….Sweet (as opposed to Pudding)…..Pleased to meet you.


              1. I’m with you but think that pronunciation of scone (as stone) is perhaps regional – not sure though . . .

                1. It’s always a goodie.

                  I adore the irony of someone pronouncing the word Mispronunciation as Mispronounciation.

                  One of my Top Three.

            1. Absolutely! Me too, it made me cringe. This one is definitely paper and the linen one is a napkin. Don’t care what the dictionary says

    1. My father would not let us eat anywhere that had paper napkins.. we were not allowed on buses either.

      1. My beloved Dad was taken out to tea with his two brothers. He was about 2 years old at the time, sitting on several cushions to raise him to table level all went well until he spotted a paper napkin. He stated with a very solemn face ‘My Mummy gives me a rag one’.

    2. For those of you still perusing the blog – I’ll just mention the tongue-twister: ‘a dozen double damask dinner napkins’. There you go.. try it!

  7. Well, if this had been an F1 race, I would have had DNF after my name. Engine blew on the final straight. As others have pointed out, it was 23d that did the damage. Apart from that, it was all fairly easy going. No particular stand out clues for me, **/*** overall.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  8. A later than usual start as I had to go out to cook and then eat pancakes (honest). Thankfully Jay was very kind with a sprinkling of oldies but goodies and I was able to complete at a fast gallop – **/****.

    Favourite – 12a.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

      1. Maple syrup and ice cream with sausages on the side (but, they were ‘North American’ not ‘European’ pancakes – different batter mix and consistency).

          1. Ice cream with pancakes and pancakes with sausages, 11d, in the puzzle, usage of plates and cutlery – just the Canadian way of emptying the pantry and refrigerator before the start of Lent.

  9. Liked this a lot. No problem with parsing for me this time, no obscure actors or Greeks. Got stuck on a few. The performers in 22d, had to be 3d but not for me until the penny dropped. Surely 15a is a napkin. 9d made me smile. Must get on with choosing my entries for the last Gloucester Camera Club competition. I’m in with a chance of doing well this year.

  10. I found this on the easier end of Jays spectrum. A big thumbs up for 23 down and respect for any man or woman who can hide such big drums in such a small space. It is a shame that the only food on offer is octopus with sea salt.
    Thanks to the 2Ks and thanks to Jay.

      1. Me too. Not bothered about the salt though. Octopussies are amazing. So clever. There are lots of clips of them doing extraordinary things. I always octopus spot when in suitable places.

  11. Light touch from Jay this morning, but no less enjoyable for that.
    23d was the last to fall for me as well – like MP I tried to justify ‘doers’ to little avail.

    1a&3d sharing the honours for me.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks – hope the worst of the weather stays north of you!

  12. This has been a much better week than last for me. Like many other bloggers I had to ask the kiwis for help with 23 down. 24 across I had to leave until coffee time! Thank you Jay and to the kiwis who are having as much rain as we are in Gloucestershire.

  13. Fairly straightforward and good fun – I didn’t even get stuck on my last few which is what often happens to me on Wednesdays.
    I think I might, at last, be getting a bit better at spotting the lurkers – it’s the anagrams I’m missing now – 21a today.
    I really liked 1 and 26a and 3 and 18d.
    Thanks to Jay and to the Kiwis.
    Pouring with rain and freezing cold – done crossword, done Toughie, done codeword and sudoku . . . now what?

    1. The Peer Gynt suite. A good book, Thompson and Morgan perhaps with a nice glass of red, feet up.

      1. No – don’t do jigsaws although I admit to Scrabble on the iPad – I play with a friend who lives in Adelaide. It’s just as well that when she’s awake I’m asleep and vice versa or we could waste an awful lot of time.

  14. Nice crossword. I was another who bunged doers into 23d before having to go back to the drawing board when it wouldn’t parse. That clue is a skillful bit of setting that has to be today’s favourite. I wonder if Jay is out there reading the blog and getting a smug from seeing how many of us fell into his trap? Anyway, thanks to him for the entertainment and thanks to the 2Ks for the blog. The 20d pic is a great image.

  15. Excellent crossword, and agree 23d was brilliant (even if I should have realised I’d got it wrong). Many thanks Jay and the 2Ks.

  16. It’s reassuring to know that so many other bloggers had problems with 23d. I too toyed with doers but, as my last throw of the dice, decided to consult 2Kiwis before bunging in. 8d has become a bit of a bad penny as has 12a. Apart from 23d three-quarters (apart from 23d) were completed over breakfast without too much aggro leaving NE to fall into place on my return home after being out for the morning. Thank you Jay for an excellent puzzle and the 2Kiwis for your guidance.

  17. Lovely Wednesday Crossword 😃 **/*** must confess to being another wrongdoer 😬 nonetheless my favourite clue, also liked 17&20a. Thanks to the 2x Ks (but rather envious of their warm showers, all the ones here are icy😨!) and of course to Jay 👌

  18. Gentle and a pleasure to rattle through after the crosswords of the past couple of weeks. 9a was my top clue and overall 1.5/43*
    Thanks to Jay and to the 2K’s for their review.

  19. Jay on top form once again, what a joy to solve such a quality puzzle.

    My top four included three excellent anagrams (1a, 15a and 27a), plus the brilliant 23d which I’m pleased to see has received deserved acclaim from others too.

    Many thanks to Mr Mutch and the 2Ks.

  20. Another cracking puzzle this week. On the wavelenght from the off and thoroughly enjoyable with lots to make me smile. Bottom half went in easier than the top for some reason? So look forward to tomorrow even if it’s a Ray T?

    Clues of the day: 12a / 17a / 23d

    Rating: 2.5* / 4*

    Thanks to 2K’s and Jay.

  21. May not be the toughest ever set but it was most enjoyable. The anagrams took a bit of finding today.
    For me **/****
    Thx to all

  22. Another treat today, what a lovely week.
    Liked it all, but special shoutout to 12a and 24a.
    Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis for the fun.

  23. First comment got lost so I’ll paraphase.
    23d fooled me too I had doers and although I disliked it as a word I had to consult the blog to get the all answers correct window. Thanks to the 2K’s.
    No favourite as I thought they were all good.
    Thanks to Jay for the workout.
    I will take my 24a with a chicken dhansak and chana dahl.

  24. We also started off with DOERS for 23d but the good thing about writing the blog is that near enough does not cut the mustard. So we had another close look at the clue and a synonym for ‘expected’ put us back on the right track.
    The serviette/napkin thing did not occur to us. In our growing up days we always had real cloth serviettes in our own personalised serviette rings. The throw-away ones used for parties were always called paper serviettes. Napkins were only used for babies’ bums and not appropriate for a dining table.
    Some clouds about this morning but looks like it is going to stay fine for golf with temperatures in the mid twenties.

  25. Wrastling with IT issues today which takes me a lot of time because I am not very good at it.
    Sat down with a G&T to tackle this one quite late and it all went in quite nicely.
    Was going to opt for 8d as a fav but reading it again, I guess we all take too many flights these days. Still liked it though and I have nowt else ticked.

    Thank Jay & our stalwart bloggers.

  26. Another great puzzle, almost finished at breakfast, but 21d and 23d eluded me. I had doers for 23d but didn’t like it enough to ink it in. Thanks to 2Kiwis I was able to finish, had my brain fixed on the wrong type of crew. Too many favorites to pick one. Thanks also to Jay.

  27. Another ‘doers’ here (at first). I had to read the hint 3 times before I could parse it. Very clever, I was convinced it was a reversal of a word meaning ‘expected’ without a ‘p’, Hooray for a bung-in.
    Apart from then, an easier Jay today but the usual high-quality cluing. 7d took some getting, but fav of the day was 9a.
    Thanks all.

  28. Ooh – I know that I’m not supposed to comment here on a different crossword but I’ve just tried to look at the Toughie blog again and it came up as ‘Not found’. This isn’t something that I’ve ever met on the blog before even when it was going through lots of trouble.
    Anyone else?

  29. Short and sweet, a * for difficulty. No real problems encountered apart from ones of my own making – typos galore. First in 9ac, last in 11d, and fun throughout.

  30. I have had an anonymous Valentine’s Day card in the same handwriting every year for the past thirty years. But not today. I am distraught. First my grandma dies. Now this. Anyway I booked a table for St Sharon and I at eight o clock tonight. Only now we have got here does she tell me she cannot play snooker.

    1. I asked my Mrs if she fancied Barcelona or Paris. She said ‘Wow, yes please!! Either!!’
      I replied that the Champions League starts at 2000 on BT Sport.

    2. If it is any consolation, your comment made Mr C S laugh a lot when I read it out.

      PS tell Saint Sharon that being taken out at all is impressive

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