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DT 28663

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28663

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Hello everyone. This isn’t a Ray T week so all of you who find him difficult can relax a bit. I’m not going to play ‘Spot the Setter’ because I really don’t have the first idea but if any of you would like to then please feel free. I thought it was very enjoyable and not too tricky apart from a couple of answers that made me sit up and put my thinking cap on.

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

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


1a            Period after holiday, showing result of getting smashed (8)
BREAKAGE — a short time away from work is followed by a period of time

5a            Trade in copper — order placed by good man (6)
CUSTOM — the chemical symbol for copper and our usual crosswordland ‘good man’ are followed by a two letter order or award

9a            A daughter gets choice in child-rearing arrangement (8)
ADOPTION — the A from the clue and the abbreviation for D(aughter) are followed by a choice or preference

10a         Get into bar tipsily with no end of uproar (6)
OBTAIN — an anagram (tipsily) of INTO BAR without the R (no end or last letter of uproar)

11a         Portrait of idiot with crack (3,4)
MUG SHOT — an idiot or twit is followed by a crack or attempt at doing something

12a         Brazen curse-word putting out small worker (7)
BLATANT — a mild curse-word or expletive without the S (putting out small) is followed by a worker insect

13a         Surprisingly ranked rapid transport system (4-3-4)
PARK-AND-RIDE — an anagram (surprisingly) of RANKED RAPID

16a         Supporting case, say (3,8)
FOR INSTANCE — a short word meaning supporting or in favour of is followed by a case or occurrence

21a   Biro duo misplaced in private room (7)
BOUDOIR — an anagram (misplaced) of BIRO DUO

22a         Fortune rejected by family around English novelist (7)
TOLKIEN — a reversal (rejected) of a short synonym for fortune or destiny is followed by family or clan which contains the one letter abbreviation for E(nglish)

23a         Send earrings in part to get valued (6)
ENDEAR — our one and only lurker or hidden answer, indicated by in part – it’s hiding in the middle of the first two words of the clue

24a         Start trouble after beginning of business run illegally? (4,4)
JUMP BAIL — another word for start – not as a beginning but what you might do if someone leapt out from behind a door and said, “Boo” – the second part is a synonym for trouble or bother preceded by the first letter (beginning) of B(usiness) This was my last answer – I was completely fixated on the running illegally being something to do with smuggling.

25a         Child longing to return for some offal (6)
KIDNEY — an informal word for a child is followed by a reversal (to return) of a longing or a craving

26a         Vessel covering river showing flag in the wind (8)
STREAMER — a kind of vessel or a boat – the whole word instead of the common crosswordland abbreviation of SS – contains (covering) the one letter abbreviation for R(iver



1d            Support on royal ship for composer (6)
BRAHMS — the usual piece of womens underwear (support) is followed by (on) the three letter abbreviation for a royal ship

2d            Adequate time for lunch overturned? I’m horrified! (6)
ENOUGH — a reversal (overturned) of the time that people seem to think is lunchtime, not that it ever is in our house, is followed by a short expression of repugnance (I’m horrified)

3d            Relish plan to eject son out of bed (7)
KETCHUP — a plan or drawing without its first letter, ‘S’ (to get son out) is followed by a little word that means out of bed – for no very good reason this one took me forever to sort out, the answer was obvious especially with alternate letters in, but I just couldn’t see why

4d            One whose contribution to life lacks recognition? (5,6)
GHOST WRITER — I think that ‘life’ here is a biography – the answer is someone who is employed to do the work involved in getting it ready for publication. Oh dear – there’s always one that’s easier to solve than give a decent hint for

6d            Dress down at college bar untidily — I would (7)
UPBRAID — a little word meaning at college or university is followed by an anagram (untidily) of BAR and then a two letter contraction of ‘I would’

7d            Note a sailing haunt banning new liqueur (3,5)
TIA MARIA — first word – a note, the seventh in the musical scale, and the A from the clue – second word – a sailing haunt or place where large boats are moored without the N (banning N[ew])

8d            Minute on street regarding line to see old musician (8)
MINSTREL — Lego time – put together an abbreviation for minute, not MO but the other one, the abbreviation for street, another little abbreviation for regarding or concerning and, finally, L(ine)

12d         Stint bursar arranged for set of experts (6,5)
BRAINS TRUST — an anagram (arranged) of STINT BURSAR

14d         Old fines reportedly stop car making delivery (3,5)
OFF BREAK — here we go – crickety stuff. The abbreviation for O(ld) and two of the abbreviations for fine used on lead pencils – the second word is a homophone (reportedly) of what you would do to stop, or slow down, a car

15d         Fundamentally instructed to be confined to one’s room (8)
GROUNDED — a double definition

17d         Recent arrival working to be accepted by a teen that’s spoilt (7)
NEONATE — a little word meaning working or not switched off is contained in (to be accepted by) an anagram (spoilt) of A TEEN

18d         Solar phenomenon in east twice encircling docks (7)
ECLIPSE — two abbreviations for E(ast) (east twice) contain (encircling) a synonym for docks or makes shorter

19d         Win over duke is supported by half of fleet (6)
DISARM — the abbreviation for D(uke) and the IS from the clue are followed by half of a six letter word meaning a fleet of armed ships

20d         One seeking haul from bank? (6)
ANGLER — nothing to do with money or robbing – the bank is the edge of a river and the haul is likely to be edible

I particularly liked 13 and 24a and 3 and 17d.

The Quickie pun:- KOREA + WRIST = CAREERIST not a word that I knew but it is in the BRB

55 comments on “DT 28663

  1. The only thing that held me up very slightly was forgetting that I goes before E in 22a which I only remembered when it held me up slightly in trying to solve 19d

    Thanks to Kath and Mr Ron

    1. I know that I get in a muddle trying to spell 22a – whatever I write looks wrong so I always have to check it.

    2. Some people get grumpy (‘grumpy’ is a truly superb word) about the ‘I before E’ rule due to the exceptions, even though, personally, I don’t mind it.

      So, how about this for a way to remember the spelling…The ‘EN’ of *****EN is the start of ENglish which, indeed, he was.

  2. Well whoever set this has given us another cracker of a puzzle. Lots to enjoy with a good clue mix and no real obscurities. Picking a single favourite is tough, but I will go for 24a, my last one in. 2.5* /4* overall from me, with many thanks to Mr Ron and to Kath.

  3. No special hold-ups or standout clues for me today, with 14d my last one in. Many thanks Kath and the setter.

  4. Thank you Kath for much needed help with 24a and 20d – I was nearly there with 24a but got stuck in a mental trench for the second word. Had to google the cricketing term to double-check 14d but then I have to google all cricketing terms, not to mention rugby, football and golf . . . . All good fun though.
    Have been away for some winter sun and missed a lot of crosswords – so enjoying catching up.

  5. Completed at a gallop, some very good clues made a very enjoyable solve – **/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 1d, 4d, 14d – and the winner is 14d.

    Thanks to the setter and Kath.

  6. It’s that cornery grid again so I did the four seperate crossword in order, going round clockwise. Made a bit of a diversion from my normal method. Enjoyable puzzle but I’m not guessing the setter. Fav has to be 24a just for it’s quirky definition.

    **/**** from me.

    Thanks to the setter and to Kath – like the cartoon for 24a.

  7. 1.5* / 3*. A pleasant, untaxing puzzle. The only thing which slowed me up taking my time over 1* was not knowing how to spell the 22a novelist. This rendered 19d impossible until I realised the error of my ways. 17a was new word for me but the answer couldn’t be anything else.

    24a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to Kath.

  8. I tried to justify putting in ‘hangover’ for 1a, but was unconvinced. So I proceded clockwise from the north-east corner at something of a gallop and finished pretty much where I tried to begin – with the correct solution to 1a. A very pleasant solve with some fun clues. I liked 24a & 7d, but 14d was my stand out clue. Thanks to setter and Kath.

  9. Other than my spelling problem shared above, I got along with this one just fine.
    Lovely start to a cold miserable day.

    Thanks to the setter and to Kath .

  10. Jolly good fun. Thanks to the setter and thanks to Kath for an enjoyable blog. 24ac reminded me of the chap told he needed a tie to enter a night club. Anything around your neck will do the doorman said. He went to his car and all he could find was a set of jump leads. He put them around his neck and returned to the nightclub. The doorman took one look at him and said “
    You can go in. But don’t start anything”.

  11. For me, best of the week so far – slightly more difficult/puzzling than the others and, of course, more cogitation = more enjoyment. I did get held up for a short while because I initially spelt “Boudior” wrongly which meant “Naivate” (also spelt wrongly) fitted in with the checkers for 27d. It’s funny how we sometimes get into these daft muddles by being so bull-at-a-gate. Good clues and very enjoyable. 2.5* / 4*.

  12. OK, I probalbly won’t be around over the weekend. Pommette’s flying into Valencia this evening after her sailing hols so I’m driving up there this afternoon and we’re staying for a couple of days. Typical of me in that I’ve visited places all over Spain and Portugal but never been to Valencia and it’s only a two hour drive away.

    Anyway, I’ll be back Sunday evening so see you Monday.

  13. 25a is my favourite . For someone who genuinely has a spelling problem , I surprised myself by getting 22a right.
    Thanks to the setter and Kath.

  14. Enjoyable solve. Not too tricky. 24a was my last in – I kept trying to justify bump ball as an illegal run in cricket – which it isn’t anyway. Penny dropped at last. Sop that has to be my gold medallist. 1.5*/3***

  15. Needed a few checkers in place to get 24a and had to remember to put the cricket head on for 14d but no real problems with this one.

    I liked 1a&3d for the images they created and 25a made me laugh – not a child I’ve ever come across, that’s for sure!

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to Kath for another fine review.

  16. After the run of good quality crosswords we have had recently I’m afraid I found today’s a bit of an anticlimax. It was all a bit too straight forward; the top half especially. Ah well, I suppose one can’t win them all.
    9a was probably my top clue and 1.5/3* overall.
    Thanks to the setter, and to Kath for her review.

  17. Reasonably straightforward, **/****. Several enjoyable clues but my favourite was 24a. Thank you to Kath and the setter.

  18. Unable to concentrate on this today, but so very thankful that our granddaughter survived the tragic, senseless shooting at her high school yesterday. Feeling great sadness for those killed and injured.

    1. You always wonder about these things when you hear the name of a place where you have ‘friends’ – glad to hear she survived. Love to her and all the family

    2. I’m not surprised that you can’t concentrate – how awful to have your granddaughter nearly involved in such a tragedy. I’m so glad that your family are OK.

    3. I did wonder about the families of our Florida contributors when the news appeared yesterday. Thank goodness your granddaughter’s safe, Lizzie, although heaven knows what the effects of the shooting will be on both the school and its pupils.

    4. I’m glad to hear that your granddaughter is safe, and I join you in feeling sadness for everyone involved and at the fact that everyone in a US school today will have that on their minds. I also feel great frustration that nothing will change in response to such a tragedy.

    5. Thank you all for your comments. Yes great sadness and also great frustration that nothing ever happens to curb gun control ever here. If it didn’t happen after the Sandy Hook tragedy I doubt it ever will. Although I have hope that my granddaughter’s generation might be the one to fix or remove the 2nd Amendment.

    6. I feel for you and all your family and send sincere commisserations in the wake of this ghastly episode.💐

  19. I must confess to finding this quite difficult ***/** ☹️ I was convinced that therefore it was a “Ray T” QED although as I actually completed it, it probably was’nt 😳 Liked 1d, 4d & 17d (last in) Thanks to Kath for the enjoyable blog and to Mr X 😏

  20. Another excellent crossword that was a joy to solve (ditto yesterday).

    I’m glad I wasn’t alone in forgetting initially how to spell 22a, I’ll endeavour though to ensure it’s not hobbit-forming. My ticks went to 24a, 1d, 3d and 4d, all superbly clued.

    Many thanks to today’s compiler and to Kath.

    1. ‘Hobbit forming’ gets my nod for the WOTD (Wordplay of the day), Greybottom, me old cocker spaniel.

  21. Thanks to the setter and Kath for the review and hints. A very nice puzzle, not too difficult. Last in was 20d, favourite was 1d, which made me laugh. Was 2*/3* for me.

  22. A most enjoyable crossword, so thank you to the setter and Kath. A good day today the ladies of the GB curling team have won another round and I have won a runner up prize in the Telegraph Saturday Crossword.

  23. Found this more straightforward than most Thursday puzzles. Also less sparkly than average because many of the surface readings don’t make much sense. Of the handful of clues not like that, I particularly liked 14d and made it today’s favourite. Thanks to the setter and to Kath.

  24. Found east side more of a struggle than the west but eventually it all came together. Not entirely straightforward for me, 6d last in caused some head scratching. Enjoyable with some smiles along the way, particularly liked 1d. Like others had hangover for 1a but soon realised the error.

    Clues of the day: 1d / 13a

    Rating 2.5* / 3.5*

    Thanks to Kath and the setter.

  25. Late on parade today, steady solve with no hold ups pleasant experience going for a **/***.
    Liked the construction of 1d-never seen his likeness before-handsome chap- and 16a.
    Wondered where the ‘FF’ came from-thanks Kath will remember for future use.
    Thanks to Setter and Kath.

  26. OK but not memorable due to some rather clunky clues. Needed Kath’s help to parse 2d and 3d. Fav was 20d. Thank you Mysteron and Kath.

  27. **/** for me. I made the obvious spelling mistake in 22a. Favourite was 13a but didn’t like 16a which was a bit vague. 24a was the last in.

  28. It all went together smoothly for me with 24a also being my last answer in, but that might have been because that was the last corner I worked on. Enjoyable solve.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Kath.

  29. On the whole not a problem but several clues were solvable without understanding all the clue – 2d, 3d, 14d and 12a. All very contrived and in my opinion all very poor. They rather spoilt what was otherwise a very pleasant crossword.
    Thx to all

  30. I too was hung up on hungover at first but once I got going the rest went reasonably well. I thought that 3d was what it was but it took the hint to explain why. Similarly 20 d was v cryptic but once I got a few checkers it had to be.
    I did like the synchronicity of solving 13 a on the 13a.

  31. A thoroughly enjoyable * for difficulty, with only a little trouble in the SE corner. Mostly, it must be said, because I forgot the order of the vowels for the writer.

  32. SE was my last corner it and 24a the last clue to solve. Some very clever clues I thought. If you read Brian’s comment and reverse – that’s me. Good me a while to get 4d but when I did I thought it brilliant. Thanks setter. Thanks Kath – always enjoy reading the hints to check my parsing.

  33. I misspelt the author in 22a, but it looks as though I wasn’t the only one. Many thanks setter and Kath

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