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DT 28665 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28665 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Some hints follow.


1a    Calculation by girl without delay (7)
A three-letter calculation followed by a girl’s name

9a    Cool US soldier in rain gear (5)
A colloquial use of cool in the sense of excellent is derived by putting an item of rain gear around our usual US soldier

10a    Film magazines? Put tons in boxes (9)
A word meaning to put and T(ons) inside some boxes

11a    Temptation to pinch one three times to reveal texts (10)
A temptation or enticement around (to pinch) I (one), T(ime), a long period of time and T(ime) (time + time + time = three times)

25a    Important German city — it is round a lake (9)
A German city followed by the reversal (is round) of IT, the A from the clue and L(ake)

26a    Looking from the East, name part of UK that’s ready to blossom (2,3)
A verb meaning to name and the two-letter abbreviation for a part of the UK, all reversed (looking from the East in an across clue)

27a    Low quality? (7)
The quality of feeling low or sorrowful

28a    Dashed dog, having nothing to eat, shows resentement resentment (7)
A three-letter verb meaning dashed followed by a worthless dog around (to eat) the letter that resembles nothing


1d    Son with great taste (6)
S(on) is followed by an adjective meaning great or considerable

2d    Could pay, putting away father’s stout (6)
A five-letter word meaning could (although pedants could argue that they do not have the same meaning!) followed by (pa)Y without (putting away) PA (father)

3d    Lacy shifts worn by one in church without any slips (10)
An anagram (shifts) of LACY around a clergyman (one who assists a vicar)

7d    Religious person caught cold hosting at Hindu festival (8)
C(aught) and C(old) around (hosting) AT from the clue and a Hindu spring festival

15d    Abigail fibs about information technology skills (9)
ABI(gail) followed by some fibs around I(nformation) T(echnology)

17d    Is shedding one lock of hair? Edward’s worried (8)
Start with (I)S without (shedding) I (one) and then add a lock of hair and ED(ward)

23d    King perhaps left after game with the Queen (5)
L(eft) after a game and before (with) the Queen’s regnal cipher

24d    Plant expert secures stake (4)
hidden (secures) inside the clue

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The Quick Crossword pun: writers+reign=right as rain

57 comments on “DT 28665 (Hints)

  1. Sailed through the South but then several knots in the North. No particular Fav in this pleasant spin. Thank you Mysteron and BD particilarly for a couple of parses. Liked the Quicki pun.

    1. Nice to see the editor in chief edited. Welcome from me too Simon. It is rare that I post on a Saturday but that made me smile.

  2. Good work out today, although it was my average time for a Saturday. For some reason I needed pen and paper for the anagrams, obviously not firing on all cylinders.

    Enjoyed it as always. Last one in was 2d. It had to be what it was but needed BD to tell me why.

    Thanks very much to BD and setter.

  3. 3* / 4*. My rating of 3* for difficulty masks two distinct parts. I started in the NW as I usually do and, after a considerable time, I was left staring at an almost blank space with just one answer (9a) filled in. Thinking that this would have been a wrong envelope day on any other day of the week, I moved on and was somewhat surprised to find that the other three quarters were the easiest I can recall, pausing only to confirm the Hindu festival in 7d. However the NW proved just as hard at the second attempt and I only finally cracked it after revisiting it several times.

    Even when I had finished I still couldn’t fully parse 11a and was very grateful to find this one included in the hints. Thanks very much, BD.

    In spite of my trials and tribulations, I thought this was a very enjoyable puzzle. Many thanks to the setter.

  4. Fairly mild and about average for a Saturday. A quite enjoyable romp though. My favourite was 7d because it caused the most cogitation. 2* / 3*.

  5. Like others before me, the NW corner was the last to give up its secrets, with 2d my final entry. On reflection, this proved to be my favourite. A good, thoughtful puzzle that was a joy to solve and 2.5* /4* overall.

    Thanks to the Saturday setter and BD.

  6. Managed that somewhat easier than I expected. Last one in was 3d I was trying to make an anagram out of more than one word but got there in the end.
    11a and 15d joint faves today.
    Don’t know if they really make Saturdays easier to get more readers or is it just that we try harder.
    Thanks to BD and setter.

    1. I believe on Saturdays they make it simple in order to add people to their contact list via the maximum number of entries for the Prize or am I being over cynical?! 😉

  7. Something about this puzzle made me think of RayT. Definitely at the easier of his spectrum is it was him. No great hold-ups, but a lot of fun. 5d, 15d & 11a were probably my favourites. Thanks to BD and setter.

  8. Despite being distracted by events in Pyeongchang, I found this to be a most enjoyable puzzle and it’s been a pleasure to lock horns with today’s setter although, to my mind, there was an absence of a ‘Eureka!’ moment.

  9. No issues beyond missing the relevance of ‘put’ in 10a (thanks, BD!) and wondering whether the first part of the answer to 2d would cause controversy again.

    Put 3d at the top of the heap for the image it conjured up – must ask Prolixic about that one!

    Thanks to Mr Saturday Ron and to BD for the club.

    PS Nice NTSPP from Starhorse today if you have the time to spare.

  10. A nice crossword which helped me to recover from the beginning of the morning – water pouring through kitchen ceiling – very splashy! :sad:
    I got tied up in the top right corner (of the crossword not the ceiling) and that did take a while to sort out.
    Finding the ‘three times’ in 11a was tricky and 2d defeated me for ages although we had a very similar clue/answer quite recently.
    The 13d anagram took longer than it would have done had I been thinking of the right kind of file.
    I particularly liked 9 and 27a and 1d and 6d, which made me laugh. I also quite liked 19d.
    Thanks to today’s setter and to BD.

  11. For me, somewhat similar to yesterday’s Giovanni, slowed down to a gallop in the final furlong but very enjoyable – **/****.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 25a and 23d.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

      1. A fast gallop

        As I have said before, I am not a horsey person and I have no idea if than can be different types of gallop – I am still thinking about coming up with some different terminology. Maybe I should use Star Trek warp speeds.

        1. I can’t give ya warp 9 much longer Mr. Spock. These engines are beginning to show signs of stress.

  12. **/*** Enjoyable puzzle. Raced through SE then NW. SW put up most resistance, with 21a being last one in. Oddly I parsed 1a differently but couldn’t see why until I saw BD’s hint which was the correct meaning. I had the meaning at the beginning of the clue rather than the end with letters two and three as the hesitation, couldn’t see where the initial letter came from! Thanks BD

  13. To my mind, a tad easier than the last few Saturday offerings. Parsing of 11A was a hold up (that might not have happened if I’d spelled the answer correctly) and I didn’t much like 2D. Enough there to enjoy, though, but no stand-outs for me today. Thanks to the setter and BD.

  14. I don’t think today’s offering was too difficult, I was just very slow filling it in whilst watching the winter games. Well done Team GB. Thank you setter and BD.

  15. Very enjoyable but testing. South went in ok then slowed for North, then came to a stop in NW corner. Needed to justify 11a with the hints and tips and answer is correct but still a bit baffled by it? Got 24d but missed the obvious way to get it. Overall some nice clues and thank goodness plenty of anagrams to get me started.

    Clues of the day: Both 3d and 15d impressed today.

    Rating: *** / ****

    Thanks to BD and the setter.

    1. For 11a you need to take a 4-letter word for a temptation and then split it (unevenly) around three instances of ‘time’ – the first and last of which are a 1-letter straightforward abbreviation and the middle is a description of a certain period of same. Hope that helps.

      1. I see that I missed out the need to also insert the ‘one’ from the clue – hope I haven’t confused you even further!

        1. Thanks for that got it now, occasionally need the help of the ace bloggers. Guess this is what this site is all about, again thanks Jane and Crypticsue.

  16. I enjoyed this today. I bunged in 11a, so thanks BD for parsing.
    Fave was 19d, but there were a lot of choices.
    Thanks to Saturday setter and to BD for the hints.

  17. This was a pleasant way to start my Saturday. I liked 11a for the penny drop upon realizing what the three times were about. Favourite today is the Quickie Pun. Thanks to setter and to BD.

  18. It’s not often I get in on Saturday and particularly today with family half term visitors packing up and going home. So after cleaning up, got through starting in the SE corner. As usual some nice anagrams, and a few ‘had to be’ answers eg 11a & 3d which were tricky to parse. Some obscure meanings eg 1a 21a & 27a that also ‘had to be’. Most enjoyable and thanks to compiler and BD for confirmatory hints. Looking forward to Rugby next W/E !

  19. Thank BD, I rattled through this but couldn’t parse 11a at all until your concise explanation of ‘three time’ – but having got the word I feel free to post off in vain attempt to win a pen. We felt the rumble of the early afternoon ‘quake’ on the Wirral, a couple of pics wobbled – thank you to the setter too, an easier puzzle after some quite tough ones during the week!

  20. Overall a ** for difficulty, with a little more of that time spent in the NW corner than the rest of the grid.

  21. A puzzle of two halves today. The lower section was a doddle – well, kind of..
    But the upper section called for quite a bit of brain ache. Eventually got to the end and wondered what had held me up. 9a was my favourite and overall, perhaps 2/4*.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  22. This was a lovely Saturday treat, and much enjoyed. Difficult enough but not impossible. Hope for more of the same tomorrow.

  23. 2*/3*, l suppose. If l have a favourite, it’s 11a. Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  24. Thank you for this fabulous blog – I discovered you today when tackling the telegraph prize c for the first time. I have with your help completed it but though I have the answer to 8d I don’t really understand how! Could someone explain please?

    1. Welcome to the blog.

      I don’t have my copy of the crossword with me at work to be able to help with the ‘how’ but I’m sure someone else will be able to give you a helpful hint in due course

      1. Usual abbreviations for the third and fourth words of the clue inside another word for feel.

    2. Welcome from me as well Fiona.

      We are now in our tenth year and have been here every day during that time yet we still get “discovered”! Hope you enjoy the site and will stay with us.

  25. Very late with this due to being busy entertaining and being entertained over the weekend. Not my favourite. Did not circle any favourites which is unusual for me. Did not parse 11a. Unnecessarily convuluted. Think the answer is good as a synonym for texts but the clueing could have been more interesting. For me it was the SW corner which was the last in and stupid me 24d the last of all. Missed the obvious and spent too long thinking of the many synonyms for all the different meanings of “plant” even trying to find a particular garden plant of which there must be thousands. Perhaps I should announce this as my favourite for foxing me for so long. Thanks all. Now onwards and upwards to Sunday’s!

  26. Not often I get to look at this before Thur/Fri but found it enjoyable whilst tough. ***+ for me. Still cogitating over 16 and 27 though :(

    10a had the wrong to start with which through the whole corner out. Needed the hints to understand parsing of 11 and 26. Can someone explain how 5 works? I cannot see it at all, assuming my answer is right!

    Thx Coco

    1. 5a Pieces of equipment editor returned with defects (7)
      ED(itor) reversed (returned) followed by some moral defects

      5d Sought-after in hotel bar, I sedately turned up (9)
      Hidden (in) and reversed (turned up in a down clue) inside the clue

  27. If anyone’s still about, can you explain why 27a is cryptic? Must be missing something. Explanations may have to wait until Friday, once the deadline for entries has passed.

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