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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28666

Hints and tips by an elated Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good day to one and all. Today we have a fine puzzle from The Daily Telegraph’s puzzles editor Chris Lancaster. All went in without too much trouble but I predict 6 across might cause some problems although the checking letters will make it obvious.

Today’s hints and tips have been written by Miffypops to assist with your solving or understanding of this puzzle. Answers lie beneath the greyed out click here boxes. Coventry Rugby Club are now 21 points clear at the top of their table. I feel celebrations coming on. There may be beer.

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1a    Record songs and leave (4,6)
MAKE TRACKS: A double definition. To record songs for inclusion on a long-playing record or a compact disc or simply to leave or depart. The term alludes to the footprints that might be left in doing so (according to one online source)

6a    Sausage dog, somewhat past it (4)
AGED: Ah ha! My first one in. A crafty little lurker hiding away within the words of the clue indicated by the word somewhat

9a    Crime, say, recalled fire damage (5)
SINGE: Begin with a synonym of the word crime and add the reversal (recalled) of an abbreviation meaning say or for example

10a    Fancy rich lass carrying unknown flier’s case? (9)
CHRYSALIS: Anagram of RICH LASS including a letter representing the unknown in mathematic

12a    Put off wrecked actors captured by surreal painter (13)
PROCRASTINATE: Double bubble. Two anagrams in one clue ACTORS (wrecked) and PAINTER (surreal) The anagram of ACTORS slots nicely into the anagram of PAINTER

14a    Vehicle one lost is gone (8)
VANISHED: A covered motor vehicle typically without side windows is followed by the letter I from the clue. This in turn is followed by a synonym of the word lost.

15a    Misplaced lust about reversible coat (6)
ULSTER: Anagram (misplaced) of LUST followed by the reversal (reversible) of Crosswordland’s favourite word for about

17a    Identification of an overthrown dynasty (6)
NAMING: Reverse (overthrown) the word AN from the clue. Add a Chinese dynasty that lasted from 1368 to 1664

19a    Disputed region broadcast fine material (8)
CASHMERE: This fine woollen material is named after the goat from a disputed region in northernmost India. For some reason it is not spelled in the same way hence the homophone indicator which is broadcast.

21a    Powerless to accept reviled revolutionary with incorrect address? (13)
UNDELIVERABLE: An anagram (revolutionary) of REVILED is placed within an adjective meaning lacking the skill, means, or opportunity to do something.

24a    Line one resents playing for radio audience? (9)
LISTENERS: A three-part charade. Part one. Use the abbreviation for Line. Part two. Add the letter that looks like the number one as written in Roman numerals. Part three. Add an anagram (playing) of RESENTS

25a    Before lunch, 15 regularly entertain (5)
AMUSE: Begin with the abbreviation used to denote the morning. Add the odd numbered letters of the answer to 15 across if you have them. If not get the answer from the definition at the end of the clue and use the last three letters as an aid to solving 15 across. I am not a fan of clues that refer to other clues.

26a    Plaything American’s greeting twice (2-2)
YO-YO: apparently from the clue Americans greet each other with the word Yo. Nothing Americans do surprises me anymore. Double the Yo (twice) to find a child’s toy.

27a    Masses sent out for appraisal (10)
ASSESSMENT: An obvious and simple anagram (out) of MASSES SENT


1d    The old woman has hot food (4)
MASH: Begin with an affectionate term for your mother or rather how you would describe her ownership of her own possessions. Add the abbreviation for the word hot to arrive at some food. About. Time too. Like the best songs, the best crosswords throw in a little food and drink to keep us going. Here we have a choice of swede or potato. Crushed and mixed with butter. Mmmmn

2d    Family doctor at home for VIP (7)
KINGPIN: Your family, your general practitioner and where you are when at home and not out and about

3d    Police those playing for Man City? (3,4,2,4)
THE BOYS IN BLUE: A double definition. Our police force (a desk bound organisation which offers reassurance and counselling to victims of crime sometime after the event) or the lads who play for Manchester City and the colours they play in. Our setter could have used Coventry City here.

4d    Hateful person charged to limit resistance (8)
ACCURSED: A noun meaning those charged with a crime surrounds (limits) the abbreviation for resistance

5d    Enterprise leader initially supports churches (5)
KIRKS: The commanding officer of The Starship Enterprise together with the first (initially) letter of the word supports. If like me you have never watched Star Trek this clue may take some working out.

7d    Heroic worker weighed down by bitterness (7)
GALLANT: One of our two regular social insect workers is place below (weighed down by) a noun meaning bitterness.

8d    Depress a resident being moved around hospital (10)
DISHEARTEN: Anagram (being moved) of A RESIDENT placed around the abbreviation for hospital

11d    Have an accident in the kitchen? Tell all! (5,3,5)
SPILL THE BEANS: A double definition. The second definition meaning to reveal secret information unintentionally or indiscreetly. I imagine the first would be a tad messy.

13d    Happening to meet posh friend at last (10)
EVENTUALLY: An occurrence such as The Cheltenham Festival or Glastonbury is followed by our usual suspect meaning posh. This is followed by a synonym of the word friend

16d    Like half of the clues in the French game (8)
LACROSSE: place inside the French word for “the” a description of half of the clues in this crossword

18d    Self-consciousness of style with pen (7)
MODESTY: Two synonyms are required here. One for a style, way or manner and one for a pen. Not what we write with. One where we might keep animals

20d    Do finish off (7)
EXECUTE: A lovely double definition. Off with his head!

22d    Write-ups on lost vistas (5)
VIEWS: Begin with a word meaning write ups and remove the first two letters (on lost) which mean concerning

23d    Joke with son on board plane (4)
JEST: Place the abbreviation for son inside a type of plane, itself described by its type of engine

That is all from me folks.

The Quick Crossword pun: chef+healed=Sheffield

53 comments on “DT 28666

  1. Slow start then speedy home run. Several good clues including 17a, 19a and 16d. Not into Star Trek so no wonder I had to Google 5d. Thank you setter and MP whose hints I will now read.

    just noticed MP that you also are not a Star Trek buff!

      1. Yes, but pity about the picture. It is a diabolo,
        not a yoyo.
        No children here then?
        Good puzzle compleded with no help.

        Many thanks

          1. It has to be a YoYo. I don’t think it could be a Diabolo. The clip says it’s Alex Hattori participating in the U.S. National Yoyo Contest at Redondo Beach, Calif. In any case in Diabolo one would hardly withdraw from one end of the string like that – he throws firmly down and withdraws like a YoYo!

  2. A good straightforward start to the week with plenty of smiles during the solving process. 10, 12 and 21a all took my eye, and overall I agree with the rating at the top of the blog, 2* /4*.

    Thanks to CL and MP.

  3. Although in the end I did finish this without enlisting any electrons, I didn’t think I was going to. 5d was a bung in, but it took a while for the penny to drop. DOH!

    It was the SE that held out to the end, with 19a and 20d the last to submit. I always get a little worried when I see the clue “material”, not an area of expertise for me.

    20d was the last to fall, and therefore COTD for its simplicity.

    Many thanks to the setter and MP.

    (Ooh! Ouch, just read your hint for 3d MP!)

  4. What a nice way to start off the weeks solving, I thought 5D was a brilliant clue & my last one in was 6A a nicely hidden lurker. Many thanks to the setter & to our resident Monday hero MP.

  5. 2* / 4*. A very nice start indeed to the week.

    21a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Sir Ron and to Sir Miffypops.

  6. Another gentle start to the week, with well-written clues, a few head-scratchers and an entertaining solve. 5d: That crafty leader is about all I know, or want to know, about Star Trek. My favourite was 12a. 2* / 3*.

  7. Most enjoyable and many thanks to Mr Lancaster and to Miffypops. I had a little struggle with parsing 22d, although the answer had to be, so was grateful for MP’s explanation. Although not a Star Trek fan I did like 5d best of all. Was bowled over by MP’s YouTube offering for 10a.

  8. Quite a tussle today but completed in good order, favourites 2d amd 15a the old ones are the best. Thanks to Miffypops anf Chris Lancaster.

  9. Nice puzzle to start the week. Initially I thought it was going to be tough, but 13d my worries 14a and it all went well. Thanks to the setter and thank you MP for the butterfly, plaything and Blackadder clips, each of which are amazing in their different ways.

  10. What a very good crossword – one that turned out to be not as difficult as I thought it was going to be when I first started.
    Needless to say I have absolutely no idea what colour the Man City players clothes are but it was gettable from the police and checking letters.
    I also know nothing about Star Trek (or Star Wars – I get the two mixed up) but I already had the first letter of 5d.
    15a is a coat that I always forget.
    I liked 6a and 11 and 13d. My favourite was 20d which made me laugh.
    Thanks to Mister Ron (do we still call him that?) and to Miffypops, especially for the clip at 10a which is one that everyone should look at.
    Many years ago some friends and I watched a dragonfly emerging from its 10a – it took some time and as it flew off it was gobbled up by a bird. :sad:

      1. Today’s setter is Mister Ron. The one’s we don’t know about are Mysterons, individually referred to as Mr Ron

          1. When Mister Ron (aka Chris Lancaster) took over as the new crossword editor, we felt he deserved to be honoured!

            1. All very confusing. Obviously I have been wrongly using Mysteron in the singular for an unidentified setter whereas I now learn from CS that title should only be used in the plural? I rest my case!

              1. Not sure why I’m continuing this discussion but

                there are several setters who appear on Tuesday, Thursdays and some Saturdays who don’t publicise their name. So collectively they are Mysterons plural. You can have one Mysteron at a time (as as far as I know they don’t cooperate to produce one crossword), and you can if you want refer to them individually as Mr Ron

  11. A very pleasant start to the cryptic week. I needed MP’s hints to parse 3d, which I knew fitted the church part of the clue, but had struggled to see why. Favourites today were 10, 15 & 21a and 13d. Thanks to MP and setter.

  12. Thought this was going to be a tricky little so-and-so but solving 10a provided a way in and all went swimmingly well from there on.
    Really enjoyed the solve and awarded many ticks along the way. I think perhaps 1a just had the edge for me.

    Many thanks to Sir Ron and to MP for a first class blog – loved the clips at 10&26a.

  13. Very enjoyable, a very pleasant start to the work week – oh wait, today’s a holiday over here – completed at a fast gallop – **/***.

    Top 3 of 6 candidates for favourite – 19a, 3d, and 11d – and the winner has to be the homophone 19a.

    I did groan when the penny dropped on 5d.

    Thanks to the setter and GMoLI.

  14. Very nice stuff indeed. **/*** from me.
    LOI was 4d as I was fixated on “hateful person” rather than “person accused”, d’oh!. No doubt that was just what the setter intended so it’s my favourite clue.

    Thanks to the setter and MP.

  15. Good crossword to kick off the week! A nice variety of clues of which 10a was my favourite. 5d was pretty good too, come to think of it.
    2/4* overall.
    Thanks to Sir Ron and to The Man From LI for the review and visuals.

  16. A lovely puzzle from Mr Lancaster, with there being so many Rons around, I think I prefer to call him Mr Ed now that he has stepped into the hot seat at Telegraph Towers.

    My top three clues were the double anagram in 12a, 2d and 11d. Very unusual to see a ten-letter anagram (27a), where only one letter actually changes position.

    Many thanks to Mr Ed and the elated one.

  17. The lurker in 6a was straight in, but I spent far too long on the wrong sort of enterprise in 5d before the penny dropped. It has to be favourite closely followed by 3d and 11d. Thank you Miffypops and setter. Today I have three very scrawny looking pheasants in my garden, but at least they should be safe for the time being.

  18. A very enjoyable crossword .
    Held up by 1d…I’m never any good at spotting possessives…and 19a….missed the homophone indicator completely , thought it must be an anagram indicator and totally failed to find any fodder… broke through in the end, though.
    So, thanks to the setter and to Miffypops.

  19. I thought this was a good fit to the Monday slot, with a fairly smooth progression through the grid accompanied by several smiles. Last one in was 12a. Favourite clue was 10a. Thanks to Sir Ron and to MP.

  20. Slow start to get on the right wavelength and now feel I should have found this easier than I did? Correct MP about 5d, a bit of a “bung in” for me and couldn’t figure out the enterprise bit, obvious now. A very good start to the week, really enjoyed it once I got going.

    Clues of the day: Thought 10a / 16d were both v good.

    Rating *** / ****

    Thanks to MP and the setter.

  21. Nice start to the week 😃 **/*** I liked 10a & 16d. Thanks to MP for the well illustrated blog 🤗 and to Chris Lancaster for a solveable puzzle to start the week 👌

  22. Enjoyable start to the week
    8d LOI I just couldn’t see the anagram and am a bit 8d’ed by that. The anagram fodder should include the A as well as resident and hospital but thats not an excuse for my failure to solve in time.
    Thanks to the house of the red rose and Miffypops for the hints.

    1. When I counted this morning the word resident had nine letters. I will change the hint to include the letter A. Thanks for pointing it out.

  23. I was dead on wavelength from the start, what an enjoyable puzzle. The only electronic help I needed was for 15a, when am I ever going to remember that darned coat.
    Loved it all, how can one choose a fave out of that lot?
    Agreed, Kath, super clip at 10a.
    Thanks to Sir Ron and to M’pops for a lovely start to the week.

  24. I had to look at the hint for 4d but otherwise everything went in lickety-split although I wasn’t always sure why , such as 5d and 22d .
    So thanks to Miffypops for the enlightenment.
    Thanks also to the setter.

  25. Very entertaining puzzle and blog today. Thanks to all. By the way MP, I didn’t comment at the time because I only saw it the day after the blog (and I always think there’s no point commenting that late), but particularly liked the clip from JWH recently. Keep the Dylan coming!

    1. Choosing illustrations is always fun but we can only work with what the setter gives us. I have been known to throw a very tenuously linked clip in just because I can. I have been listening to Vran Morrison mostly today. Lots of live stuff. I did play some Dylan stuff he recorded with Johnny Cash.

  26. Thanks to the setter and Miffypops for the review and hints. I enjoyed this one a lot. Some tricky clues. I was completely beaten by 4d, just wouldn’t have thought of the answer in a million years. Favourite was 5d. Was 3*/3* for me.

  27. Commenting late but did this one before getting out of bed this morning over a mug of rosie which management had kindly provided. I know this is Monday but at the risk of opprobrium, was this not a wee bit easy? Best of the bunch was 4d. */**
    Very much enjoyed yo-yo man and Black Adder clip, thank you MP and setter.

  28. Yo! That was just great.
    So many good clues.
    Managed to get 15a after 25a.
    Nice charade in 13d.
    Thanks to the setter and to MP for the review.

  29. Enjoyed this Monday puzzle, with hints needed for only 2 hold outs, 10a and 4d. Thanks for the hints Miffypops. At first I thought it was going to totally beat me, but gradually it all fell into place with no help, other than those mentioned.

  30. Just into ** for difficulty here, for an enjoyable start to the week. Last in 19ac and 20d, which eluded me for a long time for reasons unknown now.

  31. Way too tough for me. Managed about 75% then admitted defeat. I think this must the same setter we had two weeks ago and I really disliked that one too.
    For me ****/*
    Thx for the hints but too many left to be worth using them.

    1. See some responses above. According to those in the know the setter is the new Crossword Ed. Chris Lancaster (formerly known as Mister Ron). Why don’t you complete with the aid of the Hints by Miffy Pops and if they not enough some of the other help and guidance given by BD elsewhere on this site. That is how many novices have progressed to the point of often complaining about the simplicity. I think of clues like 15a – once seen never forgotten.

  32. Good fun and easy to solve with the assistance of the long clues and the anagrams. Particularly liked 3 and 11d. 16, 2, and 4d also favourites. favourites across were 1 and 17. Last two in were 8d and 6a. Filled in 6a once I had the last letter – but completely missed the lurker. I thought I was looking for a German dog. Thanks MP for revealing the lurker. Thanks Mr Lancaster for a splendid solve.

  33. Held up a bit by putting lustre in for 15 across. Well it made sense to me🙂 Are emojis allowed?

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