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DT 28668

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28668

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Last week we mentioned the cyclone Gita that was causing damage in Samoa and Tonga and could be coming our way. It did continue on its inverted “S” track down the Pacific until eventually reaching us in the last few days. Although no longer officially a tropical cyclone, it has been a significant weather event with very strong winds and torrential rain in many areas. We have been lucky again as the worst of this weather has been south of where we live. The northern third of the South Island has copped the brunt of it leaving widespread damage in its wake.
We thought this was a real cracker from Jay with several really great clues.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Guidelines may see dreadful deeds executed? (10)
DIRECTIONS : A four letter word meaning dreadful and then a synonym for deeds is executed by having its first letter removed.

6a     Horse covering miles in search (4)
COMB : A short-legged strong horse contains the abbreviation for miles.

9a     Goes behind on yields (7)
RETURNS : A word meaning on or concerning precedes ‘goes’ as players might have in a game of Monopoly.

10a     Express disapproval of traditional history written by deputy (7)
DEPLORE : The three letter abbreviation for deputy and then traditional history or customs.

12a     Amazed to see second lorry after crash (13)
THUNDERSTRUCK : The crash heard during an electrical storm, then the abbreviation for second and a lorry.

14a     Consumers will see ruses deployed on purpose (3-5)
END-USERS : Firstly a purpose or goal and then an anagram (deployed) of RUSES.

15a     Resent the Queen’s bodyguard (6)
MINDER : Resent or take umbrage about, and then the regnal cipher.

17a     Contemporary fashion and the navy (6)
MODERN : A synonym for a fashion and the Royal Navy.

19a     Prospect of gold in part of Latin America (8)
PANORAMA : The heraldic word for gold is inside the Latin American country famous for its canal.

21a     12 flatbed barges on the move (13)
FLABBERGASTED : An anagram (on the move) of FLATBED BARGES.  (The definition is the answer to 12a.)

24a     Love to finish in profit for school event (4,3)
OPEN DAY : Tennis score love, and then a word to finish or conclude is inside profit or show a positive return.

25a     V gives victory, in a way (7)
AGAINST : ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for street surrounds victory or win.

26a     Large spruce (4)
TIDY : Double definition. The synonym for large is often used in reference to a sum of money.

27a     Small community‘s agreed resolution (10)
SETTLEMENT : Another double definition.


1d     Bolt‘s key skill (4)
DART : A musical key and then a skill or ability.

2d     Staff outside gallery took turns (7)
ROTATED : What could be the much-visited gallery on the South Bank of the Thames is inside a staff that is often metallic.

3d     Restricted, CID curbs crime in a riot (13)
CIRCUMSCRIBED : An anagram (in a riot) of CID CURBS CRIME.

4d     Clubbable types jailed, with ringleaders on the outside (8)
INSIDERS : A word meaning held in prison is followed by the first and last letters of ringleaders.

5d     The lowest point in a directive revealed? (5)
NADIR : A lurker to be found in the fourth, fifth and sixth words of the clue.

7d     Ring round being pompous (7)
OROTUND : The ring-shaped letter and then round or barrel-shaped.

8d     Money comes after opportunity to eat (5,5)
BREAK BREAD : A slang word for money follows an opportunity or a lucky chance.

11d     Market set up weekly in slip road (9,4)
PETTICOAT LANE : This slip is an undergarment and then a small road.

13d     Sort of ground farmers opt to change (10)
PERMAFROST : An anagram (to change) of FARMERS OPT.

16d     Falls could show eyesight problem (8)
CATARACT : A double definition. Niagara is an example of the first part of the clue.  (We have shown a NZ example that is on a slightly smaller scale)

18d     Seeing late goal, one’s going nowhere (4,3)
DEAD END : Late or deceased and then goal or destination.

20d     Way of cooking using beer to bind dip (2,5)
AL DENTE : A three letter word for beer encloses the dip one might receive on one’s panelwork.

22d     Rough stuff, for instance — word that finds partner in crime? (5)
RHYME : An all in one clue. In a poetic sense the answer has the same relationship to crime that rough has to stuff.

23d     Group holding start of this instruction to printer (4)
STET : A group or clique contains the first letter of ‘this’.

We started off thinking 1a would be our favourite but then we came to 22d which relegated 1d to the silver medal.

Quickie pun    hymn    +    allay    +    Erse    =     Himalayas

48 comments on “DT 28668

  1. One of those where it took a while to get going and then when you’d finished, it didn’t take as long as you thought

    Lots to enjoy, so thank you to all the birds

  2. 2.5* / 5*. Any puzzle which contains the splendid words which are the answers to 12a & 21a is going to get a big thumbs up from me. Nevertheless these two clues were surpassed for me by 26a (what a stunning double definition) and, my favourite by many a mile, 22d.

    Many thanks to our Wednesday Wizard and to the 2Ks.

  3. I agree with earlier comments about this being a slow starter, followed by a dash to the finish. 22d was way out in front as COTD, and might well be a candidate for clue of the year. Quite brilliant. Overall 2.5* /5* for me.

    Thanks Jay for a sparkling puzzle, and to the 2Ks.

      1. Forgive me, Brother Ian, as I am not up to speed when it comes to emojis, you ‘Down with the kids’ dude but what emotion is the emoji you have selected representing? I never use them but can understand most when my fellow sagalouts (over 50s) give it their best to be ‘street’ like your good self.

    1. I agree that 22d was brilliant. Having watched some of the BAFTAS the other evening and now that it is clear there are good responses to surveys (together with a statistician (Mr K) to analyse them), I wonder whether Big Dave might consider an annual Crossword Clue Awards event. Suggestions could be put forward during the year under different types of clue (e.g. best double definition, best lurker, best anagram) with a shortlist determined by some of our more illustrious bloggers before a survey to select the winners including, of course, Outstanding Clue of the Year. Now that Mr S Fry has given up hosting the BAFTAS, perhaps he could present the prizes?!

  4. A splendid puzzle – not massively difficult but the clues were mostly a decent challenge and very well written/constructed. Too many great clues to pick a favourite. Very entertaining! 2.5* / 4*.

  5. We all seem to agree, for the moment, this was a slow burner which gathered pace. Finished in **/*** time for me, with the Quickie pun distracting me for much of it.

    COTD 26a for it’s sheer brevity and conciseness.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

  6. A slow start and some head scratching slowed completion down to a fast canter for this as enjoyable as ever Jay puzzle – **/****.

    Candidates for favourite – the 12a/21a combo (what a delightful word 21a is), 8d, and 20d – and the winner is 20d.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

    P.S. As I managed to complete it at a gallop, the Donnybrook Toughie must be quite doable.

  7. I thought I’d never get going then, like others, I romped home in double quick time.

    Now, do try today’s toughie. It is clever with some very amusing clues.

    Glad the 2K’s are still standing despite the weather.

  8. Starting with a **/****.
    Have my doubts about last in 22d as the solution needed no meaning just the same sound, there were no alternative words so I suppose most just’ bunged it in.’
    Thanks to 2K,sfor the parsing of 1a, which eluded me.
    Generally a fine puzzle, as RD says 12a is a splendid word-especially the sound of the AC/DC rendition- would have made a good blog pic.

  9. It was a longtime a finishing but success in the end. I am still uncertain of the answer to 22 down, it was a case of whatever fits! I see the U3 A are running a residential summer school with one of the subjects being cryptic crosswords. May gain more bloggers. Thank you to the setter and that windswept pair.

  10. Splendid crossword they just seem to be getting better, dogs are getting longer walks though as some outdoor thinking time required.
    Nice to sit on the cliffs in the sunshine and ponder.
    Thanks to the 2Ks and of course Jay.

  11. How brilliant was 22d. Very sadly I needed the electronics to get a few words that included the answer, but much admiration for Jay for such an enjoyable puzzle and many thanks to the 2Ks.

  12. Good stuff – took a long time to see 25a and 22d, but both were very good clues. Thanks to all.

  13. Painless exercise today apart from a slight pause for thought in the NW. Standout Fav was definitely 22a followed by 26a once I had ceased thinking around an evergreen. Surely 7d is more than weekly these days or am I missing something? Thank you Jay and 2Kiwis (glad you escaped Gita’s worst ravages).

  14. As RD commented – any puzzle containing the likes of 12&21a is bound to be a winner!

    Didn’t particularly care for the ‘clubbable types’ in 4d but still have a full podium – 14,25&26a up there with 11&22d.

    Many thanks to Jay and to the two very fortunate Ks – your home was obviously built in a good spot!

  15. Lot tougher than yesterday’s thats for sure. Couple of weak clues in 1a (dart=bolt?) and 22d. Couple I needed the blog to explain and a word that was new to me I think Orotund.
    Not bad. ***/**
    Thx to all

        1. Exactly Busy Lizzie. Brian with regard to 22d – love it or hate it – it certainly is not weak.

      1. Yes, an insider is a person within a group/organisation/club and is “one of the in-crowd” – thus, a “clubbable type”.

  16. Down with a bump after yesterday’s canter. Reading through produced only 5 answers; was able to fill in the rest with the assistance of thesaurus however, so it wasn’t as hard at it seemed at the start!

  17. **/***. Unusual puzzle for me. I finished this but needed the 2Ks to explain a few of my answers (e.g. 26a). I dislike getting to the end without fully understanding why. Nevertheless thanks to the setter and the 2Ks for the explanations.

  18. A very enjoyable workout today, though I did find it marginally harder than most it would appear.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2ks *** / ****

  19. Wow! What a great crossword. Slow burn but burned brighter and brighter.
    Best Jay I have tackled. Singled out were 9,19 25 & 26a and 11d – the last two getting triple ticks. Super. thanks Jay and 2Ks.

  20. An excellent crossword, with 22d being the standout favourite for me. Learned a new word at 7d. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  21. Quality fare as ever from the Wednesday wizard, very unusual to see so few anagrams in a backpager though.

    My top three clues were 11d, 16d and the clever 22d.

    Many thanks to Jay and to Colin and Carol.

  22. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. I enjoyed this one very much, lots of good clues such as 19a, 11,13 20d. My favourite was 7d. I was beaten by 25a & 22d, I just couldn’t think laterally enough. Was 3*/4* for me.

  23. Not as much fun as yesterday. Also found this to be a slow starter, and enjoyed the 12a and 21a anagrams, but pipped at the post for COTD by 11d. Never come across 7d before, so thanks to 2Kiwis for straightening that out for me. Not a fan of 22d, but can see how it works and hope to remember this for future use.

  24. Enjoyable puzzle from Jay and after a slow start things started to gel. NE held me up for a while with last in being 6a. Thought it was perhaps the easier side of a Jay puzzle but great for me as I often struggle with this setter.

    Clues of the day: 21a and 22d both excellent.

    Rating 2.5* / 4*

    Thanks to 2K’s and Jay.

  25. Yup, a struggle to get going but, my word, lots of fun once you’re off.
    Loved 11d, brought back memories. Is it still there?
    The lovely 12a/21a combination is my fave, but 22d gets my vote as the cleverest.
    Thanks Jay, hugely enjoyable, and thanks to 2Kiwis for parsing a few that I just couldn’t see.

  26. A quick start here, but a very slow finish with 7d, 19ac and 22d holding me up for an age at the close. A definite *** for difficulty here then. 22d was also my favourite clue today.

  27. It took me a little while to get going with this one, but there was a lot to like. I’ve ringed several favourites, 12a,21a, 11d, 20d and 22d, but there could easily have been more. Thank you setter and the 2K’s.

  28. Morning all.
    Gita has moved off the country during the night so now starts the task of getting things back operating again. Significant property and road damage in many parts of the country but thankfully no reports of personal injuries. As we said in the intro, we got let off very lightly. Still squally showers passing through but these are expected to be gone by afternoon.

  29. With few exceptions 22a has certainly captured clue of the day and I’m not going to argue. Very clever.
    As many have said a slow to get started puzzle where solving accelerates thereafter.
    2.5/4* overall.
    Thanks Jay for an excellent challenge, and to the windswept 2K’s over there for their review.

  30. Usual enjoyable fare from Jay TUVM 😃 Some quite quirky clues such as 22d & 25a **/*** which were my favourites along with 6a 👍 Thanks to the 2 x Ks for another enjoyable blog 😜

  31. So much to like! Loved the 12a//21a pairing and my favourite, for old times’ sake, was 11d. Much has aleady been said about 22d with some mixed views. I can see that it is a very clever clue and yet at the same time it felt somehow awkward. The first word ‘Seeing’ of clue 18d seems superfluous? A great puzzle though, giving much enjoyment and lots of ‘doh’s. Many thanks to the setter and to the 2Ks and am so glad to hear that Gita restricted herself to damaging things and not people – could have been so much worse.

  32. Top end of 1* difficulty, and quite an interesting solve. I liked 12a. Thanks to Jay and the 2 Kiwis.

  33. Pleasantly straightforward until stumbling on 22d. Thought it a good clue though. No point in a crossword unless it provides a challenge.

  34. 11d was my favourite. 22d very clever clue. Too clever for me but I will remember next time. Could not parse 1a so thanks for the hint 2Ks. Thanks Jay.

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