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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28670

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.

Nothing too 14a from Giovanni this morning, with only a couple of clues which needed to be teased out, and not very much General Knowledge.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.

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1a           Gave out second message of approval, performed outside (11)
DISTRIBUTED – An abbreviation for Second and a message of approval or thanks, with a word for ‘performed’ wrapped around them.

7a           Rebels, unruly lot corralled by ministers of religion (7)
REVOLTS – Anagram (unruly) of LOT inserted into the abbreviated title of some ministers of religion (plus the plural S).

8a           Male pets? Mum collects 100 to be held by kids (7)
TOMCATS – Put the Roman numeral for 100 inside another word for Mum, then put the result inside some small children.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

10a         One bit of veg, nothing beside? Hardly this then! (5)
BEANO – A single leguminous vegetable followed by the letter which looks like a zero. This is a sort of all-in-one clue, where the definition is contrasted with the rather meagre meal suggested by the wordplay.

11a         Haiti open possibly for native far from there (9)
ETHIOPIAN – Anagram (possibly) of HAITI OPEN, giving us someone who lives a long way from Haiti.

12a         Bill provided in island clothes shop is not accurate (7)
INEXACT Island followed by a UK clothing chain wrapped around the abbreviation for a bill or account.

14a         Radical doctor heading off cold — something fizzy to be swallowed (7)
DRASTIC – An abbreviation for ‘doctor’ and the first letter of Cold, placed either side of a fizzy wine very popular in crosswords.

15a         Drink brought round in the morning, given to male in bed (7)
HAMMOCK – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘in the morning’ and the abbreviation for Male, then wrap the result in a dry white wine.

Image result for hammock

18a         Checks hovels, stifling expression of surprise when knocked over (7)
STYMIES – The sort of hovels that pigs might live in, wrapped around the reverse ‘knocked over’ of an expression of surprise.

20a         Under strain, nurse is interrupted by awful noise (9)
TENSIONED – Another verb for ‘to nurse’, wrapped around an anagram (awful) of NOISE.

21a         Child unwell — having this? (5)
CHILL – An abbreviation for CHild followed by ‘unwell’, giving us the ailment that may be affecting the said child.

22a         Partner to manage thriftily (7)
HUSBAND – Double definition, the first being a male life partner.

23a         Sailor acquires objects for shooting practice (7)
TARGETS – One of the usual crossword sailors followed by ‘acquires’.

24a         This tremor’s destroyed electronic devices (11)
THERMISTORS – Anagram (destroyed) of THIS TREMOR’S.

Image result for thermistor


1d           Go off course entering Belgrade via Tehran (7)
DEVIATE – Hidden in the clue.

2d           Outburst from Sarah getting very old (5)
SALVO – A short form of ‘Sarah’ followed by Very and Old.

3d           Cider-drinking girl on street looking most embarrassed? (7)
ROSIEST – The name of the girl who features in the title of Laurie Lee’s novel along with cider, followed by the abbreviation for STreet.

Image result for cider with rosie

4d           Plot involving devious chat in groups (7)
BATCHED – A plot in the garden wrapped around an anagram (devious) of CHAT.

5d           Momentary crying about politician getting nothing right (9)
TEMPORARY – Put together the usual crossword politician, the letter which looks like a zero, and Right. Insert the result into an adjective which is a synonym of ‘crying’ or ‘upset’.

6d           I’d upset member of the upper class, not half — I’ve put something on record (7)
DIARIST – Reverse (upset) I’D (from the clue), then add the first half of a word for a member of the nobility. The record in the definition is a written one.

7d           Get home for a bun! (6,5)
RABBIT HUTCH – Cryptic definition of somewhere that a pet bun(ny) may live.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

9d           Keeps disappearing at the seaside? (11)
SANDCASTLES – Cryptic definition of the keeps or fortresses which children build on the beach, which are washed away by the tide.

Image result for sandcastles

13d         Hate to lessen — love taking minutes to enter (9)
ABOMINATE – Put together the letter which looks like a love score at tennis and an abbreviation for ‘minutes’. Insert the result into a word for ‘lessen’ or ‘reduce in intensity’ (as a storm may, for example).

16d         Resent unchangeable outlook (7)
MINDSET – A four-letter word for ‘resent’, ‘object’ or ‘care’, followed by a three-letter word for ‘unchangeable’ or ‘fixed’.

17d         Relations, good first and last, given honour in country (7)
KINGDOM – Put together another word for ‘relations’ or ‘family’, the first and last letters of GooD, and the initials of an honour, to get a word for a country ruled by a monarch.

18d         She’s beginning to head off to keep appointment and calms down (7)
SEDATES – Start with S(h)E’S (from the clue), remove the first letter of Head, then wrap the result around an appointment with a boyfriend or girlfriend.

19d         Extreme cold here in Normandy on headland (7)
ICINESS – The French (in Normandy) word for ‘here’ followed by a headland.

21d         Goods in vehicle on journey (5)
CARGO – A motor vehicle followed by ‘to journey’.

The Quick Crossword pun CON + SIN + TRICK = CONCENTRIC

58 comments on “DT 28670

  1. 1* / 4*. This was an unusually light, fluffy offering for a Friday and very pleasant it was too.

    What else could my favourite be but 7d?

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

  2. An average time for a Friday inside back pager but I thought there was a lot more fun to be had – I marked 10a, 7d (which I think a certain RD might have liked too) and 9d for special mention

    Thanks to both setter and blogger

    On Edit – I see I was right about the Rabbit ;)

  3. 1.5* /4* from me with 9d my COTD. This was The Don at his most benign, but as is generally the case with his puzzles, there was no loss of fun and enjoyment as a result.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  4. Once again a perfect combination of fun and challenge from Giovanni. Don’t really twig 10a or 6d (why not the verb?) and not keen on 7d clue. My Fav was definitely 19d. Thank you Giovanni and DT. Quickie presented rather more food for thought than this.

      1. Thanks DT. I do realise the make-up of the solution but am obviously being very thick because to me ‘I’ve put something on record’ would seem to call for a verb answer! 😏

          1. Oh OK now I get it, thanks BD, however to me ‘I’ in a clue usually signifies the Crossword setter but obviously ‘he’ wouldn’t work on this occasion. 😉

  5. A game of two halves for me. Most of the North went in quite easily, but the South held me up. Not helped by the fact that 7d remained stubbornly unfilled. After a second cup of tea, things began to move along and it was over in *** time.

    I can’t decide what to think about 7d, it’s a Marmite moment for me, so COTD is 9d.

    Many thanks to The Don and DT.

  6. Average time for me too, but above average enjoyment. I thought this puzzle was full of wit and, in agreement with others above me, my favourites were 7d and 9d.

    Many thanks to all.

  7. Another very enjoyable to the end of the work week with a benign Giovanni, completed at a gallop – **/****.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 7d and 9d – both equally very good – perhaps 7d has the edge.

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  8. Struggled but then I always do with Giovanni, wave length problem but will get there one day. Should have known 24a bearing in mind how many years I was in the industry. I put my problems down to worrying about OH who was taxied to see consultant at Norwich this morning. Thanks to Mr M and DT.

  9. Going to agree with DT on a **/*** today, about par for a Friday.
    Favourite had to be 9d, with 7d a close second, amusing cluing from Mr G.
    All set up for the weekends entertainment at the local.
    Thanks to DT for the blog pics.

  10. After struggling to get on Ray T’s wavelength yesterday this was very enjoyable and relatively straightforward. 9d and 19d were my favourites.

    1. The ‘beginning’ or first letter of Head is removed (off) from ShES and then an appointment is inserted in between the remaining letters

  11. About average for a Friday. We only got six of the acrosses but then ten of the downs came to the rescue so I’ll agree with DT’s **/*** rating. 3d, 5d and 9d on the podium with 9d on the top step.

    Thanks to the Don and DT.

  12. I did even worse than pommers only filling in 1 of the across clues! Then I filled in 3/4 of the downs to save the day and finish in average time. A good puzzle to end a good week of crosswords. Thanks to DT and the Don.

  13. I did not find this the walk in the park enjoyed by some other blogger who have reported already. Perhaps the other opinions will emerge later. Got off to a roaring start despite a stupid spelling mistake with 11a which caused me to give the wrong ending to 6d. My problems came in the SW but managed to complete without help. Had my first d’oh moment for ages with 7d. I was distracted by thoughts of butties and batches. Must be a regional thing! Next do’oh moment wa with 15 because I was barking up the wrong tree – thinking of bunk and looking for a drink as answer. 7d definitely the best clue despite the resistance it put up followed by 9d. I particularly thought the use of “keeps” was clever although no doubt this has been done before. Just checked I was right with 10a (Thanks Deep Threat) as not certain of the parsing. Problem with the clue for me was that I think of the answer as a party or good time and have not necessarily associated it with food which (to me) would be beanfeast. Must now get on with something else……….

  14. Day off work today but not much of it taken up by this puzzle. Nevertheless a pleasant accompaniment to a leisurely lunch.

    I do have one query: I was initially confused and misled by the word “get” in 7d. Is it purely for surface and at what stage do such otherwise superfluous additions risk becoming non-Ximenean?

    Favourite clue for me was 9d. Overall 2*/3*
    Thanks to both Giovanni and DT.

    1. I think the “get” is purely for “surface misdirection” – to lure the reader into thinking it’s about returning home for some food and not about pet shelters. And the odd word or two in a clue for that justifiable purpose cannot be regarded as gratuitous padding. Without it, the clue would be more obvious/transparent and easier to parse. That’s how I see it – but I’m no technical expert.

      1. While the “get” certainly adds some misdirection, I saw it not as padding but as an instruction to the solver: To obtain the answer, get (or find) a home for a bun(ny).

        1. Yes, that is how you parse it eventually, after the penny has dropped. But the surface misdirection, initiated by “get”, is there (as I describe above) to initially lure you up the garden path and completely away from the real gist of the clue. These clues are often more subjective then we think…

  15. Giovanni at his most benign but very enjoyable for all that. Best clue for me was 9d, lovely!
    Needed the blog to parse 1a and 18a, always forget that expression of surprise.
    For me */***
    Thx to all

  16. Seems that I’m virtually alone in not knowing 24a – just as well it was an anagram!
    Like Weekend Wanda, my first thoughts on 7d concerned food – ‘raisin’ looked like a distinct possibility for the first word for quite a while.
    All sorted in reasonable time and 9d took my prize for the day.

    Thanks to DG and to DT for the blog – nice to see the operatic ladies showing their fun side.

  17. I thought this was about average for a G, not particularly gentle as others seem to judge. I always enjoy G’s puzzle on a Friday and this was no exception 2.5* / 3*.

  18. What a Friday treat, a delight from start to finish a classic Giovanni and puzzle of the week so far. After the struggles with Ray T was on the wavelength straight away. Lots of top clues like 8a / 10a / 15a / 2d / 6d / 7d and many more. Full of fun and totally entertaing a pleasure to solve. Only slightly held up in NW corner with last in 7a. 24a was an issue here as well, unknown to me.

    Clues of the day: Difficult to choose but joint stars are 10a / 7d

    Rating 2.5* / 4.5*

    Thanks to DT and especially Giovanni.

  19. **/****. Very enjoyable but needed to be on the right wavelength. 9d was my favourite. Thanks to the setter and DT.

  20. I have to admit that I found yesterday’s puzzle more straightforward than today’s, it clearly has to be a wavelength issue as several regulars felt that the opposite was the case. One man’s meat etc.

    My clue of the day had to be the popular 9d.

    Thanks to Giovanni and to DT, and a good weekend to all.

    1. That is strange – I could often just ditto your posts, but I too found today’s far less challenging than yesterday’s.
      Agree with you on 9d though.

      A very good weekend to you too, ‘see’ you on Monday in RC.

    1. No. The definition is ‘in groups’ and the wordplay is ‘bed’ wrapped around an anagram of ‘chat’.

  21. I was half-expecting a puzzle packed with Spoonerisms today .  I greatly enjoyed this crossword.  Quality everywhere, especially in the SW where pretty much everything was first class. My favourite is of course 8a.  Thanks to Giovanni and to DT

    p.s. Today’s Notabilis is relatively accessible for a Friday Toughie.

  22. I filled in 7d from the checking letters, but didn’t understand it until I read the review. The family came in to find out what was causing the laughter. I’d had all sorts of things going through my mind including if I could do anything with Chelsea! 7d is my favourite clue, closely followed by 9d. Many thanks Giovanni and Deep Threat.

  23. A *** for difficulty here, with the SW corner of the grid causing a little grief. Not getting 7d particularly quickly I suspect is what slowed progress to slow to a crawl. Obligatory new word learned on a Friday – 24ac.

  24. I’m still not on wavelength so I took a long time to work my way through this puzzle. It was very enjoyable to do and it felt good to complete. 7d or 9d; both lovely clues so sorry Kath, they both are my favourites. 3/4* overall.
    Thanks to Giovanni, and to DT for the review.

  25. I found this a nice steady solve but still quite challenging (as I’m not the brightest spark on here!). 9 down made me smile when I twigged it, what else does one do these things for.

  26. 24a was something new to us but with all the checkers in place it was just a matter of filling in the gaps for the anagram. Another top quality Friday puzzle.
    Thanks Giovanni and DT.

  27. Late here today, I had to take Sadie for her annual checkup and shots.
    I didn’t find this at all easy but much to like, not sure which is fave as both 7d and 9d are right up there in the running.
    I don’t know why 3d took so long, I kept thinking of Ida, sweet as apple cider! How could I forget Rosie with Cider.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to DT for the entertainment.

  28. No more than 1* difficulty, but so much to enjoy. I loved 12a, 9d, 10a, 15a and 13d. Many thanks to the Don, and to DT for the review.

  29. Completed, my usual two stage job; complete half, get stuck, come back a couple of hours later with a fresh mindset. Still can’t parse 18a, can’t see any expression of surprise any which way. Overall, enjoyed.

    1. Welcome to the blog, Mike.
      The expression of surprise is ‘My!’. Reverse that (when knocked over) and insert it in sties (hovels).

      1. Ahhh! My erroneous spelling of sties as “stys” causing my confusion. Thanks for clearing that up.

        1. yes, to me the plural of sty is styes, which is obviously wrong. But it didn’t stop me getting the answer right.
          My problem was 14 across as I finished 6d with “ed” thinking “I’ve put something on record” had to end in a past tense and thought 4d ended in s as “groups” seemed to be a plural, but then could not see “plot” at all. So for the first time ever I had to come to this blog not having finished what seemed to be otherwise an easy crossword. I suppose “involving” means “don’t read “in” as part of the parsing” but I still disagree hugely with the parsing of 6d

  30. Oh dear, my tuning knob seems to have totally deserted me for 2 days in a row now.

    Half of the clues went in quickly but I had to resort to an awful lot of electronic help for the rest.

    Oh well, perseverance is the answer I suppose.

    Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat.

  31. I’m on my own on not particularly enjoying this one. Better than yesterday though…

    10a is not my kind of clue – I had no idea the name of a comic was actually a real word.

    In 14a, I don’t understand the “heading off” part of the clue.

    7d was my last in and got the biggest groan.

    24a was my favourite as it meant my time spent learning electronics was not entirely wasted.

    1. Beano is short for beanfeast, as used a lot in the Billy Bunter and PG Wodehouse books. And this website doesn’t seem to know beanfeast either as it has underlined it in red! wanting it written as two words. (My OED spells it as one word.) The clue simply means that one bean doesn’t make a feast! Nothing to do with the comic!

  32. This being Friday, when I have the least time to devote to the task, and it being Giovanni, unsurprisingly I found this difficult as usual. Half went in, and I loved 9d, but needed too many hints to clues complete. Obviously I wasn’t tuned in to the right wavelength today.

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