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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28682

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is struggling to break through the morning mist.

I was held up in the NE corner of today’s Giovanni, hence the *** marking, but the wordplay, as usual, should enable solvers to reach all the answers.

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           Bill about to enter woodland that’s divine (8)
FORECAST – The definition here is a verb. Reverse (about) the abbreviation for a bill or account, and insert the result into a large wood.

5a           Make sense of marine unit (6)
FATHOM – Double definition, the second being a measurement used at sea, especially for measuring the depth of the water.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

9a           Funny chap Eric brought to head for indolence (8)
IDLENESS – The surname of one of the Monty Python cast whose first name is Eric, followed by a head or promontory.

10a         Pipe in underground passage changed at the entrance (6)
FUNNEL – start with a word for an underground passage, then change the initial letter.

12a         Holy group beginning to voice our relish (6)
SAVOUR – Put together the initials of a religious organisation noted for its work with the homeless and for its brass bands, the first letter of Voice, and OUR (from the clue).

13a         Moving with aim to settle in Herts town (8)
TRENDING – An aim or objective inserted into a town in Hertfordshire with a station on the commuter line from Euston.

15a         Unnatural pose to employ in embrace (7)
ESPOUSE – Anagram (unnatural) of POSE followed by ‘to employ’.

16a         Money put down — little time to waste for Oriental drink (4)
SAKE – The money put down as a bet or investment, with Time removed.

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20a         What curiously is the opposite of 22? (4)
THAW – Anagram (curiously) of WHAT, giving us the opposite of the answer at 22d.

21a         Commanding officer with onset of hunger tucked into cheese roll (7)
BRIOCHE – Put together the acronym for an Officer Commanding an operation and the first letter of Hunger, then wrap a French cheese around the result.

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25a         Sort of business person no longer given beer (8)
EXPORTER – The prefix for ‘no longer’ or ‘former’ followed by some strong, dark, beer.

26a         Settle down temporarily in enclosure with a politician (6)
ENCAMP – The abbreviation used for an enclosure with a letter, followed by A (from the clue) and the usual politician.

28a         Country artist starts to enjoy landscape on far side of island (6)
ISRAEL – Put together a two-letter abbreviation for ‘island’, the usual artist who is a member of the Royal Academy, and the first letters of Enjoy Landscape.

29a         Fellow hugging one companion, soldier going round American state (8)
MICHIGAN – Put together the roman numeral for one, the letters after the name of someone given an award which starts ‘Companion’, and the reverse (going round) of an American soldier, then wrap a fellow or chap around the result.

30a         Good American, he had demonstrated sentimentality (6)
GUSHED – Put together Good, an abbreviation for American, and the contracted form of ‘he had’.

31a         Despatched from ‘ere in a few words? (8)
SENTENCE – Another word for ‘despatched’ followed by “from ‘ere”.


1d           Fragile insect around is getting maiden hiding (6)
FLIMSY – A Russian doll clue. The cricket abbreviation for a maiden over has IS (from the clue) wrapped around it, then a common insect is wrapped around the result.

2d           Bank inadequate — this person’s experience for a second time (6)
RELIVE – another word for ‘bank (on)’ with the final letter missing (inadequate), followed by another way of saying ‘this person has’.

3d           Conservative is on adventure to achieve victorious outcome (8)
CONQUEST – An abbreviation for CONservative, followed by the sort of adventure King Arthur’s knights might have undertaken.

4d           Band of specially trained troops on top of hotel (4)
SASH – The initials of one of the UK’s special forces units, followed by Hotel.

6d           Old boys in maul after reunion (6)
ALUMNI – Anagram (after reunion) of IN MAUL. It took me a while to get away from the idea that OB should be in the answer somehow.

7d           Give one award for playing for being put at a disadvantage (8)
HANDICAP – Put together another word for ‘give’, the Roman numeral for one. And the award given to a sportsman for playing in an international side.

8d           Traduced mum showing furrowed brow, we hear? (8)
MALIGNED – Another word for ‘mum’ followed by a homophone (we hear) of ‘furrowed’ or ‘wrinkled’ brow.

11d         City offering quiet repose? No, upset! (7)
PRESTON – Put together the musical symbol for quiet, some repose, and the reverse (upset) of NO (from the clue), to get a city in Lancashire.

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14d         Trip in vessel ending in Greece with happiness spreading round (7)
JOURNEY – Put together a pottery vessel (Keats wrote an ode about a Grecian one) and the last letter of GreecE, then wrap another word for happiness around the result.

17d         Always getting caught in police trap, manoeuvring car? (8)
STEERING – A poetic word for ‘always’ inserted into a police trap where criminals are fooled into giving themselves away by the promise of some easy profits.

18d         Seductive females full of anger — they want blood! (8)
VAMPIRES – Another word for anger inserted into an old-fashioned word for seductive women which is itself a short form of the answer, giving us some folkloric monsters, of whom Count Dracula is an example.

19d         Bird — that which covers short distance (8)
WHINCHAT – Another word for ‘that which’ wrapped around a short Imperial measurement.

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22d         From what we hear, discharges stop abruptly (6)
FREEZE – A homophone (from what we hear) of ‘discharges’ or ‘lets loose’.

23d         Sheep falling over trap in border area (6)
MARGIN – Reverse (falling over) a word for a male sheep, then add a sort of trap.

24d         Victoria describes one drunkard (6)
SPONGE – Double definition, the first being a sort of cake.

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27d         Ms Blyton turns up to have a meal (4)
DINE – Reverse (turns up) the first name of the author of the Noddy and Famous Five books.

The Quick Crossword pun SCOTT + SPINE = SCOTS PINE

54 comments on “DT 28682

  1. I am hanging my head in shame. I had this done in ** time, except for about three clues. After another cup of tea, I finished all but one.

    5a just would not come to me. I couldn’t see the (correct) parsing at all, and I had to resort to electronics. DOH!

    COTD 21a for me.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  2. No 7 Downs at all for me, although I always think of a 21a as more of a loaf than a roll

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT

  3. This was excellent from G and for me best of the week. Each clue required just a bit more cogitation than the norm and that’s what I prefer. Not massively tough/difficult, but certainly a very decent challenge. All the clues were very good so all my favourite. 3* / 4*

  4. A nice comfortable puzzle from the Don, very enjoyable.
    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT for the review.

  5. A very good tussle which took me into my second mug of coffee. I probably understood too many answers after filling them in when light bulbs came on. 8d made me smile.
    Thank you to all involved.

  6. That was a fun way to end working week (those were the days!) particularly with Skipton Building Society providing us with plenty of scribbling space. Appreciated DT’s parsing help for 9a, 25a and 18d – not up on Monty Python, strong beer or seductive females! Confused myself by bunging in ‘decamp’ for 26a. Foreign bird in 19d new one on me – in convoluted way had tried to justify ‘chipshot’ via birdie/i.e and short distance! 31a was Fav. Big thanks to Giovanni and DT.

    1. Monty Python, strong beer and seductive females are just a few of the things that have got me to where I am today. One thing led to another and I ended up having to do that Chinese thing with needles. I can’t remember what it was called now.

    2. Mmmmm. I thought that as well but didn’t put it in because it means the opposite. Several more minutes before the penny dropped!

    3. That ‘foreign’ bird graces our shores from April to September, so is hardly a stranger!

  7. A solve of two halves for me, ** for the upper and **** for the lower giving a*** with the same *** for enjoyment as DT- I found it quite difficult in parts.
    Not sure if 21a is fair without a French reference, and/or CO without a reference to a reversal unless it also stands for Officer Commanding in which case it fits.
    Anyway, good end to the week and ready for the French-thanks all.

    1. Their is a difference between CO and OC which caused me struggle with this clue.
      Normally a Commanding Officer is in charge of the unit as a whole. An Officer Commanding normally commands a sub unit within the Command

  8. Highly enjoyable solve today. Most fun of the week so far I reckon, put up a bit of a fight but not too tough [***/****]
    Don’t have a particular favourite though always love the birdy clues so let’s go for 19d.

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT!

  9. My rating is 2* / 2* for a workmanlike rather wordy pangram.

    Thanks to Giovanni and to DT,

  10. Enjoyable challenge today. Held up in the NE corner for some time, then the penny dropped for 5a and I wondered why it didn’t drop sooner!
    Needed the hints for 21a, had all the right letters but not necessarily in the right order….
    Thanks to DT and Giovanni

  11. Another very good end to the work week that required quite a lot of head scratching to the point that I am not sure how long the solve took because I had to stop for sustenance part way through – ***/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 13a, 29a, and 24d – and the winner is 24d by a nose.

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  12. Did this in two sittings as had a dental appointment so not sure of the time element, but it felt like a 3* /3* overall. A pleasant enough pangram, with 19d my favourite.

    Thanks to The Don and DT.

  13. Golly Bongs. A pangram. Really? Why do I never spot them. I had to tease some of these out a bit this morning. All very fairly clued though as usual from Giovanni. Thanks to him. Thanks to Deep Threat as well. Its a beer and rugby weekend for me. Gwarn Cov. Come on England. Play nicely children. I will see you all on Monday.

  14. This was an excellent puzzle, not one of those where you can see some of the answers almost immediately but neither one of those that you look at and think “what the”!!
    Best described as tough but fair.

  15. I was familiar with 24d being Victoria but never heard it used of a drunkard. Perhaps I must have led a sheltered life. Many thanks to Giovanni for his usual high standard and thanks DT for the hints – fortunately not needed except to check 24d was right.

  16. Another struggle to get on Giovanni’s wavelength. Managed in the end but needed DT’s help for 21a and 14d. Not overkeen on 31a either but maybe ir’s the Wavelength thing again. ****/*** for me. Many thanks to the Don and DT.

  17. **/****. Very enjoyable solve with not too much pen sucking. My favourites were 20&21a. Thanks to Giovanni and DT. It’s Friday, so I have to make a curry – maybe one of Vikram Vij’s.

  18. This felt a smidge harder than the average back pager but not the most un-gentle-Manley puzzle ever.

    A new bird for me in 19d – which actually prevented me from getting a clean sheet as I’d deduced incorrectly that he started with a T.

    My favourite was 18d.

    Thanks to Giovanni and Deep Threat.

  19. I found this quite hard in the NE corner and needed help from my better half who often sees answers that have evaded me for ages, so all credit to her.
    22d and 20a my favourites.
    Must look up info on pangrams
    Thanks all

  20. I thought this was excellent, with some well-disguised wordplay making for a very enjoyable challenge. Learned just one new word this week, the bird at 19d. Favourite would be the clever 31a. Thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

  21. Oh boy, did I enjoy this one. Only a few went straight in but lots of slowly teasing the answer out. Held up briefly by putting employer into 25a though I knew it didn’t really make sense.That was sorted once Id got 22d down Strangely enough I got 20a before that, only because I thought that it sounded the opposite of whatever 22d might be. 17d tickled my fancy today. Thank you Giovanni and Deep Threat.

  22. Into *** for difficulty here, finishing in the NE corner where the most resistance was put up. I didn’t spot the pangram, but if I had it wouldn’t have helped. :-)

  23. An awful grid – almost four crosswords in one, with the central answers containg more unchecked than checked letters.

  24. I found this very testing, but rewarding to have finished it albeit with a couple of bungins. 21a was one that just fitted in with the checkers, got totally lost with that bit of Lego, and my last in. Enjoyed a lot of clever clues along with a few real head scratchers. Didn’t know the town in Herts so struggled with 13a before sorting it. Overall a fair puzzle that stretched my solving ability.

    Clues of the day: 9a / 25a / 9d all excellent I thought.

    Rating **** / ***

    Thanks to DT and Giovanni

  25. I found this incredibly difficult, only had two answers across on first read through, then the downs got me going. I missed far too many in the south before I had to come here for help.
    Fave was 9a as it was my first solve.
    Thanks to Giovanni, and Deep Threat for his help to complete this.

  26. Strangely at odds with what most people experienced, the NE was our starting point with 5a the very first to go in. Needed a little more thought throughout than is often the case and it all came together smoothly with only the 19d bird needing a Google check.
    Thanks Giovanni and DT.

  27. After a lot of tutting anc muttering I got there in the end. Had lo look up birds to finish. Good brain workout today. Thank you to all.

  28. I found this tricky 🤨 ***/** I did not like 2d I feel that “on” should have been included to fully understand the clueing 😬 Favourites 5 & 9across with 1d in bronze position 😉 Thanks to DT and to Giovanni

  29. Like others, it was the NE corner that held out to the end although I did also start off with the wrong Eric for 9a.
    Quite liked 8d but the beautiful 19d gets my vote for favourite.

    Thanks to DG and to DT for the blog.

  30. I found this really difficult.
    Can’t actually pinpoint any particularly tough clues because there weren’t any but just could’t get going at all.
    5a was my last answer – dim – probably one of the easier clues.
    I confess to having to look up what ‘traduce’ meant.
    I’ve never heard of the 19d bird.
    I liked 20a and my favourite was 30a.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

  31. I really must not attempt crosswords after a glass of wine. 5a also took me a while. Honestly..I ask you!
    An enjoyable end to the week.

  32. At first I thought this was going to be quite gentle but then I came to a halt, and found it quite tricky. Of the clues I could solve 9a would be my favourite as we were big Python fans. Had a good run this week so mustn’t complain. Just not in the wavelength today, which is not unusual for me on a Friday. Not because of the setter, just the day when I get to this later and with little time to concentrate.

  33. Very enjoyable.
    I, of course, knew the bird but forgot it had an ‘H’ in it!!
    Oddly,I found the NW corner no problem, mainly because 5a went straight in.
    Just needed a hint for 14d as I could make no sense of the clue.
    Thanks Giovanni and DT.

    1. I’ve been thinking of him and wondering what he thought of this doozie by his favourite compiler!

  34. Returned from Cape Town this morning where ne’er a Crossword was had.
    This one from Giovanni went in smoothly and I was a bit surprised at the ratings awarded. I thought **/***
    Thanks G and DT

  35. Struggled a bit today mainly as others in the east. I had wrong birds and wrong marine measurements and the wavelength thing wasn’t happening for me today. Thanks to DT for the hints, which were quite extensively used today. Thanks too to Giovanni for stretching the brain cells.

  36. A struggle for me today.
    Needed electronic help and the hints for 11d, 14d, 15a and 19d.
    Like many others I did not know the bird at 19d.
    Didn’t notice it was a pangram either.

    Just not my day today.

    Thanks to Deep Threat and to the setter.

  37. Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. A very nice puzzle, most enjoyable. Last in was 20a, preceded by 22d. Never heard of 19d, but gettable from the clue. Favourite was 21a, brilliant surface. Was 3*/3* for me. Enjoyable day out in Bath today.

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