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DT 28695 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28695 (Hints)

The 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. Although I try to select the clues I expect to cause the most difficulty, feel free to ask for help on any others – but please read the instructions in red at the end of this post.

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    Constant problem at ticket machine if one’s this (10)
If you are like this, then you will have a problem paying for a ticket at a machine – a bit out-of-date as many machines accept card payment nowadays

9a    Plunder drink, being antisocial type (10)
A six-letter word for plunder or booty followed by an alcoholic drink

13a    Second one making an impression — this person’s fast (8)
S(econd) followed by someone who makes an impression on paper

15a    Workplaces of lots of people including top bishop (6,6)
If you take the definition as the first five words in the clue then you have missed half of the wordplay – OF from the clue and lots of people around (including) a colloquial verb meaning to top or kill and B(ishop)

18a    Not unusually, former prime minister detains pervert looking for trouble (2,3,7)
An anagram (unusually) of NOT followed by a former prime minister around (detains) A VERB MEANING TO PERVERT

22a    Church official comments about receiving kiss (6)
Reverse (about) some comments around (receiving) the letter that can represent a kiss

24a    Python at rest (4)
… this Python is a member of Monty Python

25a    Potential murder weapon providing clue, very hot (4,6)
… this potential murder weapon was used in early versions of Cluedo

27a    Respect man exploding bluff (10)
An anagram (exploding) of RESPECT MAN


1d    Man left in class in India (6)
This outdated term for a chessman is derived by putting L(eft) inside an Indian class

2d    Soldier collects second acceptable sum (6)
Our usual six-legged soldier around (collects) a two-letter word for a second or brief period of time and the letter that represents social acceptability

5d    Refuse to be taken in by these papers’ cash complex (10)
An anagram (complex) of PAPERS’ CASH

7d    Vincent perhaps takes part of play in rehearsal (8)
The surname of actor Vincent around a three-letter part of a play

11d    While two lips entwined, its flame’s short-lived (4-1-3-4)
This delightful anagram (entwined) of WHILE TWO LIPS gives a pale flame sometimes seen over marshy ground at night.

16d    Speaking proudly of snake bite (8)
A large snake followed by a bite from an insect

19d    Band journey through Home Counties (6)
Put a four-letter journey inside (through) the part of England where the Home Counties are located

23d    Plan to cut out middleman regularly (4)
Follow the instructions and “cut out” the even letters (regularly) of a word in the clue

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The Quick Crossword pun: low+gun+beret=loganberry

53 comments on “DT 28695 (Hints)

  1. A very good Saturday prize puzzle, completed at a fast canter – **/****.

    I wonder if those who comment on 1d will be able to stay out of the naughty corner.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 18a and 25a – and the winner is 25a, by a nose.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  2. Liked 25a. Not quite so keen on being reminded that it came in an older version of the game though.

    I remember it like it was yesterday!😳

  3. Thought this was an excellent puzzle. Lots of clever clueing including 1a, 24a, 25a and COTD 16d. 2d was a bung in and I needed the hints to parse it.

    Many thanks to the setter and Big Dave.

  4. Brilliant! A really delightful Saturday prize puzzle. Liked 9a, 18a, 24a and 26a.Joint favs 16/20d. Thanks to all.

  5. Today’s restored my faith in myself. Thanks setter. Finished apart from 25a. Have looked at Big Dave’s hint so will have another gi when I have been shopping. Will be interested to see how many this held up!

    1. I can’t say 25a held me up, as the answer was obvious, but I sure as heck couldn’t parse it!

  6. It’s best that I make no comment today except to thank BD for explaining the “top” bit of the parsing for 15a.

    1. I didn’t know that either – obviously don’t watch enough gangster movies . . .

    2. A bit late doing crossword this weekend. I assumed the ‘top’ part of 15a referred to finishing off a cake until I read the blog. But perhaps they all derive from the same source.

  7. What a thoroughly enjoyable way to start the day! Thank you for the explanation for 15a, Dave, because, while I’ve got the correct answer, I couldn’t fully understand why… One minor criticism: 6a and 23d in the same puzzle.

  8. Took me a little while to fully parse 15a and to recall the required murder weapon but no other problems to report.
    I doubt that RD will be a particularly happy bunny where one of today’s clues is concerned!

    Rather liked 1a & 11d but today’s vote goes to 16d which made me laugh out loud.

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

  9. 1d. Well done to the setter for this clue. The answer may be informal or even outdated but it’s still in the dictionaries, still in widespread use and still perfectly valid for a crossword puzzle.

  10. Thought at first this was going to be a hassle but not so it all soon began to come into line. East yielded before West. After all these years I stupidly overlooked complex in 5d in spite of having all alternate letters so that was my last in. Can’t quite parse 9a – seem to have a spare letter. No Fav. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

    1. I have edited your comment to remove both the capital letters (which when used on line is regarded as shouting), to turn it into a polite question, and also to remove the solution.

      If you read the clue again, as you have the correct solution, the definition should be obvious – the clue is asking you to put Oxygen and a copper in a word meaning to store.

  11. Lovely puzzle. Some nice wordplay. BD 7d doesn’t need 3 1 or it would be a 9 letter word. Just 3. Thanks for hints and also to setter.

  12. The top left corner took a bit of working out, and there were a few groans when I finally realised what hard work I’d made of 1a, 9a and 12a. 18a was probably my favourite of a very enjoyable and entertaining puzzle.

  13. I really enjoyed this one. The setter appears to have a mild case of snakes on the brain. Too many potential favourites to bother to narrow the field, so will leave it there and just add thanks to the setter and to BD and also in advance to CS/Gnomey for the full review.

  14. Was OK with 25a following a recent quiz question at our local pub. Liked 18a in spite of initially misleading self by thinking ‘xxxxxxxxxxxx’ instead of the correct 3rd word of the answer. A geog lesson for me at 27a.
    All most enjoyable – many thanks to setter and to BD.

  15. I thought this pleasingly testing for a Prize Puzzle with several pauses needed for careful thought. 15a took some parsing, 26a was annoyingly my last one in, and 25a my favourite.

    Thanks very much to the Saturday setter and to BD.

  16. Enjoyed this a lot. I have been trying to avoid bung ins and Dave’s hints parsed quite a few I was holding back on bunging in. Thanks for that.
    As well as snakes on the brain I noticed a couple of high end motors until I came to my senses on one of them. The wrong PM and the wrong Vincent held me up a bit too. Thanks to the setter.
    Back to the kitchen – I need to stock the freezer up on Lasagne.

  17. **/****. Enjoyable fare. My favourite was 25a which took me back more years than I care to remember. Thanks to the setter and BD for the hints.

  18. Hello all from the Gargano, Puglia where snow is just melting. My first post (and about time too!).

    Thanks to all you bloggers.

    A good solve, too had trouble with Top Left. Favourites 18, 25 ac.

  19. I really enjoyed this. A few straight in and then plenty to think about for others. Some reverse parsing for me but at least I could do that – sometimes I haven’t a clue! Many thanks to the setter and of course to you BD

  20. Enjoyed this one but, following two dreaded bung-ins, still needed help (thanks,BD,) with three more. Hey ho, still learning.

    Thanks to setter as well.

  21. My brain seems to be on holiday. I needed hints for far too many, never did get 25a, never heard of Cluedo.
    I rather liked 3d and 11d, but fave was 16d.
    Thanks to setter and to BD for helping me out.

    Has anyone heard how Kath’s Lamb is doing? I hope she’s well on the way to recovery.

  22. Super Saturday once again a splendid prize puzzle and for me puzzle of the week. Full of fun and loaded with great clues but a fair challenge as well, thoroughly enjoyed. Stupidly put 12a incorrectly with wrong creature ages before it was spotted and corrected. Top half went easier than the bottom bit?
    Like some others my confidence is restored today, found the puzzles this week mostly tough.

    Clues of the day: 18a / 25a / 23d all great I thought.

    Rating: 3* / 4.5*

    Thanks to BD and the setter.

  23. Enjoyable puzzle completed in one sitting.
    I had a snake bite flash back to student days…beer, cider and blackcurrent if I remember well.
    COTD 11d
    I agree that 6a and 23d in same puzzle is a bit lame. Especially with no lurker clues.

  24. The top half of the puzzle went in at about twice the rate as the southern half, but this was still completed at a canter if not a gallop, and very enjoyable it was too. For some reason I made 27ac harder for myself by reading “exploding” as “exposing”. Surely my eyesight hasn’t faded that badly?

    1. Ah something I do a lot, especially when reading signs of shops etc. Can’t tell you how many times I have commented to poor long suffering hubby ‘They can’t say that can they!!??’ and he patiently explains, ‘They didn’t, read it again.” Dyslexia Rules K.O.? Not that the condition even existed when I was little, though I stil managed to do quite well academically but I do sometimes wonder just how much I misread!

  25. Ditto to Merusa’s comments above, except my favourite was 7d. I got 1a and 1d right away, except they were wrong… not able to finish today even with the hints.

    Daughters and granddaughter marching today in Parkland in support of Never Again. So proud of all the MSD Strong supporters here and in Washington. Wish we could have done it too but too hot for us old folks.

    Also hoping to get good news from Kath soon about her youngest.

    1. I wondered if they joined in the March, well done them! I’m so proud of those young folk, they’ve got the bit between their teeth and not going to let go.

    2. I watched the marchers on the news. I hope their determination wins through

      I understand that the Young Lamb is progressing well but I would imagine we won’t hear from Kath today or tomorrow as she’s probably visiting her.

  26. Hard to choose a favourite today.
    Thought this crossword was tip top.
    The two car related clues in 14 and 17d did stand out though.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the Saturday Club.

  27. I really love this puzzle especially 18a.

    I have a problem with one last clue, 4d. I have two probable/possible answers that fit the second part of the clue but for the life of me I don’t understand why the first two words are part of the clue. ‘/see exercise take great strides.”

    Oh and btw I also apparently old fashioned in my reference to that ‘man’ in 1d.

      1. Aaaahhhh clunk the penny just dropped! Thank you! Possibly helped not only by you by you but having had my first sip of home-made plonk even though it is not quite 5 p.m. Sometimes it seems to help me think sideways. :-)

  28. Great stuff: 2*/4*. My favourite was 18a, with an honourable mention for 25a. VMTs to the setter, and of course to the Blogmeister.

  29. Like last week -a number of convoluted clues eg 1,2d, 3D and 15a where the answers came but parsing?? Liked 9a & 24a
    However no rugby to interfere with the important job in hand….
    Thanks to BD and setter for the hard work!

  30. Had a few days off due to real life getting in the way. Pleasant solve just right really though some of the clues maybe lacked a bit of sparkle for me. NE corner was the coldest. No fav today. ***/**

    As I look at my watch it’s already into and accelerated Sunday – better get off to bed and be fresh for Virgilius in a few short hours, Yippee.
    Thanks setter and BD

  31. Completed in three sittings which is good for us. Needed help with top left corner so thanks BD for the hints. Favourite 25 and 27a.

  32. 15a the ‘top’ part of the clue could be a cake reference, rather than to kill?

    1. Welcome to the blog Peter

      It’s an interesting concept, but the “kill” construct has been well established over many puzzles.

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