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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28710

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **/***Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Winter has arrived with a rush. A series of storms has moved onto the country with strong winds, thunder and lightning, lots of rain, snow to low levels and plummeting temperatures. It’s been a time for digging warmer clothes out of the wardrobe and last night we even lit our first fire of the season. All this happened on the day that it was officially announced that our summer had been the hottest on record.

We found a few tricky spots in today’s Jay puzzle that held us up a little. Enjoy the solve.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Weigh up defence’s case and set free (10)
DELIBERATE : The first and last letters of the word defence make its case, and then a word meaning set free.

6a     Measure that’s too expensive to lose heart (4)
STEP : Remove the central letter (heart) of too expensive or too high a price.

10a     Sight victory as it evolves (5)
VISTA : The letter used to signify victory in the days that ended World War II and an anagram (evolves) of AS IT.

11a     Person doomed to carry fallen idol is canal worker (9)
GONDOLIER : An informal word for somebody doomed surrounds an anagram (fallen) of IDOL.

12a     Makes fun of date disheartened with fairground attractions (7)
DERIDES : Remove the two central letters of date and then fairground attractions that carry people.

13a     Revolution by engineers to be green (7)
RECYCLE : Army engineers come before a revolution or turning.

14a     Offence of men renting if thrown out (12)
INFRINGEMENT : An anagram (thrown out) of MEN RENTING IF.

18a     Eastern firm employed by a French communist is open to all (12)
UNRESTRICTED : The abbreviation for Eastern and a word meaning firm or exacting are inside the French indefinite article and the colour that describes a communist.

21a     Office of monarch ignoring government’s fellow feeling (7)
KINSHIP : An abbreviation for government is removed from a word that describes the office of a male ruler.

23a     European articles will come after a second apart (7)
ASUNDER : A French indefinite article and a German definite article both follow ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for second.

24a     The people‘s vote in Ohio worried head of industry (3,6)
HOI POLLOI : A word for a vote or referendum is inside an anagram (worried) of OHIO and finally the first letter (head) of industry.

25a     Something that blows over, giving great enjoyment (5)
GUSTO : Something that the wind produces and the cricket abbreviation for over.

26a     Separate skill required after parking (4)
PART : The letter used to indicate parking and then skill or ability.

27a     Angry about rescheduled event being confirmed (10)
INVETERATE : A synonym for angry surrounds an anagram (rescheduled) of EVENT.


1d     Share identification in club with a poor reputation (6)
DIVIDE : The two letters used for identification papers are inside a nightspot of ill repute.

2d     People who fail in ambitious resolutions turning up (6)
LOSERS : A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.

3d     Getting on train for Harrow, perhaps (8,6)
BOARDING SCHOOL : Getting on or entering as a passenger and then a synonym for train when used as a verb.

4d     Doctor from Bognor perhaps starts to treat rheum after rhinoplasty (9)
REGISTRAR : The second part of the full name for Bognor and the first letters of the last four words of the clue.

5d     Cosmetic surgery to tensor with no end of problems (5)
TONER : An anagram (surgery to) TENsOR once the last letter of problems has been removed.

7d     Shows nervousness seeing the Yorkshire charmers (8)
TWITCHES : Firstly, the way that people from Yorkshire are inclined to abbreviate the definite article, and then the sort of charmers found in the opening scene of Macbeth.

8d     Signs left on board sent off (8)
PORTENTS : The nautical word denoting left and an anagram (off) of SENT.

9d     Big city‘s argument against Mediterranean island forest (8,6)
CONCRETE JUNGLE : The argument against that is the opposite of pro, then a Mediterranean island and the, (now out of favour), word for what is called a rainforest.

15d     Fruit that may be source of honey in Spain (9)
NECTARINE : The substance that bees collect to make honey, IN from the clue and the IVR code for Spain.

16d     Food outlet folds before spring (4,4)
TUCK SHOP : A word for folds or pleats and then spring or jump on one foot.

17d      Weather feature that is on river edge (8)
FRONTIER : A weather feature like the cold one we are currently experiencing, then the two letters for ‘that is’ and the abbreviation for river.

19d     Poems on South American port (6)
ODESSA : Poems of the type favoured by Horace and then the abbreviation for South American.

20d     Furrow, seeing circle in wood (6)
GROOVE : The letter that is circle-shaped is inside a wood or copse.

22d     Unhappy Londoner holding post carrying power (5)
PYLON : And, to finish, our second lurker of the day.

Our favourite this week is 11a.

Quickie pun     mark    +    eats    +    tall    =    market stall

55 comments on “DT 28710

  1. I didn’t find this one tricky at all – it took me about half the ‘usual’ time for a Jay. A good thing really as the crossword in the middle of the paper is a bit of a beast IMHO

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks

  2. I felt quite pleased with myself when I wrote in ‘vox populi’ for 24a. What a shame it was wrong!

  3. This one was a tad more tricky than the previous two, taking it generally up to average-ish for a back-pager. I liked 19d because it was designed to confuse you about World geography. An enjoyable enough puzzle. 2.5* / 3*

  4. This comes into my little hooligan category, tough enough (for me) to causecsome head scratching. As usual some oldies and some goodies.
    No favourites but 24a caused some amusement.
    Thanks Jay and the 2Ks

  5. The usual Wednesday excellence, quite straightforward with assistance from a few oldies but goodies, completed at a gallop – **/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 9d and 19d – and the winner is 9d by a nose.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

  6. Another delightful puzzle. I have slowed down my reading of Jays clues as they mostly work if you do as they ask. As a result i had nearly half of the grid filled in after the first read through. This gave enough checkers to ease the way to completion. A couple of head scratchers stretched the time slightly. All in all a pleasant way to pass the time. i think this is the third or fourth time we have seen 22d in recent weeks. All clued differently. The quickie pun amused as well. Thanks to all concerned.

  7. 2* / 5*. Lovely stuff as ever on a Wednesday.

    My favourite was 11a closely followed by 9d & 19d.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  8. Going for a **/*** today, we seem to be in a run of ** difficulty for a while.
    Last one in was 16d and it puzzled me for a while until I realised that18a began with UN not DE, French to blame again !
    Liked 4d for its originality and 11a for the deception.
    Thanks 2k for the pics.
    Mrs B did yesterdays Toughie, she’ll be chuft with the **** rating

    1. Well done Mrs Beaver! – especially as it seems that one or two of the regulars may not have managed that one.

  9. I liked this one a lot. Tricky clues (for me) with good surfaces but all solvable without too much head scratching. Very satisfying. Thank you very much setter and the 2K’s.

  10. All done in **/*** time for me. 16d must get COTD, but I think that only those who refer to the 24a would have experience of a 16d.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

    1. I agree with you about 24a and 16a – unless you’ve been doing crosswords as long as some of us have been doing them.
      My Dad would have called the 24a’s ‘oiks’ and that’s how he referred to most of the boyfriends my sister and I brought home when we were teenagers.

  11. Good fun today. [**/***]
    Slightly distracted during the solve so don’t recall any particular favourites, though possibly 11a looking back.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  12. But also found in 3d M.R.. I thought I was getting better at this, but today was difficult for me, needing lots of help, but enjoyable none the less.

  13. Ah, that’s more like it! A good crossword as usual from Jay. 9d was my favourite and 2/3.5* overall.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for their review.

  14. Jay at the top of his game again this Wednesday with another superb puzzle. So many good clues it is, as always, hard to pick a winner, but I will go with 11a because it reads so well. Overall 2* /5* from me.

    Thanks to all three birds for today’s entertainment.

  15. Got slightly held up thinking of the required furrow to fit 20d and then by struggling to see beyond a chip shop for 16d.
    All sorted eventually and I gave top places to 1a & 3d for their surface reads.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks for the blog and the lovely 10a pic. I think you may be on something of a hiding to nothing if you hope to elicit much sympathy from those of us in the UK – we’ve had more than our fair share of wintry conditions this year!

  16. 5d caught me out (I didn’t recognise the anagram) and was left wondering what sort of cosmetic surgery it was referring too! Otherwise a comfortable solve.

    Thanks 2Kiwis and setter.

    1. 5d caught me out too which was a shame as all the others glided in as if by magic. Masterpiece indeed. Two on a trot completed in double-quick time.

  17. The Wednesday Wizard does it again! Splendid stuff. **/**** from me.

    Thanks to Jay and the Kiwis.

  18. Terrific puzzle from Jay, excellent surfaces and high-quality cluing as usual. My ticks went to 27a and 3d for their smoothness, and to 7d for producing my widest smile. A little surprised to see “perhaps” repeated in two successive Down clues when a “possibly” or a “maybe” for one would have been a seamless substitute, but it didn’t detract from the enjoyment.

    Many thanks to the 2Ks and to Mr. Mutch, I certainly wouldn’t have guessed him as the author of yesterday’s “Dorothy” clue in Toughie 2000.

    Please forgive the self-promotion, but my latest puzzle is in the Independent today if anyone has not yet had their crossword fix for the day. It’s fairly solver-friendly, I promise!

    1. And a darned good puzzle it is too!
      Beware of the earworm that will stay with you all afternoon………..

  19. I found this slightly trickier than usual from Jay, but just as enjoyable. Like the use of the phrase 24a but 3d is my favourite. Thanks to Jay and 2 ks.

  20. As writers to the letters page ,often begin “am I alone in thinking” this was very difficult and I only managed to get half way without help. Thank you to Jay and the New Zealander’s.

  21. 7d last to go in – got the answer a good while back but just couldn’t get the Yorkshire bit – so thought i would see what the hints said about it. Tbh I’m still not sure that it works – I am not convinced that this is how they would say this in Yorkshire – with reference to this particular word – but I will of course take guidance from all our Yorkshire lads and lasses on here.

    All in all and not withstanding this quibble – a very enjoyable puzzle

    1. Look no further than the lyrics to Ilkley Moor, Marge – ‘then t’worms ‘ll cum and eat thee oop’.

    2. Not being from Yorkshire but having worked there for a long time, it makes sense to me I think?

  22. Very enjoyable as is usual on Wednesdays. I was held up for a while in the top right corner, but got there eventually.
    23a was my pick of the clues. Thanks to the setter and 2Ks

  23. Found this quite tricky as usual from Jay but very worthwhile. Struggled with SW corner foolishly missing the lurker in 22d for ages. Then needed 2K’s help for 24a the last one in, although penny dropped immediately when I saw the hint, annoyed I didn’t get that without the help. Enjoyable Jay puzzle and now feel I’m getting on this setters wavelength. More than a 2.5* difficulty for me however.

    Clues of the day: Liked 11a / 4d / 16d

    Rating: 3.5* / 3.5*

    Thanks to the 2Ks and Jay

  24. This was my favourite this week so far – I seemed to get in the swing quite quickly and found it just the right level of challenge for me. (As opposed to Monday when I crawled through to the finish line and everyone else found it easy.) Great clues but COTD has to be 16d for nostalgic reasons! Weather in the High Peak not too different from that in NZ , though living in hope of a summer this year! Many thanks to Jay and to the 2Ks.

  25. great puzzle thanks Jay and Kiwis. All went well apart from 13a – drew a blank for quite a while.

  26. I was in the tricky but hugely enjoyable camp. I needed hints for three in the NE.
    Lots to like, 11a and 9d in particular, but fave was 16d for happy memories.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis, pic at 10a is gorgeous.

  27. 2.5/4. Took me a little while to get a toe hold but worth the effort. My favourite was 7d. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  28. Very enjoyable. Trickier than a normal Jay but nothing wrong with that.
    LOI was 17d, not sure why!!
    Thanks all.

  29. Morning all.
    The sky seems to have cleared this morning but the wind is still coming from the south so temperatures will still be a bit chilly on the golf course today. Once again we have missed the worst of the weather and feel sorry for those who got hit with mini tornadoes, hail storms and the thousands of Aucklanders who are still without power after more than 24 hours.
    As ever we have great admiration for Jay that he can put together consistently good puzzles week after week. Thanks Jay.

  30. Yes – I echo the Kiwis last sentence about consistently good Wednesday crosswords from Jay.
    That probably sums it up for me as everything else has already been said – I’ll leave it at that.
    Thanks to Jay and to the K’s.

  31. An enjoyable * for difficulty. One that felt a little tricky in places while solving, but which fell in no time at all, so wasn’t. Last in the SE corner.

  32. Definitely a tricky Jay today, or it just might be that I didn’t have my thinking head on right. Got off to a good start, but then needed too many of 2Kiwis hints to finish,

  33. As it should be it has got a little harder today. Still enjoyable though.
    I couldn’t get the right synonym of angry and had to turn to the thesaurus and eventually a dictionary to confirm the answer I had fitted the clue. That took up a lot of time. I too briefly toyed with chip shop but eventually went with farm shop! I figured that farms had folds for sheep etc.
    4d and 9d both tickled my fancy today.
    Not a lot of time left to tackle the toughie but I will give it a go.
    Thanks to J and KK.

  34. As I am married to a Yorkshire man 7d gave me great pleasure! A fun puzzle overall.

  35. Loved it this evening, managed without recourse to electronic help. Being a bit aged I remember 24a very well. COTD for me 17d, laughed at 7d. Thanks to all.

  36. I feel crosswords are getting harder for me at the moment.
    Had gaps everywhere in the grid and spent a long while going like a pinball.
    Finally everything made sense and the charade in 15d won the first place on the podium.
    24a was greatly clued. Not an easy word.
    16d was another that I really liked and so true at the moment as local shops in a lot of town centres are having such a hard time.
    Thanks to the setter and to 2kiwis for the review.
    Just spoke to a friend in the Haut Var. She is snowed in! It’s the middle of April and we are supposed to be in south of France.

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