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DT 28722

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28722

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Today is Anzac Day in our part of the world. It is the equivalent of what most of you would understand as Remembrance Day. The date was chosen as it was the day our troops landed on Gallipoli in WWI. This was when the name Anzac was first used. The observance of the day was declining in the 1960s and 70s but in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest, particularly by younger people, and commemorative services, both the ones at dawn and the later ones, are now well attended.
But despite all that, puzzles go on as usual, so we have another enjoyable Jay offering to deal with.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Engagement that produces misgiving (11)
RESERVATION : To paraphrase this double definition it could read ‘booking that produces doubt’.

9a     Costs incurred as result of wear during transactions (9)
DEFRAYALS : The result of wear that might be seen on the end of a cord is inside a word for transactions or business arrangements.

10a     Body time, roughly (5)
TORSO: The abbreviation for time and then a 2,2 phrase for roughly.

11a     Retaliation may be the solution (6)
ANSWER : Double definition.

12a     Give graduate students this game (8)
HANDBALL : Give or pass to, then a Bachelor of Arts and a repeated abbreviation for learners or students.

13a    Break away from predecessors in retreat (6)
SECEDE : A reversed lurker hiding in the longest word of the clue.

15a     Cause for social event (8)
OCCASION : Double definition. The first is a verb meaning to cause or make happen.

18a     Concealed exit from port road undergoing repairs (8)
TRAPDOOR : An anagram (undergoing repairs) of PORT ROAD.

19a     Bill has drink and misbehaves (4,2)
ACTS UP :  What a parliamentary bill becomes when it passes into law and then a verb meaning to drink.

21a      A great amount of prayer that includes god (8)
PLETHORA : A prayer or invocation contains a Norse god.

23a     Evidence of security for capital cover (6)
HATPIN : A cryptic definition. The capital here refers to a head.

26a     Model only new material (5)
NYLON : An anagram (model) of ONLY and the abbreviation for new.

27a     Run down gradient exploding with energy (9)
DENIGRATE : An anagram (exploding) of GRADIENT plus E(nergy).

28a     Boil with anger before match, maybe, but understand (3,3,5)
SEE THE LIGHT : A six letter word for boil with anger, and the match could be of use to a smoker.


1d     Tyres, perhaps with spokes (7)
RADIALS : Double definition. These tyres are so named because of the alignment of their reinforcing mesh.

2d     Call for help, accepting footballers will get places to relax (5)
SOFAS : The Morse code call for help contains the association that controls football.

3d     Ran into river and finished after repairs oddly ignored (4-5)
REAR-ENDED : Start with the abbreviation for river, next the evenly numbered letters from ‘repairs’ and lastly a synonym for finished.

4d     A glass container left open? (4)
AJAR : ‘A’ from the clue and then a glass container that might be used for preserving.

5d     Fashionable posture adopted, for example (8)
INSTANCE : A two letter word for fashionable and then posture or bearing.

6d     Celebrated school raised doubts initially (5)
NOTED : The reversal (raised) of a famous public school and then the first letter of doubts.

7d     Ireland’s heart lies in hot bread at Christmas (7)
STOLLEN : The central letter of Ireland is inside hot or illegally obtained.

8d     Illegal acts of family in sabre-rattling? (5-3)
BREAK-INS : An anagram (rattling) of SABRE contains family or relations generally.

14d     Bug female trapped in planned larceny (8)
CRANEFLY : An anagram (planned) of LARCENY contains F(emale).

16d     Financial backer to support a run on church port (9)
ARCHANGEL : ‘A’ from the clue and the cricket abbreviation for run, then the abbreviation for church and a backer who might finance a theatrical venture.

17d     Time for breakfast possibly (8)
PORRIDGE : We are looking for the classic Scottish breakfast that is slang for a prison sentence.

18d     Bit of a shock for the best granny, say (7)
TOPKNOT : A word meaning ‘the best’ and what a granny or even a clove hitch might be an example of.

20d     Sharp chap follows play on words (7)
PUNGENT : A play on words as found across the top of the Quick Crossword and then a chap or man.

22d     Suggestions of strikes about direction (5)
HINTS : A cardinal compass direction is inside strikes or raps.

24d      Made a call after parking accident (5)
PRANG : The abbreviation for parking and then made a telephone call.

25d     Symbol of life bank holiday reveals (4)
ANKH : And to finish off, a lurker hiding in the clue.

23a is our favourite today.

Quickie pun     squirm     +    aisle     =    square mile

46 comments on “DT 28722

  1. We had both the New Zealand and Australian national anthems played on the radio this morning – I’d better dig out my mum’s recipe for Anzac biscuits when I get home ;)

    Typical Wednesday enjoyment from Jay – thanks to him and the Kiwis

  2. Another top puzzle from Jay this morning, full of humour, clever clueing and solid wordplay. I particularly liked 8d, which I suspect is a chestnut, but still enjoyable. Overall 2* /5* for me, with many thanks to the three birds.

  3. A couple of new words learnt today in 13A & 25D. Couldn’t get my head round the parsing of 7D & needed the hint. Many thanks to Jay & to the 2Ks for their review.

  4. This was a cracking puzzle with about average difficulty (I prefer to spend at least twice as long on a back-pager than this), but the clues were so well-written/constructed and very entertaining. I can’t pick a favourite clue because they were all excellent. I sussed the 25d lurker but it was a new word for me. 2.5* / 4*

  5. Jay’s bark was worse than his bite today. After a comparatively slow start all suddenly began to fall into place and much fun was then had along the solving way. So many excellent clues that it is hard to pick an outstanding Fav but short-listed are 28a, 7d, 17d and 18d. 25d lurker is a new one on me. TVM Jay and the 2Kiwis. Quickie pun requires slightly eccentric pronunciation!

  6. Yet another Wednesday, yet another excellent puzzle, completed at a gallop – **/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 28a, 7d, and 20d – and the winner is 20d.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

  7. What a beauty. So many clever and amusing clues. Almost too many to mention, but here’s a few. 9a 10a, 23a, 1d, 2d, 3d, 7d, 17d with 18d being awarded the gold medal. **/*****. Nice one Jay.

  8. A straightforward start to the day for me, this completed easily in */** time. The NW corner took a few extra brain cells, but as soon as I had solved 3d, my COTD, the rest fell into place.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  9. I found this a little gentler than the last couple of days, but nicely put together.

    It pleased me that the puzzle contained both 22d and 11a. My favourite bits were the graduate students in 12a and the best granny in 18d.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis.

  10. 2* / 5*. Jay continues his consistent excellency with excellent consistency. We solvers are being spoilt royally this week.

    There are so many good clues here that I am not even going to try to pick a favourite.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  11. Slow start with 22d first in. I knew 25d because mother wore one thinking it was a cross. Three for three this week. Thanks to J and Ks.

  12. I had a necklace of 25d as a teenager, so was able to spot the lurker. I have missed a few lurkers lately. I remembered the ‘capital’ in 23a, but not until fairly late on, even though I think we had that fairly recently. 28a was my favourite followed by 3D. Thank you setter, and thank you 2ks for the review and for reminding us of Anzac Day. Many years ago my son marched at the Cenotaph on Whitehall for Anzac Day. He has kept the pin badge he was given and the piece of rosemary? which he wore in his RAF beret. They are both together in a small frame.

  13. More good stuff from Jay with 4d reminding me of the old playground riddle ‘when is a door not a door’.
    I did need to check on the symbol of life and dear old Gabriel’s port but both were obvious from the wordplay.

    Plenty of ticks on my sheet with top honours going to 18&20d.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks whose comments led me to research Anzac Day – regrettably our school history lessons only dealt with much earlier times.

  14. A Jay puzzle where it would have been much better to start with the downs :yes: We only got three acrosses on first pass but the we got 13 of the downs. After that the acrosses threw in the towel so it’s **/**** from us.

    Fav was 18d but it’s not really fair to single out just one clue from that lot.

    Thanks to Jay and the Kiwis.

  15. A ** for difficulty here, with a little trouble at the close on 1ac and 23ac. The latter I only put in tentatively expecting it to be wrong, but it wasn’t. Lots to like, in particular 9ac today.

  16. This is ridiculous. Having finished the Toughie not only do I find this puzzle completely beyond me but my last post has disappeared into the ether!
    Best wishes on ANZAC Day.

  17. Hugely enjoyable. Rushing to go out, so will read later.
    Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis! Happy ANZAC Day.

  18. Completed this one all but 23a. Evidence of security for capital cover.
    Don’t understand ‘Evidence of’ can someone help?

    Thanks to the setter and to the 2 Kiwis.

  19. Jay’s crosswords are always a delight and so it was today. It was I thought somewhat gentler than usual but still good fun. I liked both 23a and 18d with the latter taking the honours.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for their review.

  20. Top (K)notch puzzle today. The top half held out longer than the bottom with 9a LOI.
    Lots of faves 7d 23a 28a on the podium and I’ll give 7d the nod if only because at Christmas Betty’s 7d is looked forward to with relish. With a bit of luck they may still be available for next years Birthday bash. 😉
    Thanks to Jay And 2K’s.
    I did wonder when I was working if the 22d for 22d would reference our excellent bloggers 22d’s.

  21. Strange, compared with other bloggers I found this the most testing puzzle this week by a good margin, but that’s typical for me with a Jay puzzle. Found the West side more difficult than the East, and needed help from the blog for my last in 9a. Stupidly struggled with the granny until the shilling dropped. A good challenge enjoyed and appreciated for its clever clues, it’s just a struggle for me to get on Jays radar. Will keep trying though!

    Clues of the day: 3d / 7d

    Rating 3.5* / 3.5*

    Thanks to the 2Ks and Jay

  22. I don’t often comment but this was sublime. Lots of great clues but going for 17d as COTD. Thank you to Jay and the two Kiwis.

  23. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. A very enjoyable enjoyable puzzle that was great fun to solve. I liked 21a, but my favourite was 17d. Last in was 1a. Was 2*/4* for me.

  24. Third lovely crossword this week 😃 **/**** Liked 8a & 21a C.O.D. is 18d 👍 Thanks to Jay and the 2 x Ks so pleased to hear of ANZAC day coming back into popularity 👩‍🎓

  25. Is it only the clever clogs who post comments- i own up to finding this harder than 2*

    1. Those who comment regularly are just pleased to find a friendly community of fellow solvers. Cryptic solving is such a solitary activity that it is nice to share ones thoughts and feelings with like minded people. If you read the comments regularly you will notice some openly struggle on a regular basis. Senf solves whilst riding a horse and Rabbit Dave loves to be pedantic. As for the star rating system – do what I do and ignore it completely. I hope you comment again

    2. The early posters will naturally be those who are smart enough to solve the puzzle before we lesser mortals. If you read later you will find those of us who don’t always do great but are thrilled to bits when we do. And I think we probably get greater satisfaction anyway.
      For me it really depends on if I am on the same wavelength as the setter. So don’t let it put you off.

      1. I wake before 7.00am every day. I read the paper and then solve the Cryptic and Quickie puzzles. The kettle boils at 7.45 and I make tea. I can comment early because I solve early before the days madness begins. Often when I read the blog I have forgotten the clues and the solutions. Not necessarily smart. Just early.

        1. Although an early riser, my dead tree version doesn’t arrive until later so I am either discovered finishing a puzzle in my dressing gown or, if there is a problem, I can cut out the puzzle and add it to my file to enjoy while on holiday. As you say, crossword solving is often a solitary occupation so this site is both informative and socialable. Long may it continue!

  26. What a great puzzle, so many cracking clues. If I had to choose one I’d say 17d with special mention to 3d. Needed the help of the reviewers for a couple but no shame in that. Thanks to setter and reviewers, both top notch.

  27. Hard to recall a Jay puzzle more straightforward than this one, so I was especially grateful for that having been busy and unable to look at it earlier.

    No outstanding favourites, but solid cluing as always.

    Many thanks to Mr Mutch and to Colin and Carol.

  28. Another Wednesday, another great puzzle from Jay. I was slow off the starting block and had to revisit a couple of times but this just increased the enjoyment factor. If I had to pick out a COTD it would be 10a – clever and succinct. April showers with a vengeance in the Peaks today with thunder and lightning and hailstorms alternating with sunshine. A salute to our Antipodean friends on Anzac Day – and good to hear that young people are taking an interest. Many thanks to Jay and to the 2Ks.

  29. Similar to Pommers at comment 15 for me. I got a couple more of the across clues but less of the downs on my first pass. With the help of checkers it was not too difficult after that. Thanks to all.

  30. Morning all.
    Well Jay seems to have pleased most people once again.
    There was one clue that we very nearly messed up when we were writing the hints. In 19a we thought the bill was going to be ac (short for account) and then wrongly assumed that ‘act’ might also be an abbreviation for account. When we couldn’t find this in BRB we took a fresh look at the clue and this time the penny dropped. Wonder if anyone else went down this path.
    The sun is just rising into a clear sky here. We will have to make the most of it today as there are a few days rain coming up if we believe the forecasts.

    1. I did the same. I wondered for a while at work where the T came from and was going to mention it but when I got home and came here the hints cleared up the parsing.

    2. I thought you may be interested that my granddaughter attends a primary school in a village near Salisbury which is next to a church with some Commonwealth war graves. Yesterday she attended an ANZAK day service and put posies of rosemary on the graves. She told me that sometimes relatives have visited from Australia and NZ as they hold this service each year. Thank you for your blog. I love it but don’t comment as I don’t start the crossword until late at night and often complete early the next morning.

      1. Welcome to the blog Ruth.
        Thanks for sharing that story about your granddaughter. We can just picture those war graves with their posies of rosemary and are really moved by the image.

  31. I’ve run out of energy so thought I’d just have a quick look at the blog but not comment.
    When I saw that it was Anzac Day I had to leave a comment as my Aussie grandfather was one – had he not come here in WW1 I wouldn’t exist?!
    Lovely crossword but definitely one where it was better to start with the down clues – I didn’t.
    My favourite was 18d.
    With thanks to Jay and to the 2K’s.

  32. Lovely puzzle from Jay, thanks to him and 2Kiwis. Pretty smooth going except the Granny fooled me until I read the hint as I had focused entirely on the grey haired type. Plus never heard of 25d before. Very much enjoyed.

  33. Preferred to go back to this great offering from Jay as I was going nowhere with the Friday toughie.
    Hope you enjoyed Anzac day.
    Thanks for the review and to Jay for the puzzle.

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