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DT 28725 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28725 (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.

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    Damage clothes (4)
Two definitions – to damage by continued use and clothes or apparel

9a    Bear to undergo pain (6)
Two similar definitions

10a    Very much liking posh English sauce (6)
An adjective meaning very much liking followed by the letter that indicates posh and E(nglish)

14a    Allow old clock with centre removed to be put in ornamental case (6)
A three-letter verb meaning to allow around (to be put in) O(ld) and C(loc)K with the centre removed

16a    It limits animal’s movement or range of endurance (6)
Two definitions – something for confining an animal within certain limits and the extent of one’s endurance

23a    Sign to receive adult books in shelter (4-2)
A Zodiac Sign around (to receive) A(dult) and a set of books of the Bible

24a    Render unfit for consumption article in plate (8)
Put the indefinite article inside a plate of the kind fitted inside the mouth

26a    King succeeded capturing extremely large dependency (4)
The Latin abbreviation for king and s(ucceeded) around (capturing) the abbreviation for extremely large gives a region of Antarctica contentiously claimed as a dependency of New Zealand


1d    Method of printing network from radio, perhaps (3,6)
A network followed by a phrase that could (perhaps) mean from the radio (3,3)

2d    How croupier became successful? (5,2,3,5)
This description of one of the tasks performed by a croupier actually means became successful by earning a lot

4d    Sunday neckwear, we hear, for learned person (7)
S(unday) followed by what sounds like (we hear) an item of neckwear

6d    Say no to charity worker, one who works for the council (6,9)
A verb meaning to say no to followed by a charity worker acquires funds, usually in a box

15d    Nervous complaint that’s progressive? (3,6)
This nervous complaint is a feeling of horror or revulsion – it could be loosely regarded as progressive

19d    Male animals breed! (7)
Combine two male animals to get a breed of the latter

20d    One vehicle turned up first, it’s part of something larger (7)
A single thing (one) preceded by (first) the reversal (up in a down clue) of a public service vehicle

21d    Flower in rubbish dump about middle of July (5)
Put a rubbish dump around the middle letters of [J]UL[y]

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The Quick Crossword pun: Delhi+telly+graph=Daily Telegraph

49 comments on “DT 28725 (Hints)

  1. Held up in the SW and needed a hint for 24a as convinced the plate was “xxxx “. 15 d favourite . 1d obvious eventually but had to check if correct .
    Playing bowls outdoors later !!
    Thanks to everyone .

    1. Please read the instructions in red, particularly the bit about incorrect answers, before commenting again on weekend prize puzzles.

  2. No doubt the Quickie pun will get plenty of competition entries today. It was fun if somewhat short-lived. SE last to yield. Not sure 10a is literally sauce and suppose by definition 15d has to be progressive. 24a and 3d new to me although they had to be. Fav 2d with 13d (doubtless chestnut) running up.
    Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  3. This was a very enjoyable, though somewhat transient, puzzle. 11a and 23a were my favourites. 2* / 3.5*

  4. A breeze, until I reached the southeast corner. I agree 15d is a stretch – made my skin crawl a bit. But the ‘dependency’ in 26a held me up for a while and although I think I got the correct answer eventually, to get there I had to recall a region someway north of here and bunged that in, having worked it out. Sent it off before reading the hints, so relieved. Sorry if that alienates any Scottish readers, particularly the independent ones – of course you don’t depend on we English for anything!
    2*/3* from me.

  5. Easily finished in * time, except for the SE corner. 24a was a new word to me, but easily worked out. I will admit to rattling a few electrons around to solve 15d. Is it really a nervous complaint? I don’t think anyone would trouble their GP with it.

    Thanks to all.

  6. A pleasant change after struggling with Elgar in yesterdays toughie. Trotted off the pencil with alacrity. LOI 15d and I had my doubts too but the ? I think gives the setter the latitude.
    I had learned from Elgars toughie and other blog comments that the double unch or 2 consecutive unchecked letters is to be feared but that wasn’t the case here.
    Thanks Bd and Mysteron.

  7. Needed the hint for 26a and had to guess and look up 1d, otherwise OK

    Liked 6d.

    Thanks to Big Dave and to the setter.

  8. Certainly can’t complain about lack of variety in this one – everything from gimmes & chestnuts to the unfamiliar, the unlikely and the frankly dubious! Speaking of the latter, a couple of the surface reads left a bit to be desired.

    2d took the top slot for me in this puzzle which I suspect is from the pen of someone we’ve encountered quite recently in the Saturday slot.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to BD for the club.

  9. A bit like last Saturday, an enjoyable puzzle, with some slightly ‘odd’ clues, and I got held up by one of the four letter clues with a double unch inside – **/***.

    Stand-out favourite – 13a.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  10. Very enjoyable. Still having trouble parsing 22 ac though. Won’t say any more. If in doubt leave out!

    Thanks to the setter and for the comments

    1. The setter has given us a helpful hint by using the word ‘American’ in the clue. A visit to the BRB might sort out the parsing for you.

  11. The SE corner took far too long to finish, and certainly pushed out the solving time, and, as Jane says at #9, this puzzle had a bit of everything, not all concise or good wordplay. That fact reduced the enjoyment for me, so although I finished,I didn’t get the sense of satisfaction or achievement I normally do, so 3.5* /2.5* from me. 6d my favourite from 13a and 2d.

    Thanks to our Saturday setter and BD.

  12. You’ll perhaps forgive me if, like Young Salopian, I mention getting stuck in the SE corner and I was grateful for Dave’s hint for 24a – it’s not a word with which I’m familiar – and I didn’t like 15d! I think it’s Senf who uses the expression ‘curate’s egg’ from time time and, in my eyes, this puzzle definitely falls into that category.

  13. Even I had not too many problems today, just turning
    to Brain games and G.K lazy weekend,

    1. Thanks for pointing it out Sue. I would have been caught out for sure as I am running late this weekend. Good thing I needed to look at the hints for SE corner!

  14. It was noted that many were rattled by the SE corner, where parsing was tenuous, particularly 24a and 26a with 20d. 16d gave trouble but once the across ones were in, its status rose. Thanks to BD for his hints for 24& 26!
    23a was the only answer but the clue proved tricky to justify.
    I enjoyed it nevertheless Believe or not I spelt 3a wrongly -put the middle two letters the wrong way round!

  15. I was doing so well, and then I got to the SW corner. That and 26a are holding me up now, just when I thought, just for once, I could claim to have done this at a gallop… guess my horse stumbled and is an also ran.

  16. I found the SE corner to be quite difficult – especially 24ac and 15d, not helped by wanting 26ac to be something it wasn’t. The rest though was pretty straightforward, and all in all enjoyable.

  17. Like lots of others I got stuck with my last four answers which were all in the bottom right corner.
    I liked 15d best.
    Thanks to whoever set this one and to BD.

  18. I started off happily but the SE quadrant rather caught me out. I eventually completed but was left with a feeling of unease. Oh well, I sent it off with the usual air of indifference!
    2d was my fave, and for pleasure I think 2.5*.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  19. I was sailing along at one* for difficulty until I got to the SE corner and came to a screeching halt. First, I had the wrong word in 26a and spelt 25a incorrectly, unforgivable as I know better.
    My fave was 3d but there were others that were liked a lot.
    Thanks to setter and to BD for his hints, much needed today.

  20. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A very very enjoyable puzzle. Like most people, I was held up in the SE corner. Had never heard of 1d&24a, but was able to get them from the wordplay. Last in was 26a. Favourite was 19d. Was 3*/3* for me.

  21. 2.5* / 2.5*. As others have commented this was a mixed bag in terms of clue types, enjoyability, surface smoothness and difficulty.

    On balance I thought this was pitched at just about the right level for a Saturday prize puzzle and was reasonable fun.

    For me, the two definitions in 16a are really just different sides of the same coin. 19d was commendably brief. 2d was my favourite.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

    1. 16a. Aren’t the two definitions decidedly different? The first one is physical/tangible whereas the second is abstract/intangible. I was just wondering…

  22. A typical Saturday prize puzzle straightforward until the SE corner then came to a an abrupt stop like some of the other bloggers. Enjoyable puzzle but agree that 15d was a bit stretched. Last in 24a, overall some excellent clues that raised a smile.

    Clue of the day: Liked 4d

    Rating 3* / 3.5*

    Thanks to BD and the setter.

  23. I suppose there is only one likely answer to 17d but I can’t see the relevance of “develops clothes”. Please put me out of my misery!

    1. That and 26a (didn’t know about the disputed dependency) were the only clues which stopped me in my tracks. I’d finished the rest by 06:20 then hit the brick wall!

      1. I saw that but didn’t make the connection! Ah well. Thanks for the confirmation.

        1. I had to look twice. I always assume 3 letter answers are going to be easy – I should have learned by now 😂

  24. Can someone put me out of my misery and give a further clue/hint as to 10a. No amount of googling has come up with anything.

    This was one of the hardest Saturday crosswords I can remember – the SE corner was very difficult and I needed the hints for 24a. Furthermore, 26a took some research to say the least – I didn’t know succeeded could be “s”. I will try an add this to the memory banks.

    ***/* would be my rating.

      1. Thanks guys, I now have the answer.

        I managed to have mucked up 2d and had ***********. Silly boy!

        1. Can you please explain what it is about “please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, ….. in your comment” that you don’t understand?

          1. My sincerely apologies – I can assure you it will not happen again.

            However, I would like to put out the irony that I put one letter and got a robust reprimand, yet all of the images used in the hints above include the answer in full in the hover over text.

  25. Sailing along fine, then I fit the SE corner and sunk.
    Thanks BD and the setter

  26. Very enjoyable though I too got held up by the SE corner and was grateful for the hint at 26a.The coincidental thing is that my son’s best friend of the same name got married on Thursday . They have known each other since they were three .
    Thanks to the setter and BD .

  27. Having looked at this intermittently due to grandchild sitting this weekend, I am relieved to see that nearly everyone had the same problems with the SE. Normally once you get one in a “sticking” corner the rest follow – but not this time. Once I got 15d which was quite amusing I got 26a as had the first letter in and the middle two were obvious. Needed the hint for 24a after which I got 20d. On the other hand a lot of clues were gimmes. 3a must be the easiest anagram ever – you only have to read the first two words out loud. Overall I thought a good prize crossword but let down by the SE corner which actually gave no satisfaction when the penny eventually dropped. Now onwards and upwards…..

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