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DT 28728

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28728

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A beautiful, clear, calm autumn day in our corner of the world. We had the threat of winter a couple of weeks ago but since then it has been remarkably mild for most of the time. Certainly no complaints from us.

Jay up to his usual form with today’s puzzle. Not too taxing and good fun.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Labour, say, must accept independent equality of status (6)
PARITY: The abbreviation for independent is inside what Labour is an example of in political terms.

4a     Conceals sources of organic black sausages and kippers (8)
OBSCURES: The first letters (sources) of three words in the clue then kippers as a verb for a way to preserve fish.

10a     A source of finance rumoured to be after daily transport (9)
CHARABANC: ‘A’ from the clue and a homophone for a financial institution, follow a daily or domestic cleaning lady.

11a     Search through corrupt file on origin of radiation (5)
RIFLE: An anagram (corrupt) of FILE follows the first letter of radiation.

12a     Entertainer needing skill with one’s empty theatre (7)
ARTISTE: A synonym for skill, then ‘one’s’ gives us the Roman numeral one with its ‘S and finally the first and last letters (empty) of theatre.

13a     Affair sees the girl report (7)
SHEBANG: A third person feminine pronoun and a report that could be made by a firearm.

14a     Ale with no head — that is strange (5)
EERIE: Remove the first letter (head) from a synonym for ale and then the two letters, from a Latin phrase, that stand for ‘that is’.

15a     Following and falling behind, growing weary (8)
FLAGGING: The abbreviation for following and a word meaning falling behind.

18a     Fish like this may be treat prepared in bed (8)
BATTERED: An anagram (prepared) of TREAT is inside the word bed.

20a     Posh bloke? The French count, perhaps (5)
NOBLE: An informal word for a posh bloke or toff and a French definite article.

23a     Collects service points after ace (7)
AMASSES: The letter that represents an ace playing card, a church service and two cardinal compass points.

25a     Mineral Renoir mixed with ochre initially (4,3)
IRON ORE: An anagram (mixed) of RENOIR contains the first letter of ochre.

26a     Empty gesture welcomed by standard caller (5)
PAGER: The first and last letters (empty) of gesture are in a standard that is often used in relation to golf scores.

27a     Change in the morning, and finish with time to welcome workers (9)
AMENDMENT: The two letters that signify before midday, a synonym for finish, and then the abbreviation for time comes after a word for male workers.

28a     Unidentified lad holding key for a person of consequence (8)
SOMEBODY: Unidentified or not precisely specified amount, then a musical note is inside a word for lad.

29a     Periods with editor completely removed from memory (6)
ERASED : Long periods of time and the abbreviation for editor.


1d     Choose a gender set up for such ground-breaking tools (8)
PICKAXES : A word meaning choose, then ‘A’ from the clue and a synonym for gender is reversed.

2d     Churchman welcomes a means of generating power (7)
REACTOR : A type of clergyman includes the letter’A’ from the clue.

3d     Passing test, ran in drunk! (9)
TRANSIENT : An anagram (drunk) of TEST RAN IN.

5d     Support rider as vet treated unwelcome passenger (4-4,6)
BACK-SEAT DRIVER : A word for support or sponsor and then an anagram (treated) of RIDER AS VET.

6d     Swear, seeing study module drop core of sport (5)
CURSE : The core of sport is its central letter. Remove this from a study module at an education establishment.

7d     Stay away from whistle-blower and rule soundly (7)
REFRAIN : A whistle blower from a sporting contest and then a homophone of the sort of rule that a monarch has.

8d     Make offensive remarks to son on shelf (6)
SLEDGE : The abbreviation for son and then a shelf or sill.

9d     Insist fats in dark meat must be refined (4,1,4,5)
TAKE A FIRM STAND : An anagram (must be refined) of FATS IN DARK MEAT.

16d     Explosive stuff in magazine (9)
GUNPOWDER : The magazine is not a publication but a storage facility.

17d      Duplicated solid fuel found in grass (8)
REPEATED : The solid fuel is one that is dug up in Ireland and is found inside a type of coarse grass.

19d     Blend of Malaga poured out on top of Madeira (7)
AMALGAM : An anagram (poured out) of MALAGA with the first letter (top) of Madeira.

21d     Agents cracked, with Russians discontented (7)
BROKERS : A word for cracked or smashed and then the first and last letters of Russians (the contents having been removed).

22d     University grounds French writer, keeping quiet (6)
CAMPUS : The musical symbol for quiet is inside the French author who wrote, among other works, one that is titled ‘The Stranger’ in English.

24d     Cancel credit in advance (5)
SCRUB : The abbreviation for credit is inside an advance or loan.

Plenty to enjoy, but we were not able to sort out one for special mention today.

Quickie pun    lay    +    safe    +    hair    =     laissez-faire



30 comments on “DT 28728

  1. Very straightforward for a Jay – no starting with the Downs required today

    Thanks to him and the 2Ks too

  2. To borrow at least part of a quote from the great Yogi Berra, this felt like déjà vu all over again. Completion at a fast gallop was aided by some, unless I’m mistaken, familiar clues/answers – */***.

    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 7d, and 22d – and the winner is 7d.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

    P.S. I also found the Giovanni Toughie quite ‘doable.’

  3. Sometimes you very much enjoy a puzzle but then find you have nothing at all to say about it.

    This is one of those cases. A really nice puzzle, but like our Kiwis I couldn’t manage to pick a favourite.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis.

    P.S. Anyone wanting more of a challenge but not feeling like tackling today’s Toughie could do worse than head to today’s Indy, where you will find a puzzle by Eccles, known locally as Snape.

  4. Finished in normal time but got the some answers incorrect box. All seemed perfectly good to me. Checked rechecked and checked again. All seemingly ok. Eventually worked out that 9d doesn’t begin with the letter M. My advice is to always write out anagrams rather than working them out mentally. Thanks to Jay and The 2Ks.

        1. Mp’s position has become untenable & he should do the honourable thing & resign😆

  5. Quite mild but because of good cluing this was an enjoyable solve. My favourites were 14a and 22d, for the clever wordplay. 2* / 3*

  6. I was galloping as fast as Senf today. 1* / 4* for me. Despite being remarkably straightforward it was still a lot of fun.

    My favourite today was the Quickie pun.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  7. Enjoyed this one and completed without assistance…except for the parsing of 6d which eluded me, though it had to be what it is.

    Thanks to the 2 Kiwis and to the setter.

  8. Very straightforward, plenty of fun to be had and no hold-ups. A good example of how a simple, well-clued puzzle can still be enjoyable. Like others, picking a favourite was difficult, but I will go for 7d. 1.5* /4* overall for me.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  9. I liked today’s puzzle and here I am before lunch */*** 😃 Favourites 25a & 8d Thanks to Jay and to the 2xKs 😜 The weather here is still very unreliable to say the least, yesterday 🌞 and today back to 💨☔️

  10. No horses were harmed in the solving of this puzzle. Completed in * time but I strayed into ** time to finish all the parsing.

    We had that same French writer recently, didn’t we?

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  11. Another treat from Jay with just enough of a challenge. 10a only works with USA pronunciation not Brit-speak or indeed French (whence it comes). Fav 22d. International touch with Quickie pun is also fun. Thank you Jay and the 2Ks.

  12. Didn’t know the required definition of 8d until I came across it in this week’s Rookie – hope I can get it to stick in the memory bank for future reference.
    Left 9d blank until I had the checkers in place – saved me from falling into the trap that caught MP.

    No real favourite today although the surface read of 15a rather appealed.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks for the blog. Hope your clement Autumn weather stays with you for a while yet.

  13. Great fun this puzzle, and finished in record time for me. Favourite was 13 a, what a lovely word.

    Thank you 2ks and thank you setter.

  14. Loved it all. I think this is the most straightforward Jay puzzle I’ve ever done.
    It’s really hard to choose a fave, maybe 9d? I worked out the anagram with pencil and paper, thus avoiding M’pops mistake.
    Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis.
    Those dastardly trolls have been at work again. I’m not surprised, every time I read the paper or watch the news I realise how many unbalanced people are out there. I despair.

  15. Good finally to access the site again after trying off and on throughout the afternoon.

    Another excellent puzzle by Jay, although my repetition radar did notice “empty” used twice as a middle letter deletion indicator.

    Surprised that nobody has questioned the homophone in 10a, I was always brought up to believe that the last syllable was pronounced the same way as the last syllable of 13a, and an internet search doesn’t seem to contradict that.

    My top clues today were 23a and 24d.

    Many thanks to Mr Mutch and the 2Ks.

  16. A puzzle of two halves today. The west went in first coffee break and by the time I worked out the 9d anagram (mentally I might add only wasted electrons and brain cells here) I had a full west side and only 2 in the east. When I got home from work I was going to come here but for some reason I couldn’t get in. That was good though as it concentrated my mind and I was able to get most of the rest unaided. 8d eluded me and annoyed me as I normally see the crickety things quicker. 13a was a major penny drop moment but 10a gets the laurels from me today.
    Thanks to JKK I am going to have a go at Eccles and Gio. TTFN

  17. Yes, a straightforward but hugely enjoyable Jay offering.
    The only issue I had was for 24d where I had ‘scrap’ with ‘sap’ as the ‘advanced’ bit. Students of the Great War will know that a ‘sap’ was a type of trench used to advance towards the enemy.
    I’ll go quietly…
    Thanks to Jay and 2xK’s

  18. Morning all.
    We did wonder why our in-box was so relatively empty when we woke this morning. We had been blissfully asleep (well as much as two insomniacs can be) and were quite unaware of any problems with accessing the site. Fingers crossed that the malfunction is not an on-going one.
    Solving this one did not take us very long but we can never be sure when this happens whether it is really a more straightforward puzzle than usual or if it because of our familiarity with Jay’s style of setting. Besides, we are much more interested in how enjoyable the solving is, than in how long it has taken us. We like to compare it with eating a gourmet meal. How long it has taken you to eat it is totally irrelevant.

  19. An enjoyable, pretty straightforward offering – * for difficulty. Little to add, except to say top marks for enjoyment value.

  20. Well because of the ‘problems’ I could just be one of the crowd rather than a Johnny come lately! Anyway, this seemed to be a Jay on remote type puzzle; it lacked his usual sparkle. As others have said, no real fave and over too soon!
    3* pleasure for me.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the Kiwis for their review.
    I blame the Russians….

  21. Glad Big Dave fought off the evil trolls once again so that we could open the site. What pathetic people they must be. Thanks Jay for a great puzzle, I definitely had to work at it, but very enjoyable. Thanks also to 2Kiwis. Only problem was 8d, which I did get from the checkers, but that meaning offensive remarks must have come into use after we set sail across the pond. No obscure GK and nothing really sporty, so lovely.

    1. Well actually sledging is very sporty in its origin. It is a practice that seems to have been instituted by Australian cricket players as a way of intimidating opposing batsmen. Certainly one of the least endearing aspects of cricket behaviour in recent years.

    2. Funnily enough, it wasn’t that long ago we had a discussion about 8d. It was something in the DT about the Aussie captain messing with the cricket ball and sledging came up in that. It was all a foreign language to me but I did remember that word.

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