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DT 28744

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28744

Hints and tips by an expectant Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

What an exciting day Saturday was. We had two Rugby Football semi-finals in one glorious afternoon. A wedding we could pack the women off to and a boring FA cup final to ridicule.

Grid spotters will notice the unchecked squares for half of the twenty eight clues in this puzzle. That always increases the difficulty level. I am wondering if today’s setter Dada favours this type of grid. My second to last one in was the fishy sleeper at 12 across. This gave the first letter and the answer to 13 down which I may have never solved with an unchecked start.

Miffypops has very kindly provided today’s hints and tips. If you need them hopefully they will hint and tip you to a completed grid. If you completed without them well done you. As usual definitions are underlined.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.


7a    Go back wearing tie, composed (8)
TOGETHER: Find a verb meaning to tie as one would a horse or goat. Put this word around (wearing) the reversed word GO (go back)

9a    Dislike swear-word in middle of bulletin (6)
LOATHE: Place a swear word or profanity inside the middle two letters of the word bulletin

10a    Nation I governed (4)
IRAN: Use the letter I from the clue. Add a word meaning governed or managed

11a    Justifying armed conflict, speaking in belligerent manner (10)
WARRANTING: Begin with a word meaning armed conflict between nations. Add a word meaning making a long angry speech. The letters ing being used twice in the clue made it obvious that the answer also ended ing. Putting just those three letters in gave a checking letter to 6d

12a    Possible breakfast for one in bed? (6)
KIPPER: A double definition. A sleeper or an oily smoked fish

14a    Reform uncle had started (8)
LAUNCHED: Anagram (reform) of UNCLE HAD

15a    Huge blow involving gold in large amounts (6)
GALORE: The huge blow here is a type of strong wind. Place within (involving) this word the heraldic term for gold.

17a    Gentleman was in decline: that was painful (6)
FELLOW: Begin with the past participle of the word fall (decline). Add an exclamation used to express sudden pain

20a    Grannies performing for money (8)
EARNINGS: Anagram (performing) of GRANNIES

22a    Tarnish metal bird (6)
MARTIN: Begin with a word meaning to tarnish or spoil. Add a metal. Result a bird

23a    Languid, having given up the ghost? (10)
SPIRITLESS: The wordplay here cryptically suggests the state you would be in if you did not have a ghost. (Or a whisky)

24a    Old ship on southern island (4)
SARK: A three- lettered ship nearly as old as Noah follows the abbreviation for southern

25a    Fish, 1000 in shop (6)
SALMON: Place the Roman numeral which denotes 1000 inside a shop. Probably a shop to do with beauty or hairdressing

26a    In trial, long box (3,5)
TEA CHEST: Place a verb meaning to long for inside a trial.


1d    Pig and wild dog not entirely getting on (8)
BOARDING: Begin with a type of pig. Add an Australian wild dog minus its last letter (not entirely)

2d    Accommodated in Harrogate, English youngster (4)
TEEN: The words accommodated in tell us it is hide and seek time. The answer is hidden within the words of the clue. Can you find it?

3d    One demonstrating part of the morning routine? (6)
SHOWER: A clever double definition which lets us know our setter is a clean chap.

4d    Use pearl that’s shaped for satisfaction (8)
PLEASURE: Anagram (that’s shaped) of USE PEARL

5d    Fussy detail (10)
PARTICULAR: A double definition. The first being insisting that something should be correct or suitable in every detail; fastidious.

6d    Convert has to be lynched in church (6)
CHANGE: Place a word meaning to lynch inside the abbreviation for the Church of England

8d    Rate halved with bank not very often (6)
RARELY: Begin with the first two letters (halved) of the word rate. Add a verb meaning to bank or depend on someone

13d    One is deified (10)
PALINDROME: The word deified is an example of a type of word. Level and noon are two more examples

16d    Strain of a phone in liquid nitrogen (8)
RINGTONE: Anagram (liquid) of NITROGEN. Most mobile phones would benefit from being inserted into liquid nitrogen

18d    Restaurant worker with perfect hair (8)
WAITRESS: Begin with the abbreviation for with. Add a term used by the military to denote perfect fitness. Add a long lock of a woman’s hair

19d    Climbing a track (6)
ASCENT: Use the A from the clue. Add a track that might be followed by a bloodhound

21d    Come across as a nobleman on the radio? (6)
APPEAR: The A from the clue together with a member of the nobility will sound like a word which means to come across or seem. These sound like clues are known as homophones. The words on the radio suggest a homophone

22d    Skip a line in prayer book (6)
MISSAL: Find a synonym for skip as in skip a lesson or for ones heart skip a beat. Add the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for line

24d    Part of London remarkably sweltering, briefly (4)
SOHO: Find a term for sweltering which is split 2,3. Remove the last letter. (Briefly)

That’s all folks.

Quickie Pun: bung+gallows=bungalows


42 comments on “DT 28744

  1. I am aware of the long examples of 13d (Rotator being the best of them*) but have never come across this one before.

    A goodie.

    (* Even though Rotavator is in the OED, it is a trademark. So I prefer the aforementioned. I don’t accept ‘Racecar’ as it was originally ‘Racing car’ which has been crowbarred to make it an example of 13d. It’s not in the OED)

      1. I’m very happy with Malayalam which kicks the only other nine letter jobbie (Rotavator) in to the long grass.

        Thank you for that, Peanuts.

        I looked up the word ‘Semordnilap’, looking forward immensely to its meaning and origin as I’d never seen that letter combination before and my reaction was mixed…(a) I loved the origin (b) I felt slightly deflated as I was hoping its root was from a far-flung, ancient civilisation.

  2. Slow start but soon got going and enjoyed the journey with the NW holding out the longest. Thanks to all the crossers 13d had to be but can’t believe I overlooked the parsing. 12a raised a smile and was probably my Fav. Thank you Dada and MP.

  3. Lovely puzzle and I needed all of the checkers before the penny finally dropped for 13d, which was the favourite. I always seem to struggle more on a Monday than any other day. Maybe it’s the dinner and drinks on the Sunday night?

  4. I don’t usually have a problem on a Monday, and today was no exception, completed in ***/*** time. As others have mentioned, 12a and 13d were the last two to fall, helped in by the second cup of tea.

    Many thanks to Dada and MP.

  5. Hurrah for me!
    Completed alone and unaided, but needed Miffypops’s help with some of the parsings.

    Thanks to the setter and to Miffypops.

  6. An excellent puzzle, many thanks to Mr Halpern and to the expectant one.

    My top three clues were (in solving order) 1d, 13d and 19d.

    Today’s Rookie puzzle is also very entertaining and heartily recommended.

  7. Really enjoyable puzzle. I was thrown several times, but lots of smiles once I’d twigged some of the answers. Initially missed the lurker in 2d, trying to do things with HE followed by a two letter youngster.Doh. I wrote down Dingo and boar for 1d, then didn’t put them together. I was looking for a word that described ‘not exactly getting on’ instead of just ‘getting on’. Second doh moment. Oyster seemed a very plausible answer for 12a. I saw lots of people having champagne and oysters for breakfast at the airport a couple of weeks ago. Not exactly my thing. Well the champagne is, not the oysters. Favourite clues were 12a, once I’d got it sorted, and 13d, which I did manage to spot once 12a was in place. I managed to finish this without help, but thank you Miffypops for the review, and thank you setter.

    1. That sounds like a fine breakfast to me Florence. It would do for dinner and tea as well.

  8. Nice to have a Rufus level puzzle to start the week – gives one confidence to face the challenges that will doubtless come as the crossword week progresses!

    Slight pause at 20a where I was looking for a currency in the fodder but nothing else to cause any concern.
    Last to fall and taking the honours today was 13d.

    Thanks to Dada and to MP for the blog. Not sure what you’re expecting but, if it’s something you’re looking forward to, I hope it comes your way.

    1. The expectancy was rewarded Jane. I have tickets to see The Dresden Dolls in October. I can put them with my tickets to see Van Morrison in July and The Rolling Stones in June. If you are not too nervous in disposition you could try watching a few Dresden Dolls songs on YouTube Jane. Or watch Amanda Palmer alone singing Dear Daily Mail. A class act.

  9. An overall very enjoyable puzzle but some head scratching slowed me down to a fast canter – **/***.

    Favourite – 12a – an oldie but goodie?

    Had to watch ‘the wedding’ so that I could have an ‘intelligent’ phone call with my sister and niece after it was over – but I did multi-task and solve the NTSPP while watching. Didn’t have to watch the FA Cup Final, but I did, and wished I hadn’t after it was over. Roman Abramovich did not miss much because of his visa ‘problems.’

    Thanks to Dada and GMoLI, especially for the Rainer Hersch video.

  10. A first-class puzzle. Lot’s of amusement. **/****. Favourites were 12a, 23a, 1d and 17a with top marks to 13d.

  11. This was, for me, a little trickier than the usual Monday puzzle with mostly good clues and an enjoyable solve. Favs: 7a and 13d. 2.5* / 3.5*

  12. A very enjoyable puzzle and another tick from me for 13d. It took me a while to spot what should have been blindingly obvious.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the rugby on Saturday, Miffypops. I had the pleasure of watching my County, Hertfordshire, beat Cornwall 50-0 to reach the County Championship Final against Lancashire at Twickenham on Sunday. Happy days!

  13. A nice gentle start to the week with some good clues involved of which 23a was a good example and certainly floated my boat.
    Thanks to Dada, and to MP for his review and take on the weekend.

  14. Nice puzzle and nice blog. As Mr Pops without the fish I woyld never have got 13d. To be honest I was toying with wether 13d would be monotheist or ism for a while and as the SW corner remained bare til near the end I didn’t get the checkers to put me right til the fish the grannies and the big blow came along. Nevertheless a pleasant solve squeezed into 2 coffee breaks and an Ice Cream.
    Favourite 13d refers to Ferdinand de Lesseps

    A man, a plan, a canal Panama.

    Also expectant looking forward to Runrig’s final concert.

  15. Found this puzzle quite tricky and took a awhile to get on the right wavelength.
    Maybe me after the weekend but found it quite hard work and never really flowed somehow. Fair dues though everybody else seems to have enjoyed it. Last in 12a so obvious as well. Still need to get on the radar properly for Dada on a Monday.

    Clue of the day: Liked 11a / 16d

    Rating 3.5* / 3*

    Thanks to MP and Dadda.

  16. Lovely start of the week. Weather dull enough to concentrate on crosswords.
    Can never remember if the island in 24a is French or English.
    Too few verbs in this offering to make a sensible sentence.
    That’s about all that springs to mind.
    Thanks to Dada and to MP.

  17. 12a was the last in for me too. Took a little while thinking about those painful things you can get on your fingers and I know they end with ow.
    Then realised that the ow was the pain and it all fell into place
    A great Monday puzzle.

  18. Just burst out laughing.
    I was talking about a guy named Jeff Panacloc on the rookie and just realised that his real name is Colcanap.

  19. The RHS went by in no time at all, but the rest took an absolute age, taking me well into *** time which hasn’t happened on a Monday since Rufus retired. :-) Lots of good clues, favourite today 13d.

  20. I found this quite tricky but picked up a couple of tips from the review that will hopefully hold me in good stead for the future. I liked 12a particularly but can’t help thinking of its use these days to denote a supporter of a certain political party!
    Thanks to setter and reviewer

  21. Splendid puzzle once I got on the right wavelength. 13d was favourite and last in was 12a. Thanks to the setter and MP for the review.

  22. I liked a lot ot it and found most of it very doable but some clues didn’t work for me , such as 21d . “Come across ” and ” appear ” are not synonyms as far as I am concerned .
    I liked 1d best .Or perhaps 13d which is a splendid clue .
    Thanks to the setter and Miffypops .

    1. “I try to come across as a well behaved young man.”
      “I try to appear as a well behaved young man.”

      It works for me.

  23. A bit on the tough side for a Monday, but enjoyed with Miffypops hints to get me going again when I stalled about half way through. Sometimes it just takes one more clue solved, and bingo, you are off and running again. Liked 12a and 26a. Annoyed that 25a held me up for quite a while seeing as we eat it almost every week…

  24. Thanks to the setter and to Miffypops for the review and hints. A very good start to the week, quite tricky but hugely enjoyable. I liked 1d, and I thought 18d was very original, but my favourite was 13d. Was 3*/3. 5* for me. Back in the Smoke now after 9 glorious days in the Lake District.

  25. In line with the grid I did this as four separate quarters. The NE being the first in and easiest. I was randomly left with 18d 15a and 13d. Got 15a which was one of my favourites which led me to 13d – then another favourite. Inexplicably I thought I would never get 18d. I was over-thinking it. I thought of the male restaurant worker but was about to give up until the well-used synonym for hair or lock came to mind. So thanks setter and MP although you were not needed today even for the parsing. Another favourite for the wordplay was 16d.

  26. 13d was difficult for me to do as I suffer from aibohphobia (fear of examples of the answer). Nevertheless an enjoyable if stretching Monday puzzle. Ta muchly to all.

  27. I found it very important to spell things correctly. 25 across became impossible because I had spelt 13 down palindroNe.

    1. That used to throw me all the time in the bad old days when I used bad handwriting and a pen to solve. It never happens now with 5he back pager on the iPad but the Toughie can be problematic.

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