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DT 28750

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28750

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Mrs MP and I enjoyed a great day out in Twickenham on Saturday. A beer, An Italian meal. A walk by the river opposite Eel Pie Island watching the eights rowing by. Another pint at The Barmy Arms followed by the walk to the stadium and the game itself. Perfect. Congratulations to Saracens upon their victory on Saturday in the sunshine. Thanks to Liam Gallagher for the thumbs up to Coventry last night in the War Memorial Park. Good luck to The Sky Blues at Wembley today. 

Oh, the crossword, blooming lovely. A pleasure to solve. I believe it is one from Chris Lancaster. None too difficult and a belter of a clue at 1 across.

The hints are here to help you find an answer you may be finding elusive or to explain how a particular clue works. Definitions are underlined.

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1a    Upset as dog eats pet snails (10)
GASTROPODS: Place an anagram (upset) of AS DOG around (eats) a pet. Not the sort of pet you pat. The pet that is a bad mood or temper. 

6a     Run exclusive Sun originally missed (4)
COOP: A journalistic exclusive (and the title of a book by Evelyn Waugh) minus its first letter (Sun originally missed)

9a    Scratch some flawless cufflinks (5)
SCUFF: A lurker. The answer is hidden amongst the words in the clue.

10a    Dull article, one penned by prisoner (9)
INANIMATE: Place a two-lettered article and the letter that looks like the number one inside a common term for a prisoner

12a    Wild West action with old actor (5,8)
CLINT EASTWOOD: An anagram (wild) of WEST ACTION OLD should lead you to an actor known for playing a part in daft spaghetti westerns

14a    Second one climbing quickly? (6-2)
RUNNER-UP: A double definition, the first describing the person coming second in a race.

15a    Gangster twin heard working? It might add colour (6)
CRAYON: A homophone based upon the surname of sixties twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald is followed by a short term meaning working

17a    Start of showers and terrible April wind (6)
SPIRAL: Begin with the initial or start letter of showers and add an anagram (terrible) of APRIL.

19a    Invest nothing in redevelopment of premium store (8)
EMPORIUM:  Anagram (redevelopment of) PREMIUM with the letter O (nothing). You may include the letter O in the anagram which will make the Jo’s easy, or try to solve the anagram and then work out where to place the letter O.

21a    In scale for amount of food consumed (13)
PROPORTIONATE: A regular three-part charade. 1. Find a three-letter term meaning for. (the opposite of con) 2. Add an amount of food. A part of a whole. 3. Add a synonym for consumed. The past participle of eat

24a    Delight bear (9)
TRANSPORT: A rather nice double definition, the second being to carry people or goods

25a    Cross powerless buccaneer (5)
IRATE: Find a buccaneer, privateer, marauder or corsair and remove the abbreviation for power

26a    That man had announced caution (4)
HEED: Sounds like (announced) a contraction of he had.

27a    Western bandleader seen in Commonwealth city (10)
WELLINGTON: Begin with the abbreviation for Western. Add one of the Jazz greats. Which one? Edward Kennedy who played Coventry Cathedral in 1966.


1d    Oddly glum and quiet outpouring (4)
GUSH: Use the odd numbered letters of the word glum. Add the sound a parent might use to quieten a child

2d    A little liquid refreshment before study (7)
SOUPÇON: Begin with a liquid foodstuff made by boiling ingredients together in water. Add the usual crosswordland study. The use of the cedilla in your answer is not compulsory 

3d    Cool places for rare tigers to play (13)

4d    Engineer put in rot, causing laser emission? (8)
PRINTOUT: Anagram (engineer) of PUT IN ROT

5d    Drink before a play (5)
DRAMA: A drink such as a tot of whisky in Scotland followed by the letter A from the clue

7d    Speechifying (not loud) in favour of a Conservative (7)
ORATORY: Begin with a three-letter word meaning in favour of. Remove the letter signifying loud in musical notation. Now add the letter A from the clue followed by a term for conservative

8d    What writers sometimes assume? (10)
PSEUDONYMS: A cryptic definition of writers’ aliases or pen names

11d    Go on, irritate criminal with new questioning (13)
INTERROGATION: Anagram (criminal) of GO ON IRRITATE. Add the abbreviation for new

13d    Religious symbol on bed could make someone grumpy (10)
CROSSPATCH: Begin with the religious symbol for Christianity. Add a synonym for a bed in an allotment garden perhaps. Together they make a word which describes today’s hinter if he is allowed to get hungry 

16d    The setter’s deadly and forever going on (8)
IMMORTAL: Split 2,6 this is how a setter might declare that he is subject to death. Contracted into one word the answer means living forever, never dying or decaying 

18d    Separate admission of tardiness with minutes vanishing (7)
ISOLATE: Split 2,2,4, how one might admit tardiness; then drop the abbreviation for minutes

20d    Bill to support popular former partner? That’s rough (7)
INEXACT: We have a bill set in law by parliament. We have a synonym for popular which is regularly used by setters and a former partner (husband wife boyfriend girlfriend) also regularly used by setters. The clue suggests the order you need to put them in

22d    Cut government’s last British unit (1-4)
T-BONE: This cut of steak can be made up from the final or last letter of government. The abbreviation for British and a single unit. 

23d    Fellow spotted in hide-and-seek (4)
DEAN: As the down clues began with a lurker, so they finish. Happy hunting 

Carnival day in downtown LI. Rain forecast as usual.

Quickie pun: Melon+Collie=Melancholy


52 comments on “DT 28750

  1. Sadly today’s cruciverbal fun was all too short-lived. No outstanding Fav but liked surfaces of 17a and 22d. Thank you Dada and MP.

  2. A gentle start to the week with a swift gallop through this one over Bank Holiday breakfast.

    A touch too many anagrams for my liking (but not to the same extent as last Friday) offset by some nice surface reads in the likes of 1a and 12a.

    No particular stand-out clues but liked 14a and 2d (and 1a and 12a) amongst others.

    Not totally convinced by the first word in 24a. I’m sure it’s kosher according to the BRB but surely that use of the word is rare to non-existent nowadays?


    Thanks to the setter and to MP.

    PS. The weekend’s sporting events and specifically Sergio Ramos’ cynical taking out of Salah and play-acting (and the football powers complete refusal to address it) was a timely reminder why I now prefer the egg-chasing over football.

    1. I liked the comment in the telegraph that to Muslems, Sergio Ramos is now less popular than Richard The Lionheart.

      1. And being likened to “the sort of guy who would unplug your life support machine to charge his phone.” Couldn’t have put it better myself.

  3. Yes , another pleasurable crossword finished all too soon .

    Liked 12a best but feel that the hint is OTT .

    Thanks to everyone .

  4. I agree with the official 2* /4* rating for this terrific Monday puzzle from The Editor. Hugely enjoyable and a joy from start to finish. To be different I will pick 7d as a favourite.

    Thanks very much for the challenge to CL and MP.

    I keep forgetting the wretched privacy tick………..

  5. Hurrah for me today…though I was held up for a time by 10a as I had read prisoner as pensioner….doh! (and I’m wearing my new specs….double doh!)

    Haar haa cleared here in Edinburgh and we have bleu skies and glorious sunshine.

    Thanks to Miffypops and to the setter.

  6. Needed the checkers in place before 6a & 8d revealed themselves but no other hold ups along the way in this gentle Monday puzzle.

    Top three for me were 14a plus 13&20d.

    Thanks to CL and to MP for the blog – enjoyed the ‘spaghetti’ clip and the instrumental part of the Dylan offering.

    Many happy returns to Mary, sorry we don’t hear from you very often these days.

  7. Very straightforward, almost a read and write, completed at a fast gallop – */***.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 14a and 15a.

    Thanks to CL and GMoLI.

  8. Quite straightforward – except I could get 6a! without the hint. **/****. Maybe a little too heavy on the anagrams. Maybe 2d just my favourite.

      1. Welcome – I’m not sure which r you mean

        If you are referring to the first word in the clue – here run isn’t a verb but somewhere chickens live!

  9. Yes agree with everyone else not difficult but much fun on another baking hot day in London.
    1a jumped out at me.
    Thanks to CL and MP.

  10. Good fun and not too tricky.
    1a was obvious but I only looked quickly so hadn’t realised that it wasn’t just a straight anagram – that’s what happens when I don’t write the letters down.
    I was slow to get 19a – no excuses for that.
    I liked 1a (even though they’re pretty much a swear word round here) and 27a and 2 and 8d. My favourite was 13d.
    With thanks to today’s setter and to MP.

  11. Lovely stuff that brightened up a gloomy and overcast Memorial Day. 6A and12A are my picks. Thanks to Mr. Lancaster and to MP for the review.

  12. Agree with MP **/**** 😃 Favourites 21a & 8d 👍 Thanks to MP and to the Setter. Only fly in the ointment can’t figure out 23d in the Quicky 😬

      1. Yet another face palm moment,my forehead will be black and blue by the end of this week!!!

  13. A lot to like in this one, particularly as it wasn’t too taxing for a bank holiday Monday.
    Favourites included 15a (it made me smile) and 27a as I once lived there.
    Surely the weekend sporting accolades should go to the amazing Mr Froome, by the way.

  14. Thanks to Dada and to Miffypops for the review and hints. An enjoyable puzzle on a boiling Bank Holiday. Quite straightforward no hold ups. I liked 8d,but my favourite was 1a. Was 1*/3* for me.

  15. Thought this puzzle a class act of early week difficulty and a joy on a day which is far too hot and humid for a me. So 3d has to be favourite, though sadly I can’t find any big enough to go and play in. (Nor am I allowed to play – have to go make myself useful now.)

    Thanks to our setter-editor and MP.

    Happy Birthday Mary.

  16. Enjoyable crossword today. Thanks to Miffypops for usual entertaining hints. Play up Sky Blues !!

  17. I raced through the first half of this one before lunch. After lunch, it was not quite so easy. Perhaps the half bottle of prosecco didn’t help. I liked the slight misdirection at the end of 17a, even though it was obvious that it was a partial anagram. 16d brought a smile. Thank you Miffypops and setter.

  18. Nice Monday start to the week bit of trouble with 4d but nary a whinney from the horses today
    8d and 1a my faves today.
    Thanks to miffypops and setter.

  19. Is it just me or do the short answers cause the problems? I had a serious face palm moment over 6A and a lightbulb moment on 17A.Thanks to MP and the setter

  20. A pleasant and straightforward run at it this morning leaving plenty of time to chill (not . . .) in the garden.
    I liked it all and it was wonderful to revisit that film clip. Don’t know how he kept his teeth so white with all those cigars.
    Many thanks to the setter and to Miffypops.

    1. My favourite quote from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:
      “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

  21. 27a was my favourite simply because it was a different version of clue for this answer.
    Gentle fun on the BH and over a bit too soon.
    Thanks to CL and to MP for the review and music.

  22. Oh, we do so love the ‘CLAMP comby’. Yes, we do.

    1a’s surface read is class, son.

  23. The crossword was fine , nothing to complain about .
    I liked 14a and 21a and 8d.
    Thanks to Miffypops and the setter .

  24. Some great anagrams in evidence, my favourite was the 12a one.

    A nice, gentle start to the week, thanks to Mr Ed and MP. Well done to the Sky Blues on clinching their first promotion in 51 years.

  25. Late attendance today,my brain does not seem to work well later in the day. However an enjoyable puzzle with not to much head scratching.
    Thanks to Miifypops and setter.

  26. An enjoyable, straightforward start to the week, just edging into ** for difficulty. Last in the “laser emission”. :-)

  27. Extremely gentle start to the week – but enjoyable nonetheless. No particular stand out favourite although I did enjoy the wordplay and fun in 12a.

    Thanks to our setter and to MP for his review. Also many happy returns to Mary.

    Totally ‘off blog’ I have one question on a sporting matter – as the FA (all leagues) and RFU Premiership / Championship leagues all adopt the policy of play- offs for promotion – why is relegation automatic? Just a thought :smile:

    1. Good question. In the Bundesliga (prior to the introduction of the play-offs here) they used to have a play-off between 3rd bottom in the first and 3rd top in the second… not sure if they still do that.

  28. For 27 it was nice to get a bit of geography that was not some obscure village in Hampshire. Actually the answer is where Carol is at present, hence the solo solve. Enjoyable puzzle with 1a favourite clue (after 27a of course).
    Thanks Mr Ed and MP.

    1. Reminds me of this one:

      Where Russell Crowe might have bought his medicine – or rubber items? (10,5)

      1. Nice one Stan.
        Although Russell Crowe was born in NZ he did not live here for very long and most Kiwis are quite happy to have the Aussies claim him as one of their’s. On top of that, the chain of retailers is not found in NZ either.
        Still a good clue though.

  29. I’m back! A busy week looking after my wife’s parents and have just returned from The Marche. Good crossword, but I am slightly confused by references to firstly Chris Lancaster and then to Dada? As far as I was aware Dada is Paul from the Guardian?

    Thanks whoever the setter was and to MP.

    1. MP is probably right when he says that today’s was set by our DT crossword editor, Chris Lancaster. I think that he and Dada, Paul from the Guardian, alternate Mondays in the post Rufus era.
      I’m not sure where the confusion came from though apart from the first commenter thanking Dada.

  30. Thank you for the link to explain 15 down, put it in but no idea as to the reasoning. Had 2 attempts today but 9 across still stumped me. Thank you Mr K and the setter.

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