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DT 28751

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28751

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **


Hello, everyone.  In the hints below most indicators are italicized, and underlining identifies precise definitions, cryptic definitions, and definitions overlapping wordplay.  Clicking on the Answer buttons will reveal the answers.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will enlarge it.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.



1a    Take sailor by canal (6)
ABDUCT:  A usual sailor followed by a canal in the body, perhaps 

4a    An easy putt? Check, if need be (2,1,5)
AT A PINCH:  A golf putt (1,3-2) that should be easy followed by an abbreviation for check

9a    Complete a tirade about Republican (6)
ARRANT:  A from the clue and a synonym of tirade wrapped about an abbreviation for Republican

10a   Dog left abroad, sadly, having nipped rear of traveller (8)
LABRADOR:  Put together the abbreviation for left and an anagram (sadly) of ABROAD containing (having nipped) the last letter of (rear of) TRAVELLER

11a   Women who have the potential to succeed (9)
HEIRESSES:  A cryptic definition of women who are likely to succeed to considerable fortunes

13a   Savings scheme account for man (5)
ISAAC:  Follow the abbreviation for an Individual Savings Account with an abbreviation for account

14a   Different age: one parting as a consequence of this? (10,3)
GENERATION GAP:  An anagram (different) of AGE ONE PARTING

17a   Comic sat and wrote rhyme for a song (6,7)
STORMY WEATHER:  An anagram (comic) of SAT WROTE RHYME.  Who knew Joni Mitchell could do this?

21a   Foreign article about piece of fiction (5)
ALIEN:  Put a grammatical article about a piece of fiction or a statement that’s untrue

23a   Well-thought-of agent joining university board (9)
REPUTABLE:  Assemble an informal contraction describing a sales agent, a single-letter abbreviation for university, and a board one might serve dinner on 

24a   Opiate given in extremely severe case (8)
SEDATIVE:  The outer letters (extremely …) of SEVERE are followed by a grammatical case

25a   A red morel flourishing close to forest (6)
MERLOT:  Form an anagram (flourishing) of MOREL and append the last letter of (close to) FOREST

26a   Number approaching a hot island in wooden vessel (5,3)
NOAH’S ARK:  Concatenate an abbreviation for number, A from the clue, the tap abbreviation for hot, and one of the Channel Islands

27a   Like a bog containing first of daffodils (6)
ADMIRE:  A from the clue and a bog or marsh containing the first letter of DAFFODILS



1d    Lack of interest in a course beginning in Yeovil (6)
APATHY:  Join together A from the clue, a course or track, and the beginning letter in YEOVIL

2d    Bold action of duke getting it wrong before party (7-2)
DERRING-DO:  Glue together the abbreviation for duke, a verb meaning getting it wrong, and the usual party

3d    Business  worry (7)
CONCERN:  A straightforward double definition

5d    Change affected place housing refugees, perhaps (7,4)
TRANSIT CAMP:  Follow a synonym of change by an adjective meaning affected or effeminate

6d    Entrance to building in harbour one small company used (7)
PORTICO:  Stick together a synonym of harbour,  the Roman numeral for one, and an abbreviation (small … used) of company

7d    Girl Irish lad stood up (5)
NADIA:  Make a girl’s name by reversing an Irish male name.  This chap, for example …

8d    Printed data's difficult reproduction (4,4)
HARD COPY:  Fuse together synonyms of difficult and reproduction

12d   Drink with gang in small club (11)
SCREWDRIVER:  Put a gang between (in) the clothing abbreviation for small and a type of golf club

15d   Blouse I placed among clothes laid out (9)
GARIBALDI:  I from the clue is inserted in (placed among) clothes or clothing, and that lot is then followed by an anagram (out) of LAID.  Explanation of the answer here

16d   Over in Saint-Denis, SAS saw sniper, say (8)
ASSASSIN:  The answer is hidden reversed (over) in the remainder of the clue

18d   Record of meeting in petty sessions, principally (7)
MINUTES:  Petty or insignificant is followed by the first letter (… principally) of SESSIONS

19d   Madcap may be possessed, penning circular letter and article (7)
HOTHEAD:  Possessed or owned is wrapped around (penning) the circular letter and a grammatical article 

20d   Eye or heart (6)
CENTRE:  Two definitions.  The eye of a hurricane and the heart of a city, perhaps

22d   Test side batting with rising support (5)
INDIA:  Find one of the cricket test-playing nations as a crickety word for batting with the reversal (rising, in a down clue) of support or assistance


Thanks to today’s setter.


The Quick Crossword pun:  YORE + KISSED = YORKIST

38 comments on “DT 28751

  1. 25a is definitely the picture of the day. 4a made me laugh so gets my nod for favourite clue, and overall this was a straightforward if unspectacular Tuesday puzzle which I rated 2* /3* .

    Thanks to our setter and Mr K.

  2. Enjoyed today’s. couldn’t get started for 5 mins but when I did I rattled through all bar 25a which stumped my for an embarrassingly long time!

  3. Nice puzzle completed early with no difficulties here 4a my fave too but I did like the Far Side cartoon. Deffo my sense of humour. If I could cut and paste on this Android I would show my fave of Dogs go to Work the bus conductor asking for Ticks Fleas and all the canine passengers hanging out the window.
    Thanks to Mr K and Mr Ron.

  4. Another goodie . “Red” hot favourite 25a especially as supported by clever picture . Nicely balanced by the pun .

    Thanks to everyone .

  5. So that’s what happened to my special wine glass!

    Nothing to set the world alight in this one although I did learn that 15d isn’t just a biscuit and I may have found a way of remembering how many of which letters make up 13a.
    Even with Mr K’s link, I’m not really persuaded of the synonym for ‘change’ in 5d and I thought 16d was a bit poor.

    4a made me laugh and gets my vote for today.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to Mr K for the blog – particularly the inclusion of the pic at 7d (knew you wouldn’t let me down!).
    Interesting rendition of 17a by Joni although I think it ‘belongs’ to Ethel Waters.

  6. Pretty straightforward and over too soon – still, it was enjoyable while it listed. Never heard of 15d before except as a biscuit, but it couldn’t be anything else. I agree with some of the others, 25a was my favourite clue today with 4a close behind.. 1.5*/3.5*.

  7. Agree with Jane regarding ‘change’ in 5d-I suppose it will be located in some reference book, but not mine !
    Thought that the puzzle was about a **/*** and fine for a Monday after a lazy weekend-did manage to put the bedding plants in -the pansy’s kept on blooming.
    Liked 4a and the surface of 25a-was looking for a colour-still seeking my first Anglesey Red (squirrel)
    Thanks 2k for the blog pics.

    1. Sorry about the squirrels, Beaver – I saw a couple only yesterday at the feeders I told you about.

      1. Went to the feeders a couple of weeks ago-lots of people with cameras a yard long, so they were obviously expecting something to happen-will try again soon.Thanks.

  8. Some connection between 19d of the cryptic and 22 across of the Quickie?
    The same person sets both…….ha!

  9. No real favourite in today’s puzzle and nothing to startle the horses either.
    Thanks to the setter, and to Mr K for the review.

  10. I’d heard of the person in 15d but not the blouse. I managed to get the answer from the clue but had to check it. Thank you setter and Mr Kitty

  11. I enjoyed this mostly. Top half went straight in and I thought some witty clues. Bottom half a little longer but not more than ** until I got to 15d 25a and 20d. 15d had to be what it was although did not realise how many things were named after this person until I googled it. Gave me the second checker for 25a but I gave up. Was about to look up hint but went back to it and thoughts turned away from mushrooms. Why had I not realised it was an anagram. Th led me on to 20d which I got with the extra checking letter. Hard one to get from the clue and two “e” for checkers. I don’t like to stick on two after a painless solve.12d top favourite followed by 23 and 11a and 1 and 19d. Thanks all for puzzle, hints and comments.

  12. A perfectly ok puzzle. Seemed a case of half the clues straightforward the other half tricky. Like Jane only know 15d as a biscuit until I looked it up in BRB so learnt something there today. SE corner the sticking point with last in 25a and yet so obvious when the penny dropped. Enjoyed the puzzle but not a show-stopper today.

    Clues of the day: Thought 4a was a terrific clue with 12d the runner-up.

    Rating: 3* / 3*

    Thanks to Mr K and the setter.

  13. Much enjoyment today.
    4a baffled me and became a bung-in. So thanks Mr.K for sorting that out.
    I missed the reverse lurker in 16d too.
    Thanks all.

  14. Not quite sure why this took me so long , a break for golf did the trick . SE corner held me up but once solved, I thought they were clever clues : favourite 4a , closely followed by 25a . And here’s me thinking I might have a night off — grrr .Thanks to setter and Mr K

  15. Just wasn’t on the wavelength today, and needed too many hints, which always makes me feel like I am cheating. Never heard of that type of blouse at 15d, never would have got that. Did much better yesterday, so not too fed up. Thanks to setter and Mr K for the hints, and particularly for the 10a picture, don’t they just make your heart melt?

  16. I too have not heard of the shirt form of Garibaldi but the Wikipedia page was informative. I have heard of the biscuit form but not a fave of mine. We used to call them squashed fly biscuits. I prefer something a bit plainer for dunking like a Malted Milk and I learned something about them too, apparently there are 3 designs, a cow and a gate, a cow and a milk churn and the ones I am most familiar with the ones with 2 cows on. My view is that the smaller cow appears smaller because it is lying down and further away. Others suggest it is a cow and calf the same distance away. Any opinions here?

    1. Opinion here is that perhaps you need to get out more…………..
      PS I love squashed fly biscuits but would never dream of dunking them – nor any other biscuit for that matter!

      1. Oh you have got to dunk. Maybe not Garibaldi as the shinyness will stop absorbtion but a malted milk, digestive or hobnob has the structural integrity to hold up to a dunk.

        Ok you have a point I will get out more……..

    2. On the subject of biscuit-dunking, here’s some general advice. Before immersing, break the biscuit in half and put one half on top of the other – the biscuit will nearly always break along any hairline cracks or splits. This will prevent unfortunate accidents by the biscuit separating along a line of weakness when it gets wet and a soggy floating mass resulting. If you are very quick you can sometimes retrieve the “floater” with your fingers intact before it disintegrates, after which a spoon is required. Also, by doubling the thickness of the biscuit the absorption is reduced, giving a less mushy, more controlled result.

  17. I found this strangely uninspiring and quite tricky. Hoping it was just a wavelength thing as I was full of optimism after yesterday’s cracker!. Favourite the reverse lurker (which I didn’t spot) 16d. Thanks to reviewer

  18. Started off with a rush but the bottom half slowed me down a bit. I too had to confirm the blouse and a nice penny drop moment with 29a.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Mr K.

    1. Colin, there ain’t no 29a or d for that matter so can’t guess the clue to which you are referring for your penny-drop moment.

      1. When I put my glasses on I see that it was 25a I was talking about. Thanks.

  19. No problem in the South but a couple of hiccups in the North. Two golfy (spellcheck changed this to goofy!) clues were joint Favs for me viz 4a and 12d. 9a wasn’t in my vocabulary nor in fact was 15d in that context. Thank you Mysteron and MrK.

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