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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28767 (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    Level with rower having limited sleep (2,1,3)
A rower around (having) a limited or short sleep

4a    Fielding side strives for this kind of effort (3-3)
The fielding side in a cricket match strives to achieve this by dismissing ten batsmen

10a    Seen in court, a revolutionary quality that attracts admiration (6)
Inside the abbreviation for C(our)T insert the A from the clue and one of our usual revolutionaries

11a    Hiss: ‘Turn over if snoring!’ (4)
The reversal (turn over) of IF followed by two letters used to represent snoring

12a    Instruction to make less noise in bars (10)
Musical notation for decrease in loudness in a piece of music

16a    Premier craftsman? (12)
Split as (7,5) this vaguely describes a premier or prime minister

23a    For always, nevertheless! (8)
Split as (4,4) this could be never (the) less

25a    Man that’s found in New South Wales (6)
This man’s name is also a city in New South Wales


1d    Order Diana to go to hospital department to be disciplined (8)
An order or honour is followed by the abbreviated form of Diana and our usual hospital department

2d    Humming coming from a telephone call (5)
The A from the clue and a telephone call

6d    Band or artist’s carrying case (9)
OR from the clue and our usual artist around (carrying) a case

8d    Ringmaster? (8,5)
A woolly description of a title-holding pugilist

14d    Suggest about 100 correct to hold Queen’s award (9)
A two-letter word for about, the Roman numeral for 100 and a four-letter verb meaning to correct or repair around (to hold) an award that is in the gift of the Queen

17d    Enthusiast having nothing on is a fool (7)
An enthusiast or expert followed by O (nothing) and ON from the clue

18d    Small child with Terence has no right to be unsteady (7)
A small child followed by the shortened form of Terence without one of its two R(ight)s

21d    West Country lady (5)
W(est) followed by a country

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The Quick Crossword pun: bird+sop+pray=birds of prey

27 comments on “DT 28767 (Hints)

  1. Second attempt .
    Very slow start but bottom half flowed leading to NW corner being last . Outstanding favourite 1A , so simple yet clever . A few others get my accolade though .
    Not read the hints yet but my score is ***/***.
    Thanks to everyone.

  2. Second attempt for me too. Here we go again.
    Slow to start then some anagrams helped me to get going. Altogether a pleasant exercise with a couple of simple Favs – 9a and 11a. The in 23a clue would seem to be uncalled for. NW corner was last to yield mainly due to 1a not occurring to me. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  3. After an early morning dash to Exeter Airport decided to settle down with crossword, and large caffetierre of coffee. All went well unitil SW cormerish. Again one of those doh moments. Slightly tricky start with a couple of gimmies but then as said earlier SW corner struck.Another excellent crossword from the setters. Thanks to BD for assistance and of course the setter.

  4. Similar experience here but SW was The last to fall.
    I think because the NW was got early doors the pangram helped with a few. Especially the last one in 8d. I had several plausible options only one of which completed the pangram.
    Thanks BD and setter.

  5. 2* / 4*. I thought this pangram was excellent – not too taxing but a lot of fun with mostly commendably brief cluing.

    16a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

  6. Bottom half went in quickly. NW corner was a bit slow. Last one in was 8d, despite all the checking letters. Many thanks setter and BD. I liked the quickie pun today.

  7. I had to do a double take when I saw the number and the length of the clues. Some familiar looking answers helped completion at a gallop – **/***.

    As usual, I missed the pangram.

    Candidates for favourites – 12a, 16a, and 17d – and the winner is 16a.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  8. Seemed as though this might have come from a rather different Saturday setter. Like Senf, I was surprised to see so few clues but it was none the worse for that.

    Podium places went to 1&11a plus 6d.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to BD for the club.

    1. I’m sure they do especially the strings which don’t exist in a band with the possible exception of bass double. 🎻🎷🎺🥁

      1. I think they often refer to themselves as a band. Just as violinists call their instrument a fiddle. No need to feel offended on their behalf! (See the Hanover Band…)

  9. An enjoyable solve with no hold ups encountered. 1 and 25a both floated my boat. Now back to the garden…
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  10. Very nice pangram flagged straight away by 11a. 12a caused me a problem as I used a synonym for the correct answer which just happened to fit until I couldnt make the crossing down clues work. Thanks to all.

  11. Not too many hold-ups today.
    As usual I missed the pangram – had I spotted it I wouldn’t have needed the hint/picture for the second bit of 18d. Dim.
    My first attempt at 12a was wrong and I didn’t spot the anagram indicator in 13a for far too long.
    I liked 9 and 11a and 17 and 21d.
    With thanks to whoever set this one and to BD for the hints.

  12. Easy solve apart from 10a for some reason. To answer JB’s query I’ve known a number of professionals described in 6d and they always refer to themselves as the definition!

  13. Dead on wavelength today. My only holdup was that I didn’t know the spelling of 25a was unisex, had to get my map of Oz out to check.
    Fave was 16a, clever that.
    Thanks to setter and BD for his hints.

    1. 25a isn’t usually unisex. My father for some reason was given it using the female version.

      1. My googling revealed that it has only been a girl’s name in the last 100 years or so, which surprised me.

      2. Note A Tale of Two Cities, which bears out Google. I hope all this won’t get me in trouble.

  14. Enjoyable puzzle. 9a and 11a were clear favourites for me – unlike 12a for which I needed help; I dropped music when learning to play the triangle proved too much of a challenge.

  15. Super Saturday puzzle a really good solve with lots of fun and quite a few smiles along the way. Some good anagrams to get started and felt on the setters wavelength throughout the puzzle. NE corner created a slight hold up with last in 7d which took a while to justify the answer until the penny dropped. A great prize puzzle to finish off the week.

    Clues of the day: 1a / 16a both raised a smile

    Rating: 3* / 4*

    Thanks to BD and the setter. Thank goodness I copied that lost post again

  16. A good Saturday puzzle, maybe ** and a bit for difficulty. Much of that came from 9ac, 8d and 16ac. I’d vaguely noted the possibility of a pangram, and wish I’d taken more notice of myself now as it would have helped with the former!

  17. A splendid puzzle today which had plenty of succinct clueing that was a pleasure to solve. A few clues held me up and for a short while I thought that Rufus was back! Spotting the pangram helped with my LOI which was 8d – I really am slow with the cryptic definitions sometimes….

    Thanks to BD and setter 2.5*/4.5*

  18. Late again! I like long clues if they are phrases so was alarmed to find the long clues required a single word. However got going quite happily and finished with no great hold-ups, Last one in 7d but became one of my favourites once the penny dropped. For a change I spotted the pangram early on. 9a was helped by knowing this and was a lovely clue. 19d simple and very good. Another favourite was 17d although it made me think of Boris. Overall winner 16a. Thanks setter whoever you are – and to BD. I shall now look at the hints to check my parsing.

  19. Completed on the plane back from Lisbon, and found it comfortable, despite having no helpful aids close by. Thought 20a was cleverly done!
    Thanks to BD for his hints checking on return home-at 4am! – but when I got up!
    Have now sent them in to DT 5 years every week and no fountain pen yet….

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