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DT 28770

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28770

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A beautiful winter’s day for us. Clear blue sky and barely a breath of wind. A light frost this morning but all signs of this were gone well before puzzle blogging time.
 A few tricky clues from Jay to unpick in today’s selection so we have given it 3 stars for difficulty. Good fun as usual.

 Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Way to greet fish worker on board ship (5,5)
SHAKE HANDS : A cod-like fish and a worker who works manually are inside the abbreviation for a steamship.

6a     Person who won’t talk about escape in America (4)
CLAM : The single letter for about and then an informal word for an escape that BRB tells us is American usage.

10a     Manages expectations — initially arrested by police (5)
COPES : A slang word for police contains the first letter of expectations.

11a     Looking at call to include adjustment of grade (9)
REGARDING : Call on the telephone, surrounds an anagram (adjustment of) GRADE.

12a     Nominate European member worried by Germany (8)
DELEGATE : To put these in the order they appear in the answer, start with the IVR code for Germany, then the abbreviation for European, next a member as an appendage, and a synonym for worried or consumed.

13a     Measures of energy in sleep (5)
DOSES : A word meaning to sleep in makeshift conditions contains the abbreviation for energy.

15a     Discontented organiser confronting a politician’s skill at address (7)
ORATORY : The first and last letters of organiser (dis-contented) then ‘A’ from the clue and a right wing politician.

17a     Small one may be eaten by senior military type (7)
SOLDIER : The abbreviation for small, then the Roman numeral one is inside a word meaning senior or having greater age.

19a     The start of this strange ritual is nominal (7)
TITULAR : The first letter of this and an anagram (strange) of RITUAL.

21a     Place behind loud American person always worrying (7)
FUSSPOT : The musical letter for loud, the United States and then a particular place.

22a     Message team regularly and suffer (5)
EMAIL : The second and fourth letters of team and then a word meaning to suffer.

24a     Work party (8)
FUNCTION : A double definition. Work here is a verb meaning to be in operation.

27a     Unusually fine act of warmth (9)
AFFECTION : An anagram (unusually) of FINE ACT OF.

28a     Intimate just has to ignore leader (5)
IMPLY : Remove the first letter from a word meaning just, or in a basic manner. To understand the definition you need to say intimate with the emphasis on the last syllable.

29a     Something to wear in ski lifts, if going away (4)
KILT : A lurker with a difference. You have to remove the word ‘if’ which interrupts the lurking answer.

30a     Where control will lie, in the main? (10)
WHEELHOUSE : A cryptic definition of a structure on a sea-going vessel.


1d     Hotel given exemption from surprise strike (4)
SOCK : ‘Hotel given exemption’ is an instruction to remove the letter H. Do this from a synonym for surprise.

2d     Sweet skill must underpin simple computer program (5,4)
APPLE TART : A six letter simple computer program and then a word for skill or proficiency.

3d     Make certain to reject right result (5)
ENSUE : Remove R(ight) from within a word meaning make certain.

4d     Willing to support a student so soon (7)
ALREADY : ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for learner precede willing or prepared.

5d     Weapons that may be drawn when showing anger? (7)
DAGGERS : The word play refers to the common expression where these weapons are drawn.

7d     Left affected behaviour in places of refuge (5)
LAIRS : The abbreviation for left and then affected behaviour often coupled with graces.

8d     Judge needing first with merit following regular issue? (10)
MAGISTRATE : For ‘regular issue’ we require the short name for a periodical publication, then the three letters that imply first and finally, merit or grade.

9d     Good puzzles for cooks (8)
GRIDDLES : An abbreviation for good and then enigmatic puzzles.

14d     Reserve of courage wanted for recycling here (6,4)
BOTTLE BANK : An informal synonym for courage and then a reserve where things are held until required.

16d     Works topless to beat pollution (3,5)
OIL SLICK : Remove the first letter from a word meaning works or labours and then a four letter word for beat or overcome.

18d     I’m on time but unprotected and with no preparation (9)
IMPROMPTU : ‘IM’ from the clue then a word meaning ‘on time’ and the central letter (unprotected) of but.

20d     Dashing from school after service (7)
RAFFISH : The school relates to sea creatures and the service relates to flying people.

21d     One promised to keep new backing (7)
FINANCE : The abbreviation for new is enclosed in a prospective marriage partner.

23d     Legally permissible to start late, but offensive (5)
AWFUL : Remove the first letter from a word meaning legally permissible.

25d     Temperature raised seeing a bit of leg? (5)
THIGH : The abbreviation for temperature and then raised or in an elevated position.

26d     Close to having evacuated remote farm building (4)
BYRE : A word meaning close to and then the first and last letters of remote.

We liked 1a, 21a and 8d today. How about you?

Quickie pun    affair    +    retail    =    a fairy tale

37 comments on “DT 28770

  1. All over in a straight *** time. One or two of the parsings needed a bit of head scratching. I was thinking that Tim Cook might be looking to his lawyers about 2d, until I saw the extra T.

    Up so early today that I’ve already done the Toughie, which was quite approachable.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  2. Apart from initially putting 1a in reverse order this solve proceeded smoothly enough, the last three letters of the 12a charade seem to be in vogue lately for some reason.
    A **/**** for me and overall a well constructed puzzle.
    14D elicited a smile and was probably the clue of the day.
    Thanks to 2K’s for the pics-14d looked familiar.

  3. Another enjoyable Wednesday work-out from Jay completed at a gallop (just) – **/***.

    A small amount of head scratching such as trying to convince myself that the first word of 1a was SKATE – the checkers form the downs supported that thought!

    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 15a, and 8d – and the winner is 15a.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  4. 13a is almost a clue for something else:
    Put Energy (E) in Measures (Drams) to get Sleep (Dreams).

  5. A pleasant and swift solve. No strong favourites but if pushed 1a and 14d. 1d was last to go – the “hotel given and exemption” was only understood well after I had the answer in place.

  6. Hurrah for me today….haven’t had one of them for a while…..

    Agree with Beaver about the last bit of 12a…..it seems to have turned up a lot lately and I keep on forgetting it. Even though I had got the answer and could parse all but the last 3 letters, I still forgot it……

    There seemd to be an awful lot of ‘think of a word then drop/add a letter’ clues today.

    Thanks to the setter and to the 2 Kiwis for the parsings.

  7. Excellent wordplay. Completed on train. Only grumble is 6a. Cannot be expected to know such an obscure American word. Also **** up is more familiar to me. My last one in was 4d which I cannot account for other than my grid was a mess having originally put in the answer to 5d! So many good ones can’t mention them all especially among the down clues. I will offer 21a, 20d and 25d for naughtiness.

  8. Last one in 6a. couldn’t get my head round it until the help from the 2 Kiwis. Otherwise getting better all the time. Put in Second Hand for 14d until I got the across clues.

  9. Very enjoyable fare from Jay although I did have to consult the BRB about the American expression in 6a which I hadn’t heard of previously. I wonder whether it’s an expression familiar to any of our US contributors?

    24a was the last to fall for some reason and my podium places went to that one plus 14 & 20d.

    Thanks to Jay for the puzzle and to our 2Ks for the blog – sounds as though you’ve got a lovely day for walking, we’ve got a rather dismal overcast one here on Anglesey.

    1. From my time in the USA, I am familiar with the phrase ‘on the ***’ which usually refers to an escaped convict who has been ‘out’ for quite some time without being caught. I think the term might also be used in Canada.

  10. Struggled a bit today but still a very satisfying puzzle. 6a was favourite for the ‘doh’ moment.

  11. 3* / 5*. It took me quite a while to get underway with this highly entertaining puzzle but it all then came together slowly but surely. The American expression in 6a was new to me but full marks to Jay for indicating its origin.

    My joint favourites are 24a and 14d.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  12. Pretty straightforward ***/*** came unstuck at 13a though thinking like Sir L 😬 Favourites 1 & 21a Thanks to the 2x Ks and to Jay 😃 Also if you put Stum in 6a Taiga fits 7d a peaceful northern arboreal place of refuge! 🤔

  13. The usual fun from Jay on a Wednesday. 1a was top clue for me.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for their review.

  14. Got most of this done yesterday evening and the last few in the bottom right hand corner at 3.00 a.m. My favourite is 14d. Thank you to the setter.

    BTW here we pay a deposit on all bottles (glass or plastic), cans and tetra packs and bag in a box (the classiestit way to sample vino!) containing alcohol which is refunded when you return them to the Beer Store (not just beer but that’s where they take them back).The system does seem to work, much less litter and if any are thrown onto verges there are plenty of people happy to pick them up andcash them in. Though sometimes we take back our empties and blush a bit at the number we are returning…… I do like my wine and LSH loves a drop of Scotch. :-)

    2Kiwis, I really love your opening paragraphs about life where you are. I/we have never been and failing a lottery win and plane seats we can sleep in, probably not likely to go, so all the little snippets you write about give a real sense of the place, much more than any travel program does. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Carolyn, that is a lovely comment and much appreciated.
      We sometimes wonder how our reports are being received and whether we should continue to do this.

      1. Of course you should continue to do it – it’s one of your trademarks and everyone likes it. :smile: from me.

      2. I love all the helpers comments from around the world. Please don’t stop!

      3. Having started to dip my toes into the murky waters of compilation it is a real thrill to know that within hours of BD publishing my efforts there is a real chance that they will have been scrutinised from NZ to Canada.
        OK, the internet is wonderful but without people like you using it, it is nothing. I have the utmost respect for everyone whose dedication keeps this wonderful website running. Thank you, you are very much appreciated.
        Also, at this time of the year as your weather worsens, it cheers us up as ours, hopefully, improves 😂

    2. Having spent some time staying with the 2K’s a couple of years ago I can assure you that it’s a lovely place – and they’re pretty good too!

  15. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. I enjoyed this one very much, was defeated by 6a, I had “glum”, never heard of lam=escape before. Favourite was 20d. Was 2*/3* for me.

  16. I agree that it was trickier than an average Jay puzzle, not for the first time the relatively low number of anagrams contributed to that I felt. Not often that one sees a subtractive lurker like 29a either!

    Top two clues for me were 20d and 25d, with 1a and 21a not far behind.

    Many thanks to Mr Mutch and to Colin and Carol.

  17. Started off with a real smile,1a,which remained my favourite. A good mixture of easy , tricky and clever. No real problems today..
    I reckon 6a was inspired by today’s weather !

  18. Found this one of Jays trickier puzzles and they often come along to trip me up after thinking I’m on this setters wavelength. After a really slow start the West side of the puzzle went in far easier than the East side with the SE corner proving quite stubborn. Last in 7d a definite “bung in.” Quite a few of the clues solved before being properly parsed. Overall a challenging puzzle for me and not really on the radar, but enjoyed it and pleased to have completed.

    Clues of the day: 14d / 25d

    Rating: 4* / 3.5*

    Thanks to the 2Ks and Jay

  19. Being an older variety of computer programmer, I had 2 down starting with “basic” until I saw the light!!

  20. Completed earlier today with a slow start yet finished in reasonable time ( for me ) . 1A brought the biggest smile so is my favourite . Scoring ***/*** , very enjoyable .
    Just returned from lunch with the boys , youngest 72 . Lots of laughs & memories.
    Thanks to everyone .

  21. Quite a lot of wordy clues but did manage to fathom them all. The worried bit of 12a didn’t really fit. NW corner required the most deliberation. Fav was 14d with 20d running up. Quickie 3d clue seems to have a spelling mistake. Thank you Jay and 2Kiwis.

  22. I did this early morning before going to have lunch with two crossword-solving, site using friends who have yet to delurk despite pressure from me. I loved this puzzle, and thought 1a a worthy favourite. This was another cracker from Jay and was 2* /5* for me.

    Thanks to the aforementioned and the 2Ks.

  23. Morning all.
    We have already started Thursday here. The day that the sun decides it has been far enough North and begins its journey back towards our hemisphere.
    We have been getting extra reports on conditions in the UK lately as some of our family (the ones who are currently based in India) are on holiday and at present are in a campervan near Pevensey. Give them a wave if you see them. You’ll probably recognise their accents.
    Nice to see that everyone seems to have appreciated Jay’s puzzle once again.

  24. I took a long time to get onto the right wave length today – failed miserably with the first few clues but it all sorted itself out in the end and was as enjoyable as Wednesdays always are.
    1a was my last answer which meant that I didn’t have any of the starting letters for lots of the down clues.
    I’ve never heard of the US ‘escape’ in 6a; I dithered about the lurker in 29a – a rather unusual construction; 1d was easier once I realised it didn’t begin with H, and if I’m foxed by the 20d school ever again I’m going to give up doing crosswords!
    My particular picks of the day are 1 and 21a and 5 and 25d.
    With thanks to Jay for such a good crossword and to the K’s for such a good blog.

  25. An enjoyable sort of *** for difficulty solve. No major hold ups, just a lot of clues that needed a little thought. That’s a good thing. :-) Last in 24ac, which I wanted to be “funathon” but of course couldn’t be.

  26. After the aforementioned erroneous bung in at 13a I put the paper down with a few in the NE left to do. Coming back to it after tea and some railway journeys I corrected my mistake and romped through the rest.
    Thanks to 2Kiwis for the hints and the travelogue. I’ve often fancied a trip to New Zealand and particularly fancy a trip to (scuse spelling) the Te Papa museum I’ve heard great things about. Thanks too to Jay the misdirection in 13a fooled me. Word of the day 20d 14d up there too.

  27. It’s taken me a long time to get on the wavelength of this setter. I find his style quite “bitty”, lots of removing or adding part words or letters to another word. That’s not a criticism, as his puzzles are enjoyable, just a personal observation. Thanks to the aforementioned setter and the reviewers for their expert guidance where needed in the parsing department in particular.

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