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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28773 (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    Volumes of meaning in speech before House (12)
These volumes contain the meanings of words – put a word meaning speech before one of the Houses of the Zodiac (the twelve divisions of the heavens in astrology)


11a    More advanced fiction — first for radio, with listener as the lead (7)
A fiction of untruth is followed by the initial letter (first) of R[adio] and preceded by the organ used for listening

13a    Time after time, circling little birds do it (5)
T(ime) and T(ime) surround (circling) a word meaning little

14a    Seats available in long-distance transport (9)
A word meaning seats are available followed by a word meaning in or current

21a    Part of text — three-quarters of it runs before dramatist’s chapter (7)
Three-quarters (3 letters out of 4) of [t]EXT followed by R(uns) and a “chapter” of a play – thanks Gazza

23a    Sneer at being misdirected — this section of map is right (7)
This simple anagram (misdirected) of SNEER AT gives the section of a map typically found on the right – you need this answer to be able to solve 5 Down

24a    Advanced very quietly to enter bay, say (7)
… this bay is a horse not a coastal inlet

25a    Ape, male, displayed in side gallery (7)
Put M(ale) inside (displayed in) the number of players in a typical sporting side (cricket or football for example) represented as two Roman numerals, then add an art gallery

26a    What’s lacking in an idiot or dope (12)
Two definitions – the second being dope or information


1d    Justify present being given after poor grades? (7)
A verb meaning to present or deliver follows two poor exam result grades

2d    Boots maybe with fringe seen in clubs first (7)
Overseas solvers may not be aware of this chain of shops found on most of our high streets – a fringe and a representation of first follow C(lubs)

3d    Concerns about interrupting during exams (9)
A two-letter word meaning about inside a two-letter word meaning during and some exams

5d    Discover club in Madrid — one’s to be over 23 (7)
The name of a famous Madrid football club is followed by I (one), the S from ‘S and the abbreviation for the answer to 23 Across

6d    Relaid line to carry grand pipe down from Yorkshire perhaps (7)
An anagram (relaid) of LINE around G(rand) and followed by an exhortation to pipe down

10d    Not pleased, finding sharp bit in pie Dad’s cooked (12)
The sharp bit of, say, a pencil inside an anagram (cooked) of PIES DAD

19d    Minimum goal of student, yours truly, on fire (7)
The minimum goal of a student during their finals is followed by the first person singular subjective pronoun (yours truly) and ON, given by the setter in the clue

22d    Like a place where the drink goes down twice a day (5)
A sort of cryptic definition of an adjective applied to a place where the sea (the drink) goes down twice a day (and up two times as well!)

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The Quick Crossword pun: gaudy+lochs=Goldilocks ??

52 comments on “DT 28773 (Hints)

  1. Slow start with cup of tea then , after dog walk , fuelled by toast & coffee , finished fairly quickly .
    Another excellent challenge , ***/***** from me .
    COTD , 2D made me chuckle although hint gives it away to easily in my opinion .
    Thanks to everyone .

      1. Funny, about 18 months ago I ended up in the local A&E of ER or Emerg take your pick depending on where you are as I wasn’t very well…. turns out I had 3 stomach ulcers and had absolutely no idea – no pain, nothing, until I did my Linda Blair/Exorcist song and dance. Anyway…. I’m rambling, I do that, sorry….

        The doctors were asking me if I had noticed (pardon this…) ‘black stools’ and I said, no, but I had been feeling very uncormfortable and bloated so I had been taking charcoal but didn’t really notice anything when I went to the loo. The ER doc said ‘Charcoal? We give that to patients who have overdosed! Where did you get it?’ For the life of my I couldn’t remember the proper term in Canada/North America. I kept saying ‘the ******* …. oh what is the word… the ******* …. like Boots ********.’ He laughed and said ‘She’s been here over 20 years but ‘the loo’ and *******! Funny’

        Then they patched me up and here I am still. :-)

          1. So sorry! I completely forgot what day it is, for some reason I thought it was Friday. Sorry.

  2. Enjoyed today’s, a few challenging clues and a few doh moments but I got there eventually.

  3. This took a little while to ‘break into’ but once I got going I was able to complete it at a gallop – **/***.

    We are seeing it so often, 7d must be a candidate for crossword word of the year.

    Joint favourites – 1a and 19d.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  4. Another good Saturday puzzle I thought, though I’m not sure the clue for 25a is entirely correct? Anyway, have a good weekend all.

    1. 25a The whole clue is not “displayed” in the hint. Was it also missing in earlier versions?

      1. I’ve fixed it. I suspect that ‘cut and paste’ was responsible for the omission.

        1. And I always thought that the corrections were done by magic!

          No! It’s Gazza!

  5. Can’t recall 1a ever being the last to fall but it was today – I’d gone off in entirely the wrong direction and couldn’t see the proverbial wood for trees.

    In fairness I have to put said 1a into the top spot with a mention for the laugh I got from the ‘grand pipe’ in 6d.

    Thanks to Mr Saturday Ron and to BD for the club.

  6. Great fun. I too thought 7d was very clever. 6d was my favourite, it fell in but took me ages to understand why.

    Thank you setter and for the hints.

  7. I liked it. Couldn’t see the full parsing for 25a so was glad of the hint. My natural aversion to all ball games gets in the way sometimes. Was also glad of explanation for last three letters of 14a – cleverly hidden in the clue.
    Many thanks to setter and to BD.

  8. I found this trickier than everyone else. Some of the clues had a ‘Guardian’ feel to them.
    I needed BD’s help with some of the parsing. Fav was 2d which went straight in.
    Thanks all.

  9. Well thunderstorms and very heavy rain gave me a lie in today and time to do the crossword after lunch. Set myself an hour bfore the Rugby and did it comfortably. Favourites were 1ac, 25ac and 17dn.

    Thanks Mr Ron and BD for parsing 11ac.

    1. Well it seems I could have given myself 2 hours as the chat goes on before the Rugby!!!

  10. This was completed in **/*** today, but I was blowed if I could parse 14a, so, thanks goes to BD and the setter.

    And of course that makes 14a COTD for me.

  11. Another Super Saturday puzzle great clues with lots of fun and smiles. Most of bottom half in much quicker than top half although last to fall was 22d. Kept trying to fit a type of house into 1a until the penny dropped. Thought the anagrams were excellent and lots of my sort of clues. On the setters radar from the off…mostly. A really sparkIng puzzle for me that had just about everything.

    Clues of the day: Just to mention a few, 1a / 25a / 1d / 2d

    Rating: 3* / 4.5*

    Thanks to BD and the setter.p

  12. I’m impressed Stone Waller, I also enjoyed it but it took me much longer than an hour.
    Last in were 1a and 1d nice to know I was not the only one Jane, I also enjoyed the grand pipe.

    Thanks to the setter, BD and his team.

  13. Managed this quite well today.
    LOI 24a I had neither a coastal inlet or a horse in mind but was thinking of the tree/herb instead. Hint put me right Thanks BD. 14a also caused a few problems as I tried to cram a different form of transport in. The great pic from The Eagle put me right but now I am wracking my brain to remember the name of the rather rotund detective that also appeared in The Eagle
    I too wondered on the way into York if 2d may be a bit too British for some of our foreign correspondents but those that visit here got an excellent hint. 6d my fave for today.

      1. Albert Hall isn’t ringing any bells yet. I seem to recall he wasn’t a policeman but was described as a super sleuth and had a sidekick known only as Boy but his name still eludes me. If mum hadn’t binned my annuals many yaers ago I would be able to look it up (or sell them for a fortune)

          1. Thats him. It was going to bug me all day. Thanks
            Still wish I had my annuals though.

  14. What a good Saturday puzzle! Great fun. 5 or 6d were my top clues – ok, the latter takes the podium.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  15. Yes, I enjoyed this puzzle too but it becomes harder when one’s attempting to solve the clues while watching Word Cup action so I’ve been grateful to you for some of today’s hints, Dave.

  16. Neede to give myself a break and a coffee to finish this but got there in the end alone and unaided. So hurrah for me.

    Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave.

  17. Another decent Saturday production that was enjoyable to solve. Like MalcolmR, I couldn’t quite see the parsing of 14ac – definitely a clever clue.

    Thanks to BD and setter **/****

  18. Blimey that was hard! Had to visit hints at one point to get me going again in the bottom half!
    Fave was 6d, but 1a was pretty clever.
    Thanks to setter and to BD for helping me to complete it.

  19. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, but quite tricky in places, needed the hints to parse 14&25a. I liked 22d,but my favourite was 2d, which was a real penny drop moment. Was 3*/3. 5* for me.

  20. Completed without hints in the sunshine-except 4d….I can guess, but why..?
    No hint for it though, so I must be missing the point.
    It took me a while to get going then all (except 4d) fell into place and most enjoyable. Will look in later..

  21. Thoroughly enjoyed. On the easyish side, though with a bit of fiddling round in the NE corner at the close. Last in was 6d which is obvious in retrospect. but I’d been staring at it blankly for an age before that!

  22. First day back from European vacation, but did try to keep up by working my way through the DT crossword book, while enjoying the Danube – it’s definitely not blue, and commented on by all the local guides 😊 Enjoyed this Saturday offering and only stuck on 2 (7d and 15d) so not bad considering after all that goulash, bratwurst and beer…

  23. Hard to get going but finally made it……..not sure how enjoyable tho satisfying to complete with only one answer checked on bd!

  24. After a day out looked at this in puzzlement but it gently unravelled apart from the NE. Abandoned it but resumed this morning. 4d which had mystified me came as if by magic quickly followed by the remainder – 6 and 5d,
    9a and 12a coming in last. Some clever clues. 26a for instance in retrospect when I read the hint as I had not picked up the significance of “dope”. Difficult to single out but liked 17 and 22d. Not sure about 6d. Is there any particular reason for Yorkshire being singled out. Thanks setter and BD

    1. Welcome to the blog Chris

      4d Canoodles and kisses with knight rather than page (5)
      Start with a verb meaning kisses and replace P(age) with the chess notation for knight

      1. I don’t get it either Chris. Dave- When I was a teenager (Long time ago) the word for kisses already had the ‘k’ in it and no ‘p’??

        1. Welcome to the blog Barry

          It’s a verb meaning a kisses, the chess notation for knight is not K, and the definition is canoodles not kisses

          1. Thanks to Angellov and BD, going back to 20 above,
            I think the answer is what I initially guessed but didn’t get it. Not comfortable with it though…

          2. Thanks Dave, that is brilliant. I had to look up abbreviations for Knight! Didn’t see that coming – it’s true, you do learn something every day.

  25. Took me a while to get going SE corner in first. Kicked myself on 2d taking so long.
    Enjoyable though

    Favourite probably 6d

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