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DT 28782

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28782

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We had the usual team for solving and then Carol had to leave for Wellington so it was a solo effort putting the hints together. All this happened with nerves still on edge after watching live TV of the goings-on in a Russian sports stadium. Solving crosswords is a much more relaxing pastime.

A quality puzzle once again from Jay.

 Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Going in, as poorly and fretting (9)
AGONISING : An anagram (poorly) of GOING IN AS.

6a     Quick runs help around start of play (5)
RAPID : The cricket abbreviation for runs and then the first letter of play is inside help or assistance.

9a     Extent of blubber on lass’s rear? (5)
SWEEP : To blubber or cry follows the final letter of lass.

10a     Yields on hybrid weapons (9)
CROSSBOWS : A hybrid or interbred organism is followed by yields or concedes with a gesture of the body.

11a     Live dangerously and shoot after drama (4,4,4)
PLAY WITH FIRE : Synonyms for ‘and’ and ‘shoot’ follow a stage drama.

14a     Famously, how Bach perhaps composed? (7)
NOTEDLY : The wordplay describes how Bach would put together his creations, unit by unit.

16a     Effects of turns on single politician (7)
IMPACTS : Single is the Roman numeral one, then the two letters for a Member of Parliament and the turns are stage performances.

17a     Watch for ability to judge (3)
EYE : A double definition.  The second one could be paraphrased as ‘keenness of perception’.

18a     Country fair e.g. laird might hold back (7)
ALGERIA : A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.

20a     Feeling as pride is shattered? (7)
DESPAIR : An anagram (is shattered) of AS PRIDE.

22a     Expert‘s finished (12)
ACCOMPLISHED : A double definition. The second could be completed satisfactorily.

26a     Question from church everybody English expects initially (9)
CHALLENGE : The abbreviation for church, a three letter word for everybody, the three letter abbreviation for English and the first letter of expects.

27a     Pretext of chaps on the radio (5)
GUISE : A homophone (on the radio) of an informal word for chaps.

28a     Put off doctor accepting summer in France (5)
DETER : The French word for the summer season is inside an abbreviation for doctor.

29a     Gives the green light to restrictions (9)
SANCTIONS : A double definition. One of those words that has meanings that are almost antonyms. ‘Cleave’ is another example.


1d     Primate must welcome son in this section of church (4)
APSE : A primate animal includes the abbreviation for son.

2d     Working around the setter is a sign (4)
OMEN : A pronoun the setter could use for himself is inside working or functioning.

3d     I married and went white, transfixed (7)
IMPALED : ‘I’ from the clue, the abbreviation for married and then went white or blanched.

4d     Spiteful when bishop leaves, causing irritation (5)
ITCHY : The chess abbreviation for bishop is removed from the start of a rather disrespectful term for spiteful.

5d     Lacking time, flier got ID forged and inflated (9)
GLORIFIED : An anagram (forged) of FLIER GO(t) ID once the abbreviation for time has been removed.

6d     Got up with it for such fruit (7)
ROSEHIP : A verb meaning got up and a slang word from the jazz age for ‘with it’.

7d     Rural type in favour of French wine agents left (10)
PROVINCIAL : A three letter word for in favour of, then the French word for wine, US intelligence agents and the abbreviation for left.

8d     Writer on board covered by log — get medication here (10)
DISPENSARY : A Russian doll type of clue. The inside doll is a writing instrument. Outside this is a steamship (on board), and the outermost layer is a log that Pepys might have written.

12d     Like some accounts maybe, one-sided (10)
UNBALANCED : These accounts still require reconciliation.

13d     Skill that sees cast get far, possibly? (10)
STAGECRAFT : An anagram (possibly) of CAST GET FAR. The whole clue has a nice all in one quality.

15d     Horses? The old dears head off (9)
YEARLINGS : An old fashioned way of writing ‘the’ and then remove the first letter from dears or loved ones.

19d     Rose possibly to waffle on right (7)
RAMBLER : To waffle or meander plus the abbreviation for right.

21d     Vacant school needing cardinal to show manual dexterity (7)
SLEIGHT : The first and last letters of school and a cardinal number.

23d     Part of vessel featuring in register nowadays (5)
STERN : A lurker hiding in the clue.

24d     Parting word from company about returning first-class (4)
CIAO : The abbreviation for company surrounds the reversal of the letter and number denoting first class.

25d     Four points for intelligence (4)
NEWS : The four points are to be found on a compass.

Our favourite today was 15d.

Quickie pun    sail    +    steam    =    sales team

42 comments on “DT 28782

  1. Thanks for the hints , no more to add as agree with your comments including 15d as favourite and the footie .
    I wish I could compose crosswords , must take ages .
    Thanks to everyone

  2. A lovely friendly Jay just right for someone who hasn’t got a lot of time to devote to crosswords this week. Thanks to him for the fun and the Ks for the illustrated explanations

    The middle of the paper crossword today is a rare example (in the view of me and A.N.Other for a start) a rare example of the Lesser Spotted Toughie

  3. 1* / 4*. Another very easy puzzle from our Wednesday wizard but none the less enjoyable for that.

    14a was my favourite because of the presumably intended reference to the German notes BACH (in German musical notation B = B flat and H = B). Bach himself even included this note sequence in his The Art of Fugue.

    Many thanks to half the 2Ks and to Jay.

  4. I thought that I had completed this at a gallop, but when I looked at the clock, it was a solid *** time, I don’t know why. Perhaps it was my sheer exhaustion after running up and down that pitch in Russia for two hours last night.

    Or the refreshing beverages consumed afterwards.

    Congratulations to England, and thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  5. A very enjoyable Wednesday puzzle. Even though I slowed myself down in the SW because I messed up entering 22a, I managed to finish at a gallop when I found my error – **/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 10a, 29a, and 21d – and the winner is 21d – I haven’t seen that use of cardinal for a while.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Kiwis.

  6. I didn’t find this as easy as the rest of you…no change there then….but it is another hurrah day for me.

    Thanks to the setter and to the 2Kiwis.

  7. Top half of this slotted in quite easily but the odd pause for thought needed further down the grid.

    Podium places went to 22a plus 13&15d.

    Thanks to Jay and to our (almost) 2Ks – no weather/walk report today?

  8. Failed on 18d and 22a, poor effort, must do better.
    Fav was the reverse lurker 18a.
    Not that many on here will be interested, but England don’t half put us through the wringer!!
    Thanks all

  9. Rather easy, but enjoyable nonetheless. */***. No outstanding clue for me today. Now for the Toughie where I shall, no doubt, crash and burn..

  10. Agree with the 2K ‘s on a **/****,a well constructed and pleasant puzzle.
    Steady progress all through except for trying unsuccessfully to engineer an anagram with ‘how Bach’ until the checking letters went in!
    Liked 12 and 15d, in fact lots to choose from.
    Thanks all.

  11. 2* /4* with many contenders for favourite, 15d getting the nod ahead of 14a. Lovely clue mix, with humour and solid wordplay.

    Thanks to Jay and the singular Kiwi.

  12. As the reviewer alluded to this turned out to be a far more relaxing two hours than watching the shenanigans of England’s opponents last night.
    High quality puzzle, liked 9a,14a and in particular 15d, which I thought was exceptionally clever.
    Thanks to the 1K and setter.

  13. 22a was my favourite in this delightful puzzle from Jay.which was a pleasure to solve.
    Thanks also to the One K for the review.

  14. Yet another nice Wednesday puzzle 😃 **/*** Favourites 15d and 21d 😜 Thanks to both the Ks and to Jay 🤗

    Anyone know how the football went ? 😬

  15. From the off,1a, thought the whole puzzle was a reference to the match?
    Apart from rosehip perhaps, but they were wearing red..am l being too fanciful?
    Thoroughly enjoyable though.
    Going to join Ray S now and have a shot at the Toughie..probably with the same results..

  16. Lovely Jay puzzle and mostly on his wavelength and not often that happens for me with a Jay puzzle. Lots of excellent clues, and yes I guess it is slightly on the benign side but still really a pleasure to solve. Like others enjoyed the 18a reverse lurker although it took a bit of finding, NW corner last to fall due to me stupidly putting catapult in for 10a until the penny dropped, causing 6d to be the last in.

    Clue of the day: 16a / 18a and many more.

    Rating: 3* / 4*

    Thanks to the 2Ks and Jay

  17. **/****. Another delightful puzzle with 22a my favourite as it shows the subtlety of the English language. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks (or 1K). I suspect the England team might not make the next step although I hope they leave their dressing room as tidy as the Japanese team did.

  18. Thoroughly enjoyable, one of Jays best. No favourites this time as all good.
    Thanks to 2ks and of course Jay

  19. Knew 18 across must be Algeria but can’t understand why. By your explanation neither can you.

    1. As the 2ks indicate in their hint, the country is hidden (holding) in reverse (back) in the clue

    2. Also known as hidden words or included words. They lurk in amongst the words of the clue defying you to find them. Hence Lurker. Reverse lurkers are sometimes called rekruls.

      1. Don’t we prefer ‘Srekrul’, Miffers?

        It’s what it should be, strictly speaking, and it sounds like ‘Shrek rule’ which can only be a good thing.

        You know it makes an inordinate amount of sense.

  20. Thanks Jay and 2 (or 1.5)Ks. Finished without hints although thought I would get stuck on a few. Strangely those few just came to me when I was not concentrating or over-thinking. 5d for one. I think that apart from 5d the only others holding out were in the SW. Agree with 2Ks about 13d. Very clever – I think I got it before I realised it was an anagram so I would class it as an all in one which also happened to be an anagram. 12d and 18a also took some sorting out perhaps because I was trying to make 12d something thinking of single-entry bookkeeping perhaps and 18a because I had several candidates before spotting the reverse lurker. Favourites 29a which was tricky and 7 12 13 and 15d.

  21. Not much necessity to pause for deep thought today but an enjoyable diversion if somewhat light on Fav candidates. 14a in the musical sense
    seems somewhat far-fetched. Thank you Jay and the 1/2Ks. Now back to yet more tennis.

  22. Again pretty easy but enjoyable. Quite a few seem anxious to guide KP in the right direction as far as 18a is concerned. Liked 13d, very clever. Thanks Jay and solitary Kiwi.

  23. Started off (per Senf) at a gallop but was nobbled in the SW corner, and my, did I ever sweat bullets over that.
    My last in was 17a, why is it, the shorter the word, the more difficult it is.
    Fave was 15d, and a loverly pic, with runner up 27a.
    Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis for the fun. Back to Wimbledon.

  24. Thanks to Jay for an enjoyable puzzle, and to the 2Kiwis (or the one of you at home 😊) for helping me get going again when I stalled about half way through. I also had trouble with 17a which is so annoying with such a short word. Took me ages to realize that 1a was an anagram. Duh. COTD was 11a, I just love these truly cryptic clues,

    Have a great 4th everyone. I’m off to do the ironing…

  25. Good fun to be had with this puzzle from the Wednesday Wizard. It all went in fairly quickly but the SW corner took longer to solve than the rest of the puzzle put together. However, 12d was the light bulb moment which helped enormously with the across clues. Nice rekrul in 19a but I’ll go with the DD at 22a as my favourite.

    Thanks to Jay for the fun and to the one/two K’s for the review.

    Still waiting for UFO’s to appear above major landmarks throughout the world :cool:

    1. I’m waiting for our tea back. It might still make a decent brew even if it has tacks in.

      Happy 4th July

  26. Pleasant Weds as normal. The top half went in easy enough but for me SE was the stumbling block. I tried many times to get Red into 21d and couldn’t get my head away from IC for first class. 7d my fave today. Thanks to Jay and both K’s for the solve and the other K for the blog.

  27. Morning all.
    Another cold frosty morning in the offing here. Not yet daylight but it feels like it is all going to be all white out there. A fine day forecast though so I won’t complain.
    Our family who are based in India have recently returned there after 2 weeks holiday in UK. They reported they had perfect sunny weather all the time they were there with the temperatures a pleasant relief from the 40 degrees plus they were escaping from in Delhi.
    From the comments, it looks like Jay has succeeded in keeping his many fans happy once again.

  28. A good, solid offering. Lots of fun throughout. ** perhaps for difficulty. What more to say? I liked it. :-)

  29. A mild Wednesday puzzle with well-written valid clues designed to be readily parsed. An enjoyable solve. 1.5* / 2.5*

  30. As always with me, if it is going too well at the beginning it grinds to a halt sooner or later. Did all but the southwest corner in record time then, bang, came to a halt. 26a and 28a were no problem but the rest… Thought my idea for 17a was ok but did not dare put it in. Did not understand 18a at all. Confused Bach with Beethoven for a while and thought it had something to do with deafness. Total blind alley, obviously. After looking on here and getting 14a, having 17a confirmed and reading 13d, I was able to do the rest, but oh, why do I bother! So sickening when everyone else on here seems to find it so easy. Makes me feel really thick!

      1. I’ve been practising since 1973, but very intermittently, but that was when I finally solved my first entire puzzle. No help back in those days! My mind does not do well with either synonyms or anagrams, and since that is what most puzzles are made up of, I am often really stuck. Must be the masochist in me!

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