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DT 28798

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28798

Hints and tips by a decadent Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Dada for the feast within today’s puzzle. I do enjoy some food with a crossword. Thanks also for the beer at 16d. It went down well (they all do). As usual we have a gentle start to the week with a few smiles along the way.

Hints and Tips are provided by a well-meaning Miffypops who didn’t see the puzzle until he woke up far too early this morning. Answers lie beneath the click here boxes. Definitions are underlined. If anything is not clear, please ask. The rapid response unit that makes up this happy community will rapidly respond.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.


1a Top seat alongside head of trade (5)
TRUMP: One’s seat, bottom or posterior follows the initial letter of trade

4a Total wrong — on the contrary! (8)
OUTRIGHT: The answer is a word meaning totally and completely. The opposite of wrong should be easy enough to work out and place. The first three letters took me longer to find

10a Old weapon as good in the main, imperfect originally (7)
ASSEGAI: Begin with the word as from the clue. Place the abbreviation for good inside a word for the main (think marine). Finish up with the initial letter of the word imperfect

11a Excellent money (7)
CAPITAL: A double definition, the second meaning wealth

12a Sovereign is backing father (4)
SIRE: Begin with the regnal cipher of our current sovereign and add the word is from the clue. Now reverse the lot (backing)

13a Tolerate resistance (5)
STAND: A double definition

14a Extremely precise (4)
VERY: Another double definition

17a Early meeting might go to pieces quickly (5,9)
POWER BREAKFAST: The first word here is a synonym for might. The second word can be split 5,4. To match the next two parts of the clue. 1. Go to pieces 2. Quickly

19a To the best of my understanding, it’s the horizon on a clear day? (2,3,2,1,3,3)
AS FAR AS I CAN SEE: Two very wordy double definitions

22a King ending in Bangladesh, an Asian ruler (4)
KHAN: Use the abbreviation for king. The final letter of Bangladesh. The word AN from the clue

23a Argument about river fish (5)
SPRAT: Place the abbreviation for River inside a quarrel about an unimportant matter

24a Hairstyle attributed to supermodel (4)
PERM: The answer lies within the word supermodel indicated by the words attributed to

27a In blessing, everything is swell (7)
BALLOON: This blessing is a thing that is helpful or beneficial. Place a word meaning everything inside the helpful or beneficial thing

28a Name ultimately I spelt wrong in letter (7)
EPISTLE: Begin with the final letter (ultimately) of the word name. Add an anagram (wrong) of I SPELT

29a Shock — what cricketer may do? (4,4)
BOWL OVER: What the man with the ball might do six consecutive times

30a Part of the orchestra in the money? (5)
BRASS: This part of the orchestra consisting of horns, trumpets, trombones and Tommy tubas has a name synonymous with a slang term for money


1d Somewhere in church, patterns all over the place (8)
TRANSEPT: Anagram (all over the place) of PATTERNS

2d Open champion finally embraced by team from America? (7)
UNSCREW: Place the final letter of champion inside an American side. Use the initial letters of United States (American) The side or team may be of the kind found on a boat

3d Servant in part of novel? (4)
PAGE: A book is made up of many of these servants

5d Pure tuna mixed with a condiment (14)

6d Fascinated, talked out loud (4)
RAPT: A homophone based on rapped (to have talked in an easy and familiar manner)

7d Troughs, say, in middle of pigsty (7)
GUTTERS: Place a word meaning to say or state inside the middle two letters of the word pigsty

8d Time to join friend for match (5)
TALLY: The abbreviation for time is followed by a friend who helps or co-operates

9d Whiff of Melbourne, perhaps, with English cake (8,6)
VICTORIA SPONGE: 1, The smell that might emanate from the state Melbourne is in 9,4. Followed by the abbreviation for English. [With a nod towards the fact that Lord Melbourne was a favourite of the person in the first part of the answer. BD]

15d Lolly, something to eat (5)
BREAD: Another double definition. This staple of our diet fits both descriptions

16d Waste material rotten, bitter mostly (5)
OFFAL: Begin with a three-letter word used to describe rotten food. Add a bitter beer minus its last letter

18d Perfect — unlike a cricket ball? (8)
SEAMLESS: A cricket ball has several rows of stitching around its circumference. Something perfect is said to be without what these rows of stitching are known as

20d Winger down (7)
SWALLOW: The name of this bird (winger) is what we do with the foodstuffs at 17 and 23 across and 9 15 and 22 down.

21d Woven carpets in bands of various colours (7)
SPECTRA: Anagram (woven) of CARPETS

22d Bake unusual British dish on a skewer (5)
KEBAB: Anagram (unusual) of BAKE followed by the abbreviation for British

25d Old fogey seen in two parties (4)
DODO: Our regular two-letter term for a party is used twice to make the name of an extinct bird whose name is used to describe an old fashioned and ineffective person

26d Arm possibly lacerated initially, one needing doctor (4)
LIMB: Begin with the initial letter of the word lacerated. Add the letter that looks like the number one. Add the medical abbreviation for a Bachelor of Medicine

A jolly puzzle and a jolly selection of Bob Dylan on hand to blog to.

Quickie Pun: mars+tricked+treaty=Maastricht Treaty


67 comments on “DT 28798

  1. 2* / 4*. A nice light fun puzzle for a sunny Monday morning. There seemed to be a lot of money on offer today as well as food and drink.

    Although 17a is an excellent clue, the answer is one of those modern expressions that makes me wince. Ugh!

    Shouldn’t the definition for 4a be “totally”?

    On my podium today are 19a, 9d & 18d.

    Many thanks to Dada and MP.

    1. 4a. I think “total” is acceptable, but I think that contrary to “wrong” is just “right”. I don’t see how the first three letters fit that part of the clue?

    2. I think the answer means total and therefore the definition is OK. I wasn’t happy with the first three letters and have not offered a parsing. If anybody has any ideas I would be glad to hear them.

      1. I was thinking of the answer as an adverb, but I had forgotten that it can also be used as an adjective.

      2. I think that wrong is ‘right out’ with ‘on the contrary’ meaning reverse the syllables.

        1. I think that’s a bit tenuous, Gazza. I can’t find “right out” in my Thesaurus for “wrong”.

      3. It didn’t help that I was convinced the word started with sum (total) and of course got nowhere with that.

  2. First read through of the across clues was not very productive . The bottom half slowly started to grow and the links to the top brought results steadily .

    Favourite 7D.

    Once again the filled in squares disappeared from the iPad when it was closed . In fact , revisiting now the grid is empty .

    Any suggestions ( DT digital subscriber ) ?

    Thanks to everyone .

    1. Saint Sharon fixes this problem for me. She deletes the app and then sets it up again. I know not how.

        1. I’ve been in very heated email correspondence with the DT on this very subject. I have deleted the app and reinstalled so many times I’m absolutely sick of it, it makes no difference. I’ve had an email from them today which, if I précis,tells me they’re “working on it “.

          Enjoyed today’s crossword-solved in my average time. Thanks to all

          1. Further to my earlier comment to miffypops it is still so far so good regarding the 1A entry I put on my blanked again grid .

            I will update tomorrow .

          2. Today’s completed without any mishaps following delete/restart .

            No logical reason as all updates applied previously .

      1. I reloaded the DT app , reentered 1A ,( appropriately Trump ) , closed down the iPad several times and , so far , it is still there .

        Saint Sharon has come up Trumps again .

  3. This is second attempt having lost my posting with message saying website unavailable (obviously same problem as KFB). This was fun way to start week with a brief hold-up once again in the NW. Failed to identify seat part of 1a although President came immediately to mind! Among several others I liked were 19a and 18d. Haven’t counted but it felt like there was a superfluity of anagrams. Thank you Dada and MP. Quickie pun is clever.

  4. Another very good Monday offering from Dada although, like others, I was a little unsure about 4a.

    1a raised a smile but 18d got my vote for favourite. Me opting for a cricket clue, how about that!

    Thanks to Dada and to MP for the blog – the clip for 2d was quite something.

    1. I’m glad you liked it Jane. I tried to use it for Tentacle last week but it never appeared.

  5. Gentle, pleasant start to the week. 1.5*/*** for me. I think I’ll go for 18d as my pick of the day. Didn’t much like 14a. Like Vince, I am struggling to see where the first 3 letters of 4a come from, and Miffypops enigmatically hinted that it took him longer for the penny to drop. I’m sure someone will enlighten us.

    1. The penny didn’t drop Ray. Once the letter U went in there wasn’t anything else I could make fit.

  6. Question for Big Dave. Do you know why the blog doesn’t come up when using Edge until later in the day or not at all until the next day. Other browsers seem to get it immediately it’s available?

    1. Ray – try checking your settings – it just worked fine for me on Edge.
      Have a look under “Settings” scroll down and you will see a button “Choose what to clear” under “Clear browsing data” option.
      That should sort things out for future use

    2. Be careful using Edge, it sends a history of what you browse back to Microsoft unless you can get the privacy settings just right, which are deliberately designed to confuse.
      Use Chrome

  7. Great start to the solving week, straightforward but enjoyable and rewarding to complete.18 and 9d my joint favourite clues. 4a didn’t really work for me either in common with earlier commenters. If there is a penny to drop it has yet to do so.

    Thanks to Dada and the DMP.

      1. Your link to 22A has made me play the Concert For Bangladesh album – thanks for that.

  8. Typical Monday **/***and fine by me, Still recovering from the Friday ***** toughie.
    I remember those horrible 17a coming into vogue in the 1960’s, they seemed to be American driven-who wants to drive miles to a miserable hotel and have a meeting over a Full English ?
    liked 18d as an old off spinner myself.
    Thanks to MP and Setter-loved the quickie pun.

  9. Could ‘out’ in 4a possibly also refer to ‘wrong’ as adding something up which would sort of tie in with total.

  10. Nice start to the week for me.
    Thanks to the setter and to Miffypops

  11. I’d echo Young Salopian’s opening sentence. My top two clues were 17a (the clue not the phrase) and 5d (good anagram). POTUS getting another name-check too.

    Many thanks to Mr Halpern and the decadent one.

  12. Very good. Ideal mix of easy and difficult clues. 16d, 20d, nice. Bit of a money theme as well

  13. Sorry I was so taken by the squid clip,forgot to add comment.
    Bit ho hum about 4a like many others, and had a wonky start with 9d.
    My first impression of the smell in Melbourne was the wattle blossom and so l loosely linked it to wisteria..not the best known cake in the world.
    Wisteria sponge,
    Very enjoyable and thanks for the blog and hints.

  14. Nice way to start the week. 18d was was my favourite.
    Thanks to Dada, and to MP for the review.

  15. Thank you for your tuition in these cryptic matters. For years I couldn’t attempt
    A cryptic without failing miserably. My parents usually finished the DT in a matter of minutes. I failed at every turn. Now they are in their dotage and not so mentally adept, I am finally learning what you all must find so easy. So thank you for the hints and the parsing.

  16. On Dada’s wavelength today with a puzzle that’s just about the right challenge for a very hot day. What did our setters do before Donald T came to America’s top table an absolute gift to them, always a clue to make me smile? No real difficulties today but a very satisfying and enjoyable solve with plenty of fun. Liked it! Last in 26d for no particular reason.

    Clues of the day: 1a / 19a / 2d / 18d

    Rating: 2.5* / 4*

    Thanks to MP and Dada

      1. No it doesn’t, but it keeps popping up in one form or another In crossword land. Always makes me smile seeing him or hearing that word as it takes me back to my school days.

  17. Thank goodness for a gentle Monday offering.
    Liked the cricket references even if Notts are getting trounced today.
    I’m from Lancashire anyway!
    Favourite 2d

  18. Very benign today, for which I am grateful as had a slow start, but hugely enjoyable.
    I needed electronic help for 18d, know nothing about cricket balls.
    Fave was 19a. Haven’t seen 10a for a while, it used to appear frequently.
    Thanks Dada and to M’pops for the usual fun.

  19. Great Monday Dada.
    As always.
    Thanks to Dada and to MP for the review.
    Parsed 4a as total = wrong and it’s opposite also.

  20. A fun, pretty straightforward start to the week. ** for difficulty about right. 10ac I was pleased to find I hadn’t made up. :-)

    1. And I am pleased to note the alternative spelling in the name of the group in the clip. I saw them once on the undercard at The Coventry Theatre way back when Long John Silver had two legs and Captain Flint was an egg

  21. I was particularly slow off the mark today, despite not starting until lunch time. I think my brain must have been affected by the haircut I got this morning – needed too many hints for a puzzle that many found easy. Certainly never heard of 10a. Despite quickly filling in the two long answers at 19a and 9d this was not my best effort. Thanks to Dada and Miffypops.

  22. I enjoyed this one and just got stuck on 17 a as I hadn’t heard about them. We don’t get many in our village!

  23. Late (again) – a nice puzzle that was filled from the bottom – up (see today’s letter page) Oo-error missus :smile:

    Good fun with the possible exception of 4a (my last one on) – not sure it works :cool: Did wonder if 1a started life as a presidential joke – Oops sorry – that’s been done already .

    Thanks to Dada for the fun and mp for his review.

    1. 4a does not work for me either, I still can’t see the wordplay, though I think Gazza is probably closest to the answer.
      Otherwise, good crossword, thanks MP and Dada

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