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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28800

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Perhaps a week of no crosswords at all had slowed our thought processes but we were quite slow to get started with this one. Once we had the first few in though, it did start to flow more smoothly for the rest of the solve.

We keep hearing on the news of the extreme summer conditions many of you have been suffering. Meanwhile we are in the depths of our winter but reassuring ourselves that the days are slowly getting longer.

Plenty to keep us smiling once again from Jay.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Extremely short journeys — walks! (7)
STRIDES : The first and last letters of short (its extreme letters) and then journeys possibly on a horse.

5a     Promote more (7)
FURTHER : A double definition. The first is a verb, the second either an adjective or an adverb.

9a     Depressed by a student grant (5)
ALLOW : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for learner or student and then a synonym for depressed.

10a     Go too far, seeing 24 in public (9)
OVERSHOOT : The answer to 24d is inside a word meaning public or out in the open.

11a     Characteristic of a man to be very quiet in water (5,5)
ADAMS APPLE : A somewhat poetic expression for water (4’1,3) contains the musical notation for very quiet.

12a     Plant seeing first of many poorly (4)
MILL : The first letter of many and then poorly or indisposed.

14a     Seat occupied by a professor of pop? (7,5)
ROCKING CHAIR : The wordplay is a slightly whimsical description for a professorship of non-classical music.

18a     One takes cap off seeing nerve required in front of batsman (6-6)
BOTTLE-OPENER : An informal word for nerve or courage and then a batsman who appears at the start of an innings.

21a     Smoker invested in inhalant, expecting returns (4)
ETNA : A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.

22a     Almost missed call, being captain (10)
SKIPPERING : A word meaning missed or bypassed loses its last letter and then call on the telephone.

25a     Fall in love and despair! (4,5)
LOSE HEART : A double definition.

26a     Tree snake seen regularly (5)
ASPEN : The snake we associate with Cleopatra’s demise and then the second and fourth letters of seen.

27a     Ledger shows father with new boy fine (3,4)
DAY BOOK : A familiar or dialect word for father, an anagram (new) of BOY, and the two letters signifying fine or acceptable.

28a     Detectives run from ruthless criminal (7)
SLEUTHS : The cricket abbreviation for run is removed from an anagram (criminal) of (r)UTHLESS.


1d     Compromise a manager securing rating (6)
SEAMAN : A lurker hiding in the clue.

2d     Cargo coming after soldiers charge again (6)
RELOAD : Engineering soldiers and then a synonym for cargo.

3d     Stops working in Irish county seats (5,5)
DOWNS TOOLS : Split the answer 4,6 to discover the Irish county and the seats.

4d     Exclusive company taken in by concession (5)
SCOOP : The abbreviation for company is inside a concession or appeasement.

5d     Independent European country importing fish (9)
FREELANCE : A fish with a snake-like body is found inside the country that is just across the Channel.

6d     Regret adopting son’s cunning plan (4)
RUSE : The abbreviation for son is within a synonym for regret.

7d     Troublemaker in gaol sadly supporting house (8)
HOOLIGAN : The two letter abbreviation for house and an anagram (sadly) of IN GAOL.

8d     Shakes, coming across river snakes (8)
RATTLERS : The abbreviation for river is inside shakes or vibrates noisily.

13d     Put one’s foot down seeing expert cover Electra complex (10)
ACCELERATE : An anagram (complex) of ELECTRA is inside an expert or adept.

15d     Reject drink (5,4)
KNOCK BACK : Double definition.

16d     A graduate teacher full of inventive lies went down line (8)
ABSEILED : ‘A’ from the clue and the university degree a teacher may have surround an anagram (inventive) of LIES.

17d     Times will support seating areas for spectators and is ready to act (6,2)
STANDS BY : A synonym for times when it is used for an arithmetical function follows structures built to accommodate spectators.

19d     Green fruit mostly going with favourite shellfish (6)
LIMPET : A green citrus fruit loses its last letter, then a word for favourite.

20d     A long time entertaining National Trust representatives (6)
AGENTS : The abbreviation for National Trust is inside a word for a long time.

23d     Heads eat out in case of parents (5)
PATES : The first and last letters (case) of parents surround an anagram (out) of EAT.

24d     Go away and film endlessly (4)
SHOO : Remove the last letter from a word meaning to take pictures.

Our favourite today is 14a.

Quickie pun    shoe    +    cough    =    shook off  

48 comments on “DT 28800

  1. 12a. We thought dill was better, but perhaps D is not very Many!
    Slow start for us too, but very satisfying.
    Many thanks

  2. My almost a week away from crosswords has had the opposite effect to that of the Kiwis in that neither of today’s DT puzzles presented any problems at all.

    Thanks to Jay for the entertaining back to crosswords crossword and to the 2Ks for the review.

    It is indeed still hot in East Kent – we had a few large spots of rain yesterday but by the time we’d realised what was going on they’d gone again.

  3. A most enjoyable puzzle albeit after a slow start as above. I chuckled at 14a so must be the favourite for me. Getting ready to shift and lay seven tons of readymix concrete for a greenhouse base and it’s already hot. I can feel a lie down coming on this afternoon.

  4. Had a good day today Like Crypticsue , both the back page and toughie were right on my wavelength.
    Wrote down **/*** on completion of the back page puzzle and that the cluing was ‘crisp’.
    Liked the surface of 5d and 14a amused me.
    No real favourites . Thanks to the 2K’s for the blog pics and setter.

  5. Super puzzle from Jay this morning, full of his trademark humour and concise clueing. 28a may be a chestnut but it gets my nod for the COTD. A comfortable solve, and, as always for a Wednesday, extremely enjoyable and a joy to complete.

    Thanks to all three birds involved.

  6. 2* /4.5*. Another gem from Jay today. Never having come across the dialect word for father, my only hold up was writing in “pay book” initially for 27a which didn’t help at all with 16d.

    14a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

      1. Our brains must have been rusty!
        That is a much better interpretation for the quickie pun than either of our guesses. We have now corrected the blog.
        Thanks everyone.

    1. Having started out with log book, clearly wrong, then pay book, I needed the hint for this one as my brain would not go there.

  7. Must have been on the right wavelength as quickest solve for weeks.
    11a last in and pick of the day.

  8. Nice puzzle. Thanks Jay. Sluggish start, then finished at a pace. **/****. 11a was my favourite today. Hon mentions to 1a, 14a and 21. I recommend the Toughie today for who, like me, often find it too tough.

  9. A proverbial walk in the park for me today, I was on wavelength almost immediately and was done in ** time.

    COTD has to be 14a, just for the imagery.

    I’m also on the “Shook Off” bandwagon, for the Quickie pun.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  10. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle from Jay as usual. I was a bit slow starting glad I didn’t put in “strolls” for 1a. Pleased to get both 5a&15d both double definitions without any trouble. Liked 18a for the cricket imagery, but my favourite was 14a, which made me laugh. Last in was 2d. Like Rabbit Dave, I would normally think of “pa” as the abbreviation for father, perhaps “da” is the Scouse version? Was 2*/4* for me.

  11. Another hot morning on the bowling green ( more brown really ).

    Got off to a fast start then had a slow finish with 1D final entry . The obvious does not always live up to its name .

    My medals awarded to 11a , 17a and 28a in that order past the winning post.

    Very enjoyable with lots of smiles and satisfaction .

    iPad still behaving as completed grid still available from earlier today .

    Will now look at the hints/comments .

    Thanks to everyone .

  12. Sorry to disagree with 2kiwis but I thought this just about a R&W
    Just goes to show that some days you can be on the setters wavelength and on others you are miles away!
    It will surprise no one that my CoD was 20a, as an ex opener I can testify the need for lots of the first word.
    For me */***

  13. Thought this was definitely Jay on the soft pedal but it was none the less enjoyable for that.

    Favourite was 14a with a mention for the concise double definition at 25a.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks for the blog. You must find it rather amusing to tune into the UK’s collective inability to deal with extremes of temperatures!

  14. When everything else fails, it has to be a lurker.
    Took forever to get 1d. D’oh.
    Wrote Pay Book in 27a at first.
    Apart from that, everything went smoothly.
    Thanks to Jay and to 2ks for the review.

  15. I thought this was a benign Jay too.
    I initially wrote ‘musical’ for the first word in 14a, quickly changed when I saw the error of my ways.
    Favourite was the lurker at 1d, took me ages to spot it.
    Thanks 2K’s and Jay.

  16. 1d got me as well as did the end of 17d because of ineptitude with science but thank you Jay and 2ks … 11a and 28a are brilliant!

    1. I really don’t like this word for multiply. A sum should read multiply x by y. I suppose you can say – – – What is x by y but it grates if used as a standalone verb. So I’m with you on this one.

          1. Collins’ on-line definition 10 for “by” is “multiplied by”. This does however create an absurdity that you need to use the word “by” itself as part of its definition.

            “By” in the context of horses has a rather different meaning, but, once again, the dictionary definition “sired by” also requires the use of “by” itself.

          2. ”By” is a shortened version of “Mutilplied by” very much like “With hindsight” being an abridged version of “With the benefit of hindsight”.

            People get lazy.

            Take the Under-30s of today….Totes, Nerv, Deffo, Emosh (Emotional), Potensh, Seebs (short for CBA which is an abbreviation for Can’t be a***d)….help!

  17. Found this Jay puzzle right up my street no problems with wavelength or parsing the clues, a really enjoyable and satisfying solve. Not the most challenging from Jay today, but lots of fun and very entertaining. Last in 12a but no real struggles. Many outstanding clues in my opinion and not easy to nominate COTD, although agree 1d is a great lurker.

    Clues of the day: 14a / 18a / 1d / 5d /16d to mention a few.
    Rating 2.5* / 4*

    Thanks to the 2Ks and Jay.

  18. I enjoyed this a lot but I didn’t find it easy . I blame the heat .It rained a few days ago , for the first time since May 25th and I skidded while driving , but luckily instinct took over and I managed to steer out of it .
    Thanks to the Kiwis and Jay .

  19. I also instinctively inserted “P” as the first letter of 28a, but it didn’t hold me up to any great extent.

    My ticks went to 18a, 28a, 3d and 5d, the usual good, solid, typical Wednesday offering.

    Many thanks to Jay and to Colin and Carol.

  20. The top half took a bit longer than the bottom but a very enjoyable puzzle.
    Last in was 1d and a bung in, missed the lurker.
    Fave was a toss up between 11a and 14a, both smilers.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis, hope you enjoyed your holiday.

  21. I agree with Merusa, top half went in smoothly, but then it started getting tougher. 27a was one stumbling block (what is a day book anyway?), and never having 16d (you couldn’t pay me enough to do that), I didn’t quite get there without the hints. Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis for a nice challenge today. I had a three way tie for COTD – 14a, 18a and 3d.

  22. I tried to post earlier but it vanished.

    Enjoyed this crossword very much……what a relief for me after yesterday’s when I could hardly get any.

    I too had Pay Book not being familiar with Da which held me up for ages with 16d.

    Thanks to the setter and to the 2 Kiwis.

  23. Nothing to frighten the horses in this very benign crossword from Jay. Over too quickly but fun while it lasted. 14 and 28a were my favourite clues.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s who are doing their best to remind us of the seasons ahead!

  24. How about shook off for the quickie pun. Not normally noted for sounding anything like the answer!! Favourite clue was 14a.

    1. Welcome to the blog Andrew.
      You are correct of course and we recently corrected the blog to show this. Thanks.

  25. Morning all.
    Looks like we found this one a little trickier that most commenters are reporting. We’ll stand by the remark we made in the preamble regarding this and also offer this as an excuse for not seeing the most obvious answer for the quickie pun. Hope we are back into the swing of things by next Wednesday.

  26. Another very easy solve, a definite * for difficulty. I was a little slow to get started, admittedly, but from that point on it was pretty plain sailing. But a good one, nevertheless.

  27. Completed this at sparrow f?r? this a.m. so now trying to recall my impression then. It seemed pleasant enough if lacking in clever surface reading. I was with RD re first 2 letters of 27a which made 16d difficult. My Fav was 14a. Thank you Jay and the returning 2Kiwis.

  28. ***./****. This was more tricky for me than I see for others. The last quadrant to yield was the SW not helped by misspelling 16d. Dipstick😏 Thanks to the 2Ks and Jay for a good workout.

  29. Enjoyed this one. Briefly strayed at 27a but the pay didn’t last long. Figures.

    My favourites were 25a, 28a and 23d.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis – good to have you back.

  30. Liked the courageous corkscrew (?) (18A) and the timid detectives (28A)…the ladies in the picture in 16D seem rather intrepid.

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