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DT 28812

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28812

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We were treated to a brilliant red sky as the sun came up this morning. It looks like the forecast for rain later in the day is going to be true. Temperatures are creeping up now, we even got to a maximum of 18 Celsius yesterday and there is the feeling that all growing things are girding their loins for the big Spring effort. Or to be a bit pessimistic, back to regular lawn mowing duties again.
There are a couple of weather clues in today’s puzzle which relate much more to the weather in this part of the world than the scorching conditions most of you have had lately.

Jay had us scratching our heads over a couple of clues, but in the end, it all came together without too much resistance. 

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Crucial — and Kitty has the last word, with story unfinished (11)
FUNDAMENTAL : This Kitty is not our fellow blogger, but a pool of money. Next is the last word often used in church services, and finally a synonym for story loses its last letter.

9a     Tasteful number without a name? (9)
AESTHETIC : Remove ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for name from the beginning of a number of which ether is an old example.

10a     Some drinks and a single shot (5)
ROUND : A double definition. The drinks are associated with a group of people in a bar.

11a     Brown backed first person in such a colony (6)
NUDIST : A three letter word for brown or mouse-coloured is reversed and then the three letter way of writing ‘first’.

12a     Weather when fish will take line and bite? (4,4)
COLD SNAP : A variety of fish contains the abbreviation for line, and then bite or speak tartly.

13a     Tried very hard to wander, by the way (6)
STROVE : ‘Way’ gives us the abbreviation for street and this is followed by a word meaning to wander.

15a     Neat sign designed for perennials (8)
GENTIANS : An anagram (designed) of NEAT SIGN.

18a     Careless mistake with wearing shoes (8)
SLIPSHOD : A mistake or an indiscretion and then a word that means wearing shoes.

19a     Praises army officers after cut back (6)
EXALTS : The abbreviation for lieutenants follows the reversal of a word meaning to cut that is named for the cutting tool.

21a     Fail to be moved, finding means of salvation (8)
LIFEBOAT : An anagram (moved) of FAIL TO BE.

23a     Suffering at home, with company (6)
INFIRM : The two letter ‘at home’ word and then a company or business.

26a     Finally docked to get a book of charts (5)
ATLAS : Start with a 2,4 phrase meaning finally and remove or dock the final letter.

27a     Suggests prisoners should swallow note (9)
INTIMATES : A note from the sol-fa scale is contained in a word for prisoners.

28a     Bar in Cricket Club records intellectual (6,5)
CLEVER CLOGS : The abbreviation for Cricket Club surround a bar used as a tool and then records or diaries.


1d     Shows off apartments housing a Parisian (7)
FLAUNTS : The French indefinite article is inside another word for apartments.

2d     Detected rising attitudes one shows (5)
NOSED : A reversed lurker (rising) hiding in the clue.

3d     Tacky substances he’s found in adult nightclubs (9)
ADHESIVES : ‘He’s’ from the clue is inside the abbreviation for adult and then rather seedy nightclubs.

4d     Warms up, removing top for food (4)
EATS : Remove the first letter from a word meaning warms up.

5d     Idle as credit gone (4,4)
TICK OVER : An informal word for credit and then gone or finished.

6d     Tempted, but left university looking embarrassed (5)
LURED : The abbreviations for left and university and the colour associated with embarrassment.

7d     Dictionary (American) incorporating one page for this complex character (7)
OEDIPUS : The three letter initials for a well-known dictionary and then the abbreviation for United States contain the Roman numeral one and the abbreviation for page.

8d     Go off with dog and escape (4,4)
TURN TAIL : Go off, deviate or deteriorate as milk that is no longer fresh can do, (Thanks Gazza) and then a verb meaning to dog.

14d     Weather that sees artist in decline (8)
RAINFALL : The letters that signify a member of the Royal Academy, ‘in’ from the clue and then a dropping off or decline.

16d     The sort of grouping that’s not expensive, with duty to replace European Commission (9)
TAXONOMIC : Start with a word meaning not expensive and replace the abbreviation for the European Commission that starts the word with a duty collected by what we in NZ  call the IRD.

17d     Bad, if one turns out to be genuine (4,4)
BONA FIDE : An anagram (turns out to be) of BAD IF ONE.

18d     Insult a naturopath, pinching eastern leader’s wife (7)
SULTANA : A lurker hiding in the clue.

20d     Greek island area with small pastries (7)
SAMOSAS : A Greek island popular with tourists is followed by the abbreviations for area and small.

22d     Fundamental degree (intentionally so) (5)
BASIC : A Bachelor of Arts degree and then a Latin word for intentionally so or thus.

24d     Opening bars — popular with half of troops (5)
INTRO : The two letter word for popular and the first three letters of troops.

25d     Infection prominent during past years (4)
STYE : Another lurker hiding in the clue.

For some reason 28a made us laugh so that is our favourite this week.

Quickie pun    maw    +    sully    +    hum    =    mausoleum


54 comments on “DT 28812

  1. We are considerably cooler here today – 21 degrees is a very pleasant change – but I wouldn’t call it a 12a

    Thanks to Jay for the friendly entertaining crossword and the 2Ks for the explanations

  2. Quite mild for a Wedesday, very similar to Mon/Tues but I think this one was slightly more enjoyable. Fav: 7d. 1.5* / 3.5*

  3. I didn’t have the problems I had yesterday, thank goodness. 16d was last in. I did manage to work it out, but had to check It in the review. Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks. So glad that it’s a bit cooler today.

    1. Just me then. I can see posts, but the names of the posters are all missing A, E, G, L, N, O and possibly some other letters too. Weird.

  4. Terrific puzzle this morning as we have come to expect from Jay. Fairly straightforward, nice clue mix and a smattering of humour. Lots of contenders for the COTD accolade, but I will go for 1a.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  5. Very enjoyable Reasonably straightforward with some amusing clues. Honourable mentions for 1a, 18a, 7d, and 16d, with 5d taking top spot for me.

  6. Second attempt .
    Took longer than necessary today thanks to my typos !
    Enjoyable crossword especially appreciated the crypticness of the lurkers & anagrams .
    Favourite 28a due to biggest smile .
    Cooler here in South Wales with some 14D .
    Greetings to NZ and thanks to everyone

  7. 1.5* / 4*. I found this one at the easier end of Jay’s range but very enjoyable as ever on a Wednesday. Nice to see a name check for our feline blogger in 1a.

    It’s hard to disagree with any of Ray S’s honourable mentions, but I can’t not add 28a.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  8. Made a note of */**** after completion as everything fell nicely into place today and certainly tops for enjoyment.
    Liked 16d and 9a/7d-thanks to setter for the ride and 2 K’s for the blog pics.
    Clever quickie pun too.

  9. Finished unaided for a change. It’s nice to get it done in the morning,as since I have retired my day is normally taken up with other things (might go back to work to get a rest😊) . Jay has beautiful way with words,my thanks to him and the 2Ks. Didn’t know plants had loins,learn something every day.

  10. Like RD, I thought this was at the easier end of Jay’s spectrum but nevertheless most enjoyable.

    I smiled at 1a – must ask Mr K to confirm the veracity of the statement! Also particularly liked 28a & 5d.

    Many thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks – hope you’ve had the lawn mower serviced!

  11. Very enjoyable, I found it a little more tricky than some others and I completed it at a gallop – **/***.

    Joint favourites – 7d and 22d.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  12. For some unknown reason I found this one really slow to get going. I think I only had four answers after my first pass at the across clues. However, I soon picked up speed and it was easily completed in ** time.

    28a in my mind was COTD.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks

  13. Pleasant stroll only held up by trying to get some sort of cat for Kitty? Doh!
    Wonder what sort of treat/disaster Ray T has lined up for tomorrow?
    Thx to all

  14. Very enjoyable crossword. LOI was 12a. Some great clues but my favourites were 9a and 5d. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  15. One of the best Jay puzzles in recent memory, not difficult certainly, but many of the constructions and surfaces were first rate.

    My pick of an excellent crop comprised 9a, 12a, 28a and 7d.

    Many thanks to Mr Mutch and to Colin and Carol.

    P.S. For those with time for another puzzle, there’s a half decent one in the Independent today ;-)

  16. Sometimes you just can’t see the wood for the trees. The puzzle is what you expect from Jay but for some reason, I became anagram ‘blind’ in the SW corner until the penny dropped with a resounding clang that must have woken the 2K’s from their slumbers :smile:

    Lots to like but I think that I will choose 21st as my favourite.

    Thanks to Jay for the puzzle and to the 2K’s for their blog which I will now read.

  17. Thought this was fairly straightforward for a Wednesday. I’m not sure what ‘but’ is doing in 6d. Lots of quality clues, with ticks for 9a, 12a, 26a, 1d, 3d, and 7d. My favourite is of course the accurate 1a. Thanks to Jay for an entertaining puzzle and to the 2Ks for an entertaining blog.

  18. Simplicity rools with this puzzle! A pleasure to solve. 1a, 9a and 28a all did the job for me however I’ll go with 9a as fave.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for their review.

  19. Jay consistently does the business, providing beautifully constructed clues with meaningful surfaces and just the right level of difficulty. Thanks to him and to the 2Ks for their usual excellent blog.
    Top clues for me were 10a, 12a and 3d.
    I thought the ‘go off’ in 8d related to e.g. stale milk.

    1. Thanks Gazza. When we were solving we saw the ‘GO’ and immediately thought TURN. It was when we were writing the hints that we realised we had left the OFF stranded so re-thought the parsing. Obviously not deeply enough though.

  20. Agree it is an excellent puzzle but as usual found it trickier than most other bloggers but with a Jay puzzle it’s never quite straightforward for me. However got there in the end and enjoyed it although not totally on the radar. Last one in 8d I was also looking for something that turned (gone off / sour.) Lots of excellent clues from start to finish. Like Brian wpndering if tomorrow will bring us a Ray T?

    Clues of the day:18a / 28a / 7d

    Rating 3.5* / 4*

    Thanks to 2K’s and Jay.

  21. Nice gentle ramble through the crossword today managed without resort to the hints but still appreciated reading them for clarification of some parsings. A bit of trouble with dogs and spellings of flowers apart the greek island was LOI as I was trying to get Cos or Kos in there.
    Thanks t Jay and 2K’s

  22. Took me a while to get going but I’m putting it down to a migraine! It’s all about getting a foothold and when you do I find the previously unfathomable suddenly become remarkably clear. Like previous commentators I enjoyed this excellent puzzle and give 26a first prize among stiff competition. Thanks to Jay and The Kiwis.

  23. Right on my wavelength this one and I sailed through it. 7d was a nice one for some reason 19a and 20d were last to go in. DaveG is so right- we retirees are SOOOOO busy. Where would society be without the volunteers?

  24. Very enjoyable puzzle, only problem was 9a, but once I had the checking letters the penny dropped.
    My fave was 28a with 1a as runner up.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis for the entertainment.

  25. Reasonably straightforward today but I’m definitely no 28a.KFB please send us some of your 14d. We are in desperate eec of down here in Surrey

    1. Sorry not enough for us as ,, after the washing came in , it went straight out again and dried quickly .

  26. Another wonderful crossword, I am lost in admiration for the inventiveness of the setters. No problems with this, just admiration and respect.
    Too many great clues to single any out, but I will anyway with 9a.
    Ray-T tomorrow as Brian had to remind us, so hoping Paul will serve up another treat in the Guardian.
    Thanks for hints and puzzle.

  27. Morning all.
    The weather turned out just as predicted and it rained much of the afternoon and last night. Has cleared again now so regular Thursday things can happen as planned.

  28. I didn’t find today’s offering gentle exactly, and got held up with 9a. Once I gave in and looked at the 2Kiwis hint, I was off and running again. It’s strange how getting one word sometimes makes everything else fall into place. I’m still a bit slow today, and going to put it down to homesickness, which is always worse after a trip home. Just reminds me of all the things I miss, especially simple pleasures like riding the bus into town. (Public transport is almost non existent here in South Florida.).

  29. Lovely crossword that made me smile. I managed to finish it without help, save for looking up some Greek islands as I couldn’t get Spetses out of my head.

    1. Spent many a Summer – island hopping the Saronic Island chain. Arriving in Athens – straight down to Piraeus for a ferry to Spetses and then back to Piraeus – stopping at every island on the way back. Used to cost 200 – 300 drachma to sleep on someones roof. Brilliant! :smile:

      1. I remember the wild cyclamen everywhere, the hillsides were pink with them, it was so beautiful. The islanders were so friendly too. Oh, to be young again!

  30. Splendid crossword. Most went in at first attempt with one or two stragglers – 16d being the last in but achievable with the checkers. Favourites 1 18 21 26 and 27a and 22d. Thanks Jay, the 2Ks and all bloggers for interesting comments.

  31. Thanks and purrs to Jay for the puzzle and namecheck and to the 2Kiwis for the blog.

    My favourite is … well, I won’t insult your intelligence by spelling it out!

    I’ve been busy celebrating International Cat Day with my neighbour Stitch. We met at the bottom of the garden and divided our time between watching the wildlife, playing and petting. Then he

  32. After a fun-filled day I came to this in the early hours and found it utterly insurmountable so eventually threw in the towel and went to bed frustrated.

  33. Not too bad this time for thick old me. Got stuck with 20d as am not well up in Greek islands, but eventually saw the pastries. Was then able to do 23a which was last in for some reason, why I could not see the last four letters is beyond me.
    BUT, although I bunged in 9a I absolutely do not understand the parsing at all!! Sorry 2Ks.

    Ok, so now I have worked a bit harder with my brain and remembered the other meaning of “number”. NOW it makes sense! Duuuh!

    Enjoyed it and loved 28a, 8d, 19a-eventually!, and 24d. Thanks to you two for some explanations I’d never have got!

  34. Please someone show me how aesthetic is the answer to 9a. We got the word, but cannot decipher ti from the clue

    1. Welcome to the blog, aaaaardvaaaark.
      Start with ‘anaesthetic’ (a number, i.e. something that numbs) and take away A and N(ame).

      1. Thank you Gazza. It was the only word to fit (we thought) but just could not see how we should have got there. Now I see

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