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DT 28815 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28815 (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    Bed of troupers unmade (4-6)
An anagram (unmade) of OF TROUPERS

9a    Reduce security for safety measures? (10)
Split as (4,6) this action would result in reduced security


13a    Bishop leaves companion in impasse (9)
Drop the B(ishop) from a companion from the same place – we’ve seen one like this very recently (but please don’t say where!)

15a    Look on as muscle gets brought into condition (8)
A three-letter muscle inside (brought into) a word meaning condition

16a    Common sense displayed by Norman? (6)
… that’ll be Norman, the famous comedian

20a    Using air-conditioning I draw off form of pollution (4,4)
The abbreviation for air-conditioning followed by I from the clue and a verb meaning to draw off

23a    Reason to limit supply of beer (9)
Split as (6,3) this would suggest that the supply of beer is being limited

27a    Huge amount thrown around — pounds — draws soldiers in (10)
An anagram (thrown around) of AMOUNT followed by the letter that represents pounds (sterling) and around (draws … in) some soldiers

29a    Old female relative carried in ambulance, stressed (10)
Hidden inside (carried in) the clue


1d    Musical instrument somewhere in Scotland (4)

2d    Exalt with high-class acclaim (7)
The letter used for high-class or posh followed by some acclaim

3d    Mate pointing out blemish? (12)
A clever anagram (out) of MATE POINTING

4d    Rare quality such as Bath’s spoken of (8)
Sounds like a description of Bath (3,4)

11d    Confusion of less sophisticated people in punt (12)
An adjective meaning less sophisticated and some people inside a three-letter word meaning a punt or gamble

19d    Brock’s home was first to be established (7)
I remember Brock the Badger (was it read on the radio by Uncle Mac?) – his home is followed by a word meaning was first

22d    Islander succeeded with a complaint (6)
S(ucceeded) and (with) the A from the clue followed by a complaint or whinge

25d    Range of top-class albums (4)
The letter representing top class followed by some vinyl albums

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The Quick Crossword pun: bison+Tenniel=bicentennial

41 comments on “DT 28815 (Hints)

  1. An enjoyable romp completed at a gallop, I was even able to observe Miffypop’s rule (even though he says there are no rules) of not writing out the anagrams – **/***.

    Candidates for favourite – 13a, 20a, 29a, and 7d – and the winner is 7d.

    Thanks to the Setter and BD.

  2. Lovely lovely puzzle , not difficult or easy with plenty to enjoy .

    Of the many “smilers” 4D was my favourite .

    Last 2 entries were 29A & 22D , in that order .

    Flowed ok with a third filled on first read through then steady progress until the last 2 above caused a little pause for thought .

    Thanks to everyone .

  3. Not difficult by any means but I rather liked the setter’s humorous take on some familiar words.

    Podium places went to 9,13,20&23a plus 7d.

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

  4. 1.5* / 2.5*. This was a pleasant puzzle with everything falling into place quickly until, like KFB, I got held up by my last two in, 29a & 22d.

    My favourite was 9a.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

  5. Just right level of difficulty with accompanying fun. Slight hold-up in the SW due, as for others, to 22d and 29a hanging fire. Some novel anagram indicators. My joint Favs were 9a and 7d. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  6. I found this tough, but completed in **** time without using electrons. I was convinced that the compiler had made a mistake at 20a. ***********************! (Talk about not seeing the wood for the trees).

    9a was last to fall for me, and therefore COTD.

    Many thanks to the setter and BD.

    1. If you want to discuss your mistakes, please don’t do it before the closing date for entries. There will be a full review this coming Friday, where you can discuss the puzzle in any way that you want.

  7. Splendid. Rain here in SW meant I could for once start before bedtime. Last two in 22d and 17d in that order. Did not have a problem with 29a. Neatly for once I have three favourites each way. 9 13 and 23a and 4 11 and 25d. I did wonder if anyone would complain about 16a but then decided if he is still famous in Albania he should not prove a stumbling block to our multi-national bloggers. Thanks Mr Ron and BD

  8. Just finished it without recourse to the hints. It took me longer than necessary because I got the wrong bird(too much Jane Austen) but an enjoyable after lunch exercise. Glorious weather at the moment but will the skies be clear enough to see the shooting stars tonight?

  9. It’s strange but whenever partial hints are given I always consider them to be easy. The tricky ones are aren’t mentioned. Found 4d and 14d in the tricky category. Still thanks BD and setter.

      1. Yes surprised about 14d, I have to cheat with one of those word things on the internet as it’s a word in have never heard of.

  10. A great puzzle that’s got me back on track after a couple of difficult days, and on the setters wavelength from the off. Not over stretched with this one but a puzzle with some really good clues and a lots of fun resulting in a very satisfying solve. 29a last in and thought that was a good clue when the penny finally dropped? Some confidence restored today ready for the week ahead.

    Clues of the day: 9a / 23a / 4d / 11d to mention a few.

    Rating 2.5* / 4*

    Thanks to BD and the setter

  11. First pass and I had v little in but coming back after caffeine intake improved things. The SE corner was the last in. 11d and 29a were the stumbling blocks.
    Fave was 1d only because it is in my fave quote from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. As it is a prize puzzle I won’t quote it here but will mention it was first published in a 1791 edition of The Bee hence my amusement.

  12. I rather liked this one, much fun for a Saturday morning.
    I needed the hints for 22d, I was off on the wrong island, and I solved 4d using electronic help.
    Fave was 13a with 7d hot on its heels.
    Thanks to setter and to BD for the fun.

  13. Mildest prize puzzle for a while, but still very enjoyable. 29a was last in, which I got from the checking letters, only to discover that it was a lurker. My favourites were 7d, 20a and 23a. Thank you setter and BD.

    1. Welcome to the blog Soph

      I sometimes despair – did you read the first line of the post? If you did you will have seen: “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.”

      I did not regard 21d as one of the more difficult ones.

    2. If there was a list of chestnut clues it would be in there near the top Soph. I dare not say any more. Welcome to the blog though.

  14. Very enjoyable but took me a little time to get on the right wave length. Last ones in 14d, 26&28d. Thanks to all. Looks like we might get some rain today and about time too.

  15. A satisfyingly fun puzzle today! Enjoyed 9a & 4d but 23a my outright favourite. Heavy rain now so the lawn is happy too. Thank you

  16. Truly enjoyed this one today, and finished it, which is more than I can say for my efforts the last two days. Thanks to setter and Big Dave. No sports or obscure GK answers helped of course.

  17. Gave full attention to our guests today but once they had gone it was great to settle down to a most enjoyable crossword..

  18. Great fun.
    Never heard if the Beatrix Potter character or the donkey, so the SW corner was a bit of a struggle.
    Lots of very varied clues.
    Thanks BD and setter.

  19. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and was able to finish it before listening to Aggers and co from Lords. My last one in was 29ac which seems to have delayed others. Favourite was 14d.

  20. Wow! I did not find this a walk in the park. I really struggled until about half way through and then suddenly everything was plain sailing thereafter. Odd. Very much a wavelength thing I guess. 4d was favourite.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints.

  21. This is obviously one of the, “Oh dear – just me then days”. I thought it was quite difficult.
    I am going to discuss my problem but will try to do it ‘cryptically’ because I’m not going to the naughty corner so late in the day – the only place I’m going now is to bed.
    BD’s maxim is, “If you can’t explain your answer it’s probably wrong”. Well, I could explain my answer to 4d but I couldn’t spell it which scuppered 13a until I saw what I’d done.
    Other than that I think it’s all been said already so thanks to the setter and to BD and night night.

  22. Enjoyed that and needed almost no clues EXCEPT – I had a different word for 4d that the second half made sense and that made 13a a bit of a struggle until I had a dho! moment with help from the hint :D

    Looks like Kath, above, might have had a similar issue

    Thanks to BD & the setter


  23. For once recently managed without a hint! Completed it on Saturday as the weather stopped any outside activities. I concur with the general feeling that it was an enjoyable but reasonably challenging puzzle, with amusing anagrams and hidden answers eg 29a. Perhaps I am getting used to the latest trend! Thanks to BD and the setter.

  24. Enjoyed the crossword, thank you to BD and the setter. Also the quick crossword was interesting in that there were about a dozen hidden references to the pun, ie “CC”.

  25. Could someone please explain 14d.. i have the answer but cant fully work out the word play. The letter * is the problem.

    1. Please don’t include part of the answer in your comment unless it actually appears in the clue.

      14d Initially arduous exercise in gym following directions — light footwear needed (10)
      The initial letter of A[rduous] and some (military) exercise inside the two-letter abbreviation for gym (like at school) all preceded by two compass directions

  26. Any crossword I can finish without help gets a thumbs up from me. On first pass I could only get one across clue but it gradually all came together. Very enjoyable.

  27. I agree right level for me. I don’t use any help and just take my time. The fact I finished it on Monday means it must have been too easy for the rest of you. I think 13a is correct but not sure about companion bit. Have to wait until Friday

  28. Took ages to spot the old female relative lurking in 29A;
    also missed the “CC” nina in the quickie (mentioned by Lionel Bidwell in comment 27 above) .

  29. Very enjoyable. Did most of it in reasonable time but the last few took quite a while. Some lovely clues, very nicely constructed, and several that brought out a smile when I saw the light. My favourites were 1a, 9a, 13a, 29a, 4d, 7d and 25d. Overall, 9a and 4d were the joint winners. Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

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