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DT 28818

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28818

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A real mixed bag of weather for us this week. We have had a couple of gloriously fine days, a light frost one morning, and now we are getting cold blustery winds with showers. The average temperatures are creeping up though which is a good thing.

We had a discussion about whether we should give this 2 or 3 stars for difficulty and settled for the ‘by the clock’ time rather than the gut feeling. Good fun as ever from Jay.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Less is written about one British form of transport (7)
MINIBUS : The Roman numeral one and the abbreviation for British is inside the arithmetical word for less.

5a     Fish people oddly want? (7)
POLLACK : The first, third and fifth letters of people (oddly) and want or shortage.

9a     Room that’s a credit, mostly — about time (5)
ATTIC : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for time and an informal word for credit loses its last letter.

10a     Trouble aboard vessel for part of the army (9)
ARTILLERY : This vessel is one that carries blood. It surrounds a trouble or evil.

11a     Nut mostly found on reels for fish (4,6)
ROCK SALMON : This nut, which loses its last letter here, is one that is a special treat when scorched and covered with chocolate. It follows a synonym for reels or wobbles.

12a     Handle line during strike (4)
HILT : Strike or assault contains the abbreviation for line.

14a     An idiot getting upset about quiet process of producing alcohol (12)
DISTILLATION : A word meaning quiet or placid is inside an anagram (getting upset) of AN IDIOT.

18a     School rent gear out by type (12)
KINDERGARTEN : A type or sort is followed by an anagram (out) of RENT GEAR.

21a     Many schemes must ignore parking (4)
LOTS : Remove the letter signifying parking from schemes or subterfuges.

22a     Device that scans a person afraid of motor vehicles? (4,6)
CARD READER : Split the answer 3,7 to find the person afraid of motor vehicles.

25a     Time that hurt depressed land (5,4)
TOUCH DOWN : The abbreviation for time, then an exclamation indicating ‘That hurt!’ and a word meaning depressed.

26a     Prepare for the best (5)
PRIME : A double definition. We associate the best here with Miss Jean Brodie.

27a     Making a profit from open-weave material (7)
NETTING : Another double definition.

28a     Ruin one short story of marriage (7)
MARITAL : A three letter word meaning ruin, then the Roman numeral one and a story loses its last letter (short).


1d     Agree to change after millions becomes inadequate (6)
MEAGRE : The abbreviation for millions and an anagram (to change) of AGREE.

2d     Review advice that’s given at work? (6)
NOTICE : A double definition. The review could well refer to a theatrical performance.

3d     Support teams accepting student reverts to type (10)
BACKSLIDES : Support or sponsor and a synonym for teams contains the abbreviation for learner.

4d     Second unlikely delay (5)
STALL : The abbreviation for second and then unlikely as a Munchausen story might well be.

5d     Book written to make money on grass heating unit (9)
POTBOILER : For grass we need an alternative common name for marijuana, and then a heating unit that might be found in a basement.

6d     Slump, seeing money is short (4)
LOLL : Remove the last letter from a slang word for money.

7d     Drink provided after a serving of tripe (8)
APERITIF : A two letter synonym for provided follows ‘A’ from the clue and an anagram (serving of) of TRIPE.

8d     Everything depends on this pitch’s quality (8)
KEYSTONE : When the answer is split 3’1,4 we have a musical reference.

13d     Occupation of goalie after match? (10)
GAMEKEEPER : Another word for a football goalie follows a match or contest.

15d     Follows a gang, lost in disarray (4,5)
TAGS ALONG : An anagram (in disarray) of A GANG LOST.

16d     Asked to go naked, revealed frame (8)
SKELETON : Remove the first and last letters (to go naked) of asked and then a 3,2 phrase meaning revealed.

17d     Order coach (8)
INSTRUCT : A double definition.

19d     Break after a day at sea (6)
ADRIFT : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for day and a break or schism.

20d     Nightmare of poor grades in exam (6)
ORDEAL : The letters denoting fourth and fifth grades are inside an exam that is not a written one.

23d     Dean regularly absorbed by obscure material (5)
DENIM : The second and fourth letters of dean are inside a word for obscure.

24d     Bond’s rumoured nationality? (4)
THAI : A homophone (rumoured) for a bond or attachment.

We’ve picked our favourites from alternate corners of the puzzle today, 8d and 16d.

Quickie pun    watts    +    forty    =    What’s for tea?

45 comments on “DT 28818

  1. A very straightforward, enjoyable and rewarding puzzle from Jay this morning. Loads of excellent clues, but I gave top billing to 22a.

    Thanks to the aforementioned and the 2Ks.

  2. Another ‘start with the Downs’ Wednesday but a very enjoyable time was had

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks

  3. Agree with the 2K’s **/****,a light well constructed crossword and great fun.
    Liked the charades 11a and 22a and 8d for the surface.
    I suppose Mr Stokes will play, probably our new no 4 will be left out.
    Oh smiled at the quickie pun almost as good as yesterday’s.

  4. Another little masterpiece full of ingenuity and much appreciated . Proud to complete without the need for the hints but all over far too soon .

    Yet again so many excellent clues so picking one would not be fair . Instead my COTD goes to the combo of 1A & 5A in the quickie , punny & funny .

    The rain in South Wales has resurrected bowling greens but hope it is fine for big game this evening .

    Thanks to 2Ks and 1J from 1K .

  5. Oh dear, lost my comment after being asked to ‘wait a moment’. This presented fewer hitches than is often the case for me with Jay with plain-sailing in the South whilst slower going up North however altogether it was a fun run. Candidates for Fav were 25a, 7d and 24d, all of which raised a smile. I wonder what 7d is served after, rather than before, tripe – yuck! The hint illustration appears to show some kind of wine concoction garnished with rosemary. The pun was giggle-worthy. Many thanks Jay and the 2Kiwis.

  6. Fairly straightforward this morning but with some nice touches of humour.
    Favourite was 22a with a round of applause for the Quickie pun – simple but very effective.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks – mixed bag of weather here as well although, fortunately, we’re frost-free.

  7. If you still have crosswording time to spare, our Snape has his Eccles hat on in today’s Independent

  8. Splendid puzzle albeit over too soon. I liked 11a, 3d, 5d, and 16d with top spot to 25a. Thanks Jay & 2Ks

  9. It’s all been said. Another excellent challenge from Jay.
    22a was my favourite.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for their review.

  10. What a delightful puzzle which edged into 3*/4* for me. Favourites were 11a, 8d, 16d and 24d but star of the day, as with many others, was 22a. Thanks to the setter for a most enjoyable solve.

  11. All I can say is I must be very thick then, as I found this beyond me.
    Thanks Jay and 2xK’s

    1. Definitely not. Could not get on the wavelength with this one, even with the hints in a couple of places.

    2. I struggled for ages to get going with this. Sometimes it’s just about perseverance, putting it down for a couple of hours to refresh the mind, it’s not all down to degree of intelligence. Often, as was the case with this puzzle, when you do get a couple of answers the rest falls into place surprisingly quickly.

  12. Sometimes I think that HoofitYouDonkey and I must be twins. Most of this was way off my wavelength.

    Thanks for the hints and tips, all.

  13. About medium difficulty for a Jay puzzle I would say, and superbly enjoyable as always.

    My top two clues were 16d and 20d.

    Many thanks to Mr Mutch and the 2Ks.

  14. **/****. Very enjoyable puzzle with a few ah-ha moments. My favourite was 11a closely followed by 25a. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  15. Enjoyed this but not a walk in the park for me somehow a bit on and off the setters radar? NE corner slow to fall mainly due to last in 5d and the penny not dropping for a while? Thought there was lots of clever clues that needed a bit of untangling but eventually it fell in to place. A typical Jay puzzle and a satisfying solve.

    Clues of the day: 11a / 25a

    Rating: 3* / 4*

    Thanks to 2K’s and Jay.

  16. I thought this was a benign Jay today, though I did need electronic help with my last in at 22a.
    There was lots to like here, hard to choose a fave, but 25a was closest.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis for the entertainment.

  17. Morning all.
    It is always a relief when we wake up on a Thursday morning, turn on the computer, and see that everything has happened as scheduled and there are no major changes needing to be made to what we had written the previous day.
    We had problems deciding which clues to single out for special mention and interesting to see that a wide range of clues hit the spot for different commenters too.

  18. Last one is was 7d. I hadn’t realised until the last minute that “serving of” was an anagram indicator. Lots of fun along the way. Thank you Jay and the 2Ks.

  19. Had a hard time with this one, with 11a and 22a being prime holdouts. It was not really that difficult on reflection. Just that I could not figure out where the clues were heading in several cases. The different spelling of 1d from the American version (I know it’s an English puzzle…) also held me up. 18a is also spelt differently from the German over here, but would not have made a difference anyway. Fingers crossed I can do better tomorrow.

  20. Still can’t parse 2d
    Didn’t get 5d either
    Thanks to those that help and to the setter

    1. Hi Jewels.

      A notice is a review of a play, for example, and an advice is a form of communication, e.g remittance advice.

      A potboiler is a book written by a financially-strapped author purely to make money which would enable them to buy meat that would boil in the pot.

      1. I’m probably wrong, but thought the grass in the clue was the pot in the answer! Misspent youth perhaps

        1. The parsing is grass (pot) above a heating unit (boiler). So, you’re absolutely right.

          I was explaining the origin of the word potboiler which I think Jules was flagging up.

  21. A bonus day for me today. Firstly a most enjoyable Wednesday puzzle from Jay I believe, then a thirty year old puzzle ( no 19461 ) discovered in the loft during a clear out. Almost 30 years to the day – August 16 1988, but I cannot work out who the setter was. Thanks to both setters anyway – some nice relaxation after a very tiring day of sorting through 50 years or more of ‘stuff’.

  22. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. What a super puzzle. I first thought that 1a could be “omnibus” but I had my doubts as it would have been a forbidden indirect anagram, so once I got 1d, I soon solved 1a. So many great clues. I loved the subtlety of 8d,and the surface of 28a, the inventiveness of 11a, but my favourite was 22a, so brilliant. Last in was 19d. Was 2*/4* for me.

  23. I got to enjoy this for a bit longer than the average Jay because I was falling asleep – tiredness, no reflection on the puzzle you understand.

    The analyst in me frowned at the “on” in 5d, but solving joy was impeded only by the aforementioned zzzs.

    So many clues want to be favourite that none can be.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  24. Very enjoyable.
    Thanks to all. Had to look at hints to parse 10a. I had the steering part of a ship and could not make sense of the 3 letters around it!

  25. Excellent. Just my level, with a few smiles along the way. Favourite 25a with honourable mention for 16d.

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