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DT 28824

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28824

Hints and tips by KiwiColin

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

It seems that the weather gods have had a meeting and decided that we were getting too many gloriously fine days in our spring mix. These have now been removed and replaced with more wet and windy ones. Perhaps they will relent for next week.

Grandmother duties in Wellington means that it is a solo blogging effort from me this week .

All the usual fun from Jay once again.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.

1a     Wrong about good job for marker (8)
SIGNPOST: The abbreviation for good is inside a wrong or indiscretion and then a job or occupation.

5a     Issues summit discuss regularly (6)
TOPICS: A synonym for a summit is followed by the second , fourth and sixth letters (regularly) of discuss.

9a     What to wear if changing gear in sandhills? (9)
DUNGAREES: An anagram (changed) of GEAR is inside a word for sandhills.

11a     Private meal with no end of food (5)
INNER: The last letter of food is removed from the beginning of the main meal of the day.

12a     Credit almost consumed — cause a furore (6)
CREATE: the abbreviation for credit and all but the last letter (almost) of a word meaning consumed.

13a     Withdrew material prior to broadcast (8)
REPAIRED: A three letter type of corded material and broadcast or made public.

15a     Check flower for new life (13)
REINCARNATION: A check that could be used to control a horse and a flower of the genus Dianthus.

18a     Wonder about European crossing border for scam (7,6)
PYRAMID SCHEME: String together a)the structures that make one of the ancient world’s wonders, b)the single letter abbreviation meaning about, c)a synonym for border and d)the abbreviation for European.

22a     Principled person‘s haze about exam (8)
MORALIST: A type of exam that is not written is inside haze or fog.

23a     Spell name to be kept in touch (6)
TRANCE: A touch or very small amount contains the abbreviation for name.

26a     The top of carpet pile must be tacky (5)
CHEAP: The first letter of carpet and a pile or mound.

27a     Programme a religious leader and artist put on like this (4,5)
SOAP OPERA: ‘A’ from the clue and the religious leader from the Vatican come between a word meaning ‘like this’ and the notation for a Royal Academician.

28a     I may be a red, for example (6)
SETTER: Put the word red before the answer to get a canine example of this answer.

29a     Landlord‘s silence worried last of clientele (8)
LICENSEE: An anagram (worried) of SILENCE plus the last letter of clientele.


1d     One hurried to go up on board ship for drinks (8)
SIDECARS: Inside the abbreviation for steamship we need the Roman numeral one and the reversal of a word meaning hurried or went quickly.

2d     Information about school of painting, say (5)
GENRE: A word for information and the two letter abbreviation for about or with reference to.

3d     Material confronting some surgeons? (7)
PLASTIC: The answer can be put before surgeons to identify those who do restorative tissue work.

4d     Tissue-type full of fat? (4)
SUET: A lurker hiding in the clue.

6d     Old pal from Paris stocking equipment for such art (7)
ORIGAMI: A word for equipment is inside the abbreviation for old and the French word for a friend.

7d      One caring about unfamiliarity (9)
IGNORANCE: An anagram (about) of ONE CARING.

8d     Casts off, crossing river for scraps (6)
SHREDS: Casts off or doffs contains the abbreviation for river.

10d     Custodians or cooks pinching a case of red (8)
STEWARDS: Cooks by prolonged boiling contains ‘a’ from the clue and the first and last letters (case) of red.

14d     Building bases for discussion (8)
PREMISES: A double definition. 

16d     Seconds may be this tense (9)
IMPERFECT: These seconds could be sold in what we call ‘Outlet Stores’ in NZ.

17d     Languish in love? Get a teacher (8)
VEGETATE: A well disguised lurker hiding in the clue.

19d     Fall back and soldiers leap off, surrounding son (7)
RELAPSE: Engineering soldiers and then the abbreviation for son is inside an anagram (off) of LEAP.

20d     Eat away, seeing bar in centre (7)
CORRODE: A bar or pole is inside a centre, possibly of an apple.

21d     Fires across bow of motor boats (6)
SMACKS: Fires or dismisses from work contains the first letter (bow) of motor.

24d     Requirements of daughter employed in topless joints (5)
NEEDS: The main joints found in a leg lose their first letter (topless) and surround the abbreviation for daughter.

25d     Team hiding under mother’s skirt (4)
MAXI: The number of players in some teams expressed as a Roman numeral follow a familiar word for mother.

I got the biggest smile of the day from 18a.

Quickie pun    law    +    leap    +    hops    =     lollipops

53 comments on “DT 28824

  1. Another fine start to Wednesday morning’s crosswording. Lots to enjoy and hard to pick just one clue for stardom. I did particularly like the Quick Pun.

    Thanks to Jay and the solo Kiwi

    I also recommend people have a go at the thing of joy that is today’s Petitjean Toughie

  2. 2* / 5*. Crossword heaven again from Jay. 17d was my last one as I forgot my own adage, when nothing else makes sense – look for a lurker! What a great lurker it was too; and, while talking of good clues of a particular genre, 7d is a wonderful anagram and 18d is a brilliant charade.

    Many thanks to Jay and Colin.

    1. Me too, re lurker. When I first posted here, I remember pommers said the same thing about lurkers, and many years later, I’m still forgetting to do just that. Oh, dear, as Kath would say, when will I ever learn.

  3. Enjoyable as especially as on the right wavelength today .
    Many excellent clues but 28a gets my vote due to its cleverness yet simplicity .
    However , could not completely sort out 18a .
    Pleased to report that the remote control for the garage door is working again . Sorted in minutes by an expert after my months of trying !!
    Thanks to everyone .

  4. I think this one was a little trickier than the previous two. Lots of good clues and an enjoyable solve. 2.5* / 3.5*

  5. As enjoyable as ever for the mid-work week back pager with a little more head scratching than recently – ***/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 15a, 22a, and 17d (a prime example of ignore punctuation within a clue) – and the winner is 17d!

    Thanks to Jay and Kiwi Colin.

  6. Ditto all above, great puzzle and super hints when needed. Thanks to Jay and Colin. Loved tongue in cheek photo to 29a.

  7. Thanks to Jay and to Kiwi Colin for the review and hints. A super puzzle from Jay as usual. I found this very difficult, needed the hints for 18&27a and 14&17d and4d. Can’t believe I missed both the lurkers. Favourite was 15a. Was 4*/4* for me.

  8. I found this tough going for some reason. Finished in the end without help, but boy am I exhausted. And I can’t even see why, there were no obscure words or GK needed, which are my usual pitfalls.

    Two favourites today, 18a and 28a.

    Many thanks to Jay and KiwiColin.

  9. Thank you Jay, an excellent puzzle.

    I suspect that it is an old chestnut, but I enjoyed 28a, (having spent far too long trying to think of obscure wines). There was plenty more entertaining misdirection throughout.

    Last one in 17d. I see that I am not alone in this being the case, and I am always very impressed by any setter able to fool you with a lurker, (which, in principle, are the easiest clues).

    Thank you KC for the hints, which I needed for some parsing (e.g. 18a and 27a), as going backwards and forwards on a Smartphone to check these was just a torture too far.

    Daily Telegraph, please, PLEASE, produce a proper Crossword App, (or reach an agreement with somebody who already has one). I am sure that people would be willing to pay.

  10. OK but for me nothing special. I am reassured to note that I had company in missing the 17d lurker. Unusual to find that the flower involved in 15a was not a watercourse. I bunged in 18a and lazily gave up trying to fully parse it. Thank you Jay and KiwiColin.

  11. 18a has my vote for ‘clue of the year’ and the entire puzzle must rank in the top five! Thanks, Jay.

  12. I’m yet another who was fooled by 17d for far too long so that has to be my favourite. The rest of the puzzle was a bit trickier and hence took me a while longer to complete. Good challenge as usual.
    Thanks to Jay, and thanks to Colin for the review.

  13. Very enjoyable and a good challenge. Wasn’t sure I was going to finish it but managed in the end. Last one in was that brilliant lurker at 17d, so it s my favourite today. 13a and 28a worthy of a mention. Now for the Pettijean.


  14. Very enjoyable solve. If I’m being picky 18a would have been better for me as “wonders ….” but I still liked this as COTD. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

    1. Hi Vanks.

      The first word of the answer to 18a is singular, i.e one of the seven. If it was ‘wonders’ there would need to be two of them in the answer, i.e that one plus, say, ‘The Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ (Fawlty to Mrs Richards. Legendary stuff)

    2. My memory from when I learnt the Seven Wonders of the World was that the one in question was “The Pyramids at Giza” and I wrote the hint on that assumption. After reading your comment I looked on-line and see in Wikipedia that it is listed in the singular there. It looks like Jay must have had the same memory as I did and, as it is such a good clue I’m more than happy to accept it.

      1. It turns out we were all wrong.

        I, too, thought it was The Pyramids of Gaza. I praised Jay further up the blog so I clearly missed it.

        I was just correcting Vancouverbc as I think he/she meant it should be the 3rd person present ‘wonders’ to account for the ‘s’ on the answer. If they had said wonder’s with the possessive apostrophe that would have been different.

        I was saying that the first word of the answer ‘pyramids’ is singular, i.e just one of the wonders (clumsy wording by Sir Linkalot)


  15. Enjoyable solve ***/*** 😃 missed the lurker and 25d 😬 Favourites 15 & 28a Thanks to Jay and to Kiwi Colin What will tomorrow bring? 😳

  16. Very very hard indeed I thought. Nothing came easy, everything had to be dragged out kicking and screaming. Forgot the material in 13a but did like 15a.
    Only the whole a bit of a tedious exercise so for me ****/**.
    Thx for the hints.

  17. I started off running, until I had a handful left, which took me as long to solve as the rest of the puzzle.
    My last in was 7d where I had stupidly transposed some letters, old age.
    My fave was 28a, natch, it has four legs. I thought 18a was pretty clever but it took forever to sort it out.
    Thanks to Jay and Kiwi Colin. You NZs seem a hardy bunch, I noted that a minister bicycled with her partner to hospital while nine months’ pregnant to deliver her baby! Incredible.

  18. Halfway through and struggling, I looked at the comments, and decided I must be really thick. Went for a walk, checked a few hints and got back on track. Definitely found tough and relieved to see later likewise comments. Phew, not so thick then. COTD was 26a.

  19. Well that was a disaster. Only a few in the NE after several stabs at it. When I got home I looked at the hints I went grrr at 9a as I was wearing a pair and still couldn’t see the answer. The rest went little better and I still had 3 left when I resorted to revealing the last answers. Not Jays fault I am just having a brain fade. Thanks to him and KC (and the Sunshine Band?) For the hints.
    I am going for a nice cup of tea and a sit down and hope my brain works better on the petitjean.

  20. Has BD got a bottle of something cold and fizzy on ice for when we get to 40 million page views?

  21. Morning all.
    An interesting aside. When I was writing the hint for 14d, instead of just putting ‘double definition’, I had gone on to say that in the two usages the emphasis was on a different syllable in each of the meanings. We certainly do when we use the word but a check in BRB just before the blog was due to be published did not make this distinction so I removed that part of the hint. Do most of you make this distinction or is it a peculiarity of NZ speech?
    Oh, it’s still raining here this morning.

      1. Thanks Gazza. Your comment has reassured me I was right to delete that part of the hint.

  22. Late on parade today but we’ll worth the wait to complete this delightful puzzle from Jay. So many good clues, But I really enjoyed the charade at 18a and the brilliant lurker.

    Thanks to Jay and KC.

  23. Easing out of * into ** territory for difficulty here, but only just. Last in 28ac where I kicked myself when I finally spotted what was going on.

  24. Jolly hard today – toughest for a long time – not on the right wave length at all. However got the lurker early on. Needed help with loads of them but when got the answer, not sure what I found so tough!

  25. A fairly gentle Jay today, I thought, horses for courses, Ray-T tomorrow so I will be lucky to get half a dozen answers.
    Blooming hot out here in Minorca and Millwall’s defeat at Sheffield Wednesday has not improved my temper.
    Thanks both.

  26. I started off really well and then slowed down to barely crawling – the top was nearly full before I’d started the bottom half.
    Caught the first lurker – 4d – but completely missed the other one – 17d – which was my last answer.
    I didn’t manage to sort out why 18a was what it was – oh – that kind of wonder. :roll:
    Apart from those two I didn’t have too much trouble today.
    There weren’t any particular clues that stood out for me today – they were all good.
    Thanks to Jay and to KiwiC x 1 – specially for sorting out 18a.

    1. Welcome to the blog Jonsey.
      I have just checked in BRB and under licensee it says “A person to whom a license is granted, esp to sell alcohol.” That sounds pretty much like a pub landlord to me.

  27. Many thanks! Yes I think there is a licence to trade, as in this case a pub landlord, or a licence to occupy in which case the Licencee is the tenant. I’ve been misdirected I believe!

    1. Yes a licensee is the holder of a licence which the landlord of a pub is. Normally or/ee refer to the giver and the recepient eg lessor/lessee, mortgagor/mortgagee; Miffypops is both a landlord and a licensee.

  28. I don’t know what part of NZ you come from Colin but here in Welly there’s only one way to pronounce premises!

    1. Welcome to the blog Grizz.
      Good to see another Kiwi commenting. We’re not too far away from you at Foxton Beach.
      After further thought I have to agree with you about PREMISES. Something in the back of my mind must have told me I was on the wrong track when I amended the hint before it was published.

      1. Foxton Beach – one of my favourite spots – camera in hand stalking all your lovely birds. Cheers

  29. Lots of ticks for this one, and liked the hints and tips.
    I was yet another one to miss the 17D lurker.

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