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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28832

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright sunny morning.

I found today’s Giovanni to be a puzzle of two halves. The top half went in very rapidly, then I ground to a halt trying to get a foothold in the bottom half, not helped by the duff anagram in 15d, so *** difficulty overall.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.

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1a           A mistake, having sauce in drink (4-2)
SLIP-UP – A verb for ‘to drink’ wrapped around some sauce or cheek.

5a           Motorway accident has hospital in confusion (8)
MISHMASH – Two letters which look like the alphanumeric designation of one of the UK’s motorways, followed by another word for an accident or collision wrapped around an abbreviation for Hospital.

9a           One looking for something cheap, but unearthing rubbish (7,6)
BARGAIN HUNTER – Another word for ‘but’ or ‘but for’ followed by an anagram (rubbish) of UNEARTHING.

10a         Loftiness of silly undergrad Oxford finally got rid of (8)
GRANDEUR – Anagram (silliness) of UNDERGRA(d) with the final letter of OxforD removed.

11a         Plant in trouble had fallen over (6)
DAHLIA – Put together another verb meaning ‘trouble’ and HAD (from the clue), then reverse the lot (fallen over).

Image result for dahlia

12a         Girl and donkey featured in story (6)
LASSIE – An untrue story wrapped around another word for a donkey.

14a         Outside that place see boy being thrashed (8)
LATHERED – Another word for a boy wrapped around the adverb for ‘that place’.

16a         Bill and Edward crossing Greek island will get waylaid (8)
ACCOSTED – An abbreviation for a bill or account, and a diminutive version of Edward, placed either side of a Greek island.

19a         One half of a field — there’s no cover here (6)
ONSIDE – This is the half of a cricket field which does not contain the cover fielder.

21a         Reduces speed in thickets (6)
BRAKES – Double definition, the first being how a car driver reduces speed.

23a         Each, coming in refreshed, settled in a new place (8)
RESEATED – An abbreviation for EAch, with another word for ‘refreshed’ wrapped around it.

25a         Is Rev. a control freak? It’s debatable (13)

26a         This person getting at leader is a fool (8)
MEATHEAD – A pronoun for ‘this person’ followed by AT (from the clue) and a leader or chief.

27a         Some French anger and longing (6)
DESIRE – The plural form of the French partitive article (word for ‘some’), followed by another word for anger.


2d           Country not entirely generous about immigration originally (7)
LIBERIA – Another word for ‘generous’ with its final letter removed (not entirely), wrapped around the first letter (originally) of Immigration.

Image result for liberia

3d           Revolutionary material about Argentinian leader (5)
PERON – Reverse (revolutionary) a corded cloth, probably found more often in crossword than in real life, then add ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, to get an Argentinian general who ruled the country and had a wife who was the subject of a musical.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

4d           Location of silly pal sitting on glue (9)
PLACEMENT – Anagram (silly) of PAL followed by a type of glue.

5d           Among relations? Find the dog hiding here (7)
MONGREL – The second half of the clue tells you exactly what to do.

6d           Reliable output from loudspeaker (5)
SOUND – Double definition, the first being a term describing someone’s character or temperament.

7d           Supreme, but lacking chance to compete against opposition (9)
MATCHLESS – If a football team has no game this weekend they could be described as this.

8d           Gentleman being heard, nasty and obsequious (7)
SERVILE – A homophone (being heard) of a form of address for a gentleman, followed by another word for ‘nasty’.

13d         Store at home with film material (9)
STOCKINET – Put together the store of trading goods held by a business, ‘at home’, and a film with a two-letter title.

15d         Maybe having bags to reuse mostly (revised online version) — otherwise not green! (9)
TROUSERED – Anagram (otherwise) of TO REUSE, followed by the colour of a traffic signal which is the opposite of green. That was the version of the clue which is in the paper version and early online. It produces an extra E, hence the addition in later online versions of ‘mostly’, which tells us to remove on of the Es from TO REUS(e).

17d         Craft of Conservative, one to be consulted? (7)
CORACLE – An abbreviation for Conservative followed by a source of information about the future, such as the one at Delphi in ancient Greece, producing a light boat which can be carried on the user’s back.

Image result for coracle

18d         Obtained legal document to restrict half the competitors (7)
DERIVED – Take the first half of a word for ‘competitors’ (Sheridan wrote a play about them), and insert the result into a legal document.

20d         Resident the German entertains abundantly (7)
DWELLER – One of the forms of the German definite article wrapped around a word for ‘abundantly’.

22d         Sudden movement of operator not getting on (5)
SURGE – The sort of operator found in a hospital theatre, with the ON removed.

24d         Another identity unfortunately trapping one (5)
ALIAS – An exclamation meaning ‘unfortunately’ or ‘sadly’, wrapped around the Roman numeral for one.

The Quick Crossword pun KLEE + PIDGIN = CLAY PIGEON

33 comments on “DT 28832

  1. Wow, that was worthy of being a Toughie. Finished without aids, but it took me **** time.

    9a has to be COTD, I was knew I had the right answer but it seemed the anagram fodder was wrong. I’m going to guess others will have taken as long as me to fully parse it. (Ahem, DT, it’s not that fodder!)

    15d was another where I thought we had to many letters, and apparently DT thinks so too.

    21a was a new meaning for me.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and DT

  2. I found this one uncharacteristically mildish for a G puzzle, but still about average for a general back-pager. The clues were fine and it was certainly enjoyable enough. I didn’t notice the rogue E in 15d. 2.5* / 3.5*

  3. Started off well but , as stated by DT , slowed down by the bottom half with SW corner holding out the longest .

    A wide mixture of clues none of which gave a big smile but pleased to finish without recourse to the hints .

    Can now spell 11a due to its popularity recently .

    Thanks to everyone .

  4. DT, I think your hint for 9a is incorrect. Surely it’s a synonym for BUT, followed by an anagram of UNEARTHING?

  5. Apart from 15d, and the less said about that the better, a very good end to the work week and the start of a three day holiday weekend over here, finished at a gallop – **/*** (would have been **** but for you know what).

    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 7d, and 17d – and the winner is 7d.

    Thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  6. I usually enjoy Giovanni’s settings and that started to be the case in the North today but the age I spent trying in vain to fathom 15d anagram put a damper on the lower half. Were the DT editing staff sleeping on the job I wonder?! 11a plant makes a quick reappearance. Surface of 5a made it my Fav. Thank you DG and DT.

  7. I must be on the G wavelength today. Quickish.
    All good fun and witty.

    I’ve always spelt 13d with an extra TE at the end – I don’t know why.

    I liked 15d, although I usually associate it with people pocketing cash.

    Thx to G, I can now go and demolish a sideboard.

  8. Agree with DT’s ***/***, first thing I looked at on the blog was the parsing of 15d and the extra E – feel better now !
    I thought that there were some clever charades like 17 and 13d and liked the surface of 7d, a steady solve and fine for a Friday-liked the Quickie pun.

  9. I too fell for the anagram at 9ac. I can now solve anagrams that do not actually exist. How cool is that? Otherwise a typical Giovanni puzzle so thanks to him. Thanks also to Peter for the review. I won’t be watching the clip. I have found some Bob Dylan from Christchurch New Zealand that needs checking out. See you all on Monday. Play nicely children.

  10. I thought this was a brilliant offering with many amusing and clever clues. I like 19a, being a cricket lover; 26a raised a smile. Shame about the extra letter but I still make 15d my favourite. many thanks DG.

  11. Generally enjoyable, had never heard of stockinet, but didn’t like 15d don’t see the syntax of trousered = having bags would have worked better as trousers, awkward clueing let alone the slipup.
    5 ac is a nice clue

  12. 15D was my favourite clue and I was so preoccupied justifying the definition of RED to my editor that we both obverlooked the bleedingly obvious. More mortification, I fear. I shan’t be able to own up in September anyway if something goes wrong. I am allowing myself a brief sabbatical! So sorry!

    1. I shouldn’t worry too much. Lovely crossword. And, it’s often the bleeding obvious which is the most easily overlooked. Enjoy your break!

  13. Completed most of this one over a mint tea in Philadelphia and the rest -mainly bottom half – next morning. Lacked sparkle for me but I still enjoyed the challenge. Thanks G (enjoy your break and thanks for your work) and DT.
    Not been doing too many Telegraph puzzles recently as busy using time and good weather/daylight tackling other diversions. Autumn is on the way though.

  14. Perhaps Deep Threat should have used the superfluous E from 15d to add to “on” in the subsequent explanation !

  15. Like others found the top half far easier than the bottom. A challenging puzzle with a good work out for the brain cells, found a couple of clues quite obscure including 9a and 15d now know why, managed to get both but needed the blogs explanation after completing. Last in 23a and struggled with the bottom half to finish. Enjoyable puzzle with some very good clues and the odd dodgy one.

    Clue of the day: 13d / 15d ( still liked that clue)

    Rating 4* / 3*

    Thanks to DT and Giovanni.

  16. Quite challenging and testing, but rewarding to finish and well worth the perseverance. Shame about the extra letter in 15d because I really enjoyed it as a clue.

    Thanks to The Don and DT.

  17. Tricky but nice agree with DT a game of two halves ***/*** 😬 Favourites 7d and 26a. Thanks to DT and to Giovanni, enjoy your break 😎 Did not recognise the artiste singing in the clip for 3d 🤔

  18. Top half went straight in. Tussled with the bottom half. I spent far too long on 15d. I tried to make something of ‘bags/to/red” because that was 9 letters. I hadn’t heard of 26a used for fool. Not the easiest puzzle this week. Thanks setter and DT.

  19. I was getting quite excited as I was doing so well, despite it being a *** Friday Giovanni, which is quite unusual for me. Until I ventured into the bottom half of the puzzle. 15d (trousered?), 21a (brakes for thickets?), and the material at 13d did not come to mind. Otherwise enjoyed more than most Friday puzzles, particularly 1a and 25a. Thanks to Deep Threat for the hints.

  20. I struggled and struggled with 15 down as I had an extra e.
    I never give in.
    But, on this occasion, I did eventually, give in and read DT.
    So, I’m not thick after all.
    Great puzzle.
    Very many thanks, Giovanni and DT.

  21. We recognised the picture used for 11a as it was one that we had considered when we were choosing for our blog on Wednesday. Lots to enjoy here and it all went together in reasonable time for us.
    Thanks Giovanni (enjoy your sabbatical) and DT.

  22. Excellent puzzle but some really difficult clues to fully parse such as 19a (I wonder what Kath thought of it), 3d and 23a. Like everyone else 15d caused a problem.
    Thx to all

  23. Very late on parade. Tricky in parts but satisfying apart from a couple of clues which were a stretch. Thanks to all.

  24. Failed miserably tonight and gave up on most of SE corner and had to click for five answers, but enjoyed trying! 16a & 13d favourites.
    Thanks to all.

  25. I would describe this crossword as 25a. Rattled through most of it and enjoyed greatly. Had to leave the rest till this morning. Self-inflicted problem in SW as I carelessly put in stockings for 13d. Gave it another look and the penny dropped. I think I would have spelt this was two ts and an e. I was then able to solve 26a but not familiar with the word. Got 18d but took me a while to work out what “riv” was one half of! Took me an inordinate length of time to get 23a. What can I say about 15d that has not already been said. Real disadvantage for back page solvers like me who don’t give up and look at the blog. Therefore only solved after all the checkers were in and I went through the alphabet. Thanks Giovanni (also for owning up) and to DEep Threat.

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