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DT 28842

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28842

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

It started off as a glorious Spring day here. The cold spell that we have been having lately appears to have come to an end and although there is fresh snow on the distant hills, we have clear blue skies and warming sunshine. We even met our first ducklings of the season a couple of days ago. A clutch of fourteen little fluff balls frantically paddling after their proud, anxious mother.

Good Wednesday fun once again from Jay.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Turn it up intermittently — speed gives notable success (7)
TRIUMPH : Alternate letters in the phrase ‘turn it up’ and then the abbreviation for miles per hour.

5a     Analysed a test-market stocking drugs (7)
SEDATES : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

9a     Shock a friend welcoming pressure (5)
APPAL : ‘A’ from the clue and then friend or mate contains the abbreviation for pressure.

10a     Prime Minister needs best sort of growth (9)
MAYFLOWER : Your current Prime Minister and then a word for the best or the cream.

11a     Newly-developed African oil state (10)
CALIFORNIA : An anagram (newly developed) of AFRICAN OIL.

12a     Discreet attention seeker? (4)
PSST : A cryptic definition of the sound made to discreetly attract attention.

14a     Aching to incorporate seating area, getting established (4-8)
LONG-STANDING : A seating area found at a sports ground is found inside a word for aching or yearning.

18a     Extended prison term in exposed environment? (12)
OUTSTRETCHED : Exposed or made public encloses an informal word for a prison term.

21a     European article adopted in case of dispute (4)
DANE : The two letter indefinite article is surrounded by the first and last letters (case) of dispute.

22a     Cooking, get poetic about a dish (7,3)
COTTAGE PIE : An anagram (cooking) of GET POETIC plus ‘A’ from the clue.

25a     Adulterous couple should confront this regularly ignored dynasty (3-6)
TWO-TIMING : The number represented by a couple, then the first and third letters of ‘this’ and a Chinese dynasty.

26a     Country home needing assistance to make a comeback (5)
INDIA : The two letter word for at home and the reversal (to make a comeback) of a word for assistance.

27a     Hooligan sport enthusiast embracing Formula One (7)
RUFFIAN : A sport enthusiast is an avid supporter of our national game and this includes Formula One when expressed as a single letter and number.

28a     Argued violently after son gets sweet (7)
SUGARED : The abbreviation for son and then an anagram (violently) of ARGUED.


1d     One’s heart is in touch for a spell (6)
TRANCE : A touch or very small amount contains the central letter (heart) of one.

2d     Forces smile awkwardly absorbing pressure (6)
IMPELS : The abbreviation for pressure is inside an anagram (awkwardly) of SMILE.

3d     Delivery vehicles exploit aids for anglers (4,6)
MILK FLOATS : A word meaning exploit or manipulatively extract and then the devices anglers might use to keep their lures near the surface.

4d     Classic poet‘s house on the sea in France (5)
HOMER : A two letter abbreviation for house and then the French word for sea.

5d     Artistic city’s redesigned around tip (9)
STYLISTIC : An anagram (redesigned) of CITYS surrounds tip or lean to one side.

6d     Benefit of lies oddly underpinning party (4)
DOLE : The first and third letters of ‘lies’ come after a short word for a party.

7d     Vet finally has joint settlement (8)
TOWNSHIP : The last letter of vet, then a word meaning has or possesses and the joint at the top of the leg.

8d     Plan great changes in animal enclosure (8)
STRATEGY : An enclosure where a pig might be found surrounds an anagram (changes) of GREAT.

13d     Junior to enter grovelling initially suffering (10)
UNDERGOING : Junior or subservient, then a 2,2 phrase meaning to enter, and finally the first letter of grovelling.

15d     Papal gag or rein, after a fashion (9)
GREGORIAN : An anagram (after a fashion) of GAG OR REIN.

16d     Traders possibly accepting nothing for such a vehicle (8)
ROADSTER : An anagram (possibly) of TRADERS contains the letter representing nothing.

17d     Insist, and offer to keep deadlock (5-3)
STAND-OFF : A lurker, hiding in the clue. (It took us a while to spot this one.)

19d     Rest of page in red is redrafted (6)
SPIDER : An anagram (redrafted) of RED IS contains the abbreviation for page.

20d     Announce the lady’s mistreated lad (6)
HERALD : A personal possessive pronoun for ‘the lady’s’, and then an anagram (mistreated) of LAD.

23d     Bought on the way up when seeing such garments (5)
TOGAS : The reversal (on the way up) of bought or obtained and a synonym for when.

24d     Part of problem in ironing dress (4)
MINI : And another lurker to finish.

As 27a has our national game we will go for that one as today’s favourite.

Quickie pun     burly    +    nurse    =    Berliners


61 comments on “DT 28842

  1. Favourite today 3D , last one in 12A which give biggest smile .

    Another clever offering to enjoy .

    Thanks to everyone .

  2. A very enjoyable mid-week puzzle completed at a gallop – **/****.

    Silvanus’ repetition radar will probably blow a fuse with 9a and 2d sharing the ‘offending’ letter.

    Candidates for favourite – 12a,18a, 27a, 3d, and 7d and the winner is 12a.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

    1. Yes, it did Senf! Lucky I don’t have an anagram counter, or that might have blown a fuse as well…

  3. Jay on the soft pedal this morning but still delivering an enjoyable puzzle.
    Like Senf, I thought of Silvanus’ repetition radar protesting loudly over 9a & 2d and the ‘seating’ in 14a always makes me smile as it’s such a contradiction in terms these days.

    No particular favourite today but many thanks to Jay for the puzzle and to our 2Ks for the blog – hard to believe that you have ducklings around!

    PS Hope some of you watched the Anax ‘tutorial’ yesterday – a fascinating insight into the setters’ art.

    1. I missed the tutorial. Do you know if a recording of it is available to view anywhere? It would be perfect tomorrow when we are due a tropical storm, so I wont be venturing out!

      P.S. – puzzle was great. As previously advised by CS, I started, as usual, at the bottom with the down clues and worked my way up, although the top half was fairly benign as well but admit to needing electronic help for 12a. Thanks to Jay and 2Ks

        1. Just watched this – or at least most of the time it took to “create” the first seven clues. Interesting.

          And if every compiler has all that software available it must make things a little easier than sitting there with a blank grid and a pencil!!

      1. We’ve started the season with a roar. Good luck to you, but I think it’ll mainly be a wet one for you with this one.

  4. I think I have to join those above who chose 12a as their favourite. A thoroughly enjoyable Wednesday offering from Jay, not particularly difficult but a pleasure to solve from first to last.

    Thanks to all three birds involved this morning.

  5. A very pleasant puzzle with consistently good clues providing an entertaining solve. It’s funny how your brain can get immovably fixed on a flawed idea! 27a: On the first pass I tried hard to convince myself that the answer must be BUFFOON??, with **F***N in the grid and enthusiast (BUFF)/FO in the clue. 26a: This had to be IDAHO – an anagram of HO(me) and assistance (AID), surely! But no, they weren’t, nowhere near. Favs: 12a, 22a and 19d – the definition here might fool some people who have zero interest in snooker. 2.5* / 4*

  6. **/**** seems to be the popular choice, and I agree, an enjoyable romp-thanks setter.
    Last in was 13d and last to parse, liked the surface and my favourite.
    Glad the ‘rest’ was an anagram as I would have struggled.
    Smiled at the quickie pun-thanks 2.k’s for the picks.

  7. I’m willing to bet that very few people solved 12a without both checkers! (Although I do seem to remember a similar clue a while back).

    Great fun, over too quickly. Onwards to the Toughie.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Ks.

    1. I’ll quadrupley disappoint everyone, because I didn’t get it even with both checkers …….

      …….and I put “inveigling” in for 13d for no discernible reason.

      And I had a few other bung-ins.

    2. I didn’t like it, probably because I racked my brains for about 20 minutes before resorting to the hints. Even tried to convince myself that it was ‘isnt’!!
      It’s in the red book, so no complaints…

  8. That was good fun and not too taxing – a relief after struggling a bit with recent offerings. Can’t decide whether12a is clever or facile. Was hung up on tilt for tip in 5d so took a while to use letters. Thank you Mysteron and MrK.

  9. Found this quite tough mainly because I could not parse the entire clue in so many. The answer was gettable from the ‘clue’ half. Examples being 11a (why newly, the clue works perfectly without it), 5d (the tip bit was lost in me), 13d, 23d. Thought 10a and 12a just clumsy poor clues.
    Not too much fun, a bit of a slog for me.
    Thx for the hints

  10. I put 12a in with just the S. is it allowed in scrabble? Finished it quite swiftly so might get on to the toughie before bedtime! Collecting hundreds of hazelnuts from the garden- great harvest this year and am trying to thwart the pesky squirrels.

      1. Wish I could send you some! I shell them and roast them, then whizz them and put them on my porrridge.

    1. Our cat is on squirrel patrol from 0600 to 1800, unpaid. So no problems with the hazelnuts!!

  11. Another great puzzle from Jay,although I disliked 12A, I must store that one away for future reference. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  12. Nice mid week puzzle agree **/**** 😃 My Favourites were 10 & 12a 🤗 Thanks to Jay and the 2xKs. Only stumble was because I was convinced that 26a was the Russian country house that often crops up! 😬 But fortunately I soon came to my senses 😜

  13. I thought this was an outstanding puzzle and really enjoyed it from start to finish. Not one of Jays trickier offerings but entertaining and good fun throughout. Found Far East side the more difficult with 12a last in and what a brilliant clue that is, clue of the month for me so far this September. Many other excellent clues in a smashing puzzle and always felt I was on Jays wavelength a very satisfying solve.

    Clues of the day: 12a / 27a / 3d

    Rating: 2.5* / 4*

    Thanks to 2K’s and Jay.

  14. Very much enjoyed and solved over breakfast. 10a was a bit weak for sort of growth IMHO. 14a was favorite. Picture at 22a made me hungry… Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis.

  15. A nice mixture of easy and a bit more tricky clues . ” Rest ” is a new one on me , though it couldn’t be anything else .
    Thanks to the kiwis , who remind us that spring is very far off , although autumn hasn’t really started yet , well plenty of fruitfulness but no mists yet .
    Thanks also to Jay , of course .

    1. I was trained from a young age to pass the various rests to my father, just as I was trained to score at cricket.

      Pity I could never play either game (not tall enough)…… he did get the required son eventually, but a bit too late for them to play together.

  16. Agreed, a very benign Jay today but hugely enjoyable.
    I needed the hints to understand 23d, it had to be but couldn’t see it. Also the “rest” at 19d, as an anagram I solved it but didn’t know why. On reading the hints, I do believe that we’ve had it before, there’s only so much that an elderly brain can retain.
    I rather liked 14a and 3d, but there was much to like here.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis. I look forward to your weekly snapshots!

  17. 5ac 5d and 8d all conspired against me at the end. I couldn’t think of any three-lettered animal enclosure other than a pen. I missed the lurker at 5ac and kept telling myself that I would get 5d if I wrote the checkers horizontally but as usual I didn’t bother. A lovely puzzle and a nice blog. I see the aid to cueing an awkward snooker shot made it into The Toughie today as well. The fresh changeable weather was just what was needed today after a rather boozy night. The bell tower in Inveraray is impressive. It’s not often one sees a pearl of ten bells. Thanks to all concerned today.

  18. Very enjoyable.
    Took me too long to parse 13d. Duh!
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis for the nicely illustrated review.

  19. Nice crossword from Jay (as usual). No real hold ups encountered and 11a was my favourite.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for the review.

  20. No problems today, though I thought it lacked a soupcon of the Jay magic. Probably because I am having a bad hair-day.
    Croydon council finally deigned to empty my dustbin after three and a half weeks, utter incompetence.
    12a defeated me, I can’t decide whether I like it, probably being relatively new to this, I did not expect such a word to appear in the crossword.
    COD was the lurker at 5a, suddenly jumped out at me.
    Thanks all.

  21. There’s usually nothing really controversial in a Jay puzzle, but I see 12a has divided opinion today. Am I yay or nay? Well, more of a meh, but that’s by-the-by. I enjoyed the puzzle as a whole.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis. I do love those fluffy bitesize ducks.

    1. It might even be a chestnut – I found 24 Telegraph/Guardian/Indy appearances since 2002, with the most recent being a year ago in DT 28498.

  22. Morning all.
    Rather surprised to see all the discussion on 12a. We had put it in without a second thought and had not expected it to cause problems. When we were putting the hints together we considered giving an alternative clue of, “Attention seeker sounding newt-like” but decided that might be confusing so went for the straightforward descriptive hint.

  23. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. I really struggled with this. Needed 8 hints to finish. Just couldn’t get on the right wavelength. Was 4*/3* for me.

  24. Glad to see more comments expressing some doubts and uncertainties. I get a bit fed up with every glowing endorsement and “finished in five minutes, jolly easy” when it takes me all day !!

    1. You won’t see finished in five minutes here because we will redact any comments that give solving times. We have a good cross section of abilities and welcome comments from all. It all seems to work well and stay on a friendly level. If you read through the comments you will see that this is so.

  25. Entertaining Jay puzzle as usual. Over a little too quickly. No test match today, that’s why I could do it in good time! Hey, John Hotten – there was a time where I could barely finish any cryptic – the more you do, the easier they get. Be of stout heart.

  26. Completed reasonably quickly & easily this evening. Nice mix of clues which I thoroughly enjoyed.
    Thanks to all.

  27. The capitals thing was a mistake generated by the automatic field filling of my name, sorry, hopefully it is now resolved…..

  28. Not bad on the hole. Had to resort to electronic help for 12a and Chambers for 19d. Have never played billiards. Usual thanks to setter and Antipodeans.

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