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DT 28843

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28843

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. Brrrr – it’s 5C in Oxford this morning which was rather a shock after so many months of being too hot! As usual on a non-Ray T Thursday I have no idea who set the crossword today. I thought it was reasonably straightforward, apart from a couple of ‘blips’, and probably of average enjoyment but will wait to see how the rest of you found it.  

In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under ANSWER so just do as it says if you need to see one.

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1a        One might deal with canine depression — it’s barking (7)
DENTIST — A depression or hollow is followed by an anagram (barking) of IT’S

5a        Cat might do this endlessly — sit to get desired goal (7)
 PURPOSE — The noise made by a happy cat without its second R (endlessly) and then a verb to sit or model

9a        Loud child oddly easily understood (5)
 LUCID — The alternate letters (oddly) of the first two words of the clue

10a       Bringing up issue? (9)
PARENTING — The issue here means children and the answer is something done by Mums and Dads

11a       Trade spread, creating congestion (7,3)
TRAFFIC JAM — Trade or buying and selling is followed by a spread or preserve to put on toast

12a       Floor not right upstairs — the other way (4)
STUN — This ‘floor’ is a verb to bewilder or flummox – it’s a reversal (the other way) of a word that means a bit batty (not right upstairs)

14a       Ended nice meandering about writer’s freedom (12)
INDEPENDENCE — An anagram (meandering) of ENDED NICE which contains (about) a writing implement

18a       Randomly counting carts leaving a building (12)
CONSTRUCTING — An anagram (randomly) of COUNTING CARTS without (leaving) the A – I spent a while wondering which of ‘randomly’ and ‘building’ was the anagram indicator or the definition as either would have worked

21a       American base leader of squadron takes advantage of (4)
 USES — The usual two letters for American, a letter meaning a base (a maths term to do with logarithms and stuff that I don’t understand and had never heard of) and finally the first letter (leader) of S[quadron]

22a       Work place hostility (10)
OPPOSITION — The abbreviation of a musical work is followed by a place or location

25a       Bury the Queen after France and Spain get involved (9)
INTERFERE — A synonym for bury or entomb is followed by the IVR for France, the two letters for our Queen and, finally, another IVR, this time it’s the one for Spain

26a       Model learner follows hypothesis (5)
 IDEAL — The usual letter for a learner (driver) follows a hypothesis or thought

27a       Stepped over to cover chap asleep (7)
DORMANT — A reversal (over) of a synonym for stepped or trampled contains (to cover) a chap or bloke

28a       Gold rubbish I’d returned, one hears (7)
 AUDITOR — The chemical symbol for gold is followed by a reversal (returned) of a short word meaning rubbish or nonsense and the ‘I’d’ from the clue



1d        Swell girl departed (6)
 DILATE — The abbreviation of a girl’s name is followed by a synonym for departed, as in ‘dead’ rather than ‘got up and left’

2d        By the sound of it, drank a delicious beverage (6)
NECTAR — A homophone (by the sound of it) of a slang term for drank and the A from the clue – I wonder if this homophone is going to cause dissension as they so often do!

3d        Article that might be vague (10)
INDEFINITE — The article is a grammatical one and it’s not ‘THE’

4d        Question to policeman about heart of investigation (5)
TOPIC — The ‘to’ from the clue is followed by one of the many two letter abbreviations for a policeman which contain the middle letter (heart) of the last word in the clue

5d        Exercises by Royal Marines and a new gentleman? No good continuing (9)
PERMANENT — The two letter abbreviation for P[hysical] E[xercise], the two letter abbreviation for R[oyal] M[arines], the A from the clue, N[ew] and, finally, the abbreviation for ‘gentleman’ without its first letter (no G[ood])

6d        Sender entirely absorbs letter fee? (4)
RENT — The lurker, or hidden answer, of the day indicated by ‘absorbs’ – it’s hiding in the first two words of the clue

7d        Promising no Conservative is leaving (8)
OMITTING — A synonym for promising or guaranteeing without the first letter, a C – (no C[onservative]) – [This leads to OMMITING, which has an extra M, and the clue has now been revised online as:
Promising no Conservative married just once is leaving – I’ll let you decide what you think of the revision!  BD]

8d        Mastermind in Greene novel (8)
ENGINEER — An anagram (novel) of IN GREENE

13d      Criminal denied it if discovered (10)
 IDENTIFIED — An anagram (criminal) of DENIED IF IT

15d      Pressure on chaps to wear quite fancy clobber (9)
EQUIPMENT — The abbreviation for P[ressure] followed by (on) some chaps or males go inside (to wear) an anagram (fancy) of QUITE

16d      Taken up and taken over (8)
OCCUPIED — A double definition – the first being engrossed or busy and the second seized or invaded

17d      Architect’s endless list (8)
INVENTOR — A list or schedule of articles without its final letter (endless) which is a ‘Y’

19d      Still half sick, left hospital department (6)
SILENT — The first two letters (half) of SI[ck], L[eft] and then the  hospital department that’s so useful to crossword setters.

20d      One who casts luvvie initially in exasperation (6)
ANGLER — The first letter (initially) of L[uvvie] inside (in) a synonym for exasperation or irritation

23d      Letter — nothing great (5)
OMEGA — The letter that looks like nothing or zero is followed by great – either a slang term for great or wonderful or a prefix meaning large

24d      Spot a breed with no tail (4)
AREA — The A from the clue is followed by a verb to breed or reproduce without its final letter (no tail)

I liked 10 and 22a and 13 and 15a. My favourite was 12a because it made me laugh.

The Quickie pun:- KNIGHT + HEIR = NIGHT AIR


76 comments on “DT 28843

  1. 12a was also my favourite for the laugh it produced. I thought a lot of the clues were nicely formed, and the whole puzzle, although not difficult, was good fun and enjoyable to solve.

    So thanks to the setter and Kath. I think you mean down clues not across for your last two favourites, Kath.

    1. Yes – you’re right, I did mean 13 and 15 down and not across. I thought they were both good clues but I only ever have one favourite – I used to go on about it all the time but gave up in the end as it felt a bit like banging my head against a brick wall – maybe I’ll start my campaign again . . .

  2. I struggled to get this one started, but as soon as I had, it flowed quite well, so I’ll award **/***.

    I’m not sure that the homophone in 2d works, no matter which part of the country the setter might be from.

    Last one in was 1a, and was therefore my COTD.

    Many thanks to the setter and Kath.

    1. I think 2d works OK if the definition is “delicious beverage” and “a” is part of the homophone, so “necked a”.

      Of course that’s assuming the a is pronounced “uh” and not “ey”.

  3. Unusual for a Thursday puzzle to be no more difficult than Monday’s,, but still needed the hint to explain the ‘e’ in 21a. And yes, it is nice to have cooler weather! Thanks to the setter and to Kath.

  4. Had a bit of a hold up with 7&16d (so wanted to put a Q into the latter) but no other problems to report.
    I enjoyed this one and gave quite a few podium places – 5,12&22a plus 13&15d. 22a probably took the top spot.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to Kath for the well-illustrated blog – you might want to look again at the underlining in the hint for 7d.

    1. Oh dear, again!
      Apologies – 7d should obviously have leaving underlined as the definition and not promising – think I’ll leave it rather than risk blowing the whole place up by trying to change it!

    1. Oh dear – I have to admit that I didn’t even notice it – 0/10 for observation today.
      In answer to your question I have no idea.

    2. I rather flew through the clue this morning without checking the spelling as the required answer was obvious. But you are correct. That is a serious error on someone’s part.

      1. The Editor has taken a look and the online clue now reads

        Promising no Conservative married just once is leaving (8)

    3. Apologies for the faulty 7dn. It had been corrected when checking, but hadn’t made it through to the final version of the puzzle. I’m looking into how that happened. It has been corrected online, and the correct version of the clue will be printed under tomorrow’s puzzle in the newspaper.

    4. Hi Brian , I simply didn’t get 7d because of precisely what you pointed out .So I waited for the hints grrr .Ihave been doing this blog for over two years ; why is my email needed again ??

  5. First glance was not productive but after concentrating harder everything flowed quite well .

    Lots of clever clues today with joint favourites, 1A , 5A & 12A .

    Last one in was 24D as held up by the “breed” part of the clue .

    Mushrooms/ Toadstools growing rapidly, 7 degrees this morning .

    Thanks to everyone .

  6. 1A – I Wrote Acenine in almost immediatley. thought that was a great start….trouble is it works….anagram of canine withe the central e from depression…

  7. Isn’t another boo-boo with 7d, leaving out the word ‘out’ or ‘off’ at the end which would, of course, weaken the surface read?

    ‘Leaving’ on its own isn’t enough.

    Two mistakes in a clue is quite rare.

  8. Some pleasant exercise today with several clever clues if one disregards 2d and 7d. No real Favs but liked 10a and 22a. Thank you Mysteron and Kath.

  9. Going for a **/*** today, pleasant enough solve but nothing really sparkling today.
    liked 16d for the double meaning.
    Thanks Kath for explaining the ‘e’ in 21a, never would have thought of that but now remember logs to that base-will try and remember it for another time.

  10. Strange mixture today of some nice clues in 1a (my fav), 10a and 11a and some dreadful ones. Don’t like the slang in 12a, GOK what 21a is talking about (don’t understand the hint either), the term in 28a is obsolete according to the BRB, would doubt the use of topic for question again not in the BRB and still don’t get the answer to 24d. REA? – breed? And as for 2D, where’s the homophone?
    All in a bit of a curates egg. Let’s hope that Giovanni can supply something tomorrow that improves on the weeks rather mediocre offerings.
    Thx for the hints

    1. 24d the clue tells you to take a word meaning breed – REAR – and remove its ‘tail’

      [As someone said the other day, it would be nice if when someone answers one of your queries, if you came back to acknowledge our responses]

        1. Sorry chaps – busy with a pile of other business and not monitoring this continuously. Thanks, of course, to CL.

          I don’t get the “once in a while”, though. This is the first occasion I have been allowed to post.

          1. Please don’t feel ‘got-at’! That comment wasn’t aimed at you – we have another regular commenter called Brian – just Brian – who frequently asks questions but doesn’t very often bother to acknowledge when someone answers his query.

  11. ***/*. I didn’t enjoy this really and especially as I put acquired in 16d without much thought. The SW corner became a nightmare. Thanks to the setter and Kath for putting me on the right track.

  12. I have to say that here in Cambridge the weather is superb – sad about the Other Place. Nice crossword today, I love anagrams and there were several long ones which is always a great help. I didn’t need you, Kath – but still loved reading your hints. Many thanks.

  13. I made a comment about 4 hours ago which got rejected. No idea why. Writing this to check if it happens again. Loaded. All ok now. Thank you. Won’t bother with the original comment.

  14. Perhaps I will bother. On a roll now. I had commented on the ‘e’ in 21a. Just to say that I forever marvel at the wealth of knowledge shown by the setters and by the hint helpers. Thank you all of you.

    1. That’s a nice and much appreciated comment – thank you.There are lots of very knowledgeable setters and ‘hinty people’ – I’m not one of them and the blasted E caused great trouble as it was a total mystery to me!

  15. I completely failed to notice the boo-boo in the original 7d clue. Apart from that it was a pleasant puzzle except for one clue – I made a resolution some time ago to stop whingeing about poor homophones so I’m not going to mention 2d (but really!!).
    Top clues for me were 1a and 12a.
    Thanks to the mystery setter and to Kath for the entertaining blog.

    1. Hi Gazza.

      I don’t understand what the problem is with 2d.

      ‘Necked a’, sounds exactly like the answer, ie ‘Necked er’ as opposed to ‘Necked ay’ (A can be pronounced ‘er’ or ‘ay’)

        1. ….but ‘a’ is very often pronounced ‘er’.

          In fact, I would venture to say that ‘a’, on its own, is more often pronounced ‘er’ than ‘ay’.

            1. Surely you aren’t being serious?

              People say ‘A’ as ‘er’ all the time….a pint, a bag, a box.

              I appreciate yonks ago that maybe everyone said it as ‘Ay’ pint….etc but life has moved on.

              You must be pulling my chain….

    2. I understand the issue with 7d now, the online version of the puzzle has been changed…’married just once’ appears to have been inserted. No wonder I had no idea what everyone was going on about…

  16. Steady solve but did stuggle with the odd clue including last in 7d that was ‘bunged in” know why now reading the blog. First clue in 9a a nice one to get off the mark. Struggled a wee bit in SW corner particularly with 16d and like Jane tried to get a Q in. Not an outstanding puzzle today but about average enjoyment and possibly did better with this than a Ray T?

    Clues of the day: 1a / 28a

    Rating: 3* / 2.5*

    Thanks to Kath and the setter.

    1. In classical times it was the drink of the gods, although in the television age the amber variety is associated more with Foster’s Lager.

      1. Thanks Gazza, yes, I see it now. I associate ‘beverage’ with tea and coffee, I never considered it could be applied to the drink of the gods.
        Many words could be associated with Fosters, the answer is not one of them, more like something one of Kitty’s namesakes might produce.

  17. I’m not sure that rear , actually means to breed , I think rear is supporting or raising as in families or cattle for example , so for me this was a poor clue . I’ve already ” comented ” on 7d (above) and alas 2d is not a homophone , as many of you have pointed out . Although I have come across th ” e” in Maths tables I really didn’t spot it here . Having carped on about the clues I didn’t like I thought there were one or two excellent ones e.g. 1a and 10a ,16 and 20d .
    Thanks for the much needed hints Kath but found this on the hard side for reasons stated ****/** Yet another request for my email GRRRR

    1. Have you ticked to box saying ‘Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.’?

  18. Very enjoyable, not too taxing.
    I struggled with 2d until Gazza kindly explained it. Coming from London, the homophone worked for me ok.
    No outstanding clues, just a pleasurable solve.
    Many thanks as ever to Kath for solving a couple of queries I had over the parsing and just happy it was a non Ray-T day.
    Thanks all.

  19. Done in stints around work and Pointless and while Hoofit thinks it has an apt name I quite like a bit of Pointless now and again. It’s not as mindless as some of the afternoon stuff.

    I didn’t have any trouble with 2d and only needed a hint in the SW. 16 and 17d wouldn’t come to mind and I sort of knew 25a but forgot to complete the thought and put the answer in.
    Re the minor boo boo Let he who is without sin…
    Still enjoyable and a pleasant way to fritter away the hours of a dull day.
    Thanks to Kath and non Ray T (I did spot the queen butprobably not enough to be Ray himself)

  20. Not my cup of tea today. Definitely didn’t fly through this. Too many clues with tenuous links to the definition, and particularly didn’t care for 2d, 19d and 21a. If I had just not jumped to canine = dog in Ia, I would have got off to a better start. At least 11a went straight in. Thanks to Kath for all the hints and pictures. Hope to do better tomorrow.

  21. A nice puzzle and blog today solved at the chilly lochside. I didn’t spot the howler at 7d. Near enough has always been good enough for me anyway. Thanks to the setter and thanks to Kath for the blog..

  22. We found this puzzle trickier than usual. We were slow to get 7d and even when we did failed to note the howler. On retrospect perhaps that is why we could not readily see what word needed decapitation. Our other hold up was in the SW where ACQUIRED was our first choice for 16d.
    Thanks Mr Ron and Kath.

  23. Grrr. I struggled all day with 7d. Wish I’d read the review earlier. I’m definitely losing my touch, if I ever had it in the first place. I needed the review for three other answers too. Not been my best day. Thank you setter and Kath.

      1. 237 comments was some years ago, I think.
        Someone who shall remain nameless once told me that it’s not the total number of comments that counts but the number of original ones as it only takes a few people to get into a ‘conversation’ to push up the total.

        1. Exactly. The number of original threads is what we might count if we can be bothered. All else is people having a chat.

  24. Lots of fun, and not too tricky. Last in the NE corner, and 7d in particular, that I would have forgotten to solve if the puzzles site hadn’t reminded me.

  25. I am fairly new to cryptic crosswords but learning fast and enjoying the experience immensely and the help from the blog is invaluable! I would just comment that in this day of raising the barriers surrounding mental health problems, 12a wording is in poor taste… other than that, an excellent crossword for us newbies! Many thanks!

  26. Thanks to the setter and Kath for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, all plain sailing until I got to the last two answers, 7&16d. Finally got 7d, but because I wasn’t spelling properly I didn’t notice the error. I knew 16d was a double definition, and I got it after an age. Favourite was 2d, great homophone. Was 2*/3* for me.

  27. Very late to the back page because of real-life (ugh!) distractions. Loved 1a and 5d and thought 22a nifty. Found it a bit tricky in places, but seems that was just me. No matter.

    Thanks to the setter and Kath.

  28. Off to bed soon – tomorrow looks like being an ‘interesting’ day in one way and another and I’m now a bit past my best.
    Thanks to the setter for the crossword, to Mr Lancaster for investigating the 7d problem and to everyone who has commented today.
    Night night all and sleep well.

  29. Ho! Late on parade. Not bad …. in fact I quite enjoyed it. 7d was a bung in because I couldnt think of anything else but otherwise all was fairly reasonable.
    I’ll go with 11a as fave.
    Thanks Kath, and thanks to the setter.
    So I’m no. 36 ….

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