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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28851 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Those of you who have been complaining that Saturday puzzles have been getting more difficult should have no problems today!

Some hints follow.


1a    Diana given emphasis when much troubled (10)
The two-letter affectionate form of Diana followed by a verb meaning given emphasis

6a    Method of transmitting data initially with information found inside (2-2)
The initial letters of the last four words in the clue

9a    Flat entrance partly concealed (6)
Hidden (partly) inside the clue

11a    Part of speech a student’s not written (6)
A part of speech followed by the A from the clue and our usual student

14a    Be wrong about motorway hazard (7)
The UK’s main motorway followed by a verb meaning to hazard or gamble

18a    Car Lily damaged — wax it, perhaps, if feeling enthusiastic? (7)
An anagram () of CAR LILY gives the second part of a phrase expressing enthusiasm

25a    A fish I caught — or mushroom? (6)
The A from the clue followed by a fish, I from the clue and C(aught)

28a    Chicken-hearted eccentric’s official warning (6,4)
An adjective meaning chicken-hearted followed by an eccentric person


1d    Lied about drink I swallowed producing wild excitement (8)
An anagram (about) of LIED followed by an alcoholic drink around (swallowed) I from the clue

3d    Concerning speck far away (6)
A two-letter word meaning concerning or about is followed by a speck of dust

4d    Place one can retire to (6,3)
A place for one person to retire at night

5d    It comes from the postman in a manner of speaking (8)
Two definitions

7d    Enthusiast played it as a free musical composition (8)
An enthusiast followed by an anagram (played) of IT AS A

15d    Fashionable retreat provided during aeroplane journey (2-6)
One of our usual words for fashionable followed by a retreat, like that of Moses from Egypt, gives an adjective meaning provided during aeroplane journey

19d    Nothing to cap flier’s romantically demonstrative partner (8)
A score of nothing in tennis followed by (to cap) a flying creature

21d    Main milk supplier? (3,3)
… don’t forget that main can be a body of water!

22d    Silver found in case on a temple (6)
The chemical symbol for silver inside a seed case and followed by the A from the clue

The Crossword Club is now open.

How time flies!  This weekend marks the Autumnal Equinox (or September Equinox for those in the Antipodes), and this morning Mrs BD and I had our annual flu jabs.

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The Quick Crossword pun: soar+ting+gout=sorting out

47 comments on “DT 28851 (Hints)

  1. After an abysmal performance yesterday faith in my cruciverbal skills has been restored with a smooth run through today’s challenge. SE corner held out for a short while. The surface of 4d appealed. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  2. Over all too quickly but , like others , had to check 25a .
    Tweetings from the Canaries ! Amazed & pleased that I can watch BT Sport .
    Thanks to everyone

  3. Not sure how BD found much that required hints this morning but it was an enjoyable romp that hopefully restored faith to any who may have struggled earlier in the week.

    The surface read of 11a raised a smile.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to BD for the club.

  4. Not really that enjoyable because it was over and done with far too quickly. No clue was particularly outstanding for me.

  5. Very gentle compared to recent Saturdays, so much so that I left my steed in the stable.

    A handful of oldies but goodies helped and the double unches were not too off-putting.

    Never heard of that type of mushroom (25a) before so I did have to BRB check my answer after assembling the Lego pieces and I am going to designate that as my favourite.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  6. A big change from previous Saturday’s where I have still been scratching my head when Match of the Day is imminent.
    Straight-forward, and without sounding patronising, a good crossword for someone taking this pastime up.
    28a is my favourite as I am about to go and referee a county cup game, hope it stays in my pocket.
    Thanks all

  7. Definately easier than recent Saturdays but no complaints from here. I like to be stretched occasionally and an occasional breeze is fun too. A bit slower in the SE but mainly because I got to look at those clues last.
    I quite like to second guess what BD (and other bloggers) will illustrate hints with and 16d first thought was a 1970’s toy my sister had that wept and wet itself but I had bunged in a wrong answer. 15d needed a bit of reverse parsing too. Other than that an enjoyable romp.
    Thanks BD and setter.

  8. As an aside, I don’t recall having seen this particular grid before in a Daily Telegraph crossword. The four Es are very distinctive. Does this mean that the changeover to the new crossword platform includes different grids?

    Whilst on the subject of the new platform, Chris Lancaster said that the announcement of the launch date was imminent. Do we yet know when this will be? Solving on an iPad using the Puffin browser just about works but it is a little like trying to carve the Venus De Milo using a blunt nail and a sledgehammer! I am eagerly awaiting the new mobile friendly site.

    I will go and hang up my anorak now

    1. On Monday Robin Newman wrote “it may be of interest that the Telegraph cryptic crossword books are a rerun of puzzles that are about 9 years old and one can still access the Big Dave blogs that relate to them…ie puzzle no 78 in the DT book no 9 was DT puzzle no 26043-type Big Dave 26043 into Bing and you have the blog for the puzzle that appeared on 25th September 2009.”

      I looked up that blog and found an interesting comment from our very own Prolixic.

    2. Today’s grid was also used in these DT Cryptics:

        2015-10-31     DT 27947
        2015-02-21     DT 27731
        2014-03-22     DT 27444
        2013-07-27     DT 27241
        2013-01-26     DT 27085
        2012-10-24     DT 27005
        2011-10-14     DT 26683
        2011-07-30     DT 26618
        2010-12-11     DT 26421
        2009-11-21     DT 26092
        2009-04-30     DT 25916
        2009-02-14     DT 25852
        2009-01-16     DT 25827
        2008-12-10     DT 25796
        2008-10-23     DT 25755
        2008-05-10     DT 25613
        2008-05-01     DT 25605
        2008-04-11     DT 25588
        2008-03-07     DT 25558
        2008-03-01     DT 25553
        2007-12-22     DT 25494
        2007-10-25     DT 25444
        2007-10-13     DT 25434
        2007-05-26     DT 25314

      No appearances before 2007, so perhaps it was added around that time by a new editor? There are several grids that have used almost 200 times, so today’s count of only 24 previous appearances means it is relatively rare.

    3. and in these Toughies:

        2015-02-20     Toughie 1348     Notabilis
        2012-03-06     Toughie 731     Cephas
        2011-12-29     Toughie 693     MynoT
        2011-03-08     Toughie 523     Cephas
        2011-02-22     Toughie 515     Busman
        2008-09-12     Toughie 8     Notabilis
  9. The previous three Saturdays were quite difficult, this one not.
    Variety is the spice of life.
    Many thanks to the setter and BD.

    1. Exactly! After struggling with the last two Saturday puzzles, I began to doubt my abilities – an echo of Angellov above – so it was reassuring to breeze through today’s puzzle, which, curiously, I find easier to complete when it’s on the back page.

  10. Big thanks to the setter. A very pleasant Saturday puzzle, a nice respite from the rather tough ones we have had recently. I’m sure it was too easy for,the smarter solvers, but it was very nice for us lesser mortals to find something we can actually finish over breakfast today. Thanks to BD also.

  11. Agree with others nice to have a prize puzzle that most should finish not a bad thing that. Very pleasant and thoroughly enjoyed, benign but good clues with the odd tricky one. SE corner last to fall with 24a last in and 1a first in. Look forward to Virgilius tomorrow.

    Clues of the day: 6a / 12a If only for their brevity!

    Rating: 2* / 4*

    Thanks to BD and the setter.

  12. A puzzle that I was able to complete with limited assistance. It has been a long time since that has happened. Although 25a took ages. No favourite clue this week.- all very enjoyable.

  13. After my comments about last weeks Saturday puzzle being far too tough for the back page, I see we have a R&W this week. A touch of the sublime to the ridiculous. Just goes to show that sometimes you just can’t win😀
    Thx to all

  14. Well, even I found this to be a piece of cake! I loved it all. The only help I needed was looking 25a up in the dictionary, but as I had all the checking letters, it had to be. It’s really very pretty.
    I always spell 26a incorrectly, I can use this clue as a mnemonic for the future.
    Maybe I can start looking forward to Saturdays again.
    Thanks to our Saturday setter and to BD for his hints and tips.

  15. Straightforward, simple solving today. Nothing obscure and no head-scratching required. Many thanks to all.

  16. The same comments as almost all above, a nice change from recent Saurdays! 25a was a new one for me too. How long since one could start at the top and work calmy down?
    It gives one more time to look at the Sudokos etc!
    Thanks to BD and the setter.

  17. This was probably the easiest Saturday puzzle this year. Disappointing in the sense I now have to get out of bed and walk the dogs in the teeming rain 😭. Thanks to all.

  18. Loved the movie clip, saw the film when it first came out really
    frightening for a seven year old, monsters and ghouls. Loved Micky though.

  19. I thought that the crossword would keep me occupied on the way back from a day trip to Ely. Unfortunately I’m only a third of the way back, and I’m finished. I now just have to stare out of the window at the rain. Pleasant whilst it lasted. Thank you setter and BD

  20. Even we found it easy today… Every week we read the comments and aspire to the nonchalance shown by other solvers and at last we’ve achieved it. Hence first post ever. But now what are we going to do for the next hour and five minutes until Killing Eve is on?

  21. That must be one of the easiest & fastest Back Page Cryptics I have ever completed! I had struggled to finish several this week even with the hints. So today was a most enjoyable change which restored a little bit of my confidence. I’ll probably regret saying that tomorrow!
    Thanks to all.

  22. Like most comments we finished in one sitting which is a first for us and even more so needing no helps or hints. Roll on the quick and sudoko…

  23. A rare treat to be able to finish and parse all the clues unaided. I even knew the mushroom. More like this please!

  24. Uncommonly easy. A pity in a way, because the Saturday crossword is part of the weekend’s entertainment.
    That said, 24a was almost the last in – a good clue.

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