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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28869 (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.

Some hints follow.


1a    Penny weighing very little? That’s a predicament (6)
The abbreviation for penny followed by an adjective meaning weighing very little

11a    Crazy, but often seen with motive? (4)
This word meaning crazy is often seen, as part of a ten-letter word, with motive

12a    A giant in excited eagerness (4)
If you put a four-letter giant in here, you will have difficulty with 13 Down! The A from the clue is followed by a legendary giant

14a    First step, introduce about four (10)
A verb meaning to introduce around the Roman numerals for four – a bit “same both sides”

18a    Grouse making grand deep sound? (7)
This verb meaning to grouse is derived from G(rand) and a deep sound

21a    Power of wife lying in state (4)
W(ife) inside a verb meaning to state

23a    Direct empty cartridge close to target (5-5)
A verb meaning to direct followed by an empty cartridge, i.e. one without a bullet

26a    Excessively bright rig has collapsed (6)
An anagram (collapsed) of RIG HAS


2d    Messenger is beaten going round metropolis (3,7)
A messenger from God inside (going round) a verb meaning is beaten

3d    Travel carrying little weight in island (4)
A two-letter verb meaning to travel around the abbreviation for a small avoirdupois weight gives this island which is part of a Mediterranean state

4d    Officer’s phoney tip-off — car about to be seized (7,3)
An anagram (phoney) of TIP-OFF CAR around the single-letter Latin abbreviation for about

7d    Always a metallist suffered (2,3,5)
An anagram (suffered) of A METALLIST

13d    Trap positions American inside pretentious public houses (3,7)
A type of trap or snare followed by some positions with A(merican) inside – I don’t think you could describe Miffypops’ pub as one of these!

19d    In France, I love crossing wealthy city (7)
The French word for “I” and a tennis score of love or zero around an adjective meaning wealthy

23d    Get stick for going up and down? (4)
A gently cryptic definition of what Chambers defines as “a child’s toy consisting of a stick with a handle and footholds, mounted on a strong spring, on which to stand and bounce along”

24d    Look always beyond lake (4)
A poetic term for always is preceded by (beyond) L(ake)

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The Quick Crossword pun: foals+aisle+ashes=false eyelashes

55 comments on “DT 28869 (Hints)

      1. I assumed 15d was a double definition, but I also can’t quite assimilate the first (phrasal) definition. Are we missing something very simple?

        1. I think so – the first bit is designed to make us think of the usual phrase but if you think literally ….. and that’s as far as I’m going with commenting on this clue, because I’ve got a lot of cake baking to do this afternoon, none of which is destined for the Naughty Corner

  1. A nice Saturday crossword and a pangram too. I did really like the Quick Pun.

    Thanks to the setter and BD

      1. I’ve done my bit on the GK and left Mr CS to do the ‘looking up ones’ as I’m drafting the NTSPP blog while keeping an eye on my baking

  2. I predict a heavy postbag for the DT this week!
    Nothing to 18a about despite the possible stretch needed for one of the definitions of 15d and I think my favourite has to be 25a with a mention for 23a.

    Thanks to Mr Saturday Ron and to BD for the club.

  3. Agreed with all the above. it took a while for the correct giant to come to mind and I am prone to underestimating the length of words like 25a and dismiss them before spelling them out. lots of geography too. but I agree with Jane that there will probably be plenty of submissions this week.

    1. If you change the last two letters of 25a to an ‘s’ I think this gives the longest word in English with only one vowel.

  4. Granddaughter day today so unable to apply the venerable Abbot Ale calibration technique. Doubt it would have lasted to the bottom of the second pint. Pleasant solve, bottom half went in slower than top. No idea why 23A was last in!! – a Granddad moment perhaps!

  5. This site is a real boon to me. I use it mainly to check unusual parsing and for hints in extremis. My only suggestion would be to move the brilliant illustrations to a separate web page and have a button alongside the appropriate clues to see them. The reason is that quite often I go to the page to check one clue and see illustrations which more or less give away the answer to another clue which I haven’t yet attempted !

    From my outdated knowledge of web page design (HTML) I imagine that it wouldn’t take much work to achieve that, and it could be a similar concept to the “show answer” button used in the non-prize daily hints page.

    Does anyone think that’s a good idea or am I a lone voice?

    1. i think BD spends enough of his (unpaid) time keeping the site going for us without adding another layer of complication that could potentially cause issues with the host. Why not just wait until you’ve done all you can do before dropping by?

    2. Oh no, I love the pictures. On days when I am really struggling, I let myself look at the picture hints. And they are often enough to get me on track.

    3. Hi. I choose my illustrations after I have solved the puzzle and written the blog. Usually on the run. I don’t deliberately choose anything that gives the answer away but if it does … oh dear. It’s better than nothing. Give us a break

  6. I put my answer for 15D in without a second’s thought. Now shall have to go back and cogitate! Anyhoo, nice and relatively gentle start to what promises to be a lovely day. My thanks to the setter and BD.

  7. Very mild Saturday offering, I think we’re all agreed. Good fun while it lasted. I’ll go for 23a as my favourite.

  8. Im not sure if I can comment any more as I’ve forgotten my name, as it were. Anyway, quite enjoyed this and hope the website holds together.

  9. Nice easy one today completed over lunch on a really warm, sunny day in Cambridge. Typing this on the computer as for the
    last week I have been unable to post a comment on my iphone! Trouble is, I am not always near my computer so cannot
    wait until all the problems have been ironed out. Thanks to the setter and to big Dave for the hints – although I did not need them
    today I jolly well needed them for the toughie last night! Loved the quickie phrase and I liked 2d and 19d.

  10. Nice crossword. , nice day at 23C although windy .
    Liked 1D & 23D best .
    Busy watching rugby today .
    Thanks to everyone .

  11. Mild it might be, but I am jumping up and down as completed without any help today, rare for me on a Saturday. Thank you to setter for giving us less accomplished solvers a nice breakfast treat today. COTD was 11a, just because it made me laugh out loud.

  12. Very enjoyable. Saturday prize crossword seem to vary from straightforward to downright tricky, nothing in-between.
    I had to log in to the DT website this morning and find my way to the crossword via the ‘puzzle’ option. A precursor to the new website (I hope).
    Like others, I did not fully understand 15d.
    Thanks BD and Mr.Ron

  13. Super Saturday once again not the most difficult but immensely enjoyable a real treat today. Fell for 12a that held things up with 13d but eventually sorted. First in 1a last in 19d many thanks to the setter for a prize puzzle that gives everybody a good chance to complete.

    Clues of the day: 11a (loved that one for it’s brevity) / 23a

    Rating: 2* / 4.5*

    Thanks to BD and the setter

  14. Sorry but I don’t think my posts today and yesterday are being posted on the blog for some reason don’t know why? All seems ok my end? Help please.

    1. I can definitely see your posts today. There don’t seem to be any comments appearing from you yesterday

  15. Well, like BL at post 13, a most enjoyable solve without frying my brains or use of electronic help.
    I got held up at 3d but I know we’ve had that before, silly me. I managed to work it out but needed Google to confirm it.
    Fave was 19d with the fun 13d running second.
    Thanks to our Saturday setter and to BD for the hints and pics.

  16. I have not been able to access the site for the last few days through my normal bookmarks, so I guess my avatar will change when I post this.

    From what I remember, this was a very straightforward puzzle with no hold-ups, far simpler than some recent prize crosswords. Still enjoyable though. 19d was my pick.

    Thanks to our setter and BD.

  17. Pleasurable kick-off to the cruciverbal weekend. I have the same reservation as others above re fully parsing 15d and I am sure I am being very thick but I can’t see where Kelvin comes into 17a. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

        1. I had not understood the parsing till I read these comments. Must be because I am getting on.

  18. An enjoyable, straightforward offering. 3d I trusted to the wordplay and was pleasantly surprised to be correct.

  19. This was like the Saturday Crosswords of old; over far too quickly. I prefer the newer versions! But there you go, it was fun while it lasted. 11a was fave.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints. And for reclaiming the site; doing a DT crossword without the site is no fun.

  20. Finished this one before we finished our G&Ts – I think that really is a first!

  21. More problems with commenting today. Can’t remember what I said but am not going to bother to try yet again – better luck tomorrow? 😰

    (Oh for heaven’s sake my Comment has now appeared).

  22. There may be a gin – but this Bentley’s a faithful dog who waits patiently until we (hopefully) finish. 🐾 Actually thought you might ask how large the gin was … 😏

  23. In a newspaper I fInd I increasingly take issue with the crossword is an oasis of sanity. Another outstanding puzzle I have enjoyed solving in hospital following heart surgery

  24. Enjoyable Saturday crossword. Reasonably straightforward.

    13d last in with a Doh!

    Thanks to BD and setter


  25. Started off very quickly for once, with only a few as mentioned above that puzzled me, Eg 15d. 19d was the last one in -a good example of ‘never assume two adjacent words have a connection’! And I thought the French word was ‘in’….
    Had 11a wrong until I saw the hint -thx BD-motif for motive…
    Very enjoyable and thx to the setter.

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