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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28875 (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    Dismiss concerto, say, that sparkles all too briefly? (8)
A charade of a verb meaning to dismiss and a word that could describe a concerto, for example / say, gives something that sparkles all too briefly

9a    Coming from a northern place, Poles should embrace part of southern Europe (8)
Place both poles around (embrace) a large peninsular in southern Europe

10a    Auditor’s guarantee to the bank (6)
Sounds like (auditor’s) a word meaning to guarantee

11a    Early Protestant religious teaching given by prior (8)
Some religious teaching followed by a word meaning prior or earlier

22a    Little building done after 1945? (6)
This would appear to be a cryptic definition of a small building of the type erected in the aftermath of World War II, although it seems clumsy to me

23a    Pretensions intense when heading left in plane, high-fliers’ rate? (3,5)
Some pretensions are followed by the reversal (when heading left) of an adjective meaning intense

25a    Using a fine-tooth comb every sixty seconds? (8)
A double definition where the pronunciation of the first two syllables distinguishes the two meanings

27a    Action’s modified to get to grips with golf? One’s sceptical (8)
An anagram (modified) of ACTION’S around (to get to grips with) the letter represented by Golf in the NATO Phonetic alphabet


2d    About to touch nude’s cold shoulder (6)
A word meaning about or concerning followed by a word meaning nude or naked

3d    Something to scare people with and carry, being insecure (3,3)
The carefully concealed W(ith) is followed by an anagram (being insecure) of CARRY

6d    Examine public transport’s appliance of science? (4,4)
A verb meaning to examinine or check is followed by some public transport like that found in London

7d    Kent’s changing situation — ‘smart’ people no longer call here (5,3)
The place where Clark Kent used to change into Superman! The introduction of the “smart” version has meant that very few of these are left

8d    Service bringing in tourists — jam’s expected sooner or later, depending on area (5,3)
This is a cryptic definition of a service provided to tourists in which the jam is added first or last depending on whether you are in Devon or Cornwall!

17d    Sweet that’s Italian or American — I ruin it when served up (8)
At first glance this looks like an anagram (which doesn’t work!) indicated by “when served up”, but it’s actually a reversal of a charade of a two-letter abbreviation for American, the I from the clue, a three-letter word meaning to ruin and IT from the clue – when “served up” by Mrs BD (see below), this is delicious

19d    Key duo forged to get cash in Europe once (6)
A key on the computer keyboard is followed by an anagram (forged) of DUO

21d    Tense, like a fence in ‘Atton Garden? (4)
This adjective meaning tense or nervous could be an unaspirated (in ‘Atton Garden) adjective meaning like a fence

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The Quick Crossword pun: homing+sure+ants=home insurance

49 comments on “DT 28875 (Hints)

  1. In foreign climes on hols so managed an early start on today’s puzzle whilst Mrs BJS was pampering herself in the spa.

    Lots to like about this one IMHO. Metaphorical ticks by: 9a, 8d, 17d and 21d. COTD = 7d. Loved the surface read here.

    LOI was 10a which must have accounted for at least half of my total solve time 😳

    Many thanks to the setter and to Big D for the blog.

    1. 10A …….. arrggh. Hate homophones and hated this one with a vengeance. Maybe as pronounced by Noel Coward in ‘In Which We Serve ‘ (Naval themed humour, geddit? ) , but not by me.
      Otherwise enjoyable.

  2. Excellent Saturday. Took a bit of starting (thank the setter for anagrams) then continued steadily. Loved 7d, great ref to my favourite comic character. Last in was 9d, damn those punctuation marks😀
    Thx to all

  3. Enjoyed this on the whole, but the homophone in 10a didn’t work for me.

    Also couldn’t figure out why the ‘unusually’ was in 24a and that threw me for a while.

    Agree with BD on 22a, can’t imagine how younger solvers are supposed to crack clues like that.

    Absolutely loved 7d for the penny drop moment.

    Many thanks to all.

  4. Another excellent crossword giving lots of giggles and smiles .

    Joint favourites 7D & 8D .

    Must admit that parsing 4D is beyond me though the answer seems obvious.

    Thanks to everyone

  5. 2* / 3*. I whizzed through this until I got held up by my final three answers in the SE corner taking my time up to 2*. In spite of a couple of dodgy clues (22a & 21d) and some iffy surfaces, this was good fun. 7d was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

  6. Think I’m home and dry but will pin the puzzle up and check next week. Bit unsure re. 23a. Liked 7 and 8 down. All thanks.

    1. I’m unsure re 23a too. I have the reverse of intense but can’t figure out two of the letters of the 3 letter word!

  7. A bit of a curate’s egg but pleased to have some food for thought in addition to the fun. South beat the North to it. I’m with RD re the two dodgy clues to which, like Margaret, I would add 10a. 19d was a bung-in as that kind of key didn’t occur to me. Joint Favs 11a and 3d. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  8. I’ve got a few reservations about this one – some of the clues definitely falling into the ‘nearly but not quite’ category.

    Can’t go with the flow and nominate 7d for top billing as the programme never appealed so I had to check my answer with Mr Google before committing to it. 8d raised a smile as I recalled the debate we’ve had on here previously about this issue. Feelings seemed to run high!

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to BD for the club. Hope you’ve got a good NTSPP for us today.

    1. I’m with you Jane re 7d – Kent meant nothing to me here but no longer calling helped the penny to drop.

  9. Thank you for the hint for 17d, Dave, because I was sailing along nicely until I ran aground on the rocks in the south west corner. I have to confess that I groaned aloud when I realised what the answer to 15d was but, unlike Agellov, the penny dropped very quickly for 19d.

  10. A bit tougher than some recent Saturdays but that could just be me. Getting a new 7d was quite stressful and didn’t go as smoothly as It could. NE was last in. I think I have 10a right but it is a bit of a dodgy homophone. 1a took a while too – could a ballet be a concerto? But the penny dropped eventually.
    Thanks BD I took a hint or 2 in the NE.
    Thanks to the setter too.

    1. Welcome to the blog Mike

      I’m not sure what you are getting at. If you are asking for a hint then I ignore rudeness. If it’s something else then you will need to explain.

    2. Yes I can’t get 26a either (in spite of having both letters!)
      – it must be TOO obvious (and I am being a bit dim!)

      I always find it interesting to note that different people find some clues I found easy, hard, and vice versa. Needless to say I am still struggling with 10a – maybe a glass of wine will help me with these two clues??

      1. 26a Act of cheating winger reported (4)
        A word meaning an act of cheating, particularly in a contact sport like football, sounds like (reported) a particular type of feathered “winger”.

        1. Thank you! Of course! I have it now -I had briefly thought about a winger in sport and whether it was a particular species of the feathered variety – so was vaguely going along the right lines but couldn’t quite make the ‘right connection’

          May I take the opportunity to thank you and the regulars who take the time to explain some of the intricacies of cryptic crossword solving to me and other novices? It is much appreciated as I know I am gradually improving and learning the ‘craft’.

          As I say it is fascinating how the penny drops at different rates with different people

          Just two remaining including the infamous 10a so having a Merlot with Sunday lunch (as you have already give hints on both my ‘obstacles’) and hope to see the light! Many thanks again.

  11. A Very satisfying puzzle. It went in steadily but slowly and made me work for it. nearly double my personal target time.

    I think it’s unanimous about 7d–it gets my vote too–very chuckleworthy.. I also liked 10a, 22a, 23a, 8d and 21d.

  12. For me, this was a not very enjoyable slog, so no obvious favourite(s), and I agree with Jane’s comment on ‘some of the clues.’

    In my world and the BRB, 23a is a single word.

    Apologies for the grumps, thanks to the setter and BD.

  13. Whilst understanding the reservations of others about this one, I really enjoyed this challenge. Saturday puzzles are no longer the quick romp they used to be. 17d had me stumped for ages and 7d likewise, until I thought about “smart”.
    All in all a pleasant way to recover from heart surgery. Many thanks to all concerned

  14. Have recently discovered this site and love it. Thanks to all concerned who make it such fun. Usually complete the cryptic puzzle ok and just started doing the Toughie but, as the name implies, it’s a lot tougher. With the help of this site I will persevere.😀

    1. Welcome to the blog. Hopefully now you’ve de-lurked, you’ll comment on a regular basis

  15. Oddly, the NW corner was my undoing today, and probably took as long as the rest of the crossword. Thoroughly enjoyable, though, with 7d the outstanding COTD.

    Many thanks to our Saturday setter for the challenge and to BD.

  16. A bit of a struggle having put in the crossers for 13dn incorrectly. The solution to 18ac resolved that and led to a solution for 23 ac and then the struggle was nearly over. LOI 10ac took some time but I think it was fair.

    But I still can’t parse 4dn! Unlessxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    But thanks to setter and BD.

    1. 4d is an American term for property – another word for rank goes under (covered by) an adjective meaning concrete

      1. Thanks. I knew the definition, but I obviously mis-read the rest of the clue. I now get it.

        It appears that I have broken protocol and that BD has substituted a series of kisses instead. I didn’t think my comment broke the rules especially when I look at the pictures in 11ac and 22ac … perhaps I am missing something but I apologise nonetheless.

        This is my third attempt at replying to this comment, so either something is wrong with the website or maybe I am banned!

        1. Ever since the last ddos attack I have found that clearing the cache regularly is the best way to get posts through.

          1. Hi John Bee. Thanks, I have cleared the cache, although I think it is cleared daily when I exit this browser. As an ex IT person I still find it annoying that these “hidden” issues should spoil our use of the internet … it is a tool that we use, we shouldn’t have to know how it works or how to service it to get results. IMHO!

            1. True we shouldn’t have to know the geeky stuff. Just reassuring you that it wouldn’t be a ban by BD that keeps you out. Have a word with CS and sbe will provide some lemon drizzle while you wait.

        2. The other two comments went into moderation – one because you omitted the t from stone in your alias and the other because you omitted the 3 from your email address.

          There are 4 gimmes per prize puzzle, please don’t use them as an excuse for non-compliance with the instructions. If you need help then please ask for it, but don’t say what you think it might be.

  17. I thought this was a very good prize crossword. There were several good clues and yes, some you had to stretch a bit to accept but hey! it’s a challenge which you have to make allowances for.
    7d was my fave but 8d ran it close.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  18. I felt as though this was a bit more gentle compared to previous prize puzzles. My only issues were 10a re pronunciation and 22a which seemed a bit of GK clue. I’m off to bag up home made soup now it’s cooled down. It’s that time of year. Many thanks setter and BD.

  19. A Saturday prize puzzle that has got us puzzled. I still cannot fathom out 9d.
    Haha, as I wrote it came to me. Nice one, thanks to all.

  20. Apart from 22a which I thought a bit clunky this was an enjoyable solve. Like most 7d was a real ah-ha moment. Thanks to the setter and BD for the blog.

  21. It took forever to get going here, but once I had got into this setter’s head, it went quite smoothly, except for the SE corner where I needed a hint to finish. Like Senf, I thought that 23a was a single word.
    My fave was the delicious looking 17d, but 7d deserves mention for the smart bit – took ages to get that but it amused.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints and tips.

  22. 8d was one leap of faith but glad I got it right.
    In fact the whole NE corner was a bit of a slog.
    Wasn’t keen on 22a either.
    Sorry, but the Guardian Tramp was much more fun.
    Nul point pour le telegraph today.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the blog.

  23. I was slow to get going, but I gradually figured it out, mostly. A few were a bit odd, 23a for example, and I struggled with the 10a homophone, but nothing BD’s hints and Mr Google couldn’t help me figure out. All in all, quite enjoyable and better than some Saturday stinkers. Thanks to setter and Big Dave.

  24. A very slow solve today, but time well spent, though not helped by a very unfriendly grid. 10ac works, but only just. 21ac – surely not? Last in 23ac.

    1. Welcome to the blog, Emma.

      9d ‘Slave Queen’ depicted in science fiction (4)
      Insert Her Maj’s regnal cipher into the abbreviation for science fiction.

  25. Only had time to finish this this morning – didn’t need hints for a change but used them to double check. Loved 7d, got 4d but couldn’t work out why and I am with others ref 10a – loved the Noel Coward comment from Lostboy

    Oh, and put a different ending on 25a for a while until 20d and 21d brought me to my senses :D

    Thanks to BD and Setter


  26. Got the bottom half really quickly but struggled with nw corner as initially put Scandian for 9a – correct answer is much more obvious. I know you guys find them easy but some are really tricky!

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