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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28880

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright but chilly day.

Apart from the classical Muse in 15a, there isn’t anything particularly tricky in today’s Giovanni, and for me it was a straightforward solve. Thanks to Giovanni for the puzzle.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.

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1a           Get to drop in (4,2)
COME BY – Double definition, both of them verb phrases.

4a           Schemes to get US soldier, terribly sick, to collect award for fighting (8)
GIMMICKS – The usual US soldier and an anagram (terribly) of SICK, placed either side of a gallantry award.

9a           Live with soldiers, having joined team (6)
RESIDE – The usual regiment of engineers followed by another word for a sports team.

10a         Not relaxed, having gone through a screening process (8)
STRAINED – The screen here will have had a fine mesh.

12a         Member of Royal Navy maybe planting tree on isle (10)
SERVICEMAN – A type of tree, in the Sorbus family, followed by an Isle in the Irish Sea.

13a         Big building, pub with name at the back (4)
BARN – Another word for a pub, followed by an abbreviation for Name.

14a         Time getting degree — years! (3)
MAY – A higher Arts degree followed by an abbreviation for Years, giving us a time of year.

15a         Priest dancing before job — inspired by this female? (11)
TERPSICHORE – Anagram (dancing) of PRIEST followed by a household task, giving us the name of one of the nine Muses in Ancient Greek mythology, the one who was goddess of the dance.

Image result for terpsichore

18a         Not the first place said to show unusual perception? (6,5)
SECOND SIGHT – The answer is a homophone of ‘not the first place’. If you are a camper looking to pitch your tent, you might reject the first place you see, then set up on the —— —-. The answer is also what you might have if you possessed psychic powers.

20a         Club attraction, one to be avoided (3)
BAT – Remove (to be avoided) the Roman numeral for one from the sort of attraction used to bring a fish to the hook.

21a         Enthusiastic supporters or cooler types? (4)
FANS – These supporters could also be used to cool you down in a hot room.

22a         One grape munched by the Spanish — bit of fruit often discarded (6,4)
ORANGE PEEL – Anagram (munched) of ONE GRAPE, followed by a Spanish definite article.

24a         Prominent features around grassland for South Americans (8)
CHILEANS – Some facial features which may be prominent (think Bruce Forsyth or Jimmy Hill) or receding, wrapped around the sort of grassland which the lowing herd winds slowly o’er in Gray’s Elegy.

Image result for chile

25a         Pet left half abandoned after short while (6)
TICKLE – A short time, perhaps one beat of the clock, followed by the first half of LE(ft). The definition is a verb.

26a         Lively holiday complex exists — keep quiet about it! (8)
SCAMPISH – Put together a holiday complex (Butlin’s, perhaps) and ‘exists’, then wrap the result in a command to keep quiet.

27a         Finds out little initially, then gets paid (6)
LEARNS – The first letter (initially) of Little, followed by ‘gets paid’.


1d           Present time in which misc. trash gets distributed! (9)
CHRISTMAS – Anagram (gets distributed) of MISC TRASH.

2d           Left in distress, giving little away (7)
MISERLY – Another word for distress or anguish, with Left inserted.

3d           Inferior pottery in Glos. estate (9)
BADMINTON – The answer is a country estate in Gloucestershire which may be associated with equestrian events or shuttlecocks. Split (3,6) it could also be some poor examples of china or porcelain made by a once prominent Stoke-on-Trent company.

Image result for badminton house

5d           Iran isn’t getting new arrangement with bloke being bloody-minded (12)
INTRANSIGENT – Anagram (getting new arrangement) of IRAN ISN’T followed by another word for ‘bloke’.

6d           Food to satisfy, from what we hear (4)
MEAT – This type of food sounds like a word meaning ‘satisfy requirements’ (of a job, perhaps).

7d           Money wasted at once, very little saved (7)
CENTAVO – Anagram (wasted) of AT ONCE, with an abbreviation for Very inserted, giving us a small coin once in South America or Portugal.

8d           Old-fashioned means of transport for one upwardly mobile (5)
SEDAN – Cryptic definition of an enclosed chair carried through the streets by two or more bearers, the passenger being someone who aspired to gentility. The term was later applied to enclosed motor cars in America.

Image result for sedan chair

11d         The star grins, disguising deepest feelings (5-7)
HEART-STRINGS – Anagram (disguising) of THE STAR GRINS.

16d         Jazz fan, the chap going round Ireland to see girl (9)
CATHERINE – Put together a somewhat ancient term for a jazz enthusiast and a pronoun for ‘the chap’ wrapped around a poetic term for the island of Ireland, to get a girl’s name.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

17d         They praise those no longer in the belfry team? (9)
EXTOLLERS – Put together the usual prefix for ‘former’ or ‘no longer’ and a word for people responsible for ringing bells, especially to mark a death, and you get a term for people delivering praises.

19d         Language of particular group in a Spanish bar (7)
CANTINA – Put together the argot or jargon used by a closed group, usually seen in conjunction with ‘thieves’, then add IN and A from the clue. I started by thinking of ‘Catalan’: anyone else?

20d         Wave from demolition worker (7)
BREAKER – Double definition, the first being a wave approaching the shore.

21d         Female stars making appearances (5)
FACES Female followed by some stars or experts.

23d         You and I will get record and express emotion (4)
WEEP – The pronoun for ‘you and I’ followed by an acronym for the sort of vinyl record which came between a single and an LP.

The Quick Crossword pun LACK + CITY = LAXITY

34 comments on “DT 28880

  1. More delightful Giovanni fun beginning with completion in the North. 14a and 8d are perhaps a bit dubious. Was unaware of 19d bung-in. 15a definitely a Fav. Thank you to the Don and DT.

    1. Have only just got around to reading the review and bloggers’ comments so belatedly just wanted to say an extra thank you to DT for his hint to 16d. I am now in the throes of singing my way through the fantastic Litte Sparrow’s hits – Je Ne Regrette Rien, Cathérine, La vie en Rose, Milord, etc.

  2. As our blogger says, nothing too difficult this morning, and fairly light on GK which will please several regulars. I particularly enjoyed 15a, and overall a pleasant solve for a cold Marches morning.

    Thanks to The Don and DT.

  3. A most enjoyable end to the work week completed at a gallop – **/****.

    Having ‘developed’ a plausible answer for 15a, I did have to check it in the BRB.

    Candidates for favourite – 18a and 3d – and the winner is 18a, partly because 3d is too much of an oldie but goodie.

    Thanks to DG and DT.

  4. As already noted, this felt more approachable than usual for a Friday back-pager.

    Some nice clues including 16d, 17d and 26a… and how I’ve survived for 49 yrs without knowing 15a is a mystery 😁

    COTD for me was 26a. Not sure about the synonym in 25a (on hols and didn’t bring the BRB).

    LoI = 14a which was a complete bung-in (thanks to Deep Threat for the parsing).

    Many thanks to the setter and to Deep Threat.

  5. A struggle for me today mainly due to 12a and 15a . Did not know the tree or the dance . However , enjoyed the challenge with lots of amusing and clever clueing .
    Thanks to everyone .

  6. Agree with DT on a **/***, remembered the tree and the dancer which helped a lot.
    Last in was 26a and I came up with a few options before I saw the holiday complex !
    Liked 17d and 25a.Light ending to the week and I enjoyed the solve, ready for a curry and ale night-thanks all.

  7. This was on the less obscure GK side of a Friday puzzle and all the more enjoyable for it. Having said that I’d never heard of 15a and 7d plus I thought the synonym for 4a was slightly stretched. However there were lots of goodies, 3d and 17d being my favourites. Many thanks to setter and reviewer for the entertainment

  8. Struggled a bit with this one having never come across the coin in 7d, or the pottery in 3D and would take issue with Tickle for Pet in 25a.
    Not quite up to his normal very high standard perhaps but very enjoyable for all that.
    Thx to all

  9. As usual, a fair number of ‘umms’ for me although it was a bonus that today’s young lady was given her full forename!

    No particular favourite but 1a put me in mind of ‘One man and his dog’.

    Thanks to DG and to DT – hope that both Mrs DT and yourself will be joining us again in the Novotel on Friday, 25th Jan?

  10. Today’s crossword left me longing for more because it was so enjoyable. 15a was a new word for me, and I wondered if “choreography “ came from the same derivation. I put “welp” into 23d, which was wrong, but could it be an alternative answer? Gosh, sorry folks, that leaves two questions to answer. 12a was straightforward and helped me to remember “that tree”. Favourites today were 15a and the smiler of 17d. Many thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat.

  11. One mans meat ….. I didn’t enjoy this unlike many of the other commenters probably because of clues like 25a. Nevertheless thanks to all.

  12. I was uncertain of the answer to 25a but the BRB was happy so therefore so am I. I’m pleased that I knew 15a though so that made up for my doubts over 25a.
    Nice challenge, not as difficult as usual.
    My favourite is…22a.
    Thanks to Giovanni, and to DT for the review.

  13. I am a big fan of Giovanni and look forward to his Friday offerings 😃 but I found today’s puzzle difficult ***/*** 😕 Not happy with 23a and 25a 😳 Liked 15a & 24 🤗 Thanks to DT and to the Don

  14. Funny old puzzle today. Some dropped in easily and some played hide and seek but I found them all out in the end. Solved at The Saracens Head in Symonds Yat. Beautiful day. Wish I could say the same about dinner. In Cardiff now ready for David Byrne tomorrow night. See you all on Monday. Play nicely children. I will be watching you!

  15. Wow I found this one difficult.
    I had never heard of 15a and I thought I had sturied that, obviously I missed a bit.
    1d NOOO it’s too early even though I did get the clue.
    In the end I cheated and clicked on the little grey boxes for several, even then I no was wiser on some of them. But having that option saves what’s left of my sanity when I am really stuck.

    OK totally off topic and moderators and/or Big Dave please feel free to edit/delete this bit as it is just a bit silly.

    I’ve mentioned that I have been struggling a bit healthwise, and Long Suffering Hubby has been a rock though I worry that he worries too much. So anyway I am on all kinds of tablets, I rattle! One of the least enjoyable is 350 mg of iron a day. The bruising is getting better, I have more energy, I feel much better EXCEPT iron has a bit of a side effect. Well actually a massive side effect. So every morning LSH brings me a lovely mug of hot lemon water with a ‘moving product’ stirred into it. It says on the blurb “Works with your body to naturally correct the problem within 24 hours.”
    6 days, nothing. On the 7th day, the earth moved and luckily I made it to the bathroom. What did my lovely husband do?
    He yelled “Thar she blows!”

    As I couldn’t move at the time I was unable to bash his head in.

      1. Thank you! I just hate blood tests and all the pills but that’s better than injections!

        I am near Michegan, a bit to the right, rural Ontario. :-)

          1. By Canadian standards not far at all LOL. We are half way between Toronto and Ottawa just off Hwy 7 (cross Canada Highway) north of the Trenton airbase which I am sure your relatives with know of, mainly for great resons except for one horrible situation involving a very nasty man who was colonel /head honcho at the time of his crimes.

            I am not sure if BD allows links but we live in a geodesic dome home surrounded by acres of trees and bush, we only own one acre, most of the rest is government land. :-)

            Better not end up on the naughty step by drifting too far away from the crossword! Thanks as ever to Big Dave for this wonderful site.

            1. I was reliably informed of an old lady who went into a travel agent in Glasgow to buy a return flight to Canada . When asked which Canadian City she replied “ It does not matter , my son in law will pick me up “

  16. Very enjoyable puzzle as usual from Giovanni. Fortunately I am up on my Muses as they appear regularly all over the place. I struggled with 1a and 2d for longer that I should have done. But all done in the end. I think I’ll go for 3d as my COTD.

  17. I really enjoyed this, knew the dancer and tree. I believe the tree comes up quite often, I learned it here, miracle I remembered it.
    I did get 26a wrong, putting “harp” instead of “camp”.
    I’m going with the dancer at 15a as fave. There’s a clever poem about English pronunciation and 15a comes up in that.
    Thanks to Giovanni for the fun and DT for his review, particularly the Piaf clip at 16d.

    1. It really helps to know I’m not the only one. Sometimes I feel thick as a plank, especially when I see the answers!

  18. The muse and the coin made this a little trickier than a ** for me, but only just. Last in thought was the NW corner that I made a right dog’s dinner of.

  19. Anyone who has seen Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy will remember a great turn by Andy Serkis as Mr D’Aubyn, the master of Terpsichore, or dance master. As always, his characterisation is also masterful.

    If you haven’t seen the film, I recommend it

  20. Finished this relatively quickly, for once. NEVER heard of the tree, nor did my wife, the keenest of gardeners. Loved 15a and 26a. 3d, firstly, as DT disagreed that the form of transport is old-fashioned, as it is not so in the US, secondly, “upwardly mobile?”. Anyone with money, including those who had already got there, i.e. were no longer upwardly mobile, used it. (I lived in Bath for years where these things were used so much.) Is the setter possibly making use of the idea that once in the thing has to be lifted before you can go anywhere? Or is it because Bath is so full of hills an awful lot of the journeys would have been in an upwards direction? Loved 17d. only knew Erin as a name for a person, loved 1d as well. All in all even with the bung-ins, it was fun and nice to feel success.

  21. Is there a fault on the website? The reveal part of the hints hasn’t been available for a few days?

    Love the site when it works 😊

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