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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28886

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire, where we’re visiting family, and a cold and frosty morning it is.

The usual Friday fare from Giovanni, with well constructed clues leading to the answer even if it is a slightly uncommon word.

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           Purr maybe as one with no original ideas? (7)
COPYCAT – Split the answer (4,3) and this is what you may do if you start purring.

5a           Forthcoming, like a shop assistant? (2,5)
IN STORE – A phrase meaning ‘forthcoming’ which is also where a shop assistant works.

9a           Study couple leading galloping dance (5)
CONGA – ‘Study’ or ‘scan’ followed by the first two letters (couple leading) of GAlloping.

Image result for conga dance

10a         Suffering painful disorder could make chum irate (9)
RHEUMATIC – Anagram (could make) of CHUM IRATE.

11a         Winds disturbing isle after festival (10)
EASTERLIES – A major Christian festival followed by an anagram (disturbing) of ISLE.

12a         Ceremony takes politician to foreign river (4)
POMP – Crosswordland’s favourite foreign river followed by the usual politician.

14a         Curate involved with mad fun? It’s artificial (12)
MANUFACTURED – Anagram (involved with) of CURATE and MAD FUN.

18a         Minister of religion I squashed, one admitted for holy promotion! (12)
CANONISATION – Put together a minister of religion (one found in a cathedral chapter), I (from the clue), and a phrase (3,2) for ‘squashed’ wrapped around the Roman numeral for one. The result is the formal process of declaring someone to be a saint.

21a         Country home in which artist settles (4)
IRAN – ‘At home’ wrapped around the usual crossword artist.

22a         Piercing action of tool, ace for penetrating (10)
IMPALEMENT – The abbreviation found in the corner of an ace in a pack of cards, inserted into another word for ‘tool’.

25a         Big man about fifty tackled by rival who looks out for trouble? (9)
VIGILANTE – A Russian doll type of clue. A verb meaning ‘rival’ or ‘contend’. Wrapped around a very big man, wrapped around the Roman numeral for fifty.

26a         One isolated for more extended period, not good (5)
LONER – Remove the Good from a word for ‘more extended period’.

27a         What can go round, one way and another (7)
ROTATOR – A palindrome (one way and another) describing something which revolves around its axis.

28a         Daughter always to slip up making brief excursion (3,4)
DAY TRIP – Put together an abbreviation for Daughter, a poetic word for ‘always’ and another word for ‘slip up’.

ARVE Error: need id and provider


1d           Baddie hugging revolutionary 5 Across (6)
CACHED – A heel or rotter wrapped around the usual crossword revolutionary, giving us another way of expressing the answer to 5 Across.

2d           Maybe fine joke is rubbish ultimately (6)
PUNISH – Put together the sort of joke which relies on a play on words, IS (from the clue) and the last letter (ultimately) of rubbisH.

3d           Talk with girl, French mistress (10)
CHATELAINE – An informal talk followed  by a girl’s name produces the mistress of a castle in France.

4d           End of flight has upset parrot in mountainous region (5)
TYROL – The last letter of flighT followed by the reverse (upset) of a type of parrot, giving us some mountains in Austria.

Image result for tyrol

5d           Trendy English member meeting worker becomes crude (9)
INELEGANT – Put together another word for ‘trendy’, English, one of the members of the body, and one of the usual insect workers.

6d           Thus yours truly gets the lot? Not entirely (4)
SOME – Another word for ‘thus’ followed by ‘yours truly’.

7d           Boat launched with bosses in attendance? (8)
OUTBOARD – ‘Launched’, as in ‘my new book is —‘, followed by the collective noun for the directors of a company, giving us a type of boat named for its method of propulsion.

8d           Get away, having admitted commercial prank (8)
ESCAPADE – A short word for a commercial inserted into ‘get away’.

13d         Yokel’s part, reconstructing arrangement for golf tournament (6,4)
STROKE PLAY – Anagram (reconstructing) of YOKEL’S PART, producing the most commonly used format for professional golf tournaments.

15d         Old city chap wearing gold stars (4,5)
URSA MINOR – Put together the Old Testament city in the Chaldees, a chap’s name (perhaps your Uncle in the USA), ‘wearing’ and the heraldic term for ‘gold’.

Image result for ursa minor

16d         Bill given greeting, always someone deemed a success (8)
ACHIEVER – Put together an abbreviation for a bill or account, a two-letter greeting, and another word for always.

17d         Like circle and rings expected to meet requirements? (2,6)
ON TARGET – Where the circle or rings which an archer or shooter aims at may be found.

19d         Note sense in what’s being said (6)
TENNER – The note is a bank note, and is a homophone, (in what’s being said) of the sense of a remark.

20d         Place where you’ll see prisoners out of bed get agitated (4,2)
STIR UP – A slang word for the place where prisoners are, followed by ‘out of bed’.

23d         Change the last word, last bit of record (5)
AMEND – The final word of a Christian prayer followed by the last letter of recorD.

24d         Part of the theatrical scenery in residence (4)
FLAT – Double definition, the second being a residence in an apartment block.

The Quick Crossword pun TIGHT + TANNIC = TITANIC

36 comments on “DT 28886

  1. Bit of a relief this. Just did what it said on the tin and it all slotted in nicely. No overall favourite. Liked it all. Many thanks to the Don and to Deep Threat.

      1. Actually, I forgot to mention that 4d was a bung-in from the checking letters. I had to check an on-line dictionary to see if there was such a thing as a “lory” that I could upset! It was so. I guess in reality, that’s classed as cheating.

        1. Not remotely cheating, Florence. You’d worked out the answer and were then sensible enough to check it out – we all learn more by doing that.

          1. You are so kind. I’m now looking at the Toughie you recommended. At the moment I have four answers. I don’t think I should give up until I have at least a quarter of the grid filled.

  2. A relatively gentle end to the work week completed at a gallop – **/***.

    Candidates for favourite – 18a, 8d, and 17d – and the winner is 8d.

    The puzzle web site was going haywire in the early UK hours telling me I had solved both the Cryptic and the Quick when I had done neither. I thought there might be a transition to the new site but that has not happened – yet.

    Thanks to the Don and DT.

  3. No real problems today but SW put up the most resistance. 1d revolutionary appears once again. Wonder how MrK would have illustrated 1a hint. Surprisingly for a Giovanni no outstanding Fav but I did like 18a. Today’s Quickie is unusually cryptic and GK orientated. Thanks Mysteron and DG.

  4. Nice straight-forward end to the cruciverbal week, at the easier end of Giovanni spectrum I thought.

    Putting in “up front” for 5a derailed me for a while but then things started to fall nicely into place. Particularly liked: 1a, 9a and 21a.

    COTD = 19d (suspect this may be an oldie but first time I recall seeing it)

    Thanks to the setter and to Deep Threat for the commentary.

  5. A gentle amble through crossword land, just right fir a sunny if fresh day I quite liked 27a and 3d. 7d confused me a little I was searching for types of craft which fitted with some letters. Mrs Spook looked at and got it straight away, this can be annoying sometimes!
    Many thanks to Deep Threat and the Don.

  6. Usual Friday fare but with less obscurities than can often be the case.
    No particular favourite but a question about 4/14a in the Quickie. Mr Google leads me to believe that the chemical in question is not present in tea – what do you think?

    Thanks to DG and to DT for the blog – goodness, those Beatles look young and fresh-faced!

    1. Exactly Jane, teas contain tannins so can be referred to as tannic but they don’t contain tannic acid.

          1. My chemistry is a little rusty but I believe tannic acid is a form of tannin both are polyphenols. So the clue is correct.

      1. Thanks, Angellov. I thought that was the case but – with DG having used it – I began to doubt myself!

    2. Sorry, it’s me again! Meant to mention that, despite it being a Friday, today’s Toughie is quite accessible.

  7. Of course I threw in the wrong second word for 15D at first, but otherwise nicely straightforward. thanks DT and Giovani.

  8. A fairly gentle but very entertaining puzzle from Giovanni this sunny morning. As Jane says at #6, less obscure and down on the usual amount of GK. 18a was my favourite clue.

    Thanks to The Don and DT.

  9. 1.5* / 2.5*. Straightforward and reasonably enjoyable. I needed to check the theatrical scenery in 24d.

    Thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

  10. This is the first time for ages that I have been able to access the blog. A gentle puzzle today so thanks to Giovanni for that. Thanks also to Deep Threat for the review. Especially The Beatles clip.See you all on Monday. Play nicely children.

  11. A very kind Giovanni today but highly entertaining nevertheless. COTD for me was 15d because I loved the wordplay. No weird words today, he must have mislaid the dictionary 😀
    Thx to all

    1. My thoughts too!

      A very pleasant way to start a Friday, with nothing to get upset about.

      Many thanks to Giovanni and DT.

  12. Super puzzle today, especially after my super bombing yesterday.
    Lots to like but I think my fave is 18a, but 1a made it a close call.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for his help with 19d, though I should have got it.

  13. A good workman like puzzle to end the week. Not as difficult as the Friday challenge can often be, but satisfying regardless. 1a was my top clue.
    Thanks to the Don, and to DT for the review.

  14. Our only hiccup was tentatively penciling in UP FRONT for 5a until it would not work with the down clues. With 15d we only filled in the first and last two letters of the second word until we had 25a safely in place to help us. An enjoyable Friday solve as ever.
    Thanks Giovanni and DT.

  15. Finished in OK time this morning before golden wedding lunch near Chippenham . All went well but 35 minute drive home took 2 hours on the M4due to sheer volume of traffic .
    Usual high standard from Mr G with many good clues and liked 12A & 18A best .
    Thanks to everyone .

  16. As I was actually able to finish this puzzle, unusual for a Friday, you’ll get no complaints from me. Last in was 22a. Thanks to Giovanni and Deep Threat for a very enjoyable puzzle.
    Now if the DT folks would just help me reset my password so that I can actually read the paper that I am paying for, I will be a happy camper. So far have only received a case number. Oh dear.

  17. Another puzzle I struggled with. I think I’m losing my touch, or perhaps I just need a drink and a rest!

  18. Enjoyable & I “finished” it. Except I had 19D as censor & 25A as loser. Thanks for explations.

  19. I thought this was very good from G. About average difficulty for him but a tad above average for the general back-page norm. Very enjoyable! 3* / 4*

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