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DT 28890

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28890

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

It feels good to be back in the Wednesday blogging chair again. Thanks to all those who kept the seat warm for us while I (Colin) was away. I had an amazing time on a bus tour in northern India, travelling with a group of people, many of whom have been close friends for thirty odd years. It is nice to be back now with Carol and all the familiar things of home. One of those familiar things is of course the Jay puzzles and we have another fine example of his craft today.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a Verify angry European broadcast (10)
CROSSCHECK: A word for angry or annoyed, and a homophone of the nationality of somebody from a particular European republic.

6a Volunteers needed in case of shooting party (4)
STAG: The first and last letters of shooting enclose volunteer soldiers.

10a Show lover must have change of heart (5)
RODEO : Replace the central letter in the name of a famous Shakespearean lover.

11a Ship that might bear fruit? (9)
MAYFLOWER : The answer split 3,6 could be paraphrased as ‘has the potential to flourish’.

12a President with hotel must accept one notable success (7)
TRIUMPH : Include the Roman numeral one in, yes, that president and finish off with the abbreviation for hotel.

13a Poles covered by characteristic passage (7)
TRANSIT : A synonym for a characteristic contains the magnetic poles.

14a A couple of million swallowed by rising prices may be a cause of pain (12)
INFLAMMATION : The repeated abbreviation for million is inside the economists’ word for rising prices.

18a Illustration that could be precise, if not funny (12)
FRONTISPIECE : An anagram (funny) of PRECISE IF NOT.

21a Profile Royal Marines by answer and weapon (7)
SIDEARM : Profile, or the part of a head shown on a coin, then the abbreviations for answer and Royal Marines.

23a Repugnant prospect offered to old boy (7)
OBSCENE : The abbreviation for old boy and then a prospect or vista.

24a Amazed — area seemed to protect them initially (9)
ASTOUNDED : The abbreviation for area, then the first letter of ‘them’ is included in a word meaning seemed or audibly resembled.

25a Sponge pudding from the east with filling of jam (5)
LOOFA : The reversal of a pudding best known in its gooseberry version, and finally the central letter of ‘jam’.

26a Bring in listener before end of bulletin (4)
EARN : The organ of hearing and then the last letter of bulletin.

27a Stationed last of troops in turbulent Rio Grande (10)
GARRISONED : The final letter of troops is included in an anagram (turbulent) of RIO GRANDE.


1d Man of the church is correct to ignore bill (6)
CURATE : The abbreviation for an account or bill is removed from the start of a word meaning correct.

2d Appoint minister by name after radio broadcast (6)
ORDAIN : An anagram (broadcast) of RADIO plus the abbreviation for name.

3d Important case developed about university is a bit of an exaggeration (5,2,1,6)
STORM IN A TEACUP : An anagram (developed) of IMPORTANT CASE includes the abbreviation for university.

4d Carers from hospital composed poems about Hades mostly (4,5)
HOME HELPS : Start with the abbreviation for hospital and then three of the four letters of another name for Hades are included in an anagram (composed) of POEMS.

5d Parliament vacated after scream in vault (5)
CRYPT : The first and last letters (vacated) of parliament follow scream or yell.

7d Origin of this personal transport for urban area (8)
TOWNSHIP : The first letter of this and then a 3,4 phrase for personal sea transport.

8d Generally gutted sailor must be spinning (8)
GYRATING : The first and last letters of generally and a junior sailor.

9d Beer goes on board ship after permission for trade events (9,5)
CLEARANCE SALES : Start with a word meaning permission or lack of hindrance and then the abbreviation for a steamship surrounds a synonym for beer.

15d Type of purchase made by man reportedly having class (4,5)
MAIL ORDER : A homophone of a word describing the gender of a man and then a class or biological category.

16d Staff ego unfortunately not visible to the audience (3-5)
OFF-STAGE : An anagram (unfortunately) of STAFF EGO.

17d A daughter may be in list for such a car (8)
ROADSTER : ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for daughter are in a list or register.

19d Engineers currently unknown may find fame (6)
RENOWN : Army engineers, a word meaning currently or at present plus an unknown number.

20d Precursor of some peripheral devices (6)
HERALD : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

22d Communication channels raising target to incorporate education (5)
MEDIA : The abbreviation for education is inside a reversed target or goal.

We liked 25a. It took us a while to get the finer points of the wordplay sorted.

As a bonus here are a couple of our favourite Indian pictures.

Quickie pun reverse + ticks = River Styx

47 comments on “DT 28890

  1. Very enjoyable, thought 2d was a clever bit of misdirection as I spent ages looking for a homophone including MP.
    Thanks to the setter for brightening up a very wet and windy Devon morning and to the 2 Kiwis for the uneeded blog.

  2. A very pleasant solve. No issues. Thank you Jay and welcome back to the 2Ks. 3d was favourite today. I know it was just an anagram, but it took a few minutes to solve because of its length.

  3. Jay is in very benevolent mood with today’s offering which didn’t present any problems at all. It ‘s always encouraging to get off to a speedy start when 1a goes in straightaway as was the case today and in fact I liked the simple surface of that one. Last to go in was 25a mainly because I have always spelt it with an ‘h’ at the end. Thanks Jay for some brief fun and to the 2Kiwis for being there in case of need.

    1. A canter indeed, albeit a very enjoyable one.

      Last one in 20d, as I seem to have developed a blind spot for lurkers, recently.

      Thanks to Jay and the 2 Kiwis.

  4. A nice steady solve. No really outstanding clue, but if pushed, I’ll go for that clever lurker at 25a.

  5. A very enjoyable gentle Wednesday romp, I am almost tempted to use the proscribed term, completed at a fast gallop – */****.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 1a and 1d.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Kiwis, welcome back.

    P.S. Another fine example from the Petitjean vault for today’s Toughie.

  6. Similar to yesterdays puzzle and a 1.5*/3* for me, can never come to terms with the odd spelling of 18a-just does not look right.
    Anyway Jay in benevolent mood as Angellov has already said . Thanks to Mr K especially for the stag pic.
    Favourite 13a for the surface.
    Cheers to our cricketers, were looking a good side in the making.

  7. No-one else has mentioned it so – is it just me who hasn’t got any answer boxes showing, just a thick black down-stroke where they should be? Same applies to the answers for the Quickie pun.

    A straightforward solve today and I’ll go along with Senf’s nominations for the best of the bunch with a mention for 25a although, like Angellov, I wanted an ‘H’ on the end.

    Thanks to Jay and to the 2Ks – lovely to have you back on board. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your latest Indian excursion, Colin.

    1. Jane, I have the same problem when using Google Chrome on my laptop (Windows 8.1).

      No such problem when using Internet Explorer on the same laptop.

      No problems when using my iPad.

    2. I don’t have the usual click here box, it shows the answer when I open the site. Oh dear.

  8. 2*/3*
    liked 14A “a couple of million swallowed by rising prices ……”
    quickie pun giving me a problem, and the answers do not seem to be displaying on the site today.

  9. You’re right Jane, I’ve got the same problem. I must admit, I hadn’t noticed as I’d solved it without the need for hints.

    I’m using Safari and the latest MacOS if it helps the debuggers.

    Thanks to all.

  10. 12a “That president” tweeted today:

    Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!

    Fake News?

    1. Of course, though I had hoped for a blue landslide! Maybe we’ll now find out what Putin’s hold is over him.

  11. Favourite 25a .
    12a topical in part but inaccurate except to “you know who “ .
    Welcome back 2Ks.
    Nice but gentle crossword .
    Thanks to everyone .

  12. This was just about the easiest back-pager I can remember for some time. Being a Jay puzzle, though, it was still elegantly compiled and fun to complete. 25a my favourite of many.

    Thanks to all three birds.

  13. Welcome back. A monsoon like deluge here but the crossword was clement. No real problems just a bit of a brainfart prevented seeing first word of 9d.
    No grey boxes on firefox for android but they are here on chrome (android) but a red triangle with an exclamation mark in the address bar.

  14. Doing this on my iPad as usual, but answers are showing, which prevented me from looking at the hints. However, it made me work harder and got there in the end. Found this a pleasant solve, but tough in places, 11a was favourite.

    Clearly some gremlins at work today, poor BD. His efforts are greatly appreciated by all.

    1. For me over the last few days the gremlins would seem to have been at work in a different way. It is a lottery as to how many Comments, if any, I can access.

      1. I’ve had the same problem for the last few weeks of not getting all the comments. I seemed to have solved it this week by clearing out my history before I go into the site to make a comment myself.

  15. Like Busylizzie all the answers showed so no opportunity to work out The answers from the Kiwis hints. But thanks all that same. Cheered up the day . Tipping with rain here in Surrey.

  16. I found this to be quite gentle for a Wednesday puzzle as I occasionally struggle to get on Jay’s wavelength but definitely not today. To paraphrase another contributer, completed at a canter. Thanks to setter and the 2Ks

    I wonder in the future if we’ll ever look back on Brexit and think it was all a bit of a 3d.

  17. Just tuned in and answers given to all clues. Fortunately it didn’t spoil things for me as I’d completed today’s puzzle. Something amiss???

  18. Jay on top form today I thought, it’s puzzles just like this one that make him such a setter to admire.

    So many elegant clues from which to choose a final three, but in the end I’ve gone for 11a, 25a and 15d. 12a was appropriately topical.

    Many thanks to Mr Mutch and to Colin and Carol. How fitting to have such a superb puzzle to welcome Colin back to the blogging chair, thank you for sharing your pictures from India with us.

  19. All the answers showing up but not needed today for an easier than normal crossword.
    Typically Jay’s concise, clever and amusing cluing.
    Fav was 11a.
    Just back from experiencing brain-dead morons driving on the M25 at 90 MPH when the road resembles a lake.
    Thanks all.

  20. Loved it, just right up my strasse!
    So much choice for fave, rather liked 1a but also 1d, and lots more.
    When are we ever going to get rid of 12a.
    Thanks to Jay and 2Kiwis, loved the Indian pics. I had a friend who went by bus from London to Srinigar!

  21. */***. A very gentle puzzle but enjoyable. 1a was my favourite. Thanks to the setter and the 2Ks.

  22. 1.5* / 5*. Another magnificent Wednesday offering albeit at the easier end of Jay’s spectrum. It’s impossible to pick a single favourite – none of the clues would disgrace that title.

    Many thanks to Jay and to the 2Ks.

  23. Nice crossword **/**** Favourites 11a & 25a Thanks to Jay and warm welcome back to the 2 x “C”S 😃 Surely the answer to 25a a sponge i.e a loofa but read from the east (right to left) a dessert filled with jam, a fool 🤔 “ esp. British, a dessert of usually stewed fruit crushed and mixed with cream, custard, etc” OED

  24. Morning all.
    Looks like BD has has a busy time sorting out gremlins while we have been fast asleep. It all looked fine to us when we checked before bed last night. Fingers crossed that it will all be sorted soon.

  25. Another fine Jay crossword. Picking a favourite is always hard on a Wednesday, but I’ll choose the sponge pudding (25a) from the extensive menu.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis – welcome back.

  26. I don’t mind seeing the answers revealed as I usually come to the blog when I have finished the crossword or given up.
    Today’s Jay was fully parsed and the whole experience was a real pleasure.
    Liked 14a and 27a the most.
    Thanks to the setter and to 2ks for the review.

  27. Apart from 25ac I thought this pretty straightforward, and enjoyable throughout. 18ac held me up a little while I unpicked the anagram, but the rest went in without too much ado.

    1. Strange,but 25A was the only one I didn’t get.Not that you would be remotely interested in that😊.

  28. Yep! Deliciously simple but very elegant. Several clues worthy of mention but I’ll go with 18a.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for the review. Welcome back and the pictures set my memory on immediate recall!

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