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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28893 (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.


7a    Make smaller container holding very little (8)
A container goes around very little time (1,3)

10a    Father with posh girl is thrifty (6)
The abbreviation for a religious Father is followed by the letter that represents posh and a colloquial word for a girl

11a    Type of critic with no standing? (8)
A cryptic definition of a type of critic who typically adopts a sedentary position

12a    Moderate Jack to plug debts (10)
A jack tar or sailor followed by a verb meaning to plug and some debts

15a    When athletes run without delay (4,3,4,2)
How an athletic race is started when there is no starting pistol

18a    Having a trying time before play opens (10)
A cryptic definition of what actors are doing in the run-up to the opening of a play

21a    Aristocracy attempt to get primary information (6)
An attempt is preceded by (to get primary) some information

24a    Precise in theatre? (8)
A double definition – the theatre being in a hospital


1d    Flier the setter’s sent up in this vein? (6)
A “flier” and the two-letter abbreviation for the setter’s (the setter is) all reversed gives a vein in a leaf

4d    Father going to sea? (6)
Father is the nickname of a particular river that flows into the sea

6d    Anchorite not about to turn into undignified leading character (4-4)
An anagram (to turn into) of AN[c]HORITE without (not) the single-letter Latin abbreviation for about

13d    Pensive, not empty-headed, so to speak (10)
Sounds like (so to speak) a phrase (7,4) that suggests that one’s head is not empty

15d    High river battle (8)
This artificially high singing voice is derived from a three-letter Cornish river followed by a battle (3,2)

16d    Greenhouse in another colour over railway (8)
A colour other than green is followed by the abbreviation for R(ailwa)Y

18d    Reprimand junky occasionally sitting in spilt beer (6)
The even letters (occasionally) of JUNKY inside (sitting in) an anagram (spilt) of BEER – although “occasionally” could mean the odd or even letters, as only two letters are required (enumeration of six minus the length of BEER) this time it must be the even letters

22d    Brad and originally in love (4)
Noting to do with Pitt and Jolie! – put the initial letter (originally) of A[ngelina] inside another word for love or zero

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The Quick Crossword pun: {reek}+{west}+{stop}={request stop} – swipe with mouse to reveal

46 comments on “DT 28893 (Hints)

    1. Helps if one gets the right ending to 18a, Doh! 😒
      Took a little starting but then answers came along nicely.
      Thx to all.

  1. A very enjoyable puzzle. Completed at a canter – until I got to 4d, where I have needed to resort to the clue, which made it immediately obvious, and therefore shouldn’t really have been necessary – however I do need to got on with some work.

    Particularly enjoyed the cryptic / double meaning sayings 15a, and 8d, and also 11a.

    Thanks to Setter and bloggers.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. I found this to be a bit clunky but somehow I did manage to fathom it all with only 15d needing to be fully parsed for me. 8d is a sort of Fav. The ‘on’ in 20a should surely be replaced with ‘at’. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  3. This was fairly mild but enjoyable, though the fun was over too quickly. 1d was a new word for me. 5d was a great anagram that I’ve not seen before. Fav: 15d – a cracking clue. 2.5* / 3.5*

  4. Re the The Quick Crossword Pun. Those of us with only a tablet or phone find it difficult to ‘swipe with mouse to reveal’ since such a rodent is not supplied with such devices.

    1. It can be done – if you tell us which device you are using I’m sure someone can help. The usual spoiler process is not working at the moment.

    2. If you highlight the hidden answer then copy the hidden text then open word or note (or any other app that allows you to write) then paste into that new document and you should see the revealed words.

      On some devices you can simply hold your finger in the hidden words, adjust the tabs to include all the sentence then tap ‘Look Up’ and it will reveal the answer.

      1. Thank you. I used the ….hold your finger on the word, then press “Look up” and it worked fine.

  5. 1.5* / 3*. A light but pleasant puzzle to start the crosswording weekend. 1d was a new word for me and my last one in.

    I’m not sure about 13d which seems a bit “same-sidey” to me as surely the answer is simply a contraction of the phrase generated by the second part of the clue.

    My favourite was 15d.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

  6. Nice puzzle and not too taxing. Only trouble is I’ve got 2 or 3 possible answers for 17a and it’s only 4 letters!

    8d my favourite. Thanks to all.

  7. Like Jose, I thought that this was an enjoyable puzzle but really didn’t present any problems – I should be grateful for that as I’m not going to get much done this afternoon because of the rugby…

    Some months ago, I sent back sections of the Telegraph [at the paper’s request] because of the creasing and received a written apology – and an explanation that there were production problems. Those problems, which don’t seem to affect the Times and Guardian, still haven’t been eradicated and today I have a crease through the crossword grid. I have warned them so if I go quiet for a while you now know the reason.

    1. The Toughie regularly has a crease or two – makes it very ‘tough for the wrong reasons’ before you even start to solve

  8. An enjoyable puzzle, far less taxing than some of the recent Saturday offerings.
    Took me a little while to tune into the correct 1d ‘vein’ but no other problems to report.

    Biggest smiles came from 11,18 & 23a.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to BD for the club.

  9. Once the penny dropped, 15d became my COTD. Very clever. 1d was nicely hidden too. Overall a reasonably straightforward and enjoyable solve, a tad easier than recent Saturdays as Jane pointed out above.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and BD. Hoping England can stay with the All Blacks this afternoon and only lose by a single score. I fear they used up all their luck last week against South Africa.

  10. Nice puzzle done in fits and starts around batches of chutney. Total time spent probably less than usual. NW the last as 1d and 12a eluded me til the end. No mouse here but if you hold your finger on the blank space between { } it should reveal itself.

    Thanks to BD and setter. Back to the chutney batch 2.

  11. An enjoyable diversion and 1.5* territory but a handful of clues decidedly trickier. Fav was 4d which I had never seen before. Tidying garden and greenhouse between showers. Can’t watch rugby sadly as we don’t have Sky.
    Thanks to setter and BD.

    1. There is of course the partial re-run on BBC2 at 7.30 p.m. that is if you can, like me, avoid listening to news etc. in the interim so as not to hear the result beforehand. Sickening that we get Scotland and Ireland matches via BBC but England only comes via Sky, arggh!

  12. I agree with Jane, enjoyable and not as challenging as some recent Saturdays although I did need some head scratching in the NW corner to finish at a gallop.

    I have quite of a list of potential favourites, so, I will just say that the winner is 24a.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  13. Good, enjoyable puzzle; I particularly liked 4 & 15d.

    Thanks BD; I parsed 7 as the container around very little (4)

  14. I really enjoyed this, very suitable for those with little brain.
    Fave was 15d with 15a running second.
    Thanks to setter and to BD for his hints and tips.

    1. Not sure that’s exactly what you meant to imply, Merusa, but I still loved the Winnie the Pooh reference!

  15. I LOVED this one. I like a crossword with very few wasted words. No need for the hints today but thought I’d express my pleasure after moaning about last week’s crossword. Many thanks to all the usual suspects. Off to perform in a remembrance concert now having just watched Peter Jackson’s very moving film

  16. I didn’t find this quite the walk in the park that some did but I was able to complete it after a few holdups of varying lengths. 15d was my top clue. I enjoyed the challenge.
    Thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints.

  17. I had lots of bung-ins with this one, then worked them out afterwards. 15a and 15d were favourites. Thank you setter and BD.

  18. I did have to work at this to pass the finish line, and also found a few clues rather clunky. Although it couldn’t be anything else, and I did pen it in, I still don’t see how 9a is right, I certainly would never use it that way. But mostly enjoyable, and exercised some old grey cells.

  19. First time blogger,after years of help from you I am now completing the word without help. Thanks to all

  20. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. I just couldn’t get on the setter’s wavelength. Needed the hints for 7,12,24a and 1,4,15d. No particular favourites. Was 4*/2* for me.

  21. Started in bed last night. left with 12a, 4d, 1d and 15a. All came quickly this morning and last of all was 15a which becomes my favourite together with 15d 5d 4d and 12a. Thanks setter. No hints needed but always enjoy reading to check parsing. Also enjoy comments. For once I was with Brian as I, too, bunged in the wrong ending for 18a and penny only dropped when I could not solve 19d.

  22. Late getting on with many commitments -eg rugby and WW1 parade today.
    I was left with two – didn’t get 4d or 22d – thanks BD! So complete now. Found it v difficult at first until I got the wavelength and I was away…
    Many great clues esp 12a!
    Thanks also setter for the challenge.

  23. Brian, you seem to have overtaken me, as I used to have the same difficulties.
    Expect you have 19d now. If not, the lady in question could be a man with a letter at the end different from the novice. Re rugby, how can you be off-side when the opposition have possession?

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