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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28908

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’re back to our full team again this week.
Rather unsettled weather recently. A series of active frontal systems have been moving across the country giving variable and changeable conditions. Pretty typical for this time of the year. Despite some cooler days everything in the garden is growing fast, so one of us has been out trimming trees this morning.
Another delightful puzzle from Jay again this week.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Still wearing specs to take in constant opportunities for learning (7,7)
EVENING CLASSES : A synonym for still and a 2,7 phrase meaning wearing specs includes the letter indicating a constant.

9a     Charlie plays around with love song (7)
CALYPSO : The letter represented by Charlie in the phonetic alphabet, an anagram (around) of PLAYS and then the tennis score love.

10a     Part of Vermont — an awful state (7)
MONTANA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

11a     Just beat seed (3)
PIP : A double definition. The seed could be found in an apple perhaps.

12a     Almost doomed by family secret (11)
CLANDESTINE : Start with a family from Scotland and then doomed or fated loses its last letter.

14a     Queen once rejected after struggle for city in Europe (6)
VIENNA : Reverse a queen from earlier times after a word meaning struggle. (This wordplay appears to give us an extra e that we can’t account for. Any ideas?)

15a     Cadge from miser, importing one in France for nothing (8)
SCROUNGE : The famous Dickens miser has one of the letters representing nothing replaced by the French word for one.

17a     Sort of clue needed in case of love game (8)
LACROSSE : The first and last letters (case) of love surround the sort of clue that this one is an example of.

19a     Unusual Monday person full of energy (6)
DYNAMO : An anagram (unusual) of MONDAY.

22a     Church collecting ancient stone, gold and silver in abeyance (4,7)
COLD STORAGE : The abbreviation for the Anglican Church surrounds a synonym for ancient, the abbreviation for stone weight, heraldic gold and the chemical symbol for silver.

23a     People in line for audience must be prompt (3)
CUE : For audience tells us this is a homophone. The answer sounds like people in line.

24a     High roller‘s note about star in the morning (7)
TSUNAMI : A note of the sol-fa scale surrounds the star about which we orbit and the two letters denoting before noon.

26a     Military man disposed of one facing Her Majesty (7)
SOLDIER : Disposed of for a financial return, then the Roman numeral one and the regnal cypher.

27a     Officer’s examination papers? (6,8)
SEARCH WARRANTS : A cryptic definition. The officer here is not a military one.


1d     Voyager’s requirement for space needs a selective copy fashioned (6,8)
ESCAPE VELOCITY : An anagram (fashioned) of A SELECTIVE COPY.

2d     Obscure magazines imported by eastern European (7)
ECLIPSE : The abbreviations for eastern and European surround the magazines containing ammunition for rifles.

3d     Once I’m up I set on American, having little or no money (11)
IMPECUNIOUS : An anagram (set) of ONCE I’M UP I plus the abbreviation for the United States.

4d     World travel, crossing line on Beagle, intermittently (6)
GLOBAL : The abbreviation for line is inside travel or depart and then the first, third and fifth letters of Beagle.

5d     Ineffective type made off, coming into fortune (4,4)
LAME DUCK : A word for fortune surrounds an anagram (off) of MADE.

6d     Notice abandoning good for evil (3)
SIN : Remove the abbreviation for good from a notice.

7d     High spirits of nephew, say, losing head (7)
ELATION : Remove the first letter from what a nephew is one example of.

8d    Go if desperate — a spread such as this! (4,2,4,4)
PATE DE FOIE GRAS : An anagram (spread) of GO IF DESPERATE A. (‘Spread’ seems to be functioning as an anagram indicator and also part of the definition).

13d     Second right-wing counter of votes may be a liar (11)
STORYTELLER : The abbreviation for second, then a political right-winger and a counter of votes.

16d     Last on is hardly concealing shock (8)
ASTONISH : Our second lurker of the day.

18d     University officer taken in by remedy for society (7)
CULTURE : The abbreviation for university and an army officer are inside a remedy or something that makes you better.

20d     Sale requiring caution to be exercised (7)
AUCTION : An anagram (to be exercised) of CAUTION.

21d     A benefit adopted by North America produces disgust (6)
NAUSEA : ‘A’ from the clue and benefit or avail are inside the abbreviation for North America.

25d     Voice impression (3)
AIR : A double definition. Voice here is a verb.

We enjoyed the complicated charade of 22a but there are plenty of others we could have chosen as favourites.

Quickie pun     inner    +    ears    =    in arrears

53 comments on “DT 28908

  1. 4* / 4.5*. I thought this was at the tougher end of Jay’s range but as enjoyable as ever.

    8d was my last one in as I had convinced myself that “me” was the only possibility for the second word before the penny finally dropped.

    1a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to the three birds.

  2. Yet another high quality offering from Jay this breezy Wednesday morning. Very hard to pick a single favourite from so much richness, but I will go for 22 across plus an honourable mention for 8d, an anagram containing seven vowels. The extra ‘e’ in 14a is something of a mystery to me too, but did not spoil my enjoyment of this terrific puzzle.

    Thanks to Jay and the full compliment of Ks.

  3. I found this one to be very similar to yesterday’s – about average difficulty, but with very good clues providing a pleasurable solve. I haven’t seen 3d in a puzzle for ages. 2.5* / 3.5*

  4. An enjoyable canter through the brain cells today but 12a had me foxed.
    Thanks to the kiwis for their help with that one.

  5. A typically very enjoyable mid-week challenge from Jay, assisted by some oldies but goodies but a couple of hold-outs in the SW just slowed me down to a gallop – **/****.

    I agree that there appears to be a surplus E in 14a.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 1a and 23a.

    Thanks to Jay and the 2 Kiwis.

  6. Oh the shame. Last one in was 8d. Readers, I used a pan and paper to write the anagram out. (see avatar)To add to my humility Saint Sharon came up with the answer. I missed the double duty being done by the word spread. Other than that a typical Jayday good fun all round Thanks to Jay for that. Thanks to the Kiwis for writing the review. I would like to ‘trim’ trees on our land but Saint Sharon will not let me have a chainsaw. We will see about that one.

      1. Since I started solving online I have stopped using pen and paper for anagrams. After a while they reveal themselves especially with checkers in place. This one beat me though.

        1. I was attempting to be humorous – I was just alluding to your typo in your first comment – sorry.

  7. A nice satisfying solve with nothing too scary. I liked 1d, 1a, 27a with top spot to 22a. The Toughie is quite kind again today.

  8. Perfect crossword to take one’s mind off the awful weather!
    27a was my top clue.
    Thanks to Jay, and to the 2K’s for the review.

  9. Thanks to Jay and to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. A fantastic puzzle by Jay as usual, very entertaining. I thought it was on the gentle side. Only needed the hints to parse 12a. I liked 1d & 10a, but my favourite was 22a, so much in this clue. Last in was 18d, which I had to think about for a while. Was 2*/4* for me.

  10. Enjoyable puzzle that slotted together quite quickly here although I was mightily relieved that 1d was an anagram!
    Very difficult to isolate a favourite but I think the family secret just edged it.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks for the blog – that photo of a 24a was the most impressive I’ve seen in terms of showing the scale of those monsters. We are presently being pounded by the winds from Storm Diana and the Menai Strait is literally foaming but we hopefully won’t have anything like that to face!

  11. Great – thoroughly enjoyed that. Thank you Jay and the 2Kiwis. Was unaware of the ammunition holder in 2d but solution was obvious. Fav was 17d and also liked 8d and the little 23a (chestnut?). Quickie pun is fun too.

  12. **/****. Quite straightforward for me today. Needed the hints to work out the st in 22a. I’m also inthe extra e camp for 14a otherwise its too convoluted. Penultimate was 25d not terribly happy with definition but its in my Google dictionary. This enabled me to finally get 27a. Liked a lot.

  13. Firstly I concur with 2 K’ S **/****, a pleasure to solve even though I am usually dubious about long anagrams-todays were clever like 8d.
    A nice spread of clues with amusing surfaces ,liked 1a and 27a.
    Thanks Jay and 2 K’s, perfect start to lunch except I forgot my paper and sandwiches and had to visit the local store !

  14. A ** for difficulty I thought, good throughout. I knew how to pronounce but not spell 8d so needed all the checking letters and anagram fodder in order to unravel.

  15. I do enjoy Wednesdays 😃 **/**** Favourites, there are many but 22 & 24a are my pick 😉 Thanks to Jay and to the 2x Ks 🤗

  16. Setter here – to clear up the discussion about 14 across, Hrothgar has it right at comment 5 – I fear a hasty look-up on spelling has led me to the error.
    Many thanks to all for comments, which are always appreciated

    1. Your comment needed moderation because of a change to your email address from your previous comments.
      Thanks for that, Jay, and thanks for all your very enjoyable puzzles.

    2. Thank you very much for popping in, and many thanks too for your consistently excellent puzzles which entertain us royally every Wednesday.

    3. Hey Jay – you maybe should have taken Uncle G’s get-out-of jail-free card. Thanks for all your great puzzles.

    4. Given the times any of the Queen Anne’s lived, I reckon their will be plenty of documentary evidence of Ann and Anne. Two of the bells in our church cast in 1649 and 1670 have the inscription ‘HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE’ Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755 and began the standardisation (15 letter word) of spelling. The clue works for mee. Thanks to Jay for popping in. Thanks to all who contributed.

  17. I really enjoyed this puzzle, all the clues were clever, I especially like 1a and 5d and the image you posted for 5d.
    I did print it off last night but really didn’t get very far before we went to bed, there might have been wine involved in my fuzzy brain situation ;-), but this morning once I had seen LSH off to work me and the cat really got stuck in and managed to solve it. Thanks as ever to the setter, BD and everyone on this site.

  18. **/****. I thought the two long anagrams at 1&8d were excellent. I liked the lurkers and the two long across clues. Fine fodder for the brain for a mid-week puzzle. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  19. Just back from a whistle stop tour of rainy South Wales to show no 1 grandson some sites/sights fron his childhood .

    However ,managed the crossword earlier without any major hold ups as a result of getting the 4 long clues (each to be admired ).

    Will now have a quick look at the hints & comments to see if the general opinion agrees with me that this is a good enjoyable crossword .

    Thanks to everyone .

  20. Morning all.
    It is nice to have 14a sorted out. Thank you Jay for popping in.
    We did quite a lot of research on Google looking for E-less royalty without any success. We even thought that if Anne Boleyn had been ‘detailed’ rather than beheaded she might have fitted the bill. The strange irony is that Carol has this name without the E for her usual second name despite the fact that the E is on all her official documents.
    We woke up to a clear calm dawn so looks like outdoor activities will be back on the programme.

    1. I an the other way round. All my early life I was told by my parents that my middle name was Anne, but when years later I discovered on my birth certificate that it was Ann without the e…

  21. 8d held me up, stupid really with rhe 2 letter word ending in e. Seeing the obvious took me into silly time. Rest was steady and enjoyable.
    Thanks to 2Ks and “honest ” Jay for consistent Wednesday challenges.

  22. Top notch Weds fare as usual. I struggled with the officers in the SW. I saw the C and L in 18d and couldn’t get away from Colonel and was stuck til the non military officers papers fell with a clunk (and a hint). Thanks to Jay and 2K’s. Re the e I didn’t notice but thanks for popping in to confess. Let he who is without sin…

  23. Hi there…Dont know if my brain was in gear today..but done this puzzle in record time for me…I think 4 stars for fun was spot on…2 stars is about right too….cant pick a favourite but thought 11 Across was clever…also 1 Down and 22 Across i enjoyed..cheers Jay…best regards…doug smith…

  24. As Senf might say, ‘finished at a canter’ during breakfast.. Having solved the four outside clues first, the remainder went in in record time for a Jay puzzle. Clearly clued and very straightforward. Thanks Jay and of course thanks to the two Ks. Am not so speedy with the Toughie though – still grinding on with barely half finished.

  25. Hi Everyone.. and Hi Jay. Great puzzle today. 8d held me up until the ‘Centime’ dropped. 27a held me up even though I had the first word in… oh dear. Needed The Twa Kiwis to enlighten me. I really enjoyed this solve whilst enjoying a Glass of Nero D’Avola and listening to Radiohead.
    Thank you Jay and 2x K.

  26. Enjoyed this challenge from Jay. Certainly didn’t do it at a canter, probably not even a trot in places, but got there in the end with the hints, thanks to 2Kiwis. Can’t pick between 12a and 13d for the favourite.

    We’re having a rare cool day here today, and earlier we noticed it was actually warmer in Wokingham by one degree 😊

  27. I thought this was the toughest of the working week, and if things go to form it will be replaced as such by tomorrow’s.
    The relatively few anagrams didn’t help but this was partially mitigated by the easily spotted lurkers. Enjoyable all the same with the very clever 1a my COTD
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks

  28. 2*/4*….
    liked 2D (obscure magazines imported by eastern European) and 17A (sort of clue needed in case of love game).

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