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DT 28918

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28918

Hints and tips by Lady Godiva

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

All is well here in Coventry. No need for nude riding today. Given the chilly weather that is a bonus for me. Today’s puzzle doesn’t mention me at all which ought to hinder illustrative options. Well, we will see about that.

The hints and tips are written to help and I hope they do. Illustrations may or may not be relevant. The answers lie beneath the greyed-out boxes known as spoilers. You may reveal them if all else has failed or if you just can’t be bothered anymore

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7a British, in a spot, don’t vote (7)
ABSTAIN: Place the abbreviation for British between the letter A from the clue and another word for a spot or a blemish

9a The acre? Wrong: you need a bigger measure of land (7)
HECTARE: Anagram (wrong) of THE ACRE

10a Keen to press old skirt (5)
AVOID: A synonym of keen holds the abbreviation of old. An interesting and misleading definition is in use here.

11a Conductor of opera, name in Italy (9)
TOSCANINI: Begin with an opera by Puccini. Add the abbreviation for name. Add the word IN from the clue. Add the IVR code for Italy. You can stop adding now.Arturo ********* was an Italian conductor. He was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and of the 20th century, renowned for his intensity, his perfectionism, his ear for orchestral detail and sonority, and his eidetic memory. His quotes are worth a google search

12a Punishment given after assault: article by school principal became prominent in the news (3,3,9)
HIT THE HEADLINES: Solving this clue is like playing hide and seek and then doing a jigsaw puzzle. Find words for these four things. An old fashioned school punishment (5) An assault (3) An article (3) The principal of a school (4) now assemble them in the right order as suggested by the (dare I say clumsy) wording of the clue.

13a Personal assistant brought in important item of stationery (7)
NOTEPAD: One’s personal assistant is placed within the letters of a synonym for important

16a Nobleman’s wife expected short game (7)
DUCHESS: A three-lettered word meaning expected is cut short by one letter. A board game follows

19a Foremost of Spaniards during Iraq tour, dining out — Torquemada, perhaps (5,10)
GRAND INQUISITOR: Anagram (out) of (I hope) IRAQ TOUR DINING together with the initial letter of Spaniards. Your general knowledge should suggest the answer without the need to engage with the wordplay

23a Sweetheart gets upset about ending in adventure novel (4,5)
BEAU GESTE: A boyfriend or male admirer is followed by an anagram (upset) of GETS which is in turn followed by the final (ending) letter of adventure

24a Permission to depart (5)
LEAVE: A double definition, the second being the more obvious

25a Draw large aquatic mammal close to quay (7)
LOTTERY: Use the abbreviation for large. Add an aquatic mammal. Close with the final letter of the word quay

26a Remove another carat (7)
EXTRACT: A synonym of another or more is followed by the abbreviation for carat. This clue has nothing at all to do with an anagram of carat.


1d Race the old lady runs with floppy hat on (8)
MARATHON: An informal name for your mother is followed by the cricket abbreviation for runs. An anagram (floppy) of HAT ON finishes the job

2d Difficulty encountered in powerful vessel (8)
HARDSHIP: A stretched synonym for powerful joins a maritime vessel

3d Grab small part (6)
SNATCH: A double definition the small part often refers to a piece of music

4d Untidy writing produced by son on edge (6)
SCRAWL: The abbreviation for son precedes a verb meaning to edge forwards a baby might. The answer might describe my handwriting although most say it is worse than that

5d Good-natured tolerance of coppers going round at one (8)
PATIENCE: The small copper change in one’s pocket goes around the word AT from the clue and the letter that resembles the number one

6d Careless, extremely rude young lady (6)
REMISS: The outer letters (extremely) of the word rude come before a young unmarried lady

8d Tobacco tin open (5)
SNOUT: The chemical symbol for tin is followed by a synonym of the word open to find a slang term for tobacco which is mostly used by inmates of British prisons

9d Partner, hot on American group (7)
HUSBAND: The abbreviation for Hot is followed by the abbreviation for the United States which is in turn followed by another term for a group

14d Still coming over to cover separate social event (3,5)
TEA PARTY: A three-lettered word meaning still is reversed (coming over) and placed around a word meaning separate

15d Republican vacating flat, and unpleasant house (7)
DYNASTY: Remove the abbreviation for republican from a three-lettered word meaning flat or lacking emotion. Add a synonym of the word unpleasant

17d Choose randomly from play’s actors on a great deal (4,4)
CAST LOTS: A list of a play’s actors is placed before a word meaning a great deal, an abundance of, heaps, loads, mountains of, etc etc

18d Italian resort, resort on high (8)
SORRENTO : Anagram (high) of ON RESORT

19d Chatter from Hollywood star about principal character in ‘Betrayed’ (6)
GABBLE: The surname of this Hollywood star who died nearly sixty years ago is wrapped around the first (principle) letter of the word betrayal. If it helps, the actor concerned played Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind

20d Determined old magistrate imprisoning leader of gang, and daughter (6)
DOGGED: The Old Venetian magistrate has the leading letter of the word gang inserted. This is followed by the abbreviation for daughter

21d Not fairly matched in fun event (6)
UNEVEN: The answer lies within the words of the clue as indicated by the word in

22d Headdress, first-class, shown in painting put up (5)
TIARA: A word meaning paintings in general contains a term meaning first class. The whole is reversed (put up). Here is Coventry’s very own Lady Godiva Pru Poretta complete with headdress


The Quick Crossword pun: core+Cokes=cork oaks – unless you know better!

46 comments on “DT 28918

  1. There are many images conjured up when thinking of our blogger but I’m not entirely sure him as Lady Godiva is one I’d really want to imagine

    Nice friendly Monday puzzle – I particularly liked 12a

    Thanks to the Monday Mysteron and the Man from LI

  2. Enjoyable romp through the crossword today for me . Straight in with the amusing 7A & 9A and everything flowed .
    Do not expect any complaints from anyone .
    Lovely day in South Wales but pipe lagging duties for me later .
    Thanks to everyone .

  3. A very straightforward start to the solving week. It was over a little too quickly to pick a favourite or to be genuinely enjoyable. If pushed I would select the concise 8d, an answer I knew mainly thanks to watching Porridge years ago.

    Thanks to our Monday setter and MP.

  4. Another mild start to the week; enjoyable but the fun was short-lived. No particular favourite. 2* 3*.

  5. A Memory Lane crossword. Watched the cathedral being rebuilt – who can forget the helicopter lowering the spire in place?
    The novel in 23a and the film go even further back..
    Thank you Lady Godiva and setter who, presumably, remained clothed?

    1. The helicopter lifting the spire was exciting JB. There is a photo somewhere of the tapestry being unloaded from an Argosy at Baginton Airport. it was in a crate and it took lots of men to carry it.

  6. I haven’t had a 95% write in for a long time, a couple held me up fir a while but after a bracing walk along the cliffs returned and the blanks filled in quite quickly. Puzzled a bit on 8d but as usual Mrs Spook came to the rescue.
    Thanks to MP(!) and Monday setter, very enjoyable.

  7. This was a bit like the weather today, (at least where I am) mild and breezy but not particularly inspiring. It felt a bit like “Friday Lite”
    I did like 10a and it’s my COTD

    Thanks to MP and the setter for the entertainment

  8. Bit chilly here for trotting around in the buff. Much cosier cocooned in the warmth of my home office with a nice cuppa and a friendly crossword. 12A and 8D are my picks for today. Thanks to the setter and Lady Godiva/MP.

    1. I’ll bet you’re cold up north, it’s damned cold down here. I’m thinking of emigrating to Manaus in Brazil for the rest of the winter.

  9. A gentle start to the work week completed at a fast gallop – 1.5*/3*.

    Favourite – 12a – even with its somewhat wordy clue.

    Thanks to the setter and LG/GMoLI.

  10. 1.5* / 3*. Straightforward and pleasant. 12a was my favourite.

    Thanks to the setter and to MP. Nice wig you’re wearing, MP.

  11. A bit slow to get underway but soon all fell smoothly into place with much enjoyment en route. NW last to give. Fav 11a. Thank you Mysteron and the one in the altogether.

  12. A couple that held out for a while but otherwise fairly plain sailing.

    Top spots went to 7 & 10a.

    Thanks to (presumably) Mr Scott and to MP for the blog.

  13. Very pleasant and not too taxing.

    Considering I’m supposed to review puzzles on here I spent an embarrassingly long time trying to parse 3d. Couldn’t get it out out of my head that the S at the beginning was the S(mall) and the rest something represented by PART.. No doubt just what the setter intended, D’oh!

    Thanks to the setter and the naked one.

  14. Puzzle 529 was today’s puzzle on line as well as 28918.
    Any chance of a review as we’ve done it and have a couple of queries?
    Thanking you in anticipation

      1. Not forgetting that it is a ‘prize puzzle’ so you couldn’t review it until next week anyway

    1. This completely confused us! Polished off what we though was “the” crossword, popped in here to check something, only find it was completely different. Then went off and did the other one.

      Are there always two crosswords on Mondays? Maybe we’ve been missing out all these years …

  15. An enjoyable romp today, the brevity of the blogs confirm that there was not too much else to say.
    Apart from 19a,which I must admit that I used my ‘doofer’, all went smoothly.
    I prefer Mr Colliers Lady Godiva ,maybe Theresa should try ii, it could not do any harm !

  16. Completed on a flight to Krakow, no problems with this. Sitting in a bar while wife and step-daughter discover the delights of the Christmas market.
    Thanks all

  17. Very benign today, solved while waiting in a doctor’s office, all except 8d. I didn’t know it and had no reference material to check. I suppose I could have looked it up on my phone but always forget I can do that.
    Fave was 12a, but lots pleased me.
    Thanks to our setter and to Lady Godiva.

  18. Hurrah! Proof that my brain has not been entirely addled by my 15month old daughter. I got them all without help except 22a which I am ashamed to say I’ve never heard of. Will have to add it to my Amazon wish list for Christmas. Took me a while to parse some of my answers but favourite was 12a.

    1. I suspect Boatlady you meant to refer to either 19a or 23a either of which you may not have heard.

  19. The NW corner gave me a little trouble at the close, but still only pushing me into ** territory for difficulty. 18d I’d not heard of, but it was just a matter of unpicking the anagram.An enjoyable start to the week.

  20. Last in were 19d and 20d and was surprised that both constructions were quite similar.
    That didn’t deter from the fun.
    Liked 26a.
    Thanks to the setter and to MP for the review.

  21. Nice and easy on a Monday. Over too soon.
    No real favourites.
    Thanks to the setter and to the unclothed one from LI.

  22. Not difficult but many are very clumsy.
    All a bit inelegant for my taste.
    Thx toLady Godiva for explain 12a, 23a, 26a, 3d, 15d and 18d.

  23. **/***. Fairly benign and unusually for a Monday it wasn’t particularly entertaining. Nevertheless thanks to the setter and MP.

  24. Top half went straight in, bottom half slightly slower. Many thanks setter and the unblemished Lady Godiva.

  25. Half was easy, half was not. Got quite a few from the checkers rather than the clue itself, but enjoyable nonetheless.

  26. Bit of a clunk-click, but no problems here.

    Thanks to setter and the immodest one for the hints.

  27. A nice easy introduction to the week – golly, I had almost forgotten about 23a he was a great favourite of my mother’s. I am now somewhat confused as to the gender of LDG?

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