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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100010

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****


Hello, everyone.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all that.  Today we have been gifted a puzzle that's perfect for a day on which other activities might be competing for your attention.  It's not too taxing, but it's still packed with smiles.  Since there's no newspaper published today, it's an online-only puzzle.  However, readers who usually solve in the newspaper can either register for a free Telegraph account at https://puzzles.telegraph.co.uk where it is today's free puzzle, or try posting a request in the comments below to see if a kind blogger will send it to the email address you used when commenting.

We're still collecting contributions for the upcoming 10th Birthday Bash from site users who would like to share their feelings about what the site has given them, express their thanks and well wishes to BD, etc.  If you haven't done so already, you can click here to leave your contribution.

In the hints below most indicators are italicized and definitions are underlined.  Clicking on the buttons will reveal the answers.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will enlarge it or display a bonus illustration.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.



1a    Luminary on a spree, stupidly consuming gallons (9)
PERSONAGE:  An anagram (…stupidly) of ON A SPREE containing an abbreviation for gallons

6a    Love quiet American work (4)
OPUS:  Concatenate the letter that looks like a love score in tennis, the musical abbreviation for quietly or softly, and an abbreviation for American

10a   Worried about vessel (1-4)
U-BOAT:  An anagram (worried) of ABOUT

11a   Traveller having brandy before start of online game (5,4)
MARCO POLO:  A type of brandy made from grapes that have been pressed is placed before the first letter of (start of) ONLINE and a game like hockey played on horseback using long-handled mallets

12a   See chess piece, rook, taken by one -- first of castles (9)
BISHOPRIC:  Stick together the chess piece that starts out beside the king or the queen, the chess abbreviation for a rook, the Roman one, and the first letter of CASTLES

14a   Small unfeeling quarrelsome woman of old? (5)
SCOLD:  The clothing abbreviation for small is followed by unfeeling or unemotional

15a   Unforeseen difficulty of Italian female wearing shroud (7)
PITFALL:  The abbreviations for Italian and female are contained by (wearing) a shroud or covering of rich cloth

16a   Give a reason for former partner lacking beauty (7)
EXPLAIN:  Put together the usual former partner and an adjective that can mean lacking beauty

18a   Sobriquet of English ambassador entertained by former PM (7)
EPITHET:  The single letter abbreviation for English is followed by a former Prime Minister in which the usual abbreviation for an ambassador is contained (entertained)

20a   Exact copy in parcel I unwrapped (7)
REPLICA:  An anagram (unwrapped) of PARCEL I

21a   At one's office, bought gold bar? (5)
INGOT:  Join together short words meaning "at one's office" and "bought".  The story behind the front picture is here

23a   Privy to special information? No, we think otherwise (2,3,4)
IN THE KNOW:  An anagram (… otherwise) of NO WE THINK

25a   Tackle crack soldiers in heart of ghetto (9)
EQUIPMENT:  A crack or witty remark and some usual soldiers are all placed between the central letters of GHETTO (in heart of ghetto)

26a   Ring a theatre company about 'Carmen', for example (5)
OPERA:  The letter that looks like a ring is followed by the reversal (…about) of A from the clue and the contraction of a type of theatre company

28a   Capture  bear (4)
TAKE:  A double definition.  Capture a piece in chess and bear some punishment, to give a couple of examples

29a   Irritable about doctor cutting in giving evidence (9)
TESTIMONY:  A Russian doll clue.  A usual doctor is inserted in (cutting) IN from the clue, and that lot then has a synonym of irritable wrapped about it



1d    Sound choice, it's said (5)
PLUMB:  A homophone (… it's said) of an informal word for choice or superior

2d    Royal Highness, old Greek character (3)
RHO:  Chain together abbreviations for Royal Highness and Old

3d    One giving treatment to the OAPs affected (9)
OSTEOPATH:  An anagram (… affected) of TO THE OAPS

4d    Naval officer fine abridged book omitted (7)
ADMIRAL:  An adjective meaning fine or excellent has its last letter deleted (… abridged) and the abbreviation for book removed (book omitted)

5d    Complaint made by each girl left out (7)
EARACHE:  The abbreviation for each is followed by a girl's name with the single letter for left deleted (left out)

7d    Cause of expert calling (11)
PROVOCATION:  Cement together a (3) expert and a calling or profession

8d    Wind, and so on, battered a national park (9)
SNOWDONIA:  An anagram (… battered) of WIND SO ON is followed by A from the clue

9d    Deficit in accounts solicitor raised (4)
LOSS:  The answer is lurking in the reversal (raised, in a down clue) of the remaining words in the clue

13d   Smart carrying it, to avoid becoming an easy target (7,4)
SITTING DUCK:  A verb meaning smart or burn is containing (carrying) IT from the clue, and followed by a verb meaning avoid or dodge

15d   In attendance, holding papers for chief executive (9)
PRESIDENT:  An adjective meaning "in attendance" is containing (holding) the abbreviation for some identification papers

17d   Spicy sausage: condiment on top of it (9)
PEPPERONI:  A charade of a common condiment, ON from the clue, and the first letter of (top of, in a down clue) IT

19d   Move in explosive missile (7)
TRIDENT:  Move by horse, for example, is inserted in the abbreviated name of a type of high explosive

20d   Goes round introducing religious books to classes (7)
ROTATES:  The answer is found by inserting (introducing … to) some usual religious books in classes or evaluates

22d   Record tango, then copy (4)
TAPE:  The letter represented in the NATO phonetic alphabet by tango is followed by copy or imitate

24d   Tired clothes ending in laundry (5)
WEARY:  Glue together a synonym of clothes and the final letter of (ending in) LAUNDRY

27d   I say nothing (3)
EGO:  The Latin abbreviation for "for example" (say) is followed by the letter that looks like zero (nothing).  This is a famous clue created by John Henderson (see here and here).  His name may not be familiar to all readers because in the Telegraph, where he uses the pseudonym Elgar, his puzzles usually appear as Friday Toughies.  He also holds the record of 2min 53s for the fastest solution of a Times Championship puzzle


The double pun in today's Quick Crossword is a signature feature used by Allan Scott (aka Campbell), so presumably he also crafted today's fine back-pager.  Thanks to him for providing a fun solve.  My ticked clues today included 6a, 10a, 25a, 29a, and 5d.  If I had to pick a favourite, I think I'd go for the smooth 25a.  Which clues did you like best?


The Quick Crossword puns
First row:  INK + YEW + BAIT = INCUBATE
Last row:  NIGH + EVE + LEA = NAIVELY

24 comments on “DT 100010

  1. Nice workout suitable for Christmas Day , thanks .

    Favourite 25A .

    Off to family lunch now .

    Happy and Merry Christmas

  2. Happy Christmas to everyone, especially Mr K and BD – this is devotion beyond the call of duty.
    A very pleasant offering. Back to the sprouts now…🌲🎅🏻🌲😂

  3. Seems like an ideal puzzle for those who haven’t too much time to spare for crosswords today. My favourite clue was 25a.
    Thanks to the setter and Mr K and a Happy Christmas to both and to all readers and commenters.

  4. This was perfect for a slightly fuzzy Christmas morning. Season’s Geetings to all with a big thank you to our setter, Mr K and BD.

  5. A question, is anyone else having problems with the app? Over the past couple of days the completed sections of the crossword on my iPad Air have suddenly vanished leaving a blank grid and it’s just happened again.
    Has this happened to anyone else?

        1. I’ve had no problems with my iPad, but I am old school and print up the crosswords to complete in pen, so not using to fill in on line.

    1. No, mine’s behaving well. I’ve been advised in the past to delete the app and start again – works every time. Very nice puzzle. Thank you to all setters and hinters this year, your efforts are much appreciated.

  6. Thanks Mr,K and setter. As Gazza said, nice for a short Christmas Day workout, having been promoted to chief cook for the day.
    Happy Christmas all.

    1. Cooking is only warming things up. It’s not a promotion, maybe a demotion. Best left with somebody else.

  7. Thanks to Mr K for the blog today … above and beyond the call of duty!

    If anyone is so foolish to attempt the Elgar Double Toughie and cannot find it … it is available under the Giant GK menu.Good luck!

  8. Well before my iPad yet again cleared the grid I did manage to complete this excellent crossword whilst sipping a very nice champagne.
    Best wishes to all the bloggers and hinters. Enjoy the day!

  9. For me, this was somewhat gentler than recent Tuesday puzzles but still very enjoyable and completed at a fast gallop – **/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 6a, 25a, and 7d – and the winner is 7d.

    Thanks to the setter and Mr K.

    A very Happy Christmas to all.

  10. Just right for the day – 27d has to be my favourite, so clever no matter how many times it makes an appearance.

    Thanks to our setter and to Mr K for duties above and beyond. That 10a manual must be a weighty tome!

  11. Can’t let the day go by without saying a big thank you to Big Dave and to Mr K for showing up today and providing this site for us. Got too much to do today preparing the family Christmas Dinner to finish the crossword, but will enjoy it later when all have left. A very Happy Christmas to all the lovely people who participate on this blog.

  12. Very nice crossword slotted between smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast and a trip out for lunch.
    25a and 29a both meritorious here but I will put 13d on the podium too.
    Seasons greetings to all. I will have a go at the Elgar now more in hope than expectation.

  13. **/****. Enjoyable while it lasted. Thanks to the setter and Mr K. To all the setters and bloggers, in the words of Margot Leadbetter, Yuletide Felicitations. I started the sprouts in August so they should be about done.

  14. Just perfect for in-between Christmas jobs. I have friends coming and we’ll all go to another friend for dinner. I’m contributing bits and pieces, now all done, ready for the festivities.
    Fave was 13d but I think 25a is right up there too.
    Many, many thanks to BD and Mr. Kitty for today’s blog.
    Have a joyous day everyone.

  15. Perfect crossword for Christmas Day. Thank you. 25a was my favourite.
    Thanks to the setter, and of course to Mr K and the felines for the review.
    Enjoy the rest of the day everyone!

  16. Wow! Snowflakes on my phone.
    Mr K is such a wizard.
    It’s so warm at the moment it makes a refreshing change.

  17. Had to wait to Boxing Day morning. Nice gentle Christmas puzzle. Intrigued by the puzzle number. It’s 34 in binary – BD’s age perhaps?

    1. I couldn’t possibly comment on BD’s age.

      I suspect that the Christmas puzzles have special numbers because the standard sequence is reserved for puzzles that appear in the newspaper. The current Christmas cryptic numbering scheme started in 2009, when the December 25th cryptic had number 100001. The number has increased by one every Christmas since that year.

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