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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28951

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a chilly South Staffs.

There was one new word for me in today’s Giovanni, though readily gettable from the wordplay, and there is one answer which those who profess to know nothing about organised religion may struggle with, but otherwise I found this to be a reasonably straightforward puzzle.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.

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7a           US President, first to consider dreadful lie ‘good’ (8)
COOLIDGE – The first letter of Consider followed by an anagram (dreadful) of LIE GOOD.

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9a           Process I discovered in part of west London (6)
ACTION – A part of London found at the western end of the Central Line, wrapped around I (from the clue).

10a         Plants offering a hundred places for bees (6)
CHIVES – The Roman numeral for a hundred followed by the places where bees are kept.

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11a         Glowing quality of artist can die out (8)
RADIANCE – The usual crossword artist followed by an anagram (out) of CAN DIE.

12a         They perhaps will join chaps in awful sect making declarations (14)
PRONOUNCEMENTS – Start with the part of speech of which ‘they’ is an example, then add an anagram (awful) of SECT wrapped around some chaps.

15a         Ardent leader of men behind struggle (4)
WARM – A struggle or armed conflict followed by the first letter of Men.

17a         Colour to hide a blemish (5)
TAINT – A colour or shade wrapped around A (from the clue).

19a         Short log about military operation (4)
RAID – Remove the final letter (short) from a log or journal, then reverse the result.

20a         New tin drum isn’t bad thing to have in orchestra (4,10)

23a         Transgress with long hair? Dad’s intervening (8)
TRESPASS – Another word for ‘Dad’ inserted into a piece of long hair.

25a         Component of fuel to be abandoned at once (6)
OCTANE – Anagram (abandoned) of AT ONCE.

27a         Hindu law expressed in notice about restricting damage (6)
DHARMA – Reverse (about) a short form of a publicity notice, and wrap the result around a word for ‘damage’. For Hindus, according to Wikipedia, this term signifies behaviours that are considered to be in accord with Ṛta, the order that makes life and universe possible, and includes duties, rights, laws, conduct, virtues and “right way of living”

28a         It’s improving — fine grin is spreading (8)
REFINING – Anagram (is spreading) of FINE GRIN.


1d           Insect seen in August, maybe — name not given (4)
MOTH – Remove the N (name not given) from something of which August is an example.

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2d           Prime team? (6)
ELEVEN – Double definition: a prime number; or a term for a sports team derived from the number of players.

3d           Kept in garage, a rare car component? (4)
GEAR – Hidden in the clue.

4d           Vehicle encountered going north and getting in the way (6)
TANDEM – Reverse (going north, in a down clue) a word for ‘encountered’, then insert AND (from the clue).

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5d           Second teacher — one won’t let everything go through (8)
STRAINER – An abbreviation for Second followed by a teacher of physical or vocational skills.

6d           Compromise is trick, meeting heard (10)
CONCESSION – A trick or cheat followed by a homophone (heard) of another word for a meeting, perhaps of a court or Parliament.

8d           Girl’s outburst creates revulsion (7)
DISGUST – A short form of a girl’s name (she might even have been a princess once), plus the ‘S from the clue, followed by a sudden outburst of wind.

13d         Had to worry, travelling — fit for the journey? (10)
ROADWORTHY – Anagram (travelling) of HAD TO WORRY.

14d         Counters for fast food? (5)
CHIPS – Double definition, the first being the counters used to keep score in a poker game, for example.

16d         What some women wear going to bash in government department (8)
MINISTRY – The plural of a type of dress or skirt followed by a bash or attempt.

18d         Access to service station possibly, something truly unexciting (4-3)
TURN-OFF – Another way of describing the slip road from a motorway at a junction or service station is also something which removes any sense of excitement one may be feeling.

21d         Processed fruit may be this awkwardly placed (2,1,3)
IN A JAM – Where fruit may be found after it has been boiled with sugar and put in a jar.

22d         Church service, shortened one with money collected (6)
MATINS – To get this Church of England service, start by removing the final letter from a service more commonly held in a Roman Catholic church, then wrap the result around some old slang for money.

24d         God of love upset and angry (4)
SORE – Reverse (upset) the Greek god of love.

26d         Number of Leninists turning up (4)
NINE – Hidden in reverse (turning up) in the third word of the clue.

The Quick Crossword pun NOCK + NEED = KNOCK-KNEED

31 comments on “DT 28951

  1. Definitely at the easier end of Giovanni’s setting spectrum. Unusually I have picked an anagram, 20a, as my favourite clue. A very pleasant way to cheer up a snowy Friday morning.

    Thanks to The Don and DT.

  2. 1*/2.5*. Very light and reasonably pleasant puzzle today. I was only slowed down by needing to check 27a.

    Shame about the nebulous girl in 8d but at least this is probably the one which appears most often (perhaps Mr K can confirm?!)

    2d was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Giovanni and to DT.

  3. Like last week, I felt that Giovanni was being gentle with us. Only hold up was the Hindu Law clue, but quite gettable from the wordplay.
    I enjoyed 9a, normally a clue that contains ‘West London’ always involves Ealing, so it made a nice change.
    Many thanks DT and Giovanni

  4. On the mild side for a G, but still about average for a general back-pager. A good, solid puzzle with fine clues and well enjoyed by me. Fav:22d. Note to G: 8d – I, for one, have no problems at all with seeing “girl” to clue a name in the answer. They’ll be complaining on here about “nebulous” parts of London next! 2.5* / 3.5*

  5. Bright and breezy this morning. The crossword and the weather. None too difficult and a fine end to a fine puzzling week. Not long until The Birthday Bash. Just turn up. We are as nice in real life as we are on the blog. See you all on Monday. Play nicely children

  6. A Monday puzzle on a Friday! Very straightforward and enjoyable, although 27a did require a BRB check, completed at a fast gallop – 1.5*/3.5*.

    Candidates for favourite – 4d, 21d, and 22d – and the winner is 21d.

    Thanks to DG and DT.

  7. Great way to end the ‘working week’ (whatever that is!). First thought was for another law in 27a and forgot money word in 22d. No particular Fav but several amusing clues. Thank you Giovanni and DT.

  8. For some reason couldn’t get going so left it. On return found things straightforward esp when I put 26d in 26 & not 24!
    Thanks to Giovanni & DT.

  9. For me (and it’s probably a first) this Friday puzzle was the most enjoyable of the week. Lot’s of lovely clues making for a very pleasant solve. I needed the hint for 22d, but no complaints as it was gettable from the wordplay, and for parsing 16d as I just couldn’t associate bash with try…doh.
    Thanks to Giovanni and DT

  10. After solving most of this over a bacon and egg butty plus a coffee I was asking myself if this was the most gentle Gionanni ever or am I totally on the guy’s wavelength? Whichever it is I found it to be a most enjoyable solve and one which gave me another new word to learn at 27 across, but one that is very familiar to my RE teacher wife. Thanks to the Don and also to DT.

  11. Enjoyable if a little brief. Mind you there’s nothing wrong with that as it is good for the confidence when answers are readily found. Thanks to all.

  12. As usual from the Don, most enjoyable. I was a bit slow to get going, then it all fell into place quite rapidly, helped by, maybe, an overabundance of anagrams. Had to check 27a and last one in, strangely, was 21d. No particular favourite today.

  13. 20a my favourite today followed by 21d. Very enjoyable for a relative newbie still needing quite a bit of help from the hints ☺ Thanks DT, and Giovanni.

  14. It has already been said but I agree a pleasant romp and just the way to finish the week. Thanks to Giovanni and DT. RE never my strong point but the answer leapt out of my pen. 22d my fave today.

  15. Thank you, Deep Threat — I couldn’t’ve done it without your hints!

    My favourite was 14d, though 10a made me smile too.

    I got in a muddle in the NE when 6d was —–s-i-n, and I realized a ‘submission’ is something that’s heard at a meeting … (Obviously the wordplay doesn’t work, but it isn’t unusual for me not to see that, even when I’ve stumbled on the right answer.)

  16. Nothing much to frighten us today, good end to the week ready for Saturdays offering
    Thamks to DT amd the Don

  17. Agree with all the above. I was grateful for a puzzle that didn’t stretch too much today as I have had my first day cleaning the olive groves today and am tired to say the least.

    New word at 27ac required Google – glad it wasn’t just me😎

    Thanks Giovanni and DT

  18. Stone me, not only a religious clue but from a non-Christian one at that!
    Apart from that, very enjoyable except I need the hints to explain 4d and 19a.
    Thx to all

  19. Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, but quite on the gentle side. Lots of good clues, favourite was 21d which made me laugh. My only hold up was 27a, which was last in, I had vaguely heard of it, but was gettable from the wordplay. Was 1.5*/3* for me

  20. A friendly start to the weekend, lots of anagrams helped me finish in good time..
    Favourite for me 22d.
    Thanks to DT and Giovanni.

  21. No problems encountered in today’s challenge, which is somewhat unusual for me on a Friday! 21d was my favourite.
    Thanks to Giovanni, and to DT for the review.

  22. Just the Hindu law that needed verifying and I think ‘ardent’ is a bit over the top to describe 15a, despite it being supported by the BRB.
    No particular favourite.

    Thanks to DG and to DT for the blog. Laughed again at the John Clees clip!

  23. Late getting started today with this very enjoyable Giovanni offering, I even knew the Hindu law.
    I did get 21d wrong, putting “can” thinking it must be Britspeak. I know, I’m 19/6 to the £.
    I’m having a hard time choosing a fave, loved lots.
    Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat.

  24. Late start as always for me on a Friday, but well worth the wait. Another great Giovanni puzzle, with just 27a stumping me and forgot the money word in 22d. Either he is getting kinder or I am getting the hang of the Friday puzzles. Either way, one happy camper here.

  25. Surprisingly, noone’s mentioned this before, but my newspaper version of 12a has “Maybe they will join chaps in awful sect making declarations” so needed the hint to understand that one. Otherwise great puzzle from the Don (who seems to have stopped setting pangrams in the quickie).

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