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DT 29007

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29007

Hints and tips by Groundskeeper Willie

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle took me a little longer than usual mainly because the four long clues were almost the last ones in which made for a shortage of helpful checking letters. All in all a fine puzzle for a Monday morning. The sun is shining here at the heart of Downtown LI. Saint Sharon has gone out for the day. I feel mischief coming on.

These hints and tips have been created lovingly to help those of you who may need help to solve a couple of clues or to understand why an answer is what it is. Usually a clue consists of two parts. 1. A definition, which is usually at the beginning or end of a clue. 2. Wordplay which tells to what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined. Some hints are illustrated. These illustrations may or may not have a bearing on understanding the clue.

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1a    One daughter in French region making fortune (10)
PROVIDENCE: The letter that looks like the number one and the abbreviation for daughter sit nicely. Inside a region of France. Which region? The one written about by Peter Mayle.

6a    Plans returning for canned meat (4)
SPAM: These plans that might be found in an atlas need to be reversed (returning) This is almost identical to the clue at 6 across in today’s Times newspaper which has the same answer.

10a    Assign vote, bishop not being present (5)
ALLOT: A system of voting secretly has the abbreviation for Bishop removed

11a    Unhappy after climb cut back (5,4)
SCALE DOWN: A synonym of unhappy sits after a synonym of the word climb

12a    Defiant words, likewise, at that place (2,5)
SO THERE: These two words that make a phrase used to show defiance are a synonym for likewise and an adverb meaning in that place or position

13a    Start shielding learner driver beginning to turn red (7)
SCARLET: We have an unusual sort of start here. Not a beginning but a fright or alarm. This contains the usual letter denoting a learner and is finished off with the initial letter of the word turn

14a    Deceive misbehaving kid at rear of queue, ultimately (4,3,1,4)
TAKE FOR A RIDE: An anagram (misbehaving) of KID AT REAR OF is followed by the final letter (ultimately) of the word queue

18a    One may get fed by the side of the road (7,5)
PARKING METER: What might be fed with cash in order to allow one to leaves one’s vehicle at the side of the road

21a    Dose may upset Siberian dog (7)
SAMOYED: This breed of dog is an anagram (upset) of DOSE MAY

23a    Picture of ‘wise men’ feeding in East (7)
IMAGINE: A term for the three wise men of the nativity sits inside the word in from the clue. The abbreviation for east follows

24a    Love extremely avid speech (9)
ADORATION: The outer (extreme) letters of the word avid are followed by a formal speech

25a    Rope in young woman, obliging initially (5)
LASSO: If a young man is a lad what is a young girl? Add the initial letter of obligingly

26a    Level in competition? Not quite (4)
EVEN: A competition, one of many in a large gathering of sports such as the Olympic Games has its last letter removed (not quite)

27a    Dig beneath platform (10)
UNDERSTAND: To dig here is nothing to do with spades and holes. It is to do with perception. A word meaning beneath is followed by a type of platform. No overthinking necessary


1d    Commend power lift (6)
PRAISE: The abbreviation for power is followed by a verb meaning to lift. Just as the clue says really

2d    Old fine, overdue recently (2,4)
OF LATE: Similarly to 1 down. The abbreviations for Old and Fine are followed by a word meaning overdue

3d    Expecting relatives underfoot to go outside (2,3,6,3)
IN THE FAMILY WAY: The six-letter word in this answer is clued simply by the word relatives. Your most immediate relatives. The three other words in the clue need to surround this word. They are clued by the word underfoot. Think of how you describe it when small children gather around you and make it awkward for you to complete a task.

4d    Seasonal gift of great geese almost cooked (6,3)
EASTER EGG: We have an anagram indicator here (cooked). We also have a deletion indicator (not quite) This makes the anagram fodder GREAT GEES

5d    Lesson in style (5)
CLASS: A double definition. The lesson is one in school

7d    Declare in favour of application (8)
PROCLAIM: Begin with a preposition meaning in favour of. Add a formal request

8d    Troubadour Mrs let in, unwisely (8)
MINSTREL: Anagram (unwisely) of MRS LET IN

9d    Play different charts (8,6)
SEPARATE TABLES: Actually, two one act plays by Terence Rattigan. Two synonyms are needed here. One meaning different or apart and one meaning charts or lists of numbers

15d    Respect at one time shown round base, current base (9)
OBEDIENCE: Begin with a word meaning at one time. (The word used at the beginning of a Fairy tale) This word fits around a three-lettered base or foundation, the electrical abbreviation for current and the abbreviation for a logarithmic base.

James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
“Mother,” he said, said he;
“You must never go down
to the end of the town,
if you don’t go down with me.”

James James
Morrison’s Mother
Put on a golden gown.
James James Morrison’s Mother
Drove to the end of the town.
James James Morrison’s Mother
Said to herself, said she:
“I can get right down
to the end of the town
and be back in time for tea.”

King John
Put up a notice,

James James
Morrison Morrison
(Commonly known as Jim)
Told his
Other relations
Not to go blaming him.
James James
Said to his Mother,
“Mother,” he said, said he:
“You must never go down to the end of the town
without consulting me.”

James James
Morrison’s mother
Hasn’t been heard of since.
King John said he was sorry,
So did the Queen and Prince.
King John
(Somebody told me)
Said to a man he knew:
If people go down to the end of the town, well,
what can anyone do?”

(Now then, very softly)
W.G.Du P.
Took great
C/O his M*****
Though he was only 3.
J.J. said to his M*****
“M*****,” he said, said he:

16d    Renegade given a job at end of debate (8)
APOSTATE: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a word meaning a job. Add the word AT from the clue. Add the final letter of the word debate

17d    Written work about border plant (8)
PRIMROSE: The written language surrounds a border or edge. Like that of a volcano

19d    Afternoon nap in cosiest armchair (6)
SIESTA: The answer lies hidden amongst the words of the clue indicated by the word in. As this clue doesn’t ask us to do anything it is a prime candidate for a hidden word clue

20d    Note about flex (6)
RECORD: Our usual two-lettered word meaning about is followed by a word meaning flex. Not flex as in flex ones muscles but a flexible insulated cable used for carrying electric current

22d    Lower oneself: dine out entertaining leader of gangsters (5)
DEIGN: Anagram (out) of DINE which surrounds (entertaining) the first letter of the word gangsters

Quickie Pun: come+pewter=computer


51 comments on “DT 29007

  1. Took me longer than usual too – no special favourites – thank you to the Monday Mysteron and the mystifying groundsman, especially for the James, James reminder.

  2. 1*/3.5*. A light delight except for 15d, which I found rather tortuous. This couldn’t have been more different to today’s Rookie puzzle. The only thing I can see that they’ve got in common is they are both cryptic using 15×15 grids.

    3d was my favourite, and 18a, 2d, 4d & 9d particularly appealed too.

    Many thanks to Campbell (?) and to MP.

  3. Thanks M and setter.

    The long clues slipped in but I was overthinking 15d with Obeisance for a while which held me back.

    Loved 18a once the (two pound coin these days..) dropped.

    9d a new one for me and thought a wee bit tenuous

  4. A pleasantly enjoyable start to the work week completed at a gallop – 2.5*/3.5*.

    Candidates for favourite 18a, 27a, and 3d – and the winner is 27a.

    Thanks to the setter and GMoLI – are you sure that Saint Sharon hasn’t had any secret cameras installed to record any mischief?

  5. Apart from initially putting the wrong first word in the 11A clue everything proceeded fairly smoothly today with 18A giving biggest smile .
    Had to check up on who is GW but send thanks to him and the Setter .

  6. Very unusual to have a BD rating of 3 stars for difficulty on a Monday. I invariably find long clues to be easier than short ones. Thanks to GW and setter.

  7. There were some quite tricky clues here and it took me a little longer than usual to finish so thabks to the setter for a good challenge. Thanks to the man of a thousand aliases for the explanation on how to parse 13a, which I bunged in. My favourites were 1a, 15a and 3d.

  8. I too fell into the obeisance trap for 15d and was feeling pretty pleased with myself until 23a made me see the error of my ways. A very fair and enjoyable start to the week.
    Thank you, as always, to all involved

  9. No stroll in the park this morning. I thought it was quite testing, but pretty enjoyable as I worked through it. 3d a clear favourite.

    Thanks to our Monday setter and to MP for a fun-filled blog.

  10. 9d , 15d and 18a had me foxed , so thanks Miffypops for the useful nudges .
    Thanks to all concerned .

  11. No sweat today but for me not a lot of fun either. I have friends with 21 acrosses and I have to say I find them a bit disconcerting – they have almost human expressions/eyes and seem to look right through you. My Joint Favs were 18a and 3d. Thank you Mysteron and MP.

  12. Chalk up another victim of obeisance here. Unlike recent offerings, I really started this one at a fair pace, but hit a wall just after halfway. I got there in the end, but only after Google had confirmed 9d; I can’t say I am an expert on 1950’s American movies. I agree with ***

    Favourite of the day by a country mile was 18a. Many thanks to the setter and MP.

  13. Made a note of **/*** following completion and fine for me,
    Thanks to GW for the explanation of ‘ underfoot’ in 3d, would never have thought of that.
    Liked 18a and 22a -I liked the sound of the the word !
    Needed all the checking letters for last in 9d before I remembered the play.

  14. Realised that ‘obeisance’ wouldn’t fit as I already had the checker in from 23a. Didn’t stop me looking for an alternative spelling!

    No particular favourite today although the thought of 19a definitely appeals.

    Thanks to our setter and to MP for the blog.

  15. I love Monday’s crossword just for Miffypops blog. He really makes me laugh. Thanks for the help also.

  16. Strange one this, I thought 90% if it was nice and straightforward but was held up for a while by 15d as I couldn’t help thinking “current base”was the definition and by not knowing the play for 9d but eventually got it from the wordplay and checkers. 3d is a quaint old expression I haven’t heard for years and years.
    No standout clues (maybe 27a) for me but pleasant enough.
    Many thanks to setter and to MP for his usual first rate review.

  17. Fairly gentle start to the week. No real holdups but I had to confirm 8d electronically.. Silver medal to 18a, no gold from me today.

  18. Not a walking the park today. Needed a couple hints to get me over the line and a bit of googling of Mr Rattigan’s oeuvre.
    Thanks to Willie for the nudges and the musical and poetical interludes. Setter too for making us work a bit harder on a Monday.

  19. **/***. Liked this puzzle for its pithy clues. 27a was my favourite closely followed by 1d, 5d, 6a&20d. Thanks to the setter and MP.

  20. I raced through the top half but slowed down considerably once I hit the lower section. Not reading the clue properly for 14a certainly didn’t help but once I had realised my mistake everything then slotted together quite smoothly.
    27a was my top clue.
    Thanks to the setter for an enjoyable solve, and to GW for an equally enjoyable review.

  21. Good fun today, going very well until I stalled in the southeast corner, with 15d being last in, COTD definitely 18a, very clever. Spent far too long picturing grazing horses etc. Thanks to setter and Miffypops.

  22. Unlike many, 15 down gave me no problems; even 9 down went in before I had any checking letters, but could I see the anagram in 14 across? That was my last one in, much to my embarrassment. A nice gentle puzzle to begin the week, with 3 & 9 down as two of my favourites, but 18 across takes top spot for me. Thanks to setter and GW :-)

  23. This country bumpkin had problems with 18a – I literally can’t recall the last time I saw one – I was thinking along the lines of wildlife!
    3d and 27a bring to mind very outdated expressions.
    Fun puzzle though, thank you to setter and for the hints and the AA Milne poem which I haven’t seen for years.

  24. Here’s Theresa Ma… Oops, sorry, GW the diplomat – also featuring the worst attempted accent since Mary Poppins

    Ho hum


  25. I was late getting started today. I found most of it very benign, but I could not get 14a, I looked at it forever, certain that the last word was “line”- well, queue right?
    Apart from that and a struggle with 15d, which I got eventually, it was pretty plain sailing. I loved Alan Bates in a BBC TV version of 9d, excellent.
    Fave was 18a, along with the majority.
    Thanks to our setter, great fun, and to our Groundskeeper for his usual entertaining blog and music.

    1. 14a gave me a lot of trouble too.
      The rear of queue thing: Thought it was ” last for a time”.

  26. Thanks to the setter and to Miffypops for the review and hints. A nice start to the week, a bit challenging in places. Favourite was 27a. Never heard of the play in 9d, got the first word, but not the second. Was 3*/3* for me.

  27. Hello everybody pips.
    Been away for a couple of weeks and forgot to fill my pink slip. Sorry.
    Went slowly up to burning Paris via Lyon and the east of France visiting family mostly.
    Only had time to solve this crossword today and struggled with 14a and 9d.
    Got the latter from the checkers and the wordplay but came to the blog to learn who wrote it. Thought it would be Alan Aykbourne for some reasons.
    Always enjoy a crossword with short clues.
    Thanks to the setter and to MP for the blog

  28. Well I fell straight in with this & hit the wavelength spot on, no great problem, 1.5*/3.5* , but as a puzzle I thought it very enjoyable & clued well.
    Fav 9d , with thanks to setter & the groundsman.

  29. Just could not sort out 9 & 15d so GW rescued me there. I was determined that ‘obeisance’ was correct and the play was in there, buried in my mind but I could not dig it out. Apart from that pair of huskies it was fine.

    I was beaten by a fair crossword today and am off for a sleep in the bath.

    Thanks to the setter and to the galloping groundsman Willie. You have given us a movie to watch this evening – Mary P if it’s on the networks yet.

    Can’t rate it today because I failed.

    1. Do watch Mary Poppins Returns if you can. it is wonderful throughout. We watched it with our five year old grandson on the day it came out. It was his first visit to a cinema and he was enraptured. if it is on during the Easter break we will be going again

      1. MP1 was my own enrapturing cinematic debut at the same age. I am still in awe.

      2. I watched this film with my family in Canada on Christmas Eve. I enjoyed it but the 20 year old grandson did not. He was either too old or too young!

  30. Yep, a little longer here too, primarily because of the longer answers which took forever to fall. There’s a pattern forming here…

  31. Terribly late today – the Younger Lamb is staying and we’ve been in the Cotswolds all day – totally knackered now.
    My main sticking points were 13 and 18a – don’t know why but they just were.
    The 18a thingies in the road where the Younger Lamb lives in London doesn’t take the ‘new’ £1 coins – drives me crazy!
    Oh, and I didn’t make things easier by screwing up the enumeration for 14a – 4,1,3,4 – stupid.
    Apart from that lot I didn’t have too much trouble today.
    My favourite by a long way was 3d – made me laugh.
    I thought it was an enjoyable crossword and blog so thanks to today’s setter and to MP.

  32. Tough but doable. I did it in between eating, watching the football, falling asleep at the table with my young dogs at my feet, who never moved, and now. No real favourites, hopefully I’ll finish tomorrow’s at a more reasonable time as I’m playing darts in the evening. Thanks to all.

  33. I did this one yesterday afternoon – quite enjoyable, average-ish difficulty, no complaints. 2.5* / 3*

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