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DT 29042 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29042 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Some hints follow.


6a    Rascal Danny is travelling round detached areas off Africa (6,7)
An anagram (travelling round) of RASCAL DANNY IS

8a    Rich man with time to disrobe (6)
The name of the rich man at whose gate Lazarus lay (now commonly used as a term for a rich and luxurious person) followed by T(ime)

9a    It can be ugly, wild orgy during storm (8)
An anagram (wild) of ORGY inside a storm

14a    Getting to the bottom of it thoroughly (2-5)
This could be getting to the bottom of some water

20a    Eleven singly (3,2,3)
Simply spell out (singly) 11 (eleven)

24a    Quartet heading west on a Roman road (3)
The reversal (heading west) of the Roman numerals for a quartet followed by the A from the clue

26a    Stick cardinal in centre (6)
To get this verb meaning to stick put the abbreviation of the form of address given to a Roman Catholic cardinal inside a word meaning the centre

27a    Trouble there would be when Nick has to foot the bill (3,5,2,3)
A cryptic description of when Nick (Satan) has to foot the bill


1d    Disrupt drunken teen lust (8)
An anagram (drunken) of TEEN LUST

2d    Endlessly short-tempered, note (8)
Most of an adjective meaning short-tempered gives a musical note

3d    Work to include current stuff in plan (7)
Since I solved it, this clue has been made easier to parse:
3d    Work to include adult stuff in plan (7)
A three-letter verb meaning to work the soil around [the symbol for the unit of electric current followed by a verb meaning to stuff (I wasted time with the wrong current symbol!) / A(dult)]

5d    Grass in class (6)
… to grass is to betray

6d    Bird I name with painful swelling deserting (10,3)
A large bird is followed by the I from the clue, N(ame) and a painful swelling

7d    Worshipful band of the free? (9,4)
A cryptic definition of a religious organisation noted for its work with the poor and for its brass bands

13d    American composer thus leaving the States (1,1,1)
Drop (leaving) a two-letter word meaning thus from the name of an American compose

18d    Sort of posh, neat carriage (8)
An anagram (sort) of POSH NEAT – coincidentally the same fodder can give the plural of a different type of carriage

22d    Little Katharine found in dictionary that’s approved (6)
A three-letter shortened version of Katharine inside the abbreviation for a definitive dictionary

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The Quick Crossword pun: croc+owed+dial=crocodile

41 comments on “DT 29042 (Hints)

  1. Got the 4 long clues then everything flowed apart from 3D which was obvious but not the parsing .
    No outstanding favourite today .
    Thanks to BD & the Setter .

  2. This was a quickie this morning. Only hiccup was 2d as I wrongly had a four letter word for note in there and was then looking for a synonym of short-tempered. It was however solvable as it is the only word I can think of that fits all the checkers. Favourites 11 and 25a and 6 and 21d. The latter was a penny-drop moment. I shall be interested to see what everyone thinks. Thanks setter and BD ( I had not fully parsed 3d and 26a)

  3. Got there but not without trouble parsing (3d 8a)
    18d caused a lot of time wasted as I saw the other carriage anagram first and couldn’t get it out of mind.
    8d was a big learning moment too and the hint set me on a journey to understand the answer I had bunged in.
    I did like the little 13d but 19d gets the top step for me.
    Thanks to BD and setter.

  4. Like BD, I spent too long with 3d trying to fit in the correct symbol for “current”. For me it’s too much of a stretch to say that the required symbol represents “current” when it actually stands for a “unit of current”. I also found the cryptic definition for 7d a bit dubious.

    But, apart from those two, this was an enjoyable Saturday puzzle with nice brief cluing and my rating is 2*/3*.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

  5. Like others before me, 3d proved to be my only real stumbling block, although virtually the whole NE corner was empty of answers towards the end. 9a was my favourite of many in this enjoyable puzzle.

    Many thanks to our Saturday setter and BD.

  6. Apart from 3d, which , like Rabbit Dave, I found difficult to parse, this was fairly straightforward for a Prize Crossword and I completed it in record time. I would agree that once the four long clues were in, the rest followed. I enjoyed doing it (****) and particularly liked 9a, 2d, 13d and 17d. Many thanks to the setter and to BD for the hints.

  7. I liked this one and managed most of it which is good for me, a relative newbie. I don’t understand 16a, though. I seem to only have 2 options that will fit the space but neither seem to mean either violent or drink. Any pointers would be gratefully received.

    1. Welcome to the blog Sarah

      16a Violent doctor about to consume drink (7)
      The abbreviations for doctor and about go around an Italian white wine (drink)

      1. I see! Thank you. That was one of my answers but I didn’t understand why. Thank you for your help, I love your blog: it’s helped me learn how to do cryptic crosswords which I have always wanted to do. Thanks again.

  8. I was struggling to do 3D until I saw the amended version here! Great puzzle today. Thanks to BD and the setter

  9. I’m always a happy bunny when I complete any crossword without assistance. I had the grid completed in **/*** time, but didn’t know the rich man in 8a and didn’t know that form of the word at 23a, although both were pretty obvious from the checkers and word-play. Unlike others, I had no problem with 3d!

    Many thanks to the setter and BD.

  10. That was a really enjoyable puzzle including the smidgen of GK. No real hold-ups but a couple (25a which I don’t think of as necessarily domestic and, as per others above, 3d) hung fire for a while. Another one for RD in 22d or perhaps it’s specific enough not to rankle? Thank you Mysteron and BD.

    1. 22d is absolutely fine by me, but if it had said “girl” instead of “Katharine” that would have been another matter entirely …

  11. A nice Saturday morning crossword – not too tricky but not completely plain sailing either.
    I’d never heard of the 8a ‘rich man’, or had forgotten about him, but the answer was obvious and Mr Google knew him.
    I couldn’t sort out 3d from the original clue, ie the one in the paper, and don’t see how it could ever have worked – or am I being dim?
    I liked 11 and 27a and 2 and 6d.
    Thanks to today’s setter and to BD.
    Off to the garden – not sure how long I’ll survive the arctic wind . . . :unsure: NTSPP and MPP later as a reward.

    1. I’m off to play cricket now, and I’ll be taking several sweaters with me.

      “I’m going out. I may be some time …”

  12. The most straightforward Saturday puzzle for some time assisted by a sprinkling of oldies but goodies for completion at a fast gallop – **/***.

    Candidates for favourite – 25a, 5d, and 7d – and the winner is – 25a.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  13. I didn’t know the ‘rich man’ and it had never occurred to me that the name in 22d could be a diminutive of Katharine – one lives and learns!

    My favourite was 27a, made me smile.

    Thanks to our setter and to BD for the club.

    1. Same for me Jane. There are a number of dimutives of Katharine and the answer had never occurred to me as being one of them!

      1. I too had a revelation this week when I realised Banoffee pie was a combination of bananas and toffee! I don’t get out much……

  14. Got through this fairly quickly which was just as well because there is a lot of gardening to do ..Liked 2d. but then I liked a lot of it. Many thanks

  15. Lots of nice phrases and generally an enjoyable puzzle except for 8a which was a clue that i cannot describe without losing my temper.
    ***/* because of 8a.
    Thx for the hints.

    1. There was one obvious synonym (the correct one). The last letter was obvious. We all then had to put our thinking caps on about rich men. Most of us probably resorted to Google or the Bible and quickly found that the word we already had was correct and parsed perfectly

      1. He wasn’t so grumpy when the rich man appeared back in 2014 and 2015, probably because it appeared on both occasions by the man he considers to be the ‘Friday Maestro’

          1. I don’ t know so much about despair. Kath, but sometimes he makes my blood boil. But most of the time I ‘bite my tongue’. Grrr.
            Btw, lovely prize puzzle, best so far this week IMHO. I happen to enjoy the religious clues, . . . . I knew my Baptist upbringing would be useful one day, lol.

  16. A quickie romp for a Saturday prize puzzle, entertaining but brief.
    Oddly enough 3D fell in as I read it as requiring current.
    Thanks to setter & BD

  17. **/***. Very doable prize puzzle today and a few smiles along the way. 8d needed the help of Mr Google to check my answer. You live and learn. Thanks to all.

  18. I’ve had trouble accessing this site, I think a problem on my end with the internet.
    This was probably the most friendly puzzle I’ve ever done! I had no problems, the rich man courtesy of my Anglican School education.
    I liked a lot here, so I think I’m going to choose 27a as fave as I like multiple-word answers. I also liked 18d, always reminds me of Lady Hester, what a gal she was.
    Thanks to our Saturday setter and to BD for his hints and pics.

  19. That was like the Saturday puzzles of old! Pleasant enough but no real challenge. Favourite perhaps 7d.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints.

  20. Enjoyable, lively, not too tricky. Lots to like, 20ac being my favourite.

  21. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A nice puzzle, managed to get the right answers to 3d&8a without parsing them. Favourite was 24a. Was 2*/3* for me.

  22. I have an answer for 21 Down but cannot make it fit the clue. Can anyone help, please?

    1. On the radio is an indication that you are looking for a homophone, in this clue one for a synonym of ‘family’

  23. Finally the penny dropped on 5d. Really enjoyed this puzzle, especially 2d and 21d (I was in the same boat as Edna but all good now).

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