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DT 29075

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29075

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Another Wednesday so another Jay puzzle to enjoy and blog.
Some rather good anagrams again this week and we thought the Quickie pun was particularly cringe-worthy.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Traffic controller‘s answer during drinks session (10)
ROUNDABOUT : The one letter abbreviation for answer comes between a number of drinks bought at one time and a session that could be a boxing match.

6a     West wing must be heated (4)
WARM : The abbreviation for west and then a wing or appendage.

10a     Mother faces this having dropped one school subject (5)
MATHS : A two letter familiar name for mother and then the word ‘this’ once the Roman numeral one has been removed.

11a     Row as they trained to be fit for voyage (9)
SEAWORTHY : An anagram (trained) of ROW AS THEY.

12a     Short of work experience (7)
UNDERGO : Short or ‘less than’ and then work or be operating.

13a     Drug taker on target to be a consumer (3,4)
END USER : A target or aim and then a drug taker.

14a     Alarmists seeing Germans score in a frenzy (12)
SCAREMONGERS : An anagram (in a frenzy) of GERMANS SCORE.

18a     Ring assistant and risk another shot at success (6,6)
SECOND CHANCE : A ring assistant in a boxing match and then risk or venture.

21a     Maintained a voter originally made a mistake (7)
AVERRED : ‘A’ from the clue, the first letter of voter plus made a mistake or went astray.

23a     Singer on vacation must carry more than enough music equipment (7)
SAMPLER : The first and last letters of singer (on vacation) contains a word meaning more than enough.

24a     Scrambled egg in real drink (6,3)
GINGER ALE : An anagram (scrambled) of EGG IN REAL.

25a     Knowing of a fight prior to start of election (5)
AWARE : ‘A’ from the clue, then a large fight possibly between nations and the first letter of election.

26a     Trend of current ideology (4)
TIDE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

27a     Libyan ewer designed for beer (6,4)
BARLEY WINE : An anagram (designed) of LIBYAN EWER.


1d     Noisy disturbance caused by strange cat with no tail (6)
RUMPUS : Strange or odd and then remove the last letter from another word for a cat.

2d     Scruffy new day unit has no answer (6)
UNTIDY : An anagram (new) of D(a)Y UNIT omitting the abbreviation for answer.

3d     Health workers discern trust is broken (8,6)
DISTRICT NURSES : An anagram (broken) of DISCERN TRUST IS.

4d     Piece on mainly affluent position of a minister (9)
BISHOPRIC : A chess piece and then a synonym for affluent loses its last letter.

5d     Accepted practice in America, for example, on the rise (5)
USAGE : The three letter abbreviation for America plus the reversal of the two letters signifying for example.

7d     Confirmed time and demonstrated, supporting American (8)
ATTESTED : This time, the one letter abbreviation for American, then T(ime), plus demonstrated or empirically confirmed.

8d     Local dignitary of long ago put into service (8)
MAYORESS : A church service surrounds a four letter word meaning long ago.

9d     Big business keeping one’s friends? (7,7)
HOLDING COMPANY : Keeping or grasping and a collective word for one’s friends or associates.

15d     Tight-fisted dude is full of good intentions (5,4)
MEANS WELL : Tight-fisted or miserly and then a dude or toff.

16d     Key recherché slang for a French delicacy (8)
ESCARGOT : A computer key usually found at the top left of a keyboard is followed by a type of slang particular to a group or sect.

17d     Subjected to checks and filmed (8)
SCREENED : A double definition.

19d     Antacid needed by boxer after talk starts late (6)
ALKALI : Remove the first letter (starts late) from the work ‘talk’ and then the first name of probably the best known boxer of all time.

20d     An easy job producing wind (6)
BREEZE : Another double definition.

22d     Play short on front of area (5)
DRAMA : A short drink usually of whisky and then the abbreviation for area.

8d is our favourite today.

Quickie pun     juicy    +    wart    +    Amin    =    Do you see what I mean?


62 comments on “DT 29075

  1. Another really enjoyable cross word from Jay (**/****). I only had 1 bung in, as I couldn’t fathom what the key was in16d, although the answer was clear. So thanks to the two Ks. Thanks to Jay too for another lovely crossword. My favourites were 23a, 27a and 15d but, as the Kiwis said, the anagrams were great throughout the puzzle.

  2. Needed to read the hint for 16D to reason why but everything else fell into place ok with 1D my COTD.
    Well done the birds once again .

  3. Found the west side easier than the east. Also bunged in 16d as it was obvious once I had 24a. Ta to all.

  4. A very pleasant mid-week puzzle that was completed at a gallop – **/****.

    OK, I admit that I am a member of the 16d ‘bung in’ club, I have not yet managed to remember/recognise this particular use of key.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 1a and 15d – and the winner is 15d.

    Thanks to all the birds.

  5. Enjoyable puzzle. Completed all in xxxxxx apart from 23a and 19d. 23a not in Chambers. Should have got 19d though. Thanks to setter and Kiwis.

    1. Hi Bryngwyn. We don’t put solving times as it might deter newer or slower solvers

    2. Hi Bryngwyn – it is in Chambers online and it’s also in Collins (1994) with the same definition.

  6. Really enjoyed this puzzle. Solved by using my usual Jay method of finding the clue and ignoring the verbage.
    Thx to all

  7. I have to admit to being two short today, both in the NE, otherwise finished in *** time.

    The Quickie pun is indeed cringeworthy.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  8. Good fun today, with a reminder of some old fashioned drinks, and I did like the ‘Rum Puss’. Thanks to the 2Ks for pointing out the quicke pin – cringeworthy indeed!

  9. Another **/*** for me, clearly clued throughout.
    Never heard of a music sampler before-still unclear !
    Failed to unravel the quickie pun-still ‘iffy’
    Anyway liked 8d and 16d-thanks setter and the full complement of K’s

    1. It’s a digital version of a recording desk, Beaver.

      A bit like editing a film, you can cut bits of the recorded music “files” and then repeat or duplicate them and drop them, (paste them), into a bigger composition.
      So, as long as you have permission from the original composer, you can, e.g. “sample” a Beatles chorus and insert it into your own performance or record.

    2. Sampling is taking a short piece from another tune and including it in your own. You do this with a sampler.

  10. I loved this one – and the quickie pun made me laugh – I think Jay does the best puns of the week.
    I got into all kinds of trouble with 8d and decided to leave it and have a think but I forgot to do that – not sure I’d have untangled it ‘all my own self’.
    For once I did remember the 16d ‘key’ – the other one I forget is ‘alt’ – I’ve never dared press either as I don’t know what might happen!
    Lots of good anagrams and too many good clues to pick out any in particular apart from 1d which was my favourite.
    With thanks to Jay for such a good crossword and to the 2K’s.
    Need to do useful stuff – may go and fetch the Elder Lamb, her partner and their nearly two year old later as they have no water. The Lab where she works is shut as is our grandson’s nursery and they don’t trust their ancient car enough to get here!

  11. Really good puzzle today with lots of satisfaction in doing it ‘all by my own ‘ although I always read all the blog! Freezing cold here in Cambridge, just had hot home made soup and have gone back into a vest. I bet that news has made your day.

    1. I’ve got an extra layer on Daisygirl, but I call it a camisole as vest makes me think of the string variety……..

  12. This all went well but I only got 16d once I had all the checkers. Still don’t see where ‘recherche’ fits in.
    Thanks to all concerned.

    1. In this context I just took it as meaning old fashioned or less commonly used term. Don’t know if that’s what others thought.

    2. Hi Lionel – recherche slang is required for the definition ‘argot’, neither word on its own is enough.

    3. Yes, so none of us here has any hope of keeping up with teenage argot, because as soon as we learn it, the young ones have moved on and invented more obscure and group-specific terms.

      Somewhere there is a teenage argot graveyard, where the sad and rejected phrases go to die…..well away from the horror of being picked up by the non-hip.

  13. Was very pleased with myself on this one. I think the high amount of anagrams made it rather forgiving to new solvers. Any crossword I manage to finish scores high in enjoyability for me!

    1. Hi Ivhitch – delighted to see a youngster not obsessed with Facebook, large TV screens and snazzy white sneakers.

      Good made-up word. I like getawaywithable. Sod the squiggly red underline!

      Seriously, try setting, you’ll love it.


  14. Another excellent puzzle from the Jay production line. Apart from a bit of head scratching in the NE it flowed nicely for me.
    Of the two drinks on offer I much prefer 24a, I haven’t seen 27a for many years, not that I’ve particularly looked! I liked 1,9 and 19d in particular. 2*/4*
    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Ks for their excellent works.
    Ps the hint for 7d doesn’t entirely work for me.

    1. It does if you read ‘this time’ as referring to the fact that we needed a different American abbreviation in the clue before

      1. Of course, thank you CS. I read 7d in isolation just to make sure I’d parsed it correctly and couldn’t understand the role of “this time”.

    2. Sorry about the confusion Stephen.
      We of course write the hints in the order they appear and the connection between 5d and 7d was very obvious for us at the time. We’ll watch out for that i the future.

  15. Another wonderful Wednesday puzzle from Jay. Way too many excellent clues to pick a favourite so I shall go with The Quickie pun. Great stuff.

    Thanks very much to our avian friends.

  16. As always, a superb well crafted puzzle from Jay. Much to enjoy and brighten yet another miserable dank grey Salopian morning. Thanks Jay and thanks to the 2 Ks also.

  17. We have Teachers Whisky in the Toughie and 24a, 27 a and the first part of 1d here. Just what we need to counteract the cold, teeming rain outside. It’s either alcohol or the camisole this afternoon as the setter doesn’t offer us a nice cup of tea!

  18. Lots to smile about today, especially 1a and 15d. Bottom went in easier than top, but all done with a little help from 2Ks (thank you).
    The quickie pun – absolute corker!
    Thanks to Jay for the entertainment.

  19. A good middle *** for me.
    Loved 16d, one of many well-crafted clues.
    Many thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis.

  20. A pleasant solve but perhaps could have done with a bit more of a challenge on this dull/rainy day. West went in easily then East put up some mild resistance. Note to self re 23a – remember ‘vacation’ doesn’t have to mean holiday. Fav was 15d with 16d coming next once the key had been identified. The Quickie pun also amused. Thank you Jay and the 2Kiwis.

  21. Great puzzle, lotsa fun today. I needed electronic help for two, 9d was one, business speak that I always miss, and 27a which I’d never heard of but being an anagram made it easier.
    Loved everything; fave perhaps 1d, or maybe 15d – all good.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Kiwis. No rain, sun’s out, off to the pool.

  22. Nice puzzle solved without resort to the hints. 7d and 13a required a bit of thought and were my LOI.
    I concur with 8d as COTD.
    Thanks to Jay and 2K’s.

  23. Lovely crossword **/**** 😃 Lots of good clueing **/**** Favourites probably 1 & 10a and 1d 🤗 Big thanks to Jay and to the 2x Ks

  24. Good crossword and great fun to do. 8d was my top clue.
    Thanks to Jay and to them down under for the review.

  25. Morning all.
    It has been raining most of the night and is still raining. At least we have the excuse that it is mid-winter here. Perhaps it will be a good day for sitting in front of the wood-fire reading books and solving crosswords. It’s a tough life being retired.

  26. I believe this is the first puzzle I’ve ever completed on the day it was released without any hints or errors. So I can finally stop lurking and actually post a comment! Cryptic crosswords are incredibly obscure where I come from, so I really have this blog to thank for instructing me in all the recherché slang that goes into these things!

    1. Welcome to the blog Lee and congratulations on your achievement.
      What ‘incredibly obscure’ part of the world do you come from?

      1. Thanks! I hail from the City of Lakes: Minneapolis, Minnesota (which might actually be obscure to those outside the US).
        Thanks again for your wonderful commentary on these puzzles!

    2. Well done to you from me too. You should certainly feel proud of yourself.
      Off now to look at a map to learn a bit about Minnesota – where it is wouldn’t be a bad start – geography is one of the many things that is not a strong point for me!
      Please keep commenting – it’s always good to have new people on the blog.

      1. Yay! I can certainly say I’ve learned a fair amount about UK geography in the few months that I’ve been doing these puzzles. Thankfully, today’s puzzle didn’t have any references to tiny Scottish ports…which was part of the reason I was actually able to complete the thing.

      1. Ha! That’s great, John Bee! That’s obscure even for a Minnesotan. Where did you come up with that one? I certainly appreciate the reference (it’s also a National Monument).

        1. Read Hiawatha and researched the place a while ago. I think the Pipestone itself is called Catlinite. I also recall the Minnesotan state bird is the Common Loon which raises a slight titter from this common loon!

  27. Nice puzzle which wasn’t too difficult. Am I the only person though who thinks it’s a Thursday, thrown by all the recent bank holidays?

  28. 3*/3*…………
    liked 1D (noisy disturbance caused by strange cat
    with no tail).

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