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DT 29102 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29102 (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.


1a    Writer’s employed reworking fictional detective (4,5,6)
An anagram (reworking) of WRITER’S EMPLOYED

10a    Sprinters used to run this and roll up on finishing at last (7)
A verb meaning to roll up followed by ON and the final letter (last) of [finishin]G

13a    It’s a crime — ecstasy smuggled by Welsh comedian, not mafia boss (7)
Start with the name of a Welsh comedian (3,6), drop the three-letter mafia boss and insert E(cstasy)

15a    Pounds secured by cheat with Scandinavian money (7)
The symbol for pounds sterling is inserted into a two-letter verb meaning to cheat and a male Scandinavian name

17a    Laurel given to international player — it might result in a wind-up (7)
With its required capitalisation carefully concealed, the first name of comedian Laurel is preceded by (given to) an international player / sportsman

19a    Begin to pick different second-class ingredient (7)
The initial letter of (begin to) P[ick] followed by an adjective meaning different and the letter that represents second-class

23a / 25a    Played minor part in what fraudulent statistician did? (4,2,3,7)
… just make sure that you get the right tense!

26a    Broadcast of wrongdoer spoils entertainment venues (7)
Sounds like (broadcast) a wrongdoer (6) and a verb meaning spoils (4)

27a    Chicken roll featured in song from the 1960s (6,9)
An adjective meaning chicken or cowardly followed by a type of large, filled roll or sandwich

I’m sure that many will be pleased that I passed on the opportunity to provide a video of this dire song!


1d    Clean up American city falling short (7)
The two-letter abbreviation for an American city followed by an adjective meaning falling short

2d    English change course overturning old magistrate (5)
E(nglish) and a verb meaning to change course, all reversed (overturning in a down clue)

6d    Birdbrain’s regularly forgotten first name of actor (5)
Drop (forgotten) the odd letters (regularly) from the first word in the clue

14d    Encapsulated by symbol of Christ rising, a little part is related to religious ceremony (9)
Start with the reversal (rising) of a symbol of Christ, then insert the A from the clue, the abbreviation (little) of P(ar)T and IS from the clue

18d    Watch people on the up eclipsing second greatest rivals (7)
Three-letter words meaning to watch and people are reversed (on the up in a down clue) around (eclipsing) S(econd)

19d    Lacking motor, passengers might take this (7)
A cryptic definition of a, new-to-me, light vehicle consisting of a tricycle with the addition of a seat, usually behind, covered by a half hood – it is common practice to provide unambiguous wordplay for answers that are not in the vocabulary of the average solver, not so here

22d    Keep still in boat as attempt to deceive (3,2)
Two definitions – the first being a nautical term for “to be or become nearly stationary with head to the wind”

24d    Rates got by casual worker on start of internship (5)
This musical term for rates comes from a casual office worker followed by the initial letter (start) of I[nternship]

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The Quick Crossword pun: hay+chess+too=HS2

52 comments on “DT 29102 (Hints)

  1. Had a problem with the spelling of 8D but otherwise steady progress with 27A giving biggest smile so my COTD .

    Thanks to everyone .

  2. I was not exactly transported by 19d. There are none to be seen in this neck of the woods. Otherwise this was OK. Thanks to BD and setter.

  3. This puzzle was enjoyably challenging (**/****) and had a lot of good clues, my favourites being 11, 13, 17 and 23 across. So thank you to the setter and to BD for the hints. I would quibble about the idea of rivals being synonymous with the answer to 18d but perhaps I am being a bit nitpicking.

  4. Fairly flew through this, but enjoyed it enormously.

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I needed BD to explain the last four letters of 17a, I don’t know what was wrong with me, the setter couldn’t have made it clearer.

    I didn’t know there was a sandwich called that so the second word of that answer confused me too.

    Thanks to BD and the setter and thanks also to BD for the photograph at 6d – made this old lady’s day!

    1. One of those clues you solve and then say to yourself ‘I do hope this one is illustrated’ :)

  5. 1.5*/2.5*. Light but reasonably enjoyable fare to start the weekend.

    I got held up slightly by 18a & 18d which were my last two in. 18d would seem to be an “I’ll put in the only word that fits to complete this puzzle” answer.

    One question: in 17d does “Geordie perhaps” really lead to the required part of the answer? If anyone can enlighten me without being sent to the naughty corner I’d be grateful.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

      1. Thanks, Brian. I realised that but my (mistaken) concern was that Geordie could only mean a person not a region. Having now done what I should have done earlier and looked it up in the BRB, I see that as an adjective it can refer to the region too.

        1. There is a widely used affectionate term that would have covered all bases but sadly it hasn’t made it into the BRB!

    1. RD, 17d. I think it’s permissable to give a proper hint/tip if there’s a request, so this is mine : an example of a person from Geordieland (hence “perhaps”) is enclosed (captivated) by a Londoner born close to Bow Bells.

        1. This is what I meant: an example of a person from Geordieland (“perhaps”) is enclosed (captivated) by a synonym of “brash”.

            1. Yes, sorry BD. It’s not that easy writing a hint/tip without straying into “explaining” it. It’s a specialist field, I guess.

  6. A real curates egg. The top was a pleasant enough solve and the bottom was a real pig for me!
    Really disliked 19d, a daft clue IMHO. Unlike yesterdays brilliant puzzle this was a bit mediocre.
    Thx for the hints for explaining 17a and 18d.

  7. This seemed to be less challenging than recent Saturdays and was enjoyably completed at a gallop – **/***.

    Candidates for favourite – the 23a/25a combo, 27a, and 18d – and the winner is the combo.

    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  8. This is what I meant: an example of a person from Geordieland (“perhaps”) is enclosed (captivated) by a synonym of “brash”.

  9. I enjoyed todays puzzle a lot…..but did find it quite challenging, particularly 14d so I was very glad that BD had hinted it so I could confirm my bung in.

    Thanks to BD and today’s setter.

    Pouring down here in Angus but MPP to look at now. Hurrah! (Not a sports fan, so a long weekend for me.)

  10. Bright and breezy puzzle with just one pause along the way to dig into the memory bank for 19d.
    The ‘chestnut’ at 9a always makes me smile.

    Thanks to our setter and to BD for the club.

  11. Pleasantly challenging for a Saturday Prize Puzzle. I enjoyed the 1a anagram and the combination clues at 23 and 25, but my favourite was the evergreen 9a. 19d was my last in and least favourite.

    Many thanks to our setter and BD.

  12. Fair flew through this one helped by the 1a anagram leaping out at first glance (I didn’t think I was old enough to remember that one but tempus fugit).
    I also wondered if 6d was named after the ginger beer popular in my youth. Was 7d a runner up in the clue writing comp?
    Thanks BD and setter.

  13. A great puzzle although I did find 18a and 18d problematic – never heard of one. Nevertheless, I passed a pleasant lunchtime solving it.

    Many thanks to all concerned.

  14. A pleasant post lunch challenge for a Saturday, nothing desperate to make you scratch your head but entertaining along the way.
    2*/3.5* favs 1ac & 14d
    Thanks to setter & BD for review

  15. “What time do you call this?” I hear you cry. Yes, it’s been a late start and I feel the need to apologise but there have been mitigating circumstances, besides the tennis… I thought that this was a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle and not just because I saw the answer to 1a straightaway. With all the checking letters in place, I guessed what the answer to 19d might be but had to reach for the BRB to confirm my suspicions.

    I hope I don’t sound over-effusive, Dave, but this site now looks absolutely wonderful and you’re to be congratulated on your technical foresight.

  16. **/***. As BD warned I first used the wrong tense for 23a until it became obvious later on why I couldn’t make 19d work. D’oh. I also initially misspelled 8d which caused further gnashing of teeth. Otherwise very pleasant. Thanks to all.

  17. Fairly whizzed through this, most enjoyable, though I do feel that there could be another way to give a clue than using an obscure Welsh comic. No worries, the answer couldn’t be anything else; likewise 19d, just bunged that in.
    Both 1a and 27a went in immediately, a great help.
    Surely the 8d spelling is American? Even after all these years, it still looks incorrect.
    Thank you setter, good fun, and to BD for his hints and pics. So that’s what a 19d looks like.

  18. I found the NE corner terrible until I realised I had misspelt the last word in 1a then all went in well while watching Wimbledon, really exciting match. Hope Federer makes it tomorrow. Thanks to all.

  19. Very good.
    The anagram at 1a was a cracker and it got better from there.
    Agree with BD, the Beatles wrote and sung many timeless classics, 27a was not one of them.
    Thanks all.

  20. The struggles I’ve had over past few Saturdays have made me think I might be losing my grip; today I’m restored! A really enjoyable puzzle, thank you setter & BD – can’t, however, agree about your passing on the video for 27a, not dire but a classic! Congrats on great new site.

  21. As a complete opposite of Brian (above) I fairly whizzed through the bottom half (except 19d) and struggled with the top half – all except my heart throb in 6d whom I could spot at 100 yards 😊. Once I’d got the big anagram of 1a (brilliant) I was well away.
    My favourite today was the 23a/25a combination.
    Thanks to the setter, and thank you Big Dave for choosing not to give us a video of 27a, although it’s crept into my subconscious anyway and landed me with an earworm.

  22. Best puzzle of the week for me as I managed to finish it without the blog. Not often I can say that or even write it.

  23. A variety of comments on today’s crossword which is unusual. I completed the top half reasonably easily but I took much longer on the lower section. My favourite clue was 17a. I have to say that I agree with Brian about 19d!
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints and saving us from 27a.

  24. This was for me an unexceptional Saturday diversion but no worries as Wimbledon took up most of the day and I look forward to more of the same tomorrow. South was OK but in the North 11a, 13a and 15a remain unparsed. Not keen on 19a and 8d spelling foxed me for a while. My Fav was 17a. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  25. I found this a little tricky today, but perhaps the old brain cells are just not working after a late night party followed by a family bbq today. Thank you setter and BD. 11a was my favourite followed by 6d.

  26. Had to Google a list of “famous” Welsh comedians, and then scroll down quite a bit. At least the two other celebrities featured in this puzzle have made their way to my side of the pond.
    I’ve been working on my British accent so I can make sense of the “homophones” in 26a. It’s coming along!

  27. Super puzzle and most enjoyable. I was busy yesterday so it was completed this morning with the help of a mug of tea. Thanks to BD and the setter. I always enjoy reading these blogs and find most comments entertaining and instructional.

    1. You’ve abbreviated your surname to just the initial which is why you went into ‘moderation’. Both aliases should work from now on

  28. I completed most of this yesterday evening having spent the day entertaining and imbibing. Was left with BW and 21a and 22d. Knocked off NW straightaway today. 9 and 11a became two of my favourites. Did not parse 13a but was obvious with the checkers. Could not think of the comedian or the Mafia boss but I am bad on names. He is of course very well-known this side of the pond at not at all obscure. I had thought of 21a but was thinking of an adjective with an extra letter. I did remember the nautical term at 22d – eventually. I did get 19d with the checkers but had to look up to check such a thing exists. Surprised no-one has complained about the homophone at 26a. Answer obvious but not a “sounds-like” where I come from. A confession – I thought of the only word which I thought fitted 18d – but forgot the plural! Other favourites 19a and 3D but no LOL clues. Thanks setter and BD

  29. Like the new website format/font/typeface :D Also liked this week’s crossword – 19d new one on me, guessed then checked and nearly missed 18d being plural! 1d last in, 17a favourite. Thanks to BD and setter.


  30. As usual late on the block but had a 50th Wed Ann party to attend yesterday! Thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and like some others caught the plural on 18d, and for once managed without the hints. I have to say that the setter came up with some remarkable anagrams eg 1a. I was also caught out by the spelling of 8d. Thanks also to BD, and his up market new layout.

  31. Nice to have completed before next week’s appears! Very enjoyable, unlike recent non-finishes!

  32. Rereading these comments brought a smile to my face. It’s not often that I’m at an advantage by not being British, but it appears that 19d (or at least the word for it) is not very commonplace in the UK. It’s hard to cross the street in my city and not get hit by one. 19d was one of my first answers in! (Sorry, I don’t get to brag about knowing the controversial answers too often.)

  33. Ah… once again my computer updated while I was back in hospital for a week and wiped out all my saved values. grrrr. sometimes I think very nasty thoughts aboout the Windows Upate Team.

    I am still working on this. 1a I knew it is up the posh and of the spectrum and could see thee man’s face in my head but could I remember the character name? Could |I ‘eck as like. Finally popped into my head at 3 this morning.

    I can’t tell you how much I miss seeing the comments when I am locked up in the clink, ahem, in the hospital, intensive care bans the internet and I don’t want to block someones’ pacemaker. Also means I can’t cheat of course, oops did I type that out loud?

    I know I have bored you all to bits with my medical woes and I feel terribly guilty as I know people have much much more to deal with but it was making me horribly depressed. May 2nd rush to Emergenty, operation on exploding ulcer, went well apparently except they discharged me without noticing I had developed Sepsis. Discharged again a week later and did show them the mysterious hole that had appeared in the front of my tummy but they thought it was nothing to worry about. 2 days later literally pints of nasty green and brown burning sludge pumping out. I was losing roughly 1 pound a day in weight which – heck I am a woman – I kind of saw as a bonus but even I’m not really that stupid. Home nurse was in tears trying to get me in for appointment with surgeon, no dice for 4 to 5 weeks. So i went to ER again and did see him, he laughed and said ‘Well you got in and you are right, you were burned during the operation and now have a fistula.’ TPN but it didn’t work. After 5 weeks surgeon said he was going on holiday and I should go home and face the fact that I will most likely have colostemy for the rest of my life and drugs for the pain. I was horribly awfully depressed so my eldest who lives in Toronto said ‘Come on up Mum, I’ll borrow a wheelchair and we will go to the museum, take your mind off everything.’ JP got me in the wheelchair and it was a lovely day but very very hot. Went for a cup of tea and I flaked out on the cafe floor, they got an ambulance and sent me to Sunnybrook. They operated and fixed me!!!! Still lots of pain but no colostomy, no tubes or wires, just feel a bit weak, which to come full circle is why I am a bit behind with the crosswords, hey it is my excuse and I am sticking to it 8-)

      1. It was and what’s worse, they said….’Well you are 65…’ Every time that particular nurse came in I quietly sang ‘One Foot in the Grave’

        1. Oh Carolyn, I was wondering only yesterday how you were getting on but didn’t imagine anything as awful as that. Get well soon :rose:

          1. Thank you. All of you really help.

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