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DT 29182

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29182

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Hello, everyone.  Not a lot of smiles for me in today's puzzle, although I did learn a German canal, a late-medieval English nobleman, and a new type of social worker.  Perhaps all the travelling is putting me in a grumpy mood. 

In the hints below most indicators are italicized, and underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions.  Clicking on the answer will be here buttons will reveal the answers.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will enlarge it.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.



1a    Violently stabbed rake in stomach (11)
BREADBASKET:  An anagram (violently) of STABBED RAKE

7a    Small toast: sing entertaining duet on a regular basis (7)
CROUTON:  A word meaning sing in a relaxed style containing (entertaining) alternate letters (… on a regular basis) of DUET 

8a    A great number in factory having one on (7)
MILLION:  Link together a factory that processes raw materials, the Roman one, and ON from the clue 

10a   Going topless, hesitate to change (5)
ALTER:  A synonym of hesitate has its first letter deleted (going topless

11a   Firm can set out to limit debt (9)
TENACIOUS:  An anagram (out) of CAN SET containing (to limit) a slip of paper acknowledging a debt 

12a   Send crazy in Delaware mountains (7)
DERANGE:  The abbreviation for Delaware followed by a line of mountains 

14a   Broadcast ruined if I should be correct (7)
RECTIFY:  The answer sounds like (broadcast) the fusion of a synonym of ruined, if, and I 

15a   Plans seem strange, following small church (7)
SCHEMES:  An anagram (strange) of SEEM following the clothing abbreviation for small and the map abbreviation for church 

18a   Stock drink getting complaint before meal (4,3)
BEEF TEA:  A gripe or complaint comes before an afternoon or early evening meal 

20a   Generally, all at sea (2,3,4)
IN THE MAIN:  The answer taken literally could mean all at sea 

21a   Glue  a thin bit of wood (5)
STICK:  A straightforward double definition

22a   Prophet seen in canal after second half of freeze (7)
EZEKIEL:  A German canal connecting the North Sea with the Baltic comes after the second half of freEZE 

23a   Harry perhaps, giving very warm encouragement (7)
HOTSPUR:  Chain together "very warm" and encouragement or urging.  A football club that constructed its first ground in the Tottenham Marshes acknowledges this Harry in their name   

24a   Of saintly appearance -- or away with the fairies? (5-6)
LIGHT-HEADED:  A double definition, the first referring to how saints are often portrayed in paintings



1d    Something absorbing found in study? (7)
BLOTTER:  An absorber of ink

2d    Tent erected: register inside (5)
ENTER:  The answer is hidden inside the remainder of the clue 

3d    Net tied badly in kitchen alcove (7)
DINETTE:  An anagram (… badly) of NET TIED 

4d    Month in solitary, right, for social worker (7)
ALMONER:  The single letter for month is inserted in a synonym of solitary, and the single letter for right appended.  Dictionary entry for the answer here 

5d    Broadcast frequency reported highly dangerous bike (9)
KILOCYCLE:  A homophone (reported) of a word that could mean highly dangerous is followed by a synonym of bike

6d    Crashed pilot absorbing religious teaching in African city (7)
TRIPOLI:  An anagram (crashed) of PILOT containing (absorbing) the abbreviation for Religious Instruction 

7d    Secret house Germany established in Spain (11)
CLANDESTINE:  Concatenate a house or family line, the IVR code for Germany, the abbreviation for established, IN from the clue, and the IVR code for Spain 

9d    Person who pulls up and wants to know what's going on? (5,6)
NOSEY PARKER:  A curious motorist coming to a stop provides a mildly cryptic definition of an overly inquisitive person

13d   Counting without feeling energy: make a call (9)
NUMBERING:  Link together an adjective meaning without feeling or sensation, the physics symbol for energy, and make a call on the telephone 

16d   Husband cooked a motel's dinner? (3,4)
HOT MEAL:  The genealogical abbreviation for husband with an anagram (cooked) of A MOTEL 

17d   Mark permitted to see red (7)
SCARLET:  A mark left by an injury and permitted or allowed 

18d   Stop most of followers getting Irish spirit (7)
BANSHEE:  Stop or forbid with all but the last letter of (most of) some animals that follow

19d   Second to leave, took off, stumbled (7)
TRIPPED:  A word meaning took off clothes has the single letter for second deleted (second to leave …

21d   So placed to be spotted on the radio? (5)
SITED:  A homophone (on the radio) of spotted or seen 


Thanks to today’s setter.  No standout favourite for me this week.  Which clues did you like best?


The Quick Crossword pun:  CROCK + MONS + URE = CROQUE-MONSIEUR

56 comments on “DT 29182

  1. Not a lot of smiles Mr K? I loved 9 down and 22 across . . . they certainly appealed to my sense of humour. I quite liked 23 across and 4 down too. In all a very easy, but well clued puzzle – loved it. Thanks to our setter and Mr K.

  2. This was a pleasant enough puzzle, ** for difficulty and *** for enjoyment, but there was a lack of sparkle to it, although I liked 7d, 22a and 23a. Thank you to Mr K for the hints and to the setter.

  3. Fully in agreement Mr K **/**. Enjoyable nevertheless but only because I finished it without needing hints.

  4. I found today’s offering a little mundane. Finished in an easy ** time, loved 14d, hadn’t heard of 23a and quite honestly thought 9d was dreadful. What on earth leads the solver to think that this is anything to do with a motorist? Surely we must have missed something?

    Thanks to the setter and Mr. K.

  5. Well this may have been a quick solve but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 9d gave me the biggest smile so I will select that as my pick of the clues.

    Thanks to both Misters.

    1. You can’t please ’em all… Glad some of you clicked with my sense of humour: I was pleased with 9d; and at least one of you got the joke! Thanks for all the comments…

      1. Well I enjoyed it! Finished with plenty of smiles. The work of CL maybe?
        Thanks all.

  6. Nice and easy but nonetheless enjoyable */*** 😃 Favourites 7a & 14a Thanks to the Setter and to Mr K 👍 I thought the phrase in the Quick Crossword was tricky🤔

  7. unlike others i found plenty of smiles in this one especially 22a which brought back memories of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

  8. Satisfying workout today. Hadn’t heard of 1a slang term but will now file it alongside six-pack which I learned recently! Not sure how many 1ds are found in studies these days of ballpoints, etc. 5d new one on me. There was a time when most hospitals had a 4d but not sure if that is the case these days. Liked 9d but 24a was Fav. Thank you to unidentified setter and MrK. Loved the Quickie pun even if it does depend a bit on pronunciation.

    1. Hi Angellov – re 4d…….
      Yes, 50 years ago, there was usually only one (or two) per hospital, they weren’t qualified and were often not much more than nice dedicated WI type ladies.
      Nowadays, of course, in the era of bed blocking and older people living alone rather than with their younger relatives, there are whole teams of social workers, occupational therapists and nurses arranging discharge care packages.

      No such thing as convalescent homes these days.
      Have we moved on as a society?
      Good thing or bad thing?
      You decide….

  9. A straightforward Tuesday puzzle that could have been an ‘overflow’ from the Monday ‘pool’ – completed at a fast gallop 1.5*/3*.
    With my ‘engineering hat’ on, I do have a ‘gripe’ with 5d – the answer is not a frequency because it does not have the necessary time dimension, e.g. per second, rather, borrowing from the BRB, it is the periodic phenomenon that is part of a frequency.
    Candidates for favourite – 11a, 23a, and 4d – and the winner is 4d.
    Thanks to the setter and Mr K.

  10. Agree today was a bit lustreless; not keen on slang (1A) or archaic (4D and 5D). Using 5D was almost a capital offence at my junior school – as SI had just renamed this word after the brilliant German physicist (sadly died at 36).
    Best hint 4D as it made me chuckle as I could feel Mr K’s irritation 😊

  11. Well today’s puzzle was a little different than the usual fare-no idea who the setter is.
    I did not think that 5d worked very well,
    Struggled a bit with some of the parsing-late night!
    Liked 18d and 23a-remembered who Harry was from the bard’s plays.
    Going for a**/*** as a few chuckles on route.

  12. Enjoyed this one more than our blogger did it would seem but perhaps I was helped by knowing the canal, the nobleman and the social worker!
    Podium places went to 14&18a plus 4,7&9d.

    Thanks to our setter and to Mr K – loved the idea of the half price soup!

  13. Yes todays puzzle, not tricky but fun. Only clue I did think a touch clumsy was 19d. Thx for the explanation of 7d.
    I really liked 23a and 24a.
    Thx to all

  14. Well, this was a veritable cascade of nostalgia……
    What with 9d 4d’s feeding you 18a into the 1a in your own 3D. It was straight back to 50s and 60s childhood memories. There was even a comic at 23a to keep us amused….

    It made me feel young……

    Even the cartoon provided by Mr K took me back to the 70s when, as trainee psychologists, we used to vie for the best answer to the by-then outmoded Rorschach tests.
    “Well, it’s an inkblot, you blithering idiot….yes, that one is too…..and that one……”

  15. Finished without hints and that makes two in a row for me, which is a record. Quite a gentle solve but, as others have said, most enjoyable. My favourites are 7a and 9d.

    I rather liked today’s pun.

    Thank you to Mr. K. and the setter.

  16. Sorry Mr K and the setter for omitting my thanks in my first post. So, many thanks to you both.

  17. Completed without hints which is pretty unusual for me. Enjoyable though.Liked 22a also cat picture in 24a. Can’t agree with Bluebird about 4d. At least two of my University friends went on to work in that field, in fact they had to do another years training. Thanks to setter and Mr K.

    1. Possibly your University friends went on to work for the Catholic Church, Livery Companies, etc. but perhaps not in the NHS?

        1. I well remember the Lady Almoner who was responsible for my elderly great aunt when she was hospitalised in a NHS hospital in London in the mid 1960s. She had a lot of responsibility and authority and I agree would have had a post-grad qualification. The volunteers were the WRVS and the League of Friends. My only comment on the clue would be to add ‘old’ before ‘social worker’. My only trouble was in the SE although when I corrected 21a (I had plank) it became easier. Favourites 18 and 22a. Also like 9d now I get the joke. Thanks setter and Mr K.

  18. Comments from others noted. I did not get on at all well with this, wavelength and only being in my sixties biggest prohibitors. Never heard of 1a, 18a, 23a, 5d or canal in 22a. Not seen 1d in a study for 50 years!!

  19. I didn’t find this easy as most of you but, now that I know who set it, I remember having trouble with him (or her?) before.
    I enjoyed it.
    Spent too long trying to start off 12a with an anagram – red herring.
    I’ve never heard of the 22a canal or the 23a Harry and it took me ages to think of the 18d ‘followers’ even though I had the answer – dim in the extreme.
    I particularly liked 24a and 7d. My favourite was 9d.
    With thanks to X-Type and to Mr K.

    1. PS – What do you call a frog who’s parked on double yellow lines?
      Answer – Toad.
      OK – now I’ll go away!

  20. I enjoyed this, maybe a little difficulty unravelling some, but I just needed to buckle down and concentrate.
    I didn’t know 1a but easy enough to look up; apart from that, knew the Harry, like Beaver, from Shakespeare, and the canal, so all tiki babu for me.
    Too many smiles, so I’m going to pick 21a for the pic, I know, simple things amusing tiny brains.
    Thanks to X-type, you made me laugh, and to Mr. K for the fun. I didn’t know cats had a patron saint, I’ll tell mine.

  21. We did know all the requisite GK so not held up with those clues. All went together smoothly with several chuckles along the way.
    Thanks X-Type and Mr K.

  22. I was surprised that many of you found this mundane, I really enjoyed it and big thanks to the setter. I think it might be an age thing, as 1a, 4d and 23a were all in common usage when I was a mere lass. Indeed 23a was a popular comic, along with the Dandy and Beano. And of course I know my grandkids would have no idea what a 1d would be used for. Strangely, I filled the entire bottom half before I got a foothold in the top half. Great puzzle, and didn’t feel stupid today.

  23. Took a little while to get going but I enjoyed this puzzle. Definitely a few smiles from me, especially 5d and 9d, the latter raising a small chuckle. Thanks to the setter and Mr K.

  24. I enjoyed this puzzle, mainly because I managed to complete it without hints , which is very good for me.
    I liked 22a and 9d.
    Thanks to setter and Mr K .

  25. The SW corner fell into place quickly so I continued in an anti-clockwise direction. The second half of 23a had me stumped. I’m not big on football, well not the round ball variety, but I should have worked that one out. Some clever clues; 12a a favourite followed by 7a. As was 4d, a good departure from ants and bees. Thanks to the setter and Mr K🦇

  26. Thanks to everybody who commented today and to X-Type.

    Looks like I might be too young and too foreign to appreciate all that was on offer in this puzzle.

    1. That’s true but never regret being too young or too Foreign. If only I could be 25 and French…

        1. This sounds like a good after dinner pastime…….nominate an age and a place (and maybe a year) when you’d like to have been around.

  27. Very strange. Could only fill in the bottom half yesterday but finished it this morning without hints! Needed the hints though for parsing 1a (still don’t understand it though) and 10a (d’oh).
    Thank you Xtype and Mr K I did enjoy this.

  28. 2*/3*…..
    liked 9D “person who pulls up and wants to know what’s going on? (5,6)”

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