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DT 29190

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29190

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **/***Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. The last few Thursdays seem to have been a bit out of sync so I wasn’t sure who or what to expect today but this crossword is definitely a Ray T. Apart from the odd little blip I thought it was very much at the gentler end of his usual range of difficulty.

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In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under ANSWER so only do that if you want to see one.


1a        Hunt enemy bottling scrap (6)
FORAGE — an enemy or rival which contains (bottling) a scrap or small piece of material

4a        Poles taking strain making camp (8)
BARRACKS — some poles or rods around the outside (taking) of a verb that means to strain or wring

9a        Clothed by Armani, male’s sensual (6)
ANIMAL — a lurker or hidden answer indicated by the first word of the clue

10a       Mini mart’s apparently keeping back smoked beef (8)
PASTRAMI — here comes another lurker (keeping) but this time it’s reversed (back) as well as hidden

12a       Weight of a vast rig collapsing (8)
GRAVITAS — an anagram (collapsing) of A VAST RIG

13a       Outside of garden houses headless statues (6)
GNOMES — the first and last letters (outside) of G[arde]N is followed by a synonym for houses without its first letter (headless) – I spent quite a while thinking that ‘houses’ meant ‘round the outside of’

15a       Price and label are changed becoming priceless (13)
IRREPLACEABLE — an anagram (changed) of PRICE and LABEL ARE

18a       Thought to do in with arsenic strangely (13)
CONSIDERATION — another anagram (strangely) of TO DO IN and ARSENIC

22a       Blunder along with job (6)
ERRAND — a verb to blunder or make a mistake followed by a synonym for ‘along with’ or as well as

24a       Drink, drink! Time to swallow volume (8)
BEVERAGE — a ‘hoppy’ drink is followed by a time or period and contains (to swallow) the one letter abbreviation for V[olume]  – I got in a pickle with this one because there’s a different ‘time’ in the middle of the answer

26a       United tie letting in own goal (8)
TOGETHER — a verb to tie (nothing to do with football or rugby but meaning to tie up an animal with a length of rope) contains (letting in) the two letter abbreviation for O[wn] G[oal]

27a       Enlightenment from a mountain in centre of Asia (6)
SATORI — the A from the clue and a general term for a mountain go inside the middle two letters (centre of) a[SI]a

28a       Show off about one’s life to come (8)
PARADISE — a verb to show off or display contains (about) the letter that looks like a one, with it’s ‘S

29a       Queen’s after extravagant fur producers? (6)
OTTERS — a three letter abbreviation meaning extravagant or too much is followed the the two letters for our Queen, with her ‘S



1d        Edge of tart topping, say, lifted (6)
FLANGE — an open topped tart goes over (topping) a reversal (lifted) of the two letter Latin abbreviation for ‘say’

2d        Damage pants out in rain (9)
RUINATION — an anagram (pants) of OUT IN RAIN

3d        Artisan beginning to get more lethargic (7)
GLAZIER — the first letter (beginning to) of G[et] is followed by a synonym for more lethargic or sluggish

5d        Open with two aces holding jack and king (4)
AJAR — two of the letters meaning ace in card games contain (holding) the letter that means a jack in card games – then finish off with the one letter Latin abbreviation for king

6d        Regret accepting European money for train (7)
RETINUE — a short word meaning regret or feel remorse for goes around (accepting) the one letter abbreviation for E[uropean] and a slang term for money

7d        Appeal of Daily Mail’s leader (5)
CHARM — ignore the false capitalisation of ‘Daily’ – this ‘daily’ is someone who cleans other people’s houses – follow that word with the first letter (leader) of M[ail]

8d        Old maid almost strict covering legs (8)
SPINSTER — a five letter synonym for strict or not putting up with any nonsense without its final letter (almost) contains (covering) an informal word for ‘legs’

11d      Tasted more than enough in empty spread (7)
SAMPLED — the first and last letters (empty) of S[prea]D contain (in) a synonym for more than enough or plentiful

14d      Old man catching nude show (7)
CABARET — an old slang word for a showily dressed man contains another word for nude or starkers

16d      Collar raised everywhere in Indian city (9)
BANGALORE — a reversal (raised) of a verb to collar or arrest is followed by a synonym for everywhere or in abundance

17d      Arrest nabbing gang for ‘special cap’ (8)
SCREWTOP — another word for arrest or stall contains (nabbing) a gang or a squad

19d      Dieting furiously getting fired up (7)
IGNITED — an anagram (furiously) of DIETING

20d      Hazy account kept by single following (7)
INEXACT — the letter that looks like a one (single) is followed by a synonym for following or coming afterwards which contains (kept) the abbreviation for AC[count]

21d      Seconds to go round lake in train (6)
SERIES — Two abbreviations for S[econds] contain (to go round) the shallowest of the Great Lakes

23d      Initially ‘received’ often generating extra response (5)
ROGER — the first letters (initially) of the rest of the words in the clue

25d      The lady’s man’s coming across resistance (4)
HERS — how someone would say that something belonged to the lady and how you could say ‘the man is’ containing (coming across) the one letter abbreviation for electrical R[esistance] I

I liked lots of these clues including 9 and 27a and 7 and 16d. My favourite was probably 26a because it’s so misleading.

The Quickie Pun:- CEASE + HALT = SEA SALT

60 comments on “DT 29190

  1. This went quite smoothly until I got to the SE corner, which held me up for a while and took me into *** time for difficulty. It was very enjoyable (****) as most Ray T puzzles are, I particularly enjoyed 17d, 13a and 24a (once the penny dropped in the latter case ). So thank you to Ray T for livening up a dull, dank morning and to Kath for the hints.

  2. 3*/4*. This was very enjoyable with the SE corner taking the most time to complete.

    27a was a new word for me but solvable by simply following the instructions in the clue. I thought 17d was slightly strange with “special” seemingly being used as surface padding (very unusual for Mr T) but even then the resulting surface itself was a bit odd.

    There was plenty to enjoy here, with my podium comprising 22a, 24a, 7d & 25d.

    Many thanks to RayT and to Kath.

  3. Sorry, I thought this was a stinker, several words I had never heard of. Gave up half way through.

  4. Well I’m relieved that it wasn’t just me tussling with the SE corner. Excellent puzzle, fav 13a which fell into place but which could so easily have taken ages. Thanks to Ray T and to Kath, whose self deprecating asides I always enjoy.

  5. Like others I got through the bulk of the puzzle in good time but took a bit longer to tease out the SE quadrant. I really liked the rekrul but my favourite was 7d. A very enjoyable challenge as ever from Ray T.

    Thanks to him and to Kath.

  6. a very enjoyable puzzle though i think the answer to 28a is a tad optimistic for some of us.

  7. In my case the SW corner took the most time.
    17d was the last in, like RD I queried the use of ‘special ‘
    Agree with Kath’s **/*** ****.
    An enjoyable solve as usual, liked 29a and the reverse lurker in 10a -took a while to find-I am a fan if thinly sliced !
    27a was new to me too.
    Getting ready for the semis on Saturday-who cares about Brexit?

  8. Another fine Ray T. I shall join the held-up-in-the-SE-corner camp. I thought we were in for a pangram,for a while, but not to be. Never heard of 27a but was pleased to find that I had worked out what it should be from the cluing. Top spot to 25d.

  9. This was “right up my street”, very enjoyable indeed with some nice misdirection and the usual Ray T wit.
    My last two in were 27a and 21d, where I thought the synonym was slightly stretched, and I didn’t “get” the part of “old man” in 14d but it had to be so thanks Kath for explaining that.
    My podium places go to 7,16 and 20d.
    Thanks to Mr T and Kath for your excellent works.

    Ps Just wondering about how politically correct 8d is these days?

      1. I take it you’re using woke in a derogatory sense. I wasn’t making a judgement, I was simply asking the question

        1. I don’t know whether 8d is PC or not – neither do I know which bit might not be ie the words in the clue or the answer itself!

        2. sorry, not being derogatory at all. i was merely trying to say that to the section of society that considers itself “woke” the terms in 8d would not be PC.

          1. I can’t help feeling that that section of society needs to ‘get a grip’, pull itself together and stop being so precious about everything.
            I’ll just trot off now to find a hard hat while I wait for the brickbats to land.

            1. Had lunch with my brother on Saturday which was lovely as we live in different countries and rarely see one another, anyway he explained ‘Woke’ to me. I had heard it of course but was never quite sure I had the meaning right. But then……. I remember when hipsters were jeans that didn’t come up to my middle, back when I had a middle that could allow for that kind thing.
              I don’t think Woke is used here in Canada but I am probably not awake enough to know either way! Boom Boom as that little fox used to say. Heh.
              Sorry, in a funny mood today.

            2. No brickbats coming from here, Kath. I had to ask Mr Google about ‘woke’ and frankly don’t know how I’m allowed to refer these days to anyone whose skin is of a different hue to my own. I do remember that my best loved toy was a golliwog and that my daughters’ school uniforms were described as being ‘nigger brown’ – obviously not much hope for me in this ‘enlightened’ world!

              1. Non from me either Kath, and I can empathise with Jane, we’ve become more than a little too precious about labels.
                My original comment was meant as a lighthearted throwaway question that just occurred to me at the time.

            3. I agree Kath. I was only married for two years so I guess I qualify, doesn’t bother me at all, love my singleness!

      2. Will somebody please tell what in hell is WOKE. I keep seeing this expression but I have no idea of its meaning.
        I always though woke is what you did from sleep in the morning. There is nothing in the BRB that’s helps at all.

        1. Woke is a political term of African-American origin to do with political and racial justice – or injustice. At least that’s how it started out – it has evolved quite a lot since then and now seems to be bandied around here there and everywhere with slightly different meanings and connotations. That’s the best I can do. I agree that it’s not in the BRB although mine is very old and it could well be in more recent editions.

          1. Thanks Kath, I’m not sure I completely understand but as it’s a political term I shall continue to ignore it.

  10. As others found, it was the SE corner that took the most time here. Couldn’t come up with the right drinks and did have to check on the enlightenment. I’d also have preferred a different word at the end of the clue for 29a.
    I think yellowwolf is right about 28a – surely a question mark would have been in order!

    Podium places went to 22&24a plus 3&7d.
    Devotions to the 15a Mr T and to Kath for the delightfully illustrated review.

  11. Definitely Ray T and definitely friendly for him – I didn’t have any problems in any corners (unlike the Toughie about which more anon)

    Thanks to Kath and Mr T

  12. A very enjoyable puzzle that went in without any significant hold up.

    Many thanks to RayT, and to Kath.

  13. Something must be wrong – Kath on blogging duty and Ray T in a benevolent mood – the stars don’t get into that sort of alignment very often.
    Very enjoyable and completed at a gallop – **/****.
    Like RD, 27a was a new word for me, will I be able to remember it, but easy enough to get from the clue before BRB confirmation.
    Candidates for favourite – 24a, 8d, 20d, and 25d – unfortunately, a four-sided coin doesn’t exist yet.
    Thanks to Ray T and Kath.

  14. Thanks Kath.
    I was surprised it was a Ray-T until Kath pointed it out as it did not seem to have the usual level of amusement.
    27a confused me as I never associated a tor with a mountain, more a hill.
    NE corner held me up for longest, SE corner fine!
    Other than that, no problems to speak of today.
    Many thanks all.

  15. I usually really struggle on a Thursday, so today was pleasantly doable with lots to smile about, especially 13a and 23d (which always reminds me of the film Airplane!). I too hadn’t heard of 27a but it sound like something to aspire to.
    Note to self: when using the Telegraph Puzzle app, do tap “save” before leaving crossword to go shopping, otherwise you’ll come back to a blank grid and the timer will say you took over 3 hours to solve it. Lesson learned.
    Many thanks to Ray T and to Kath for explanations. They’re always good to learn from.

  16. I got off to a great start at about 6.30 this morning and then came to a crashing halt so thanks so much for the clever extra clues Kath! In the end there was only one that I would never have got in a million years, 27a.

    Thanks of course to BD and the setter.

  17. This was much more manageable than the usual Thursday offering, so I think that RayT has been rather kind to us. I usually struggle on a Thursday but no problems today. Only one slight gripe. I know 16d by its official name, but that didn’t fit the clue. 2d took me a little while as I originally thought that it was an anagram of ‘pants’ .. out, but in ‘rain’. I got there eventually. Many thanks to RayT and Kath.

    1. I get a gold star today, for the first time I remembered the meaning of “pants”. Still don’t like it!

  18. Enjoyable although hints were useful. COTD for me was 17d. Bunged in 14d but can’t for the life of me see where the old man comes in. Thanks to Ray T and Kath – great hints.

    1. I’m with you bryngwyn in having been unable to parse cat/man in 14d but a bit of research revealed that a “cat” is apparently a cool guy 😏

  19. Some nice surface reading today (eg 7D, 14D). To contribute to the respectable artisan term (8D), I understand that the non-woke archaic term ‘Thornback’ is now brought back as defining the female – unmarried….and also unlikely to be married. Need a new non woke term for male, currently he is still given the noble title of ‘bachelor’…maybe ‘Thrown-back’ :-)
    Some nice hints and pictures, thanks Kath

  20. I join the SE hold up club in this very enjoyable RayT.
    Favs 4ac 16d but many were close to that title.
    Many thanks to RayT & Kath for her review & hints

  21. Knowing now it’s a RayT I’m pleased to have done more than usual. Had to parse a few mind.

  22. I haven’t the slightest idea what ‘woke’ means other than to wake up! I agree everyone seems to take offence at everything.

  23. As usual, I failed the wavelength thing, though I did do better than usual, brazenly using copious electronic help.
    I found the NE corner the most difficult, the SE giving less trouble for me. I just did what he told me to do at 27a and googled.
    There were several that I liked of those that I solved.
    Thanks to RayT and to Kath, whose hints were invaluable to get to the finish line.

  24. A real mixed bag of good clues at the top and some very tricky ones at the bottom. I personally thought 27a and 14d dreadful clues esp the first of these.
    Not my favourite Ray T, thought it was too much like his old habits.
    Thx for the hints

  25. SW was last corner to go in as I stupidly drew blank on 17d. I see where 23d comes from but it seems solution is not referred to apart from via origin of letters. Fav was definitely 7d. Thank you Jay and Kath.

    1. 23d is a ‘Ray T special’ – there’s almost always a clue of that kind in his crosswords. I think the really clever chaps who know all about the theory and clue types etc would probably call it an ‘all in one’ but I could so easily be wrong.

  26. Thanks to Ray T and to Kath for the review and hints. A most enjoyable puzzle, that I found quite tricky, but only the SE Corner. Never heard of 27a, but got it from the wordplay. I liked 24&29a, but my favourite was 16d. Needed the hints to parse 14d, I suppose cat is a like a jazz cat / beatnik? Was 3*/4* for me.

  27. Lovely puzzle that didn’t pose any undue hiccups. Er, hang on, it’s a Thursday RT…..hmmm….
    Regardless, I enjoyed it.
    Thanks to Mr T and to Kath for her review.

    1. Without wishing to sound ungrateful (and I am very grateful for all the work you do for those of us who are a bit more cruciverbally challenged), would it be possible to have slightly less obvious picture clues? Two of the picture clues had the answer written in them which takes away the fun of trying to use the hints to help solve the puzzle.

  28. Evening all. My thanks to Kath for the decryption and to everybody else for your remarks. 17d was a reference to Peaky Blinders…


  29. Really good fun as usual and much appreciated.
    Checked the word count of course and all in order.
    Thanks RayT and Kath.

  30. I was filling this in nicely and stalled in the bottom half, with several clues holding me up. Was shocked to read that this was a Ray T as I am usually lucky to fill in a few of his, and never get this far. So thanks to Ray T for a lot of fun today, and to Kath for helping me over the finish line. Would never have got 27a on my own.

  31. I’m another in the SE corner corner.
    In the end, only needed Kath’s hint for 27 a, as a new word for me.

    Nice to see Ray T ‘checking in’, what a gent !


  32. All perfectly doable even though I had to look up 27a, though I got from the wordplay, and it took me nearly as long to do 21d as the rest of the puzzle. The Peaky Blinders reference passed me by as I must be one of the few people in the country to have never seen it. Grudgingly I’ll award to spot to 21d as it exposed my crosswording inadequacies. Many thanks to RayT and Kath. I don’t know how long we’ve had the new format as I’ve been a day behind for a few days but I quite like it.

  33. Enjoyed 80% of this but needed Kath’s help for the rest (4 & 27a and 17d). Hadn’t popped in for a couple of days but was pleasantly surprised to see the blog’s comments section has a far easier format to read on my phone when there are multiple threads. Thank you V much to whomever sorted that out.

  34. Thanks very much to Ray T for the crossword and for calling in which is always much appreciated by all – I’m sorry to have missed so much in the clue for 17d.
    Thanks also to everyone for their comments.
    Night night to all of you and sleep well.

  35. A cracking and most enjoyable puzzle. But, as is so often the case, one struggles unless one connects with the setter’s wavelength. As an example, 7d shows the technique to watch out for in the puzzle generally. Get that and you’re laughing the rest of the way.

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