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DT 29216 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29216 (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    Standard raised across the Channel? (9)
A cryptic definition of the French national flag

11a    Rising of industrious workers (3-4)
a “rising” built by industrious worker insects

14a    Something put on caught out of harmful habit (8)
Drop (out) the C(aught) from a harmful habit, usually one that is drug-related

15a    Wives talked about ‘Like a Virgin‘ (6)
Hidden (about) inside the clue

20a    Fasten case? Not quite (6)
Most of (not quite) a type of case

25a    Mainly it separates Greece from Turkey (6,3)
A loosely cryptic definition of the “main” between these two countries

27a    Cook travelling first by railway (4-3)
An anagram (travelling) of FIRST followed by the abbreviation for R(ailwa)Y

29a    About 100 before end of day stick to processing waste (9)
A three-letter word meaning about followed by the Roman numeral for 100, the final letter (end) of [da]Y and a verb meaning to stick to


2d    Back the other side (7)
Two definitions = back as in to back a car and the other side of, say, a coin

3d    Pretender ignores one calling aloud (7)
A pretender to, for example, a throne without (ignores) I (one)

5d    Send back to prison the chap overdrawn, apparently (6)
A chap inside the colour used to represent overdrawn, i.e. chap in the ***

7d    Sagacious, well-mannered for the most part and in charge (7)
Drop the final letter (for the most part) from an adjective meaning well-mannered and add the abbreviation for In Charge

15d    Five show support (9)
The Roman numeral for five followed by a verb meaning to show or point out

21d    Growing attachment? (7)
An attachment to a plant

22d    Band opposing Ronald in support of revolutionary (7)
The single-letter that represents opposing and the shortened version of Ronald preceded by (in support of) our ubiquitous revolutionary who was born in Argentina, popularised in the Cuban revolution and died, aged 39, in Bolivia

24d    Talk as sailor leaves one who croaks (6)
Drop this four-letter sailor from the end of a creature that croaks

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The Quick Crossword pun: moor+tiff+eying=mortifying

52 comments on “DT 29216 (Hints)

  1. A **\***. With the anagrams and hidden clues, plus several giveaways 2D, 23A, 25A, a fair pace to complete the grid. Hmm’d about 15D. Thanks to all.

  2. 2*/2.5*. I found this quite pleasant but unremarkable. I got stymied initially by 1a as I didn’t know that we in the UK had changed what I would consider to be the normal spelling. That in turn created some difficulties for me in the NE corner until I realised what was going on.

    Many thanks to the setter and to BD.

    1. Moi aussi – though I managed to come up with a completely new spelling unrecognised by English or French dictionaries

    2. I did exactly the same so my last one in was 5d. Otherwise an enjoyable puzzle. Thanks to all.

  3. Steady solve completed clockwise from SW corner. A mistake spelling 1a sent me to the BRB and 3d was new word learned today.
    I do like the whole list of hints even though I didn’t really need them today, there are many prize puzzles where I do and seeing them here is a help.
    29a and 7d faves today.

  4. South unresistant but one or two brief glitches in the North however those soon overcome. Altogether a very pleasant solve with just enough challenge. Several goodies with Fav probably 11a. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

  5. Like Angellov, I found the northern half of this puzzle more difficult than the south, However, it was completed in ** time with moderate enjoyment (***). Favourite clues were 25a, 26a, 29a and 24 d. Thanks to BD for the hints and to the compiler.

    1. Generally straightforward but enjoyable – BUT 24d was completely new to me though got it as a bung in….

  6. I quite flew through this in * time, but was stymied by 3d, not a word I believe I have seen before.

    I, too, was unsure about 1a, and I needed all the checkers for 25a, a word I can never seem to spell correctly.

    My COTD was 15a.

    Thanks to all.

  7. Like others I was held up briefly in the NE corner as a result of misspelling 1a, but that aside, it all went in quite smoothly. I liked 5d and 24d as potential favourites. The puzzle certainly cheered up a lacklustre morning here in Shropshire.

    Many thanks to all.

  8. On my iPad Pro, 9a was showing in the clue two words, four letters and three letters. It drove me nuts.
    Now it is showing one word, seven letters which I found easy to solve.
    Anyone else have this clitch?

  9. I thought this was ok for a Saturday. With reference to 15a, it took me a while to get “into the grove”, but these sorts of clues are in “vogue” and it was “borderline” as to whether I would finish, but I did, need a “holiday” now.
    Thanks BD and Mr.Ron

  10. Having finished this fairly straightforward but enjoyable puzzle, I was very disappointed to be unable to submit it yet again. Has anyone else solved this extra puzzle of how to actually submit it?

    1. I haven’t been able to submit the puzzle for weeks now. It doesn’t bother me I never win anyway

      1. I fill in the name etc cut the puzzle out, photograph it with my I pad, go to ‘photographs’ on the menu then ‘mail’ and it cones up as a normal email message -then Send to the address on the By Email below the puzzle!

        One thing that concerns me is the answer to 1a – is it the English or the French spelling? I suspect the latter…
        Enjoyed thr puzzle thanks to BD for the hints to 1a and 3d!

  11. Bit of a mixed bag today although nothing that held me up unduly.
    No particular favourite but I do remember enjoying 12a’s in the past!

    Thanks to our setter and to BD for the club.
    PS Just spotted who compiled today’s NTSPP – now that I definitely will enjoy

  12. I have a horrible knitting unravelling job to do and was hoping that today’s NTSPP would be either one I hadn’t met before, or if I had, one I’d got to review so that I could delay the inevitable. Sadly for me, but not for the rest of you, it is a Gazza crossword so I’m going to have to just highly recommend it to all, while biting the bullet and getting on with the unwanted task once I’ve had my lunch (still displacing,.. but I’m sure I’ll get it done eventually)

  13. A curate’s egg for me which probably took longer than it should have done not helped by mild frustration at my internet connection ‘dropping out’ two or three times while I was trying to get going, thankfully the double unches did not cause any problems, so I think it is 2.5*/2.5*.
    Candidates for favourite – 4d, 6d, and 23a – and the winner is 6d.
    Thanks to the setter and BD.

  14. Great fun, not too hard (apart from misspelling 1a, like many others). Favourite was 24d.
    The association between the clue for 26a and its answer is not strictly accurate but an explanation will have to wait.
    Thank you to setter and BD.

  15. I too wanted to put a foreign spelling (said she, careful of the naughty step) for 1a , but nevertheless a nice workout over lunch. Thanks to all.

  16. Yep, I too used the wrong spelling for 1a. Threw me out for a while until I got 5d. I thought the clue did indicate the spelling I put but there you go! On the whole, I enjoyed today’s offering and it was satisfying to submit it after one clue stymied me last week – can’t wait to have a look at the review of last weeks cryptic. My COTD was 29a with 22d a close second.

    Grateful thanks to the setter and BD for the hints.

      1. Sorry , but only asking the entry question! If I’m going to blog please can I change my I’d name to Madriles Mary…..a little more cryptic.

        1. You’ve probably been answered already but if you make a comment with your new name I’m sure it will then be recocognised.

    1. Hi Sue. Welcome to the blog. You will have to ask The Daily Telegraph that question. As to changing your alias, I have no idea but perseverance should get you through

    2. Hi Sue. Welcome to the blog. You will have to ask The Daily Telegraph that question. As to changing your alias, I have no idea but perseverance should get you through

  17. A *\*** for me unusually, a pleasant solve after yesterday’s nightmare, which completely baffled me even after looking at some of the answers. 3 d needed a google check as a new word for me and 1a had that strange spelling. Thanks to all.

  18. Not too taxing but enough to keep me happy for a while, probably a longer while than it should have done.
    Having forgotten the name of the French flag I had to look it up thereby avoiding spelling trouble!
    I’ve never heard of a 12a but it sounds ghastly.
    I missed the anagram indicators in 8 and 18d which caused a bit of a hold-up.
    Agree with Debbiedob about the 26a definition not being quite right.
    I liked 11 and 14a and 21d. My favourite was 24d.
    With thanks to the setter and to BD.
    Now on to Gazza’s NTSPP – hurray – I’ve tried to make myself save it up for tomorrow but the will power has let me down!

  19. Would someone please advise me how to access the NTSPP? I’ve never done so before but, from the comments above, I’d like to give it a try. It’s either that, or watch the football results come in and listen to the pundits waffling on…

    1. Scroll to the top of this page. You should NTSPP and an arrow to the right. Click or press on that and you will be able to access the puzzle by clicking on the grid

        1. Good luck – today’s is brilliant – Gazza’s always are.
          Sometimes they’re trickier than others – I always run away from Radler, but maybe that’s just me?!!
          Still stuck on my last two answers . . .

  20. Greatly enjoyed this puzzle today, so thanks to setter and Big Dave, especially after two days of puzzles geared towards the brighter sparks. We all need the satisfaction of occasionally completing unaided, and this one filled the gap for me. Last in was 8d as I was convinced the last 6 letters needed 3 other letters, just not the right ones. Hopefully Dada will be a little kinder tomorrow than last week, fingers crossed.

  21. Loved it; my tiny brain kicked in and solved with much enjoyment.
    I looked up the spelling for 1a, I knew it had to be, didn’t know the Brits had changed it.
    I spent more time on 24d than the whole puzzle. I’d never heard of the creature, looked up sailor in the thesaurus and googled, strange name.
    I see nothing wrong with 26a, it’s needlework isn’t it? It’s my fave, but so many could have been too.
    I agree with BusyLizzie, so satisfying to solve without frying my brain, there’s not a lot of it left.
    Thanks to our setter and to BD for his hints and pics.

    1. No – 26a isn’t done with a ‘needle’ it’s done with something that I daren’t mention for fear of the naughty corner – I suppose I should be able to say that it’s done with something more associated with fishing. :unsure:

    2. And you probably won’t if you don’t submit!
      I have the same problem but no nearer solving it. I did win once, many years ago.

  22. Enjoyed today’s offering, which was in two halves due to a Christmaz performance for shoppers. Loved the mix of clues. Thanks to all 🙂

  23. Fairly straight forward for a Saturday with quite a few ‘jump outs’, but a pleasant solve. Plenty of candidates for favourites. I’ve gone for 15a and 6d. Thanks to the setter and BD🦇

  24. Hooray At last I’ve been able to do the whole crossword unaided after weeks of wondering what had happened to my ability to use my brain to solve crossword clues! I had to double check 3 down as I hadn’t heard of it. Thanks to the setter and Big Dave. It was really exciting to check the hints and realise I was on the right track. So onwards and upwards. Ps I agree with Kath on the needlework issue.

  25. I’m at a loss about the so called misspelling of 1a. The correct French spelling fits in so what is the prob,em?

      1. So it is! The odd thing is that my original check agreed with my spelling. I think it is because that spelling seems to refer to an event known to the French racing fraternity. The joys of being misled by Mr Google!

  26. Finished unaided but we can’t parse 4d although we have the answer. 1a no problem with spelling, ne corner was the last to be completed. 3d was a new word for us.

  27. Not sure if the edit works but we, well the C part of ACRoss, worked out the clue as soon as original post sent. Typical!

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