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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29304

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the day has started bright and sunny.

This was a steady solve for me, with no particular hold-ups, and I was a little surprised to find that I had reached the border of *** time.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.

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1a           Conflict with the German guard (6)
WARDER – An armed conflict followed by one of the forms of the definite article in German.

5a           Performed at do with cute eccentric (5,3)
ACTED OUT – anagram (eccentric) of AT DO and CUTE.

9a           Escape holding large wooden torch (10)
FLASHLIGHT – Put together Large (from the clue) and a type of wood, then wrap a noun meaning ‘escape’ around the result.

10a         Deer got up, we heard (4)
ROES – A type of deer, in the plural, which sounds like another word for ‘got up’.

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11a         Support Poles travelling around America (8)
ESPOUSAL – Anagram (travelling) of POLES, wrapped around the three- letter acronym for America.

12a         Procedure of one exercise class on field (6)
RECIPE – A shortened word for a park or playing field followed by the Roman numeral for one and the letters denoting a period of misery in the school gym.

13a         Used to be banks in both Whitstable and Ramsgate (4)
WERE – The outside letters (banks) of WhitstablE and RamsgatE.

15a         Player from United with model back in apartment (8)
FLAUTIST – To get this orchestral player, put together United and the reverse of a verb for ‘model’ or ‘pose’, then wrap an apartment around the result.

18a         Female mashed potato hard way (8)
FOOTPATH – Put together Female, an anagram (mashed) of POTATO, and Hard.

19a         Regularly seen Friends on repeat (4)
REDO – Alternate letters (regularly seen) of FRiEnDs On.

21a         It’s star-studded party given by two unknowns (6)
GALAXY – A party or festival followed by two algebraic unknowns.

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23a         Poorest born then cark it, existing in the middle (8)
NEEDIEST – The French for ‘born’, followed by a more orthodox word for the event for which the Australian (?) slang is ‘cark it’, followed by the middle letters of existing.

25a         That man’s hiding small sound of gas escaping (4)
HISS – The possessive pronoun for ‘that man’s’, with Small inserted.

26a         Scolding husband detained by drunk in bar ages (10)
EARBASHING – anagram (drunk) of IN BAR AGES, wrapped around Husband.

27a         Send some French dressing (8)
DESPATCH – The French for ‘some’ followed by a dressing or repair.

28a         Wet turf by animal home (6)
SODDEN – Split the answer (3,3) and you have a turf and a wild animal’s home.


2d           Choppers bearing large mechanical parts (5)
AXLES – The sort of choppers which can cut down trees, with Large inserted.

3d           Dodgy detective excelled over good person (9)
DISHONEST – Put together a two-letter detective rank, another word for ‘excelled’, and the abbreviation of the title given to a good or holy person.

4d           Enjoy run, hour covering exotic isle (6)
RELISH – Abbreviations for Run and Hour, placed either side of an anagram (exotic) of ISLE.

5d           Winged overseer in grange loft, hen or thrush (5,2,3,5)
ANGEL OF THE NORTH – An absolutely brilliant lurker found in the last five words of the clue.

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6d           Overwhelmed by test, sorted out lesson (8)
TUTORIAL – Anagram (sorted) of OUT, with a test or ordeal wrapped around it.

7d           Tips from rabbi in document of classic design (5)
DORIC – An abbreviation for ‘document’ wrapped around the first and last letters (tips) of RabbI.

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8d           Exhausted keeping new exhibition under wraps (9)
UNEXPOSED – Put together New and a shortened word for an exhibition or trade fair, then wrap a word for ‘exhausted’ (often seen in conjunction with ‘up’) around the result.

14d         Vivid Lloyd Webber musical man recalled (9)
EVOCATIVE – Put together the title of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and another word for ‘man’ or ‘chap’, then reverse the result.

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16d         Upended in grass, outhouse damaged (9)
TARNISHED – Put together IN (from the clue) and ‘grass’ or ‘inform on’, reverse the result, and add an outhouse.

17d         Simple Simon’s core worry, being pushover (4,4)
EASY MEAT – Put together another word for ‘simple’, the middle letter (core) of SiMon, and ‘worry’ or ‘gnaw at’.

20d         Article in Next, Barking store primarily for southerners (6)
TEXANS – Anagram (barking) of NEXT wrapped around an indefinite article, followed by the first letter (primarily) of Store. These southerners are from the USA.

22d         Storyteller‘s written up main work (5)
AESOP – Reverse (up) another word for ‘the main’, then add a Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work to get an Ancient Greek teller of stories or fables.

Image result for aesop fables

24d         Following son in church (5)
SINCE – Put together Son, IN (from the clue), and an abbreviation for the Church of England.

The Quick Crossword pun PURSE + SWAYS + SIEVE = PERSUASIVE

57 comments on “DT 29304

  1. 2*/3*. This was good fun for a Friday morning with nothing too taxing. 5d is absolutely outstanding.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to DT.

  2. I just crept into 3* time too DT, although it was not as baffling as some recent crosswords. My favourite clue was 5d, one of the best lurkers I have seen. As far as enjoyment was concerned it was 3.5* with a small deduction for the Americanism used as a synonym for torch without indication in the clue. Thanks to the setter and DT.

  3. As soon as I solved 5d I realised I was not going to have to look for any another clue to be my favourite. Has there ever been a better lurker? The rest of the puzzle was steadily solved, with only a couple of the pesky four letter answers holding me up. Thoroughly enjoyable and great fun to complete.

    Thanks to our setter and DT.

  4. Gosh first in line today, lots to like in this crossword but some minor dislikes for the first time in many years.13 a seemed a bit obscure and 18a a bit confusing until down clues solved. I didn’t get anywhere near 23a until hints came out. Entertaining like the Curates Egg good in parts.
    Thanks to DT and Setter

  5. Satisfying to contend with this gentle teaser. NE corner was last to go however that was mainly due to my having entered the wrong homophone word for 10a hence making 8d impossible until the penny dropped. 23a dust to dust synonym new to me. It seems to stretch things a bit to use accusative case (I originally used nominative giving wrong guard) in foreign word included in 1a and the plural in 27a. Thank you Mysteron and DeepThreat.

  6. Not too difficult for a Friday and with a prize-winning superb lurker at 5d. My answer to the surface reading of 13a is that there still are, but probably not as many as there used to be!

    Thanks to whoever the setter was and to DT

  7. Although I hardly ever give a favourite because it means repeatedly flipping from BD’s site back to the Telegraph, today it’s hard to forget the absolutely wonderful 5d. Sheer genius,

    I also remember liking the Whitstable and Margate one, not just for its cleverness but being a Maid of Kent it evoked childhood memories.

    Took me ages to get my last one in – 20d. It had to be what it was but stupidly I missed the anagram indicator so I needed DT’s explanation of my answer.

    Many thanks to DT and setter.

  8. A good cranial workout for a Friday, containing 4 Xs – so was it set by ProXimal, I think so, completed at a fast canter – ***/****.
    The, what is apparently slang from down under in 23a, had to be looked up in the BRB.
    Candidates for favourite – 13a, 5d, and 22d – and the winner is 5d, not very often that we see a 15 letter lurker!
    Thanks to ProXimal and DT.

  9. All done and dusted in short order this morning and I’ll certainly add in my vote for 5d as clue of the day.

    Thanks to Mr Ron and to DT for the review.

  10. Also into *** time for completion entirely due to the fact that for some reason 20d, my last in, took an age for the penny to drop. Clear winner for COTD was obviously 5d. I bunged the answer in and then realised it was a lurker. Quite how compilers come up with these simply amazes me. 1 also liked 15 & 21a. Thanks to all.
    As per usual Friday’s root canal treatment (Toughie) has me utterly flummoxed – 2 cups of coffee and what seems an eternity has yielded only 9 answers.

  11. I thought this was outstanding and great fun to solve. Ticks all over the place, including 11a (such a great word), the topical 13a, 21a plus the clever 14d. However COTD has to be the 15 letter lurker, closely followed by the amusing 26a.
    Many thanks to both setter and DT.

  12. My faith has been restored. All done in *** time, with 5d as COTD obviously. Have we ever had a 15 letter lurker before?

    Many thanks to the setter and DT

  13. Loved it!

    Lots of enjoyable clues but as with everyone else 5d was the crowning glory. LOI was 7d, although it was obvious once the penny dropped. 20d made me smile, didnt realise these folk thought of themselves as Southerners!

    Thanks to DT and setter

    1. I agree on 20d. Having lived there for 10 years or so, I gained the impression that there are still a considerable number of residents who consider that they should still be/are in a separate country, which it was from 1835 to 1846.

      1. As a Texan here in the UK I can confirm that we do not consider our states as ‘South’ – even though the US census bureau still do :-(
        The South starts to the East of Texas and Oklahoma.
        There is still a movement here to separate the State from the US – and we have the inherited privileges of being the only state that can fly its flag at the same level as the Stars and Stripes on public occasions. We also are the only state that reserves the right to split into four smaller states (which would be necessary if we became a ‘country’). However the changing. demographics over the past 2 decades have blunted the hubris somewhat..

        1. But surely they are southerners (with a purposeful small s) geographically? Texas is decidedly in the southern part of the USA. If the setter had used a capital S, then you might have a stronger point.

          1. And that’s now reminded me of the brilliant Southern Man by Neil Young on his 1970 album After the Gold Rush:

      1. Yes but strangely, Florida folks are not regarded as southerners? Probably because we are all mostly from somewhere else. After 38 years I think we can almost claim Florida Cracker status 😊

  14. What a lurker! And I did like the somewhat grim depiction of.life in 23a. Thanks to all.

  15. I agree with DT and a ***/***,a steady solve for me too with the exception of last one in 20d which took ages to parse.
    The gold was obviously 5d so silver and bronze are 14d and 16d.
    This has been a most enjoyable week for the back pager with a higher difficulty rating than normal-around *** for me. Thanks to our setters and bloggers.
    Lets hope the rugby has a high rating!


  16. Great puzzle from proXimal (I suppose). I never really looked at 5d. I just thought it was an anagram that jumped out at me. How clever. Ta to all

  17. Like everyone else, I thought 5d was stunning. I also liked 7d.

    Grateful thanks to the setter and DT.

  18. Brilliant! What fantastic surfaces throughout many portraying amusing situations (like 3D and 13a). Really clever stuff. If it hadn’t been for 5d I think my top spot would have gone to 23a; you are born, you live (and pay taxes) and you die (with nowt!)

    Thanks to ProXimal (if indeed it be he as I thought it might be) and to DT. 2*/4.5* for me. Not looked at the Toughie yet but after a few easy ones this week I’m expecting today’s to be harder!

  19. 5d was absolute favourite. Not just because it was a terrific lurker, but for sentimental reasons taking me back to my roots in Northumberland. I knew once I’d seen it, I was nearly home. I also liked 22d because I was caught out for a while. I’d forgotten the other meaning of “main”.Drat , I thought I’d remembered that one. Obviously not. Many thanks to the setter and to Deep Threat.

  20. Good to be posting from a favourable time zone for a change. A very enjoyable crossword and hats off to the Setter for 5d, a north to south, coast to coast 15 letter lurker. Can’t say I’ve seen one before. Also on the shortlist for COTD are 21a, 26a (get plenty of those from Mrs Flyingfox😜) and 20d. A big thanks to Proximal (?) and DT🦇

  21. Most enjoyable – you have all said it already so I’ll just say thanks to all.

  22. Well, this little blighter took all my Friday bus ride, plus half as much again, to solve. I thought it was excellent, with very good clues giving a rather strong tussle and providing much entertainment/enjoyment. I’ve ticked quite a few, but will mention the following from a quality bunch: 18a, 5d and 8d. 3.5* / 4*.

    * 25a – the surface immediately reminded me of a childish/giggly term from my junior school days: “silent but deadly”. And I haven’t really grown up much since then…

  23. Finished moving to a 3.5* difficulty but 5d made it a **** puzzle. What chutzpah.

    Thanks to DT and setter. And congratulations to the setter for the best lurker this year so far which I think will be the best of the year come December 31.

  24. Yes, 5d was absolutely brilliant.
    Have started the Toughie which is amusing but devilish. I’ll be lucky to manage half but it is Friday!
    Have a good weekend everyone.

  25. Today’s remarkable puzzle is 5d and everything else. What a lurker. Elsewhere, 6d and 20d held me up, though I don’t know why (dense and dim me). Thanks to D.T. and the setter. ***/****

  26. Didn’t realise 5d was a lurker till I read the blog! Very clever. All round a great puzzle. Thanks.

  27. That was good.
    It wasn’t too hard to find the answers but trying to work out why took a while with some of them – 18 and 23a and 6 and 8d – no excuses for any of them really.
    I agree with everyone that 5d was clue of the day.
    Thanks to whoever set this and to DT.

  28. We had guessed who the setter was from the style and the strategically placed Xs in the four quadrants of the puzzle. Pleased to see we got it right this time.
    Another eXcellent puzzle with 5d the star of the show.
    Thanks proXimal and DT.

  29. Huge enjoyment here, very friendly and so many clues to like. I missed 13a, clever that.
    The brilliant 5d was fave, it had to be, but 21a and 3d earned honourable mention. 14d was a smiler, the Bertie Wooster “man” appears again, upside down this time.
    Thanks to proXimal, such a treat after my failure yesterday, and to DT for his fun review.

  30. What a difference a day makes! After giving up on Ray T yesterday, to today’s brilliant Proximal (not that Ray T wasn’t brilliant, I’m sure, just unsolvable by me!). I’ll add my vote to 5d for clue of the day, maybe even year! Thanks to Proximal and DT for the review.

  31. Very pleasant Friday solve today. Not sure why but I crept into 3* time. I too join the 5d appreciation club but 11ac a worthy runner up.
    Thanks to setter & DT for review

  32. Very difficult, much harder than yesterday, I struggle with Proximal’s wavelength sometimes.
    Texas may be in the south, but I am not sure they would be chuffed to be called ‘southerners ‘…
    5d was brilliant.
    Thanks all

  33. I rarely manage to get on wavelength with ProXimal, and couldn’t today, unlike everyone else. I’ve never heard of cove = man in 14d and it didn’t come up until I googled further. Then the Australian slang in 23a was also new to me. But had a good run of puzzles this week so can’t complain. But for any lurkers out there, you are not alone if you couldn’t crack this one.

  34. 5d is brilliant – answered it before I realised it was a lurker! Has to be COTD! Thanks as always to DT and the setter! 🙃

  35. Ah, if only I could receive an email notification every time a proXimal puzzle dropped. This was one of my favorite Telegraph puzzles in a while (probably since the last time I happened to do a proXimal puzzle). Brilliant stuff like 9a, 18a, 19a, 25a, and 3d just make me smile.

  36. 3*/3*….
    liked 13A ” used to be banks in both Whitstable and Ramsgate (4) “…they are closing down everywhere, I read.

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