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DT 29328

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29328

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from sunny but locked-down South Staffs. The bramble patches in my garden are beginning to wonder what’s hit them.

Today’s puzzle is a pangra, missing only the X which would make it a pangram. We may deduce that it is probably by ProXimal. I had no real hold-ups in solving it, so ** for difficulty, and plenty of time for the Telegraph’s extra puzzles.

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           Small tip: books tell us lots (5,7)
SPEAK VOLUMES – Put together an abbreviation for Small, the tip of a mountain, and some books in a set.

9a           Broadcast on fine trade show (4)
FAIR Fine followed by ‘broadcast’.

10a         Spice Girl content in journey somewhere in Australia (9)
MELBOURNE – One of the spice girls (3,1) followed by the inside letters (content) of (j)OURNE(y).

12a         Indifference in course in outskirts of Aylesbury (6)
APATHY – A course or route with the outside letters of AylesburY wrapped around it.

13a         Plump guide sadly exhausted (8)
FATIGUED – another word for ‘plump’ followed by an anagram (sadly) of GUIDE.

15a         Again find sample of Everywhere: disco version (10)
REDISCOVER – Hidden in the clue.

16a         Gamble on a character from Greece (4)
BETA – Another word for ‘gamble’ followed by A (from the clue), giving us a letter of the Greek alphabet.

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18a         Reptiles like empty places (4)
ASPS – Another conjunction meaning ‘like’ followed by the outside letters (empty) of PlaceS.

20a         Hell uncovered during show that’s unseemly (10)
INDELICATE – Start with  verb for ‘show’ or ‘point out’, then insert the middle letters (uncovered) of (h)EL(l).

23a         Delighted to welcome European, very lofty (8)
ELEVATED Another word for ‘delighted wrapped around abbreviations for European and Very.

24a         Regularly action team attached to a leisure venue (6)
CINEMA – Alternate letters (regularly) of aCtIoN tEaM followed by A (from the clue).

26a         Scout I note runs, following sport on playing field (9)
RECRUITER – Put together a small park or playing field, the initials of a fifteen-a-side sport, I (from the clue), a note from the sol-fa scale (a drink with jam and bread, perhaps), and some cricketing Runs.

27a         Burn boat after king’s left (4)
ETCH – Remove the chess notation for a king from the front of a type of sailing boat.

28a         Send one terms about driving offence records (12)


2d           Buy tea, going into wallet (8)
PURCHASE – A type of wallet, more often used by women, perhaps, wrapped around another word for ‘tea’.

3d           A queen, gracious host (4)
ARMY – Put together A (from the clue), the Latin abbreviation for a queen, and an exclamation like ‘gracious!’.

4d           One making choice to keep broken metal item of circuitry (10)
VOLTAMETER – Someone making a choice in an election, wrapped round an anagram (broken) of METAL.

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5d           Chance to share small room with relative (4-2)
LOOK-IN – split (3,3) you have another word for the smallest room in the house and another word for a relative. As (4-2) it’s a chance to participate in a deal or activity.

6d           Damage most of monarch’s tent (7)
MARQUEE – Another word for ‘damage’ followed by our monarch with her last letter removed (most of).

7d           Roadside observers a Merc passed travelling around Spain (5,7)
SPEED CAMERAS – Anagram (travelling) of A MERC PASSED, wit the IVR code for Spain inserted.

London speed cameras trap 10,000 drivers during rush hour commute ...

8d           A Zulu in severe danger (6)
HAZARD – Another word for ‘severe’ or ‘stern’ wrapped round A (from the clue) and the letter represented by Zulu in the NATO alphabet.

11d         Bearing cost about fiver in the end, without delivery charge (8-4)
CARRIAGE-FREE – A person’s bearing or way of standing followed by a cost or charge wrapped around the last letter (in the end) of fiveR.

14d         Have cold in shelter on High Street, or thereabouts (4,6)
TOWN CENTRE – Another word for ‘have’ and an abbreviation for Cold are placed inside a canvas shelter. Then add the Latin word for ‘on (the subject of)’ or ‘about’.

17d         Studious learner involved in editing novel (8)
DILIGENT – Anagram (novel) EDITING with the usual Learner inserted.

19d         Ran through coastal structure erected last month (7)
PIERCED – Something found in seaside resorts followed by the reverse (erected, in a Down clue) of the last month of the year (in its short form).

21d         Business acquiring clubs in New York after some time (6)
AGENCY – A long period of time followed by the abbreviation for New York wrapped around the bridge symbol for the club suit.

22d         Big cat‘s junior imbibing water in Spain (6)
JAGUAR – The Spanish word for ‘water’ with an abbreviation of JunioR wrapped around it.

Jaguar, Panthera onca, Big cats, Leopards, Animals

25d         Real regret after end of engagement (4)
TRUE – The last letter (end) of engagemenT followed by another word for ‘regret’.

Stay safe, everyone.

The Quick Crossword pun MINE + OAT + TORE = MINOTAUR

90 comments on “DT 29328

  1. Great puzzle all the way through . Good Friday fare. Thanks to the setter and thanks to DT

    If anyone would like to enter the Virtual Grand National Sweepstake please say so after your post and I will draw you a horse. Good luck

    1. Did you hear about the jockey who was caught by the police having sex under Becher’s Brook? At court he asked for fifteen similar fences to be taken into consideration.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed this. On first scan through I thought it might be quite tough but its bark proved worse than its bite. Of course, I completely missed the “Xless” pangram so got no aid in solving from that but with spot on cluing throughout it didn’t matter.
    Lot’s of candidates for favourite, 1a plus 8, 17 and 19d amongst them.
    Many thanks to ProXimal and to DT for their excellent works.

  3. 3*/4*. I thought this was just right for a Friday back-pager. It was a lot of fun and nicely challenging with the crossing 10a & 3d my last two in. I am as sure as I can be that proXimal is the setter.

    Podium positions today go to 10a, 26a, 3d & 14d.

    Many thanks to proXimal and to DT.

  4. Challenging but not particularly enjoyable (****/**). I thought it was ProXimal and thank you for your efforts. Thanks to Deep Threat. The weeds in my plot are feeling threatened like the brambles in your patch. No particular favourites today.

  5. A very pleasant and enjoyable end to what used to be the work week, completed at a fast gallop (just), and I did manage to detect the X-less pangram – **/****.
    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 10a, and 8d – and the winner is 1a.
    Thanks to proXimal and DT.
    P.S. Up early-ish today as I am going to try the ‘Golden Hour’ at the Supermarket but I am not holding out much hope that the loo roll shelf will not be empty and I will have to clear the snow off my car first.

  6. Struggled to get on the setter’s wavelength this morning & laboured to a sort of unaided conclusion in just shy of 3.5* time having looked up the Spanish for water. Nothing stood out for me today I’m afraid.
    Thanks to all.

  7. Almost finished this before breakfast, which is unusual for me. Thanks, ProXimal. I got the Q and Z early on and for once guessed this would be an (X-less) pangram when it actually was one and it actually helped: needing to put a J somewhere got me that answer.

    My last couple were 27a and 21d, and I revealed the letter at their intersection; the other crossers weren’t helping, all being vowels.

    With 10a I felt so clever realising that ‘Spice Girl’ would need splitting up and so the answer would be the name of a spice starting with another word for ‘girl’ — galingale! I just needed to justify why ‘gale’ was a journey in Australia …

    Anyway, once I’d got it 10a was my favourite. Plaudits also to 1a’s book tips, the gracious 3d, and the long lurker. And of course to Deep Threat, for confirming and clearing up a few parsings. Cheers, all.

  8. A fairly gentle and fun puzzle – thanks to proXimal and DT.
    The Spice Girl makes a double appearance today (quite appropriate in these scary times).
    My podium selections were 10a, 3d and 19d.

  9. I decided quite early on that it had to be Mr X and my solving time reflected this (it’s a wavelength issue)

    Thanks to him and DT

    Good job I did both DT puzzles before going out to collect a prescription and do a bit of shopping as I do need a bit of a lie down now after all that queuing and keeping my distance.

  10. 10a my clear favourite this morning from a very good selection of top clues. I found it thoughtful but not too difficult, a pleasing challenge for a sunny Friday.

    My thanks to the X man and DT.

  11. At first glance I thought I was really going to struggle with this one, but in the end it was a very steady solve.

    I didn’t know the item of circuitry but the clueing was very clear so that went in ok.

    There was nothing I didn’t like – all very enjoyable and for once I spotted the x-less pangram.

    Many thanks to all.

  12. I finished this one at dawn this morning when an asthmatic pidgeon and a pheasant competed to wake me up. I had to use my iPad as I didn’t want to wake the household up printing the crossword off. This was a nice steady solve today, and very enjoyable. I beat my own record for finishing it, so I was really pleased. I was then completely disheartened to see that someone had finished it in 1 minute 59 seconds. Really? Many thanks to ProXimal and to Deep Threat.

    1. The ridiculously short time which appears on the Telgraph puzzles leaderboard is, I believe, something to do with the actual publication process – probably some sort of automated check – rather than an actual solving time involving a human.

      1. I always assumed it was a human who entered the details but if it is they must be an extremely fast typist and their system obviously doesn’t do the annoying letter-jamming thing which holds me up when entering the solutions.

        I always solve on paper but, especially when blogging, I do type the full solutions into the online grid. I haven’t managed to type them in in less than about 2 -3 minutes and I’m still quite speedy on the old keyboard. I don’t click on the ‘submit puzzle’ thing until the timer reaches my actual solving time for each crossword

        1. I wish the “submit puzzle” was on the left, rather than the right. I’ve accidentally pressed it a few times instead of the save button, just because I’m right-handed, and it’s an automatic thing. I’ve lost loads of points because I’m told I’ve got lots wrong, when in fact I’m only half way through, so half the grid is empty. I also struggle a bit with the iPad because I have to press every square twice in order to put a letter in, so it takes ages to answer a clue if it’s a long one.

    2. If memory serves me correctly, someone, I think it was CS, told me that the ‘ridiculous’ time is ‘achieved’ by someone who has the answers in hand and enters and submits them to ensure that the puzzle has been ‘set up’ correctly on the web site.

  13. Well I enjoyed today’s very clever offering from Mr P ( well done ) but , as usual , had no idea who was the Setter . Some of the clues had to be parsed in retrospect , eg 14D my last entry , but completion was reached fairly quickly with 10A my favourite .
    Thanks DT as well .

  14. Slight pause having decided that the answer to 10a was going to be a spice but checkers soon convinced me otherwise.
    Enjoyed the puzzle, didn’t notice the x-less pangram (again) and the ‘roadside observers’ made me smile.
    Top two here were 1a & 3d.

    Thanks to ProXimal and to DT for the review – good luck with the bramble patch!

  15. Yes this was enjoyable because I finished it as a ** with *** enjoyment. Very unusual for a Friday.

    Favourites today are 1a and 6d. The latter probably an old favourite but new to me. Now for a walk on deserted lanes then more work on the vegetable plot.

  16. This was great fun. North came first then slight hiccup in SW where I struggled a bit over a couple. 26a required some rather convoluted parsing. Lots of goodies but 2d, 3d and 5d have podium places. Thank you proXimal and DT.

  17. A tad tricky for a Friday and a***/*** for me.
    Failed to parse 10a-thanks DT- I did not attach the B for the complete spice lady!
    Anyway thoroughly enjoyed the solve ,26a initially a new synonym then I recalled the football variety who are involved with recruiting.
    I liked the surface of 1a so my favourite.
    The quickie pun made me smile-contemplating a brisk stroll, which I should enjoy but lacks the insentive of a pint at the end of my journey.

  18. As the say, a steady solve with no idea who set it. Favourite probably 10a.

    Now t look at the Toughie but, being Elgar, it promises to be no fun at all. He has his devotees. Unfortunately I’m not one!

  19. I call it a proXigram.
    It seems I was perfectly tuned in on the right wavelength as the grid filled up very quickly.
    Enjoyable nonetheless, with 10a raising a smile and getting my vote for favourite clue.
    1*/4* from me today.
    Thanks for the entertainment from both our setter and the blog.

  20. Although i completed it I found it very tricky, it must be a Proximal as I always find his almost as difficult as Ray T on a vicious day.
    The only one I liked was 22d and that’s only because I drive Jaguars.
    Not much fun for me I’m afraid.
    Thx for the hints

    1. How many Jags have you got!

      Does that mean you are part of the ‘Gin & Jag’ set, Bri, me old cocker spaniel?

    2. I was going to buy a Jag about three years ago. Saint Sharon nosed her way in and we have had three x Lexus and a Satsuma since

  21. I could not get started with this one. After the first pass, I had filled in about three. One or two more fell into place after time but in the end I resorted to looking at the hint for 1a. Obvious once the answer is known and such a great clue. After that it was a steady solve with some help from electronics. I also fell foul of searching for a spice at 10a. Began to write down Marjoram until I realised it was one letter short. Should have got the answer – my daughter and son-in-law live there!

    Many thanks to proXimal for the challenge and to DT for the much needed hints.

    I have quite a funny video about days in isolation but I have no idea how to upload it to the blog. It might be too long, anyway, at five minutes.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.

  22. Held up only by 10a and 3d and did not know 4d but delighted to solve from the word play.Great enjoyment and a snatch of Sabat Mater what more could you want .

  23. Missed the pangra, again, but finished in very good time for a Friday puzzle, which I very much enjoyed–as I have all of this week’s puzzles. It’s interesting, the difference in things that the UK names–most of which we have (like 7d, 11d, 28a)–but which we (in the US) call by different names. I had no trouble with them this morning, though. I thought there were a number of really corking clues, especially 1a and 10a, but my three medallists are 14d (COTD!), 3d (simple but fetching), and 25a. My last two in (simultaneously, virtually: an aha moment!) were 25a and 14d. Many thanks to DT and to Proximal. ** / ***

    I hope that all of you are safe and have a tension-free weekend. Have I told you how much this blog means to this old octagene? Well, I have now.

    1. I agree with you about the blog, Robert. It is always good fun but in these strange days it is a welcome diversion.

      Keep well. Keep safe.

    2. I agree about how meaningful the blog is to this old 82-year-old stick-at-home. It’s a huge source of entertainment, so thank you all. Last night they introduced lockdown in Florida, so now my young lady who helps me can’t visit! If I could only get my house cleaned and laundry done on the internet!

      1. We could offer tips! Maybe you should start a WhatsApp group. Everyone else seems to be doing so. Our village has one to help out those who need help.

        1. I don’t think we’re allowed out, though Sadie’s walker was here this morning.

        2. Ah – yes – WhatsApp groups – we’re swimming in them!!
          We’ve had family ones, in various combinations, for ages but now – well . . .
          I wish that Jane would sort it out – Jane, if you’re reading this, just get your Jo to do it for you – it would be very good for you and your daughters. :smile:

  24. A very enjoyable puzzle to finish my week; 3*/4*.

    Many thanks to proXimal, and to DT for the write-up.

  25. Missed the pangra, again, but finished the puzzle in very good time for a Friday. Enjoyed it very much, as I have all of this week’s puzzles. It’s interesting, the difference in names of just about the same things we (in the US) have but which are called by other names–like 7d, 11d, and 28a, but I had no trouble with them today. My medallists are 14d (my COTD), 3d (simple but fetching), and 26a. Last ones in, in an aha moment for both, were 26a and 14d (really neat, that one). Many thanks to DT and proximal.

    Hope all of you are safe and have a relatively tension-free week. Have I told you how much this blog means to this old octagene? Well, now I have.

  26. Quite enjoyable. **/****
    Missed the lurker in 15a. Its the way the words flow on my tablet. That’s my excuse anyway.
    Spelt voltmeter for 4d which held me up a bit. I’ve never seen it spelt like the answer. Although Volta invented batteries etc. Must be an old usage.

    1. Must agree with you. I have always used “voltmeter”. It was how my father, who was a Radio Engineer for Marconi Marine, spelt it. He looked after the radio and radar equipment for the Grimsby trawler fleet in the days when there was a fishing fleet.

      1. I have a joke about the door to the “smallest room” of a Grimsby trawler that is far too rude for here.

      1. Sorry, bear with me whilst I unleash my latent inner chemistry teacher.
        A voltmeter will measure the voltage of a circuit whilst a voltameter to me is a piece of apparatus used to carry out electrolysis. Several of you will have undoubtedly seen in O-Level/GCSE (is anyone that young?) Chemistry lessons a Hofmann Voltameter being used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases.
        Here endeth the Chemistry lesson – time to wake up now 😂

    2. Hi I had never heard of this one either but found this on google
      A voltameter or coulometer is a scientific instrument used for measuring quantity of electricity (electric charge) through electrolytic action. The SI unit of quantity of electricity is the coulomb. The voltameter should not be confused with a voltmeter, which measures electric potential.

      So there you go

  27. I’ve taken to starting late as days are starting to drag! Very enjoyable today although I didn’t notice the proximal without the X! Clues made sense.

  28. It’s not just a Spicegirl, but also another Spicegirl…..

    I wonder which one Mr X was thinking of.

  29. Thanks to ProXimal and to Deep Threat for the review and hints. I realised early on who the setter might be, but it didn’t really help me. Got down to about 6 clues unsolved, and ran out of steam. Needed electronic help for 26a, which I couldn’t parse, along with 10a. I quite enjoyed it, but really got bogged down at the end. Needed the hints for 23a & 11d. I would have thought that 4d was a scientific instrument, rather than an item of circuitry. Favourite was 13a.

  30. Corking Friday puzzle. I did like 1a but all the perimeter clues were top notch. I struggled with 10a I was trying to fit ginger in there for too long. I didn’t spot the pangra and maybe should have twigged it when the Big Cat revealed itself.
    Good fun Thanks to DT and ProXimal.
    Don’t be too hard on those brambles they will yield a lovely stock of blackberries in time.
    I have just had a delivery of cheese from the great courtyard dairy and enjoyed a lovely lunch of cheese and biscuits with a blackberry chutney made by my niece. The highlight was either the Hafod Welsh Cheddar or the creamy Sparkenhoe Blue

    1. The ones I’m attacking don’t yield any worthwhile fruit (other parts of the garden do, though.) They just infest what should be flower beds or shrubs.

      1. Not even a Wensleydale? Gromit
        Sparkenhoe does a nice Red Leicester too, a local cheese to your good self. Maybe you would prefer a Sage Derby?
        (I am still here as Elgar’s Toughie is too tough for this bear of little brain)

        1. I’m still in South Warwickshire for the time being. Not looking forward to changing postcodes.

  31. Great puzzle a real treat, sat in conservatory have a congratulatory glass of wine. Lots of clever clues to keep me thinking, I liked 4d tried all sorts in there then a lightbulb moment. We are dreading the weekend here the weather will be fine and unluckily walkers will be about. Its difficult keeping the dogs on leads, they love to greet people.The surfers are ok but some people do not appreciate social distancing.
    Thanks to ProxImal and DT.

    1. This could become my latest beef/grouse/grump – a bit like you can’t have more than one favourite which I’ve given up on (but could start again at any time, so be warned)
      At the risk of being a pain in the proverbial did you choose to go and sit in your conservatory or did someone put you there? If the former then I think you should say that you were sitting there.

      1. Kath, that brings back fond memories of Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 breakfast show (which finished just over 10 years ago now). Whenever reading out a listener’s email that said “I was sat …”, he would interrupt to gently chide: “No you weren’t. You were sitting. Or possibly seated.” and then go back to what they’d written.

      2. “sat in conservatory have a congratulatory glass of wine” – Kath – I think we can have even more beef over this – (I) sat in (the) conservatory (and had)
        not “have”) a congratulatory glass of wine, (words in brackets added) – the greatly missed Terry Wogan, as mentioned in the next message after yours, used to chide over this.In more recent years the great Ken Bruce used to do the same, but haven’t heard him doing it for awhile – I hope he hasn’t gone soft on these offenders. Sadly several cricket commentators, including Michael Atherton, who should know better ( alumnus of Manchester Grammar School ) and Nasser Hussain, who didn’t go there, and loads of others, do it . Excruciating in the extreme !

  32. Well a fine end to a nice week of good and solvable puzzles 😃 **/**** Favourites 20 & 27a 🤗 Thanks to Faraday for the chemistry explanation, as always I thought it was an America spelling 😬 Thanks to DT and to Approximal

  33. Love the blog in these dark days…
    I raced through this until I hit 20a, which held me up for ages, dim or what?
    No idea it was an x-less panagram, one day I will spot one.
    Lots of super clues, 18a has achieved more fame in cryptic crosswords than it ever did biting Cleopatra.
    Thanks Proximal and DT.

  34. A bit of a struggle but managed to finish with 3d as my last one.
    Very pleasant.
    Thanks to Proximal and to DT.

  35. ***/****. Took me longer than it should and guessed it was proximal when I got 22 & 6d. Favourite was 1a. Thanks to DT and our setter. Need to restock the bar today which I suspect many others are doing. Sales of alcohol were 40% higher last month. 🥃🍺🍷🥂🍹🍸

  36. I didn’t find this at all easy but it was very entertaining. Getting 22d rang a proXimal bell and helped a lot. I always find him tricky.
    I needed e-help for some, e.g. 4d and 11d, never heard of that.
    I don’t know a lot about Spice Girls except for the one who married whatsisname, the footballer, but the Australia hint helped.
    My fave was 1a, getting that as my first answer helped enormously.
    Thanks to proXimal and to DT, especially for his help unravelling a few.

  37. The calendar at the top right of this page indicates that today is Thursday 3rd April ? Have we lost a day ?

  38. Continuing my new tradition of completing and commentating when cryptic is the free online puzzle… I also missed the proXigram, maybe partly because I didn’t need it – completed about 2/3 before work (yes, some of us still working!) before running out of steam as well as time. But picked up easily again after work (funny how that happens after a break) so although online completion time terrible, probably a 2 star for difficulty all in all. Thanks all, a nicely stimulating but not impossible challenge.

    1. I returned to the blog, proximal, just in time to thank you for a most enjoyable puzzle–much needed, much appreciated. Where have I been, you ask? Lying down for hours in a dark room after attempting Elgar’s Tuffie. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

      1. proXimal–so sorry, I keep doing this. I must have cruciverbal yips (as in Elgar today)–ah, no, it’s this Windows 10 thing that keeps lower-casing my X.

  39. Really good fun and much enjoyed. We even spotted the pangra.
    Thanks proXimal and DT.

  40. Oh dear, Ray T on Thursday, and ProXimal today, is the DT trying to make me feel really stupid. Actually I did solve quite a few, but still needed a good many of Deep Threat’s hints to finish. Another wavelength I am missing clearly. Even husband, an electronic engineer all his working life, had not heard of a voltameter, and we had to look it up. Thanks to setter and solver alike.
    Yay, they finished painting our house and plastic is off the windows and doors so we can now see the lake and wildlife behind our house again.

  41. It’s obvious now because proXimal has popped in and claimed it as one of his.
    I thought it had to be one of his because of the ‘nearly pangram’ but I didn’t find it as difficult as I normally do.
    I think that everything else has already been said so thanks to proXimal and to DT and good luck with the brambles – I think there’s probably only ever one winner with them and it probably isn’t you . . . :unsure:

  42. After a while I started to look for a pangram and then completely forgot about it so didn’t notice it was “x”less. “x”cellent crossword though, lots to like. Favourite 1a, with a number coming close second. Many many thanks to ProXimal and DT. I’m going to risk a “non essential” journey down to my shoot to check the feeders, looking after livestock will be my excuse if stopped by the police. I haven’t been down there since burying one of my dogs the other week. I’ll be self isolating as there will be no-one within a mile of me!

  43. Enjoyable as all have been this week, but are setters deliberately going easy on us in these traumatic times?

  44. Very enjoyable Xw to round off the week. My COTD 10a. An excellent city to visit. A foodie and sportsfans’s paradise, but too many seasons in one day. Mel B plugs Jenny Craig down here and is a judge on one of the TV talent shows😜🦇

  45. Nice relaxing puzzle to finish off while sitting in the garden. Distracted for a long time by 10a when convinced myself that it was a spice and that the girl content was the letters ir. Last one in was 3d, which I’m still unhappy with. Favourite 11d.

  46. Somewhat slow progress today, but finished unaided! Thanks to DT for the wonderful Pergolesi, and to proXimal for an enjoyable morning! This site is lovely, the time passes with many smiles as I languish in self-isolation – thanks to all! 🙃

  47. Struggled with this one yesterday and again this morning…not working as such, but definitely just with ‘stuff’.
    Needed electronic help with 26a…too sporty for me …and several of DT’s hints for the parsings.
    Did, however, spot that it was a pangra and therefore the work of proXimal, so overall pleased that I may needed electronic help with one clue.😊

    Thanks to the setter and to Deep Threat.
    Keep safe, stay home.

  48. 3*/3*….
    liked 7D ” roadside observers a Merc passed travelling around Spain (5,7) “

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