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DT 29541

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29541

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome. This puzzle started out like a typical Tuesday romp, but things got a lot more interesting in the bottom half. I enjoyed it muchly. So today I really hope our compiler drops in to take credit for it. 

In the hints below most indicators are italicized, and underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions. Clicking on the answer buttons will reveal the answers. In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background. Clicking on a picture will enlarge it or display a bonus illustration and a hover (computer) or long press (mobile) on it might explain more about the picture. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.

 

Across

1a    Study quietly, tucking into promising dessert (5,7)
BREAD PUDDING:  A synonym of study and the musical abbreviation for quietly are together inserted in promising or developing 

9a    Not heavily burdened, indeed runs a very long way (5-4)
LIGHT-YEAR:  Concatenate not heavy, an archaic synonym of indeed, and the cricket scoring abbreviation for runs

Marathon runner Paula Radcliffe

10a   Change course to back English magistrate (5)
REEVE:  The reversal (… to back) of change course or swerve is followed by the single letter for English.  The answer is historical 

Christopher is a 10a

11a   Perfect viewpoint actor holds (6)
INTACT:  The collection of letters near the centre of the clue hides (holds) the answer 

12a   Attacked when went to sea (8)
ASSAILED:  Another word for "when" with a verb meaning "went to sea" 

13a   Idiot from Ulster meeting another fool (6)
NITWIT:  Another name for Ulster is abbreviated and then joined to (meeting) a fool or dope 

15a   Defeat and remove criminal purchasing business (8)
OVERCOME:  An anagram (criminal) of REMOVE containing (purchasing) an abbreviation for a synonym of business

18a   Grand inclination, picking up stuff (8)
GLEANING:  The single letter for grand with inclination or tendency 

"The Gleaners" by Jean-Francois Millet

19a   Overdrawn with debts -- that's quite nasty (6)
ODIOUS:  Put together the abbreviation for overdrawn and some debts that might be scribbled on bits of paper 

21a   Careless and crafty, accepting nothing new (8)
SLOVENLY:  Crafty or cunning containing (accepting) both nothing as a tennis score and the abbreviation for new 

23a   Plant  more bananas (6)
MADDER:  More bananas or more crazy is also a plant whose root produces a red dye 

Madder plant, including root, and the dye made from it

26a   Innocent returned: time to break out (5)
ERUPT:  The reversal (returned) of innocent or unsullied is followed by the physics symbol for time 

27a   Drink and chew noisily on a good 50 per cent of bone (9)
CHAMPAGNE:  Link together "chew noisily", A from the clue, the single letter for good, and one half of (50% of) bone 

28a   Tasty fish -- cooked raw turbot in top of oven (7,5)
RAINBOW TROUT:  An anagram (cooked) of RAW TURBOT IN and the first letter of (top of) oven 

Rainbow trout

 

Down

1d    Large number working to support William I? (7)
BILLION:  Working or operating comes after (to support ,in a down clue) both an informal contraction of William and the I from the clue 

2d    Disease referred to in paper: go to ... (5)
ERGOT:  The answer is hidden in (referred to in) the remainder of the clue.  The disease affects grasses, especially rye.  It may have been responsible for the Salem "witches"

3d    ... note cited: prepare for discovery (9)
DETECTION:  An anagram (… : prepare) of NOTE CITED 

4d    One who's gone to pot? (4)
USER:  A cryptic definition, with pot taking its recreational meaning in the cryptic reading of the clue 

Jeff Bridges as The Dude in "The Big Lebowski"

5d    Scoffing, father turned up in dodgy club (8)
DERISIVE:  The reversal (turned up, in a down clue) of father or breed is inserted in a dodgy club 

6d    Woman's endless routine (5)
NORMA:  All but the last letter (endless) of routine or usual 

Norma Jean, aka Marilyn Monroe, with a kitten

7d    Rich and healthy -- bother! (4-2-2)
WELL-TO-DO:  A synonym of healthy with a bother or commotion 

8d    Sell cycle component on the radio? (6)
PEDDLE:  A homophone (on the radio) of a part of a bicycle 

14d   Top drive from here, with child on posh motorway (8)
TEETOTUM:  Glue together the place from which a golf ball is driven, a small child, the single letter for posh or upper class, and the single letter for motorway

A teetotum is a top used in gambling

16d   Communist getting reprimand: here's where one could see stars! (3,6)
RED CARPET:  An informal synonym of communist with reprimand or tell off 

17d   Reformed lag in prison could become churchgoer (8)
ANGLICAN:  An anagram (reformed) of LAG IN is followed by a slang word for jail 

18d   Start on short incantation in any one of four books? (6)
GOSPEL:  Follow start or move with all but the last letter (short) of a magical incantation 

20d   Treacherous person, exhausted, stabbed by queen (7)
SERPENT:  Exhausted or used up containing (stabbed by) the Latin abbreviation for Queen Elizabeth 

22d   Former partner, with rising skill, making more (5)
EXTRA:  The usual former partner with the reversal of (rising, in a down clue) skill or craft 

24d   How to lie and not get caught (5)
DOGGO:  A cryptic definition, with "caught" meaning "heard" in the cryptic reading of the clue 

25d   Pop over border (4)
DADO:  Pop or pa with the cricket scoring abbreviation for over 

A dado rail

 

Thanks to today’s setter. I'm not usually a fan of clues linked with ellipses, but I thought today's 2d/3d pairing made good use of the device. My favourite clue was 24d because of its great misdirection. Which clues did you like best?


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114 comments on “DT 29541

  1. I loved this, the best Tuesday puzzle for quite a while I thought, with some real penny drop moments on the parsings where a lot of the synonyms were refreshingly not the usual suspects.
    Favourite was 1a as it kind of encapsulated the puzzle, cleverly clued. Good to enjoy a puzzle after yesterday’s inexplicable brain freeze
    2/4.5*
    Many thanks to the setter and to Mr K

  2. I agree, really enjoyed this puzzle today with lots of good clues ***/**** 1a was my favourite and I still like it now😋 podiums to 25d and 24d.
    Thanks to Mr K and the setter.

  3. A good challenge, all yielding after a bit of a struggle until I ran out of vocab in the SE where the unknown plant held me up but not as much as 24d where the cryptic definition didn’t give a second chance to get to an unknown as afforded on the way to the top.

  4. A very enjoyable puzzle, which was over all too quickly (1*/4*). I found that 13a and 24d gave me a much needed laugh. Thanks to Mr K for the hints and tothe compiler.

  5. Like Mr K, I slowed down in the bottom half. Quite a few unusual clues here. 20d confused me a bit because I was looking for a person rather than a reptile and 14d could only be but had to check on Mr. G. Never come across that word before. I really liked 27a and 5d but my favourite goes to 1a. ***/**** very enjoyable today. Actually completed the toughie in record time for me before the cryptic. Presume it must have been on the easy end of the spectrum. I can’t tell – I need Cryptic Sue to enlighten me. Thanks to all.

  6. 2.5*/4.5*. I thought this was an excellent puzzle which was nicely clued and a lot of fun.

    14d was a new word for me, but easily derived by following the instructions in the clue. Isn’t “tasty” in 28a simply surface padding?

    I had lots of ticks but 24d was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Messrs R & K.

    1. Re 28a, the significance of “tasty” was lost on me too, assumed in the end it was there to mislead.

    2. Hi, RD. I agree that 28a would work without the “tasty”. But, since for many people “tasty fish” is a more accurate description of the answer than just “fish”, I thought it was OK.

      1. I think you’re right, Mr K. That fish is commonly eaten by people, therefore is rightfully described as “tasty”. There are some fish that we don’t eat – and they’re just “fish”. It would work without it, but the clue wouldn’t really be any better or worse. Maybe the “tasty” was just a red herring? :-)

  7. A very slow start for me, with less than half the clues solved on the first pass. 23a crawled out of a dark corner of my memory, but 14d was a no-no. My best effort being TEESONUM.

    Other than that, completed in *** time, my two candidates for COTD being 1a and 28a.

    Many thanks to the setter and Mr K.

  8. Most enjoyable. **/****. I felt this one had a bit of everything – some very smooth clueing, a bit of gentle humour, and three new words for me. 14d was my LOI – needed all the checkers to work that one out.
    My only complaint is the surface read at 12a (Attacked when went to sea). I can’t make sense of that, am I missing something?
    Thanks to the setter and Mr. K :))

  9. Agree with all that this was very enjoyable indeed. No real difficulties although there were 3 words, all gettable from the wordplay, that were new to me & needed confirmation. Wasn’t familiar with either the 2d fungus or the 23a plant & certainly hadn’t heard of the 14d spinner but all were sympathetically clued. 1a set the scene for a quality offering excellently clued throughout.
    With thanks to the setter & to Mr K.

  10. I agree whole heartedly with Mr K. A super puzzle where I found the top half to be far easier to fll than the bottom. I do seem to remember getting a 14d in the odd Christmas cracker as a child, but never knew that they were called what the answer is. I rarely make an anagram my COTD, but today that accolade just has to go to 28a. 18d was also among my favourites today. Lots to enjoy and all good fun. Thanks to setter and Mr. K.

  11. Very much a game of two halves with the top yielding its secrets in good time but the bottom taking twice as long. This was an excellent puzzle that had some fine clueing throughout, with 16d at the top of my podium alongside the popular 1a and 24d.

    Thanks very much to both Misters.

  12. Sorry folks, I don’t often contribute, but I must confess to getting a little irritated by this type of offering. For me, ***/*, most of the crossword was relatively unchallenging with a few inevitable obscure clues to finish, namely 23a, 14d and 24d. Not my cup of tea!

    1. Welcome Yvonne; I don’t contribute very often either but I agree with you I find most of the crosswords reasonably easy. The clues I struggle with seem reasonably easy to other people.

    2. Welcome from me as well, Yvonne, and thanks for commenting.

      Many solvers today will be frustrated that they needed a dictionary to verify the definitions in those three clues. I try to see them as opportunities to learn new words.

      1. I agree. Got everything apart from SE which took a bit longer to get into leaving only 24d and 23a in that order. I had got the word for 23a but had not heard of the plant which took the time. More confident once I had the D and 24d was an excellent clue. I don’t see a problem with a new word when you can build it up from the clue and then check it. Thanks!

      2. I am also mew to this but disagree with you Yvonne. I thought this was a nicely challenging and well constructed toughie with some really clever, but gettable clues.

        I agree re a couple of obscure ones. I had to construct 14d and then check it was a word on Google. I still do not get or understand 24d.

        Other than that. Top puzzle.

  13. Well, well, this was a Tuesday puzzle with a difference–sparklingly so, and what a joy. Although I had never heard of a 14d (do we have such charming gizmos over here, I wonder?) and 24d is not in my normal Carolinian lexicon, both were catchy and attainable, and the rest of the puzzle had that glowing, witty patina of excellence all over it. How insane is 23a anyway?! Wonderfully mad, that. Our compiler today has got to be a bit of a jolly wag, and I’d love to sit down and have a pint of bitter with him. Podium stars: 23a, 1a, 21a–just to pick the first three that come to mind. Thanks to Mr K (especially for the Millais, which I have always wanted hanging in my den) and to today’s wily setter. 2.5* / 4.5*

      1. It’s a lovely picture. I’ve had a framed print of it for many years, which has the added bonus of reminding me of the colleagues at my school in London, who gave it to me as a leaving present.

      2. That reminds me of an Intourist guide in The Hermitage in 1973 who described a Manet as a Monet. She was quickly admonished by a person at the edge of the group who was clearly there to make sure she did not “disinform” the tourists.

  14. I felt a bit of a 13a as although I guessed it I couldn’t for the life of me see why. Thanks Mr K. My other guess was 24d which I am afraid although I completed correctly still escapes me…
    A clever crossword and like others I really enjoyed this so a **/**** pour moi.

    1. Hi, NAS. Re 24d, Chambers explains the answer as Remaining quiet and hidden until it is safe, appropriate, etc to emerge, esp in the phrase to lie *****. So, if one lies 24d, one won’t be heard/caught.

        1. Nice reference, LrOK – thanks for that. But both of the lying creatures on that page look like dogs to me?

          1. The one behind the curtain could be corgi but the ears & position of the back paws suggests a cat to me.

  15. A brilliant puzzle which started with one of my favourite vices 1a – which reminds me of my late Nan and mum who both used to make this for me, which I probably haven’t eaten for 30 years. ( Not to be confused with bread and butter pudding my other must have eat out dessert). Simply didn’t see 24d so the misdirection worked a treat. Have to take issue with 28a. It isn’t tasty. My Uncle was a keen fly fisherman , and he didn’t like to eat what he caught so he gave them to us…our freezer was full of them and my mother made us eat them out of a sense of gratitude!! She only had one receipe which involved green grapes I also was slowed up by SW corner. **.5 /*****. Thanks to our setter and Mr K. Have found the receipe for 1a on the BBC Good Food Website so will get baking later.

    1. The problem with your 28s is that they were put in the freezer between being caught and then thawed and cooked. At their best when cooked and eaten within a couple of hours of being caught.

    2. My Auntie Dolly had four boys and made a Bread Pudding that fairly nailed you to the ground. It helped to fill them up.

  16. I’m in agreement with many above – top half was not too tricky; the bottom half needed a lot of brain power. 14d was completely new to me but I arrived at the solution nonetheless.

    Life can turn up some delicious moments at times. The BBC reports that the second person to receive the much welcomed vaccine today was an elderly gentleman called William Shakespeare from Warwickshire.
    (Taming Of The ‘Flu?)

    Thanks to Miss Terri Setter and the celebrated Mr K.

      1. I don’t know, Daisy, but I do hope he married a woman named Anne Hathaway. That should have been his destiny.

          1. Unfair, Robert, Amazon tells me that I still have to wait until the beginning of April for my paperback copy!

            1. You can get it on Audible but that depends whether or not you like audio books. I know some people don’t.

              1. You’ve got it in one, Steve, I really can’t get along with audio books – or online newspapers come to that.
                Too stuck in my ways, I guess!

  17. For me, a typical Tuesday puzzle completed at a gallop – 2.5*/4*.
    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 23a, 8d, and 25d – and the winner is 25d.
    Thanks to the setter and Mr K.

  18. Bizarre! Yesterdays was rated * and I found it at least ***. Todays it seems tables have turned. I thought this was a super puzzle just at my ability. Even learnt a new word in14d (the wordplay was obvious tho). 9a was good but my fav was 1a, my late mother-in-law made the best one of these I have ever tasted, I have never been able to quite replicate it.
    Thx to all for an enjoyable Tuesday crossword.
    */****

    1. My MIL also made a great bread pudding. On driving home from work one day through Reading, I spotted her waving at me from the pavement. I wound down my window wondering what emergency had occurred. She then handed me a freshly baked bread pudding. She had taken a 30 minute bus ride into town to do this, and I didn’t always drive home that way. She was a truly great mother in law.

      1. What an amazing lady! Mine was fantastic and much missed. I will continue trying to replicate her BP but I’m running out of ideas. She must have had some secret ingredient that I have yet to find.

          1. I can’t resist being a pedant but only because I used to work with fungal diseases of cereals! Ergotism is caused by the fungus Claviceps Purpurea which grows mainly on rye, which will then be milled in to bread flour. So it’s not really a fungus on bread like for example, penicillium. The alkaloid, egotamine can be used to treat migraines apparently.

  19. The lower reaches of this puzzle definitely required more concentration and I’m another who didn’t know the 14d top. To be honest, it’s perhaps as well that the 2d disease was a ‘hidden’, I’d have been unlikely to bring that to mind.
    Quite happy to go along with the votes for 1a as favourite, joined in my case by the concise 19a & 7d.

    Thanks to our setter and to Mr K for the informative review along with the felines and colourful chameleon.
    PS This is the second time recently that 20d has appeared in a back-pager – I do wonder whether one of our Toughie setters is doing a bit of moonlighting. If so, then I much prefer his back-page persona!

  20. A great puzzle and most enjoyable. I have never heard of 14d so hopefully it will remain in the grey cells. Strangely enough, I am making 1a tonight. The puzzle took a while to get into but once I had solved a few it began to fall into place. COTD for me is 23a.

    Many thanks to the setter and to Mr K. for the hints and cats.

  21. Not sure the Toughie is a great deal harder than this so worth a look for any that don’t usually bother. No idea who set it.

  22. I agree with more or less everything that has been said. A delight. I used to do a lot of natural dyeing and used 23a. A new word in 14d but seeing Mr. K’s illustration I seem to have dim memories of something similar in my mother’s old playroom at Grandma Daisy’s home in London. It had been a Georgian Coffee House originally and was a source of constant joy to me and my many cousins. Thanks to the mystery setter and to mr K (I found the banana cat rather spooky) and to Robert for his three Bon mots yesterday. Tomorrow I am going to see the surgeon and hope he will be pleased with me. I can do everything except rise from the chair without using my hands to push me.

  23. Well that was a thoroughly enjoyable Tuesday wake up call. Off at a gallop then slowed to a dead stop,,, head scratching & coffee seemed to loosen it up again,
    3*/4.5*
    Many thanks to MrK for review & guidance.. also grateful thanks to our setter for a tester.

  24. Yes. All very good. Fairly easy with lots of solvable clues and instructions telling you how to get from a to b. I was drawn in immediately by 1a and 1d. Closely followed by 9a. With all the checkers 24d sprang out. Excellent. Keep up the good work everyone.

  25. Thank you for the puzzle, the review, and the comments. I both liked and didn’t know the same ones as everybody else.

    I’ve just ‘attended’ my first online funeral, for a member of our congregation. It was really well done, and being at home we could sing the words to the hymns, while those present could only stand and listen to the organ. And, relatedly, I’ve learnt the word ‘prebendary’.

  26. Just realised that John Lennon was killed 40 years ago today, even after all these years it still brings a tear to my eye.
    Now for the crossword.

    1. Really? What a sad day that was. I remember waking up to that news before going to my holiday job in the raincoat department at Selfridges and not being able to believe it 😢.

  27. Very nice crossword 😃 **/*** 14d was new to me but so nicely clued it was no problem, obviously some sort of game of chance played with tops 🤔 Favourites 1a & 17d, thanks to Mr K and to the Setter 🤗

  28. Very enjoyable while it lasted. Lots of good clues. I’ll single out 9a and 24d – or should I say, double out?.

    Toughie is quite gentle today for anyone interested.

  29. It’s X-Type today (I’ve been quiet for a couple of months): thanks for your favourable comments, everyone! With 1a, that wasn’t my original clue – our esteemed Editor asked me to change it, as he thought the anagram in it might cause a few raised eyebrows (it was “added burping” – which made me smile; and sort of encapsulated the flavour of the dessert for me – so it’s out there now!). You probably know that I like to have fun in my clues, whenever possible…

    1. Much prefer your original 1 a and would have taken longer to solve I think as what evolved was very ease to parse on the hoof.

    2. Loved your puzzle, X-Type. As I said, your wit won me over. “Added burping” would have won me even more quickly!

    3. Really good of you to pop in X-Type. Please could you refrain from putting serpents into your grids, they get me confused when it comes to the setter-guessing game!
      Very enjoyable puzzle today, thank you.

    4. Thanks for commenting, X-Type, and thanks for a fine puzzle. Shame that your “added burping” in 1a got the red pen.

      I did wonder if it was one of yours because of 27a’s use of “on” and the original cryptic definitions. 24d is brilliant.

    5. Thanks for popping in X-Type, and thanks for a great puzzle.

      If the editor didn’t like your original version of 1a, I wonder what he would have made of Hoskins’ 1a in the Indy on Sunday?

      1. Thank you for a really enjoyable and witty puzzle. It cheered me up in a timely fashion.

  30. Many thanks to our setter and to Mr K for the hints. It has all been said really, and this one gave me much pleasure **/****. I also had not come across the three unusual words. I shall try to remember 2d by thinking I’m diseased, therefore I ‘m ergot!

  31. Good puzzle as nearly everyone remarks. Nuff said.

    Thanks to the setter and Mr K especially for Top Cat my favourite cartoon.

  32. I toddled through this pretty well at work. I had the correct answer for 10a but aa question mark as I wanted to check the BRB.
    The correct answer for 14d was in my scribblings but a new word for me and I wasn’t confident enough to pick one. Thanks to Mr K for sorting the parsing out. The reversal in 26a eluded me as well but when I went to the toughie the same reversal was in 1a so two clues solved for the price of one.
    Thanks to X Type as well for a great puzzle today. I did like 25d as a friend always wanted said rails but whenever she saw one she said “Ooh I do like a dildo rail”
    I am not a fan of 1a or milk puddings/ rice/sago/tapioca in general too many bad experiences with “frogs spawn” at school

    1. It was the rock hard pastry in the jam tart that did for me. If you were unfortunate enough to move round the table into the server’s seat, you had to bang the handle of the knife like chisel to cut the trayful of tart into 8 pieces. Then we struggled to chew it. Thank goodness for the softening effect of custard.

  33. Have to say I found this quite a hard nut to crack particularly in the South however I much enjoyed the challenge. 23a of course came immediately to mind but held off using it as was unfamiliar with plant. 14d also a new one on me but it was fun to fathom. Thank you very much XType and MrK.

  34. I had high hopes at the beginning that I was right on wavelength with the setter. But there were a few too many words that I hadn’t come across, 10a, 23a, 2d, 14d and 24d. I should have known 10a as that was my grandparents surname, but I never knew it meant magistrate, shame on me. Could only think of dreidel for 14d and obviously that wasn’t going to fit. I would make a 1a for tonight’s “afters” but Peter doesn’t care for it. But we do have 28a most Fridays as it is quite reasonable here, and so easy to cook. Really enjoyed this puzzle and learnt a few new words. Whether I remember them is another matter. Thanks to setter and Mr K. Missed the cat 🐈‍⬛ pictures today though.

      1. Thank you. I love the one at 25d. Our Basil would have loved that. We often had to stretch our heads up to find him. It didn’t matter how high, or how narrow, he would be up there walking along like he was out for a stroll, while his brother stayed firmly planted on the carpet.

  35. I agree with what’s been said already – a very good crossword and the bottom half was much trickier than the top.
    I admit to getting into all kinds of trouble with 18a (no excuses) and the 28a anagram – fooled by the ‘tasty’ bit as I don’t think it is.
    1a was probably my favourite and, like others, I preferred the original version and can’t see why it would have raised any eyebrows – lots of other good clues too, including 24d.
    Thanks to X-Type for the crossword and for calling in and to Mr K.

  36. Noticed the change of grid and immediately thought it might be a different setter.
    Remembered the border in 25d, the plant in 23a and the answer to 24d from other crosswords but 14d was new to me.
    Saw Les Glaneuses in the Musee d’Orsay in October. Didn’t need to queue as the place was empty.
    Thanks to XType and to Mr K for the review.

    1. I took Saint Sharon to Paris for Valentines weekend in 1991. We went to The Musee D’Orsay to see their collection of Van Gogh paintings after Croissants, Hot Chocolate and Cognac for breakfast. Co-incidentally France just happened to be playing England in The Five Nations Tournament that afternoon. Ever the romantic me

  37. Thoroughly enjoyable solve this afternoon as was The Toughie this morning. Thanks to Xtype for the puzzle and Mr Kitty for the review. I think John Bee might be mixing the sublime Bread Pudding up with the baby sick goo that is Bread Sauce.

    1. I’m afraid not – Bread Sauce will not be making an appearance on my ballotine this year but neither will bread pudding or the “and butter” version. The only hot milky thing I will eat is proper custard or at a pinch the ersatz Bird’s replacement. I do look at some eg with Brioche and marmalade and choc chunks and rue schooldays that prevent me from trying some of the variations I have seen. I think it is an aversion to Nutmeg that was sprinkled liberally on everything. Despite enjoying custard the custard tart sprinkled with nutmeg is firmly off my agenda.

      1. I’m with you John Bee re milky things but can’t even stand any kind of custard probably mainly thanks to school meal “delicacies” however I don’t think in fact I have ever sampled a 1a, b and b is bad enough!

  38. This one just not working for me today.
    Probably the mood I’m in with Christmas effectively cancelled here in B.C. and no chance of seeing kids or grandkids even though we can baby-sit them just fine, as that is considered essential service.
    Makes no bloody sense.

    Maybe I’ll look at this again later … thanks to setter and Mr K

  39. A really enjoyable solve with just the right level of challenge. We can’t decide whether we prefer the published version of 1a or what the setter had originally written. They are both very good clues. 14d was something we had to get from the wordplay and BRB check.
    Thanks X-Type and Mr K.

  40. Reasonably straight forward and I did learn some new words – so a very good offering.

    My big objection is 13A. I am Irish and I am afraid the setter does not realise that whilst all of Northern Ireland is in Ulster, not all of Ulster is in Northern Ireland. It is a very sensitive issue. There are 9 counties of which 6 remain part of the UK these days.

    Many thanks to Mr K…I loved the Keanus!

  41. I thought this just about right for a Tuesday, as I thought yesterday’s was for a Monday. Never heard of a 14d but, hey ho! I have now. Having been out in the fields with my younger dog all day I felt a little tired which may have slowed down my thought processes a little. Favourite was 5d. Many thanks to X-Type and Mr. K.

  42. Can someone put me out of my misery and fully explain 24d. I have no idea even with the hint.

    As for 14d I discovered googling teenonum was a bad idea if you are at work…

      1. Many thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

        Quite possibly one of the most obscure meanings of a word I can remember.

  43. Late on parade so all has been said about this excellent Tuesday offering.
    Thanks X-Type, pity CL thought “burping” might possibly offend sensitivities 1a was my COTD but the uncensored version is much better. Also Mr K for the review with cats.
    Expected “Pop over border” to be Irn Bru! (Cue more flatulence)

    1. Just a slight nit-pick…burping is not flatulence (that comes from the other end): it is eructation (lovely word!)

      1. Thank you X-Type agree about edructation. I’ll know the setter when it appears!

        Hope there are not too long absences your puzzles are a delight.

  44. As I’m late ( but at least I made it today) everything has already been said. I really liked this puzzle and although tricky in places I found it satisfying to solve. 14D was new to me, it looks like something a Jewish friend gave me at Hanukkah once. It’s called a Dredl, a sort of four sided miniature spinning toy.
    Lovely to see you are back Robert and I’ve been cheering on your progress Daisygirl.
    Thank you to all.

  45. Dear X-Type thank you for a very enjoyable crossword. I didn’t finish it “at a gallop” as Senf would say, but much earlier today (delay in making comment due to pressure of shopping during pandemic). 25d fooled me completely but Mr. Th had inspiration. 2d was obvious from the clue, I had never heard of the disease but Mr. Th knew it. I didn’t get the parsing of 9a until I read the hints – thanks to Mr K for these.

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