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DT 29565

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29565

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

All the family have now moved on to do various energetic summer holiday activities so it is just the two us at home again. Still many holiday makers in the area though and we have been having much more settled weather here than in much of the country.
Feel so grateful that we have managed to stay Covid free here and have the freedom to do all the summer things that New Zealanders love to do at this time of the year.
  We found today’s puzzle quite a bit trickier than usual. Well into our three stars for difficulty range.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Bring in soldier, perhaps, and material (9)
IMPORTANT : Bring in, as goods entering a country, plus a soldier insect.

6a     Swollen belly and oddly windy (5)
TUMID : A colloquial word for a belly and then the second and fourth letters of windy.

9a     Got on, looking embarrassed by footballers (5)
FARED : The colour associated with looking embarrassed follows the controlling body for footballers.

10a     They may take shots while propping up the bar (9)
GOALPOSTS : A cryptic definition of something that may be found on a sportsfield.

11a     Wild acclaim if top becomes a foregone conclusion (4,8)
FAIT ACCOMPLI : An anagram (wild) of ACCLAIM IF TOP.

14a     Progresses smoothly from university during emergencies (7)
CRUISES : Emergencies or critical situations contain U(niversity).

16a     Parts of Oxford maybe fashionable, only small (7)
INSOLES : The two letter word for fashionable, then a synonym for only or alone and S(mall).

17a     Have on, taking in wife (3)
OWN : ‘ON’ from the clue surrounds W(ife).

18a     Ignore information rejected by the French court (7)
NEGLECT : The reversal of an informal word for information, then the French definite article and the two letter abbreviation for court.

20a     One may have sunk eight pints, full of energy (7)
GALLEON : The physics symbol for energy is inside the imperial measure equivalent to eight pints.

22a     People who may see vicars only at random (12)
CLAIRVOYANTS : An anagram (random) of VICARS ONLY AT.

26a     Judges fool scattering roses across south (9)
ASSESSORS : The equine animal used for a fool, then an anagram (scattering) of ROSES contains S(outh).

27a     Game played after love letter (5)
OMEGA : The tennis score love and then an anagram (played) of GAME.

28a     Inventor a large group backed (5)
TESLA : Read from the back we have ‘A’ from the clue, L(arge) and a group.

29a     Stress coming after former partner gets part of the house (9)
EXTENSION : The prefix used for a former partner and then a synonym for stress or nervous anticipation


1d     Dodgy sort of bag with no opening (4)
IFFY : Remove the first letter from a padded postal bag.

2d     Back up expensive car — the noise it makes! (4)
PURR : Reverse ‘UP’ from the clue and then the two letters for the archetypical expensive car.

3d     Guard’s raised before son makes another sketch (7)
REDRAWS : Reverse a guard probably found in a prison, and then S(on).

4d     Anxiety is no good, in a way (5)
ANGST : The two letters signifying no good are inside ‘A’ from the clue and a way or thoroughfare.

5d     This goes without his planning cover for house (9)
THATCHING : The letter that is left once ‘his’ is removed from the first word of the clue, and then planning or possibly incubating.

6d     Clothes worn by power party bosses (3,4)
TOP DOGS : Clothes (or swimwear in OZ, NZ and Ireland), contain P(ower) and a two letter party.

7d     Poor ladies pimp used in a wrong way (10)
MISAPPLIED : An anagram (poor) of LADIES PIMP.

8d     Giving notice, detective’s not able to be located (10)
DISMISSING : Detective Inspector with her ‘S, then a word meaning not able to be located.

12d    Most of close action destroyed breaker of images (10)
ICONOCLAST : An anagram (destroyed) of CLOS(e) ACTION once the E has been removed.

13d     Dazzle of news occasionally quashed by Star and Mirror reduced by these? (10)
SUNGLASSES : The definition is in two parts here, at the beginning and end of the clue. We have the star nearest to us and another term for a mirror followed by (quashed by) the second and fourth letters of ‘news’.

15d     Second very old church to support Bismarck, perhaps very quietly (5,4)
SOTTO VOCE : String together S(econd), the first name of Herr Bismarck, then the abbreviations for very, old, and the Anglican Church.

19d     Rising area is a regret for this land mass (7)
EURASIA : Starting from the bottom we have A(rea), IS and A from the clue, and a synonym for regret.

21d     Fail to back up lease, depressed (3,4)
LET DOWN : Lease or be a landlord and depressed or low.

23d     When scenery is an advantage (5)
ASSET : A two letter synonym for when and then scenery used on a stage or screen production.

24d     Still single? This creature may not be (4)
YETI : Another word for still, then the Roman numeral one.

25     Part of farm that’s British and a force at sea (4)
BARN : B(ritish) then ‘A’ from the clue and the seagoing military force.

Quickie pun    calf    +    hoarse    +    ale    =    car for sale


98 comments on “DT 29565

  1. It’s Wednes-Jay! I seem to be on a roll at the moment because I managed this unaided, which is the first time ever for me and an offering from Jay. There is lots to like and my favourites include 10a, 20a, 3d and 6d. However, my COTD is the very neat 24d.

    I have to say, though, I struggled to get started and after the first pass had only managed one – the three letter 17a. I thought I was heading for defeat. Thankfully, the second pass revealed more.

    Many thanks to Jay for the challenge and to the 2Kiwis for the hints.

  2. Another very gentle puzzle today, with all but 5 clues completed on the first pass, and completed in */** time. 12d was my last in, not a word I have used recently. No clues marked with an “umm” either.

    Many thanks to the setter (Jay?) and the 2 Ks.

  3. A fairly friendly Jay puzzle, apart from the NW corner, which took me as long as the rest of the puzzle (2.5*/4*). It was all very enjoyable and I particularly liked 5d and 12d. Thanks to the 2 Ks for help with 2d, which I found mystifying and to Jay.

  4. I found this relatively straightforward but oozing with the usual Jay class.
    My LOI was 5d, which took all the checkers being there and a little head scratching.
    I particularly liked 4d (such a great word) and 24d along with the clever 1a but runaway winner today for me was 13d
    Many thanks to the 3 birds…..oh to be in NZ at the moment! .

  5. The usual Jay fun. Clues of the day were 1d and 24d. 10a took me ages. I had to wait for all the checking letters. Thanks to Jay and the 2ks.

  6. It’s Wednesday, it’s raining and grey, it’s the usual splendid Jay crossword with Hints and Tips from the 2Ks who make us wish we lived in NZ too.

    Thanks to all three birds

  7. That was a lot of fun but nicely testing. South acquiesced first. Don’t recall having heard of 6a previously but for some reason after seeking help it set me off thinking up clues for a muggy word beginning with another letter. 20a is rather broad. No standout Favs. Thank you Jay and the 2Kiwis (Goodness Jacinda Ardern has done a super job of keeping Covid under control – if only our lot would take a leaf out of her book!). 😷

    1. Your lot? What about ours? I think we’re in even more dire need of her services than you are.

  8. I wasn’t entirely convinced this was Jay but what do I know. Very much enjoyed either way. There were so many good clues to choose from it’s not easy to pick a winner but 10a sits atop of my podium with 12&15d & also thought the anagrams all top drawer. No idea who set it but found The Toughie marginally more straightforward if anything & certainly easier than yesterday. Wasted time saying the first 2 words in Quickie in a variety of silly accents until I twigged it was 3.
    Thanks to Jay & to the 2Ks – wish I was in NZ.
    Ps a hint of weak sunshine so time for a stroll with a listen to Desperado – Eagles & Downey to Lubbock – Dave Alvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Smokey in The Big Lebowski)

  9. 2*/4.5*. A light and very enjoyable puzzle for the first Wednesday of the New Year.

    6a was a new word for me but easily derived from the wordplay. My top two were 10a & 1d.

    Many thanks to the three birds.

  10. Another great puzzle at first I thought it was going onto the stinker pile, but it seems thatvthe put down and pick up later theory works. So new regimen, coffee, breakfast look at crossword do some struggle, take dogs for a walk come back relax smoke pipe and usually complete the puzzle. It dies not always work though.
    Thanks to the 2Ks and Jay.

  11. A very pleasant and very enjoyable Wednesday puzzle, why wouldn’t it be, completed at a gallop – **/*****.
    I was slightly ‘thrown’ by the ‘oddly’ in 6a as it is the ‘even’ letters of ‘windy’ that need to be selected.
    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 6d, and 24d – and the winner is 6d.
    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  12. Jay at the top of his game. **/**** I couldn’t figure out the why of 5d so thanks to the kiwis for that piece of enlightenment. I did initially think 10a was going to have something to do with guns but the checkers told a different story resulting in a loud clang as that penny dropped. Some inventive anagrams added to the entertainment. Hard to pick a favourite but I’ll go with 10a. Thanks to all.

  13. Rattled through though paused a while to parse 13d. Obvious from the checkers but unusual (I thought) to see the defintion split between start and finish of the clue. Thanks to today’s setter and the 2Ks.

  14. Another delightful Jay day with a bit of head-scratching over the 1a/d combo and the parsing of the nicely misdirecting 13d.
    No particular favourite for me but a most enjoyable solve.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks who are indeed fortunate to be able to live their lives away from the scourge of Covid.

  15. Very nice Wednesday fare 😃 **/**** Favourites 10, 14 & 18 across 👍 Thanks to the 2x Ks and to Jay. Nice to hear that the sun is shining in Kiwi land 🌞 3 out of 3 so far this week! Bring on Thursday 😳

  16. 6a. I took a long time solving this, as I was trying to work in WNY, these being the odd letters of windy. ID are the even letters.

    1. Hi Vince, I did exactly the same thing! So I guess that ‘oddly’ can denote any alternate letters, but ‘evenly’ is always the evens?
      I was held up for ages by 10a too, due to my cast iron conviction it had to do with photographers. 24d and 16a were favourites.
      Sunshiny day here in Sussex…I may take my permitted exercise now :-)

      1. Hi Lorna. I’ve always understood that “oddly” means odd letters, “evenly” means even letters, while “occasionaly” can mean alternate letters, either odd or even. I think setters sometimes bend the “rules” (or convention) to suit the surface reading?

      2. Hi Lorna, I too had photographers…and cameras scribbled into the margin convinced that one of them had something to do with 10a. I’m not a football fan, so the answer didn’t immediately spring to mind.

  17. I found this to be an excellent puzzle full of interesting clues. My favourite was def 10a.
    Thx to all

  18. A lovely Jay puzzle; it was a welcome distraction while Lola was at the vet.

    Lola is to return to the vet on Friday for biopsies on her ears and nose. It is no longer believed it is a simple infection, but all we can do now is wait and hope for the best. She is, naturally, still very lethargic and morose. She is eating very little.
    I must say a huge thank you for all the kindness and lovely comments yesterday – I saw them all but it was rather late and many may not have seen my reply. It was quite moving to read the comments and I am very grateful.

    Today’s Soundtrack: Music For Paradise – The Best Of Hildegard von Bingen (very calming!)

    Thanks to Jay and 2Ks, as ever.

    1. Sorry to hear Lola is still poorly. Hope the vet can get to the bottom of it. It’s very distressing, as you can’t explain that you’re trying to help to an animal like you could to a child.

      1. Thanks Chris – you’re right – the poor little thing doesn’t understand what’s happening at all…

      2. So sorry to hear Lola is no better, Terence and that further investigations are needed. It’s terrible when a pet is ill.

      3. A content pet means a content owner Terence, unfortunately a distressed pet is a distressed owner.
        As you say they don’t know or understand. Like Mrs LROK & I you have probably been through the wringer a number of times before.
        However I think that animals DO understand / know that you are giving all the love you can give , and this a positive force in the process
        Our thoughts and wishes for Lola, and you & yours

        1. I have only seen my husband cry twice. Once when my father died and once when he buried our beautiful
          18 year old dog. They take a piece of your heart.

    2. Poor Lola. Fingers crossed it’s not too nasty, the vet works some magic & she’s better soon. I bet there isn’t another cat who is known about in such far flung parts of the globe.

      1. That is true, Huntsman. Lola is known in many countries now. We all are wishing her, Terence and H well. As I said earlier, she has become the blog’s cat.

    3. I’m so very sorry to hear Lola needs further investigation. As many people here have said, a beloved pet’s illness is so painful to go through – even worse during lockdown when (at least at my own vet’s) you can’t go into the examination room with her. I do hope she improves, and will keep my paws crossed for her.

    4. Poor little mite, she’ll need a lot of TLC after Friday’s biopsies and I think I know just the man who’ll provide that!

    5. Sorry to hear that . Our Honey became very unwell on Dec 24 and had to be taken to the vet on Dec 25th , at considerable expense .
      She continued being unwell for a few days and has recovered now.Maybe there is some canine flu going around ?
      But even so , she eyed the turkey pointedly and managed to eat a tiny morsel.

    6. So very tough when you have an ailing pet. Very much hoping that Friday’s visit will get her back on the road to recovery. Been there, so feel for you.

    7. Thanks to everyone for such kind words. Lola has eaten a little warmed up salmon this afternoon, which is a good sign.

    8. Poor little Lola – and poor you too. I do hope that the vet is able to throw some light on what’s going on with her and also hope that she’s better soon and that you’re coping with it all.

    9. Sending powerful vibes to Lola, get well soon. You’re getting so much love from the BD commentariat.

  19. 10a my clear favourite in this delightful and enjoyable offering from Jay. Excellence comes as standard on a Wednesday, so we come to expect nothing less. A brief respite from the all pervading gloom of lockdown.

    Many thanks Jay for the fun and to our 2Ks.

  20. I think my best ever at a Jay offering only being stumped like others it seems on the new to me ‘medical term’ for 6a.
    COTD has to be 15d which made me smile when the penny dropped.
    Thanks to the 2Kiwis and Jay

  21. 10a was my last one in, in this corker of a Jay puzzle, and a total delight as usual. Highlights: 15d, 2d, 10a–and many more. Thanks to the Kiwis and to Jay. ** / ****

    Georgia very much on my mind, quite happily so, and another relatively gentle Toughie today.

    1. Here’s another one with all fingers crossed – it’s too much to hope for, I’m so scared I’m going to be disappointed.

      1. Never! One person is to blame for this shameful insurrection and murderous violence, and he is silently lapping it up.

              1. Be careful what you wish for, Pence scares me, though I admit he toed the line today. As a matter law, which of today’s activities by Trump is not considered a jailing offense?

                BTW, ask one of our bloggers to connect us by email, not fair to the rest to wash our dirty laundry on their forum. CS, for instance has access to our email addresses.

              2. Unimaginable scenes Robert. How in the world did the security forces fail to make it impregnable. Trump really has much to answer for & heaven only knows where it goes from here. I can’t say I envy Biden the size of the task that faces him.

                1. Blog protocol advises that we don’t comment on sex politics or religion. Not everyone on this blog has the same political views. As the protocol advises – if you want to discuss politics there are more appropriate forums
                  This is a crossword forum!

  22. Great fun. Evenly/oddly can actually mean either, although mostly refers to evens or odds.

    My COTD 15d…but then I love dead languages.

    Thanks to Kiwis & Jay

  23. Found this puzzle a little trickier than normal for a Wednesday once I got to the NW corner. Started at SE and worked may way across the grid steadily to the NW. The ending took me as long and then some as the rest of the puzzle. So what should have been a 1.5*/**** ended up as almost 3* /**** No matter. Also learnt a new word in 6a too.
    Some great & clever clues here too … 10a, 16a, 1d, 2d & 8d (with a huge groan when I finally sussed it(!!) and therefore my winner is 8d with runner up 16a
    Very enjoyable solve and a fun puzzle

    Thanks to the 3 birds … J & 2K’s

  24. Really enjoyable solve for me. Unusually for a Wednesday I found it a smooth solve with nothing causing head scratching.
    Am I finally getting Jay, or was it just a “gentle Jay” puzzle?
    As a member of the Goalkeeper’s Union 10a has to be my COTD.
    Thanks to Jay & the 2K’s.

  25. Very enjoyable. Clever clues, but not overly difficult and completed in my 1 start time. 10a was my pick of the day.
    For anyone wary of the Toughie, you might find it quite accessible today. Well done NZ for keeping Covid out – may that continue.

  26. Jay achieves the usual high standard with 10a 2d and 24d as top quality clues. Only hope that the 2Ks appreciate how lucky they are.

  27. Once again I am ‘in agreeance’ with everyone. We had a wonderful Parish Council Chairman many years ago who was a veritable Mr. Malaprop and that was one of his favourite words. He liked ‘revelant’ and ‘renumeration’ and prided himself on speaking forthfully. He talked of our ancestors who come after us and once delivered the sad news that an ex-councillor had died suddenly of an emblemism.
    However, to the crossword – we completed this at a gallop but then leapt up from the table as the sun came out and we snatched a quick walk. I walked without a stick and my big news is that last night I had a bath! Oh, Joy. I’d had a dry run the night before, fully clothed in case George had to bring the neighbours in to rescue me. How does Jay manage this week after week, so clever. 10a was my last in, being a sporty clue. Thanks to Jay and the 2 Kiwis – our summer seems far, far away.
    Thinking about poor little Lola.

    1. About half a lifetime ago my MD was arranging a bit of a Christmas bash . He walked into our office and asked if he could borrow a “gateau blaster“ to provide some music. No, really, he did.

      A difficult silence ensued.

        1. I wholeheartedly dispute your claim: gateau and biscuit are hardly synonymous.
          However your dry run story brought a smile, as some years ago I damaged a rotator cuff & did exactly the same to see if I had recovered enough to extracate myself from the bath!

    2. You haven’t been on the blog for long enough to remember Mary who lives in West Wales and had two basset hounds – Shadow and Angel.
      She was mistress of the art of getting words just a little tiny bit wrong. We had ‘perservation’ when something needed to be stuck at for a while; Latin numerals were ‘numberals’ and lots more which I can’t remember now but CS probably would. If I ever type ‘perseverance’ I really have to think about it carefully even now.

      1. Reminds of the time a patient came into my surgery in some distress. I asked her what on earth the matter was. She told me her young son of 3 had fallen and they had had to go to A&E. Her son now had a plaster on his arm.

        “Oh, that’s terrible,” I said. “Nothing worse than a broken arm”.

        “Oh it’s much worse than broken”, she said. “It’s fractured!”

    3. My favourite was from the man who lived opposite us when I was growing up who always described his car as a hunchback …

  28. Very satisfied today with not having to uncover any answers on the 2Ks blog. Very unusual with a Jay puzzle. 10a my favourite today although 6a reminded me of that lovely word, “tumescence.”

    Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks for providing such a pleasant solve.

  29. I was convinced 25d was a lurker – hand- ie a farm hand and one of ‘ all hands on deck’. Threw me for a while. For its simplicity and deviousness it is my favourite.

  30. A very nice puzzle but I wonder about the parsing for 14a, the word for emergencies has to I’s but the answer has I E, or maybe it is me, my COTD is 15d which brougth a smile to my face when I entered it.

    Thank you to Jay and the 2Kiwis

  31. I thought I’d never get going on this one, but once I got on Jay’s wavelength it flowed nicely. My LOI was 13d – I didn’t know it was acceptable to split the definition between the beginning and the end of the clue.
    I loved the clever anagrams – 22a was my favourite.
    Cheers to Jay and the 2 Kiwis (congrats to your test cricket side!)

  32. I liked 15d.It’s funny how some people can do it and with others it’s a stage whisper , audible to all.
    Thanks to the Kiwis and we long to be Covid free.Zoom classes are not user friendly.
    Thanks also to the setter.

    1. You are so right, Una. Some folk just cannot whisper for the life of them. The breath is used to whisper not the vocal cords. Mind you, if you want to whisper a secret don’t do so in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

  33. Three days in a row….hooray! I agree with the comment above about 6a. It could have read ‘….and even windy’.
    I loved 10a. It made me laugh out loud which surprised my wife who was drifting off to sleep.

  34. I almost did it. Just 14a and 12d stopped me finishing unaided. A Jay puzzle! Very happy, and even more with the 2Kiwis *** difficulty rating. Perhaps the turmeric I recently started taking having unexpectedly woken up some brain cells 😊. Really enjoyed so can’t pick out a COTD. Big thank you to Jay for a great start to my day, and to 2Kiwis for unraveling the two holdouts.

    1. I have been taking powdered turmeric for years BL (on the advice of my Indian Yoga Teacher) and George will affirm that it has had absolutely no effect on my brain cells whatsoever. She assured me it was good for arthritis but I don’t know that it does much for that either!

  35. Three cheers for Jay and the K’s for getting as close as is possible to cheering me up today.
    I thought this was a brilliant crossword.
    After a very slow and dim start everything went quite well, until 10a which I couldn’t see for ages.
    I couldn’t get the 11a anagram for a long time either – not until I got the “I” at the end when it became clear.
    Untangling 12d was a bit tricky too – hate it when people wear them – can’t talk to someone if I can’t see their eyes.
    Clues that I particularly noticed today included 14 and 29a and 24d. I think my favourite was 1d.
    Thanks, again, to Jay and the 2K’s
    Grey, drizzly and 2C in Oxford – yuk!

  36. Morning all.
    Looks like we found this one trickier than most people are reporting. We got off to a bad start by making a mess of the Quickie pun by missing the little word at 7a and trying to use WARN from 9a as the last part. No wonder it did not make sense.
    We felt so sorry for all you in the UK when we heard about your latest lock down. We feel so fortunate and somewhat guilty that we have managed to avoid a second occurrence here. Thinking of you and wishing you all the best.

    1. Please don’t feel guilty, 2Kiwis. We over in (not so) Fair Albion are heartened to learn of a place that is COVID free. Please enjoy it and make sure you all keep it that way.

  37. As Jay’s biggest fan, nothing surprising about my loving all of this. I was beaten by 6d and needed the 2Kiwis for that one, and I had to look up 12d in the dictionary; I knew the word just not sure what it meant. I even solved the quickie pun, I seldom do that. I had even heard of 6a.
    There was so much to like; 2d amused, 4d lovely word, 15d and 24d both clever, and so on.
    Thank you Jay, loverly Wednesday, and thanks to the 2Kiwis for helping me out. Enjoy your pestilence-free summer.l

  38. Solved all but 1 across and 2 down and needed the hints for these. Don’t think I would ever have got 1 across ( was looking for a material!), if I had though, 2 down would have jumped out straightaway even though I have never had a car that made that noise!!!!

  39. Took ages to understand the subtlety of 24d as I thought bizarre the fact that the creature might not be single. A word too many that needed to be dismissed to get it.
    Forgot about the plural of emergency in 14a and glad someone explained it on the blog.
    Last one in was 10a. Great clue.
    Thanks to Jay and to our Kiwis for the review. Sub zero temperatures at night down here which is very rare indeed. Hope the palm trees won’t suffer.

  40. Well I got there in end at 6pm (dogs tea-time). Dipped in and out during the afternoon doing chores etc. Honestly didn’t think I could do it but having checked there was such a word as tumid (it had to be?) felt quite chuffed. Though have to hold my hands up and admit the anagrams really helped.

    Daisygirl I can well imagine how you enjoyed your bath but had a dry run beforehand. I did exactly the same thing 4 years ago after recovering from a broken shoulder. I was quite tentative getting out for quite awhile!

    Do hope Lola recovers asap. Our pets become part of the family and it can be very stressful when they are ill. We have 2 rescue dogs and Doodles (she came with that name) has caused much heartache over the years but she’s now 17 and still with us despite 3 emergency trips to the vets Christmas week. Bless her! Mind you it has cost us an arm and a leg but we don’t begrudge the sacrifices for one moment. She means so much.

    Many thanks to Jay and the 2 Kiwis.

  41. Hello, the late shift signing on now. Like most I didn’t find it as hard as the 2 K’s, but challenging enough. I think I’m getting Jay’s wavelength now. Obviously never heard of 6a, but sympathetically clued and I have now. I know what 15d means despite not being able to read a note of music or speak foreign languages, I’ve looked it up before as I thought I needed to know when reading the words. Any road up favourite, amongst many, was 22d. Thanks to Jay and 2K’s.

  42. Strange this. I looked at it earlier yesterday and perhaps got three or four clues. I brought it to bed with me and it filled itself in as if by magic. Favourites 10 20 and 22a and 5 and 15d. Thanks Jay and 2Ks. No hints needed although I thought I would uncover 12a to make sure I had it right but found that one did not uncover for me!

  43. Was hoping to finish this last night but got stuck watching the events in Washington at 2am. I tried to finish it this morning but just couldn’t get the last clues (10a, 1d, 6d) without help. All very obvious of course once I found the answers. ***/***

  44. That was a come back in the morning sort of puzzle as the North East was defeating me. 6d was last in and I needed the blog to look it up. Still not sure as not my normal usage of dogs…

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