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DT 29737

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29737

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather has been uncomfortably hot for about the last two weeks. I’m writing this blog in the middle of the night while it’s a bit cooler and I can watch Adam Peaty in the Olympic swimming.  We’re off to Los Alcázares tomorrow afternoon where it’s always a bit cooler than here.

Maybe it’s because of the late solving but I found this puzzle to be a bit tricky for a Monday.  All good stuff, and enough gimmes and anagrams to get you a start, but there are some slightly off the wall bits. I’ll be interested to see how you all fared with it.

As usual the ones I liked most are in blue.  The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer.  Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.

Across

1a           Receiving repair damaged plant (8,7)
VIRGINIA CREEPER:  Anagram (damaged) of RECEIVING REPAIR.

9a           Reserve team, lower (7)
SUBSIDE:  A reserve in a football team followed by another word for said team.  I thought for a while that the lower might be a cow but sadly not.

10a         Boy returning with temperature given strange patent remedy (7)
NOSTRUM:  Your male child reversed (returning) followed by T(emperature) and the usual word for strange or odd.

11a         Bars accepting foreign money? Certainly not (2,2,5)
BY NO MEANS:  Start with a word for bars or vetos and insert (accepting) an anagram (foreign) of MONEY and then split the result (2,2,5).

12a         Left work by editor, made strides (5)
LOPED:  L(eft) and the usual work and the usual editor.

13a         Section of government — it leaked name (7)
ENTITLE:  It’s a lurker hiding in (section of) GOVERNMENT IT LEAKED.

15a         Skilled worker, one devoted to a cause, heading off (7)
ARTISAN:  One devoted to a cause, as in a freedom fighter, without his first letter (heading off).

17a         Club employee has energy bar, ultimately (7)
BOUNCER:  An employee who is on the door of a night club is a word for energy or vigour followed by R (baR ultimately).

19a         View across centre of Hull, and river (7)
VISTULA:  The longest river in Poland is another word for a view or panorama placed around (across) the central letters (centre of) Hull.

21a         Popular place makes contribution (5)
INPUT:  The usual two letters for popular followed by a word meaning to place.

23a         Book bargains here, and manuscript, item to be auctioned (6,3)
SALEMS LOT:  Somewhere you might find a bargain followed by the abbreviation of manuscript and finally the word for an item up for sale in an auction.

25a         Turned on about revised rate? Don’t be so naive (3,4)
GET REAL:  Another word for the on side in cricket is reversed (turned) and put around (about) an anagram (revised) of RATE.

26a         Not many bothered? It’s just the opposite (7)
ANTONYM:  Anagram (bothered) of NOT MANY.

27a         Savoury snack in packs, strong and rich when crunched (4,11)
PORK SCRATCHINGS:  Anagram (when crunched) of PACKS STRONG RICH.  And very tasty they are too!

Down

1d           That may be seen as evil involving sister, say (7)
VISIBLE:  Take a word describing something evil and insert an abbreviation which could apply to either a sister or a brother.  I spent far too long trying to get a nun into the answer, d’oh!

2d           Name of old boy, one in service (5)
ROBIN:  The usual abbreviation of old boy and an I (one) inserted into our Senior Service.  Not really keen on this clue.

3d           Such expressions may be meaningless, academic admitted (9)
IDIOMATIC:  A word for meaningless or stupid with a Master of Arts inserted (academic admitted).

4d           Learned head missing — say again (7)
ITERATE: A word for learned or well read without its first letter (head missing).

5d           Article collected by players ahead of a card game (7)
CANASTA:  The word for the players in a play goes around (collected) an indefinite article and then the A from the clue.

6d           Rest for artist after rest left (5)
EASEL:  Start with a word for rest and after it put an L(eft).

7d           Father in French capital wants us raised together (4,5)
PARI PASSU:  The usual two letter  father is inserted into the capital of France and is followed by a reversal (raised in a down clue) of the US from the clue.

8d           Managed to eat crackers before a period of fasting (7)
RAMADAN:  A period of fasting for Muslims is a word for crackers or loony and the A from the clue inserted into (to eat) the usual word for managed.

14d         Musician in bad temper following tense game (9)
TRUMPETER:  You need to start with a T(ense) and then the two letters for the game played by teams of fifteen gentlemen with odd shaped balls and the follow that with an anagram ()bad) of TEMPER.

16d         Examine striker, international (4,5)
TEST MATCH:  A word for examine or try out and a word for a striker you might use to light a cigarette.

17d         Phone in bar over to rear (5,2)
BRING UP:  Your local bar is reversed (over) and has inserted (in) a word for to phone or call.

18d         One taking stock of leader crossing street (7)
RUSTLER:  Start with the usual street and around it (crossing) put a leader or monarch.

19d         Brave, secure up in tank (7)
VALIANT:  Start with a large tank and insert (in) a reversal (up in a down clue) of a word meaning to secure.

20d         Occasionally employed by New York newspaper? (2,5)
AT TIMES:  This phrase meaning occasionally could also be taken to mean that you are employed by a famous New York newspaper.

22d         Tailor’s initial trick, we hear, making trousers (5)
TREWS:  These Scottish trousers are a T (Tailor’s initial) followed by some letters which aren’t a word but if pronounced would sound like a word for a trick or a ploy.

24d         Row over new type of cloth (5)
LINEN:  A row or queue followed by (over in a down clue) an N(ew).

I think my favourite here is 20d with 8d and 26a on the podium.


Quick crossword puns:

To be honest I haven’t a clue.  Without the newspaper I don’t know how many words are involved so all I can propose is that the top line might be   PRY    +    VAT    =    PRIVATE  and the bottom line doesn’t appear to me to have a pun.  I’m sure one of you guys will put me right.

Apparently it’s a four word pun (thanks to Jepi):

PRY     +     VAT     +     PACE     +     SHUNT     =     PRIVATE PATIENT

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  1. Oops! Didn’t really mean to publish this yet but at least it gives someone a chance to sort out the quick crossword puns before everyone else gets up!

  2. The blog is here so I might as well comment before someone re-schedules it. A fine Monday offering. A new phrase at 7 down and a new river at 19 across (New to me that is) both of which held me up but we’re very gettable once studied. Thanks to Campbell possibly and to Pommers for the early morning blog.

  3. 1.5*/3*. The usual light and pleasant start to the week with 26a, 8d & 18d on my podium.

    Many thanks to the setter and to pommers.

  4. Is it that time already!
    I didn’t know the Latin phrase at 7d, the Polish river or the book but the checkers and wordplay got me there.
    Overall quite good fun with 3&8d in the minor places with top spot going to the excellent 26a.
    2/3.5*
    Many thanks to Campbell and “The Early Bird”.

  5. Light & pleasant sums it up. 7d new to me also but the wordplay got me there & otherwise very straightforward. Very partial to 27a so they can have my vote as COTD. Always remember a Bulgarian work colleague refusing to go up to the bar & order 4 pints of Bishop’s Finger & 4 packets of them because he thought we were winding him up.
    Thanks to Campbell & Pommers

  6. Like Stephen L, I didn’t know the Latin phrase or the Polish river but managed to work them out to give an unaided solve. Plenty to like with just enough head scratching and dropping pennies. I loved the tussle with the two long ones at 1a and 27a. I also tried to fit “nun” into 1d before seeing the error of my ways. My COTD is 26a.

    Many thanks to the setter (Campbell?) and to the early Pommers.

  7. Improved Monday fare. I don’t think I am alone in not knowing the latin phrase in 7d. I also didn’t understand the necessity for New York in 20d – maybe a misdirection.

    1. There is a question mark at the end of the clue. I took New York to be an example of a city, and probably the most famous city, to publish this newspaper.

      1. Most famous? Harrumph! There’s The Times, and then there are the other Times newspapers, of which the (young upstart …) NYT is one, where some other identifier is required. Similarly there’s The Open, with other Open golf tournaments identified by where they take place!

        :-D

        1. It reads better with an identifier. We don’t talk about the London Times, so I reckon the NYT reference is as good as any other. I’ve not a clue about golf venues but I thought the Open over here is held in different places each year and on a links course but I may well be wrong.

        2. And, the Thunderer leads the upstart New York newspaper by 66 years, if one counts the three years it was known as the ‘mouthful’ of The Daily Universal Register, 63 years if not.

      1. Greater than the original Thunderer? I think not. Nobody has seriously addressed my point that the reference to NY is not only redundant but almost insulting.

        1. I don’t know about insulting but it is redundant and inexplicable. I think MG (above, in this thread) has addressed your point (partly, at least).

  8. Gentle start to the week. Remembered 7d from my commercial banking days but needed to check the river. 27a is my favourite clue today.

    Thanks to today’s setter and Pommers.

    1. Jonners, yes learned for Law Related to Banking in part two of the old AIB exams. Passed & got my £100 from Midland, a good sum in 1976!

  9. 10a and 19a were both new ones for me but fairly obvious from the clues. The NW corner held me up most in what I found to be quite an obtuse ***/*** puzzle although 17a was my last one in for some reason – seems pretty obvious now. I did enjoy 23a which gets my COTD. With thanks to pommers and the setter. A Plymouthian now has a gold medal too! I bumped into him at the railway station a while back as his mum’s suitcase had fallen open and I was giving her her a hand when he turned up. A nice chap.

  10. An enjoyable puzzle, with a few challenging clues (2*/3.5*). Like Bertie, I couldn’t see why the New York part was included in 20d. I liked the two long anagrams ar 1a and 27a but 7d was my clue of the day. Thanks to Pommers for the hints and to Campbell for a fine puzzle. Back to the medal shower at the Olympics, Magic Monday indeed.

  11. Very enjoyable with great surface reads as we’ve come to expect on a Monday. All over too soon, */**** for me. Have never really understood the difference between iterate and reiterate. Chambers has the former as ‘say again’ and the latter as ‘say again and again’! Google mentions some mathematical significance for iterate, which just seems to be repeating something. This language of ours, honestly. I’ll (re)iterate that … this language of ours, honestly. Thanks to all.

    1. WSC once responded to being interrupted in the Chamber by a pompous member’s correction by saying ” I iterate and reiterate …”.

  12. A highly entertaining puzzle this morning. A good variety of clues. I had to dust some cobwebs from the corners of my brain to remember 7d but I did know the river. **/**** Favourite 23a. Thanks to all.

  13. Nice and straightforward for a sunny Monday morning. 7d was my clear favourite of many enjoyable and fun clues.

    Absence of a second pun makes me doubt the ownership of this, so my thanks to our setter and to pommers.

    1. Welcome to the blog

      Is the clue different on the iPad app? The DT puzzles site has the same clue and solution as Pommers has in his Hints and Tips

      1. It was a previous answer here that was slightly wrong and lazily copied by me. All amended now. Thanks

  14. I knew the Latin from years of it in school and the river from my memorable days in Krakow, and I even figured out a four-word pun at the top of the Quickie, so I had a good ride through today’s puzzle, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The only thing that held me up a bit was parsing 11a. Kudos to 23a, 11a, and 27a. Thanks to pommers and today’s setter. ** / ****

  15. Great puzzle, most enjoyable: it really felt to be one of Campbell’s (I don’t do the quickie, so cannot comment in that regard) and made for a very satisfying Monday morning coffee-break. I don’t usually rate anagrams as being that memorable (or enjoy seeing many of them in a grid) but 1a and 27a were ingenious, the latter’s surface being particularly smooth.

    So many good clues though, that any number could have been on my podium, but space constraints limit them to 19a, 23a, 1d, 3d and 22d, with today’s cruciverbal “Daley and Lee” being 10a and 7d.

    1.5* / 4*

    Many thanks to Campbell (?) and Pommers.

  16. Tricky in places; Latin recalled from fifty-five years ago was a major help. As a vegan, 27a made me squirm rather!

    Off out to luncheon and hoping the weather will be kind so we may sit outside.

    Today’s crossword soundtrack: Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones.

    Thanks to the setter and to pommers.

  17. Toughish for a Monday, but as usuual very enjpyable. Knew the Polish river but not the 7d phrase.
    Solved in *** time clockwise from NE corner.
    COTD was 11a
    Agree with Khalid than answer for 1a in the review might be revisited.
    Thank you to setter and pommers.
    Fantastic yesterday that Stephen Dodd won the British Seniors.
    Stephen developed through all our County and Welsh coaching schemes nearly 40 years ago. Still can’t believe it. I have watched a number of our juniors develop into Tour players over the years. To have one of them achieve what he did is just the icing on the cake. Never thought I would see it in my lifetime.

    1. Tried to edit out the comment re 1a as I saw after posting it had been corrected but for some reason couldn’t.

    2. Excellent result & everything I’ve ever heard or seen suggests he’s one of the good guys. Was out yesterday so have the conclusion recorded which I’ll watch with interest. Exemption on the Champions Tour will be truly life changing for him (look what it’s done for Broadhurst) plus the bonus of the 150th Open at St Andrew’s.
      The one thing that struck me is how out of shape some of the guys are. Bjorn seems to have swallowed a cow whole, Darren is clearly back on the sauce & well the dear old Colin has just given up. Whatever Bernhard makes of it heaven only knows….

  18. I was glad of the clear wordplay for 19a & 7d – both of which had to be dragged up from the murky depths of the old grey matter and I had a bit of tussle with parsing 14d as I’d got a ‘pet’ in mind for the bad temper.
    Top three here were 25a plus 8&18d.

    Thanks to our Monday setter – I wouldn’t discount Campbell as I seem to recall that he’s given us one four word pun instead of two shorter ones in the past (unless, of course, he’s fond of that obscure band Mister Park!). Thanks also to pommers, hope you find a cool spot in Alcazares tomorrow.

  19. No beefs from me about this one – the 2 referred to 7d and 19a quite gettable but had to check them. Lovely walk at Morston this morning where the famous accident happened – this time paid attention and stayed upright! Sorry that people are deluged with rain, we haven’t had any more is the pity. I’m afraid to say I love 27a but as it is so unhealthy don’t indulge very often. Thanks to the setter and Pommers.

  20. So, problems with the puzzle page again. This time one is expected to read a very pale orange on white . Just as well I’m not intending to send off th GK puzzle. What is wrong with these people?

  21. Definitely more tricky than usual for a Monday puzzle – 2.5*/3.5*.

    7d needed confirmation after ‘teasing’ out with the wordplay and the checkers and a vague recollection from O-Level Latin (failed) – so a fair clue.

    20d a typical definition by example with the ‘?’ at the end of the clue.

    No standout favourites today.

    Thanks to, presumably, Campbell and our ‘early posting’ blogger.

  22. Certainly different for a Monday but no less enjoyable. 18d my favourite among a plethora of good clues. Would have nominated for 7d for favourite but chose not to for fear of showing Bertie that descendants of the Irish Famine know a bit of Latin.

    Thanks to Pommers and the setter for an enjoyable morning.

    1. I’m not sure why you should think that I deprecated the Irish – my family came from County Kerry. Killowen to be exact.

      1. I assumed you were implying that having an Irish background would HELP in identifying the Latin phrase. Not the opposite.

  23. For some reason made heavy weather of this to start with but eventually shook off the Monday morning blues and hey presto it all fell into place. Have to admit 11a was an unparsed bung-in. Forgot 23a book. 6d is becoming a bit of a bad penny. Several goodies including 27a, 3d, 16d and 18d. Thank you Campbell(?) and pommers.

    1. Have only just got around to reading hints which it’s fun to do after the event so thanks again pommers particularly for the delightful interlude from the still mourned Satchmo.

  24. Very enjoyable .7d was new to me but I somehow guessed it.
    26a was amusing.
    Thanks to the setter and pommers.
    Our lovely heat wave has gone , unfortunately.

  25. Great start to the week, like many others 7d and the river were new to me but Mrs 2P knew of the river through her Polish heritage, teamwork that’s what I call it!

    Thanks to pommels and the setter

  26. Has anyone out there ever had plantar fasciitis? I’ve got it and today’s puzzle took the pain away for a while so thank you setter and pommers for providing some very welcome relief and distraction!!!

    1. You’re by no means alone, Shrimp. My elder daughter has been suffering from it for a couple of years now and the wife of one of our blog regulars is in a far worse state as a result of the same affliction.

    2. Mrs LROK has suffered with it on and off for many years. Shrimp I hope you get rid pf it but there does not seem one method to effect a cure.

      1. I find theexercise that my GPsuggested most effective. Stand on the bottom step of the staircase with your heels hanging over the edge of the step. Let your heels dropdown, stretching the Achilles tendon for at least 30 . seconds. It works best jf you do this 6 times every couple of hours. Little orthotic support pads to go in shoes are also available to reduce impact on the heel and keep the foot in the correct position when you walk. Good luck. It’s a miserable business and very common amongst those that have had knee replacements like me.

        1. Thanks Chriscross.
          She tried that but found putting a hard ball under the foot & rolling it around worked better for her (she did it whilst doing her piano practicing).
          She is in a running club and got every suggested cure short of withcraft.

    3. Yes, I’ve got it now and had it for the last 3 months or so – only under my left heel. Right one is fine. It’s painful and a damned nuisance, especially if you enjoy long walks, as I do. I’ve not been to the doc’s or anything but my sister-in-law gave me some dense foam heel pads that fit into shoes and they help a little. I just keep plodding on, gritting my teeth and hoping it’ll ease up and go away on its own.

      1. I know it’s painful even if touched with the finger. Another friend had it for the first time and went to his GP. She kept touching the affected spot on the foot and asked “Does that hurt?”
        He said that it did and if she touched it again he would brain her! Not usually a man given to histrionics, I surmised it must be painful indeed. You have my sympathies, Jose.

        On a brighter note, how did you get on with the weekly clue contest? Not knowing your true name I don’t know if you were mentioned.

        1. I’ve just about given up with contacting the doc, I always get a telephone consultation with the same conclusion – it’s just a part of getting old, not much can be done about it! I didn’t get a mention in the competition, I’m Jose Torres. I sent a clue off then later thought of a “better” one and sent that off too. Maybe you’re not allowed more than one go – they have to decide which one is your preference. But then, they have to decide anyway with all the clues. I see that 3 regulars on here were mentioned again.

  27. Thank you very much setter for an excellent Monday puzzle. I agree with Pommers Podium of Peaches – I think my very favourite was 11a. Grandma Angus always referred to Trews, a nice word to use. We had the big air show at Duxford over the weekend but sadly after all the brilliant blue skies we have had, the weekend was really low cloud and we heard the Red Arrows but did not see them. I hope Pommers will get forty winks this afternoon. And oh, I’ll stir things up a bit – why oh why don’t the BBC put the Olympics on BBC2 and leave us the news on One. This morning BBC 2 was showing a repeat of the Repair Shop and, good as that is, I am sure it could have been replaced by the Olympics. I rely on catching up with the news at 8am as George has the DT. Grrrr.

    1. Absolutely agree re the BBC and the Olympics – maddening! DG did you get any rain? We didn’t sadly.

      1. No we didn’t. Or at least we had a spattering but the ground is still dry as can be. Most frustrating. I try to keep up with the watering but I’ve got so many pots and baskets (why do I make life difficult for myself) and the wind as much as the heat dries them out. Just enjoyed the first tomatoes today!

    2. I am led to believe that the Beeb is limited by the world tv olympic rights to showing only two live events. So they have to resort to review programmes.

      1. The swimming finals are in the morning (Tokyo time) so that the Americans can watch them in prime TV time in the US.

        Dollars, Dollars, Dollars !

        The time difference didn’t matter to Adam Peaty …

  28. When I got up this morning, quite late as you might guess, it was still dark and then we had the mother and father of all thunderstorms!!! Thankfully normal service has now been resumed :smile:
    .

  29. Another good start to the non-work week with this Monday puzzle. Filled the grid from top to bottom with the last in being 22d. Clues to like include 10a, 26a, 7d, 16d & 17d with winner 17d. Clues that caused a groan or a grin included 11a, 12a, 23a & 27a

    Thank to setter & pommers for a fun solve

  30. Thanks to the setter and to Pommers for the review and hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, but really tricky for a Monday. Needed the hints for 17a, and to parse 11&25a, and 3,14,19d. I never did Latin at school, but managed to get 7d from the wordplay, very obscure for me, as was 19a. Once again the wordplay came to the rescue. Favourite was 23a. Was 3* /4* for me. Just recovering from a 20mph-plus bike crash last Wednesday. Hope to be back in the saddle ( gingerly) tomorrow.

  31. Was this really a Campbell today? I found the clueing disappointing, having to check the hints to see if my answers were right on occasion. Several got the ☹️ emoji award, including 23a, 2d and 7d. Fingers crossed I do better with the 731 cryptic today. Afternoon rain has arrived here early today, but the plants will be happy as the sun is unrelenting at this time of year. Thanks to Campbell, and to Pommers. I do agree with your rating of “slightly off the wall”. But I doubt I could compose a satisfactory crossword, and definitely not in a regular basis.

  32. Dividing my time as I do between Kent and Devon, I find this blog quite fascinating. For someone who loves a good thunderstorm I’m always in the wrong county!
    A run of the mill crossword with 1a being my COTD.
    I notice no one else has commented on today’s rubbish puzzle page. Am I the only one to do the GK crossword and enjoy a couple of Codewords? Surely not!

    1. I do the GK crossword, JB but haven’t done Codewords for quite a while. The one I just cannot understand is the Griddler.

      Oh, and I love a good thunderstorm. A couple of years back we had one that went on for two hours with lightning in every corner of the sky every few seconds. Best storm I have ever witnessed.

    2. I gave up on the GK crossword. I can’t remember last week let alone films made in 1943. Or pretty much any other year for that matter. My GK is clearly not on this level.

    3. Given the time, I fill in every white square in the paper if I can!
      I too love a good thunderstorm. Sadly we don’t seem to get many in South Wales.

  33. I found this really friendly, apart from 7d, used word search for that, and 23a, not heard of that either. I’ve never read anything by Stephen King and not likely to do so, not my bag. Last in was 1a, lateral thinking let me down again and kept thinking of “plant” as a factory or such. I found so much to like, maybe 5d is fave, remember when we all played it by the hour.
    Thank you Campbell for the fun and pommers for the hints and tips, and Louis Armstrong.

  34. I completed this, only relying on electronics to check the river existed, so really enjoyed it. I knew the latin phrase, I don’t know many, but it was my first one in having leapt off the page. Struggled with the first half of 1a, until i got the first letter. Never heard of it and would have liked the redundant US reference in 20d moved to 1a, but im not really complaining. Great fun. Thanks to the compiler,27a was my cotd, but also liked 3d when i finally got it.

  35. Started by thinking 1a was Creeping Riviera ……. yes it exists but realised totally incompatible with the Down clues !

  36. Hello. Thank you for the puzzle and the hints, of which I needed some today. I’m a bit out of practice and struggled with this, so I was relieved to see others finding it hard-for-a-Monday too.

    The 23a book I knew from a quiz a few years ago at Ilkley Literature Festival: we were given authors and anagrams of titles; the best we could come up with with those letters was ‘Mole’s Tales’, which didn’t sound much like a Stephen King title.

    For 4d’s ‘say again’, I had ‘imitate’ for a while. In computer programming, 4d is used to mean going through a list of items, processing each one in turn; I’d never heard the meaning here.

    My favourite might be 26a.

  37. Never heard of 19a, 23a. the shortened sister say in 1d or 7d and its only Monday! I will admit to using some electronic help on some of those but it doesn’t augur well for the rest of the week. No real favourite. Thanks to the setter and Pommers.

    1. Not exactly a shortened sister, hence the “say”. It is short for sibling so could be sister brother or any other variation.

  38. Finished unaided in good time. Did not know the book and had only vague memories of the Latin, but they had to be what they had to be. A lot of varied and clever clues but 27a made me laugh and is fav. Also an award for the quickie pun.Thanks to setter for enjoyment and to Pommers for doing the night shift.

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