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DT 29766

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29766

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 28th Aug 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. Indeed a very straightforward and lovely Saturday puzzle from the setter. I feel delighted to present to you a full review of the same for your kind perusal and valuable feedback.

Solomon as the answer to the clue of 21a reminded me of the various religious books I know that give a good account of the great person most exalted for his wisdom. However, the inquisitiveness to find out more about him propelled me to revisit the net. According to the Talmud, he is one of the 48 prophets. The Hebrew Bible or Old Testament describe him as a wealthy and wise king of the United Monarchy of Israel who succeeded his father, King David and the conventional dates of his reign are about 970 to 931 BCE. It also identifies him as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem that was dedicated by him to Yahweh, the God of Israel. In the New Testament, he is portrayed as a teacher of wisdom excelled by Jesus, and as arrayed in glory, but excelled by ‘the lilies of the field’. Many centuries after his death, Solomon became the subject of many references and legends, most notably in the 1st-century apocryphal work known as the Testament of Solomon. Most unexpectedly, in mostly non-biblical circles, he also came to be known as a magician and an exorcist, with numerous amulets and medallion seals dating from the Hellenistic period invoking him name. The Quran of the 7th century describes Solomon by the Arabic variant ‘Sulayman ibn Dawood’ (Solomon, son of David) and considers him as the King and Prophet of the Israelites, who was bestowed upon with several gifts from the Almighty besides his wisdom, including the ability to control the wind and speak to animals and jinn.

I also came to learn more about the gymslip, the answer to the clue of 5d. I found out that while the British English uses the term pinafore dress, the American English prefers the term jumper dress for it. The credit for the introduction of the gymslip as a female athletic wear goes to Mary Tait, a student of the Swedish-born Martina Bergman-Österberg, who pioneered women’s physical education in Britain as a full subject within the English school curriculum, with Swedish-style gymnastics at its core. Bergman-Österberg advocated the wearing of Tait’s gymslips by women playing sports and gymnasts and track and field athletes wore them from the 1880s to the 1920s, as they were more mobile than traditional female attire. When not worn as athletic wear, a gymslip or pinafore dress is generally worn over a blouse and replaces a skirt. A blazer may be worn over the top. Gymslips are now largely replaced by modern-style uniforms.

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1a    Don’t promote record, our era (10)
DISCOURAGE: A charade of DISC (record), OUR from the clue and AGE (era) leads to the verbal definition meaning not to recommend or encourage

6a    Big English film (4)
EPIC: The abbreviation E (English) and the colloquial PIC (film) representing a cinema film in a charade, leading to the adjectival definition meaning monumental or grand

10a    Capital music broadcast (5)
SEOUL: Soul music, combining elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz, in its shortened version SOUL (music) as a homophone heard by the audience (broadcast) leads to the name of the capital of South Korea, a country in East Asia

11a    Pay a second visit, eh? (4,5)
COME AGAIN: Double definition; the first being an expression used by a host to mean that the visitor or the guest is again welcome at the place and the second being a colloquial request used to ask someone to repeat or explain something they have just said that could not be somehow heard or understood

12a    Primate, person taking exercise (8)
MANDRILL: A charade of MAN (person) with (taking) DRILL (exercise) takes to the definition of the world’s largest monkey, found mostly in countries in West Africa, that has a red and blue muzzle and looks superficially like a baboon, but more closely related to a Cercocebus mangabey

13a    Time saved by European poet (5)
DANTE: The dimensional symbol T (time) is protected (saved) by DANE (European) or a native of Denmark in Europe, leading to the definition of the Italian poet, writer and philosopher of the 13th century, celebrated for his ‘La divina commedia’ or ‘Divine Comedy’

15a    Public scoffing enormous apples initially — have too many? (7)
OVEREAT: Open or OVERT (public) taking inside (scoffing) the initials or first letters (initially) of E[NORMOUS] and A[PPLES]

17a    Bird, female swan, arm hugging one (7)
PENGUIN: PEN (female swan) followed by weapon or GUN (arm) embracing (hugging) the Roman numeral I (one), leading to the definition of a large flightless seabird of the southern hemisphere, with black upper parts and white underparts and modified flipper-like wings used for swimming under water

19a    Poker is ripe for duplicitous comments (7)
PORKIES: An anagram (ripe) of POKER IS takes to the colloquial definition of deceitful remarks or lies

21a    One day he was wise (7)
SOLOMON: A charade of single or SOLO (one) and Monday in its abbreviated form MON (day) leads to the definition of the biblical king known for his unusual wisdom who ruled Israel c. 970-931 BCE

22a    Wanderer runs by (5)
ROVER: The abbreviation R (runs) used in cricket is followed by OVER (by), leading to the definition of a person who spends their time roaming around or travelling from place to place

24a    Joint business rebranded Schubert (8)
BUTCHERS: An anagram (rebranded) of SCHUBERT leads to the definition of people who are engaged in the business of joints or large pieces of meat cooked whole or ready for cooking that is cryptically established from their engagement in a joint venture

27a    Liberal reforms blocked by a Tory originally affecting both parties (9)
BILATERAL: An anagram (reforms) of LIBERAL intercepted (blocked) by a combo of A from the clue and the first letter (originally) of T[ORY], leading to the adjectival definition meaning involving two parties or participants mutually

28a    Sound feature, I accepted (5)
NOISE: NOSE (feature) as the projecting part of the face used in breathing and smelling has I from the clue inserted (accepted)

29a    Dutch ball fluffed, a Mexican nets (4)
EDAM: Part of or hidden inside (nets) fluffED A Mexican unfolds the definition of a type of mild Dutch cheese shaped into globes with a red outer skin

30a    Beat learned, bad for Glenn Miller perhaps? (10)
BANDLEADER: An anagram (beat) of LEARNED BAD takes to the definition of the American big-band trombonist, arranger and composer who was the head of a musical band


1d    Hurry a little (4)
DASH: Double definition; the first being a verb meaning to run or travel somewhere in great haste and the second being a noun meaning a small quantity of added ingredient

2d    Genre also difficult for advertising worker (9)
SLOGANEER: An anagram (difficult) of GENRE ALSO leads to the definition of a person who invents or makes heavy use of advertising catch-phrases

3d    Covered in grease like cooked eggs, surface wiped (5)
OILED: [B]OILED (cooked eggs) like one of the types of egg preparations with the first letter (surface) erased or removed (wiped)

4d    Proof of purchase, bit held up by those starting rail trip (7)
RECEIPT: PIECE (bit) is embraced (held) while going up as a reversal in the down clue (up) by the first letters (those starting) of the words R[AIL] and T[RIP], leading to the definition of a written or printed statement acknowledging that a specified amount has been paid for something that has been purchased

5d    Good, simply adjusted, schoolgirl’s garment (7)
GYMSLIP: The abbreviation G (good) is followed by an anagram (adjusted) of SIMPLY, arriving at the definition of a sleeveless belted tunic reaching from the shoulder to the knee, formerly worn by schoolgirls

7d    Ordinary type of transport discussed (5)
PLAIN: Aeroplane in its shortened form PLANE (type of transport) is heard as a homophone by the audience (discussed)

8d    Dealing with worrying (10)
CONCERNING: Double definition of verbs in the present participle form; the first meaning relating to or having to do with and the second meaning making someone anxious or uneasy

9d    Red number (8)
CARDINAL: Double definition; the first being a vivid and bright red colour somewhat similar to the deep scarlet colour of a cardinal’s cassock or hat and the second being a numeral expressing quantity like one, two, three etc. as distant from an ordinal like first, second, third etc.

14d    Approach unfinished story that’s similar (10)
COMPARABLE: COM[E] (approach) without its last letter (unfinished) is followed by PARABLE (story), arriving at the adjectival definition meaning able to be likened to another

16d    Defect perhaps in gear, item fixed (8)
EMIGRATE: An anagram (fixed) of GEAR ITEM, leading to the verbal definition meaning to leave one’s own country in order to settle permanently in another, possibly due to the transfer of allegiance from home country to the one of destination

18d    Single drum in ear, vibrating (9)
UNMARRIED: An anagram (vibrating) of DRUM IN EAR

20d    Southern Spain and Portugal, generally cold place (7)
SIBERIA: The abbreviated S (southern) is followed by the peninsula IBERIA (Spain and Portugal, generally) in the southwest corner of Europe, covering most of the territory of Spain and Portugal, leading to the definition of the large cold region of eastern Europe and northern Asia, coming mostly under Russia, that is primarily known for its long, harsh winters, with a January average of –25 °C

21d    Guided underneath badger’s burrow, made oneself at home (7)
SETTLED: LED (guided) placed below (underneath) SETT (badger’s burrow) in the down clue

23d    House eleven in Aston (5)
VILLA: Double definition; the first being a detached or semi-detached house in a residential district, typically one that is Victorian or Edwardian in style and the second being the short name of the professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham

25d    Turn into something else (5)
HINGE: Part of or hidden inside (into) sometHING Else

26d    Look dance up (4)
LEER: A lively Scottish or Irish folk dance or REEL (dance) as a reversal by going up (up) in the down clue

Some of the clues that I enjoyed in this puzzle were 1a, 10a, 17a, 19a, 21a, 24a, 28a, 29a, 4d, 7d, 14d, 20d and 23d, of which 24a was my favourite. Many thanks to the setter for the enjoyable puzzle and to BD for the encouragement. Would love to be here again. Have a pleasant day.

4 comments on “DT 29766

    1. Thank you so much, Colin, for liking my review as usual. I feel all the more motivated and encouraged.

  1. 2*/4*….
    most of the clues enjoyable, but no particular favourite…
    interesting review by RA.

    1. Thank you so much, Robin Newman, for once again encouraging me through your patience perusal of the review and finding it interesting.

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