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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29895

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NAS Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Yesterday I changed my newspaper subscription from ‘Print’ to ‘Online Digital’

My direct debit will change from £52 per month to £55 per annum. A saving of £569 per year.

This means that I no longer get tokens to exchange for a dead tree paper.The lack of a physical newspaper won’t bother me. I haven’t had one delivered for years, much preferring the online version which arrives magically during the night ready for me first thing in the morning. The phone number to change your subscription or begin a subscription is at the bottom of the page. StephenL, I owe you one.

As for the crossword, well it’s a daily dose of daftness. A trivial pursuit not worth making a fuss about. Merely a minor infraction into one’s day

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8a        Son breaks mirror in recess (4)
APSE:  The word mirror here is a verb. A word meaning to copy or mirror is broken into by the abbreviation for son

9a        One good to leave White House ladies? (3)
LOO:  A white house that might be built within the Arctic circle needs to lose the letter that looks like the number one and the abbreviation for good

10a      On ship notice pig brought in (6)
ABOARD:  A male pig sits inside a shortened notice or advertisement

11a      Meat in iron container perhaps served thus? (6)
FLAMBÉ:  A type of meat sits inside the chemical symbol for iron to give a method of cooking

12a      Loyal subject — bloke from Belgian city? (8)
LIEGEMAN:  Split 5,3 this loyal vassal might be a geezer from a Belgian city. The one that sits on The Meuse river and boasts the Romanesque Church of St Bartholomew and The Grand Curtius Museum

13a      Revolutionary leaders located in rallies round France (8,7)
FOUNDING FATHERS:  Begin with a word that means located. Add the word in from the clue. Add a word meaning rallies or amasses. Divide what you have in the right place and put it around the abbreviation for France. These revolutionary leaders were a bunch of like minded lads from way back when who messed about with the politics of what is now The United States of America

15a      Initially Prince Harry agrees forecast (7)
PRESAGE:  The initial letter of the word Prince is followed by an anagram (harry) of AGREES

17a      Hidden article in building on street (7)
STASHED: A three part charade. 1 A single letter article 2 The abbreviation for street 3 A building, typically found in a garden and currently appearing at 15 across in today’s Toughie. Arrange to suit the instructions in the clue

20a      In which three lovers linger and alternate excitedly? (7,8)
ETERNAL TRIANGLE: An amusing surface read leads one to an anagram (excitedly) of LINGER and ALTERNATE

23a      Theatre skill doubled energy in comic dialogue (8)
REPARTEE:  A type of theatre like the one next to the library In Birmingham is followed by a word synonymous with craft or skill. A double dose of the abbreviation for energy rounds things off

25a      Emperor, okay at heart, lives on in retirement (6)
KAISER:  The two central letters of the word okay are followed by a short word meaning lives or exists. This is followed by the reverse of another short word meaning on. Yes it took me a while too

26a      Company, extremely loyal, that is dog (6)
COLLIE:  A three part charade in the right order. 1 The abbreviation for a company 2 The outer letters of the word loyal 3 The common abbreviation for that is

27a      Warmer in Inverness unusually (3)
SUN:  The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue as indicated by the word in

28a      Dope pockets pound in depressed Scots area (4)

GLEN: Dope here is an informal noun meaning information. A synonym of dope or information sits around the abbreviation for the monetary unit which is the good old English pound



1d        God appearing in an election round? (6)
APOLLO: Begin with a two word term for an election 1,4. Add the roundest of round letters

2d        American expression for bus station? (8)
TERMINUS: American expression for bus station? What else is there to say. Is this at all cryptic? Am I missing something? Help!

3d        Silent shareholder out East for example (8,7)
SLEEPING PARTNER: A word meaning out or not being awake is followed by what East is to West as a team in a game of Bridge

4d        Picture educational establishment with area for English (7)
COLLAGE:  An educational establishment offering further or higher education needs its letter E changing to the letter A as indicated by the words Area for English

5d        Side with weak ruler? Innovative approach to solving problem (7,8)
LATERAL THINKING: Begin with a word meaning side. Like a side shoot on a plant perhaps. Add a word meaning weak, lean or spare. Add a male ruler or monarch

6d        Jack hopes somehow to become famous carpenter (6)
JOSEPH:  A abbreviation for Jack is followed by an anagram (somehow) of HOPES

7d        Killer a tailless bird upended (4)
ORCA:  Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a four letter bird, a member of the corvid family. Remove the birds last letter. Reverse what you have

14d      Sussex town luminary eats sandwiches (3)
RYE:  The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue as indicated by the word sandwiches

16d      Boring routine of lady leaving hospital (3)
RUT: A find the lady clue. This one is my younger sister. A book of the Old Testament. A feeling of pity, distress or grief. Remove the abbreviation for hospital from the ladies name

18d      Drunken sea dog in coastal location (3,5)
SAN DIEGO:  Anagram (drunken) of SEA DOG IN

19d      Sceptic is entertained by Hatter, not completely mad (7)
ATHEIST:  The word IS from the clue sits inside an anagram (mad) of most of the word HATTER

21d      You don’t say recover having swallowed ecstasy (6)
REALLY:  A word meaning to recover from illness surrounds the abbreviation for ecstasy

22d      Misrepresented Queen songs (6)
LIEDER:  Split 4,2 we have a synonym of misrepresented (told untruths) followed by her majesty’s regnal cypher.  Thank you Fez. Avoid songs by Queen. Pop pap of the lowest form

24d      Disclose when head departs college (4)

ETON:  Find a term 3,2 which means to disclose something. Remove the first letter to find what might be Englands only four letter college. It’s the one near Windsor that educates most of our prime ministers


Quickie Pun  Cote + Due + Roan = Côtes du Rhône









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119 comments on “DT 29895

  1. I really struggled to get on wavelength today, with a mere four across clues solved on the first pass; however, the downs led to the lighting of the way, and I crossed the finish line at a sprint in ** time.

    The parsing of 3d was beyond me and 17a took far longer than it should.

    I did note that seven out of twenty-eight clues used a question mark. Is this a particular trait of any of the compilers?

    Thanks to them and MP.

  2. I agree with our illustrious hinter that 2d appears to be a little disappointing in not being cryptic but otherwise done cracking clues in this ***/**** effort. I thought 9a and 5&7d the best of the bunch with my COTD going to 5d. Very enjoyable Thursday fare.

          1. Very clever misleading clue. A bus station in America is a terminal I think. At first I gave that as my answer wondering what was cryptic about it. When I spotted my mistake I also understood the reason for the ? A double bluff perhaps.

  3. Very enjoyable way to start my birthday (and that of YS if my memory serves me correctly!)
    I particularly liked the short clues along with 12,13&23a plus 2d (though I suspect it’s a chestnut). Great stuff and thanks setter. Many thanks to MP too.

  4. I made a slow start at the top but, when I started at the bottom, the checkers soon went in and things speeded up (2*/5*). I quite like this compiler’s clues and throughly enjoyed the puzzle. I liked the quirky 13a and 5d rogether with 12a and 18d. Thanks to MP for the hints and to the compiler

  5. And now something completely differant today , do we have a new setter? unusual grid too.
    Excellent surfaces everywhere and after a quick look through found it was right on my wavelength,especially the long clues 13a,5d 3d, and my favourite 20a.Last in was 24,thought it must be a 3/2 with the top missing
    Going for a **/*****.
    Thanks to MP for the pics and a special mention for our setter for a cracking puzzle.

  6. I have ticks all over my scratchpad for this excellent puzzle, beginning with 5d, 13a, 25a and extending into double digits. I really enjoyed this tricky teaser last night, the best of this week’s backpagers for me this week, so far. Laughed out loud with 9a and 21d, and the image of those drunken sea dogs in a major naval seaport (one of my favourite cities) was also most amusing. Thanks to MP for the expansive review (always enjoyable) and to today’s setter. 2.5* / 5*

    Very elegant Toughie, which (with a bit of an electronic boost) I managed to finish at 0300!

  7. Funny, I found this far easier than yesterday and emerged from my bunk with just two left which I polished off over my boiled egg. Happy Birthday to all of you celebrating your big day today. Thanks to the setter and MP. 2d was my first in and I thought it was very clever. Wordle in 4.

  8. Happily on wavelength for a brisk solve in just over * time though the parsing of the last 2 letters of 25a, my last in, eluded me. Not my favourite of the week so far but plenty to like & the style had a fresh feel to it. Top clue for me the somewhat risqué surface read at 20a with 2d & 9a on the podium.
    Thanks to the setter & MP
    Ps day 4 of Wordle for me & after a 6 & two 5s I got today’s in 3. Can’t figure out if it was pure fluke or I’m getting the hang of it

    1. I suppose we learn not to duplicate dud letters and where to place wrongly positioned letters and therefore should improve as we go. We are used to solving anagrams. Wordle consists of anagrams with missing letters

    2. H. Given time, you’re bound to get the hang of Wordle and improve. If you are lucky with your first guess, obviously that helps. Getting it in three is excellent and any quicker probably would be largely a fluke. You get 6 goes to find the answer word and if you do, that’s a success. I think the aim is to get as many successes on the trot as possible.

      1. For the first time did it in 2 today but don’t consider it a fluke! A lot depends on one’s opening word and the position of vowels.

        1. Any first word guess should include a sensible mix of vowels/common consonants but if it turns out to be mostly accurate it is still simply good luck. You may then use some skill to be successful with your second effort – but that, in nearly all cases, will be a result of extreme luck with the first guess. I acknowledge that you disagree, but well done anyway!

            1. Wordle in 3. Bit of both – skill and luck. First word I had two vowels both wrong but two consonants in wrong place. Second try I had them in right place with two vowels in right place. Just the first letter was wrong. That’s where the luck really comes in because of several fit it’s hard to choose.

    3. Hi Huntsman, in answer to your question from yesterday…I have temporarily given up on the Graun, only because I am very busy at work and short of crossword time. The Telegraph crosswords are much easier and so get done quicker (except yesterday!).
      In the words of Arnie, “I’ll be back”.

  9. Started well with the top half but the bottom took a bit longer.
    Always good to get the 4 long clues in quickly.
    Very enjoyable 👍
    MP – the phras in your tip for 24d should be split 3,2 (not 2,3)

  10. I found this one very difficult but through persistence I solved it. I was just congratulating myself on doing so when I noticed I hadn’t solved 7d. Despite having two checking letters, this four letter answer took me as long to crack as any other clue.

    Today’s crossword soundtrack: Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark.

    Thanks to the setter and The Miff (with his new found wealth).

    1. A real favourite. The live version on Shadows and Light has an amazingly on-form Jaco Pastorius on bass.

  11. In contrast to yesterday, I loved this one. Ticks all over the paper one of which was 2d, which caused some controversy but it is cryptic as others have pointed out. Plenty of head scratching and pennies dropping hither and thither made for an enjoyable solve – unaided, which hasn’t happened for a while. Favourites include 15a and the aforementioned 2d but my COTD is the very neat 9a because “White House” threw me for ages.

    Many thanks to the setter for the fun and to MP for the hints.

    Wordle in 4, which takes my current streak to 9.

    1. Wordle in 4 too Steve.
      My running average is 4.13 goes to solve (we count a fail as 7 gts).

  12. It took a while for this to begin to come together but once underway I really enjoyed tackling the subsequent challenge. I often seem to miss the bridge associations so have to admit to bunging in 2d. So many excellent clues that I will resist nominating a Fav. Many Happies to today’s dob celebrants. Thank you Mysteron and MP.

  13. An enjoyable and friendly crossword – I solved a great number of clues purely from reading them while sorting out the blog template for MP, so once I’d written them into the grid, the rest didn’t take long to fall into place

    Thanks to the setter and MP

  14. £55 per annum, Wow, is that an introductory offer price? I pay more than three times that!😥

    Thanks for the hints by the way!

    1. It is the price for the basic digital package. The Daily Telegraph will arrive on my iPad in the early hours of the morning ready for me to tap and download in seconds. I get the paper in its entirety followed by the puzzles pages which give me each day’s Cryptic and Quick crosswords. A code word. The Toughies on Toughie days and two sudoku puzzles.
      I also get access to various offers but never bother with that. Try calling the number at the end of the blog to discuss your options

      1. We went from full subscription to Saturday only plus digital when we moved up here. Rarely look at the dead tree version nowadays & all we use it for is lighting the fire!
        Will be dropping the Saturday version next month.
        However what will the cost be if more & more people opt for digital only.
        Hurrah for the dyed in the wool adherents of the traditional newspaper. But will it become the latest “milk bottle on the doorstep”?

        1. We pay an awful lot too. I assumed it was for having the ability to actually print the crosswords. I will have to take a look at it.

  15. The hidden spoiler thingy for 25a isn’t working. Still working on the puzzle. Back later after Mama Bee has had her barnet permed.

  16. Thanks to setter and MP. Right on wavelength today, so a speedy but still v enjoyable solve. In 22d, I think the intention is a split 4/2 rather than a homophone. And I liked 2d – I don’t think it’s an Americanism so clue is straightforward cryptic, but even so it would work as &lit. I tried something similar recently with the semi-&lit:
    Large secure hospital (9)
    (Will change it for something better if the puzzle ever sees light of day! But anyway, point is I don’t see anything wrong with a surface reading like a non-cryptic clue.)
    Favourite 9a. Thanks again!

  17. Thanks to Miffs excellent hints I have now done this. I agree it does seem like a new setter but I did like the long clues 3d 5d 13a 20a. Happy birthday to all concerned. I must dash to Mama Bee’s hairdo but wish to thank setter and Miffs ( and also Terence) for some cracking music clips that I have saved for later.

  18. A tough Giovanni puzzle today that required some electronic help to get to the end. When all is said and done, a good puzzle but definitely a head scratcher in places. 3*/4* for me.
    Podium candidates for me were 11a, 20a, 26a, 18d & 21d with winner 26a, but 18d a close follow up.
    Definitely a thought provoking puzzle, but a good one.

    Thanks to Giovanni and MP

  19. Quite a few finished without any e-help over the past few weeks but I have decided that I don’t seem to be on the same wavelength with some of the setters. Mind you, solving the ones that stump you it become a little easier when you spell the words correctly. I have a doh/idiot/fool moment every day.

    For this one, excellent, I thought. I did like 18d as all references to sailors (drunken or otherwise) make me smile. 15a was a gem but probably a stock clue. (9a was another doh moment) 23a full of wit&… Overall, very enjoyable.

    I’m still ‘all at sea’ but now approaching the coastline of Italy. Crew change day approaches.

  20. I thought this was a very elegantly-clued puzzle, with the excellent 9a coming out on top of my list. A pleasure to solve. Many thanks to our setter and of course MP.

  21. As others have said a somewhat unusual grid but a great puzzle. Average difficulty for Thursday, once I twigged the setter’s style.
    Now the cleverness of 2d revealed it gets my COTD from lots of good clues.
    Inverness getting plenty of 27a today, and of late it HAS been warmer than “down south” too!
    Thank you to setter and MP.
    Best wishes to Kath, 26a and Thursday, must be Kath’s day!
    Speaking of dogs, one of our friends has acquired a Golden Retriever pup. At £1700 it was nearly twice as expensive as our first house.

    1. Glad to hear the sun is out. Godson’s Mum is now settled in Nairn, it looks a lovely town.

  22. A stunningly good puzzle, funny and well-crafted, the best of this week for me thus far. I agree with Robert @ #7 regarding best of a great bunch, but every clue here for me has its merits. Here’s to drunken sea dogs everywhere.

    Thank you setter, whoever you may be, and Miffypops.

  23. I did enjoy this, tricky, but with some e-help I did finish. The long ones were a great help, we’ve had 3d before I think. Fave 9a for the laugh, but there were many more that appealed.
    Thanks setter, that was a good start to my day, and thanks to M’pops for unravelling a few.
    Wordle: Flameout at 6!

  24. I thought this was jolly difficult – everything about it was tricky – oh well, never mind!
    20a was my favourite clue.
    Thanks to Ray T for the crossword and to MP.

  25. Hello. It was Doorknob’s turn, as it were.

    I’m glad it’s gone down well — always a delight when people speak well of the nonsense my brain comes up with.

    Many thanks to all and to MP.

    1. Oh dear – just how ever you must all think I am – I’ve been doing alternate weeks for hints for Ray T – oh dear, oh dear, or dear!!! :oops:

      1. Don’t beat yourself up about it, Kath, you managed today’s puzzle and that’s a definite plus in everyone’s eyes.

        1. You’re setting us all a shining example of perseverance in the face of adversity Kath. That’sworth a lot and , in my particular situation inspirational.

  26. A nice Thurs puzzle. Good clues providing a reasonable challenge and an enjoyable solve. No stand-out favourite today. 3.25*/4.

    * I was wondering about the ratings at the top of the page? Only stars for Difficulty, no mention of Enjoyment?

  27. Really on the setters wavelength today with some clever clues such as 9a but must admit I did need to use the hints to get the explanation for one or two (or 3 or 4!). Very enjoyable if a little tricksy in places. Love them or loathe them I do admire the way the setters come up with the most bizarre clues, my mind just would never work along those sort of twisted lines.
    Thx to all

  28. Enjoyed this but was tricky. I could imagine NYDoorknob tittering when setting. 2d very clever misdirection. Other favourites 28 and 23a and 5 and 21d. Certainly an unusual grid. A lot of three and four letter words and four long answers thankfully not single word ones. Thanks NYD and MP. I must be the only i look et sons who hates the music clips. They interfere with my enjoyment if the blog and fiddly to switch off when using a phone.

  29. Haven’t looked at the crossword yet. But must congratulate DaisyGirl on getting another letter published in today’s DT. Very funny it is too…..

  30. American expression =TERM IN US

    I scrolled all the way down but didn’t notice anyone else addressing that particular clue.

    Geoff White

  31. I enjoyed today’s puzzle and was surprised how quickly I finished it, especially as it’s a Thursday. I notice Weekend Wanda attributes the setter to being NYD. If so, many thanks for the entertainment. I actually was on your wave-length today. Thanks also to Miffypops for his witty hints which though I didn’t need today I still read because appreciate the effort put in!

  32. Another cracker. I’m late on parade as we had a book group meeting, with cake, interrupted frequently by friends who had spotted my letter in the DT. I write to the editor regularly on serious topics but the only time I seem to get in print is when it is frivolous! Several stars, 8 a kept me guessing for ages. Many thanks to Messrs Setter & Hinter.

    Off to see the Gold Treasures of the Great Steppes tomorrow, second time for me but George hasn’t seen them. Wonderful exhibition.

  33. Whizzed through this and thoroughly enjoyed the journey. I knew it wasn’t Rayt. Favourite was 2d. Thanks to N Y Doorknob and MP.

  34. Can’t say I whizzed through this but did quite well until I had just a handful left. Sadly, those clues seems to have got lost on their way to a Toughie. Not helped by the fact that I really couldn’t see 7d, despite having two of the four letters. Oh dear. Living over here, 2d looked obvious, but not cryptic, so I was hesitant to put it in for ages. But overall very enjoyable and a good exercise of the old grey cells. Thanks to setter (Ray T?), and Miffypops.

  35. Thanks NYD. I thought this was real gem. Being a solver who always starts with the downs bottom up I gota good footholding before travelling to the NW and enjoying the clever 2d and the brilliant 9a. **/***** for me

    Thanks too to MP

  36. Nope, didn’t like that, but I rarely like Giovanni’s telegraph crosswords, which is odd, because I always enjoy his crosswords in the graun.
    Thanks both.

    1. Having said that Pasquale’s (the Don’s Graun alter-ego) is a shocker. Full of obscurities rather than cluing to make the crossword difficult.

    2. It wasn’t Giovanni Hoofs it was NYKB (see #28), so perhaps Giovanni is still on your Christmas card list!

  37. I found this one quite hard, but managed to solve it unaided…definitely needed help with the parsings though.
    Thanks to the setter and to MP.

  38. Having solved the majority of the across clues during breakfast, fairly rapid progress was made once the table was cleared. If this was a RayT puzzle, then it has to rank as one of my quicker solves for one of his. Very enjoyable and very straightforward. Harking back to MP’s earlier comment, I don’t think I could ever consider cancelling my daily delivered DT in favour of the online edition. I like the feel of a newspaper and much prefer to fill in my crossword answers in or on the dead tree version. For a short time I read one of our local Shropshire newspapers online, but soon gave it up – but to be fair I am rapidly approaching 80 and find change quite difficult sometimes. Each to his own I suppose :-)

    1. You are not alone. I use screens too much and really affect my eyes. I hate doing the crossword on line. I would perhaps prefer the paper to be tabloid as it is quite hard to handle and I do tend to elbow my neighbour in a train.

      1. It’s when the puzzle gets printed on the inside of the back page that I get wound up – because the paper can sometimes be difficult to handle. That said, please DT never become a tabloid – the Times looks just wrong. ;-) :-)

  39. Sorry. I still don’t understand 25a! It had to be Kaiser with A1 but the rest of the answer has gone over my head.

    1. I think you misled youself by thinking that A1 was part of the wordplay. Put together ther middle letters (at heart) of oKAy, a word for ‘lives’ or ‘exists’, and the reverse (in retirement) of the Latin word for ‘on’ or ‘about/concerning’.

  40. 3*/4*…..
    liked 25A ” Emperor, okay at heart, lives on in retirement (6) ” ….. Wilhelm II lived on in the Netherlands after WW1.

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