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DT 29909

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29909

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 12th Feb 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. A slightly tougher Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I liked solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind reading and important feedback.

Even during my primary school days, I was familiar with the word ‘jamboree’, the answer to the clue of 1d. Still, I had to visit the net to know more about it. Although the origin of the term is not well understood, it is believed to have been formed from the first syllable ‘jabber’ meaning to talk in a rapid, excited and often incomprehensive way, ‘m’ from ‘jam’ meaning crowd and the final syllable of ‘shivaree’ or a noisy mock serenade performed by a group of people to celebrate a marriage or mock an unpopular person. In lexicography, ‘jamboree’ is considered an Americanism that traces back to 1860-85 and refers to a joyful, noise gathering. World Scout Jamboree is the expression used by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. The Scouting programme became an international success following its founding by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, who also saw a need for a gathering of representatives of Scouting from all around the world, so as to foster a worldwide fraternity and help the young Scouts in the movement learn about other peoples and nations by direct interaction with them. The first World Scout Jamboree that was held in 1920 in the Olympia Halls in Kensington, London, United Kingdom with the theme ‘Develop World Peace’ was a significant achievement as the site symbolically bore the name of the birthplace of Olympic Games. The event was attended by 8,000 scouts from 34 countries and the attendees were warmly welcomed with the word ‘jambo’. Thereafter, the event has been held every four years. The 24th event was held in 2019 in Glen Jean, West Virginia, United States with the theme ‘Unlock a New World’ and attended by 47,000 scouts from 161 countries.

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1a    The only place to pack, as a precaution? (4,2,4)
JUST IN CASE: A charade that cryptically leads to an expression meaning as a provision against something happening or as a precaution against an event or if it is true that

6a    Burn coming from ocean before river (4)
SEAR: SEA (ocean) as the great mass of salt water covering the greater part of the earth’s surface is placed before R (river) as the abbreviation for river, arriving at the definition of a verb meaning to burn or scorch the surface of something with a sudden, intense heat

8a    I landed amongst new army — the army! (8)
MILITARY: A combo of I from the clue and LIT (landed) as fell and settled or landed on a surface is placed inside (amongst) an anagram (new) of ARMY, taking to the definition of a noun denoting the armed forces of a country

9a    Stop said form of payment (6)
CHEQUE: CHECK (stop) as to halt or slow the progress of something undesirable or prevent someone from doing something serving as a homophone (said) as heard by the audience, leading to the definition of a document that orders a bank to pay a specific amount of money from a person’s account to the person in whose name it has been issued

10a    Be too clever with old-fashioned vehicles making a comeback (8)
OUTSMART: OUT (old-fashioned) as in or according to styles or types no longer current or modern followed by TRAMS (vehicles) or passenger vehicles powered by electricity running on rails in the road in a reverse order (making a comeback) in the across clue, arriving at the definition meaning to outwit or get the better of someone by being clever or cunning

11a    Was twisting the bandage (6)
SWATHE: An anagram (twisting) of WAS followed by THE from the clue lead to the definition of a piece or strip of material in which something is wrapped

12a    Short measure (4)
DRAM: Double definition; the second meaning formerly apothecaries’ measure of 1/8th of an ounce that takes to the first referring to a small drink of alcohol, especially whisky

14a    Avoidance of notice that’s given out outside (7)
EVADING: AD (notice) as a notice or
announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service or event that is having around (outside) an anagram (out) of GIVEN, leading to the definition of an act or practice of avoiding or withdrawing from something

18a    Relatively favourable tip once dubious (7)
NEPOTIC: An anagram (dubious) of TIP ONCE guides to the definition of an adjective meaning relating to the practice of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs

20a    Adult having energy; about time! (4)
AEON: A (adult) as the abbreviation for adult along with (having) E (energy) as the abbreviation for energy as a quantitative property in physics and ON (about) as regarding or concerning altogether in a charade, taking to the definition of a very large division of geological time

23a    Second prophet with a snack (6)
SAMOSA: S (second) as the abbreviation for second followed by AMOS (prophet) as one of twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament and (with) A from the clue, lead to the definition of an Indian food, consisting of a small, fried, pastry turnover stuffed with spiced vegetables or meat eaten as a snack

24a    Dish from southern United Kingdom and two from Rome embracing Asian beast (8)
SUKIYAKI: S (southern) as the abbreviation for southern is followed by UK (United Kingdom) as the abbreviation of the United Kingdom and II (two from Rome) as the Roman numeral for two taking inside (embracing) YAK (Asian beast) as a large domesticated wild ox with shaggy hair, humped shoulders, and large horns, used in Tibet as a pack animal and for its milk, meat, and hide, taking to the definition of a Japanese dish of sliced meat, especially beef, fried rapidly with vegetables and sauce

25a    The never-ending round (6)
CIRCLE: A round plane figure whose boundary or circumference consists of points equidistant from a fixed point or the centre and could be described as never-ending

26a    Honour a pass received by apprentice falling short (8)
ACCOLADE: A from the clue and COL (a pass) as the lowest point of a ridge or saddle between two peaks typically providing a pass from one side of mountain range to another taken in (received) by CADE[T] (apprentice) as a young trainee or novice having its last letter removed (falling short), arriving at the definition of a noun meaning high respect or great esteem

27a    Joint having a cap (4)
KNEE: A cryptic way of arriving at the definition of the joint between the thigh and shin bones from the overall clue referring to patella (kneecap) or a flat round bone on the front of the joint

28a    It’s a shocking thing to be screened (6,4)
HORROR FILM: A cryptic way of leading to the definition of a style of art that is having gruesome, violent, horrifying or bloodcurdling themes (shocking thing) that is shown on a flat surface in a cinema to an audience (screened)


1d    Those taking part should be prepared for this rally (8)
JAMBOREE: The definition of a large Scouts gathering forming part of the expression used by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement is cryptically arrived at from its several tens of thousands of its Scout-members from around the world, aged 14 to 17, participating (those taking part) and who only are expected to be ready for attending the quadrennial event (should be prepared) at a chosen centre around the world – “be prepared” being the scout motto

2d    Welcome Sarah, leading North American (6)
SALUTE: SAL (Sarah) as one of the several diminutives of Sarah coming before (leading) UTE (North American) as a member of a North American people living chiefly in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico together in a charade, taking to the definition of a verb meaning to greet someone with words or a gesture or kiss

3d    Not beaten by the clock early enough (2,4)
IN TIME: Double definition; the first meaning finished or succeeded in doing something eventually but within the given time and the second referring to a situation of not being late at all

4d    Magazine with chapter on painting band (9)
CARTRIDGE: C (chapter) as an abbreviation for chapter is placed upon a combo of ART (painting) as a creative activity resulting, inter alia, in the production of paintings and RIDGE (band) as a narrow raised band on a surface altogether in a charade, leading to the definition of a container holding a spool of photographic film, a quantity of ink etc, designed for insertion into a mechanism

5d    Apology for a dance (6,2)
EXCUSE ME: Double definition; the first being an expression used as an apology for any slight or apparent impropriety, especially as a request to pass, leave, interrupt or catch someone’s attention that leads to the second referring to a dance during which one may change partners

6d    Short view over a city in outline of plot (8)
SCENARIO: SCEN[E] (view) as a panorama or vista that is contracted (short) with its last letter removed is followed by A from the clue and RIO (city) as the former capital and second largest city of Brazil, taking to the definition of a written outline of a film, novel or stage work giving details of the plot and individual scenes

7d    Article babu hid travelling in capital (3,5)
ABU DHABI: A (article) as an indefinite article is followed by an anagram (travelling) of BABU HID, arriving at the definition of the capital and the second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates

13d    Personality only seen or heard at intervals (9)
ANNOUNCER: A cryptic way of arriving at the definition of a proclaimer or a distinctive or particular person who announces officially and publicly or provides information about various programmes or who reads the news that are watched on television (seen) or listened on radio (heard) with an intervening period of time between any two events (intervals)

15d    Charlie, at ten, found in vehicle, getting time off (8)
VACATION: A combo of C (Charlie) as the NATO phonetic alphabet for Charlie, AT from the clue and 10 (ten) as the Arabic numeral representing ten is seen inside (found in) VAN (vehicle) as a medium-sized motor vehicle, typically without side windows in the rear part, for transporting goods, taking to the definition of an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling

16d    One separated from men about to enter dodgy club on base (8)
DIVORCEE: A combo of OR (men) as other ranks in the military and C (about) as the abbreviation for circa, a Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘around’ to go inside (enter) DIVE (dodgy club) as a shabby or sleazy nightclub placed above (on) E (base) as the base of natural logarithms in the down clue, arriving at the definition of a person separated by divorce

17d    Hen and rat running wild round extreme characters in pilgrimage centre (8)
NAZARETH: An anagram (running wild) of HEN and RAT is placed around (round) AZ (extreme characters) as the two extreme letters of the English alphabet, leading to the definition of a town described as the childhood home of Jesus and a centre of Christian pilgrimage

19d    Muse Clio playing stadium (8)
COLISEUM: An anagram (playing) of MUSE CLIO guides to the definition of an outdoor stadium, used as a place of entertainment, sports etc and named after the Flavian amphitheatre in Rome

21d    Six shot approaching Chaldean city in force (6)
VIGOUR: VI (six) as the Roman numeral for six and GO (shot) as an attempt or trial at something is meeting (approaching) UR (Chaldean city) as the name of a city of ancient Chaldea and the birthplace of Israelite and Ishmaelite patriarch Abraham as mentioned in the Hebrew Bible altogether in a charade, taking to the definition of a noun meaning operation or force

22d    Expedition in South Africa, some distance inland initially (6)
SAFARI: SA (South Africa) as the abbreviation for South Africa followed by FAR (some distance) as a great distance and the first or initial letter (initially) of I[NLAND] take to the definition of an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat, especially in eastern and southern Africa

There were several clues that I liked in this pangrammatic puzzle such as 1a, 8a, 9a, 14a, 18a, 23a, 25a, 27a, 1d, 2d, 5d, 6d, 15d, 16d, 17d and 21d; 1a being the topper. Thanks to Cephas for the entertainment and to BD for the encouragement. Looking forward to being here again. Have a beautiful day.


4 comments on “DT 29909

  1. Thanks for the review Rahmat, always informative and interesting. Maybe I was having an off day but I don’t remember enjoying this puzzle especially. It was only that I realised that it was a pangram that kept me going to the end.
    Anyway, a 12a of Glenmorangie is needed to calm the storm battered nerves, although here in north Lancashire, we seemed to have escaped the worst!

    1. Thank you once again, Mikep, for finding my review always informative and interesting. The reason for your having a 12a of Glenmorangie is also very interesting.

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