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DT 29934

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29934

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Ottawa, where we have now switched to Daylight Saving Time as we call our “summer time”— however, it is certainly far from summery here. Until the UK switches to summer time, we are only four hours behind which means preparing the review can stretch well into the wee hours of the morning. I was therefore thankful for a quick solve. In fact, the top half went in exceptionally fast but the bottom half proved to be slightly more of a challenge.

In the hints below, underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions, and indicators are italicized. The answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER buttons.

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1a   Potter, say, in part, is a necromancer (7)
ARTISAN — today’s opener is a lurker, hiding in the last four words of the clue

5a   In company, plays new song (7)
CALYPSO — an anagram (new) of PLAYS in an abbreviated company

9a   Petty quarrel about rhyme’s opening character — Jack, perhaps (5)
SPRAT — a petty fight or quarrel wrapped around the initial letter of Rhyme

10a   Fish and fruit exclusive (5,4)
LEMON SOLE — a citrus fruit and an adjective denoting unique or exclusive

11a   Bon vivant, Zurich banker, devouring roast set out (10)
GASTRONOME — a garden ornament often associated with Swiss bankers encircling an anagram (set out) of ROAST

12a   Gear includes large tartan skirt (4)
KILT — some gear or an outfit containing the clothing symbol for large; then again, some are not so large!

14a   Railing against yellowish-white lotion? (7,5)
BARRIER CREAM — string together a railing or fence and yellowish-white colour

18a   Take off after arriving — from here, paradoxically? (7,5)
LANDING STRIP — the entire clue is a cryptic definition of the ironically named location from which one departs (on the air side) after arriving at an airport (on the land side); however, as, Vince points out in the comments, it also includes embedded wordplay in the form of a word meaning to take off (clothing, for instance) following a word meaning arriving (at the end of a flight).

21a   Extra aboard ship (Lusitania) (4)
PLUS — our second lurker of the day, hiding in the final two words of the clue

22a   Duke Ellington, for example, also included in British editorial (10)
BANDLEADER — a conjunction meaning also sandwiched between B(ritish) and another name for an editorial

25a   Watch parts broken easily (5,4)
HANDS DOWN — the indicators on the face of a watch and an adjective that might be applied to an inoperative computer network

26a   Brownish teacup smashed, about to be dropped (5)
TAUPE — drop the single-letter Latin abbreviation denoting about or approximately from TEACUP and form an anagram (smashed) of the remaining letters

27a   Melting ice does, see (7)
DIOCESE — an anagram (melting) of the middle two words in the clue

28a   Told // of the same family (7)
RELATED — double definition


1d   A small token for delegate (6)
ASSIGN — the A from the clue, the clothing symbol for small, and a token or indication

2d   Flog junk round hotel (6)
THRASH — some junk or refuse surrounding the letter represented by hotel in the NATO alphabet

3d   Posed with vase, famous boxer before a festival (10)
SATURNALIA — a charade of synonyms for posed and vase, a boxer who claimed to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, and the A from the clue

4d   Material from New York, London university lecturer dismissed (5)
NYLON — tie together the abbreviation for the first city and the second city minus an Oxford or Cambridge lecturer

5d   Cheese a representative brought into court (9)
CAMEMBERT — the A from the clue and an elected representative inside the street sign abbreviation for court

6d   Deception involving northern band (4)
LINE — a deception or untruth encompassing N(orthern)

7d   Allowed in the event (8)
PROVIDED — double definition; the first a verb meaning allowed or offered (as “allowed the opportunity“)

8d   Remove it somehow to get extra pay (8)
OVERTIME — an anagram (somehow) of the first two words in the clue

13d   Not planned, a topless western! (10)
ACCIDENTAL — A from the clue and another word for western (or not oriental) with its initial letter removed (topless)

15d   Cook, a character following Moore’s initial complicated series of actions (9)
RIGMAROLE — start with a word meaning cook (in the manner of a dishonest bookkeeper); then append the A from the clue and a character or part in a theatrical production following the initial letter of Moore

16d   Careless fielders keep dropping Leicestershire’s opener (8)
SLIPSHOD — place some cricket fielders (one’s who are positioned close behind the batsman) in front of a synonym for keep or retain in one’s possession after removing the initial letter of Leicestershire

17d   Union, worried about consequence, makes insinuation (8)
INNUENDO — an anagram (worried) of UNION wrapped around a consequence or outcome

19d   Change plug perfectly (6)
ADJUST — a short commercial plug and an adverb denoting perfectly (as “she arrived perfectly on time“)

20d   Mate runs in addict (6)
FRIEND — the cricket abbreviation for runs in a colloquial term for an enthusiast for any specified thing or activity

23d   Benefactor‘s party rounding on Republican (5)
DONOR — the usual two-letter party going around the ON from the clue and followed by the letter that represents a member of the US Republican Party

24d   Dogs, maybe, in passageway having no lead (4)
ISLE — a passage between rows of seats with its initial letter removed (having no lead)

As always, there lot’s of choice for a favourite clue but I will opt for 13d.

Quickie Pun (Top Row) : READ + PEPPA = RED PEPPER

Quickie Pun (Middle Row) : LOGGER + RHYTHM = LOGARITHM

Quickie Pun (Bottom Row) : DINER + MOWS = DYNAMOS

66 comments on “DT 29934

  1. Another great start to the week with just the right amount of straight forwards and head scratchers. The only one I am unsure about is 7d where the checkers give two possible answers neither of which I can justify. I had ticks all over the paper so difficult to pick out favourites. However, I will nominate 10a, 14a, 18a and 24d. I have two contenders for my COTD – 26a and 15d – and the honour goes to 15d because it is such a wonderful word. Reminds me of the musical “Camelot” when the whole ***** began.

    Grateful thanks to Campbell for the fun and to Falcon for the hints.

    I thought there was a fourth pun in the Quickie at 6d and 15d but it is very tenuous and probably not intended.

    Lovely sunny day in The Marches so maybe a bit of gardening will be done.

    Wordle in 5

  2. 2*/4*. It’s Monday. It’s light. It’s fun.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Falcon.

  3. Very enjoyable, a perfect puzzle to accompany the first cup of tea of the day.
    I’d never heard of 3d but was very easy to assemble from the wordplay.
    I wouldn’t normally highlight a DD but I thought 7d was an excellent example and I liked 10a, yummy, but my podium is 25a plus 15&24d, the former a great word, the latter a great clue.
    Many thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  4. When the initial glance at 1a/d and 5a did not instantly give answers, I started in the bottom half and from there proceeded swiftly. Thought this a typically fun and satifying Monday Campbell, with some lovely surfaces, amusing clues and nothing requiring visits to reference tomes – a proper start to the cruciverbal week! Hon Mentions to 1a (good lurker), 24d and COTD to 16d.

    1.5 / 3

    Many thanks to Falcon and of course to Campbell

  5. Another excellent and highly enjoyable start to the crosswording week, not particularly testing but with plenty of fun and entertainment. As per our blogger, I liked 13d the best.

    My thanks to the triple-punning Campbell and Falcon.

  6. A lovely start to the week. Nothing too tricky but some fun clues to unpick. Thanks to Falcon and today’s setter.

  7. Not too difficult today, or at least when I sorted my erroneous 6d out. (To rig a vote perhaps and the n – It had to be RING)
    If I had spent a bit more time on 5a on my first pass I might not have made that error. I thought 4d was a bit of a chestnut.
    11a 13d and 15d pleased today but with “Kath”ian thoughts, I will plump for the Gnomes of Zurich as COTD.
    Thanks to Falcon and Campbell. and a newfound appreciation for our overseas bloggers who suck up losing an hour to provide hints for our delectation.

      1. I had skipped over 5a as it had no checkers at the time, When I came to the second pass I had made the booboo

  8. It’s Monday :good: It’s Campbell :good: Although, he does seem to be continuing with the trend of the ‘upped ante’ – 2.5*/4.5*.

    Candidates for favourite – 10a, 3d, and 5d – and the winner is 5d.

    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  9. The first word in 14a held me up for ages which meant I couldn’t get 15d but then that lovely penny drop moment. Gorgeous day here so will start some seeds off this afternoon. Thanks to all – Wordle in 4 and Quordle in 8.

  10. With just two checkers in place, and for no other good reason, I initially had “slapdash” for 16D. Very [correct answer] of me, but soon rectified when 25A proved impossible to solve. Other than that, no hold-ups. All in all, a very pleasant Monday offering. Thanks Campbell and Falcon.

  11. A very enjoyable and mosstly straightforward puzzle (2*/4*) to start the week.i liked the 1a lurker and, apart from that 11aand 22a were great clues. Thanks to Cpbell for an entertaining puzzle it successfully distracted me from thinking about my emergency dental appointment T 12
    40. Thanks also to Falcon for the hints. It was a very unsummery 34 F when I got up this morning!, Falcon!

  12. All the expected Monday fun with the clever construction at 3d taking my gold medal.

    Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon as he wrestles with the chaos caused by differing hour changes. By the way, you may want to revisit the answer you’ve given for 15d!

    1. Thanks, Jane
      Now corrected. (Not only is that word a tongue-twister, it also seems to be a finger-twister.)

  13. Have to concur with a **/**** as per Falcon and other bloggers.
    Remembered the addict in 20d from a recent crossword, it was a new term for me at the time.
    Spot on for a Monday puzzle, favoutite was 22a, excellent cluing throughout.

  14. Well that was a jammy way to kick off the cruciverbal week. My only hiccup, as with SC, was justifying 7d but it had to be. What a treat Belafonte and Duke Ellington performances. Thank you Campbell and Falcon.

          1. We’re in the same time zone as Detroit, four hours behind London and one hour ahead of Winnipeg.

  15. A good start to the puzzling week. What more is there to say about Monday puzzles. Mr consistency hits the spot. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon as ever

  16. Seemed like a much gentler Campbell to start the week this time around. For me 1.5*/3.5*
    Several I could not parse so will check those when the blog posted, but they had to be what they were.
    Favourites today 10a, 18a, 25a, 15d & 16d with winner 10a.
    Like the words in 15d & 16d … not used a lot.

    Thanks to Campbell & Falcon

  17. Like Stephen L I had never heard of 3d but the construction was apparent. A very enjoyable solve in glorious Devon sun with 15a being my favourite. I thought **/****and thanks to Falcon and the setter – Campbell if it is he.

  18. I thought 18a was a word for take off, as in clothes or wallpaper, perhaps, following a word fro,arriving.

    1. Vince,
      Good spot. I think you are correct. That makes the entire clue a cryptic definition in which there is also embedded wordplay. So far more clever than I realized.

    2. Thank you for the extra explanation. I’d solved it before reading the blog but now appreciate it even more – my COD

    3. Thank you for the extra explanation. I’d solved it before reading the blog but now appreciate it even more – my COTD

  19. 2 very pleasant puzzles from Monday’s Mr Consistency. I thought the bonus online one marginally the trickier of the two – the Tennyson poem (unfamiliar to me) anagram was a bit of a head scratch & the show dog 🐕 clue, having watched a bit of Crufts last night, was my COTD. Top 3 for me with this one 18,22&25a.
    I struggled to think of the musical at 5d in the Quickie until it dawned on me I was one letter shy of the pangram.
    Thanks to Campbell & Falcon, whose review I’ll read later.
    Wordle in a last gasp 6 to bring up my half century since starting.

  20. A very pleasant Monday offering, even though I can’t remember ever hearing of 14a. The clue was quite fair, however. Favourite was 25a, which leads me to say that again the bonus cryptic online, #699, was 25a the more appealing, in part because I have always loved that Odyssean poem by Tennyson but also because it took a bit more finagling of the clever clues in the solve. So thanks to Campbell for his generosity and to Falcon for the review. ** / ***

    1. Like you, I have never heard the term at 14a. Lexico (Oxford Dictionaries ) states it is a British term. Nevertheless, a Google search shows that the product is widely available in Canada under that name.

        1. Isn’t that sunblock or sunscreen? 14a. Is what tradesmen/women rub into their hands, for protection, prior to work.

    2. I am sure you got it right first time but (hangs head in shame) I bet I wasn’t the only one to spell the Tennyson poem with a U.
      Your favourite economist/philosopher got a mention again too.

  21. Sympathies, Falcon, I wish they’d stop messing with the time! It was still dark at 7:00am and I refuse to get up in the dark, so my day will now be an hour late all day. Thank goodness for a cheerful Campbell to lighten my mood, wasn’t that a load of fun? Impossible to choose a fave; a fun word to say at 15d, the Zurich banker, then Falcon’s addition of Duke Ellington and Harry Belafonte, not to mention the deliciousness at 5d. My cup runneth over.
    Thank you Campbell, you know how to lift a girl’s spirit, and thanks to Falcon for the above music. Wordle in 4.

    1. It’s another week until our clocks change Merusa. Then all of our clocks will tell the right time again and I will be off to Stonehenge to help realign the stones for British Summer Time

      1. I don’t care how they do it, I just want them to decide on a time and leave it there all year. Having to adjust my time, Sadie’s time and what time dawn happens is driving me crazy twice a year. Grrrr

        1. My body never adjust to spring forward. I would be very happy to stay with fall back all year round. I briefly saw a news clip yesterday when they said this constant changing of the clocks is very bad for our health…

      2. Are you getting mixed up with the vernal equinox, next Sunday 20th? That is the official/astronomical strart of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

  22. A nice gentle puzzle to get back in to the swing of things. Favourites were 14a, 5d and 15d. Thank you Campbell and Falcon. Florence

  23. Great start to the week 😃 **/**** Favourites 27a, 3d & 13d Thanks to Falcon and to Campbell 👍

  24. An enjoyable puzzle, but it did put up more of a fight than I would like for a Monday. Do prefer a nice gentle easing into the week. But nothing too obscure here. 2d took me the longest to remember until I looked at the hint, and the sting like a bee hint was a great help. Completely forgot about the Holy See. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  25. 2.5/4. The top half went in quickly but the bottom half caused me to pause. My favourite was 27a followed closely by 24a. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  26. A bit of a head scratcher for me but enjoyable too.

    Thanks to the setter and to Falcon.

  27. As Expat Chris, I had slapdash in 16d but couldn’t parse it. Once I got the right answer, I still couldn’t parse it.
    So thanks to Falcon for the explanation.
    Should have visited BD’s mind for the cricket position.
    Liked 26a. That colour can be anything from green to grey with a hint of brown.
    Thanks to the Monday setter.

  28. What an enjoyable solve but then it’s Monday and so it’s Campbell. I took myself up one or two wrong paths thinking I needed to look for a Swiss river /rodent for Zurich banker! 3d was a new word to me. I nearly put slapdash in for 16d. Thank you to Campbell and Falcon, much appreciated.

  29. 7d last in not because I didn’t have the right answer but I couldn’t fully justify the parsing so needed the hint for that. The colour was also a new one on me, but was an anagram so had to what it was. Favourite was 18a. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  30. Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon for the review and hints. A very good puzzle to start the week. I was beaten by the first word in 14a, wouldn’t have thought of that. Favourite was 1a, so well hidden. Was 2*/4* for me.

  31. I notice that the solution to 26 across as published in today’s DT is TRUCE !!! Most mysterious. How does such an error slip in??

    1. I would suspect that the clue was edited after being submitted and whoever did so forgot to make the corresponding change to the answer.

      1. thanks. Makes sense. Luckily, I had got the answer and was clear in my own mind that the printed answer was an error. But imagine the frustration (were it not for Big Dave!) if you were not 100% sure and worried for hours how TRUCE fitted the clue!

  32. 3*/4*…
    liked 11A ” Bon vivant, Zurich banker, devouring roast set out (10) “

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