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DT 30127

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30127
Hints and tips by Twmbarlwm

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Difficulty **/***   – Enjoyment ****

Good morning. A very enjoyable puzzle with some occasionally tricky wordplay that still managed to be elegant and smooth, and quite a serendipitous clue for today at 19a.

Many thanks to the setter.

In the following hints, definitions are underlined, indicators are mostly in parentheses, and answers are revealed by clicking where shown as usual.
Please leave a comment below on how you got on with the puzzle and which aspects you liked etc.


1a Assuming power, Republican gets rich after term in office (12)
PRESUMPTUOUS: Single letters representing power and Republican precede a synonym of rich, or luxurious, that comes after a final letter (term in) as indicated

9a Applied unfairly, they could be double (9)
STANDARDS: A cryptic definition implying the second part of a common phrase for unequal treatment

10a Perfect thing drug peddler might admit? (5)
IDEAL: A whimsical pun that might be familiar to viewers of a Johnny Vegas sitcom

11a Goes into chippies wanting fish (6)
ENTERS: Manual workers who are familiarly called chippies have a kind of fish missing (wanting)

12a Rafters struggling across northern channel (8)
TRANSFER: An anagram (struggling) of RAFTERS around (across) the usual letter for northern

13a Feels as tense as leaders getting ignored (6)
SENSES: The first letters are deleted (leaders getting ignored) from some words in the clue

15a The Parisian and the socialist spread soap all over (8)
LATHERED: A French definite article, plus an English one from the clue, and a word for socialist

18a John first out of bus route, leaving parking space (8)
BATHROOM: An inital letter as shown, a word for route missing the letter for Parking, plus a synonym of space. The definition is an Americanism, but well known in the UK.

19a Rishi’s scratching head in horror after Conservative catastrophe (6)
CRISIS: Rishi’s has the first letter of horror deleted (scratching head in horror) after the usual abbreviation for Conservative.

21a Lark‘s short bill seen in flight (8)
ESCAPADE: A two-letter shortening for a bill, or poster, inserted (seen in) a word meaning flight, as in ‘getaway’.

23a Praising legend’s enthralling record (6)
SINGLE: The solution lurks in the clue

26a Dance clubs on outskirts of Geneva (5)
CONGA: A letter that represents a particular card suit, plus ‘on’ from the clue, then a pair of outer letters (outskirts of)

27a Training cadet with gun I loaded (9)
EDUCATING: An anagram (loaded (drunk)) of CADET GUN I

28a Declaration from nun meant no ill outside church (12)
ANNOUNCEMENT: Another anagram (ill) of NUN MEANT NO around (outside) a two-letter abbreviation for Church (of England)


1d Seize gang on ship (7)
POSSESS: A gang familiar to fans of Westerns plus the two letters that mean ‘steamship’ or ‘screw steamer’, depending on how pedantic you feel

2d Behave after former lover’s demand (5)
EXACT: A word for behave, or eg perform, goes after the usual short term for an old flame

3d Doctor ruder when a husband’s removed pants? (9)
UNDERWEAR: An anagram (doctor, as an imperative) of RUDER WHEN A missing (removed) a letter for husband

4d Peel fruit, we’re told (4)
PARE: A straightforward homophone of a common fruit

5d Increase power, perhaps, crossing river against the current (8)
UPSTREAM: A word for increase, as you might for ‘the ante’ with a synonym of power (itself a way of generating power), going around (crossing) a letter that stands for river

6d Marriage, until now, is primarily working (5)
UNION: The first letters (primarily) of some words from the clue, plus a synonym of working, or in operation

7d Does exercises and runs classes (8)
PERFORMS: A familiar two-letter school subject, the cricketing abbreviation for runs, and another word for classes at school

8d Ruddy loud member of the peerage, one’s admitted (6)
FLORID: The letter denoting loudness in music, plus the roman numeral one inserted (admitted) into a kind of peer

14d Seeing no sign of nerves in golf (8)
NOTICING: A charade of ‘no’ from the clue, a word for a repetitve nervous reaction, ‘in’ from the clue, and a letter indicated here by its assignation in the NATO phonetic alphabet

16d Model raunchier for World War II fighter (9)
HURRICANE: An anagram (model, as an imperative) of RAUNCHIER

17d See you excessively hugging dog with no lead (6-2)
TOODLE-OO: A word for excessively, or perhaps ‘also’, containing (hugging) a breed of dog missing its first letter (with no lead)

18d Bra cut every bust (6)
BREACH: A shortened (cut) word from the clue and a synonym of every

20d Cunning insult on the radio (7)
SLEIGHT: A homophone (on the radio) of a word meaning insult

22d Unattractive student tucking into French bread (5)
PLAIN: The usual letter for student or learner in (tucking into) the French word for bread

24d Beef good and ready to be eaten (5)
GRIPE: The usual letter for good and a synonym for ready (eg fruit)

25d Almost regretting bankruptcy (4)
RUIN: A truncated (almost) word for regretting

My particular favourites were 11a, 12a 18a, 19a, 27a, 3d, 16d and 18d. What were yours?

Quick Crossword pun: BOO + CAR + WREST = BUCHAREST


40 comments on “DT 30127
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  1. I thought I wasn’t going to like today’s puzzle on initial inspection seeing only one multi-word answer, but ended up enjoying it immensely!
    Glad that it needed some good old lateral thinking as opposed to classic solving
    techniques. My favourite today by far was 11a. Many thanks to the setter.

  2. Like Tipcat, I feared the worst after scanning the first few clues with no glimmer of an answer. Eventually solved from the ground up. Failed to parse 11a, so loud groan when I read the hints. Really enjoyed the well-crafted clues and many good surfaces. Thanks to setter and Twmbarlwm, whose ratings I agree with.

  3. Took a while to tune in today , clever latteral cluing from our setter and a challenging puzzle to enjoy.
    Favourite was 11a for the wordplay, remembered the ‘chippie’- liked 1d and 17d.
    Had my D’oh moment in eventually spotting the anagram in 16d,special mention for 8d.
    Going for a ***/****,Thanks to Twm for the pics.

  4. A lovely puzzle which was very enjoyable whilst it lasted.
    One cannot help thinking that perhaps CL has been keeping this puzzle up his sleeve, waiting for the right time to air 19a?
    My ticks go to 1a, 11a, 18a, 19a, 21a, 3d, 7d & 18d.
    Thank you setter and Twm.

  5. 2*/4* for a light, fun puzzle today with 11a my favourite.

    Many thanks to Anthony Plumb (if I may be so 1a) and to Mr. T.

  6. Another early vote for 11a as top of the pops ahead of the appropriately topical 19a & 17d. Largely straightforward other than it took far longer than it ought to have to peg the 5 letter synonym for gang at 1d which enabled completion at 9a.
    Thanks to the setter & T.

  7. I found this one quite straighforward today, although I solved it starting from the bottom and working upwards. Last one in 1a.

    Many thanks to the setter, and to Twmbarlmn for the write-up.

  8. Enjoyable and really quite challenging.
    Slow start, gathered speed.
    11 and 19a and 7 and 14d of special note.
    In summary, 2*/4*.
    Many thanks to the setter and to Twmbarlwm.

  9. Brilliant puzzle today even though, like others, it took me a while to get going. 13A, 18A & 14D were particularly good but pipped at the post by my favourites 11A and, by a whisker, the best of the day,19A!! Many thanks to the setter. ***/***** for me.

  10. A struggle to find the puzzle in the traditional download format on the DT website soured my Monday night mood, but when I did I was cheered immensely by this lovely offering. I’m firmly in the “11A for top spot” camp, though 9A also deserves mention. Thanks Twmbarlwm and the setter.

  11. For me Twmbarlwm has it spot on in the assessment “A very enjoyable puzzle with some occasionally tricky wordplay” – it took me a while to get on the setter’s wavelength, and I was unaccountably held up by those reappearing mutts of 17d. Great clueing throughout, some great surfaces.

    2.5* / 3*

    Many thanks to the setter and to Twmbarlwm

  12. The only problem today was of my own making. By spelling 1a incorrectly I had the wrong initial letter for 5d which scuppered the whole NE corner for a while. Some really good surface reads today and I especially enjoyed 19a,27a and 7d. Thanks to the compiler and Twmbarlwm, whose help I needed to parse 18a.

  13. Like others, it took me a while to get going with this one, but what an enjoyable puzzle it turned out to be.
    Top marks went to 11&19a plus 14d.

    Thanks to Mr Plumb(?) and to Twmbarlwm for the review.

  14. Over the last couple of weeks, we seem to have had a ‘reset’ on what is Typically Tuesdayish but still as enjoyable as ever, and, based on the grid, I will have to be as 1a as RD on the identity of the setter – 2.5*/4*.

    Candidates for favourite – 9a, 13a, 21a, 14d, and 24d – and the winner is 9a.

    Thanks to Mr Plumb and to Twmbarlwm.

  15. I found this one challenging, but got there in the end without using the hints.
    Very enjoyable and satisfying.

    Thanks to the setter and to Twmbarlwm

  16. I ended up solving this pleasingly testing puzzle where I had the top half going in well before the bottom sections, with the cleverly topical 19a getting the biggest laugh and 11a taking top spot. Most enjoyable.

    My thanks to AP and T.

  17. How nice another enjoyably doable exercise. NW came in last. Surely 18a relies on USA terminology. 10a was unparsed. Never too sure about exactly writing/saying 17d as it’s not an expression I use. Fav 14d after failing to use the yips. Thank you Mysteron (perhaps I should drop this title in the interest of gender equality!) and MrT for your hints.

        1. Sorry Gazza about the typo. I am once again having to enter my name/email each time. I’ll try to be more careful.

  18. A very enjoyable puzzle – thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm.
    I ticked 1a, 10a, 11a and 24d but my favourite was the very topical 19a.

  19. It took me hours to dinish this rather oddly-clued creation, in between hanging on ro Sainsbury’s helpline to find out why my home grocery delivery hadn’t arrived. Apparently, a nationwide IT issue ensured that hundred of other similarly afflicted customers have all been ringing them ascwell as me! It took a while to get on wavelength with the clues, with elusive synonyms to rival Ray T’s and like others, i had to start at the bottom. The best of the clues were the 28a anagram, the 1a lwgo clue and the 20d homophone. Thanks to Twmbarlwm for the hints and to the compiler.

  20. Enjoyable on the right but far less so on the left. Needed the hints to explain 18d and 18a (I had no idea what John was).
    17d & 5d were clumsy and life’s too short to unpick 1a. 23a was just a poor clue IMHO.
    Not one of my favourite puzzles.
    Thx for the hints.

  21. Just finished this sitting in the hospital carpark waiting to visit DD1. There were some lovely clues, I agree that 11a was exceptional, but I needed Twmbarlwm’s help for 18d as I could only think of breast! I liked the anagram at 16d, remember jumping up and down on the roof of the chicken shed with my Banstead cousins watching the dog fights over London. So that is my second best. Many thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm.

  22. Agreement all round it seems, not an easy puzzle to break into, but once in the action kept going. Bottom start for me too and a finish in the NW, whilst I had the answer to 11a (what else could it be) I couldn’t parse it, then the PDM which came without the aid of the hints, super clue which gets my vote for COTD.
    Thanks to the setter and T for the review.

  23. What a lot of fun this totally enjoyable puzzle was! Finished it quite happily before I left for my podiatrist appointment, one of my very rare outings these days (Covid numbers rising again over here, as is everything else nameable). I’ll go along with the crowd that picked 11a as their favourite, though the ‘chippie’ term is not a common one over here and it took me a while to see the light. I also liked 19a (Rishi it is then!), 17d, 14d, & 18d. Thanks to Twmbarlwm and today’s setter. **/****

  24. As seems to be the norm these days, found this Tuesday puzzle a tad tricky and head scratching.
    2.5*/3* for me.

    Last area completed was SW with the two 18’s the last two in
    Favourites today include 9a,10a, 18a, 19a, 16d & 17d — with winner 17d as it made me smile.

    Thanks to setter and Twmbarlwm

  25. Some really clever misdirections, lovely logical assemblies like 15a and topical clues such as 19a. I really struggled to get into this and needed to reveal a couple of the answers above to get my duh moment. For me ***/****

  26. I thought this was a very fine puzzle indeed with some extremely clever wordplay.
    I particularly liked 11a and thought 5&11d equally top-notch, amongst a plethora of goodies.
    Many thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm.

  27. Did not like this puzzle very much a bit of a “curate’s egg” Some very good clues but quite a few oddballs😳 ****/*** Favourites: the very clever 11a, 18a and 1 & 3d 😃. Thanks to Twmbarlwm and to the Compiler 🤔

  28. Took me a while to get into this as well and like others solved from the bottom up. Most enjoyable though. I also agree with cotd being 11a. Thanks to the setter and T.

  29. A bit late to the party and only half way through, but 19a hahaha.
    And I noted we weren’t the only community to have a Penny drop moment yesterday.
    Thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm

  30. 9, 11, and 19a all deserve very honourable mentions and 3d for making me smile after following the misdirection. My thanks to the setter and to Twmbarlwm for a very pleasant solve.

  31. I tried to comment earlier but my downfall was including a rather good picture of the Boss eating her fish and chips apparently too large to load. The picture that is. I thought this a brilliant puzzle with obviously 11a the stand out. Quite tough though but even not patchy. Thanks to the setter – I had 6 COTD’s!

  32. I got the answer to 11a after all of the checking letters were in place. It took me quite a while before I managed to parse it. Great clue.

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