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DT 30170

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30170

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

While we sympathise with so many of you who are feeling the effects of an arctic blast at present (and the setter reminds us of your temperatures several times in today’s clues), we are basking in a spell of sunshine and clear blue skies with balmy temperatures in the mid 20s. Summer has at last arrived in The Land of the Long White Cloud that we call home.

We note that Logman has set today’s Toughie so we can play ‘Guess the setter’ with this one’.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Road‘s total cost (12)
THOROUGHFARE : Total or complete and cost, possibly of travel.

9a     Shows distance I moved (9)
INDICATES : An anagram (moved) of DISTANCE I.

10a     Aida perhaps quiet in old age (5)
OPERA : Musical letter for quiet is enclosed by O(ld) and then a period of time.

11a     Some hope Rishi’ll disappear (6)
PERISH : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

12a     Just grabbing a second uniform daughter carefully selected (8)
MEASURED : Just, or ‘not very significant’ surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and S(econd) U(niform), and to finish the word we have D(aughter).

13a     Physician flipping cross about cold temperature (6)
DOCTOR : The reversal (flipping) of a cross or crucifix contains C(old) and T(emperature).

15a     Contemplate change in China (8)
MEDITATE : China or close friend contains change, as somebody at the Telegraph might have done to this puzzle.

18a     Quietly cheer up — adult’s lost weight (8)
PRESSURE : Musical letter quietly, then a word meaning cheer up or comfort, loses its A(dult).

19a     A cold church with small southern entrance (6)
ACCESS : String together ‘A’ from the clue, C(old), the Anglican Church and S(mall S(outhern).

21a     Elaborate description of docked lamb? (8)
DETAILED : Split the answer 2-6 to find what happened to the lamb.

23a     Cook free to wrap new chicken, initially — one might use foil (6)
FENCER : An anagram (cook) of FREE contains N(ew) and the first letter of chicken.

26a     King blocking John’s views (5)
LOOKS : An alternative euphemism for what are called Johns contains the chess symbol for king.

27a     Rush back with first bits of equipment since messaging an artisan (9)
TRADESMAN : Reverse a word for rush or scurry then first letters of three words in the clue, finally ‘AN’ from the clue.

28a     Is she sad term’s gone badly? (12)
HEADMISTRESS : An all-in-one clue that is an anagram (‘s gone badly) of IS SHE SAD TERM.


1d     Balderdash Trump finally admitted? Democrat’s staggered (7)
TRIPPED : Balderdash or an unpopular offal dish contains the last letter of Trump and then D(emocrat).

2d     Command head of battalion to leave frontier (5)
ORDER : A frontier loses the first letter of battalion.

3d     Casino’s refurbished after over 100 functions (9)
OCCASIONS : O(ver) and Roman numeral one hundred is followed by an anagram (refurbished) of CASINOS.

4d     Pluck tummies (4)
GUTS : A double definition.

5d     Tied a female up on horse without knight (8)
FASTENED : ‘A’ from the clue and F(emale get reversed (up), then a word for a horse surrounds (without) the chess symbol for knight.

6d     Seeds — and what they might produce? (5)
ROOTS : The answer can be a figurative synonym for seeds. They are also what grow from seeds.

7d     Drop line after editor gets upset (8)
DECREASE : The reversal of the abbreviation for editor and a line that might be down the front of trouser legs.

8d     Deal with composer, we’re told (6)
HANDLE : A homophone of a well-known composer.

14d     Something that’s made Conservative irate, no wild! (8)
CREATION : C(onservative) and an anagram (wild) of IRATE NO.

16d     Cold, unpleasant men client suffered (9)
INCLEMENT : An anagram (suffered) of MEN CLIENT.

17d     Stopped a run and had a breather (8)
ARRESTED : ‘A’ from the clue, then the cricket abbreviation for run and had a breather or took it easy.

18d     Exercises by boy capsized old boat (6)
PEDALO : Physical exercises, then the reversal of another word for boy, and finally O(ld).

20d     Son photographs hares (7)
SPRINTS : S(on) and photographs or reproductions.

22d     Is certain to ignore Republican’s problem (5)
ISSUE : ‘IS’ from the clue and a synonym for certain loses R(epublican).

24d     Maiden in bed with eastern philosopher (5)
COMTE : A small or infant’s bed contains M(aiden), then E(astern).

25d     Country in Africa miles north of a large island (4)
MALI : The abbreviation for miles then ‘A’ from the clue, L(arge) and I(sland).

Quickie pun    Cam    +    pin    +    cites    =    camping sites

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  1. Very enjoyable indeed, I was on wavelength from the off in this high class offering, though found the East slightly more challenging than West.
    Liked the topical 16d but my podium is 15a with top spot shared by the excellent 23a&1d.
    Many thanks to the Ks (envy your weather and location, spent many happy years there) and the setter, I’ll have a punt at NYDK.

  2. Super puzzle, no ‘dirty’ tricks and clever and elegant clues. My fav was 1a.
    More like this please DT.
    Thx to all

  3. 15a was my final entry and became my favourite. I seem to have a brain fade every time I come across ‘china’ in a clue and fail to see the obvious. Never mind, this was a fun puzzle to solve and much enjoyed.

    My thanks to our setter and the 2Ks.

  4. Reckon Donny is a good call for this one. Fairly straightforward & enjoyable with only Auguste, who I’d not heard of, requiring confirmation. Another early vote for 23a’s cleverly misleading surface as the standout clue.
    Thanks to the setter & 2Ks

  5. All seem to agree that this is a fine puzzle and a **/**** for me,a steady solve, took a while to put the last 12a charade together.and my favourite together with 28a. Thanks 2K’s for the pics ,spotted the Saint Trinians lady!. 24a was a new philosopher.

  6. Great day at the races–this winner and the neck-and-neck Logman Toughie, both clever, witty, a bit tricky, and, as Brian says, ‘elegant’ clueing. Wavelength sync all the way for me, with 1d, 23a, 14a, 15a, & 18a in a round-robin tussle for top honours. I really enjoyed this one and it feels like NYDK to me too. Thanks to the Kiwis (enjoy your summer, Colin and Carol!) and today’s setter. **/****

  7. I rattled through the north before getting a bit more hung-up on the south. In particular I missed the anagram indicator of 23a which sent me off on a wild goose chase of chefs and cooking styles… I also hadn’t heard of 24d. With the hint taken I quickly filled in the rest using the wordplay.

    I enjoyed the clever and seasonal clues, with 28a my standout.

    Thanks to 2Ks and the mystery setter

  8. 2*/4*. Not Jay, but great fun nevertheless. My podium choice is 1a, 15a & 1d.

    Many thanks to the setter and to the 2Ks whom I envy for their warmth – but our turn will come even though it may take some time …

  9. A lovely friendly Wednesday puzzle with lots to enjoy – I think if I were to put my 50p bet on this being the work of Donnybrook, I don’t think I’d lose

    The repetition radar did bleep but I didn’t think it was a real problem

    Thanks very much to the setter and the 2Ks

    Marvellous new system from our electricity supplier – you get a phone message advising you that there is an unexpected power cut in your area (we had noticed it had been off for an hour or so), but you can only access the message -you’ve guessed it – when the power comes back on!

    PS: Just looked out the window and they appear to be replacing the telephone pole at the end of the drive. Let’s hope (a) the replacement is successful and (b) the power stays on or I won’t be responding to many comments on the Toughie blog

  10. Quite a swift solve for me with just the philosopher needing a check. Fortunately the wordplay was very precise.
    Favourite here was 1a.

    Thanks to our setter and to our basking 2Ks – I’ve forgotten what it feels like to be warm!

  11. Great crossword; particularly so from my perspective, as I finished unaided.
    The composer at 8d often gets a bad press from snobby music critics, perhaps for being too popular and mainstream. However, I love most of his work; very accessible and uplifting.
    This despite the incident on a school trip when I was about six years old, when we were ‘treated’ to a performance of ‘Music For The Royal Fireworks’ at Chiswick House. The accompanying fireworks display did not go as planned and we had to hide under our deckchairs as fiery rockets rained down upon us. In the 1960’s we took this as part of life’s rich pageant, but could probably sue for a million quid today.

    Thanks to the setter and The Two Kays.

      1. I think you will find this is actually a very clever triple definition. I first came across this use of Pluck in a short story by Dorothy L. Sayers.

        1. My grandfather, the butcher (of Ashington not Lyons) always referred to the offal as pluck as it was plucked from the carcass at the abbatoir.

  12. A very enjoyable non-Jay Wednesday challenge and I will support this being a Mr Bringloe production – 2.5*/4.5*

    The 24d philosopher was reasonably straightforward to ‘assemble’ but he did need verification.

    Candidates for favourite – 15a, 21a, 7d, and 17d – and the winner is 15a.

    Thanks to NYDK and the 2Ks.

  13. A treat of a puzzle despite entering the wrong homophone at 8d – something I always do with such clues. I was puzzled by “eastern” at first in 24d because I knew he was French until the penny dropped. My COTD is the cheeky little 25a because of the smile it raised.

    Many thanks to the setter for the fun. Thank you, 2Ks for the hints.

    Absolutely freezing but beautiful in The Marches today with the trees and hedgerows covered in rime frost.


  14. A nice Wednesday puzzle with fine clues of medium difficulty providing an enjoyable solve. Joint favs: 1a and 23a. 2.5*/3.5*.

  15. Found this Jay puzzle relatively straightforward today.
    1.5*/4* for me today

    Favourites include 1a, 26a, 1d, 6d & 17d — with my winner 26a

    Thanks to the 3 birds

  16. Again, a very enjoyable puzzle within my capabilities- I sense that the next 2 days are going to cause me a lot of head scratching!!

    1. Now that Giovanni has set his last DT back-pager, we will have to wait and see who has replaced him for non-Ray T Thursdays and then decide whether they have produced a head-scratcher or not

  17. Not a barrowload of fun but an interesting challenge. NE came in last. Have to admit to some bunging in including 12a and 15a (oh that china!). 26a will obviously favour our transatlantic members! I don’t necessarily think of 27a as being an artisan and 28a is somewhat vague. Initially had same thought as Iain Cuthbertson re 4d but once penny had dropped it became Fav. Thank you setter and the 2Kiwis.

  18. Thoroughly enjoyed this, not least because I solved it without the hints, though as always I read through them – great learning tool!
    Many thanks to setter and 2Ks

  19. 2/5. Great puzzle with some entertaining clues. From a packed field I liked 1a&1d, followed by 26a. Thanks to Jay and the 2Ks.

  20. Morning all.
    Our clear skies aren’t so clear today as we had overnight rain. Keep warm and cosy everyone.
    Still not prepared to hazard a guess at the setter. Perhaps someone will enlighten us soon.

  21. Very enjoyable with 21and 28a as my favourites – but I always have difficulty with understanding use of the word ‘without’ when used for example in the context of 5d. Thank you setter and 2Ks

  22. Another pleasant and solvable puzzle 😃 ***/*** Favourites 21 & 26 across. Thanks to the 2 x Ks and to Donnybrook 🤗

  23. The enjoyment continues, long may it last! I found the NE tricky and needed help to get going again – why oh why do I always forget the China, but I see I’m in good company. So much to like here, how can a girl choose a fave, though 8d amused.
    Thank you setter, whomsoever, and your hints were much appreciated 2Kiwis.

  24. Relatively easy for a Wednesday.
    Luckily, in harmony with the setter.
    Excellent clues in 15 and the double-reasoned 28a.
    Many thanks to the setter and the 2Kiwis.

  25. Thank you, Donnybrook (and for the Cross Atlantic): I didn’t manage to fit a cryptic crossword in yesterday, but when I saw it was one of yours — thank you commenters above — I made sure to go back and do it today.

    My favourite was 21a (‘elaborate’).

      1. Ha — I hadn’t even got round to reading today’s comments yet: there were enough people identifying NYDK on this one that, ironically, I chose to do this puzzle instead of 30171!

        I suppose I’ll do that one tomorrow then …

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