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DT 30192

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30192

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja on a typical January morning – sunny but chilly. Hopefully things will warm up a bit as the day goes on.

Today’s puzzle is a typical Monday offering in that it’s very enjoyable and mostly quite benign, but it has a couple of stings in the tail and a bit of GK needed.

As usual my podium three are in blue.  The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer.  Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.


5a           Brave social worker following bitterness (7)
GALLANT:  Another word for bitterness or rancour followed by the usual social worker.

7a           Stock English witticism (5)
EQUIP:  E(nglish) followed by a witticism or joke.

9a           Daughter in Dorset resort gets dog (6)
POODLE:  Insert (in) a D(aughter) into a seaside town in Dorset, the one with the large harbour.  It also has some of the most expensive real estate in the country!

10a         Perfect, a musical instrument enthralling bishop so (8)
ABSOLUTE:  Start with the A from the clue and a musical instrument and insert (enthralling) the single letter for bishop and the SO from the clue.

11a         In complete confusion, team losing after leading (6-4)
UPSIDE DOWN:  If the first word of the answer was split (2,4) it would be a phrase describing the team that is winning or leading. The second word means losing or sad and the whole lot is a phrase meaning in complete confusion.  Hope that made some sort of sense!

13a         Part of speech some denounced (4)
NOUN:  A lurker hiding in (some) the last word of the clue.

14a         Facing a dilemma when Celtic fan’s kit is ruined (2,1,5,5)
IN A CLEFT STICK:  Anagram (is ruined) of CELTIC FANS KIT.

16a         Openers in Derbyshire’s innings set county record (4)
DISC:  First letters of (openers in) the next four words of the clue.

17a         Different guides then bless you! (10)
GESUNDHEIT:  Anagram (different) of GUIDES THEN.

19a         Student consuming last of lager and more stout (8)
STURDIER:  A word which could describe a student with R (last of lageR) inserted (consuming).

20a         Hardy, British during tours abroad (6)
ROBUST:  B(ritish) inserted into (during) an anagram (abroad) of TOURS.

22a         Deeply distressed, copper leading ram (3,2)
CUT UP:  The chemical symbol for copper put in front of (leading) another word for a ram and the result split (3,2)

23a         Squad also included in scheme (7)
PLATOON:  A squad of soldiers is a word meaning also inserted into (included in) another word for a scheme or intention.


1d           Happy clearing last away (4)
GLAD:  A clearing in some woodland without its last letter (last away).

2d           Manage ably for so long (8)
FAREWELL:  So long as in goodbye. It’s a word meaning to manage or get on followed by a word meaning ably.

3d           Part of Beatles song shows class (6)
LESSON:  A lurker hiding in (part of) Beatles song.  Any excuse for a bit of Beatles . . .

4d           Published large article on satellite receiver, quite bizarre (10)
OUTLANDISH:  A word meaning published followed by an L(arge), then an indefinite article and finally the thing on the wall which receives  the Sky TV signal.

5d           Team get promotion after bagging runs (5)
GROUP:  Take a phrase (2,2) which could mean to get promotion or rise and insert (after bagging) an R(uns).

6d           Quickly remove kit covering a carpet (4,3,1,5)
TEAR A STRIP OFF:  This is carpet as in tell off.  It’s a phrase which could mean to quickly remove ones football kit placed around (covering) the A from the clue.

8d           Awful lot to be imbibed by Robin Goodfellow? Whatever’s available! (3,4)
POT LUCK:  Here you need to know an alternative name for Robin Goodfellow.  If you know or have Googled him then insert (to be imbibed by) an anagram (awful) of LOT and split the result (3,4).  Here’s some great examples of this answer . . .

12d         Cain reformed? Member of the clergy’s wrong (10)
INACCURATE:  Anagram (reformed) of CAIN followed by a clergyman.

14d         I do it badly, in charge, being foolish (7)
IDIOTIC:  Anagram (badly) of I DO IT followed by the usual two letters for in charge.

15d         Very funny situation involving a French lotion (3,5)
SUN CREAM:  A word for a very funny situation or farce has inserted (involving) the French indefinite article and then split (3,5).

17d         Complain about onset of pneumonia, or flu? (6)
GRIPPE:  A word meaning to complain around (about) a P (onset of Pneumonia).

18d         Children’s author briefly upset dramatist (5)
IBSEN:  A children’s author, possibly best known for writing “The Railway Children”, without her last letter (briefly) and reversed (upset in a down clue) to give a Norwegian dramatist.

21d         Show yellow card  to reserve (4)
BOOK:  Double definition. A word for what the referee is doing when he shows a yellow card is also a word meaning to reserve, a restaurant table perhaps.

Top three for me today were 11a, 16a and 1d with 16a on the top step of the podium.

Quick crossword puns:

Top Line:     CELL     +     FIZZ     =     SELFIES

Bottom Line:     WEAL     +     RITE     =     WHEELWRIGHT

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  1. Well, it’s finally stopped rain here in Sandhurst and we’re now blessed with some sunshine, let’s see how long it lasts!
    A real footbally theme to our puzzle today with references all over the grid.
    For some reason 2d held me up for a while even though I had 4 letters already in it.
    Some very witty clues all over, but my two favourites today were 11a and 5d. Many thanks to our setter, well done.

  2. Well, 11a seems to be popular and I also endorse it as COTD with 6d being my number 2. The six anagrams helped me to a */*** finish although I hadn’t heard of 17d it was easily guessable. Thanks pommers for the hints as this completed my understanding of 8d and to the setter.

  3. 2*/4* for a light and fun start to the week with a cosmopolitan flavour courtesy of a German word and a French word.

    11a was my favourite with a mention too for 16a.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to pommers.

  4. A pleasant, straightforward puzzle wth a few head-scratchers in the NW corner, which held me up for a short while and a couple of
    non-English words words at 17a and a7d. I liked 14a, q11a and 6d. Thanks to Campbell and to Pommers for the hints.

    1. It was the NW corner that held me up also and I had to turn to Pommers for a clue to solving 5d and 11a. Obvious when you know!

  5. A light and enjoyable start to the week, with enough ‘bite’ to require exercise of the LGCs. 5d my COTD, with 17a & 18d the runners-up.

    1.5* / 2.5*

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Pommers

  6. Two idioms completely foreign to American ears but easily derived from the clues held me up just a bit in this delightful start to another week of exciting cryptics, or so I hope. I have to ‘make amends’ with Robin Goodfellow at 8d as my COTD, but I also enjoyed 5d, 11a, and 2d. Thanks to pommers and Campbell. **/***

  7. Definitely enjoyable.
    14a is a phrase I never heard of .
    I never heard of Robin Goodfellow, but the checkers provided the solution.
    My favourite was 11a when I finally twigged it.
    Thanks to pommers and the setter.

  8. It’s Monday :good: It’s Campbell :good: 1.5*/4.5*

    Candidates for favourite – 11a, 19a, 2d, and 4d – and the winner is 11a.

    Thanks to Campbell and to pommers.

  9. Only 26 clues! I used an anagram solver to get the obscure 17a as unless you knew it, it was impossible to work out from wordplay and checkers with any certainty so a poor clue in my opinion. Rest pretty good though had to look up Robin Goodfellow and the ram in order to parse 8d&22a. Taking the honours today were 11a&3d.
    Many thanks to Campbell and Pommers

    1. I am surprised that 17a is not more widely known – I thought it was a fairly common comment made when one sneezes. I wonder whether younger people (everyone is younger than I am) don’t use all the old phrases I grew up with. My mother had a mot juste for almost every situation, not to mention her superstitions. Woe betide anyone who put new shoes on the table (a death) or crossed knives – a fight (slide the bottom knife out and place it gently alongside the other one). Wow. I’m such a prisoner of my upbringing!

  10. I really enjoyed this and found it a typically Mondayish puzzle. I hope all the people lately complaining of the difficulty have a go at this one as IMHO nothing is particularly obscure and there is much to smile about. So what if you can’t do it without the hints – that is how everyone starts. My only slight whinge is that there were far fewer clues than normal. Thanks to all.

  11. Nice gentle way to ease into the crosswording week even though I did need to check on the spelling of 17a!
    Top three for me were 11a plus 5&6d.

    Thanks to Campbell – hope he’s enjoying his holiday – and to pommers for the review.

    1. I get caught by 17a every time, I get cocky and think I know it then promptly misspell it. Of course I had to revisit and look it up. When will I ever learn.

  12. An enjoyable solve for me today, which is unusual as I mostly don’t get on with Campbell. Maybe I am starting to figure him out….maybe.

    Thanks to Campbell and to Pommers.

    Beautiful day today. Bright and sunny. Which is good as we are having part of our roof replaced. The Men have put the scaffolding up and have vanished. Hmm.

      1. Scaffolding is now legally a must for a certain height and above.
        And can be expensive
        As I found out with my external painting hitherto done by ladder!

      2. Same here. We negotiated a price with a scaffolding company. They had to move it around a bit. The tiler was someone different. At the same time my husband used the scaffolding to paint the chimney and some high bits on the house walls. The scaffolding was the expensive part but after 30 years the chilney needed a lick of paint!

      3. Seem to be the same company.
        We got the price from the roofer, the scaffolding came in a van with his logo on it and the men seemed to be employed by him.
        And yes, it is vastly expensive. Sigh.

  13. Good, quickly-paced progress until a shuddering halt at 17a.
    Also the last in.
    Simply experimented with the letters and checked.
    The correct word came up, new to me.
    Definitely 11a is my COTD and warranted my smile.
    So, 1.5*/4*
    Many thanks, Campbell, and pommers.

  14. 6d, my version requires an answer 4,3,1,5 the same as you have given but your answer is 4,1,5,3 . Or have I missed something?

    1. The (4,3,1,5) answer is the correct version. Probably a simple error on pommers part in the way he entered the answer into the hint. Easy enough for a blogger to do – I know only too well!

      1. Thanks, I can see it now. ( I had the wrong answer written in anyway. It made it harder for me to work out what was going on.)

      2. Senf, I had always thought that that bit of blogging was done by magic! (or computer?)

        It would be interesting to know what the bloggers have to do … after solving the puzzle, of course!

        Thanks to today’s setter and Pommers.

        1. This is how I do it, working with a MS Word document:

          I copy the text of the clues into the document.

          Then I enter the answers into the WordPress code that will ‘hide’ them under the ‘Click here’ buttons.

          This is followed by (my two fingered) typing of the hint for each clue.

          Then the contents of the Word document are copied and pasted into the blog ‘framework’ in WordPress, illustrations found and pasted in, preamble created, and the whole thing proof read.

          Typically, solving and preparation of a blog takes me between 2 and 3 hours. Other bloggers may be/are probably faster than me.

          1. Blimey! I didn’t realise there was so much work involved.

            So … the easy bit is solving the puzzle (unless it is Elgar on Friday).

            Thanks very much for the information.

          2. I use a Word template with a macro, created for me many years ago by Gnomethang. I copy the clues from the Telegraph Puzzles site, go to view macro and then run macro to make the draft blog appear. I then amend the blog title, add the solution, hints and illustrations and then Post to Blog on WordPress as a draft. Then I cover the solutions, make the remaining bits and pieces to finish it and then schedule it for publication. As a trained touch typist who has been posting these blogs for over twelve and a half years, it doesn’t take, relatively speaking, that long

          1. I did it like CS – the only difference was that I waited up until midnight to get the crossword before going to bed – I would never have been able to sleep if I hadn’t known that the answers were sorted out. I also hunted out of the pictures before going to bed – that was fun and took ages. Then get up again to do everything else before publishing. I think I was probably slower at the rest of all the other “hinty people”!

              1. Like Kath as a blogger in the UK timezone I couldn’t go to bed until I had a full grid (usually an hour to hour and a half after the midnight release) I usually solve online but take a printout to bed to make some brief parsing notes then off to the land of nod. As my Sunday Toughie blogs don’t get published until 13:30 to 14:00 I spend a couple of hours Sunday AM choosing which to hint and finding pics and vids. I have tried writing in Word and moving to WordPress but too many formatting errors have made me revert to writing straight into the blog software. As it is a prize I don’t have to use the spoiler thing or panic over the quickie pun. Although I solve it all after midnight I don’t do the full review until the following Saturday. My typing is of the hunt and peck style.

  15. Best day of the week for me is the Campbell puzzle not because I usually finish it but no clues leave you thinking ‘What the hell does that mean?’ Today was no exception and it was all finished after filling up the indoor log store with freshly axed wood. Next to cut back the asters and fuchsias and then a walk to see what’s growing in the hedgerows.

    Plenty of ticks on my paper including many mentioned already. 23a, 4d and 5d get very honourable mentions.

    Thanks to Pommers and Campbell for the usual Monday treat.

  16. A friendly start to the week even though I solved both the long clues quite late – it didn’t seem to matter. I didn’t know the phrase in 14a but got it eventually with checkers, and I hadn’t heard of Robin Goodfellow for 8d either. 11a and 4d were contenders but 15d got my COTD for the misdirection. */***

    TY Campbell and pommers

  17. Good fun with a ,nice combination of cryptology and GK. Have to say I am inclined to turn to French rather than German so stupidly 17a didn’t occur to me even with all the checkers in place. 8d unparsed as Robin Goodfellow didn’t ring a bell and 22a new one on me. Joint Favs 11a and 6d. Thank you Campbell for a crack exercise and pommers for your hinting.

  18. Generally a quick fun solve today but 17a required electrons.
    Sunny start to the day in Kent but clouding over now, come on Southern Water, get the buckets out!
    Thanks as usual to Campbell and pommers for the Monday treat.

  19. Nice start to the week, both Quick and Cryptic.
    9a – I was once in Half Moon Bay in California, and someone had one of these dogs. They were asked ‘What sort of
    dog is it?’ and were told ‘It is a Belgium Sheep Dog’. Can see all those Flemish sheep having a good laugh………….
    Lovely and sunny here in Shrewsbury, before the torrent due tomorrow and the river will go up again as Llanidloes gets it first.

  20. Familiar with 17a but unsure of how to spell it & initially had my T&D transposed so under exam conditions an incorrect finish. It was my second last in with last in 17d, new to me, but thankfully obvious from the wordplay & requiring confirmation. A dead heat for top spot between 11a&6d with ticks against 5,8&18d.
    A nice gentle start to the week. Now back to yesterday’s Toughie.
    Thanks to Campbell & Pommers

    1. “A person can develop la 17d”–the show-stopper number, sung by Adelaide (in ‘Adelaide’s Lament’) from Guys and Dolls. That’s how I knew 17d: from singing the song, which I started doing quite young, as a pre-teen, all around the house–driving my parents crazy, I’m sure.

      1. Of course, La Grippe … one of my fave movies and I’ve got it here on DVD. Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, can’t remember the others.

        1. I saw the original Adelaide, the divine Vivian Blaine, reprising the role in a revival of Guys and Dolls on Broadway in 1966. She brought house the house down again!

          1. Robert, I love your wonderful memories of productions and performances you’ve seen. Nicholas Hytner is directing Guys and Dolls at the Bridge Theatre here in London in the spring.

            1. How I do wish I could see it at the Bridge! Heck, just to see London again, MsGlad. Some performances, like that of Vivian Blaine, just stay with me forever. The other day, I almost channelled Renee Fleming as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello. I do males as well, in case you’re wondering.

              1. Ha ha! I’m off to bed with a wonderful mental picture. I’m going to see the production at the Bridge, I’ll let you know how it is.

  21. No golf today due to the awful Yorkshire weather, so today’s puzzle lifted my spirits! 11a and 4d are my favourites. 17d is a new word for me but I was able to parse – is that the correct expression?
    Thanks to Campbell and Pommers

  22. Another vote for 11a as COTD. Great fun as always from Campbell, to whom I offer grateful thanks. And of course to pommers.

  23. Didn’t have a problem with 17a as I remembered it from the original film of The Taking of Pelham 123. Wasn’t so fortunate with 17d, as I’d never heard of that.

  24. Another gentle start to the non-work week from Campbell with no real hitches here at all.

    1.5*/3.5* for me today

    Lots to like for favourites including 9a, 10a, 2d, 3d & 12d — with winner 12d because it made me laugh.

    Thanks to Campbell and to pommers for the hints.

  25. I’m afraid I gave up on 17a as I realised it must be a foreign word I had never heard of. I was straight in with 17d as I am familiar with it in French. As it was not indicated as being French I did check it was right in case it was hindering me with 17a. I knew Robin Goodfellow was Shakespeare but I had forgotten who until the checkers reminded me. 11 and 22a and 2 4 6 15 and 21d all get a star from me. Thanks Campbell and Pommers.

  26. 11a. I wasted time trying to make an anagram from “ in complete “ as it was confused. It is now my COTD
    Yesterday we had an all day power cut and with limited light had to entertain ourselves. “Scrabble by candlelight “ has quite a ring doesn’t it!

  27. What a joy to solve. Once again my type of crossword. Doubt I will manage many clues for the rest of the week.

  28. A Monday puzzle on a Monday for once. Nothing to hold us up but lots to like. Another vote for 11a as favourite. Thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  29. Loved it! A little cross at myself as had to check the spelling of 17a having bunged it in with the “h” in the wrong spot, otherwise solved without help. Fave was 8d as you have to love Robin Goodfellow, followed by 11a.
    Thanks Campbell and to pommels for his hints and tips. O

  30. Sorry that I’ve not been around today but just after I finished the blog the internet went off! finally came back about 30 mins ago.

  31. A very nice, if not also very easy hors-d’œuvre to the week’s hopefully gradually more chewy fare. 11a also a fave here. Many thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  32. Fascinating to hear the process of our expert bloggers. Many thanks for your time and your wise guidance to those who still cannot master the cruciverbalism after 50 years of trying…

  33. Really enjoyed today’s puzzle despite the football clues which I detest! It flowed along and cheered a wet afternoon. Many thanks to Campbell and Pommers. Sorry to hear about your power cut and hope no more incidents. Never a good time to suffer one but especially at this time of the year.

  34. Yes a nice Monday puzzle ***/**** 🤗 Didn’t realise that 17d meant flu 😳 Favourites 22a and 2 & 4 down muchas gracias to Pommers and of course to Campbell

  35. Great fun, I didn’t even notice all the football references someone else spotted. As I said, I was only held up by the NW corner. When we got married and had to move to Nottingham for 4years I was homesick and worse bought me a black poodle “ but don’t expect me ever to be seen with it”. The dog immediately fell in love with him (and he with her). He was besotted. Wonderful pets, clever, intuitive and don’t shed hair! Many thanks to Campbell and Pommers for all their hard work.

  36. No problems with 17d as it’s one of the three epidemics blighting France at the moment, along with Covid and bronchiolitis.
    Not going to bore you with our Health Service problems, I believe you have your own.
    Didn’t use a wordfinder to unravel 17a, but went directly to Google to check what was the German for bless you so I could spell it right.
    The idioms in 6d and 14a were new to me and had to be checked on the very same.
    Thanks to Campbell and to Pommers for the review.

  37. Got to agree with Robert with 8d as COTD, I think Neil in Dead Poets Society was playing Robin Goodfellow in the play within the movie, at least that is where I associated Robin G with the 4 letters we need for the clue. Bunged in the playwright and had to do a bit of a think about the children’s author.
    Thanks to Pommers and Campbell.

    1. Ah yes, you’re right: it was Neil (the actor Robert Sean Leonard, who will soon be 54–thanks, Wiki!) as XXXX in AMND. J and I watched the film again not long ago. My history with that film is indeed quite exciting and quite memorable as it was a student of mine who took me to see it first, insisting that he had just seen the perfect film for his college professor! That was a first for me. I was a bit surprised by how many did not recognise XXXX by his ‘real’ name, but I was also surprised at how many were foxed by 17a & 17d.

    1. Welcome to the blog

      My father used to say this when someone sneezed but had never studied German so I’m not sure where he got it from

  38. Enjoyed this and found it very satisfying. I even managed to get to do it on the day. I and to extricate some of the more obscure words from the depths of my memory. Thank you to Campbell and Pommers

  39. Well I enjoyed this- was completely held up by 19a so after a cup of tea and some toast and orange and lemon marmalade- wonderful- bought at Guildford farmers market- I revisited and realised that I’d got the words for 6d in the wrong order! I needed help for three clues so I’m really pleased with myself! Many thanks to Pommers and Campbell. Now I’m going to start reading Marple – twelve new stories written by twelve very good crime writers.

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