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DT 30193

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30193
Hints and tips by Twmbarlwm

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BD Rating – Difficulty **    –  Enjoyment ***

Good morning. An entertaining mix of clues, mostly of moderate difficulty, with a handful of outliers either on the easy side or needing a bit more thought.
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 Courage and audacity needed for such an obstruction (10)
BOTTLENECK: Informal synonyms of each of the first two nouns in the clue lead to what could be e.g. a problem for traffic

6a Not very many spotted in safe waters (1,3)
A FEW: The solution is hidden in the clue. I definitely should have spotted it sooner than I did!

9a Netting wrapped round knight’s weapon (5)
LANCE: A containment (wrapped around) of the letter that stands for knight in chess notations inside netting or delicate fabric

10a Blustering type mangled reggae in small western resort, initially (9)
SWAGGERER: An anagram (mangled) of REGGAE ‘in’ the standard letters for small and western, plus a first letter (initially)

12a Not entirely sorry, with great fire raging, to find cool things (13)
REFRIGERATORS: Another anagram (raging): SORR[Y] (not entirely) and GREAT FIRE

14a Fall down in mountain pass and expire (8)
COLLAPSE: A three-letter word for a mountain pass plus a synonym of expire, or in another context, sin

15a Woman partnered with serviceman, getting old quite slowly (6)
ADAGIO: A woman’s name (‘For the Love of…’), an American soldier, and the letter that represents old

17a Rush ahead of me to find flower arrangement (6)
RACEME: Another word for rush, most often as a verb, plus ‘me’ from the clue. The solution describes any plant whose flowers grow along the stem from the bottom up – eg foxgloves and (illustrated below) delphiniums

19a Potty scientist maybe mistreated rats and mice (8)
CERAMIST: Another word not really in everyday use, but plainly clued as an anagram (mistreated) of RATS and MICE

21a This opera may be something to see in a German cave! (3,10)
DIE FLEDERMAUS: A cryptic definition, which means there’s no letter-play to help us with the spelling! One of the creatures in the anagram immediately above is only figuratively in flight in German

24a Blast husband going to choose dental accessory (9)
TOOTHPICK: A blast, as on e.g. a car horn, is followed by a synonym of choose

25a Small creature producing grand repeated sound, as we may hear it (5)
GECKO: The letter that stands for grand plus a homophone (as we may hear it) of a reverberating sound

26a Information that a doctor is holding back (4)
DATA: Another hidden that I took too long over, wasting time going through the GPs, MBs, MOs etc! This one’s a reversal (is holding back)

27a Composer in far off New Zealand heard programme (5,5)
FRANZ LISZT: An anagram (off) of FAR, the two letters that stand for New Zealand, plus a homophone (heard) of a word for a programme or schedule.
Probably my favourite in this puzzle – quite a tough solution to clue


1d I must have short party up in tropical resort (4)
BALI: A reversal (up) of I from the clue and an abbreviation (short) of a mainstream political party

2d Shoot number, with military exercise almost completed (7)
TENDRIL: A cardinal number is followed by a military training exercise without its last letter (almost completed)

3d I fill chamber half up: stirring everything, to produce this wine (13)
LIEBFRAUMILCH: An anagram (stirring everything) of I FILL CHAMBER (half) U[P]

4d Most horrible November so far is equal on temperature (8)
NASTIEST: A letter as indicated by its NATO phonetic alphabet designation in the clue, plus a two-letter word that can mean ‘so far’, or since or whilst, then a word meaning ‘is equal’ or is drawing, and the letter that stands for temperature

5d With no energy input, make packing case (5)
CRATE: A synonym of make without the letter that stands for energy that specifically appears inside it (input), rather than the one that ends it

7d Roll up on opening of Goodwood to get the measure of horse races (7)
FURLONG: A word meaning roll up or fold up, plus ‘on’ from the clue, and an initial letter as indicated

8d Poet whose writings have value? (10)
WORDSWORTH: A cryptic definition that might lead some of us to thoughts of imminent spring flowers, and others to an earworm of a hit single by Tom Tom Club!

11d Protective figure‘s financier for a rival daily? (8,5)
GUARDIAN ANGEL: Whimsical wordplay that involves a word for a benefactor who provides funds for a project, and the name of a daily newspaper that’s not often aligned with the Telegraph

13d Official foolishly directed to support a Conservative (10)
ACCREDITED: An anagram (foolishly) of DIRECTED goes beneath (to support) ‘a’ from the clue and the letter that’s short for Conservative

16d Animal’s relative used to make a soldier’s headgear? (8)
BEARSKIN: A wild animal in its possessive form precedes a synonym of relative or family

18d Smoke coming from revolutionary base (7)
CHEROOT: The usual three-letter Argentinian revolutionary’s forename and a word for base or source

20d Six-footers in religious groups? (7)
INSECTS: A word for religious groups follows ‘in’ from the clue. The definition is pure crosswordese, unless you’ve ever heard “Waiter, there’s a six-footer in my soup.”

22d Ride around top of road: it’s not so wet (5)
DRIER: An anagram (around) of RIDE is placed before a first letter (top) as indicated

23d Left harbour (4)
PORT: A simple double definition to finish (or start – it was my first one in, simply because it stood out at first glance)

My particular favourites were 1a, 15a, 27a, 3d 18d and 13d . What were yours?

Today’s Quick Crossword pun:  MAY + CAW + BRAKE = MAKE OR BREAK

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  1. Sehr gut! A bit of a Germanic feeling to a few of the clues today.
    A very pleasant puzzle with some witty answers. Hadn’t heard
    of the word at 17a or the term for 19a, but they couldn’t be much
    else as I had all the other letters already in them. Interested to see who
    the setter was today. My two favourites were 21a and 16d. Well done
    to our setter, good entertainment throughout.

  2. I managed to finish this, despite having 4 bung-ins, in which I guessed the anagrams without bei g perfectly clear how they worked. 1a was the best clue, followed closely by 27a. Thanks to the compiler and to Twmbarlwm for some much needed wxplanations.

  3. Must have missed the memo – is it German week ? No idea how to parse 21a – happy just to remember it & spell it (3d too) correctly unlike gesundheit yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyable puzzle solved in ** time with only 17a requiring confirmation as unfamiliar to me. Plenty of ticks – 1,19,24&27a along with 7,11,13&18d to pick 4 of each.
    Thanks to the setter & to T.
    Ps super Dada Toughie which I’d say is pitched at the trickier end of his Sunday range but very accessible

  4. The GK was all achievable fairly readily in today’s 1.5*/*** except I transposed the third and fifth letters in 19a when guessing the obvious anagram. Thanks Twmbarlwm for setting me straight through your hints. Once again a healthy smattering of anagrams oiled the wheels. Unusually I didn’t have any stand out clues today. With thanks to the setter.

  5. As Prince Orlovsky reminds us in 21a, ‘Chacun a son gout’, and this one was very much to my taste, quite entertaining and fun to work. One of the first wines I can ever remember tasting (though not, these days, much to my taste) was 3d, and I enjoyed unpacking the anagram there. But my winner today is 27a: great composer, great clue, with big ticks also to 13d and 10a (because it made me laugh). Thanks to Mr T for his review and today’s setter. **/****

    I agree with Huntsman: excellent Dada Toughie today!

    1. I thought 3d wasn’t a specific wine so much as the leftovers in Germany that are put together to get a poor man’s plonk.

  6. Quite GK-heavy today which will suit some more than others. I thought that the less common of which were fairly clued and obtainable from the wordplay with the exception of 21a which I had to resort to e-help for – though I would have got it from T’s picture too! I didn’t know 17a either. Plenty of humour along the way too, 8d, 16d, 20d and my COTD being 27a **/****

    TY setter and Twmbarlwm

  7. Loved this today though I suspect some will be unhappy with the amount of GK involved. I didn’t get off to a good start in the top half but the bottom went in easily enough, and I worked my way back. The long anagrams were very helpful. While I knew the answer to 21a and even how to spell it my knowledge of the opera story is non-existent so I did not get the cave reference. Lots to like but especially 1a, 2d, 18d and my favourite 27a. Thanks to our setter for the enjoyment and Twmbarlwm for helping me to parse 21a.

  8. 2*/4*. Apart from the hmm for the vague woman in 15a, I really enjoyed this with 8a, 19a, 8d & 13d making it onto my podium.

    I am going to take a punt on this being an NYD creation.

    Many thanks to the setter and to Mr T.

    1. I don’t think Ada is a vague woman! Ada-in-the-cottage -at-the-bottom -of-our-drive was the veritable Fount Of All Knowledge and was very real.

      1. Vague, indeterminate or nebulous women/men or boys/girls in cryptic clues don’t bother me – especially 3-letter ones. Instead of Woman maybe Lovelace would have been better – she’s the only famous Ada I can think of.

        1. We had a famous Ada when I was a boy. She used to (roughly speaking) clean our house, and at regular intervals during her day she would wax poetic and recite ” When I was young and tender, they sat me on the fender. The fender bent, and in I went, when I was young and tender.” (She was a large person)
          Eat your heart out, Lovelace!

    2. Are you sure about this being a NYD production, he might be covering for Jay tomorrow as the latter is appearing in his Toughie alter ego?

  9. Really enjoyable today and right on the setter’s wavelength. Saw the opera at the Royal Opera House years ago. The gaoler is always played by a comedian of the day and in my case it was Frankie Howard – remember him? To impress me my new boyfriend had booked our seats in a box beside the stage. I laughed so much at Frankie’s antics I fell off my seat and said boyfriend (soon to become ex boyfriend) held me down out of sight. Frankie came over and looked into the box where I was helpless with laughter and let out his trademark ‘Ooooooooooh’! as if we were up to something. Made my evening actually. Anyway, I digress but thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm.

  10. I made things difficult for myself by bunging in battlement at 1a, without any justification whatsoever!
    Once that was resolved, all went reasonably smoothly.
    I am more familiar with the longer version of 19a, but it was clued very fairly and couldn’t be anything else.
    Good puzzle. Thanks to setter and Twmbarlwm.

  11. A very entertaining and enjoyable ramble through a damp and soggy crosswordland this morning, with 8d my top clue ahead of 27a. My thanks to our setter and Mr T.

    Another thumbs up for the Dada Toughie today.

  12. Quite a lot of GK this morning but fortunately nothing that I didn’t know – for once!
    I don’t usually approve of vague women but the surface read of 15a made me smile so gets a podium spot along with 27a & 7d.

    Thanks to our setter – I’d agree with RD about NYD being a likely candidate – and to Twmbarlwm for the review.

  13. Got stuck in the NW corner for a while then eventually pennies dropped.
    Had to check the meanings of 17a and 19a. Had a vague recollection of 17a but doubted that 17a was even a word….maybe candidates for Terence’s List ?
    But, overall, a fine crossword that I enjoyed.

    Thanks to the setter and to Twmbarlwm.

    Today is the definition of dreich here. Overcast, grey, cold, raining off and on. Scaffolding erected yesterday dripping and dangerously slippy.

  14. Typically Tuesdayish whoever the setter is – **/****

    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 27a, 8d, and 11d – and the winner is 11d.

    Thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm.

  15. Completed unaided but most uneasily.
    As 1and 21a and 3d were just, luckily correct, bung-ins as I was too lazy to parse.
    And 19a was the result of experimenting with the given letters.
    But, as a whole, an enjoyable solve.
    My COTD is 27a.
    18d made me smile
    Many thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm

  16. That was terrific – most enjoyable this year. N yielded first. Can’t believe it took me a while to tumble to 6a after trying to justify unidentified objects! Absolutely no hmms neither is there a standout Fav – all so good. Illustration for 1a is amusingly apt! Thank you Mysteron and MrT.

  17. Good fun – thanks to our setter and Twmbarlwm.
    I always try to include a D in the spelling of 12a, probably because its usual abbreviation contains that letter.
    The clues I liked best were 21a, 27a and 7d.

    1. Re 12a, I also always try and include a D.

      Having read an explanation on google, I am still none the wiser. I would expect to pronounce the middle part of the full word as it is written as ‘rigger’. However, I do not pronounce it as a ‘refRIGGERator’, rather as a ‘refRIDGERator’.

  18. Very enjoyable but possibly one of the most straightforward puzzles to appear for some time.
    Interestingly there’s a famous glazier in New Zealand that shares the first name of the composer in 27a so I’ll put that on my podium along with 12d and the splendid 7d.
    Thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm for the fun.

    1. Just to clarify.
      SL is not talking about a window repairer but an ice river and nearby town that are named after an Austrian emperor. The town is sometimes referred to using the first half of the name only.

  19. I’m obviously a bit out of step with most Big Dave bloggers today as I thought some of the clues/answers were a bit stretched – like 10a (I don’t hear or see that word used so often) and 19a (is that really a scientist?). Still, each to his or her own and not much led to a 1a in solving the grid, although I did need the hints for 5d (thanks Twmbarlwm) and had to bung in 17a and 21a from the checkers.
    COTD 11d for the reference to a rival publication.
    Viele danke to todays setter.

  20. Thanks to setter and twmbalrwm (really where does twmbarlwm come from if that is still an allowed question). Also to Manders for a great story. Nice crossword and agree about the outliers. Just to say also that I broke my arm hurrying to a friends house for New Years Eve. Didn’t break the bottle I was carrying just my humerus. My NHS treatment at both Watford General on New Years Day and St Albans hospital today was efficient, caring and friendly.

    1. It is nice to hear of someone getting good treatment. I hope the break did not prevent you from raising a glass to your lips?

    2. I seem to recall that Twmbarlwm is a mountain somewhere in South Wales. Hopefully, our hinter will enlighten us. :smile:

      1. Hi folks. Yes, Twmbarlwm is the name of a modest hill that was a landmark where I grew up in SE Wales, and I’ve just always liked the sound of the word.
        Pronounced Toom – BAR – Loom, more or less, but with the -oo- sounds quite short, as in ‘book’ in southern RP. So, not as hard to say as it looks! :phew:

  21. My sort of general knowledge today. No greek gods, hurrah. I did a stint at the British Ceramics Research Association Stoke on Trent during my applied physics course. I’m not sure if it’s still there. I was helping research into insulators for heating elements on nuclear reactor simulators. Compressed Boron Nitrate if I remember correctly. D F was put on at the Bristol Victoria Rooms. I used to walk from school in Clifton to the centre to catch a bus to Dowmend. I was about 13. The tickets must have been on offer as I can’t remember paying for them. Anyway I went on my own and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I can’t say they were happy days, just tolerable with a few highlights.

  22. Lovely crossword with lots of clever clues 😃 ***/**** Some of my favourites are 1a, 2d, 5d and 16d 🤗 17a was a new word for me 🤔 so all there is left to say to Twmbarlwm and to the Compiler is Danke Sehr

  23. Definitely an easier than normal Tuesday puzzle, but nonetheless very enjoyable.
    Would have been 1*, but ended up with the NW holding me up, so overall was 1.5*/4* for me today.

    Favourites include 1a, 19a, 21a, 24a, 8d & 23d — with my winner 8d.

    Chuckles had with 24a, 25a & 20d

    Thanks to setter and Twmbarlwm

  24. I had to smile at the report in the DT on-line on the ‘release’ of a certain book.

    One person in the queue at a London Waterstone’s for the 6:00am opening.

    A bookshop in Swindon with a window display with the book teamed with another one entitled How to Kill Your Family.

    1. I’m so cross, that’s all we’ve heard for the past two days here. Surely something has to be more newsworthy, maybe someone stepped on a flea?

  25. Lots of other things taking up my time at the moment so the crossword has had to be slotted in as and when.

    Today’s started slowly but gathered pace after about the fourth pick up of the paper until I finished just now. Very enjoyable with a good mix of clues. I had forgotten the word for courage in 1a, which is surprising. When I was a visiting prison dentist, the number of inmates who said, when being called into the surgery, “Sorry, mate -I’ve lost me……” should have reminded me. I knew the answers to 21a and 3d but not the spellings so had to check those. My COTD is 8d.

    Many thanks to the setter for the fun and Twmbarlwm for the hints.

    Yet more rain in The Marches and The River Severn is in flood. I do hope folk are ok downstream.

  26. Fun crossword today but held up by 12a as I have always assumed that when we say fridge there is a ‘d’ in the full word … thanks setter and Twmbarlwm

  27. Easy and fun xwd. Thanks to the setter (NYD? Not sure about that, as he’s usually a little more labyrinthine) and the Welsh hill.

  28. Well, I don’t know. I did put in my two penn’orth about 2pm but obvs ( as they say) could not have pressed send. My pearls of wisdom have gone into the ether. I was so tired after a sleepless night I probably didn’t press send. I have since had a nap! I enjoyed it very much- thanks to the setter and Mr Twm. (That’s thanks for the crossword, not the nap)

    1. It was mine – late in the day to own up: but I just got back in… Thanks for the nice comments – a lot of you spotted my humorous clueing. Cheers for now

  29. As yesterday what I call an honest crossword so very enjoyable.

    I would call a 19a a ceramicist but the given word is acceptable.

    Thank you Twmbarlwm for your fine blog and to the setter for a very good puzzle.

  30. I was just about to write a comment – just in time to discover that it wasn’t the setter everyone thought it was!
    1a was a good start and enough to get going.
    Thanks to whoever set this crossword and thanks to the hinty person.
    I wonder who DID this one – there aren’t many people who don’t claim them.

  31. Another entertaining crossword which was over all too soon but has inflated my confidence for tackling tomorrow’s offering. Many thanks to the setter and Twmbarlwm. I don’t think it has stopped raining all day. Fortunately, we don’t have a river nearby but a network of reservoirs.

  32. I really enjoyed this, though I did get bogged down in the NW. I went in for the hint for 1a and then it all fell into place nicely. I thought I’d never forget that name for “courage” after Susan Hampshire used it in Monarch of the Glen, but I did! I did have to check the spelling of 21a and 3d, not surprising, but nothing was obscure. My fave was 27a, but I think 16d deserves an honourable mention.
    Thank you setter, I hope you come here to own it, and to Toombarloom for help getting going again.

  33. I believe the answer for 21a is the German word for ‘bat’, which would be in a German cave; so I didn’t think a reference to a flying rodent from the clue above.

    1. You’ve changed your alias so this comment needed moderation. Both aliases will work from now on.

      Yes, the answer means ‘the bat’ but die Maus in German means ‘the mouse’ hence Twmbarlwm’s reference to the creature from the previous clue.

      1. Thanks Gazza – not sure what my alias changed from? I Don’t think I’ve used anything else (unless I posted using my real name?), and think I’ve only ever posted anything once before, quite a while ago. Can you tell me what the other alias was?


  34. My only minor faux pas, look I’m doing French, was the spelling of the flying mouse in which I used an ‘O’. 11d soon sorted that out, it was still my favourite though. Like the toughie this was perfect for a Tuesday. Thanks to the setter and T.

  35. Great puzzle. No problem with the general knowledge as easy to work out eg 18a which was last in as I checked it. Favourites 1 18 and 25a. Thanks Xtype and hinter for explanation of alias which I can’t spell. I did however always think it looked Welsh

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