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DT 30194

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30194

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Many people in the northern half of the North Island have had their summer holidays cut short when tropical cyclone ‘Hale’ chose to pay us a visit before fading away. Gale force winds, torrential rain and tidal storm surges have all been part of the mix with resulting floods, land-slips, downed trees and road blockages. Although our forecast for today was for heavy rain and strong winds we are actually having clear blue skies to accompany the wind. We have been very fortunate.

Logman on Toughie duty again today so a guest (or perhaps guessed) setter for this one.

We found this a relatively gentle solve and enjoyed it.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     This could be blooming thing Cinderella lost? (5-7)
LADY’S SLIPPER : This might be what Prince Charming found on the stairway.

9a     Harry lies a bit about current skills (9)
ABILITIES : An anagram (Harry) of LIES A BIT that includes the physics symbol for current.

10a     Free grain initially for large bird (5)
GOOSE : Start with a word meaning free or untethered and replace its L(arge) with the first letter of grain.

11a     Charlie can flipping wait, wanting answer (6)
NITWIT : Reverse (flipping) a can or metal container and then remove A(nswer) from the word ‘wait’.

12a     Showed chimpanzee maybe eating fruit with back of hand (8)
APPEARED : What a chimp is an example of contains fruit that might be a Beurre Bosc and then the last letter of hand.

13a     Release computer key in regret (6)
RESCUE : A computer key usually found top left of the keyboard is inside a synonym for regret.

15a     For column, drop the conclusion, editor suggested (8)
PROPOSED : A prefix meaning for, and a column or pillar without its last letter, then the usual abbreviation for editor.

18a     Copper in peril — a criminal’s eccentric (8)
PECULIAR : An anagram (criminal) of PERIL A contains the chemical symbol for copper.

19a     Yearns for wife, we hear (6)
MISSES : A homophone of a familiar expression for wife.

21a     Compare some of Monet’s art? No chance, on reflection (8)
CONTRAST : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.

23a     Abandons fights (6)
SCRAPS : A double definition.

26a     Makes sensational sandwiches somewhere in Germany (5)
ESSEN : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

27a     Call the clues oddly spurious, practically (9)
TELEPHONE : Alternate letters from two words in the clue and then a synonym for spurious loses its last letter (practically).

28a     Cuckoo nest he reveals with no adult, still (12)
NEVERTHELESS : An anagram (cuckoo) of NEST HE REVE(a)LS with the A(dult) removed.


1d     One who’s paid to support Liberal apprentice (7)
LEARNER : Someone who receives a wage or salary follows (supports) L(iberal.

2d    Go with the current doctor, if time (5)
DRIFT : The title for a doctor, then IF from the clue and T(ime).

3d     Religious liar is put off (9)
SPIRITUAL : An anagram (off) of LIAR IS PUT.

4d     Student help put in place (4)
LAID : The student driver letter and then help or assistance.

5d     While away, alcohol’s something holidaymaker requires (8)
PASSPORT : While away or spend (time), and then a type of fortified wine.

6d     Litres swallowed by enthusiastic, tailless bird (5)
EAGLE : Enthusiastic or keen without its last letter encloses L(itres).

7d     Those travelling perhaps to ancient city — it’s enthralling son (8)
TOURISTS : ‘TO’ from the clue, then crossword’s favourite ancient city, then ‘ITS’ from the clue surrounds S(on).

8d     Looked after it and mended scratched tops (6)
TENDED : Remove the first letter from two of the words in the clue (scratched tops).

14d     Unfortunately kisses can leave a malady (8)
SICKNESS : An anagram (unfortunately) of KISSES C(a)N with A from the clue removed.

16d    Rule head teacher read aloud (9)
PRINCIPLE : A homophone of an alternative title for a head teacher.

17d     Tape caught a second dog beginning to run off (8)
CASSETTE : The cricket abbreviation for caught, then ‘A’ from the clue, S(econd), and then a type of gun dog with the first letter of run removed.

18d     Walked around centre of Tokyo, crowded (6)
PACKED : The middle letter of Tokyo is contained by walked or marched.

20d     Doctor resists nurses (7)
SISTERS : An anagram (Doctor) of RESISTS.

22d     Series of mountains infuriate king climbing to the top (5)
RANGE : Start with infuriate or annoy and move the abbreviation for the Latin word for king to the front.

24d     A flower sprung up (5)
AROSE : ‘A’ from the clue and then a flower that could represent Lancs. or Yorks.

25d     Apartment still gloomy (4)
FLAT : A triple definition.

We rather liked the topical name use in 9a.

Quickie pun    roo    +     let    +    weals    =    Roulette wheels

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  1. Found this one a little uneven but overall **/*** with 6 helpful anagrams and three lurkers. Best of the bunch was the ingenious 11a which I thought excellent. Solid Wednesday fare. Thanks to the 2Kiwis and the setter.

  2. I thought this was fun, not at all difficult but full of clever wordplay with some very smart deletion indicators in particular.
    I liked the topical 9a, the clever 15a and my favourites 11a&5d. Good stuff.
    Many thanks to the setter and the 2Ks.

  3. Poured my tea, did the crossword, tried my tea, still too hot to drink!
    A really easy ride from our setter today, just wrote ‘em in.
    No real favourites today, found it all a bit neutral, hope others got
    more from it than I did, oh well, always tomorrow………

    1. You’re not supposed to reveal your completion time, but some people just can’t resist…….
      No wonder new contributors are put off

    2. Struggled. Couldn’t get on wavelength. Did about 2/3. Had another cuppa. That got cold. Read the hints. Got it.

  4. A very gentle solve today with little or no GK required. Held up only by using the wrong first word in 1a, which is in fact the name of a flower. I doubt I’ll be the only one to make that error. Otherwise I enjoyed all of it, especially 11a, and sorting out the parsing of 27a. Thanks to our setter and to the 2Kiwis, whose help I didn’t need but whose blog I enjoyed reading

  5. 2.5*/4*. I made this much more difficult for myself than it should have been by entering GLASS-SLIPPER at 1a as my first one in which caused me all sorts of grief in the NW corner. Subsequent investigation revealed that GLASS-SLIPPERS is the correct name of that particular flower after the penny had dropped that I was barking up the wrong tree.

    I always like a good multiple definition and so 25d made it onto my podium alongside 9a & 11a.

    Many thanks to the setter (NYD today?) and to the 2Ks.

      1. Just out of interest, i did this via mobile this morning, got all correct in about xxxxxxx…no big deal, was fairly straightforward…
        …checked stats afterwards, and someone did it in just over 2 mins!
        …no way, happens nearly every day, what a laugh!

        1. The 2 minute time is usually that registered by someone at Telegraph Towers when they type in the correct solution into the online grid to make sure that everything is correct in the ‘view solution’

    1. I did exactly the same thing with 1a. I knew the answer to to 27a but can only see the t-e-l-e part , even with 2k’s hint 🤔🙄 help!!!!

      1. Alan, the letter “Y” has been removed from the end of the last syllable of the solution. So, if you add it back you’ll see the synonym of spurious.

      1. It’s a strain of Cinderella, very much prized. It’s now legal in Jamaica and I have friends who are making an art of cultivating it, that is how I know so much! I wish to state that I have never used weed, ever. I do have some cannabis (I don’t even know how to spell it) cream that I use to rub on aching joints and it’s a huge help, highly recommended!

      1. I did a lot of design work on the largest medical cannabis producing plant in Europe somewhere in SE England, I still can’t say where. It was to produce a drug to relieve the the symptoms of MS. Despite being in the music industry for many years. I’ve never partaken of it myself.

  6. Fun and surprisingly straightforward for a Wednesday, I thought, and as with Tipcat (‘the most effectual TipCat’, as I keep wanting to sing – but for the sake of any nearby audience keep my musing silent) it was a pleasure to write in the answers as the coffee, in my case, cooled a little.

    Some lovely smooth surfaces and plenty of smiles. Hon Mentions to 9, 11, 18 & 27 across, 16, 17 & 22 down; podium top step to 5d.

    1* / 3*

    Many thanks to the setter (Chalicea?) and of course to the 2Ks

      1. The Blog’s Comment Etiquette says:

        Don’t discuss solving times. Many of the users of this website are relative novices and if they have just spent an hour solving a puzzle they can be discouraged by someone saying that they have solved the same puzzle in 5 minutes. You can use star ratings similar to those used by the reviewer or similes such as “a two-pint puzzle”, but please avoid terms that belittle the puzzle such as “should have been in the Junior Telegraph”.

        1. Interesting, I wasn’t aware that similes are allowed, but would say that “a two-pint puzzle” is fairly vague whereas “Poured my tea, did the crossword, tried my tea, still too hot to drink” is pretty specific.
          Just a bugbear of mine, I’m not a fan of braggers, but I won’t turn it into a daily obsession. Promise!
          Love this blog and fully appreciate all the work that goes into it – thank you

          1. Just to add my personal view on solving times. I’m very happy with the rule regarding solving times, but I have to confess that I honestly couldn’t care less how quickly someone else solves a puzzle – I am more than contented when: a) I have completed a puzzle whatever the time it took, b) done it in under ninety minutes or so & c) absolutely delighted if I halved that time. If a puzzle regularly took me fifteen minutes or less to solve (one never has) but if it did I would have to go onto something more challenging. Now seeing that Elgar, Robyn, Osmosis and their like defeat me completely I am most unlikely to change my cryptic crossword allegiance. I rarely allow myself more than a couple of hours a day for crossword puzzles, because even at my age I honestly do not have the time to sit here getting corns on my bum :-) :-)

  7. Fairly gentle but with some deceptive definitions and neat wordplay making it very enjoyable – thanks to NYK(?) and 2Ks.
    Best of a good bunch of clues for me were 11a, 2d and 25d with 5d being my favourite.

  8. This seemed to me a very basic puzzle–incorporating many of the devices we must all learn to work cryptics, but doing so in a smooth, often witty way, and quite pleasurable to solve. Interesting surfaces, clean, terse, and almost RayT-ish in nature. So I enjoyed this, though it went by much too quickly. 11a, 18d (if you’ve been there, as I have, ‘crowded’ is a huge understatement), & 9a took my fancy, but 25d is my topper. Thanks to the Kiwis and our guest compiler. 1.5*/3.5*

    Logman, aka Jay, in great Wednesday-Toughie form today, and quite accessible.

    Enjoyed the Golden Globes last night with two of my favourites, Colin Farrell and ‘Banshees of Inisherin’, winning the gold.

    1. I saw it yesterday Robert. Thought Farrell’s performance excellent & that of the wee donkey. Top notch cinematography also.

  9. I was held up briefly at the beginning by putting “glass slipper” into 1a. As a family, we went to see Cinderella on Boxing Day, so the answer sprung to mind and seemed to fit the clue. I didn’t bother to check if it was a bloom. 1d was obvious, so I had to go back to the drawing board with 1a. Apart from that, there were plenty of anagrams to help finish. Thanks to the mystery setter and to the 2ks.

  10. A perfect example of an elegant puzzle that doesn’t have to be difficult to be enjoyable. I wonder if our setter is making a salient comment about that book with 9 and 11a? They were, incidentally, my favourites this morning.

    Thanks to our mystery compiler and the 2Ks.

  11. I too agree with 2K’s that it was an enjoyable and gentle solve, nothing obscure and nicely clued throughout.
    Took a while with the first half of 1a then remembered the Orchid! Like RD Glass was my first choice before I filled in 1d and all fell into place,going for a **/****’
    Fvourite was 10a- followed by 6d,nice pic from 2K.

  12. A pretty straightforward puzzle with a few head-scratchers. 1a and 28a were the best clues but I needed the Kiwis’ help to parse 10a. Thanks to the Kiwis for the hints and to the compiler

  13. Enjoyable and middlingly taxing for me. I didn’t know the 1a flower, so initially guessed wrong there (then forgot that I’d guessed and made life hard for myself with the downs). I particularly liked 26a’s sensational sandwiches and 10a’s free grain; my favourite was, like Stephen L, 15a for cleverness.

    Thank you to the setter, the Kiwis, and all other commenters. I was at a funeral yesterday and among the various groups and activities Uncle Michael was involved in, the celebrant mentioned his love of word puzzles and the joy he got from one with an online community† where he had made friends with people, even though he never met them in person.

    Anyway, I just feel like saying you lot are my friends and you bring me joy, so thank you and please keep being you.

    † It was called ‘Word-something’ (not Wordle) but I’ve forgotten its full name.

  14. After NYDK ‘popping in’ yesterday to tell us that it was not one of his, I was ready to put five bob on him substituting for Jay today. However, if it is his he has ‘borrowed’ Anthony Plumb’s grid. So, I will keep hold of my five bob to put it on NYDK being the substitute for Ray T tomorrow and be prepared to lose.

    A very enjoyable mid-week challenge – **/****.

    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 13a, 17d, and 24d – and the winner is 1a.

    Thanks to Mr Plumb(?) and the 2Kiwis.

  15. A light week so far, I found this a breeze personally and finished wanting more. I also fell for the 1a glass slipper but quickly realised my mistake when I got to 1d – luckily I tend to solve in sections and didn’t waste much time on my error. I couldn’t help but notice a royal topical feel with some of the answers – 9a most obviously, but 11a and the quickie-style pun of 18a + 19a…? Maybe I’m reading between the lines ;) */****

    Ty to our setter and 2Ks

  16. A very enjoyable crossword for me today.
    I was held up by 10a….I almost always am by these substitution type clues….but eventually the bird emerged.

    Thanks to the setter and the 2 Kiwis .

    The roof men are back and are stripping the slates off…..in the rain!!! Fortunately this time just a shower, but more are clearly coming. And they both take 2 sugars in their coffee. Why do all workmen always take 2 sugars ? Grumble, grumble, using up all my sugar, grumble grumble.

  17. Back to front solving.
    For 95%, word in first, then parsing.
    Funny that.
    Thoroughly enjoyed it though, a quickly paced solve.
    Some clever wordplay eg 11 and 13a and 5d and a few smiles eg 19a.
    Thanks to the setter and the 2Kiwis.

  18. Not too difficult, but very elegant with some excellent surface reads. All went smoothly until I reached the Home Counties, which held me up slightly, although looking back there was nothing particularly difficult there.
    Favourites for me were 11a, 20d and 25d.
    Thank you setter and the Kiwis.

  19. A very gentle puzzle today but quite enjoyable. 1a made me smile so gets my vote for favourite.

    Thanks to our compiler and also to 2Ks for the review – blue skies? I can hardly remember what those look like!

    1. We have beautiful blue skies today, accompanied by some quite warm sunshine

      I also have a book recommendation for you The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

      1. Reading group next week – I’ll mention that. Thank you. Just finished Longbourne by Jo Baker, Pride & Prejudice from below stairs. Intriguing.

      2. Thanks, Sue, I’ll get that ordered. Just finished Great Circle (Maggie Shipstead) which didn’t really appeal (apologies to RC!) and am now reading The Bullet that Missed (Richard Osman) – a Christmas present from No.2 daughter.

    1. Until you’ve actually prepared a crossword blog or several, you can have no idea how easy it is for your brain to persuade your fingers to type entirely the wrong word

      I’ll correct it now to stop any further comments on it

      1. I know only too we’ll how our brains can fail us. I used to type a report for our NDFAS group and it was only until I put no 200 out of 350 into its envelope that I saw my mistake!
        No way would I ever criticise a bloggers blog here. I value them too much.

  20. Turned to this in relief after an initial skirmish with the Toughie. I have not RC, found Logman at all accessible!
    Did not fall into the 1a trap and it is my COTD as it eased me gently into the puzzle.

  21. Pleasant enough. NE was only sticky patch but I held myself up there by plumping for wrong bird in 10a. Liked the smooth surface of 6d. My goodness the indicators keep coming e.g. 9a. Thank you Mysteron and 2Kiwis (my goodness what a collection of adverse weather conditions Hale has dealt you – hope it soon clears).

      1. I have just finished re writing and updating our church guide with a friend who’s husband was at one time PS to the now King. He (Charles) suggested that the best way to proof read was to read it all backwards! Really?

        1. Reading backwards does make it easier to pick out spelling mistakes and typos. I think it’s because it slows down the reading process so the mistakes are seen clearly.

  22. This Wednesday puzzle seemed easier than normal to me. Not sure if it is Jay or not.

    2.5*/3* for me today

    Favourites include 1a, 13a, 27a, 5d, 17d & 20d with winner … 27a

    Thanks to setter and the 2 Kiwis

      1. Can anyone tell me why Toughies have setters’ names above them, yet ‘back-pagers’ don’t? It would be consistent and save a lot of pointless speculation were the latter to be openly attributed.

  23. We enjoyed this very much. I suppose harry can be an anagram indicator but dear me, how much damage has all this soul searching done!🥲 Particularly liked 11a and 27a and 17d was brilliant. Many thanks to Setter and Hinter. My friend visiting N Z will be glad to come home away from the gales no doubt. We’ve now got two empty units at the Almshouses so I now have to turn out into the cold and wet to do an inspection before we can let them again. I wouldn’t mind moving in but No Men Allowed!

  24. More tricky than the previous two days but a very honest one. CL’s guide to solving the DT crossword prepares one very well for this type of puzzle. Many thanks to the 2Ks and the setter for providing a very good puzzle and confirmation of my parsing.

    Can never see the word Charlie without remembering a surfing shop that used to be near the pier in Saltburn called ‘Charlie don’t surf’. And I don’t suppose they listened to Wagner either.

  25. I have been using this site and reading the blog for quite some time but have never been brave enough to leave a comment. My inability to understand the explanation for 17d and the frustration this has caused has forced me to be foolish enough to put my head above the parapet. My problem is, it seems that the answer requires the last letter of the breed of dog to be removed however the clue and the hint suggest it’s the first letter. To my mind the first letter is very much still in place in the solution. Please could someone, gently, point out the error of my thinking.

    1. I, too am an occasional. You are right, I think, in your analysis the first letter of run is removed. However the blog is off just a little. C A S sette(r) would be my take, but I will defer to the experts.

      1. Another variation of disconnect between brain, eyes, and fingers as outlined by CS in her response to JB in Comment 21.

  26. Unlike Tipcat, two of my coffees had gone cold before I had completed less than half of this puzzle. I just could not tune into the correct wavelength and struggled all the way through. Strange how things go. I don’t struggle that much on a Wednesday as a rule. Maybe my brain is a day behind my body. Anyway, of the clues I solved unaided I did like the reverse lurker at 21a and whiling away the alcohol at 5d. It took a while to get 10a because I find substitution clues hide behind a blind spot and I never see them. No COTD today.

    Thank you, Miss Terry Setter for the thrashing. Special thanks to the 2Ks for the hints and making sense of most of it for me.

  27. Morning all.
    Humblest apologies for the two typos that had slipped through the net. The proofreader has been severely spoken to and is now feeling suitably contrite. Thanks CS for the repair to 13a while we were fast asleep.
    It looks like Hale has moved off back into the Pacific and now the huge clean-up and repair work can start. Weather extremes are becoming more common for all of us it seems.
    Do hope the setter pops in soon as we thought that today’s clues were all very carefully and precisely constructed.

  28. A couple of cuppas went cold while I checked the checkers for the (5-) of 1a. Eventually I took a punt & Googled to check the blooming thing. I’d be happier if we could stick to fauna in future if anyone’s listening.
    Otherwise smooth and smiley with COTD 17d for the fun assembling.
    Many thanks setter and 2Ks and everyone else for being here.

  29. Another good puzzle and lots of ticks. All went swimmingly except I put eager for 6d which made me struggle to get 12a. Having read ‘litres swallowed’ I thought I had to drop the l🙃 Many thanks to the setter and 2Kiwis. Do hope the weather settles down for you. California appears to be having a difficult time and lunch-time footage of serious ‘sink-hole’. Amazing the car drivers/passengers only incurred minor injuries.

  30. My mood was not conducive to getting much enjoyment from this solve but it had absolutely nothing to do with the merits of the puzzle. Memo to self – don’t solve puzzles when stuck in stationary traffic (an hour to make a 12-14 min trip to the golf club). It was a brisk solve despite popping into the glass slipper club but can’t say I paid much heed to the parsing. Have just gone back through it properly at home & though gentle thought it nicely clued throughout & with plenty of ticks – 11,13&21a my top 3 with 5&18d just out of the medal positions.
    One slight query – is litres unnecessarily pluralised at 6d? Guess it doesn’t matter otherwise RD would surely have picked up on it.
    Thanks to the setter & 2Ks

    1. Glad you got to see ‘Banshees’. Last night at the Globes, M McDonagh even thanked the donkey Jenny for ‘her’ performance in the film. Another big win for MM too. Later on, Spielberg gave a very moving acceptance speech re ‘The Fabelmans’, which I haven’t seen yet.

  31. I thought this was a real treat! I hit the brick wall in the NE, in retrospect I have no idea why, it was all very straightforward. I wanted to put the correct answers into 10a and 6d but couldn’t parse them and thought I was wrong, it took me long enough to work it out. As Kath would say, dim!fave was 1a because I think they’re lovely! Thanks to our setter, that was loads of fun, and to the 2Kiwis for unravelling a couple. Sorry about your bad weather, those things cause such a mess.

    1. Welcome to the blog, Annie.
      Stick with us and you’ll be solving crosswords in no time.
      If you don’t understand something just ask.

  32. Definitely my cup of Earl Grey today but I’ll refrain from giving the drinking temperature!
    1a was my first one in and clue of the day.
    Thanks to the setter and the 2Ks.

  33. Got a bit confused in 1a between the wizard of Oz and Cinderella as I first thought about ruby slippers. D’oh. Have to stop watching so much TV.
    Nice to see yet another anagram of 28a.
    Thanks to the setter and to 2kiwis for the review.
    Very odd name for the storm. Would it be Hale the vigorous?

  34. Blustery with occasional heavy showers in Yorkshire. My solving like the weather came in fits and starts but that is the norm for me at the moment. I briefly was in glass slipper territory but after doubting my first word starting on the downs put me on the right track. Thanks to Setter and the 2K’s

  35. I concur with the ‘gentle side’ comments but that was a blessed relief after struggling with the toughie which everyone else seemed to think was easy peasy. Most enjoyable though. Favourite was 17d. Thanks to the setter and 2K’s.

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