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DT 30329 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30329 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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A warm but grey Saturday morning where we are hoping that the rain forecasted for tomorrow will actually arrive to save everything in the garden from dying through lack of water as we haven’t had rain for literally ages

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them. I thought today’s crossword was ‘tricky in places’ but once I got onto the setter’s wavelength I finished in a reasonable time for a backpage crossword (and today it actually was on the back page of the paper!) It was quite hard to decide which clues to hint so please let me know if you are stuck on a particular clue or clues and I will do what I can to help

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Some hints follow.


4a    In the event of returning, stay home (8)
A reversal (returning) of a simple way of saying ‘in the event of’ followed by a verb meaning to make one’s home permanently (stay)

9a    Band‘s protracted farewell? (4-4)
This radio band sounds like a protracted farewell

12a    Lacklustre club’s pressing requirement? (8)
A synonym for lacklustre and a [golf] club

19a    Egg that could go off after a while? (4,4)
A cryptic definition of an explosive device for which egg is a slang name

23a    Pop article seen in French newspaper (8)
A British indefinite article inserted into a French newspaper

24a    Trick one into performing unpleasant task in large city (8)
The first part of the clue is the exact BRB definition of this trick named after the large Chinese city which was quite often the place a tricked American sailor ended up

26a    Sweet sort of order? (5-3)
A type of dessert (sweet) which gives its name to an expression meaning in perfect order


1d    Refined playing area before second half of July (7)
An area for playing particular sports goes before the second half of July

3d    Provisional supplier? (6)
Someone supplying provisions

7d    Fan dove fluttering over starting place (7)
An anagram (fluttering) of DOVE followed by a golfer’s starting place

17d    Fruit grew hot (7)
Part of a verb meaning grew and a synonym for hot in the sense of fashionable

18d    Smeared dirt, say, on the rise in South Dakota (7)
Some dirt and the abbreviation meaning say, for example, reversed and then inserted into the abbreviation for the State of South Dakota

20d    Plant doctors on board train going north (6)
Insert some abbreviated doctors (don’t forget the S) into a reversal (going north) of a verb meaning to train

22d    Freely learn about specific organ (5)
An anagram (freely) of LEARN produces an adjective relating to a specific bodily organ

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The Quick Crossword pun: CURD + SAND + WAY = CURDS AND WHEY

68 comments on “DT 30329 (Hints)

  1. This all came together quite well for a satisfying solve. I did have a couple that I am sure I had the correct answer but could not parse. When this happens, I write in the checkers very lightly. It happened today with 19a and 23a although I got the latter soon after. Once all the down clues involving 19a were in, I could see that my answer had to be correct even though I am still not sure about the parsing. I nearly put another sweet into 26a, which would have held up the SW corner for a while. Fortunately, I refrained from entering it and once I had the checkers it became obvious. My COTD is the comforting 4a.

    My thanks to the setter for the fun challenge. Thank you, CS for the hints.

    Cooler and overcast today in The Marches so some gardening beckons interspersed with repeated dashes inside to see how The Ashes are progressing. I was surprised England declared when they did but, on reflection, it was a good tactical move.

    Anyway, before the garden I will submit for The Mythical. :grin:

  2. I managed only three answers first read through, but eventually West completed and very slowly East. Very enjoyable with many good misdirections. Yet to reach 50 unassisted hint-free solves in 10 years, but this one adds to my total.

    1. You’ve changed your alias since you commented in April 2017 – both will work in future

    2. Love your alias, Trafdlo. Are you one of the 57 that Will Carling was referring to?

      I really enjoyed this puzzle that was perfect for a Saturday, listening to the cricket, the sun on my back and a bottle of cheeky suds in hand.

      It was beautifully crafted with 5d being my COTD, even though it took me an age. I love the first meaning of 24a – great word.

      Thank you CS and of course to the compiler.


  3. Tough but solvable at least with a little help from the hints.
    Not quite sure exactly how 19a works, I thought an egg in this instance referred to the device invented by Mr Mills.
    My fav was 15d.
    Thx to all

  4. I found this harder than yesterday’s puzzle, particularly the bottom half of rhe guzzle. It took me a long while to finish it as I found some of the clues vague and impenetrable. It was a bit of a slog overall but e njoyed the long anagram. Thanks to CS for the hints and to the compiler for his efforts. Sorry it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  5. My solving buddy, the Bangalore King, and I thought today’s offering was a step up in division but an enjoyable solve nonetheless. More importantly, and I know this is after the fact, but I missed the sad announcement on 01 June of Big Dave’s passing. Belated but deepest condolences to his family. RIP BD, your blog is a brilliant legacy. 🦇

  6. On first read though just two insertions! Things looked tricky. But from grim beginnings the pace picked up and the thing was steadily completed.
    Favourites 23a 13a 25a .
    Thanks to setter under whatever title (?)

  7. 2*/3*. A pleasant puzzle with no particular favourite.

    Many thanks to the setter and to CS.

  8. Like CS, tricky in places but finished in a reasonable time for an SPP. There might only be two of them but the double unches are persuading me to put my two half-crowns on Cephas as today’s setter.

    Candidates for favourite – 13a, 26a, 18d, and 20d – and the winner is 26a.

    Thanks to Cephas, or whomsoever if my five bob goes down the drain, and thanks to CS.

  9. Slowly, slowly…the old grey cells are slowly becoming accustomed to the ways of the cryptic crossword. This one wasn’t too bad so far, as I’ve not completed it yet, still a few obstinate ones to go.

    I completed 20d with the checkers but I fail to see how the clue fits the answer. After consulting the hints, I’m struggling to see any doctors or verbs for train, reversed or otherwise. No doubt there’ll be a big groan when I read the review.

    Anyway, I’m thoroughly enjoying my new found way to pass a Saturday morning. Many thanks to Crypticsue for the most welcome hints.

    1. For 20d, I took it to be Medical Officers enclosed by a reversed synonym for to train or direct the fire of a gun or rifle.

      Hope this helps

      1. Thanks! There’s the groan. Was on the wrong path for both parts of the clue. The gun bit, had I thought of it, would have given it.

        Thanks for the big hint, now let’s see if an early G&T will bring any more.

  10. Most enjoyable if, perhaps,
    Harder than usual for a Saturday.
    Steady unaided progress.
    Last in 4a and 5d.
    Chuckles at 23 and 25a.
    Many thanks, setter and CS.

  11. Not sure about this puzzle being a Cephas this week. Keeping my money in my pocket today. Seemed a trickier than normal Saturday puzzle this week.

    1.5*/3.5* today

    Took a while to get a foothold with this one and it was slow coming, but gradually I made headway. However, once again I had trouble with parsing some of the clues.

    Favourites include 19a, 23a, 25a, 1d, 4d & 5d with winner 4d

    Thanks to setter and CS for blog/hints

  12. I’m with anyone who thinks today’s crossword is harder than usual on Saturdays.
    For that I suspect the setter maybe is neither Cephas nor Chalicea – I’ll keep quiet now!
    I’ve got a couple of answers that I’m not very happy about – maybe they’re wrong!
    Once I realised that 9a wasn’t a “band”, such as Manfred Mann (my favourite) all become clear!
    Thanks to whoever today’s setter for the crossword and to CS for the hints.

  13. A bit tricky in places as our blogger suggested and took me rather more time than I would expect for a Saturday back-pager. Not to worry, quite a sense of satisfaction when all became clear.
    Favourite here was 9a – made me laugh on several counts!

    Thanks to our setter and to CS for the hints.

  14. I think that listening to the Ashes on the radio does not help my solving process, merely stretches it out. However, this was a very satisfying solve with no dramas, and I particularly liked 26a.

    Thanks to our Saturday setter and CS.

  15. Tricky but somehow enjoyable with some of the parsing being harder than the solving. Favourite was 9a. Thanks to the setter and CS.

  16. Solved on the train before collecting my new specs. This was a bit more challenging than recent Saturday prize puzzles & took a while on a few clues to work out the parsing from the obvious answers.


    Fav 9a LOI 1d.

    Thanks to setter and CS

  17. Hmmm. This took quite a while but I did have two large Pimms before lunch. We had the big screen down at Coffee Stop and watched the Trooping and this evening we are back for an evening of Ukelele music in aid of the church fabric. There is no end to my debauchery. I’m with Hrothgar in that 4a and 5d were last in, I’m going to say 20d is favourite as it brings back happy childhood memories of holidays in the south of France. Many thanks to messrs Setter & Sue.

  18. More difficult than the last few Saturdays but with the help of the hints from CS which provided more checkers the finish was reached. Three standout clues for me today : 4, 12, and 25a.

    Thanks to CS and the setter. Now back to the garden.

    1. I do apologise to you Corky most sincerely. I am so sorry I upset you. Our joint age is 157 and we say it in jest to each other frequently but I realise it was totally inappropriate on this site to a fellow solver. Once again my apologies.

      1. Willingly accepted Manders. I’m not a Tory but when I heard in a programme about Kenneth Clarke that he would cross the road to have an argument my first thought was that he was a man after my own heart.

        So don’t worry about it at all. Made my day.

  19. It’s taken nearly all day and two separate visits but I finally finished it. Can’t remember
    one in this style before so keen to know who the setter is. Had to guess a few and
    then reverse engineer ’em to see how they worked, but as far as I’m concerned any
    way to the answer is fair play. Back off to watch England play the Aussies now, need a
    couple of quick wickets to get the whip hand again.

  20. Best puzzle of the week for me. Absolutely on my wavelength. Earlier in the week I really struggled with a puzzle that every one else seemed to find easy. Wavelength thing I suppose. Now I must try and see if I can do something with some peonies someone brought me earlier in the week. They just don’t seem to want to open up. Thank you setter for such s great puzzle and to CS for the review.

  21. Made a decidedly laboured start but then somehow ploughed my way through but without much real fun en route. SE proved to be toughest quadrant. Faute de mieux I will settle for simple 14d as Fav (probably a chestnut). Thank you Mysteron CS.

  22. Swift, light & enjoyable, perfect preparation for an imminent post-prandial nap. Big 3-course lunches in this heat do not make for an active afternoon, however delicious they may be!

    1* / 3*

    Many thanks to the setter and to CS

      1. Mustafa has never found a puzzle anything but light and enjoyable. He’s one of the intelligentsia who can do any cryptic in a flash!

        1. I wish! Certainly not the case (not even this week!) but I do enjoy solving puzzles, do several every day, and this marvellous site has most assuredly been the reason for a vast improvement in my solving ability over the last couple of years.

          Today I was (not alone in being) fortunate to tune in to the mystery setter’s wavelength quite quickly, which certainly helped.

  23. “Swift light and enjoyable” – not for me, really tough! Thanks setter and CS – 9a as my favourite clue

  24. I found this the hardest puzzle of the week – and not particularly enjoyable. Messed up the SW by putting in “redacted – please read the instructions in red at the bottom of the hints” for 17d which seemed to fit the bill – but didn’t! Had to Google the obscure indie band (9a), and 19a could only be what it is given the checkers – thanks to Cryptic Sue for explaining that it is, for me, obscure insider jargon for such a device. Ho hum! Thanks so much to CS for her other insights and a grudging tip of the hat to the setter for a real challenge. ***/***

    1. I think you overthought 9a Hereward. I parsed it without an Indie band and I see that CS did the same. It is a radio band not a performing band. We should all be familiar with it. Very clever school.

  25. Very tricky for a Saturday, but I did almost finish, only three unsolved in the NW. it was mostly enjoyable, I liked 4a, 9a, a lot in the SE, but 24a won. My uncle lived there for ten years, according to my Dad, he was the one probably doing the tricking! I was glad I got 4d, though I have nearly a whole page of scratchings trying to solve the anagram!
    Thanks to whomsoever gave us this, and to CS for the help with her hints.

  26. Well that certainly wasn’t what I was expecting. I’m in the tougher than usual for a SPP. I had a quick glance through the first few clues fled down south then methodically worked my way up country. Though I didn’t really have any fav I still enjoyed the guzzle which didn’t seem one from our Sat regulars.
    Thanks to the setter & to CS

    1. I didn’t think it was a Cephas production either H. It had more obfuscation than his puzzles usually do, which reduced the enjoyment from my point of view

  27. I surprised myself by finishing this, but it was a slow and arduous process. I was almost at the point of giving up when all done except the NE corner, but after a brief respite with Wordle which confirmed I was not yet brain dead, the answers magically went in. I too struggled with the egg in 19a, and even Mr Google didn’t help me there, but the checkers came to my rescue. 12a made me smile, because my late mother-in-law used one of these all her life, plus a Hoover that she’d bought in the 1940s and was still using in the 1980s. She saw no point in replacing something that still worked. Definitely trickier than we have become used to on a Saturday, but as there is no Toughie today, it does make sense for something that requires a bit of head scratching. Thanks to the setter and CrypticSue for making sense of some of the clues.

    1. BL, Good to see you are a fellow wordl 7d. I daily work through wordl, dordl, byrdl and quordl plus blossom and spell bee before checking in to Big Dave!

      1. I’ve never heard of those! I do Waffle and Wordle every day before the crossword, but I think my brain would expire by the time I finished all those.

      2. Haven’t tried the others, except for the spelling bee. I save them for after the crossword, to provide some consolation on the days when the cryptic is beyond me. I have not subscribed to The NY Times, so get kicked off the spelling bee with no opportunity to advance though.

  28. Still not finished and grateful for the smattering of hints to help me move forward. I shall persevere. Thanks to the setter and CS.

  29. I found this quite tricky but finished in the end. I’m giving up the ghost as they say. At the moment watching no less than 4 muntjac devouring my roses, flowers etc. It is so depressing but as soon as I shoo them away another batch turn up. D borrowed a rifle but I can’t see them killed for a few roses. Also watching the squirrels rummaging around in my lettuces and rocket – honestly! Sorry, rabbiting. Lovely guzzle (DG your typo will eventually end up inthe BRB!). Don’t think the right call was made re the Ashes – Root was in mega form and we will/pay the price I fear for a declaration. Thanks to the mystery setter and always to CS for helping to keep this wonderful blog going in light of BD’s untimely passing.

    1. Is anything being done about the muntjac before they graze the UK to the ground? Surely as an invasive species it would be desirable to eliminate them before they do irreparable damage.

  30. Apart from 5d (not even the faintest clue what this could be), managed to finish after quite some time and a good workout for the brain.

    Thanks to all.

  31. What, no setter identified yet ? It’s a
    Like others, found this difficult to get a toehold, but once both hands and feet had a grip, then managed a slow and steady climb to the summit.
    4a, 9a, and 23a were my bestest clues
    Thanks to setter and CS

  32. Still trying to do this as had a really busy day and we are away for the weekend. I will need to look again tomorrow as it is not as straightforward as recent Saturdays and I need my brain fully functioning!
    Thanks to the setter and to CS for the hints which I may well need.

  33. Brilliant puzzle. Would love to know its creator. Just on my wavelength. Difficult to pick a favourite but I shall choose 23a and 3d for its brevity. Thanks Sue and Whiever you may be setter.

  34. I need help and I hope am doing this in the right place, last night when I tried the toughie I could not access the website, so I had to renew my membership to so, but there were still 2 months in my membership. did anyone have the same experience?

    1. I had issues back in January when I renewed, Worworcrossol, but all solved following an exchange with Telegraph Towers. The “WorldPay” service is utterly abysmal, especially when used by a provider (DT) who appear actively to discourage direct contact.

      And DT are swines to contact. From memory I had to first make contact through the website, which then resulted in emails to and fro. But it was worked out in the end – they had taken two payments in one month, old subscription and new. Keep an eye on your bank account, they will certainly refund you if they take too much.


      Good luck!

  35. This last Saturday far too hard for me even with help sat xword is usually one I can try to do some other days can be too hard so hope they are not going to get too difficult
    I like a challenge but not this much
    A bit easier please

  36. 3*/3* … somewhat surprised to have finished this one …
    liked 9A “Band‘s protracted farewell? (4-4)”

  37. Came back to it for the third time. Still patchy in all 4 corners.I don’t like reading hints until I’ve finished but may have to break the rule with this one ☹️

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