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DT 30342

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30342

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where today is the final day of a long weekend (our equivalent of a Monday bank holiday). As Canada Day (our national day celebrating Canadian Confederation in 1867) fell on a Saturday this year, we get an additional holiday today.

I found today’s puzzle from Campbell to lie slightly to the less difficult end of the spectrum. In fact, I believe the Quickie may have been more difficult.

I would imagine that few solvers failed to twig to the error in 18d which references 16 Across rather than 16 Down (at least for early visitors to the website).

In the hints below, underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions, and indicators are italicized. The answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER buttons.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought of the puzzle.


1a   Notes made by one in my journal at the front (5,5)
PAPER MONEY — an informal term for a journal or news periodical preceding (at the front) ONE from the clue inserted into MY from the clue

6a   Ringing some of the choristers (4)
ECHO — a lurker hiding in (some of) two words in the clue

10a   Getting married in spring? Tighten one’s belt (5)
SKIMP — insert the genealogical abbreviation for married into a springy stride

11a   Sanction demolition (9)
CLEARANCE — double definition, the first in the sense of permission

12a   Form of pollution — a constant one with sewer (4,4)
ACID RAIN — split the answer (1,1,1,5) and you have the A from the clue, a mathematical constant (in particular, the speed of light), a Roman one, and a sewer used to transport waste liquids

13a   Beaches in outskirts of Skegness? (5)
SANDS — a listing of the initial and final letters of SKEGNESS (joined by the appropriate conjunction)

15a   Former partner modelled naked (7)
EXPOSED — the usual two letter former partner and a word meaning modelled or sat

17a   Tells stories about cat in French city (7)
LIMOGES — tells untrue stories containing a colloquial term for a cat

19a   Quandary of Miss Woodhouse after I’d returned then left (7)
DILEMMA — string together a reversal (returned) of ID (I’d), L(eft), and a Jane Austen heroine

21a   Odd sort, odd making stand (7)
ROSTRUM — an anagram (odd) of SORT followed by a slang term for odd

22a   Bird, yellow, heading off (5)
RAVEN — remove the initial letter (heading off) from yellow or cowardly

24a   Work on mock trial (5,3)
DUMMY RUN — work or function following mock as an adjective

27a   Overworked in area of East London by editor (9)
HACKNEYED — an area of East London and the usual two letters for editor

28a   Rejecting starter, cause annoyance in joint (5)
ANKLE — remove the initial letter from a word meaning cause annoyance

29a   Leave — usual time (4)
PART — a term meaning usual or expected (well known to golfers) and the single letter for time

30a   Something easily done in Peter Pan, for example (6,4)
CHILD’S PLAY — double definition, the second alluding to a theatrical work by J. M. Barrie


1d   Overtake father with two sons (4)
PASS — an informal name for one’s father and two instances of the genealogical abbreviation for son

2d   Cardinal rule, reportedly (9)
PRINCIPAL — sounds like (reportedly) a general rule of morality

3d   Swift attack seizing power (5)
RAPID — an unexpected attack containing the physics symbol for power

4d   Where one may find fruit or variety of beet (7)
ORCHARD — OR from the clue and a leafy vegetable from the beet family

5d   Outside, passing by non-stop (7)
ETERNAL — remove (passing, as one would a kidney stone?) the mathematical symbol for by or multiplication from an adjective meaning outside

7d   Member of the clergy soon after beginning of chaplaincy (5)
CANON — another word for soon following the initial letter of CHAPLAINCY

8d   Magical words of Aesop seem silly about lion’s tail (4,6)
OPEN SESAME — an anagram (silly) of AESOP SEEM enveloping (about) the final letter (tail) of LION

9d   Page carries on, takes liberties (8)
PRESUMES — the single letter for page and carries on after a hiatus

14d   Editorials with it must give guidance (10)
LEADERSHIP — another term for editorials and a word meaning ‘with it’ or trendy

16d   & 18 Famous duo, male, sounding frank when broadcast (5,3,9)
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL — an anagram (when broadcast) of three words in the clue

18d   See 16 Down

20d   London theatre‘s adaptation of ‘Lady C’ enthralling wife and husband (7)
ALDWYCH — an anagram of (adaptation of) LADY C containing the genealogical abbreviations for wife and husband (although they have been unable to find adjoining seats)

21d   Change the appearance of rocker’s rival in part of film (7)
REMODEL — a member of a mid twentieth century scooter-riding subculture inserted into a physical division of a motion picture

23d   Minister starts to visit Irish churches at random (5)
VICAR — the initial letters (starts to) five words in the clue

25d   Poet certainly receiving a bouquet at the end (5)
YEATS — a word meaning ‘certainly’ or ‘I whole-heartedly agree’ containing the A from the clue and the final letter (at the end) of BOUQUET

26d   Ever so clever youth, to some extent (4)
VERY — hidden in (to some extent) two words in the clue

My Clue of the Day is the duo at 16d and 18d where the anagram indicator could easily be misinterpreted as a homophone indicator.

Quickie Pun (Top Row) : BRAY + COUGH = BREAK OFF

Quickie Pun (Middle Row) : CHEQUE + SIGHED = CHECK SIDE

Quickie Pun (Bottom Row) : QUEUE + BAWL = CUE BALL

Thank you to Senf for dissauding me from discarding the middle pun; he also identified that all three puns are billiards terms.

54 comments on “DT 30342

  1. Took a while to get started today but enjoyable once momentum raised .
    Favourites – 17a after getting the correct cat ( Fortunately I have had to read Meg’s eggs many times ) and 22a after getting the correct yellow 😊

  2. Enjoyable Monday offering with just a couple “up top” preventing it being, dare I say it, 30a.
    I thought 1a a strange clue as the two words that make up the second word of the solution appear in the wordplay, wasn’t overly keen on the “cat” in 17a either. My top clues were 5&14d.
    Many thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  3. Pleasingly Mondayish.
    Nice variety of clues.
    Lovely to meet old friends 12, 15
    And 19a.
    Ingenious and clever 20 and 21d.
    Chuckles 27 and 30a.
    Many thanks, Campbell and Falcon.

  4. It’s Monday :good: It’s Campbell :good: Although, Campbell on the tricky side and I needed to find the multiple puns in the Quickie to confirm that it was one of his productions – 2.5*/4*

    Oh dear, that silly error in 18d referencing the wrong direction, fortunately there was no 16a.

    Candidates for favourite – 17a, 29a, 30a, and 4d – and the winner is 17a.

    Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon.

    1. Oddly, the dead tree version (which one presumes was set up for printing some while ago) had no such error for 16d/18d.

  5. it’s 2*/4* from me for a great start to the week.

    I had a lot of ticks and the best I can do is to narrow the list down to 11a, 13a, 15a, 17a, 24a & 16d/18d.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Falcon.

    P.S. I had decided there was no middle pun today, but had forgotten about the snooker/billiards terminology. Chapeau, Senf – and Campbell!

  6. I was slow ro get going on thisguzzle and, like SL found a few tricky ones at the top MY COTD was 14d, very clever and I also liked 17a and the16d/18d combination, together with27a, which reminded me of my days living in London. Thanks to Campbell and also to Falcon for the hints. Off to finish topping and tailing five and a half pounds of gooseberries

  7. Typically enjoyable Monday fare from the triple punner that was not particularly difficult but scored highly on the fun factor. Of many good clues, I think the 16/18d combo takes too spot this morning.

    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  8. I felt as though I was plodding today, which is strange because I usually really enjoy a Campbell Monday. There was nothing too difficult so no head scratching so it must just be me. On a positive note there was plenty to enjoy, especially the misdirection at 1a and the brilliant anagram at 16 / 18d. It can’t have been easy to find anagram material and still leave a plausible surface read. Favourite today was the quirky 21a. Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon. I enjoyed the firework picture and reading the information about Canada Day. I love the international input on this site. It’s good to know what’s going on for others in their respective necks of the woods.

  9. A most enjoyable start to the cruciverbal working week. I didn’t notice the error in 18d since I had the S of 16d, read the first part clue & enumeration, wrote in the answer (while humming some of the music) and moved on to the next. :) Some lovely witty clueing throughout, but for me Hon Mentions to 17a, 19a, 30a & 20d, with COTD 1a.

    1* / 3.5*

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Falcon.

  10. Pleasant start to puzzling week, with some excellent clueing, setting me up nicely to tackle yesterdays prize puzzle. Spent Sunday running the Great North 10k in Newcastle, crossing the iconic Tyne Bridge twice, great crowds and atmosphere. I’ve got a 2 week pass to attempt a few more puzzles as Mrs dC settles down to watching Wimbledon, let’s hope sportsmanship prevails over the win at all cost incident at Lords yesterday.


    Fav 14d LOI 1a.

    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  11. All completed but initially I made slow progress and thought this was going to be a much harder Campbell again. I sometimes make things harder for myself by forgetting to look for the obvious first. 8d was my favourite as once I got that the top corner magically fell into place.it took ages for 1a to fall into place.

    Back to cleaning now and then I will read the hints later with the next break (if I am allowed one]

    Many thanks to Campbell and to falcon, in advance, for the hints.

  12. Very smooth clueing – thanks to Campbell and Falcon.
    For my podium I’ve selected 10a, 5d and 14d.

  13. Hope our older Canadian friends enjoyed Dominion Day. A fan of Louise Penny I enjoyed her monthly letter.
    The puzzle was fine. I solved 16/18d the moment I got “Simon”. Just as well as the parsing was beyond me,
    COTD? 30a

  14. A very satisfying puzzle from Mr Monday, great start to the crossword week. It would seem invidious to single out any particular clue – thought our setter deserved a pat on the back for the entire compilation.

    Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon for the review – enjoy your extra holiday. Thanks also to Senf – I wouldn’t have known the term in the middle pun. Plenty of time spent in the RAF mess methinks!

  15. I am just a poor boy, though my story’s seldom told; I’m a solver of some guzzles for a pocketful of mumbles such are promises.

    Good guzzling from Monday Maestro Campbell.

    A big cheer for Dada for introducing the home of football into yesterday’s crossword.

    Hooray For Everything!

    Thanks to Campbell and The Bird Of Prey

    1. I thought that the nearby Cottage, the home of London’s oldest professional football club, was the home of football! :wink:

    2. Ask anyone south of the Humber/Mersey line where Stamford Bridge is and they will answer something to do with Chelsea. Ask, especially in the two counties immediately above the line of the Humber and its tributaries they will answer about the glories of Harold Godwinson and how England would have been a much better place without William the Bastard and his genocidal Harrying of the North.

      1. I remember once teaching year 7 about Harold Godwinson going to Stanford Bridge, a young bright spark asked if he was going to a football match.
        Great puzzle today, so many great clues I think 30a was favourite. Thankyou setter and hinter.

  16. Mostly this fell together fairly quickly with no obscure GK. I was temporarily slowed by 1a (which is always a bit annoying) by not taking it literally enough – guilty of over-thinking what was actually a very straight-forward clue once the penny dropped. I liked 19a, 20a I thought was quite original with 30a being my COTD

    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon

  17. Good Monday morning crossword with 17a the clear winner. Thanks to Campbell for keeping up his excellent Monday deliveries and to Falcon for his usual comprehensive blog.

  18. Took me a little longer than usual for a Monday because it took a while to get into it. It became easier as more checkers arrived and it ended up being a satisfying solve. It wasn’t exactly 30a because I struggled with a couple. 1a was a case in point. I toyed for ages with diaries and musical notation until the the answer swam up out of the mist. I thought it very clever. However my COTD goes to the mock trial.

    Thank you, Campbell for the fun challenge. Thank you Senf for the hints. Despite playing lots of snooker in Guy’s student union I missed the middle pun.

    Very blustery here in The Marches.

  19. Once again quickly piggybacking onto Olden port Wi-Fi this time in thick fog. Just about to take a lift into the sky to see nothing bit cloud I suspect

    1. Got cut off before commenting. Good guzzle today, finished ok. But glad of hints to parse a couple. HUGE P and O ship beside us but, ha ha, they have fog too. Thanks to all and see you in Bergen tomorrow and then home, hurrah.

  20. The NW corner was last to fall. Favourite clue was 17a. I didn’t spot the error at 18d until I read the review. Thank you Campbell and Falcon. Quite happy to settle back and watch the tennis this afternoon after a very busy weekend. Theatre Friday night, Henley on Saturday and out for Sunday lunch yesterday.

  21. Fun whilst it lasted. 17a was my favourite even though 5d was better. Thanks to Falcon and today’s setter.

  22. For this Monday Campbell puzzle I found it at the easier end of his spectrum as I solved it on my Sunday night outside in the warmth of a wonderful day here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver. Up to 28C here during the day so our new heat pump system is getting a work out.

    For me today 1.5*/4*

    Favourites include 13a, 17a, 30a, 4d, 15/18d & 23d — with winner 15/18d

    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon for hints/blog

  23. Cruciverbal week off to a pleasant start although not exactly 30a which in fact paired with 14d as my joint Favs. Thank you Campbell and Falcon (wishing you a happy holiday in spite of your hinting commitment).

  24. 7d is not strictly accurate as it is now possible for lay people as well as members of the clergy to be appointed as Canons of Cathedrals.

  25. How silly to have missed 30a – took me ages.
    I messed up with 21a by thinking that it was a straight anagram – dim.
    Quite difficult to pick out any particular clues so I’ll just go for 17 and 24a and 5 and 8d.
    My favourite has to be the 16 and 18d – obviously counts as my one favourite and lets me off !
    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  26. Campbell’s usual smooth clueing, really enjoyable and thank you Falcon for the musical treat – wish I’d been at that concert, what beautiful voices!

  27. Nice start to the week 🤗 ***/**** Favourites: 5d on the podium (as is Bernard Langer at 65years young)😳 followed by 22a & 17a 👍 Thanks to Falcon and to Campbell
    PS did not get the middle phrase “Check side” surely it would be “side check” 🤔

    1. No, it is check side, In billiards, snooker, etc, side is spin given to a ball causing it to swerve and regulating its angle of rebound. Running side widens the angle and speeds the cue ball up, whereas check side narrows the angle and slows the cue ball down.

  28. A nice Monday offering, though I did shoot myself in the foot by putting Keats for 25d, then having to use word search for 24a. At least that sorted out the SE, otherwise it would have been unaided. There was a lot to like here, but I’m going with 17a as fave because of the cat and it’s such a pretty city.
    Thanks to Campbell for the fun and Falcon for unravelling some.
    I was driven out of the pool by Big Massa tossing down forked lightning like He was overstocked, but now it’s clear, as if it never happened. That’s the shortest storm I’ve ever known.

  29. Pleased to find another doable Monday, only made tricky by my putting in out as the second word at 24a, and misspelling 18d, until I realized both and got back on track. I also took stupidly too long before 30a came to mind. But never mind, it was all very enjoyable, so thanks to Campbell and to Falcon for steering me in the right direction. Off now to sweat buckets as we install a new large pot in the garden to house my third desert rose. But I will be able to see from the kitchen window, so worth the effort.

  30. Good evening
    On holliers last week and didn’t get any crozzies done at all! Too busy, would you believe! Spent a very enjoyable few days in the homeland (Northumberland) and back in exile in Didcot last night.
    Now, to today’s crozzie. Not helped by me thinking 2d was EPISCOPAL! Otherwise an enjoyable solve with just the right amount of head scratching.
    My thanks to Campbell and Falcon

  31. Nice Monday guzzle today, my late appearance is likely to continue as long as the Tour de France is going on. Thanks to Falcon and Campbell. Not as easy as some say (to me) I took advantage of the checkers going in to increase from a snail pace to tortoise

  32. A good accessible puzzle. I was forced to realise that the word meaning ‘cause annoyance’ in 28a does not have a silent letter in front, like wrass does! Thanks to the setter and Falcon for the explanations.

  33. For once I didn’t have to complain about anything and all the problems were of my own making (as usual). SE made harder by stupidly inserting the wrong letter for 25d into 28a, once sorted it was done. Favourite was 16/18d. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  34. 2*/4* ….
    liked 20D ” London theatre‘s adaptation of ‘Lady C’ enthralling wife and husband (7)”

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