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DT 30474

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30474

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where the first significant snowfall of the season is forecast, although so far barely enough has accumulated to cover the ground. However, I expect to be confronted with a different situation when I awake in the morning.

Personally, I found today’s puzzle from Campbell to be a very light workout. However, as they say, your mileage may vary and it will be interesting to see what others think of it.

In the hints below, underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions, FODDER is capitalized, 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   Fine rain put an end to foremost of matches — it’s sad (6,4)
SCOTCH MIST — a word denoting ‘put an end to’ is followed by the initial letter of (foremost of) MATCHES and an anagram (sad) of ITS

6a   Male whale — it may be the target on board (4)
BULL — double definition

9a   Post info to ground? Here’s an easier alternative (4,6)
SOFT OPTION — an anagram (ground) of the first three words in the clue

10a   Head of security entering by way of official pass (4)
VISA — the initial letter of (head of) SECURITY inserted in (entering) another word for ‘by way of’

12a   As a precaution, I name patient (2,4)
IN CASE — the I from the clue, the single letter for name, and an informal (and impersonal) term for a patient

13a   Tons stored by operator, supplier of caviar (8)
STURGEON — the symbol for tons contained in (stored by) one who performs a type of medical procedure

15a   Support company in housing American relative (6,6)
SECOND COUSIN — assemble support (a motion), the abbreviation for company, and the IN from the clue wrapped around a two-letter short form for American

18a   Condor, say, kept in this — shag too? (7,5)
TOBACCO POUCH — a cryptic definition of a container for something one would “stuff in their pipe and smoke”

21a   The German taking in stranger, one who’s slightly feeble (8)
DODDERER — a German definite article encircling (taking in) another word for stranger or weirder

22a   Apparition produced by artist with pens (6)
WRAITH — WITH from the clue captures (pens) the usual abbreviated artist; read with the proper emphasis, ‘artist with pens’ can denote ‘artist that is penned by WITH’ similar to an expression such as ‘the heart love captures’

24a   Too much on top (4)
OVER — double definition

25a   Hires these, animated for film (3,7)
THE HEIRESS — an anagram (animated) of the first two words of the clue

26a   Location shown in news item (4)
SITE — a lurker hiding in (shown in) the final two words of the clue

27a   To tie game, one may have been deployed in defence (10)
DRAWBRIDGE — to tie or achieve the same degree of success followed by a card game


1d   Bird is soaring above hide (6)
SISKIN — a reversal (soaring in a down clue) of IS precedes (above in a down clue) hide or pelt

2d   Duty of female in charge, leader of expedition (6)
OFFICE — OF from the clue, the genealogical abbreviation for female, a short form for ‘in charge’ and the initial letter of (leader of) EXPEDITION

3d   Politician more angry about seat (12)
CROSSBENCHER — a word meaning more angry containing (about) the type of seat a politician occupies at Westminster

4d   Pal‘s winning move in game (4)
MATE — double definition

5d   Dalmatian seen on track (7,3)
SPOTTED DOG — synonyms for seen or spied and track or follow

7d   All that is poetry written after college (8)
UNIVERSE — a section of poetry follows a short informal term for an institution of higher learning

8d   Beginning to like receiving tuition (8)
LEARNING — the initial letter of (beginning to) LIKE and receiving (on the basis of effort or merit)

11d   Conveyance for soldiers arrives in Rio — copter, possibly (5,7)
TROOP CARRIER — place the timetable abbreviation for arrives in an anagram (possibly) of the two words preceding the anagram indicator

14d   Accompany each other to match (2,8)
GO TOGETHER — double definition

16d   Academic in atelier with us (8)
STUDIOUS — a charade of an atelier and (with) US from the clue

17d   Compliant, old criminal about to perish (8)
OBEDIENT — the single letter for old and an adjective denoting criminal wrapped around (about) a verb meaning to perish

19d   Engine part — offer to enclose information (3,3)
BIG END — an offer (at an auction) containing (to enclose) an informal term for information

20d   Modest order husband put in (6)
CHASTE — the genealogical abbreviation for husband put in an order or social class

23d   Exhibit female pig swallowing hard (4)
SHOW — a female pig swallowing the pencil symbol for hard

While I also liked the military transport at 11d, clue of the day goes to the doomed convict at 17d.

Quickie Pun (Top Row): FRAYS + BUCK = PHRASE BOOK

Quickie Pun (Bottom Row) : CASK + AIDES = CASCADES

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  1. A delightful guzzle to get the week started although I messed up the southeast by thinking 27a was an anagram and blithely entering “Mitigation”. I soon learned the error of my ways once 22d went in. Plenty to like with this one but my COTD is the apparition at 22a.

    Thank you, Campbell for the fun. Thank you, Falcon for the hints.

    Miserable and wet in The Marches and I‘m awaiting a load of logs. I hate having to stack them while it’s raining.

  2. An enjoyable puzzle while it lasted, possibly the most straightforward back-pager for quite some time and ideal for cryptic crossword newcomers to cut their teeth upon. Podium places for me to 18a, 22a and 1d.

    <1* / 2.5*

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Falcon

  3. A gentle start to the week. Wasn’t too sure of the parsing of 14d (at one point I was splitting the answer into four words and wondering if the result was PC) but apart from that, not too many hold ups. COTD was 18a which brought back memories of those Condor moment ads. Thanks to the setter and to Falcon,

  4. Great way to start the week with a picnic in the East then a fun challenge in the West. I’m obviously missing something ‘cos 1d was obvious but not sure where sad comes into it? 15a makes a reappearance after short time. 22a Fav. Thank you Campbell and Falcon.

          1. You are quite right, CD. I am really struggling to see how ‘sad’ is one.

            I am guessing ‘a sad state of affairs’ means ‘bad’ or deplorable? Maybe that’s where it comes from.

            I do agree. It’s out of control, these days which makes it so hard for a rookie solver.

            I’ve just stumbled across this synonym for rookie – abecedarian. It’s one who teaches students the alphabet. Someone has thought….’Hmm, lets think of a word for this.’ So, they’ve started off with abcd and gone from there. Tremendously crowbarred.

            It’s like the oft-used word preantepenultimate being the fourth last in a sequence (someone was bored that day) or floccinaucinihilipilification.

            How often do people misspell your first name, btw? Water off a duck’s back or grrr?

            ‘The CIA ran rings around Ciaran’ is easy enough to remember

            1. How pleasant it was to see that word again after many years and how clever of you to be able to find a use for it!

            2. Sorry, this languished in my inbox while I was travelling for work. Back home now so I can catch up.
              To answer your question, it’s not misspelt as often as it is mispronounced. It’s mainly the Americans at work that cannot pronounce it, they go with a soft “C” and it comes out as see-ran. Neither bother me much anymore. My niece has more problems with her name…Niamh

          2. … certainly any word that can carry the connotation of movement, transformation, mixing, re-arrangement, intoxication, confusion, disrepair, untidiness, and seemingly a host of others ad infinitum. I think of sad perhaps used in the sense of untidy or messy as “Being averse to housework, her apartment was always to be found in a sad state”.

          3. I decided a long time ago that if the clue is strangely worded, then it often includes an anagram, even if I can’t spot the anagram indicator.

      1. I think clue refers to “scotch” being , “put an end to”; foremost of matches is “m” and “its ” sad, an anagram.Thus “fine rain”.

  5. For me, a very gentle and enjoyable start to the week.I was surprised to see the American relative putting in another appearance so soon after the last one. No hold-ups apart from having to check the 1949 film which was even outside my years of memory. Favourite today was the lovely misdirection at 18a, joined on the podium by 22a and 1d. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  6. It’s Monday :good: It’s Campbell :good: 1.5*/3.5*

    Favourite – a toss-up between 22a and 19d – and the winner is 22a.

    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  7. Just missed out on a sub *time completion so agree it was very quiptic today but still enjoyable. It’s been many years since I’ve seen 25a & had quite forgotten OdH won an Oscar for it – a pretty good film if I remember it right. Fav today was 18a for the same reason as Putney Boy.
    Many thanks to Campbell & to Falcon – nowt’s underlined at 18a. I’m assuming it’s the lot ?

    1. Re: “nowt’s underlined at 18a”
      Yes, the whole lot. There is a dotted underline which is displayed on my computer screen and on my tablet. Perhaps it is not displayed on some devices.

  8. A gentle puzzle to start the non-working week featuring a relative we’ve met very recently and a film I didn’t know but was easy enough to find. Top clues for me were 1,18&27a plus 1d.

    Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon for the review – hope you’re not hemmed in by the white stuff!

    1. Not much snow — only about 4 to 6 inches — but it is very wet and heavy. I will be getting the snowblower out for the first time this season.

  9. A nice friendly start to the week, as it to be expected, with lots of straightforward, succinct clues and some nice constructions.

    1d was a new one for me and the film, though not well-known to some, is very gettable. I need to watch it as it got eight Oscar nominations, winning four of them. We loved Olivia in ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’. What a film!

    My podium is 22a 3d and 5d.

    Many thanks to Campbell and Falcon.


    1. The Heiress, although very old, is a classic. We (the boss and I) have it on DVD and watch it every year or so.
      Enjoyed the puzzle, we followed with a couple of games of Scrabble and won one each. Ah, the joys of retirement!

      1. It looks like you’ve got it all worked out, Smithy. (Random Harvest – another absolute classic)

        I’m well jel.

        You obviously need to have a weekly or monthly Scrabble house comp.

  10. After some tough going puzzles of late, I found I needed to adjust my approach to this much more straightforward entry. Not much challenge perhaps but good to bash ’em off one by one and only then have the second cuppa!
    Thanks to compiler for a pleasant start to the week!

  11. Lovely crossword to start the week for me….maybe I am getting better at doing Campbell’s guzzles…hope so.
    Needed Falcon to parse the caviar producer for me.
    Favourite was the Big End…..it always raises a smile here.

    Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon.

    Snow has all gone here, replaced by lots of rain and still jolly cold. Indoor games again today.

  12. Hmm. I posted just after Jane and before TDS65. So where has it gone? To paraphrase what I said:

    0.5*/3*. A gentle but enjoyable puzzle with the two ones (1a & 1d) my top picks. 25a is an ancient film which is very obscure (to me) but readily derivable from the wordplay and checkers.

    The top line Quickie pun does not come close to working for me.

    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

    🤞this post survives …

    1. I’ve tried saying the top quickie pun out loud several times, and I can’t get it not to sound like the pun! Are you able to explain the differences?

      Re last week’s shore/sure wordplay (which was in an actual clue, not the quickie pun where more leniency is allowed), I checked with my spouse and those are indeed homophoned for them, even though they’re different for me. Regarding Merusa’s asking whether Spouse is from Jamaica: no, they’re from Bradford, and I’m from Huddersfield, which is about 10 miles from Bradford, so I’m not sure that entire explains why they can’t pronounce “sure” properly!

  13. It’s time for Tom’s teaser, with this week’s having four for the price of one:

    1. What’s the six letter word that ends -mt? (I mentioned this one recently)

    2. Name the two words that have somewhere in them the five vowels, in order

    3. Give me three words that contain double u. Three are fairly straightforward with a couple of other ‘hello there’ ‘howdy doody’ ones (ad infinituum isn’t an answer as it’s an expression)

    4. What four words end -dous.

    You have to answer three of the questions in one go, ideally all four.

    Let’s see ’em….

    1. 1. dreamt
      2. (still working on it)
      3. duumvirate vacuum continuum residuum
      4. tremendous horrendous stupendous hazardous gastropodous

      All BRB verified!

      1. Outstanding effort, especially duumvirate and gastrowhojammaflips.

        A gold star for Senf.

        The vowels aren’t consecutive. I’m sure you got that but I felt I ought to say it.

        1. Tremendous! Stupendous, in fact, as I didn’t know abstentious.

          Next week’s will take more teasing out.

          Well done, again.

          1. You didn’t know one of them? That’s sacrilegious of you!

            (Yes, I know that contains an additional I. But it still meets the criteria of having all the vowels somewhere in them in order: there is an A before an E before an I before an O before a U.)

            1. I should have said that the words can’t have any extra vowels. I will in future when I pose that one.

              I have heard the vowels question many times over the years in pub quizzes and on TV and Senf is the first to come up with a third.


              Sacrilegious is a classic misspell but its etymology helps people not to write ‘religious’ at the end. The second bit (Latin legere) is where we get the word legend.


      1. It’s a goodie but not a stand-alone word. You can see in my post above that I gave it a mention.

  14. Nice and straightforward for a dismally damp Shropshire morning. 1d was my favourite closely followed by 1a.

    Thanks Campbell and Falcon.

  15. Whoosh, what was that? That was the crossword mate!
    Over almost before it started, entertaining none the less.
    Not heard of the film before, but couldn’t be much else, and if I’m not mistaken we had the answer to 15a about a week ago. No real favourites today, good (if brief) fun.

  16. Wow a R&W from Campbell he must have taken pity on us on the damp and dreary winters day.
    Very enjoyable for all that even if the movie in 25a is a new one for me. My fav was def 18a.
    Thx to all

  17. Good afternoon
    I’m used to starting the crozzie off before work, and finishing it during a quiet moment or on my break, but today I’m all done before leaving the house. A nice, gentle start to the week.
    Thank you to our setter (Campbell? I don’t know how some of you bloggers figure it out!) and to Falcon

  18. A good start to the non-work week with this Campbell puzzle. Flowed nicely with a couple of GK answers needed, but all very attainable.

    1.5*/4* today.

    Favourites included 1a, 15a, 22a, 25a, 27a & 14d — with winner 27a. Hard to pick just one again.
    Smiles elicited by 13a, 27a, 5d & 14d

    Thanks to Campbell & Falcon for blog/hints

  19. Golly gosh. Is it really Monday – very gentle on us. 18a made me think of my father who smoked a pipe. Any serious question required several manoeuvres with the pipe and pouch whilst he considered. At one stage, on a health kick, he decided to smoke herbal tobacco. My brother collected a whole lot of weeds and nettles, dried them in the oven and then put them in the humidor. Oh boy, what a smell. Sorry, back to business. I think 3d was my favourite because it amused me. Many thanks to Campbell ( so it seems) and Falcon.

    1. I’m afraid I went with herbs and thought of “weeds” at 18a too, Daisy, and put “roach” as my second word. I had no idea why Condor came into it, I only know the bird.

    2. My Dad also smoked a pipe and used to have a few puffs in the car on his way driving from home from work. Having got home he first came upstairs to see me and my sister before seeing Mum (and the dogs!) and having supper. He got home quite late so we were usually asleep pretty quickly being not very old. Much later he started to hunt for the pipe – more than once it was found in bed with me or my sister having fallen out of his top pocket on fire when he bent over to say, “Goodnight” and give us a night night kiss!! How did we survive?!!

    3. P.S. In Jamaica you could get pipe tobacco grown in the hills (not pot) and dried there. They rolled it up into a very long cigar and you bought it in the market by the inch. They called it “jackass rope” and my Dad used to smoke it in a pipe. It was pure tobacco, no additives.

  20. Lots of Temu adverts. Apparently it’s a Chinese lottery, or lucky dip. I wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole. You have been warned. What’s more it plays havoc with our balance of payments.
    As far as the crossword goes. */***

    1. I think the ads presented are customized to what Google Ads perceives to be of interest to each individual based on their browsing and search history. So everyone likely sees a different set of ads. As for myself, I have been getting a lot of ads for winter sweaters such as the following:

      (Is Mr K moonlighting for Google Ads?)

  21. This is my fourth attempt to comment as our internet connection is not working well. It was refreshing tto have astraightforward, most enjoyable puzzle after a series of ‘more challenging’ and rather sam ey guzzles. Variety is the spice of life for me. My COTD was the cryptic definition at 18a, being an ex smoker has finally proved useful. I also liked some of the lego clues, 1a, an1d . Thanks to Falcon, hope the snow is not too disruptive . Thanks to Campbell, always a sure bet on Mmondays even if the rest of the week crosswords are up and down.

  22. Late on parade as currently on a break in Chagford and recently off a rather damp moor. This was a super puzzle and I thought */****. All the more enjoyable for being relatively easy – I must be getting lazy. No particular favourites as universally excellent. Thanks Falcon and the setter: Campbell if it is he.

  23. Yes, back to friendly Mondays! I did have a few holdups, eg I put “tie end” for 19d, not being able to parse it, I now see that’s wrong. Please someone, tell me there’s something known as a “tie end” in an engine and I’m not going senile? I didn’t know the film at 25a, but the anagram and having checking letters, it was doable and google proved it. I didn’t find it that easy, but what else do you expect from a tiny brain! Lots to like, 1a reminded me of my Mum, but I think 22a takes top spot.
    Thank you Campbell for the fun, and Falcon for his help correcting my silly answers!

    1. I’m not aware of a “tie end” but there is a “tie rod”. However, it’s part of the steering system, not the engine.

  24. Much less of the ‘Monday Trouble’ – maybe, at last, I’m getting tuned into Campbell!
    I enjoyed this although there were still a few problems.
    I’ve only heard of ‘Condor’ as a bird – looked it up but not very helpful – and neither was the wrong film at 25a.
    Lots of good clues including 1 and 15a and 3 and 14d. My favourite was 5d.
    Thanks to Campbell for the crossword and to Falcon for the hints – good luck with the snow!

    1. Condor is a British brand of pipe tobacco — one apparently with a very strong flavour and aroma. One review describes it thus:

      “If you like fizzy lagers or, God help us, American bottled beer; if you like green salads and quiche or if you enjoy watching competitive figure skating then stay away from the Mighty Condor.”

      “If, on the other hand, you crave strong English ales, porters and stouts; if you regard mature Cheddar and strong onions as ambrosia and if you adore the thud and blunder of proper (fifteen a side) Rugby Football then you are gonna love this stuff.”

  25. Oh what joy to have a friendly Monday to start off the week. I’ve never referred to the 6a target as a one word, but rather than by two words, but I assume that is the vernacular used in sporting circles, and it couldn’t be anything else. My Dad had an 18a back in the 1950s when he used to roll his own, like many of his generation. Thanks to Campbell for taking pity on us today, and to Falcon.

    1. The shortened term for the 6a target is a British usage which I don’t think one would encounter on our side of the pond.

  26. Lots to like today, how lovely to have a more gentle start to the week. I must confess to being stuck on birds for 18a as my tobacco knowledge is extremely deficient. I think 5d was my favourite as it made me smile but I also liked 1a as it was used my parents a lot and I had almost forgotten it.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Falcon for the hints.

  27. Lovely start to the week, it must be Christmas 🎅🏼 */*** 😃 Favourites 19a, 21a, 27a and 1d which is the star of the show a beautiful little finch that likes bird feeders in the Winter 👍 Thanks to the Falcon and to Campbell

  28. Enjoyed this though I breezed through it….I have no problem with ‘sad’ as a anagram indicator, in fact it seems much more obvious than some of the others we have had over the last few months….

  29. Lovely start to the week and my confidence is recharged. I didnt know the film but it was easily gettable with the checking letters. Was surprised to see the American relative resurface so soon but realise it was just coincidence and not complaining! I appreciate why the site has had to resort to using ads but they have been quite pesky this evening. Onwards and upwards. Many thanks to Campbell (though I failed to get the first pun!) and to Falcon. Good luck with the snow!

    1. Two hours with the snowblower and I was done — in both senses of the statement. The snow was cleared and I was exhausted.

  30. Back to the Campbell we enjoy on Mondays so a good start to the week. 13, 18 and 27a share the podium today but many others could have honourable mentions.

    Thank you to Campbell and Falcon.

  31. This was so straightforward I couldn’t believe it was Campbell. Another vote for 18a as favourite, others ran it close. Thanks too Campbell and Falcon. I’ve double checked the spelling of my name this week. Don’t you just love autocorrect, not.

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