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DT 30516

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30516

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from Almoradí on a beautiful cloudless morning, which makes a nice change from the heavy overcast we’ve had for the last few days.  We had the lights on all day yesterday because it was so dark!

There are two puns in the Quickie so I’m guessing we have a Campbell production today.  I thought it was at the easier end of his spectrum and nearly went for * difficulty as I got all but three of the acrosses on first pass.

As usual my podium three are in blue.  The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer.  Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.


1a           Point behind article regarding appetiser (9)
ANTIPASTO:  Take a point, of a dart perhaps, and place it after (behind) an indefinite article.  After that you need a phrase (2,2) meaning regarding or about to get an Italian appetiser.

6a           Wading bird black, is seen on island (4)
IBIS:  B(lack) and the IS from the clue placed after an I(sland).

10a        Angry at being collared by bore when heading off (5)
IRATE:  The AT from the clue is inserted into (collared by) a word meaning to bore or weary without its first letter (heading off).

11a        Usually at sea? (2,3,4)
IN THE MAIN:  A phrase meaning usually could also be read as meaning you were out on the ocean.

12a        Band her co-star confused (9)
ORCHESTRA:  Anagram (confused) of HER CO STAR.

14a        Cycled round giving exhibition of riding skills (5)
RODEO:  A word meaning cycled or traveled on a bike followed by the round letter.

15a        Energetic Indian state chief (2-5)
GO AHEAD:  Take an Indian state and a word for a chief or boss and split it (2,5).

16a        Thug’s initial motive for serious crime (7)
TREASON:  T (Thug’s initial) followed by a motive or cause.

18a        Love the lines, last from hero in play (7)
OTHELLO:  The letter for love in tennis followed by the THE from the clue, then a couple of L(ines) and finally an O (last from herO).

20a        Hopelessness of the French couple (7)
DESPAIR:  A French word meaning “of the” followed by a couple or duo.

21a        Artist from northern state (5)
ERNST:  A lurker hiding in (from) the last two words.

23a        Sweetheart gets unsettled about ending in feature film (4,5)
BEAU GESTE:  A word for a sweetheart or boyfriend followed by an anagram (unsettled) of GETS around (about) an E (ending in featurE).

25a        Soon favourites must return for a light-hearted dance (9)
QUICKSTEP:  A word which can mean soon followed by a reversal (must return) of some teacher’s favourites.

26a        Publication for children (5)
ISSUE:  Double definition.

28a        Famous “dame” — part of assumed name (4)
EDNA:  Another lurker hiding in (part of) the last two words.

29a        Leader of little darlings working as farm labourers? (4,5)
LAND GIRLS:  L (leader of Little) followed by an anagram (working) of DARLINGS.


1d           I start to support a married friend (5)
AMIGO:  I from the clue and a word which can mean to start placed after (to support in a down clue) the A from the clue and an M(arried).

2d           Drink starts to take effect afterwards (3)
TEA:  First letters (starts to) of the last three words.

3d           Gradually, story spread (9)
PIECEMEAL: Another word for a story in a newspaper followed by a word for a spread of food.

4d           Went round in a mini? (7)
SKIRTED:  A word meaning went round, as in avoided, could also mean you are wearing (in) what a mini is an example of.

5d           Undesirable to expose actors (7)
OUTCAST:  A word meaning to expose followed by the word for all the actors in a play.

7d           Healthy food, extremely dry? Takes photographs of these biscuits (6,5)
BRANDY SNAPS:  Some healthy food full of dietary fibre followed by DY (extremely DrY) gives the first word and the second word means takes photographs.

8d           Newspaper proprietor bringing daughter in for a drink (9)
SUNDOWNER:  A tabloid newspaper followed by a word for the proprietor with a D(aughter) inserted (bringing . . . . in).

9d           Try to see  House of Lords’ member (4)
PEER:  Double definition.

13d        Where an ostler was taught his trade? (8,3)
COACHING INN:  Cryptic definition of the type of establishment where an ostler would work.

15d        Absurd request — go bananas (9)
GROTESQUE:  Anagram (bananas) of REQUEST GO.

17d        Relaxed and uncomplicated departure (4-5)
EASY GOING:  A word meaning uncomplicated or simple followed by a word for a departure.

19d        Ring road and what may be said about small section? (7)
ORBITAL:  A word for what may be said or spoken placed around (about) a word for a small section or part.

20d        Notice the old man in study, poker-faced (7)
DEADPAN:  Two letters for a notice or advertisement and the usual old man or father inserted into (in) the usual word for a study.

22d        Capture  bear (4)
TAKE:  Double definition.  Capture as in capture a chess piece and bear as in carry.

24d        Still short odds (5)
EVENS:  A word for still followed by S(hort).

27d        Male teacher is up on top of roof (3)
SIR:  The form of address for a male teacher is the IS from the clue reversed (up in a down clue) followed by R (top of Roof).

Podium today is 11a, 4d and 13d with 13d on the top step.

Quick crossword puns:

Top line:        CONCH     +     HEIR     +     TOW     =     CONCERTO

Bottom line:     EYE     +     LOVE     +     WHITE     =     ISLE OF WIGHT

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  1. It’s Monday :good: It’s Campbell at his generous best :good: 1.5*/4.5*

    Candidates for favourite – 26a, 4d, 8d, 13d, and the Puns – and the winner is the Bottom Line Pun!

    Thanks to Campbell and pommers.

  2. I had problems finding a way inro the NW, but, after moving xlockwise, things soon fell into place with a typically enjoyable Campbell guzzle. I liked the lego/anagram clue at 23a, the cryptic definirion at 13d and the21a lurker. It was nice tosee sone GK included in the ckues abd some clever anagrams. Thanks to Campbell and to Pommers for the hints.

  3. Gentle start to the week. I parsed 24d as a 6 letter word for still, shortened by the final letter to get the answer.

    Thanks to today’s setter and pommers.

          1. S for short doesn’t feature in Chris Lancaster’s (normally) allowable abbreviations for DT guzzles as listed in his recent book.

  4. Snipers alley and picked them off at random. 23a took some thought but otherwise a gentle but pleasant start to the week.
    Bosch say my washing machine is kaput at just 4 years old and the car needs tyres before MOT ….. cost of living crisis ahead :-)
    Thanks to compiler.

    1. George told me this morning that our Council Tax had gone up over 200% since 2000. I haven’t checked his figures as he is usually right, but our pension certainly has not gone up that much. 😟

  5. A classic Campbell with a few teasers thrown in. I had completely forgotten the feature film and I haven’t had a 7d since I was a child when my father made some (not very successfully). Going round in a mini raised a smile but my award for COTD goes to the newspaper proprietor taking his daughter for a drink at 8d.

    I thought the top Quickie pun was very clever.

    Thank you for the fun, Campbell and to you, pommers for the hints.

  6. Parsing 1d just edged me beyond a * time completion in what I thought was a typically enjoyable kick off to the new week. 13d my pick of the bunch & prompted me to play one of my fav tracks off Reg’s excellent debut album & I rather liked the Quickie puns too.
    Thanks to Campbell & to pommers.

  7. This one went in Ok …except for 3d where I had to look at the hints…..not aware of that word for a newspaper story….

    Thanks to Campbell and to Pommers

    We seem to have survived storm Isha without damage, though one of the nearby streets is closed because of a fallen tree. Still very windy with gusty rain. Not pleasant.

  8. A cheery Campbell guzzle. Brief hold up with 1d and 4d but all became clear.
    When the time comes I hope I have a 17d style relaxed and uncomplicated departure. I would like to thoroughly avoid ‘he fought a long battle’ with a gruesome disease. Just popping off in my sleep would be the best I feel, but not for a while yet.
    It rather annoys me when the press (lazily) write that a famous person has ‘lost their battle with cancer’. There is no battle. The person involved is the warzone and perhaps the doctors and the medication ‘fight’ the thing, but the patient doesn’t ‘lose’ the battle. It seems to imply that if the ill person had somehow tried harder, their demise could have been avoided. It’s clumsy reporting and insulting.

    Phew! Take that!

    Thanks to Campbell and pommers from the Vega Baja del Segura.

    1. I wonder if we shouldn’t have the chance to choose as and when we go. Like just after I have had a good tidy up or cleaned out of the fridge. I never leave used tissues in pockets as whoever clears up after you has to go through the pockets and it is very unpleasant. So much to think about in the middle of the night.

    2. The journalist John Diamond made the point that he wasn’t being “brave” after his diagnosis, and wrote a book on it: C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too. That was published in 1998, so other journalists really should have managed to adapt their phrasing by now.

      For anybody unfamiliar with the name, John Diamond mostly wrote a ‘wonky shopping trolley’ column in the Saturday Times magazine, but he also started a column in The Sunday Telegraph shortly before his death. Oh, and he was married to Nigella Lawson.

  9. Straight run through today. I think that Campbell was being very kind to us. 13d was my favourite clue. Now that the storm seems to have died down, and it’s quite bright outside, I need to go into the garden and clear out my bird box. I’ve seen a lot of bluetits in the last couple of days, obviously looking for somewhere to nest.
    Thank you Campbell and Pommers.

  10. This was much closer to the level of Monday puzzle we got when I first de lurked, which is now over a year ago, and what fun it has been. So I enjoyed this very much with only 23a holding me up. Lots of fun but with 8d my favourites.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Pommers for the hints.

  11. Enjoyable while it lasted, a gentle start to the week from Campbell (presumably) with typically polished clueing, good surfaces and all GK very accessible. Podium places to 15d, 4d & COTD 13.

    1* / 3*

    Many thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  12. Very strange experience with storm Isha. We’ve been absolutely battered by it since Saturday and then at about 1am today it suddenly stopped – no gradual dying away, it was just as though someone had thrown a switch somewhere. It’s been so eerily quiet ever since that I couldn’t sleep.
    Thank goodness for Mr Monday restoring some sanity with a fun puzzle which I greatly enjoyed. Big ticks alongside14&15a plus 8&13d with a special mention for the two Quickie puns.

    Thanks to Campbell and to pommers for the review and the reminder of a great film.

  13. Must have been easy, no scribbling on the paper what so ever.
    Great to see the picture of ‘To sir with love’, best Lulu song ever, it was the top selling single in the US in 1967, but not released as a single in England, always wondered why not.

  14. Campbell being very kind today with this most enjoyable offering. I started well with 1a ( my sort of clue) going straight in and swiftly followed by the rest of the top half clues. Good to see our old friend at 12a clued as an anagram this time. I wish I was keeping a check on the number of ways this has been clued. Perhaps someone is!?. Favourite today was 13d with 1a and 8d sharing the podium. Special mention for the two quickie puns. Thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  15. Oh, joy! A Funday Monday!
    Top giggles to 15a, 8 and 27d!
    Parsed 24d like Pommers, but prefer the commented method.
    28a also pleased in this above everage guzzle, as did 3, 13, and 18d.
    V many thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  16. A fab start to the week with Campbell being in splendid form.

    So many well-constructed clues, as is always the case, with his humour shining through and not a dud in sight. 1a kicked things off beautifully.

    My podium is the aforementioned, 29a and 4d.

    Many thanks to Campbell and Pommers.


  17. A lovely puzzle today with no niggling answers for me. Liked both Quickie puns and for the cryptic, 13d is my favourite with 4d a close second.

  18. This took me some while to complete, not helped by misinterpreting the definitions within a couple of clues. Particularly liked 7 and 8d with 23a being my cotd. Thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  19. To begin with 3d and others in the NW felt rather lumpy but things soon smoothed out and many ingenious clues followed with no particular Fav. I enjoyed the fun run. I was initially with pommers for 24d interpretation but changed my mind and went in with jonners & co. Thank you Campbell and pommers.

  20. A nice gentle introduction to the new week. I think it has mostly been said, a reworking of the band at 12a – I agree that a record of all the different presentations would be interesting. I hardly slept a wink last night with the pain in my knees and I think I shall have to take a siesta even though I was in the middle of turning out the conservatory. Books and paper, oh my. Many thanks to Messrs Campbell & Pommers.

    1. Sorting out books? Not me, my heirs can have the pleasure of that! There are so many of them, no wonder I love my Kindle so much.

  21. Another nice start to the non-work week from Campbell with this puzzle. Nothing obtuse in this one and lots of fun clues.

    1*/4.5* for me.

    Favourites include 14a, 23a, 2d, 4d, 7d & 19d — with winner 4d.
    Smiles came from 4d & 7d to mention just two.

    Thanks to Campbell & pommers for blog/hints

  22. A nice start to the week with no particular hold ups.
    My favourites were 23a, 4d & 7d.
    My thanks to pommers whose parsing of 24d was the way I saw it, but having read Jonners comments in 3 above I find his parsing more pleasing.
    Thanks also of course to Campbell for creating our amusement.

  23. Typical Campbell, tricky complex clues that often make little sense even when solved. Lots of very aged clues such as the film in 23a. I find most of his puzzles rather unpleasant. Obviously just me.
    Thx for the hints.

  24. We stalled in the NW due to our inability to spell, and therefore parse, 1a. We had to check it. 3d took some getting even with all the checkers. Everything else was as straightforward as they come. Favourite was 13d. Thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  25. 1.5*/4*. This was light and good fun as we have come to expect on a Monday.

    I settled on “twisted” as the answer for 4d and raised my eyebrows as I wrote it in which in turn held me up with 1a. I was pleased to find out that I was wrong about 4d when I finally twigged the correct answer, which took it into first place. It was joined by 8d & 13d on my podium.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to pommers.

  26. For me, 24d was parsed by taking a two word synonym of still (4,2) and removing the last letter(short) of the second word.

  27. I love Mondays 😘 A very nice back pager yet again 😃 **/**** Favourites 15 & 23a 13d. Thanks to Campbell and to Pommers 🥂 A pleasant day here in the East after last night’s gales, much milder than recent weeks and dry!

  28. I sometimes find Campbell a bit tricky, but not today. I took the longest time to get 3d, but I wrote it out with my letters and blanks and was able to have my epiphany. Someone said that doing Codewords helps to “see” answers with the checkers, and I think that’s true. I liked lots, 29a and 8d stood out, but fave has to be 13d.
    Thank you Campbell for the fun, and pommers for the explanation for a few, eg 1a!

  29. SW not Mondayish,
    Rest is.
    Perhaps 12a is rather
    Big smiles at 28 and 29a.
    Loved 13d.
    Thanks for the pleasure
    Campbell and thanks pommers.

  30. Campbell back to his past glory of giving us a well crafted crossword with no oddities or arcana. It was a real pleasure to solve with so many good clues.

    Four on the honourable mentions cabl: 23a,8, 13 and 17d. Many thanks to Campbell and Pommers, but no thanks for Little Miss Shouty.

    With predictive text so awful I am considering posting tomorrow a predictive text post which will in all likelihood be nonsense except for the numbers. You have been warned.

  31. I didn’t find this as easy as the last couple of Mondays, not sure why. It was a start , stop, restart as I had to go out , so maybe the mind wasn’t quite as focussed as usual. Managed without hints until the last one in 23A . Thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  32. Good evening

    Halfway through my break at work this afty/evening, and a perfect time to fill in 20d, which is my last to fall today.

    Typically for me, I got started earlier and rattled through a load of solutions before creaking to a halt. Note to self: just because it’s Monday, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the crozzie must be easy – because you can be caught out! I nearly was with 1a…

    COTD today goes to 8d.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Pommers.

  33. A fairly 17d puzzle today, which i solved pre-caffeine and didnt look at until after work. I an in agreement with pommers on the blue ones
    Thanks to pommers and Campbell

  34. 2/3. Enjoyable fare and a gentle start to the week. Favourites 18&21a and 17&19d. Thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  35. Fastest solve for a while for me, but a nice, bright puzzle….up to find a large and ancient apple tree keeled over in the orchard, so spent most of the day wielding chainsaw and axe…..

  36. Fun and fast. Definitely 1*. Just found the parsing of 1a difficult and wondered about the last letter as we usually use the plural. 8 and 13d were my favourites. Thank you Campbell and Pommers.

  37. A good, in my case (addict) speedily-filled grid with some nice clues, and two very good Quickie puns.

    Many thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  38. 2*/3* ….
    liked 23A “Sweetheart gets unsettled about ending in feature film (4,5)” ..
    reminded me of the book by PC Wren.

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