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DT 30522

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30522

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from an unseasonably warm Ottawa. It is not quite T-shirt and shorts weather – but closer to it than to a normal Ottawa winter. A portion of our Rideau Canal skateway managed to open for a few days but had to be closed again due to the warm temperatures.

I found today’s puzzle from Campbell to be a typical Monday solving experience – quick progress at the beginning only to encounter a few at the end to make the brain cells work.

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   Get wind of utter gossip (7)
HEARSAY — get wind of or perceive with the ear and utter or speak

5a   Daughter at home, on song, up-to-date (5,2)
TUNED IN — the genealogical abbreviation for daughter and the usual at home follow (on in an across clue) a simple song

9a   Old-style resort (not southern) in trouble (5)
RETRO — an anagram (in trouble) of RESORT after removing the S (not southern)

10a   From here, cheers short ball clobbered? (9)
BLEACHERS — an anagram (clobbered) of CHEERS BALL after removing the final letter of the latter word (short); the entire clue provides a cryptic (descriptive) definition in which the wordplay is embedded

11a   Where a satellite dish may be installed for free? (2,3,5)
ON THE HOUSE — double definition

12a   Man, maybe, in his leathers (4)
ISLE — a lurker hiding in the final two words of the clue

14a   Causing deep distress, inquiry involving tide (5-7)
HEART-RENDING — a legal inquiry encompassing (involving) tide or general movement in fashion, style, taste, etc.

18a   Father figure, coach, one delivering the goods in America? (7,5)
FREIGHT TRAIN — the abbreviated title of a priest, a numerical figure, and a verb meaning to coach

21a   Leave former partner with it (4)
EXIT — the usual former partner and IT from the clue

22a   You, long ago, housed in road that leads to government building (10)
COURTHOUSE — an archaic term for you contained in (housed in) a road or, for that matter, any path in which anyone or anything moves

25a   Group following Celia waving ribbon (5,4)
ALICE BAND — a musical group following an anagram of CELIA

26a   Perplex and briefly astound politician (5)
STUMP — another word for astound with its final letter removed (briefly)

27a   Member with holy book, not initially easy to read (7)
LEGIBLE — a body member followed by a Christian holy book with its first letter removed (not initially)

28a   Don’t concern yourself now seat adjusted (2,5)
NO SWEAT — an anagram (adjusted) of NOW SEAT


1d   Hard for indefinite number in strict public school (6)
HARROW — start with a word meaning strict or precise, then replace the mathematical symbol for an indefinite number by the symbol for hard found on pencils

2d   Shrewd like Egyptian king, last of line (6)
ASTUTE — an equivalent word to like, an informal name for a young Egyptian king, and the last letter of LINE

3d   He gets none, for a change, in tourist attraction (10)
STONEHENGE — an anagram (for a change) of the first three words of the clue

4d   Old boy imprisoned by new boy, lout (5)
YOBBO — the acronym for old boy contained in (imprisoned by) an anagram (new) of BOY

5d   Club official more confident following change of rate (9)
TREASURER — another term for more confident following an anagram (change) of RATE

6d   Pleasant Mediterranean resort (4)
NICE — double definition

7d   Hide reportedly expensive fleece (8)
DEERSKIN — the first syllable sounds like (reportedly) expensive and the second means to fleece or swindle

8d   Son receives inside information over savings (4,4)
NEST EGGS — start with the genealogical abbreviation for son followed by a synonym of receives contained in (inside) a colloquial term for information; then reverse (over) the whole lot

13d   The exact opposite of taxes collected by a northern island (10)
ANTITHESIS — ecclesiastical taxes contained in (collected by) A from the clue, N(orthern) and a two-letter abbreviation for island

15d   Limit beer in grounds (9)
RATIONALE — limit or restrict and a type of beer

16d   Last, when everything is taken into account (5,3)
AFTER ALL — this expression could literally mean last or at the very end

17d   Modest, bowing out (8)
RETIRING — double definition

19d   Tense time ahead (6)
FUTURE — another double definition

20d   Tyrant from regimental HQ receiving head of state (6)
DESPOT — a military headquarters containing (receiving) the initial letter of (head of) STATE

23d   Element causing trouble during abbreviated service (5)
RADON — place another word for trouble in (during) the abbreviation for the senior military service

24d   Rosemary, for example, in feather boa (4)
HERB — our second lurker concealed in the final two words of the clue

My clue of the day is the neat and concise 8d where, in only six words, the setter has managed to include a charade, a containment, a reversal, a definition, and three elements of fodder.

Quickie Pun (Top Row): CACHE + OOZE = CASHEWS

Quickie Pun (Middle Row) : PROPER + GANDER = PROPAGANDA

Quickie Pun (Bottom Row) : SERF + BORED = SURFBOARD

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  1. Has our triple-punner morphed into an American? 22a means a building for law courts in the UK whereas in America it is also used to mean a government building; and surely 10a is American despite the BRB’s rider “esp N American”.

    Apart from those two clues, I thought this was one of his best ever Monday puzzles with a long list of top picks: 18a, 2d, 7d, 8d, 13d, 15d & 19d. My rating is 1.5*/4.5*.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Falcon.

    1. I noticed the two American expressions too. Neither of them are commonly used in the UK in rhe sense that they are used in the crossword.

      1. Or in Campbell’s solvers!

        For 10a – we thought that “to here…” might fit better?

        Thanks to y’all for the most enjoyingest puzzle of the day.

        Mr & Mrs T

  2. On the whole very enjoyable. 10a had to be what it was but WHY? What on earth does that mean – IMHO a ridiculous clue. Hope Terence puts it on his List. Will huff off now but thanks for the rest of it.

        1. In the Cambridge Corn Exchsnge they are the retractable seats that pull out for a concert and fold back when there is an arena needed. I never understood it when George was with the CSO but maybe a Mr B invented them.

        2. I only knew of them because I read a John Grisham novel where he kept mentioning them. From memory they are the benches that the supporters sit on.

    1. 10a are bench-type tiered seating (typically, but not exclusively) used at sports venues. They may be permanent or temporary, fixed or portable, retractable (as DG has described) or not retractable. It is a style of seating that is much less grand than a grandstand.

      1. In Baseball land: benches for spectators can be traced back to at least 1889; named as such because the generally uncovered wooden boards were “bleached by the sun”.

        Today they are the seats that are close to the field (pitch, wicket, court…)

  3. As straightforward and gentle as one would expect for a Monday. Agree with RD about 10a (familiar to me from Grease & The World According to Garp) & 22a. Some very awkward surfaces, and I thought 28a one of the weakest clues I’ve seen for a very long time: shifting one letter one position is possibly the smallest adjustment one can make. And as for nearly one clue in four being an anagram – with three in a row in the downs, and two next to each other in the acrosses? Well, in Rookie’s Corner that would all attract adverse comment. On the other hand I very much enjoyed my three podium clues: 14a, 26a & 2d, so all-in-all while very, very far from Campbell’s best, a decent start to the week.

    1* / 2.5*

    Thank you to Campbell and to Falcon

  4. I really enjoyed this but it wasn’t all plain sailing. I had to resort to electronic help for 10a. It was the only option available and not a word I’d ever heard so it still made me ponder for a while. 1d had to be what it was but I failed to parse it and narrow as a synonym for strict is not one that immediately springs to mind. Surprisingly it was the 4 letter clues which were easiest today, not usually the case for me. Lots to like and ticks all over my paper. Favourite has to be 8d, a very clever compound clue which took some sorting out. Podium places for 18a and 13d. Thanks to Campbell for the enjoyment and Falcon for the guidance on 1d especially.

  5. A very pleasant amble with Campbell through Crossyland.

    My children have never heard of the synonym for expensive in 7d which I couldn’t believe. I have checked with some other friends’ offspring of a similar age (early 20s) and it’s the same with them. What’s that all about???

    Anyway, lots of fun to be had with today’s offering with 2d, 15d and 23d being my top picks.

    Many thanks to C&F.


    P.S I was hoping that Falcon was going to do a pic for 12a but maybe Monday morning isn’t the right time of the week to arouse some of the solvers.

  6. Despite my absolute delight regarding my mention, Pommers’ elucidation plus a Google search, I cannot for the life of me make head or tail of 10a! Cheers to Campbell and Pommers.

  7. A brisk solve but agree it was a wee bit trickier than of late for a Monday. 10a was gettable from the wordplay but I only knew the answer as an American band (not my cup of tea) & the all in one only made sense when I looked its meaning post completion. 8d my pick of the bunch too.
    Thanks to Campbell & Falcon.
    Ps A great Jason Isbell acoustic solo gig at the Union Chapel last night however I’d quite forgotten how uncomfortable sitting on those wooden pews for a sustained period is. This old Drive By Truckers tune was a welcome & unexpected inclusion in the set

  8. It’s Monday :good: It’s Campbell :good: Although this took somewhat longer to solve than yesterday’s Dada :unsure: 2.5*/3.5*

    Candidates for favourite – 1a, 12a, 8d, and 16d – and the winner is 16d.

    Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  9. A gentle Monday puzzle and very enjoyable . As others I managed to derive 10a but had not heard of the word in the context it’s meant. Bit of a dodgy surface 🤔. Thanks Campbell and Falcon.

  10. I don’t usually do very well with Campbell puzzles, but did better today.
    Needed help to parse 1d . I was getting there with parsing 8d but was glad Falcon sorted it out.
    Last one in 15d which is now my favourite.
    Agree that there were some American usages but thought the clues for them were doable.
    Surprised that folks don’t seem to have heard of 10a.

    Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon.

  11. An enjoyable Monday puzzle – thanks to Campbell and Falcon.
    I knew the 10a word but only because it cropped up in a clue some time ago.
    My podium choices are 1a, 14a and 1d.

  12. A typical Monday puzzle in difficulty but an extra star in enjoyment, a **/****
    Favourite was 10a, not sure what they were but an obvious anagram and will know in future.
    Liked 14a, remembered the definition somewhere from the past, also the nicely clued 14a.
    Noticed the tripple pun for a change!
    Thanks to our setter and Falcon-what a test match.

    1. The anagram is not obvious at all in statistical terms. There are 4 unknown letters placements which could be inserted in 24 different ways. None of which including the answer would have made any sense. Only if you know the answer can it be solved without cheating or guesswork. A dreadful clue

  13. Overall my feeling this was a rather poor puzzle. Stretched synonyms (14a, 5a), obscure religious reference in 13d (very poor clue overall imho). 10a a rather nasty Americanism.
    In all in all not up to the usual DT standard.
    Thx for the hints to explain my answers to the more involved clues.

    1. Obscure religious references in 13d?! Tithes were being paid I would imagine until the enclosure act, maybe even beyond. Sorry Brian, but I marked 13d as a potential candidate for favourite!

  14. Once I’d got the ‘lout’ sorted out, I realised what 10a had to be but the word only rang a very faint bell and I thought the clue itself was rather odd. Not to worry, found plenty to enjoy elsewhere and the honours were shared by 1&18a plus 2&15d.

    Thanks to Campbell and to Falcon for the review.

  15. The sun is shining, we spent half an hour in the garden before lunch and the guzzle was very amenable. What more can we ask. I liked Celia’s band, and 18, 22a plus 13,25d. Nice puns too.
    Many thanks to Messrs Setter & Hinter.

  16. I liked this puzzle with last one in being 15d.
    Wasn’t sure why 18a involved America, don’t we call them the same over here?
    Favourites were 27a, 8d and 15d.
    Thanks to setter and hinter.

    1. I rather think it is Goods here for 18a rather than that which goes so fast as in the the song by Peter, Paul & Mary (afraid I can’t copy and paste!).

        1. Yes that’s it – thank you so much Falcon 🤗. One of these days I will master copy/paste ‘cos I’m sure it’s quite straightforward!

  17. Campbell moves Stateside!
    Having spent time in America, I knew that 10a is the cheap seats in a sporting arena, and dear Joni wrote a song on the subject in her album ‘For The Roses’. Campbell’s other American references led me to believe he may be a crossword contributor to the NYT and got his puzzles mixed up.

    Next Monday – Campbell goes to Japan! Obscure references to geisha clothing throughout!

    Thanks to ‘Yankee Campbell’ and The Bird Of Prey.

      1. Following on from AB’s comment…

        Stock, Aitken and Waterman at their very best or is it worst (their ‘Hit Factory’ was the nadir of British music though we loved Mr Astley never giving up on us)….

  18. Never heard of 10a but bunged it in, as I did with a few others. I’m glad to see most have not bothered to give * ratings as they only relate to the individual concerned, one man’s * is another’s ** or even ***. Thanks to all

  19. A nice start again to the non-work week with this Campbell puzzle. Very approachable and no hitches anywhere for me. More-or-less a R&W except slowed a tad by the SE corner.

    1*/5* for me on this one.

    Favourites abound in this one but top ones were 12a, 14a, 22a, 1d, 7d & 23d — with winner 1d
    Lots of smiles, such as the 11a chestnut, 12a, 18a, 2d & 15d. Lots more too.

    Thanks to Campbell & Falcon for hints/blog

  20. I found this tricky in places and had to resort to the hints for 14a having been fixated on finding a nautical answer 🙄. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon

  21. Also found this tricky for a Monday but still enjoyable. Not surprised 10a has raised eyebrows, one of those words very common in America that hasn’t really made it here at all. Once you know it, you’ll see it crop up all over the place in songs and films.

  22. Didn’t fair too well today. Didn’t know 10 across but will now remember it. Annoyed that I didn’t get 14 a and 15 d but needed to get to Zumba. OK , that is a feeble excuse. Many thanks, especially for the explanations .

    1. I often find if there are one or two that I can’t get pre-Zumba, I get them quickly when home afterwards! Worked today for me, except 10a which just could not puzzle out at all.

  23. 10A was a bit of a nightmare for me, as it was beyond my vocab’s ken, and thereby became an anagram of an unknown word, and semi-&lit to boot. Hissing and booing from the crowd! I liked the rest of it however, which was for me the usual easy but good stroll out amid the marmalade and coffee. Thanks to Campbell for the soup inter alia, and Falcon.

  24. Perfectly straightforward until it wasn’t and when it wasn’t, it wasn’t. There were some that hit the right spot (not 10a or 11a though, ‘for free’ ruined it for Mrs. TWLC) and we’ll go with 14a as winner. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

      1. I’m with Mrs. TWLC on this. Nice song but grammatically incorrect. It’s free or for nothing, it’s one of our pet hates. It seems to be acceptable in the states but that certainly doesn’t it right.

  25. Apart drom the American terms at10a and 22a a nice enough puzzle, with the West going in much more easily than the West. Thebest of the clues were the twolego clues at 18a and 13d. Thanks to Campbellband to Falcon for the hints.

  26. Pretty good start to the week **/***

    I thought 1d was a stretch, and didn’t like 22a because part of the answer was so close to part of the clue (the h**** part – there are no shortages of alternatives indicators). I thought 10a was fine, but only as I’ve watched far too many US TV shows and films! Favourite was 4d, which I thought was very neat (‘neat’ in the UK sense, not the US sense).

  27. I didn’t realize that 10a would be so unknown in the UK. Here is an example of some (these happen to be retractable, i.e., they fold up into a more compact form when not in use):

    1. I was familiar with it from Jamaica. I remember sitting in the 10a at Sabina Park for a test match, I think it was England vs WI, a thousand years ago.

  28. 2/3. Fairly gentle start to the week. I’m sure I’ve seen 11a before. Favourites were 16d, 18&22a. Thanks to all.

    1. “Where satellite dish may be free” appeared in the Toughie on 09/04/19 and it’s appeared a number of times with variations such as tv aerial, chimney, thatcher’s work, etc.

  29. Like others I found difficulty with 10a, 22a and not impressed by 1d . The rest of it was fine but I was thinking so much about the unfinished American clues that I couldn’t enjoy the English ones. C’est la vie.
    Thanks to all

  30. I found this trickier than yesterday, but I did complete without help. I’m afraid I still don’t “get” 8d, but I’m sure I’m just thick. There were enough gimmes to be able to work out some of the more difficult ones. I liked 3d, the anagram was very friendly to work out. I think fave is 25a. Falcon’s pic reminds me of the old song “in her sweet little Alice blue gown”, anyone remember that? I must google.
    Thank you Campbell, and of course Falcon for his invaluable help understanding so much!

    1. In my sweet little Alice-blue gown,
      When I first wandered forth into town, I was both proud and shy as I quickly walked by
      And in every shop window I prinked, passing by.

      Or something along those lines. We knew all the words(and what is more remember them)
      from the days before television and mobile phones, Mother pounding out the music on the
      piano and the lustres on the mantelpiece shaking!

      1. I remember it so well. We had a friend who played the piano and we’d all gather round and sing our hearts out … right Daisy, all pre-TV and cellphones! Bye, Bye Blackbird was another one, and so many more! What memories.

        Just out of the pool, not a cloud in the sky, the sky is the deepest blue I can ever remember, but it’s coooold! The pool is heated but it was bitter coming out!

  31. I’m not usually on wavelength with Campbell but did satisfyingly well today, so happy to get the week off to a good start. Surprised more weren’t familiar with 10a. We spent many hours sitting uncomfortably on these when eldest daughter performed in the flag team during high school football game half times. LI was 14d. COTD for me is 18a, a nicely constructed clue. Thanks to Campbell and Falcon.

  32. I was not on form today and took a while to get into this, overall I enjoyed the challenge but I made heavy weather of it. I did know 10a but struggled with the parsing of a couple. I liked 18a

    Many thanks to Campbell and to Falcon for the hints.

    Steve I hope all has gone smoothly with your wife’s return home.

  33. Very nice start to the week😃 ***/**** loads of Favourites 11,15 & 21a and 2& 15d 👍 Thanks to the Falcon and to Campbell

  34. Sorry but I didn’t have time to look at today’s guzzle. I’ve been too busy getting Mrs C home. It’s good to have her back but she is exhausted and went straight to bed after dinner.

    Anyway, my thanks to Campbell and Falcon

  35. Good crossword. Particularly liked 18a. I puzzled over 10a. Worked out what it must be but had to check if it was a real word (other than one who bleaches) – a foxy Americanism I had never heard of. A well, you learn something every day!

  36. Ultra Mondayish.
    Whizzed through
    Then grinding halt at
    Last in, 10a.
    Got the rationale, constructed
    A new word for me.
    So, */4*
    Many thanks Campbell and Falcon for the musical

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