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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30367
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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BD Rating – Difficulty *–  Enjoyment **/***

The sun is shining so hopefully a pleasant day ahead before the forecast deluge tomorrow. I’m off out golfing so hopefully Gazza won’t be required to edit my typos/accidental insertions of the answer into the clues etc

A repeat of last Tuesday’s grid so we can safely assume it’s an Anthony Plumb guzzle. I reckon it at the very gentle end of his range & suspect many will make short work of it. As ever tightly clued, full of single letter insertions/deletions & with a couple of less than familiar anagram indicators.

In the following hints, definitions are underlined, indicators are mostly in parentheses, and answers are revealed by clicking where shown as usual. Please leave a comment below on how you got on with the puzzle.


1a Desperate doctor with a small sign of nerves (7)
DRASTIC: link a two letter abbreviation for doctor with the A from the clue, the single letter for small & a sudden twitch that may be a sign of nerves

5a Salesman fibs giving answers  (7)
REPLIES: a word for a salesman followed by one for fibs

9a Echoing sounds limiting second meeting (7)
SESSION: reverse (echoing) a synonym for sounds then insert (limiting) the single letter for second

10a Accurate summary by Spain (7)
PRECISE: another word for summary followed by the IVR code for Spain

11a A Democrat calling for confession (9)
ADMISSION: the A from the clue plus the single letter for Democrat then append a synonym of calling in the context of vocation maybe

12a Put on talc regularly in hospital department (5)
ENACT: insert the alternate letters (regularly in) of talc into  crosswordland’s favourite hospital clinic

13a Trips made by king before March 15th?  (5)
RIDES: the Latin letter for king precedes the 74th day in the Roman calendar – if only Caesar had heeded that soothsayer’s warning

15a Boxers perhaps endure raw brawls (9)
UNDERWEAR: an anagram (brawls) of ENDURE RAW. Don’t recall seeing this indicator before. Definition nowt do with pugilists or mutts. Guess this fella doesn’t knock back too much of the stuff at 20d

17a Huge lead and Edward’s arrogant (9)
BIGHEADED: link a synonym for huge with one for lead in the sense of being at the forefront & append a shortened form of Edward

19a Band is considering restricting dance music (5)
DISCO: a lurker (restricting)

22a Be important nobleman (5)                                                                                                                                 COUNT: double definition – the second the rank of nobility above a viscount but below a marquess

23a Company backing new casinos for social events (9)
OCCASIONS: start with a reversal (backing) of an abbreviation for company then add an anagram (new) of casinos

25a This writer returns with energy after pub ban  (7)
EMBARGO: begin with a reversal (returns) of how the setter might refer to himself then add another word for a pub & finish (after) with a two letter synonym for energy

26a Farmer might go in this area of land over river (7)
TRACTOR: a word for an area of land is followed by the single letter abbreviations for the last two words

27a Slight student captured in poster (7)
SLENDER: insert (captured in) the single letter for student into a word for a poster (of letters maybe)

28a Justify book having new opening (7)
DESERVE: change the initial letter (new opening) of a synonym for book in the sense of arrange in advance

1d Hopelessness of the French couple (7)
DESPAIR: the plural form of the French indefinite article un or une followed by a synonym of couple

2d Took on fool with university degree in education (7)
ASSUMED: link another word for a fool with the single letter for university then add a further degree in education

3d Ends stories for the listeners (5)
TAILS: a homophone (for the listeners) of a synonym for stories

4d Carried on playing unnoticed (9)
CONTINUED: an anagram (playing) of UNNOTICED

5d Mature writer supporting guy with no book (5)
RIPEN: delete the final letter (represented by the single letter for book) from a synonym of guy in the sense of tease then add a word for a writer

6d Held in higher estimation before female made a mistake(9)
PREFERRED: a preposition for before followed by the single letter for female & the past tense or participle of a synonym for having made a boo-boo

7d Parrot from island- it’s found in China (7)
IMITATE : start with the single letter for island then add what the cockney rhyming slang China (china plate in full) signifies into which you insert (found in) it from the wordplay

8d Southern climate – husband’s removed jumper (7)
SWEATER: the single letter for southern plus another word for climate less the single letter for husband

14d Protected her eldest mongrel (9)
SHELTERED: an anagram (mongrel) of HER ELDEST

16d Loyal cadet died fighting (9)
DEDICATED: another straightforward anagram (fighting) of CADET DIED

17d Wimbledon champion’s swapping European for American supporters (7)
BACKERS: you’re looking for a 3 time champ who first won as a 17 yr old in 1985 & very sadly has had a spectacular fall from grace of late with his financial woes. Swap the single letter for European with that for American in his name

18d Good medic breaks law, generating complaint (7)
GRUMBLE: start with the single letter for good then add a synonym for law into which you insert (breaks) a two letter degree in medicine

20d Beer enjoyed regularly initially could make you this? (7)
STOUTER: a type of dark full bodied beer plus the first letters (initially) of enjoyed regularly gives you a clever cryptic definition of what you’ll end up looking like if you drink too much of it

21d Watch old boy take the first tennis shot (7)
OBSERVE: the two letter abbreviation for old boy plus the opening shot in tennis

23d Old forbidding smell  (5)
ODOUR: the single letter for old plus a synonym for forbidding in the sense of severe or gloomy

24d Son put on elderly people’s TV programmes (5)
SOAPS: the single letter for son plus the acronym for senior citizens – I’ve got to wait until I’m 67 to get mine

Podium places in no particular order for 15a along with 7&20d & with 4d just missing out. Nice Quickie pun too. Which ones made it onto your rostrum ?

Today’s Quick Crossword pun: DAY + TUB + EARTH = DATE OF BIRTH

82 comments on “DT 30367

  1. Getting 13 down clues straight off helped get the rest of this terrific guzzle. However, I couldn’t get the parsing of 5d. No doubt I’ll kick myself when I see the hints. There was lots to like such as the elderly TV programmes, the old boy playing tennis and the boxers. My COTD is the important nobleman.

    Thank you, Miss Tree Setter for a great puzzle and to you, Huntsman for the hints, which I will now read.

    Our builder is being especially noisy this morning. Where are my noise cancelling earphones?

  2. Greetings from a mixed ‘sun and cloud’ Sandhurst where the only dilemma is whether to put the washing on the line or stick it in the drier, head says drier, pocket says line.
    As to the puzzle, either I’ve gained a brain turbo overnight (which I seriously doubt as it took me over an hour this morning to find the car keys which eventually turned up in the fridge!) or this puzzle was the easiest for some time, answers came thick and fast, a bit like my cat Nimrod.
    Pleasant enough though, (the puzzle, not Nimrod) with some really good clueing throughout. My favourites today were 18d and 4d, thanks to our setter, good honest crossword.

    1. Is your cat named for Elgar’s alter ego in the Independent or just because he is enigmatic and noisy?

      1. Nothing so fancy I’m afraid, he’s named after the mighty hunter from the bible, Genesis I think? because he’s really anything but, the only thing he’s ever hunted are the tiny moths that fly indoors in the summer, anything bigger and he’d be behind the settee.
        His brother’s called Poirot because he’s always looking into things.

  3. I really enjoyed this all too brief walk in the park but was sorry when it came to an end. Could it be a new setter I wonder? 1a and 1d went straight in making for an encouraging kick-off. Failed to suss echoing for 9a but it had to be so bunged in. Fav 27a. Thank you lenient Mysteron and Huntsman.

  4. Surely no one can be unhappy with this gentle and very enjoyable Mondayish ( yes I know it’s Tuesday!) offering. No obscure words or GK needed, unless you count knowing the significance of March 15th. No standout favourite today but thanks to the compiler for the pleasure, albeit short-lived, and Huntsman for the review.

  5. Certainly Tuesday lite.
    Honourable mentions 1, 17 and
    25a and 8d.
    Enjoyable, though brief,
    Many thanks Mr. Plumb and Huntsman.

  6. No disrespect intended to the setter, but his was one of the quickest solves, if not the quickest, that I have ever managed. It still managed to raise a smile or two, but was over too rapidly to be truly enjoyable. Favourites 15a followed by 5d.

    My thanks to Mr Plumb and Huntsman.

    1. So fast and even quicker than your first ever attempt at a cryptic crossword? That’s really putting us lesser mortals in our place!

  7. A good honest puzzle, as has been said above – thanks to our setter and Huntsman.
    I’m not sure that meteorologists would agree with the climate synonym in 8d.
    Ticks from me for 22a, 25a and 5d.

  8. Just the ticket for a drab morning in darkest Tarporley,
    Excellent cluing throughout, failed to parse 9a-thanks Huntsman.
    Favourite was 4d when I twigged the correct anagram!,liked 20d and13a.
    Recovering from celebrating the cricket victory-what a series.

    1. I wasted far too much time writing letters all over the place, then thought maybe I’ve got the wrong letters!

  9. Just a slight pause over the echoing sounds in an otherwise straight run through. Favourite was probably the Chinese parrot for the surface read.

    Thanks to Mr Plumb, presumably, and to our golfing reviewer.

  10. Typically Tuesdayish with all the indications that it is another Anthony Plumb production – 1.5*/4.5*

    Candidates for favourite – 10a, 22a, 27a, and 20d – and the winner is 10a.

    Thanks to Mr Plumb and Huntsman.

    1. The reason why we don’t mention solving times is explained in Comment Etiquette No6

  11. I expect quite a lot of ‘nice while it lasted’ comments from the cognoscenti today. This was a widely accessible puzzle but enjoyable nonetheless. However I did wonder whether 17a ought to be hyphenated. My Oxford dictionary hyphenates it, and if that dictionary is good enough for Suzie Dent it’s good enough for me.

  12. Thoroughly enjoyable although no COTD manifested itself. A pleasant romp with the aforementioned head scratch at 5d as I hadn’t heard of that synonym before. Tuesday’s are now officially Monday’s! Thanks to Huntsman for the 5d explanation and the setter for the fun.

  13. Very straightforward but also very enjoyable. I loved the echoing sounds in 9a. Very neat.
    Thank you setter and Huntsman. Enjoy your golf.

  14. Like Jane, I too balked at the echoing reversal indicator, but otherwise reasonably Tuesdayish.
    A chaps 15a is a very personal thing and as I don’t choose those referenced in the clue that was my last one in today,
    Thanks to Huntsman and Setter – back to providing the industrial fastenings that are making Steve’s life a misery at the moment

    1. I am surprised to hear you say that SJB as I would have hazarded a guess that most men’s 15a is bought by their wives. Am I right, ladies?
      Or maybe not, in these enlightened times.

      1. Possibly but woe betide the person who buys me tango or similar strangulating thongs

          1. String vests are surprisingly warmer than you would think but I haven’t had one since Mama Bee was stopped from buying any more of my smalls about 40 years ago

  15. I’m another one who enjoyed this – someone usually says that it doesn’t have to be difficult to be fun so, whoever it is, I’ll say it this time!
    I’m not quite sure that I’ve got the point with 9a but never mind.
    I liked 1 and 22a and 16 and 7d. No particular absolute favourite.
    Thanks to the setter for the crossword and to Huntsman for the hints and pics.

  16. Found this puzzle much more an approachable than yesterday’s Campbell. No unknown words this time and smooth sailing for me in this grid. Plenty to choose from for favourites so kept it to 1/2 dozen of the best.

    1.5*/4* for me.

    Favourites include 1a,5a, 13a, 25a, 26a & 5d — with 1a the winner but it could have been any of them.

    Thanks to setter and Huntsman.

    1. I actually meant to type 13a for the winner … fingers moving quicker than brain when typing.
      Oh well!

  17. 1*/4*. I found this light but very enjoyable. Two points:
    – I’m not keen on “echoing” in 9a as a reversal indicator
    – Why is “brawls” in 15d an anagram indicator?

    Many thanks to the setter and to Huntsman.

    1. Beats me why brawls is so, RD. I can’t see it all. Maybe ‘tussles’ would have been better.

      I can understand echoing not being everyone’s cup of tea but it works for me as I love the idea of it meaning reflection.

      This level of crossword is so important for the weekly offering. Excellently crafted with some nice wordplay and not too much lego.

      My podium comprises 4d and 16d for their purity and 7d for a perfect example of a cryptic clue.

      Many thanks to the professor and The big H.


    2. There is a dance called ‘brawl’, which is mentioned by Shakespeare in Love’s Labour’s Lost (“the French brawl”), that (I think) started in France and made its way over to England in the 16th or 17th century. It is called branle (to shake) in France. If you replace ‘brawls’ with ‘dances’ in 15a, it works?

      1. It does, if that was the compiler’s intention, Sparky. Way beyond mere mortals like me.

        Still, I’ve learnt a bit of Billy Waggledagger’s work.

        1. Yes, it is a bit of a complicated answer! A more straightforward one is offered below.

    3. Having looked at the crossword hints (for which, thanks Huntsman) I notice that 16d uses the word ‘fighting’ as the anagram indicator. ‘Brawls’ (as in a rowdy punch-up) is in a similar vein?

      1. Ah, that makes more sense though I never knew that ‘fight’ was an anagram indicator.

        I wonder who decides what qualifies as one. Is there a list, maybe?

        1. There are lists, but none of them definitive. I had a quick look and found one with ‘fighting’ listed, none with ‘brawls’.

  18. A thoroughly terrific Tuesday puzzle which has restored my confidence. Tuesday is now definitely Monday in my head.
    My favourite was 20d, and I needed some help from the hints for why the answer to 9a was what it was, otherwise a painless exercise.
    Now off to hedge trim whilst the sun shines.

    Many thanks to the setter and to Huntsman for the hints.

  19. Not a lot to say, or indeed add to what’s already been said by so many: very light, enjoyable, and there was still quite a lot of coffee left in the cup. Impeccably clued, nothing left-field. Ticks afterwards to 11a, 17a, 8d & 20d.

    0.5* / 2.5*

    Many thanks to the setter and to Huntsman

  20. Thoroughly enjoyable solve. Having said that though I had the correct answer for 17d hadn’t fully- parsed it until reading the hints later. Many thanks to the setter and Huntsman. Now back to hunting for my favourite missing pen . . .

  21. Perfect for me in many ways, (a) maybe I’m not that thick, (b) loads of fun, and (c) I have a doc appointment so need to get a move on, wicki wicki! I’ll have to read the hints and comments later but I’m sure there’ll be many appreciating this friendly offering. I put “pasture” in 26a, so that held me up in the SE for a little, but 16d made me revisit it. So much to like, I find it hard to choose a fave, I loved it all.
    Thank you setter, you are a star! Thanks for the hints and tips Huntsman, I’ll read your wise words later.

  22. Very nice 😃 as Cath so rightly says it doesn’t have to be difficult to be enjoyable **/*** Favourites 17a, 15, 20d and 24d 🤗 Thanks to Huntsman, enjoy your golf, and to Anthony Plumb 🤔 No fowls today, of any variety 😬

  23. I made a good start on this guzzle – but then Lynn the Foot came and did £70 of work on our feet, not that I begrudge a penny of it because I would not like to handle other people’s feet and she did paint my toenails – so I have just returned to finish it off. This was a very friendly offering, with only 9a and 6d needing any hint. I thought the anagram at 4d was neat- hard to choose a favourite but I’ll go for 27a. The orchard in our twin village is about to reopen with plums, greengages and early apples. We had a Beauty of Bath in our garden when I was a girl and it was utterly delicious. Nothing comes close to British apples – sorry, other folks! Many thanks to setter and hinter/golfer.

  24. Now that’s what I call a great backpager, one I could do without help, or using up too much of day to finish. Suspect this might be one from the lovely Chalicea? Agree with Kath that a puzzle doesn’t have to be tricky to be enjoyable. So big thank you to the setter for not making me feel stupid, and to Huntsman.

  25. Late on parade today, having spent much time texting, telephoning and socialising, it being my 76th birthday, together with my grandson’s and sister-in – law’s birthday as well. A birthday present of a crossword, mostly straightforward apart from parsing a few clues. Thanks to Huntsman for the hints and to Mr Plumb for a most enjoyable puzzle.

    1. Happy birthday to you, Chriscross,
      Hope you’re having a lovely day and carry on the same way,
      :smile: and :rose:

    2. Happy Birthday Chriscross
      Quite a family celebration. Hope you have enjoyed a lovely day. Now I have someone on the blog who shares the same age!

    3. Late in with my good wishes, Chriscross, but hope your birthday is living up to all your expectations.

    4. Wishing you a very happy birthday, Chriscross and many more. I’ll raise a glass to you when the sun goes over the yardarm.

  26. Oh, joy! Plumb to the heart of what I needed today as had an appointment. Most went straight in but had to think a bit about some of the parsings. Not sure about a particular favourite, but 17d was a nice reminder of past glories at Wimbledon. I think 20d has to take top billing though wine not beer is my downfall. I look forward to getting Huntsman’s royalty cheque in due course for the use of the picture (not)! Thanks to him and to Mr Plumb.

  27. Super one today – fun clues that raised a smile and that went in quickly. Couldn’t parse 9a, but was only thing it could be. Must remember echoing – sound coming back to you so means reversal – nice!

  28. Good evening
    All dropped in fairly well this afty, although I did need to check the hints for the explanations of 9a and 5d.
    Thanks to our compiler and to Huntsman

  29. A truly enjoyable puzzle, not mind numbingly difficult but all the better for it. Beautifully constructed with a hint of risqué humour. A number have commented on 20d and I’m going to be controversial, beer does NOT put weight on you! The oft quoted ‘beer gut’ should actually be called a food gut as beer contains the wrong sort of calories, all 200+ of them per pint, and food doesn’t. If you want to lose weight eat less food, do more exercise and drink as much as you want. I’ve drank a lot of beer over the years and it’s never put an ounce on me. Any road up favourite was 25a. Thanks to the setter and Huntsman.

  30. This was probably my easiest ever finish, on a lunchtime stroll from work. First off, I always work through the across clues in turn and then the down clues (expecting to get more of the down clues as some of the letters are hopefully in by that point). I got 9 of the across clues and 13 of the down clues in on the first run through. I decided to go through the same (across then down in order) for the remaining clues and finished it off with this second iteration.

    A lot of quite standard formulaic clues probably helped me a lot.

  31. First opportunity to read the comments properly. Seems the guzzle was a thumbs up for most. A late in the day happy birthday to Chriscross – trust that you were spoilt rotten throughout the day.

  32. 2*/3* ….
    liked 20D “Beer enjoyed regularly initially could make you this? (7)”

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