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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30462

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from Almoradí where autumn has finally arrived.  Temps in now in low twenties and it cools off very rapidly as soon as the sun goes down.

Thanks to Falcon for stepping in last week at short notice as I was otherwise engaged taking pommette to the hospital for a check-up on her arm and shoulder, which fortunately appear to be healing well.  The down side is that you now have me this week and next!

As to the crossword I thought it was a tricky little rascal, as pommette might say, but a lot of fun to solve.  I’ll be interested to see who agrees.

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           Okay seaside resort ignoring outskirts (6)
RIGHTO:  A seaside resort on the south coast without its first and last letters (ignoring outskirts).

4a           In the back of his taxi, poet’s case (8)
SCABBARD:  Start with an S (back of hiS) and follow with another word for a taxi and then a word for a poet, usually applied to Shakespeare, to get a case for a sword.

9a           Show or don’t show (6)
SCREEN:  Double definition. This word can mean to show, a film perhaps, or it can mean to conceal.

10a        Loud, a large man, one appearing in Shakespeare plays (8)
FALSTAFF:  Put together the letter for loud in musical notation followed by the A from the clue and an L(arge) and finally a word meaning to man to get a character who appears in more than one of Shakespeare’s plays (and an opera by Verdi!)..  I like this clue because the answer actually is a loud, large

11a        Add this to a drink perhaps, as thirsty, needing hot stuff (3,6)
DRY GINGER:  A word for thirsty and a spice to get something that some people add to whisky.  Spoils the whisky IMHO!

13a        Winning American crown (5)
AHEAD:  A(merican) followed by what your crown is.

14a  &  17a              Go to a launderette and divulge personal problems? (4,4,5,5,2,6)
WASH ONES DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC:  Cryptic definition.  At 26 letters this must be the longest answer I’ve ever blogged!

17a        See 14 Across

21a        Funny, very big sign initially getting overlooked (5)
COMIC:  A word for very big, often applied to the universe, without (getting overlooked) its S (Sign initially).

23a        Lead parade she organised (9)
SPEARHEAD:  Anagram (organised) of PARADE SHE.

24a        Colour of object choked by seaweed (8)
LAVENDER:  An object or aim surrounded by (choked by) some seaweed.

25a        Cheery bishop bending with ease (6)
BLITHE:  B(ishop) followed by a word meaning bending with ease or supple.

26a        Mostly overcast, grand French city (8)
GRENOBLE:  A word for overcast or dull without its last letter (mostly) followed by a word for grand or stately.

27a        Ferocious fire destroyed church (6)
FIERCE:  Anagram (destroyed) of FIRE followed by the abbreviation of the Church of England.


1d           Live on television channel (6)
RESIDE:  Two letters for on or about followed by a word for a TV channel that dates back to when there were only two of them.

2d           Up-and-under from wrong year broadcast (9)
GARRYOWEN:  Anagram (broadcast) of WRONG YEAR.

3d           Test hip, broken in worst possible place (3,4)
THE PITS:  Anagram (broken) of TEST HIP.

5d           Piano piece used originally in reworking of Cinderella (5,2,4)
CLAIR DE LUNE:  A U (Used originally) placed in (in) an anagram (reworking of) CINDERLLA.

6d           Shoot bagging leading bird (7)
BUSTARD:  A shoot on a plant around (bagging) a word for leading, as in the leading man in a play.

7d           Conscious of a conflict over energy (5)
AWARE:  The A from the clue followed by a conflict and then an E(nergy).

8d           Stay with dad, poorly, coming round following period of merrymaking in Scotland! (4,4)
DAFT DAYS:  Anagram (poorly) of STAY DAD put around (coming round) an F(ollowing).  Not a phrase I was familiar with but a couple of checkers gave the game away!

12d        Thoroughly supporting reasons for rapidly growing indication of public feeling (11)
GROUNDSWELL:  A word for thoroughly after (supporting in a down clue) a word for reasons or motives.

15d        Bronte character — check Edward’s first in list (9)
ROCHESTER:  The abbreviation of check from chess notation and an E (Edward’s first) in another word for a list.

16d        Gloomy member, strikebreaker (8)
BLACKLEG:  A word for gloomy or dark followed by one of the usual members, not an arm but the other one.

18d        Old knight upset a name in Conservative party? That’s not possible (2,3,2)
NO CAN DO:  O(ld) and the letter for knight in chess notation are reversed (upset) to get the first word of the answer. To get the other two words you need to insert (in) the A from the clue and an N(ame) into an abbreviation of Conservative and the usual two letter party.

19d        Legendary German rock singer? (7)
LORELEI:  Cryptic definition of a siren whose singing on a rock in the river Rhine lures sailors to shipwreck on the reefs.

20d        Stick plug in this place (6)
ADHERE:  A plug or advert followed by a word meaning in this place.

22d        Film second contest (5)
MOVIE:  Two letters for a second followed by a word meaning to contest or strive.

Podium today is 10a, 27a and 19d with the splendid 19d on the top step.

Quick crossword puns:

Top line:       ARK     +     TICK     +     ROLE     =     ARCTIC ROLL

Bottom line:     RHEA     +     WHIN     +     DOE     =     REAR WINDOW

113 comments on “DT 30462

  1. Just right for Monday morning and a speedy work out.
    14a a flying start. Non familiar with 2d or 8d but deduced then checked.
    Thanks to compiler.

    1. Obviously not a rugby man, then, John!! Agree with you about 8D, though. I’ve lived in Scotland for 50 years and never come across the phrase yet. Neither have any of the offspring. ‘Festive period Christmas and NewYear’ according to Chambers.

  2. I found this one rather tougher than the usual Monday offering, but maybe it’s just me with a typically woolly Monday brain.
    Will have to see the hints to see how 24a is arrived at, but all the others seemed very logical when (finally) solved.
    I have very fond memories of 26a, as I was sent there for a nine week training course in 1985, great fun, ….didn’t learn much.
    Favourite clue today was 19d, very clever. Many thanks to our setter today.
    Off now to do Saturday’s puzzle as I missed it on the day.

    1. Just seen the picture in the hints for 26a showing the téléphérique, the street below used to be full of pizza restaurants and ‘ladies of the night’

  3. 1.5*/4*. This made an excellent start to the week with 10a my runaway favourite and a special mention for 19d.

    8d was a new expression for me.

    Many thanks to Campbell and to pommers.

  4. 10a was also my clear favourite this morning from a really enjoyable clutch of clues. I thought it was a tad more difficult than a regular Monday, but all the better for it.

    Thanks Campbell and pommers.

  5. Tough for a Monday! It certainly tested one’s command of the vernacular in places. I rarely watch rugby on TV, and I’d be interested to know whether 2d is still used by commentators! Many thanks, I enjoyed that a lot.

    1. Both the 2d definition (frequently used by Eddie Waring?) and the answer (frequently used by Bill McLaren?) appear to have been replaced by ‘bomb’ or ‘box kick.’

      1. For far too many years I thought the kick was named after a famous long-retired/dead Welsh player. Felt quite foolish on discovering my mistake!

        1. Ditto! Although, in my defence, when I first heard the term during the ‘Five (yes Five) Nations’ in the 60s the Internet hadn’t been invented by Al Gore or anyone else.

          1. I’m not sure I would call a box-kick a 2d Senf. Prepared to be wrong about this, but box kicks are what the scrum half does at the back of a ruck or maul to clear the lines and a 2d is what a fly half (or another back) will do in open play ie kick and then chase after the ball (to test the metal of the waiting receiver/fullback).

            1. Your description of box kicks being by scrumhalves (usually) is correct: they are performed with your back initially to the oppo. They need not be Garryowens but are sometimes used in that way – not just for clearing lines – and increasingly so in recent times.

              I think the name derives from the Irish rugby union club, who presumably pioneered the tactic.

  6. A bit trickier than normal for a Monday but enjoyable – thanks to Campbell and pommers.
    I haven’t heard the 2d term for an up-and-under used since the great Bill McLaren put down his microphone.
    The phrase at 8d is new to me but one that I will remember.
    My ticks went to 10a, 6d and 19d.

    If you’re looking for further crossword enjoyment I recommend the splendid Dharma puzzle in Rookie corner.

  7. Unusually I didn’t particularly enjoy this ***/* for me. 1a&d were pleasant but I’m afraid I found the GK a little too obscure. Not a typical Monday. Thanks to pommers and the setter.

  8. Two new bits of GK for me today in the shape of 2&8d but thankfully the rest of the clues were reasonably well-behaved!
    Podium places given to 10&24a along with 6&19d.

    Thanks to Campbell and to pommers for the review and musical interlude. Very pleased to hear that pommette is recovering so well.

  9. It’s Monday :good: It’s Campbell :good: About the same ‘level’ as recent Campbell puzzles, he seems to have raised the bar – **/****

    Like others, 8d was a new term to me but the ‘instructions’ were clear before finishing off with e-confirmation of the ‘it has to be.’

    Candidates for favourite – 9a, 24a (part of yesterday’s pun ‘choking’ the object!), 18d, and 20d – and the winner is 9a.

    Thanks to Campbell and to pommers.

  10. Very light and straightforward, but an enjoyable start to the cruciverbal week nonetheless – a good mental limbering up for the gymnastics ahead. 14a/17a was a very helpful write-in having read the first four words, while the appearance of several familiar old friends (1a, 10a, 19d) gave useful early checking letters, including for the unfamiliar 8d, although all else was familiar and the equines barely quivered a nostril. Podium places to 9a, 1d and 15d.

    1* / 3*

    Many thanks to Campbell (presumably) and Pommers – the occasional Elgar puzzle /feels/ as though some clues have more than 26 letters, but that’s probably because he includes so many hop-around-the-grid answers as a matter of course It’s a talented setter indeed who can include such long answers as appears today, and not only construct a plausible clue, but get all the other words in the grid to play ball.

  11. I found some of the clues a little clumsy or maybe it’s just me… for 4a why “IN the back of his” – it should really be ON although I know it reads better with in… or just the back of his.

  12. I’m with NAS on this one. I got through to the end unaided but it was a struggle.

    Needed Pommers’s hints to parse a few….notably 6d and 12d.
    Having lived in Scotland for all but 13 years of my (now quite long) life, I have never heard the expression Daft Days.
    Every day is a school day.
    Liked 10a best.

    Thanks to the setter and to Pommers

    After a nice start, back to clouds and gloom again here…..chilly too.

  13. 8d and 2d were new pieces of slang to me too. I suppose the compiler has to use something really obscure to give cruciverbalists a challenge and they were gettable. I thought the 14a/17a double definition was rather clever, whilst 10a and 26a were good lego clues, the latter being geographical too. Thanks to Pommers for the hints and to Campbell for a tricky little guzzle.

  14. What a good start to the week, slightly tougher than usual for a Monday but no complaints here. Needless to say 2d was new to me. My knowledge of rugby of any ilk is about on a par with that of golf and cricket, so I’m afraid I resorted to an anagram solver which I hate to do. 14a was a given and first in yielding lots of checkers, especially helpful in solving 8d, another new, to me, phrase. I liked the two literary clues and favourite today was 10a, supported by 9a and 19d. Thanks to Campbell for the enjoyment and Falcon for the pleasure I got from listening to the wonderful Daniel Barenboim.

  15. I’m in the NAS camp too, found this tougher than usual for a Monday, and not so much fun.
    I see that there is a lot of love for 19d, but this is my least favorite type of cryptic clue, as if you don’t have the GK then there is no way in to solve the clue except an educated case once you have all the checkers.
    My favourite is 10a.
    Thanks to Pommers and Campbell.

  16. A puzzle of two halves for me, the first half went in speedily, the second half more slowly. I knew the answer to 2d but had always thought it was named after a person who invented that manoeuvre but obviously not. I am rather curious. Last Friday’s puzzle was **** for difficulty and I for one struggled with it but eventually finished. Brian gave his usual entertaining thoughts on it but later on referred to the Toughie which he apparently completed with ease. Someone further down the comments strongly chided all of us for ‘disbelieving’ Brian who, he said, was a fine upstanding citizen who, if he said he had completed the Toughie, should be believed. I suggested this person read the comments at No. 6 on the Toughie. I have looked back to see who the person was and his comment and my reply have disappeared. Can the commenter delete their comment after several days including my reply or did a moderator? If so, why? Just asking

  17. Very enjoyable and a bit more of a stretch than some Monday offerings. 2d and 8d were new to me too, but gettable from checkers and both in Chambers. Thanks to setter and Pommers. I found another pun in the quickie, was Pommers not a boy scout?

  18. I was held up by my preference for the Wodehouse version of 1a (until the old lemon throbbed).

    Thanks to Pommers and today’s setter.

  19. 2&8d unfamiliar to me too but easily gettable. I didn’t think this one somehow had the feel of a Campbell puzzle & as I didn’t know the word for gorse wasn’t even sure that there was a bottom Quickie pun until I read the comments – the Grace & Jimmy penny then dropped. 1a is a clever clue but we’ve had it before so I’ll opt for a podium of 10&11a + 19d. An enjoyable start to the new week.
    Thanks to P&C

  20. I really enjoyed this from Campbell. Nice to know I’m not alone in my ignorance of 2d & 8d but they dropped in nicely with a quick ogle-check. It’s always lovely to see the rock singer.
    Many thanks Campbell and pommers.

    1. “It’s always lovely to see the rock singer” – unless you happen to be on a boat on the Rhine! :wink:

  21. A great start to the week.

    Very happy with:

    1. The 26 letter answer

    2. 8d which I’ve never heard of. I love the first word in the expression ”Don’t be ****”

    3. To get four pieces of lego in the seven letter answer for 18d is a fine effort.

    4. The story behind 19d is duly noted.

    Not happy with:

    1. Why people don’t pronounce the third letter in 20d is beyond me. I hear it everywhere, almost as much as ”We was sat”.

    Was sat all about???

    My podium is 1a, 9a, which took me forever to get, and 5d.

    Many thanks to Pommers and Campbell.


    1. TDS65, isn’t 18d made up of six pieces of Lego? Old+knight+A+name+C+do. A very fine effort indeed.

      1. Gosh, you’re right. An outstanding effort. That has to be a record.

        I know you like words, RD. So, this may appeal….

        A vowel can be added to the end of a one syllable word to get a three syllable one. It doesn’t have to be the same vowel.

        How many can you think of? Your target is three.

        Let’s see ’em……..or anyone else for that matter.

        1. Umm …

          I got are -> area straight away, then after a bit more thought coat -> coati, but I’m struggling with a third. I’ve got to go out now, but I’ll try and come up with a third later.

                1. I’ve got loads of these word games.

                  If the punters don’t mind, I’ll do one every Monday until Chrimbo?

                  I hated that word for years but have cracked and now love it!

                  Shall I hang my head?

                    1. It’s a date!

                      If people don’t fancy it they can just scroll past the thread.

              1. Just back from the tyre dealers with my shredded tyre from Friday evening now replaced. While waiting I thought of came/cameo but i see SB beat me to it.

                I detest “Crimbo” with a passion and am absolutely horrified to see it is in the BRB. 👎

                1. It’s extremely fair that you abhor Crimbo.

                  I am embarrassed and can only apologize that I use it.

                  1. If we are allowed proper names, we can have:
                    – Rome->Romeo
                    – borne ->Borneo
                    – crime->Crimea

                    1. They work for me.

                      A tremendous effort.

                      I knew it would be right up your strasse.

                      More fun and wordy games next Monday.

                  1. I’m a disgrace….in more ways than one.

                    I hated deffo and obvs for years but have joined the club.

                    Pants as an adjective, though, will never pass my lips.

                    1. They haven’t, Jose.

                      Ide is a belter and very apt as it’s often seen in crossies.

                      I’ve never heard of stere which is top knowledge from you.

                      I know the Spanish word olé but I don’t know the one syllable word ole. Pray tell what it is….

                    2. Flashing Blade, I have to ask if your alias is anything to do with the French TV series from the late-60s which has the best theme tune ever?

                      If so, then, respect.

  22. Beaten by the general knowledge clues today,new words 2d and 8d, and for some strange reason I always thought 26a was n GB. I see you used IMHO in your 11a hint ,can you have a dishonest opinion 🤔. Thanks to all.

    1. Sort of connected with your comment and pommers humble opinion, many years ago I was instructed by a retired Church of Scotland minister on the finer points of drinking the amber nectar and as far as he was concerned adding anything fizzy was a cardinal sin!

  23. Liked all of this except 2d. As a 76-year-old woman with zero interest in sport, though I got all the across-letters that formed part of the solution, while I could see was the word intended, I failed to recognise it as an English word. Far too niche in my opinion. Only other quibble: although I got 1d, the reason for the second half of the solution is really stretching it!

    1. If it’s any consolation, Mimly, 2d derives from the name of an Irish (Limerick) rugby union club, and is (according to Wiki) “a transliteration of the Irish Garraí Eoin”. So you were quite right not to recognise it as being an English word!

  24. Well now. 2d was going to fox any of our non-sportster chums, for sure. 8d was so very nearly sent, with ignominy, to the outer reaches of THE LIST, but was just saved by the clue, which clearly indicates an anagram, and the cavalcade of checking letters that led one to the answer. I wonder if 8d is the Scottish equivalent of The Beatles ‘Mad Day Out’ in July 1968?

    In other news, it’s no surprise that I failed my Geography O Level as I always believed (until today) that 26a is firmly positioned in Switzerland. I suspect it is because of the skiing.

    Thanks to Campbell and pommers in Vega Baja del Segura.

    1. Hi Terence.

      Grenoble hosted the 1968 Winter Olympics where local hero Jean-Claude Killy claimed the Alpine Triple Crown: Downhill, Slalom & Giant Slalom.

      He is one of only two people to have achieved this incredible feat.

  25. Lots to like in this puzzle for the start of the non-work week. Some great clues in this with some great answers to them. Nice puzzle and I am going with it being a Campbell again this week.

    2*/4.5* for me today.

    Favourites include 1a, 4a, 9a, 14a/17a, 19d & 20d — with winner the 14a/17a with the very devious 19d a close second. That was brilliant.

    Thanks to Campbell & pommers for hints/blog

  26. Mondays were normally a piece of cake for me but not recently so I’ll have to wait hopefully for Tuesday for that. Needed help with 2d and 8d. Fav 19d followed by 10a and 20d. 2d and 8d new ones on me. Thank you Campbell for a pleasurable challenge and pommers for hints.

  27. Wish I could have liked this better because there were some sweet clues. 10a seems to be a favourite for good reason. The long laundrette one was amusing and 19d brought back memories. Being hit by 2 and 8 down seemed unfair. Yes, the checkers were in place but there was no moment of delight with the answer. Sorry, this sounds negative and one person’s view isn’t very important when there was so much else to like. Gratitude to all.

  28. I enjoyed this apart from the aforementioned 2 and 8d and was quietly beseeching Terence to sweep them up and add them to the list. I had to do a reveal, although I guessed at 8d I could not quite believe my Scottish grandparents ever using such a phrase. I also liked the Shakespearean clue although I thing my favourite is 14a as it is one of my favourite plants. I remember having to learn the Lorelei poem in German, still there in the untidy filing cabinet which is my brain, Am in ‘nurse’ mode as George is suffering. I would have put that in capitals but did not want to be accused of shouting. He had 4 appointments at Addenbrookes this morning beginning at 8 am followed by a visit to the dentist – he is now on antibiotics and soup. Poor boy. Many thanks to our worthy setter and to Pommers for clearing up the two problem clues.

  29. My usual Monday trouble but adding some too with the answers that I’d never heard of.
    I did like the very long 14 and 17a although it took me ages to get the last three words – dim!
    I also appreciated 10a.
    Thanks to Campbell and to pommers for the much needed hints (and a few answers too!)

  30. 2/4. Back to doable which wasn’t the case over the last several days. I wondered how 2d would go given the international mix of readers. 8d was new to me. 19d was my favourite. Thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  31. Enjoyed this puzzle. I always like a puzzle I can come back to during the day with a cup of tea. Favourites were the long 14 & 17a, 4a and 18d. Thanks to the setter and hinter.

  32. Not an encouraging start to the week. 2d and 8d get my vote for ☹️ clues. Managed most of rest, with checkers pointing the way. At least I got the 19a rock as we cruised past it in 2017. And 10a was one of the Shakespeare characters we spent a lot of time on in school. Like Terence, my geography was off in 28a. Thankfully I didn’t fall into the 14a trap of putting “your” as the second word, much more often used than the answer, at least in my experience. So not my cup of tea. Thanks anyway to Campbell, and to Pommers.

  33. Having become engaged in ‘banter’ with TDS65, I totally forgot the job in hand, ie to comment on the puzzle. A most pleasant start to the working week – for those that have to work of course. 2d was an interesting one – easy to work out, but a new word for me. 8d too – I guessed it, then Googled it and found it to be correct, but to be honest, with all my connections to and with Scotland I have never heard the expression before. I think we all could do with more daft days. If pushed to mention favourites, I think I’d go for 14/17a and 11a – although I flatly refuse to adulterate my malt whisky with any. All good fun – ta muchly to our setter and to Pommers. My sympathies are with you having to endure temps in the low 70s – brrrr, lol, lol. ;-)

  34. I really enjoyed this and thought it was Campbell being a little kinder. Natch, I didn’t know 2d or 8d; I shamelessly used an anagram solver for the former, then I used word search for 8d, and then googled to confirm. I did have a problem unravelling a few but pommers kindly did that for me. Fave has to be 10a, go with the flow, but 19d deserves an honourable mention.
    Thank you Campbell for the fun, and pommers for his parsing and the music!

  35. Of course the Oscar Wilde comment was about washing ones clean linen in public and referred to wives flirting with their husbands at dinnerparties. He was absolutely right that it was an odious habit.

  36. Lovely crossword to start the week. Never heard of 2d or 8d but both fell into place via the checkers. The 8d oddity was never uttered by my Scottish mother, much as she loved Hogmanay and all that went with it. Favourite clue had to be 19d – still familiar from my German studies and the clue made me laugh out loud – brilliant. Many thanks to all.

  37. Not on the wavelength at all today.

    About half completed and I doubt I will get any further. Kudos to those that were on the wavelength.

    Thanks to all.

    1. Just went through the answers and it appears you have to be Scottish rugby fan who likes classical piano music. I am none of the above so found 2d, 5d and 8d impossibly obscure.

      One man’s obscure is another’s common knowledge it would seem.

      Failed to solve 7 clues and couldn’t parse 4.

      Again, thanks to all.

  38. I remember vaguely the days of only 2 tv channels, a great clue and equally good hint! Thank you compiler and Pommers

  39. Not so keen on this because of the need for (tome at least) obscure GK to solve it – as a result needed some help from Mr Google to complete.,,.

  40. Greetings from North Norfolk where we are birding/walking for a week. Glorious weather today. Fingers crossed for the rest of the week.
    A most enjoyable puzzle. 5d my favourite.
    Bring a rugby man, 2d was a write-in. Good clue as well.
    Like others I did not know 8d but it was fairly clued.
    Thank you setter and Pommers.

    1. Welcome to my beautiful part of UK Shabbo. Have you been to Wells Crab House yet? Hope you come and visit the very first Wildlife Trust here in Cley. Recommend good, cheap lunchtime grub.

  41. I hadn’t heard of the legendary rock on which a siren lured fishermen to their deaths and you can’t answer the clue if you don’t, so had to put the checkers into a word search to find it. Hadn’t heard of a 2d either although I knew it was an anagram and the answer meant ‘up and under’, so looked that up. I also hadn’t heard of 8d, but could piece it together from the clue. Otherwise, I managed ok, although it was difficult enough to test my patience.

  42. Like others I didn’t know the origin of 2d and wondered why it was one word anyway I do now, I’ve just looked it up. Hadn’t heard of 8d, who has, but fairly clued. No hold ups anywhere else. Favourite was 14/15a, I got it straight away but it was a sterling effort by the setter. Thanks to Campbell and Pommers.

  43. Good evening
    Back to work today and it’s Monday. Ergo, today’s crozzie is easy, isn’t it? Er..no! Note to self: do not fall into the trap of assuming Monday’s crozzie is easy. Beware the sin of hubris!
    You will perhaps gather from the time of posting that it’s been a bit of a slog! I had to recall 8d from the deep recess of memory; 2d I guessed and had to look up; 19d was the same story. 24a is COTD.
    Thank you to our setter and to Pommers

  44. Didn’t like 2D att all. Never heard the expression or of Gary Owen but then I never watch team sports. On reflection I may have heard the term from an impressionists take on Eddie Waring.

  45. Finished the puzzle before the whisky but had to seek help for 19d which I’d not heard of. Not heard of 8d either but the answer was clear from the checking letters. Thanks to Pommers.

  46. Completed very late, I too did not know 2d, 8d or 19d, so I have learnt something. Otherwise some great clues.

    Many thanks to Pommers for the explanations and to Campbell

  47. You lot are incorrigible, and very funny.

    Nice start to the week. I didn’t know about the up-and-under either.

    Thanks Campbell and Pommers.

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