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DT 30542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30542

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa
Another beautiful summer day for us here. Just what we need for a painting project that we have on at present. We are tackling it in ‘bite sized pieces’ suitable for painters of advancing years and hope to have family joining us at the weekend, paint brushes in hand, ready to take care of the high and hard to reach bits.
Today’s work schedule was happily interrupted so we could solve and blog this puzzle along with the Quickie pun which we think is especially excruciating.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Tenerife can’t supply a place for surfing (8,4)
INTERNET CAFE : An anagram (supply) of TENERIFE CANT.

9a     Held spellbound in door number four? (9)
ENTRANCED : A door or way in, then what would be number four for things listed alphabetically.

10a     A long letter dropped in East London (5)
AITCH : ‘A’ from the clue and a strong desire.

11a     Confused personnel entering urban area (6)
THROWN : An urban area smaller than a city contains the two letters for what used to be Personnel Management.

12a     Bikes going round Oregon’s borders in strong winds (8)
CYCLONES : Two-wheeled transport contains the first and last letters of Oregon.

13a     Insist Parisian’s very charming quality comes back (6)
ASSERT : Reading right to left we have the French word for very and the two letters used for erotic attraction.

15a     Sun running British reporter’s experiences in short feature (4,4)
SNUB NOSE : An anagram (running) of SUN, then B(ritish) and a homophone (reporter’s) of experiences or becomes aware of.

18a     1,000 boats by British isle for a 28 Across? (8)
MARKSMAN : One of the letters used for 1,000, then the boats we associate with Noah and the British Isle with Douglas as capital.

19a     Scrape pan from Asia, turning to wife (6)
KOWTOW : The reversal of a cooking pan from Asia, then ‘TO’ from the clue and W(ife).

21a     Very calm about publicity for love song (8)
SERENADE : A word meaning very calm contains publicity or a poster.

23a     Ex-president of America beset by terrible anger (6)
REAGAN : An anagram (terrible) of ANGER contains A(merica).

26a     Start working with TV or radio, say (5)
ONSET : The two letter working or in operation and another name for a TV or radio.

27a     English people at discos — they make an impression (9)
ENGRAVERS : The abbreviation for English as a language and then people having fun at discos.

28a     Sky viewer may see this celebrity after making film (8,4)
SHOOTING STAR : A word for using a camera and then a celebrity.


1d     Sloth, one in a tree, almost moving (7)
INERTIA : The Roman numeral one is followed by an anagram (moving) of IN A TRE(e) with the last letter removed.

2d     Coach from Timbuktu to Rabat (5)
TUTOR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

3d     Raise children with guardians in a retrograde way (9)
REARWARDS : Raise or nurture and children in the care of guardians.

4d     A head teacher’s part (4)
EACH : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

5d     Rotter, very anxious, carrying clubs in a bag (8)
CADDYING : A three letter rotter and very anxious or ‘in extremis’.

6d     Lacking strength, don’t pass around river (5)
FRAIL : Don’t pass an exam contains R(iver).

7d     As well as tucking into Guinness, maybe distinguish oneself (5,3)
STAND OUT : A conjunction meaning as well as is inside what Guinness is an example of.

8d     Morally pure Conservative rushing around? (6)
CHASTE : The single letter abbreviation for Conservative and then undue speed.

14d     Shocking event stirred up Spurs’ ire (8)
SURPRISE : An anagram (stirred up) of SPURS IRE.

16d     Loudly deride dessert getting stick in Australia (9)
BOOMERANG : Loudly is a homophone indicator for verbally deride, and then an egg-based dessert.

17d     Ms Toksvig and I in Californian city (3,5)
SAN DIEGO : The QI presenter who succeeded Mr Fry and a word, straight from Latin, for I.

18d     One brings luck, heading for motor racing venue (6)
MASCOT : The first letter of motor and a horse racing venue.

20d     Empty talk mostly painful for royal family (7)
WINDSOR : Empty talk or bombast and a synonym for painful without its last letter.

22d     Weight lifted by children or Mark (5)
NOTCH : The reversal of a heavy weight and the abbreviation for children.

24d     Invitee speculated on the radio (5)
GUEST : A homophone (on the radio) of speculated or had a stab.

25d     You heard American soldier eating large fruit (4)
UGLI : The letter that sounds like ‘you’ then an American soldier surrounds L(arge).

15a is our favourite today.

Quickie pun    jog    +    rough    +    fee    =    geography

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  1. I found this a bit of a tussle until it wasn’t. I found quite a few needed the bonce to be scratched but all were fairly clued I thought. Loads of Stevie Ticks all over the paper such as door number four at 9a and the Guinness at 7d but my COTD is the British reporter at 15a.

    Thank you to our Wednesday setter for the fun. Thank you 2Ks for the hints. I agree with you about the Quickie pun – very groan worthy!

    Back to wind and rain in The Marches. The ground can’t take any more water.

  2. 2*/4*. A lovely Wednesday puzzle, which was light but very enjoyable from start to finish.

    My podium selection was 1a, 15a & 16d.

    Many thanks to the setter and to the 2Ks.

  3. Not too taxing for me today, but enjoyed the puzzle overall.

    I liked the 28a/18a pairing, the humour of 16d and the clever 9a (probably old chestnuts but new to me).

    1. I disagree re 28a/18a. I don’t like clues linked in this way. I don’t think we should have to solve one clue before attempting another.

  4. Excellent fare today. I enjoyed the link between 18 & 28a and 10 was brilliant and my COTD. All the clues flowed oiled by the anagrams. A great */**** with thanks to the 2K’s and our setter.

      1. Thanks for giving me a fab idea there, I might use “number two” to define a certain group of three letters in a clue 💩

      1. Cluing a D on its own as simply “number four” would indeed be awful — but that isn’t what this clue does: as Falcon points out above it’s the entire phrase “Door number 4” which is turned into the phrase ending in D, and it’s much more reasonable for those to be equivalent than it would be just to claim 4 = D.

  5. A bit more testing than the last couple of days but still straightforward; good surfaces, nice variety of clue types, anagram numbers kept admirably under control, the little GK required all very basic, and while I still have reservations about 15a and 8d, there are plenty of ticks elsewhere for the positives to considerably outweigh the negatives. Podium places to 10a (timely and amusing given the debate in these columns yesterday), 7d & 20d, with 19a bringing up the rear.

    2 / 3

    Thank you to the setter & the 2Ks

  6. A perfect midweeker. Concise constructions with some nice variations. Something for everyone, me thinks.

    It took me a while to get ‘very anxious’ which slowed me down in the NE.

    My podium is 1a, which I loved, 15a and 27a.

    Many thanks to the setter and the 2 Ks.


  7. An enjoyable, fairly gentle, puzzle today. I had more problem with the quickie. I don’t suppose I’ll be the only person who confidently inserted ‘megawatt’ for 2d, only to struggle with the pun, which was definitely groan worthy when I got there. Back to the cryptic I loved the 19/28a combo and the pressman with the unfortunate hooter. I couldn’t fully parse 13a – obviously getting too old for abbreviations of an erotic nature – I’ll put it in the memory bank. Favourite today was 19a supported by 27a and 22d. Thanks to our setter and the 2 Kiwis.

  8. Two stars for difficulty? well not for me my antipodean chums.
    That was about as hard as juggling soot underwater, with a blindfold on. Got there in the end through sheer bloody-mindedness and the fact that it’s chucking it down here in Sandhurst, so can’t even venture out for the daily walk yet. Some great clues nonetheless, with my favourites today being 28a and the wonderfully underhand 18a which was truly brilliant. Many thanks to our sadist today, great fun!

  9. A brisk & extremely enjoyable solve. Can’t recall seeing number 4 used this way in wordplay before (& can’t say I care for it) but that was the only head scratch. ✅s for 1,13,19 & 18/28a along with 3,16&20d with top spot easily going to the derided dessert homophone.
    Thanks to the setter & to the 2Ks.
    Ps The Toughie is very approachable too.

  10. I am increasingly finding that my favourite clue tends to be an anagram, and such is the case today, with the excellent 1a taking top spot. Unlike others, I liked the novelty of 9a too. Great fun.

    My thanks to our setter and the 2Ks.

  11. Nice to see a name check for me today.
    Mainly a nice crossword with the exceptions of the charming quality at 13a and dying at 5d.
    Favourite has to be 16d

    Thanks to the setter and to the 2 Kiwis…..good luck with the paintbrushes

  12. I had a bit of an issue with 16 D, and I’d be glad if someone could set me straight. “Loudly deride dessert“ – I can see that the “loudly“ indicates a homophone for the dessert, but the “deride” seems to me to be normal usage, so I found the “loudly” somewhat confusing as it referred to the next word along. I have explained that extremely badly! Any guidance gratefully received.
    I found the puzzle delightful by the way – it was just that this was more puzzling than the rest…

      1. G. I still don’t get it. The two word phrase (3,8) comprises a synonym/homophone, not a homophone/homophone (see my comment at #37). Can you please explain in a more elementary way (if possible)?

          1. Yes, I get that (obviously), but thank you – it is a more elementary explanation. To me, the answer comprises a synonym of deride + a homophone of a type of dessert. I think my brain must have been incapapeble of processing the simplistic notion that boo is a homophone of BOO. But, of course, it IS! Thanks again – I’ve made peace with myself (albeit reluctantly).

            1. Aaaaaaaaaah. Penny dropping moment! Thanks so much everyone, and Jose for the boo/BOO pointer! I WILL sleep tonight after all…

          2. Incidentally, it always amuses me when people refer, somewhat disparagingly, to those things as “sticks”. They are (or were originally) expertly/precisely crafted and decorated wooden weapons.

  13. Utterly charming with spot-on surfaces (almost) throughout. 1a reads brilliantly, 10a is fun and 15a is just brilliant. I do question the surface in the otherwise superbly built 19a and perhaps 15a and 18a are slightly too “British” but this was simply delightful. Many thanks to the setter and the 2Ks.

  14. Very enjoyable with lots of variety, just right for mid week I thought. Last to fall was 18a. My favourite was also 1a but I also liked the 18a/28a combo.

    Many thanks to the setter and to the 2 kiwis for fitting in the hints between painting exploits!

  15. My brain must be befuddled by the Birmingham traffic challenges. Collecting granddaughter from college (4.5 miles each way) took 2.5 hours yesterday and today’s morning delivery 1.25 hours. How glad I am to be living in the countryside. Only another 5 college days thank goodness, before her parents return, then I can sneak back to paradise.
    Oh yes, the crossword. As stated, my brain wouldn’t get into gear, so I needed help. 15a, 18a and 18d eluded me, but of course they are quite straightforward. Loved 19a.
    Does a 1a still exist anywhere?
    Many thanks to setter and out friends down under.

  16. I did better on this than Monday and Tuesday’s. I had to resort to the hint for 18a which elicited a loud groan when I got it, very clever pairing I thought. Thanks to all.

  17. Something of a curate’s egg for me which, somewhat unusually, required two sittings – ***/***

    Candidates for favourite – 19a, 7d, and 16d – and the winner is 16d.

    Thanks to whomsoever and the 2Kiwis.

  18. This was not a particularly difficult guzzle but somehow it wasn’t really my cup of tea. The 1a anagram was food and the28a Lego clue was appealing, though the relationship to 18a seemed a bit tenuous. Thanks to the Kiwis for the hints and good luck with the DIY woekung party. Thanks to the compiler also.

  19. Stared at 15a for a long time and then some more! That earns a place on the top step with the amusing 19a just behind it along with the very neat 18/28a combo.

    Thanks to our setter and also to our 2Ks for the review – hope the paint job doesn’t take too long!

  20. This was very easy until it wasn’t. Thought I would have another Wednesday crossword under my belt but came to a sudden halt and found i needed the hints for the last few.

    Thanks to the 2Ks who presumably are still painting, or not as the case may be. Thanks to the setter for a fine challenge. Favourites are 1 and 9a. “Your room is D on the second floor, sir.” is no longer used due to the illiteracy of the general population. Being faced with a numeric and alphabetic instruction causes meltdown in the brain and loses custom.

  21. Is it just me or did anyone else find this a bit weird? Very enjoyable but needed a slightly different mindset.
    Thx to all

  22. Why are the down clues so often the easiest to solve? And knowing that, why don’t I start with the verticals? Not a single across clue was solved on the first run through, but once some downs went in it all fell nicely into place. A very pleasing puzzle.

  23. I got 4d as a lurker but still don’t see the definition. Probably just me being dense but can anyone explain? Please!
    Otherwise a lovey crossword. Thanks to the setter and the 2Kiwis

        1. I think it’s preferable, but not obligatory, that lurkers should straddle more than one word. What’s frowned upon is the lurker appearing at one end or other of the fodder, e.g. if the answer here were ‘hidden’ in ‘overreach’.

    1. Brian realised after reading your comment re the Quickie that I too had not noticed the starting letter ‘l’ was lowercase and should have been read as a capital I.

  24. I am slightly intermittent and so may have missed an event but does anybody know if Stephen L another Devonian is still a contributor? I haven’t seen his name for a while. Apologies if I am treading on delicate ground.

    1. No you’re not. He’s now a DT Toughie setter (under the pseudonym of Dharma) & has had 2 excellent guzzles published to date. As a result he is not allowed to review his fellow setter’s work or to pass comment on them presumably. He does pop in & review the odd NTSPP puzzle though.

      1. Getting promoted from Rookie’s Corner to Published Setter is the individual’s silver lining to our dark cloud of loss. It’s bad enough that contributors such as Silvanus & Stephen may no longer post on the general blogs, but there are also a number of Rookies making their way through whom it would be a great shame to lose from the daily commentaries!

        1. Wow. Well done him and thank you for your prompt response chaps. Always thought he had it in him. I am but a child in these matters but what fun!

          And I don’t live in Paris😳

        2. I get that they’re not allowed to review or post critical comments but I’m a bit surprised they can’t post complimentary reviews. Silvanus was a setter when I discovered the blog but I certainly miss Stephen’s daily insights.

  25. Some gems eg 15 and 19a
    and 20d.
    Loved the Lego 18a and
    The lurker 2d.
    Smiled at the latter’s
    Puzzle correctly placed
    In the week’s
    Upward difficulty trajectory.
    Thanks to the setter and
    The 2Kiwis.

  26. Good fun for a damp Wednesday. 1a fell in on first glance, but do they still exist in the era of smartphones? That said I thought 19a was clever with18a and 16d completing the podium. Thanks to the compiler and 2K’s.

  27. Found this relatively straightforward completing without needing hints with some great clues that made me smile. Namely 15a 18a , 16d and my cotd 10A. Thanks to the setter and 2Ks .

  28. Another Wednesday puzzle that was not too taxing this week again. Lots to like and a few head scratchers.
    All good fun.


    Favourites include 1a, 10a, 18a, 27a & 7d — with winner 18a.

    Thanks to setter and 2K’s for hints/blog

  29. A peculiar but enjoyable crossword (I agree with Brian!). Solved without help but had to look above to understand ‘number four’ from 9a – I can see that I was not alone in my puzzlement.
    I feel rather sorry for any entrepreneurs who purchased long leases to set up 1As. Their businesses totally wiped out by smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Rtaher like people who invested in penny-farthings.

    17d was mildly rude to me in the Tudor Rose tearoom in Guildford High Street. Not that I’m holding a grudge. It was the summer of 1998.

    Note to Andy Hintsman – I REALLY enjoyed that Van duets album. Thanks for the tip.

    Thanks to the setter and The Twokays

    1. Made me think of my former legal partner who said the Fax would never catch on. It did of course and was a godsend until it was superseded. Then there was the story of Counsel who said to the Judge Fax it up? Which elicited the response Yes it does rather.

  30. Thoroughly enjoyed this, some nice misdirections – surfing! Short feature. I think 19a has to take top place, very smart. I thought the whole thing sparkled, which was just what I needed as I’m feeling rather low. It has turned cold and very wet again, I have a gaggle of ladies coming to tea tomorrow with the stress of tidying, cleaning and making cakes. Why on earth did I say I would do it? Many thanks to Messrs Setter & Twokays for the diversion. PS thanks to ALP for pointing to yesterday’s toughie which tackled during a sleepless night. A satisfying solve.

  31. A very nice midweek puzzle; about average in every respect. Favourite: 7d. 2.5*/3.5*.

    *What’s wrong with 9a? Using counterpart headings from numerical/alphabetical lists is a perfectly reasonable/appropriate device to use in a cryptic clue, surely.

    *Originally, I did have 16d as my favourite but after a reappraisal I now have a bit of a problem with it (possibly another brain-freeze/senior moment). It seems that the homophone indicator (loudly) is in the wrong position. The first 3 letters of the answer don’t need the indicator, but the last 6 letters do. Wouldn’t loudly be better placed after (or even just before) “dessert”? To me, “Loudly” appears to be indicating (unnecessarily) that deride is the verbal form of derision and then indicating the homophone of a type of dessert. Putting it another way, “Loudly” is doing double duty because “Loudly deride” is a 2-word synonym of BOO and “Loudly” is also acting as the said homophone indicator for the type of dessert.

    1. Jose, I think 16d is a great clue. I took “loudly” to be the homophone indicator for the phrase “deride dessert”, i.e.; “boo meringue”.

      1. Yes, absolutely, that’s how I parsed the clue originally and most people are happy with that. But it would have been better as a synonym of deride + a homophone of a type of dessert. Let’s think philosophically about it.

        A synonym of dessert is meringue and a homophone (loudly) of that is “MERANG”. That is perfectly OK.

        A synonym of deride is boo, but we require a homophone (loudly) of boo – and that is BOO!

        So, if loudly is the homophone indicator for the whole, the parsing would go as: Deride = boo (synonym) = BOO (homophone) + dessert = meringue (synonym) = MERANG (homophone).

        That leaves us with the unlikely, clumsy, and rather simplistic device that BOO is a homophone of boo!

        For me, that is the problem with having “Loudly” at the beginning of the clue. If we needed solely a synonym of deride in the answer, it would be fine.

        1. Jose, I think the clue works better as written, because “boo meringue” is undoubtedly a homophone of the answer, but it’s far less clear whether “meringue” is a homophone of “merang” — mainly because “merang” isn’t a word, so doesn’t really have a pronunciation. (Or, conversely, that sound doesn’t have a definitely spelling.)

          Of course it’s likely that if somebody named something ‘Merang’ (possibly a friendly robot in a sci-fi novel?) that we’d all pronounce it like that. But English spelling and pronunciation are so convoluted that it isn’t always possible to assign a spelling to the pronunciation of part of a word — nor to assign a pronunciation to part of its spelling that is a proper subset of the entire word’s pronunciation.

          So it’s far better if homophones consist only of whole words. Which in this case, because the answer is a single word, means that the ‘other side’ of the homophone needs to be the entire 2-word phrase that sounds like it. Hope that makes sense?

          1. Thank you S, but I think you’ve made it even more complicated/confusing. Boo meringue is undoubtedly a homophone of BOOMERANG, but that includes the rather jejune device: boo is a homophone of BOO! That is simply the only point I’m making.

            1. Jose,
              If this were a Quickie Pun, would you have a problem with it? Not unlike the “door number 4”, one must look at “boo merinque” as an entity and not try to analyze the components independently. I would also suggest that there is not a one- to-one replacement of BOO for BOO but rather BOO MERINGUE becomes BOOM-ER-ANG.

    2. This reminds me of a very funny skit in Hamish & Dougal from I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Spoken in a very broad Scottish Highlands accent:
      “Here we are. A cup of tea. A meringue?”
      “No you’re right, that’s a cup of tea all right”

  32. Agree with Daisygirl that 19a was very good. It takes a few clues and answers to get into the setter’s mind. That is part of the fascination. Today, it became evident that our setter could be very tricky so a round of applause for a splendid puzzle. Thanks to all.

  33. Having just finished yesterday’s toughie, I embarked on what I thought might be a walk in the park. Not at all !. I didn’t like 15 , even though the first part made sense and was obvious.3d was rather clumsy and 5d somehow eluded me and I had to look at the hints. And more infuriating because I do play the game , very badly.
    16d and 18a very good. 16 wins by a nose.
    Thanks to all.

  34. Yes, Brian, definitely a bit weird in places, but once I was on wavelength I thought it a lot of fun. I tried so hard to find a place in E London at 10a, but wasn’t that clever? The NE was my last quarter in, for 15a I had to use a word search. I’ve never heard of Ms Toksvig, a bit parochial I think, I had to google that. There was so much that I liked, 18a did stand out, as did others.
    Thank you setter for the entertainment and the 2Kiwis for unravelling some. My house walls are 16′ high, I also need a paint job, but I have to mortgage my soul o buy that much paint. Talking about google, they’ve charged my CC three times in as many days, total $42 for something I’ve never heard of. Ever tried calling google? I don’t recommend it.

    1. Ever tried calling google? Of course! My cat’s called Google and every evening I go to the back door and call: “Google, Google! Are you there? Here pussy, pussy …” :-)

      *Was it worth it?

    2. It might be worth checking with your bank. Some scammers take small amounts from your account, hoping you won’t notice, and then continue to increase the charge (or variations on that).

      1. Yes Merusa, deal with it through your bank, not Google. Sheila is absolutely right, my mother had this happen recently with PayPal. Immediate suspicion is this is an app transaction/subscription, so check whether you’ve signed up to anything. But do check as a stranger could be using your card details on Google Play.

  35. I rather enjoyed this one today, a good steady solve, and I had no problems with any of the clues. I must have been right on wavelength as everything fell into place with no need for help. Doesn’t happen often for me, so I will enjoy it while I can. I would need to head my head in shame if I didn’t get 15a as I have one! Thank you very much to the setter and to 2Kiwis.
    We are “enjoying” another unusually cold day in South Florida but no doubt the tourists are braving it out on the beaches while we huddle indoors in our jumpers 😊.

    1. I remember a business trip to LA in February and walking on Santa Monica Beach on a cool (by California standards) day very comfortable dressed in T-shirt and shorts. The locals were wearing jackets, toques, and mittens.🙂

          1. Having heard of neither bob hats nor toques, it appears the translation from each into British English is:

            bob hat = bucket hat
            toque = bobble hat

            Easy to see how ‘bob’ and ‘bobble’ can be confused!

            1. S. F’s link (above) is an excellent photo of a bob (or bobble hat) – see my comment at the base of this thread. You must have seen hundreds of them.

              1. Oh. When I searched for “bob hat” (not having heard the term before), the results were things like this — which is nothing like a bobble hat:

          2. Actually, I seem to remember that Queen Alexandra always wore a TOQUE and it certainly didn’t have a bobble. I have a fur one from way back in the 60’s. How on earth did it morph into a bubble hat.

          3. F. Your photo is a perfect example of a bob (or bobble) hat! The ones without the bobble (woollen ball) on top are also known as beanies.

  36. Morning all.
    When we first solved 16d we thought that BOO was ‘Loudly deride” and the rest lacked a homophone indicator so looked again at how the wordplay was put together. We then decided that we had been cleverly misled by the clever setter after all, and really appreciated the clue. Looks like others followed the same path.
    Another fine day coming up so another tranche of painting is on the schedule.

  37. After 3 passes and more time than it took me to complete last Wednesday’s backpager, I have a grid that’s exactly half full: every single clue in the bottom half (acrosses 18 onwards and downs from 14 onwards) and not a single one in the top half.

    I often have more gaps in some areas than others, but I don’t think it’s ever been as distinct as this before. 28a is my favourite so far. I’ve got to go out now and shuttle a child from dancing to Brownies, but thank you in advance to the Kiwis — I’m almost certain I’ll be needing your hints when I return.

    1. Well, I got there in the end. Thank you to the Kiwis for help — of which I required more than I did with Tuesday’s Serpent Toughie, so For Me℠ [Senf-mark] this was harder than that. Or, at least, the top half was!

      I’ve now added 9d’s “a head” to my list of potential favourites, with 9a’s “door 4” being my pick of the day. Thank you to the setter

  38. Fairly blew through this – almost a R&W and only a couple of clues took a minute or two to decipher. Nevertheless, very enjoyable, cleverly constructed and right up my alley so */****

    Thanks to the setter and 2Ks.

  39. Always sad when someone leaves the blog with ill feeling.
    My solving pattern is all over the place but I always read the review and comments on completion out of respect for this wonderful site.
    Do come back MikeP. You’ve been around for such a long time.
    If only everyone was as resilient as Brian.
    Needed help with 15a.
    Thanks to the setter and to 2Ks for the review.

  40. Don’t know why not but this wasn’t one of my fav DT cruciverbal challenges but did manage to work my way through it just needing some help with 18a probably because those boats didn’t occur to me. I will be interested to know who the setter is but thank you to him/her anyway and also to the 2Kiwis.

  41. Another enjoyable puzzle. 1a was an easy anagram today which is a confidence booster as we progress through the week. I dithered over 9a re number four but it couldn’t have been anything else. Ditto 15a. Re 16d I can’t get my head round a boomerang being referred to as a stick. Failed to get 18a despite 4 checking letters. Despite my comments there was lots to like. Many thanks to the setternand the 2Ks.

  42. Nice midweeker. Liked 9 and 27a, equal faves. Had no problem with 9a’s no 4; having lived in and around apartment complexes for 50 years have got used to a huge variety of numbering systems!
    Was pleased with 17d, as remembered her first name by working back from the city! Long time no see!
    Many thanks to Setter and to the 2Ks, particularly for explaining what the reporter was doing in 15a!

    1. That’s such good news, Steve, what a relief for both of you. I do hope the care package that’s been put in place works out well. Please give Mrs C our very best wishes.

    2. Now that is excellent news! My very, very best to her, and now looking forward to her speedy recovery back in her own surroundings!

    3. Congratulations, to both of you.

      According to our 9-year-old’s calendar, tomorrow is “single-tasking day” — sounds ideal for avoiding trying to do too much!

      (Today, in case anybody’s wondering, was sticky bun day. I bought some from the Co-op on the way back from the school run.)

  43. A nice mid week puzzle 😃 **/**** Favourites 10a, 19a and 17d. Thanks to the Compiler and to the 2x Ks 👍 Off to wrestle with the Quickie 😬 Three in a row 🤗 most unusual!

  44. I enjoyed today’s crossword but this is the only comment I’ve got the energy to do after reading through all the comments – SO many!
    Thanks to whoever set this one and to the 2K’s for the hints.

  45. Good evening

    All done except one as of two hours ago: try as I may, the answer to 15a just wouldn’t come! So I went to the tried and tested method – go away and do something else, and let the subconscious do its thing. And sure enough, 15a dropped in!

    COTD: 1a is runner up, and for the misdirection involved, 19a takes it.

    Many thanks to our compiler and to 2Ks.

  46. Second time this week I have bombed on the crossword.

    Solved less than half before conceding defeat. Can’t say I enjoyed what I could solve.

  47. As I nodded off three quarters of the way through this speaks volumes. I didn’t like 18a and I still don’t understand 13a not one for me I’m afraid. I’ll leave it there.

  48. 2*/4* …
    liked the18A “1,000 boats by British isle for a 28 Across? (8)”
    and 28A “Sky viewer may see this celebrity after making film (8,4)”

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