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DT 30660

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30660

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Ottawa, where we enjoyed a gorgeous, sunny day on Sunday with another promised for today following an extremely wet Saturday.

I think the puzzle was well pitched for Monday. I only solved a handful on first pass but, once the grid began to fill, progress proceeded smoothly to completion.

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.

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1a   Aristocrat receiving tiny sum of cash for information (3-3)
TIP-OFF — an informal term for an aristocrat containing (receiving) the tiniest sum of cash possible

4a   Kind of horse box with big fan (8)
CHESTNUT — a kind of box often associated with pirates and a big fan or enthusiast

9a   Otherworldly figure follows Labour for convenience (6)
TOILET — Spielberg’s otherworldly protagonist follows labour or hard work (ignore the misleading capitalisation)

10a   Sappers sense this helps to prepare for an exam (8)
REVISION — the abbreviation for the British military corps commonly known as the Sappers followed by one of the five senses (but probably not the most commonly used name for it)

12a   Stretch in gaol – teen needing to reform (8)
ELONGATE — an anagram (needing to reform) of the two words preceding the indicator

13a   In recital, deal with baroque composer (6)
HANDEL — the name of this baroque composer sounds like (in recital) deal with or take care of

15a   Revolutionary machines in wizard’s car (7,6)
POTTER’S WHEELS — the answer could also be a reference to J. K. Rowling’s wizard’s automobile

18a   Funny Oscar Wilde isn’t short of one grand residence (7,6)
WINDSOR CASTLE — an anagram (funny) of the three words following the indicator with the Roman numeral one removed (short of one)

22a   Wisdom, say, for one such as William the Conqueror (6)
NORMAN — double definition, an English comedian and the nationality of William the Conqueror

24a   Drink with Dame Edna, after opening of bottle (8)
BEVERAGE — the initial letter (opening) of BOTTLE and the surname of the outlandish character created by Australian comedian Barry Humphries

26a   Demands for money – coins I’ve spread around (8)
INVOICES — an anagram (spread around) of the two words preceding the indicator

27a   Labour PM‘s sober, hosted by a US war general (6)
ATTLEE — a pair of letters denoting sober or abstinent are bookended by A from the clue and a Confederate general

28a   Bandmate of J Lennon leaving hotel for stronghold (8)
GARRISON — remove the letter represented by hotel in the NATO radio alphabet from the name of one of J Lennon’s bandmates (be sure to write the name in the style used in the clue)

29a   Offer money (6)
TENDER — double definition


1d   Thatcherite gutted by the Right’s restraint (6)
TETHER — concatenate the outer letters (gutted) of THATCHERITE, THE from the clue, and the single letter for right

2d   Terrible correspondent pops in with one broadcast (6,3)
POISON PEN — an anagram (broadcast) of POPS IN ONE

3d   French boat crew’s cargo (7)
FREIGHT — the dictionary abbreviation for the French language and the crew of a racing-boat represented by their number

5d   Scoundrela bit of a loafer, perhaps (4)
HEEL — double definition, the second referring to footwear

6d   North American cutting chips out for health food (7)
SPINACH — the two letters for North American inserted (cutting) an anagram (out) of CHIPS

7d   New computer technology publicity for divine female (5)
NAIAD — a charade of the single letter for new, the computer technology that is currently all the rage, and a short term for publicity or commercial message

8d   Hardy girl drinking a single litre is lacking expression (8)
TONELESS — Thomas Hardy’s protagonist surrounds a word meaning ‘a single’ and the symbol for litre

11d   Panorama the artist captures essentially (2,5)
AT HEART — the phrase formed by the first three words of the clue hides (captures) the answer

14d   Gets free hem for enormous cloaks (7)
ESCAPES — the outer letters (hem) of ENORMOUS and a synonym for cloaks

16d   Stared at compiler having had a very close shave, we hear (9)
EYEBALLED — the answer sounds like (we hear) a (1,4) utterance by the compiler that they have had a very close shave (of something other than their face)

17d   Perhaps the ruler of the river birds is showing off (8)
SWANKING — the answer split (4,4) might denote the ruler of some graceful river birds

19d   Current rules about welcoming greeting – it’s spoken in Africa (7)
SWAHILI — first, string together the physics symbol for electrical current and government imposed rules; then reverse (about) the result; finally, insert (welcoming) a short greeting

20d   Globe perhaps needing some urgent heat reduction (7)
THEATRE — a lurker, hiding (some) in the final three words of the clue

21d   Mike with energy tore off clothes, showing heavenly body (6)
METEOR — be careful how you parse this clue or you may end up with a word you can’t account for; start with the letter represented by Mike in the NATO radio alphabet, then insert (clothes) the physics symbol for energy into an anagram (off) of TORE

23d   Wander with lead for Rottweiler dog? (5)
ROVER — string together wander or roam and the initial letter (lead) of ROTTWEILER

25d   Buddhist school with love for ancient philosopher (4)
ZENO — link together one of the schools of Buddhist belief and the letter that looks like the tennis score referred to as love

My clue of the day is the well hidden lurker at 11d where I initially thought that “Panorama” must be the definition.


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  1. Lots to like in this puzzle and I agree with Falcon’s rating. The NE proved to be the last quarter in and the most satisfying but 10a,15a, 5d, 6d, 19d all excellent with 16d my COTD. Mondays did use to be a little gentler I think but this was great. Had to parse and guess 7d although one in it did ring a bell. Thanks Falcon and our setter from a soggy Tavistock.

  2. What a delightful start to the week with a good mix of the straightforward and ponderous. My LOI was 16d and I still can’t see the parsing unless I have the incorrect answer but I can’t see it being anything else. 9a with its otherworldly figure nearly became my favourite but it was rapidly overtaken by the wizard’s car at 15a, my COTD.

    Thank you, setter for the fun. Thank you, Falcon for the hints.

    A lovely sunny day in The Marches but, as I’m nursing a frozen shoulder, it will be light tasks rather than digging and mowing.

      1. I’ve had both shoulders freeze in my lifetime (very painful and frustrating). The second time I had a steroid injection and it definitely speeded up the recovery time, so hope that works for you too Manders, and would suggest Steve investigates that option too.
        I have been told that your shoulder can’t freeze for a second time so hoping that is true.

        1. Thank you both and if it doesn’t ease up I will certainly look into steroid injections. At the moment, the carers who come to look after Lesley are massaging the shoulder with loads of Deep Heat and that, along with paracetamol, seems to help.

          1. When they work, the injections are wonderful. I had them in my lower back (epidurals) for a year for my chronic sciatica. But then (a) they don’t seem to work any more, and (b) the doctor doesn’t want to do any more. But if this is your first, or second shot, I would definitely recommend. As someone who can’t take anti inflammatories, they did give me a pain free year.

    1. A massive – no gigantic – penny has just landed regarding 16d! Can I have two COTDs?
      Oh, oh I hear Kath bristling. 😳

  3. A great start to the week. Very enjoyable.

    I didn’t know the philosopher but it was easy enough to get from the parsing.

    Nearly every surface is on the money, making it a task to pick three but I’ll go with 9a, 15a and 1d.

    Many thanks to Robyn (?) and Falcon.


  4. Fine fare for a Monday, right in the Goldilocks zone. Rosettes awarded to 4&15a plus 17d.

    Thanks to our setter – another Robyn production perhaps? and to Falcon for the review.

  5. I enjoyed this … but it was much more of a challenge than I was expecting, taking a long time and some electronic assistance to finish, especially in the top-right corner. Thank you to Falcon for explaining 6d, which I’d completely failed to parse.

    A long list of potential favourites made the effort worthwhile. I think 22a’s Wisdom made me laugh the most.

    The 11-year-old and I managed our ‘Twin Peaks’ challenge of Pen-y-ghent and Whernside on Saturday. More impressively, I managed to wake up 2 minutes before my alarm, set for 04:20, so was able to slide out of bed and de-activate it without disturbing my spouse!

    Despite being the youngest by several decades, the 11-year-old kept up well with everybody else, and seemed fine both at the end of it and the following day — whereas I woke up yesterday with legs that really weren’t keen on any kind of bending! The pic is from the top of Pen-y-ghent, which we reached about 07:15. Thank you to everybody who kindly donated towards building work on community rooms you’ll probably never visit; that’s really appreciated.

    1. Well done to both of you. I have to say that the youngster looks in better ‘nick’ than you in the photo.

      1. Definitely! The 11yo probably could’ve continued on to Ingleborough — another 7 miles on top of the 17 already walked, but they were happy to stop where we’d planned to and leave that as a challenge for the future. (Also, there was apparently some kind of sport match on the telly that they were keen to get back for?)

  6. Nicely challenging for a Monday. Many good clues such as 9a that raised a chuckle. My cotd is Dame Edna. Thanks to compiler and Falcon.

  7. A superb start-of-week puzzle. Thanks to the setter and Falcon.
    I have masses of ticks including 4a, 15a and 16d.

  8. This was fun, a good level of challenge for a Monday I thought.
    7d was new GK for me, but the wordplay and checkers allowed a way in. Not a fan of 25d which I felt required two pieces of GK (though on reflection I really should have known the Buddhist school).
    My favourite was the wizard’s car.
    Thanks to all

    1. On the subject of that religious school … the late great Terry Pratchett wrote of Yen Buddhists“the richest religious sect in the universe.” Still makes me smile all these years later.

    2. I agree about 25d. Not a common philosopher to normal people. Also try googling buddhist school. There are millions.

  9. Just couldn’t get on with this needed help with 6 clues to get me over the line. Have you any idea how many baroque composers there are, the mind boggles 😂. Thanks to all.

  10. For me this was more of a challenge than a ‘typical Monday ‘, whatever that is these days, and it was most enjoyable. I was easily led down a few blind alleys and it took a long time to dissuade me of the idea that ‘revolutionary’ was an anagram indicator in 15a. The NW was the last to fall and even then I needed the hint for 1a. I was on the right lines but looking for a specific aristocrat rather than a generic term. Why does it take so long to move on when your thoughts are so obviously wrong but the idea won’t shift?. After spending so much time on 15a, that has to take top spot today with 28a and 16d sharing the podium. Many thanks to our setter and Falcon.

  11. Super puzzle, very light and straightforward. Some wonderful surfaces and plenty of humour. Nothing obscure – ie I knew all the GK! – and all the instructions were clear. Ticks all over, so shall limit the Honours Board to 5d, 16d & 28a. Indeed the only duff note to detract from the puzzle was the DT’s continuing ineptitude in failing to format a puzzle to fit on a single page when printed. Doh!

    Many thanks to the setter and to Falcon

    1. The Big Kahuna must solve her/his puzzles online, making sure the puzzle fits on one page for us dinosaurs must be the least of their worries.

  12. Somewhat curmudgeonly, today’s puzzle an example of what, for me, is becoming the new normal on a Monday and I have too many pleasant memories of the Rufus/Campbell tradition – 2.5*/2.5*

    Smiles for 1a, 6d, and 8d.

    Thanks to whomsoever and to Falcon.

  13. I thought this was spot on for a Monday with some inventive and fun clues to kickstart the week. 9a was my final entry and favourite, ahead of the popular 16d.

    Many thanks to our Monday compiler and Falcon. There is a brilliant picture of our new PM made of Marmite in today’s paper.

  14. An enjoyable solve and good start to the week with a nice amount of challenge , completed without any real holdups. I confess I was puzzling about the extra word for 21d so thanks to Falcon for explaining that. Thanks setter too.

  15. Such a busy morning for the committee with both 7d and 25d being piped aboard and ‘awarded’ places on THE LIST. Both have elected not to appeal and they have been placed into long term facilities for dysfunctional appellations. Their immediate neighbours are The Hanseatic League and archimandrites.

    A lovely family lunch yesterday in St Albans, with the day only marred by the amount of traffic on the M25 (both ways). I do wish people would be more considerate and not travel on days when H and I going out.

    Thanks to the setter and The Bird Of Prey (and Nick Newman for the cartoon).

    1. Both Aristotle and Plato, together with Euripides, Sophocles, Zorba and Melina Mercouri are putting in a very strongly worded objection because the philosopher is important in Greek Philosophy and the particular clue was used in a children’s crossword in Greece.

  16. What a wonderful start to the week with several clues that made me exclaim delightedly. 15a, and 7, 8, 16 and 17d.

  17. For me not the easiest of Mondays as I found some of the general knowledge was new to me eg 7d and 25d and some of the clues were just brilliantly knotty eg 11d my last in. There were lots I liked with 15a my favourite.

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

  18. 2*/5*. A perfect Monday puzzle to start the week with ticks all over my page. Picking a podium selection was the hardest part and, after some cogitation, my list of top picks is 15a, 1d and 3d with a special mention for the nicely qualified girl in 8d.

    Many thanks to the setter (? Robyn) and to Falcon.

  19. Mostly straightforward for me, but like SC, I struggled with the parsing of 16D until it hit me. Favourite was 16A and 4A brought back happy and sad memories of my mare, Flair.

    1.5*/4* Thanks to setter and hinter.

  20. After a slow start for whatever reason, (Hmm … brain not working due to 33C weather here on West Coast of BC …), I finally managed to get it going for what ended a typical Monday puzzle. Last area in was SE.


    Favourites 15a, 18a, 8d, 14d & 17d — with winner 8d.
    Smiles and groans as the answers came clear include 22a, 24a, 28a & 21d.

    7d & 25d are new words for me.

    Thanks to setter & Falcon

  21. A lovely puzzle producing lots of penny drops. Thought 13a was going to be a lurker until I got 7d.
    Top picks for me were 1a, 15a, 22a, 5d and 16d.
    Thanks to Falcon and the setter.

  22. Delightful kick-off to the cruciverbal week with NE (in common with other bloggers) being last quadrant to fall in line. Surely 7d is not exactly divine. 8d hung fire while I worked on wrong expression. Joint Favs16d and 5d (whilst acknowledging it’s a US term). Thank you Mysteryone and Falcon.

  23. I really enjoyed this and thought it looked as if it was going to be tricky. Had to go to the surgery this morning. We have noticed a field full of white flowers but never had time to stop and get a closer look until today. It was fantastic, absolutely huge waist high oxeye daisies as far as the eye could see – will try and add a photo. 15d my cotd. Thanks to the setter and to Falcon.

  24. It took me ages to get on wavelength, but so much fun once I was tuned in. The NE was the last holdout and I almost went in for some help, then I had an epiphany with 4a, that sent the rest tumbling down. It’s hard to choose a fave, loved 15a and 17d, but lots more amused.
    Thank you setter for the fun, and Falcon for unravelling a lot … 13a in particular!

  25. Good fun. Compliments to the setter and Falcon.
    Having read none of the books or seen any of the films, I still struggle to associate “wizard” with the young chap in 15a, who is no doubt very well known to the rest of the world. It never ceases to amaze me that so many people are prepared to queue for ages at Kings Cross station just to have their photo taken at “Platform 9 3/4”. I think I may be turning into a grumpy old git.
    Maybe this rant will help me to remember him next time he appears? Probably not!

    1. Now Shabbo, he don’t know young Potter
      At King’s Cross he’s no platform spotter
      Nor grumpy old git,
      A wise owl, to whit,
      But some say that Rowling’s a rotter.

  26. I found this to be a mixed bag, with some answers presenting themselves at once, and others requiring a lot of thought. Should have got 18a more quickly; we used to be able to see it from the bottom of our garden when I was growing up. In the far distance, we weren’t neighbors 😊. Unlike some above, I couldn’t make sense of 16d and was my LI, but COTD definitely goes to 22a. My favourite funny man from my childhood. Thanks to setter and Falcon.

  27. Agree with Shabbo as I was trying to fit in “Merlin’s wheels” but very enjoyable and learned a new heavenly body. Thank you compiler and falcon

  28. Must be me, I found this one [*** REDACTED ***]. Too much obscure ‘general’ knowledge and far too churchy.
    Sorry but not one for me.
    Thx for the hints

      1. He might be thinking of the Buddhist school, which is hardly “churchy”.
        Anyway, I think Brian comments then goes having no interest in the reactions to his comments.

  29. I’m not sure that it’s a mixed bag – I think it’s all difficult!
    I suspect its got something to do with watching too much tennis – it scrambles my brain, or at least what’s left of my brain!
    I also do think it was quite tricky although not many people agree . . . oh dear!
    Having not read anything to do with 15a I didn’t have a hope in hell with that clue.
    I liked 4 and 22a (my Mum’s favourite comedian) and 2 and 3d. My favourite was 19d/
    With thanks to today’s setter and to Falcon for the hints to the bits I wasn’t clever enough to do.

  30. Is anyone keeping stats on how many redactions Brian is logging up? I wonder if he is even aware that his comments are subjected to the red pen.
    Anyway like RD this was a ***** for enjoyment for me with ticks all over the shop. Only the parsing of 16d escapes me (I get the eye homophone) & sorry if I’m being thick but am none the wiser even after reading the hint. 28a pipped 1d as my pick of the crop.
    Thanks to Robyn presumably (if it is he & you enjoyed the puzzle there’s a fine DT Toughie & a Graun Quiptic by him from yesterday & a challenging Graun cryptic today) & to Falcon

      1. It was the one which evaded me, too. I was thinking “bawled” maybe, or a hitherto unknown usage of “balled” which meant “a close shave”, or perhaps one who attended a large dance.

  31. Could whoever redacts Brian”s comments give us a bit of fun by leaving the first letter of the word and the requisite number of asterisks? Even the DT allows us that small pleasure for ***** sake.

  32. Enjoyed this despite the dnf caused by 25d.

    I mention normal people in my reply to post #8. Normal being people who went to state schools that didn’t do philosophers. 99% of what I now know was acquired after leaving the hell that was school.

    Thanks to all.

  33. Another ‘I made harder work of this than I should have, then couldn’t see why?’ I seem to be having a few of those at the moment. Oh well! Onwards and upwards. Favourite was 28a. Thanks to the setter and Falcon.

  34. Pretty good I thought. I don’t think Brian is as thick as he makes out. NE was my last in but I finished all without aids. There wasn’t any answer that wasn’t achievable whether you had heard of it before or not eg 25d. Oddly 15a was straight in whereas 18a took me ages. I have never read any of the books and I went to visit the grand residence recently. Favourites 15a and 16d. Thanks Falcon and Robyn

  35. I really enjoyed this puzzle with the solutions revealing themselves at a steady pace. I have not read every comment but was it only me that had the clues spread over two pages when printed? If so I need to look at my settings. I also think there are two valid solutions to 17D as the birds in question already have a royal connection, they have their own page on the royal.uk website, a solution with the K being replaced by an N also seems to fit the criteria. 28A made me smile.

    1. Not just you. It is worth checking every time to see how many pages your printer says it is going to print before clicking on ‘print’

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