DT 28863 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28863 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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The main site is having severe problems which are currently being investigated by the hosting company.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Some hints follow.


1a           Escort service provider perhaps — bribe with £500 (6,6)
Nothing to do with provision of young ladies, but more to do with the servicing of Ford cars! A verb meaning to bribe is followed by the slang for a sum of £500

10a         See a book spy pocketed, not being secure (7)
This single-letter Latin abbreviation for see, as an instruction in a text to refer the reader to a specified passage, book, author, etc., for further information, is not often used in back-page puzzles – add the A from the clue and B(ook) and put them inside (pocketed) a spy

11a         Drip in hostelry coming back for lots of drinks (5-2)
A verb meaning to drip goes inside the reversal (coming back) of a hostelry like that run by Miffypops

14a         Strong wine and potatoes from Indian, they provide temporary relief (9)
A strong (fortified) wine is followed by an Indian word for potatoes (as the answer is plural and the word for Indian potatoes is a mass noun, this only works if you think of the potatoes as a two or more dishes in an Indian restaurant)

21a         Guide broadcast of person cooking spicy food (7)
I don’t know in which part of the country this sounds like a person cooking spicy food, but our setter thinks it does – what do you think?

23a         Large number move aimlessly forward round island (7)
A verb meaning to move in an aimless or confused manner and an adverb meaning forward around I(sland)

25a         Moves softly, softly forward in games (7)
The musical notation for playing softly and that adverb we saw in 23a go inside some games or matches

26a         Half-heartedly cleaning mule station (7,5)
Drop one of the middle letters of a verb meaning cleaning, typically by a “woman who does”, and add the type of animal of which a mule is an example (wot no definition by example indicator?) to get a London terminus


1d           Ran gaol cruelly as alternative to porridge (7)
An anagram (cruelly) of RAN GAOL

2d           Beg, heading off from downtown area before time (7)
The main commercial part of a town without its initial letter (heading of) followed by A(rea) and T(ime)

4d           Operatic heroine’s career’s beginning to take off (5)
An operatic heroine followed by the initial letter (beginning) of C[areer]

6d           Ban so restricts business expert (7)
The Latin word for so or therefore around a business qualification

7d           Husband cheating initially trapped by investigator, the old twister (6,7)
A five-letter colloquial word for a husband and the initial letter (initially) of C[heating] inside an investigator gives the name of the singer who popularised The Twist and Let’s Twist Again

8d           One working in the kitchen cooked sports cuisine (13)
To understand this anagram (cooked) of SPORTS CUISINE you will need to know which part of an orchestra is known as The Kitchen

19d         Song itinerant plays in company (7)
This clever anagram (itinerant) of PLAYS goes inside the abbreviation CO(mpany)

20d         Calamitous sport with oval ball in America takes over (7)
The abbreviation for one of the sports played with an oval ball is followed by IN from the clue and the two-letter abbreviation for America around (takes) O(ver)

22d         Geordie teacher got up out of bed (5)
The abbreviation for the area of England where one will find a Geordie and the common form of address for a male teacher, all reversed (got up in a down clue)

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The Quick Crossword pun: hype+potter+nus=hypotenuse (swipe with mouse to reveal)

13 Replies to “DT 28863 (Hints)”

  1. Sorry about the problems BD.
    I might have resorted to the hints for the last few but circumstances forced my hand and I had to solve without your help but thanks for all you do. 14a 6d or 3d would be my choice for the podium. Not sure I fully understood 8d until you pointed out where to look for the kitchen but anagram could hardly be anything else.

  2. Your ability to solve what seem like insurmountable problems, BD, is incredible. I thank you and I’m sure that everyone does as well.
    Enjoyable though decidedly tricky puzzle, I didn’t know many but managed to work them out and Google – such as the kitchen and second word in 1a.
    My fave is 19d ‘cos of the clip, I remember it well!
    Thanks to all and I’ll raise a glass to you later BD.

  3. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. All quite straightforward, very enjoyable. Just needed the hints to parse 10a & 8d. Was 2*/3* for me. Favourite was 3d because of the image it conjured up.

  4. I too got 8d without really knowing why but my husband who used to be director of the now defunct Cambridge Symphony Orchestra put me right. Pity about the problems I am sure you are all clever enough to sort them. I love your site!

  5. I really struggled with this one. Thank you so much for finding a way round the technical problems! Hope all is resolved soon

  6. I left three messages on the original site but they didn’t get through. Is that what the b
    Problem was? I was also getting annoying pop ups which would not go away.!

    1. 9a Encourage team with player sent off after try (7)
      Take the number of players in a football team after one has been sent off and place it after a verb meaning to try in a court of law

  7. Just a quick note to say excellent crossword for a Saturday, the old twister got my vote.
    So sad to see the site being hit again.
    Thanks to you, the setter and you again.

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