DT 28952 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28952 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello everyone.

I’m standing in for the boss today and we have a puzzle that has all the hallmarks of the regular Saturday Mysteron. Nice elegant clues with good surface readings. It was perhaps a little tougher than some of the recent ones, but there were a fair few anagrams to help you get inside the grid.

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

Some hints follow.


1a Time with teacher to frame question for difficult employer (10)
The abbreviation for time and a word for a teacher go round something meaning question to give something meaning a boss who makes things hard for you. As an extra hint, it’s also the name of a very popular satellite TV show where celebrities get put through really horrible things.

12a Senator grins wickedly about statesman’s first offence (13)
An anagram of senator grins goes around the first letter of statesmen to give a synonym of offence

14a Bearded woman finally entering American sanctuary (8)
A way of saying something is bearded is found by taking the abbreviation for American and a word meaning sanctuary. Inside this goes the last letter of woman.

17a Call up about lifting mechanism (6)
Take a word meaning shout plus the word up and reverse them to give something that lifts things.

19a Snake coffee’s trendy, reportedly (8)
The name for a type of snake is a homophone for a type of coffee and one meaning trendy.

21a On the way, like oil? (2,3,8)
An expression meaning in the way Is a location for oil at a refinery.

24a Army’s revolutionary command (5,4)
What someone in authority in the army may say to make you spin round. I had this slightly wrong as I went for the obvious answer. This is another way of saying it.

27a Steps adopted by coppers in epidemic (10)
A word for a type of rustic steps goes in side something meaning coppers (as in money) to give an old-fashioned name for an epidemic of something nasty.


1d Get to grips with missing the French food (4)
A word meaning to get to grips with something needs the word for the definite article in French removed to get another way of saying food.

3d Poor running in games meant running miles first (13)
A word for poor running of a business is an anagram (running) of IN GAMES MEANT with the abbreviation for miles at the front.

5d Man behind the counter heading off for mountain (5)
The name of the inventor of a famous radioactivity detector loses his first letter to give the name of a famous mountain.

7d Want to trap serpent that’s ill-tempered (7)
Something meaning want has a biblical name for a serpent inside to give an adjective meaning ill-tempered.

11d Not working, manipulated city’s loan fund (13)
A word often used to describe social conditions that do not work is an anagram (manipulated) of CITY’S LOAN FUND.

13d One petitions current leader of Conservatives to block overthrow (10)
Someone who petitions for something is revealed by finding a word meaning to overthrow something or someone and inserting the scientific abbreviation for electric current and the first letter of the word Conservative.

18d Deflated and sad after service that’s not quite right (3,4)
A word for the result of a poor service in tennis has something meaning sad after it to give a word meaning deflated.

23d Farm building next to empty ravine (4)
An old word for a farm building is found by taking a word meaning next to and the first and last letters (empty)of ravine.

The Crossword Club is now open.

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The Quick Crossword pun: {proper} + {gander} = {propaganda}

5 Replies to “DT 28952 (Hints)”

  1. Quite a straightforward offering today I thought. Apart from the wrong second word in 24a (own up, who else did that?), it was only the ‘man behind the counter’ that had me scratching my head.

    Many thanks to all

  2. Sorry to see the main blog is down. I was going to have a peek at a few hints to help me over the hurdle in the SW. Being forced to think for myself helped me over the line. Took a while for the penny to drop on a few.
    5d And 19a my faves today.
    Thanks Tilsit and the mysteron.

  3. Wow, I’m usually one of the last to comment, given I’m across the pond. Guess most haven’t come to,the back up site. Very much enjoyed this puzzle, if thanks to setter and Tilsit. Only needed help for 26a, stupidly going for the wrong type of air. Will remember today’s fun when I struggle tomorrow…

  4. Very enjoyable and reasonably straightforward completed at a gallop – **/***.

    I do think that there a couple of unindicated Americanisms, but it’s Saturday so I will stop there.

    Favourite – 21a.

    Thanks to the setter and Tilsit.

    1. I only noticed potentially one but that has become fairly commonly used in the UK now so no longer qualifies as an Americanism.

      Several hours ago I managed to type a comment on the main site but the site went down again immediately afterwards so I have no idea whether or not it got posted. At that time CS had managed to add her comment but she was the only one.

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