DT 29096 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29096 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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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.

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

Some hints follow.


1a           Breakfast for rascal breaking into a run? (7,3)
This is the king of breakfast that might be eaten by a rascal who has broken into a chicken run

6a           Perhaps overheat article after both taps run (4)
The indefinite article follows the letters that appear on both taps and is followed by R(un)

13a         Corrupt, displaced from cabinet, apparently? (7)
As (2-5) this could (apparently) mean displaced from an office cabinet

18a         Stable‘s water source and cable repaired (4-8)
A water source is followed by an anagram (repaired) of AND CABLE

23a         Raise status of East German city taken over by the French (7)
E(ast) is followed by the reversal of a German city and the French definite article

24a         In the red lippy, cuddling Victor (9)
An adjective meaning lippy or disrespectful around the letter represented by Victor in the NATO Phonetic alphabet

25a         Complaint filled out orally (5)
… orally is a homophone indicator here

26a         Bloody Mary’s knocked mum out after work (4)
Start with MARY, remove (knocked … out) a word meaning mum and put what’s left after a two-letter word meaning to work – yes, it took me a while to unravel that one!

27a         Praiseworthy, like money paid into one’s account? (10)
A sort of cryptic definition of being like money paid into one’s account


1d           It’s said to help one get parking with tenancy (6)
P(arking) is followed by a tenancy

3d           Trouble with grit in night heater (3-5,6)
Some trouble (3,5) followed by some grit or nerve

4d           Diamonds are dealer’s lead — fiendish or foolhardy? (4-5)
A charade of D(iamonds), ARE from the clue, the initial letter (lead) of D[ealer] and an adjective meaning fiendish

8d           Local is No.1 in America after cutting piano intro (8)
The office held by the top person in America without the initial letter (intro) of P[iano]

15d         Happy not working, gripped by decent novel (9)
An anagram (working) of NOT inside an anagram (novel) of DECENT

17d         Skin lotion that needs 6 seconds to penetrate (8)
Listen very carefully, I will ….. – start with synonym of an alternative meaning of the answer to 6 Across and then insert (to penetrate) S(econds) – don’t blame me, I’m only the messenger!

20d         Dead rousing session putting up beacon — rake ash now and then (6)
The alternate letters (now and then) of three words in the clue reversed (putting up in a down clue)

22d         Gather son’s put on top and fleece (5)
A verb meaning to gather or be informed preceded by S(on)

The Crossword Club is now open.

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The Quick Crossword pun: {Roc} + {inch} + {heir} = {rocking chair}


24 Replies to “DT 29096 (Hints)”

  1. Thank you twice over BD. Firstly for parsing a couple which I filled in but needed to know why and secondly for your continuing efforts to stay online. It must be so frustrating for you.

    As to the crossword, I enjoyed it a lot today. It took me a ridiculous time to get the sailor one – for goodness sake with those checkers how many words could it be?

    Many thanks to the setter for the fun.

  2. Found you brilliant! Early this morning I only managed to get 5d. Thought it an impossible. However after solving I am not sure why. Just wanted to thanks. Will now look at hints to find parsing for a couple. Last two in were 23a and 19d.

  3. Got there in the end but not my favourite puzzle of the week. A couple of clues I would never have got without help (17 and 20d). Thanks for the hints and keeping us going.
    When the blog has moved maybe we need a few lessons on how the rest of the commentaries can post here.

  4. Now checked the parsing. I did get 17d by going through the alphabet but no idea about the parsing. I would never have parsed. Too busy looking at Roman numerals. Got 1a eventually and thought of the rascal but did not get the significance of “run”. Brilliant clue in retrospect but think the parsing would elude most. Almost had two wrong letters in the midst of 14a but eventually saw the light. BD you must be ready for a drink (or two)

  5. Thought this was rather an oddity and some of the surface reads were definitely cringe-worthy! I did like 27a and 9d although both may well be chestnuts. 17d went to the top of the pile – rather cleverly done.
    Thanks to our setter and to BD for the club and all the sterling efforts to keep us up and running.

  6. Something of a curate’s egg for me completed at a gallop (just).
    Favourite – 20d.
    Thanks to the setter and, especially, BD.

  7. Bit of a strange mix of clues but solvable more or less! 17d when the penny finally dropped was favourite.
    Thanks to the setter, and to BD for the hints and the powers of perseverance which I can only but admire…

  8. Mostly done, but contrary as usual, the ones I am struggling with are those without hints. Relieved to find this back up version. Really missed the blog the last few days.

  9. Thank you B.D. ! Now I’ve found you again I might be able to gt started !! Look forward to your return to your usual haunt.

  10. 20d my last one and absolute favourite. Overall a quite tricky little devil but worth the effort.

    Thanks to our Saturday setter and to BD for the alternative site. Forgot all about it until late in the day and numerous failed attempts to get on the usual site.

  11. What is going on with usual website? I get either service not available else a warning that someone is trying to steal data.

    1. It’s not available – ignore the other message, that’s just scaremongering from the browser. I will post here when the rebuild is complete.

  12. Why can’t I get the blog on the normal site. I get a message telling me the site is either down or suffering capacity problems.

  13. Many thanks, because I couldn’t find you here at first I probably made more effort and solved by myself, but def needed explanation as couldn’t parse 17d or 20d! Quite enjoyed it after being baffled for a while….

  14. From Badger- managed it but couldn’t parse some until I managed to find the new website – glad I guessed correctly ! I will be in touch -thanks to all!

  15. Thanks again BD for offering alternative connection via which I can belatedly comment on yesterday’s puzzle. In fact after terrific full day on Centre Court at Wimbledon yesterday I was too frazzled on my return home so completed this solve today immediately after tackling ST 3011 – nice relaxing session. East was more straightforward than the West. Struggled to completely parse 20d. 13a only just works for me. Thank you Mysteron and BD.

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