Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 — DT 28111

Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph
DT 28111
Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Jay (Jeremy Mutch)
Link to Full Review
Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 28111]
Big Dave's Crossword Blog Review Written By
BD Rating
Difficulty - ★★ Enjoyment - ★★★★
Falcon's Experience
- solved without assistance
- incorrect prior to use of puzzle solving tools
- solved with assistance from puzzle solving tools
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by puzzle solving tools
- solved but without fully parsing the clue
- unsolved or incorrect prior to visiting Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by solutions from Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- reviewed by Falcon for Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- yet to be solved


Today, Jay delivers his customary enjoyable offering — one that lies on the gentler side of the difficulty spectrum.

I invite you to leave a comment to let us know how you fared with the puzzle.

Notes on Today's Puzzle

This commentary is intended to serve as a supplement to the review of this puzzle found at Big Dave's Crossword Blog, to which a link is provided in the table above.

Primary indications (definitions) are marked with a solid underline in the clue; subsidiary indications (be they wordplay or other) are marked with a dashed underline in all-in-one (&lit.) clues, semi-all-in-one (semi-&lit.) clues and cryptic definitions. Explicit link words and phrases are enclosed in forward slashes (/link/) and implicit links are shown as double forward slashes (//). Definitions presented in blue text are for terms that appear frequently.


1a   Patient wearing undies /must get/ bags (10)

Scratching the Surface
Bags[5] is a dated British term for loose-fitting trousers ⇒ a pair of flannel bags.

6a   Voices disapproval of // nameless benefits (4)

If boo is used as an intransitive verb, then the definition would be "voices disapproval" as indicated by the 2Kiwis in their review. On the other hand, if boo is used as a transitive verb, then the definition would be "voices disapproval of" as I have chosen to show (merely to be different).

10a   Not at work -- ears oddly // tender! (5)

11a   Awful noise, always ignoring volume -- /that's/ criminal (9)

"volume" = V (show explanation )

In physics, V[5] is a symbol used to represent volume in mathematical formulae ⇒ pV = nRT.

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12a   Season -- // time enough possibly (7)

13a   Memos about church // scores (7)

14a   Surprisingly, most earn full // amount (5,7)

18a   Time /for/ a few words about oneself? (4,8)

21a   Measures should incorporate exercises /in/ areas of Russia (7)

"exercise" = PE (show explanation )

PE[5] is the abbreviation for physical education [or Phys Ed, as it was known in my school days]. 

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The Steppes[10] are the huge grasslands of Eurasia, chiefly in Ukraine and Russia.

What did they say?
In their review on Big Dave's Crossword Blog, the 2Kiwis refer to steps as [m]easures or dances.
I had interpreted measure[5] to mean a plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose ⇒ cost-cutting measures and therefore presumed that the 2Kiwis use of the word "dances" is an alternative meaning of "steps" unrelated to "measures".

However, I discover that measure[5] is an archaic term for a dance, typically one that is stately ⇒ now tread we a measure!. Whether the 2Kiwis intended "measures" to be seen in this sense, I cannot say.

23a   Good horse getting agitated around quiet // rodents (7)

"good" = G (show explanation )

The abbreviation G[10] for good likely relates to its use in grading school assignments or tests.

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"quiet" = P (show explanation )

Piano[3,5] (abbreviation p[5]), is a musical direction meaning either (as an adjective) soft or quiet or (as an adverb) softly or quietly.

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24a   Avant-garde artist // stormed in drunk (9)

In the arts, a Modernist[2] is (or was) someone who practices or advocates Modernism[2], a movement in early 20th century art, literature, architecture, etc. which was characterized by the use of unconventional subject matter and style, experimental techniques, etc.

25a   Subject /of/ note crossing border (5)

"note" = TE (show explanation )

In music, te[5] (also ti[2]) is the seventh note of the major scale in tonic sol-fa. Judging by a perusal of entries in American and British dictionaries, the only recognized spelling in the US would seem to be ti[3,4,11] whereas, in the UK, the principal — or only — spelling would appear to be te[2,3,4,11], with ti given as an alternative spelling in some dictionaries. Oxford Dictionaries is more emphatic, giving the spelling as te[5] with ti shown as the North American spelling.

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26a   Girl getting married has no right // to wait (4)

27a   Plots // succeeded initially with Conservative approaches (10)


1d   British student with German bloke /getting/ drunk (6)

"student" = L (show explanation )

The cryptic crossword convention of L meaning learner or student arises from the L-plate[7], a square plate bearing a sans-serif letter L, for learner, which must be affixed to the front and back of a vehicle in various jurisdictions (including the UK) if its driver is a learner under instruction.

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Otto[7] is a masculine German given name. It is one of two common names for German men that you are likely to encounter in Crosswordland — the other being Hans.

2d   Arrival /of/ popular fellow with light unit (6)

"fellow" = F (show explanation )

F[2] is the abbreviation for Fellow (of a society, etc). For instance, it is found in professional designations such as FRAIC (Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada).

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Lux[5] is the SI unit* of illuminance (a measure of light as perceived by the human eye), equal to one lumen per square metre.
* The International System of Units[5] is a system of physical units (SI units) based on the metre, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, candela, and mole, together with a set of prefixes to indicate multiplication or division by a power of ten.
3d   Hatters top -- form exceptional, // mainly (3,3,4,4)

4d   A couple of roads up at home? // This causes an increase in blood pressure (9)

5d   Vote in European swindle /for/ one who's served his time (2-3)

7d   Make repairs to // complete catch (8)

Haul[5] is used in the sense of a number of fish caught ⇒ he landed a record pike haul.

8d   Put the accent on // tense (8)

9d   Funding /from/ seat of government supporting undertaking (7,7)

15d   Craft /of/ boxer holding on (9)

16d   Quiet doctor surrounded by fat // people suddenly gathering (5,3)

"doctor" = MO (show explanation )

A medical officer[5] (abbreviation MO[5]) is a doctor in charge of the health services of a civilian or military authority or other organization.

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A flash mob[5] is a large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse, typically organized by means of the Internet or social media ⇒ equipped with cameras and LED lights, a flash mob of 135 people appeared out of nowhere to put on a performance.

17d   On holiday, finished /revealing/ hurt feelings (8)

In the definition, "hurt" is a verb rather than an adjective as it is in the surface reading.

19d   Put down // limits of damage, on average (6)

20d   Resources /needed by/ group on board a ship (6)

In Crosswordland, you will find that a ship is almost invariably a steamship, the abbreviation for which is SS[10]. Thus phrases such as "aboard ship" or "on board ship" (or sometimes merely "on board") are Crosswordland code for 'contained in SS'.

In this clue, the phrase "on board a ship" is interpreted as contained in (on board) {A (from the clue) + SS (ship)}.
22d   Sun king runs in it // to go around (5)

"king" = K (show explanation )

K[5] is an abbreviation for king that is used especially in describing play in card games and recording moves in chess.

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"runs" = R (show explanation )

On cricket scorecards [not to mention baseball scoreboards], the abbreviation R[5] denotes run(s).

In cricket, a run[5] is a unit of scoring achieved by hitting the ball so that both batsmen are able to run between the wickets, or awarded in some other circumstances.

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Key to Reference Sources: 

[1]   - The Chambers Dictionary, 11th Edition
[2]   - Search Chambers - (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)
[3]   - (American Heritage Dictionary)
[4]   - (Collins English Dictionary)
[5]   - Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford Dictionary of English)
[6]   - Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford American Dictionary)
[7]   - Wikipedia
[8]   - Reverso Online Dictionary (Collins French-English Dictionary)
[9]   - Infoplease (Random House Unabridged Dictionary)
[10] - (Collins English Dictionary)
[11] - (Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary)
Signing off for today — Falcon

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