Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016 — DT 28140

Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph
DT 28140
Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Link to Full Review
Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 28140]
Big Dave's Crossword Blog Review Written By
Big Dave
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
The National Post has skipped DT 28139 which was published in The Daily Telegraph on Monday, June 13, 2016.


The National Post has skipped over a rather challenging Rufus creation to get to this quite gentle offering from one of the mystery "Tuesday" setters.

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   Opposition /from/ Royal Engineers is over policy (10)

"Royal Engineers" = RE (show explanation )

The Corps of Royal Engineers[7], usually just called the Royal Engineers (abbreviation RE), and commonly known as the Sappers[7], is a corps of the British Army that provides military engineering and other technical support to the British Armed Forces.

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6a   Wedge lobbed over // bunker (4)

For the benefit of any non-golfers among readers, a wedge[5] is a golf club with a low, angled face for maximum loft or a shot made with a wedge ⇒ Davies hit a wedge to within a yard of the hole. A bunker[10] (also known, especially in the US and Canada, as a sand trap) is an obstacle on a golf course, usually a sand-filled hollow bordered by a ridge.

9a   Loud stringed instrument -- /or/ one in the woodwind section (5)

"loud" = F (show explanation )

Forte[5] (abbreviation f[5]) is a musical direction meaning (as an adjective) loud or (as an adverb) loudly.

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10a   Alert lover abroad to get rid of old // tourist (9)

12a   Parrots // are pets up in the air (7)

13a   Discrimination // son's shown in gallery (5)

"gallery" = TATE (show explanation )

15a   Polished // table leg -- antique, to an extent (7)

17a   New place to film rears in bed /creating/ clash (7)

What did he say?
In his review on Big Dave's Crossword Blog, Big Dave refers to a cot as a child’s bed.
In Britain, a small bed with high barred sides for a baby or very young child is called a cot[5] rather than a crib[5] as it is known in North America.

19a   Keep // dropping opener in jam (7)

21a   Compiling, // gets agitated about money (7)

It sounds like the setter of the puzzle had monetary concerns on his mind as he worked.

Tin[5] is a dated informal British term for money ⇒ Kim’s only in it for the tin.

22a   Quiet expression of pain knight // displayed (5)

"knight" = N (show explanation )

A knight[5] is a chess piece, typically with its top shaped like a horse’s head, that moves by jumping to the opposite corner of a rectangle two squares by three. Each player starts the game with two knights.

N[5] is the abbreviation for knight used in recording moves in chess [representing the pronunciation of kn-, since the initial letter k- represents 'king'].

As an aside, it is interesting to note that the Chambers 21st Century Dictionary defines: 
  • K[2] as an abbreviation used in chess for knight. 
  • K[2] is a symbol used in chess to represent a king. 
  • N[2] is a symbol used in chess to represent a knight.
The dictionary fails to specify how one differentiates an abbreviation from a symbol.

On the other hand, both The Chambers Dictionary and the Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary list K or K.[1,11] as an abbreviation for knight without specifying the specific context in which this abbreviation is used. However, the context may well be in an honours list rather than in a game of chess. In the UK, for instance, KBE[5] stands for Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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24a   Prior to university, teach about a // castle (7)

27a   Pole chose to keep side of garden // uncared-for (9)

28a   Develop // thick hair? Not at first (5)

29a   Delighted // prison term's reduced by 50 per cent (4)

30a   Teenager/'s/ party surrounded by beer smell (10)


1d   Right behind // basic river vessel (4)

2d   Without question, sir lures wild // animals (9)

Scratching the Surface
It is common practice for British school students to address (or refer to) their male teachers as "Sir", as in To Sir, with Love[7], a 1967 British drama film starring Sidney Poitier that deals with social and racial issues in an inner-city school.

3d   Animal // the woman kept trimmed at both ends (5)

4d   Pull // at vehicle, lifting bottom of boot (7)

I should have put a little more effort into parsing this clue. I got distracted by the wrong farm vehicle — TRACTOR — which left me in a quandary regarding the remainder of the wordplay.

Scratching the Surface
In the surface reading, "boot" might be an article of footwear or perhaps it is intended to be a part of a vehicle.

Boot[5] is the British term for the trunk[5] of a car.

5d   Traditional // girl supporting Conservative in charge (7)

"Conservative" = C (show explanation )

The abbreviation for Conservative may be either C.[10] or Con.[10].

The Conservative Party[5] is a a major British political party that emerged from the old Tory Party under Sir Robert Peel in the 1830s and 1840s. Since the Second World War, it has been in power 1951–64, 1970-74, and 1979–97. It governed in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats from 2010 until the general election of May 2015, in which it was returned with a majority.

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"in charge" = IC (show explanation )

The abbreviation i/c[5] can be short for either:
  1. (especially in military contexts) in charge of ⇒ the Quartermaster General is i/c rations; or
  2. in command ⇒ 2 i/c = second in command.
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7d   Luxury car // goes for a spin (5)

Rolls[10] is an informal name for a Rolls-Royce[10], a make of very high-quality, luxurious, and prestigious British car. The Rolls-Royce company is no longer British-owned.

8d   Salesman turns up with money! Time /for/ a share (10)

What did he say?
In his review on Big Dave's Crossword Blog, Big Dave refers to "cent" as some foreign money.
Well, it is foreign to the Brits — but hardly so to much of the rest of the world.

A cent[5] is a monetary unit in various countries[10], equal to one hundredth of a dollar, euro, or other decimal currency unit. However, in Britain — despite having adopted a decimal currency system — one hundredth of a pound is known as a penny rather than a cent.

Collins English Dictionary exhaustively defines cent[10] as a monetary unit of American Samoa, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Brunei, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, the Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, the United States, the Vatican City, the Virgin Islands, and Zimbabwe. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units.

11d   Dead // cross, being held by French and in court (7)

In French, et[8]is a conjunction meaning 'and''.

"court" = CT (show explanation )

Ct[2] is the abbreviation for Court in street addresses — and possibly in other contexts as well.

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14d   Shows // sign of hesitation over gifts (10)

16d   Group // called in time to make a comeback (7)

18d   Tweet quite out of order -- women ignored // acceptable behaviour (9)

20d   Cold, having got left outside? // Hot! (7)

21d   Caught wearing lightweight shoe? // Malicious gossip (7)

"caught" = C (show explanation )

In cricket, one way for a batsman to be dismissed is to be caught out[5](phrasal verb,2), that is for a player on the opposing team to catch a ball that has been hit by the batsman before it touches the ground.

On cricket scorecards, the abbreviation c.[2,10] or c[5](1) denotes caught (by).

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23d   Gold plating finally put on an // instrument (5)

"gold" = OR (show explanation )

Or[5] is gold or yellow, as a heraldic tincture.

In heraldry, a tincture[5] is any of the conventional colours (including the metals and stains, and often the furs) used in coats of arms.

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25d   Spirit /from/ those ending up on top (5)

26d   Try // Southern baking (4)
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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