Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017 — DT 28356

Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph
DT 28356
Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Link to Full Review
Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 28356]
Big Dave's Crossword Blog Review Written By
Mr Kitty
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's puzzle is a pleasant workout from one 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   Brawl /resulting in/ no charges (4-3-3)

Were the solution to be numerated (4,3,3), it would produce a phrase equivalent to "no charges".

6a   On retirement, cry with son /and/ employer (4)

10a   Dread losing time /in/ blunder (5)

11a   One fights // boy going to island captured by dangerous American creature (9)

12a   Normal behaviour at // home (7)

13a   Perhaps soldier adopts terribly nice // veteran (7)

A soldier[5] is a wingless caste of ant or termite with a large specially modified head and jaws, involved chiefly in defence.

Ancient[5] (noun) is a humorous or archaic term for an old man ⇒ a solitary ancient in a tweed jacket.

14a   Rumble abbot stoned on hard // grass? (12)

Grass[5] is an informal British term meaning:
  • (noun) a police informer; and
  • (verb) to inform the police of someone’s criminal activities or plans ⇒ (i) someone had grassed on the thieves; (ii) she threatened to grass me up.
This expression may derive from rhyming slang (grasshopper being rhyming slang for 'copper'). (show explanation )

Rhyming slang[5] is a type of slang that replaces words with rhyming words or phrases, typically with the rhyming element omitted. For example, butcher’s, short for butcher’s hook, means ‘look’ in Cockney rhyming slang.

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Scratching the Surface
Rumble[5] is an informal British expression meaning to discover (an illicit activity or its perpetrator) ⇒ it wouldn’t need a genius to rumble my little game.

An abbot[5] is a man who is the head of an abbey of monks.

18a   Suspect online assent /is/ unimportant (3-9)

21a   Changing to spin restricts amateur's start // on a sticky wicket (2,1,4)

Figuratively, a sticky wicket[5] is a tricky or awkward situation ⇒ I might be on a sticky wicket if I used that line.

Cricket 101
The term wicket[5] has several meanings:
  • each of the sets of three stumps with two bails across the top at either end of the pitch, defended by a batsman;
  • the prepared strip of ground between two sets of stumps ⇒ when they inspected the wicket, they found it being rolled by some prisoners;
  • the dismissal of a batsman; each of ten dismissals regarded as marking a division of a side’s innings ⇒ Darlington won by four wickets.
The pitch[5] is the strip of ground between the two sets of stumps ⇒ both batsmen were stranded in the middle of the pitch. Thus, pitch and wicket (in the second sense above) are synonyms.

A sticky wicket[5] is a pitch (or wicket) that has been drying after rain and is difficult to bat on.

As a verb, spin[5] (with reference to a ball) means to move or cause to move through the air with a revolving motion (i) the ball spun in viciously; (ii) they had to spin the ball wide. As a noun, spin[5] denotes the revolving motion imparted to a ball.

23a   Opening // offer disheartened journalist having to leave building (7)

24a   Exaggerate // love with rubbish in poem (9)

"over" = O (show explanation )

On cricket scorecards, the abbreviation O[5] denotes over(s), an over[5] being a division of play consisting of a sequence of six balls bowled by a bowler from one end of the pitch, after which another bowler takes over from the other end.

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Tat[5] is an informal British term for tasteless or shoddy clothes, jewellery, or ornaments ⇒ the place was decorated with all manner of gaudy tat.

25a   Acknowledge // passage with marks to be taken in (5)

"marks" = M (show explanation )

M[10] is the symbol for mark(s).

Until the introduction of the euro in 2002, the mark[5] (also called Deutschmark[5] or Deutsche Mark [from German deutsche Mark 'German mark']) was the basic monetary unit of Germany, equal to 100 pfennig Germany spent billions of marks to save the French franc from speculators.

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26a   Amount of money earned /in/ a certain period (4)

27a   Outsmart rep // number one (10)


1d   Plump // supernatural creature's raised feeling timid (6)

2d   True-born Englishman turned up carrying // dress (6)

3d   Top job // that one expects to get next day (5-5,4)

Were the solution to be numerated (5,5,4), it would produce a phrase meaning "top job".

Post[5] is a chiefly British* term for mail[5], including in the sense of letters and parcels sent or received.

* Ironically, the post in Britain is delivered by the Royal Mail while the mail in Canada is delivered by Canada Post.

4d   Conservative, clever /and/ open to being corrected (9)

5d   Wool supplier // a series of shops promoted (5)

7d   Where chickens may lay eggs // at large? (2,3,3)

A chicken run[5] is an enclosed area in which chickens may move freely in the open ⇒ you must have a chicken run to protect the garden from the hens.

8d   Irritable // cats cry, running wild around hospital (8)

Scratchy[5] is used in the sense of bad-tempered or irritable ⇒ she was a little abrupt and scratchy.

9d   Go round // stirring up a civic argument (14)

15d   Outgoing // leader leaves message: 'Resistance is supported by public' (9)

"resistance" = R (show explanation )

In physics, R[5] is a symbol used to represent electrical resistance in mathematical formulae.

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16d   Element // against capitalism, not English (8)

Antimony[5] (symbol Sb) is the chemical element of atomic number 51, a brittle silvery-white semimetal.

17d   Being filmed // ruined a romance (2,6)

19d   Ring about manuscript being twisted and miserable (6)

Ring[3] (often used with up) is a chiefly British term meaning to call (someone) on the telephone ⇒ (i) She rang me at noon; (ii) Let's ring her up and invite her.

20d   Gambler // improved (6)

22d   Run rising European // business (5)
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)
[12] - (Webster’s New World College Dictionary)
[13] - (Macmillan Dictionary)
Signing off for today — Falcon

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