DT 26362

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26362

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Once again I don’t expect many of you to need the blog, but for some reason I found it a bit harder to write the blog than normal. Some of the silky smooth readings cleverly hide some of the word play, and I needed Gazza to dig all of it out properly. (I hope).

The full answer can be found hidden between the curly brackets

Across

1. Action in open court is disturbed (11)
{PROSECUTION} – An anagram (disturbed) of OPEN COURT IS for legal proceedings against a person

9. Look-out, it may have a high tar content (5,4)
{CROWS NEST} – A cryptic definition, and the first smile of the day. No it’s not a pack of cigarettes, but a structure at the top of the mast used as a lookout point.

10. Swindle quietly put together by a rogue (5)
{SCAMP} – Put another word for a confidence trick next to P (quietly) and you end up with a word commonly associated with a mischievous youngster.

11. Prompt to set off (6)
{INDUCE} – Another word for to cause or bring about or to move to act. Is this a double definition?

12. Traditional drinks are a sell out (4,4)
{REAL ALES} – An anagram (out) of ARE A SELL for the sort of beer CAMRA would approve of.

13. Does it matter to spread a capital investment? (2,4)
{SO WHAT} – The definition here is “does it matter”, take a three letter word for spread, as in spreading seed, and then remember that capital can mean head.

15. Tom comes by and whistles (8)
{CATCALLS} – Tom is a CAT.

18. Could mean coming in last, everything considered (5,3)
{AFTER ALL} – if you had followed everybody else, you might also have a phrase that meant “everything else having been considered”.

19. Describing an unborn baby of late development (6)
{FOETAL} – An anagram (development) OF LATE.

21. How delightful – tea with best china (8)
{CHARMING} – A slang word for tea is followed by a famous Chinese dynasty famous for its porcelain.

23. When companies provide capital (6)
{ASSETS} – Items owned by a company for example. A charade of AS (when) and SETS (companies).

26. Elevating objective of the trainee pilot (5)
{WINGS} – A pair of objects used to generate lift, is also the name of a badge worn by qualified R.A.F. pilots.

27. Sailor navigating yacht, say, or coming down rope (9)
{ABSEILING} – Another word for descending down a rope is AB (able-bodied seaman) followed by a word that sounds like (say) navigating a yacht.

28. Too mindful of others to create wanton desecration (11)
{CONSIDERATE} – An anagram (wanton) of DESECRATION for a word that means being thoughtful towards other people.

Down

1.Meals to take out (7)
{PICNICS} – Nope – not pizza’s but the normal word for meals eaten outdoors usually on a trip somewhere.

2. Egg-shaped or round hole (5)
{OVOID} – O (round) followed by a word for a vacuum or empty space.

3. Comfortable situation for a professor (4,5)
{EASY CHAIR} – Is also a large, comfortable, well-upholstered seat.

4. Takes advantage gaining three points on centre court (4)
{USES} – Take the central letter of court and then add three compass points (not all different) for a word that can mean exploits.

5. Sacked, no doubt (2,3,3)
{IN THE BAG} – Think of sacked in this sense as containing, and you should end up with a phrase that means “as good as done or complete”.

6. Alan’s unusual manner of speaking? (5)
{NASAL} – An anagram (unusual) of ALANS for a type of speech that sounds as if the nose were pinched.

7. Strongly disapproves of what a model does after work (7)
{OPPOSES} – The usual musical reference to a work, is then followed by what a model does.

8. Happen to be on the level but produce no response (4,4)
{FALL FLAT} – FALL (happen, as in Easter falls in April this year) plus another word meaning on the level produces a phrase meaning to have no effect.

14. Sign for coat only just put on? (3,5)
{WET PAINT} – Emulsion or gloss?

16. There’s lots of shooting from various forces, sir (9)
{CROSSFIRE} – An anagram (various) of FORCES SIR is converging bullets (for example) received from multiple positions.

17. Worker in the prairie producing fruit (8)
{PLANTAIN} – Put ANT (worker) inside a word for a large treeless area of land for a fruit that resembles a banana.

18. Roguish manner to make an entrance (7)
{ARCHWAY} – Another word for mischievous, followed by another word meaning “a method of doing something”, end result “a passageway under a curved masonry construction”.

20. Pasta cooked the country way – to sink in the middle (7)
{LASAGNE} – Put SAG (to sink) in the middle of another word for a narrow country road to give a type a pasta dish made from layers of pasta and meat, cheese etc.

22. Love food! (5)
{MUSIC} – Twelfth Night, Act 1 Scene 1, line 1.

24. Girl from the U.S. taking the morning off (5)
{ERICA} – Remove AM from another word for the United States to leave a girls name.

25. Drink it up as a starter (4)
{ASTI} – A sparkling wine from Italy, AS followed by IT reversed (up).

43 Comments

  1. crypticsue
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I do see what you mean about being hard to work out the whys and wherefores. A very enjoyable Monday morning puzzle – a very quick solve with some nice clues 9a being my special favourite. Thanks to Rufus and Libellule for the entertainment/enlightenment.

  2. Posted October 4, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I would agree as well, Libellule and crypticsue; a race through solve but the working out is a bit tricky in places. Favourite was definitely 9a as well as 27a and 13a.
    Thanks to Libellule nd to Rufus.

  3. Jezza
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I nice easy start to the week. 9a got a big tick as my favourite clue today. Thanks to Rufus, and to Libellule.

  4. mary
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Morning Libelulle, this was a bit trickier than the usual Rufus puzzles I thought, some clues didn’t seem like Rufus at all! I didn’t help myself by being too clever or maybe too stupid and putting ‘gorge’ for 2d!! well it does fit doesn’t it? even after reading the hints I’m sorry but I don’t understand the ‘tar’ bit in 9a?? Favourite clues today, 28a, 20d, 24d (I know its obvious but I like it), 15a and maybe 5d, I think a three * for me today, we’ll see how the rest of the Clueless Club get on, thanks for blog Libelulle and Rufus, who makes cryptic puzzles fun :)

    • crypticsue
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Sailors were known as Jolly Jack Tars

      • mary
        Posted October 4, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

        Of course, thanks Sue, will have to add it to my list of favourite clues now :)

      • Jemux
        Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

        But not known as such in the main! – it appears in the chorus of ‘Heart of Oak’:
        ‘Heart of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men,
        we always are ready; Steady, boys, steady!
        We’ll fight and we’ll conquer again and again.’
        The music was by Dr William Boyce (Master of the King’s Music) which was adopted by the RN as its official march – the lyrics were written later by the actor/theatre owner David Garrick as part of an opera but was first performed in the first pantomime Harlequin’s Invasion on New Year’s Eve 1759 to celebrate the series of major victories against the French that year (Minden/Quiberon Bay/Quebec) in the Seven Years War.

  5. Pete
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Lovely start to the week over my breakfast coffee. With it out of the way and the sun shining I will go out for the day – must make the most of it after the atrocious weekend weather.
    Enjoyed the nautical stuff, 9a and 27a, the latter my favourite.
    Thanks to setter and Libellule.

  6. Prolixic
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    A lovely way to start the week. Many thanks to Rufus for the entertainment. Like many, 9a was tops. Thanks to Libellule for the review.

  7. Digby
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Rufus showing his Naval colours again. And I should point out – before he does – that it isn’t just the RAF that awards wings. The Fleet Air Arm was doing so long before the RAF had been invented, and still does. I’m very proud of mine.

  8. Patsyann
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Nice gentle start to the week. Made a mistake on 19a – because I spelt it ‘eo’ instead of ‘oe’ but all became clear when I filled in 16d. Thanks for an enjoyable coffee break to Rufus and to Libellule

  9. Franny
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    This is the kind of Monday puzzle I like — one which makes us CCers feel not quite so clueless after all. Many thanks to Rufus and to Libellule for his explanations, happily not needed, at least by me.
    There were plenty of enjoyable clues. I liked 22a for its literary allusion, and also smiled at 21a and 14d, but the best for me –I agree with Jezza — was 9a. :-)

  10. One Across
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    A good start to the week after having been away – for once I did not need help from the blog. Thank you Libellule – by the way I have just come back from a long weekend in Annecy where I was most entertained to find a cruise boat on the lake named after you :-)

  11. ceh58
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    A very quick solve but an enjoyable puzzle with some excellent readings.

  12. abw
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    A nice start to the week. 9a and 14d were my favourites. Although I’m also quite partial to some 12a in a 3d. :-)

  13. Kath
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    A very nice puzzle today – quite quick to do to begin with and then got stuck on the last four or five. I managed to get 26a wrong – for no real reason I put ‘winds’! I didn’t need the hints (apart from putting me right on 26a) but, as always, enjoyed reading them. Had to check the spelling of 27a (i before e except after c didn’t seem to work!) and I had a complete mental block about the ‘high tar content’ in 9a for a little while. Favourite clues today 9a and 14d.

  14. David R
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    A straight forward but enjoyable puzzle, ideal for a Monday to get your brain in to crossword mode for the week. Great surface readings and too many good clues to select a favourite though I particularly like 12a!

  15. Geoff
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Late start today. Fairly straightforward and most enjoyable so far, but a bit stuck on the SW corner and the afternoon is to good to let it slip away. Off for a walk and will come back to this!

    • Posted October 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Geoff

      Your avatar is associated with your gmail.com address, so I have amended it.

      • Geoff
        Posted October 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

        Thanks and apologies! Never heard of gmail.co.uk …

    • mary
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      I agree, it is too nice a day today to spend indoors, beautiful warm sunshine, what a difference to the weekend :)

  16. paolors
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Very straight forward but good fun. Enjoyed 14d and 9a. Nice review.

  17. Gari
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    A nice start to the week not too hard and not too easy just the right mix, favourite 27a a nice play on words. :D

  18. Posted October 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    There are some pictures from yesterday’s meeting with Brian Greer posted on Facebook

    • mary
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      Oh good was wondering if there were any :)

  19. Posted October 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just finished this lovely puzzle, the sun’s shining and Europe has regained the Ryder Cup. All’s right with the world!

  20. Nubian
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyable start to the week Fav clue was 9a as you would expect
    . Down in a little village in Somerset (Wiveliscombe) for a few days and the weather brilliant after driving down in torrential rain yesterday. It was like being back at sea!.
    Thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

    • Geoff
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      I see, on google earth, it has a brewery. We’ll expect a full report on the local ale!

  21. Geoff
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Finally, after a walk, a think, cutting the grass, another think, I had two left, 18d and 26a and checked the hint for 26a. Then 18d was an, oh, of course moment! Jolly fine puzzle, really enjoyed it, especially 9a of course.

    Thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

    • mary
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

      Well done, Rufus is great for restoring our confidence isn’t he?

      • Geoff
        Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

        And, no doubt, it’ll get another side-swipe tomorrow … sigh.

  22. Derek
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    The usual gentle start to the week. Thanks Rufus.

    Best for me was 9a.

    Re 22d : we all know that The Bard said it – I could not find reference to it in many books such as Brewers, Chambers Idioms or any of the stock titles. Any suggestions?.

  23. flounce
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Another vote from me for 9a :)

  24. Little Dave
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Last in 18d which was my favourite. Very pleasant distraction from the chaos caused by Bob Crowe and his band of merry men.

  25. Claire
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Very excited to have finished this without recourse to any ‘aids’!! It is a very long time since that has happened…….. Just needed the hints to help us understand the ‘why’ of 3 of them – thanks Libellule, and thanks Rufus for making my day! 9a, 27a & 18d favourites today.

  26. Drcross
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Well I managed to finish this in record time for me (50 mins!) and though it was full of very funny clues. i liked 9, 13 and 14 – my favourite ? …..9. No 14. No 9!

  27. Posted October 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    9a the best clue.Vintage Rufus.

    • Franco
      Posted October 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Agree with you on this Rufus clue – especially considering his naval background. (See Comment #24 in DT 26374).
      Presumably, you’ll get DT 26374 in a few weeks time – a bit like back the the future!