DT 26901

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26901

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Pretty standard stuff from Rufus this morning. I do have a question mark placed on 10a and 12a. Both clues seem to mean basically the same thing or am I missing something?

Highlight the space between the curly brackets to see the answer.

1. Southern way out unsuitable for voyage (11)
{UNSEAWORTHY} – An anagram (out) of SOUTHERN WAY.

9. Dashing young men, ardent and inflamed (9)
{BLOODSHOT} – A word for red and inflamed is a charade of a group of dandies or rakes, and HOT (ardent).

10. Levels the score and quits (5)
{EVENS} – A word that can be used to describe equal amounts or terms. If this is meant to be a double definition, then I don’t think it works.

11. He writes of gold going to hammer-thrower (6)
{AUTHOR} – AU (gold) and the Norse god of thunder.

12. Expel from university and convey to prison (4,4)
{SEND DOWN} – A phrase that means to suspend or dismiss from a university could also be used to describe sending someone to prison. Ditto 10a.

13. Expire, though previously fit as a fiddle (6)
{EXHALE} – A word that means to breathe out consists of EX (previously) and another word that means free from illness.

15. Sit on the fence with dispute that’s between neighbours perhaps (8)
{HEDGEROW} – A word that means to evade decision or action is followed by another word for a quarrel to get a row of closely planted shrubs or trees forming a fence or boundary.

18. He’s unlikely to be found missing (8)
{MARKSMAN} – A person skilled in shooting.

19. He’s in charge but often has a leader (6)
{EDITOR} – He is in charge of a newspaper.

21. Politeness makes Rosy cute (8)
{COURTESY} – An anagram (makes) of ROSY CUTE.

23. Several kinds of birds (6)
{DIVERS} – A small family of large water birds is also a word that means various or sundry.

26. Increase the strain (5)
{BREED} – A word that means to produce offspring.

27. End with a shout and a squeak (5,4)
{CLOSE CALL} – A word that means to shut or stop plus another word that describes saying something in a loud voice could be an escape by a narrow margin.

28. Hearty listener chose to step out (11)
{STETHOSCOPE} – An anagram (out) of CHOSE TO STEP is a medical listening device.


1. Heading away, speechless with anger and resentment (7)
{UMBRAGE} – Remove the first letter (heading away) for a word that means lacking the power of speech, and then add a word for fury to get a another word that means to be hurt or offended.

2. Make a speech in the gutter (5)
{SPOUT} – To talk in a noisy, excited manner or a tube or pipe, chute that allows the passage or pouring of liquids.

3. Wild lion scared no one, certainly not him (9)
{ANDROCLES} – An anagram (wild) of LION SCARED minus I (no one).

4. Some ricochets in the line of darts (4)
{OCHE} – The line behind which a player must stand to throw is hidden in the word ricochets.

5. Limited the movement of stock (8)
{TETHERED} – How animals might be restricted in their movement.

6. Give way to profit (5)
{YIELD} – Double definition. To give up or concede, or a profit obtained from an investment.

7. Deserved present a moment ago (4,3)
{JUST NOW} – A word for properly due or merited plus the period of time found between the past and the future, could describe what has very recently taken place.

8. Tom cared about being a politician (8)
{DEMOCRAT} – An anagram of (about) TOM CARED.

14. Hard task master? (8)
{HERCULES} – The hero son of Zeus and Alcmene, who won immortality by performing 12 labours.

16. Rows in the gallery? Goodness! (9)
{GODLINESS} – The definition is goodness, as in pious. Place a word for horizontal marks (for example) inside a word for a theatre gallery.

17. Killing of many people over defined area (8)
{MASSACRE} – A word that describes a great body of people, plus a unit of area that covers 4,840 square yards produces a word that is used to describe the wanton killing of large numbers.

18. Taxi runs into horse — ghastly! (7)
{MACABRE} – Place CAB inside the word for an adult female horse for an adjective that means gruesome.

20. Settle the will (7)
{RESOLVE} – Double definition, to find a solution to something and firmness of purpose.

22. The main comings and goings (5)
{TIDES} – Main = Sea.

24. Time to find poetic inspiration perhaps (5)
{ERATO} – The Greek Muse of lyric poetry and mime is constructed from a period of time plus TO.

25. Reluctant to leave the Heart of Midlothian (4)
{LOTH} – A word that means not disposed or inclined to can be found hidden in the centre (heart) of Midlothian.

The Quick crossword pun: {con} + {fuchsias} = {Confucius}



  1. Brian
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Took me two sittings for this one, I thought it was a bit trickier than ** esp for a Monday. Not my fav Monday puzzle. Needed Libellule hints for some so thx for that

    • Brian
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Oh just one thing, what has 10a got to do with quits, don’t get it.

      • Mike in Amble
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

        Let’s call it quits and then we’ve settled up. Does that make sense Brian?

        • Brian
          Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

          Hmm, v poor clue IMHO. Didn’t enjoy today’s puzzle at all, found it bitty and unsatisfying.

      • toadson
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

        Agree with Brian today .. even had the same question re 27a!

        • toadson
          Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

          Sorry – had a question for 27a not 10 .. why squeak?

          • Mike in Amble
            Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

            A narrow squeak ??

      • Hrothgar
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

        “We’ll call it quits”

      • Arthur Dent
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink


        Not sure about this. Whenever I have used that phrase I would say “We’re ****” (i.e no “s” on the end).

  2. Mike in Amble
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Not the easiest Monday morning start but nevertheless very entertaining. Thanks setter and Libellule.

    • Collywobbles
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      3* for me. Thanks to Rufus and Libellule

      • Collywobbles
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

        Now that I am amongst the 4* community (see last week) I am making this 4*
        I thought that 18a was poor.
        I am disappointed with Rufus because he was the king as far as I was concerned

  3. Brenda Reding
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this puzzle, enough to make me think but such fun when the answer pops into mind. Favourites are 15 and 23A, and 1D — a lovely word to roll round the mouth and seldom seen — so thanks to Rufus and Libellule.
    Happy Monday, everyone!!!

  4. toadson
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    A new phrase to me, but thanks.

  5. beaver
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Quite enjoyed today’s puzzle, i agree a little harder than ** so give
    it ***/***.Struggled with the SW corner as had ‘mainstay’for 18a until i solved 14d! I think 10a is ok as a double definition -as Mike In Amble points out,Quits also means were now ‘settled up’ as well as meaning the same score in a game etc.12a is ok as the same two words are used for two completely different events ie the judge sending someone from the dock to prison and a student being expelled from univercity- therefore providing a double definition-pity about the football!

  6. Colmce
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Enjoyed this one but it didn’t feel like a normal Monday Rufus, all solved in fairly short order, even had time to solve the other Rufus puzzle.

    Thanks Libellule for the review and to Rufus for the.puzzle.

  7. phercott
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    10a might be a bit Iffy but I would definitely agree with Beaver that 12a has two totally different meanings

  8. crypticsue
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Slightly tougher than the usual Rufus for me too. Don’t know why although I was distracted by my computer not wanting to stay on and so had half an eye on that and half on the paper. Thanks to Rufus and Libellule too.

    • Jezza
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Anything else worth looking at today in the other papers?

      • crypticsue
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        The Quiptic is nice, Rufus in the Graun about the same for me as the back page, the FT takes some work (or was my brain worn out) and Indy is OK too. Even the Times if you can get hold of it is very user-friendly too. Addicted to cryptic crosswords – who? me? – why would you think that? :D I blame that Gnome, two years ago I just did the two DT puzzles and now ….!

        • Jezza
          Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

          Thanks – i’ll have a look at the FT later.

        • Collywobbles
          Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

          Hi CS, don’t you have a job?

          • pommers
            Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

            Apparantly she can ‘multi-task’ – but then she is a woman :grin:

            • crypticsue
              Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

              Yes I have a job and I go in early to start crosswording before my official start time (and to be sure of a parking space but that is a whole other sad story) and I have a lunch hour and I read fast and I solve fast and I am, as Pommers says, above all a woman!

              • pommers
                Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

                Crossword addict – you and me both! So far today I have done the DT, the Grauniad quiptic and cryptic, the on-line DT prize puzzle and Toughie No. 19. I started at Toughie No1 about 3 weeks ago and am progressing through them but the problem is that this blog didn’t start until Toughie 86 so I’m all on my own! Thought Elgar’s first. No 13 (apposite?) was a bit ferocious (2 days solving)! I may well be on here asking for help as I go through them :grin: Sure someone will help out!

                • gazza
                  Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

                  I am thinking about setting up a group called Cruciverbalists Anonymous – you and Crypticsue would obviously be founder members. :D

                  • pommers
                    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

                    That’s assuming we actually want to give them up!

                  • franco
                    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

                    My name is Franco – I’m a Crossword Addict!

                    I’ve tried to quit, but …………..

                    ….currently working my way through Arachne’s back catalogue! Help!

                    • pommers
                      Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

                      Might join you when I’ve caught up on the Toughies – it’s a hard life :grin: Then there’s Paul, Brendan and Araucaria to go through after that – hope I live long enough!

                  • Heno
                    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

                    i may be joining them, first I only did the backpager. Now I sometimes print off the Graun on a Monday, and now I usually look at the Toughies. Help !!

                    • Kath
                      Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

                      I’m at exactly the same stage as you, Heno – I think we all probably need to get out more!! :smile:

                    • pommers
                      Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

                      Hi kath, problem is that when I go out I usually have a couple of crosswords tucked in the back pocket :grin:

                • Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

                  Hi Folks – apologies for not being around much. Trying to sort out a huge bunch of debtors at the community where our apartment is. The committee somehow found out that I “understood finance” so I got co-opted! :lol:

                  Pommers definitely needs to be part of Cruciverbalists Anonymous. Since I gave him his own laptop I can’t get him off the blessed thing. Only problem is he is getting quite good at them now so there’ll be no stopping him!

  9. BigBoab
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Rufus for a very enjoyable if untaxing start to the week and to Libellule for the review.

  10. pommers
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Rufus for a bit of fun over lunch and to Libellule for the review.

    Now to try the Grauniad and watch a bit of the tennis.

  11. Senf
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I also though it was a little bit tricky for a Monday Rufus. I did quite well last night, and now have 4 downs and 3 acrosses left to occupy me during today, until I have to seek help from Libuelle.

  12. William Geddes
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Bloomin Ada. I do this all the time. I looked at 24D saw it ended in the letter O and then wrote down the answer which happened to be cargo. This of course was me looking at the clue for 22D. If I wasn’t so irritated by the delay this has caused I’d be amused at what I think is a good cryptic clue.

    • Kath
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      …. should have gone to Specsavers!! :smile: I do that kind of stuff all the time too!

      • William Geddes
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

        Thanks ! And at my age I don’t wear or need specs too! Shameful.

        • pommers
          Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

          My usual trick is to solve a clue and then write the answer in the wrong light :grin:

          • Kath
            Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

            I do that too – if it’s the same number of letters I often don’t notice what I’ve done until everything gets a bit tricky!

  13. Kath
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    This was one of those that seemed quite difficult when I was doing it but now I can’t see why. I was slow to get the 1a anagram, even slower to get 14d and couldn’t do 3d until I had every other letter in and then didn’t have many choices – have to confess that I’ve never heard of him – a gap in general knowledge! Held things up in bottom left corner by starting off with “absentee” for 18a. I still think this was a bit more difficult than is usual for a Monday – probably closer to 3* for me.
    I liked 9, 13 and 27a and 8 and 18d.
    With thanks to Libellule and Rufus.

    • steve_the_beard
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Kath – “even slower to get 14d” – that was my last one in! I did spend rather a long time trying to make “TORTURER” fit, mind you :-)

  14. nubian
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Ruffers and Libers for the crozzy and the hints. A pleasing start to the week.

  15. Digby
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Rufus always seems to include a couple of clues that draw criticism for being “too easy”, “don’t work for me”, or “barely cryptic”.
    I think he’s just being jolly considerate to his fans as we embark on a new crossword week and step back onto the Monday treadmill of life.
    Thanks to him and Libers – not sure about that one, Nubers !!

    • pommers
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Diggers, if you contract Libellule, a la Jonners, shouldn’t you double up the B? Libbers, Aggers, Pommers etc?

  16. Captain Duff
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I found this crossword a little tough although managed it after a couple of sittings. 3d held me up, not in my on-line dictionary. Last one in was 23a although thought of the answer sometime earlier. Favourite clue was 15d – thought the surface reading was very good. ***/*** from me. Thanks to Ruffers and Libbers (do you think it will catch on)? Duffers

    • pommers
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      Hello Duffers and welcome to the Jonners club :grin: Glad you doubled up the middle consonants! See reply to Digby above.



      • Heno
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

        Hi Pommers, this is Henners, I once installed Jonners phones when I was on the tools.

        • pommers
          Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

          If everyone starts changing their handles there’ll be lot of moderating to do!

      • pommers
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

        Just found out – there’s an H in joHnners! http://www.johnners.com/

        • spindrift
          Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

          I think you’ve been out in the sun for too long….now come inside and I’ll get the nice nurse to sponge you down…

  17. CS
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    3d was excellent

    • steve_the_beard
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      It certainly made ME smile!

    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Re 10A. I think it does work as a double. IE ‘ Levels the score ‘ = Evens out

    ‘ Quits ‘ as in ” We are quits “

    • gazza
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dermot – welcome to the blog.

  19. pommers
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    We could have pommers, Libbers, Gazzers, gnommers, Buffers, Prollers, Diggers, Fallers, Jonners and posssibly ‘crypters’ – but what the hell do you do with ‘Big Dave’ – answers on a postcard please :grin: Biggers?

    • Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

      You could be in trouble there Pommers with Big D !!!!

  20. Heno
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Rufus & Libellule for the review & hints. Found this easy, but then got completely stumped in the lower half. Needed the hints for 18a, 14d, 26a & 23a, none of which I would have got in a month of Sundays. Favourites were 1 & 3 downs. Like Summer in Central London, but not quite as hot :-)

  21. andy
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    3* for me today. if grumpyandrew is here i am seriously grumpy andy. Journey back from Glasgow was a mare, yes i have 3 dogs and yes out of courtesy i put muzzles and harnesses on them. They have done the journey before many times unlike the iidiot guard who told me you can only take two, ok, which one do i leave behind. Thanks to L &R

    • Kath
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear – poor you – sorry you’ve had difficult journeys with your dogs.
      Several years ago I rang the local bus company to ask if I could take our dog on the bus. The answer was yes, as long as there isn’t already a dog on the bus!! At the time it really made me laugh although I suppose there is probably some sense in it – one badly behaved dog (probably with a lout as an owner – why else would a dog be badly behaved?) could cause chaos!

  22. Up The Creek
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    There seems to be a lot of moaners today but I found it most enjoyable. Favourite by a mile was 3d – brilliant.

    • Heno
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      I liked that one too. i seem to remember the answer from Primary School, must have made an impression on me.

      • pommers
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

        Androcles and the thorn in the lion’s foot has been with me as long as I can remember. Must have made an impression on me too!

        • steve_the_beard
          Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

          The wonderful cartoonist Noel Lees drew one with two lions sitting there, surrounded by human bones, and one of the lions is saying “If he was so upset by my suffering from a thorn in the paw, he wouldn’t have wanted me to go hungry, would he?”.

  23. pommers
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    It would have been Johnners 100th birthday yesterday, if he was still alive! Sad loss!

    • franco
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      In honour of the Great Brian Johnston!!

      The Leg Over Giggle – Always makes me laugh

      Summers have never been the same!!

      • pommers
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

        Go to the ‘gaffes and giggles’ tab on here – lots of funny stuff, some of which I’d forgotten. http://www.johnners.com/

        • steve_the_beard
          Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

          “The bowler’s Holding…” :-)

          • pommers
            Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

            ??? stood at first slip with his legs apart just waiting for a tickle . . . :lol:

            • franco
              Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

              Colemanballs….”…..and there goes Juantorena down the back straight, opening his legs and showing his class.”

              Where’s my hat? :wink:

          • pommers
            Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

            Actually my favourite is the one about Glenn Turner (New Zealand) who took one rather nasty delivery in the ‘box’. He collapsed in a heap and there was a few minutes delay before he got his act back together. Eventually he did and took guard again when Johnners famously said -Glenn Turner’s back at the crease, just one ball left :lol:

            • franco
              Posted June 26, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

              :smile: Nice one Johnners / pommers !!! :grin:

              Laughed Out Loud!!!

  24. Kath
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    What’s all the stuff about “cookies” at the top of the page? Only just noticed it – I suppose it could have been there for ages!

    • franco
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

      “Cookies”? Glad someone asked! I thought it was my ancient laptop misbehaving.

    • pommers
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      As far as I know cookies are files saved on your computer by the website to help with further access. In this case it remembers your email and and handle for when you next post. Probably not got that quite right but it’s something along those lines. Should ask pommette really as she’s the Technical Director around here!

    • Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kath – Just posting a response to see what happens without cookies enabled

      • Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

        Right – I didn’t enable cookies, closed Mozilla and reopened it and my name and email address were still retained!
        So not sure what this is about. Need BD to answer that one

      • franco
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

        pommette, sorry to intrude but….. I have the same problem as Kath when using Google Chrome and also Mozilla Firefox. No problem when using IE.

        I haven’t changed any settings recently!

        I have cookies enabled as I never have to re-enter Name & Email details before posting a comment!

        Must be a WordPress thing! Could be worse – might be run by RBS!

  25. steve_the_beard
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    There’s nowt so odd as folk… or maybe it’s just me…

    I really enjoyed this crossword, and found it quite straightforward but rather pleasing, just what we have come to expect on a Monday.

    All of the other “classical” references went in quickly, but I struggled horribly with 14D, in part because I really wanted to put “TORTURER”!

    Thanks to Rufus and Libellule, and so to bed :-)

  26. Derek
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Didn’t finish this one as was too busy making preparations to fly down to Nice next Tuesday.

    Some parts of the west side were all Greek to me!

    Don’t normally have trouble with puzzles from Rufus.