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DT 26919

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26919

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A fairly straightforwrd crossword today from Rufus, helped by the large count of anagrams. 13a held me up for a bit until I twigged what was being referred to.

The answers can be revealed by highlighting the space between the curly brackets.


1. They make dough for bread — or vice versa (8)
{BAKERIES} – Places where they make bread, cakes and pastries and presumably the vice-versa means that they make money (bread) for producing dough. A straightforward clue to start with.

6. Impressive time of year (6)
{AUGUST} – The eighth month of the year can also mean inspiring awe or admiration.

9. Love to point out there’s a choice (6)
{OPTION} – O (love) and an anagram (out) of POINT.

10. Summed up as tale told inaccurately (8)
{TOTALLED} – An anagram (inaccurately) of TALE TOLD.

11. Strong players joining club (4-4)
{CAST IRON} – A two word phrase that means rigid or unyielding can be constructed from another word for a group of actors and an alternative name for a metal golf club.

12. About to give way and go back (6)
{RECEDE} – RE (about, in reference to) and a word meaning to yield produces another word that means to withdraw from a point or limit e.g. a hairline.

13. Form of estate agent’s brochure? (4-8)
{SEMI-CIRCULAR} – The definition is form, as in curved into a half circle. I guess that this is meant to be a cryptic definition using a type of brochure you might get from an estate agent selling a particular type of house. Does this work for you?

16. Financial controller’s holdings (5,7)
{PURSE STRINGS} – Financial support or resources, or the control over them.

19. Fighting together, every single one die in action (6)
{ALLIED} – A word that means everyone or everything is followed by an anagram of (in action) DIE

21. One permitted to break silence up to a point (8)
{LICENSEE} – An anagram (break) of SILENCE plus E (East, a point on the compass)

23. Calamity — can’t dice bananas (8)
{ACCIDENT} – Another anagram (bananas) CANT DICE.

24. Work attitude to resist (6)
{OPPOSE} – OP (work) and an attitude or position for example that you might assume for an artist.

25. Fruit with the head off will still be fruit (6)
{ANANAS} – Remove the first letter from the fruit mentioned in 23a. Or for me simply the French word for pineapple.

26. Does set out, dead miserable (8)
{DESOLATE} – An anagram (set out) of DOES and a word that means recently deceased.


2. Call for superior judgment (6)
{APPEAL} – Double definition, to make a request for help, or resort to a higher authority or greater power.

3. Be first to be introduced by former partner (5)
{EXIST} – The usual slang reference to a former spouse or partner, is then followed by IST (first). The definition in this case is be.

4. Someone foolish or amusing perhaps (9)
{IGNORAMUS} – An anagram (perhaps) of OR AMUSING.

5. Like hell cats in a melee (7)
{SATANIC} – Another anagram (melee) of CATS IN A.

6. Middle Eastern plant (5)
{ASTER} – A daisy like flower can be found in the centre of Eastern. I love the simplicity of this.

7. Whip up strikes in sporting associations (4,5)
{GOLF CLUBS} – Reverse (up) a word that means to beat harshly (with a whip) and then add another word that means to hit things with a large stick to get the sort of association that spoils walks.

8. Wade about in a Scottish river for sport (8)
{SPEEDWAY} – Put an anagram (about) of WADE inside a river in Eastern Scotland associated with whiskey production that flows through the Grampian Mountains to the Moray Firth. You should now have identified a sport that involves racing motorbikes around cinder tracks. I never understood the point of this “sport”.

13. Little reason for doubt (9)
{SUSPICION} – A double definition, a minute amount or slight indication, is also a state of uncertainty.

14. Rush over to meet (3,6)
{RUN ACROSS} – A phrase that could mean to pass over a place very quickly using your feet, also means to find something or encounter someone.

15. People wanting a new landlord (8)
{PUBLICAN} – A word that refers to the community or the people as a whole is then followed by A and N (new).

17. Right to get overjoyed when told (7)
{RELATED} – R (right) plus a word that mean very proud and joyful to create another word that means to have narrated or told a story.

18. Flat for those not wishing to move when they retire (3-3)
{BED-SIT} – A furnished sitting room with sleeping accommodation could also means that if you happen to live in this type of a place, then you don’t have to go to another room to go to sleep.

20. Prepare to come into line (5)
{DRESS} – A word that can mean to decorate or garnish for example can also mean to arrange troops in ranks.

22. Force plane to land (5)
{NEPAL} – An anagram (force) of PLANE is also a country in the Himalayas.

The Quick crossword pun: {farther} + (thyme} = {Father Time}

46 comments on “DT 26919

  1. My old enemy the insomnia came to visit last night so I was very glad to have this for company even though I did have it done by 3am!

    I thought this was a classic Monday Rufus crossword which I never find that exciting but which are always consistent and fair. One compliment I must give is the quality of the writing – almost every clue was short and tight and read well, unlike some others last week!

    Well St Swithin has proved a let down in West Kent. It just about stayed dry yesterday but it is dark grey and tipping down here this morning.

    I agree 2*/3* and 13a clue of the day.

    Thanks to both.


  2. The one that held me up was 21a, and was my last in.
    Thanks to Rufus, and to Libellule.

  3. Today I agree with Wozza :smile: The clue writing is beautifully smooth, as always from Rufus.

    Too many anagrams for my taste but overall I quite enjoyed it, albeit not for long! Agree with 2*/3*.

    Favourite was 13a which took a while for the penny to drop but also think 19a is worth a mention.

    Thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

  4. Agree with the comments about the conciseness of the clue writing, but just didn’t ‘get on with’ some today, e.g.13a, 13d and 1a (for which ‘bakers’ would make more sense to me). Liked 18d. Have we not seen something very similar to 24a recently? Anyway, thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

    1. Hi Toadson

      While I was reading1a I thought “bet this is going to be BAKERS”, and then got to the enumeration! :grin:

      1. Yes Pommers, I know it had to be ‘bakeries’, but it just didn’t ‘sit’ with me. I’ll put it down to the excesses of the weekend!

    2. The answer to 24a was also the answer to 1d on Saturday, albeit with a very different clue.

      1. Hi,
        Sorry if this is really late to post, but I’m stuck in sunny and not too pleasant Afghanistan and I don’t get the paper until late. Please can someone explain why OP relates to work in 24a. I’m still learning my cryptic skill and BD’s blog is a great tool whilst I am away



        1. Rob,
          Opus = Op (abbreviation) for a musical work.
          You have my sympathies if you are located in Afghanistan.

        2. Hi Rob

          Never too late to post. The blogger gets an email to alert and someone else will always see it.

          OP is a crossword standard for “work”. Comes from music/Latin where it’s the abbreviation for OPUS (work). Beethoven’s 5th symphony is his Opus 67 (67th work) and is usually written as Op. 67.

          Remember it as it comes up very frequently.

          A friend of mine has 2 sons in the Marines but fortunately neither is in Afghan at the moment (5 tours between them to date). Take care.

  5. Thanks to Rufus & to Libellule for the review & hints. Nice start to the week, no real problems, started with 5d, finished with 6d, favourites were 1 & 13a. Cold & horrible in Central London, please let us have some Summer before It’s too late :-(

  6. I know that 1a was straight forward,but i have to admit i struggled with it,looking for something more complicated,(like a left arm bowler round the wicket) and as a result the NW corner was the last in. i agree with Libellule that13a was a bit ‘iffy’ but 13a was ok as the solution also means a slight amount.Looking forward to the test match and if its’any consolation to Heno, it’s been pouring down all day in Cheshire.

  7. I’m not even going to mention the W word or the R word! :sad:
    I quite enjoyed this – a few held me up but they’re all the kind of answers that really weren’t difficult – 19, 21 and 26a and 13, 20 and 22a. Is force a common anagram indicator? If it is I just missed it! I also didn’t know the second meaning of “dress” in 20d.
    I liked 1 and 13a (first word took me ages) and 6 and 8d.
    Thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

  8. 2/3 star for difficulty from me, bit of a plod I thought and really didn’t like 13a, just didn’t work for me at all. Thx to Libellule for the hints for 19a and 20d both of which defeated me. It was OK. But I have seen better Monday puzzles.

  9. One of the most straightfoward starts to Monday morning solving. Thanks to Rufus and Libellule too.

    The only ‘tricky’ crossword today is Morph (Micawber) in the Independent (available on line).

  10. Excellent! This is more like it…very pleasurable. Still had a couple of gaps now solved thanks to the hints. Favourite clue 13a which took me a while as I was thinking Home something for quite a bit.

  11. I have to say I enjoyed this puzzle far more than is the common consensus. Thought some of the surface reading for some of the clues was excellent, 11a 12a and 22d for example

    I have to admit I initially put Home for the first part of 13a and that held me up a little. Overall I would go with ** and ****. Good start to the week. Many thanks to all.

  12. Thanks to Rufus for a fairly enjoyable crossword, too many anagrams for my personal taste, thanks also to Libellule for the review.

  13. Once again very enjoyable from Rufus. 13a held me up a bit until the penny dropped. Where did that expression originate? Concise, logical clues which read well. Only vague connections today with matters nautical; first four letters of 7d and 20d, (which I’ve done plenty of)! 25a was my favourite.
    Thank you Rufus and Libellule.

  14. Enjoyed this and agree with the star ratings. But I did think 26a was a little unfair -it should have given some hint that the word was French. Thanks to Rufus and Libelulle for a good start to the week.

    Just off to clean my wellies ready for a trip to the RHS Show at Tatton Park on Wednesday. Free tea and coffee with my Telegraph subsciber’s card!

    1. Patsyann,
      Re, 25a, Ananas is just another word for prineapple (you should find it in your English dictionary), however its is also the word the French use, so it was a bit easier for me to spot it.

  15. Hi Patsyann. Bit confused re your French connection. First four letters make an anagram of does and the next four a synonym of dead.

  16. Further to the question I raised in comment 14: I found the answer on p536 of Nigel Rees’s book “A Word in your Shell-Like” A useful little publication by Collins. I shall not bore you with the entry unless requested to do so.

  17. Lovely start to the week. Agree with Libellule about 6d. Simply beautiful! Got held up slightly cos anagrammed ‘tale told’ (10a) as allotted to begin with – grrrrrr, but got there in the end. Thanks to all.

  18. Either I’m still jet-lagged or my brain has atrophied ,not having done a crossword for the past 8 weeks (too busy being educated by 2year-old grandson in the names of all construction machines ,all kind of trucks,and being introduced to Thomas & friends & Lightning McQueen etc. All you grandparents out there will no doubt have experienced same) I was very slow with this to-day & couldn’t for the life of me think what the first word in 13a was until I saw Libellule’s hint & then got 4d which at first reading thought was an anagram but couldn’t see it……DUH 4d=me. Thanks to Rufus & Libellule

  19. I see that Rufus has also done today’s Guardian crossword and there are some beautiful clues there as well.

    1. Hi Roger,

      Rufus does most of the Monday Grauniads (4 out of 5 I think) and also the FT on Mondays, under the pseudonym of “Dante” – prolific or what? Pommette’s favourite setter so I always have to print out the ‘Rufi’ :grin:

  20. This was really slow-going for me – totally out of character with recent Monday puzzles; I hope it is not an indicator for the rest of the week. 13a was the last in, with the help of Libellule – thanks. But that was the only one I needed help on. I concur the other entries on the quality of the clues. When I printed the puzzle off the web-site last night I had to double check to make sure I hadn’t printed the Quickie in error.

  21. Good evening everyone – October here! Cantered away with this today but unfortunately did not manage to get either 1a (DOH!) nor 2d (double DOH!). Otherwise painless and pleasantly enjoyable.

  22. Thought today was a decent Monday effort. Thoroughly enjoyed 13a, 8d good too. 26 a bit of a swizz! I always need the doddle anagrams to get me going, long may they continue.

    1. I got a bit tangled up with 26a too – tried, without success, to make it an anagram of “does set” and “d” (for dead) meaning miserable – it just wouldn’t work!

  23. PS Lots of brownie points to Libellule and pommers for not mentioning their weather :smile: to both of you!

  24. Detecting Irony, have a hall stand full of wet coats, a washing machine full of dog towels , the house looks like widow twankees laundry grrrrr. E-slap to follow shortly!! However, my thoughts go out to the Polish, Japanese and certain parts of America where the weather system has been far more lethal, and to those in this country too obviously who have been affected. I agree with the comments on the high anagram count and as with Ian got the anagram wrong initially at 10a. Thanks Libellule and Rufus

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