DT 26955

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26955

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable if not too taxing crossword this morning. I particularly liked 21a. If you have any thoughts please feel free to leave a comment.

The full answer is hidden between the curly brackets.


1. Covered passages in a sacred building (7)
{ARCADES} – An anagram (building) of A SACRED.

5. Hint there may be a number in favour (7)
{FLAVOUR} – A word meaning taste or a quality can be created by adding L (the Roman numeral for 50) to favour.

9. Wine and port provided with German agreement (5)
{RIOJA} – A Brazilian port and the German word for yes is also a well known Spanish wine.

10. Good ones can always grow better (9)
{GARDENERS} – Percy Thrower, Geoff Hamilton, Monty Don for example, but not Alan Titchmarsh.

11. Showers seen at the bathroom trade fair? (10)
{EXHIBITORS} – A clue that is meant to mislead… for shower in this case – think of what the people displaying their wares might be called.

12. Select fruit (4)
{PLUM} – Double definition, something desirable, or a damson.

14. I am under some order for a minor legal offence (12)
{MISDEMEANOUR} – An anagram (order) of I AM UNDER SOME.

18. Inflation may result from cut back to going rate, perhaps (12)
{EXAGGERATION} – Reverse (back) a three letter word for cut (as in dismiss or fire) and then add an anagram (perhaps) of GOING RATE.

21. Island centre of missionaries (4)
{IONA} – Look carefully at the last word and you will find a Scottish island (that was at the heart of Christianity in Scotland for centuries)
hidden there.

22. A bishop has the answer — forgiveness (10)
{ABSOLUTION} – A B (bishop) and a word for the correct answer to a problem.

25. Find out how death must be regarded (9)
{ASCERTAIN} – AS and then “nothing is ******* but death and taxes” to get another word that means to discover through examination or experimentation.

26. Crest of game bird having part missing (5)
{RIDGE} – A narrow raised land formation is also a bird that has the first four letters removed (PART).

27. Put in a seat (7)
{ELECTED} – As perhaps chosen to represent a constituency in the Houses of Parliament.

28. It comes last, locked in reverse (7)
{DESSERT} – The final course of a meal is also the reverse of a word that means having long locks of hair.


1. A selfish characteristic, no argument about that (6)
{AGREED} – A and a word that means excessive desire for something produces another word that means to come to an understanding or be in accord.

2. Gardening accessory that’s old hat (6)
{CLOCHE} – A close-fitting woman’s hat with a bell-like shape is also used to protect plants from frost.

3. A moving entrance (10)
{DRAWBRIDGE} – This could be the main entrance to a castle.

4. Sense of position, say (5)
{SIGHT} – This sense sounds (say) like site.

5. Remote? By no means (3,4,2)
{FAR FROM IT} – A phrase that means not at all (by no means) could also be considered to describe something that’s a long distance away.

6. Experts break case (4)
{ACES} – An anagram (break) of CASE.

7. Miss finished appearance (8)
{OVERLOOK} – A word that means to fail to notice or consider something is a charade of a word that means no longer in progress and another word for to seems to or appear to be.

8. Evergreen female duo (8)
{ROSEMARY} – Two girls names can be put together to get an aromatic evergreen shrub used as a herb.

13. Chap works in military operations (10)
{MANOEUVRES} – MAN (chap) and a word usually used to describe works of art, literature, or music etc.

15. Target area for local missile launchers (9)
{DARTBOARD} – This target area would be found in your local pub perhaps…

16. It appears in a woman’s secret birthright (8)
{HERITAGE} – Put IT inside something a woman does not like to discuss to get something that can be passed down or the status acquired by a person through birth.

17. One may form a strong attachment to a craft (8)
{BARNACLE} – “Any of various marine crustaceans of the subclass Cirripedia that in the adult stage form a hard shell and remain attached to submerged surfaces, such as rocks and the bottom of ships”.

19. Light linked to switch (6)
{KINDLE} – An anagram (to switch) of LINKED.

20. Agitated state obtains peace with United Nations (6)
{UNREST} – A word that means anxious or apprehensive can be constructed from UN (United Nations) and another word that means at ease.

23. Had conceded (5)
{OWNED} – Double definition, to have or possess, or to make a full confession or an acknowledgement.

24. Expression of annoyance as five hundred desert (4)
{DRAT} – D (500) and the sort of person who leaves his friends in time of trouble.

The Quick crossword pun: {purse} + {severe} = {persevere}



  1. crypticsue
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Bonjour Libellule. A very nice start to the week from Rufus. I too liked 21a and 16d made me smile too. Thanks to you for the explanations and Rufus for the crossword.

    Fans of Virgilius will be delighted to know that he has set today’s Guardian crossword (as Brendan) and it is very good

    Off now for a walk along the coast with my friend and her dog.

    • Jerry
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      But how did you make 20 down work?

  2. William Geddes
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Hideous start. Wrote in ‘install’ for 27A and then totally at sea in the SW corner for ages.

    • Jerry
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      Ditto – how did you make 20 down work?

      • William Geddes
        Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

        20d fairly straight forward. 24d confirmed something was amiss with 27a

  3. Jerry
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    20 down doesn’t work. Am I the only person who has “*N*E*T” in the boxes?! “UNSEAT” fits but makes no sense – are Emperor’s new clothes being worn here?!!

    • William Geddes
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      You have the right clue letters but the missing ones are not S and A. Think of peace as what you get when you sleep

      • Jerry
        Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

        Thanks – got there in the end – I was trying to make sense of the solution provided by Libellule!

        • Libellule
          Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

          Libellule made a mistake. Corrected.

  4. Brian
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Must be me, thought it very difficult. After an hour managed only a quarter!

    • mary
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Agree, I found this hard today and had lots of help from Libeluule

      • Collywobbles
        Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        Hi Mary, glad to see you are back, I hope in full swing, I’m still struggling, even with help from Libellule. I like to use the hints without looking at the answers

  5. oscar
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    20d ‘unrest’

  6. Sheepdog
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Put in install for 27 – that slowed me down

    Libellule – I think you’ve put the wrong word in brackets for 20 (or else I’ve got 26 wrong)

  7. Brian
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Finished now with the help of the excellent hints. For me not the best Monday puzzle, just couldn’t get on the wavelength or see most of the anagrams. Funny how sometimes when you see the answers, they are all reasonable but they just won’t come!

  8. William Geddes
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Question. I often use an iPad to look at the blog. Does the page refresh automatically. Oh and if I wished to highlight in side the brackets is that possible?

    • Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink
      • William Geddes
        Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

        Thank you

      • William Geddes
        Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

        Trying the advice out it doesn’t seem to work. Perhaps if I took it out of iPad format.

        • mary
          Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

          I hate using the blog on my iphone or android much rather use my desktop

        • Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

          As someone who is Applephobic I can’t help you there.

    • Caroline
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      If you press between the brackets a little magnifying glass appears. When you take your finger off it is highlighted inblue and says copy or define above. Press define and voila the dictionary definition appears.

  9. 2Kiwis
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Agree, a nice gentle entertaining puzzle. Liked 11a for its clever misdirection (well it misdirected us for a while) Thanks Rufus and Libellule.

  10. spindrift
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised that this was a Rufus as it doesn’t feel like one of his Monday morning offerings. Is it just me?

    • mary
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      No I’m with you here spindrift

    • Senf
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      I agree – this one did not seem to have very much “sparkle.” I finished it last night before lights out, but it was a bit of a grind. I would give it **/** – no real stand out favourites, but I did like 22a, 7d, and 15d.

  11. mary
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Morning Libelulle and thank you for the hints, I did not find this an easy puzzle, at least 3 star for me today, I did not feel like perservating long and hard over this and apart from one or two clues it did not have a ‘Rufus feel’ about it, however liked 21a, 22a and 26a
    A nice day just to go back to bed, i.e. dull, gloomy and very wet!! Never heard tressed to describe long hair before??

    • Steve_the_beard
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mary

      I don’t have my BRD to hand, but the COED says:

      Tress: verb, archaic, arrange (a person’s hair) into long locks.

    • Collywobbles
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      Phew. Finished. I found this quite hard and referred to Libellule quite a lot, for which many thanks Libellule, and also thanks to Rufus, if it is you, for a good and challenging puzzle. Tresses does come up from time to time Mary but I have not seen ‘tressed’ before

    • Libellule
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      Mary, (welcome back)
      Just shows and proves different strokes, I did this (for me) in roughly normal time hence the usual stars for enjoyment and difficulty, although between two and three for difficulty might be more accurate. I did think there were some trickier clues that had me scratching my head… (but thankfully not for too long).

  12. mary
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    24d doesn’t really work does it? a rat is someone who deserts his friends etc. but desert here is being used as a verb, is to desert the same as to rat, if you see what I mean?

    • Senf
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Mary – I was also uncertain about 24d. I don’t have the BRB, but my Concise OED gives one meaning of rat as a verb “to desert” – probably just a definition we are not used to (but Rufus ia).

      • slartibartfast
        Posted August 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        To do with desert rats is it?

  13. julian of ec4
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    has the DT website gone AWOLor is it just me?

    • mary
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      mine keeps throwing up error notices today julian

  14. venetiajames
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    As a complete cryptic crossword beginner, I can’t thank you all enough for the hints – and occasionally the answers – to the daily crosswords. I’m actually starting to understand the thinking.

    • Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Venetia

      Glad you like it

  15. Colmce
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Unusually for a Monday Rufus, had real problems unravelling this puzzle.
    Still got there in the end with some electric help.

    Thanks for review which provided explanations which had passed me by.

    Thanks to Rufus for a harder than usual test.

  16. toadson
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I also needed some hints to get going. None were that difficult once ‘seen’, but couldn’t get on the wavelength initially. Thanks to all.

  17. Attila Thehun
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I liked 26a, and 21a and 16d brightened my visage briefly too.

  18. john Middleton
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I managed to finish today’s crossword quite quickly (for me)
    I enjoyed 1 and8 down

  19. spindrift
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Helpful suggestion needed! My sidebar disappears as soon as I select one of the reviews. Any ideas on how to restore would be appreciated.

  20. BigBoab
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks to Rufus and to Libbelule for a very enjoyable crossword and review.

  21. Carrie
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I got there with a lot of help from Hints and Tips. Most liked 16d which brought a wry smile to my face.

    Thank you setter and Libelulle.

  22. Digby
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I think the linked clues in the Quickie might be Rufus having a gentle play with Mary’s favourite word?
    Otherwise I agree that this cryptic perhaps isn’t quite vintage fare from The Master.

    • Libellule
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think Roger has set his own quick crossword for a number of years now… trying to think of an appropriate pun used to drive him crazy. Its more probable that the quick was set by someone else.

      • Posted August 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        As far as I am aware Rufus has been doing his own Quick puzzles since Steve Race died 3 years ago.

        • Libellule
          Posted August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

          Eminently possible.

  23. Franny
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I also found this quite difficult and needed help to finish. Wanted to put “enthrone” for 27a, but of course it wouldn’t fit so I waited until I had more letters. I didn’t like 5a because it didn’t seem right to have the same word in the clue as in the solution. That said, though, there were a number of clues that amused me very much, and I suppose my favourites were 22 and 26a and 13 and 17d. Many thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

  24. Sweet William
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Finally caught up with the weekend’s crosswords and today’s. The invasion of children and grandchildren has made progress difficult ! All in order now, so thank you setters and reviewers – enjoyed them all, particularly finding the hidden words in the Virgilius puzzle.

  25. pommers
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    A usual fine offering from Rufus but on the benign side I thought. favourites 16d and 21a.

    Thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

    To anyone who knows my surname you might like this, which I found in Toughie 52 this morning:-
    Confectionery favourite obtained from bananas (7)
    Made me laugh anyway :lol:

  26. Chris in Milton Keynes
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Interesting to see that some other solvers have perhaps had a few issues today? Normally I can race through a Monday puzzle, but am really struggling today! Or maybe my brain has gone missing after a visit to the in-laws ….

  27. Chris in Milton Keynes
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    11 across … Baffled … I had to uncover the answer and can see why the answer relates to “showers” in its other meaning, but why is “bathroom” included in the clue? For me that was a real red herring. Thanks to all for the help and advice.

    • gazza
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

      It’s all part of the dastardly plan to try to mislead us. A bathroom trade fair is where you might expect to find showers.

  28. asterix
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    A very entertaining 90 minutes this morning.
    I loved this – for the very solipsistic reason that I solved it.
    First time I’ve finished a DT cryptic!! “Calloo, Callay!”
    So naturally I loved all the clues and thought them very demanding! :-)
    I agree that ‘bathroom’ was a tease. But when you go back to ‘how the clue might otherwise be written’ it’s justifiable.
    Actually I thought 20d and 23d were maybe a bit too easy and not quite pointed enough. But 1a, 2d, 3d, 9a, 15d, 17d, 18a, 19d, 21a, 25a, 26a and particularly, 28a (very witty surface, and of course, it did come last!) were all brill, and some very chucklesome.
    Many thanks to the compiler and to Libellule, whose hints – for maybe the first and last time – I did not need today.

    • axe
      Posted August 28, 2012 at 12:59 am | Permalink

      I too enjoyed the football.

    • 2Kiwis
      Posted August 28, 2012 at 4:33 am | Permalink

      Well done Asterix. Isn’t it great to have this blog so we share the experience. Congratulations from our side of the planet.

      • asterix
        Posted August 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

        Greetings back, Kiwis!