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DT 27015

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27015

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Another typical Rufus start to the week, with a sprinkling of topical clues and answers.

The answer can be revealed by highlighting the space between the curly brackets


1. Applications for injury benefit, perhaps (11)
{ANTISEPTICS} – Are also substances that inhibit the proliferation of infectious microorganisms.

9. Chap soundly digs his plot, he’s remembered today (3,6)
{GUY FAWKES} – A synonym for a man or a fellow is followed by a word that sounds like FORKS to get someone who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

10. If damp it’s unlikely to make much impact (5)
{SQUIB} – A small firecracker, which if damp will fail to explode, is also a phrase that describes something intended but fails to impress.

11. Turning balls that may offer chances (6)
{BREAKS} – The spinning of balls in cricket can also be sudden pieces of good luck.

12. Dogs, idle in disposition, will be put out (8)
{DISLODGE} – An anagram (in disposition) of DOGS IDLE.

13. Goes easy — Mabel’s upset (6)
{AMBLES} – Another anagram (upset) of MABELS.

15. Certainly in drink — so restrained (8)
{MEASURED} – A word that means careful or deliberate can be constructed by placing SURE (certainly) inside a honey drink.

18. Is he going in to discover it’s all over? (8)
{FINISHED} – Place IS HE inside (going in) a word that means to uncover or detect something.

19. Roman sort of light providing sparks (6)
{CANDLE} – The sort that is a firework that emits balls of fire and a shower of sparks.

21. Move to a new country home (8)
{EMIGRATE} – A word that describes leaving ones country in order to settle in another.

23. Firework lecture (6)
{ROCKET} – Double definition, an informal word for a severe reprimand or a projectile.

26. Clothes in season (5)
{DRESS} – To attire, or to garnish.

27. She may take the wheel with dazzling effect (9)
{CATHERINE} – Another firework reference, this time to one that rotates rapidly when lit.

28. The Services may prove decisive in these struggles (11)
{TIEBREAKERS} – What I can only assume is a cryptic reference to what happens in a tennis matches if the games in a set reach six all.


1. Garble a broadcast that discovers unknowns (7)
{ALGEBRA} – An anagram (broadcast) of GARBLE A.

2. The herb season, we hear (5)
{THYME} – This herb sounds like (we hear) TIME.

3. Gems you can safely handle (9)
{SPARKLERS} – Another firework reference, this time to those that burn slowly and give off a shower of sparks.

4. Weapon for spearing fish? (4)
{PIKE} – A long spear is also the name of a freshwater game fish.

5. Animated spider in webbing (8)
{INSPIRED} – An anagram (in webbing) of SPIDER IN.

6. Flapping sails of hemp fibre (5)
{SISAL} – An anagram (flapping) of SAILS.

7. Multiply without going forth (7)
{INBREED} – How you might describe offspring created by mating that takes place at home.

8. Illegally dispatched (8)
{MURDERED} – Also unlawfully killed.

14. Pretentious person turns up, about to light tonight’s conflagrations (8)
{BONFIRES} – Reverse a word for a person who is possibly an elitist or social climber and place it about a word that means to cause to burn or ignite to get large conflagrations seen outdoors this evening.

16. Propose a funny article following serial drama (4,5)
{SOAP OPERA} – An anagram (funny) of PROPOSE A followed by A (article).

17. Star of the Magic Circle? (8)
{PENTACLE} – A five pointed star often held to have magical or mystical significance.

18. Slip, perhaps, if up tree (7)
{FIELDER} – Reverse (up) IF and then add a tree of the genus Sambucus to get the sort of slip you might find playing cricket.

20. Values seem set for a change (7)
{ESTEEMS} – An anagram (for a change) of SEEM SET.

22. With revision tries to take the examination again (5)
{RESIT} – An anagram (with revision) of TRIES.

24. Combination of metals used in common tool (5)
{KNIFE} – The chemical symbols for Potassium, Nickel and Iron.

25. A highlight of the night that’s clear (4)
{STAR} – What you might see in the night sky assuming that a, its not cloudy and b, there is no light pollution.

The Quick crossword pun: (Bonn) + {finite} = {Bonfire Night}

80 comments on “DT 27015

  1. I’m afraid I thought this quite dull with some pretty mundane clues on the whole. 3*/2*

    Hope the week gets better.

    Thanks to both.

  2. Eight anagrams and seven rather weak themed clues, I’m afraid this was one Rufus crossword I didn’t enjoy very much, however, my thanks to him and to Libellule for the review.

  3. Typical and topical Rufus today. Only clue to give me any problems was 28A which I worked out from the checking letters (had to check Libellule’s blog to find any sort of reason for the answer). I can almost hear the howls of derision about 11A and 18D (personally I had no problem with them as a cricket lover).
    The quickie has a similar theme running through it today.

    1. Incidentally, spent most of yesterday morning trying to get from Cheltenham to Bath – made a big mistake and decided not to take the motorway so had endless floods requiring several detours (ended up near Swindon) then hit snow!!!

      1. A break in snooker is when all the balls are smashed round the table.
        A break in cricket is where the ball deviates from the straight and narrow (ie it turns from the centre line).
        If a bowler is said to be turning the ball, it means it is moving to the left or right of the centre line, to define it further the terms leg-break or off-break are used to show it moving toward or away from the batsman’s legs.

        Hope that’s as clear as mud.

      2. Oh, I forgot, in snooker, a break is also potting a series of balls in succession. whilst the balls are obviously turning (ie they are rolling), it is not an expression that is used in the game.

          1. I shall have to lend (or recommend) some cricketing books to you Kath. They might not make you understand cricket more, but they may help you to appreciate it and what we love about it. I believe that there must be more humour in and around cricket than in every other sports put together. One day I might even write my own book of funny bits I’ve picked up over the years.

          2. Kath, You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in the men who are out try to get him out and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out , and both sides have been out twice, after all the men have been in, including those who are not out that’s the end of the game. Simples!!!

            1. Simples!! – unless it’s been raining?

              Then the Duckworth-Lewis Method comes into effect:-

              “The D/L method works using the notion that teams have two resources with which to make as many runs as they can – these are the number of overs they have still to receive and the number of wickets they have in hand. From any stage in their innings, their further run-scoring capability depends …………………………………….

            2. You forgot to mention that the batsman can hit the ball forward or behind the wicket: to off or on side, or leg which is the same as on; or perhaps he could drive, glance, sweep, hook, cut or even reverse sweep!

              Hope that muddied the water sufficiently :grin:

              A “glance through leg slip to cover point” would be interesting to see :lol:

          3. All I can say is that I’m really sorry! But, on the plus side, I am getting a little bit better with cricket terminology – I do at least know quite a few cricketing terms now – I may not know what they mean but SURELY that’s a move in the right direction. I also know that there 11 (or is it 13) people hitting balls around in a game of cricket . . .? One day I will get there, with or without all the help from here!

  4. Another gentle start to the week for which I was grateful. At least I’ve completed a crossword before 9am (except for 28a) . Thank you Rufus.

    I whizzed through the top half, slowed down towards the bottom and couldn’t solve 28a. My spell checker doesn’t recognise the word.

    For me its a 1.5*/2* today.

    Thanks to L’belle for the answers

  5. Unlikely to forget what today is, after this very themed puzzle. Struggled with understanding the only possible answer to 28A, until I read Libellule’s suggestion – which does make sense of it. Generally a bit easy, but gentle enjoyment.

  6. Morning Libelulle, an unusual Rufus crossword with a lot of ‘all in one ‘ clues, needless to say I made heavy work of them!! However didn’t need the hints today though needed lots of electronic help particularly for 1a and 28a!
    Fav clues for me today 22d and 1a, thanks for blog as usual Libelulle, it’s a lovely sunny morning here in West Wales blue skies all around :-)

  7. A gentle start to the week with an appropriate theme for the day. Also, a couple of cricket references which I enjoy. I thought we might even have a reference to Kenneth Wolstenholme’s quote on first reading 18a, but that would be too much.

  8. An appropriate theme for the day. Also, a couple of cricket references which I enjoy. I thought we might even have a reference to Kenneth Wolstenholme’s quote on first reading 18a, but that would be too much.

  9. About **/***, easy enough once the topical theme had been spotted, held up in the SW corner and 28 a the last in, as per most of the bloggers,would have been hard without all the letters in-sunny in cheshire

  10. There is something very comforting about turning to the back page of the paper on a Monday morning, particularly after a grotty journey to work, and I did enjoy the theme of both today’s puzzles. Thanks to both Rufus and Libellule.

  11. Not my favourite Rufus puzzle but pleasant enough.

    No particular favourites but 8d raised a smile even though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it before.

    Thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

  12. Loved this one, full of clever references to today’s date.
    Incidentally don’t miss the Quick pun today, it is truly groan worthy!
    My Thx to Rufus for an enjoyable puzzle and to Libellule for the hints tho not needed today

  13. I quite enjoyed this and didn’t have much trouble apart from 1 and 28a and 17d. I agree with Libellule’s ratings.
    I liked the theme – particularly as it’s eldest daughter’s birthday so how could I forget?
    I also thought that 11a was something to do with snooker – I now know better! Capitalising the first two words of the clue for 28a was a bit sneaky, in my opinion anyway – it certainly fooled me for ages.
    I didn’t like 1a but I did like 9, 10 and 23a and 7, 8 and 22d.
    Thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

  14. Just noticed that this mornings message must have got lost in the ether ! Wondered why I wasn’t getting any e-mails through.

    Great topical fun ! Thank you Rufus and Libellule. Put the answer in for 28a and stared at it for a while – and then the penny dropped. Fooled by the capital “S”

  15. I have to say that this was the first puzzle in a good long time that I couldn’t finish. Got all the GF clues but thought 21a, 17a and 25d were barely cryptic. Especially 25d. 28a was beyond me – should it really be one word?
    Can anyone explain 5d to me? To me animated is an anagram indicator but what does webbing have to do with the answer!
    Looking forward to tomorrow’s puzzle!
    Thanks to libellule whose help was needed today and to the setter. At least my name was in 27a!

    1. I think that in most clues, you might get the anagram indicator as WEAVING. However, as a spider doesn’t really weave, but creates a web I would think Rufus can get away with webbing just this once (I must admit, it wasn’t one of my favourite clues today either).

    2. Hi Catherine

      Nice when your name comes up in a puzzle :smile: I came across my surname a couple of months ago (Pomfret = a fish of the sea-bream family) and that certainly raised a smile!

      Re 5d – WEBBING is the anagram indicator and ANIMATED the def.

      From Collins:-

      WEB, verb tr – to entangle or ensnare

        1. Some setters think that “pomfret” is a bit obscure – but not to me! Got it instantly! V good puzzle I thought.

    3. Who knows, you might have been the inspiration for 27a. It’s nice to think so anyway. We understand that the Setters often do read this blog. Cheers.

  16. Typical Rufus for me today – rushed through most of it – then held up for ages on the last few! Why does that always happen?

    Last in 28a – Liked it with a capital “L”.

    (Not many comments on the Monthly Prize Puzzle – Don’t think I’ll be the winner this month! Too hard for me!)

    1. Don’t give up on the MPP Franco. Out of the 3 that we have done, we found this the quickest solve. Cheers

      1. 2Kiwis, I didn’t give up on the MPP. Finished it! Phew!

        I wonder if postal charges are taken into consideration when picking the winner? North Island or South Island? :wink:

          1. We recently bought a copy of Mrs B and the freight was almost as much as the book. The irony is that the offer was free freight for purchasers in the UK.

    2. You don’t have to solve the whole puzzle to guess the answer. I got it when about half solved, but I did persevate to the end :grin:

        1. Suppose it depends on the checkers you have – worked for me, although I didn’t submit until completly solved.

    3. Ditto both sue/2Kiwis response. Far be it from me to offer advice, but i will anyway.

      Put the puzzle down overnight. Do other puzzles. Revisit. You now have a new puzzle with checking letters.

      It works for me. ( memory span of a housefly ).

      Good Rufus in the Guardian.

    4. Yes, Franco – I absolutely agree about Rufus puzzles – do most of them really quickly and easily and then grind to a complete halt with the last few. It happens almost every Monday – so pleased that it’s not just me!
      As far as the Monthly Prize Puzzle is concerned I also agree with you – have managed about nine answers so far . . . really not looking too good!

      1. If I can do it,, …there are as 2Kiwis say a few investigoogle moments but follow the instructions, you dont need to solve all the clues, but actually they are all worth the effort

  17. Usual pleasant Rufus start to the week and thoroughly enjoyable for that. Many thanks to him and to Libelle whose hint I did use on 2/3 occasions

  18. An enjoyable, gentle start to the week. I don’t find themed crosswords boring, and we don’t have them all the time.Many thanks to Reviewer and to Rufus.

  19. Typical Rufus – many thanks!

    The topical theme brought back memories of my youth in GB.

    28a & 24d were my faves aside from the topicality.

    1. Probablement because we can ‘clone’ a post to make setting it up easier and he probably cloned 27009 and forgot to change the title.

      1. Good man Gazza.
        I have to demonstrate that even at my ripe old age I am very observant.
        I only wish that I could travel and meet you all.
        As Libellule lives in France he won’t be celebrating Fireworks Day until
        31st. December!!!!
        Are we sure that Libellule is masculine or feminine????

          1. Agree with Gazza, Masculine. And current wine choices are? Need to stock up prior to Christmas any advice as always most welcome Derek. Especially for Partridge. Going traditional on one dinner so it will be served on toast…

        1. Derek,
          Libellule in person is masculine, although in french dragonfly is actually a noun feminine. My apologies for any confusion. I “cloned” the post from a previous one, and forgot to update the number in the post. So my thanks to Gazza for stepping in and correcting it. In France fireworks are usually reserved for Bastille Day.

  20. I must confess to having found this devilishly hard so much so only about 50% done. BAH! Better luck tomorrow.

  21. Having the significant theme certainly made what was a pretty straightforward puzzle even easier. 28a was the only one to give us pause for reflection although we had pencilled in “astringents” for 1a until checking letters tossed it out.
    Thanks Rufus and Libellule.
    PS. Promise never to make any further comments about English people’s bed-times.

    1. By the way, “poms” should be spelt with a capital “P”. :wink:

      (Are the Scots, Irish and Welsh included as Poms?)

      1. OK Poms! The jury is still out on how widely the label can be used. It is generally used as an affectionate nick-name and not in an insulting way unless it is ******* Poms. Cheers.

      2. Hope you’re not talking about me! In my case “poms” (how I’m normally addressed) is definitely lower case p.

  22. Thanks to Rufus & Libellule for the review & hints. Was 2*/3* for me, but I had to use the hint for 28a, I thought it was a bit naughty of Rufus to use a capital S for Services. Quite enjoyed it though, favourites were 18a, & 18&24d. Lovely sunny morning in Central London.

  23. Why has the whole blog gone into italics? Maybe it’s just me but then I would like to know why!

    1. “Why has the whole blog gone into italics?”

      Think it might have been my fault! I used italics (comment # 4) but incorrectly failed to use the HTML to stop it.

      Thought formatting only applied to each individual comment! Perhaps, not!

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