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DT 27091

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27091

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! This was a Cephas production I feel (Please correct me Mr C if I am wrong!) and had some lovely surface readings that made me smile and the usual varied array of anagram indicators. I struggled at the time due to ‘Birthday Weekend Fatigue’ but upon review it was probably ** difficulty for me.

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1a           Safety officer‘s fine when European comes back about bonus (4-6)
FIRE WARDEN – The apostrophe ‘s hides an IS which means that the definition IS the following wordplay. You then start with FINE and move the E for European back one space towards the front. Finally take this (FI-EN and place around REWARD (bonus)

6a           One in flight takes favourites aback (4)
STEP – A flight being a flight of stairs. Reverse (take aback) PETS for favourites.

9a           Swift attack packs little power (5)
RAPID – A simple insertion of P for Power in RAID (attack) but a good coherent surface reading.

10a         Medical problem covering entire street in past (9)
GALLSTONE – Cover ALL ST (entire and the abbreviation for Street) with GONE (in past).

12a         Place for marksmen soon gathering excitedly (8,5)
SHOOTING RANGE – An anagram (excitedly) of SOON GATHERING.

14a         Clear single implication (8)
OVERTONE – A charade of OVERT (clear/open) and ONE (single)

15a         Optimistic in college course (6)
UPBEAT – Traditionally when one is at University at an Oxbridge college one is said to be UP. Add BEAT for course, as in blood coursing through the body.

17a         Coterie including private group (6)
SEPTET – A group of 7 musicians. Place the abbreviation for the military rand private (PTE) inside SET for coterie or group.

19a         Brought about no harm at gruelling event (8)
MARATHON – Make an anagram (brought about) of NO HARM AT.

21a         I remained still in poverty — it was Thatcher’s policy (13)
PRIVATISATION – Place I SAT (remained still) in PRIVATION (poverty)

24a         Fuel additive in tank, I conk out (9)
ANTIKNOCK – An anagram , indicated by out, of TANK I CONK.

25a         Actor smooths things over (5)
IRONS – The definition is our Jeremy (currently in ‘Lincoln and previously in ‘In the Name of the Father’ which coincidentally I watched the night before solving this puzzle). The cryptic is ironing the creases out of ones clothes.

26a         Expression used in ‘Mastermind’ (4)
TERM – A name or expression is hidden in the last word.

27a         Sit angrily suffering sore throat (10)
LARYNGITIS – An anagram (suffering) of SIT ANGRILY.



1d           Motor manufacturer favouring Germany (4)
FORD – Don’t forget that the IVR code for Germany is D for Deutschland!. Place it after FOR (favouring).

2d           Letter I posted contains reply (7)
RIPOSTE – Another hidden word indicated by ‘contains’

3d           Complicated work defeat him? — that’s not true (4,2,3,4)
WIDE OF THE MARK –  Another anagram (indicated by complicated) of WORK DEFEAT HIM.

4d           Pasta — I set up a large amount first (8)
RIGATONI – Slightly complicated but if you do exactly what the clue says you will get the answer. Start with I RIG (I SET reversed) then BEFORE the I place A TON so it looks

5d           In France she procures end of John Terry perhaps (5)
ELLEN – ELLE, the French word for ‘she’ should be followed by the end letter of JohN.    This example (perhaps) of someone with the surname of  Terry was the leading Shakespearean and comic actress in the late 1800s.

7d           Beat sailor heartlessly with cat (7)
TROUNCE – Start with a jolly jack TAR with the A removed (heartlessly) and then add the ubiquitous Crosswording Cat the OUNCE. Lovely surface reading!.

8d           Somehow need priest to ordain before the event? (10)
PREDESTINE – Make an anagram (somehow) of NEEDS PRIEST.

11d         Four in rubbish London suburb just get by (6,1,6)
SCRAPE A LIVING – Place IV, the Roman numerals for four inside SCRAP (rubbish) and EALING, a West London borough.

13d         Apply scheme to get in sought-after Swiss cheese perhaps (5,5)
HOUSE PLANT – A Swiss Cheese plant is but one example (indicated by perhaps) of a plant that thrives indoors. Place USE (apply) and PLAN (scheme) inside HOT (sought after/in demand).

16d         Frolic with energy in springtime — that’s nonsense! (8)
MALARKEY – Place LARK (frolic) and E for Energy and place them inside MAY – springtime.

18d         Nothing penned by playwright makes suggestion (7)
POINTER – O (nothing) insideHarold PINTER theplaywright for a suggestion or hint.

20d         Place to meet a non-governmental organisation in small building (7)
HANGOUT – The abbreviation for A Non-Governmental Organisation needs to be placed inside a HUT (small building).

22d         A limo crashed in Grand Prix venue (5)
IMOLA – Another simple clue with or without the checking letters. An anagram (crashed) of A LIMO.

23d         Goddess — one affectionate way to address girl (4)
ISIS – I for one and a short affectionate way of naming your SISter.

Now I WILL see you all in 2 weeks time!


11 comments on “DT 27091

    1. Thanks! BD mailed last night ti say the same. I changed the blog buy i clearly didn’t hit save!

  1. Grumble- 18d – the o isnt ‘by’ the playwright – its in it. and what is 1 across all about ? it either is an anagram or it isnt… Where do I get my money back ?

    1. Welcome to the blog BobbyOllox

      You need to read 18 down more carefully. The O (nothing) is penned by the playwright. When something is penned it is enclosed.

      1 across is NOT an anagram. The E (European) in FINE is being moved “back” to give FIEN, so no anagram indicator is required.

      1. Ahhh I get it – I was trapped into think of penned as meaning written, rather than penned meaning enclosed. I guess that was the fiendish plan

        and 1 across, I know it isnt an anagram – but I find the prescriptive rearrangement of letters imprecise and inelegant.I was complaining about the clue, not your perfect explanation,. sorry.

        Essentially I am just cross it beat me……..

        Great site, have visited it incognito for a long time now = you provide an invaluable service for the moderately skilled such as myself. ….

    2. Thanks Dave – I was just penning the same thing. Bobby – would you please post if you have any further questions on 1a – I thought that I explained it (unlike 5d on the day – sorry Dave!)

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