DT 27116

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27116

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Bright and sunny south of the Loire this morning, but its still a bit cold. A typical Monday morning crossword from the maestro (on a par with last weeks difficulty wise – I think), offering the usual high quality of clues with added entertainment.

Across

Across

1. Novel having pride without prejudice? (6,4)
{VANITY FAIR} – A novel by Thackeray can be constructed from two words, the first being a synonym for excessive conceit, the second being a word for just or equitable. An excellent “literary” clue.

9. Source of light that’s growing (4)
{BULB} – Double definition, an incandescent lamp, or an underground rhizome or tuber.

10. Kipling’s game forest and reserve? (6,4)
{JUNGLE BOOK} – A collection of stories first published by Rudyard Kipling in 1893-1894 is essentially also a dense forest (with animals) and a word that describes arranging something in advance.

11. Enemy Zulu leader’s resolved to be cause of ferment (6)
{ENZYME} – An anagram of ENEMY and Z (Zulu leader).

12. Does some stock-taking with odd results (7)
{RUSTLES} – The taking of cattle is also an anagram of RESULTS.

15. Such matters are usually kept secret (7)
{AFFAIRS} – A word that describes personal or business interests, is typically kept quiet when it refers to romantic or sexual relationships.

16. Bashful, say, moved forward or moved out (5)
{DWARF} – An anagram of F(OR)WARD with OR removed is one of seven.

17. Fruit’s unpleasant, you’d have to say (4)
{UGLI} – This fruit sounds like (say) ugly.

18. Indian city starting point for a grand tour (4)
{AGRA} – The starting letters of “a grand” are also a well known Indian city famous for the Taj Mahal.

19. The enemy the Salvation Army has to beat (5)
{SATAN} – SA (Salvation Army) and a word that means to beat or flog, is also another word for the devil.

21. A one-handed wood-cutter (7)
{HATCHET} – Is a small short handled axe, not a disabled lumberjack.

22. Having an educational degree in case, work on a newspaper (7)
{SUBEDIT} – Place BED (Bachelor of Education) inside a court proceeding for the job of correcting printed material.

24. Makes a pretence a reality? (6)
{USURPS} – Taking the place of something without the right to do so. I assume pretence in this sense is the state of being a pretender (to the throne, for example).

27. Wearing black before midday, say (2,8)
{IN MOURNING} – The action or expression of showing grief, could sound like (say) before 12 O’Clock.

28. Author had retired before fifty (4)
{DAHL} – Reverse (retired) HAD before L (the Roman numeral for fifty).

29. Girl who is tender to domestic animals (10)
{KENNELMAID} – She typically looks after dogs in this case.

Down

2. Come very close to a qualification (4)
{ABUT} – A and the sort of qualification that means “on the contrary”.

3. Eat, but not seriously, we hear (6)
{INGEST} – A word that means to take food or liquid into the body, sounds like (we hear) a term that means as a joke.

4. Produced admitted superiority (7)
{YIELDED} – Double definition, the amount that something gives, or to give way, submit or surrender.

5. In the morning, getting round to a little matter (4)
{ATOM} – Put AM (morning) around TO, to get a small particle.

6. Clear share of the profit (4-3)
{RAKE-OFF} – A term that could refer to tidying up leaves perhaps, also refers to a share of the profit typically taken as a bribe.

7. Panel fixed in a makeshift way (4-6)
{JURY-RIGGED} – To assemble something for temporary emergency use could also be a group of people who must give a verdict in a trial, but perhaps have been dishonestly manipulated?

8. Started job making items of aesthetic worth (6,1’3)
{OBJETS D’ART} – An anagram (making) of STARTED JOB are small items thought to have artistic value. I really do not like apostrophes being enumerated as part of a clue.

12. Rule of thumb for pilot lacking refinement (5,5)
{ROUGH GUIDE} – An outline book of advice could also be someone who shows the way but lacks polish or finesse.

13. Describing one who was his own master? (4-6)
{SELF-TAUGHT} – Having learnt by yourself without any formal instruction or help from others.

14. Go into liquidation when working hard? (5)
{SWEAT} – Perspire…

15. Hanging in a French town (5)
{ARRAS} – A wall hanging or tapestry is also a city in northern France.

19. Feeling swell? Yes and no (7)
{SEASICK} – This is the sort of swell you might come across if you were sailing in a boat.

20. Run true to form in training (7)
{NURTURE} – An anagram (to form) of RUN TRUE.

23. Derby, for example, with me mounting horse to enter (6)
{EPONYM} – A word for a place name derived from a real or mythical person can be made by reversing ME (mounting) with a small horse placed inside.

25. Female lost her head somewhere in Arabia (4)
{OMAN} – Remove W from a word that describes an adult female to get a place on the southeast Arabian peninsula.

26. He’s against the proposal and ain’t changing! (4)
{ANTI} – An anagram (changing) of AINT.


The Quick crossword pun: (stocked} + {aching} = {stocktaking}


103 Comments

  1. Poppy
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Enjoyed completing this, although a stretch of short night & long wakefulness helped. Many thanks to setter & Libellule

  2. Rabbit Dave
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    **/**** for me today. With the sun shining at last I worked steadily through this very enjoyable start to the week only to come to a shuddering halt on 23d, which completely flummoxed me. What could Derby be an example of I wondered? Hat, race, Prime Minister, cheese, city? The list seemed endless. But the penny just wouldn’t drop and I couldn’t carry on with my day until I knew. Happily for me, today’s review was posted nice and early to put me out of my misery. Many thanks, Libellule, and many thanks too to the setter for a great puzzle.

    • Senf
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      I had exactly the same probem with 23d. That was the only one not solved before lights out last night – so thanks to Libellule for the help as soon as I fired up the laptop this morning. Overall, a more enjoyable experience than last Monday although the whole of the SE corner was a little troublesome – 19d and 29a, for example, took a lot of staring at before the pennies dropped. Thanks again to Libellule and to Rufus.

      • Filby
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

        23d!! “me” mounting a “horse” just had to be “manage” surely? Never did get the answer without the hint. Using Derby as an example of the solution is too obscure to me. Something like “Boycott” might have given me just the possibility of solving it – although it doesn’t fit the horse theme

  3. Only fools
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Agree with ratings ,
    Faves 2,3,7,19,23 all down
    Last in 24a
    Thought slightly tougher than last week but smileometer operational .
    Thanks very much .

  4. graham
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    My brain is not fully functioning today!need a bit of guidence on a couple of clues I should have paid more attention at school.This was a harder than usual for a monday but a nice entertaining puzzle,thanks to libellue for the for the tips.

  5. Wozza
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Cam someone explain the role of the word “game” in 10a – I don’t understand.

    thanks

    W

    • Poppy
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      I took it to refer to the variety of animals contained – but could be absolutely wrong!

      • Libellule
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

        Thats how I read it – but I’m open to other interpretations.

        • Poppy
          Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

          That’s a relief! And forgot to say that your hint for 21a made me :-)

  6. Brian
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Not my favourite Monday puzzle, very tricky in places. Had to look up 23d, not a word I know at all. Thought 24a was a dreadful clue but did enjoy 10a and 7 & 8d.
    Not sure i understand the hint for 21a, why a disabled lumberjack?
    Mondays are becoming quite a tough start to the week these days.

    • Libellule
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Brian,
      The “not a disabled lumberjack” was a feeble attempt at a joke.

      • Rabbit Dave
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

        It made me smile :-)

      • Kath
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

        I didn’t think it was feeble at all!!

        • Brian
          Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

          Yes I got that but still don’t get the joke.

  7. Jezza
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    A bit of a struggle, as is my wont for a Monday morning, but I got there in the end.
    Thanks to Rufus, and to Libellule.

  8. Up The Creek
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Pretty easy going today until i came across 24 – what a rotten clue! I put in the only word that fitted but it still didn’t ring true. All the rest were OK, especially 1 and 10. Shame about 24, but not a bad start to the week.

  9. Senf
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Interesting to see the apostrophe as part of the enumeration of 8d and Libellule’s comment about it above. Now, since this is an apostrophe of “abbreviation” (my word, not sure what the real terminology is) and it is a foreign language phrase that has been “adopted” into English, is the apostrope an integral part of the expression or not? I consider that it is. However, I think I would have got the answer if the enumeration had been a simple (6, 4), but I would be complaining about it! And, we have the hyphen in the enumeration of 13d; in the same way, should that be there or not?

    • Libellule
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Senf,

      The hyphenation in 13d seems perfectly valid to me.

      • Senf
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

        I agree about the hyphen in 13d, but by the same token of validity, I consider that the apostrophe should be in 8d. One of the “problems” of borrowing/stealing from another language.

    • Rabbit Dave
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      I’m a punctuation pedant. I think the apostrophes and hyphens are important!

      I’m not sure if there is a formal name for an apostrophe when it is used to show omission of a letter or letters. Anyone know?

      • stanXYZ
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        According to Lynn Truss in “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”, the English language first picked up the apostrophe in the 16th century. Its original use was to mark dropped letters. The word in Greek means “turning away” and hence “omission”. The other uses of the apostrophe developed later.

        • Rabbit Dave
          Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

          Thanks, Stan. I love Lynn Truss’ approach to grammar and punctuation.

          • stanXYZ
            Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

            RB, I think you’ve correctly used the apostrophe correctly, unlike some of the examples she quotes:-

            Ladie’s Hairdresser
            Mens Coat’s
            Freds’ Restaurant
            Hot Dogs a Meal in Its’ Self

    • Steve_the_beard
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      As I’ve posted before re the enumeration question, I can see no difference between the space, the hyphen and the apostrophe, and I expect to see all of them indicated by the enumeration.

      All or none!

  10. Lord Luvvaduck
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Being contrarians, we found this * or **/****, so I fear that the next puzzle rated * by the blogger will have her Ladyship and me sweating for ages. Thought it was going to be a pangram and so tried to force 2d to be ‘aqua’ on tha grounds that aquamarine is almost blue and a blue is a sporting qualification, as it were, at Oxbridge. Light dawned eventually.

  11. Sweet William
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Took me a long time to get going, but once I had 1a and 10a managed to make orderly progress. New words all over the place. Knew the French town but not the hanging ! An enjoyable but difficult puzzle for me, thank you Rufus – if it was you – and thank you Libellule for some explanations and your review.

  12. skempie
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Enjoyable fare today. 23D held me up for a while (I also ran through the Earl/Race/Hat/Etc path).

    Actually have some sun here at the moment and have been promised a warm day (double figures) tomorrow.

    Its not often that anything (other than the Matt cartoon) raise more than a chuckle when I read the paper, but I must admit to a great guffaw today reading the Letters page – check out the last one in from Gail Wilson from Tickenham.

    • Kath
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Hadn’t noticed the last letter! :smile:

    • stanXYZ
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      :grin:

    • una
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

      the colon thing didn’t work for me. But the letter is very funny. :-) ?

      • una
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        I think Lyn Leveton’s letter is even better.

  13. Kath
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I’ve started off the week in my usual way – a complete pig’s ear. Just don’t know what it is about Rufus puzzles that I find so tricky.
    Really glad to see that Libellule gave it 3* for difficulty.
    1 and 10a both took ages – don’t know why. 19a was messed up by 15d – got my French towns mixed up and had put in Arles with great confidence. 24a looked like such an unlikely word that I began to doubt my answers for 12 and 13d. I could go on but perhaps not.
    I did enjoy this one once I’d sorted out all my stupid mistakes.
    Lots of good clues – 1, 15 and 16a and 2, 19 (another one that took ages) and 26a. I wasn’t too keen on 24a.
    With thanks to Rufus and Libellule.
    Bright and sunny but still chilly – really cold east wind coming straight across the garden.

  14. Kath
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Oh – and ‘shepherdess’ for 29a until it wouldn’t fit – I even got as far as looking it up to see if it really did have a second ‘H’!! :roll: and :oops:

    • Rabbit Dave
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      Kath, how do you enter your “emoticons”? I can only manage :-) and :-( using keyboard shortcuts.

      • Kath
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        I don’t know what keyboard shortcuts are. I think there is a long list of the little faces, probably in the FAQ section at the top of the page, but will give you a quick list of the ones that I use (all the time – I love them!)
        You need to leave a space before the colon otherwise they don’t work but don’t leave a space between the colon and what you type.

        :smile: is colon smile colon

        :grin: is colon grin colon

        :oops: is colon oops colon

        :sad: is colon sad colon

        There are lots of others.

        • Rabbit Dave
          Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

          Thanks :grin:

          I didn’t know about word shortcuts.

          The keyboard shortcuts I use are : – ) without the spaces for :-) and : – ( for :-(

  15. spindrift
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    As usual a most enjoyable puzzle from the Monday Maestro – so thanks to he & to Libellule for the review.

    Now let’s hope this week doesn’t contain the spats we had last week. It was getting very tasty at one point until BD sent the naughty boys to their bedrooms with no supper.

  16. Roger
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Four words.

    Way, way too hard

  17. Beaver
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Thought this a ‘clever’ crossword punctuated with some tricky clues, agree with a ***/***.Like others struggled with 23d, and ‘slow’ on the uptake in general in the SE corner,thought 29a was’ kindermaid’ie ‘kinder’ for tender and ‘maid. for girl- resulting in someone who looked after children or domestic animals- ie children or brats!! Liked 1 and 24a.

    • Poppy
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      Yes I thought exactly the same for 29a, Beaver, but decided against it because I’d never heard that word used before… Still enlarging my vocabulary and hoping my retrieval system keeps working!

      • Catherine
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        I also really wanted to put kindermaid! I am sure we have had this word ( the correct word that is) sometime in the past few months because I wanted to make exactly the same mistake. Maybe this time it will actually stick with me!

  18. Michael
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    A very good Crossword today!

    Had a bit of trouble with 12d, 13d & 24a!

    13d I thought was ‘Self ——‘ then I thought it was ‘Sole Trader’ so I got into a bit of a pickle – It didn’t help that I couldn’t get 12d or 24a!

    It took a lot of head scratching and a ‘eureka’ moment before I saw the light!

  19. williamus
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Maestro indeed! For me, crosswords don’t get any better than this. Plenty of humour, gentle misdirection, and a few where the answers went in without really understanding why (other than it had to be) and, for that, many thanks to Libellule for erudite explanations. First word of 10a is also a traditional Chinese board game, but that’s probably too obscure…

    …another lovely day here in Birmingham, although the paper girl said it was a bit chilly.

  20. stanXYZ
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    A really enjoyable Rufus today! Lots of smiles: 1a,16a & 21a.

    Nice to see the Quickie Pun making an appearance in the clue for 12a!

  21. Miffypops
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Nice on Rufus. I stopped with four to go so I got on with my day. I have just picked it back up and what bamboozled me earlier today fell into place as nice as pie. Thanks to all concerned. Toughie day tomorrow. Bring it on.

  22. Colmce
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Typical Monday fare until I got to bottom right, where 23d and 29a completely flummoxed me.
    Derby as an Eponym, Lord Derby and the horse race?

    Still apart from that great fun.

    Thanks for the review, definitely needed today.

    Thanks to Rufus

    • Steve_the_beard
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      I think the better eponym is for the kind of porcelain made there…

      • Poppy
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

        Or even the type of hat? :-)

        • skempie
          Posted March 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

          The ‘type of hat’ is an American invention and does belong in a British crossword or even a British Encyclopaedia as far as I am concerned. It should never be used here along with ‘sidewalk’, ‘jello’ or ‘ass’ (unless the word relates to a donkey).

          • Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

            Chambers defines an eponym, as given above by Libellule:
            * A person, real or mythical, from whose name another name is derived

            This rules out the pottery, which is named after a place. The Americans, apparently, called the bowler hat a derby because of it’s prevalence at derby races.

            Thus, the only usage which properly fits the clue is the Epsom Derby, named after Lord Derby following the toss of a coin.

          • Poppy
            Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

            That’s interesting, Skempie, if somewhat different from my experience (I’m presuming you left the ‘not’ out of your comment?). My Grandfather used to wear what the family called a derby hat (bowler) when he collected me off my train from boarding school (end of term joys!) in London. He had no relations in America, and his hat was made by Lock& Co in St James, London. Perhaps it’s the capital ‘D’ which would link it to the USA?

            • Poppy
              Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

              Just seen BD’s response :oops: ! I’ll stop talking, sorry!

            • skempie
              Posted March 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

              You’re right, I did miss out the ‘not’ from my reply, my apologies. Derby for a bowler hat is most definitely an Americanism – what’s even worse is that they don’t even pronounce it correctly in America, they pronounce the word exactly as it is written rather than as ‘DARBY’ as it should be pronounced.

              • Merusa
                Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

                You really don’t like us, do you, Skempie. Though I am bound to confess I am Brit as well.

  23. WBGeddes
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m one of those who starts at the bottom clues from Down and works up so wrote 26D in first off. Simple anagram of ain’t and then bizarrely wrote in TINA. Not only is this an acronym (or is it a word now) it means absolutely the opposite of ‘against the proposal’. What a bad start!

  24. Big Boab
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Usual Monday morning fun from Rufus, many thanks to him and to Libellule for the hints.

  25. Jill
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this puzzle. Not too difficult but witty and fun. Particularly liked 19d.

    • Libellule
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Jill.

  26. Heno
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Rufus and to Libellule for the review and hints. Great start to the week, made me get my thinking cap on. Managed it all apart from 24a, where i used the hint, never thought of pretender to the throne, very clever. Managed to guess the missing letter in 15d, had never heard of the town or the tapestry, but arras is Spanish for a jug that is about a pint capacity, so I put that in :-) Favourites were 1a,12a,16a and 3d. Was 3*/4* for me. Sun out in Central London, went for a nice run earlier.

    • Posted March 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      The sun is shining even brighter on White Hart Lane!

      • mary
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

        A very upset grandson here yesterday :-(

        • Franny
          Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

          So sorry, Mary. I hope he feels better soon.

          • mary
            Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

            It’s all because of the football Franny, Dave’s team ‘Spurs’ beat his team “Arsenal’ 2/1!

      • Heno
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

        Don’t crow yet, maybe after the last game of the season :-)

  27. WBGeddes
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure whether this has been suggested before but apols if so. 10A – Kipling’s game is obviously Great – “The Great Game” (his ref to anglo/russian competition for india via afghanistan) and so great forest therefore is jungle

  28. mary
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi all started this early this morning before rehab but it’s been such a lovely sunny afternoon, warm too, that I haven’t got back to it yet! Beautiful sunshine, snowdrops, primroses, daffodils, even daisies! and lambs in the fields, Spring has indeed sprung, trouble is this may be our ration of sunshine for the year!! Now, where did I put that crossword? I agree with Brian, Mondays do seem a little tougher these days, back later :-)

    • Catherine
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mary
      I envy you your garden! We had another huge snowfall last week so mine is still under at least three feet of snow. I will think of you enjoying your flowers!

      • mary
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        Hi Catherine, I wish that were my garden :-D , no, unfortunately but it’s the countryside all around me :-)

        • Catherine
          Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

          It sounds lovely!

          • mary
            Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

            Beautiful when the sun is shining, which isn’t very often usually but we have had three lovely weeks of dry weather and sunshine, although rain is forecast for Wednesday!

        • Merusa
          Posted March 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

          Mary, when I go to Carmarthen by chuff-chuff train from Newport, don’t I pass by Llansteffan Castle in the distance? I remember seeing a castle and wonder if that’s Llansteffan

    • skempie
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      I have snowdrop, crocus and christmas rose in bloom at the moment with daffodils nearly making the effort. Indoors, we have a couple of superb Amaryllis in bloom. Outside we have leaf buds on our acer and I think some of the roses and the passion flower is starting to wake up too.

    • Kath
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      Grump, grump, grump!! Well all I can say is lucky Mary and skempie – I’m sure it won’t surprise anyone to hear that the ************************* muntjacs have eaten all our bulbs, and lots of other stuff too.
      On the plus side, next week we are having a fence put up to keep the little dears (pun intended – I CAN spell) out. What’s worrying me now is that the fence might get put up with one of them in the garden, thereby keeping one in that won’t be able to get out. Oh dear!!

  29. mary
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for hints Libelulle, completed last few with your help, once again, as I said above I feel Mondays are getting a bit tougher, a few words I didn’t know, two clues I liked 19d and 20a, hopefully an earlirs visit tomorrow :-)

  30. Catherine
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    A very enjoyable puzzle. Especially liked 1a and 16a. Thanks to Rufus and to Libellule!

  31. Franny
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I found this very tough today. Was it Rufus? I don’t usually have so much trouble with him. Perhaps I just wasn’t on the wavelength. I managed to struggle through the top half, but needed a number of hints lower down, especially for 24a and 23d which I loathed. How is Derby a real or mythical person? I didn’t understand that. Thanks anyway to Rufus, if it was him, and to Libellule for all the help. :-(

    • mary
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Rufus puzzles on a Monday do seem to have not just got a bit tougher but also the style doesn’t seem quite the same either, Franny, at least not for me

    • asterix
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      Franny, ignore the town name: the Epsom Derby is named after the twelfth Earl of Derby. Just as a sandwich is named after the Earl of Sandwich, and the wellington boot was named after the Duke of Wellington etc.
      It’s a thing named after a person.

  32. neveracrossword
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Challenging for a Monday, but enjoyable (like a long country walk). Have seen “eponymous” used many times but never “eponym”. Apparently, you can have antonymous and homonymous though I’ve only seen the nouns used.

  33. marcus brown
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I’d be happy to have a Rufus puzzle every day

  34. asterix
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this puzzle in general, with some very witty clues (e.g. 1a, 13a and 19d) though I did wonder about one or two – 21a seemed rather plain; in 26a the ‘he’ puzzled me.
    And 29a – what’s ‘tender’ about such a one? I s’pose ideally she needs to be an animal-lover to do this paid job, but still…

    Anyway, it made a bright start to the week, helped by some cold afternoon sunshine and a glass of champagne.

    • Kath
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      I think it’s ‘tender’ as in someone who ‘tends’ ie looks after.

    • crypticsue
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      Do you always have champagne on a Monday or was it a special occasion?

      • gnomethang
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

        Ils sont fous, ces anglais! ;-)

  35. Hrothgar
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    We got there, eventually, but it took far too long.
    Spent an age on 22a and 23d.
    Silly me
    No excuses..
    On reflection, very good clues, precise and fitting.
    Thanks Rufus and Libellule for the review.

  36. una
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Rufus is definitely my favorite setter so thanks a lot for a wonderful crossword, though I too was stymied by 23d and24a.Too many favorites to mention. Thanks to Libellule for answers to the two mentioned above.More like a ***** for enjoyment.I think it’s the best crossword since that Micaber around last christmas.

    • williamus
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      Absolutely agree!

  37. Merusa
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    At first attempts, I almost decided I was way off course with this Rufus, but I kept going and ended up enjoying. Once I got 10a, I felt that it might not be mission impossible. I did need help from gizmo, which I don’t like to use until I decide I can’t do more. I never did get 24a, hmmmm, not sure i even like it. Thanks to all

  38. Little Dave
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Found this rather tricky and toiled a tad on and off between work. Missed 24a and a couple of others. Not tuned in today.

  39. gnomethang
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve not commented loads on Mondays but 1a – Wow!
    Thanks to Rufus (I don’t pop in to say that enough) and also to Libellule (always without prejudice).

    • Qix
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

      Agree about 1a, that was a lovely clue.

      • una
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

        It was my favorite too,and 13a and 19d etc

  40. Frank Pike
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Hello again. Still quite new to this but managed todays eventually. How do you people know who the setter is when it’s not stated? Regards.

    • Kath
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Somewhere up at the top of the first page, probably in the FAQ bit, there is a list of who sets on which days but, in general, it is:-
      Mondays – Rufus
      Tuesdays – they vary a bit
      Wednesdays – Jay
      Thursdays – Ray T on alternate weeks and Mr Ron (ie we don’t know therefore Mysteron – a term coined by 2Kiwis who are regular commenters) the other week
      Fridays – Giovanni
      Saturdays – Cephas and others
      Sunday – Virgilius

    • Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      That’s a Frequently Asked Question, so guess where you can find the answer!

      http://bigdave44.com/faq/#setters

  41. Derek
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Solved this one earlier on but fell asleep after watching University Challenge!!

    Faves : 1a, 15a, 21a, 27a, 7d. 8d, 13d & 18d.

    Weather here was really spring-like today – in fact some chocolate pavé that my daughter brought back for me from Geneva melted and liquified!

  42. Filby
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t anyone else like 19a? A charade that also makes a perfect definition of the answer! My idea of the perfect clue (even if it was the easiest!)

    • una
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      Well I did ,see etc above.

    • williamus
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      Yes I did too. It’s another thing I like about Rufus puzzles – there are always a few easier “come-and-do-me” clues to draw you in.

      Just waiting for the paper girl to get up. She’s a bit slow on these cold mornings.