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DT 27248

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27248

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

Good fun as usual, although we are a bit confused with 22a. If you found this was over too quickly, you can always get a double dose by trying the Rufus in the Guardian.


1. Profligate poet? (7)
{SPENDER} – The name of a relatively modern English writer could also be a purchaser of goods or services.

5. It grows in snowy Chelmsford (4-3)
{WYCH-ELM} – A tree can be found hidden between the words “snowy” and “Chelmsford”.

9. Initially a zone that excludes children of American Indians (5)
{AZTEC} – Initially indicates that you need to take the first letter of the following five words to get a member of a Mexican Indian people.

10. Silence from stupid cast (9)
{DUMBFOUND} –A word that means to make speechless through amazement can be made up from a word that means unintelligent followed by another word that means to pour into a mould.

11. Old Harry entertained by poor value variety show (10)
{VAUDEVILLE} – Place “Old Nick” inside an anagram (poor) of VALUE to get a form of entertainment.

12. Transport army team (4)
{TAXI} – TA (Territorial Army) XI (Eleven, team).

14. Large sum not declared, apparently (6,6)
{UNTOLD WEALTH} – Not revealed and incalculable riches.

18. Urgent requirement at the laundry? (8,4)
{PRESSING NEED} – To do the ironing.

21. Excellent yet not well done (4)
{RARE} – Uncommon and highly valued, or how you might like your steak cooked.

22. They may cause trouble in the Highlands, as clans have in a way (10)
{AVALANCHES} – An anagram (way) of CLANS HAVE and A I guess… although it looks as though the anagram fodder was meant to be AS CLANS HAVE but that gives a surplus S. But if you use the A instead of AS and take just ‘way’ as the anagram indicator how does the ‘in’ fit?

25. Foundry club doesn’t go on strike (9)
{IRONWORKS} – A place where metal products are made is a type of golf club, followed by a word that describes people in employment

26. Speak evil about none (5)
{VOICE} – Put an evil or immoral practice around O (none).

27. New England domains (7)
{ESTATES} – How you might describe one side of the US, are also large pieces of landed property.

28. Some ran badly, running not being their sport (7)
{OARSMEN} – An anagram (badly) of SOME RAN.


1. Lack bite? (6)
{STARVE} – To suffer from a lack of food.

2. Have a picnic — or go to a restaurant (3,3)
{EAT OUT} – Basically, not having a meal at home.

3. Curiously desire nice divorce (6,4)
{DECREE NISI} – An anagram (curiously) of DESIRE NICE.

4. Bones which are set in a circle (5)
{RADII} – The plural of a bone found in the forearm are also straight lines from the centre of a circle.

5. Likely place for tennis elbow, mind out! (9)
{WIMBLEDON} – An anagram of (out) ELBOW MIND.

6. A slap on the wrist (4)
{CUFF} – An open handed blow or the trimming found at the bottom of a sleeve.

7. Having potential for learning, possibly due to one sort of TV (8)
{EDUCABLE} – An anagram (possibly) of DUE and the sort of TV that’s transmitted by wire.

8. An everyday conclusion (8)
{MIDNIGHT} – Which occurs at 12.00 o’clock at night.

13. Form of credit that is at no time repeated (5-5)
{NEVER-NEVER} – An informal term for hire-purchase could also describe something that doesn’t occur stated twice.

15. Their appetites are all-consuming (9)
{OMNIVORES} – An they are not carnivores or herbivores.

16. Pop up to extol value (8)
{APPRAISE} – Reverse PA (pop up) and then add another word that means to worship to get a word that means to assess the worth or value of something.

17. Confirms what Goldilocks found (5,3)
{BEARS OUT} – That the family “Ursidae” are not at home.

19. Religious belief is held by our opponents (6)
{THEISM} – Put IS inside an objective pronoun that refers to other people, to get a belief in God or gods.

20. A hard back for sailors (6)
{ASTERN} – A and a word that describes a harsh or severe manner, is also the rear of a ship.

23. Catch a young lady with nothing on (5)
{LASSO} – To catch using a long rope, is another word for a young woman plus O (nothing).

24. Very keen student pulls up (4)
{SWOT} – Reverse a word that means to draw or pull something behind (a caravan perhaps), to get a person who works or studies hard.

Today’s Quickie Pun: {PIG} + {SMITE} + {FLY} = {PIGS MIGHT FLY}

65 comments on “DT 27248

  1. Nice start to the day. The crossword, the beer order, the crisps and snacks order are completed. Emails have been read and replied to. I have looked at Bob Dylan’s set list fro last nights show searched for an hotel for a trip to London. All done from the comfort of my bed using my iPad. I thank the good lord for leading me to Saint Sharon all those years ago. She thinks the Devil led her to me. Good puzzle. Ta to all concerned. I hope all posters have a lovely day. I will.

  2. Hi Libelulle I haven’t finished this yet, but having done 22a and not ‘getting’ it, I came on to see if you agreed that it doesn’t really work!

    1. unless it’s clans have with ‘a’ (in a i.e. put a inside clans have then make an anagram out of it ) anagram indicator is ‘way’ ??

      1. Finished, but still don’t think 22a works? Favourite clue 17d, loved it, also liked 8d, 14a,18a and 15d, thanks for hints Libelulle, I’ll be interested to see what others make of 22a, another horrible depressing rainy day here :-(

          1. Just logged onto my facebook to see a friend put on his status ‘Is at Wych Elm, Kingston Upon Thames’ Spooky huh

      2. Mary,
        I think that’s the only way way you can make it “work”… but its still a bit of a mess.

  3. Like Libellule and Mary I struggled with the sense of 22a. I wondered whether way was to signal ave for an avenue and then got stuck with the H needed… Not got it at all! But some of the other clues I really enjoyed, esp. 5d & 8d. Still haven’t grasped 7d, but that’s my last one to complete. 17d made me laugh. Thank you setter, & Libellule for the hints. Hope you all have a good day.

    1. And me – just told husband about it and even he not only understood it but appreciated it too.

  4. Good fun today, admittedly, 22A doesn’t completely work, but the answer was pretty obvious IMHO. I thought 11A was particularly clever.

    Good Friday night out (Bath races with a cider festival and The Wurzels) but we had to leave early as it was freezing. Five minutes after we got in we had a massive thunderstorm!!!

  5. We have a big asterisk beside 22a to remind us to mention that it seemed to be not quite right. Looks like we didn’t need the reminder. Apart from that, a good fun puzzle that did not use up too much of our day.
    Thanks Rufus and Libellule.

  6. My dad was a lifelong cryptic crossword buff and completed the Telegraph crossword every day. None of his family shared his passion. Sadly, he passed away last September. In the last few months of his life I made a promise to him that I would pick up where he left off. He started me off and then when he died I bought a book that taught you how to do cryptic crosswords. I’m now completely hooked! I don’t know if the crosswords are getting easier or I am becoming more accomplished but I seem to be completing them with increased alacrity each day. Favourite clue today 17 down – loved it! Thanks for all the help, didn’t need it today but usually do :-)

    1. Marvellous for you to be able to ‘bring forward’ that part of your father, Andrew.

      I caught the bug from my Mum and now my daughter has caught it from me and she’s passing it on to her partner. It’s really a very companionable thing to do.

      1. I also caught the bug from my Mum – she used to do the DT cryptic and I used to pick up bits of it. My Dad just couldn’t ‘get it’ but would occasionally come home and look at the crossword which, by then, probably only had one or two gaps – he would just see a word that fitted without even reading the clue – Mum would then work out why it was right.
        I’m not doing too well in passing this on – younger daughter is just not interested – elder and her partner are but are never around for long enough to learn. I find it strange that younger one is a linguist and historian and so perhaps could be expected to be more interested than elder who is a scientist.

  7. Thanks to Rufus and to Libellule for the review and hints. Enjoyed this one, but needed the hints for 1a, never heard of him, and 1d, and for 25a. Got 16d but don’t understand the hint, how does pop up become ap? 22a wasn’t quite right. Favourites were 14a and 8&17d.Was 2*/3* for me. Come on England.

  8. I thought my anagram solver was to blame for 22a, but it was completely solvablefrom the checkers as Skempie said . Anyway, apart from that, I thought Rufus was in tip-top form today with many very amusing clues.Thanks to Rufus and Libulellule.

  9. I agree with 1* difficulty and 4* for enjoyment. I also agree that 22a is a bit of a muddle.
    Apart from trying to untangle 22a the only ones that held me up were 11a and 1 and 7d – and even those didn’t cause too much trouble.
    I liked 10 and 28a and 15d. My favourite was 17d.
    With thanks to Rufus and Libellule.
    17d reminded me of reading Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” to our girls – they loved them, and so did I – they used to make us all giggle! The illustrations are by Quentin Blake and they’re brilliant too.

    “I say again, how would you feel
    If you had made this lovely meal
    And some delinquent little tot
    Broke in and gobbled up the lot”

  10. Usual Monday fare from Rufus!

    Faves : 1a, 11a, 22a, 25a, 7d, 8d, 15d & 17d.

    Must now get basics in for the next few days!

  11. Thanks to Rufus for a gently enjoyable crossword (22a excluded )and thanks to Libellule for a very informative review. 1*/3* for me.

    1. Welcome to the blog Stimo
      If you’re new to the site you may not know that the answers are concealed between the brackets under the clue. You have to highlight the gap to reveal the answer.
      For 19d IS (from the clue) is contained inside our opponents (i.e. not us but ****).

      1. Thank you – have been doing the crosswords for the last week and did not realise the answers where there – doh!!!

        But on the up side I have been completing the crosswords without knowing :)

    2. I think if you’ve only been trying the crosswords for a week and have been managing to complete them you’re doing really well – in some ways it’s better if you don’t know the answers are there – it means you try harder!
      This is a really helpful and friendly blog – keep commenting and good luck! :smile:

  12. Yes, a wonderful start to the week. I’m definitely with the */**** brigade, proving that a crossword doesn’t need to be difficult in order to be enjoyable.

    Although i got all the answers, I needed Libellule’s hint to understand 27a fully, and was very grateful to know that everyone else has been struggling with the wordplay for 22a. So with 29/30 excellent clues, as long as Kath will forgive me, I’ve got 29 favourites today :wink:

    Many thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

      1. Thank you :smile: I am very relieved.

        In actual fact it wasn’t so far off that. I have been adopting Cryptic Sue’s method of marking each clue I really like with an asterisk after I have solved it, and then chosing my (definitely single!) favourite from those. When I had finished today I had so many asterisks littering my page that I went for the easy option of choosing all of them (except of course for 22a!)

  13. Very enjoyable, an excellent start to the week. A big grin clue in 17d and a new plant in 5a.
    Thanks to the setter for a super puzzle and as always to Libellule whose excellent clues were not needed today but remain my benchmark for the hints.

  14. It must be all too easy to make a mistake in an anagram. I bet a lot of them are corrected before going to press and it’s hardly surprising that the odd one gets through. The crosswortd wasn’t spoiled for me by this one

  15. Not too demanding, thank you Rufus. Liked 17d. Thank you Libellule for your review. Spent this morning in Wales with torrential rain, could not believe they were under way at Old Trafford.

  16. Quite hard going today – I had to use the blog quite extensively.

    Thanks to those concerned!

  17. Solved at the beach which is probably why I didn’t notice oddities in anagrams.

  18. Great puzzle today, I loved it. I didn’t even realise that 22a didn’t work, it just looked like what it should be that I never checked the letters! I must have heard of 5a somewhere as I wrote it in as I read the clue, but where? I have no idea. Definitely my wavelength today, thanks to all.

    1. Having fallen into the trap of looking, thinking it’s an anagram and writing it in and getting it wrong too many times I do always write the letters down. Having said that I fell into precisely that trap with something in yesterday’s crossword – can’t remember which one but it was an across clue roughly in the middle of the puzzle.

  19. I agree with *\****.

    Didn’t have much time this afternoon, so it filled in a gap most happily.

    Now ready to venture out in the middle of big storm!!

  20. Like many others I also would give it */**** and found that 22a didn’t exactly work. Thanks Rufus and Libelulle.

  21. Have just completed this whilst watching tennis on TV and really enjoyed it (including 5d of course!) 17d also made me smile. Quite often don’t do the crossword until I am in bed (too late to blog) but I still enjoy all your comments and news.

  22. Rufus always makes it seem so very easy to to provide such clever clues. What a gift!

    (I forgive him for 22a)

  23. Feeling cuffed, no need for any help today. 11a was my last one, as I had forgotten who old Harry was. Had never heard of the profligate poet, quite interesting stuff.

      1. Yes, demon autocorrect. I am sure he meant “chuffed” , which autocorrect changes to cuffed. I know, it happened to me.

  24. Nice one for a Monday.
    Just called in to see what was up with 22a but glad to see nobody else can parse it either.

    Thanks all.

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