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DT 27326

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27326

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

The usual consistent crossword from the Maestro, but I don’t think it offered as much entertainment as we usually expect.


1. Having for sale item put up for the present time (8)
{STOCKING} – The activity of supplying or providing something, is also something you might hang from the mantlepiece at Christmas time.

6. Unveil the ultimate sex-op surgery (6)
{EXPOSE} –The last (ultimate) letter of thE and an anagram (surgery) of SEX-OP.

9. Opinion to contradict loudly (6)
{BELIEF} – A word that means to show to be untrue or false, is followed by F (forte, loudly) to create a word that means conviction or faith.

10. A race of more than local interest (8)
{NATIONAL} – A horse race that takes place at Aintree once a year.

11. Spot of colour trouble in America (8)
{COLORADO} – The American spelling of colour, followed by the usual crossword word for trouble, bother or fuss is also a state in west central United States.

12. On winding road it’s showing skill (6)
{ADROIT} – An anagram (winding) of ROAD IT.

13. It’s the done thing in France (4,8)
{FAIT ACCOMPLI} – A French term for an irreversible deed or act.

16. Bound, but also not bound, to be unreliable (4,3,5)
{FAST AND LOOSE} – A phrase that means to act in a reckless manner could also literally mean to be tied up, and then untied.

19. Accompanying a student, nevertheless (6)
{WITHAL} – A word that means in addition or besides is a word that describes being in the company of, followed by A and L (student).

21. Right to succeed (4,4)
{MAKE GOOD} – A phrase that can mean to pay compensation, can also mean to get on or succeed.

23. What may be served in porcelain at meal-time (5,3)
{CHINA TEA} – A type of beverage can be constructed from a word that describes a ceramic material, and then possibly a time to eat.

24. Kiss in love story said to make a neat ending (6)
{OXTAIL} – X (kiss) in O (love) and a word that sounds like (said) TALE.

25. Farewell words to the French about to meet death (6)
{ADIEUX} – Words that mean goodbye, is the French word for to the (AUX) about a word that means to cease living.

26. Resented becoming unwell? (5,3)
{TAKEN ILL} – A phrase that could mean that something is objectionable or not appreciated, could also describe the act of being sick or in bad health.


2. Quake in the centre, more or less (6)
{TREMOR} – A word that describes a shaking or vibrating movement can be found hidden between the words “centre more”.

3. Company about to broadcast somewhere in Egypt (5)
{CAIRO} – The capital of Egypt is CO (company) around a word for broadcasting a radio or television programme.

4. Result of a big blow to the economy? (9)
{INFLATION} – Typically caused by large amounts of quantitative easing. Or a big blow to a balloon or tyre.

5. Canal boat almost departed with wrong load (7)
{GONDOLA} – A Venetian canal boat is GON(e), almost departed, and an anagram (wrong) of LOAD.

6. Not a hit certainly, but he plays his part (5)
{EXTRA} – A leg bye or no ball in cricket is also a “spear carrier”.

7. Favouring lightweight in list of bouts (9)
{PROGRAMME} – A three letter word for being in favour of something, is then followed by a weight that is one thousandth of a Kg.

8. Painless exercising for dogs (8)
{SPANIELS} – An anagram (exercising) of PAINLESS.

13. Yet it’s likely to be a slender hope (3,6)
{FAT CHANCE} – A phrase that means very unlikely to happen is not considered to be thin.

14. It needs a good wind before it moves (9)
{CLOCKWORK} – The mechanical geared wheels found in a timepiece.

15. Made fish pie for the hungry (8)
{FAMISHED} – An anagram (pie) of MADE FISH.

17. Beat a doctor in final (7)
{LAMBAST} – The definition is “beat”, put A MB (doctor) in a word that means being placed after all the others.

18. State one is found in after very good neighbourly party (6)
{SOCIAL} – An organised gathering is I (one) inside CAL (state, California) after SO (very good).

20. Rubber solution from past times (5)
{LATEX} – A substance used to manufacture rubber is a word for recently deceased followed by X (times).

22. Make progress in friendly relations (3,2)
{GET ON} – Double definition, to make progress or continue, or to be on harmonious terms.

The Quick crossword pun: (consent} + {rating} = {concentrating}

After a brief absence, Rufus has made a triumphant return to the Guinness World Records!

Roger in Guinness World Records

94 comments on “DT 27326

  1. Morning all, thank you Libelulle for the blog, I don’t really understand the need for the word ‘spot’ in 11a but other than that really enjoyed it with lots of favourites with 6a being my best favourite! Is that alright Kath ;-)

    1. Hmmm – best favourite’s not really all right – and I’m never sure about alright either! Dear oh dear – only back for five minutes and already causing trouble!
      Hope you’ve had a good time – it’s been a bit on the quiet side here – think lots of people have opted for early hibernation.

      1. Yes thanx Kath, really enjoyed, despite heavy showers and strong winds, managed to walk about 4 miles each day and cycled the same one day, all perfectly flat of course! Me causing trouble?????? Never!! :-)

          1. I love them, first time I’ve seen them today, as for alright v all right, apparently the ‘merger’ has been underway for over a century now, so though not really a word it is acceptable, I wonder if ‘perservate’ will be acceptable anywhere other than this blog in a hundred years time??????

    2. PS I think the ‘spot’ in 11a is a ‘spot’ as in ‘place’ although it’s quite a big ‘spot’.
      I wasn’t being picky about ‘alright’ – it’s just that it always looks ‘alwrong’ to me!http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_unsure.gif

      1. I would never think you picky Kath :-) , it’s just that I’ve always used it and never thought otherwise, so I thought I’d look it up to see

  2. Nothing too tricky in this one today; 2*/3* for me.
    Thanks to Rufus, and to Libellule..

    I think I’ll have a look at the MPP now.

    1. Good luck with the MPP – I think you’re going to need it. I’m finding it really difficult and I’ve only got about ten answers so far.

      1. Fortunately I realised the theme quite early into the puzzle, so I did not find it too tricky to complete.

            1. I think we need a ‘little face’ that says sorry! In the meantime, will you settle for a little flower? http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

                1. Down under the comment box – you just click on the one you want to add. Hover your mouse over them to see what they meanhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

                  1. when I do that sue a whole load of writing goes into the commentary box, however I will try again, thanks

                    1. That’s the only bit of the new faces that I’m not keen on. I think the problem is that it adds several lines to what has already been written and since I’ve usually already written quite a lot it all begins to look a bit unwieldy.

  3. Not difficult but still pondering the answer to 24a! Liked 6a and 16a. Thanks to setter and Libellule.

    1. Sarah Neat in this context is an obsolete word for cattle. Worth remembering as does crop up from time to time in crosswordland

  4. A nice start to the weeks entertainment, managed to complete without referring to any hints. Suns out and the washings on the line how I miss going to work . Thanks to libellule for the review.

  5. Thank you Rufus for an enjoyable and not too difficult puzzle. Thanks Libellule for your review and hints. Sun is out in the NW ! amazing !

  6. 18d does not make sense to me. ‘so’ by itself does not mean very good. It needs to be followed by an adjective.. That meal was so good – no that meal was so .. It could just as easily mean so bad! Thanks to compiler and reviewer for a good start to the week

  7. I put ‘jovial’ into 18d – it fitted perfectly – you’d be in a jovial state after a boozy neighbourhood party!

    I’ll get the hang of this stuff one day!

  8. Almost a write-in today although I do take a bit of exception to having SO=Very Good. Other than that, quite a fun, untaxing solve

    1. And, I wrote my comment (just below) without any knowledge of skempie’s. Must be a case of great minds think alike rather than the second part of that saying!

  9. Finished easily before lights out last night with no form of assistance, so I would give this one */***. Almost a write in except for 18d, like Michael I came up with jovial but decided it did not fit the clue. Finally got the answer, but I am not sure that “so” means very good.

    Thanks to Rufus for an enjoyable start to the week and to Libellule for confirmation of 18d.

  10. I agree with Libellule’s rating 2*/3* for this enjoyable start to the week. Many thanks Rufus.

    I completed the puzzle without help except for 18d, which I needed the hint for. I also needed some partial wordplay explanations for a few of my answers. Many thanks to Libellule for the help.

    Half of my rationale for 21a seems a bit different from Libellule’s. The answer is a common term in bulding and decorating to get something in the “right” condition before the final part of the work.

    1. And not just building and decorating… the phrase “to right a wrong” shows that one meaning of “right” is the verb to “put right”.

  11. I didn’t have too much of my usual Monday trouble today so I agree with 2*/3*.
    I nearly caused myself a spot of bother as my first idea for 10a was pubcrawl – wrote it in and then thought “Don’t be silly, Kath” and rubbed it out – just as well really!
    I was quite slow to get going and didn’t get many of the across answers but did better with the down clues and it all worked itself out.
    12a and 6d were my last ones. I did try to make 9a a homonym.
    I liked 6 and 13a and 13 and 15d. My favourite was 24a.
    With thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

  12. Thanks to Rufus and to Libellule for the review and hints. An enjoyable start to the week, I found this very straightforward and just needed the hints to parse 18d, I thought my answer was right, but didn’t equate very good to so. Had a penny drop moment with 4d. Favourites were 1&24a and 5d. Last in 18d.Was 2*/3* for me. Blue sky in Central London. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  13. I think it is ‘so’ that means ‘very’ and that ‘good’ belongs to ‘neighbourly party’

  14. Over a bit too quickly for me as I don’t have an excuse not to start to 21a the bannister rail. Thanks to setter and tipster.

  15. I’d go for 1*/3* – thanks to Rufus and Libellule

    I wonder if there is a little emoticon for amazed as Gazza has just drawn my attention to the fact that I have won the weekly prize competition on the Telegraph Puzzles site – I think I will award myself a rose – I might be able to afford one once I get the cheque for £50!! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

    1. There are a couple CS – below the row of icons, there is a button which says ‘more’ you could try http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_surprised.gif surprised or http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_eek.gif eek

      1. Oh, and well done and congratulations. I’ve never won a prize for crosswords, but then I never send them in

  16. Rufus is a bit feistier over in the Grauniad if anybody’s interested. Also the FT looks interesting but I’m trying to save some puzzles before I go up to York this weekend. Mixing a bit of Christmas Shopping (yea!) with checking up on my old Dad who has been in the san with pneumonia. Not to be recommended at the age of 83.

    1. 1a in the FT won’t cause you any trouble – its almost the same (just two words changed) to one of the clues in this one.

  17. Finished before my shower this morning – very straightforward, but completing a grid always brings a smile to my face */****

  18. Nice start to the week but it would have got a higher rating from me if it aren’t for 19d which made me go Ugh! Apart from that very enjoyable.
    Thx to Libellule for explaining why 19d was social.

  19. Lots of good comments today, I like a bit of chit chat I also like the emoticons but when I clicked onto one on my iPad, I just got a lot of hieroglyphics, so I clicked off again in a panic. Thank you to setter & hinter.

    1. When you are in the middle of typing a comment, and then click on an emoticon, you should see some guff that starts with ““.

      That is good!

      If you post your comment, then when it is displayed that guff is interpreted as a webpag’s way of saying “I want to show an image here, from that GIF file over there”.

      It’s just the language that’s used to make the Web work, don’t worry about it!


      1. Aaarggh! I need to correct my comment and I can’t edit it!

        Here’s what the guff should say…

        The guff starts with a “less than” sign and the word “IMG”. It end with the word “GIF”, an apostrophe, a forward slash and a “greater than” sign.


    1. I hadn’t noticed if the edit thingy was there or not – the only time I tried it I must have done something wrong (really not like me at all!) so have never tried again but I’ve just written another comment and it’s there now.

  20. Wonderful Monday again. No problems at all, except that I, too, put in jovial. Win some, lose some. Thanks to Rufus for entertainment and Libellule for hints.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

    1. I’ve been taking a year off at birthdays for quite a while now and am now only aged about 18. I think I had better stop though as I’m younger than my children & nearly as young as my grandchildren. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

    2. I’ve been a teenager for several decades now :-)

      Growing older is inevitable, growing up is optional. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

  21. I needed no help today, so, in my world, that’s already a *** for enjoyment.
    Put me in a right good mood…..

    I especially liked 16, 19 and 25a
    And 4 and 13 d.

    Now, can anyone tell me if the cute emoticons below can be selected by an iPad? Tried copy and paste, as in the hints above, but no joy.

    1. Not copy and paste… just position your cursor in the comment box (where I am currently typing) and, when you want to insert an emoticon, position your cursor precisely where you wnat it to go, then go and click on the emoticon of choice.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

      In your comment box you will see about three lines of guff appear. Don’t panic, just finish your comment and push the “post comment” button as usual.

  22. Struggled to get on the wavelength today, so ***/** for me. A real mixed bag of clues I thought. Would never have got 24a without the hints, also really struggled with 18d.

  23. Very enjoyable.
    But 18d so = very good?
    New to me.
    Many thanks Rufus and Libellule for the review.

  24. Agree with Libellule that this wasn’t one of the most entertaining of Monday puzzles. */** for me. The Grauniad effort was much better IMHO.

    Off to the UK tomorrow, to dodgy dongle internet at aged parent’s houses, and not sure when I’m coming back – see y’all whenever that might be. May be able to do a blog or two before Xmas if you’d like.

    Anyway, thanks to Rufus and Libellule.

    1. I hope your trip to the UK is OK – dodgy dongle internet, aged parent and anything else that gets thrown at you too!
      Another blog from you would be a delight! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif and http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif for now!

      1. Thanks Kath, I will try but can’t promise – you know the problems of ageing parents! There but for the “Grace of God” etc.

    2. Would be great to catch up Pommers,and yes you must blog. I’ll be in contact. Cheers andy Cynth and Cuth

  25. Apologies – typo in my email address in previous message. Wondered why I was subject to moderation!

  26. Seem to have been getting on better with Rufus than of yore. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gifLong may it last! Completed this without your nice clear hints, Libellule. 18d was my last in. I enjoyed this puzzle, particularly 23a, 24a, and 7d. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif
    Thanks both to Rufus and Libellule.

  27. My only failure was 18D – can someone please give an example where SO can be interchanged with VERY GOOD?

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