DT 27942

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27942

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning everybody and welcome to today’s edition of Big Dave’s Crossword Blog brought to you by Miffypops.

Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 27,942 which will hopefully help you to solve the clues that you are finding difficult. Try the hint first and if you are still in the dark click on the greyed out box that says click here and the answer will be revealed.

I thought this at the easiest end of the easy scale today. Rufus at his most benign. The cluing is perfect though. The sun is shining here in Downtown LI and yet again it is a Dylan week. Miffypops is an excited little ball of euphoria.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.


1a    Carried infant, little Edward (5)
TOTED: A short word for an infant or toddler together with a shortened for of the name Edward will give a word meaning to have carried.

4a    A rest for any living being (8)
BREATHER: This clever all in one clue can be solved by thinking of how living beings take in air and what we take when we take a rest.

8a    Lazy head results in unemployment (8)
IDLENESS: Take a word meaning lazy and add our usual crosswordland word for a geopraphical feature such as a promontory

9a    See terms properly organised for academic period (8)
SEMESTER: An anagram of the words SEE TERMS is suggested by the indicators properly organised

11a    In general exit, one’s left something (7)
LEGATEE: This exit is a death and this person is a beneficiary of the will. For a far better and cleverer way to Parse this clue see Dutch’s comment at No 12 in the comments below. I never saw that at all.

13a    Frightened about agent returning, did a bunk (9)
SCARPERED: Place the shortened term for a representative inside an adjective meaning afraid

15a    As far as it goes, in a way (3,3,2,3,4)
THE END OF THE ROAD: Harry Lauder sang about this place, as did Gad.

Where all roads, streets and lanes go.

18a    One’s contribution to knowledge is past understanding (9)
HISTORIAN: This chappy has a thorough knowledge of times gone by. Simon Schama is one.

21a    It may be checked for drink and meat around midnight (7)
GINGHAM: Take the letter G (the middle letter of the word niGht) and place around it the drink known as Mothers Ruin and a cured pork joint. You should then have a checked material worn by all of the girls in films such as Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (or maybe not)

22a    Dad’s backing Mum perhaps, that’s obvious (8)
APPARENT: Our two lettered word for Dad is reversed (backing) and placed next to what both your Mother and your Father are. As a poorly schooled orph……………………..blah blah blah!

24a    First-class fare to Jupiter and Mars? (8)
AMBROSIA: Jupiter and Mars here are Gods and this fare is the food of the gods

25a    Father flips about drunken kiss, socialising after sport (5-3)
APRES-SKI: As in 22 across we need to reverse your dad. Then add our usual suspect for about and add an anagram (drunken) of KISS

26a    Spots of trouble over pupils? (5)
STYES: Inflamed swellings on the edge of an eyelid, caused by bacterial infection of the gland at the base of an eyelash. (Thank you Mr Google)


1d    Game for an experimental marriage? (5,5)
TRIAL MATCH: These games are used to test players abilities before a final selection is made. The Possibles versus The Probables. It is also a term used when two people cohabit without getting married to test their suitability to each other.

2d    It’s not for nothing you pass through it (8)
TOLLGATE: One has to pay to pass through this entrance

3d    It’s presented by people after party (8)
DONATION: Our usual two lettered party is followed by people as a whole country to find a sum of money which may have been given to a charity.

4d    Control  knob (4)
BOSS: This clever double definition made me smile. A third definition might be the stud at the centre of a shield

5d    Dormant fish turned into snake (6)
ASLEEP: Place the snake that killed Cleopatra around a slippery fish that has been reversed (turned)

6d    Bully for him! (6)
HECTOR: This boys name can also mean to talk to somebody in a bullying way

7d    Stern  breed? (4)
REAR: The back end of something or to raise a family.

10d    Agent in shambles without a number performing (8)
ENACTING: Anagram (in shambles) of AGENT IN around the Roman Numeral for 100

12d    One comes from Eastern small nation, migrating? (8)
ESTONIAN: E(astern) S(mall) and an anagram (migrating) of NATION will give this persons nationality

14d    Fair play for drivers (6,4)
DODGEM CARS: These vehicle can be found in a fairground. What fun they are too.

16d    Traps near ness at sea (8)
ENSNARES: Anagram (at sea) of NEAR NESS

17d    Honestly in distress, trying to avoid publicity (2,3,3)
ON THE SLY: Anagram (in distress)of HONESTLY

19d    Parking in splendid setting for a meal (6)
SUPPER: Place the P of P(arking) inside an adjective meaning splendid, very good, pleasant or excellent

20d    Monstrous woman makes advance without public relations (6)
OGRESS: The first of two successive chop off clues. Take a word meaning advance or forward or onward movement towards a destination and chop off the two letters that make the abbreviation for the public relations department.

22d    Girl student leaves an atmosphere (4)
AURA: This time take a girl’s name and chop off the first letter which will be the abbreviation for a student or learner

23d    One of rank, perhaps (4)
TAXI: This vehicle may be hailed in the street or it may wait in a designated place known as a rank.

I hope they get harder this week.

The Quick Crossword pun: con+tin+gent=contingent


  1. Hanni
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:19 am | Permalink


    This nearly got a half star for difficulty but I put ‘line’ in for the last bit of 15a. Rectified when I did the down clues.

    No pencil circles needed. As always from Rufus very neat clues but over too soon.

    Many thanks to Rufus and to Miffypops for blogging.

    • Miffypops
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Line would have let me put The Travelling Wilbury’s in Hanni. A Bobchance wasted

      • Hanni
        Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        I half wondered whether you’d put a Bruce Springsteen track in for 4d.

        • Miffypops
          Posted October 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

          The great Pretender rarely springs to mind Hanni

          • Hanni
            Posted October 26, 2015 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

            Didn’t Freddie Mercury do a cover of the Great Pretender? I’ll see if I can find a link for you.

            • Miffypops
              Posted October 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

              It is nourishment I need Hanni, not punishment

              • Hanni
                Posted October 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

                You get that this week with Dylan, repeatedly.

    • Vancouverbc
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Oh I did the same but unlike you I persevered with line which held me up no end. Eventually the d’oh moment and all fell into place. Thanks to the setter and MP for the review.

  2. Graham
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks MP for the review, very easy solve today,over far too quickly but hey ho.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

  3. Angel
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    There was no real sense of fulfilment after rapid completion of today’s walk in the park but thanks anyway Rufus and MP for being there for us. If I had to nominate a Fav it would probably be 21a. **/**. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_neutral.gif

  4. jean-luc cheval
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Rufus was in a funny mood today.
    I counted no less than 8 all in one cryptic definitions. Thought it was a bit too much.
    I prefer clever construction.
    But I always enjoy solving a grid so thanks to Rufus and to MP for the review.

  5. Kath
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I agree that this was pretty straightforward so 1* for difficulty and 3* for enjoyment.
    I admit that I had a total blind spot with 20d – the answer was obvious but got very tangled up with thinking that ‘makes advance’ was goes etc etc – dim! Oh dear!
    I was slow to get 4a.
    I liked 18 and 24a and 2d. My favourite was 25a.
    With thanks to Rufus and to MP.
    Really cold here last night – need to move stuff into the greenhouse – back later for a go at Mr Rookie.

  6. Rabbit Dave
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    1*/3.5*. It’s Monday and this was a light fluffy delight. What more can one say except many thanks to Rufus and to MP.

    • Jane
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      What news of Twix today?

      • Rabbit Dave
        Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        I took him to the vet who wants to keep him under observation overnight, so I shall be fretting until tomorrow morning.

        • Jane
          Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

          Oh dear, RD – how worrying for you, but probably best that the experts have taken charge. I think you can rest assured that he’ll have those veterinary nurses wrapped around his little paws in no time. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

        • Merusa
          Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

          Of course you’re going to be fretting, but that is probably th best thing for him. We’re all pulling for him!

    • Kath
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      I so hope that he’s a bit better by the morning. Fingers (and paws) crossed. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif for you, and him.

  7. pete
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Managed most of it with ease. The top right hand corner really stumped me, still don’t understand the second definition for 4d.

    • Angel
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      Knob, stud and boss, etc. are all synonyms.

    • dutch
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      a boss is another word for a stud – comes up ones in a while…

  8. Robin Newman
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 12:18 pm | Permalink


    liked 14D & 20D amongst others

    Thanks to Rufus and to MP.

  9. Vince
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Miffypops, you forgot to reverse the representative in 13a.

    • Miffypops
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      And so I did. it is what comes of listening to The Carpenters

      • Rabbit Dave
        Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        Whether you love or hate the Carpenters, and they are a bit like Marmite, the outro played by Tony Peluso on Goodbye To Love has to be one of the finest guitar solos ever. The only pity is that it fades out, which I always feel is a bit of a cop out.

  10. njm
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Following an exhausting day of NFL on BBC2, followed by Rugby World Cup on ITV and Premier League soccer on BBC1, I felt quite pleased to romp through this puzzle just after midnight, until I got to 22d and 6d. Saw 6d as soon as the prompt told me it was a name, but had never heard of this use of the solution to 22d.
    So thanks to Rufus, Miffypops and the aforementioned broadcasters.

  11. Jane
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    1*/3* seems about right – nothing really stood out as a favourite, but all correct and in order.
    Nice to see the old General putting in an appearance at 11a – he seems to have been on leave for quite a while.
    1d was a bit of a ‘well, I suppose so’. Had the grid allowed, I thought Test match would have been a better answer.
    Must admit, there’s far more fun to be had from today’s Rookie!

    Thanks to Rufus and also to MP. What an eclectic array of ‘clips’ today. Those poor boys at 15a must have spent ages learning their words! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

  12. dutch
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    11a is an envelope clue (as Jane alludes to), GATE (exit) inside LEE (general). 4a is a double definition (rather than an all-in-one): a rest, and a term used to describe a living being (though not all living beings breathe…).

    I thought this was an exceptionally good Rufus puzzle, with more than the usual amount of superb clues – I liked too many to mention all, but the semi-all-in-one at 12d I thought was particularly elegant.

    Many thanks Rufus and many thanks Miffypops

  13. Shropshirelad
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    R & W today but enjoyable with some ‘smile’ moments – 6d in particular. Over all too quickly – even the Herculis was a stroll in the park.

    Thanks to Rufus for the puzzle and to the poorly schooled……… blah, blah, for his usual amusing review.

    Just for you mp

    • Miffypops
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Shropshire Lad.

  14. Peta
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Mum and I always enjoy Rufus’ puzzles. Clever, but not too clever for us. Definitely a chocolate biscuit day.

  15. dave b
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Straightforward start to the week */**. It’s amazing how many times the European country in 12d has been used in cryptic crosswords this year.
    Thanks to all.

  16. Heno
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Rufus and to Miffypops for the review and hints. A very gentle start to the week, but nonetheless very enjoyable. Pretty much read and write, except for 6d, which was last in. Needed the hints to parse 10d, but got the answer from the wordplay. Favourite was 21a. Was 1*/3* for me. Enjoying a nice walk over Kenwood. Very warm.

  17. Beaver
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    A */*** has to be about right , just the ticket watching the a diabolical Manchester derby-thanks Rufus .Favourite 24a,smiles all round, a few hitches- like initially putting line for road in 15a and racking my brain for a girl’s name in 22d until the penny dropped !

  18. Gwizz
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Almost a gentle amble in the park but I managed to get completely caught by 22d. All I could think of was ARIA …. Atmosphere…song… I’ll get me coat.
    Oh well. I did like 6d and 21a which was my favourite. 99% of this I’d rate 2/2*. The other bit…well…
    Thanks to Rufus and MP for his usual bravura review

  19. jean-luc cheval
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I have a question for MP:
    Hero or loopy chap boos Dylan? 1,6,8,6,3

    • Jane
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Permalink


      • Miffypops
        Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

        You are quicker than me Jane

        • Jane
          Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

          Must be down to the superior education, MP. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

          • Hanni
            Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

            Another clever one!

    • Hanni
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      Genius J-L!

    • Miffypops
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      Yes just a …….blah blah blah. Well done Jean Luc

  20. Merusa
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Over far too quickly but very enjoyable nevertheless.
    Good ole Harry Lauder, had forgotten about him. My Dad used to like singing his songs, what memories.
    Like Kath, I took too long over 20d, it shouldn’t have been that difficult.
    Thanks to Rufus and to M’pops for his usual entertaining review.

  21. Tstrummer
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    It’s all been said: simple, elegant and enjoyable – and, as usual with Rufus, over too quickly when I have a day of leisure. I liked 4 & 18a, but it’s only 21a that gets into the winner’s enclosure. VMTs to Rufus and MP 1*/3*

    • Jane
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      So, which won out – golf or guitar?

      • Tstrummer
        Posted October 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

        Guitar (and laundry etc). It will always be guitar, especially after nine days away. Been playing Townes van Zandt songs all afternoon. When I was on the boat I couldn’t get “Poncho and Lefty” out of my head (Willie Nelson’s version is better than Townes’s IMHO, Dylan’s is worse). Now for a quiet evening in with a good book.

        • Miffypops
          Posted October 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

          Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that,” said Steve Earle.

    • Miffypops
      Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      How was the steak?

      • Tstrummer
        Posted October 26, 2015 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

        The steak was marvellous, the veg too plentiful and the Hook Norton Old Hooky slipped down a treat. Many thanks for the recommendation – although it was the most deserted pub I’ve ever seen on a Saturday night and quite strange dining alone. I didn’t let it bother me and tucked in regardless.

  22. Michael
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    No problems today – I’ve done the Quick, Cryptic and Herculis crosswords, the Anagrams and the Sudoku’s – it’s been all go!

    I was at the West Ham v Chelsea game on Saturday – it was brilliant apart from the journey and the parking situation and then yesterday I went to Twickenham for the Argentina v Australia game – a fine boozy time was had by all – a bit fragile today!


  23. Paso Doble
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Light and fluffy as someone else said and most enjoyable. A */*** for us. We always love Rufus & MP Monday.

  24. Una
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I always enjoy a Rufus puzzle, and today was no different.With thanks to Rufus and Miffypops.

  25. Derek
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    The usual, pleasant start to the week from The Monday Maestro! He lubricates us for the rest of the week!

    Today has been a perfect Indian Summer day here in NL – clear, blue sky riddled with vapour trails!

    As I lived for many years in the West of Scotland (am magh leamhna) I was tickled by two clues – 2d (the name of a street in Glasgow) and 15a – I heard Harry sing in many places therein.

  26. Brian
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Totally agree with the rating. Straightforward but great fun. Especially liked 24a, not keen on 21a but Hey Ho!
    Thx to all.

  27. mre
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Good evening everybody.

    I found this puzzle curiously difficult to complete and was ultimately defeated by 6d – boys of that name being conspicuously absent where I came from. Still there were many good clues with my favourite being 22d. I couldn’t rationalise 24a.


  28. Jaylegs
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Nice and easy and very enjoyable */*** thanks to MP & Rufus I liked 4a &22a ?

  29. Salty Dog
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps l’m just grumpy, having spent an hour and a half on a mudbank today, but l didn’t enjoy this puzzle that much. 1*/2* for me, although 11a was a good clue, l thought. Thanks to Rufus and Miffypops.

  30. Kitty
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Greetings from Dorset, where I am hiding out for the time being with some great people and a cat who after a hard start in life is learning that cuddles are good. I enjoyed the puzzle while it lasted and had plenty of other things to occupy me for the rest of the day.

    Thanks to Rufus and MP.

    • Merusa
      Posted October 27, 2015 at 12:59 am | Permalink

      I think there’s more to the story of a cat who is learning that cuddles are good! Please keep us up to date!

  31. Florence
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    House guests just gone to bed, so really pleased this wasn’t too difficult. Thanks to Rufus and to Miffypops.