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DT 28067

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28067

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good Morning from the heart of Downtown L. I. What a week I have had. I attended the Cheltenham Festival and lined my pocket. I almost cried with delight watching Mary Poppins with my family in Birmingham. I watched Coventry beat Cinderford at Rugby on Saturday afternoon. We stood in my pub to belt out The National Anthem and then watched England’s win against the French to gain a well-deserved Grand Slam. To cap it all I and got an unexpected bonus free ticket to see Leicester beat Saracens in yesterday’s sunshine. Life is good if you make it so.

Today’s puzzle is a typical Rufus puzzle which I found on the gentle side and enjoyed the solve. Take care with 24ac.

Here is a tip which I gave two weeks ago when the site was having troubles. The BRB or Chambers dictionary is a tad cumbersome. If you break back the spine and cut down it with a Stanley knife you can reduce it to more manageable sizes which will weigh less. Do cut between letters though. Two cuts between E and F and then P and R will produce three parts which will make this weighty tome much easier to handle.

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    Note smoker in pub is a musician (8)
BAGPIPER: Place the seventh musical note and a device used for smoking tobacco inside a word for a pub or the room in a pub where you might get served.

6a    Hitherto, why boys may telephone girls (2,4)
TO DATE: Or indeed why girls may telephone boys. Who remembers nervously dialling all but the last number of a potential squeeze only to put the receiver down before dialling the last digit for fear of rebuttal? Oh teenaged angst

9a    Mongrel dog sustained by meat (6)
MUTTON: This meat is that of a fully grown sheep. The first four letters are those used to describe a mongrel dog.

10a    A quiet river location, well chosen (8)
APPOSITE: Lego time. Build this word using the instructions in the clue just like playing charades. Like this: Take the letter A from the clue. Add the single letter musical term for quiet. Add the regularly used Italian river and finally add a noun meaning location or position.

11a    It’s instrumental in having wine around (8)
CLARINET: Place a type of red wine from Bordeaux around the word IN from the clue to find a musical instrument. Here is an interesting little clip. I would advise turning the sound down though.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

12a    It includes forms shown by group of fish (6)
SCHOOL: This educational institute which may contain forms or classes is also the collective noun for a large group of fish

13a    It’s responsible for a boom in flying (5,7)
SOUND BARRIER: Flying at a speed faster than this will cause a sonic boom last heard in these parts on 12th April 2012. It pushed the door of the pub in.

16a    Flag went up as a colourful garden feature (8,4)
STANDARD ROSE: This symbol of The England Rugby Team grows on a single erect stem. To find it take another word for a military or ceremonial flag and add a popular garden flower whose name means went up


19a    He aims to be unseen by the enemy (6)
SNIPER: This cynical trained killer hides away and picks his enemy off without being seen. Bang, and that is that. No warning. One moment you are alive and chatting happily to your neighbour about the price of fish and the next – well it’s lights out I’m afraid. You are no more.

21a    Celebrate about rise that was given to recruits in the past (8)
SHILLING: This twentieth part of an English Pound was given to those agreeing to serve as a soldier or sailor in the armed forces. The rise is a naturally raised piece of land. To celebrate is to carouse. Place the carousing around the raised piece of land to find the answer. That is my hint. DT would have done it so much more succinctly.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

23a    He works so that others may play (8)
COMPOSER: A cryptic definition of those such as Milton Babbitt, Giacinto Scelsi, Mauricio Kagel, Steve Martland, Michael Gordon, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Henryk Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Howard Skempton, Julian Anderson, Christopher Fox, Michael Nyman, Salvatore Sciarrino, Christian Wolff, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jo Kondo, Richard Barrett, Frederic Rzewski, Paavo Heininen who write musical scores so that others may play them.

24a    Formed pictures one thousand years old (6)
IMAGED: Take the letter that looks like the number one and add the Roman Numeral which represents one thousand. Now add a word which means old. The one in OAP will do. Those who were misdirected by the two plurals in the clue and have the letter S at the end of their answer need to think again

25a    Sorted, resorted and stocked (6)
STORED: This clue which reads so well is an anagram (resorted) of SORTED

26a    A tray’s in liquid to get clean (8)
SANITARY: Anagram (liquid) of A TRAY’S IN


2d    A quail freaks out, seeing eagle (6)
AQUILA: This Latin or Romance word for Eagle can be found by jumbling up the letters A QUAIL as indicated by the unusual anagram indicator (freaks out). It is also one of the 48 constellations documented by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy.

3d    Quiet tear shed for father (5)
PATER: For the second time today we can use the single letter musical abbreviation for quiet. Then add an anagram (shed) of TEAR to get the Latin term for one’s old man.

4d    Place some land projects in plan — use as revised (9)
PENINSULA: Anagram (as revised) of IN PLAN USE. Ok I solved this without a pencil but needed to write it out for the blog to see which three of the four words IN PLAN USE AS were needed.

5d    Responded to stimulus and created troubles (7)
REACTED: Anagram (troubles) of CREATED

6d    Drinks given highest points (5)
TOPES: Place two points of the compass after a word meaning the highest point

7d    Perform for free? (9)
DISCHARGE: A tricky double definition, the first being the action of doing all that is required to fulfil a responsibility or perform a duty.

8d    Having designs on one (8)
TATTOOED: To have been permanently marked. These designs are put upon one’s body by injecting ink into a person’s skin. A machine moves a solid needle up and down to puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. Not on me it doesn’t! (Well it did a long time ago. I have the word DYLAN inside my bottom lip)

13d    It is rough, could be smoother (9)
SANDPAPER: This abrasive paper is used to smooth wooden surfaces

14d    There’s no alibi to put out for cancellation (9)
ABOLITION: Anagram (put out) of NO ALIBI TO

15d    Be prominent in project (5,3)
STAND OUT: A double definition. The first word is not stick.

17d    Wastes  rewards (7)
DESERTS: And yet another double definition. The first are the regions such as the Sahara described as wastes but with a rich degree of biodiversity as shown in the BBC Planet earth programmes. The second word works in a phrase such as “He will get his just deserts

18d    Charm listener — first aim (6)
ENDEAR: The name of the organ used for listening is placed after a goal or desired result which as the clue tells us comes first. So it’s the aim and then the listener.

20d    Built with no one inside and demolished (5)
RASED: Remove the letter I (one) from a word meaning built to leave a verb meaning to have completely destroyed a building town or other settlement.

22d    Inclined to have a fast round (5)
LEANT: Place the forty day long fast which we are enduring now around the letter A from the clue

Reviewed to the sweet strains of Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece album and then The Beatles White Album. The sun is out. I have nothing to do and all day to do it in.

The Quick Crossword pun: fought+knight=fortnight

71 comments on “DT 28067

  1. I agree **/**** sadly fell into the trap with 24a ( so obvious on reflection) 😁 Liked 6a & 21a, I still have mine 😉 Thanks to MP & Rufus for nice start to the week 👍 tHe answers on my I-pad are still uncovered! 😩

  2. Slightly higher than 2* for me 2.5*/3.5*. Took sometime to get a few sortedf but it was worth persevering.
    Found the answers uncovered on my PC web page, now covered.
    Thanks to Rufus and MP.

  3. Thanks Rufus for starting the week off so enjoyably for us. North went in with no problem then the South was a bit more testing but nicely so. 2d was new to me. Liked 22d once I realised it had nothing to do with a speedy 18 holes. Thank you MP for coming down to earth on our behalf after your fun-filled weekend. Nice to hear of your pub customers standing for the National Anthem. ***/***.

  4. 2.5/3.5* for me. Had a senior moment with 2d, couldn’t get my head round the anagram even though I had the letters and yes, I put an s on the end of 24a.

  5. Great way to start the week, nice and quite challenging in places. Thanks to Rufus and Miffypops. Rugby particularly satisfying we were moored in marina for the afternoon and as luck would have it a French yacht moored astern oh joy! We did the decent thing though and invited the for drinks. Great to hear pub standing for National Anthem

  6. A bit more than 2* difficulty for me and 3* for enjoyment.
    2d was my last one – dim – I could see it was an anagram – should have thought of people with big noses.
    I had the wrong last letter for 24a – didn’t screw up anything else so didn’t notice until MP pointed it out.
    I also had trouble with 1a and 7d – they both really held me up.
    I liked 1 and 16a and 3 and 15d. My favourite was 13d.
    With thanks to Rufus and to MP.
    Might try Mr Rookie – might go to the garden while the sun’s out – oh dear – decisions, decisions . . .

    1. I agree with your rating, I too liked 13d but not keen on two odd words for a Monday.

  7. Agree with **/****. I would say 24a should end in an “s”, otherwise the “years” in the clue is redundant. I also have an A instead of an O in 6d – both seem acceptable.

    1. The definition is Formed pictures therefore the D is required Rob. Years old = aged. Also my iPad delivered the message All Answers Correct when I put my last one in at 3.45am. I dithered over the clue for a while though.

  8. Took a little longer than normal to get into this one – 1a&7d were, like Kath, my sticking points.
    Also, spent a while thinking of ‘sonic’ for the first word of 13a which didn’t help anything!
    Yes – another one who fell into the 24a trap.
    Top three goes to 6,13&16a.

    Thanks to Rufus and to MP. Wish the 21a clip had either been simply an instrumental or sung by someone with a slightly deeper voice! By the way – exactly what have you given up for Lent? Sounds as though you’ve been indulging in most areas recently!

    1. I gave up not enjoying myself Jane. There is a version of Arthur McBride by Bob Dylan but I could not find it. You lucky girly

  9. probably a */*** for me. Last one in was 8d which I had a senile moment with.
    Favourite was 16a which was a ‘Doh’ moment.
    Unfortunately I finished this quite quickly. I now have no excuse not to go to the gym!

  10. This was lovely. Wit, misdirection, wonderful double definitions and superb surfaces. The fact that it was as straightforward as it was doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of doing it. */***** for me. Would I like to do one of these every day? Absolutely not… but it’s an excellent way to start the crossword week. A five star review as well :-) Thanks to Mr Squires and to MP.

  11. Great puzzle, enjoyable but staightforward, */*** for me…..I thought 8a was amusing!

  12. An OK crossword but I must admit 6d stumped me completely, so much so I had to look up the answer, don’t think I have ever come across this word before but it is in the BRB. Also I thought 7d very weak.
    Did like 22a, taking the Kings shilling, quite clever.
    Even without 6d I thought it was tougher than a two star but then Monday’s these days often are. Wonder what happened to start the week with an easy puzzle.
    Thx to all

    1. Brian
      Could I respectfully suggest that you write down each new word that you encounter so that you can refer back to them. Back in November you said “For me ***** mainly due to 29a which I do not recall coming across before …”. Guess what the answer to 29 Across was!

      DT 27960

      1. Blimey you have a good memory BD!

        It’s a good idea Brian. Alternatively you can just email Jane a list of inexplicable words once a week (I do it on a Sunday). That way if I forget a definition I can say it’s all Jane’s fault as she should have reminded me. I miss having the nodding smiley.

        1. Yes – I miss the nodding smiley too but not as much as I miss the ‘oh for goodness sake’ rolling eyes and the blushing face as they were the ones that, for whatever reason (just don’t ask) I seemed to use the most. However it is lovely to be able to get here most of the time with no trouble so I think it’s worth it.

  13. The clip for 11a brought back memories of a panic before lesson when reed split and I had to manufacture a new one from a blank with a penknife. Oh the joys of Saturday mornings at Rutlish.

  14. Pretty straight forward I thought with nothing to set the nags scampering off to the hills. A couple of nice cryptic as you would expect, but I thought 13a was a tad weak. Nothing in particular stood out as a favourite although I did like 9a.

    Thanks to Rufus for the puzzle and to Mp for his review.

    ‘See’ you all tomorrow on the Toughie – anyone know who the setter will be?

      1. I love his crosswords – what a good thing that I did so much in the garden today that I can give myself a day off tomorrow with a reasonably clear conscience.

    1. SL…as a former seafarer and alleged uckers champion, I hope you have voted for Boaty McBoatface?

  15. **/*** for me, as I couldn’t get 7 or 8 down for ages, though I’d completed the rest of the puzzle quickly. Prefer a harder one as it occupies more time for this lady of leisure …..BANG ! ( That’s my 2d-eyed h*****d, hitting me with the mop handle.)

  16. A **/**** for me. Several smiles here, all in the downs – I particularly liked 4d, 8d, 13d, 22d, and 24d. I was pleased that I got the correct last letter on 24a. Thanks to Rufus for the fun and to MP for the blog. The video for 21a is wonderful.

  17. No horses were harmed in solving this puzzle. But I haven’t ridden out today so I cannot be too sure.

    Pleasant enough solve. LOI was 24a. Smiled at 6 and 10a.

    Many thanks to Rufus and to Miffypops for you usual wonderful review and for the fascinating insight into reed making.

    I have questions…in front of me I can see lots of atlases. Some small but some from The Times that are really rather big and heavy. If I decide I need to cut them up re your Stanley knife suggestion, where do I start. I mean you mention letters but not countries. Or do I go by continent? What if it’s the GB atlas. Do I reinforce the mythical north/south divide or separate east from west. Should I allow Scotland to become independent? In the Europe atlas what about Brexit. Once I have done all this, where do I put Iceland or North Korea?

    Plus I’m not sure if I have a Stanley knife.

    1. I would start with the purchase of a Stanley Knife Hanni. Everything will make much more sense once you are armed. I suggested this course of action for our BRB The course material book for the OU. This is what one girl replied

      Excellent Mark! I’ve taken this so to heart and have done the same; the satisfaction of plunging a blade through the spine of this book was incredible… hopefully this violence is only ever directed towards textbooks as it was quite scary how much I enjoyed it smile

      1. OK..So I buy my Stanley knife..or go and look in the tool box. I know I have a drill and a hacksaw but I’m not sure drilling the books would help. I think I might derive quite a lot of satisfaction from taking a knife to some of my work stuff.

        However I have made a monumental decision. I am putting Norway next to the moors when I do get around to it and The Azores in the middle of Scaling Dam…if they fit. Sorted.

  18. The usual entertaining Rufus puzzle – loved it.
    I fell into the “s” trap at 24a; you’re right, M’pops, should read the clues more carefully.
    Thanks to Rufus, and to M’pops for the review, particularly liked the clip at 11a.

  19. A delightful read and write from Rufus, with all his trademarks to the fore.

    My only slight quibble was his repeated use of “project(s)” to achieve the same intended misdirection in two separate clues, 4d and 15d. Very unlike our Monday maestro, but I’ll forgive him!

    My favourite of the day was 16a. Mine are already showing signs of early growth post-pruning.

    Many thanks to Mr. Squires and to Miffypops.

  20. A pleasant and not too taxing walk in the park this evening from Rufus. 21 across my favourite of many good clues, 7 down somewhat inexplicably my last one in. 1.5*/3* from me, with thanks to Mr S and MP for his review.

  21. Thanks very much to both setter and reviewer. The fun of the puzzle was much increased by the excellent review.

  22. Nothing to scare the crows today ( just fancied a change from those irritating horses) A very pleasant solve ; pity it ended so quickly .Thanks to Miffypops (not needed today) and Rufus for many delightful clues 13d favourite .**/****

  23. Haven’t read the review or comments yet as I am about to eat. Will look later.
    Enjoyed this Rufus a lot. Short clues and all in ones aplenty. Starting to get used to it.
    Thanks to Rufus and MP for the review which I am sure will be an interesting read…. later.

  24. Good evening everybody.

    For a moment it appeared that this puzzle might prove a little tricky and, indeed, had only nine solved after two passes – usually indicative of a ‘harder’ puzzle. Pass three yielded 14 solutions though so things were over pretty swiftly after all.

    Didn’t know 6d (and not planning on writing it down…). Favourite was possibly 8d although I loathe the practice and cannot imagine why people disfigure themselves so. Doubtless I’ll find that the crucivervalist world is a hotbead of inking…


    1. I agree re 8d, and more and more people seem to be doing it. Look at Beckham, I don’t think he’s got a square inch of unadorned skin left. I call it self-mutilation.

    2. I agree with you re 8d – really horrible – why would anyone? I think that you might just find that the cruciverbalist world is with you on this one – well, the ones who are here anyway!

  25. A straightforward start to the week although I don’t always find it so on a Monday as Rufus can be very cryptic and he’s generally a setter I can struggle with in terms of wavelength.

    Glad to hear about your pockets re: Cheltenham MP – I had an agreeable few days with it too.

    Thanks to MP and Rufus */****

  26. Fairly straightforward, though one of those where I had to put aside the puzzle for half an hour so that I could come back and fill in the last few in seconds, after struggling over them for an age. I’ve evidently been doing crosswords for too long, I couldn’t get COMPILER out of my head for 23ac. :-)

  27. I had an r on the end of 8d, still think it works as well as the answer and rather more amusing.

  28. Thank you so much MP for showing the Clarinet reed making.
    I would like to remind you that 90% of the reeds made on earth start their life in Hyères. We are the No 1 producers of the cane used in these instruments.
    Don’t forget to come to this year’s ” festival de l’anche” where the best jazzmen play or to “jazz à Porquerolles”,

    1. I have had a look,at the site Jean-Luc and it is all written in Greek. Not 2016 Jean- Luc but 2017 is a possibility.

    2. The things you learn about Hyères! Makers of reeds and the place of hidden hives. The festival looks amazing.

        1. Wow, J-L. I didn’t know it had so many royal connections in its history and the St. Blaise tower are superb. I think I’ve translated about 95% OK but did I read the stuff about tidal waves last century and the piglets in 1178 correctly? Might have gone a bit wrong there. So pretty too.

            1. Oh damn. And there was me thinking my French was passable. One sec and I will see if I can find the bit about it. Hmmm I may have got the translation wrong.

            2. Porcelets? Is that not piglets? You are going to laugh aren’t you? And probably quite rightly.

              1. Yes. Porcelet is piglet. And Porcinet in Winnie the Pooh. But i don’t know any stories about piglets?

                1. OK…Look at 1187 on the link. There was some sort of war between Gus and Amiel who were some sort of Lords of the castle and possibly someone else. I swear it involved the piglets of Arles. That has got to be one of the weirdest sentences I have ever typed. :-)

                    1. Indeed…with a restaurant that serves seared tuna and wasabi mash. I should have spotted the capitalisation.

  29. Apart from failing to read 24a correctly, I thought this was a pleasant Monday challenge. 21a was my favourite and 2/3* overall.
    Thanks to Rufus and to the Bard of LI for his review.

  30. Quite tricky for me so needed a couple of hints and the BRB. ***/****.
    I enjoyed 21a, didn’t like 8d as a clue, I think the real things are gross, same as body piercing.
    Thanks to MP for the excellent hints and the setter.

      1. Big Red Book – AKA The Chambers Crossword Dictionary, or have I got the acronym wrong???
        Well done at Cheltenham BTW!!

  31. I couldn’t have coped with more than a Rufus today. I could hardly manage a whole one of those, and needed a little help from my friends to finish. There is no shame in that, even though it feels like there is. I did some silly things like at first entering DAMAGES into 17d, which rather discombobulated me when I came across conflicting entries, and just fell into more or less every possible trap when I should have been wise to them.

    The day has not been unpleasant but was long and hard and so even though it is far too early, I feel it’s nearly time for lights out.

    Many thanks to Rufus for the puzzle and to MP for the typically entertaining take on it.

  32. Enjoyable solve but I was completely foxed by 6d. I had to resort to the blog for some help. I havnt come across that word before. Yet another one to be filed away in the grey matter.

  33. Thanks to Rufus and to Miffypops for the review and hints. I enjoyed this one very much, found it very tricky, but got there in the end. Started with 5d, finished with 17d, a dreaded double definition. Favourite was 11a. Was 3*/3 * for me.

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