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DT 28091

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28091

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Today we have a typical Rufus puzzle. Elegant and fair clues with lovely surface readings. The old 18 downs amongst us should see this off quickly and the newer solvers should be able to get their teeth into it and gain in confidence.

Below are my hints and tips to DT cryptic puzzle No 28,091 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.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.


1a    End of schooldays in America (8)
TERMINUS: The end of a railway or other transport route can be found by placing a word for one of the periods of a school year, IN from the clue and the initial letters of U(nited) S(tates)

6a    Physical exercises I put off when on board (3-3)
SIT UPS: Anagram (off) of I PUT placed inside the two letters S and S (on board) which stand for Steamship and which perhaps should appear in BDs list of usual suspects.

9a    Examine success right away (6)
WINNOW: Split 3,3, we need two words one meaning to succeed by beating any opposition and one meaning right away or at this very moment. This word may prompt a few visits to the BRB and the books mentioned at 26 across but it is perfectly fair.

10a    Discuss business in express store (4,4)
TALK SHOP: To express verbally and a word meaning retail outlet

11a    A leading light in the motorist’s world (8)
HEADLAMP: An all in one definition of what lights the way for a motorist at night.

12a    Mother and child in a jam? (6)
DAMSON: The female parent of an animal is followed by what a boy is in relation to his parents. The resulting fruit is often used to make jam although I use it in the same way as sloes to make gin.

13a    Being opposed to the building of seats for spectators? (6,1,5)
MAKING A STAND: A clever cryptic description which works for both definitions in the clue. The second describes the construction of the main covered seated area at a sports ground or racecourse

16a    What one is encouraged to do on a psychiatrist’s couch (4,2,6)
TALK AT LENGTH: To chatter away whilst lying down.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

19a    Inventor having no team for back-up? (6)
EDISON: No, from the clue is followed by a word meaning a sports team and the whole lot is reversed (for back up) to find the surname of Thomas Alva.

21a    Modernise old pub at first — tea breaks after five (8)
INNOVATE: Place another word for a pub before O(ld). Now add the Roman Numeral for number five and add an anagram (breaks) of TEA.

23a    Poison counter (8)
ANTIDOTE: This counter is a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison.

24a    Looking blue, I’d go in for treatment (6)
INDIGO: Anagram (for treatment) of I’D GO IN

25a    Unwilling to be clad in Anglican dress (6)
CLOTHE: Place an adjective meaning reluctant or unwilling inside (clad) the C(hurch) of E(ngland) as indicated by the word Anglican and which does appear in Big Dave’s list of usual suspects.

26a    Hear suit about writers’ needs when lacking an alternative (8)
THESAURI: Anagram (about) of HEAR SUIT. My last one in which held me up as I tried to make it end with the letter Y because a trial is a hearing therefore to hear is to try.


2d    It is found in rediscovered deed and revised (6)
EDITED: Place the word IT inside an anagram (rediscovered) of the word DEED

3d    Unearthed strong fabric to be taken up (5)
MINED: A word which means to have been dug from the earth is also a strong fabric used for making jeans when reversed (taken up)

4d    It’s a card game, of course (9)
NEWMARKET: This card game is also the name of a racecourse in Suffolk. It is also the name of a close fitting overcoat used when riding.

5d    Determined to attack (3,4)
SET UPON: A double definition

6d    Firm one’s engaged by was traded (5)
SOLID: Place the letter that looks like the number one inside the past participle of sell (was traded)

7d    Try out striker in international game (4,5)
TEST MATCH: To try something out to establish its reliability followed by a striker that when lit could be used to start a fire will give a term used for internationals in Cricket or Rugby of which there are far too many.

8d    With great insight, golf club has filled coaching vacancy (8)
PROFOUND: A word meaning deep and meaningful needs to be split 3, 5 to suit the golfing reference in the clue.

13d    Improvised fashion garment (9)
MAKESHIFT: To fashion or create followed by a long, loose-fitting undergarment.

14d    Unexpectedly entering with a South American (9)
ARGENTINE: Anagram (unexpectedly) of ENTERING follows the A from the clue. It could precede it or include it as the word with is not specific.

15d    Laird can set out to be chief (8)
CARDINAL: Anagram (set out) of LAIRD CAN

17d    Hole in ten unusually high (7)
EMINENT: Take the hole referred to at the answer to three down and place it inside an anagram (unusually) of TEN

18d    An old one will be experienced — in the theatre? (6)
STAGER: A cryptic definition of one who has trod the boards for a very long time.

20d    Loop-line soon turns east (5)
NOOSE: Reverse (turns) the word SOON and add the letter E from E(ast).

22d    It’s still produced in Russia (5)
VODKA: This Russian still makes spirits from Rye, Wheat or Potatos

I found this a pleasant way to start a chilly Monday Morning. Now I have nothing to do and all day long to do it.

88 comments on “DT 28091

  1. I feel such a numpty having put talk it through for 16A which messed up the a number of answers. Agree with the ratings & many thanks to the setter & my hero Miffypops for sorting me out.

  2. Rufus in a slightly devious mood, I thought – took me a while to find the right golf club (8d) and that was my last in. Also took me a while to twig the “fully extended” meaning of 16a. 23a is another Rufus CD disguised as a double definition – always catches me out. First reaction to 26a was I didn’t think writers would need more than one, but they probably do! I had forgotten the word in 9a (examine success right away) and had to check it in the brb, exactly as Miffpops predicted.

    I most liked 22d (it’s still produced in russia) and 16a (the psychiatrist’s couch). Many thanks Rufus and Miffypops

  3. As MP says: “Today we have a typical Rufus puzzle. Elegant and fair clues with lovely surface readings.” And, as MP also points out, 9a required a visit to the BRB.

    Many thanks to Rufus and to MP.

  4. A good start to the week. I always enjoy the puzzles set by Rufus. Last ones in were 8d and 26a and learnt a new word in 9a. Many thanks to Rufus and to Miffypops.

  5. Found today’s Rufus quite gentle with fewer cryptic all in ones than usual.
    Wish I could Profind at the restaurant. Having real trouble making my team work properly this year.
    Favourite is 25a.
    Thanks to Rufus and to MP for the review and the little poem on the monthly prize.

  6. Very enjoyable. Just one quibble, 12a is not a jam. Sorry, being pedantic but it held me up for a while. Thanks to all

    1. I can remember going to my grandparents many years ago and they always used to use the answer on its own as if it was a jam. Maybe that is an Essex thing though!!

    2. Exactly – I even looked for another word as in traffic-jam, etc.! However question mark perhaps justifies the answer.

      1. perhaps the same as saying a Mercedes is a piece of junk – a Mercedes can be made into a piece of junk, like Damson can be made into a jam, but left to its own devices, Damson is a fruit.

        But I can see that others would argue that damson, like strawberry or quince, is a kind of jam

        1. Exactly. Damson is a type of jam and should be clued a s such. On it’s own it’s a fruit, or possibly a tree, but this is Rufus so a bit of looseness is to be expected. Can’t remember exactly when it was but he’s the guy that put a secondary anagram into a puzzle and got away with it – about five years ago I’d guess..

          1. I planted three Damson trees two apple trees one plum tree and a pear tree last wee. Also six dog roses and several Hazel whips went into a hedge.

                1. Torrential rain saved me that job. I had laid quite a bit of turf too and repaired and seeded quite a bit of the sward pommers. I pinged in an OU assignment too.

          2. I don’t know whether to be really impressed or really worried that you remember that Pommers. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast. Tea I think.

            1. A secondary anagram is the big no-no of crosswordland and the one from Rufus is the only one I’ve ever seen in the DT.

                1. That’s why I do remember the one I have seen. Seem to remember that it was so obvious as to be forgivable but – thin end of the wedge and all that.

  7. Mostly fairly straightforward today and speaking as a regular golfer 8d went in fairly easily. Not so 25a which I got but at first though clunky, then realised it was quite clever. Had to check 9a too but overall very enjoyable. Thanks to all.

  8. Took a while to get into this one but, once started, it fell into place quite well.
    9a did indeed require a visit to the BRB and 26a was the last to fall.
    Top two for me were 16a&8d.

    Thanks to Rufus and to MP for the review.

  9. Top half, more or less straight in.
    Then shuddered to a halt.
    Cranked and cranked and cranked and completed eventually.
    23a and 25a just two of a number of brilliant clues.
    Many thanks Rufus and Miffypops for the review, agree difficulty rating of ***.

  10. I think the question mark in 12a covers the fact that it’s not necessarily a jam., Rod. Lovely surface readings and short, pithy clues, as always

  11. Miffypops, as you identified me, last Friday, as your proof reader (???), I feel duty-bound to point out that the anagram indicator in 2d is “rediscovered”, – as “revised”is the definition.

  12. About right for a Monday and a **/***for me, think I’ve come across 9d before, but not seen it in print for ages,26 seemed a little out of place somehow, glad I had the checking letters otherwise I think I would have struggled .Thanks to Rufus and Miffypops.

  13. Haven’t tried a Telegraph cryptic puzzle for a while. Agreed with the ratings on this one. Thanks to Miffypops and Rufus.

  14. Very enjoyable and o
    For me only a 2* for difficulty but a 4* for enjoyment.
    My last in was 17d because I couldn’t find the hole then the penny dropped, spent a while trying to make an anagram of HOLE IN X!
    Obviously on the setters wavelength which makes a change after last week when I really struggled.
    Thx to all.

    1. Interestingly the electronic paid version of the BRB gives 9 definitions for WINNOW but not one mentions or implies Examine. Thought I would just through that one in 😀

      1. Initially I had issues with this definition too, but it does pass muster (just). The Chambers Crossword Dictionary provides over seventy synonyms for “examine”, but “winnow” isn’t one of them, nor vice versa. “Sift” is shown as a synonym in numerous dictionaries though, and I think “sift” and “examine” are close enough.

      2. I certainly couldn’t find winnow in chambers or in any of my dictionaries , although the clue did make sense it was with reluctance my last one in ; the rest of the puzzle was straightforward

      3. For what it’s worth, I found the definition at http://www.thefreedictionary.com/winnow:

        1. To separate the chaff from (grain) by means of a current of air.

        2. To blow (chaff) off or away.

        3. To examine closely in order to separate the good from the bad; sift: The judges winnowed a thousand essays down to six finalists.

        4a. To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate: winnowing out the errors in logic.

        4b. To sort or select (a desirable part); extract: The investigators winnowed the facts from the testimony.

        5. To blow on; fan

  15. A bit harder than normal for a Monday but very fair. A pleasant start to a cold and blustery morning. Thanks to Rufus and to Miffypops for his inimitable review.

  16. Nice puzzle. Thanks Rufus and MP. East outran West. Caused myself problems by trying review for 9a but suppose correct answer does mean examine although it’s new one on me. Fav probably 26a with 8d and 22d as runners-up. As one of MP’s old 18ds found this **/****.

  17. Excellent crossword today – started and finished it over lunch :) Usually we start at breakfast and finish at lunch but today was Herculis Day !

  18. I agree with 3* for both difficulty and enjoyment.
    Everyone else seems happy with 9a – it’s not what I thought it meant and neither is this meaning in my BRB – oh well, whatever – it had to be right.
    25 and 26a were my last answers and I was pretty slow to get 8d.
    I liked 13 and 16a and 4 and 13d. My favourite was 22d even though I hate the stuff – tastes like nail varnish remover, not that I’ve ever tasted that.
    With thanks to Rufus and to Miffypops.
    Stuff to do – Rookie later.

  19. As our esteemed hinty person rightly says, this as about as typical a Rufus Monday puzzle as it gets, all the trademarks present and nothing too tricky.

    I liked 22d a lot, but my favourite vote goes to 8d for its cleverness.

    Many thanks to Mr. Squires and to Miffypops.

  20. Was I the only one foxed by making a stand rather than taking a stand?

    Plus what on earth sort of a card game is Newmarket?

    1. Of course you are not. I too made a stand but quickly took it. Renovate/Innovate too.

    2. Hi Bluebirds,
      Can’t remember a great deal about Newmarket other than that it was my grandparents favourite card game and we used to play for hours on end at their house. I seem to recollect that matches were used in place of money!

    3. yep, thought that too and waited for the checker – but I should have worked it out cos only making fits with “building”

    4. Used to play it a lot as a kid, deal the whole pack to the number of players + a dummy hand. Betting game.

  21. Glory be! Can’t believe I am commenting so early and that I finished this without hints…ok confession time, I couldn’t help seeing the hint for 1a as I had a quick look to see what the rating was by the hintsperson. But actually that set me off and I was away.
    Intrigued why Miffypops has rated this three star when his words claim, quite rightly in my view, that this one is a nice easy workout for us rookies. Really enjoyed it anyway.
    Liked 1a, 8d, 24a, 16a…we’ll all of them really!

    Thank you to the setter and to Miffypops.

    1. Miffpops never alters the ratings so every week the review is sent to Big Dave with ***/*** Big Dave alters it if he remembers. Big Dave was busy today so I sent it to Gazza to publish. The only rating that matters is your own personal one. I am pleased you finished without hints. Its a good feeling. Well done.

      1. Oh thanks for that Miffypops. Right, I see, you live and learn. I know I shouldn’t care about ratings, but it does feel good when you know that something wasn’t a total pushover. Hints or not, and believe me I would be lost without them, I’m still loving the blog!

  22. A gentle start to the week that I enjoyed very much.

    For whatever reason 9a didn’t cause problems but cannot remember where I have seen it before? And I’ve tried to remember. Also think 26a is lovely word.

    Figuring out 8d caused a few problems but got there.

    Many thanks to Rufus for a lovely puzzle and to Miffypops, a man with Damson trees. Nice blog.

    Sunshine today and I’ve ridden out. And very nice that was too.

    Sent from the North York Moors, tornado free for 3220 glorious days.

  23. I agree with 3* as 26a held me the most and 25a was a long time in coming too.4d is a new one to me.
    26 a is my favourite , after 13a.
    Thanks Miffypops and Rufus.

  24. Hi Folks!

    Still doing the cryptic daily but rarely blogging!
    My son is temporarily chez moi from Massachusetts while my daughter & Co. are visiting GB!

    Weather in NL is now springlike after a cold winter.
    I found examine rather odd in 9 across!
    Best regards,

  25. What a lovely crossword 😄 My nomination for crossword of the month */***** every clue was spot on. So many favourites but perhaps 16a & 21a deserve a mention 👍
    A big thank you to Rufus and to MP for warming a cold Monday 😍 I suppose that I have gone a little over the top but ” scripsi scripsi” as someone once said 😁
    Once again answers all nicely covered up Hoorah!

  26. ***/***. Nicely testing I thought but enjoyable nonetheless. Thanks to the setter and MP for the review. Weather is going to be unseasonably warm so shorts on for the next 6 months I guess.

  27. 8 down my favourite from amongst many elegant and witty clues. Rufus is on top form today, and this was a hugely enjoyable tussle. 2*/4* seems about right, with thanks to the aforementioned and MP for his usual sparkling review.

  28. Thought this was going to be one of the easier Monday puzzles, then got stuck on a couple. Does anybody still play 4d these days? Needed to use H&T for one clue, but otherwise I thought it was a great start to the week gentle in some parts, tricky in others.

    Lots of clues I liked but 1a is my favourite

    Used H&T for 9a not a word that I use a lot??

    Rating 3 / 4.5

    Thanks to MPOPS (got stuck on 26a like you but thought it was an anagram and eventually got it)
    A big thanks to the setter as well

  29. Well, I struggled somewhat today, but that just might be largely down to having enjoyed myself too much yesterday. No 22d, just a rather wonderful selection of whiskies.

    I never did see 9a and am not happy with the definition. Some 9a-ing is needed here, perhaps. Or maybe I’d be happier with it if I’d got it!

    Speaking of things that are needed, 23a almost raised a smile.

    The old anagram blindness reared its head again in 26a.

    I was also held up by not being able to think of 4d. I’m sure I have heard of the game, but it didn’t want to be extracted from my head. Oh well.

    Many thanks to Rufus and Miffypops. Extra thanks for explaining 8d.

  30. 17d is curiously similar to 24a in today’s Times cryptic (“Conspicuous net deployed around hole in ground(7)” ).

  31. The combination of 17/26/18 took almost as much time for me as the rest put together. 26ac especially so. No complaints though, beyond my own dimness. Rufus on good form I thought.

  32. Love this blog, and Mondays have become my favourite – thank you Mr Rufus and Mr MP (what a team). 17d took an age, so thank you again Mr MP, and I really chuckled at your 16a clip.

  33. Lovely crossword today, fell about 4 short, when I needed MP’s excellent hints, many thanks.
    Had the first word of 13a as ‘Taking’ which knackered me a bit.
    I thought 16a was bit weak.
    Enjoyed 1a, 23a. Favourite, being a golfer was 8d.
    Thanks again to MP and also to the setter…

  34. Thank you Mr Rufus for a lovely start of the week! Learnt a new word – winnow for 9a as well as had a few “ah! Listen to this” me talking to Mr Framboise busy with his sudoku but with always with an ear in case I need some help with a cricket clue! 23a was brilliant as was 6a but 8d gets my vote for favourite. Remember playing 4d in Sharjah with pistachio nut shells as counters!!! 2*/4* and many thanks to Miffypops for the review.

  35. The NE corner nudged me into 2* time (8d – my favourite clue – was also my last in), but satisfaction merits 3.5*. Ta to Rufus for a pleasant start to the puzzling week, and to MP for the review.

  36. Would have been fine if I hadn’t put the name of the country into 14d instead of the person, so couldn’t get 26a. Rather sloppy of me. I made hard work of this today. Thank you Rufus and Miffypops.

    1. You should always write the letters out when solving anagrams then there would be no mistake Florence. Don’t be like me and solve them mentally. That would never do.

      1. Once again there are no words MP….Unbelievable.

        I accidentally almost bashed my head against the keyboard when I read that.

        Florence, how did the concert go? :-)

        1. How can one accidentally almost do something? I almost accidentally bought a book of classical piano music on Thursday. Which translates into I actually bought a book of classical piano music on Thursday. On Friday I will try Zerlina’s Aria Batti, batti, o bel Masetto from Don Giovanni.

          1. Easily,

            In front of me on the coffee table is my laptop. I read your comment…started to say “Oh for …..sake” as my head slumped rapidly towards the keyboard, Being quite small there wasn’t far for it to go so I stopped myself before it actually hit it. See accidentally.

            Just so long as you don’t try and sing it. ;-)

            Hope it inspires you to solve Don’s puzzle.

  37. Hi TS, if you get chance to pop in later. How’s the shoulder feeling now? Trying to decide whether it was delayed reaction to the husky driving, an altercation with one of your delightful late-night train travelling companions, cold from hanging around waiting for delayed trains or too much messing about in boats. On the other hand, perhaps Jan was trying to twist your arm over something………!

    1. HiJane. Spent last Friday at the hospital having interminable tests, results to come. Both shoulders in a terrible state. Even getting dressed is a struggle. The unexplained cause can be none of those you mention as they were bad before Canada. It’s just that now they’re getting worse by the day. Thank you so much for asking. I’ll keep you posted.

  38. I found this a tad more taxing than usual from Rufus, but oerhaps that’s because I’m on industrial strength painkillers, which have turned my brain to sushi. wasnt keen on 16a or 26a, but I liked 13a. 8d wins the Green Jacket. Ta to MP and Rufua. 2*/3*

  39. Recently the answers are shown and not greyed out. Is this a problem with the site or my phone please? Incidentally, love the site – nice to have a pal to do the crossie with!

  40. Nice Monday type crossword, even when done on a Tuesday. 8d was out and out favourite and overall 3/3*.
    Thanks to Rufus and to the man from LI.

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