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DT 28349

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28349

Hints and tips by meteoric Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good Morning from the heart of Downtown LI where life is getting back to normal after the great party that followed England’s comfortable win against Wales on Saturday.

Today once again Rufus delights us with his brand of cryptic kidology. I didn’t find any hold-ups and nor should you. If you need help the hints and tips below should guide you to the solution. If you still cannot solve the clue, click on the greyed out box and the answer will be revealed.

Those of a nervous disposition should be extremely careful if they are thinking of looking at yesterday’s excellent set of hints by new reviewer Senf. There is a sting in the tail immediately before the comments. Rest assured nothing so awful will ever appear on one of my blogs! [That’s a matter of opinion. BD]

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.


1a    They make up a meal from different sources (7)
COURSES: We begin with a thinly disguised anagram (different) of SOURCES

5a    You’re in a sound position within this (7)
EARSHOT: A cryptic definition of a noun meaning the range or distance over which one can hear or be heard.

9a    Excel with striking trick (5)
OUTDO: Striking here means withdrawing one’s labour. Those striking are not in work. Quite the opposite. So begin with three letter word meaning on strike and add a word meaning to trick, con or swindle someone.

10a    I’m in a state, showing high spirits (9)
ANIMATION: Take the letter A from the clue and a word meaning a state or country and Place the letters I’M inside

11a    Persisting in flirtation (8-2)
CARRYING ON: A double definition the second being salacious, improper, or immoral behaviour

12a    An addition adjoining eastern part of church (4)
APSE: An addition here is A Post Script. Add the abbreviation for E(astern)

4a    Translation I altered slightly in passing (12)
TRANSITIONAL: Our second anagram where we don’t need too much mixing of letters. Altered is the anagram indicator and the fodder is TRANSLATION I

18a    The good fortune to score a boundary? (6,2,4)
STROKE OF LUCK: This example of good fortune could apply to a batsman hitting a successful but flukey shot.

21a    Heroic tale expressed in simple pictures (4)
EPIC: A hidden word. The answer is lurking within the words of the clue

22a    Skilled craftsman? (10)
SHIPWRIGHT: This craftsman builds boats (crafts). Gurt big ones.

25a    Takes to the Spanish, overturning charges (9)
TOLERATES: Use the word TO from the clue. Add the reversed (overturning) Spanish word for the and finally add some charges or fixed price’s

26a    Coming from Lake Nyasa, land further north (5)
KENYA: Our second hidden word

27a    They have absolute control of the French vessels (7)
DESPOTS: Translation time again. This time from English to French for the words of the. This is followed by a word meaning vessels. Not the seagoing ones built by 22ac but those in one’s kitchen and used for cooking

28a    Attempted to replant seed outside for instance (7)
ESSAYED: place an anagram (to replant) of SEED around (outside) a three letter word meaning for instance


1d    Selection of superior quality (6)
CHOICE: A double definition. The second being an adjective meaning of very good quality

2d    Put out vessel for recovery (6)
UPTURN: An anagram (out) of PUT is followed by yet another vessel. This one is a tall, rounded vase with a stem and base, especially one used for storing the ashes of a cremated person

3d    Big Apple supports good man with nothing, shattered and destitute (5-5)
STONY BROKE: The initials of the city known as The Big Apple follow Crosswordland’s usual good man (Saint) and the round letter that looks like nothing to form our first word here. The second word is simply a synonym of the word shattered.

4d    Car trip round a place in S Europe (5)
SPAIN: Place an informal noun describing a brief trip in a car for pleasure around the letter A from the clue

5d    Leader in a column? (9)
EDITORIAL: A cryptic definition of a newspaper article or column written by the head journalist

6d    Managed to shelter old horse (4)
ROAN: Our regularly used word meaning managed wraps itself around (shelters) the letter O from the word old

7d    They’re used for gripping turns in the road (8)
HAIRPIN: A double definition of something to hold ones locks or tresses in place and also very sharp bends in the road

8d    With nurse, rely on changing in a sensitive way (8)
TENDERLY: A verb meaning to nurse is followed by an anagram (on changing) of RELY

13d    Do they stop cars in record time? (4,6)
DISC BRAKES: The record here is black and round and played by a jockey (I kid you not. This is how we rolled back in the day) the answer is a system used for slowing and stopping cars. We also have a system that uses drums and another that uses callipers

15d    Untethered the Pony Express’s first and last recruits (9)
NEOPHYTES: Take an anagram (untethered) of THE PONY and add the first and last letters of the word express

16d    Agreed sea tends to be rough (8)
ASSENTED: Anagram (to be rough) of SEA TENDS

17d    Objects as claret is shaken up (8)
ARTICLES: Anagram (shaken up) of CLARET IS

19d    A representative business (6)
AGENCY: A cryptic defining of a business or organization providing a particular service on behalf of another business, person, or group

20d    Half street and all beach (6)
STRAND: Use the letters from the first half of the word str(eet)and add the word and from the clue.

23d    Outdated permit to go over East (5)
PASSÉ: A permit or warrant to do something is followed by the letter E(ast)

24d    Old ship loses top of freight (4)
ARGO: A ships load minus its first letter (loses top of) is the name of Jason’s ship.

All good fun leaving plenty of time to enjoy the day.

The Quick Crossword pun: elfin+spectre=health inspector

70 comments on “DT 28349

  1. On the subject of limericks (Our Kings and Queens in Limericks):

    On here Big Dave’s boss that is clear
    He’s been running it many a year
    No politics, jargon or lies
    No alternative clues when it’s Prize
    Or in red text you’ll get flea in the ear.

  2. Excellent Monday puzzle. Bottom right took me a while and 15d was last in – the word popped into my head and I had to look it up to by sure it worked with the clue.
    As always thanks to the setter and Miffypops for a great start to the week.

  3. This was a nice easy start to the weeks solving & was almost a R&W. Many thanks to the setter & To MP for his review.

  4. Very easy start to the week, possibly a bit too easy?. I didnt get a great lot of enjoyment from it, no real favourites or stand out clues. 1*/1.5* Many thanks to Rufus and to MP.

  5. Typical Rufus – eases you in with a couple of easy-peasy anagrams and then hits you with a 15d to make sure that those at the back are paying attention.
    Plenty to enjoy, from which my picks were 27a plus 3&7d.

    Thanks to Rufus and to MP – only you could find such a gruesome example for 10a!

  6. Amusing Monday crossword that was a */*** for me, just the ticket after that exhausting rugby !
    No real favourites except perhaps 15d for its surface.
    Thanks Miffypops, nice to hear Ronnie again.

  7. Some witty clues, but over a bit too quickly. Thanks to Rufus and to MP for the slightly dark cartoon at 10a. By the way, the Guardian looks fairly gentle at first glance.

  8. */*** – Rufus almost at his most benign. Although I got unnecessarily ‘stuck’ on 18a, which resulted in completion at a fast canter.

    Short favourite, a toss-up between12a and 27a. Long favourite 22a.

    Thanks to Rufus and MP.

    (I have just looked up ‘comfortable’ in the BRB, and, while I am more than delighted with Saturday’s result, I am not sure that is how I would describe it. There must be something in the water or the beer in LI, I will have to come and sample it on my next visit to the home country.)

      1. Dylan a poet? Get a load of this:

        Without Pops he’s just known as Miffy
        A Bob Dylan fact he’ll quote in a jiffy
        He knows every song
        Bungs when parsing is wrong
        His deliberate mistakes are decidedly iffy.


    1. I took it that the opening sentence had one of two explanations:
      MP’s deliberate mistake
      A non-sequitur to deliberately wind up the Welsh.
      I’ll give MP the benefit of the doubt and say it was the latter.

  9. Sometimes I struggle with Rufus but today I must have been on his wavelenth. Favourites were 15d and 28a. Thanks all

  10. Two walks in the park today – only one with the dog – and its not even lunchtime. A considerate start to the week with a */** from this solver.
    I did have a favourite but it was completed a while ago and I have now forgotten. Those penguin chicks… they had it coming.

  11. A nice pleasant start to the week with nothing to seriously trouble.

    Thanks to Rufus and MP, for being, well MP.

  12. Nice easy start to the week, nothing much to scare us today. Favourite clue 22a memories of my grandfather who was a Chief Shipwright in the navy.
    Nice to see a picture of Trbarwith Strand one of my favourite beaches and of course the Port William pub.
    Thanks to Miffypops and Rifus.

  13. Nice puzzle..*/**** We love ’em when they’re easy and good fun!
    Many thanks to Rufus and Miffypops.

      1. I suppose it’s too late now, but I was going to return to add (I was called away and never got back to the computer): with record = the first word and “stop cars” indicating the second word.

  14. Gentle start to the week, not quite a R&W but certainly nothing to upset the horses.
    7d was my favourite and overall a solid 2/3*.
    Thanks to Rufus, and to that nice young man from LI for his review.

  15. Virtually all R+W, except 15d which was my favourite. Like most Monday offerings these days it was enjoyable but only in very gentle, fluffy, fun way. 1*/2*.

  16. Gently challenging but enjoyable exercise. I wonder whether the scoring batsman would regard it as an18a. I suppose 19d just qualifies as cryptic by virtue of direct synonyms? East got there before the West. Thank you Rufus and MP.

    1. Unfortunately yes, but rapidly followed by rugby, football, golf, horse racing, especially all the terms used in betting – now then, what else is there about which I know nothing? Answer – quite a lot but they’re my main problems.

    2. I always seem to meet many more sailors, prisoners, saints and scoundrels in CrosswordLand rather than in real life.


  17. No great problems apart from the last in 9a that puzzled me so thx for the explanation.
    Would most violently disagree with 18a, ask Joe Root if his boundaries are luck!
    Very very poor clue.
    For me **/** (would have been *** for enjoyment if it was not for 18a!)
    Thx to all.

    1. Didn’t know how to comment re 18a but agree it is not a good clue. To me “stroke” implies a deliberate shot, thus is not “luck”:an edge, snick etc to the boundary is luck but not a stroke.

      1. Cricket commentators will often refer to a good ball inducing a false stroke from a batsman, so I think it can be either a deliberate shot or the opposite actually.

        1. Then possibly “possibly” should have been in the clue, without it the implication is that every boundary scored is a stroke of luck which it assuredly is not.

    2. I didn’t like it either Brian but I have a higher tolerance of setters licence than some folk. so didn’t mention it

      1. Similarly 13d; the clue doesn’t give a precise indication, just a cryptic hint as to which phrase is the intended answer. In cricket, if the fielders – missed/fumbled/both thought the other would go for it – the ball, it could be a ***** ** ****. I agree a boundary is not necessarily one of those, but it can be (as opposed to a six, which is virtually unstoppable). I’m sure Joe Root would accept that some boundaries are lucky.

        Anyway, we all got the answer and solved the crossword.

      2. Anyone who like me has seen in the flesh:=
        David Gower caress the ball to the extra-cover boundry
        Michael Vaughn pull Jason Gillespe through mid-wicket
        Would not describe that as ‘luck’ !!

    1. Thank you for pointing that out Chris. Either a typo or me not noticing what predictive text had put. Now corrected

  18. Am I being unfair to suggest that this Rufus challenge is a little on the too straightforward side? I would have preferred a sterner test on a rare day off. No standout clues for me, I’m afraid. But thanks to MP and Rufus anyway 1*/2*

  19. 2nd post and happy to report that all completed other than 15d which is a new word to me! Bit worried that you veterans found this one a tad easy as it took me xxxxxxx
    ! Hey ho…… onwards and upwards!

    1. Whatever time it took, the convention here is that we don’t say exactly how long for fear of discouraging those who took longer

  20. In English: absolutely brill! In American: very excellent😊 I must have been locked onto Rufus’ wavelength as I finished at first sitting, without any hints or help, so very happy camper today. Even happier when I saw the ** difficulty. I suspect the clever bods will have found this too easy though. But for those of us who feel like idiots on tougher days, this was a true delight. 25a was last in, and favorite was 18a.

  21. Another Monday, another gentle Rufus puzzle that was enjoyable without any particularly outstanding clues.

    Thanks to Mr. Squires and the meteoric Miffypops.

  22. The usual excellence from Rufus, though I did shoot myself in the foot by transposing letters when writing in the answer to 20d which made it tricky solving 22a. When will I ever learn to check my answers when I feel I am at an impasse?
    Lots to enjoy, loads of fun, really a piece of cake if I had only paid attention.
    Thanks to Rufus and to M’pops for his review.

  23. Loved it today.

    Thanks to the setter and to Miffypops for his review.

    (And thanks to Jose for his limericks…I love ’em.)

  24. Nowt too tricky today, but fun while it lasted. Thanks to Rufus and to MP for the Costello.

  25. 1.5*/2*

    MP, I know you have the anagram indicator in 8d as ‘on changing’, but that seems wrong to us. We got the answer easily enough, but then felt that either the ‘on’ was in fact redundant, or the clue was falsely (rather than allowably misleadingly) indicating that ‘rely on’ was the anagram fodder. Is this a case of Rufus pushing his licence to the limit to get a better surface?

    Thanks for the review, MP and Thanks to Rufus for the puzzle.

    1. Surely the ‘on’ just serves as ‘added’ here as in nurse = **** with ‘rely’ added (on) but changed. That’s how I read it anyway.
      As for Rufus pushing his licence – go for it, Rufus!

  26. Feel like a meteor too as I am about to tackle my fifth crossword of the day.
    Not that I have extra time but so far I seem to be on the right modulating wavelength or FM as it is widely known.
    This offering from Rufus was over a bit too soon but very enjoyable.
    No pencil for anagrams and all that.
    Thanks to Rufus and to MP.

  27. As with many others I found this not too difficult but needed a bit more than R&W and also liked 15d. Even tho it was the last one in.

    Thanks to all the setters whose style is slowly becoming clearer to me thanks to BigD and his helpers. Miffypops today and Senf on Sunday.

  28. ** maybe *** for difficulty. The weekly struggle with cryptic definitions that often go completely over my head, which is OK until we get a bunch of them in the same place at which point an impasse ensues. If the clues were a bit more varied this wouldn’t matter…

  29. Very late today – been in London with Elder Lamb and partner to help them do ‘house stuff’ – I won’t bore you all with the details.
    Didn’t start this one until several hours after my usual time and very out of routine but, even allowing for that, I didn’t hit any trouble.
    I went a bit blind, briefly, with 18a but then it sorted itself out.
    My last answer was 15d – completely missed the anagram indicator and, anyway, had forgotten the word.
    Oh, and had a spot of bother with 22a too.
    I liked 7 and 20d. My favourite was 11a which I loved.
    Thanks to Rufus and to MP.
    Need food now, and a glass of wine, in any order.

  30. A jolly but untesting romp of a puzzle, just the job to kick off the week: 1*/3.5*. I enjoyed 22a – a splendid but expensive body of people whose services I shall soon be seeking as my launch date looms – and 15d. And I loved the quickie pun! Thanks to Rufus, and to Miffypops.

  31. 2*/4* and a typically enjoyable Monday puzzle from Rufus. Lots of goodies so hard to pick a favourite although 11a stands out for me. Nice to see a return of the horse and the old boat. Thanks to Rufus and MP.

  32. Completed with no hints, nicely in tune with Rufus’ today.
    I sympathise with those that found this too easy, but sometimes numskulls like me need an easy back-pager.
    I’m sure that sterner tests are ahead this week.
    A couple of comments
    15d was solvable from the wordplay, even I did it!!
    11a does the answer really suggest ‘flirtation’??
    18a was a poor clue
    Thanks to MP for the usual amusing review and Rufus, well I enjoyed it anyway!!

    1. Hope you enjoyed the skiing – Google Jeremy Heitz for some amazing madman exploits on skis.
      11a: yet to try it & at 75 it’s probably too late (no definitely).

      1. I think ‘carrying on’ is more rumpy-pumpy than flirtation,though maybe in today’s world they are one and the same.
        Skiing was good thanks, no shortage of snow!! Not surprised that an avalanche took those lives in Tignes yesterday, but to go off-piste after so much snow is very risky (madness).
        Hope you are doing ok, LROK

  33. A day behind everyone else as usual but enjoyable early morning solve for me. Actually must have been my quickest ever. Rufus’ clues are clever and I wonder whether is is harder to set than solve. I ended up in the NE but that was more about the way I went rather than the difficulty of those clues. 11a last one in.

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