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DT 28511

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28511

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

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1a    Humble suggestion to refer to a clue that’s not here today (4,3,4)
TAKE ONE DOWN: I just love it when one across is a piece of cake. An easy solve that gets you going with a smile. Not so today. The second part of the clue refers to a clue that doesn’t appear today. It isn’t an across clue and you don’t need to look far amongst the downs.

9a    Pole enters by way of special permit (4)
VISA: Place one of the two abbreviations for the poles inside a preposition meaning by way of

10a    A capital picture-house (4,7)
TATE GALLERY: A cryptic definition of an art gallery in a capital city. London actually. The one founded by Henry the sugar magnate.

11a    Half the alphabet that’s studied by physicists (4)
ATOM: This minute particle can be found by beginning with the first letter of the alphabet and travelling to the 13th letter. N TO Z doesn’t work

14a    Leaning over he upset Nigel (7)
HEELING: Begin with the word HE given generously in the clue and add an anagram (upset) of NIGEL

16a    Book in stock (7)
RESERVE: A double definition which doesn’t ever need the word Pre to be used. The word Pre has nothing to do with this clue, it is just a bugbear for me. I don’t want to pre book, I just want to book. I have no need to pre heat an oven, merely to heat it. Pre is a stupidly used word.

17a    Showed open-mouthed wonder seeing space-man? (5)
GAPED: Begin with a space between two objects and add the name of a man. Not only do you have to guess which man you also have to shorten his name. Unfair clueing in my opinion

18a    Cushions which are left behind by astronauts? (4)
PADS: A double definition. The second being the sites of launches of spacecraft which are left behind when an astronaut blasts off.

19a    Great work from the picador (4)
EPIC: An included word. A lurker hidden within the words of the clue

20a    Don’t agree with sending potato back (5)
REBUT: A much thickened underground part of a stem or rhizome, e.g. in the potato, serving as a food reserve and bearing buds from which new plants arise. Reversed.

22a    Redoing novel to be cut (7)
IGNORED: Anagram (novel) of REDOING

23a    It receives word of a murder that’s been arranged (7)
EARDRUM: For the third time this week we have an anagram (that’s been arranged) of A MURDER. This along with the one humped camel seems to be the setters favourite.

24a    Clothing to boast about (4)
GARB: The reverse of a verb meaning to say something in a boastful manner.

28a    What dead men do, on being held back by informers (4,2,5)
TELL NO TALES: The answer is not what dead men do but what they don’t do. A google search of the answer revealed nothing helpful but tons of stuff about The Pirates of The Caribbean

29a    Has wrongly won point (4)
OWNS: Anagram (wrongly) of WON with one of the compass points. The one already used at 9ac

30a    Character in tantrum meant to explode (11)
TEMPERAMENT: Begin with a synonym for a tantrum and add an anagram (to explode) of MEANT


2d    The first man for whom madam lost her head (4)
ADAM: Remove the first letter of Madam as indicated by the words lost her head

3d    Still quits (4)
EVEN: A simple double definition

4d    Approaching Grannie for change (7)
NEARING: Anagram (for change) of GRANNIE

5d    He could be told, but he probably wouldn’t understand (4)
DOLT: Anagram (could be) of TOLD

6d    Suffered wounds after fighting, but sang (7)
WARBLED: To have suffered wounds here means that the red stuff has oozed out. This come after a word meaning fighting on a grand scale between nations.

7d    Cold game? (6,5)
WINTER SPORT: A cryptic definition of a game played during the coldest season. (Not the summer, that’s just in England)

8d    Such a reception may please friends but annoy enemies (4,7)
WARM WELCOME: This is a new one for me. I like words and phrases that have two meanings that are completely opposite to one another like the word CLEAVE which means to join together or to cut apart. The answer here means a hearty hospitable reception or greeting. The expression dates from the mid 1700s. Prior to that around 1700 the term referred to a hostile reception.

12d    Scapegoat one of Fagin’s pickpockets? (8,3)
WHIPPING BOY: A double definition of one who takes the blame for the misdeeds of others or one youngster who steals

13d    It’s worn after the match (7,4)
WEDDING RING: Cryptic definition of a piece of jewellery worn after a marriage ceremony

15d    Georgia and Edward confined to school (5)
GATED: Begin with the abbreviation for the state of Georgia and add a shortened form of the name Edward who coincidentally appears anonymously at 17ac

16d    Show to look back on, they say (5)
REVUE: A homophone based on a word (6) meaning to look back on

20d    Make duty-free? (7)
RELIEVE: To release from duty. To remove a burden. To make less tedious. My iffy clue of the day

21d    A doctor breaks journey to get an instrument (7)
TAMBOUR. Use the A from the clue. Add one of many two letter abbreviations for a doctor (bachelor of medicine) place those three letters inside a word meaning a journey where several places are visited

25d    Strike makes mates upset (4)
SLAP: The reversal of a word meaning mates is to strike with an open hand

26d    Quiet part of electrical motor (4)
CALM: our second lurker of the day

27d    Anxious to show how cutting you can be? (4)
KEEN: Both my Daily Telegraph subscriptions online puzzle (iPad version) and my hard newspaper copy are missing the H in the word SHOW. This is a double definition the second referring to sharpness.

A pleasant solve today.



56 comments on “DT 28511

  1. All fairly straightforward for me, finished in 1* time. Funnily enough, 1a was one of the last in for me and is therefore COTD.

    My thanks to the setter and Miffypops.

  2. Not so keen on today’s offering.. very easy for most of it but needed the explanation from Miffy pops for 1a and 17a. Thanks for that.
    Dull here too which doesn’t help. Lawn too damp to mow. Need to get rid of three trees which do not give value for money in my small garden. Any suggestions for replacements. We have dry poor soil.

  3. I would agree with the 2*/4* rating offered at the top of the page. A couple in the NW corner held me up and pushed out the solving time a tad, but all very enjoyable and satisfying to complete. 28a tickled my fancy, as did 11a. After so many of us thanked the wrong setter last week, I am not sure if this was a Rufus or not, but thanks anyway to our setter and to MP.

    1. The I-Pad subscription version had/has ‘sow’ instead of ‘show’ in 27d which made no sense.

  4. I would doubt that this one came from the pen of Rufus but possibly a different setter to the one who took his slot last Monday?
    No particular difficulties although 1a was certainly not my first one in and I did leave 20d blank until all the checkers were in place.

    12a took my ‘favourite’ slot with 1a close behind.

    Thanks to Mr. Ron and to MP for the review. Thanks for the clip of Mr. Depp – there’s something I find rather appealing about that man when he’s wearing eye-liner (OK I know that’s probably weird!). On the other hand, no thanks for the 21d clip of a perfectly good song being murdered.
    Loved the 2d cartoon – think I’ve seen it before somewhere?

    1. Are you saying you DONT find Mr Depp appealing without the eyeliner? Now, that would be weird………either way, he’s not at all bad. Going off a bit now, though…..too many substances showing in the face? And I don’t mean moisturiser.

      He likes to pay homage to real artists in a lot of his portrayals and tends to be better looking than all of them.

  5. Nothing much to scare us today the usual straightforward Monday puzzle to prepare us for the week ahead, just to get the brain cells working following the weekend.
    Thanks to Miffypops and setter.

  6. I enjoyed this – 1a and 11a (an old chestnut I assume but new to me) both intrigued me and are my COTDs….

  7. Completed at a comfortable gallop; at the time of completion, no idea who the setter was, and I was hoping that MP would identify him or her – */***

    Identifying a favourite was not easy as nothing leapt out at me. However, I think 7d takes the honours.

    Thanks to setter and MP.

  8. Like others 1a caused a delay, last in ,still wasn’t sure of the first word even after the penny dropped with the last two . I suppose that to take down a peg is to humble-well that’s the best I can do.
    Apart from this a R and W, so going for a **/***.
    Thanks MP for the amusing review.

  9. I have to agree fully with MP about 17a….although it was straightforward to fill in, I really dislike it when you’re asked to come up with the name of someone, shortened or jot, without any additional clueing.

    The missing letter from 27d was also irritating because it held me up from trying to parse it. The answer was more or less a calculated guess, but I took far too long thinking about planting seeds and trying to delete a Y from the end of various words (“cutting you”)……..

    Otherwise, a few nice clues. 1a. “Take ‘im daaahn, Grant”

  10. I agree with 2* and 4*.
    My last answer was the first word of 1a – the whole thing wasn’t helped by having convinced myself that the middle word had to be ‘and’.
    28a took a while as did 20d.
    I missed the 26d lurker and didn’t catch him until I got 30a.
    I didn’t understand the second definition of 8d.
    I liked 14 and 18a and 15 and 21d. My favourite was 12d.
    It wouldn’t have occurred to me to doubt that this was a Rufus but thanks anyway to whoever did set this one and to MP.

  11. A very easy start to the week, R & W apart from the first word of 1a which I still don’t really like. Favourite 12d and overall */*** . Many thanks to the setter and MP.

    1. I agree with first word of 1a. I thought of humble as a verb which usually would be a put down not a take down.

  12. Thanks to the setter and to Miffypops for the review and hints. A quite straightforward puzzle to start the week. No real favourites, quite liked 1a & 5d, I thought the latter was subtle. Last in was 20d. I’m sure it wasn’t Rufus or Mister Ron. Was 1*/3* for me.

      1. I missed some of the hint when I copied and pasted. Now sorted. Thanks for pointing it out.

  13. Regardless of the setter, there would be something amiss if Monday wasn’t the usual gentle introduction to the week’s backpagers, and today thankfully continued that tradition.

    A few of the clues, like last Monday, were Rufusesque in style, but certainly quite a few weren’t.

    My top three, in solving order, were 1a, 5d and 6d.

    Many thanks to the compiler for a very enjoyable puzzle and to MP.

  14. Easy peasy today, but, oh please, don’t tell me that my belovéd Rufus has given us up?
    My last in was 27d, I had to refer to the thesaurus to find a synonym with anxious.
    I liked a lot here, 28a, 12d among others, but I think Fave was 6d.
    Thanks to setter and to M’pops for his review. I loved the peanuts cartoon at 2d!

    1. He’s definitely still doing Mondays in the Guardian. I can bring them up free online by simply putting ‘Guardian cryptic’ into the search engine – perhaps you can do the same where you are?

  15. 13d was my favourite in this not too difficult start to the week. So nobody is prepared to say who the setter might be after the Monday maestro left the stage last week. Hmm, me neither!
    Enjoyable as it was I’ll go for 2/4* overall.
    Thanks to the setter and to mp for the review.

  16. I don’t know who the ‘Michael’ is at number 16 but it’s definitely not me – I’m me, always have been!

    Anyway, getting to today’s offering – I found it quite tricky, 1a was my last one in and I needed help with that. I’ve seen the half an alphabet one before but had forgotten it and that held me up too – all in all quite a few sticky ones that really frustrated me!!

  17. The iffy clue of the day in 20d caused the most problems in this otherwise typical Rufus puzzle.
    Thanks to him and to MP for the review.

      1. I think this is a good clue, Misdirection – tax free. To me Make duty-free cryptically or even not so cryptically = relieve one of one’s duties.

  18. For me , horrible! ****/*
    Very little to recommend this puzzle with many iffy definitions and poor clues.
    One of the worst Monday crosswords for a long time as far as I was concerned.
    Thx for the hints.

  19. I did not enjoy this particularly, maybe following Virgilius puzzle of yesterday is a tough ask because I found this pretty charmless.
    Last in was the Fagin clue which I did not really like.
    1a went in quite early, and was favourite.
    Thanks MP and Mr.Ron

  20. Straightforward today. 1a was my first one in. The clue made me think of a similar one a few days ago where it was a case of seeing what was or wasn’t there. Could it possibly be the same setter? 1a and 28a were favourites. Thank you setter and Miffypops.

  21. ** for difficulty here too, for an enjoyable start to the week. 1ac didn’t quite sound like a real phrase to me (take down a peg, yes), though no doubt it is, but it couldn’t be anything else.

  22. A fun solve with lots of puns and no little humour. Good, solid Lego clues too and the synonyms weren’t too oblique. 1a and 11a were my faves. 20d was last in.

  23. A bit thick today, because this should have been a 1* solve, but l confess it took me into low 2* territory. 12d made me laugh, but 9a was my favourite. Thanks to the setter (l won’t guess) and to MP for the review.

  24. Very confusing for me. Only left with two or three unsolved clues, but several were answered by luck (inspiration??). On review I think probably three clues were iffy.

  25. Late in today. Enjoyed this puzzle, took some time to get going but some great clues and fun to the end. Several favourites – 18a, 20a and 13d.
    Busy day, roofers arrived to repair leak, garden company came to spray palm trees, visited cat in hospital (a little better), visited own doctor and did exercise walk at indoor mall (far too hot outside this time of year).
    Oh yes and saw the eclipse, well 85% eclipse in South Florida.
    Another quiet day in retirement ☺️

    1. I agree with you Merusa. This was enjoyable and a lot which could be answered in a flash of inspiration. SE last to go for me not assisted by the mis-print. Clearly not to Brian’s taste. Thank you setter whoever you may be. I am not clever enough to guess but would not have questioned it being a Rufus as I do find his style varies. I would think perhaps, if not, another senior setter. “Gated” is rather Billy Bunterish. Doubt whether it is allowed these days as an infringement of human rights.

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