DT 28391

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28391

Hints and tips by Miffypops


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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Because of problems with the main site, I have posted today’s review here. There are no frills like pictures and videos, and the spoiler uses white text – select the area before the colon, or between the curly brackets, with the mouse.

Welcome from the heart of Downtown LI where the sun is shining beautifully. Spring is sprung. I really had to come down to earth after the excitement of yesterday’s Checkatrade Trophy Cup Final where the mighty Coventry defeated Oxford at Wembley. My commiserations to Kath and Chris but Oxford just couldn’t compete. In fact no team has ever beaten Coventry in any cup final at Wembley. Coventry RFC also won at home to Rosslyn Park, watched by England and Coventry’s oldest living international Mr Harry Walker aged 102 and still carrying all of his marbles.

Today’s puzzle puzzled me by its lack of anagrams. Two in total using just ten letters. Thank you Rufus but it isn’t all about me. You must still cater to the rest of the puzzliverse.

The hints and tips below are there to help if needed and I sincerely hope that they do their job. If you are still unable to solve after reading the hint the answer is hidded bec8hind the greyed out box

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.


1a           Flier eating chop and banger (6)
JALOPY:  This flier is a bird of the crow family. Place him around a verb meaning to chop or cut as in branches or twigs from a tree

4a           Old boy, wearing sulky expression, ceased to be involved (5,3)
OPTED OUT: This old boy is an Edward. Take the abbreviation for O(ld) and a verb meaning a sulky expression where ones bottom lip protrudes. Place these around Edward’s shortened form. Own up now, how many of you played with OB from O(ld) B(oys)?

9a           Grandma gets setback in French city (6)
NANTES:   Begin with a pet name for your Grandmother and add the reverse of the word SET (set-back)

10a         Tax that produces public anger (8)
OVERTIRE:   To find this verb which means to weary or fatigue somebody we need only to find synonyms for the last two words of the clue. The first has five letters and the second has three.

12a         A couple of notes and that’s your lot! (4)
FATE:  These two notes are the fourth and seventh of the Solfa scale.

13a         Pale, and pass out (5)
FAINT:  A double definition, the second meaning to lose consciousness for a short time.

14a         Belt as part of a shirt (4)
CUFF:  Another double definition, the first meaning to lamp somebody and the second meaning being the part of the shirt at the end of the sleeves

17a         Understanding fear (12)
APPREHENSION:   And another double definition (at least we are being spared from the dreaded anagrams) The second being a noun meaning anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen.

20a         Yet it could be close combat (4,8)
OPEN CONFLICT:   A cryptic definition of warfare. The first word of the answer has the opposite meaning to the word CLOSE in the clue and the second word is a synonym of COMBAT. The word YET in the clue is our pointer towards the clues shenanigans

23a         Great many will embrace love or money (4)
LOOT:   Begin with a word meaning a great many and wrap it around (embrace) the letter that looks like the love score in tennis

24a         Not so many, we infer! (5)
FEWER:  Place the word WE from the clue inside the letters FER.  WE IN FER.   FE(WE)R Clever or what?

25a         Try to catch what’s said (4)
HEAR:  A double definition. To try as in at a court of law or to perceive with the ear

28a         Goes crazy — manages satisfactorily after a minute (4,4)
RUNS AMOK:  begin with our usual word for manages and add the A from the clue, the abbreviation for M(inute) and a two letter term meaning satisfactorily.

29a         Shrub, perennial. Hardy? No (6)
LAUREL:  This perennial hardy shrub is not Hardy the comedian who died in 1957 but his mate Stanley.

30a         Licence for cartographer’s line (8)
LATITUDE:   Our fifth double definition of the day. The cartographers line is the one linking the north and south poles parallel to the equator

31a         What boy did with toy? (6)
RHYMED:  My second to last one in and the one hint I think will be sought after most today. The words Boy and Toy would be useful to a poet.

The absolute lack of anagrams in the across clues is both notable and welcomed.


1d           Summit meeting of psychologist and wife (8)
JUNGFRAU:   We need to nip over to Switzerland to find our psychologist (the founder of analytical psychology) who possibly has a German wife.

2d           Floor covering, kind that’s used by printers (8)
LINOTYPE:   Begin here with the shortened name for a floor covering made from materials such as solidified linseed oil (linoxyn), pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate and add a word meaning kind

3d           Lord, look! (4)
PEER:  A double definition the first being of the realm

5d           Flags seen on the street (6,6)
PAVING STONES:   These flags are usually made of concrete and cover pathways.

Lines and Squares by AA Milne

Whenever I walk in a London street,
I’m ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street,
Go back to they lairs,
And I say to them, “Bears,
Just look how I’m walking in all the squares!”
And the little bears growl to each other “He’s mine,
As soon as he’s silly and steps on a line.”
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It’s ever so portant how you walk.
And it’s ever so jolly to call out, “Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!”

6d           One is belted and real aggravated (4)
EARL:  This member of the group at 3 down is belted with a sword girded around his waist. Unfortunately the second part of the clue is an anagram (aggravated) of REAL.

7d           It’s hateful having nothing and five hundred debts (6)
ODIOUS:  Use the letter that looks like nothing nil zilch or zero. Add the Roman numeral for five hundred and our usual Crosswordland debts

8d           Start driving on a course (3,3)
TEE OFF:   A cryptic definition of the first shot in a round of golf and subsequently the first shot taken at each hole.

11d         Answered call instantly but was pipped at the post? (4,2,6)
CAME IN SECOND:  A double definition, the second being a description of how you fared  if narrowly beaten in a race.

15d         Uplifted, achieved very good times (5)
TEMPI:   This musical term for times can be found by reversing (uplifting) a word meaning achieved as in sales targets perhaps and adding our usual suspect meaning very good.

16d         Swells seen from boat offshore (5)
TOFFS:  These dated fashionable or stylish persons of wealth or high social position can be found lurking within the letters of the clue

18d         Was partial over unusual instrument (4,4)
SIDE DRUM:  Split 5,3 The first word (Was partial to) means supported or joined in opposition to. This is followed by a synonym of the word unusual. The instrument is played with sticks and is more usually known as a snare.

19d         Surprised to see first part was first (8)
STARTLED:   We need a five letter noun meaning the point in time or space at which something has its origin or beginning. Followed by a three letter word meaning went first.

21d         Sort of arrangement that’s free for all (6)
FLORAL:   Anagram number two (free) of FOR ALL

22d         One may play it — and one may get licked (6)
CORNET:  A brass instrument which resembles a trumpet is also the name of a con shaped wafer filled with ice cream

26d         Players in form (4)
CAST:  The list of players or actors in a production is also the word used to define to form some thing by pouring molten metal into a mould

27d         Many refuse ready money (4)
CASH:  Our large number here is one hundred. Use its Roman numeral and add a word meaning refuse or rubbish. Actually the remains of a fire.

A lovely little puzzle today.  Just enough anagrams.

Quick Crossword Pun: {infant} + {tree} + {man} = {infantryman}

5 Replies to “DT 28391”

  1. Confession here – I failed miserably on 15d. The one that MP thought might cause problems – 31a – took some time, as did 24a, but that wretched Italian musical number completely floored me.
    Top three for me were the afore-mentioned 24&31a along with 11d which made me smile.

    Good luck with getting the main site back up, BD and many thanks for today to Rufus and MP. Enjoyed the poem!

  2. Three cheers to BD and to MP.
    I thought this was the trickiest Rufus ever and had real trouble with it but got there eventually.
    Not going to go on at length but there were lots of good clues and, as ever, a great review from MP.
    Thanks to all concerned.

    1. Thanks Kath. I thought today’s Frills as BD referred to them were very good but not to worry. Hopefully normal service will be resumed soon.

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