DT Cryptic No 25846 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25846 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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See also the original posting for DT Cryptic No 25846

Across

2a Wanted a lot (4,2,6)
MUCH IN DEMAND – not much explanation required

8a Easterner had some unkempt hair (4)
THAI – hidden in unkempT HAIr

9a Suspect one investing in Mississippi fund (8 )
MISTRUST – i (one) inside Ms (Mississippi) then trust (fund)

10a Test-case about sealed plastic container (8 )
CASSETTE – anagram (about) of test-case

11a Romeo takes lady to the country (6)
RWANDA – R (Romeo in the phonetic alphabet) then Wanda (lady)

12a With a pointed feature and a keen scent (5-5)
SHARP-NOSED – double meaning

13a Grow slowly but do not start to turn round (6)
EVOLVE – (r)evolve (turn round)

16a Singers found nothing in rich ornamentation (5)
CHOIR – o (nothing) inside an anagram (ornamentation) of rich

17a Being from Milan, a revolutionary (6)
ANIMAL – an anagram (revolutionary) of “Milan a”

18a I have part of car first whilst trying out all possibilities (10)
EXHAUSTIVE – exhaust (part of car) first then I’ve (I have)

21a Dean arranged to take Virginia in a state (6)
NEVADA – an anagram (arranged) of Dean around (to take in) Va (Virginia)

23a Amaze a son with this developing (8 )
ASTONISH – an anagram (developing) of “a son this”

24a Place under surveillance when money risked in gambling is wrong (5,3)
STAKE OUT – stake (money risked in gambling) out (is wrong)

25a Go to previous country (4)
TOGO – “to” before (previous) “go”

26a Molestation on the radio? (12)
INTERFERENCE – double meaning

Down

1d Beat the unending spots (6)
THRASH – th (the, unending) rash (spots)

2d It’s as far as one can be from the bank (9)
MIDSTREAM – again, not much explanation required

3d Certain confusion losing article, the fool (6)
CRETIN – an anagram (confusion) of cert(a)in (certain without the “a” / losing article)

4d Warmer after having a dip? Water should be in it (9,6)
IMMERSION HEATER – heater (warmer) after immersion (having a dip)

5d Although it’s only a minor ailment, it causes confusion (8 )
DISORDER – double meaning

6d Lady producing many a song (5)
MARIA – M (1000 in Roman numerals / many) aria (a song)

7d Proceeded gingerly at quarter past four having made headlong plunge (8 )
NOSEDIVE – nosed (proceeded gingerly) IV (four) E (East / quarter)

14d Stubborn old boys can have had a meal (9)
OBSTINATE – OBs (old boys) tin (can) ate (have had a meal)

15d During Whitsun be a tennis-player not having suffered defeat (8 )
UNBEATEN – hidden in WhitsUN BE A TENnis-player

16d Clare in trouble on holiday. Get away (5,3)
CLEAR OFF – an anagram (in trouble) of Clare then off (on holiday)

19d Go up first, it’s an improvement (6)
UPTURN – up before (first) turn (go)

20d Face six wise men, not second saint (6)
VISAGE – VI (six in Roman numerals) sage(s) (sages / wise men without the second “S” / Saint)

22d It is just over a foot (5)
ANKLE – not much explanation required

DT Cryptic No 25846