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ST 2495 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2495 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

There’s little more I can say about the Sunday crosswords.  If you had to choose just one puzzle each week you could not go wrong with this one.


1a Entrepreneur I stone (10)
CAPITALIST – This entrepreneur is CAPITAL “I” followed by ST(one)

6a Work available in bookshop, usually (4)
OPUS – a synonym for work is hidden in bookshOP, USually

9a Maneater producing irritation between partners (5)
SIREN – this man-eating woman is derived by putting IRE (irritation) in between S(outh) and N(orth) (bridge partners)

10a Brought round organ used in act (9)
DELIVERED – a word meaning brought round comes from LIVER (organ) inside DEED (act)

12a Activity in court to suppress criminal schemes (6,7)
SQUASH RACKETS – this game (activity in court) is a charade of SQUASH (suppress) and RACKETS (criminal schemes)

14a One may help police in area, in a last resort (8)
ALSATIAN – this police dog is an anagram (resort) of A(rea) IN A LAST

15a Who, for example, is to cook? (6)
DOCTOR – a double definition – Doctor Who and to cook the books

17a Argue, or give in (6)
SUBMIT – rather obviously a double definition

19a Distort, using emphasis in wrong way (8)
MISSHAPE – a word meaning to distort is an anagram (in wrong way) of EMPHASIS – I do like anagrams where a single word has the same letters as another but nothing else in common

21a Going to pieces after red card – tragic (13)
HEARTBREAKING – a charade with excellent surface reading – BREAKING (going to pieces) after HEART (red card, as opposed to Diamond!) giving a word meaning tragic

24a Lose temper about bill, in public (9)
OVERREACT – a synonym for to lose one’s temper is derived by putting RE (over, about) and AC (account) inside OVERT (public)

25a Inspection that’s repeated, we hear, for European bank draft (5)
CHECK – sounds like (we hear) CZECH (European) and CHEQUE (bank draft)

26a Island in English Channel? Just the opposite — it’s Scottish (4)
SKYE – this Scottish island is the opposite of E(nglish) followed by SKY(satellite channel)

27a Lively dance disheartened Moses, in part (10)
CHARLESTON – this lively dance of the twenties comes after you have removed the centre (disheartened) from CHARL(TON H)ESTON, the actor who played Moses in the Ten Commandments

1d Weapon used in Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, originally (4)
COSH – this weapon comes from the initial letters (originally) of Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes

2d Expresses run in certain periods (7)
PHRASES – a synonym for expresses, as in expresses in words, is found by inserting R(un) inside PHASES (certain periods)

3d Manipulative type who could make tune go wrong? It’s hard to say (6-7)
TONGUE-TWISTER – this TWISTER (manipulative type) could make an anagram (wrong) of TUNE GO to get something that is hard to say

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

4d Navigational guide read, lost at sea (8)
LODESTAR – this alternative name for the Pole Star (navigational guide) is an anagram (at sea) of READ LOST

5d Using natural energy, fly across line (5)
SOLAR – a word meaning using natural energy is derived from SOAR (fly) around L(ine)

7d Indication of two wines having little in common (7)
PORTENT – an indication that comes from PORT and TENT (two wines) sharing the letter T (having little in common)

8d Road that is hidden by wild trees (4,6)
SIDE STREET – to get this road put ID EST (i.e. / that is) inside an anagram (wild) of TREES

11d Man promises to pay corrupt cleric, in situation going from bad to worse (7,6)
VICIOUS CIRCLE – a charade of VIC (man’s name) and IOUS (promises to pay) followed by an anagram (corrupt) of cleric to get a situation that is going from bad to worse

13d Awful hassle with food, such as pork pies (10)
FALSEHOODS – an anagram (awful) of HASSLE and FOOD leads to pork pies (lies) – a true Cockney would say porkies rather than pork pies, as he always drops the rhyming word

16d Dreadful event, when taken in stride, transformed (8)
DISASTER – you get this dreadful event by inserting AS (when) inside an anagram (transformed) of STRIDE

18d Composer going into past without fear (7)
BRAVELY – insert RAVEL (the composer of Bolero) inside BY (past) and you get an adverb meaning without fear

20d Men replacing us before end of month getting increase (7)
AUGMENT – simply put MEN instead of US just before the end of AUGUST (month) to get a synonym for to increase

22d Achieve as a head, given right start (5)
REACH – to achieve comes from EACH (a head, per head) with R(ight) at the beginning

23d Fleece, as noun or verb (4)
SKIN – I bet you never guessed that this is a double definition!

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