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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2518

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

A very straightforward puzzle for me, but I won’t grumble this week – there’s plenty of room for puzzles with well-written clues that aren’t fiendishly difficult.

Across
1 Hit second vehicle (6)
STRUCK – S=second,TRUCK=vehicle – note that “hit” can be both past and present tense – setters love words like this.
4 Part of crab, a little one (6)
NIPPER – 2 defs
8 Superhuman male slightly disrupting female setter’s work (8 )
HERCULES = “Superhuman male” – you only need to swap two adjacent letters in “her clues”. Sadly, female setters are as thin on the ground as female solvers – why do xwds have to be for blokes? Answers on an electronic postard please.
10 Crew’s quarters reduced by 40% altogether (6)
FOCSLE – you need to delete 40% (4 of 10 letters) of “forecastle”, from which focsle is derived
11 Fish or grouse (4)
CARP = 2 defs – same trick as something like “cattle or grouse” for BEEF
12 Supporting metric units for series of measures (10)
PROGRAMMES – PRO=supporting, GRAMMES = metric units
13 Volume of commentary at home (8,4)
VISITORS BOOK – cryptic def trying to convince you that volume=loudness and that the commentary is on the radio
16 If it’s not achieved, a lot has to be reconsidered (7,5)
RESERVE PRICE – the “lot” being one in an auction
20 To compete athletically, throw one’s weight around? (3,3,4)
PUT THE SHOT – def and whimsical def
21 Increase gradient, with no even bits (4)
GAIN from GrAdIeNt
22 Chat with religious leader ahead of time (6)
RABBIT – RABBI = relig. leader, T=time
23 As inimitable as the House of Commons? (8 )
PEERLESS – CD contrasting the Houses of Commons and Lords
24 Bones located in front or back area (6)
STERNA – STERN = back, A=area – original Lat. plural of STERNUM – “sternums” is also recognised by the dictionaries
25 Means of operating remote home on Caribbean island (6)
KEY=Caribbean island,PAD=home – and remote = “remote control”
Down
1 Possible sequence of events in which no race is out of order (8 )
SCENARIO = (no race is)*
2 Put up brief form of 6, in summary (5)
RECAP = summary – reversal of pacer = paceMAKER = 6d
3 Clubs play badly, therefore getting a number of West Indians (7)
CALYPSO – c = clubs, ALYP = play*, SO = therefore – if a “number” in a crossword isn’t an anaesthetic, it’s probably a song
5 Gather with small number for large fire (7)
INFERNO -INFER = gather, No. = “small number”
6 One helping others in race mark peace in special way (9)
PACEMAKER = “mark peace”*
7 Comfort produced by outstanding artistic work (6)
RELIEF – 2 defs, one as in ‘bas relief’
9 Godfather and Titanic, say, getting financial backing (11)
SPONSORSHIP – SPONSOR = Godfather, SHIP = Titanic, say
14 Cross plateau –- I run both ways over it (9)
IRRITABLE = cross – TABLE = plateau, with (I,R = I run) both ways on top
15 European film parts editor cut out (8 )
ECLIPSED = cut out – E = European, CLIPS = film parts, ED = editor
17 Directions one repeated about temperature to add sugar (7)
SWEETEN – T = temperature, in the four compass points with E thrice
18 Immoderate? It’s taken out of context, remember (7)
EXTREME – hidden word
19 Little beasts surrounding an island people (6)
CUBANS – AN in CUBS = “little beasts”
21 Young woman with old piano for dance (5)
GALOP – GAL = “young woman”, O = old, P = piano
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3 comments on “ST 2518

  1. A very pleasant relaxing puzzle I thought. The only minor gripe was with 1d where “is” does double duty within anagram fodder and anagram indicator – should really be “…in which no race is IS out of order”.

    1. I must admit I failed to notice. Sorry BG – if one of us doesn’t notice something, someone else will! I’m not too troubled by “XXXX out of order” as a way of indicating an anagram of XXXX, though in this case the implied “{def} in which XXXX out of order” feels a bit strange.

  2. I enjoyed this one—as a newbie, it was probably just right for me, and gave me the confidence to tackle No 2519 (I am always 2 weeks behind, so that I can peek at the anwers if necessary!

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