ST 2525

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2525

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

At first glance, not a very remarkable puzzle. But there are top-class surface readings throughout – a side of cryptic clues that sometimes gets ignored. Not by this setter, and after a few goes at puzzle writing myself lately, I know how difficult this is.

Across
1 Oversensitive and extremely testy, bearing pained expression (6)
TOUCHY – OUCH in T(est)Y
4 American presidents producing surprise attacks (8 )
AMBUSHES – AM. = American, BUSHES = Presidents – George and George W.
10 A little cake, darling? It’s before teatime (5,4)
PETIT FOUR – PET = darling, IT, FOUR = teatime
11 Fruit drink doctor shortly ordered with ice (5)
CIDER – anag. of (Dr., ice)
12 Lewis in Oxford making vehicle turn round repeatedly (7)
CARROLL – CAR=vehicle,ROLL=turn round repeatedly
13 Patronises restaurant – that’s one way to get seat (4,3)
EATS OUT – “wordplay in the answer here”, indicating “seat” in the clue
14 Country appearing backward in fairy story (5)
SYRIA – reverse hidden in fairy story”
15 Caution! Answer is wrong (8)
WARINESS – anag. of (answer is)
18 Terms initially assembled in short document by a friend (8 )
ACRONYMS – A,CRONY = friend, M.S. (manuscript) = “short document”
20 Give more scope to Duke in European capital (5)
WIDEN – D=Duke, in Wien – the German name for Vienna, as heard in this song – apologies for the cheesy heavenly chorus but Fritz compensates.
23 Declaration of my friendship for Muslim territory (7)
IMAMATE – new solvers, meet an old friend – the “I’m a mate” charade
25 Opposed to profits in a non-profit, ultimately (7)
AGAINST – GAINS = profits, in (A, T = non-profit, ultimately)
26 Merger of businesses followed by a drink (5)
COCOA – Co. (twice),A
27 Complete chapter to deserve academic award (9)
DOCTORATE – DO=complete,C=chapter,TO,RATE=deserve
28 One’s punishment thus set by jury’s conclusion after corrupt trial (8 )
SOLITARY – SO=thus,LITAR=anag. of trial,Y from jurY
29 Relatively poor negotiator (6)
BROKER – “more broke” and a more conventional def.
Down
1 Characters on pitch always playing similar roles (8 )
TYPECAST – TYPE = characters (for hot-metal printing),CAST=pitch (vb.)
2 Person speaking as absolute monarch (7)
UTTERER – UTTER=absolute, E.R. = monarch
3 Tricky situation that’s uncomfortable for consumer (3,6)
HOT POTATO – standard and over-literal definitions
5 Unorthodox teacher’s remark that informs business strategy (6,8)
MARKET RESEARCH – anag. of (teacher’s remark)
6 Like diamonds, naturally, or complete pack of cards (5)
UNCUT – 2 defs
7 Conceal everything inside house that’s grotesque (7)
HIDEOUS – HIDE=conceal,(h)OUS(e)
8 Some pleasure, typically, to be found in a certain state (6)
SURETY – hidden word
9 Older fellow may upset game for children (6-2-6)
FOLLOW-MY-LEADER – anag. of (older fellow may)
16 Outfit upsetting Brown (a clue – not Conservative) (3,6)
NEW LABOUR – anag. of (Brown a clue) after deleting C=conservative
17 First ink, then water, ruined some clothing (8 )
KNITWEAR – 2 anagrams, first of ink, then of water
19 Window on left section of church (7)
CHANCEL – CHANCE = window (of opportunity),L=left
21 Study old currency of one European country or another (7)
DENMARK – DEN=study,MARK = former German currency.
22 Situation, in brief, around university in turmoil (6)
CIRCUS – U = University, in CIRCS = circumstances = situation
24 A carriage overturned to one side (5)
APART – A,reversal of TRAP = carriage
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One Comment

  1. gnomethang
    Posted March 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the review, Peter. Sunday’s puzlles are becoming one of the weekly highlights for me.