ST 2526

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2526

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Three Brian Greer trade-mark clues in this puzzle – the long hidden word at 23A, and the two all-in-ones at 3D and 6D. Moderate difficulty and the usual elegant clues – away we go …

A few minutes late with the blog as I couldn’t get onto CluedUp this morning – clues below courtesy of a copy wisely kept by Dave. I’d already decided not to give every last shred of wordplay any more – let me know if I’ve left something out that needs explaining.

Across
1 Experiences a blow — it helps provide comfort in prayer (7)
HASSOCK – HAS=experiences,SOCK=a blow – a hassock is a cushion for kneeling on, pronounced to rhyme with, but not to be confused with, cassock = a church garment
5 Make rough version of a score before noon (7)
COARSEN – anag. of ‘a score’,N=noon
9 People generally good-natured on island (7)
MANKIND=”people generally” – MAN=island,KIND=good-natured
10 Second of March? (7)
INSTANT – 2 defs, March being the current month and therefore “instant” in old-style business letter lingo – “Thank you for your esteemed favour [i.e. letter of complaint] of the 3rd instant” and all that. I hope no-one was tricked into writing TUESDAY!
11 European politician aboard the rescue craft in recreation area (5,4)
THEME PARK – M.E.P. = European politician, in THE,ARK=rescue craft
12 Burning material at the end of three months (5)
EMBER – the ending of our 9th, 11th and 12th months
13 Type of European city (5)
ROMAN – 2 defs – a type(!) of (printer’s) type, and “of European city”
15 Soldier solves about ten logical puzzles, apparently (9)
PARADOXES – PARA=soldier, then X=ten in DOES (as of xwd) = solves
17 After service, male assistant put back TV etc. (4,5)
MASS MEDIA – MASS=service,M=male,EDIA = reversal of aide=assistant
19 Indicated average temperature (5)
MEANT – MEAN=average,T
22 Carpenter’s construction accomplished after short time (5)
TABLE – T-time,ABLE=accomplished
23 Prohibition making some Stateside barmen testy (9)
DEBARMENT – hidden word
25 A tramp is a kind of ship (7)
DRIFTER – 2 defs
26 Admit attempt by a Labour leader is gift for opposition (3,4)
OWN GOAL – OWN=admit,GO=attempt,A,L
27 Elaborate and ornate style, as a rule (7)
REGENCY – 2 defs – remember the style/ruler combo from the Brighton Pavilion
28 Scots knew why, it’s said, this leader was slain (7)
KENNEDY = slain leader (JFK) – KENNED = Scots for knew, Y = “why”
Down
1 Hard master maltreated one often seen on treadmill (7)
HAMSTER – H,AMSTER = anag. of master
2 Daily broadcast that’s illuminating, naturally (7)
SUNBEAM – SUN = daily (newspaper), BEAM (vb.) = broadcast
3 Source of oil, as it happens (5)
OLIVE – O=source of oil, LIVE=as it happens
4 Novel youngster dropped off (9)
KIDNAPPED – KID,NAPPED=dropped off
5 Prison key on ring (5)
CLINK – C = (musical) key,LINK (of a chain) = ring
6 You can get trams, and Edam, here (9)
AMSTERDAM – anag. of (trams, Edam) – an all-in-one with the crucial parts of the definition coming from the anagram fodder
7 Speaker’s supporter in fight after TV programme (7)
SOAPBOX – SOAP = TV programme (generic term or the US series Soap for those with long memories), BOX=fight
8 These characters aren’t involved with us (7)
NATURES = characters – anag. of (aren’t, us)
14 What Canadian provinces do, in place of political leader (6,3)
NUMBER TEN – 2 defs – I’m just going to believe from BG that there are ten Canadian provinces
16 Unusually broad forward creating obstruction, in a way (4,5)
ROADBLOCK – ROADB = anag. of broad, LOCK = (Rugby Union) forward
17 Killer charged in Spain (7)
MATADOR – cryptic def.
18 Part of same issue is raised by flashy articles (7)
SIBLING – SI = reversal of “is”, BLING = flashy articles
20 Article, so minute, with tiny cover — amazing! (7)
AWESOME – A = (indefinite) arrticle, then (SO,M=minute) in WEE=tiny
21 Closed count, coming to 100% (7)
TOTALLY – TO=closed (as of a door),TALLY=count
23 He’s enjoyed a long partnership in local match, we hear (5)
DARBY of Darby and Joan, = “Derby” = local match
24 Collapse, divided by new dispute (3-2)
RUN-IN = dispute (noun) – N in RUIN = collapse

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