ST 2546

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2546

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Apologies for the slow report – it’s been a busy week. This was a fairly easy puzzle, with clues of the usual high standard.

Across
1 Unusual quality seen in all today’s answers (7)
ODDNESS – the clue refers to the fact that all answers in this puzzle have an odd number of letters. I jotted down “ODDITY?” by the clue, and then discovered the right answer from the crossing down answers.
5 Novel double act including old piece of music (7)
TOCCATA – O = old, in an anagram of ACT ACT = “double act”
9 I had turned to poetry of various kinds (7)
DIVERSE – “I’d” reversed, then VERSE=poetry
10 Direct something watched on TV (7)
CHANNEL – two definitions
11 Becoming active again, frantically earns a little money (9)
RENASCENT – anagram of ‘earns’, then ‘a cent’ = ‘a little money’
12 Part of flight in helicopter is erratic (5)
RISER – hidden word – risers are the vertical boards in a staircase
13 Race that goes to American’s head (5)
DERBY – a race on both sides of the Atlantice, and a bowler hat on the far side
15 After short time, a railway becomes less important (9)
SECONDARY – SECOND = short time,A,RY.=railway
17 Spoke monotonously about the crazy removed from power (9)
DETHRONED – anag. of ‘the’, in DRONED=spoke monotonously
19 Claude Monet’s inner spirit (5)
DEMON – hidden in ‘Claude Monet’
22 Ancient rulers going East or West (5)
SHAHS – palindromic ancient rulers
23 Craft encountered rescue ship carrying bird back (9)
METALWORK – MET=encountered, then OWL=bird, reversed in ARK=rescue ship
25 Instinctively understands Northern people over time (7)
INTUITS – T=time, in INUITS=Northern people
26 Answer included in solid political record (7)
HANSARD – ANS.=answer, in HARD=solid
27 Batsman who’s out trying to get extra, perhaps? (7)
STRIKER – 2 defs, “batsman” and “who’s out trying to get extra, perhaps”, a cryptic definition requiring the right meanings of “out” (on strike) and “extra” (more money)
28 Issue for year, filled with information (7)
PROGENY – GEN = information, in PRO=for,Y=year
Down
1 Asked for whisky, for example, neat (7)
ORDERED – two definitions, one from the bar
2 Person who locates liquid assets, more capital (7)
DIVINER – two defs again – someone who finds water, and “more capital” = better
3 Multinational money put into neuroscience (5)
EUROS – hidden in ‘neuroscience’
4 Author, nevertheless, seen in street before noon (9)
STEVENSON – EVEN SO = nevertheless, in (ST=street,N=noon)
5 Understood pet animal after raising it (5)
TACIT = understood (adj.) – TAC = reverse of CAT, IT
6 Feeling humiliation, dispersed in charge by Duke (9)
CHAGRINED – anagram of ‘in charge’, then D=duke
7 Difficulty of recalling men scattered within large region (7)
AMNESIA – anagram of men, in ASIA = large region
8 Gallery’s head relocated — that’s a cause of ill feeling (7)
ALLERGY – move the initial G in ‘gallery’
14 Standard staff attached to police HQ (9)
YARDSTICK = standard – YARD=Police HQ, STICK=staff
16 Doctor I despatch for military training (9)
CADETSHIP = anag. of ‘I despatch’
17 Order given to soldiers to fire (7)
DISMISS – double def
18 Vehicle runs into West End performer (7)
TRACTOR – T from wesT,R=runs,ACTOR=performer
20 African given time for charge faced in dock, perhaps (7)
MOORAGE – MOOR=African, AGE=time – without looking at the dictionary, moorage must be some kind of nautical rent
21 Ken misbehaving with lady in stark fashion (7)
NAKEDLY – anagram of (Ken, lady) – should be easy to solve because of the arbitrary name
23 Ghost finally leaving Mr. Scrooge (5)
MISTER – T from ghosT, removed from MISTER = Mr. – “Scrooge” might appear to be an unindicated definition by example, but can mean any miser as well as Ebenezer himself
24 Line in essay in foreign language (5)
LINGO – L = line, IN, GO=essay=attempt (noun)