Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2576
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Afternoon All!. This week we had a slightly more difficult puzzle from Virgilius but as usual it had some very witty clues and the trademark hidden words and cheeky constructions.
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1a In which one’s routed differently (6)
DETOUR – A lovely semi &Lit or semi ‘All in one’ clue. The definition is the entire sentence and an anagram of ROUTED (differently) gives the result.
4a Entrances with affectedly playful kinds of behaviour (8)
ARCHWAYS – Affectedly playful is a synonym for ARCH. Follow that with WAYS (kinds of behaviour) for the portico in a villa.
10a ABC is, in a way (5)
BASIC – Now this is an &Lit. Make an anagram (in a way) of ABC + IS. Then remember ‘as easy as ABC’ and you have the definition from the whole clue.
11a Wanted to have sink put in, as contemplated (9)
ENVISAGED –Contemplated is thought of or foreseen. We need ENVIED (wanted) with SAG for ‘sink’ placed in it.
12a Book from long ago for three and six, for example (7)
NUMBERS – A very simple but horribly deceptive clue!. 3 and 6 are examples of numbers and the Book of Numbers is also in the Old Testament.
“And lo! unto thee I say it was my second to last clue in”.
13a Female articles put in case (7)
SHEATHE – My last clue in – Place A and THE (indefinite and definite articles in English) after SHE (female). The definition is ‘put in case’ as in a sword in a scabbard.
14a Inside job that is nicely planned (8,6)
INTERIOR DESIGN – A cryptic definition – and possibly a word sum. Inside = INTERIOR and job may mean DESIGN. The internal fit outs in good looking apartments.
17a Matthew’s threat badly concerned inquiry (5,3,6)
WHAT’S THE MATTER – An enquiry of concern for someone’s welfare is an anagram (badly) of MATTHEWS THREAT
21a In African capital, won’t I see these Africans? (7)
ASHANTI – The African people are found by starting with A (The capital letter of Africa) then adding SHANT I (Won’t I/Will I not). Will I comment on the use of Shall/Will?. I shall not on this occasion.
23a Warrior leader of Christians encountered in a variety of arenas (7)
– A fighter in the Crusades (a Christian one too!). Take the leader of Christian and place it in an anagram (variety) of ARENAS.Thanks to gazza for correcting me – I picked entirely the wrong side!:
At the time of the Crusades a saracen (man from the east) was synonymous with a ‘Muslim’. So in fact the whole sentence reads as a definition and the wordplay places the leading character of Christian in an anagram of ARENAS (various). The fact that the word ‘Warrior’ is not part of the wordplay makes this a semi-all-in-one.
24a Unusually gifted person having half-hearted meal with her circle (9)
SUPERHERO – Pants on the outside please – this person with extraordinary powers is a sum of SUP(p)ER – a half hearted type of meal, with HER and O for a circle.
25a Gather before PM as head of state (5)
AMASS – another charade of A.M. (before P.M.), AS then the head of State. Definition is to Gather or Hoard.
26a Leading way of working in jungle (8)
FOREMOST – I couldn’t see the wordplay for the trees for some time here. The ‘way of working’ is MO – Modus Operandi in Latin. Put this inside of FOREST for jungle (what do you all think of that?) to get a word meaning ‘Leading’.
27a It’s part of e-mail, not a letter (6)
HYPHEN – Another cheeky little clue from Virgilius. The only part of E-MAIL that is not a letter/character is the – hyphen!.
1d Elegant piece of furniture put up during broadcast (8)
DEBONAIR – Suave or sophisticated. Reverse BED and ‘during broadcast’ is ON AIR.
2d Try out striker for important game (4,5)
TEST MATCH – A word sum; try out for TEST and a match is a STRIKER.
3d Relative with a piece of youngster’s education that’s in need of explanation (7)
UNCLEAR – Your dad’s brother with A and R (indicated by a piece of youngster’s education i.e one of the Three Rs).
5d One form of good book — possible way to get over sin (7,7)
REVISED VERSION – My favourite clue this week. The answer is one version of the Bible (the Good Book). One way to get ‘OVER SIN’ is to revise (make an anagram of) VERSION. Lovely surface reading!.
6d Quickly goes and consumes XXXX (7)
HASTENS –Despite living in America Virgilius is clearly keen on Australian lager (Castlemaine XXXX). In this case the XXXX simply means ‘Tens’ from the Roman Numeral. Start with HAS for consumes to get a verb meaning quickly goes or hurries.
7d It’s a dreadful feeling, being held by gangsters (5)
ANGST – The feeling of deep worry is hidden in gANGSTers.
8d Not so happy, seeing small snake (6)
SADDER – A gentle clue with S(mall) and ADDER for snake, the definition being ‘Not so happy’.
9d What makes story a success or extraordinary hit in many quarters (14)
NEWSWORTHINESS – another excellent clue. The definition is ‘what makes a story a success’ in e.g. a newspaper or news bulletin. Take an anagram (extraordinary) of HIT and surround it with many instances of N,E,W and S – the Quarters of the Globe.
15d Rash act, e.g. foolishly join party one shouldn’t (9)
GATECRASH – A foolish anagram of RASH ACT EG is the act of blagging one’s way into a party to which one is not invited (but I’m a mate of Dave’s – you know, Big Dave?)
16d Family member performing with large keyboard instruments at first (8)
GRANDSON – Another family member is a charade of GRANDS (large pianos) and ON for performing ON stage (Hurry up, you’re on in 2 minutes!)
18d Stormy outbreak detectable in distant rumble (7)
TANTRUM – This hissy fit (stormy outbreak) is hidden (detectable) in disTANT RUMble.
19d Use books in a library that’s empty by now (7)
ALREADY – A verb meaning to use books (READ) is placed inside A L(ibrar)Y, having first removed al the internal letters of LIBRARY (it is empty). The definition is ‘by now’.
20d Service provided in mountainous area (6)
MASSIF – MASS for service and IF for provided (that) gives a mountainous area such as the Massif Central in France.
22d Extremely energetic person who’s working hard on promotion? (5)
HYPER – A double definition to finish. Extremely energetic or buzzing and also cryptically a person who is adding to the Hype or advertising promotion. Originally I thought that there was going to be a reversal of REP and H but that somehow a Y was missing!.
For the next two weeks Crypticsue will be on Sundays and I will be on the Saturday puzzles. See you all then!