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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2613

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The usual Sunday mix of excellent clues, trademark hidden words, great d’oh moments and even the possibility of a theme  – well there were two London railway stations in the answers.   Thanks to Virgilius once again for a splendid start to Sunday morning.

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1a           Ultimately, stormy sea’s turned back fleet (6)
SPEEDY –   Here fleet doesn’t refer to shipping but to an adjective meaning swift or fast –  reverse poetic seas or DEEPS and follow this with the last letter (ultimately) of stormY.

4a           Crumpets cooked in range (8)
SPECTRUM –  An anagram (cooked) of CRUMPETS  – spectrum can mean a range of colour,  frequencies , opinions or activities.

10a         Musical group’s economical way to confirm engagement? (5,4)
BRASS BAND –    A group of musicians playing brass instruments, or a cryptic definition of  an engagement ring purchased by someone trying to save money and so buying brass rather than gold!

11a         Refuse what’s not on approved list, initially (5)
OFFAL –  Waste or rejected parts of an animal, sometimes eaten eg liver, kidney etc, but not in my house as the vegetarian objects!    OFF (not on), A and L (the initial letters of Approved and List).

12a         As standard practice, rake in money? Just the opposite (7)
ROUTINE –  To get a word meaning a standard or unvarying practice, instead of putting ROUE (a rake or debauched man) in TIN (a synonym for silver, in this case coins or money), do as the clue instructs and insert TIN into ROUE.

13a         Country in which I come ashore again? (7)
IRELAND –  Split IRELAND 1, 3, 4 and it spells out how you might say ‘I come ashore again’.  

14a         Some sandwiches served that mate can finish on board (5)
CHESS –  Hidden inside sandwiCHES Served is a game played on a board, usually finished when one of the players says checkmate.

15a         Lots of old soldiers holding king in chains (3-5)
LEG-IRONS –   Insert R (king) into LEGIONS (a body of 3,000 – 6,000 Roman soldiers) to get chains or fetters used on the leg.

18a         Comfortable job for boring people? (4-2-2)
WELL-TO-DO –   These boring people aren’t the tedious types but those who bore wells for a living.   They might be said to have a WELL TO DO, ie a request from someone for a well to be drilled.  Insert some hyphens between the three words and the result  would instead indicate that these people were comfortably off, or prosperous , probably from all their charges for boring wells!

20a         Very bad illness making one faint (5)
VAGUE –  Faint, blurred or hazy – V (very) plus AGUE (a fever with hot and cold fits such as malaria).

23a         Bring up children without reading, say, this English novelist (7)
FORSTER –  The novelist who wrote, amongst other things Howards End and Room with a View.   Reading is one of the 3 R’s so you need to insert an R into FOSTER (bring up a child, especially not one’s own).

25a         Horses from West and East come to this woman’s centre (7)
BARBARA –  Something I didn’t know before I solved this clue, a BARB is a breed of racing horse related to the ARAB.   A woman’s name is found by combining BARB with a reversal (from the East) of a second horse, the ARAB.   As the clue suggests, the B at the end of each word is shared in the middle of  BARBARA.

26a         Follow one side of serious conversation (5)
STALK –  Follow a wild animal or an enemy while keeping under cover – one side ie one or other of the S’s in SeriouS plus TALK (conversation, discussion).

27a         Foolishly admit star, one creating theatrical scenes (9)
DRAMATIST – An anagram (foolishly) of ADMIT STAR makes  a writer of plays.

28a         Business manoeuvre, reason for director to demand cut? (8)
TAKEOVER –  A film director normally shouts ‘cut’ at the end of a film TAKE (ie when it’s OVER).   In business, a TAKEOVER is when one company assumes control of another.

29a         Approved book lady read, skipping odd bits (6)
OKAYED –  Another way of saying approved is found in the even letters (odd) bits of bOoK lAdY rEaD.


1d           Take off in a couple of vehicles heading north on time (8)
SUBTRACT –   To remove or take away –  reverse (heading north) BUS and CART (a couple of vehicles) and follow the result with T (time).

2d           Obliteration is guaranteed after many years (7)
ERASURE –   ERA (many years) and SURE (guaranteed) put together make ERASURE (rubbing out, scraping away or obliteration).

3d           Rejection as result of being caught out, for example (9)
DISMISSAL –  Rejection or removal, as might happen , for example, to a cricketer who was caught out.

5d           Extra material not taken up to support TV character (10,4)
PADDINGTON BEAR –   I am probably showing my age again but this character was a star of the literary world from 1958, long before his first appearance on television  in 1975!   One of the nation’s favourite bears  – PADDING (extra material)  TON (not taken up or reversed) and BEAR (support, carry or sustain).

6d           In ssence, husband’s part of housework (5)
CHORE –  Housework is indeed a CHORE and I am pleased to say that my husband does play his part.   Insert H (husband) into CORE (essence, centre).

7d           Two causes of play being stopped? Don’t do it! (7)
REFRAIN    Play might be stopped by a REF(eree) or by RAIN.   Join them together to get  REFRAIN (don’t do it, stop, abstain from).

8d           Oriental embracing daughter, resulting in complaint (6)
MALADY –  An illness or disease –   MALAY (someone from the Oriental countries of Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia) with D (daughter) inserted (embracing).

9d           End of major war game that one may come across in London (8,6)
WATERLOO BRIDGE  – One of the bridges that crosses the Thames in London –   WATERLOO (the last decisive battle of the Napoleonic Wars) and BRIDGE (card game).

16d         Row about one part of speech giving Parliament’s position (9)
RIVERBANK –  The Houses of Parliament are situated on one bank of the River Thames.    RANK (row, tier) with I (one) and VERB (part of speech) inserted.

17d         Caught in act, some quit (8)
DEPARTED –   Quit, departed or left –   insert (caught in) PART  (some, a bit of) into DEED (act).

19d         What may distinguish a bull in bear market (7)
EARMARK –   All cattle, including bulls, have to have a tag inserted into their ear containing unique information about each animal so that they can be distinguished from each other.    EARMARK is hidden in bEAR MARKet.

21d         Please poet, holding up well (7)
GRATIFY –   to get a verb meaning to please, insert  FIT (well, in good health)  into GRAY (the poet who wrote Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard).

22d         One kind of printing — not camera-ready? (6)
OFFSET –  A type of printing OFFSET lithography, if split 3, 3 might describe work being done as part of a film but away from the cameras, ie OFF SET.

24d         Eastern state’s capital has also taken over south-eastern state (5)
TOKYO –  The capital of Japan is obtained by inserting KY (the abbreviation for Kentucky) into TOO (also).    Lots of discussion on Sunday about whether Kentucky was indeed in the SE of the United States.  The Association of American Geographers include Kentucky in a list of South-eastern States and I suppose they must know!!

I am back on Sunday duty next week so will see you at noon on Friday 18th.

2 comments on “ST 2613

  1. I always look forward to the Sunday puzzle, and this was no exception.
    Thanks to Virgilius, and to Crypticsue for the review.

    The third London railway station I found was BANK in 16d :)

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