Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2662
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Morning All! Looking back at my solving time this was a tad harder than some recent Sunday puzzles but as I blogged it I recalled that it was only a few clues that caused the trouble.
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1a Start of squabble or argument making us feel sad (6)
SORROW – The starting letter of S(quabble) then OR from the clue and finally a ROW for an argument.
4a Arrangement of pro wrestling location (6)
FORMAT – FOR means pro (in favour of). Follow that with the location of a wrestling bout, the MAT.
8a Create bad marriage contributing to pessimism at church (8)
MISMATCH – The potentially bad marriage is hidden in (contributing to the letters of) the last three words
10a Like some natural medicines used in that woman’s ointment, mainly (6)
HERBAL – HER (that woman’s) and all but the last letter of BAL(m) for ointment.
11a What sailors sometimes call a boat (4)
AHOY – A HOY is a large one-decked boat. It is also a word used on ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ – Aaaaaarrh!
12a Half-hearted rabble disorderly in protest in part of London (6,4)
MARBLE ARCH – Remove one of the two middle letters (half-hearted) of RAB(b)LE then make an anagram (disorderly) and place inside a MARCH (protest).
13a A crank, note, disturbed us, being curmudgeonly (12)
CANTANKEROUS – An anagram (disturbed) of A CRANK NOTE followed by US from the clue.
16a Hybrid kind of music not on tracks (5-7)
CROSS-COUNTRY – A race that is not on tracks, that is. A charade of CROSS (for a genetic hybrid) and COUNTRY – a type of (American) music.
20a Money paid to landowner crushed and torn (6,4)
GROUND RENT – Another charade, this time of GROUND (crushed) and RENT (torn)
21a Material for newspaper, shrinking outside page (4)
COPY – COY means shy, retiring or shrinking (as the proverbial violet). Insert P for Page.
22a Some retaliate, as well as others (2,4)
ET ALIA – The Latin phrase for ‘as well as others’ is hidden in the second word.
23a Pie chart showing this indicates how business is doing (8)
TURNOVER – An (apple) TURNOVER is a type of pie. A pie-chart may also indicate the company trade turnover.
24a Top people and the issue they raise (6)
ROYALS – The royal family and their progeny (issues).
25a Mass being performed by essential primate (6)
MONKEY – M for mass and ON (for ‘being performed’) followed by KEY for essential. The primate here is not the priest!
1d Hide principal gang member (8)
SKINHEAD – A charade of SKIN (hide) and HEAD (principal)
2d Spirit the writer’s shown in game (5)
RUMMY – RUM (an alcoholic spirit) and MY (the writer’s from the setter’s perspective)
3d A family maxim put up on new seat (7)
OTTOMAN – A reversal (put up) of A MOTTO (a family maxim) followed by A N(ew).
5d Tragedy that’s less hard in Verdi’s version (7)
OTHELLO – As BD said on the day, Verdi’s version was spelt Otello (less the H for Hard from the Shakespeare version).
6d Moralist distraught over new form of wickedness (6,3)
MORTAL SIN – A good Catholic boy (lapsed) will get this!. An anagram (distraught) of MORALIST above (over in a down clue) N for New.
7d Part of felt hat chosen as cover for head (6)
THATCH – The THATCH being slang for one’s hair. The answer is part of felT HAT CHosen.
9d Truthful about adjusted rents — better not stir it up (7,4)
HORNETS NEST – HONEST (truthful) around an anagram (adjusted) of RENTS.
14d Tragedy’s beginning, in fact, in a touching way (9)
TACTUALLY – T(ragedy) plus ACTUALLY for in fact.
15d Quietly optimistic about start of peace he forecast (8)
PROPHESY – The answer here is a noun not a verb. Start with P for piano (quietly) and then add the starting letter of P(eace) and also HE inside ROSY (optimistic). P RO (P HE) SY.
17d Eccentric left over part of one (7)
ODDBALL – A bit tricky to parse this. The definition is ‘eccentric’ and is built up from ODD (left but NOT ‘left over’) and then part of one over which is a BALL (in cricket!).
18d Ration distributed to north or south of old province (7)
ONTARIO – A lovely spot!. Make an anagram (distributed) of RATION and then place it either above (north in a down clue) or below (south in a down clue) O for Old.
19d Pope, for example, reportedly one redressing wrongs (6)
WRITER – The author is a homophone (indicated by reportedly of a RIGHTER of wrongs.
21d Key piece that’s held up by bishop (5)
CROOK – The Key of C followed by ROOK (a piece on a chess board). Lovely misdirection here.
Thanks to Virgilius for the sparkle that we have come to expect. I will see you next week.