Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2675
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Morning All! Late again!. Another fine puzzle from Virgilius this week – not too taxing but the usual misleading surface readings.
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1a Proceeded cautiously, giving advice to editor (7)
TIPTOED – A greatly misleading (for me!) charade of TIP (advice) being given to TO (in the clue) and ED (the abbreviation of Editor)
5a Basil, for instance, or alternative person in lead (3,4)
POT HERB – OTHER (an alternative person) inside PB – the chemical symbol for Lead (from the Latin plumbum, wither plumb lines, plumbers and ‘Un soleil de plombe’ in French)
9a Unusual phrase over page, maybe (7)
PERHAPS – An anagram (unusual ) of PHRASE surrounding (over) P for Page as an abbreviation.
10a Doing something about inequality late in the day (7)
EVENING – I’m going for two definitions here although one might argue a cryptic definition plus definition – The first is EVENING (the odds) the second is twilight.
11a Doctor on watch in ethnic quarter (9)
CHINATOWN – A superb surface reading and anagram (doctor as a transitive verb) of ON WATCH IN.
12a Join a fight, roughly (5)
ABOUT – This is another great clue. Whilst the clue could have read ‘A fight, roughly’ and given us the answer the surface reading would be a lot worse. The word JOIN helps in the surface reading and adds further instruction to put together (join) A from the clue and BOUT for a boxing fight.
13a Start fire that travels at top speed (5)
LIGHT – A definition and cryptic definition. The first is to LIGHT a fire and the second:
“The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.”
15a Lines very differently composed, in contrary fashion (9)
INVERSELY – An anagram (differently composed) of LINES VERY.
17a People working in studio arrived before artist cut list of options (9)
CAMERAMEN – A charade of CAME (arrived) in front ot RA (our usual abbreviation for a Royal Academician of the School of Arts) and fnally a shortened version of MEN(u) or a list of options to eat.
19a NCO securing hill in assault (5)
STORM – Wordplay IN definition here – The abbreviation for Sergeant Major (NCO) including or securing a TOR (hill)
22a Orator including new piece of poetry (5)
CANTO – N for New inside of CATO – the Roman essayist and orator Dionysius CATO. A CANTO is one of the principal divisions of a long poem
23a Check writing as academic, pocketing zero cash, mostly (9)
PROOFREAD – I’m going for a Semi&Lit here but there is a bit of a blur. The wordplay is PROF (academic) including O for zero followed by most of READ(y) – cash. The definition may well be just ‘Check writing’. Lovely surface reading!
25a Thespian is typecast in part as one kind of player (7)
PIANIST – Part of the first three words gives a player of keyboards.
26a Half a dozen tricks creating problems for PC type (7)
VIRUSES – VI (six in Roman Numerals) and RUSES (tricks) gives a problem for a PC computer rather than a Mac.
27a Essay about old theatrical production (7)
TRAGEDY –The Scottish play for example. TRY (essay/shot) around AGED (old)
28a Disperse warily over area that has lots of tracks (7)
RAILWAY – An anagram (disperse) of WARILY around A, the abbreviation of Area.
1d City plan mostly awful, as usual (7)
TYPICAL – An anagram of all but the last letter (mostly awful) of CITY PLA(n).
2d What’s normal to monarch — lots of Americans may be for it (7)
PARKING – The PAR for the course for golfers is normal. Add KING for Monarch to get what an American may call PARKING places (LOTS).
3d Piece of tomahawk found in Midwestern city (5)
OMAHA – Hidden inside (a piece of) tOMAHAwk .
4d Unreligious belief accepting place for tyranny (9)
DESPOTISM – DEISM – The belief in GODS in general but not in the institutions, containing (accepting) SPOT for place/location.
5d Song of praise from pagan having change of heart (5)
PAEAN – Change the G to an E in PAGAN, i.e. give it a change of heart.
6d The end of many a prehistoric animal in reference book (9)
THESAURUS – THE from the clue and SAURUS which is how a lot of dinosaur names end. DINOSAUR literally means ‘Terrible Lizard’. Roget would be proud!.
7d Page I found in European volume that is, for example, perfect (7)
EPITOME – P for Page and I from the clue inside E(uropean) and TOME, a large volume of literary work.
8d Major effort to contain old prejudice (7)
BIGOTRY – Place O for Old inside BIG TRY – a major effort.
14d What may come from that error is expected to create panic (9)
TERRORISE – A hidden word in thaT ERROR IS Expected.
16d Insurance for vehicle seen around university city on Pacific (9)
VANCOUVER – What might be described as VAN COVER (insurance for vehicle) around the outside of U(niversty).
17d Battle scene — prepare to shoot mine (7)
COCKPIT – The scene of a battle for a fighter pilot anyway!. A charade of COCK (a gun – prepare to fire) and PIT – a mine.
18d Buddhist symbol seen in Burmese port when docked (7)
MANDALA – A pictorial representation of the Universe in Buddhism. Remove the last letter (docked) of MANDALAY. An unfamiliar word but a very straightforward clue.
20d Supervised section of interview as revolutionary turned up (7)
OVERSAW – A reversed hidden word (a section turned up) of intervieW AS REVOlutionary.
21d Poems that, initially, will be masked by the writer’s self-effacement (7)
MODESTY – ODES (poetry) and the initial letter of That found inside MY (the writer’s).
23d Sulk, extremely testy and small-minded (5)
PETTY – A PET for a sulk and the outside (extremes) of TestY.
24d For this modern language, is a service set up? (5)
FARSI – A reversal of IS and the RAF (a military service).
I’ll see you all tomorrow for a review of last Saturday’s Prize Puzzle.