Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2676
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ****
Not the hardest Virgilius ever but full of the usual high level of enjoyment throughout.
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1a Inappropriate solution when one is dog-tired? (6)
CATNAP – A lovely cryptic definition of the kind of short sleep that humans and cats, but apparently not dogs, might enjoy.
4a Building the bases for arguments (8)
PREMISES – A double definition clue – either a building, especially a place of business, or some propositions stated for the purposes of argument.
10a Produce picture with a backing that produces Oscar, say (5)
AWARD – A from the clue followed by a reversal (backing) of DRAW (produce a picture) – Oscar being the ‘nickname, of the statuette awarded by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
11a Drunk is no match for computer (9)
MACINTOSH – A make of computer is a drunk anagram of IS NO MATCH.
12a Cook’s vessel? Yes and no (7)
STEAMER – Yes – a cook may use a steamer to cook food more healthily (unless it is my favourite treacle pudding) but No – you couldn’t go to sea in it! I quite liked being temporarily misled into thinking of Captain James Cook, whose vessel, the Endeavour, wasn’t a steamer either!
13a Early morning caller‘s ring in resort misdirected (7)
ROOSTER – We have one of these early morning callers in our village ! Insert an O (ring) into an anagram (misdirected) of RESORT.
14a They store documents, proceeding in line with ministerial groups (6,8)
FILING CABINETS – Walking in line one behind the other plus a group of senior ministers who formulate government policy.
17a Not bound to put in force a principle of capitalism (4,10)
FREE ENTERPRISE – FREE (not bound) plus ENTER (put in) and PRISE (force open [with a lever])
21a On first course study only a little (7)
SOUPCON – A hardly perceptible quantity – what people often choose as a first course – SOUP – followed by CON (to study carefully).
23a Family doctor at home is essential person (7)
KINGPIN – KIN (family) GP ([family] doctor) and IN (home).
24a Before trial he bungled, that man could be in better shape (9)
HEALTHIER – HE (that man) is placed before an anagram (bungled) of TRIAL HE.
25a Excising even parts of carcasses can make one so insensitive (5)
CRASS – The every-other letter one – this time, a word meaning very tactless or insensitive is obtained by removing or excising the even parts of CaRcAsSeS.
26a Flourishing group within party holding unemployed back (8)
WIELDING – Flourishing in the sense of waving about like a weapon – Insert a reversal of IDLE (unemployed) into a WING or section of a political party.
27a Article penned by small youth providing glossy material (6)
SATEEN – A glossy fabric resembling satin – Insert the indefinite article – A – between S for small and TEEN (youth).
1d Restrict access to young woman if within country’s borders (8)
CLASSIFY – To make secret for security reasons – Insert between the first and last letters (borders) of CountrY first LASS (young woman) and then IF (from the clue).
2d Presumably broad-minded salesperson (9)
TRAVELLER – Because as we know, travel broadens the mind.
3d Belly dancer initially covered by sailor on sign (7)
ABDOMEN – The initial letter of Dancer should be inserted between (or covered by) AB (Able Seaman, sailor) and OMEN (sign).
5d Top performers make film of waves? (6-8)
RECORD-BREAKERS – RECORD (film) BREAKERS (waves broken on the shore).
6d First of mud appearing before long in rainy season (7)
MONSOON – M (first of Mud) ON SOON (appearing before long).
7d Snappish husband, kind on the outside (5)
SHORT – Inclined to be quick-tempered – Insert H into SORT (kind in the sense of type).
8d Primarily sandy, a hot and not half arid area (6)
SAHARA – A nice &Lit – the first letter of Sandy, A from the clue, H (hot) AR (the first half of ARid) and A (the abbreviation for area).
9d Miner in Canada I represented as brave? (8,6)
AMERICAN INDIAN – An anagram (represented) of MINER IN CANADA I.
15d Articulated story without embellishment as part of craft (9)
TAILPLANE – Two homophones – firstly TALE (story) and secondly PLAIN (without embellishment).
16d Curious new trap set up for poet (8)
TENNYSON – A reversal (set up in a down clue) of NOSY (curious) N (new) and NET (trap).
18d Conservative interrupting left is turned on (7)
EXCITED – Insert C (Conservative) into EXITED (left).
19d Every year bringing in an expert that can fix everything (7)
PANACEA – A cure for all things – Insert into PA (per annum, each or every year) AN (from the clue) and ACE (expert).
20d Refrain from laying directions on champ (6)
ESCHEW – To abstain or refrain from – Put two directions – E(ast) and S(outh) onto CHEW (champ).
22d Linguistic practices that could take setter and solver a lot of time (5)
USAGES – Normal or acceptable language or speech patterns – US (the setter and the solver) and AGES (a lot of time).
I’ll be back next Thursday with a review of ST 2677. Oh… and just in case Gnomey is reading this, you should be here tomorrow morning with the blog of DT 27091 from last Saturday