Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2688
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
The usual entertaining start to Sunday morning – Virgilius puzzles are definitely the highlight of my solving week. My top favourites this time were 10a, 27a, and 16d.
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1a Put roofs on some buildings, not this church (6)
THATCH – Not this church but THAT CH(urch).
4a Letters inside thin cover that could be extra weight (8)
HANDICAP – the letters inside tHIn are H AND I which should be followed by CAP (cover).
10a Half-hearted copper isn’t potentially this? (9)
INSPECTOR – Remove one of the Ps from COP[p]ER (half hearted) and make an anagram of the remaining letters and ISNT.
11a US city in which the writer is turned back — is that so? (5)
MIAMI – Reverse I[‘]M (the writer is) and follow with AM I [?] (is that so?)
12a Key member of group appearing in shocking pink (7)
KINGPIN – The most important member of a group is hidden (appearing in) shocKING PINk.
13a Discipline citizen (7)
SUBJECT – Double definition – a matter of thought or study; or someone who allows allegiance to a sovereign or state.
14a It’s not put in speech one delivered in first part of the performance (5)
TACIT – Follow the first letter of The with ACT (part of the performance) into which is inserted I (one).
15a Create interest in plot (8)
INTRIGUE – Another double definition – to puzzle or fascinate; to engage in underhand scheming.
18a Novice driver taken in by unusual throttle or choke (8)
STRANGLE – Insert L (learner, novice, driver) into STRANGE (unusual).
20a Legal support group sheriff initially put in position (5)
POSSE – Insert the initial letter of Sheriff into POSE (position).
23a Aircraft made of metal gaining height after start (7)
CHOPPER – Insert H for height between the first and letters (after start) of COPPER (metal).
25a To a liner out East — at sea, or in dock (2,5)
ON TRIAL – Remove E (out East) from TO A LIN[e]R and then use the remaining letters to make an anagram (at sea).
26a Bulb repeatedly lit, absorbing current (5)
ONION – ON and ON (repeatedly lit)with I (the abbreviation for electrical current inserted).
27a Treehouse put in ahead of time, with serious intent (9)
EARNESTLY – A nest (treehouse!) inserted into EARLY (ahead of time).
28a Finalise contents of out-tray? It provides guidance, by the way (8)
SIGNPOST – Split a roadside direction sign 4, 4 and it would then explain what someone would do to clear their out-tray.
29a Didn’t go steady, switched around (apart from first couple) (6)
STAYED – An anagram (switched around) of STEADY (apart from the first couple indicates that only the EADY should be rearranged).
1d Knitters recycled ornaments of little value (8)
TRINKETS – A recycled anagram of KNITTERS.
2d Some medicines rashly taken the wrong way that could poison people (7)
ARSENIC – Hidden and reversed (taken the wrong way) in mediCINES RAshly.
3d Each year, in odd role, act tragic part (9)
CLEOPATRA – Insert PA (per annum, each year) into an anagram (odd) of ROLE ACT.
5d Article annoyed executives collectively and uniformly (6,3,5)
ACROSS THE BOARD – A (indefinite article) CROSS (annoyed) THE BOARD (executives collectively).
6d After protest, bishop put out of service (5)
DEMOB – An informal shortening of a verb meaning to take out of action, disband. DEMO (protest) and B (bishop in a game of chess).
7d Informal talk over French drink in fine house there (7)
CHATEAU – A fine French house (there) – CHAT (informal talk) and EAU (the French word for water(drink))
8d Colours are not used in added text (6)
PAINTS – Insert AINT (are not) into PS (post script, added text).
9d Routine transactions strangers did no differently (8,6)
STANDING ORDERS – An anagram (differently) of STRANGERS DID NO.
16d Job description he might have given, being restless (9)
IMPATIENT – The Biblical character Job is the personification of poverty and, more importantly for this clue, patience. He may well have described himself by saying I’M PATIENT.
17d Minimal change in broadcast shown again (8)
REPLAYED – Insert a P (penny, the smallest amount of change) into RELAYED (broadcast).
19d American’s carrying nothing within London area (7)
TOOTING – If Americans were carrying something, they might say they were TOTING it. Insert O (carrying nothing) to get an area of London.
21d Satirical writer left on journey, finally, with expedition (7)
SWIFTLY – SWIFT (the satirical writer, Jonathan, followed by L (left) and Y (journey finally).
22d Transform cast, or its make-up (6)
ACTORS – An anagram (transform) of CAST OR and you get the ACTORS that make up a cast.
24d Young boxer, say, framing popular photograph of actress (3-2)
PIN-UPS – Insert IN (popular) into PUPS (boxers here being dogs).
Lucky me – I get to return next week with a review the next Virgilius puzzle.