Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2690
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! – This was an excellent puzzle in my opinion –there were a few clue that I really had to think hard about to solve and even harder to unravel the wordplay.
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1a Leaves container, as told, for assistant on course (6)
CADDIE –A homophone (as told) of CADDY – The container of Tea Leaves.
4a Friendly interviewer, initially, in morning TV, sort of (8)
AMICABLE – The initial letter of I(nterviewer) inside the A(nte) M(eridien) CABLE (a sort of Television distribution medium). ‘Sort of’ indicates that there are other media available.
10a Turns one performs in either direction (5)
SOLOS – In either direction indicates a palindrome so this performances spell the same both ways.
11a Shotgun badly needed around US city in attack (9)
ONSLAUGHT – An anagram (badly) of SHOTGUN that is around the outside of LA (Los Angeles, the US city).
12a Start off rabble-rousing in form of literary work (7)
EDITION – Remove the start off (from s(EDITION)
13a A bunch of lies, possibly, in dispute (2,5)
AT ISSUE – Split this as (1,6) and you get A TISSUE of lies.
14a Second point about composer’s problem with movement? (6,8)
TRAVEL SICKNESS – A lovely clue and my last one in nearly. Place TICK (second) around RAVEL’S (the famous bolero composer with an apostrophe ‘s) and add NESS for point/headland/cape – a synonym well worth remembering!. Nothing to do with music!
17a Receiver of distant signals from eclipse too dear, unfortunately (5,9)
RADIO TELESCOPE – An unfortunate anagram of ECLIPSE TOO DEAR.
21a Person who charges an addict carrying small volume (7)
ACCUSER – I spent ages trying to fit a V for small Volume in. We need a Cubic Centimetre (CC) inside A USER (drug addict)
23a Writer requiring lots to be revised in play (7)
TOLSTOY – The famous Italian* author. An anagram of LOTS (being revised) inside TOY (play with)
24a Women disturbed about English team caught in this state (3,6)
NEW MEXICO – Tricky to work out – An anagram of WOMEN around the outside of E for English, XI (eleven in Roman Numerals, a team in Association Football) and the abbreviation C for Caught. – NEW M (E XI C) O. Little bit unfair for the newcomers!
25a Final word from tyrant, cruel fellow (5)
BRUTE – The last word from the tyrant Julius Caesar was reportedly (by Shakespeare) BRUTE (as in Et tu, Brute). So a cryptic definition and def.
26a Pieces of eight are redistributed in legacy (8)
HERITAGE – Another clue that tripped me up for ages!. An anagram (redistributed) of the pieces of EIGHT ARE,
27a Copper, for example, retaining name in head (6)
MENTAL – Copper is an example of a METAL. Insert N for Name. Beautiful surface reading.
1d Recorder mishandled test case (8)
CASSETTE – An anagram (mishandled) of TEST CASE for yer old TDK C90!
2d From a country in Africa, a boy upset religious leader (5,4)
DALAI LAMA – A reversal (upset) of A MALI (a country in Africal) and A LAD (a boy).
3d Positioned to overlook church fire (7)
INSPIRE – Fire as in fire the imagination. If you were positioned to overlook the church you might be IN the SPIRE.
5d Error I spotted in all accounts I’m getting redone (14)
MISCALCULATION – Place I inside an anagram (getting redone) of ALL ACCOUNTS IM.
6d Like call for action, seeing liar involved in scam (7)
CLARION – An anagram (involved) of LIAR in(side) a CON or scam.
7d Fraudulent coach holding game up (5)
BOGUS – A reversal (up) of the pld board game GO inside a BUS (coach).
8d Book duplicated in libraries — there’s the reason (6)
ESTHER – This book of the bible appears twice in the phrase librariES THErES THE Reason.
9d Our money heavily impacts place in Scotland, we hear (6,8)
POUNDS STERLING – A charade of POUNDS (heavily impacts) and STERLING, a homophone (we hear) of Stirling , a place in Scotland.
15d Brief on legal action that includes a couple of clubs, say (5,4)
SHORT SUIT – A hand in bridge that only includes two trump cards. Also a charade of SHORT (brief) and SUIT (legal action).
16d Kind of light setter and solver will okay! (4,4)
VERY WELL – A VERY light (a distress flare used at sea) and WE’LL (i.e. the setter and solver collectively will).
18d Fly, perhaps, over centre of airport for survey (7)
INSPECT – Place INSECT (of which a fly is an example) around P, the central letter in airPort.
19d Like clue, only including what’s within it, note (7)
SOLUBLE – Another tricky one to work out. SOLE for only then the letters LU, the ones inside cLUe followed by B for a musical note placed inside. SO (LU B) LE.
20d Corporation placing article in old magazine (6)
PAUNCH – The old satirical magazine is PUNCH. Place the indefinite article A inside.
22d Recoil from someone who’s intimidating? (5)
COWER – The cryptic definition to someone who cows (intimidates) another (who might then cower in fear!).
Thanks to Virgilius for the entertainment – I will see you all next week.