Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2691
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! – Another fine puzzle from Virgilius. I nearly gave this four stars for difficulty but when reviewing realised it was just me having a bad day!.
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1d Boat a metre in length (6)
SAMPAN – A and M(etre) placed in SPAN/length.
4a Unconfirmed report is, accordingly, held back by doctor (6)
GOSSIP – IS form the clue and SO (accordingly) reversed inside (indicated by ‘held back by) GP, General Practitioner or doctor.
8a Cold wine returned in cylindrical container (8)
CANISTER – C for Cold with a reversal (returned) of RETSINA for wine.
10a Place for sea cruises linked to particular subject (6)
THEMED – Split as (3,3) to get THE MED(iterranean) Sea – a popular cruise destination.
11a Bishops taken in by a European cleric from France (4)
ABBE – Two abreviations for Bishop (from chess notation) inside A from the clue and E for European.
12a Still not ready to start debate? (10)
MOTIONLESS – If you do not have a motion then you cannot start a debate with “This house believes that…”
13a Extensive traveller‘s log possibly improved, without rubbish (12)
GLOBETROTTER – This one took me a while to spot. An anagram (possibly) of LOG then BETTER (improve) around the outside of ROT (rubbish). The apostrophe-‘s stands for IS as in Definition IS (created from) Wordplay
16a Pressure to mark up people in fitting evaluation (12)
APPRAISEMENT – RAISE (mark up) and MEN (people) inside APT (fitting)
20a Ring-leader captured in small revolt — that’s unexpected (10)
SURPRISING – The leader of the word ring – R – inside (captured by) S for small and UPRISING (revolt)
21a Bear ridicule, when it’s repeated (4)
POOH – A.A.Milne’s ursine creation, when repeated, gives us POOH-POOH or ridicule.
22a Be a consumer? Not seriously, from what we hear (6)
INGEST – A Homophone of IN JEST, not seriously.
23a Male getting into right group for speculations (8)
THEORIES – HE (Male) inside TORIES, the political party or group to the right of the political spectrum.
24a Effort by author of short stories who also wrote this (6)
POETRY – A TRY (effort) after (by) Edgar Allen POE – An author who wrote both short stories and POETRY
25a One of several monarchs providing university in beginning (6)
STUART – U for University inside START (beginning) for any member of one Royal House.
1d Safety device testable when faulty (4,4)
SEAT BELT – An anagram (when faulty) of TESTABLE.
2d State with ocean on East (5)
MAINE – A US State. The old romantic name for an ocean (the Spanish MAIN) followed by E(ast)
3d Effort in a racing event, almost exhausted (7)
ATTEMPT – A from the clue then TT – the Isle of Man bike race, and finally all but the last letter in EMPT(y) (almost exhausted).
5d Where you’ll find isolated soldiers excel in sending dispatches? (7)
OUTPOST – Split as (3,4) and it looks like a phrase meaning to send more mail than someone else.
6d Disorder resulted before start of match that’s played by West Indians (5,4)
STEEL DRUM – An anagram (disorder as a transitive verb) of RESULTED placed before the starting letter of M(atch).
7d Satisfy professor, initially, with tenure (6)
PLEASE – The initial letter of P(rofessor) followed by LEASE (tenure)
9d Logical thinker helping with a nautical problem (11)
RATIONALIST – Good old RATION for helping (of food) then A LIST, which might be a problem on a boat.
14d Use bad language, with sheep, lamb going astray (9)
BLASPHEME – An anagram (going astray) of SHEEP LAMB.
15d Fresh fish secured by pub ahead of time (8)
INSOLENT – The definition of fresh meaning cheeky is well disguised as you have to pry it away from the fish element. We actually need a SOLE (fish) inside an INN (pub) placed ahead of T for Time.
17d Drama ultimately penned by British playwright for producer of picture (7)
PAINTER – The last letter of (dram)A placed inside Harold PINTER the playwright.
18d Do division in maths, e.g. mentally (7)
SEGMENT – Hidden in the last three words.
19d Unexpected result that may come at end of either leg (4-2)
TURN-UP – To paraphrase Tommy Cooper: “ I cut off the end of my trouser leg and sent them to the local library. That was a turn up for the books”. Ahem!
21d Run into parents in European city (5)
PARMA – The cricketing abbreviation R for Runs inside your PA and MA (parents)
I’ll see you all tomorrow for a rundown of last Saturday’s prize puzzle.