Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2693
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
As Heno said, a Virgilius puzzle always puts you in a good mood and this one was no exception. All the usual trademark clues were there although it was probably a good job that Mary was on her holidays so that she couldn’t be offended by 27a
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1a Kind person like me, one working for newspaper (10)
TYPESETTER – TYPE (kind) and SETTER (a person like Virgilius himself).
6a Young child may lie in this card game, or cheat (4)
CRIB – Triple definition – a young child’s cot; a card game; to cheat or steal another’s work.
9a Complaint porter, perhaps, intended to be heard (7)
AILMENT – ‘to be heard’ indicates homophones of ALE (porter perhaps, porter being a type of dark beer) and MEANT (intended).
10a Old kingdom captured in coup — Russians moving capital West (7)
PRUSSIA – The old kingdom can be found in coup Russians, although as the clue says, you do have to move the capital ‘west’ from the R to the P.
12a Area affected by a certain force I am deflecting somehow (8,5)
MAGNETIC FIELD – An anagram (somehow) of I AM DEFLECTING.
14a Unrefined piece of primitive art hyped (6)
EARTHY – found hidden in a ‘piece’ of primitivE ART HYped.
15a Russian fighter evaluates moves to US or Canada, say (8)
MIGRATES – The Russian fighter plane, the MIG, followed by RATES (evaluates).
17a Exemplarily cool climber (8)
CUCUMBER – The fruit of a climbing plant (we have several of these plants in our greenhouse as Mr CS loves the revolting things!) – the phrase ‘cool as a cucumber’ is used to exemplify someone calm and imperturbable.
19a Clergyman in case accepting central part in court (6)
CURATE – Insert the middle letter (central part) of coUrt into a CRATE or case.
22a Experts changing order of pair of lessons (13)
PROFESSIONALS – Is there a clearer anagram indicator than ‘changing order of’ ? Just rearrange PAIR OF LESSONS.
24a I am stupid fellow, grabbing pawn — game’s ending in stalemate (7)
IMPASSE – IM (I’m, I am) P (pawn) ASS (stupid fellow) and E (game’s ‘ending’).
25a One surprisingly raised as Cockney intellectual, we hear (7)
EYEBROW – How a Cockney might say HIGHBROW or intellectual.
26a Standard choice between centrally placed characters (4)
NORM – A choice between two characters in the middle of the alphabet – N OR M.
27a Confounded woman that gets mixed up in bar (6,4)
BLOODY MARY – Not that anyone would describe ‘our’ Mary as confounded!! I wonder if she drinks the mixture of vodka, tomato juice and seasoning?
1d One of the effects of global warming that we endlessly must connect (4)
THAW – Remove the last letters (endlessly) from THA
t and W e and connect what’s left.
2d Employer without capital foolishly making synthetic material (7)
POLYMER – Remove the E from
Employer (without capital) and rearrange (foolishly making) the remaining letters.
3d People pretending to hold large advantage as heavy hitters (13)
SLEDGEHAMMERS – Insert L (large) and EDGE (advantage) into SHAMMERS (people pretending).
4d Secure section of route there, else evacuate the road (6)
TETHER – Hidden twice – firstly in a section of rouTE THERe and secondly in evacuaTE THE Road.
5d European vote on power, valid and clear (8)
EXPLICIT – E (European) X (you vote with a X) P (power) and LICIT (valid).
7d Particular esteem (7)
RESPECT – Double definition.
8d Flourishes as bachelor, having organised lots of food (10)
BRANDISHES – B (bachelor) RAN (having organized) DISHES (lots of food).
11d Your aunt felt badly about cousin’s final letter, alas (13)
UNFORTUNATELY – An anagram (badly) of YOUR AUNT FELT plus the final letter of cousiN.
13d Impression formed in last of bronze — copper/tin alloy (10)
PERCEPTION – An anagram (alloy, of course, being a mixture) of E (the last letter of bronze) COPPER TIN.
16d Partners holding partners dance in informative film (8)
NEWSREEL – The bridge partners N and S hold the other partners E and W and are then followed by a REEL (dance).
18d Person who harvests in fall (7)
CROPPER – Another double definition.
20d Courts covering a lot of states in European country (7)
AUSTRIA – Insert US (lot of states) into ATRIA (courtyards).
21d Happen prior to warning from bad driver on journey (6)
FOREGO – FORE (shouted by a golfer who has just hit a poor drive shot and GO (journey).
23d Influence of wise leader within state (4)
SWAY – SAY (state) into which is inserted W (the leader of Wise).
If you are the person lucky enough to blog a Virgilius puzzle, then you get to be in a good mood twice. However, this is the end of my current run on the Sunday rota – Gnomey will be here in due course to explain the next Virgilius masterpiece. I’ll be back tomorrow morning to explain last Saturday’s puzzle.