Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2697
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Another fine start to Sunday, with everything we have come to expect, including not one but two hidden words. I put dots by lots of clues I liked, but I think top favourite has to be 17a.
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1a Deal anew with case concerning gang (6)
REPACK – RE (about, concerning) and PACK (gang)
4a Drink before food wild parties mostly provided (8)
APERITIF – Almost all (mostly) of the letters of PARTIE
S rearranged (wild) and followed by IF (provided).
10a Old master exactly right about what’s central to art (5)
DURER – DUE (an adverb meaning directly) and R (right) with R (what’s central to aRt) inserted.
11a I’m surrounded by people in a certain state, showing vivacity (9)
ANIMATION – Insert IM into A NATION (people in a state).
12a Festival location, as we see it, is disorderly (7)
RIOTOUS – RIO (festival location) TO US (as we see it).
13a Lots of ships round the bend when following a river (7)
ARMADAS – A (from the clue) R (river) MAD (round the bend) and AS (when).
14a Split femur — care badly needed for such an injury (6,8)
SIMPLE FRACTURE – An anagram (badly) of SPLIT FEMUR CARE produces the injury currently causing problems to Kath’s daughter (and Kath too by the sound of it!).
17a Hobbies are included in class that interests them (14)
ORNITHOLOGISTS – Hobbies here being a type of small falcon.
21a Relative amicability rules, initially? It’s not obvious (7)
UNCLEAR – UNCLE (relatively) followed by the initial letters of Amicability and Rules.
23a As kind of thief, monarch’s taking in good person (7)
RUSTLER – Insert ST (a saint, good person) into a RULER (monarch).
24a Gluttony, for example, seen as lady dines frenetically (6,3)
DEADLY SIN – An anagram (frenetically) of LADY DINES.
25a Foreigner has a right to a lawyer (5)
ALIEN – A (from the clue) and LIEN (a legal term for the right to retain possession of another’s property until the owner pays a debt of fulfils a contract).
26a Writer appearing in anthologies, say, is thrilled (8)
ESSAYIST is hidden in anthologiES SAY IS Thrilled.
27a Enthusiastic about good backing for this type of pop music (6)
REGGAE – Insert G (about Good) into EAGER (an adjective meaning enthusiastic) and then reverse (backing) the result.
1d Break records with small humanitarian organisation (3,5)
RED CROSS – An anagram (break) of RECORDS followed by S (small).
2d Some supper for meritorious singer, perhaps (9)
PERFORMER – Another hidden word – this time hidden in some of supPER FOR MERitorious.
3d Complain over nothing on Circle Line — it can save commuters money (3,4)
CAR POOL – CARP (complain) O (nothing) O (circle) and L (line).
5d Bill a repairman falsified for top female in company (5,9)
PRIMA BALLERINA – An anagram (falsified) of BILL A REPAIRMAN.
6d Let in again to study literature with US university (7)
READMIT – READ (study literature) and MIT (the US University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
7d Bound to imprison ring-leader that’s prosecuted (5)
TRIED – Insert or imprison the ‘leader’ of Ring into TIED (bound).
8d Carp, possibly, about popular conclusion (6)
FINISH – The second appearance of carp, this time as an example, possibly, of a FISH into which should be inserted IN (popular).
9d Conflict symbolised by different colours of house-plants? (4,2,3,5)
WARS OF THE ROSES – A very nice &Lit gives us the conflict between two Royal houses.
15d Settling very shortly into a bit of work at last? (9)
RESOLVING – Insert V (very shortly) into RESOLING, the sort of work a shoe mender might do at a last.
16d Drive off from established area for practice shots (8)
ESTRANGE – EST (the abbreviation for established) and RANGE (somewhere Gnomey would like to spend more time practicing his golf shots).
18d In a perfect world, I had European associate (7)
IDEALLY – ID (I’d, I had) E (European) and ALLY (associate).
19d Key property to develop over long period (7)
GESTATE – G (the key of G in music) and ESTATE (property).
Can’t resist the opportunity to show off Alfie, the latest to ‘develop over a long period’ in our family .
20d Put down brief reminder to renew membership (6)
SUBDUE – Split 3, 3 this would be an abbreviated way of reminding you that your membership subscription is due for renewal.
22d Including one piece of basic education for learner in class is stupid (5)
CRASS – Replace the L in class with one of the three R’s (piece of basic education).
Thanks to Virgilius once again for a puzzle, with lovely clues with the right amount of solving trickiness but relatively straightforward to explain – a blogger’s dream in fact. Gnomey’s turn to have Sunday fun for the next two weeks, while I see what Saturdays have to offer in the way of entertainment.