Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2704
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
My solving of this great Sunday puzzle was delayed by a couple of days but it was well worth the wait. Lots of favourites but my top favourite has to be 24d.
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1a Like people with convictions picked for team (6)
INSIDE – An informal term for prison (where people convicted of a crime are sent) split 2, 4 would mean that you had been picked for a team.
4a Sign over some poems — they may be read in library, for example (8)
BARCODES – Reversal of the Zodiac known as [Cancer the] CRAB followed by ODES (poems).
10a Religious type converted in the past (9)
PANTHEIST – Someone who believes in many or all gods is an anagram (converted) of IN THE PAST.
11a Like Rome, say, for more than one Pope (5)
URBAN – The name of eight Popes – URBAN – can also be an adjective meaning situated in or belonging to a city like Rome.
12a Noisy party quiet people left out of indignation (7)
SHINDIG – SH (quiet!) followed by INDIG (the ‘nation’ or people having been left out or omitted).
13a Former British fighter‘s arrangement of Art Deco pieces (7)
REDCOAT – A historical British soldier is an anagram (arrangement of) ART DECO.
14a Piano included in old-time musical performance (5)
OPERA – Insert P (piano) between O (old) and ERA (time).
15a Strike that is happening with utmost speed (8)
RAPIDEST – RAP(strike) and ID EST (the Latin phrase meaning ‘that is’).
18a Intellectual brother tucked into breakfast food (8)
CEREBRAL – Insert BR (brother) into breakfast CEREAL.
20a Undisputed bit of information about English side (5)
FACET – Insert E (English) into a FACT or undisputed bit of information.
23a Caught family member crossing border, visibly embarrassed (7)
CRIMSON – C (caught) RIM (border) SON (family member).
25a Outside ring, interrogate a thug (7)
GORILLA – Insert O (a ring) into GRILL (interrogate) and finish with A from the clue.
26a Old university trapped in stupid bad feeling (5)
ODIUM – O (old) followed by DIM (stupid) with U (university) ‘trapped’ or inserted.
27a Not genuine piece of porcelain, since reproduction (9)
INSINCERE – Hidden in porcelaIN SINCE REproduction.
28a River vessel carrying soldier back for military operations (8)
CAMPAIGN – The River CAM (which gives Cambridge its name) followed by a PAN (vessel) into which is inserted a reversal (back) of GI (American soldier).
29a Way in which son precedes guard (6)
SENTRY – S (son) precedes ENTRY (way in).
1d Pauper’s statement about saint being a kind of fraud (8)
IMPOSTOR – A pauper might say I’M POOR. Simply insert ST, the abbreviation for saint.
2d Time for star’s initial appearance (7)
SUNRISE – A cryptic definition – the sun being our biggest star.
3d Remove moisture from dry, heated mixture (9)
DEHYDRATE – An anagram (mixture) of DRY HEATED.
5d Investigator of people in North mistreated, needing defender around (14)
ANTHROPOLOGIST – Insert an anagram (mistreated) of NORTH into an APOLOGIST (defender).
6d Might incorporate you in hearing into common complaint (5)
COULD – Insert U (you ‘in hearing’) into the common COLD.
7d Label promises of redemption untrustworthy (7)
DUBIOUS – DUB (label, call) and IOUS (promises of redemption).
8d Reason to speak about overturned container (6)
SANITY – Insert a reversed (overturned) TIN (container) into SAY (speak about).
9d Forming impressions when collecting digital data (14)
FINGERPRINTING – Superb all-in-one description of fingerprinting.
16d Monarch surrounded by protection and respect (9)
DEFERENCE – Insert ER (the cipher of our Queen) into DEFENCE (protection).
17d Get held up by erratic game plan (8)
STRATEGY – Insert a reversal of GET (held up) into STRAY (erratic).
19d Within novel, it is mainly an aristocratic attitude? (7)
ELITISM – Hidden within novEL IT IS Mainly.
21d Come together as congregation for prayer (7)
COLLECT – To assemble or bring together; a short one sentence prayer.
22d Like sound reflection needed for wise choice (6)
ECHOIC – Another hidden word – wisE CHOICe
24d Originally African music Brazilians introduced to South America (5)
SAMBA – Brilliant & Lit. Insert A M B (the ‘original’ letters of African Music and Brazilians into SA (the abbreviation for South America.
Lovely stuff, thank you Virgilius – I’ll be back with another Sunday review next Thursday.