Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2705
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Never mind a full English, a bowl of cereal or even toast with my home-made greengage jam – the best way to start Sunday morning is with a Virgilius cryptic crossword. This one wasn’t one of his most difficult but it had the usual high level of entertainment.
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1a Doctor man’s cut in private room (7)
SANCTUM – An anagram (doctor) of MANS CUT.
5a Like debonair young man in a hurry (7)
DASHING – stylish and showy or rushing somewhere.
9a Writes a short novel about university (7)
AUTHORS – An anagram (novel) of A SHORT with U (university) inserted produces part of a verb meaning to create as an author.
10a Advises what’s one essential to make a crossword popular (5,2)
CLUES – CLUES (essential for a crossword) and IN (popular).
11a Bird taking most of fruit — shame about that (9)
GUILLEMOT – insert nearly all (most of) of a LEMO
n into GUILT (shame).
12a Old clothes in which to chatter idly (5)
TOGAS – TO (from the clue) and GAS (chatter idly or vapidly).
13a Appropriate port for ship? On the contrary (5)
RIGHT – A synonym for appropriate is also the opposite of port which as everyone knows is the left hand side of a ship!!
15a Philosopher, self-proclaimed existential thinker? (9)
DESCARTES was the philosopher, who said ‘I think, therefore I am’.
17a Newspaper partly concealing crime in minister’s house (9)
PARSONAGE – Insert the crime of ARSON into a PAGE (part of a newspaper).
19a The thankyou letter coming from Athens originally (5)
THETA – THE (from the clue) and TA (thank you).
22a Construction associated with Hoover when put in as US president (5)
ADAMS – Insert DAM (there is a famous one named after President Hoover) into AS (from the clue).
23a Movie director set to shoot after brief hold-up (9)
HITCHCOCK – HITCH (brief hold up) and COCK (to pull back the trigger on a gun ready to shoot).
25a Evil-doer holding power, professional propagandist? (7)
SPINNER – Insert P (power) into a SINNER or evil-doer.
26a Having reformed, in ashes and sackcloth (7)
HESSIAN – An anagram (having reformed) of IN ASHES.
27a A lot of rulers can be extremely dastardly and disagreeable (7)
DYNASTY – The outside (extremely) letters of DastardlY plus NASTY (disagreeable).
28a A pacifist finally in position to pacify (7)
PLACATE – Insert A (from the clue) and T (pacifisT finally).
1d Small happy dog’s air of superiority (7)
SWAGGER – S (small) and WAGGER (a lovely way to describe a happy dog).
2d One of those sweet words of affection or love (7)
NOTHING – A whispered word of affection and endearment , or love in the sense of zero, nought.
3d Charge for bridge, going over river to do some fishing (5)
TROLL – To fish with a moving bait – Insert R (river) into TOLL (charge for bridge).
4d Sources of information for many as dim as me, possibly (4,5)
MASS MEDIA – An anagram (possibly) of AS DIM AS ME.
5d European money formerly put into education (5)
DUCAT – Hidden in eDUCATion.
6d Hit it big, ultimately, in royal house in European city (9)
STUTTGART – Insert into the Royal House of STUART the final letters (ultimately) of hiT, iT and biG.
7d Understanding not absent from mind, proverbially (7)
INSIGHT – Split 2, 5 it is the opposite of the proverb ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
8d Sourcebook? (7)
GENESIS – The book of the Bible that deals with the creation and development of everything on earth.
14d Large number in middle of summer (9)
THOUSANDS – Two thousands – MM in Roman numerals – is hidden in the middle of suMMer.
16d Illicit tapes show awful working environment (9)
SWEATSHOP – An illicit anagram of TAPES SHOW.
17d People’s leader elevated and honoured (7)
PRAISED – P (the ‘leader’ of people) and RAISED (elevated).
18d Change order right before meal — dig in without starters (7)
REALIGN – R (right) followed by
mEAL dIG and iN (without their ‘starters’ or first letters).
20d Beethoven’s work, including his fourth, is rousing stuff (7)
EROTICA – Insert the fourth letter of BeeThoven into his work EROICA.
21d Question one about name obliquely (7)
ASKANCE – ASK (question) ACE (one) with N (name) inserted.
23d Badger member of undistinguished trio (5)
HARRY – Any old Tom, Dick or HARRY – harry as a verb means to badger or harass.
24d Pour cold water on a book of prophecy (5)
HOSEA – HOSE (pour cold water on) and A (from the clue).
I’m back in the morning with a review of last Saturday’s puzzle.