Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2709
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
Another splendid start to Sunday morning. My top favourites were 6a and 5d but there were lots of runners-up.
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1a Relatively generous contribution for fatherless child (6,4)
WIDOWS MITE – A small insignificant offering which represents self-sacrifice on the part of the giver – a reference to the parable in Mark xii, v 42. The expression might also be used to describe the small child of someone whose husband has died.
6a He didn’t have a single passenger on his vessel (4)
NOAH – Because they all went in two-by-two, even the humans!
9a Novice in better shape, capturing rook or queen (7)
LEARNER – Insert an R (either the chess abbreviation for a rook or the Latin abbreviation for queen) into LEANER (in better shape)
10a Single out, accommodating first of guests making petty complaints (7)
NIGGLES – An anagram (out) of SINGLE into which is inserted the first letter of guests.
12a Declaration from key people in court following part of speech (13)
PRONOUNCEMENT – PRONOUN (part of speech) followed by the abbreviation for CourT into which is inserted the musical key of E and MEN (people).
14a To no longer be seen in leading position is hard (6)
VANISH – VAN (towards the front) followed by IS (from the clue) and H (hard).
15a Short publication about river or small stream (8)
BROOKLET – insert R for river into a BOOKLET (short publication).
17a Race that’s cross-country? (8)
NATIONAL – The Grand NATIONAL is the race; cross-country? refers to national meaning relating, belonging or peculiar to one particular country.
19a European article on cause of ill-feeling (6)
GERMAN – Follow GERM (a cause of feeling ill) with the indefinite article AN.
22a Lacking power to hold naughty child, a head is blameless (13)
UNIMPEACHABLE – UNABLE (lacking power) ‘holds’ or has inserted IMP (naughty child) and EACH (a head).
24a Subsequently a learner shows creative kind of thinking (7)
LATERAL – The sort of thinking we are supposed to need to be able to solve cryptic crosswords. LATER (subsequently) A (from the clue) and L (learner).
25a Course official who controls race, initially? (7)
STARTER – A cryptic definition of someone who starts a race.
26a Reversed cart a few feet (4)
YARD – A reversal of DRAY (cart).
27a Had match with county represented as unimportant (6,4)
PLAYED DOWN – PLAYED (had a match) and DOWN (one of the six counties of Northern Ireland).
1d Pack animal run over (4)
WOLF – A reversal (over) of FLOW (run)
2d Study about a daughter and father showing no emotion (7)
DEADPAN – Insert D (daughter) and PA (father) into a DEN or study.
3d Outsider who can see what’s in store (6-7)
WINDOW-SHOPPER – A cryptic definition of someone who does what Chambers describes as the activity of looking at goods in shop windows as the next-best thing to buying them!
4d Religious type found in ashram or monastery (6)
MORMON – A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hidden in ashraM OR MONastery.
5d They could be upset, extremely, over any rent revision (8)
TENANTRY – The final (extreme) letter of upseT over or followed by an anagram (revision) of ANY RENT.
7d Source of crude advice for dealing with squeaky wheel (3,4)
OIL WELL – The source of crude oil could also be advice given to someone who has something that squeaks, such as a wheel.
8d Male with saying about one liable to lose (10)
HESITATING – HE (male) and STATING (saying) with I (one) inserted. The saying referred to here is, of course, “he who hesitates is lost”.
11d Gets carried away and has mishap at sea (4,9)
GOES OVERBOARD – Goes to extremes of enthusiasm about something, or literally falls over the side of a ship (a mishap at sea).
13d In the end, level with union supporter (10)
EVENTUALLY – EVEN (level) TU (trade union) ALLY (supporter).
16d Never meeting standard a European set in 50s (8)
PARALLEL – PAR (standard score in golf ) A (from the clue) and E (European placed inside three Ls (L being the Roman numeral for 50).
18d Crook that could do a lot of damage in Midwest (7)
TWISTER – Someone who behaves dishonestly or a North American informal term for a tornado.
20d Distinguished player as changed teams run out (7)
MAESTRO – An anagram (as changed) of TEAMS followed by RO (the abbreviation for run out in cricket).
21d Spirit of the Scots — or Irish, but not English (6)
WHISKY – The Irish spell it WHISKEY, the Scots leave out the E for English!
23d Architect that constructs home in tree (4)
WREN – Mr CS and I don’t have anything designed by the architect Sir Christopher Wren, but we do have a number of these delightful little birds living in a very large old rosemary bush.