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ST 2710

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2710

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment ****

Morning All! We had a slightly trickier puzzle this week but it was packed with some really smooth and beguiling clues. My puzzle of the week.


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1a           Bring up opinion with paper that shows what’s coming to pass (4,4,6)
REAR-VIEW MIRROR – A charade of REAR (bring up children), VIEW (opinion) and the Daily MIRROR (paper)

9a           Job description one included in manifest (7)
PATIENT – A great clue. The Biblical character of Job (who was noted for his patience) is placed at the start to hide the capitalisation. Place I for one inside PATENT for manifest/obvious.

10a         Hide European in Southern part of Greece (7)
SECRETE – Place E for European inside S (the abbreviation of Southern) and CRETE (a part of Greece).

11a         Acknowledgement of carelessness as nothing works (4)
OOPS – A charade of O for Nothing (nil/love) and OPS (an abbreviation for works in music)


12a         Way of measuring warmth in unusually fine hearth (10)
FAHRENHEIT – An obvious anagram but a bugger to spell!. It is an anagram (unusually) of FINE HEARTH.

14a         Inferior tea, so to speak, ready to pour (6)
TINPOT – A homophone (so to speak) of ‘tea’ – T followed by IN POT as in ‘ready to pour’ or even where the tea might be!.

15a         Humorous conversation that is, in contrast, good in youth? (8)
BADINAGE – The reversal  or antithesis of ‘good in youth’ might be BAD IN AGE.

17a         Joined and served? Not I (8)
SOLDERED – SOLD(i)ERED. Remove the I from a verb meaning served in the armed forces.

18a         Artist using mainly scarlet and black, as he said (6)
RENOIR – The French artist. Use most of the RE(d) or scarlet then add NOIR – the black for a French speaking native such as himself.

21a         Ignorant, like a lot of schoolchildren, about North (10)
UNINFORMED – Most schoolchildren (at least in the UK) are UNIFORMED in their clothing. Place that around N for North.

22a         Emotional pain produced by parting heartlessly (4)
PANG – Simply remove the middle letters (heartlessly) from PA(rti)NG. Lovely surface reading though!

24a         With care, had transformed puzzle with dramatic clues (7)
CHARADE – An anagram (transformed) of CARE HAD. I won’t bother with the Lionel Blair jokes.

25a         Old vehicle for fighting in Boston Tea Party, say? (7)
CHARIOT – One needs to remember that the fight in the Boston Tea Party skirmish as a CHA (tea) RIOT (fight)

26a         Heading into hospital too soon, in agonising way (5-9)
HEART-RENDINGLY – We need to place TRENDING (heading in terms of style/vogue) inside H for Hospital and EARLY (too son). H EAR (TRENDING) LY


1d           Good relationship with left, on board after strike (7)
RAPPORT – Place PORT (The left on board a ship) after RAP for strike.

2d           Deviously manipulate tenet, such as eighth of ten commandments? (15)
ANTEPENULTIMATE – Literally from the Latin this is “the one before the one before the last” (the penultimate being the last but one) so fits the bill as the eighth of ten commandments. It is an anagram of MANIPULATE TENET (indicated by ‘deviously’)

3d           Swerve erratically, to some extent (4)
VEER – Hidden in the first two words. A lovely & Lit or all in one clue since the wordplay and the definition are used in the whole clue.

4d           Unattributed element in score for temporary players (6)
EXTRAS – Cricket again! An extra is a score (leg bye, wide or overthrow for example) that is not attributed to the batsman. The second definition is the temporary actors (players) in a film cast who don’t usually speak.

5d           It’s a term improperly used for abuse (8)
MISTREAT – An anagram (improperly used) of IT’S A TERM.

6d           Think once more about team in tight corner (10)
RECONSIDER – A SIDE (team) in an anagram (indicated by tight i.e. drunk) of CORNER.

7d           On English research site, speaking at length and adding too much detail (4-11)
OVER-ELABORATING – A charade of OVER (on/about), E for English, LAB (a research site) and then ORATING (speaking at length about).

8d           Resilient spirit copper exemplifies, from what we hear (6)
METTLE – Copper is an example of a metal and a homophone (from what we hear) is METTLE.

13d         Romance with a female, beautiful with nothing on (4,6)
LOVE AFFAIR – take A from the clue and F for Female then add FAIR (beautiful). Finally place LOVE for nothing on top (on in a down clue).

16d         Try, try again? Absolutely! (4,4)
HEAR HEAR – To try a lawsuit as a judge is to HEAR it. Double it (HEAR and HEAR again).

17d         Original location — of course it’s an anagram (6)
SOURCE – The original location of a spring for example is an anagram of COURSE (of couse!).

19d         Side finishes off local derby in appropriate fashion (7)
RIGHTLY – Take the RIGHT side as opposed to the left then add the finishing letters from (loca)L and (derb)Y.

20d         Experience life in prison — that can be a warning (6)
BEACON – To experience life in prison is to BE A CON. Shuffle all that together.

23d         Formalities this country, without capital, installed in ’40s (4)
MALI – If you look carefully at the first word you can see that Mali, without its capital letter, is installed inside the word forties – FOR(MALI)TIES.


Thanks to Virgilius for a highly entertaining puzzle. I will see you all next week for the Saturday puzzle review.


6 comments on “ST 2710

  1. I agree that this was the puzzle of the week, or even the month. It’s jam-packed with superb clues, far too many to pick a favourite.
    Thanks to Virgilius and Gnomey.

  2. Virgilius puzzles are always my puzzle of the week and as Gazza says, this one was probably my puzzle of the month

  3. They just get better week after week. Would that other setters could emulate Virgilius in terms of consistently good puzzles.

  4. I hope that Virgilius is richly rewarded for his Sunday puzzles!

    The only reason that I buy the Sunday paper (£2.00) is for his brilliant crosswords! Long may they continue!

    (How much do the compilers get?)

  5. I thought this puzzle masterly when I attempted it. Reading through Gnomey’s excellent review, I am even more so of this opinion. :grin:
    Although I managed to arrive at the correct answers, I came adrift at two points. In 9a, I failed to make the connection between the Biblical Job and ‘patient’ — and I really have no excuse for this! :oops: I missed the association between ‘tight’ and ‘drunk’ in 6d, and arrived at the answer with ‘about’ = ‘re’, ‘team’ = ‘side’ and not knowing where the ‘con’ came from! DOH! (How could I have missed the anagram???) Nevertheless, I am learning, and I find these full reviews invaluable. :smile:
    Big thanks to Virgillius for his brilliant puzzle and to Gnomey for his elucidations.

    [My apologies: I mistyped the email address. I have corrected it. So sorry.]

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