Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2712
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Slightly trickier this time and without a single hidden word (whatever next!) but still the usual fine start to a Sunday morning’s solving.
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7a Warm kind of fire that’s a contradiction in terms? (8)
FRIENDLY – Accidentally firing upon one’s allies rather than the enemy is definitely not friendly and so a contradiction in terms.
9a Make a recovery without drug, in fact (6)
REALLY – Insert E (the drug Ecstasy) into RALLY (make a recovery).
10a Carefully planned operation catching ringleader for part of racket (6)
STRING – Insert the ‘leader’ of ring into a STING or carefully planned operation.
11a Close family wrapping son in fur (8)
SEALSKIN – SEAL (close) S (son) and KIN (close family).
12a Good ensemble in dance performance, mainly in royal residence (8,6)
BALMORAL CASTLE – Take nearly all of BALLE
T (dance performance mainly) and insert MORAL (good) and CAST (ensemble).
15a Like Northern people as part of race, you might say (4)
LAPP – Someone from Lapland sounds (you might say) like a single circuit of a racetrack.
17a One century after another — that’ll make you feel better (5)
TONIC – I (one) C (100 in Roman numerals), ie one century, follows (after another) TON (hundred, century)
19a Love to talk back? That’s fine (4)
OKAY – O (love) followed by a reversal (back) of YAK (persistent foolish talk).
20a Put right about wrong I, perhaps, interpreted incorrectly (14)
MISAPPREHENDED – Insert an anagram (wrong) of I PERHAPS into MENDED (put right).
23a Bloomer as second doctor comes in immediately before operation (8)
SNOWDROP – S (second) NOW (immediately) into which is inserted (comes in) DR (doctor), and then finished off with OP (operation).
25a Confused situation produced by strike on base (6)
BEDLAM – BED (base) and LAM (strike, beat).
27a Instrument that’s dropped in red wine (6)
CLARET – IN is dropped from a musical instrument, the CLAR
28a Maiden spoke and spoke, in barely audible way (8)
MUTTERED – M (maiden) UTTERED (spoke)
1d Guitar piece that makes one experience anxiety (4)
FRET – Part of a guitar or a verb meaning to experience anxiety or worry.
2d Boundaries set up by male — that’s unfair to females (6)
SEXISM – A reversal (up in a down clue) of SIXES (scored when the ball goes over the boundary in a game of cricket) followed by M (male).
3d One positive response, or more than one (4)
AYES – A YES (one positive response) merge to make AYES (more than one response in the affirmative)
4d In time, informer making things wrong in work (6)
ERRATA – Insert a RAT (informer) into ERA (a period of time).
5d Loud singer including sequence of songs in high voice (8)
FALSETTO – F(loud) and ALTO (singer) with a SET (sequence of songs) inserted.
6d Unlike readers, the writer will perform repeatedly (10)
ILLITERATE – Unable to read (and write) if split 3, 7 would mean that the writer was saying I’ll iterate, or I will say it again
8d Movement in no hurry to follow left-winger (3-4)
DOG-TROT – A gentle trot – DOG (follow) and TROT (Trotskyite, left-winger).
13d Preparing to fight with friend outside, in scary fashion (10)
ALARMINGLY – Insert ARMING (preparing to fight) into ALLY (friend).
14d Unsociable type‘s side-splitting joke? (5)
LONER – Insert ONE ( joke – ‘have you heard the ONE about?’) between the sides L(eft) and R (right).
16d Weapon the old man has for response to challenge (8)
PASSWORD – PAS (Pa’s – the old man has) SWORD (weapon) – one might be challenged to provide a password to pass or enter a military camp.
18d Company custom to maintain an intimate in-house relationship (7)
COHABIT – To live together as husband and wife – CO (company) and HABIT (custom).
21d Balance I established within political group (6)
PARITY – I inserted into (established within) PARTY (political group).
22d New and unusual editor signed agreement (6)
NODDED – N (new) ODD (unusual) ED (editor).
24d Report about mass or ceremony (4)
POMP – POP (report hear meaning an explosive noise) with M (mass) inserted.
26d A border that’s said to require attention (4)
AHEM – Split 1, 3, this interjection used to draw attention to oneself would be A HEM (a border).
Gnomey’s ‘week off’ next week so I’ll be back then with reviews of a Sunday and a Saturday puzzle.