Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2718
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Another fine Sunday treat from Virgilius, no special favourites this week, just great all-round entertainment.
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1a Transient visitors doctor forbids to spend long time (5,2,7)
BIRDS OF PASSAGE – An anagram (doctor) of FORBIDS, PASS (spend [time] and AGES (long time).
9a Unknown eclipsed by fine partner in bridge (7)
FLYOVER – F (fine) followed by LOVER (partner) into which is inserted a Y (one of the unknowns in mathematics).
10a Person in charge of dog with name Rex (7)
HANDLER – HANDLE (a slang term for one’s name) plus R (Rex).
11a Start off like a close friend or associate (4)
ALLY – Remove the ‘start’ from
PALLY (like a pal or close friend).
12a Close relative restricting Irishman’s diet (10)
PARLIAMENT – Insert an Irishman called LIAM into one of the closest of relatives, a PARENT.
14a Undomesticated cats in parts of pound (6)
OUNCES – I usually groan when these dratted cats turn up in crosswords but when Virgilius clues them so nicely… ! OUNCES are not only wild cats but also sixteenths of a pound avoirdupois.
15a Fish from seine emptied out and shifted ashore (8)
SEAHORSE – A nice surface reading as one would hope fishermen would rescue seahorses from their seine nets. Remove the middle letters from S
einE (emptied out) and follow with an anagram (shifted) of ASHORE.
17a Show again how to cut down fruit.
REAPPEAR split 4, 4 would be to REAP (cut down a) PEAR (fruit).
18a Fraction of a number that’s small, of course, speaking informally (6)
SNATCH – a small fragment of a song (number) S (small) and NATCH (an informal way of saying naturally, of course).
21a Behind one’s back, bishop is in Paris (6-4)
SECOND-BEST – SECOND (back, support) B (the abbreviation for Bishop in a game of chess) and EST (the French word for is, used in Paris and other French places too).
22a Female or fellow in North (4)
FINN – Use either the F from either Female or from Fellow, add IN (from the clue) and N (north).
24a Consumed pork pie provided by head of radio studio (7)
ATELIER – ATE (consumed) LIE (pork pie being Cockney rhyming slang for a lie) and R (the head or first letter of radio.
25a Black woman in tropical country (7)
BOLIVIA – B (black) and OLIVIA (woman’s name).
26a Group carrying cases at Waterloo, for example (9,5)
STRETCHER PARTY – The people who carry injured soldiers (cases) from battlefield such as that at Waterloo in 1815.
1d Wild animals in New York city (7)
BUFFALO – Wild animals – the word can be singular or plural – or a city in New York State.
2d Club that, in short, includes leading RAF characters (5,3,7)
ROYAL AND ANCIENT – This golf club’s name is often abbreviated to R & A, the ‘leading’ characters of RAF.
3d Bar is what prevents a goal (4)
SAVE – Both bar and save mean to hinder or prevent something from happening. A save in football is what a goalkeeper does to prevent a goal being scored.
4d Either gender joining a line, according to protocol (6)
FORMAL – F(emale) OR M(ale) (either gender) A (from the clue, and L (line).
5d Warrior with a sole weakness? Yes and no (8)
ACHILLES – Yes, Achilles only had one weak spot, but no, it wasn’t his sole, it was his heel!
6d Scholar, in newspaper article, lying about being scantily clad (10)
SUNBATHING – Insert a BA (Bachelor of Arts, scholar) between SUN (the daily paper) and THING (article).
7d Good and mature terrier, even, disturbed other breed (6,9)
GOLDEN RETRIEVER – G (good) OLD (mature) plus an anagram (disturbed0 of TERRIER EVEN.
8d Painfully move author around hospital (6)
WRITHE – Insert H (hospital) into WRITE (a verb meaning to author).
13d Variety of persons I have assembled, quick to react (10)
RESPONSIVE – An anagram (variety) of PERSONS followed by (assembled) I[‘]VE (I have).
16d Encored piece of music I see pronounced as lacking in refinement (8)
BARBARIC – Two lots (encored) of BAR (piece of music) plus I from the clue and C (a homophone, pronounced, of see).
17d Asian sailor switching sides, first and last, is such a scoundrel (6)
RASCAL – Change over the first and last letters of LASCAR, an Asian sailor
19d Short of fare, crossing a country in Europe (7)
HUNGARY – Fare here meaning food so if you were short of food, you would be hungry. Insert (crossing) A from the clue to get a European country.
20d Like something functional setter and solver accomplished (6)
USABLE – US (setter and solver together)and ABLE (accomplished).
23d Fail for lack of practice, primarily (4)
FLOP – The initial letters (primarily) of For Lack Of and Practice.
Hopefully both the site and Gnomey will be back ‘on duty’ next week – I’m standing in because he’s working late again tonight (Wednesday) – it would be nice to hope that the Telegraph’s IT people were putting in overtime too!