Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2729
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Lovely stuff as usual on a Sunday morning. My top favourites were 10a and 14a. If I had one slight quibble, it would be that I did have to type anagram quite a lot in this review.
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1a Watches, for example, man in rival publication (10)
TIMEPIECES – Insert a PIECE (sometimes known as a man in a game of chess) into the Telegraph’s rival publication, the TIMES.
6a Starts off building line of command in multinational group (4)
BLOC – Found by taking the ‘starts’ off Building Line Of Command.
9a Fruit bats (7)
BANANAS – A popular yellow fruit or, in the same way as bats can sometimes be used, an informal word meaning crazy.
10a Small woolly jumper for cute infant (7)
LAMBKIN – Double definition, the first one being a cryptic definition of a baby sheep which reminded me of Kath whose daughters are known as Pet Lamb 1 and Pet Lamb 2.
12a Be embracing novel gold bar idea — as opposed to plastic, for instance (13)
BIODEGRADABLE – BE from the clue embraces or has inserted an anagram (novel) of GOLD BAR IDEA.
14a Serve two couples holding hands in a corner, finally (6)
ANSWER – Serve here meaning to satisfy or suffice. Insert NSWE (I loved the splendid definition for the pairs of players holding hands of cards in a game of bridge) between A (from the clue) and R (corner finally) .
15a Dries out inside, not dry outside? Most odd (8)
WEIRDEST – An anagram (out) of DRIES is placed inset WET (not dry).
17a Leading men in awful cast I pan (8)
CAPTAINS – An anagram (awful) of CAST I PAN.
19a Cryptic in Telegraph I’d denigrated (6)
HIDDEN – Brilliantly cryptically hidden in TelegrapH ID DENigrated.
22a Place to find info, within a ship, on ammo (8,5)
BULLETIN BOARD – IN BOARD (within a ship) follows (on in an across clue) BULLET (ammo).
24a I can be found in trance — in altered state, for sure (7)
CERTAIN – Insert I (I can be found) in another anagram (in altered state) this time of TRANCE.
25a Hint about one’s home cooking (7)
CUISINE – CUE (hint) surrounding (about) IS (one’s) and IN (home).
26a Doctor Who’s theatrical performance (4)
SHOW – An anagram (doctor) of WHOS.
27a Is single, occupying dull accommodation (10)
MAISONETTE – IS ONE (is single) inserted into (occupying) MATTE (dull).
1d Loud instrument makes neighbour upset (4)
TUBA – A reversal (upset in a down clue) of a verb meaning to border (neighbour) or be next to.
2d Not positive about one British form of transport (7)
MINIBUS – MINUS (not positive) with I (one) and B (British) inserted.
3d Somehow reclaim a phone that can take pictures (7,6)
PINHOLE CAMERA – An anagram (somehow) of RECLAIM A PHONE.
4d Oriental cut European flower for festival (6)
EASTER – Well there had to be one ‘chestnut’ – this one comes with the added bonus of two bits of wordplay to get to the same solution. You can either remove the last letter from EASTER
N (Oriental ‘cut’) or you can combine E (European) and ASTER (flower) .
5d Grenade tossed over line blew up (8)
ENLARGED – Sneaky use of grenade to mislead into the type of blowing up required here. An anagram (tossed) of GRENADE over L (line inserted).
7d Apt to embrace king that’s pleasant (7)
LIKABLE – K for King is ‘embraced’ by LIABLE (apt to).
8d One of those competing in uniform, including half of team (10)
CONTESTANT – The first half of TEam inserted into CONSTANT (uniform).
11d Making new offence up, within reasonable limits (13)
MODERNISATION – A reversal (up in a down clue) of SIN (offence) inserted into MODERATION (within reasonable limits).
13d Reverses under shade in these vehicles (10)
HATCHBACKS – BACKS (reverses) is placed under HATCH (to mark with fine lines, shade in)
16d Stars and stripes, say, taken back inside by certain GIs nightly (8)
INSIGNIA – Hidden and reversed (taken back inside) certAIN GIS NIghtly.
18d Mate recollected Rome and another Italian city (7)
PALERMO – PAL (mate) and an anagram (recollected) of ROME.
20d Aesthetically unconventional daughter’s on a platform on time (7)
DADAIST – D (daughter) A (from the clue) DAIS (platform) T (time).
21d A Conservative using public transport? You can count on it (6)
ABACUS – A C (A Conservative) inside A BUS (so using public transport).
23d Announced what’s going to happen to one charitable function (4)
FETE – A homophone (announced) of FATE (what’s going to happen to one).
I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of last Saturday’s puzzle while Gnomey takes over Sunday duty for the next couple of weeks.