Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2739
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 13th April 2014
Morning All! A delightful puzzle in my book. Most of the ‘in’ that you see links the definition to the wordplay (or vice-versa). Most of the wordplay is astounding too!
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1a Revised opinion, albeit ahead of time, penned by assistants (6,8)
SECOND THOUGHTS – A lovely clue to start with. Place THOUGH (albeit) and T for Time inside SECONDS (or assistants in a Boxing Match or Duella) – SECOND (THOUGH) (T) S
9a Warning about British area, region of North America (7)
ALBERTA – I can confidently say that Alberta is in Canada! Place ALERT (warning) around B for British then add A – AL (B) ERT +A
10a Conclusions derivable from proof, in a lesson (7)
FINALES – A lovely hidden word (indicated by ‘derivable from) the last three words.
11a Deficiency in chess player losing first piece (bishop) (4)
LACK – You need to apply a bit of BODMAS here (for your Maths fellows!). The chess player is BLACK (as opposed to White). Remove the first bit B of Bishop (the Chess notation in abbreviated form). The brackets tell you somethang about how cryptic crosswords work (i.e. ignore the punctuation!)
12a It may be superfluous on tradesman’s sign and idiotic too, perhaps (10)
APOSTROPHE – Apple’s? – Male an anagram (idiotic) of both TOO and PERHAPS. Laughing all the way to the Barrowboyand Banker’s!!
14a Reported in ineffective fashion in this publication (6)
WEEKLY – A homophone (reported) of WEAKLY or ineffective. Women’s Weekly for example.
15a Part of Victoria’s political policy (8)
PLATFORM – Can’t stop smiling at the fact that Virgilius always uses Victoria Train Station. The Political Policy (platform) is the definition and the part of the train station is the Cryptic Definition
17a Believer, of a sort, at hospital, in severe pain (8)
CATHOLIC – Place AT from the clue and H for Hospital inside COLIC or severe pain.
18a More than one chap with temperature seen by doctor for little while (6)
MOMENT – The Crosswordland abbreviation (abb.) of MO for Medical Officer (doctor) followed by MEN (some blokes – more than one chap) finally followed by T – the abb. For Temperature.
21a Having tossed fag out, I’m in process of cleaning up (10)
FUMIGATION – A tossed anagram of FAG OUT IM IN.
22a Move fast, initially getting in step (4)
RUNG – RUN The for move fast then the initial letter of G(etting). Great clue as it is simple but effective with a fine surface reading.
24a Illustrations showing pair right inside rescue craft (7)
ARTWORK – TWO (pair) and R for Right inside the ARK –Rescue craft of Biblical proportions – NOAH!!
25a Agile performer in a cricket club gathering century, then run out (7)
ACROBAT – Start with A BAT (a cricket club wielded) then include (gathering) C (the cricketing abb. for century) and RO (the cricketing abb. for Run Out). Sorry Ladies!
26a Vigorously spoken, a heroine’s needed to remain calm (4,4,4,2)
KEEP ONE’S HAIR ON – An anagram (vigorously) of SPOKEN, A HEROINE. Need is a link word that works for me.
1d Superficial spectacle excluding nobody? (7)
SHALLOW – A SHOW (spectacle) being on the outside of ALL (cryptically meaning if nobody is excluded the ALL are included or inside!)
2d Small volume that, in short, is morocco bound? (5,10)
CUBIC CENTIMETRE – A typical Brian Greer clue. CC s the abb. for Cubic Centimetre (a small volume) and is found inside (or bound by) moro(CC)o
3d Among learner drivers, one that’s overly cerebral (4)
NERD – A hidden word (among) inside the second and third words of the clue.
4d iHomeless people parking in vehicles (6)
TRAMPS – P for the abb. of Parking inside TRAMS (vehicles). Simples!
5d Holy, as if converted in crass way (8)
OAFISHLY – A converted anagram of HOLY AS IF.
6d Information on English helping peer group (10)
GENERATION – A charade of GEN (information) then E for English and finally RATION (a helping of food)
7d Very large figure that may be kept in cell (9,6)
TELEPHONE NUMBER – A good cryptic definition. The cell phone is a mobile phone in the US. Typically in the UK the numbers are 11 digits or more – quite a big number!
8d Satisfies European turning up, in this respect (6)
ESTEEM – Reverse (turning up) MEETS or satisfies then E for European.
13d Type of red stuff left in pub, good or bad (5,5)
BLOOD GROUP – My clue of the day and why would you want to waste it!? L for Left placed inside an anagram (bad) of PUB GOOD OR.
16d Taking post in government dept could be misguided (8)
MISTAKEN – Place a STAKE (post) inside MIN, the abb. for Ministry or Government Dept.
17d Long garment in prison covering Jack’s behind (6)
CAFTAN – AFT (the sailor or Jack’s rear in the ship) inside (being covered by) CAN or the US slang for prison. Damn Hippies!
19d Powerful person’s pronouncement put an end to slacking (7)
TIGHTEN – A homophone (pronouncement) of a TITAN or powerful person.
20d Confusion resulting as some soldiers enter service (6)
MORASS – The OR (abb. of Other Ranks or some soldiers) entering a MASS or service.
23d Musical performance that’s partial, missing bits left, right, and centre (4)
ARIA – Another typical Brian Greer clue!. Remove (missing) the left, right and centre letters in (p)AR(t)IA(L).
I’ll see you all tomorrow for last Saturday’s prize puzzle. Many thanks to the setter!