Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2740
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 20th April 2014
A puzzle which didn’t take long to solve but with all the usual fine clues we have come to expect from the Sunday Maestro.
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1a Sneak on board with son to recover after breakdown (4,4)
STOWAWAY – S (son) TOW AWAY (recover after breakdown)
9a Dictates changes in crucial experiment (4,4)
ACID TEST – An anagram (changes) of DICTATES
10a Run in manner that’s suspicious (4)
WARY – R (run in cricket scoring) inserted into WAY (manner)
11a Whereby text is digitally transmitted? (4,8)
SIGN LANGUAGE – A nice cryptic definition.
13a What’s attractive and marvellous about surfing facility? (8)
MAGNETIC – NET (internet, [web] surfing facility) inserted into MAGIC (marvellous).
15a Democratic politician after good moves to left aplenty (6)
GALORE – The G for Good in AL GORE (Democratic politician) ‘moves to the left’!
16a Staunch supporter of flag, for example (4)
STEM – Double definition – to stop the flow of something (staunch) or the supporter of a flower, for example, an iris.
17a Page is not commonly in colour (5)
PAINT – P (page) and AINT (a common way of saying is not).
18a Yarn in court before end of trial (4)
WOOL – WOO (court romantically) and L (the end of triaL).
20a Awards, for dramatic achievements, zero marks (6)
OSCARS – O (zero)SCARS (marks).
21a Gets really tired, swinging axes thus (8)
EXHAUSTS – An anagram (swinging) of AXES THUS.
23a Is unfinished treatise wrongly included in academic’s scholarly work? (12)
DISSERTATION – Insert into DON (academic) IS (from the clue) and almost all of the letters (unfinished) of TREATIS
26a Player’s departure from English team before start of Test (4)
EXIT – E(English) XI (a team of eleven) and T (the start of Test).
27a Celt killed retreating non-U person (8)
WELSHMAN – A reversal (retreating) of SLEW (killed) followed by H
UMAN (person) with the U removed (non-U).
28a Grit shown by you once in MCC, but missing double century (8)
THOUSAND – THOU (you once) and SAND (grit) – Missing the double century indicates that removing the two Cs (Roman numeral for 100) will leave the definition – M being the Roman numeral for 1,000.
2d Negotiate with a couple of partners in region (8)
TRANSACT – Two bridge partners, N and S, are inserted into TRACT (region)
3d Revised many new ads as resources (4,3,5)
WAYS AND MEANS – An anagram (revised) of MANY NEW ADS AS.
4d Influence that’s minimised by removing crew (6)
WEIGHT – Remove the EIGHT (rowing crew) from W
EIGHT produces its (minimised) abbreviation
5d Sailing-ship left passage, heading North (4)
YAWL – A reversal (heading north) of L (left) and WAY (passage).
6d When it’s dark or darkish up near opening of tunnel (8)
MIDNIGHT – A reversal (up in a down clue) of DIM (darkish) followed by NIGH (near)and T (the opening of Tunnel).
7d Force Greek character to produce his country’s cheese (4)
FETA – F (force) and ETA (Greek letter of the alphabet).
8d Within Europe the realpolitik’s very delicate (8)
ETHEREAL – Hidden within EuropE THE REALpolitik.
12d Illegal activity, except when dreadful villain finally is put inside (12)
UNLAWFULNESS – Insert into UNLESS (except when) AWFUL (dreadful) and N (the final letter of villaiN).
14d Killing, for example, in war zone endlessly (5)
CRIME – Remove the A at the end of the old and current war zone, the CRIMEA.
16d Who’s terribly depressed in final confrontation? (8)
SHOWDOWN – An anagram (terribly) of WHOS followed by DOWN (depressed).
17d Spiced meat right in Italian food I’m turning over (8)
PASTRAMI – Insert R (right) into Italian PASTA and finish with a reversal (turning over) of IM.
19d Good-looking expert? (8)
OPTICIAN – Brilliant cryptic definition.
22d Tough love, including current arrangement of locks (6)
HAIRDO – HARD (tough)and O (love) with the symbol for electrical current – I – inserted.
24d Only fish that’s never less than foot in length (4)
SOLE – An adjective meaning only; a flat fish; the underside of a foot
25d Relation starts off as usual, ends in heartbroken lament (4)
AUNT – The starts of As and Usual and the ends of heartbrokeN and lamenT.