Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2742
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 4th May 2014
Morning All!. This strayed into 3 star territory for me. I had a slow start but the progress was steady to the end with the usual array of solid and fun clues.
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1a How chap who’s lost his shirt may be seen to speculate? (6)
INVEST – A lovely clue to start with. A bad investor or gambler will have lost his shirt colloquially hence being IN a VEST.
4a Stern in front of vessel? That’s difficult to take (8)
HARDSHIP – Place HARD (stern) in front of SHIP (vessel). Nice nautical synonym.
10a Type of character that’s in minority in Europe, America, or Asia (9)
CONSONANT – Typical Mr Greer!. All three words have more vowels then CONSONANTs in the letters – the cryptic bit is to work this out and remember that ‘characters’ are letters.
11a Extremely incomplete draft, initially, by one composer (5)
VERDI – All but the last letter in VER(y) or extremely being incomplete, then the initial letter in D(raft) and finally I for one.
12a Test 50 per cent of people, for instance (7)
EXAMPLE – An EXAM (test) then the latter half/50% of (peo)PLE.
13a Male operating without delay in heavy rain (7)
MONSOON – A charade of M(ale), ON (operating/working) and SOON (without delay).
14a Influenced, we hear, material used in gloves (5)
SUEDE – A nice homophone of swayed or influenced.
15a Smelly fish is getting up one’s nose (8)
RANKLING – RANK for smelly/high and the useful crossword fish LING.
18a Person who tests dunces, mostly kind (8)
ASSSESSOR – ASSESS for dunces and almost all of the word SOR(t) for kind.
20a Hot food unfinished, becoming cold (5)
CHILL – Remove the last letter (unfinished) of CHILL(i) for hot food.
23a Collected charts fellow sailing in ocean brought back (7)
ATLASES – place a SALT (fellow sailing) inside SEA (ocean and then reverse the lot).
25a Judicial process making sense (7)
HEARING – Two definitions, one a trial and the other one of the five senses.
26a Fleece providing warmth after cold (5)
CHEAT – HEAT for warmth placed after C for Cold.
27a Attacking person as paragon of virtue outside US city (9)
ASSAILANT – A SAINT (paragon of virtue) placed around the outside of LA for Los Angeles.
28a Set off, having assignation outside school (8)
DETONATE – A DATE or assignation outside ETON for school.
29a Hears why, so to speak, you shouldn’t believe it (6)
HERESY – A homophone of hears and why = HERE’S Y
1d Popular result of pressing for raise (8)
INCREASE – In for popular and CREASE, the result of pressing a fold.
2d Graves, for example, dating from particular year (7)
VINTAGE – A definition and a cryptic definition, the former being a wine district in the Gironde region of France.
3d Doctor Who’s gun, fine specimen of its kind (9)
SHOWPIECE – Make an anagram (doctor) of WHOS then add a PIECE – slang for a gun.
5d Converted Christian man to revolutionary, perhaps (14)
ANTIMONARCHIST – An anagram (converted) of CHRISTIAN MAN TO.
6d Great singer and musician’s last resting place (5)
DIVAN – A DIVA (great singer) and the last letter of (musician)N.
7d Keep talking tediously about old whaling equipment (7)
HARPOON – To keep talking tediously is to HARP ON. Place that around (about) O for Old.
8d Current in factory easily controlled (6)
PLIANT – I is the S.I. unit for current. Place that inside a PLANT or factory.
9d Stupidly sat in wet trainers, poorly protected from rain (5-9)
WATER-RESISTANT – An anagram , indicated by stupidly, of SAT IN WET TRAINERS. Poorly refers to the fact that it is not waterproof.
16d Profitable, as vital cure could be (9)
LUCRATIVE – Another anagram (indicated by could be) of VITAL CURE.
17d A little lady disheartened after insult (8)
SLIGHTLY – Hard to spot this at first. Remove the inside letters (disheartened) of L(ad)Y and place that after SLIGHT for insult/slur.
19d Front of vessel in sea near Cowes, not on the rocks (7)
SOLVENT – V (front of Vessel) inside the SOLENT, the name of the channel near Cowes.
21d Parrot from island — it’s carried by officer on board (7)
IMITATE – I for Island then place IT (from the clue) inside a ship MATE or officer on board
22d Turned and fled, pursued by police force (6)
RANCID – RAN for fled being chased by the CID or police force
24d Was model wearing silk? (5)
SATIN – If you were a model than you have SAT/posed. Follow that with IN for wearing (She was in a rose coloured dress for example).
Thanks to Virgilius for the entertainment, I’ll see you all next Thursday.