Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2744
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 18th May 2014
Another splendid start to a really lovely sunny Sunday morning. Took me a while to spot the well hidden anagram in 18d and as for ‘what’s contained in shot’ in 20d, that has to be the d’oh of the day.
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1a Go round the world in MCC tour I’ve again organised, missing nothing (14)
CIRCUMNAVIGATE – An anagram (organised) of MCC T
OUR IVE AGAIN once you have removed the O (missing nothing).
9a Unusual CD I am on, always moving? (7)
NOMADIC – And another anagram – unusual is what tells us to rearrange CD I AM ON.
10a Poet leading international group, as result of big hit in US (4,3)
HOME RUN – HOMER (poet) and UN (international Group) split 4,3 to give us a baseball term for a hit that goes far enough to allow the batter to make a complete circuit of all four bases or the score made in this way.
11a Off colour? (3)
RED – The colour of the card the referee uses when he sends a football player off.
12a Hand in scholarship that’s again providing entry (11)
READMITTING – MITT (hand) inserted into READING (scholarship).
14a Agree with Conservative about despicable type (6)
CONCUR – C (Conservative) ON (about) CUR (despicable type).
15a Running one kind of entertainment (2-6)
IN-FLIGHT – A phrase meaning running away is also a type of entertainment found on an aeroplane.
17a Colour of hair improved when cut with streak put in (8)
BRUNETTE – Almost all of BETTE
R (improved when cut) with RUN (streak) inserted.
19a Not just dark, also raining perhaps? (6)
UNFAIR – Three definitions for the price of one.
22a Diligent musical group ahead of us on river (11)
INDUSTRIOUS – INDUS (river) followed by a TRIO (musical group) ahead of US (from the clue).
23a From taps, initially, a drink (3)
CHA – The initial letters found on Cold and Hot taps followed by A from the clue.
24a Relevant as a new drug after what causes illness (7)
GERMANE – GERM (what causes illness) followed by A (from the clue) N(new) and E (Ecstasy, drug).
26a Visionary‘s other novel covering page after page (7)
PROPHET – After is the indication that we should follow a P (page) with an anagram (novel) of OTHER with another P (page) inserted (covering).
27a Travel with French writer mostly in mind to see how countries are run (14)
GOVERNMENTALLY – GO (travel) VERN
E (‘most’ of the surname of the French writer, Jules Verne) and MENTALLY (in mind).
1d Diminish captain’s position in game (8,6)
CONTRACT BRIDGE – CONTRACT (diminish) and BRIDGE (where the captain should be found on a ship).
2d Raced around area, infuriated, in fast time (7)
RAMADAN – RAN (raced) ‘around’ A (area) and MAD (infuriated).
3d Pressured to wear informal clothing outside university (5,6)
UNDER DURESS – UNDER DRESS (wear informal clothing) with U (university) inserted.
4d Delicious drink in the neighbourhood around court (6)
NECTAR – CT (court) inserted into NEAR (in the neighbourhood).
5d Check restraining macho types getting heated (8)
VEHEMENT – VET (check) restraining HE MEN (macho types).
6d Admirable person repeatedly contributing to stage management (3)
GEM – A Virgilius speciality – the double hidden word – repeatedly contributing to staGE ManaGEMent.
7d Revolutionary movement adjusting without monarch (7)
TURNING – TUNING (adjusting) with R (Rex or Regina, monarch) inserted.
8d Adventurously moving piece, rushed attempt to capture queen (6,8)
KNIGHT ERRANTRY – Travelling in search of adventure – KNIGHT (piece in a chess game) ER (the cipher of our current Queen) RAN (rushed) and TRY (attempt).
13d Discoverer of stars having latest count wrong (6,5)
TALENT SCOUT – An anagram (wrong) of LATEST COUNT.
16d Person operating over time as supplier of delicacy (8)
STURGEON – The supplier of caviar – SURGEON (person operating) with T (time) inserted.
18d Cook for short time that’s rounded off (7)
UNDERDO – An anagram (off) of ROUNDED.
20d What’s contained in shot in local drunk? (7)
ALCOHOL – An anagram (drunk) of LOCAL plus ‘what’s contained in sHOt’ ie the middle two letters .
21d Bonnie and Clyde, say, left in American car (6)
COUPLE – L (left) inserted into a COUPE.
25d Player who excels in matches, ignoring the odds (3)
ACE – The even letters (ignoring the odds)of mAtChEs.