Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2745
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 25th May 2014
Many thanks once again to Virgilius for our Sunday treat. This one was a fine example of the ‘a crossword doesn’t have to be difficult to be extremely enjoyable’ rule
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1a Doing nothing about French breach (10)
INFRACTION – FR (French) inserted into INACTION (doing nothing)
6a Just a kind of entertainment (4)
FAIR – A straightforward double definition clue.
9a Wiped the floor with woollen fabric (7)
WORSTED – The past participle of a verb meaning to get the better of in a contest or a fine wool fabric.
10a Minor playing against India (as heard on radio) in Test (7)
TRIVIAL – V (versus, playing against) and I (India being the NATO Phonetic Alphabet word – as heard on radio – used to represent I) inserted into TRIAL (test).
12a Upset bears with disconcerting display of aggression (5-8)
SABRE-RATTLING – An anagram (upset) of BEARS followed by RATTLING (disconcerting).
14a Gravity theorist‘s original measure of weight (6)
NEWTON – NEW (original) and TON (measure of weight).
15a Ride off in direction of sunset? That’s most odd (8)
WEIRDEST – An anagram (off) of RIDE inserted into WEST, the direction in which the sun sets.
17a Like some rulers put in danger protecting area (8)
IMPERIAL – A (area) is inserted into, or protected by, IMPERIL (put in danger).
19a Express disapproval about a doctor providing grass (6)
BAMBOO – BOO (express disapproval) around A (from the clue) and MB (Bachelor of Medicine, doctor).
22a Expert firing cheats, then laughing loudly (13)
SHARPSHOOTING – SHARPS (people who cheat at cards) and HOOTING (laughing loudly).
24a Carefully examine any seal that’s been tampered with (7)
ANALYSE – An anagram (that’s been tampered with) of ANY SEAL.
25a Metal objects withdrawn from market in war economy (7)
TINWARE – The first of today’s hidden words – it can be withdrawn from markeT IN WAR Economy.
26a Observes European agreement (4)
EYES – E (European) and YES (agreement).
27a Complaint after traffic light’s turned around, producing accident (10)
DERAILMENT – A reversal (turned round) of a RED traffic light followed by (after in an Across clue) AILMENT (complaint).
1d Separate part of England and a part of US (4)
IOWA – The Isle of Wight is separate from the rest of England and its abbreviation should be followed by A (from the clue) to give a US State.
2d Said number was raised as anticipated (7)
FORESAW – A homophone (said) of the number FORE followed by a reversal (raised) of WAS.
3d Do-it-yourself work that’s bound to be covered (13)
AUTOBIOGRAPHY – A book written by and about its author.
4d Row about one daughter being not so disorderly (6)
TIDIER – I (one) and D (daughter) inserted into TIER (row).
5d Exposed, run over the hill in high dudgeon (8)
OUTRAGED – OUT (exposed) R (run) and AGED (over the hill).
7d When repeated in second part of test, it’s stupid (7)
ASININE – AS (when) IN IN (repeated IN) and E (the second ‘part’ of tEst).
8d Lowering of status, for instance, in part of family (10)
RELEGATION – EG (for example, for instance) inserted into a RELATION.
11d Italian tenor excited about new player for his country (13)
INTERNATIONAL – An anagram (excited) of ITALIAN TENOR and N (new).
13d Secures inside room — no rush (6,4)
SNAILS PACE – NAILS (secures) inserted into SPACE (room).
16d Product of fleecing operation a schemer organised (8)
CASHMERE – An organised anagram of A SCHEMER.
18d About to break piece of crockery? Calm down (7)
PLACATE – CA (circa, about) inserted into a PLATE (piece of crockery).
20d Lions, for example, in important match (3,4)
BIG GAME – Lions are an example of the larger animals hunted; the expression could also refer to an important sporting fixture.
21d Platforms centrally placed in Metro? Strange (6)
ROSTRA – Another hidden word – this time literally centrally placed in metRO STRAnge.
23d Material investigated in touching way (4)
FELT – And we finish with a final double definition clue.