Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2748
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This puzzle was published on Sunday, 22nd June 2014
The sun was shining, the sky was very blue and a lovely Virgilius puzzle to solve over breakfast – what more could anyone want? So many great clues, even Kath allowed ‘joint favourites’!
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1a Painter‘s canvas finally framed by old measure of length (6)
CUBIST – Insert the last letter (finally) of canvaS into a CUBIT – an old measure of length I always associate with Noah’s Ark.
4a In dunce’s cap, is mostly avoiding reality (8)
ESCAPISM is hidden in duncE S CAP IS Mostly.
10a Real idiot transformed into leader, perhaps (9)
EDITORIAL – Known in newspaper land as a ‘leader’ – an anagram (transformed) of REAL IDIOT.
11a With key, locks academic office (5)
CHAIR – The musical key of C followed by HAIR (locks) – Someone awarded a Professorship is said to be given a CHAIR – originally it was the seat from which they gave their lectures.
12a Trains and other transport (7)
COACHES – Double definition – a verb meaning instructs (trains) or single-deck buses.
13a Expressing what follows a successful pitch (7)
PUTTING – Expressing in words or hitting a golf ball towards a hole following a successful pitch – hitting the ball in such a way that it flies in a high arc and doesn’t roll much on landing, useful in the game of Pitch and Putt.
14a Endlessly in a dire and extremely low position (5)
NADIR is obtained by removing the ends from iN ADIRe.
15a Some dishonest lingo in flier not yet put out (8)
NESTLING – A baby bird still in the nest (flier not yet put out) is hidden in some of dishoNEST LINGo.
18a Cold Scandinavian city absorbing new cut (8)
CONDENSE – C (cold) followed by the Danish city of ODENSE into which is inserted N (new).
20a Intelligent person‘s aberration, ignoring the odds (5)
BRAIN – the even (ignoring the odds)letters of aBeRrAtIoN.
23a Quietly tell church dignitary (7)
PRELATE – Time for an ‘old’ friend of the crossword setter/solver – P (the musical instruction to play quietly) and RELATE (tell).
25a Something one gets from father certainly holding chap back (7)
SURNAME – SURE (certainly) with a reversal (back) of a MAN (chap) inserted.
26a Over time, does, for example, discourage (5)
DETER – DEER (does [female deer], for example) put around (over) Time.
27a Circus performer twisted metal — iron (4-5)
LION TAMER is an anagram (twisted) of METAL IRON.
28a Fan of John or George at various times, but never Ringo? (8)
ROYALIST – Brilliant!! Because there have been English kings called John or George but never one called Ringo!
29a Awfully ribald, like one matchmaker? (6)
BRIDAL – An anagram (awfully) of RIBALD.
1d Concerned initially about smell in street (8)
CRESCENT – C (concerned initially) RE (about) and SCENT (smell).
2d Gang holding costume for robber (7)
BRIGAND – A BAND (gang) holding RIG (costume).
3d Son cared for by one parent, stifled (9)
SMOTHERED – S (son) and MOTHERED (cared for by one parent).
5d Composure left female on legal team in meeting (4-10)
SELF-POSSESSION – Start with a SESSION (meeting) and insert L (left) F (female) and POSSE (legal ‘team’ )
6d So, bit by bit, disrupting performance in English course (5)
ASCOT racecourse is obtained by inserting (disrupting), separately as indicated by the ‘bit by bit’ – the S and O from SO into ACT (performance).
7d Foreigner I arrested concealing article (7)
IRANIAN – Insert A (indefinite article) into I RAN IN (I arrested).
8d I am furious after medium produces illusion (6)
MIRAGE – M (medium) followed by I RAGE (I am furious).
9d Penetrating articles as result of reduced circulation (4,3,7)
PINS AND NEEDLES – Another brilliant clue – this time a great double definition/d’oh moment.
16d On hill, sign about European national hero (9)
LIBERATOR – Insert E (about European) into the zodiac sign of LIBRA and finish with a TOR (hill).
17d Altering parts, rearranged to form whole (8)
INTEGRAL – The ‘parts’ or letters of ALTERING are rearranged (such an obvious anagram indicator!) to form INTEGRAL.
19d Excessively protecting Tory leader in public (7)
OVERTLY – T, the leader of Tory, is inserted into or protected by, OVERLY (excessively).
21d Flapping of wings over sea (7)
ALARMED – An adjective meaning related to a wing – ALAR – followed by the abbreviation for the Mediterranean Sea.
22d Web designer beginning to swell with false pride (6)
SPIDER – And another candidate for ‘favourite clue’ – S (the beginning to Swell) followed by an anagram (false) of PRIDE.
24d March is followed by this pair getting into trouble (5)
APRIL – PR (pair) inserted into AIL (trouble).
Thanks once again to Virgilius for providing the best puzzle of the week. They are a joy to solve and when you get the pleasure of blogging one too, double the fun. I have to let Gnomey have a go at the Sunday reviews for a couple of weeks but I’ll still have the fun of solving until my turn comes round again.