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ST 2755

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2755

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 3rd August 2014

Morning All!. Not such a difficult puzzle but there were a great many charades that were very smooth.

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1a           Motivate including piano in concert ahead of time (6)
PROMPT – Place P for Piano (soft in the musical notation) inside a PROM or concert and then add T for Time.

4a           Fail to notice gallery, say, in error (8)
MISSTATE – A charade of MISS (fail to notice) and the TATE gallery. Bonus points to the setter for adding ‘say’ which leads us one up many garden paths in Crosswordland!.

10a         Opening words for meeting, such as his? (9)
GREETINGS – A tricky little devil. If one considers HI as a greeting then HIS might cryptically be GREETINGS!.

11a         An excellent storyteller of Phrygia, originally (5)
AESOP – A lovely &Lit or all in one. The entire clue defines the famous fabulist and also his name appears in the original letters of the first five words.

12a         Piece of steel is somewhat flexible (7)
LISSOME – Hidden in (a piece of) steeL IS SOMEwhat.

13a         Men played in game they may fall in line (7)
DOMIOS – Two definitions – the pub game and the curiously Far Eastern preoccupation of lining millions of the buggers up in line and then knocking over the first.

14a         Period charm (5)
SPELL – Two definitions that took me ages to see!. A spell at the bowler’s crease and a witches hex perhaps.

15a         Clambers all over the place in this? (8)
SCRAMBLE – A semi-all-in-one clue. Make an anagram (all over the place) of CLAMBERS.

18a         Want game for children in seaside area (8)
SHORTAGE – The children’s game is TAG. Place that in(side) the SHORE near the sea.

20a         Comfortable situation in hospital in French city (5)
NICHE – NICE (a French City) and simple – place an H(ospital) inside it!.

23a         Not a single male in hot American group (7)
HUSBAND – A charade of H for Hot (from the taps), US for American and then BAND for group. NKOTB anyone?

25a         Didn’t take one street that’s certainly not right (7)
LEFTIST – A charade of LEFT (didn’t take), I for one and then ST – the abb. of Street.

26a         With difficulty, live in brick house (5)
ADOBE – The mud walled crude shelter. A charade of ADO ()difficulty/trouble) and BE for live/exist.

27a         They make flight safer as outlaw is cut short (9)
BANISTERS – BAN for outlaw then IS from the clue followed by a cut down version (all but the last letter) of TERS(e) for short.

28a         Strong punch for worker in field (8)
HAYMAKER – The first is the definition (I always thought that it was a heavy punch that missed) and the second cryptic definition a farm hand who makes hay.

29a         Rule that’s good concerning name (6)
GOVERN – Another charade – this time of G for Good, OVER (concerning) and N for Name.


1d           Dog I record as boxer (8)
PUGILIST – Charade city! – PUG (a breed of dog) then I LIST for I record.

2d           Be in charge of what Chaucer wrote in Old English (7)
OVERSEE – Place VERSE (what Chaucer wrote) inside O for Old and E for English.

3d           Probe toil that’s awful work done out of economic necessity (9)
POTBOILER – Some explanation needed – POTBOILER is a junky populist novel with sequel potential written by an author who could do with the regular money. Make an anagram of PROBE TOIL (being awful).

5d           Jailed Reginald wrongly for illegal financial activity (7,7)
INSIDER DEALING – Took a while to get the split here. INSIDE means ‘jailed’ and then an anagrm, indicated by wrongly, of poor old REGINALD.

6d           Workers going after queen — part of class war, maybe (5)
SWARM – The mass of bees follow the queen are inside (part of) the last three words in the clue.

7d           A lot of weapons are sent, all unfinished (7)
ARSENAL – Now a trademark Virgilius clue. Remove the last letters (all unfinished) from AR(e) SEN(t) A(l).

8d           Reveal attitude underlying European vote (6)
EXPOSE – A POSE or attitude underneath (underlying in a down clue) E for European and the X for the sign one makes when voting.
9d           Making sense, like an umbrella when it’s raining? (14)
UNDERSTANDABLE – A mad clue that made me laugh. When it is raining one might be standing under an umbrella – hence the umbrella might be UNDERSTANDABLE as it is upright and open as opposed to closed and furled!

16d         Often aims can be represented in such a document (9)
MANIFESTO – Another Semi &Lit or all in one clue. The political manifesto is described by the whole clue and is also an anagram (could be represented by) OFTEN AIMS.

17d         Abandon plane team leader’s aboard (8)
JETTISON – JET for a plane, the leading letter in T(eam) then IS ON from the apostrophe ‘s and aboard (e.g. a ship/plane)

19d         That chap’s right-wing past (7)
HISTORY – Nice an straightforward – HIS for ‘that chap’s) and TORY for right-wing in politics.

21d         Language stored in machines electronically (7)
CHINESE – Another hidden word inside (stored in) the last two words of the clue.

22d         Doctor has the cover for blade (6)
SHEATH – Doctor here is an instruction to make an anagram of HAS THE.

24d         Set up a time and place for sporting contest (5)
ARENA – A straight reversal (set up in a Down clue) of AN ERA (a time).

THanks to Mr Greer as ever, I’ll be back tomorrow for a review of last Saturday’s prize puzzle.


1 comment on “ST 2755

  1. Super puzzle matched by a super review. Have much enjoyed both.

    Despite arriving at the correct answers, my solving is never faultless. I missed the double definition in 13a. I didn’t appreciate the full meaning of 23a as I’ve never heard of NKOTB.One of the joys of crosswords is one never stops learning!

    Big thanks to you both, Virgilius and Gnomethang.

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