Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2757
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 17th August 2014
It didn’t take me long to solve this Sunday puzzle but, as usual, much fun was had while doing so.
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1a Making another appearance in theatre? (7,7)
PLASTIC SURGERY – A cryptic definition of a face-changing operation.
9a Serial broadcast before or after one from part of Middle East (7)
ISRAELI – An anagram (broadcast) of SERIAL plus an I (one) – you can choose whether you want to put this I before or after the rearranged letters.
10a Host mangled and consumed by lion in African enclave (7)
LESOTHO – An anagram (mangled) of HOST consumed by or inserted into LEO the lion.
11a Gold braid, initially part of royal regalia (3)
ORB – OR (the heraldic term for gold) and B (braid initially).
12a Bad behaviour in stag party, in part (11)
MALEFACTION – MALE (stag) and FACTION (party) – a FACTION being part of a larger group or party.
14a Note altered by doctor put in grave situation (6)
ENTOMB – An anagram (altered) of NOTE followed by an MB (Bachelor of Medicine, doctor).
15a Go from nine to five, say, as covered by official order (8)
DECREASE – Five being a smaller number than nine – AS (from the clue) inserted into DECREE (official order).
17a Locate said bishop’s office to get views on holiday (8)
SIGHTSEE – A homophone (said) of SITE (locate) followed by SEE (a bishop’s office).
19a European beer knocked back in feast (6)
REGALE – A reversal (knocked back) of E (European) and LAGER (beer).
22a Giving off glow and awful fouler smell (11)
FLUORESCENT – An anagram (awful) of FOULER followed by a SCENT (smell).
23a Something for elevenses? It’s not quite eleven (3)
TEA – Not quite a TEAM of eleven players.
24a Characters reassembled in an ending for film outside Indian city (7)
ANAGRAM – A word I’ve had to type nine times (if you include the solution) in this review – AN (from the clue) AGRA (Indian city) and M (the ending of film).
26a Adult opponents holding hands in circle (5-2)
GROWN-UP Insert W and N (West and North being opponents holding hands of cards in a game of bridge) into a GROUP (circle).
27a After one season, uninspired play (3,7,4)
THE WINTERS TALE – THE WINTER (one season) and STALE (uninspired).
1d Disorder in pros far worse — they can’t fight any more (9,2,3)
PRISONERS OF WAR is an anagram (disorder) of IN PROS FAR WORSE.
2d Hold up article, in turn, as circus performer (7)
ACROBAT – ROB (hold up) and A (indefinite article) inserted into ACT (turn).
3d Its mercurial rise may indicate need for care (11)
THERMOMETER – A very nice cryptic definition.
4d Hot food repeatedly found, from what we hear, in cold country (6)
CHILLI – CHILLI (hot food) sounds like (from what we hear) CHILLY (cold) and CHILE (country).
5d Life put in disarray, with daughter being given raise (8)
UPLIFTED – An anagram (in disarray) of LIFE PUT followed by the abbreviation for Daughter.
6d CO, for example, leads in generating appropriate strategy (3)
GAS – The leads of Generating Appropriate Strategy tell us that CO (carbon monoxide) is an example of a gas.
7d What lies behind pupil swallowing second drink (7)
RETSINA – Insert S (swallowing Second) into RETINA (which lies at the back of the eye).
8d Reckon English king liberal — that disproves hypothesis (14)
COUNTEREXAMPLE – COUNT (reckon) E (English) REX (king) and AMPLE (liberal).
13d Company run right notices changes and amendments (11)
CORRECTIONS – CO (company) R (run) R (right) and an anagram (changes) of NOTICES.
16d Fellers from west of England having hewn elms in error (8)
WELSHMEN – An anagram (in error) of HEWN ELMS.
18d Journey top-class — secure fare from Hungary (7)
GOULASH – GO (journey) U (upper, top class) and LASH (secure).
20d Part of crustacean or insect upset queen (7)
ANTENNA – ANT (insect) followed by a reversal (upset in a down clue) of Queen ANNE.
21d Inadequate? Some agree, but not all (6)
MEAGRE – It wouldn’t be a Virgilius crossword without a hidden word – it is found in soME AGREe.
25d Argument in bank? Heard otherwise (3)
ROW – Depending on how you say it (heard otherwise) this three letter word can mean an argument or a bank of seats.