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ST 2763

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2763

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 28th September 2014

Morning All!. I found this a very enjoyable puzzle that just stayed inside **** territory based on my solving time. The parsing of some of the clues and the surface readings greatly increased my enjoyment and satisfaction.

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1a           Down-at-heel actor being brought initially into cast (6)
SHABBY – Place the initial letters of Actor Being Brought into SHY or cast/throw.

4a           Making rude observations about large bird (8)
STARLING – Making ride observations is STARING. Place that around the outside of L for Large.

10a         Act without propriety or honour, holding one’s own (9)
MISBEHAVE – A nice tricky clue to parse. Place IS (or one’s) inside an MBE for honour (Member of the British Empire) then add HAVE for own – M (IS) BE HAVE

11a         British artist interrupting quiet function in foreign gallery (5)
PRADO – I got this from the parsing and checking letters but the gallery was unfamiliar. Place an RA (the abbreviation for a Royal Academician or British Artist) indide P (Piano) for wuiet and DO for function/party.

12a         Financial institution holding good, adequate capital (7)
BANGKOK – A BANK (financial institution) containing (or holding G for Good and OK for adequate. Lovely surface reading.

13a         Husband and child outside island residence (7)
MANSION – A MAN or husband and a SON or child on the outside of I for Island.

14a         Live broadcast’s central piece competently put together (5)
DWELL – The central place of (broa)D(cast) and WELL (competently put together).

15a         Presenting in a way that’s outstanding, on purpose (8)
ENDOWING – OWING for outstanding on (after in an across clue) END for purpose.

18a         Clear up venue sometimes chosen for parties, as we hear (8)
BRIGHTEN – The parties are political parties and Brighton is on such venue for a party political conference (they are winding up tomorrow). Make a homophone (as we hear) of Brighton.

20a         Local offering in village restaurant (5)
LAGER – An offering of a local or pub is hidden IN the last two words.

23a         US politician oddly sneery about group of allies (7)
SENATOR – Place SER – the odd letters (oddly) from SNEERY – outside of (about) the NATO allies.

25a         Call from Jersey or Guernsey with phone, securing vessel (7)
MOORING – A call from a Jersey or Guernsey cow is a MOO. Add RING for call/phone

26a         Wet fish distributed around home (5)
RAINY – A RAY fish is distributed around the outside of IN for home.

27a         Be unsteady, not feeling well in the middle of leave (9)
VACILLATE – Place ILL (not feeling well) inside the middle of the word VACATE or leave.

28a         Going round area held by corrupt right-winger (8)
ROTATORY – A for Area held by ROT (corrupt) and TORY or right-winger.

29a         Learner in Latin that is least diligent (6)
IDLEST – Place L for Learner (driver) inside ID EST (Latin for that is)


1d           Person who’s undistinguished? Yes and no (8)
SOMEBODY – Two contrary definitions. A SOMEBODY is distinguished but SOMEBODY in the street is not identified/undistinguished.

2d           Failure to show what can be heart-warming? (7)
ABSENCE – This failure to show can make the heart grow both fonder and warmer.

3d           Do something that requires surgery? Good luck in theatre! (5,1,3)
BREAK A LEG – The first is the cryptic definition and the second is the straight – it is unlucky to say ‘good luck’ in a theatre to an actor. BREAK A LEG is the alternative.

5d           Branch of physics that could make man do chemistry (14)
THERMODYNAMICS – My favourite clue and a well spotted anagram of MAN DO CHEMISTRY. I did study it for a time and the maths is quite tricky!

6d           Mature writing, perhaps, I compose (5)
RIPEN – A charade of R for ‘Writing’ – one of the three R’s in education, Reading, Riting and ‘Rithmetic followed by I PEN for I compose.

7d           Like maestro or diva taking part in recital I announced (7)
ITALIAN – Two Italian words and that definition is hidden (taking part in) the last three words in the clue.

8d           Key part of fight for territory (6)
GROUND – The musical key of G followed by a ROUND, or part of a fight in e.g. boxing.

9d           Supports European at club as adviser without responsibility (4-4,6)
BACK-SEAT-DRIVER – A charade of BACKS (supports) E for European) and DRIVER for a type of golf club.

16d         In royal style, I will upset oldie that’s tired and emotional? (4-5)
WELL-OILED – If I say I will I say I’ll. If the Queen says I well, she actually says WE will or WE’LL. Follow that with OILED, an anagram (upset) of OLDIE.

17d         Piece German edited in English paper (8)
FRAGMENT – An anagram (edited) of GERMAN inside the FT, Financial Times or an English newspaper.

19d         Got out of control in diatribe about carnival site (3,4)
RAN RIOT – A RANT (diatribe) about (or around the outside of) RIO – a popular carnival site.

21d         Forbidding one expression of disgust (7)
GRIMACE – A charade of GRIM (forbidding/stern) and ACE for one.

22d         Businessman taking a lot of interest, making university more secure (6)
USURER – Another charade, this time of U for University and SURER or more secure.

24d         Tax man showing exemplary patience in private meeting (5)
TRYST – A final charade. TRY for tax (as in one’s patience) and then ST – the abb. for a Saint as in the exemplar ‘the patience of a Saint’.

Thanks to Virgilius for a very entertaining puzzle and I’ll see you all tomorrow for last Saturday’s review.



3 comments on “ST 2763

  1. Another gem from Virgilius – thanks to him and Gnomey. It’s such a pity that relatively few people (compared to the Saturday puzzle) seem to get involved with the Sunday puzzle which is nearly always, IMHO, the best back-pager of the week.

    1. I totally agree – Sunday would not be Sunday without a Virgilius puzzle to solve & now that Winter’s on its way you’ll find me in my study with a large glass of Armagnac to savour while I solve the maestro’s offerings…

    2. Couldn’t agree more. Virgilius is my favourite too – and by the magic of technology delivered to my iPad to accompany the first cup of coffee of the day. Do the Sunday puzzles attract fewer comments because the ST circulation is lower or are people just busy with other things I wonder?

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