Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2763
A full review by gnomethang
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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.