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ST 2768

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2768

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 2nd November 2014

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7a           Problem with that chap twice holding a scoundrel back (8)
HEADACHE – Two lots of HE (that chap twice) holding a reversal (back) of a CAD (scoundrel).

9a           Make nothing of penning article in regular publication (6)
ANNUAL – A (the indefinite article) inserted into ANNUL (make nothing of).

10a         Brave woman’s cut short drug (6)
HEROIN –   Cut short a HEROINE (brave woman).

11a         Excel in jumping, perhaps, on first leg rather than second? (8)
OUTBOUND – OUT (excel) BOUND (jumping). On the first leg of a journey, as opposed to homebound, the second leg of a journey.

12a         Medical specialist taking client as our GP’s poorly (7,7)
PLASTIC SURGEON is an anagram (poorly) of CLIENT AS OUR GPS.

15a         Responsibility evenly distributed in round-ups (4)
ONUS is evenly distributed in the even letters of rOuNd-UpS

17a         Satisfied about first instalment of raise I earn (5)
MERIT –   The first letter of Raise and I from the clue inserted into MET (satisfied).

19a         Indication of distress produced by rent? Doesn’t sound like it (4)
TEAR –  a tear produced when crying with distress might look like the same word as a tear (rent) but they don’t sound the same at all.

20a         As crazy monarch, I’ll ban a president (7,7)
ABRAHAM LINCOLN is a crazy anagram of MONARCH ILL BAN A.

23a         They run meetings, providing fliers after church (8)
CHAIRMEN – CH (the abbreviation for church) followed by AIRMEN (fliers).

25a         Art of defence seen in answer given by king in front of judge (6)
KARATE – K (king) A (answer) and RATE (judge).

27a         Otherwise healthy Englishman who wrote about thirty years ago? (6)
ORWELL –   OR (otherwise) and WELL (healthy) gives the name of the English author who wrote 1984 (which just happens to be thirty years ago).

28a         Vehicle I discarded disappeared (8)
VANISHED –   VAN (vehicle) I SHED (I discarded).


1d           At this point, repeatedly included by the researcher experimentally (4)
HERE is repeatedly included in tHE REsearcHER Experimentally.

2d           Disgusting overdraft, evidence of debts (6)
ODIOUS –   OD (overdraft) and IOUS (evidence of debts).

3d           Carefully examine old political block (4)
VETO –   VET (carefully examine) and O (old).

4d           Eagle, possibly, or parrot, possibly (6)
RAPTOR –   An anagram (possibly) of PARROT produces a type of bird of which eagle is, possibly, an example.

5d           Doing little work during party period before festival (8)
INDOLENT –   IN (during) DO (party) and LENT (period before the festival of Easter).

6d           Old-fashioned projectile making churchman yell audibly (10)
CANNONBALL – sounds like (audibly) CANON (churchman) BAWL (yell).

8d           Establish what’s new in a couple of businesses (7)
CONFIRM –   Put N (new) in between CO and FIRM (couple of businesses).

13d         One of the English county set confused Ian with Charles (10)
LANCASHIRE – a ‘confused’ anagram of IAN and CHARLES.

14d         Casually play instrumental part (5)
STRUM –   Hidden in part of inSTRUMental.

16d         Aridness devastated fish (8)
SARDINES –   An anagram (devastated) of ARIDNESS.

18d         Concentrate, being stupid, on a couple of points (7)
THICKEN –   THICK (stupid) followed by (on) E and N (two compass points).

21d         I’m uplifted in middle of saintly sermon (6)
HOMILY –   Insert a reversal (uplifted in a down clue) of IM into HOLY (saintly).

22d         Bob is brusque, say, in heartless way (6)
CURTSY – CURT (brusque) and SY (‘heartless’ say).

24d         Dishonest person’s pronouncement in middle of church (4)
NAVE –   A homophone (pronouncement) of KNAVE (dishonest person).

26d         Trip starts in the red, finishes in the black (4)
TREK –   The ‘starts’ of The and Red and the ’finishes’ of thE and blacK.

1 comment on “ST 2768

  1. CS, I did think of you when checking BRB for definitions of “bob” – I had never heard of bob major etc. I didn’t mention it at the time for fear of a spell in the corner ☺ Thank you for your review.

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