Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2772
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BD Rating – Difficulty */**– Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 30th November 2014
I always draft the review on the same day the puzzle is published, not least because then when I type the prologue I can remember what I thought of the crossword. For some reason, I didn’t do so this time, but obviously found the solving process fairly easy and enjoyable, judging by the ratings I gave it at the time.
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1a Carriage in railway station (8)
VICTORIA – A type of carriage or a London railway terminus.
9a Son opposed to a journey in capital (8)
SANTIAGO – S (son) ANTI (opposed to) A (from the clue) and GO (journey).
10a Cancel function for multinational organisation (4)
UNDO – a UN (multinational organisation) DO (function, party).
11a 50 per cent of unions delayed protest, not acting with others (12)
UNILATERALLY – UNI (50% or half of the word ‘unions’) LATE (delayed) and RALLY (protest).
13a Family man initially representing his country (5,3)
UNCLE SAM – this family man’s initials – U S – are also the initials of the country he personifies.
15a It keeps time for organ (6)
TICKER – A timepiece or an informal term for the heart.
16a Standard selection of women or men (4)
NORM – Hidden in a selection of womeN OR Men.
17a Person showing partiality, we hear, for this drink (5)
CIDER sounds like a SIDER or person showing partiality.
18a Dull religious book that’s been abridged (4)
MATT – a word meaning dull is the same as an abbreviated way of referring to the New Testament Book – the Gospel according to Saint Matthew. It is also an abbreviated way of referring to our No 2 son but sadly the clue doesn’t mention that!
20a Preserved food in difficult situation (6)
PICKLE – The name of type of preserve, usually of vegetables in vinegar or brine, can also be used informally to refer to a difficult situation.
21a Cover protecting beautiful woman that’s defamed (8)
LIBELLED – BELLE (beautiful woman) inserted into a LID (cover protecting)
23a Great care, however, in poetry, is followed by uneven quality (12)
THOROUGHNESS – THO (a poetical way of saying however)and ROUGHNESS (uneven quality).
26a Greet part of wintry forecast, perhaps (4)
HAIL – A greeting or some frozen rain.
27a Object after getting notice, being really mad (8)
SEETHING – SEE (notice) followed by (after) THING (object).
28a In the red, I typically find what parents pass on (8)
HEREDITY – Hidden in tHE RED I TYpically.
2d Doctor in nude? No, that’s a malicious suggestion (8)
INNUENDO – An anagram (doctor) of IN NUDE NO.
3d Rogue investing foreign money in volatile market (12)
TROUBLEMAKER – ROUBLE (foreign currency) inserted into an anagram (volatile)of MARKET.
4d Fail to score again? That’s careless (6)
REMISS – Split 2, 3 this might mean to miss again.
5d It includes a part of Russia, not the Western part (4)
ASIA – A continent which includes the eastern part of Russia. A (from the clue) and the eastern part of the word RusSIA.
6d Creative type at home opening circular letter? Right (8)
INVENTOR – IN (at home) VENT (opening) O (a ‘circular’ letter) and R (right).
7d Person with convictions upset about old prison (4)
GAOL – A reversal (upset in a down clue) of LAG (person with convictions) with O (old) inserted.
8d Sacred work worthily revised (4,4)
HOLY WRIT – A revised anagram of WORTHILY.
12d Did Ma’s child cope when mistreated? (12)
ACCOMPLISHED – And another anagram (when mistreated) of MAS CHILD COPE.
14d Award Duke received in middle of banquet, say (5)
MEDAL – D for Duke inserted into MEAL (banquet, say).
16d Person showing favouritism as trophy is in bag (8)
NEPOTIST – POT (trophy) inserted into NET (bag).
17d Sweet, like some sugar that woman’s put in (8)
CHERUBIC – HER (that woman) inserted into CUBIC (like sugar cubes).
19d There it’s altered as casual garment (3,5)
TEE SHIRT – An anagram (altered)of THERE ITS.
22d Provider of drink in empty beer jug (6)
BREWER – BR (b
eer with its middle letters removed – emptied) and EWER (jug).
24d Steers vote among one’s constituents (4)
OXEN – X (vote) inserted into an anagram of the constituents (letters) of ONE.
25d Heard greeting moment of success (4)
HIGH – Sounds like (heard) the informal greeting HI.
Thanks to Virgilius once again. In theory, I’m back next Thursday with another Sunday review – in practice, who knows?!