Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2777
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This puzzle was published on Sunday, 4th January 2015
I like Sundays for lots of reasons – an important one being that you know you are going to get a wonderful puzzle to solve, full of inventiveness and d’oh moments, and this one was no exception.
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1a Part of destructive plague in particular place and time (6)
LOCUST – LOCUS (particular place) plus T (time).
4a In which one can relax over some pints? (5,3)
WATER BED – A splendid d’oh moment when I realized what the cryptic definition was on about!
10a Accordingly, like legal practice, or one who works in it (9)
SOLICITOR – SO (accordingly) LICIT (like legal practice) and OR (from the clue).
11a Court official as hard-hearted employer (5)
USHER – USER (employer) with H (hard) inserted into its ‘heart’.
12a Recollected recipes with accuracy (7)
PRECISE – An anagram (recollected) of RECIPES.
13a It could be Arles? No, another French city (7)
ORLEANS – An anagram (it could be) of ARLES NO.
14a Demonstrated, somehow, smooth fabric (5)
SATIN – Split 3, 2, you get another way of saying demonstrated.
15a Dine out with minimal cash in Paris? That’s not appropriate (8)
INDECENT – An anagram (out) of DINE and a CENT (the smallest part of a Euro [so minimal cash], used in France as currency).
18a What’s illuminating, naturally, in paper, and easy to pick up (8)
SUNLIGHT – SUN (daily newspaper) and LIGHT (easy to pick up).
20a Soldiers with guns following leaders in African capital city, as it is (5)
ACCRA – The capital of the African country of Ghana – The RA (Royal Artillery, soldiers with guns) follow the ‘leaders’ of African Capital City.
23a Wife in top hat, replacing husband, that runs along bank (7)
TOWPATH – Insert W (wife) into TOPHAT and then move the H – replacing Husband – once, that is, you see that the ‘instruction’ actually means ‘re placing’ or putting somewhere else.
25a New form of propane, in theory (2,5)
ON PAPER – An anagram (new form of) PROPANE.
26a Manner of playing piano, say, that’s off pitch (5)
TOUCH – A musical term meaning to play an instrument, eg a piano; a description of a rugby ball that has touched the ground behind the try-line (which is then off the rugby pitch).
27a Gardener’s wife right in front of area for putting kind of shrub (9)
EVERGREEN – EVE (the first gardener’s wife – brilliant!) R (right) and GREEN (area of a golf course used for putting).
28a What’s embraced by the don is mindless pursuit of pleasure (8)
HEDONISM – The first of today’s hidden words is ‘embraced’ by tHE DON IS Mindless.
29a Garment for upper body — or lower (6)
JERSEY – A jumper or a type of cow (lower).
1d Endure letters giving indication it’s time to retire (4,4)
LAST POST – LAST (endure) and POST (letters).
2d Raise instrument, held up in court (7)
COLLECT – Raise in the sense of collect money. A reversal (held up in a down clue) of CELLO (instrument) inserted into CT, the abbreviation for court.
3d Relating to parts left after Act One is rewritten (9)
SECTIONAL – An anagram (rewritten) of ACT ONE IS followed by L (left ‘after’).
5d Broadcast if editor kept cool, in a way (3-11)
AIR-CONDITIONED – AIR (broadcast) CONDITION (if being a conjunction meaning on condition that) and ED (editor).
6d Peer among those qualifying (5)
EQUAL – Hidden among thosE QUALifying.
7d Intelligence about a hot kingdom in Middle East (7)
BAHRAIN – BRAIN (intelligence) with A (from the clue) and H (hot) inserted.
8d Excessive pressure, you said, in outfit (6)
DURESS – Put U (you said out loud) into DRESS (outfit).
9d As aids for driving, English tees were endlessly modified (8-6)
STEERING-WHEELS – An anagram (modified) of ENGLISH TEES WERe (endlessly tells you to remove the E from were).
16d Malingerer might report this, as heard in region of France (9)
CHAMPAGNE might sound like SHAM PAIN (which a malingerer might report).
17d Cautious about impassioned words providing assurance (8)
WARRANTY – Insert RANT (impassioned words) into WARY (cautious).
19d After heading off gun injury, relaxed (7)
UNWOUND – Remove the G (heading off) from gUN and follow with WOUND (injury).
21d As example of 27, it must be removed from city newspapers (7)
CYPRESS – Remove the IT from CITY and follow what’s left with PRESS (newspapers).
22d Perform final act in theatre? It’s painful (6)
STITCH – The last thing done at the end of a surgical operation.
24d Very pale, like one that sits and broods (5)
ASHEN – Split 2, 3 – AS (like) and HEN (one that sits and broods) – what a brilliant definition of a hen!