Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2779
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 18th January 2015
A fairly straightforward puzzle full of the ususal high quality clueing
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1a Perform vocally in angry speech, having a quarrel (8,6)
CROSSING SWORDS – Place SING (perform vocally) inside CROSS WORDS (angry speech).
9a Pull from that cart, take in the opposite direction (7)
ATTRACT – The definition is a verb and is found in (from) and reversed (in the opposite direction) inside thaT CART TAken.
10a Bunk made from European wood (two sorts) (7)
EYEWASH – A charade of E(uropean) then two types of wood, YEW and ASH.
11a Opening gambit’s beginning with a pawn (3)
GAP – The opening letter of G(ambit) then A P(awn) being the abbreviation in Chess notation.
12a Solution for someone with bit between their teeth? (6,5)
DENTAL FLOSS – A nice definition for what you may use when the bit is a bit of food between the molars as opposed to being gung-ho.
14a You may get it from boss if you become inflexible (6)
OSSIFY – Hidden in (you may get it from) bOSS IF You.
15a Awfully brittle old book (8)
LIBRETTO – An awful anagram of BRITTLE followed by O for Old – the book is a booklet of the musical works in an opera.
17a Samuel’s teacher summoned and brought out (8)
ELICITED – A charade of ELI (The prophet Samuel’s teacher in the Bible) then CITED or summoned to court (arraigned in US parlance)
19a Very happy story backed by editor (6)
ELATED – Reverse (backed) a TALE (story) next to (by) ED for Editor,
22a For example, test maiden and a powerful male forming a relationship (11)
MATCHMAKING – An example of a cricket Test MATCH then M for Maiden (from the cricket abb.) and finally A KING (a powerful man).
23a Either cold meat or fish, mostly, for tea (3)
CHA – take your pick as there are two clues here – C for cold then most of HA (m) or else most of the fish CHA(r).
24a Land in Africa I regain, in disarray (7)
NIGERIA – An anagram (in disarray) of I REGAIN.
26a Used a perch I consumed to fill up (7)
SATIATE – A charade of SAT (used a perch/roosted) and then I ATE (I consumed).
27a Rival of Aer Lingus that could make Irish a bit wary, heading south (7,7)
BRITISH AIRWAYS – An anagram (could be) of IRISH A BIT WARY in front of (heading) S for South. – Lovely surface reading!
1d Have buyer’s remorse, say, getting money back on wrong denims (6,4,4)
CHANGE ONES MIND – The money back in a financial transaction is the CHANGE. Take ON from the clue and then make an anagram (wrong) of DENIMS – CHANGE ON *(ESMIND).
2d Set up company on time, and work for influential organisation (7)
OCTOPUS – Reverse (set up) CO for Co(mpany) on top of T for time and then add OPUS for A musical work – (OC) T OPUS. I think that I need to be an octopus at work sometimes!.
3d Unfriendly resistance put up by school? (11)
STANDOFFISH – Split this as (5,2,4) and it might be referred to as a STAND (resistance) OF the school of FISH. The Question mark at the end tells you to think outside of the box!.
4d Making an observation – husband’s not in love (6)
NOTING – Remove the H for Husband from NOT(h)ING or love/zero.
5d In plot of movie, for instance, one car is wrecked (8)
SCENARIO – A wrecked anagram of ONE CAR IS
6d Product of mine often found in foreign stores – for euros, moreover (3)
ORE – A word hidden (a product of)four times (often) in fOREign stOREs – fOR Euros, mOREover.
7d Prolong no-win situation before striking (4,3)
DRAW OUT – A DRAW (no win situation) before OUT (striking).
8d Piece of furniture and part of trunk belonging to some artists (5,2,7)
CHEST OF DRAWERS – The specific part of a torso belonging to some artists might cryptically be described as a CHEST OF (the) DRAWERS.
13d Flammable material in sack on barge (11)
FIRELIGHTER – A charade of FIRE (sack from a job) and a LIGHTER (barge).
16d Around area, shows signs of radioactive emissions (4,4)
BETA RAYS – Place BETRAYS (shows) around A for Area.
18d Result of counting from one to e.g. ten, perhaps? Right (7)
INTEGER – Start with I for One, make an anagram (perhaps) and then add R for Right.
20d With perfect exactness, including copy with a piece of music (7)
TOCCATA – With perfect exactness is TO A T. Add (include) CC for Carbon Copy (still used in reference to copying a person on an email) and finally add the A from the clue.
21d Some goals I established for the rest of the day (6)
SIESTA – Hidden in (some of) goalS I ESTAblished
25d Capsized sailor that gets out of stricken vessel (3)
RAT – Reverse (capsize) the TAR or sailor for one who leaves the sinking ship.
Thanks to Virgiliyus – I will see you all tomorrow a.m.