Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2788
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment *****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 22nd March 2015
My turn to be the lucky blogger to review this splendid Sunday puzzle – hard to choose a favourite from so many great clues so I’ll just give a big thank you to Virgilius for my double treat.
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1a An area over which you can see ice contract? Wrong! (9,5)
ANTARCTIC OCEAN – AN (from the clue) followed by an anagram (wrong) of ICE CONTRACT and A (area).
9a Metal products contributing in fact in war effort (7)
TINWARE is hidden in (contributing in) facT IN WAR Effort.
10a Following male doctor but had treatment in spa (7)
MUDBATH – M (male) goes before an anagram (doctor) of BUT HAD.
11a Job, for example, not finished, so express disapproval (3)
BOO – Job is an example of a BOO
K of the Bible. Leave off the last letter (not finished) and you can express disapproval.
12a Trunk left on board by ship’s officer, containing new gold (11)
PORTMANTEAU – PORT (left on board a ship) and MATE (ship’s office) into which is inserted N (new) and the result finished off with AU (the chemical symbol for gold).
14a Suffering losses up front, sold what is no longer fresh (3,3)
OLD HAT – Suffering losses up front is a delightful way to tell you to remove the first letter from sOLD and wHAT.
15a Old soldier’s back cutting tree, one of small group at top (8)
OLIGARCH – O (old) followed by a reversal of a GI (soldier) which ‘cuts’ a LARCH (tree).
17a Judges holding great power left negative decisions (8)
REFUSALS – REFS (judges) holding USA (great power) and L (left).
19a Come forward with this neat clue, ultimately, by young setter (4,2)
STEP UP – The ‘ultimate’ letters of thiS neaT cluE plus PUP (young dog, setter being an example of a breed of dog).
22a It’s adjacent to goal in which a player gets entangled with a net (7,4)
PENALTY AREA – An anagram (gets entangled) of A PLAYER A NET.
23a Pope, Cleopatra and Napoleon have it in common (3)
LEO – The name of thirteen Popes can be found hidden in both (have it in common) Cleopatra and Napoleon.
24a Copy — trim it at end? Trim at both ends (7)
IMITATE – Remove both ends of trIM IT AT End and you are left with a word meaning copy.
26a National emblem that blows down when it’s windy (7)
THISTLE – The seeds or down of the emblem for Scotland are spread by the wind.
27a The posy this son arranged, showing what plants can do (14)
PHOTOSYNTHESIS – An anagram (arranged) of THE POSY THIS SON.
1d Like a self-sufficient life? (14)
AUTOBIOGRAPHIC – A cryptic definition of a life story written by the subject.
2d Took steps of which one’s said to be incapable (7)
TANGOED – Because as everyone knows ‘ it takes two to tango’ (one’s said to be incapable).
3d Modified opinion about artist is received in shock (11)
REAPPRAISAL – RE (about) and APPAL (shock) into which is inserted RA (artist).
4d The chap taken in by politician’s proposition (6)
THEORY – HE (the chap) taken in by or inserted into TORY (politician).
5d Medicinal plant — measure after cold a medic’s provided (8)
CAMOMILE – MILE (measure) goes after C (cold) A (from the clue) and MO (medical officer)
6d It’s clued oddly, as result of some rumination (3)
CUD – The old letters of ClUeD
7d A colleague said you are not professional (7)
AMATEUR – The second appearance of MATE, this time as a colleague. A (from the clue) MATE (colleague) and U R (you and are said out loud).
8d Nevertheless, odd sects will include expert source for idea (7,7)
THOUGHT PROCESS – THOUGH (nevertheless) and an anagram (odd) of SECTS into which is inserted PRO (expert).
13d Weird thing I spotted in swamp, very frightening (11)
NIGHTMARISH – An anagram (weird) of THING followed by a MARSH (swamp) into which is inserted I (from the clue).
16d Enclosures for children from song writer, in addition to letter (8)
PLAYPENS – Insert into PS (postscript, addition to letter) LAY (song) and PEN (writer).
18d Proclaimed end of Northern race (7)
FINNISH – An homophone (proclaimed) of FINISH (end).
20d Illustrations covering one form of exercise (7)
PILATES – Illustrations in a book covering I (one).
21d Sound of composer for his fellow citizen (6)
BRITON – Sounds like the composer Benjamin BRITTEN.
25d A short distance behind at sea (3)
AFT – A (from the clue) FT (‘short’ or abbreviated foot, distance).