Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2792
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 19th April 2015
As usual Sunday morning brings one of the best puzzles of the week. Thank you once again to Virgilius.
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7a Granted it’s extremely good? Outstanding (8)
BESTOWED – BEST (extremely good) OWED (outstanding).
9a Part of plant — here it is (6)
ANTHER – How kind to tell Kath where to look for the hidden word to be found in plANT HERe.
10a German prince warning about British (6)
ALBERT – B (British) put inside ALERT (warning).
11a Doctor I can sue about new pain in neck (8)
NUISANCE – An anagram (doctor) of I CAN SUE and N (new).
12a Bartender’s act I misconstrued as disorganised (14)
SCATTERBRAINED – An anagram (misconstrued) of BARTENDERS ACT I.
15a Place for eating dog’s breakfast (4)
MESS – Where military personnel eat their meals, or the meaning of the informal expression ‘dog’s breakfast’.
17a Beaten by five or ten in this upset (5)
SIXTH – The Roman numeral for 10 – X – inserted into an anagram (upset) of THIS.
19a Plant copied down as part of intersecting answer (4)
DILL – Copied from part of the solution to 6d which intersects with this answer.
20a Condition and train in certain way to produce this? (14)
INDOCTRINATION – An anagram (in certain way) of CONDITION and TRAIN.
23a Supporter in pub rules out screwdriver, say (3,5)
BAR STOOL – Something that supports you while you have a pint of beer – BARS (rules out) and TOOL (a screwdriver, say, being an example of a tool).
25a Take part in investing, yet reluctant to spend money (6)
STINGY – Hidden in part of inveSTING Yet.
27a Judge’s conclusion following adjustment of legal claim (6)
ALLEGE – An anagram (adjustment of) LEGAL followed by the ‘conclusion’ of judgE.
28a Source of information from every quarter found (8)
NEWSCAST – N E W S (from each quarter of the compass) and CAST (found).
1d Cause to tumble down hill — that’s cruel (4)
FELL – The question is was Virgilius expecting us to spot three or four definitions here – three being to cause to tumble down;, an upland tract of land(hill) , or an adjective meaning cruel? Or did he want us to see four – as the fourth definition of FELL is a skin or covering of rough hair – is down too fluffy to be considered as an animal skin? I’m hoping so because fell in the sense of an animal skin appears regularly in the Times crossword, and I was pleased that this time I’d actually remembered it.
2d Part of motorist’s route that’s shortened by removing tree (6)
STREET – ST – the abbreviation for STREET (a motorists route) is obtained by removing a TREE from the middle. One of my ‘favourite’ clues this week.
3d Garden party VIP in 50s (4)
EDEN – The Biblical garden or the surname of a Conservative Prime Minister back in the 1950s.
4d Saying area produces greatest possible amounts (6)
MAXIMA – MAXIM (saying) A (area).
5d Under pressure, son prepared to perform (8)
STRAINED – S (son) TRAINED (prepared to perform).
6d I called cop improperly for minor offence (10)
PECCADILLO – An anagram (improperly) of I CALLED COP.
8d Observer reformatted its news? (7)
WITNESS – An anagram (reformatted) of ITS NEWS.
13d Conservative and socialist on one board? That’s praiseworthy (10)
CREDITABLE – C(Conservative) RED (socialist) I (one) TABLE (board).
14d Crossed lines in historical enemy fighter (5)
BOXER – X (two crossed lines) inserted into BOER (historical enemy).
16d Shift to right or left that is seen in some extreme parties, primarily (8)
SIDESTEP – ID EST (the Latin meaning that is) inserted into the ‘primary’ letters of Some Extreme Parties
18d With assistance, grasped cutting tool (7)
HANDSAW – HAND (assistance) SAW (grasped).
21d Clubs, sweetheart, in which we can live luxuriously (6)
CLOVER – C (clubs) LOVER (sweetheart).
22d Jerk seen in West End with charming female (6)
TWITCH – The T at the end of wesT followed by WITCH (charming female).
24d Left single and solitary (4)
LONE – L (left) ONE (single).
26d Call for silence supporting game? I’m amazed! (4)
GOSH – GO (Chinese board game) and SH (call for silence).