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ST 2795

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2795

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 10th May 2015

Morning All! A fine puzzle as we have come to expect on a Sunday. My making heavy weather of it was due to a school reunion the night before.

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1a           Bring back limit in salary for head office in Rome (6)
PAPACY – Reverse (bring back) a CAP or limit inside PAY/salary

4a           Have meal without a starter? (6)
LAUNCH – To LUNCH (have meal) around the outside of A from the clue.

8a           Old man’s daily leisure activities (8)
PASTIMES – PA’S as in belonging to the old man followed by the TIMES – a daily newspaper.

10a         Some Californian citizens with little time for expression of grief (6)
LAMENT – Approximately half of the population of Los Angeles can be described as L.A. MEN. Add T (a little abb. for Time).

11a         Show effects of strain in fight (4)
FRAY – Two definitions – The first from stretched fabric, the second a fight or fracas.

12a         One cover put back with kindness, and with care (10)
DILIGENTLY – Reverse (put back) I LID (one cover) and then add GENTY – with kindness.

13a         In contract, spot right changes in position for rugby, notably (7,5)
CONTACT SPORT – Change the position of the R in CONT(r)ACT SPO (R) T

16a         From other side of the world, area is as natural as it could be (12)
AUSTRALASIAN – A for Area then an anagram (as it could be) of IS AS NATURAL

20a         Telling about drug, very enlightening experience (10)
REVELATION – A RELATION or telling of a story around/about E for Ecstasy (a drug) and V for very.

21a         English poet appearing intermittently in Germany (4)
GRAY – The odd letters (appearing intermittently) of GeRmAnY. John GRAY (1866 – 1934)

22a         Where to get drinks in sweltering island capital (6)
HOBART – A BAR is where you can get drinks. Place that in(side) HOT/for sweltering. New Zealand being the Island.

23a         Couple taken in by European doctor and given a hug (8)
EMBRACED – A BRACE or couple taken inside E for English and MD for Doctor.

24a         Questioning how prince can succeed (6)
ASKING – A prince will succeed his father AS KING.

25a         Showing effects of fever, say — wet, in a way (6)
SWEATY – An anagram (in a way) of WET SAY.


1d           A poorly organised end of term in which children don’t work (8)
PLAYROOM – An organised anagram of A POORLY followed by the end letter in (ter)M.

2d           Sympathetic feeling about hospital succinctly expressed (5)
PITHY – A feeling of PITY/sympathy around/about H for Hospital.

3d           Fellow-surgeon, perhaps, providing description of light work in theatre (7)
COMEDIC – A fellow surgeon might be described as a CO-MEDIC.

5d           Brisk movement from everyone, therefore, after change of heart (7)
ALLEGRO – ALL (for everyone) followed by EGRO – ERGO (therefore) after changing the middle two letters or heart of the word.

6d           Proposes reform for Minnesota (9)
NOMINATES – An anagram (reform for) MINNESOTA.

7d           Deal with line in letters that he has (6)
HANDLE – The letters that HE has are H AND E. Place L for Line inside.

9d           With which consumers are satisfied, with no waiting involved (4-7)
SELF-SERVICE – A good cryptic definition where the eaters/consumers are fed (satidfied) with no waiters or waitresses (i.e. no waiting involved).

14d         Characteristic energy and sudden movement upset saintly author (9)
TRADEMARK – Reverse (upset) E for Energy and then DART (a sudden movement) before St MARK – the saintly author of a gospel in the Bible.

15d         Grave wrecked in utter barbarity (8)
SAVAGERY – A wrecked anagram of GRAVE inside SAY for utter – SA (VAGER) Y.

17d         From southern region, an ancient Greek (7)
SPARTAN – S for Southern, PART for region then AN from the clue.

18d         Extended front of ship for missile-launcher (7)
LONGBOW – a charade of LONG (extended) and BOW – the front of a ship. The missile is an arrow.

19d         Cover for head in meetings about education (6)
FEDORA – Place ED – the abb. of Education – inside FOR A – the plural or forum or meeting in Latin.

21d         Country held by Afghan army (5)
GHANA – A 14d hidden word clue to finish. The country is inside (held by) the last two words in the clue.

Thanks to Virgilius for the puzzle – I’ll be back tomorrow with last Saturday’s Prize Puzzle review.


10 comments on “ST 2795

  1. Brilliant as usual – thanks to Virgilius and Gnomethang. My favourite was the excellent anagram at 16a.
    I’m not sure that 2Kiwis would be too happy to find out that their capital city has been changed to Hobart! :D

  2. I’ve got to maintain my 100% geography record gazza ! ;-).
    Glad someone is reading!

    1. I’m reading it too but would have been much kinder and not mentioned the geographical slip-up!

  3. I remember having trouble with 13a and 14d.
    I liked 11 and 24a and 9d.
    It must be a bit soul destroying to go to the trouble of doing the hints and then think that no-one reads them – whenever I think of that I decide that I’ll always comment on the Saturday and Sunday reviews – then I forget!!
    Thanks to Virgilius and gnomey.

  4. Gnomethang. We really feel that the naughty corner would not be sufficient punishment for your geographical blunder. We will try to think of something appropriate to while away the hours on our long flight home that starts on Sunday. Chinese and Italian rivers perhaps, but NZ’s capital city confused for one from the other side of the ditch, unforgivable!
    It was a very good puzzle once again from Virgilius and much enjoyed, thanks for it thanks Gnomey for the review.

    1. I thought you might ‘appreciate’ that!. BTW, Who exactly do the Tasmanians look down on?

      1. That is an excellent question. The obvious answer would of course be “Poms on holiday” but that is not one that we could proffer until we are safely home again next week. Perhaps it could be an interesting topic for a PhD thesis for someone.

  5. Did others observe for 14d that removing energy (AC) and sudden movement (TIC) from CHARACTERISTIC leaves a saintly author (CHARTERIS)!

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