Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2796
A full review by crypticsue
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This puzzle was published on Sunday, 17th May 2015
Although you solve the Sunday crossword and parse as you go along (or when you’ve finished), there’s always another bit of cleverness that you only spot when you’re the lucky person doing the review. Well that’s what I think anyway.
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1a Place for union resistance, say — is effort spoiled by hostility? (8,6)
REGISTRY OFFICE – R (resistance) EG (say) IS (from the clue) TRY (effort) OFF (spoiled) ICE (hostility). Add me to the list of people who’d use what the BRB refers to as “the less common but strictly correct term” – REGISTER – for this wedding venue.
9a Mostly naive art morphs into another form (7)
VARIANT – Most of NAIVe and ART ‘morphs into’ (nice anagram indicator!) VARIANT (another form).
10a Slippery European capable of shocking, taking us in (7)
ELUSIVE – E (European) LIVE (capable of giving you an electric shock) with US (from the clue) inserted.
11a Where people go for spring or start of summer each year (3)
SPA – The ‘start’ of Summer and PA (per annum, each year).
12a French artist upset at clue about evil spirit (6,5)
CLAUDE MONET – An anagram (upset) of AT CLUE put round a DEMON (evil spirit).
14a Lives finally chronicled by British author (6)
DWELLS – The final letter of chronicleD and [HG] WELLS, the British author.
15a It’s left here for drivers — and elsewhere, right? (8)
NEARSIDE – If you drive in the United Kingdom, the ‘nearside’ of your car is on the left. In quite a lot of other countries, the nearside would be on the right.
17a Noble leaves much to be desired? (4,4)
EARL GREY – A nobleman who became Prime Minister in the 19th Century or a type of tea. (Unlike BD I can’t stand the stuff and much prefer a lovely mug of PG Tips – I’m drinking one now as I get the review ready for tomorrow morning).
19a Sweet child confined within crèche? Rubbish (6)
CHERUB – Hidden in crèCHE RUBbish
22a The Guinness drunk without prior inspection (5,6)
SIGHT UNSEEN – An anagram (drunk) of THE GUINNESS.
23a Pulse from athlete’s first taken after workout (3)
PEA – PE (physical exercise, workout) and A (the first letter of Athlete).
24a From old capital I’m returning Japanese art (7)
ORIGAMI – O (old) RIGA (capital of Latvia) and a reversal (returning) of IM.
26a Ridicule a person in seat — fool around (7)
LAMPOON – LOON (fool) goes round A (from the clue) and MP (person in seat).
27a Reconstructed mine, and acted to clear of pollution (14)
DECONTAMINATED – A reconstructed anagram of MINE AND ACTED TO.
1d Is Rev repeatedly disturbed about editor over sacred text? (7,7)
REVISED VERSION – Two separate anagrams (disturbed) of IS REV, the first goes before ED and the second goes before ON (about).
2d Refuse to put front of BMW under cover (7)
GARBAGE – The first letter (front) of BMW is put ‘under cover’ in a GARAGE.
3d It pointedly illuminates English cunning in insult (11)
SEARCHLIGHT – E (English) and ARCH (cunning) put into SLIGHT (insult).
4d Religious ceremony contributing to spirituality (6)
RITUAL – Hidden in, or contributing to spiRITUALity.
5d Exaggerates more than some females (8)
OVERDOES – OVER (more than) DOES (female deer).
6d Infection reduced and passed quickly, from what we hear (3)
FLU – A ‘reduced’ or abbreviated way of referring to influenza is a homophone (from what we hear) of FLEW (passed quickly).
7d One in church opposed to Italian red (7)
CHIANTI – CH (church) I (one) ANTI (opposed to).
8d Silly female put away her book and showered (7-7)
FEATHER-BRAINED – F (female) EAT (put away) HER (from the clue) B (book) and RAINED (showered).
13d Sing amidst mythical sea creatures in ships (11)
MERCHANTMEN – CHANT (sing) is inserted into MERMEN (mythical sea creatures).
16d Prepare to serve more that’s raw, not initially on menu, for example (2-6)
RE-ENLIST – Remove the first letter (not initially) from GREEN (raw) and follow with LIST (menu, for example).
18d Kind of music newspaper issue sent up (7)
RAGTIME – RAG (newspaper) followed by a reversal (sent up) of EMIT (issue)
20d Talk informally over wine, producing affinity (7)
RAPPORT – RAP (talk informally) PORT (wine).
21d Wrongly blamed for mayhem (6)
BEDLAM – An anagram (wrongly) of BLAMED.
25d Trouble and woe, in regular instalments (3)
ADO – More often than not regular means that you should take the even letters of a word/words. Here the odd letters of AnD wOe should be used to find another word for trouble.