Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2797
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 24th May 2015
The usual great Sunday ‘service’ from Virgilius.
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1a Resident, before long, admitting hard worker, say (10)
INHABITANT – H (hard) is admitted to IN A BIT (before long) and the result followed with ANT (worker).
6a Within academic education, reduced number of degrees (4)
ICED – Hidden in academIC EDucation is a way of saying reduced the number of degrees of temperature in something.
9a Conservative is alone backing powerful organisations (7)
COLOSSI – C (Conservative) followed by (backing) IS SOLO (is alone).
10a Follow a random path as repairman covering area (7)
MEANDER – A (area) inserted into MENDER (repairman)
12a In essence, provide resources for article, using brain (13)
FUNDAMENTALLY – FUND (provide resources for) A (indefinite article) MENTALLY (using brain).
14a Are joining Society that’s nicer to fellows? (6)
SEXIST – S (society) EXIST (are) – the original definition of this word referred to discrimination or offensive behaviour to women on the grounds of sex, hence the ? at the end of the clue.
15a Achieve without expert’s approval? Just the opposite (8)
REPROACH – REACH (achieve) goes outside (without) PRO (expert).
17a Doing very little to improve one’s health? (4,4)
REST CURE – A cryptic definition of treatment involving inactivity and quiet.
19a Fling a fellow’s had with blonde (6)
AFFAIR – A (from the clue) F (fellow) FAIR (blonde).
22a Visual aids placed just in front of pupils (7,6)
CONTACT LENSES – A cryptic definition of visual aids that I’d literally be lost without.
24a Provide backing for track about pair holding hands (7)
SPONSOR – SPOOR (track) goes round NS (North and South being partners in a game of bridge, so holding hands of cards).
25a Pawn and rook I win, playing chess — or bishop, perhaps (7)
PRIMATE – P (pawn) R (rook) I (from the clue) MATE (win a game of chess).
26a Finishes off crossword puzzle on Sunday for contest (4)
DENY – Found in the ‘finishes’ of crossworD puzzlE oN SundaY
27a It’s hot in a fire, then — possibly as indicated by this? (10)
FAHRENHEIT – An anagram ( possibly)of A FIRE THEN and H (hot).
1d It’s more of a hand than a foot (4)
INCH – A quarter of a hand – four inches – used to measure horses – or a twelfth of a foot.
2d Prince provided a cross for Northern town (7)
HALIFAX – HAL (prince) IF (provided) A (from the clue and X (cross).
3d In clubs, assess differently where some high-fliers sit (8,5)
BUSINESS CLASS – An anagram (differently) of IN CLUBS ASSESS.
4d Island in East that is oddly lacking in colour (6)
TAIWAN – The odd letters of ThAt Is followed by WAN (lacking in colour).
5d Anaesthetised English left-winger came to (8)
NUMBERED – NUMB (anaesthetised) E (English) RED (left-winger).
7d Low mark in French I called wrong (7)
CEDILLA – A punctuation mark placed under (low) a letter in a French word such as garçon used to indicate that the letter in question should be pronounced as an s.
8d American bowler’s to take on cricket team here (10)
DERBYSHIRE – DERBY (an American hat we’d call a bowler) and HIRE (take on).
11d Father of Asian maltreated, in a way (5,1,7)
AFTER A FASHION – An anagram (maltreated) of FATHER OF ASIAN.
13d Aids sector wrongly excluded from society (10)
OSTRACISED – An anagram (wrongly) of AIDS SECTOR.
16d Key ceremony and broadcast raised standards (8)
CRITERIA – C (musical key) RITE (ceremony) and a reversal (raised) of AIR (broadcast).
18d Event seen in evening paper saddened (7)
SUNDOWN – SUN (newspaper) DOWN (saddened).
20d Reduce severity of clot you reported, over time (7)
ASSUAGE – ASS (clot) U (you ‘reported’ or said out loud) and AGE (time)
21d Harden or soften (6)
TEMPER – Double definition
23d Without a break, attend strike (4)
BEAT – Remove the space between BE AT (attend) and you get a word meaning strike.
The last Sunday puzzle review did produce a few comments – though not really on the puzzle, mostly recommendations of brands of tea. I’ve looked and looked but can’t see anything likely to produce a conversation this week, but I do hope I’m proved wrong.