Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2810
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 23rd August 2015
Morning All! A big thank you to crypicsue for covering my holidays – I really needed the break. This one was a fairly tricky puzzle with some great definitions ands surface reading.
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1a Angelic creature‘s unusual turn of phrase (6)
SERAPH – An anagram (indicated by turn) of PHRASE. Good surface reading in this starter clue.
4a Offer covering religious group, note, that’s split down the middle (8)
BISECTED – Place a BID (offer) around a SECT (religious group) and the musical note of E – BI (SECT E )D
10a Criticise inside cover that’s not bound by social conventions (9)
LIBERATED – That is BERATE (criticise/harangue) inside a LID or cover.
11a Male will ring and hear this? (5)
HELLO – Take HE for Male and then think of ‘male will’ truncated to ‘HE’LL’. Add O for the ring or circle.
12a Person on diet near state of anger after gaining pound (7)
SLIMMER – To be near a state of anger is to be on the SIMMER – Include (it gains) L, the abb. for a Learner Driver.
13a Ringleader in English resort tries hard (7)
STRIVES – A nice cute clue. The leading letter R in Ring (Ring Leader, geddit?) inside the resort of ST IVES.
14a Heard pronouncement of so-called college and scoffed (5)
EATEN – A homophone (heard pronouncement of) the college of ETON.
15a Blood group, in short, I have that’s aiding recovery (8)
CURATIVE – The Blood Group of A inside CURT for short and followed by I’VE (I HAVE).
18a Unorthodox belief in leaderless campaign’s misplaced (8)
PAGANISM – Remove the leading letter – C – from ©AMPAIGN’S and then make an anagram, or misplace the lot!.
20a Some business expenses for one of the county set (5)
ESSEX – The countrified historical county is hidden in (some of) businESS EXpenses.
23a Readable arrangement of lines, apart from chapter and verse (3,4)
BAR CODE – A great definition and a good charade of BAR (apart from) then C for Chapter (the Biblical abbreviation) and an ODE or Lines of .
25a Kind of family having eccentric uncle and aunt ridiculed, initially (7)
NUCLEAR – The solid 2 +2 family is an anagram (eccentric) of UNCLE followed by the initial letters of A(unt) and R(idiculed).
26a Conviction when Ecstasy’s found in part of camp (5)
TENET – Place E for the drug Ecstasy inside a TENT or part of a camp.
27a Cut off from West, rang editor (9)
ESTRANGED – Another hidden word (indicated by FROM) inside the last three words of the clue.
28a Portray as evil happening, surrounded by death (8)
DEMONISE – ON (happening i.e. the party is ON) inside a DEMISE or death.
29a Work of art, say, placed outside university (6)
STATUE – Place STATE (say/utter) outside of U for University.
1d Males dispersed in various directions as travellers? (8)
SALESMEN – An anagram (dispersed) of MALES inside S and E and N (directions on a compass) – S (ALESM) E N
2d Deny admitting one learner put in new form (7)
REBUILT – To REBUT or deny including (admitting) I for Ones and L for Learner.
3d Craziness of incendiary extremes in party leading EU country (9)
PYROMANIA – Take the outside or extreme letters in P(art)Y and then add ROMANIA – the EU country. They do it there all the time!.
5d Daughter is framed by charge chosen at random (14)
INDISCRIMINATE – D for Daughter then IS from the clue are inside (framed by) INCRIMINATE or charge.
6d Number wrongly repeated as three there (5)
ETHER – The number in the definition is something that numbs the pain. A repeated anagram (wrongly) of THREE and THERE. Top clue.
7d A live broadcast carried by television in Mediterranean city (3,4)
TEL AVIV – Make an anagram (broadcast) of A LIVE inside (carried by) TV for Television
8d Far from vigilant as unknown weapon turned up (6)
DROWSY – Reverse the algebraic unknown variable Y and a SWORD or weapon.
9d Performance captured by artists even represented ability to draw (14)
ATTRACTIVENESS- Place an ACT or performance inside an anagram (represented) of ARTISTS EVEN.
16d Penetrating defensive position with soldier, perhaps (9)
TRENCHANT – A charade of TRENCH (defensive position in a ground war) and the soldier ANT.
17d Part of team game in which a couple of universities combine (8)
OXBRIDGE – A charade of OX (part of a team of pack animals) and then the card game of BRIDGE. Tricky!
19d A friend appearing on motorway radar, for example (7)
ACRONYM – A from the clue followed by CRONY (friend) and then M for Motorway.
21d Travel over snow, with minimal temperature -– tricky stuff (7)
SLEIGHT – Add T for an abb. (minimal) of Temperature after SLEIGH – to travel over snow.
22d Became more moderate in a short time when retired? (6)
ABATED – place A and T (a short abb. of Time) inside A BED i.e when retired means IN A BED so A B(A T) ED.
24d How marks may be given out a lot (5)
OFTEN – Split as (2,3) to find how marks in a test are OFTEN given out.
Thanks to the setter, I will be back tomorrow.