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ST 2811

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2811

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 30th August 2015

Morning All! I solved this on the day then forgot where I put the paper so had to re-solve last night. It wasn’t too tricky but some of the clues needed unwinding in the explanations.

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1a           Turbulent maiden in fiction (6)
STORMY – M for Maiden (from the Cricket abb.) inside a STORY or piece of fiction.

4a           Remarked about cold or hot, with reference to food (6)
SPICED – SPIED (as in saw or remarked upon) around (about) C for Cold on e.g. a basin tap.

8a           The man leading a project to create an airport (8)
HEATHROW – A charade of HE (the man) in front of A from the clue and then THROW or project.

10a         A motorway in the South that passes through London (6)
THAMES – A from the clue and M for Motorway goes into (IN from the clue) THE and S for South – TH(A M)E S

11a         Secure next to river bank (4)
TIER – Place TIE (secure) next to R for River.

12a         Subsequently protected by frantic local security (10)
COLLATERAL – LATER, or subsequently, is inside (protected by) an anagram (frantic) of LOCAL.

13a         French miss cheese passed around with wine about one (12)
MADEMOISELLE – Reverse (pass around) the EDAM cheese and then place a MOSELLE wine around (about) I for one.

16a         Playwright’s including some text not characteristic of hero (12)
COWARDLINESS – The playwright Noel COWARD’S (note the apostrophe ‘S simple means add an S) includes LINES or some text on a page.

20a         Wine or tea with academic, not so long ago (10)
CHARDONNAY – Start with CHAR or tea then add a DON or academic and finally add NAY which means NOT in the past (so long ago!)

21a         Silly person, ultimately without intelligence (4)
TWIT – Nice and short – the ultimate/last letter of (without)T and then WIT for intelligence. Nice and concise.

22a         Weapon is needed in convoluted plot (6)
PISTOL – IS is required to go into an anagram (convoluted) of PLOT.

23a         As sheep may be, but not cattle or horses? Strange (8)
SINGULAR – Ewe can have one sheep in the SINGULAR but not one cattle or horses. The straight definition is a rather Victorian synonym for strange.

24a         Covering up corporal punishment (6)
HIDING – Two definitions, the second a thrashing.

25a         Initially cornered man that is inexperienced fighter (6)
ROOKIE – A lovely spot. The Man or piece on a chessboard who is initially in the corner is a ROOK. Add I.E for ‘That Is’ in Latin.


1d           Read his novel, then new Irish writer (8)
SHERIDAN – An anagram (novel (of READ HIS and then N for New. A good consistent surface reading.

2d           Aquatic animal of type that enjoys river, first of all (5)
OTTER – The original (first of all) letters in Of Type That Enjoys River.

3d           Book’s covering, perhaps, state of Africa (7)
MOROCCO – The first definition was unknown to me as a leather binding/covering on a book. The second is obvious!.

5d           Unexpected problem as female piece of advice upset everyone (7)
PITFALL – Reverse (upset) F for Female and a TIP (piece of advice) and then add ALL or everyone.

6d           Lizard hard to spot in unusually clean home (9)
CHAMELEON – A nice unusual anagram of CLEAN HOME.

7d           Centrally readjust, so to speak, record-player (6)
The central letters of reaDJust – DJ – are an abb. of Disc Jockey or DEEJAY in the vernacular (so to speak).

9d           Original sources bound to be included by English novelist (11)
WELLSPRINGS – I had to look this up to make sure that it was not a two word answer. Place SPRING or bound/leap inside H.G. WELLS the well known Science Fiction Author. Read him!

14d         Selectively quoted, not included without right (9)
EXCERPTED – A clumsy verb. Place EXCEPTED (not included) around (without i.e. on the outside of R for Right.

15d         I’m imprisoned by European country in rough judgment (8)
ESTIMATE – IM from the clue inside E for European and State for country.

17d         Like some yarn that’s spun in court, upset Dickensian heroine (7)
WOOLLEN – To WOO or court and then the reversal (upset) of Little NELL from Dicken’s The Old Curiosity Shop (a tragic literary heroine)

18d         Beat in play in tournament (3,4)
LAY INTO – The hidden answer is IN the last three words of the clue.

19d         Flourish, we hear, as leader of Arabs (6)
SHEIKH – Sounds like (we hear) SHAKE or flourish.

21d         Luggage in main part of plane (5)
TRUNK – Remember that the Plane is a type of tree and the main part is the TRUNK.

Thankls to the setter – now  I WILL be back tomorrow!

5 comments on “ST 2811

  1. For no apparent reason 8a reminded me of “The Meaning of Liff”.

    AIRD OF SLEAT (n. archaic) An ancient Scottish curse placed from afar on the tract of land now occupied by Heathrow Airport.

    Well, it raised a smile :grin:

  2. Feeling smug as I knew where I’d put the paper!
    I remember enjoying this one, as I always do on Sundays.
    I also remember having trouble with 9d and 23a.
    Had to check the spelling of 13a and 19d because otherwise I know it’s likely to be wrong.
    I liked 8 and 16a and 5 and 19d.
    With thanks to Virgilius and to Gnomey.

  3. Another super puzzle from the Sunday supremo. I loved 23a and 7d but winning (by a short head) clue for me was 25a. Thanks to V & G.

  4. 3d you obviously don’t remember the Hope/Crosby film The Road to Morocco – the theme tune of which contains the lines

    Like Webster’s Dictionary, we’re Morocco bound….

    Like a complete set of Shakespeare
    That you get in the corner drugstore
    For a dollar ninety-eight, we’re Morocco bound……

    Or, like a volume of Omar Khayyam
    That you buy in the department store at Christmas time
    For your cousin Julia, we’re Morocco bound…..

  5. Thank you gnomethang. Even knowing the construction of 14d, I still couldn’t get it. You’ve saved my sanity.

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