Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2817
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 11th October 2015
Another lovely Sunday puzzle, I’m really glad it was my turn to do the review and have twice the fun.
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1a Guide to making food in English clubs ready to eat outside (6)
RECIPE – RIPE (ready to eat) goes ‘outside’ E (English) and C (clubs).
4a State in which you’ll find 50 per cent of Alaskans — plus earlier 25 per cent (6)
KANSAS – Typical Virgilius and my favourite clue – The second 50% of AlasKANS followed by AS – two of the eight letters (25%) of AlASKANS.
8a One appears in improper cabaret, cause of some complaints (8)
BACTERIA – I (one) inserted into (appears in) an anagram (improper) of CABARET.
10a Amorous male precisely interrupted by person in charge of event (6)
TOMCAT – TO A T (precisely) ‘interrupted by’ MC (person in charge of event).
11a Hard piece of advice taken wrong way, in essence (4)
PITH – A reversal (taken wrong way) of H (hard) TIP (piece of advice).
12a Sorted clues out — I’m extremely careful (10)
METICULOUS – An anagram (sorted) of CLUES OUT IM.
13a Speculation about less civilised people creating state of confusion (12)
BEWILDERMENT – BET (speculation) put round WILDER (less civilised) MEN (people).
16a Steps down from deck using method following mate (12)
COMPANIONWAY – WAY (method) following or going after COMPANION (mate).
20a Author of book, novel bitter in inclination (10)
LIBRETTIST – An anagram (novel) of BITTER inserted into LIST (inclination).
21a Save last of port in cask (4)
BUTT – BUT (save, except for) and the last letter of port.
22a Stick together in company at this point (6)
COHERE – CO (company) HERE (at this point).
23a Negative response to various points repeatedly seen as rubbish (8)
NONSENSE – NO (negative response) and NSE NSE (various compass points ‘repeatedly’)
24a Start off job with little time to exercise? That’s stupid (6)
OBTUSE – Remove the first letter from
JOB, add T (little or abbreviated time) and USE (exercise).
25a Yank wearing old jacket (6)
JERKIN – JERK (yank) IN (wearing).
1d Leaders I frantically got ready for (8)
REALISED – Got cash (ready) in exchange for something. An anagram (frantically) of LEADERS I.
2d In time, get on board lots of fish (5)
CATCH – A lovely triple definition – though quite why you’d want to be in time to get on board a bus with a lot of fish I really don’t know.
3d Massive monument English queen in decline set up (7)
PYRAMID – The English Queen MARY inserted into DIP (decline) and the result reversed (set up in a Down clue).
5d For example, a story in newspaper (7)
ARTICLE – A being an example of an indefinite article; a story in a newspaper is also called an article.
6d Small brat revealed to be fool (9)
SIMPLETON – S (small) IMP (brat) LET ON (revealed)
7d Standing of University shown in facts and figures (6)
STATUS – U (university) inserted into STATS (facts and figures).
9d Caught in middle of change, quarrel (11)
ALTERCATION – C (caught) inserted into the middle of ALTERATION (change).
14d I arranged concert about right? Wrong (9)
INCORRECT – I (from the clue) followed by an anagram (arranged) of CONCERT into which is inserted an R (right).
15d Guerrilla taking power, supported by skilled worker (8)
PARTISAN – P (power) supported by, or followed by, ARTISAN (skilled worker).
17d Brings up issue as female, partly from other standpoint (7)
MOTHERS – Hidden in part of froM OTHER Standpoint.
18d How halves of seesaw differ, with extreme force (7)
INTENSE – The halves of SEESAW differ IN TENSE, one being present and the other past. If Kath isn’t looking, I’d like to have this clue as a favourite too, please.
19d I’m appearing in something stunning, Asian garment (6)
KIMONO – IM (from the clue) and ON (appearing in) KO (knockout, something stunning).
21d Bust ringleader imprisoned by magistrate (5)
BREAK – The leader of Ring ‘imprisoned by’ or inserted into BEAK (magistrate).