Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2820
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty *– Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 1st November 2015
Given the amount of time that elapses between Sunday puzzle publication and closing date, I always try to draft the review on solving day so that I don’t forget what I thought of the crossword. For some reason, I didn’t add a prologue this time and can’t remember (a) why not and (b) exactly what I thought. Judging by my star ratings scribbled on my solved grid, I would say that it didn’t take me long (so 1*) and was typical for a Sunday puzzle (hence the 3*)
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7a House upset with MP, new and unsophisticated (8)
HOMESPUN – An anagram (upset) of HOUSE MP N(ew)
9a Declared a verse outstanding (6)
AVOWED – A (from the clue) V (abbreviation for verse) OWED (outstanding).
10a Problem around university affected fellow (6)
POSEUR – POSER (problem) put around the abbreviation for University.
11a Choke or other part of engine (8)
THROTTLE – A verb meaning to choke or a valve regulating the supply of steam or of gas and air in an engine, also referred to as a choke.
12a Sight on coast castaway genius in distress (6,8)
GIANTS CAUSEWAY – An anagram (in distress) of CASTAWAY GENIUS
15a Give orders to leaders in band of savages, say (4)
BOSS – The ‘leaders’ of Band Of Savages Say
17a Section of novel — it hopefully is in print (5)
LITHO – Hidden in a section of noveL IT HOpefully
19a Play stopped early for wee drink (4)
DRAM – The first four letters (stopped early) of DRAMa (play).
20a Child actor as exiled prince (5,9)
YOUNG PRETENDER – A cryptic definition of a child who acts; or the name popularly given to a claimant to the English throne.
23a Supporting English players, made prediction (8)
FORECAST – FOR (supporting) E (English) CAST (players).
25a Engaged in change of course in storm (6)
ATTACK – AT (engaged in) TACK (change of course)
27a Western half of very pleasant World Heritage Site (6)
VENICE – The Western half or first two letters of VEry and NICE (pleasant).
28a Lacking room to grow, best put back before spring (3-5)
POT-BOUND – A reversal (put back in an Across clue) of TOP (best) goes before BOUND (spring).
1d Part of our capital accordingly goes on house (4)
SOHO – SO (accordingly) HO (house).
2d Number crossing river, one that rises in Wales (6)
SEVERN – SEVEN (number) ‘crosses’ or goes round R (river).
3d Group of soldiers out of ammunition (4)
UNIT – Hidden in (out of) ammUNITion
4d Crazy artists in Indian city now recalled (6)
MADRAS – MAD (crazy) RAS (Royal Academicians, artists) gives us the city now called Chennai.
5d Upheld agreement to marry, after wife’s demonstrated subservience (8)
KOWTOWED – A reversal (upheld in a Down clue) of OK (agreement) W (wife) TO (from the clue) WED (marry).
6d Son belatedly changed deadline for retailer (4-2,4)
SELL-BY DATE – An anagram (changed) of S (son) BELATEDLY.
8d Reading‘s certainly held up by friend (7)
PERUSAL – SURE (certainly) reversed and inserted into (held up by) PAL (friend).
13d One or two, very unusually, found in academics’ dwelling (5,5)
IVORY TOWER – I (one) and an anagram (unusually) of OR TWO VERY.
14d Announced place in church for convert (5)
ALTER – A homophone (announced) of ALTAR (place in church).
16d Reminder of place over in US that’s been transformed (8)
SOUVENIR – An anagram (that’s been transformed) of OVER IN US.
18d Like final man to leave, survive (7)
OUTLAST – Split 3,4 this solution could describe the status of the final man to leave.
21d Good parties providing wine from Bordeaux (6)
GRAVES – G (good) RAVES (parties)
22d Switch position after somebody else produces idea (6)
NOTION – ON (one of the positions of a switch) goes after NOT I (so … somebody else).
24d Out of pity, person’s kind (4)
TYPE – Hidden in piTY PErson.
26d In speech, philosopher is unable to use specialised language (4)
CANT – In speech (ie out loud), I’d say the philosopher KANT and the specialised language CANT as CAN (eg of beans) T. If I was saying I was unable to do something, I’d say I CAN’T and I’d pronounced the CAN bit as I would say CAR. Hence I remain, eleven days later, still confused by this wordplay, but I’d be willing to wager a small sum of money that, within ten minutes of review publication, I’ll be getting an email from ‘a friend’ explaining what my poor old brain just can’t see!