Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2822
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 15th November 2015
Morning All!. A fine puzzle from Virgilius. There were some very good clues here and a great &Lit.
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1a Reach conclusion in essay with it (6)
TRENDY – To END or reach conclusion within a TRY or essay.
4a City cut to pieces by conflict (6)
WARSAW – Place SAW (cut to pieces) after (by) WAR/conflict.
8a Last drink that may go to one’s head (8)
NIGHTCAP – A fairly chestnutty cryptic definition plus definition – The last alcoholic drink before bed and the headgear that we used to wear to bed on our heads/to one’s head..
10a Experts add it for your health! (6)
PROSIT – A charade of PROS (experts) and IT added. Cheers!
11a Expression of disapproval during this speech is stated twice (4)
HISS – The HISS appears hidden twice in tHIS SpeecH IS Stated.
12a Observer, I heard, distorted its news (10)
EYEWITNESS – EYE, a homophone (heard) of I, followed by a distorted anagram of ITS NEWS.
13a Deadly gunman –- note small nose (12)
SHARPSHOOTER – My favourite clue!. A SHARP note (as opposed to a flat) followed by S for small and HOOTER for nose.
16a Recreational facility in between two vessels (7,5)
BOWLING ALLEY – Another top clue. Place IN from the clue inside two vessels – one a BOWL and the other a GALLEY ship.
20a View Surrealist works by European producing shock (10)
SCANDALISE – SCAN for view followed by DALI’S (surrealist works) and finally E for European.
21a Turn around pack animal in stream (4)
FLOW – Reverse WOLF (a pack animal).
22a Asian garment‘s bargain price – about a rupee (6)
SARONG – Place a SONG (going for a song being a bargain price) around/about A and R for Rupee.
23a Ten years Einstein transformed (8)
NINETIES – A chestnutty anagram (transformed) of EINSTEIN.
24a Record-holder with advantage, right on line (6)
LEDGER – Place EDGE/advantage and R for Right on L for Line.
25a Spirit that’s kind and friendly in the extreme (6)
BRANDY – BRAND for kind/type and the end letter Y of friendl(Y).
1d Misplaced wit, lacking seriousness in period of decline (8)
TWILIGHT – A misplaced anagram of WIT followed by LIGHT (lacking seriousness)
2d Habitual character of group in quiet hospital (5)
ETHOS – A hidden word IN quiET HOSpital.
3d Noble endlessly expected to join game with kings and queens (7)
DUCHESS – Almost all of DU(e) or expected with CHESS (a game with kings and queens) added.
5d Isn’t inserting pages –- nothing is put in (7)
APPOINT – Place P and P (two pages) and O for nothing inside AIN’T, slang for isn’t.
6d Heartless cad no rule’s reformed? (9)
SCOUNDREL – A great All-in-one or &Lit. remove the heart of C(a)D and make an anagram (reformed) of this and NO RULES.
7d Reason to include one piece of writing that’s fanciful (6)
WHIMSY – WHY, the reason, to include I for one and MS (manuscript).
9d Quietly move on, for example (11)
PREPOSITION – P for Quietly (from musical notation) and then REPOSITION (move on).
14d Outlaw‘s to commit crime with head covered (5,4)
ROBIN HOOD – ROB – to commit a crime followed by IN HOOD i.e. with head covered.
15d Rally in Rome initially extremely supportive of Italian author (8)
RECOVERY – R for the initial letter of Rome and then VERY (extremely) being under (in support of) Umberto ECO the Italian author.
17d Craftily get around monarch in dispute (7)
WRANGLE – To WANGLE – or ‘craftily get’ around R for Rex or Regina (a Monarch).
18d Person who gathers what’s abandoned in general (7)
GLEANER – An anagram (abandoned) of GENERAL.
19d Second slow movement that may be hard to interpret (6)
SCRAWL – S for Second followed by a CRAWL or slow movement.
21d Enjoyment around outskirts of Tokyo, something for relaxation of Japanese (5)
FUTON – Place FUN around the outer letters (outskirts) of T(okyO).