Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2824
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 29th November 2015
Another thoroughly enjoyable Sunday crossword with all the usual things to look out for when Virgilius has set the puzzle. My favourite Across clue was 11a and my favourite Down clue was 4d.
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1a Times, reprinted badly, read wrongly (14)
MISINTERPRETED – An anagram (badly) of TIMES REPRINTED
9a Desist from much-repeated saying (7)
REFRAIN – A double definition – the first a verb and the second a noun.
10a Put out book with line I added in press (7)
PUBLISH – Insert B (book) L (line) and I (from the clue) into PUSH (press)
11a Work in garden, with no tree or bush to prune, finally (3)
HOE – Found in the ‘final’ letters of either witH nO treE or busH tO prunE
12a For amusement, take back painting etc, in a manner of speaking (11)
DISTRACTION – ARTS (painting etc) reversed (take back) and inserted into DICTION (manner of speaking).
14a Type scientific publication (6)
NATURE – Another double definition.
15a Amount divided by people about to start (8)
COMMENCE – COME (amount [to]) divided by MEN and C (circa, about).
17a Sound of nocturnal hunter, initially from small branch (8)
OFFSHOOT – OFF (from) S (small) HOOT (sound of nocturnal hunter).
19a Names of two men hunting animal in Africa (6)
JACKAL – JACK and AL (names of two men).
22a Repeated failure in court, conceding point (6,5)
DOUBLE FAULT – An appropriate cryptic definition for the day when Great Britain won the Davis Cup.
23a ‘Old Man River’ as standard (3)
PAR – PA (old man, father) R (river)
24a Like part of eye stored in secret in a lab (7)
RETINAL – Hidden (stored) in secRET IN A Lab
26a Misrepresented himself in European language (7)
FLEMISH – An anagram (misrepresented) of HIMSELF.
27a Clubs chat about what diners require — good reason not to buy something (11,3)
CREDIBILITY GAP – C (clubs) and RAP (chat) into which is inserted EDIBILITY (what diners require) and G (good).
1d Doctor harming records, resulting in dismissal (8,6)
MARCHING ORDERS – An anagram (doctor) of HARMING RECORDS
2d Third part in examination might be least hard (7)
SOFTEST – The third part of an examination is the S OF TEST. Yes, I know, I took ages to ‘see’ it too!
3d Old person that is somehow different than an elder (11)
NEANDERTHAL – An anagram (that is somehow different) of THAN AN ELDER.
4d Nominally important role, so to speak, in modern establishment (6)
ERNEST – The name of the ‘nominally important’ part in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest is found in modERN ESTablishment
5d Arranged probe into earnings for youth providing daily service (8)
PAPERBOY – An anagram (arranged) of PROBE goes into PAY (earnings)
6d Outgoing movement featured in web blog (3)
EBB – Featured in wEB Blog
7d English scholar including it with current version (7)
EDITION – E (English) and DON (scholar), the latter ‘including’ IT (from the clue) and I (abbreviation for electrical current).
8d University position — risks pinning list up with it (14)
CHANCELLORSHIP – Insert a reversal (up in a Down clue) of ROLL (list) into CHANCES (risks) and then finish with HIP (with it).
13d Something said about piece or section (11)
COMPARTMENT – PART (piece) inserted into COMMENT (something said)
16d Driver, for example, that’s needed here (4,4)
GOLF CLUB – A driver (GOLF CLUB) is something you’d take to a GOLF CLUB (here)
18d Bat, making fine half-century, say (7)
FLUTTER – F (fine) L (Roman numeral for 50, so half a century) UTTER (say)
20d Man checked, holding one place for author (7)
KIPLING – KING (man checked in a chess game) ‘holding’ I (one) and PL (place).
21d Couple of females breaking up fight or rough stuff (6)
DUFFEL – Two Fs (couple of Females) ‘breaking up’ or going in the middle of a DUEL (fight) to make a thick coarse woollen cloth.
25d Sign agreement Mafia boss set up (3)
NOD – A reversal (set up in a Down clue) of a DON (Mafia boss).