ST 2824

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)

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).



  1. pommers
    Posted December 10, 2015 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    That’s a sneaky way of getting two favourites past the beady eyes of Kath

    • crypticsue
      Posted December 10, 2015 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      • Kath
        Posted December 11, 2015 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

        I’ll let you off, just this once..

  2. Gazza
    Posted December 10, 2015 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Another wonderful treat from our much lauded Sunday setter – thanks to him and to CS for the review. I could list half the clues as joint favourites but I’ll restrict myself to 2d, 8d and 18d.

  3. Kath
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I think I found this one quite difficult but can’t remember why now.
    I did get into a muddle with 15a because I missed the amount = come to for a very long time.
    I never did quite work out why 27a was what it was and I don’t know the expression anyway.
    I liked 11 and 19a and 1 and 2d. My favourite was 18a once I realised that it was nothing to do with the obvious.
    With thanks to Virgilius and to CS.

  4. Hilary
    Posted December 12, 2015 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    According to my notes I enjoyed all of this so am not risking you-know-what from you-know-who by listing my ‘favourites’. Thanks to all concerned.