ST 2825

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2825

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 6th December 2015

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1a           Crew old-fashioned but resolute (4-6)
FOUR-SQUARE –   Presenting a firm, bold front – FOUR (a rowing crew) and SQUARE (old-fashioned)

6a           Proceed with difficulty,    lacking firmness (4)
LIMP –     Walk unevenly, especially when one leg is injured; lacking stiffness, drooping.

9a           Warn area about British in part of Canada (7)
ALBERTA –   Insert B (British) in ALERT (warn) and finish with A (area).

10a         Old man without energy, a little down (7)
FEATHER –   FATHER (old man) goes ‘without’ E (Energy).   Lovely  definition.

12a         Looking bad, not having what it takes to wrap gift (13)
UNPRESENTABLE   –   Split 2, 7, 5, and the rest of the clue is explained.

14a         Asian helper returned, entering hotel (6)
INDIAN –   Reverse (returned) AID (helper) and insert into (entering) INN (hotel).

15a         New arrangement for predator, mindlessly repeated (8)
PARROTED –   An anagram (new arrangement for) of PREDATOR.

17a         Awfully stupid European introducing another substitute (8)
DEPUTISE – an anagram (awfully) of STUPID E (European) into which is inserted (introducing another) E for European.

19a         Doctor who documented his partner’s cases (6)
WATSON –   A nice cryptic definition of Sherlock Holmes’s ‘documenter’.

22a         Increasing strength I had, surrounded by comfort (13)
CONSOLIDATION –   ID (I had) inserted into (surrounded by) CONSOLATION (comfort).

24a         Land on Mediterranean island, one surrounded by fish (7)
TUNISIA – IS (island) and I (one) inserted into (surrounded by) TUNA (fish).

25a         Satisfying  encounter (7)
MEETING –   A nice easy double definition clue.

26a         Outstanding line taken in two-party contest (4)
DUEL –   DUE (outstanding) L (line)

27a         Point on south coast enemy finally secured in invaders’ initial objective (6,4)
BEACHY HEAD – The final letter of enemY inserted into BEACHHEAD (an area of land held on an enemy’s shore) – invaders’ initial objective.


1d           Defect in fine piece of legislation (4)
FLAW –   F (fine) LAW (piece of legislation).

2d           With no strings attached, like diplomat going to New York? (7)
UNBOUND –   A diplomat going to New York might be heading for (bound) the United Nations HQ in New York.

3d           They tell amusing stories — there’s nothing in transcript so funny (5,8)
STRIP CARTOONS –   An anagram (funny) of TRANSCRIPT SO plus another O (‘nothing’ in).

4d           Aromatic plant seized by American customs (6)
USAGES –   SAGE (aromatic plant) seized by US (American).

5d           Soldier‘s turned up to identify large tree (8)
RIFLEMAN –   A reversal (turned up in a Down clue) of NAME (identify) L (large) FIR (tree).

7d           Before long, seizing front of house to occupy (7)
INHABIT –   ‘Seize’ seems to be insertion indicator of the day, we only just used it in 4d  –  you need to put the ‘front’ of House into IN A BIT (before long).

8d           Ominously indicating bad news for postprandial drinkers? (10)
PORTENDING –   People drinking after a nice dinner might not be best pleased to learn that the PORT [was] ENDING.

11d         As another option, reform in artless fashion over time (13)
ALTERNATIVELY –   ALTER (reform) and NAIVELY (in artless fashion) the latter going ‘over’ T (time).

13d         Acquitted in first of verdicts shown (10)
VINDICATED –   V (the ‘first’ of Verdicts) and INDICATED (shown)

16d         Taking part in contest, I’m a terrible judge in terms of worth (8)
ESTIMATE –   The first ‘lurker’ – hidden in contEST IM A TErrible.

18d         Change including a new way to express remorse (7)
PENANCE – PENCE (change) ‘including’ A (from the clue) and N (new).

20d         When setter next appears, making newspaper improve? (7)
SUNRISE –    SUN (newspaper) RISE (improve).

21d         Material from a cart spread over motorway? (6)
TARMAC –   Were this material spread from a cart onto a motorway, this would be a nice all-in-one clue.   An anagram (spread) of A CART ‘spread’ over M (motorway)

23d         Centrepiece of package deals for elderly (4)
AGED –   And a lurker to finish – this time in packAGE Deals.



  1. Gazza

    Thanks to Virgilius for another lesson in cryptic clue writing and to CS for the review. Vying for honours for me were 10a and 8d.

  2. Kath

    That gave me a nasty moment – I don’t remember this one at all. I’ve just realised that I didn’t do it because of being in Nottingham at great-nephew’s third birthday party – was just about to go and count marbles!

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