Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2825
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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.