Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2844
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 17th April 2016
Lovely stuff as we have come to expect on Sundays. A particular well-hidden lurker and some triple definitions added to the fun. Surprised to read that quite a few people didn’t know either the hat or the light meal.
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1a Drug dealer with power to do damage is covered by law (10)
PHARMACIST – P (power) HARM (do damage) and IS (from the clue) inserted into (covered by) ACT (law)
6a Call from quartermaster made more than once (4)
TERM – More than once is a clear indication that we are looking for a double-lurker – hidden in quarTERMasTER Made.
9a Clubs move quickly to impose discipline (7)
CHASTEN – C (clubs in a card game) HASTEN (move quickly)
10a In front of a club, say, place notice (7)
PLACARD – PL (place) goes in front of A CARD (a club, say)
12a Reduced seasoning, directing attention to sauce (5,8)
SALAD DRESSING – SAL
t (seasoning reduced or with its last letter missing) ADDRESSING (drawing attention to)
14a Game with two packs — discarded in a hurry (6)
RUSHED – RU (Rugby Union being a game with two packs) SHED (discarded).
15a A building that’s secure since lock added (8)
FORTRESS – FOR (since) TRESS (lock of hair)
17a For instance, disturb these old people (8)
ANCIENTS – An anagram (disturb) of INSTANCE.
19a Ideal place providing protection for head in university area (6)
UTOPIA – TOPI (a hat – protection for head – worn especially in India) goes ‘in’ between U (university) and A (area).
22a Doctor sent in light meal for Leo, for example (13)
CONSTELLATION – An anagram (doctor) of SENT inserted into a COLLATION (a light meal). My father’s family were great fans of a cold collation so it was a regular part of my childhood.
24a Cut off female coming to a traffic light (7)
SHEARED – SHE (female) A (from the clue) RED (traffic light)
25a Find fault with naughty child brought before a head (7)
IMPEACH – IMP (naughty child) goes before EACH (a head, per person)
26a Repaired at last, we hear, and disposed of (4)
SOLD – A homophone (we hear) of SOLED (like a shoe repaired on a cobbler’s last)
27a Broken wire in pretty awful office equipment (10)
TYPEWRITER – An anagram (broken) of WIRE goes inside another anagram (awful) of PRETTY.
1d Select best tool for digging (4)
PICK – A triple definition clue to start the Downs…
2d Forms congregation supporting key church services (7)
AMASSES – A (musical key) MASSES (church services)
3d It reveals what’s buried in letter to me cad composed (5,8)
METAL DETECTOR – An anagram (composed) of LETTER TO ME CAD
4d A notice posted in California and state bordering Alaska (6)
CANADA – AN AD (a notice) ‘posted’ inside CAL (the abbreviation for California.
5d Prior use changed for better (8)
SUPERIOR – An anagram (changed) of PRIOR USE
7d Shifty first mate holding traveller’s document up (7)
EVASIVE – EVE (the first ‘mate’ on Earth) holding a reversal (up in a Down clue) of VISA (traveller’s document)
8d Crazy fuel put in a vehicle in part of Africa (10)
MADAGASCAR – MAD (crazy) and GAS (fuel), the latter being inserted between A (from the clue) and CAR (vehicle).
11d Ruthless businessman, as person on outing, taking groups inside (5-8)
ASSET-STRIPPER – SETS (groups) inserted into AS TRIPPER (as person on outing)
13d Female American actors collectively appearing in shows (10)
BROADCASTS – BROAD (North American offensive slang for a female person) CAST (actors collectively)
16d Plenty raised with no particular purpose, showing no emotion (8)
STOLIDLY – LOTS (plenty) reversed (raised) plus IDLY (with no particular purpose)
18d Screen epic once, albeit not completely (7)
CONCEAL – This extremely well-hidden lurker could be found in epiC ONCE ALbeit
20d Author and poet shortened piece of jewellery (7)
PENDANT – PEN (author or write) DANT
e (the Italian poet ‘shortened’ or without his last letter)
21d Girlfriend storing one volume in case (6)
DATIVE – DATE (girlfriend) ‘storing’ I (one) V (volume)
23d Make black fish cleaner (4)
CHAR – …. And another triple definition to finish with.
BD has had to remove the list of authors which updated every time we added a review (it was one of the things that upset the site performance) but I am pretty sure that this is my 500th review – most of them submitted from the ‘deserted wastelands of the Weekend Puzzle Review’, not to mention the NTSPP review, where I appear to have monopolised the spot for the last four weeks!
I’m not sure how many people actually read the weekend reviews – it was a nice surprise last week when a lurker de-lurked in order to enquire where the Saturday review had got to. However, as far as Sunday puzzles are concerned, Gnomey and I are really lucky to get to enjoy them twice over, although we have to say that the occasional comment would be appreciated too.