Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2845
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 24th April 2016
If only all crosswords were such a joy to solve and review as the Sunday Telegraph Cryptic, this one being no exception. 7d is my favourite, or should that be favorite??
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1a Disorder guarantees pain for elderly person (14)
SEPTUAGENARIAN – An anagram (disorderly) of GUARANTEES PAIN. I know two such persons who’d be most offended to be thought of as ‘elderly’ so I haven’t told them about this clue.
9a Produce further evidence for swindle by company (7)
CONFIRM – CON (swindle) goes by or before FIRM (company)
10a Hear about old play that doesn’t have happy ending (7)
TRAGEDY – TRY (hear) goes ‘about’ AGED (old)
11a Catch something that’s over quick (4)
NAIL – Pin down or the part of the body that goes over a sensitive part of the body (quick).
12a Unrivalled businessman who plays game with board? (10)
MONOPOLIST – Someone in sole command of a business or a winner at the board game of Monopoly perhaps?
14a Bird is spotted, being in hide (6)
SISKIN – IS (from the clue) inside (being in) SKIN (hide). I did check and the female of the species has a sort of spotted chest!
15a Computerised information turned a little mean (8)
DATABASE – A reversal (turned) of A TAD (a little) followed by BASE (mean)
17a Republican in dissenting group that’s vulgar or improper (8)
FRACTION – R (Republican) inserted into FACTION (dissenting group)
18a Record-holder emerging from tussle eventually (6)
SLEEVE – Anyone else remember the days when vinyl records were kept safe inside a sleeve which here emerges from tusSLE EVEntually
21a Administer without a split, so it would seem (10)
APPARENTLY – APPLY (administer) goes ‘without’ or outside of RENT (split).
22a Leaders in amateur game of golf eagerly excited (4)
AGOG – The ‘leaders’ of Amateur Game Of Golf
24a Guilty person‘s argument against opposing one court (7)
CONVICT – CON (argument against) V (versus, opposing) I (one) CT (court)
25a Most of that section of party is becoming less hostile (7)
THAWING – THAW (most of that) WING (section of party)
26a Produced glossy cover for bilingual editor? (6-8)
FRENCH-POLISHED – FRENCH-POLISH (bilingual) ED (editor)
1d Supports inferior goods for short time (7)
SECONDS – Triple definition.
2d Writer’s turned in this article to make a point (6-9)
PENCIL-SHARPENER – A lovely cryptic definition/&Lit
3d Turn fifty, oddly lacking detachment (4)
UNIT – Remove the odd letters (lacking) from tUrN fIfTy
4d Frisk doctor going into prison (6)
GAMBOL – MB (doctor, Bachelor of Medicine) goes into GAOL (prison)
5d E.g. German or Italian examination a linguist has included (8)
NATIONAL – Lurking in examiNATION A Linguist
6d Showing disloyalty, dismissing head? That’s okay (10)
REASONABLE – Remove the ‘head’ from
TREASONABLE (showing disloyalty).
7d In which our conclusions are often non-U (8,7)
AMERICAN ENGLISH – Because Americans leave out the U in words such as behavior, color and labor. The template for the review is in American English so has to be changed in order to spell check the draft. So originally, the three examples of American spelling were read as being correct but now the English version doesn’t like them at all and keeps wanting to change them back to English English.
8d Shrub or tree, split by crack going upwards (6)
MYRTLE – A reversal (going upwards in Down clue) of ELM (tree) ‘split by’ TRY (crack)
13d Man following order put spies inside tank (10)
CISTERCIAN – CIA (American spies) put inside a CISTERN (tank)
16d Toy first pair of children is holding not of the best quality (3-5)
TOP-NOTCH – TOP (toy) and the first pair of CHildren holding NOT (from the clue)
17d For instance, losing ring — and in street, too — in part of Europe (6)
FRANCE – Remove the O from F
OR (losing ring) and the IN and ST (street) too and you are left with part of Europe.
19d Hired as worker committed to union (7)
ENGAGED – Double definition
20d Drunk left in base, mostly (6)
BLOTTO – L (left) goes in most of BOTTO
23d Site for experiments set up on island, one in Asia (4)
BALI – A reversal (set up) of LAB (site for experiments) goes on I (island).