Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2848
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Sunday, 15th May 2016
Another perfectly splendid Sunday crossword – I had *s by lots of clues I really liked, including the one someone else didn’t!!
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1a Refinement of manners and language (6)
POLISH – Culture and refinement of manners or the language spoken in Poland.
4a Round the bend in a river, a collection of warships (6)
ARMADA – MAD (round the bend) goes in between A (from the clue) R (river) and A (from the clue)
8a Informative programme giving directions to players (8)
NEWSCAST – N E W S (compass directions) CAST (players)
10a Stuff Mad Hatter had crazily taken out (6)
MATTER – Remove HAD from m
AD Hatter, the ‘crazily’ telling you that they aren’t in that order.
11a Market forecast that’s good or moderate, just (4)
FAIR – Lovely four definition clue.
12a Dreadful ennui in stupid party gradually fading away (10)
DIMINUENDO – An anagram (dreadful)of ENNUI goes between DIM (stupid) and DO (party)
13a Recovering from cold after drinks in sisters’ house (12)
CONVALESCENT – C (cold) goes after ALES (drinks) and the result inserted into CONVENT (sisters’ house)
16a Company assembled outside club, with sailor in war gear (6,6)
COMBAT JACKET – CO (company) and MET (assembled), the latter going outside BAT (club) and JACK (sailor)
20a 50 per cent of group at riot is milking state support (10)
PATRIOTISM – Lurking away in 50% of the letters of grouP AT RIOT IS Milking
21a Pope, say, oddly protests (4)
POET – Alexander Pope is an example, say, of a poet, the latter word being found in the odd letters of PrOtEsTs.
22a Plane up in the air? Keep quiet about it (6)
SMOOTH – SH (keep quiet) goes about MOOT (up in the air, debatable)
23a Denied providing financial support in addition to profits (8)
GAINSAID – In addition to GAINS (profits) you need AID (financial support)
24a Setter, perhaps, admitting offence, acting to address complaint (6)
DOSING – Addressing a medical complaint – DOG (setter perhaps) admitting SIN (offence)
25a Political group including left, up to a point (6)
PARTLY – L (left) included in a political PARTY.
1d Portrayed, in a way, with no end of artistry, one animal after another? (8)
PREDATOR – An anagram (in a way) of PORTRA
yED with ‘no end of’ artistrY
2d Powerful cutting device initially constructed (5)
LASER – Initially constructed because LASER is an acronym – Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
3d Examine youth that’s raised reason for outrage (7)
SCANDAL – SCAN (examine)followed by a reversal (that’s raised) of LAD (youth)
5d Like Italian, for example, from Cremona, originally (7)
ROMANCE – A language, like Italian, that developed from popular Latin, is an anagram (originally) of CREMONA
6d Genuine article secured by relative in charge (9)
AUTHENTIC – THE (definite article) is secured by, or inserted into, AUNT (relative) and followed byIC (in charge)
7d Works to improve bill, say — it happens as PM arrives (6)
AMENDS – When AM ENDS, PM arrives!!
9d One of our competitors running holiday home scheme (4-7)
TIME-SHARING – TIMES (one of the Telegraph’s competitors) HARING (running)
14d Showing spite about a king not personally experienced (9)
VICARIOUS – VICIOUS (showing spite) goes about A (from the clue) and R (Rex, King)
15d Toughness of points covering fundamental truth (8)
SEVERITY – The compass points S and E cover or go over VERITY (fundamental truth)
17d Disturbed hormone making one grouse (7)
MOORHEN – A female moorfowl (red or black grouse, not the water bird!) is obtained from an anagram (disturbed) of HORMONE.
18d Preserve a spy organisation set up for island (7)
JAMAICA – JAM (preserve) followed by a reversal (set up in a Down clue) of A CIA (a spy organisation)
19d Conflict over what divides Europe and Africa became heated (6)
WARMED – WAR (conflict) goes over MED (the Mediterranean Sea divides Europe and Africa)
21d For sake of argument, assume one’s not unemployed? (5)
POSIT – I (one) is in POST (not unemployed).