Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2871
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on Sunday 23rd October
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! – I found this a very straightforward solve but the review highlighted a number of clues that were very concise and also in other cases fairly wicked/playful. I think Tilsit mentioned those on the day. Top stuff!
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1a Record vehicle at home, one constructed of wood (3,5)
LOG CABIN – A charade of LOG (record) , CAB (taxi/vehicle) and IN (at home).
9a Work out duty guarding monarch (8)
EXERCISE – EXCISE or duty/tax contains (is guarding) ER for Elizabeth Regina, our current monarch.
10a Finishing up the tour, you land in South America (4)
PERU – Take the last letters (finishing up) of uP thE touR yoU.
11a Mingled to blend in, at a thing that’s outstanding for all of us (8,4)
NATIONAL DEBT – An anagram (indicated by mingled) of TO BLEND IN AT A.
13a Agreement to contain fight in settlement (8)
DEFRAYAL – A DEAL or agreement contains a FRAY or fight.
15a Son’s in one kind of accommodation or another (6)
HOSTEL – Place S for Son in a HOTEL (one kind of accommodation for travellers).
16a Stimulate or pressure staff (4)
PROD – P for Pressure and a ROD or staff.
17a Full of enthusiasm, agree to differ (5)
EAGER – Nice and simple – an anagram (to differ) of AGREE.
18a Boy reversing his conclusion — that’s curious (4)
NOSY – A bit cute – reverse SON (a synonym of boy) and then add the end letter of (bo)Y. Some might suggest that this is a bit indirect – you could also get YOBS!
20a Instrument made of wood set in stone (6)
SPINET – I loved this clue. Place the PINE wood inside the abbreviation (abb.) of ST(one).
21a Greatly agitated about hospital’s inertia (8)
LETHARGY – An anagram of GREATLY (agitated) around or about H for Hopital.
23a Is accepted into partnership with excellent badinage (12)
WISECRACKING – Remember the bridge partnership of W and E (West and East). Place IS from the clue inside (accepted into) those two letters and then add CRACKING for excellent.
26a Miss lesson in school when head’s away (4)
LASS – Remove the first letter (when head’s away) from (C)LASS or lesson in school.
27a Transport systems run without fail around one (8)
RAILWAYS – R for Run (form the cricket abb.) and then ALWAYS (without fail) around I for One.
28a Reject move — what’s next? (4,4)
TURN DOWN – I like this a lot. Start with TURN or move/go in a game and then add DOWN – Have a look at what follows this clue (the last of the ACROSS clues!).
2d Dominate circle with part of speech, getting attention (8)
OVERBEAR – O for a circle then a VERB (part of speech) and finally getting EAR for attention.
3d Odd concern — a duty that’s performed in sets (7,5)
COUNTRY DANCE – An odd anagram of CONCERN A DUTY.
4d Badly behaved without reason around ring-leader (6)
BRATTY – place BATTY (without reason/nuts) around the leading letter in R(ing).
5d One’s perturbed about king that’s a tyrannical ruler (4)
NERO – Make an anagram (perturbed) of ONE and place around R for Rex (king in Latin).
6d Figure of speech, oddly, to hamper or harm poet (8)
METAPHOR – A double anagram (indicated by ‘oddly’) of either TO HAMPER or HARM POET.
7d Bad upset, as it happens (4)
LIVE – A good treatment of an obvious chestnut. Reverse (upset) EVIL or bad.
8d People agree that’s how to do brain operations (8)
MENTALLY – A charade of MEN (people) and TALLY (agree).
12d Completed taking in broken nets, with fish extricated (12)
DISENTANGLED – Place both a broken anagram of NETS and ANGLE (fish) inside DID or completed (as in “I did the work”.
14d Allowed supporter to go over a line (5)
LEGAL – The supporting LEG going above (over in a Down clue) A from the clue and L for Line.
16d Step over weapon that’s required by sentry (8)
PASSWORD – Place a PAS or step (in dance from the French) over /above in a down clue a SWORD or weapon.
17d Never stopping to collect vote outside (8)
EXTERNAL – ETERNAL or ‘never ending’ including (to collect) an X for the symbol made when voting.
19d Was a tourist making sense with proverb? (8)
SIGHTSAW – A clumsy word but legal and also an easy charade of SIGHT (sense) and SAW (a proverb or adage).
22d Awful oil ingested by rat turning up in sewer (6)
TAILOR – Sewer here being the other meaning and nothing to do with where rats live!. An awful anagram of OIL inside a reversal (turning up) of RAT from the clue – TA (ILO) R.
24d Set of clothes in case (4)
SUIT – Two definitions – A man’s SUIT and also a SUIT case.
25d Damage bed in nursery inserting spades (4)
COST – A nice definition ( “What’s the Damage?”) is a COT or bed in a nursery with S for Spades (from bridge notation) inserted inside.