Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2878
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This puzzle was published on Sunday 11th December
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! This was fairly straightforward with some great clues as ever.
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1a Arrived at front of theatre, appearing in small role (4,2)
CAME TO – T(heatre) appearing in a CAMEO or small acting role.
4a Fellow mostly using few words in sections of text (8)
CHAPTERS – CHAP for a fellow and almost all of TERS(e) or ‘using few words’.
10a Possession arranged with person losing little time (9)
OWNERSHIP – Make an anagram (arranged) of WI(T)H PERSON having first lost the abb. T for little Time.
11a Award that comes after November, as heard on radio (5)
OSCAR – O follows N in the alphabet and the NATO phonetic is represented by OSCAR.
12a Boy harbouring desire to become skilled operator (7)
SURGEON – SON for boy including/harbouring an URGE or desire.
13a Keep watch, say (7)
OBSERVE – 3 definitions – to keep a vigil, to look at and to say/make an observation.
14a A carriage reversed away from others (5)
APART – A from the clue and a reversal of TRAP or carriage.
15a Antagonism about some soldiers produces outrage (8)
ENORMITY – ENMITY or antagonism placed about OR – Other Ranks or some soldiers.
18a State in which banks are corrupted (8)
NEBRASKA – An anagram (corrupted) of BANKS ARE.
20a Fired back, hemming in American Indian (5)
TAMIL – A reversal (back) of LIT or fired including AM – one abb. of American.
23a Checker at entrance challenging delivery (7)
BOUNCER – Two definitions – a doorman/membership consultant/ejection specialist and also a fast, short ball in cricket (delivery).
25a Level in educational establishment for male (7)
UNIFORM – A charade of UNI(versity – an educational establishment), FOR from the clue and M for Male.
26a Centrepiece of candlelit events for exclusive group (5)
ELITE – A hidden word slap bang in the centre of candlELIT Events.
27a Make drunk mix it in a beer (9)
INEBRIATE – Make an anagram (mix) of IT IN A BEER and very apposite.
28a Those people having put old record in priest’s study (8)
THEOLOGY – Start with THEY (those people) and place inside O (old) and a LOG or record.
29a Guard started crossing line (6)
SHIELD – SHIED or started/jumped going across L for Line.
1d As part of goal, negotiate hazard at sea (8)
CROSS BAR – The first is the definition and the subsidiary indication tells us to CROSS (traverse) a sand BAR or hazard at sea.
2d Variety of vermin linked to a Roman deity (7)
MINERVA – An anagram (variety) of VERMIN linked with A from the clue.
3d One who afflicts people residing between hills (9)
TORMENTOR – MEN or people inside (residing in) two TORs or hills.
5d Fashionable river vessel makes diversion for semiaquatic creatures (14)
HIPPOPOTAMUSES – A charade of HIP (fashionable), the Italian (so I am told!) river PO, a POT (vessel) and finally AMUSES (makes diversion).
6d Devout leaders from parish insist on usual service (5)
PIOUS – The leading letters in Parish Insist On Usual Service.
7d Ring-leader in bar is a piece of work (7)
EXCERPT – The leading letter of R(ing) inside EXCEPT/bar/save for.
8d Display or conceal test for illness (6)
SCREEN – Another three definitions – To display (a film) to hide or mask and also a clinical test for an illness.
9d Searching TV for sporting action between us and France? (7-7)
CHANNEL-SURFING – The cryptic definition suggests a SURFING competition in the English CHANNEL, the area of water between us and France.
16d Powerful female‘s case not finished within month (9)
MATRIARCH – All but the last letter (not finished) of a TRIA(l) inside the month of MARCH.
17d Provide meal that includes meat cooked in dramatic fashion (8)
FLAMBEED – To FEED (provide meal) with LAMB meat inserted/included.
19d Learned English — unrefined without it (7)
ERUDITE – E for English and then RUDE/unrefined outside (or without) IT from the clue.
21d Berth in sound by Jersey or Guernsey before storm (7)
MOORAGE – Place a MOO (sound or low of a Jersey or Guernsey cow) before a RAGE or storm.
22d Sailor dispatched somewhere else (6)
ABSENT – Nice and Easy – an AB (Able Bodied seaman) and SENT/dispatched.
24d Caught river fish put in here (5)
CREEL – C for Caught (a cricketing abb.), R for River and an EEL/fish and a great all-in-one clue.
Thanks to Mr Greer and a Merry Christmas all. I will be humbugging it in Lanzarote for the week!