Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2882
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This puzzle was published on Sunday 15th January
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All!. This one just wandered into 3-star difficulty for me but was enjoyable as always.
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1a Returned volume I am studying that graphically conveys feeling (8)
EMOTICON – Reverse (returned) a TOME or book/volume and then add I CON for I am studying.
9a Correct a Conservative junior minister? (8)
ACCURATE – A form the clue then C for Conservative followed by a CURATE – a junior minister in the clergy.
10a Way of doing things aboard satellite (4)
MOON – A charade of MO (Modus Operandum) and ON for aboard i.i. ON a ship.
11a Odd statement on novel in book collection (3,9)
NEW TESTAMENT – An ODD anagram of STATEMENT after (on in an across clue) NEW for movel.
13a Judge making criminal face right (8)
CONSIDER – A CON or criminal followed by SIDE/face and R(ight).
15a Border force repelled with spirit (6)
MARGIN – A reversal (repelled) og RAM/force and then thee alcoholic spirit GIN.
16a High jumper that’s exemplarily fit (4)
FLEA – As fit as a FLEA that can also jump very high.
17a Number that’s small, like six or eight (5)
SEVEN – S for small followed by EVEN (or like six and eight).
18a Loud cry as announcement of delivery (4)
BAWL – A loud cry that is a homophone/announcement of a BALL or delivery in cricket.
20a Private resentment expressed (6)
RANKER – Another homophone (expressed) or RANCOUR or resentment.
21a Remaining English newspaper grabbed by fan (4,4)
LEFT OVER – E for English and the FT (Financial Times newspaper) included in/grabbed by a lover OR FAN.
23a Not complete address for article, for instance (4,2,6)
PART OF SPEECH – The cryptic clue is a SPEECH/address that is not complete i.e. just a PART OF it. A definite or indefinite article provides the straight definition.
26a Scrutinises start of election very well (4)
EYES – The start letter of E(lection) and then YES for ‘very well’.
27a Driver of vehicle in which composer covers journey (8)
WAGGONER – The composer WAGNER covering GO for journey.
28a Doctor almost presented with certain prize (8)
TREASURE – Start with almost all of the word TREA(t) or doctor (as a verb) and then add SURE for certain.
2d Duck seized by male or female raptor or other bird (8)
MOORFOWL – O for nothing/a duck in cricket inside (seized by) M OR F (Male or Female) and then add an OWL or raptor/bird of prey.
3d Caught up with small fraud that’s handled in court (6,6)
TENNIS RACKET – A reversal up of IN NET (caught) and then S for small and finally RACKET for fraud/scam
4d Put men on board lacking refinement, we hear (6)
CREWED – A homophone (we hear) of CRUDE or lacking refinement.
5d Celebrity from Argentina met again in Latin America (4)
NAME – A twice hidden word inside (from) ArgentiNA MEt and again in LatiN AMErica.
6d Burns, for example, most dreadfully apparent in examination (8)
SCOTSMAN – A dreadful anagram of MOST inside a SCAN or examination.
7d Appear satisfied as setter, say — finish off clue and carry on (4)
WAGE – A happy dog (setter) will WAG its tail. Add the finishing letter of clu(E).
8d Military guard posted on line given new order (8)
SENTINEL – SENT for posted on top of an anagram (new) of LINE
12d Communist comrades constituting funny foursome (4,8)
MARX BROTHERS – A cryptic definition of the funny foursome might be the MARX (a communist) BROTHERS/comrades.
14d Frenchman who composed party line (5)
RAVEL – A RAVE or party followed by L for line.
16d Walk-on parts for boxer? Few as pro, oddly (8)
FOREPAWS – An anagram (oddly) of FEW AS PRO.
17d It’s smart including our squadrons for aerial attack (8)
STRAFING – A STING or smart containing/including the RAF (our squadrons).
19d Songbird needing warmth wrapped in clothing (8)
WHEATEAR – HEAT for warmth inside WEAR for clothing.
22d Woollen coat to take to the cleaners (6)
FLEECE – Two definitions and quite straightforward.
24d Piece of music from Agra, possibly (4)
RAGA – A gentle anagram (possibly) of AGRA but a nice ALL-In-One since the music does in fact come from that part of the world.
25d Wine, such as Bordeaux or Malaga (4)
PORT – Both those towns are PORTs.